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Summoning is a complex skill that allows you to invoke many types of assistance from a wide variety of creatures. It also allows you to have different pets such as dogs, birds, reptiles and wild animals. The Summoning skill is unlocked by completing the Wolf Whistle quest, which begins with Pikkupstix in the Taverly summoning shop.
The bulk of summoning experience is earned by creating pouches to summon animals - the experience for actually summoning familiars and using their special spells is only a fraction of that amount. Players do earn combat experience for damage done by familiars . Summoned familiars offer many benefits, both automatic and via scrolls, and it's worth exploring what they can do for you.
It appears that the most difficult and time-consuming part of summoning is acquiring the charms required to make pouches. Charms are not tradable and can only be obtained by killing certain monsters that drop them. In addition, charms may also be obtained from thieving chests in Dorgesh-Kaan. Since the drop quantity is usually 0 or 1 (dragons may drop 2 or 3), this takes a great deal of time. Players are expected to collect these through slayer tasks and normal combat training. Additionally, summoning requires an investment of pure cash, as the shards required to make pouches sell for 25gp at the summoning shop.
Summoned familiars now remain for an extended time and do not require renewal. Summoning points are used as a continuous drain, like prayer. These points do not restore themselves - a summoning potion or a visit to a summoning obelisk is needed.
Familiars have unique abilities - they may be able to assist you in a fight, boost your combat or skill levels, collect materials at random, and in some cases even carry items for you! Lower level familiars are useful to players with lower overall skills. We encourage players to try out the familiars - grinding for xp just making pouches misses out on the special capabilities that are available.