It has the symbol of Zaros at its head. Despite this, it does not give protection in the God Wars Dungeon.
An ancient staff is required in order to complete the Desert strykewyrm task in Desert task set. Once the elite set has been completed, the Ancient staff (red) can be upgraded to the Enhanced ancient staff (red) without losing its colours. The enhanced version has 1694 accuracy and +2 prayer. This is equivalent to a level 75 staff.