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The Illuminated Ancient Book can be created after finishing One Piercing Note. To make this book, use an ancient book on the book stand in the Abbey of St. Elspeth Citharede and complete all the steps to make the illuminated version.

The illuminated book has better stats than the original book in all applicable categories. If lost, it can be reclaimed from a player-owned house bookcase for 120,000. However, the book will lose all its remaining charges, requiring the player to add additional pages in order to activate the passive effect. Unlike some Zaros-aligned items such as the Shard of Zaros, equipping this book will offer no protection within the God Wars Dungeon.

Combat Stats
40 PrayerNone
CombatSwords AllPocket slotDefenceArmour0
ConstitutionLife points0
Damage--Damage reduction
Accuracy--PvM: 0%PvP: 0%
Style-Style bonuses


The illuminated ancient book can be activated like a scrimshaw to provide a passive combat effect. The book can be recharged with Ancient page 1, Ancient page 2, Ancient page 3, or Ancient page 4, giving 45 minutes of active time per page. This is shared, unchanged, with the original book.

The passive has a 5% chance per hit to activate. When it activates, icicles hit and surround the target, dealing 120-200% damage (PvP: 40-120%) and binding the target for 4 seconds. This is based on Nex's ice prison attack.


Illuminated Ancient Book equipped
  • Prior to 22 February 2016, this book used to be held in the off-hand slot.
  • The Illuminated Ancient Book is the only god book referred to as an "unholy" book in its examine text including the regular ancient book.

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