Should players wish to leave the game they will not receive any Zeal points. Unlike Castle Wars, however, players will not be able to join a game until the current game has ended. This ensures that players on the losing team cannot swap teams to receive more points. They used to be able to join with 1 minute left in the game, but Jagex changed it as it was unfair for quitters or freeloaders to have more priority than the people who finished the game.
Players will receive a number of Zeal points based on their performance in the game, unless the player joined the waiting area after the game was half over; in which case no zeal points are awarded.:
Three zeal for a victory
Two zeal for a draw
One zeal for a defeat
Players may trade these in with Nomad or Zimberfizz for a variety of rewards such as experience, charms, and other items. Players can store a maximum of 50,000 Zeal points. This is equivalent to playing and winning 16,667 games.
Upon winning a game of Soul Wars, players have a chance to receive some Hybrid armour legs. This chance increases with more wins.
During Bot Nuke Day on 28 October 2011, the zeal rewarded after each game would be multiplied by three.