Catalytic staff detail

The catalytic staff, the Tier 5 staff in Dungeoneering (also the highest requirement staff in free-to-play), can be found in the dungeons under Daemonheim, requiring 40 Magic to wield. The catalytic staff replaces all elemental runes at once, like unimbued staves.

Free players can only obtain this by looting the defeated boss, Unholy cursebearer located on floors 15-17 and 30-35 of Daemonheim, by receiving it as a starting item when entering a floor, or by imbuing a spinebeam staff or better on a runecrafting altar. To find and bind the staff players only need to have 60+ Magic and 60+ Runecrafting and repeatedly enter and leave dungeons, at complexity 1 or 2 to flush the weapon out of starting kit in the Smuggler room.

Combat Stats
RequirementsCatalytic staff equipped
40 Magic
Magic Magic2h slot
Average (3.6s)
AttributesDamage reduction
DefenceArmour0PvM: 0%PvP: 0%
ConstitutionLife points0Style bonuses


Catalytic staff Catalytic staff
RunecraftingMagicMake-X GE icon
39.5 XP39.5 XP-
Runecrafting Runecrafting level50
P2P icon Members onlyNo
Spinebeam staffSpinebeam staff1N/A-

Comparison with other dungeoneering staves

Name Reqs Accuracy (tier) Notes
Celestial catalytic staff Celestial catalytic staff (m) 99 Magic
29 Dungeoneering
3031 (99)
  • Can only be obtained as a reward from Cursebearer icon Unholy cursebearer boss
  • Provides infinite elemental runes
Empowered catalytic staff Empowered catalytic staff (m) 90 Magic 2577 (92)
Grave creeper staff Grave creeper staff (m) 90 Magic 2458 (90)
  • 90 Magic to wield
  • Can be made at 98 Fletching from Grave creeper branches Grave creeper branches
  • Lower stats than Empowered catalytic staff
  • Provides infinite elemental runes
Doomcore staff Doomcore staff (m) 83 Magic
80 Slayer
2074 (83)
  • Can only be obtained as a drop from Nechryael icon Nechryael (80 Slayer)
  • Provides infinite elemental runes
Catalytic staff Catalytic staff 40 Magic 668 (42)
  • Can be found at dungeon start
  • Can be made in members worlds at 50 Runecrafting from a Spinebeam staff
  • Provides infinite elemental runes

Drop sources

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Source Combat level Quantity Rarity
Unholy cursebearer47; 53; 58; 64; 70; 75; 81; 86; 92; 98; 103; 109; 114; 120; 126; 131; 1381Random
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