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Magical ability in OSRS is pretty important. And you’ll unlock a variety of combat and utility skills as you level up your magic.
Teleports, turning items into coins, powerful surge strikes, and even the ability to freeze your opponents can all be unlocked by training the Magic skill.
So what should a skilled mage use as their weapon of choice?
In OSRS there are a ton of options from staves to wands, some of which are so powerful that only the most skilled mages will be able to wield them!
But if you’re looking for ideas for your mage build, here’s all the best OSRS magic weapons to check out.
10. Ahrim’s Staff
Our first staff on this list is a barrows item, the Ahrim’s Staff.
Requiring a minimum level of 70 magic and attack to wield, this staff has a magic attack and defence bonus of +15, with a +5% magic strength bonus.
Not too shabby.
If you use this staff with a full set of Ahrim’s, you’ll unlock the set effect.
That allows you to have a chance of lowering your opponent’s strength level with each successful hit.
If you further pair this with an Amulet of the Damned, you’ll be able to auto-cast Ancient magic, and have a 25% chance to deal 30% more damage!
Where to Get: This is obtainable from the Barrows minigame as a rare drop.
9. Staff of the Dead
Staff of the Dead is a dual purpose weapon that can also work as a decent melee weapon, with stats similar to a Dragon Longsword – making it unique among other magic weapons!
Just note that it requires 75 magic and attack to wield.
But the staff has a +17 magic attack and defence bonus, with a very powerful +15% magic strength bonus too.
When using a combat-based spell, there’s a 12.5% chance that you’ll use absolutely no runes!
This is a very useful staff for PvP and PvM, for sure.
On top of all the above benefits, the staff offers a special attack that halves all incoming melee damage for 60 seconds. But it has to remain equipped to obtain the benefits.
Where to Get: This is a rare drop from K’ril in the God War Dungeon at a rate of 1/512.
The Dawnbringer staff is actually the second most powerful in the game.
And the reason it’s so far down on this ranking is because it can only be used in one place:
Phase 1 Verzik in the Theatre of Blood.
But it has a very powerful +25 magic attack bonus, with a special attack that hits Verzik for 75 – 150 damage per hit!
This consumes 35% of the special bar, and as a result, must be passed around to your teammates to deal enough damage to takedown her shields.
Where to Get: Obtainable in the Theatre of Blood temporarily. It cannot be removed from the raid.
7. Master Wand
At last, our first wand on this list.
The Master Wand has a magic attack and defence of +20, and requires level 60 magic to wield.
It’s notable as being one of the few magic items in OSRS being able to autocast Ancient Magic. As a result, it’s always been quite a popular option among players.
Sadly, it’s locked behind the Mage Training Arena which is just boring to do.
I mean, it’s really some of the worst content to grind in OSRS. So getting this wand will take many, many hours of your time.
Where to Get: Only buyable from the Mage Training Arena with points obtained from doing activities within.
6. 3rd age Wand
Being tied with the Master Wand in terms of stats, the Master Wand can auto-cast normal magic spells.
And it requires 65 magic to wield, which is 5 higher than the Master Wand.
What makes this item special is that it’s a 3rd age item, which makes it very rare.
It’s so rare that it costs around 140m while the Master Wand only costs around 3.5m. Yeah.
People with this wand generally have it to show off, as opposed to really using it in battle.
Where to Get: Obtainable from elite and master clue caskets.
5. Trident of the Swamp
Trident of the Swamp is probably the most used staff in OSRS.
It’s fairly expensive to use, but less so than a Sanguinesti Staff – and it still packs a punch!
To wield this trident, you’ll need at least a level 75 magic.
It has a +25 magic attack bonus and +15 magic defence. With no bonuses, the max hit of this staff at level 99 magic is 31. And that can be pushed to 38 with max magic bonuses equipped.
Unlike other staves on this list, the Trident of the Swamp has a built-in spell. And the staff itself must be charged.
So there’s actually no need to carry runes with you.
The staff can also only be used in PvM, as it’s currently banned in PvP.
And finally, this incredible staff has a 25% chance to envenom an enemy. This increase to a 100% chance with a serpentine helmet on.
Where to Get: You’ll need to attach a Magic Fang from Zulrah, onto a Trident of the Seas.
4. Toxic Staff of the Dead
Now this is an upgraded Staff of the Dead, which has a magic fang attached to it.
You’ll need a minimum of 75 attack and Magic to use it, though.
The staff has identical stats to a Staff of the Dead, with the added benefit of having a 25% chance to envenom an enemy.
And just like before, this increase to a 100% chance with a serpentine helmet on.
As a result, this staff is commonly used in high-risk PvP situations, because it outputs quite a high amount of damage. Especially with surge spells.
You’ll also need to charge the staff with Zulrah scales too, and it’ll cost around 1.3m to fully charge.
Where to Get: You’ll need to attach a Magic Fang from Zulrah, onto a Staff of the Dead.
3. Harmonized Nightmare Staff
As a seriously powerful staff, you’ll need a minimum of level 75 magic and 50 hitpoints to consider wielding this bad boy!
This is the most expensive magic weapon on this entire list at an insane cost of 840m.
But it’s very useful for PvP, as it’s a 4 tick weapon with no initial delay – making it one of the fastest weapons in OSRS.
This special attack activates when used with offensive spells from the normal spell book.
Combine the speed of this staff with a +16 magic attack and a+15% magic strength bonus, and you get a really powerful weapon. No wonder it costs so much.
And it can work in PvM too, where it’s used against bosses like Zulrah, the Nightmare, and Kraken.
Where to Get: You’ll need to have a Nightmare Staff and combine it with the very expensive Harmonized Orb.
2. Sanguinesti Staff
I mentioned this one earlier, and it’s definitely a well-known choice for magic weaponry.
The Sanguinesti Staff comes with a magic attack bonus of +25 and defence of +15. And it has stats comparable to a Trident of the Swamp.
What sets this staff part is its powerful passive effect.
The Sang has a 1/6 chance of successful hits on your opponent actually healing you of roughly half the amount of damage you just dealt.
And the staff has a built-in spell you can carry with it.
But it must be charged with blood runes, making it very expensive to get and to maintain.
A fully-charged staff requires 20k blood runes, which costs around 22.6m This makes every spell cost around 1.1k!
As a result of this high expense, the Sanguinesti Staff is mainly used by the very rich, or for extremely niche activities such as raids.
And if you’re looking to buy one, start saving. This staff typically sells for the very expensive rate of 70m!
Where to Get: Obtainable as a rare drop from the Theatre of Blood.
1. Kodai Wand
Our number one spot goes to the all-powerful Kodai Wand.
The Kodai certainly feels like the best magic weapon in OSRS, with a magic attack bonus of +28, defence of +20, and a magic strength bonus of +15%.
Just note that it requires 75 magic to wield, so it’ll take some time before you can carry this one around.
But it can auto cast both ancient and normal spell books!
As if this weapon couldn’t get any better, the wand provides you with an unlimited supply of water runes. This makes ice spells very easy to cast, as well as saving you an inventory spot.
It’s also quite expensive at a cost of 86m. But if you can foot the bill (or get it another way) then it’s probably worth the effort.
Where to Get: You’ll need to get a Kodai Insignia from the Chambers of Xerics, which is a mega-rare drop. Once obtained, you’ll need to combine that with a Master Wand.