Skull sceptre

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The skull sceptre is obtained by combining untradeable items dropped by monsters residing within the Stronghold of Security. Its defining feature is the ability to teleport to the entrance of the Stronghold, located in Barbarian Village, which consumes a charge.

The sceptre initially holds 10 charges, but it can be upgraded to contain more charges by completing different tiers of the Varrock Diary: 14, 18, 22, and 26 respectively after each tier. The maximum number of charges carries over to F2P, even if the player loses membership. Once all charges have been consumed, a non-imbued sceptre will self-destruct.

Skull sceptres or their constituent parts can be crushed with a chisel to yield tradeable Bone fragments, each of which adds one charge when used on the Skull sceptre (i). When chiseled, the full skull sceptre will provide a base quantity of 14 bone fragments, increasing by four for each Varrock diary tier the player has completed.

Combat styles[edit | edit source]

Combat OptionsCombat StyleAttack typesStyleExperience
CombatStyles Polestaff.pngBashCrushAccurateAttack and Hitpoints
PoundCrushAggressiveStrength and Hitpoints
BlockCrushDefensiveDefence and Hitpoints

Using the Sceptre[edit | edit source]

  • Invoke: Teleports the player to Stronghold of Security
  • Divine: Checks the amount of charges the player has left

Creating the Sceptre[edit | edit source]

Where to find the pieces[edit | edit source]

Each piece has a roughly 3% chance of being dropped by the following monsters:[1]

Assembly[edit | edit source]

  1. Use the left skull half on the right skull half to create the strange skull.
  2. Use the top of sceptre on the bottom of sceptre to create a runed sceptre.
  3. Use the strange skull on the runed sceptre to create the skull sceptre.

Upon creation, the sceptre will gain the maximum number of charges unlocked by the player's level of completion of the Varrock Diary. Note that players are required to create a skull sceptre as part of the Varrock Hard Diary.

Imbuing and recharging[edit | edit source]

Main article: Skull sceptre (i)

Players with the RuneScape Authenticator enabled on their account can imbue the sceptre by taking it to Solztun near the Cradle of Life, who will turn it into a skull sceptre (i). Collecting a pair of fancy or fighting boots is a requirement for imbuing, however the boots do not need to be in the player's inventory during the process.

While imbued, it will not break upon depleting all its charges. Should players disable the Authenticator, the sceptre will revert to a regular skull sceptre.

The imbued skull sceptre can be recharged with sceptre pieces: each piece will grant three teleport charges, and the combined pieces (strange skull and runed sceptre) will grant six charges. The left skull half dropped by ankou gives 5 charges. Players may also use a chisel to break previously made sceptres down into fragments, and use the pieces to charge the the imbued sceptre.

The most efficient method is to kill the level 12 minotaurs found on the first sublevel of the Stronghold of Security, as they have the lowest Hitpoints and therefore can be killed the fastest. A different method is to kill the Flesh Crawlers found on the second sublevel, as they are always aggressive to the player, regardless of their combat level. Together with them only having 25 Hitpoints, this makes for a low-intensity way of getting sceptre pieces.

Changes[edit | edit source]

Date Changes
18 November 2020
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  • Bone fragments can now be used to charge the sceptre.
  • The base number of charges you can hold on a completed Sceptre has been raised from 5 to 10.
  • Each completed tier of the Varrock Achievement Diary increases the number of max charges to 14, 18, 22, and 26 respectively.
  • Skull Sceptres are no longer destroyed when they are dropped or when you are killed with an unprotected one in your Inventory.
  • Multiple can be owned.
  • Unimbued Skull Sceptres all share the same charges, and when one shatters, the next is magically back at full charge.
  • Imbuing one skull sceptre now imbues them all, same rule for unimbue.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Jagex. Mod Ash's Twitter account. 3 December 2016. (Archived from the original on 7 October 2018.) Mod Ash: "[What are the drop rates for skull sceptres pieces dropped by the monsters in the Stronghold of Security?] About 3%."