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Protect Item: Misc



Up to date as of February 07, 2010

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Protect Item
Protect ItemsProtect Item
Members only? No/Yes
Level 25 (Standard Prayer), 50 (Ancient Curses)
Drain rate 1 point every 18 seconds
Effect Keep 1 extra item if you die
A player activating the Protect Item Curse

Protect Item is a prayer in both the standard prayer list and the Ancient Curses. When it is active, the user will keep one extra item if they die. This means that if the player is Skulled, they will still keep one item and if they don't have a skull, they will keep four items.

Popular Uses


Player Killing

Up until 15 July 2009, Protect Item could be used on PvP-designated worlds and Bounty worlds. It was common to see players Player-killing with only one item, such as an Abyssal whip or poisoned Dragon dagger. Their logic was that even if they die, they could use the Protect Item prayer to avoid the effect of the skull and keep their weapon. This tactic was despised amongst many PKers in general and was commonly referred to as "1 iteming."

However, there are various ways to counter these so called one-itemers, such as the level 92 Lunar magic spell Heal Other, which can be used on a "1 itemer" in addition to the Smite prayer to drain their prayer points even more.


  • Protect Item is unique in that it is the only prayer that appears on both the standard prayer list and the Ancient Curses list, but Ancient curses icon has 2 shiny rings around it, and appears smaller.
  • Members who depended upon one-iteming were advised to bring a Prayer potion as player killers often used spells and prayers to drain their victims' prayer points before they killed them.
  • Protect Item, and one-iteming in general, has now largely been replaced in PvP with +1 Item Bounty Worlds.

This article uses material from the "Protect Item" article on the Runescape wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.


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