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Prayer is a challenging skill to train for Ultimate Ironman players, due to inventory space restrictions and their inability to use some of the faster training methods. However, there are a number of ways to train the skill, including many passive training methods that can provide decent amounts of experience over a long period of time. Early on, the primary focus of Prayer training is to reach level 43 Prayer, to unlock the protection prayers. Because of how important these core protection prayers are, some players opt to "rush" to level 43 Prayer early on their training, through fast and risky training methods such as those in the Wilderness.

Early training: Quests[edit | edit source]

Some early quests reward Prayer experience, and can be used to jump-start Prayer training with some quick levels:

Completion of Ghosts Ahoy also rewards the ectophial, which can be useful for early Prayer training.

Early training methods[edit | edit source]

These low-level methods are only recommended for getting protection prayers, as later on there are much faster and more efficient methods available.

Wilderness[edit | edit source]

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Players who have no valuable items to lose can do the early training in the Wilderness. There are with two different methods available, depending on preference.

The fastest low-level training method is to collect big bones in the Bone Yard, and offer them at the chaos altar in level 38 Wilderness. The altar within the Chaos Temple gives 3.5x experience gains on any bone used on it, and also has a 50% chance that the bone will not be consumed in the process. This means that on average, it would only take 480 big bones to get from level 1 to 43.

Players can gain up to to 15,000–20,000 experience per hour, though rates may vary depending on inventory space and luck with the altar.

Alternatively, players can safespot lava dragons on the Lava Dragon Isle with Fire Strike or other combat spells. Lava dragons have very low Magic defence, which makes it possible to kill them even at a low Magic level and with minimal gear. Lava dragon bones give 340 Prayer experience when buried on Lava Dragon Isle.

The experience rate for this method depends heavily on the player's Magic level. Using this method, it would take 149 kills to get from level 1 to 43.

Killing blue dragons in Taverley Dungeon[edit | edit source]

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Safespotting blue dragons with Magic in the Taverley Dungeon and offering the bones at the Ectofuntus is one of the fastest ways for low-level Prayer training that does not involve the Wilderness. Using the dragon bones on the Ectofunctus earns 288 Prayer experience per bone.

Players will need to have completed Ghosts Ahoy for the ectophial and free access to Port Phasmatys. Players will also need to have access to a decent Magic spell. Iban's Blast is the best option at lower levels, however this requires having the Iban's staff (u). Having level 70 Agility for the pipe shortcut is strongly recommended, as without the shortcut this method would be a lot slower. The fastest way to get to the Taverley Dungeon is to have the player-owned house in Taverley, cast Teleport to house, and then run south. Alternatively, Falador Teleport provides a slightly slower access to the Taverley Dungeon through the shortcut in Falador's west wall.

With the optimal inventory setup, this method goes as follows:

  1. Kill 14 blue dragons in Taverley Dungeon for 14 dragon bones. After finishing the trip, empty the ectophial to teleport to the Ectofuntus.
  2. Grind 7 dragon bones into bonemeal upstairs, and put 1 extra bone into the hopper.
  3. Drop the remaining dragon bones on the floor upstairs. There is a very small chance other players see the bones and take them, but there are rarely other players upstairs so it is fairly safe to drop them.
  4. Enter Port Phasmatys and run east to the charter ship.
  5. Sell 1 law rune to the charter ship, and buy 14 buckets of slime. Hop worlds to get all 14, and hop back to the world you were on previously.
  6. Drop the coins, and empty the ectophial.
  7. Worship the Ectofuntus to use up your bonemeal, and drop the empty buckets.
  8. Quickly pick up the dragon bones you dropped earlier, and grind them into bonemeal.
  9. Worship the Ectofuntus to use up your bonemeal once more, drop the empty buckets, and repeat the process.

Experience rates will vary depending on the type of spell used. When using Iban's Blast, players can expect to gain around 20,000 experience per hour; with weaker spells players can expect to gain around 10,000–15,000 experience per hour.

