The top half of monk's robes provides a Prayer bonus which is slightly greater than that provided by the bottom half. For free players, this bonus is only surpassed by that of the holy symbol.
This piece of clothing links the wearer to Saradomin; thus, when a player enters the Castle Wars portals or the Bandit Camp (Kharidian Desert), the same effects will apply as if he or she was wearing a piece of god armour. In the God Wars Dungeon, this robe top (along with the bottom half) will protect players from the minions of Saradomin in the dungeon, making it of high demand and value. The demand for monk's robes is not as high as that of other Saradominist items as they do not provide any life or defensive bonuses.
It was graphically updated on 7 May2008. Despite this garment having a hood attached to it, it does not affect the head slot. It spawns upstairs in the Edgeville Monastery along with a monk's robe (bottom). Due to the relatively high prayer bonus and no combat requirements, in addition to being relatively cheap and easy to replace, this combination is popular in PvP situations. Its icon in now seems to display a line on the neck area instead of the symbol of Saradomin.