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The Holy Cithara is an object that can be found within the holy reliquary in the basement of the Abbey of St. Elspeth Citharede after completing One Piercing Note and meeting several of Saint Elspeth's requirements. Receiving the Holy Cithara for the first time rewards the player with 50,000 prayer experience. The Holy Cithara has a right-click play option which, upon clicking, will make the player play it energetically for a few seconds. Other players are able to hear the Cithara as you play it. You can only use the Cithara's emote when not sheathed.

Attempting to take the Cithara will result in having their hitpoints reduced to 1, unless the player is wearing an acceptable amount of "holy items" (among other requirements). This means that a player cannot die while attempting to take the Cithara, but will not succeed in collecting the Cithara unless one brings the required number of holy items, along with a ring of visibility and a Ghostspeak amulet or Cramulet (or has completed the Morytania Hard Tasks).

Holy cithara played

A player playing the cithara.

Combat StatsHoly cithara equipped
Skill requirements
NoneShield slot
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Style bonuses

Obtaining the Holy CitharaEdit

To obtain the Holy Cithara a player must wear a variety of equipment and meet certain "Holy" requirements:

  • The player must be on the Standard spellbook (or Lunar spellbook) and Prayers.
  • Equip:
  • 100% run Energy
  • 100% prayer points (i.e., boosted above maximum fails to work) - the altar upstairs can be used for recharging Prayer points. The player must switch to the normal prayer book.
  • No items aligned with another god may be either equipped or in the player's inventory.

Here are the examples of what must be equipped along with known acceptable pieces of Saradomin Equipment:

Item slot Acceptable Items
Ring Ring of visibility (mandatory unless you have gained the ability to see into the Shadow Realm from Sliske following Fate of the Gods)

Else a Ring of Devotion can be used

Necklace Ghostspeak amulet/Cramulet (mandatory unless Morytania legs 3 have been obtained)
Else a Citharede symbol, Holy symbol, Saradomin stole
Head Citharede hood; Saradomin coifSaradomin mitre; Saradomin full helm; Saradomin halo; Warpriest of Saradomin helm
Body Citharede robe top; Saradomin body; Saradomin robe top; Monk's robe top; Saradomin platebody; Warpriest of Saradomin cuirass
Legwear Citharede robe bottom; Saradomin robe legs; Saradomin chaps; Monk's robe bottom; Saradomin plateskirt/platelegs, Warpriest of Saradomin greaves
Weapon (2h) Saradomin staff; Saradomin bow; Saradomin mjolnir; Saradomin godsword (Lucky version does work); Saradomin sword; Banner of Saradomin; Sculpting chisel (Saradomin)
Shield None
Gloves Saradomin vambraces, Warpriest of Saradomin gauntlets
Boots Warpriest of Saradomin boots

Saradomin cloak; Saradomin cape; Warpriest of Saradomin cape

Ammo Saradomin arrow (only 1 needed)
Aura None
Pocket Any tier Saradominist token; Holy book; Illuminated holy book; Damaged holy book

If you don't obtain it on your first try, but the ghost appears and you don't get dealt any damage, keep trying until you get it. It can take upwards of 15 tries to successfully grab the cithara. Note that if you are wearing 5 items, you won't take damage but the ghost will appear and tell you that you're not yet worthy. You won't be able to pick it up regardless of how many times you try.

Tips and MisconceptionsEdit

  • Players only need 6 items worn to obtain the Cithara, not counting the items required for the ring and necklace slots. Wearing more items than necessary does work, but is not required. Wearing all 6 pieces of the Golden Saradomin Warpriest armour does work.
  • If players are wearing 6+ Saradomin items but they also have a Zamorak or Zaros item in their inventory/equipped, they will still be dealt the almost fatal damage if attempting to take the cithara.
  • The Citharede robes are not required, they are simply free and readily available after completing the quest.
  • An inexpensive way to achieve the 6 worn Saradomin items is using the 3 Citharede robes (all 4 if you've completed the hard Morytania tasks) available from the quest, 1 Saradomin arrow, a Saradomin crozier OR Damaged holy book, and the Saradomin cape if needed (this can be acquired for free from the Mage Arena).
  • A majority of the items affiliated with Saradomin listed on the Saradomin page do not work. The white gloves and white boots are prime examples.
  • Because all four of the Falador shields have a symbol that closely resembles the Saradomin symbol, it is sometimes mistaken for a Saradomin aligned item. However, this is not the case.
  • If players receive the message that states them as unworthy of obtaining the holy cithara, before moving forward in the conversation and being struck by current LP - 1, exit to the lobby, log back in, and try again.
  • If a player has completed the hard (Morytania Tasks), then it is possible to replace the Ghostspeak amulet with a Holy symbol, Citharede symbol, or Saradomin stole.
  • If a player has changed their title to show alignment to a god (see God Emissaries), such as Zamorak, it will not affect their ability to pick up the Holy Cithara.

Trivia Edit

  • "Cithara" is an Ancient Greek (Κιθάρα) word for lyre.
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Unworthy to take the Cithara
Saint Elspeth's voice-acted message when the player does not violate the requirements but does not reach them either.
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Worthy to take the Cithara
Saint Elspeth's voice-acted message when the player meets or exceeds all requirements to take the cithara.
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Playing the cithara

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