Killing hill giants[edit | edit source]

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Another low-level training option is to kill hill giants. They drop ensouled giant heads at a rate of 1 in 25, which can be reanimated on the spot for 650 Prayer experience each. Hill giants also drop big bones every kill, which can be buried for 15 Prayer experience each. While this is a slightly slower method than the ones above, this method also grants some passive Melee experience, which can be valuable for some players.

Players will need to have level 37 Magic and be on the Arceuus spellbook (requires 60% Arceuus favour) to cast Reanimate Giant, so players can reanimate the ensouled heads as they get them on the spot. Players will also need decent Melee equipment to kill the hill giants, and food to heal themselves. Having access to fairy rings is strongly recommended, as this gives relatively fast access to the Dark Altar to switch spellbooks, and to the hill giants near the fairy ring djr.

Experience rates vary depending on the player's equipment and stats. Players can gain up to somewhere around 10,000–12,000 Prayer experience per hour, as well as gaining a fair amount of passive Melee and Magic experience in the process.

Killing green dragons in the Wilderness[edit | edit source]

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Killing green dragons in the Wilderness and offering the bones at the chaos altar becomes the fastest viable Prayer training method after completion of the elite tasks in the Wilderness Diary. The diary reward makes the dragon bones drop in noted form, which allows players to do long trips at a time and offer the bones later. This method has low equipment requirements, however it is recommended to have relatively low amount of items overall to make gearing up faster. Players will also need to deathpile their items to keep them safe from player killers, and players might potentially lose them if their internet connection or power goes out for a long period of time.

For this method, it is strongly recommended to have completed Song of the Elves to be able to have the respawn point and player-owned house in Prifddinas. It is also recommended to have completed Monkey Madness II for the royal seed pod, and Dragon Slayer II (partially) for the locator orb.

It is recommended to use easily obtainable equipment the player does not mind potentially losing. Using a dragon scimitar along with Strength- and Prayer-boosting equipment is optimal. Players can optionally use the abyssal whip for better damage output, as it is relatively fast to obtain, however doing so is at the player's own risk.

Players can gain up to around 75,000–80,000 Prayer experience per hour during the whole process when using the dragon scimitar. With the abyssal whip, it is possible to gain up to 85,000–90,000 experience per hour.

Killing green dragons in the Myths' Guild Dungeon[edit | edit source]

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Killing green dragons in the Corsair Cove Dungeon under Myths' Guild is a slightly slower but still relatively fast alternative to killing green dragons in the Wilderness. Having a dragon hunter lance is strongly recommended for this method, as it has much higher damage output compared to other weapons. This method is significantly worse without the dragon hunter lance, so players who do not have one should consider killing green dragons in the Wilderness instead as it offers much faster experience.

For this method, players need to have completed Dragon Slayer II, and have a gilded altar in their player-owned house. Players will also need a sizeable amount of marrentills for using the gilded altar to gain extra experience per bone.

By using the mythical cape teleport and the Teleport to House spell, a player can quickly travel between the green dragons in the guild's dungeon and a gilded altar in their player-owned house. To use this method, the player should kill green dragons until they have only two inventory spots open, after which they should use Camelot Teleport to get to the Seers' Village bank in order to unnote two marrentill. Then, cast Teleport to House, light the braziers around the gilded altar, and use the bones on the altar.

With level 99 Construction, the teleport runes can be replaced with the Construction cape. This allows the use of Reanimate Dragon from the Arceuus spellbook to further increase Prayer experience rates. This also necessitates another way to unnote the marrentills for the altar, such as a bank near to a POH portal (like the one in Prifddinas), using a Jewellery box to teleport to a bank, unnoting at Phials at Rimmington, or using the Rada's blessing 4 to unnote atop Mount Karuulm.

Experience rates vary depending on the player's equipment and setup. With the Construction cape and when using the dragon hunter lance, it is possible to gain up to 70,000–75,000 experience per hour, not including the time gathering marrentills. Without the Construction cape, players can expect to gain up to around 55,000–65,000 experience per hour.

Pest Control[edit | edit source]

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Participating in the Pest Control minigame and spending the points on Prayer experience is a relatively slow but fairly low-effort training method. However, it does not require much inventory space or gearing up, which makes it a feasible option while training Farming and Fletching. Three or more inventory spaces can easily be dedicated to Fletching materials, allowing for the training of that skill during downtime in the minigame. The rest of the open inventory can be useful for Farming supplies.

