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For the variant encountered in Daemonheim, see Ankou (Dungeoneering).
For the elite version, see Ankou (elite).
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Ankou are undead monsters found on the fourth level of the Stronghold of Security, and in the Wilderness Volcano. They are described by Vannaka, a Slayer Master, as "neither skeleton nor ghost, but a combination of both."

They're weak against Earth spells and the Salve amulet. In free worlds, they're often attacked because of their high experience yield and decent drops, though some players will kill them solely for their left skull half drops. In combat, ankous act similar to attackable human NPCs - punching their opponents.

The ankou is the only monster to drop the left skull half, a component needed to assemble the skull sceptre. Wearing Varrock armour while killing them increases the chance of receiving this component of the skull sceptre.

LocationsEdit

DropsEdit

100% dropsEdit

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
BonesBones1Always229

Charms (m)Edit

No charmGold charmGreen charmCrimson charmBlue charm
72–73%23–24%2%2%0.3–0.5%
Represents a 90% confidence range based on a sample of 37,000 kills.
1 charm is dropped at a time.
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Main dropEdit

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Mystic clothMystic cloth1–3 (noted)Rare4,923–14,769
Adamant arrow 5Adamant arrow20Common1,000
Mithril 2h swordMithril 2h sword1Common3,934
Mithril chainbodyMithril chainbody1Common3,062
Death runeDeath rune10Uncommon1,630
BattlestaffBattlestaff(m)1Uncommon6,016
Black knifeBlack knife(m)1Rare270
Off-hand black knifeOff-hand black knife(m)1Rare75
Adamant gauntletsAdamant gauntlets1Rare2,471
Belladonna seed 5Belladonna seed(m)1Uncommon854
Cactus seed 5Cactus seed(m)1Uncommon295
Irit seed 5Irit seed(m)1Uncommon405
Kwuarm seed 5Kwuarm seed(m)1Uncommon4,595
Limpwurt seed 5Limpwurt seed(m)1Uncommon983
Marrentill seed 5Marrentill seed(m)1Uncommon15
Poison ivy seed 5Poison ivy seed(m)1Uncommon112
Strawberry seed 5Strawberry seed(m)1Uncommon53
Tarromin seed 5Tarromin seed(m)1Uncommon9
Toadflax seed 5Toadflax seed(m)1Uncommon3,202
Whiteberry seed 5Whiteberry seed(m)1Uncommon54
Harralander seed 5Harralander seed(m)1Uncommon24
Nasturtium seed 5Nasturtium seed(m)1Uncommon13
Avantoe seed 5Avantoe seed(m)1Rare289
Dwarf weed seed 5Dwarf weed seed(m)1Rare655
Jangerberry seed 5Jangerberry seed(m)1Rare2
Bittercap mushroom spore 5Bittercap mushroom spore(m)1Rare898
Watermelon seed 5Watermelon seed(m)1Rare758
Wildblood seed 5Wildblood seed(m)1Rare36
Spirit weed seed 5Spirit weed seed(m)1Rare960
Ranarr seed 5Ranarr seed(m)1Rare965
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed(m)1Very rare585
Grimy harralanderGrimy harralander(m)1Common66
Grimy marrentillGrimy marrentill(m)1Common328
Grimy guamGrimy guam(m)1Common286
Grimy avantoeGrimy avantoe(m)1Uncommon1,670
Grimy iritGrimy irit(m)1Uncommon3,251
Grimy cadantineGrimy cadantine(m)1Uncommon3,266
Grimy dwarf weedGrimy dwarf weed(m)1Uncommon2,226
Grimy kwuarmGrimy kwuarm(m)1Uncommon5,163
Grimy ranarrGrimy ranarr(m)1Uncommon2,636
Grimy lantadymeGrimy lantadyme(m)1Rare3,228
Grimy tarrominGrimy tarromin(m)1Rare24
BassBass(m)1Uncommon137
Fried mushroomsFried mushrooms(m)1Uncommon382
Fire talismanFire talisman1Very rare1,218
Coins 1000Coins50–2,000Common50–2,000
Pure essencePure essence(m)15 (noted)Uncommon345
Mithril oreMithril ore(noted)Uncommon924
Yew logsYew logs(noted)Uncommon392
Weapon poison (1)Weapon poison (1)(m)1Rare25

Tertiary dropsEdit

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Spirit sapphireSpirit sapphire1RareNot sold
Spirit emeraldSpirit emerald1RareNot sold
Spirit rubySpirit ruby1RareNot sold
Ghost hunter goggles (70)Ghost hunter goggles1Very rareNot sold
Ghost hunter body (70)Ghost hunter body1Very rareNot sold
Ghost hunter legsGhost hunter legs1Very rareNot sold
Ghost hunter backpackGhost hunter backpack1Very rareNot sold
EctoplasmatorEctoplasmator1Very rareNot sold
Deployable herb burnerDeployable herb burner1Very rareNot sold
CremationCremation1Very rareNot sold
Clue scroll (hard)Clue scroll (hard)(m)1RareNot sold
Left skull halfLeft skull half1RareNot sold
Ghostly essenceGhostly essence(m)1–4Rare25,729–102,916
Starved ancient effigyStarved ancient effigy(m)1Very rareNot sold

