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A spellbook is a list of magic spells available for casting to a player. There are currently four spellbooks: the standard/modern spellbook, the Ancient magicks spellbook, the Lunar spellbook and the Arceuus spellbook. A player may only cast spells from their current spellbook, and if they wish to use spells from another spellbook they must change to that spellbook.

In order to switch from one spellbook to another, players have several options. First, they may choose to change to the spellbook by speaking to the spellbook-specific NPC or interacting with the relevant altar for that spellbook, as listed in the sections below. Second, players may switch between any spellbook by using an Occult Altar in the Achievement Gallery in a Player owned house.

It is possible to switch to and from the Ancient Magicks spellbook and Lunar spellbook, without switching back at the former altar. For example, it is possible for players who are on Ancient Magicks to pray at the Astral Altar, where their spellbook will switch to Lunar. If players wish, they may pray again to deactivate the Lunar spellbook and get their spellbooks switched to Modern.


The standard spellbook contains 70 spells.

Main article: Standard spells
The standard spellbook icon.

The standard spellbook, also known as the modern magic spellbook, is available to all players, whereas the other spellbooks can only be unlocked through members quests.

This spellbook contains the most spells (70), as well as the most types of spells; offensive, skills, enchanting and teleportation.

Ancient Magicks

There are 26 ancient spells.

Main article: Ancient Magicks
The ancient magicks spellbook icon.

The Ancient Magicks spellbook is composed of offensive and teleportation spells. It becomes available to players after they complete the Desert Treasure quest.

To change to the Ancient Magicks spellbook, or back from the Ancient Magicks to the standard spellbook, players must enter the Jaldraocht Pyramid in the desert south of Al Kharid and west of Pollnivneach from the rear and pray at the altar. The Ancient Magicks are considered the most powerful and dangerous spells in Runescape due to their high hits and special capabilities.

Lunar spells

There are 43 Lunar spells.

Main article: Lunar spells
The lunar spellbook icon.

The Lunar spellbook contains no offensive spells. They are filled with defensive, self-help, skill-related and utility spells.

The Lunar spellbook becomes available to a player after completion of the Lunar Diplomacy quest. More Lunar spells can be unlocked after completing Dream Mentor. To change to the Lunar spellbook or back from the Lunar to the standard spellbook, a player must pray at the Astral Altar on the south-east side of Lunar Isle.

Two new spells, Tan Leather and Recharge Dragonstone are unlocked by completing the Hard Fremennik Diary.

Arceuus spells

There are 35 Arceuus spells.

Main article: Arceuus spellbook
The Arceuus spellbook icon.

The Arceuus spellbook contains no offensive spells.

The Arceuus spellbook becomes available after reaching 60% favour with the Arceuus House in Great Kourend. To change to the Arceuus spellbook or back from the Arceuus spellbook to the standard spellbook, players must speak to Tyss by the Dark altar, north of Arceuus.

The book contains 22 different monsters that can be reanimated with their respective ensouled head, which are dropped by monsters of the same type.