"Cithara" redirects here. For the item used during Back to the Freezer on Brazilian worlds, see Cithara (Back to the Freezer).

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The Holy Cithara is an object that can be found within the reliquary in the basement of the Abbey of St. Elspeth Citharede after completing One Piercing Note. Attempting to take the Cithara without meeting certain requirements detailed in the section below will result in the player having their life points reduced to 1. Receiving the Holy Cithara for the first time rewards the player with 50,000 Prayer experience.

This does not provide protection from Saradominist followers in the God Wars Dungeon. The Holy Cithara has a right-click play option which will make the player play it energetically for a few seconds. Other players are able to hear the Cithara as the player plays it. The Cithara's emote can only be used when it is not sheathed.

The Holy Cithara is required for the elite Desert Task "A, B, Cithara." It is also required for a master clue scroll emote clue in the Edgeville Monastery, requiring a jig with Saradomin's murmur and the Ring of devotion.

Combat Stats
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AttributesDamage reduction
DefenceArmour0PvM: 0%PvP: 0%
ConstitutionLife points0Style bonuses

Obtaining the Holy Cithara

A player playing the cithara

To obtain the Holy Cithara, a player must wear at least 6 pieces of certain Saradomin-aligned equipment and meet certain "Holy" requirements:

  • The player must be on the standard spellbook or Lunar spellbook
  • The player must be on Standard prayers and have full prayer points
  • The player must have 100% run energy
  • The player must not have a follower summoned
  • The player must have an empty inventory
  • The player must have all of the following equipped:
    • A ring of visibility (unless the player has been granted the gift of looking into the shadow realm by Sliske), and
    • A ghostspeak amulet or cramulet (unless the reward from the Morytania Hard Tasks have been claimed), and
    • Six pieces of acceptable Saradomin equipment that the player owns, listed below. No items aligned with another god may be either equipped or in the player's inventory. The ring of visibility and ghostspeak amulet do not count as one of these items.

It can take several tries to successfully grab the cithara. If you don't obtain it on the first try, the ghost appears but you won't receive any damage, keep trying until you get it.

If you get a message reading "An invisible force gently but firmly moves your hand away from the cithara," you are not wearing the correct ring.

Slot Acceptable items
Ring Ring of visibility; if the player has been granted the gift of looking into the shadow realm by Sliske, then ring of devotion
Necklace Ghostspeak amulet or cramulet; if the Morytania legs 3 are owned, then Citharede symbol, Holy symbol, Saradomin stole
Head Citharede hood; Saradomin coifSaradomin mitre; Saradomin full helm; Saradomin halo; Warpriest of Saradomin helm; Relic helm of Saradomin; Golden Warpriest of Saradomin Helm
Body Citharede robe top; Saradomin body; Saradomin robe top; Monk's robe top; Saradomin platebody; Warpriest of Saradomin cuirass; Golden Warpriest of Saradomin cuirass
Legwear Citharede robe bottom; Saradomin robe legs; Saradomin chaps; Monk's robe bottom; Saradomin plateskirt/platelegs, Warpriest of Saradomin greaves; Golden Warpriest of Saradomin greaves
Weapon (2H) Saradomin staff; Saradomin bow; Saradomin mjolnir; Saradomin godsword (and lucky version); Saradomin sword (and lucky version); Banner of Saradomin; Sculpting chisel (Saradomin); Golden Saradomin godsword
Shield N/A
Gloves Saradomin vambraces, Warpriest of Saradomin gauntlets; Golden Warpriest of Saradomin gauntlets
Boots Warpriest of Saradomin boots; Golden Warpriest of Saradomin boots
Cape Saradomin cloak; Saradomin cape; Warpriest of Saradomin cape; Golden Warpriest of Saradomin cape
Ammo Saradomin arrow (only 1 needed)
Aura N/A
Pocket Any tier Saradominist token; Saradomin's Book of Wisdom; Illuminated Book of Wisdom; Damaged book (Saradomin)


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Unworthy to take the Cithara
Saint Elspeth's message when the player does not violate the requirements but does not reach them either.
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Worthy to take the Cithara
Saint Elspeth's message when the player meets all requirements to take the cithara.
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Playing the cithara
  • The cithara is an Ancient Greek version of the lyre.
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