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Staff of the dead
Staff of the dead
Release date 17 October 2013 (Update)
Members only? Yes
Quest item? No
Tradeable? Yes
Equipable? Yes
Stackable? No
High Alch 600,003 coins
Low Alch 400,002 coins
Destroy Drop
Store price Not sold
Exchange price 7,006,770 coins (info)
Buy limit Unknown
Weight 1 kg
Examine
A ghastly weapon with evil origins.
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Staff of the dead detail

The Staff of the dead is a one-handed staff that requires 75 Magic and 75 Attack to wield. It is dropped by K'ril Tsutsaroth, and counts as a Zamorakian item while in the God Wars Dungeon and in the Bandit camp. It is one of few magic items that boosts the player's magic damage, boosting it by 15%.

When a combat spell is cast with the staff, there is a 12.5% (1/8) chance that the staff will negate the rune cost for that spell. The staff can also be used as a more accurate alternative to the slayer's staff for casting Slayer Dart. Additionally, the staff can autocast Flames of Zamorak and Crumble Undead.

The staff is also notable for its offensive melee stats, which are unusually high for a Magic weapon. Its stats are comparable to the dragon longsword; the longsword has 3+ better stab bonuses, but the staff has +1 better slash and strength bonus in addition to the magic damage boost, accuracy, and a faster attack speed.

The staff of the dead offers an attack speed of 6 when using melee, which is the same as weapons such as the abyssal whip. However, when using magic spells, it offers an attack speed of 5, which is the same as all spells, except for the trident of the seas or swamp.

Bonuses
Hover over image for type Staff of the dead equipped
Attack-icon Attack bonus
White dagger White scimitar White warhammer Magic-icon Ranged-icon
+55 +70 +0 +17 +0
Defence-icon Defence bonus
White dagger White scimitar White warhammer Magic-icon Ranged-icon
+0 +3 +3 +17 +0
Other bonuses Slot
Strength-icon RangedStrength-icon MagicDamage-icon Prayer-icon

Weapon slotlist

+72 0 +15% +0
Monster attack speed 6


Special attackEdit

Staff of the dead special attack

A player using the staff of the dead's special attack.

The staff has a special attack that halves all Melee damage of your opponent(s) (all opponents that hit you in the time of the special attack are lowered) for one minute at a cost of 100% special attack energy. This effect stacks with the PvP damage reduction effect of the Protect from Melee prayer, but is lost if the staff is unequipped.

UpgradingEdit

Players with level 59 Crafting can attach a magic fang to the staff using a chisel, creating a toxic staff of the dead. This enhances its magic attack bonus by +8, and has the ability to infect a target with venom. However, to take advantage of those benefits requires using Zulrah's scales to charge the staff.

Dropping monstersEdit

Monster Combat level Quantity Rarity
K'ril Tsutsaroth 650 1 4; Rare (1/508)

Comparison between other magic weaponsEdit

Picture Name Levels to equip Magic Attack bonus Notes
Trident of the swamp Trident of the swamp 75 Magic-icon +25
  • Has its own built-in spell, requiring 1Death rune1Chaos rune5Fire rune runes and 1 Zulrah scale per cast, for up to 2,500 charges.
  • Spell can hit up to 31 at 99 Magic.
  • Has a weapon speed of 6 (same as whip) while all other forms of combat magic only have 5 (same as longswords).
  • The spell can be cast from any Spellbook, allowing the use of Lunar spells and Ancient Magicks with this staff.
  • Has 25% chance to inflict venom on an opponent.
Toxic staff of the dead Toxic staff of the dead 75 Magic-icon

