The Vecna skull is a very rare drop from monsters, which can only be received while wearing a luck of the dwarves ring or Hazelmere’s signet ring.
Activating a Vecna skull temporarily raises the player’s Magic level by 2-11 (2 + 10% of the player’s level, rounded down). It can be activated an infinite number of times, but it can only be activated once every seven minutes per player, regardless of how many Vecna skulls are owned, with the exception of the Duel Arena – where, when you win or lose, the timer resets. A message will appear once seven minutes has passed that says « Your skull of Vecna has regained its mysterious aura.« .
This item cannot be lent. The boost will not work while your magic level is already boosted by any other effect. Players additionally cannot bring the Vecna skull into Fist of Guthix or the Duel Arena to gain an advantage in magical duels if the « no potions » option is enabled.
When you click on the « Draw power » from the Vecna Skull, a message appears in your chat box saying « The skull feeds off the life around you, boosting your magical ability. »
It is dropped by every monster that has access to the Rare drop table.
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- Vecna is a powerful arch-lich and deity in the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game.
- When the Vecna skull was first released there was a glitch that allowed it to be used with in the Duel Arena even with the potion option selected off, which gave players an unfair advantage in mage stakes.
- After an update on 8 September 2014, it temporarily increases the player’s Magic level by 2-11 (2 + 10% of the player’s level, rounded down). This makes the boost stronger than the magic potion at all levels, but equal or worse than super magic potion or extreme magic at any level.
- Due to the 8 September 2014 change to the skull’s boost, players with high Magic levels were unable to reapply the skull’s boost after the seven minute cooldown has passed. Attempting to do so yielded the following message in the chatbox: « The skull’s aura pulses, but remains on the skull. Your magical boost prevents its powers from working.« . This was caused by the initial boost lingering despite the time passed, e.g. players with a Magic level of 99 would have found that their Magic level was still boosted to 103/99 (down from 110/99 when the skull was first activated) after seven and a half minutes had passed, forcing them to wait several more minutes before they could activate the skull again. This was fixed on 6 March 2017.
- The imbued heart in Old School RuneScape has the same functionality as the Vecna skull.