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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
BonesBones1Always184

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 35,934 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 sword1Common2,476
Mithril chainbodyMithril chainbody1Common1,059
Death runeDeath rune10Uncommon1,740
BattlestaffBattlestaff(m)1Uncommon6,670
Black knifeBlack knife(m)1Rare227
Off-hand black knifeOff-hand black knife(m)1Rare81
Adamant gauntletsAdamant gauntlets1Rare2,377
Belladonna seed 5Belladonna seed(m)1Uncommon409
Cactus seed 5Cactus seed(m)1Uncommon217
Irit seed 5Irit seed(m)1Uncommon475
Kwuarm seed 5Kwuarm seed(m)1Uncommon6,492
Limpwurt seed 5Limpwurt seed(m)1Uncommon1,098
Marrentill seed 5Marrentill seed(m)1Uncommon10
Poison ivy seed 5Poison ivy seed(m)1Uncommon38
Strawberry seed 5Strawberry seed(m)1Uncommon35
Tarromin seed 5Tarromin seed(m)1Uncommon18
Toadflax seed 5Toadflax seed(m)1Uncommon2,331
Whiteberry seed 5Whiteberry seed(m)1Uncommon24
Harralander seed 5Harralander seed(m)1Uncommon20
Nasturtium seed 5Nasturtium seed(m)1Uncommon1
Avantoe seed 5Avantoe seed(m)1Rare370
Dwarf weed seed 5Dwarf weed seed(m)1Rare1,189
Jangerberry seed 5Jangerberry seed(m)1Rare5
Bittercap mushroom spore 5Bittercap mushroom spore(m)1Rare20
Watermelon seed 5Watermelon seed(m)1Rare860
Wildblood seed 5Wildblood seed(m)1Rare81
Spirit weed seed 5Spirit weed seed(m)1Rare435
Ranarr seed 5Ranarr seed(m)1Rare1,607
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed(m)1Very rare1,475
Grimy harralanderGrimy harralander(m)1Common79
Grimy marrentillGrimy marrentill(m)1Common207
Grimy guamGrimy guam(m)1Common184
Grimy avantoeGrimy avantoe(m)1Uncommon2,491
Grimy iritGrimy irit(m)1Uncommon3,009
Grimy cadantineGrimy cadantine(m)1Uncommon4,957
Grimy dwarf weedGrimy dwarf weed(m)1Uncommon3,049
Grimy kwuarmGrimy kwuarm(m)1Uncommon5,606
Grimy ranarrGrimy ranarr(m)1Uncommon3,079
Grimy lantadymeGrimy lantadyme(m)1Rare3,639
Grimy tarrominGrimy tarromin(m)1Rare33
BassBass(m)1Uncommon186
Fried mushroomsFried mushrooms(m)1Uncommon375
Fire talismanFire talisman1Very rare1,354
Coins 1000Coins50–2,000Common50–2,000
Pure essencePure essence(m)15 (noted)Uncommon345
Mithril oreMithril ore(noted)Uncommon536
Yew logsYew logs(noted)Uncommon404
Weapon poison (1)Weapon poison (1)(m)1Rare15

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)1–4Rare11,666–46,664
Starved ancient effigyStarved ancient effigy(m)1Very rareNot sold

Rare drop table dropsEdit

This monster has access to the rare drop table.
A ring of wealth, luck potion or collector's insignia 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 sapphire1Common938
Uncut emeraldUncut emerald1Common1,823
Uncut rubyUncut ruby1Common2,646
Uncut diamondUncut diamond1Common4,029
Uncut diamondUncut diamond45–55 (noted)Rare181,305–221,595
Loop half of a keyLoop half of a key1Common18,155
Tooth half of a keyTooth half of a key1Common24,645
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone1Uncommon11,466
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone45–55 (noted)Rare515,970–630,630
Dragon longswordDragon longsword1Common55,066
Dragon spearDragon spear1Rare36,043
BattlestaffBattlestaff180–220 (noted)Rare1,200,600–1,467,400
Rune javelinRune javelin5Rare930
Rune platebodyRune platebody1Uncommon37,263
Rune platebodyRune platebody15–25 (noted)Rare558,945–931,575
Shield left halfShield left half1Rare63,962
Dragon helmDragon helm1Uncommon57,926
Rune arrowheads 5Rune arrowheads113–137Common18,080–21,920
Onyx bolts 5Onyx bolts135–165Very rare1,033,830–1,263,570
Vecna skullVecna skull1Very rare56,887
Chaos talismanChaos talisman1Rare1,649
Nature talismanNature talisman1Rare1,021
Water talismanWater talisman65–82 (noted)Rare352,560–444,768
Earth talismanEarth talisman65–82 (noted)Rare106,795–134,726
Fire talismanFire talisman25–35 (noted)Rare33,850–47,390
Raw lobsterRaw lobster135–165 (noted)Common13,635–16,665
Raw sharkRaw shark225–275 (noted)Uncommon253,350–309,650
Big bonesBig bones72–90 (noted)Uncommon25,128–31,410
Dragon bonesDragon bones180–220 (noted)Rare309,780–378,620
CoalCoal200–1,100 (noted)Uncommon36,800–202,400
Gold oreGold ore90–110 (noted)Common12,420–15,180
Adamantite oreAdamantite ore180–220 (noted)Uncommon192,780–235,620
Adamant barAdamant bar14–16 (noted)Common34,160–39,040
Adamant barAdamant bar135–165 (noted)Rare329,400–402,600
Runite oreRunite ore90–110 (noted)Rare981,450–1,199,550
Rune barRune bar(noted)Common41,871
Rune barRune bar45–55 (noted)Rare628,065–767,635
Grimy torstolGrimy torstol90–110 (noted)Uncommon388,530–474,870
Grimy snapdragonGrimy snapdragon90–110 (noted)Uncommon328,500–401,500
Super restore (4)Super restore (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon252,900–309,100
Prayer potion (4)Prayer potion (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon208,890–255,310
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed14–16Uncommon20,650–23,600
Dwarf weed seed 5Dwarf weed seed14–16Uncommon16,646–19,024
Magic seed 5Magic seed4Uncommon507,788
Palm tree seed 5Palm tree seed10Rare1,936,420
FlaxFlax450–550 (noted)Common4,950–6,050
Molten glassMolten glass45–55 (noted)Common10,530–12,870
Soft claySoft clay450–550 (noted)Uncommon141,750–173,250
Yew logsYew logs68–82Uncommon13,736–16,564
Yew logsYew logs675–825 (noted)Rare136,350–166,650
Teak plankTeak plank45–55 (noted)Uncommon27,675–33,825
Mahogany plankMahogany plank270–330 (noted)Rare564,840–690,360
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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