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This article is about the the standard variant. For the variant encountered while Dungeoneering, see Ankou (Daemonheim).
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, in the Wilderness Volcano, and in the Forinthry Dungeon. 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 180.

They're weak against Earth spells and the Salve amulet, and in free worlds, they're often attacked because of their high experience yield and decent drops, although some players will kill them solely for their left skull half drops. Combat-wise Ankous act very similar to attackable human NPCs, and attack by way of punching.

The ankou is the only monster to drop the left skull half, a component needed to assemble the skull sceptre. It can be helpful to wear Varrock armour while killing them if you want the left skull half, as the chance of receiving a component of the skull sceptre is improved while the armour is equipped.

LocationsEdit

DropsEdit

100% dropsEdit

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
BonesBones1Always146

Charms (m)Edit

No charmGold charmGreen charmCrimson charmBlue charm
72%23–24%2%2%0.3–0.5%
Represents a 90% confidence range.
Based on a sample of 35,709 kills.
1 charm is dropped at a time.
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Main dropEdit

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Adamant arrow 5Adamant arrow20Common1,020
Mithril 2h swordMithril 2h sword1Common1,772
Mithril chainbodyMithril chainbody1Common1,117
Death runeDeath rune10Uncommon2,590
BattlestaffBattlestaff(m)1Uncommon7,677
Black knifeBlack knife(m)1Rare16
Off-hand black knifeOff-hand black knife(m)1Rare11
Adamant gauntletsAdamant gauntlets1Rare2,545
Belladonna seed 5Belladonna seed(m)1Uncommon513
Cactus seed 5Cactus seed(m)1Uncommon125
Irit seed 5Irit seed(m)1Uncommon138
Kwuarm seed 5Kwuarm seed(m)1Uncommon1,505
Limpwurt seed 5Limpwurt seed(m)1Uncommon717
Marrentill seed 5Marrentill seed(m)1Uncommon9
Poison ivy seed 5Poison ivy seed(m)1Uncommon29
Strawberry seed 5Strawberry seed(m)1Uncommon221
Tarromin seed 5Tarromin seed(m)1Uncommon11
Toadflax seed 5Toadflax seed(m)1Uncommon113
Whiteberry seed 5Whiteberry seed(m)1Uncommon18
Harralander seed 5Harralander seed(m)1Uncommon52
Nasturtium seed 5Nasturtium seed(m)1Uncommon5
Avantoe seed 5Avantoe seed(m)1Rare403
Dwarf weed seed 5Dwarf weed seed(m)1Rare3,018
Jangerberry seed 5Jangerberry seed(m)1Rare3
Bittercap mushroom spore 5Bittercap mushroom spore(m)1Rare17
Watermelon seed 5Watermelon seed(m)1Rare653
Wildblood seed 5Wildblood seed(m)1Rare90
Spirit weed seed 5Spirit weed seed(m)1Rare377
Ranarr seed 5Ranarr seed(m)1Rare804
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed(m)1Very rare3,071
Grimy harralanderGrimy harralander(m)1Common160
Grimy marrentillGrimy marrentill(m)1Common171
Grimy guamGrimy guam(m)1Common208
Grimy avantoeGrimy avantoe(m)1Uncommon4,737
Grimy iritGrimy irit(m)1Uncommon2,460
Grimy cadantineGrimy cadantine(m)1Uncommon5,406
Grimy dwarf weedGrimy dwarf weed(m)1Uncommon5,794
Grimy kwuarmGrimy kwuarm(m)1Uncommon5,741
Grimy ranarrGrimy ranarr(m)1Uncommon2,880
Grimy lantadymeGrimy lantadyme(m)1Rare5,900
Grimy tarrominGrimy tarromin(m)1Rare44
BassBass(m)1Uncommon207
Fried mushroomsFried mushrooms(m)1Uncommon366
Fire talismanFire talisman1Very rare2,403
Coins 1000Coins50–2,000Common50–2,000
Pure essencePure essence(m)15 (noted)Uncommon435
Mithril oreMithril ore2 (noted)Uncommon550
Yew logsYew logs2 (noted)Uncommon478
Weapon poison (1)Weapon poison (1)(m)1Rare10
Rare drop tableRare drop table1RareNot sold