75 Attack-icon

+25
  • Requires Zulrah's scales to recharge (up to 11,000).
  • The Flames of Zamorak & Slayer Dart spell can be autocasted using this staff.
  • Magic damage is boosted by 15%, and is the only staff to do so.
  • The staff has a special attack that halves all melee damage for one minute, stacking with the PvP damage reduction effect of the Protect from Melee prayer. This special feature consumes 100% of your special attack.
  • When a combat spell is cast with the staff, there is a 1/8 (12.5%) chance that the staff will negate the rune cost for that spell.
  • It is also the overall best staff used as a melee weapon surpassing the Ancient staff and Iban's staff, and provides extra melee and magic Defence from the staff itself at +17.
  • Has 25% chance to inflict venom on an opponent.
Master wand Master wand 60 Magic-icon +20
  • Has the ability to auto-cast Ancient Magicks spells.
  • It is currently the third best magical weapon in the game, in terms of magical attack bonus, only behind the Trident of the swamp and Toxic staff of the dead, which both possess a +25 Magic attack.
  • Requires 240 Telekinetic, 240 Alchemist, 2400 Enchantment, and 240 Graveyard points, as well as a teacher wand equipped or in your inventory from the Mage Training Arena, if a player wishes to buy their own.
Staff of the dead Staff of the dead 75 Magic-icon

75 Attack-icon

+17
  • The Flames of Zamorak & Slayer Dart spell can be autocasted using this staff.
  • Magic damage is boosted by 15%, and is the only staff to do so.
  • The staff has a special attack that halves all melee damage for one minute, stacking with the PvP damage reduction effect of the Protect from Melee prayer. This special feature consumes 100% of your special attack.
  • When a combat spell is cast with the staff, there is a 1/8 (12.5%) chance that the staff will negate the rune cost for that spell.
  • It is also the overall best staff used as a melee weapon surpassing the Ancient staff and Iban's staff, and provides extra melee and magic Defence from the staff itself at +17.
Trident of the seas Trident of the seas 75 Magic-icon +15
  • Has its own built-in spell, requiring 1Death rune1Chaos rune5Fire rune runes and 10 coins per cast, for up to 2,500 charges.
  • Spell can hit up to 28 at 99 Magic.
  • Has a weapon speed of 6 (same as whip) while all other forms of combat magic only have 5 (same as longswords).
  • The spell can be cast from any Spellbook, allowing the use of Lunar spells and Ancient Magicks with this staff.
Smoke battlestaff Smoke battlestaff 30 Magic-icon Attack-icon (Battlestaff)

40 Magic-icon Attack-icon (Mystic)

+10
Iban's staff Iban's staff 50 Magic-icon

50 Attack-icon

+10
  • Has its own spell called Iban Blast, requiring 1Death rune5Fire rune runes per cast, for up to 2,500 charges.
  • Spell can hit up to 25.
  • It provides extra melee and magic Defence from the staff itself behind the Ancient staff, which has +5 more in both magic Attack and Defence bonuses.
Guthix staff

Saradomin staff Zamorak staff

God staves 60 Magic-icon +6
  • Those who have 80 Magic-icon can use the Charge spell, which can increase damage by 50% whilst wearing the respective God capes.
Ancient staff Ancient staff 50 Magic-icon

50 Attack-icon

+15
  • Has the ability to auto-cast Ancient Magicks spells.
  • It is also the second best level 50 Attack-icon as a melee weapon, and provides extra melee and magic Defence from the staff itself although the Staff of the dead is better.
Slayer's staff Slayer's staff 50 Magic-icon

55 Slayer-icon

+12
  • Has the ability to auto-cast the Magic Dart spell.
  • Runes required to cast are very cheap in comparison to most spells.
  • Maximum hit of the Magic Dart spell is 10 + your magic level divided by 10, rounded down.
Staff of air Staff of water

Staff of earth Staff of fire

Elemental staves 1 Magic-icon (Basic)

30 Magic-icon Attack-icon (Battlestaff)

40 Magic-icon Attack-icon (Mystic)

+10
  • Has the ability to provide infinite runes towards their respective elemental staff.
  • The staves Lava battlestaff, Mud battlestaff, Steam battlestaff and Smoke battlestaff have the ability to provide two infinite runes, which is useful for certain spells.
  • However, they have a slower attack speed than the better staves (3 seconds per cast instead of 2.4)


TriviaEdit

  • Necrovarus appears to wield the staff.
  • The Staff of the dead is based on RuneScape 3's Staff of light.
  • The Staff of the dead special cannot be used in the Duel Arena if magic is turned off.
  • The Staff of the dead counts as a Zamorak item in the God Wars Dungeon.


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