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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." The level 63 ankous have a maximum hit of 380.

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
BonesBones1Always246

Charms (m)Edit

No charmGold charmGreen charmCrimson charmBlue charm
72%23–24%2%2%0.4–0.5%
Represents a 90% confidence range based on a sample of 36,001 kills.
1 charm is dropped at a time.
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Main dropEdit

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Adamant arrow 5Adamant arrow20Common1,000
Mithril 2h swordMithril 2h sword1Common2,527
Mithril chainbodyMithril chainbody1Common1,204
Death runeDeath rune10Uncommon1,630
BattlestaffBattlestaff(m)1Uncommon6,862
Black knifeBlack knife(m)1Rare208
Off-hand black knifeOff-hand black knife(m)1Rare77
Adamant gauntletsAdamant gauntlets1Rare2,731
Belladonna seed 5Belladonna seed(m)1Uncommon293
Cactus seed 5Cactus seed(m)1Uncommon216
Irit seed 5Irit seed(m)1Uncommon691
Kwuarm seed 5Kwuarm seed(m)1Uncommon6,347
Limpwurt seed 5Limpwurt seed(m)1Uncommon1,032
Marrentill seed 5Marrentill seed(m)1Uncommon31
Poison ivy seed 5Poison ivy seed(m)1Uncommon66
Strawberry seed 5Strawberry seed(m)1Uncommon143
Tarromin seed 5Tarromin seed(m)1Uncommon50
Toadflax seed 5Toadflax seed(m)1Uncommon2,600
Whiteberry seed 5Whiteberry seed(m)1Uncommon28
Harralander seed 5Harralander seed(m)1Uncommon24
Nasturtium seed 5Nasturtium seed(m)1Uncommon2
Avantoe seed 5Avantoe seed(m)1Rare598
Dwarf weed seed 5Dwarf weed seed(m)1Rare1,151
Jangerberry seed 5Jangerberry seed(m)1Rare4
Bittercap mushroom spore 5Bittercap mushroom spore(m)1Rare50
Watermelon seed 5Watermelon seed(m)1Rare727
Wildblood seed 5Wildblood seed(m)1Rare91
Spirit weed seed 5Spirit weed seed(m)1Rare423
Ranarr seed 5Ranarr seed(m)1Rare1,413
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed(m)1Very rare1,350
Grimy harralanderGrimy harralander(m)1Common82
Grimy marrentillGrimy marrentill(m)1Common179
Grimy guamGrimy guam(m)1Common129
Grimy avantoeGrimy avantoe(m)1Uncommon2,482
Grimy iritGrimy irit(m)1Uncommon3,692
Grimy cadantineGrimy cadantine(m)1Uncommon5,379
Grimy dwarf weedGrimy dwarf weed(m)1Uncommon2,670
Grimy kwuarmGrimy kwuarm(m)1Uncommon5,463
Grimy ranarrGrimy ranarr(m)1Uncommon3,365
Grimy lantadymeGrimy lantadyme(m)1Rare4,505
Grimy tarrominGrimy tarromin(m)1Rare32
BassBass(m)1Uncommon147
Fried mushroomsFried mushrooms(m)1Uncommon375
Fire talismanFire talisman1Very rare1,728
Coins 1000Coins50–2,000Common50–2,000
Pure essencePure essence(m)15 (noted)Uncommon375
Mithril oreMithril ore(noted)Uncommon594
Yew logsYew logs(noted)Uncommon390
Weapon poison (1)Weapon poison (1)(m)1Rare18

Tertiary dropsEdit

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Spirit sapphireSpirit sapphire1RareNot sold
Spirit emeraldSpirit emerald1RareNot sold
Spirit rubySpirit ruby1RareNot sold
Clue scroll (hard)Clue scroll (hard)(m)1RareNot sold
Left skull halfLeft skull half1RareNot sold
Ghostly essenceGhostly essence(m)1–4Rare11,424–45,696
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 sapphire1Common1,011
Uncut emeraldUncut emerald1Common2,251
Uncut rubyUncut ruby1Common2,594
Uncut diamondUncut diamond1Common4,189
Uncut diamondUncut diamond45–55 (noted)Rare188,505–230,395
Loop half of a keyLoop half of a key1Common19,448
Tooth half of a keyTooth half of a key1Common22,300
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone1Uncommon12,190
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone45–55 (noted)Rare548,550–670,450
Dragon longswordDragon longsword1Common55,688
Dragon spearDragon spear1Rare36,011
BattlestaffBattlestaff180–220 (noted)Rare1,235,160–1,509,640
Rune javelinRune javelin5Rare910
Rune platebodyRune platebody1Uncommon37,230
Rune platebodyRune platebody15–25 (noted)Rare558,450–930,750
Shield left halfShield left half1Rare63,667
Dragon helmDragon helm1Uncommon58,302
Rune arrowheads 5Rune arrowheads113–137Common23,956–29,044
Onyx bolts 5Onyx bolts135–165Very rare1,055,025–1,289,475
Chaos talismanChaos talisman1Rare1,335
Nature talismanNature talisman1Rare909
Water talismanWater talisman65–82 (noted)Rare440,245–555,386
Earth talismanEarth talisman65–82 (noted)Rare167,310–211,068
Fire talismanFire talisman25–35 (noted)Rare43,200–60,480
Raw lobsterRaw lobster135–165 (noted)Common20,385–24,915
Raw sharkRaw shark225–275 (noted)Uncommon292,725–357,775
Big bonesBig bones72–90 (noted)Uncommon27,288–34,110
Dragon bonesDragon bones180–220 (noted)Rare289,440–353,760
CoalCoal200–1,100 (noted)Uncommon35,600–195,800
Gold oreGold ore90–110 (noted)Common12,960–15,840
Adamantite oreAdamantite ore180–220 (noted)Uncommon216,360–264,440
Adamant barAdamant bar14–16 (noted)Common49,784–56,896
Adamant barAdamant bar135–165 (noted)Rare480,060–586,740
Runite oreRunite ore90–110 (noted)Rare944,190–1,154,010
Rune barRune bar(noted)Common41,466
Rune barRune bar45–55 (noted)Rare621,990–760,210
Grimy torstolGrimy torstol90–110 (noted)Uncommon406,710–497,090
Grimy snapdragonGrimy snapdragon90–110 (noted)Uncommon322,290–393,910
Super restore (4)Super restore (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon258,885–316,415
Prayer potion (4)Prayer potion (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon214,380–262,020
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed14–16Uncommon18,900–21,600
Dwarf weed seed 5Dwarf weed seed14–16Uncommon16,114–18,416
Magic seed 5Magic seed4Uncommon456,136
Palm tree seed 5Palm tree seed10Rare2,155,650
FlaxFlax450–550 (noted)Common5,850–7,150
Molten glassMolten glass45–55 (noted)Common16,335–19,965
Soft claySoft clay450–550 (noted)Uncommon162,000–198,000
Yew logsYew logs68–82Uncommon13,260–15,990
Yew logsYew logs675–825 (noted)Rare131,625–160,875
Teak plankTeak plank45–55 (noted)Uncommon47,025–57,475
Mahogany plankMahogany plank270–330 (noted)Rare619,650–757,350
Blurberry specialBlurberry special1Uncommon1,792
Vecna skullVecna skull1Very rare*365,608
Hazelmere's signet ringHazelmere's signet ring1Very rare*17,641,253
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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