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This article is about the God book. For the book used in 'In Aid of the Myreque', see Ancient book (In Aid of the Myreque).
For the hymnal obtained upon completion of the The Temple at Senntisten quest, see Ancient Hymnal.
Ancient Book
Ancient Book
AKA Zaros book
Release date 4 August 2010 (Update)
Members Yes
Quest item No
Tradeable No
Equipable Yes
Stackable No
Value 200 coins
High alch 120 coins
Low alch 80 coins
Destroy Drop
Store price 5,000 coins
Examine The holy book of a forgotten god.
Weight 1 kg
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The Ancient Book is a book held in place of a shield, and is the God book aligned with Zaros. It can be purchased from Jossik for 5,000 coins after completion of the Horror From The Deep quest along with The Dig Site quest. Although, if a player has any other god books, (such as a Saradomin's Book of Wisdom) those books must be filled up with their pages before you can obtain any other type of book from Jossik. Ancient books must be made using all four torn Ancient pages which can be purchased from other players, obtained from treasure trails or by cremating a Vyrewatch. Equipping an Ancient book allows the player to preach and perform ceremonies, such as blessing, last rites, and wedding rites by operating it (none of which have any effect on the game itself, and are simply recited lines of text). Lost Ancient books can be reclaimed at the Lighthouse by speaking to Jossik, complete with all pages that have been added, for no cost. It is worth noting that the book's pages sound as if they were written recently, since the book talks about followers of Zaros being oppressed - while when Zaros was in power, he had great influence and many followers. It has the same inventory image as the Book of the Gods.

After completion of One Piercing Note, if the book has all four pages, and you have 60 crafting and 60 prayer, you can use it to create an Illuminated ancient book. This grants you 10,000 Prayer experience and 10,000 Crafting experience (for the first time only) and leaves you with both the Ancient book and an Illuminated Ancient Book.

Filling the Ancient Book with all pages currently costs 192,414.

Combat StatsAncient Book equipped

A player wielding the Ancient Book

Skill requirements
Magic MagicShield slot
Constitution-iconLife points0
Strength bonuses



  • Ye faithful and loyal to the Great Lord, May ye together succeed in your deeds, Ye are now joined by the greatest power.

Last RitesEdit

  • Thy faith faltered, no power could save thee. Like the Great Lord, one day you shall rise again.


  • By day or night, in defeat or victory, The power of the Great Lord be with thee.


  • Though your enemies wish to silence thee, Do not falter, defy them to the end. Power to the Great Lord!
  • The followers of the Great Lord are few, But they are powerful and mighty. Power to the Great Lord!
  • Follower of the Great Lord be relieved: One day your loyalty will be rewarded. Power to the Great Lord!
  • Pray for the day that the Great Lord rises; It is that day thou shalt be rewarded. Power to the Great Lord!
  • Oppressed thou art, but fear not: The day will come when the Great Lord rises. Power to the Great Lord!
  • Fighting oppression is the wisest way, To prove your worth to the Great Lord. Power to the Great Lord!


  • The Book of War and the Ancient Book are the only two that do not mention the God's name when reading from them.

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