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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
BonesBones1Always244

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)Rare3,783–11,349
Adamant arrow 5Adamant arrow20Common1,020
Mithril 2h swordMithril 2h sword1Common3,769
Mithril chainbodyMithril chainbody1Common2,759
Death runeDeath rune10Uncommon1,330
BattlestaffBattlestaff(m)1Uncommon6,132
Black knifeBlack knife(m)1Rare209
Off-hand black knifeOff-hand black knife(m)1Rare82
Adamant gauntletsAdamant gauntlets1Rare2,419
Belladonna seed 5Belladonna seed(m)1Uncommon838
Cactus seed 5Cactus seed(m)1Uncommon145
Irit seed 5Irit seed(m)1Uncommon387
Kwuarm seed 5Kwuarm seed(m)1Uncommon6,461
Limpwurt seed 5Limpwurt seed(m)1Uncommon405
Marrentill seed 5Marrentill seed(m)1Uncommon14
Poison ivy seed 5Poison ivy seed(m)1Uncommon212
Strawberry seed 5Strawberry seed(m)1Uncommon136
Tarromin seed 5Tarromin seed(m)1Uncommon33
Toadflax seed 5Toadflax seed(m)1Uncommon2,894
Whiteberry seed 5Whiteberry seed(m)1Uncommon59
Harralander seed 5Harralander seed(m)1Uncommon42
Nasturtium seed 5Nasturtium seed(m)1Uncommon14
Avantoe seed 5Avantoe seed(m)1Rare228
Dwarf weed seed 5Dwarf weed seed(m)1Rare569
Jangerberry seed 5Jangerberry seed(m)1Rare4
Bittercap mushroom spore 5Bittercap mushroom spore(m)1Rare1,065
Watermelon seed 5Watermelon seed(m)1Rare905
Wildblood seed 5Wildblood seed(m)1Rare105
Spirit weed seed 5Spirit weed seed(m)1Rare1,536
Ranarr seed 5Ranarr seed(m)1Rare824
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed(m)1Very rare419
Grimy harralanderGrimy harralander(m)1Common88
Grimy marrentillGrimy marrentill(m)1Common237
Grimy guamGrimy guam(m)1Common368
Grimy avantoeGrimy avantoe(m)1Uncommon1,199
Grimy iritGrimy irit(m)1Uncommon3,644
Grimy cadantineGrimy cadantine(m)1Uncommon3,096
Grimy dwarf weedGrimy dwarf weed(m)1Uncommon2,310
Grimy kwuarmGrimy kwuarm(m)1Uncommon5,483
Grimy ranarrGrimy ranarr(m)1Uncommon2,301
Grimy lantadymeGrimy lantadyme(m)1Rare3,173
Grimy tarrominGrimy tarromin(m)1Rare20
BassBass(m)1Uncommon237
Fried mushroomsFried mushrooms(m)1Uncommon382
Fire talismanFire talisman1Very rare2,689
Coins 1000Coins50–2,000Common50–2,000
Pure essencePure essence(m)15 (noted)Uncommon390
Mithril oreMithril ore(noted)Uncommon792
Yew logsYew logs(noted)Uncommon306
Weapon poison (1)Weapon poison (1)(m)1Rare35

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
Sealed clue scroll (hard)Sealed clue scroll (hard)(m)1RareNot sold
Left skull halfLeft skull half1RareNot sold
Ghostly essenceGhostly essence(m)1–4Rare10,063–40,252
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 250Coins250–500Common250–500
Uncut sapphireUncut sapphire1Common801
Uncut emeraldUncut emerald1Common2,119
Uncut rubyUncut ruby1Common1,801
Uncut diamondUncut diamond1Common3,268
Uncut diamondUncut diamond45–55 (noted)Rare147,060–179,740
Loop half of a keyLoop half of a key1Common17,139
Tooth half of a keyTooth half of a key1Common18,626
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone1Uncommon12,120
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone45–55 (noted)Rare545,400–666,600
Dragon longswordDragon longsword1Common58,233
Dragon spearDragon spear1Rare35,736
BattlestaffBattlestaff180–220 (noted)Rare1,103,760–1,349,040
Rune javelinRune javelin5Rare895
Rune platebodyRune platebody1Uncommon37,761
Rune platebodyRune platebody15–25 (noted)Rare566,415–944,025
Shield left halfShield left half1Rare64,617
Dragon helmDragon helm1Uncommon58,853
Rune arrowheads 5Rune arrowheads113–137Common21,809–26,441
Onyx bolts 5Onyx bolts135–165Very rare1,062,585–1,298,715
Chaos talismanChaos talisman1Rare1,286
Nature talismanNature talisman1Rare1,538
Water talismanWater talisman65–82 (noted)Rare626,990–790,972
Earth talismanEarth talisman65–82 (noted)Rare260,260–328,328
Fire talismanFire talisman25–35 (noted)Rare67,225–94,115
Raw lobsterRaw lobster135–165 (noted)Common25,245–30,855
Raw sharkRaw shark225–275 (noted)Uncommon235,125–287,375
Big bonesBig bones68–82 (noted)Uncommon13,260–15,990
Dragon bonesDragon bones180–220 (noted)Rare308,520–377,080
CoalCoal200–1,100 (noted)Uncommon25,800–141,900
Gold oreGold ore90–110 (noted)Common14,760–18,040
Adamantite oreAdamantite ore180–220 (noted)Uncommon230,220–281,380
Adamant barAdamant bar14–16 (noted)Common43,708–49,952
Adamant barAdamant bar135–165 (noted)Rare421,470–515,130
Runite oreRunite ore90–110 (noted)Rare1,027,260–1,255,540
Rune barRune bar(noted)Common40,293
Rune barRune bar45–55 (noted)Rare604,395–738,705
Grimy torstolGrimy torstol90–110 (noted)Uncommon331,650–405,350
Grimy snapdragonGrimy snapdragon90–110 (noted)Uncommon121,230–148,170
Super restore (4)Super restore (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon159,570–195,030
Prayer potion (4)Prayer potion (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon155,430–189,970
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed14–16Uncommon5,866–6,704
Dwarf weed seed 5Dwarf weed seed14–16Uncommon7,966–9,104
Magic seed 5Magic seed4Uncommon370,116
Palm tree seed 5Palm tree seed10Rare913,590
FlaxFlax450–550 (noted)Common24,300–29,700
Molten glassMolten glass45–55 (noted)Common8,055–9,845
Soft claySoft clay450–550 (noted)Uncommon199,350–243,650
Yew logsYew logs68–82 (noted)Uncommon10,404–12,546
Yew logsYew logs675–825 (noted)Rare103,275–126,225
Teak plankTeak plank45–55 (noted)Uncommon34,830–42,570
Mahogany plankMahogany plank270–330 (noted)Rare377,460–461,340
Blurberry SpecialBlurberry Special1Uncommon6,469
Vecna skullVecna skull1Very rare*301,297
Hazelmere's signet ringHazelmere's signet ring1Very rare*1,967,717,757
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
Mimic kill tokenMimic kill token1Very rare23,294

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.