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A gilded altar is the highest level altar that can be built in the chapel of a player-owned house. It can be used to recharge Prayer. When bones or demonic ashes are used with the altar, the player gains 250% of the experience normally received from simply burying the bones.

Incense burners add an additional 50% experience per lit burner, achieving a maximum additional 100% bonus when both burners are lit (and a total of 350% of the normal experience received). All incense burners give the same amount of experience and require a clean marrentill and a tinderbox to light. Because of these bonuses, the gilded altar is a popular choice for players wishing to train Prayer.

Once an altar has been created, anyone who visits the player-owned house has access to the altar itself and the bonus experience it has to offer. This has led to players grouping up in friends chats to track players currently "hosted" altar. This has led to an evolution of many "house parties" from actual get-togethers to sharing one's altar access. Ironmen cannot interact with an altar other than their own.

During Double XP Weekends, altars only give their usual bonuses; furthermore, no bonus experience is used, and experience-boosting items or other bonuses will not work. This usually makes it hard to find an open altar (other than your own) due to many players considering it to be a waste of time when you could be gaining double the experience rates in other skills.

The total cost to buy all the materials for the altar is 1,143,592 coins, or 1,171,300 coins if purchased from the stonemason and the Construction supplies shop.

Bones on Altar

A player using a gilded altar

Requirements

A Construction level of 75 is required to build a gilded altar. It can theoretically be built as early as level 66 by using a crystal saw (+3 boost to level), a sculpting chisel (+1), and orange spicy stew with three doses of Orange spice (+5). However this is difficult to achieve due to the random (-5/+5) boost that the orange spicy stew provides.

An option with guaranteed success requires 68 Construction and a POH tea (+3) (from teak shelves) which, combined with the crystal saw and the sculpting chisel, gives a total boost of +7.

Players often advertise their open altars on the official RuneScape forums in the Community section, on the Events thread. Yanille on world 31 also often hosts open altars, and so this world is commonly used for training Prayer.

Experience rates

Bones/Ashes GE price Prayer exp. Prayer cost/exp.
Accursed ashes Accursed ashes 231 43.75 5.28
Airut bones Airut bones 6,231 463.75 13.44
Hardened dragon bones Hardened dragon bones 8,075 504 16.02
Baby dragon bones Baby dragon bones 800 105 7.62
Bat bones Bat bones 929 18.55 50.08
Big bones Big bones 169 52.5 3.22
Bones Bones 194 15.75 12.32
Burnt bones Burnt bones 1,800 15.75 114.29
Curved bone Curved bone N/A 52.5 N/A
Dagannoth bones Dagannoth bones 5,727 437.5 13.09
Dragon bones Dragon bones 1,952 252 7.75
Fayrg bones Fayrg bones 6,237 294 21.21
Frost dragon bones Frost dragon bones 11,140 630 17.68
Impious ashes Impious ashes 3,304 14 236
Infernal ashes Infernal ashes 1,648 218.75 7.53
Jogre bones Jogre bones 1,393 52.5 26.53
Gorilla bones Gorilla bones N/A 63 N/A
Large zombie monkey bones Large zombie monkey bones N/A 17.5 N/A
Long bone Long bone N/A 52.5 N/A
Monkey bones Monkey bones 166 17.5 9.49
Ourg bones Ourg bones 18,437 490 37.63
Raurg bones Raurg bones 45,108 336 134.25
Reinforced dragon bones Reinforced dragon bones 14,632 665 22
Searing ashes Searing ashes 39,678 700 56.68
Shaikahan bones Shaikahan bones 9,327 87.5 106.59
Tortured ashes Tortured ashes 3,103 315 9.85
Wolf bones Wolf bones 1,151 15.75 73.08
Wyvern bones Wyvern bones 3,854 175 22.02
Zogre bones Zogre bones 760 78.75 9.65

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