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Polypore staff
Polypore staffPolypore staff (degraded)
Release date 28 November 2011 (Update)
Members? Yes
Quest item? No
Tradeable? Yes
Equipable? Yes
Stackable? No
High Alch 120,000 coins
Low Alch 80,000 coins
Destroy Drop
Store price Not sold
Exchange price 766,324 coins (info)
Buy limit 10
Examine Imbued with power from the fungi growing on it.
Weight 1.8 kg
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Polypore staff detail

The polypore staff is a degradable staff that requires 75 Magic to wield. It was released on November 28, 2011, along with the Polypore Dungeon update. This staff is the charged form of the polypore stick.

It is created by adding 3,000 polypore spores and 15,000 Fire runes to a polypore stick. Doing so requires a minimum of 80 Farming, which can be assisted or boosted by items such as garden pies, and gives 300 Farming experience, or 0.1 experience per charge. Both hands must be free in order to charge the staff.

Once created, a polypore staff will carry 3,000 charges. The staff may be repaired at any time in the same manner in which it is created, by adding fire runes and polypore spores to a degraded polypore staff.

The polypore staff can be used to cast regular spells, but it can also cast its unique spell Polypore Strike, which is classed as an air spell. To use Polypore Strike, players must auto-cast the spell from the spell book section of the Ability book. This spell is available on all spellbooks and is the only combat spell on the Lunar spellbook. It requires 80 Magic to cast.

The staff has 3,000 charges when fully charged. When the staff is used in combat, each attack the player makes with the staff uses one charge. The attack is a Magic (Air) attack and does not consume any runes, though the average price per cast is approximately Coins 100 187, assuming that you sell the stick afterwards. The staff has a 1694 accuracy bonus.

When a fully-charged polypore staff is used to make an attack, it becomes a "Polypore staff (degraded)". However, this is only a name change and no combat abilities of the staff are lost or changed; it just becomes untradeable. When all the charges are used up, the staff reverts to a polypore stick. The player can create the polypore staff from the stick by repeating the process that charged it. The player can also recharge a degraded polypore staff; this requires polypore spores, fire runes in proportion to how much the staff is degraded, and level 80 farming. For example, a staff that has used 1,000 charges (2,000 remaining) requires 1,000 spores and 5,000 fire runes to fully restore. The staff may only be traded when fully charged. Charging the staff gives 0.1 farming XP per charge.

The staff can be cleaned using a right-click option - doing this will revert the staff to a polypore stick and give back the spores equivalent to half of the remaining charges.

The polypore staff is a very popular Barrows weapon, being cheap to use, quite effective against all the melee-using brothers, and stronger than other popular magic weapons such as the Slayer's staff, as well as not needing space for runes.

One charge at current Grand Exchange prices costs Coins 100 187.

The price to fully recharge the staff at current Grand Exchange prices costs Coins 1000 561,000.

The profit for selling a recharged stick at current Grand Exchange prices is Coins 1000 162,607.

Combat Stats
Skill requirements
75 Magic-icon
Class Slot
Magic Magic 2h slot
Weapons Main Off
Damage - -
Accuracy 1694 -
Style - -
Defence-icon Armour rating0
Constitution-icon Life bonus0
Prayer-icon Prayer bonus0
Style bonuses
Attack-icon0 Ranged-icon0 Magic-icon0
Attack speed
AverageInterval: 3.6 secondsAttack speed average
Polypore staff equipped
Polypore staff (degraded) equipped
A player wielding a polypore staff
A player wielding a degraded polypore staff

A notification appears in the chat box when the staff's charges are half way used up.