It is recommended to have at least level 100 combat for the veteran boat, and some Melee equipment for decent enough damage output. Dragon dagger special attacks can be used to quickly get the activity bar full; alternatively, players can use the dragon battleaxe special attack for a free Strength boost every game.

The experience per point scales depending on the Prayer level, and players can expect to gain around 125 commendation points per hour in the veteran boat (100 and 75 points in the intermediate and novice boats, respectively). Players should always spend 100 points at a time, as this grants a 10% bonus to the amount of experience received. It is best to spend the points at higher Prayer levels to get the most experience out of them. Up to 4,000 points can be stored, which would take around 32 hours to get.

The below table shows the amount of Prayer experience gained per point at each Prayer level range. The experience rate assumes players gain 120 points per hour, and spend the points 100 at a time for the extra experience.

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25–34 18 19.8 2,376
35–42 36 39.6 4,752
43–48 54 59.4 7,128
49–54 72 79.2 9,504
55–59 90 99 11,880
60–64 108 118.8 14,256
65–69 126 138.6 16,632
70–73 144 158.4 19,008
74–77 162 178.2 21,384
78–81 180 198 23,760
82–84 198 217.8 26,136
85–88 216 237.6 28,512
89–91 234 257.4 30,888
92–94 252 277.2 33,264
95–97 270 297 35,640
98–99 288 316.8 38,016

For more information, see Ultimate Ironman Guide/Fletching and Ultimate Ironman Guide/Farming.

Using noted bones at the chaos altar[edit | edit source]

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The Chaos Temple in level 38 Wilderness has an altar which grants the same experience as a gilded altar with two burners lit, but also gives a 50% chance for the bone not to be consumed. This effectively doubles the amount of experience received per bone, which is very good for Ultimate Ironmen as gathering the bones can be very time-consuming. While bones can be processed faster at the gilded altar, the extra experience given per bone makes the chaos altar much better for using up noted bones for Prayer experience. Additionally, players do not have to gather marrentills to use the bones.

For this method to be viable, players will need to have completed Song of the Elves to be able to have the respawn point and player-owned house in Prifddinas, and Dragon Slayer II (partially) for the locator orb to suicide much faster. Players will also need to have house portals to Draynor Manor and Ghorrock. Alternatively, players who do not have the Magic level for the Ghorrock portal can use the Cemetery portal instead, which is slightly slower.

Noted dragon bones can be obtained from killing green dragons in the Wilderness (see above) after completion of the elite tasks in the Wilderness Diary. Noted dragon bones are also commonly dropped by Zulrah, Vorkath, and Alchemical Hydra. After completion of the elite tasks in the Fremennik Diary, Dagannoth Kings drop the dagannoth bones in noted form.

Players can gain up to around 320,000 experience per hour with noted dragon bones, not including the time gathering the bones and assuming players are not interrupted often. This equates to around 630 bones used per hour.

Procedure[edit | edit source]

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As bringing noted bones into the Wilderness is not viable for Ultimate Ironmen due to high risk, players have to only bring 1 inventory of bones at a time to the altar. Having access to 2000 or 2200 total worlds is recommended to have a smaller chance of getting attacked by player killers.

To start off, you will need to set up multiple deathpiles as follows:

  1. Deathpile your items on the ground near the respawn point in Prifddinas.
  2. Talk to Ava to get a full inventory of locator orbs, and deathpile them near the respawn point to a different square.
  3. Pick up the noted bones and 1 locator orb from the ground.
  4. Unnote 26 bones at the bank north of the respawn point. While running to the bank, lower your Hitpoints with the locator orb.
  5. Run back to the respawn point, and pickpocket an elf nearby to suicide to a different square your previous deathpiles are at.