Rare drop table dropsEdit

This monster has access to the rare drop table.
Luck-enhancing items such as a ring of wealth or luck of the dwarves are not required to access the table.
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Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Coins 1000Coins250–500; 3,000Common250–3,000
Uncut sapphireUncut sapphire1Common891
Uncut emeraldUncut emerald1Common1,921
Uncut rubyUncut ruby1Common2,082
Uncut diamondUncut diamond1Common3,769
Uncut diamondUncut diamond45–55 (noted)Rare169,605–207,295
Loop half of a keyLoop half of a key1Common21,445
Tooth half of a keyTooth half of a key1Common24,457
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone1Uncommon11,696
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone45–55 (noted)Rare526,320–643,280
Dragon longswordDragon longsword1Common57,383
Dragon spearDragon spear1Rare36,196
BattlestaffBattlestaff180–220 (noted)Rare1,082,880–1,323,520
Rune javelinRune javelin5Rare850
Rune platebodyRune platebody1Uncommon37,699
Rune platebodyRune platebody15–25 (noted)Rare565,485–942,475
Shield left halfShield left half1Rare64,155
Dragon helmDragon helm1Uncommon58,746
Rune arrowheads 5Rune arrowheads113–137Common29,154–35,346
Onyx bolts 5Onyx bolts135–165Very rare1,054,080–1,288,320
Chaos talismanChaos talisman1Rare1,313
Nature talismanNature talisman1Rare1,175
Water talismanWater talisman65–82 (noted)Rare376,545–475,026
Earth talismanEarth talisman65–82 (noted)Rare104,130–131,364
Fire talismanFire talisman25–35 (noted)Rare30,450–42,630
Raw lobsterRaw lobster135–165 (noted)Common26,190–32,010
Raw sharkRaw shark225–275 (noted)Uncommon285,975–349,525
Big bonesBig bones72–90 (noted)Uncommon15,192–18,990
Dragon bonesDragon bones180–220 (noted)Rare297,000–363,000
CoalCoal200–1,100 (noted)Uncommon27,800–152,900
Gold oreGold ore90–110 (noted)Common16,380–20,020
Adamantite oreAdamantite ore180–220 (noted)Uncommon270,720–330,880
Adamant barAdamant bar14–16 (noted)Common42,980–49,120
Adamant barAdamant bar135–165 (noted)Rare414,450–506,550
Runite oreRunite ore90–110 (noted)Rare1,012,320–1,237,280
Rune barRune bar(noted)Common41,397
Rune barRune bar45–55 (noted)Rare620,955–758,945
Grimy torstolGrimy torstol90–110 (noted)Uncommon359,820–439,780
Grimy snapdragonGrimy snapdragon90–110 (noted)Uncommon223,920–273,680
Super restore (4)Super restore (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon242,910–296,890
Prayer potion (4)Prayer potion (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon174,870–213,730
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed14–16Uncommon8,190–9,360
Dwarf weed seed 5Dwarf weed seed14–16Uncommon9,170–10,480
Magic seed 5Magic seed4Uncommon408,860
Palm tree seed 5Palm tree seed10Rare1,695,880
FlaxFlax450–550 (noted)Common17,550–21,450
Molten glassMolten glass45–55 (noted)Common11,835–14,465
Soft claySoft clay450–550 (noted)Uncommon219,600–268,400
Yew logsYew logs68–82Uncommon13,328–16,072
Yew logsYew logs675–825 (noted)Rare132,300–161,700
Teak plankTeak plank45–55 (noted)Uncommon36,720–44,880
Mahogany plankMahogany plank270–330 (noted)Rare449,280–549,120
Blurberry specialBlurberry special1Uncommon1,991
Vecna skullVecna skull1Very rare*216,995
Hazelmere's signet ringHazelmere's signet ring1Very rare*1,804,467,420
Brawling gloves (Melee)Brawling gloves (Melee)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Magic)Brawling gloves (Magic)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Ranged)Brawling gloves (Ranged)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Agility)Brawling gloves (Agility)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Cooking)Brawling gloves (Cooking)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (FM)Brawling gloves (FM)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Fishing)Brawling gloves (Fishing)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Hunter)Brawling gloves (Hunter)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Mining)Brawling gloves (Mining)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Prayer)Brawling gloves (Prayer)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Smithing)Brawling gloves (Smithing)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Thieving)Brawling gloves (Thieving)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (WC)Brawling gloves (WC)1Very rareNot sold
Crystal triskelion fragment 1Crystal triskelion fragment 11Very rareNot sold
Crystal triskelion fragment 2Crystal triskelion fragment 21Very rareNot sold
Crystal triskelion fragment 3Crystal triskelion fragment 31Very rareNot sold

Universal dropsEdit

Universal drops are dropped by nearly every monster outside of Daemonheim.
These drops are dropped alongside main drops.
Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Key tokenKey token1RareNot sold

TriviaEdit

  • In Breton, the word Ankou means Grim Reaper or Death. It is also a psychopomp (someone who escorts deceased souls to the afterlife) in Breton mythology.
  • Although the examine info says, "A bony ghost." they do not count towards a Slayer assignment of ghosts. Instead, they are a Slayer task by themselves.
  • They used to be located in the Forinthry Dungeon, but were replaced by dark beasts on 8 August 2016 as part of the Wilderness Improvements update.
  • Due to excessive botting, ankous had their health boosted. This led to player complaints as the ankous then had too many life points for low-levelled players. The boost was eventually reverted with the update on 17 October 2016.

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