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.
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||1,965,587||196,559||92|
|Scrimshaw of the elements||1,908,730||190,873|
|Scrimshaw of vampyrism||1,931,125||193,113|
|Scrimshaw of magic||1,618,876||161,888||95|
|Scrimshaw of ranging||1,704,749||170,475|
|Scrimshaw of attack||1,599,579||159,958|
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||7,850||92|
|Off-hand death lotus dart25||1 25||7,850|