You should now have three different deathpiles on different squares: one with all your items, one with multiple locator orbs, and one with noted and unnoted bones. After setting up the deathpiles, this method goes as follows:

  1. Pick up the noted bones and 1 locator orb from the deathpile that also has 26 unnoted bones.
  2. Unnote 26 bones at the bank north of the respawn point. While running to the bank, lower your Hitpoints with the locator orb.
  3. Run back to the respawn point, and pickpocket an elf nearby to suicide. When suiciding, make sure you stand in a different square than one of your existing deathpiles is at.
  4. Pick up 26 unnoted bones from the deathpile that does note have noted bones in it.
  5. Pick up 1 locator orb from the deathpile with multiple locator orbs. Go to your player-owned house and use the Ghorrock portal (or Cemetery portal) to enter the Wilderness.
  6. Head to the chaos temple, and manually use all your bones in your inventory at the altar. After you have used up all your bones, lower your Hitpoints with the locator orb, and suicide to the nearby wine of zamorak.
  7. Repeat the process. Get more locator orbs from Ava whenever needed, and deathpile your items again every 45–50 minutes to prevent them for despawning.

Killing red dragons in the Forthos Dungeon[edit | edit source]

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Killing red dragons in the Forthos Dungeon is a viable Prayer training method due to the self-contained nature of the dungeon. While this method is considerably slower than other methods, it has relatively few requirements and offers decent profit from processing the hides.

Once unlocked, players can offer bones obtained from killing the dragons at the Sacred Bone Burner, which gives triple Prayer experience per bone. Players can use the nearby altar to top up on Prayer points while killing dragons, and grubby keys can be used to restock on food and other supplies.

With level 73 Crafting, players should bring a needle and some thread, as the nearby tanner Eodan can turn red dragonhide drops into red dragon leather. Crafting red dragonhide armour pieces and alching them can add a bit of Crafting experience and gold to this training method. Completion of the Kourend & Kebos Diary will lower Eodan's tanning costs, depending on the level of diary completion.

Experience rates vary depending on combat level and equipment. Players can gain up 20,000 Prayer experience per hour, assuming the player is also processing the hides for profit. This would also give around 6,000 Crafting experience and 250,000 coins per hour. Ignoring the hides and focusing solely on the dragons will improve experience rates, while killing baby dragons will lower experience rates.

Passive training methods[edit | edit source]

Ensouled heads from Slayer[edit | edit source]

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With 60% Arceuus favor, the Arceuus spellbook and all of its reanimation spells becomes available for use. Saving up an inventory of ensouled heads during Slayer or combat training and reanimating them at the Dark Altar is an excellent way to passively gain Prayer experience while actively training other skills. The easiest way to reach the Dark Altar is by using the fairy ring cis, after paying Trossa 80,000 coins to revive it.

High-level players who have the occult altar in their player-owned house can opt to stay on the Arceuus spellbook during tasks which give ensouled heads. This allows for quick reanimation of monsters in the location where they were killed, making it an even more efficient method of training.

Fossil Island fossils[edit | edit source]

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Various activities on Fossil Island will reward the player with Fossil Island fossils. These can be used with the Mycelium pool on the island to create enriched bones, which can in turn be exchanged for Prayer experience. Popular sources for these fossils include tracking the Herbiboar, training Underwater, fighting Ammonite Crabs, and chopping Sulliusceps.

For more information, see Ultimate Ironman Guide/Hunter.

Bonecrusher[edit | edit source]

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With completion of the hard tasks in the Morytania Diary, the bonecrusher can be used in combat to automatically bury any bones for some passive Prayer experience. The bonecrusher is charged with ecto-tokens, rewarded for using bonemeal at the Ectofunctus. Each ecto-token gives 25 charges for the bonecrusher.

The best way to maintain bonecrusher charges is to claim the daily free bonemeal and slime and crushing provided by Robin. The player can either bring whatever bones they may have on hand, or simply kill undead chickens nearby to quickly collect bones. The Ectofunctus can be quickly travelled to with the Ectophial, which can be easily purchased from Perdu in Lumbridge.

Having the bonecrusher is strongly recommended for training Ranged with chinning, as players can gain a lot of passive Prayer experience from that. It is also useful in the Catacombs of Kourend, where it will restore a small amount of Prayer points as well.

For more information, see Ultimate Ironman Guide/Ranged.