Ancient bones are used in the creation of scrimshaws at a Scrimshaw Crafter, as well as Death Lotus darts and their off-hand counterparts at the workbench. It is a reward from completing the Biologist and Missionary storylines, as well as a reward from their specific voyages, and some standard voyages.
If one wishes to 'farm' Ancient bones, it is recommended to build one/two Biologist and one/two Missionary statues, and use their standalone voyages. There is no joint voyage for Ancient bones, unlike other trade goods.
Fletching a scrimshaw requires 10 Ancient bones per scrimshaw created. Fletching a set of 25 lotus darts requires 1 set of ancient bones and 25 ascension shards. The maximum amount of Ancient bones a player can store at one time is 250. Any successful voyages after this will not increase the total.
Players may also buy individual units in the form of ports bone packs from Boni on Waiko after the miniquest Impressing the Locals. These cost 5 taijitu and 1,500 chimes each, but are the variant outside of Player-Owned Ports.
Superior scrimshaws are untradable, and last 4 hours.
Regular scrimshaws are tradable at the prices below, and last 3 hours. Based on the GE prices of the regular Scrimshaws, an approximate value for Ancient bones can be calculated as follows:
|Item||GE price||GP per Ancient bone||Level|
|Scrimshaw of cruelty||2,852,256||285,226||92|
|Scrimshaw of the elements||2,959,366||295,937|
|Scrimshaw of vampyrism||2,850,186||285,019|
|Scrimshaw of magic||2,613,804||261,380||95|
|Scrimshaw of ranging||2,888,815||288,882|
|Scrimshaw of attack||2,247,529||224,753|
Note: The opportunity cost of these is far greater than their GE cost. Value the ancient bone at a tenth of the most valuable scrimshaw you can create.
|Item||Resources needed||Grand Exchange cost||Level|
|Death Lotus dart25||1 25||7,325||92|
|Off-hand Death Lotus dart25||1 25||7,325|