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What is Prayer Flicking?

⬥ Prayer flicking is often thought of as two separate things:

1) ‘Prayer flicking’

⬥ Prayer flicking is changing your protection prayer to that of the boss’s current attacks (and changing the protection prayer as they change styles).This can be done on either prayer book.

‎ ‎ ‎ ‎• On the standard prayer book (protectfrommelee protectfrommagic protectfrommissiles protectfromnecro), requiring up to 46 Prayer prayer ‎ ‎to protect from all 4 styles.

‎ ‎ ‎ ‎• With curses (deflectmelee deflectmage deflectrange deflectnecromancy), requiring up to 73 Prayer prayerto protect from all 4 styles.

2) ‘Soul Split flicking’

⬥ Soul split flicking means using the Soul Split prayer soulsplit most of the time, and then switching back to the protection prayer for the boss’s current attack style before the boss’s attack hits.

‎ ‎ ‎ ‎• Soul Split flicking can only be done with curses, requiring 92 Prayer prayer to have access to Soul Split soulsplit and the 4 protection prayers deflectmelee deflectmage deflectrange deflectnecromancy

⬥ This guide will cover the benefits of both prayer and Soul Split flicking, and explain how to do them!

Why is Prayer Flicking Useful?

Damage Reduction

⬥ Having a protection prayer up reduces your incoming damage from this style by 50%.

‎ ‎ ‎ ‎• Increased to 60% reduction if wearing an Amulet of Souls aos or an Essence of Finality amulet eof

‎ ‎ ‎ ‎• The same +10% damage reduction can be gained from powder of protection powderofprotection if they are not wearing the amulets mentioned above. Powder and amulet effect do not stack.

⬥ Keeping the correct protection prayer up even when the boss is changing attack styles reduces the damage taken substantially.

‎ ‎ ‎ ‎• This reduces food usage.

⬥ When the correct prayer is active, the Devotion devo ability, as well the Devoted dev4 or Enhanced Devoted enhdev4 perk effects can be used to block 100% of the typed damage.

Why is Soul Split Flicking Useful?

Extra Healing

⬥ Having Soul Split soulsplit active for most of the time you are attacking results in a lot of extra healing.

‎ ‎ ‎ ‎• This extra healing can reduce the food needed for bosses substantially, and can even remove the need to use food entirely.

‎ ‎ ‎ ‎• When wearing an Amulet of Souls aos or an Essence of Finality amulet eof Soul Split has a 50% chance to heal 25-50% more for a total average of 18.75% more healing.

Soul Split Synergy

soulsplit is required for the ECB special attack ecb spec to work, and synergises well with the blood reaver familiar reaverpouch

⬥ The same is true for using the Split Soul incantation splitsoul from necromancy necromancy

‎ ‎ ‎ ‎• soulsplit flicking makes it safer and more feasible to make use of these, as you still get the benefit from soulsplit, but now have the heavy damage reduction of protection prayers.

Why is Reducing Food Usage Good?

General Benefits

⬥ Can increase room for error which makes kills more comfortable.

⬥ Increases kills per trip at bosses you do not want to teleport out of.

⬥ Reduces the supply cost for bossing.

Reduces Drawback of Solids and Saradomin Brews

⬥ Using solid food (e.g. sailfish sailfish) drains adrenaline and using Saradomin brews brew reduces stats

‎ ‎ ‎ ‎• Reducing the need to use them reduces the amount of adrenaline lost or stats drained throughout the course of a fight.

Allows You to Comfortably Swap from Beast of Burden (BoB) to DPS Familiar

⬥ You may have been using a BoB yak mammoth to bring more food to an encounter

‎ ‎ ‎ ‎• Reducing food means less need for a BoB, allowing the use of a DPS familiar smokenihil kalgpouch ripperpouch which further reduces kill times which further reduces food usage.

How to Prayer / Soul Split Flick?


⬥ The most important step towards prayer or Soul Split flicking is setting up good keybinds (see #interface-guide) and using them lots to build up muscle memory.

‎ ‎ ‎ ‎• Most people have these close together on the keyboard, near their abilities so that they can be used throughout the fight.

The Method

1) Look at the boss’s attack animations for the style.

2) Look at the boss’s attack rotation for attack styles (e.g. in the second phase of Vindicta vindicta).

3) When an attack animation of a style you are not currently protecting against happens, switch to that protection prayer.

4) If Soul Split soulsplit flicking, switch back to soulsplit after taking the reduced damage.

Note: if Soul Split flicking, you want to switch from Soul Split to the protection prayer as late as possible to have Soul Split active for as long as possible, so it is good to get used to the timing of the hits to make the most out of your Soul Split time.

Good Places to Practice Prayer / Soul Split Flicking

⬥ Arch Glacor archglacor normal mode with the flurry attack toggled on.

⬥ Vindicta vindicta

‎ ‎ ‎ ‎• 2nd phase has an attack rotation of charge → melee melee hit → ranged range hit → melee melee hit

⬥ Araxxor araxxi

‎ ‎ ‎ ‎• This is slightly harder if using melee melee and not standing at halberd range, as you have less time to react to its melee attacks

⬥ Raksha raksha

⬥ Jad (Fight Caves, Kiln, or within Zuk tzkalzuk encounter)

⬥ Any other boss you want to do!

Tips to Help Learning to Prayer / Soul Split Flick

⬥ Do not be discouraged if you feel you are missing a lot of prayer flicks - it is not uncommon. These skills are very rewarding, and near essential for pvm at stronger bosses, so worth learning sooner rather than later. Adding in Soul Split can come at a later stage once you're comfortable with flicking the protection prayers.

⬥ If you find yourself a little bit overwhelmed with the new keybinds, its not a bad idea to set up revo or revo++ to reduce your inputs as you start learning, and then later going back to either revo or full manual when you are more comfortable.

⬥ If you have learnt how to prayer flick, don’t be scared to give Soul Split flicking a go, even if just at bosses which attack a little bit slower.


Some examples of good prayer flicking.