Comparison with other magical weaponsEdit

Name Type Levels to equip Cost Accuracy Notes
Dominion staff Dominion staff Staff 90Magic-icon Free reward 2458
  • Usable ONLY inside the Dominion Tower, and nowhere else
  • Provides infinite elemental runes
  • Far higher accuracy than all other staves outside of Daemonheim: 2458 accuracy as opposed to 1924 with the chaotic staff
Chaotic staff Chaotic staff Staff 80Magic-icon
200,000 tokens 1924
  • Degrades from full charge after 10 hours of combat, but can be fully repaired for Coins 1000 2,000,000 or Coins 1000 200,000 and 20,000 Dungeoneering tokens
  • Highest accuracy of any staff that isn't restricted to a mini-game or Dungeoneering
Zuriel's staff Zuriel's staff Staff 78Magic-icon Coins 1000 2,521,934 1829
  • Degrades to nothing after 1 hour of combat
    (Note: it does not degrade when not in combat; it is not known if the use of abilities negates the degradation)
  • Second-most accurate staff for use outside of activities, only behind the chaotic staff.
  • Only staff in the game to feature a critical hit bonus, at 1.8%.
Armadyl battlestaff Armadyl battlestaff Staff 77Magic-icon Coins 1000 11,709,545 1783
  • Third-most accurate staff for use outside of activities.
  • Most accurate non-degrading staff for use outside of activities
  • Increases the damage of auto-attacks with Storm of Armadyl by 10%
  • Provides infinite air runes
Greater runic staff Greater runic staff Staff 75Magic-icon
25,000 points 1694
  • Can hold up to 1000 casts of any single spell, including non-combat spells, saving inventory space
  • Costs 25,000 RuneSpan reward points and does not degrade
Staff of light Staff of light Staff 75Magic-icon Coins 1000 189,410 1694
Ancient staff Enhanced ancient staff Staff 70Magic-icon
Several others
Coins 1000 59,565 (Ancient staff)
Elite desert diary
  • Comes as a free upgrade to the Ancient staff upon completion of the Desert Tasks
  • Is cheap to replace and thus ideal for dangerous PvP
  • Has a +2 Prayer bonus, unlike its Staff of Light counterpart.
Polypore staff Polypore staff Staff 75Magic-icon Coins 1000 766,324 1694
  • Its inbuilt spell, Polypore Strike, has the strength of high-end spells from the Ancient Magicks
  • The charges for this spell (up to 3000) are stored in the staff, preserving inventory space
  • Requires 80 Farming to recharge the staff
  • Polypore Strike is available on any spellbook, allowing use of the Lunar spellbook with combat magic
  • Polypore Strike costs only Coins 100 187 a cast
Seismic wand Seismic wand and singularity Wand and orb 90Magic-icon Coins 1000 851,624,154(wand) Coins 1000 205,528,279(orb) 2458
  • The highest accuracy of a magic weapon usable anywhere
  • Singularity can be substituted by a shield for greater defensive stats, but at a cost to offence
  • Expensive compared to other weapons
  • Much greater speed than most staves, but much lower auto-attack damage
  • Degrades after 10 hours of combat from full charge, and costs Coins 1000 4,500,000 to repair both weapons at Bob's Axes (or less at an armour stand, depending on Smithing level)
Virtus wand Virtus wand and book Wand and book 80Magic-icon Coins 1000 57,268,601(wand) Coins 1000 21,624,309(book) 1924
  • Book can be substituted by a shield for greater defensive stats, but at a cost to offence
  • Much greater speed than most staves, but much lower auto-attack damage
  • Degrades after 10 hours of combat from full charge, and costs Coins 1000 3,000,000 to repair both weapons at Bob's Axes (or less at an armour stand, depending on Smithing level)
Abyssal wand Abyssal wand and orb Wand and orb 75Magic-icon Coins 1000 4,174,313(wand) Coins 1000 1,242,920(orb) 1694
  • Orb can be substituted by a shield for greater defensive stats, but at a cost to offence
  • Highest levelled non-degrading wand and orb outside of Daemonheim
  • Much greater speed than most staves, but much lower auto-attack damage
  • 1/8 chance to save all runes when casting every offensive spell, this chance increasing to 1/5 when wearing combat robes and 1/2 when wearing battle robes
  • Acts as a Slayer staff for the Slayer dart spell

Polypore spell

A player casting Polypore Strike before the EoC (click to play).


  • When attempting to craft the staff without the required fire runes, the game will display a message saying, "You require 5 fire runes for each polypore spore. The staff will not accept substitutes."
  • Although fire runes are used to charge the staff, the spell Polypore Strike is an air spell.
  • There was controversy over the staff's 80 Attack requirement. Many felt that since it was impossible to attack with Melee with the staff, the staff shouldn't have had a Melee requirement. However, it was confirmed that the Attack requirement was to be removed, and the melee bonuses reduced. This update occurred on 6 December 2011.
  • Upon reaching 1,500 charges (half the total charges) the polypore staff changes appearance, losing much of its colour. A message will appear in the chatbox informing the player that the staff has partially degraded. When recharging the staff, even if it is still below 1500 charges after charging, the staff is shown with the enhanced colours during the charging animation.
  • Before the Evolution of Combat, this item had a Prayer bonus.
  • Polypore staves are commonly used for player killing and doing PvM activities. After the Evolution of Combat, it is still used, though not as frequently, and its attacks are air-based.
  • The polypore staff's attack are similar to the Magic attack of the inhabitants of Polypore Dungeon.
  • The polypore staff's animation seems to be modelled after Kal'Ger the Warmonger's attack animation when he uses his celestial catalytic staff.
  • Polypore is a common and widespread group of fungi or wild mushrooms.

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