Release date 30 January 2017 (Update)
Members Yes
Level 99
Book Ancient Curses
Drain rate 400 points per minute (1 point per 0.15 seconds)
Effect +12 Ranged levels (for accuracy)
+12% Ranged damage
+12 Defence levels (for armour)
Drains the enemies Ranged Attack, Ranged Strength and Defence, increasing over time.

Desolation is a curse released as a reward from Nex: Angel of Death. It is unlocked by using the praesul codex. It requires level 99 Prayer to activate, the highest in the game alongside Malevolence and Affliction.

Desolation is a boosted version of Anguish; it can boost the user's ranged accuracy, ranged damage, and Defence significantly, as well as drain those of opponents, while draining prayer 1/3 faster.

Praesul prayer activation

Desolation's animation when activated


  • On release, Desolation was an overhead prayer. This was changed a week later following player feedback.
  • Malevolence, Desolation, and Affliction share the highest prayer drain rate, 40 times as fast as the slowest draining curse, Protect Item.