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Damaged book
Holy book Book of balance Unholy book Book of war Book of law Ancient book
Release date 17 November 2004 (Update)
Members Yes
Quest item Horror from the Deep
Tradeable No
Equipable Yes
Stackable No
Value 200 coins
High alch 120 coins
Low alch 80 coins
Destroy Drop
Store price 5,000 coins (first book for free)
Examine An incomplete book of Saradomin/Guthix/Zamorak/Bandos/Armadyl
An incomplete ancient book
Weight 1 kg
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God books are books held in place of a shield. A player first receives a Damaged book and needs to add 4 torn pages to make a complete god book: Saradomin's holy book, Guthix's book of balance, or Zamorak's unholy book. With an update on 4 August 2010, players can also obtain god books of Armadyl, Bandos, and Zaros. Illuminated god books can be created after completing One Piercing Note.

Types of god books

The table below uses real-time market prices. For more information, or to update outdated prices, see Grand Exchange Market Watch/Treasures.

God book God Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Total price
Holy book Saradomin's holy book Saradomin 74,255 44,724 36,028 50,014 Script error
Book of balance Guthix's book of balance Guthix 47,409 35,277 34,423 33,910 Script error
Unholy book Zamorak's unholy book Zamorak 313,516 258,794 236,146 268,521 Script error
Book of war Bandos' book of war Bandos 31,569 21,198 13,313 27,639 Script error
Book of law Armadyl's book of law Armadyl 37,115 29,596 28,651 29,254 Script error
Ancient book Ancient book Zaros 55,910 52,605 41,346 42,553 Script error
Total of all prices Script error
Type Unknown

Mainhand info Off-hand info Attributes Strength bonus
Style Dmg Acc Style Dmg Acc Defence-icon Constitution-icon Prayer-icon Attack-icon Ranged-icon Magic-icon
Holy book Saradomin's holy book 00000+8+8+8+8+8+800+50000
Book of balance Guthix's book of balance +4+4+4+4+4+4+4+4+4+4+400+50000
Unholy book Zamorak's unholy book +8+8+8+8+800000000+50000
Book of war Bandos' book of war +6+6+600+6+6+600+200+50000
Book of law Armadyl's book of law +4+4+40+6+4+4+40+6+200+50000
Ancient book Ancient book +4+4+4+60+4+4+4+60+200+50000

Obtaining the books

In the quest Horror from the Deep, you will receive a "Rusty casket". Speak to Jossik about this chest, and he will ask you to read what the chest says. You can choose from the 3 main gods: Saradomin, Guthix, Zamorak. After you have completed one of the three books, you may purchase either the two you did not receive, or choose from the other 3 gods: Armadyl, Bandos, and Zaros.

Note: You can only obtain the Ancient book by completing the The Dig Site quest.

For whichever god you choose, you will get a "Damaged book" of that god. When wielded, this book provides +5 to Prayer. However, this is not the book's true potential. Torn pages that are missing from your Damaged book can be found and put back in to complete the book.

You can acquire torn pages by completing Treasure Trails, cremating Vyre Corpses in the Columbarium, or by buying them from other players, either directly or via the Grand Exchange. Torn pages are unique to each god's book. Once you have added all four torn pages, it becomes a new book depending on which god it is for. Saradomin's damaged book becomes a Saradomin's holy book, Guthix's damaged book becomes a Guthix's book of balance, Zamorak's damaged book becomes a Zamorak's unholy book, Zaros' damaged book becomes an Ancient book, Bandos' damaged book becomes a Bandos' book of war and Armadyl's damaged book becomes a Armadyl's book of law.

Once you have completed your book, you may go back to Jossik and buy a different Damaged book for 5,000 coins. You can only buy a different book each day until you have all the books, so you cannot buy two books on the same day. The next day, Jossik will have found the last book that you need. (Each book has 4 pages such as: Zamorak page 1/2/3/4, Guthix page 1/2/3/4, Saradomin page 1/2/3/4; see God pages)

There are some disputes on the RuneScape Forums concerning the ability to remove pages from the book, as over the months the prices for certain pages have increased dramatically. However, Jagex has stated that they will not add the ability to remove pages, citing price drops as a repercussion[1].

An oversight on Jagex's behalf is that once you choose a damaged book, you have to complete it before you can claim another. This is particularly fustrating if you chose a Zamorak book out of ignorance, as you cannot choose another god book till you have completed the Zamorak one which is just under 20 million gp to buy all the pages.

After the quest One Piercing Note, all completed books can be illuminated - creating a copy with the same bonuses, and an additional +3 prayer (to a total of +8). Illuminating a book requires 60 Prayer and Crafting, and gives 10,000 Prayer and Crafting the first time a book is illuminated (for a total of 60,000 experience to each skill for all 6 books).

Losing a god book

If a player loses their God book, they can go back to Jossik who will have found it "on the shore" and get it back for free, complete with pages that have been added.



  • On the first day of release, players were able to buy all 3 books from Jossik without completing each book. It is unknown if this was a glitch or intentional by Jagex.
  • After completion of Horror from the Deep, you may only choose one of the three main gods' books; to obtain the three new gods' books, you must complete one of the major god's books.
  • The Zamorak's unholy is by far the most expensive book to complete; at Script error it costs more than all the other books combined (Script error). This price is due to it having the highest offensive bonuses of all books with the highest Range attack bonus in the game, and prior to the introduction of defenders it was also the highest Melee attack bonus item in the shield slot.
  • Preaching from a finished God book takes up special attack energy, and if the special attack energy is under 25%, you will be unable to preach
  • You can NOT remove the pages from your chosen god book.


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