Illuminated Book of War detail

The Illuminated Book of War is a copy of Bandos's Book of War embellished with gold trim. It may be created with a normal book of war at the book-making table in the Abbey of St. Elspeth Citharede east of Al Kharid after completion of One Piercing Note. 60 Crafting and 60 Prayer are required to create an illuminated copy of Bandos' book of war, and 10,000 Crafting and Prayer experience are awarded the first time a copy is successfully made. The process produces an additional item, rather than replacing an existing book.

To create an Illuminated Book of War, players must correctly follow the procedure that is used to copy books. Steps must be performed in order; otherwise, the copy is ruined, and players must begin again. The steps are:

  1. Copy text
  2. Embellish capitals
  3. Add colour
  4. Add gold leaf

Each step of the process consumes about 200-250 prayer points. There is a nearby altar in the Abbey that can be used to recharge Prayer if necessary.

The illuminated book of war has improved stats from the original book, but requires completion of One Piercing Note. If lost, it can be reclaimed from a player-owned house bookcase for 120,000. However, the book will lose all its remaining charges, requiring the player to add additional pages in order to activate the passive effect.

Combat Stats
40 PrayerNone
CombatSwords AllPocket slotDefenceArmour0
ConstitutionLife points0
Damage--Damage reduction
Accuracy--PvM: 0%PvP: 0%
Style-Style bonuses


The book of war can be activated like a scrimshaw to provide a passive combat effect. The book can be recharged with any Bandos page, giving 45 minutes of active time per page. This is shared, unchanged, with the original book. 3 hours is the maximum amount of time that the book can be charged for; giving it a recharge of 4 total pages from 0 to 100%.

The passive has a 5% chance to activate per hit, and it has a 12 second cooldown once activated before it can activate again. When it activates, a shockwave hits the target, dealing 90-150% damage (PvP: 30-90%), reducing the target's Defence level by 5% + 5 and increasing its affinity values by 3 for 12 seconds.

This is based on General Graardor's hard mode ranged attack.


Illuminated Book of War equipped
  • Prior to 22 February 2016, this book used to be held in the off-hand slot.
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