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)1–4Rare3,342–13,368
Starved ancient effigyStarved ancient effigy(m)1Very rareNot sold

Rare drop table dropsEdit

This monster has access to the rare drop table.
The ring of wealth is not required to access the table.
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Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Coins 1000Coins250–500; 3,000Common250–3,000
Uncut sapphireUncut sapphire1Common1,083
Uncut emeraldUncut emerald1Common1,928
Uncut rubyUncut ruby1Common3,237
Uncut diamondUncut diamond1Common6,180
Uncut diamondUncut diamond45–55 (noted)Rare278,100–339,900
Loop half of a keyLoop half of a key1Common17,887
Tooth half of a keyTooth half of a key1Common31,002
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone1Uncommon14,945
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone45–55 (noted)Rare672,525–821,975
Dragon longswordDragon longsword1Common56,769
Dragon spearDragon spear1Rare35,894
BattlestaffBattlestaff180–220 (noted)Rare1,381,860–1,688,940
Rune javelinRune javelin5Rare1,360
Rune platebodyRune platebody1Uncommon37,688
Rune platebodyRune platebody15–25 (noted)Rare565,320–942,200
Shield left halfShield left half1Rare64,697
Dragon helmDragon helm1Uncommon58,916
Rune arrowheads 5Rune arrowheads113–137Common17,741–21,509
Onyx bolts 5Onyx bolts135–165Very rare1,139,265–1,392,435
Vecna skullVecna skull1Rare78,597
Chaos talismanChaos talisman1Rare1,544
Nature talismanNature talisman1Rare943
Water talismanWater talisman65–82 (noted)Rare680,095–857,966
Earth talismanEarth talisman65–82 (noted)Rare166,270–209,756
Fire talismanFire talisman25–35 (noted)Rare60,075–84,105
Raw lobsterRaw lobster135–165 (noted)Common19,035–23,265
Raw sharkRaw shark225–275 (noted)Uncommon251,550–307,450
Big bonesBig bones79–90 (noted)Uncommon28,361–32,310
Dragon bonesDragon bones180–220 (noted)Rare549,720–671,880
CoalCoal200–1,100 (noted)Uncommon78,800–433,400
Gold oreGold ore90–110 (noted)Common14,310–17,490
Adamantite oreAdamantite ore180–220 (noted)Uncommon207,720–253,880
Adamant barAdamant bar15 (noted)Common54,750
Adamant barAdamant bar135–165 (noted)Rare492,750–602,250
Runite oreRunite ore90–110 (noted)Rare859,410–1,050,390
Rune barRune bar3 (noted)Common41,712
Rune barRune bar45–55 (noted)Rare625,680–764,720
Grimy torstolGrimy torstol90–110 (noted)Uncommon475,560–581,240
Grimy snapdragonGrimy snapdragon90–110 (noted)Uncommon327,780–400,620
Super restore (4)Super restore (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon248,895–304,205
Prayer potion (4)Prayer potion (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon161,685–197,615
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed14–16Uncommon42,994–49,136
Dwarf weed seed 5Dwarf weed seed14–16Uncommon42,252–48,288
Magic seed 5Magic seed4Uncommon364,500
Palm tree seed 5Palm tree seed10Rare1,017,450
FlaxFlax450–550 (noted)Common10,350–12,650
Molten glassMolten glass45–55 (noted)Common14,310–17,490
Soft claySoft clay450–550 (noted)Uncommon121,050–147,950
Yew logsYew logs68–82Uncommon16,252–19,598
Yew logsYew logs675–825 (noted)Rare161,325–197,175
Teak plankTeak plank45–55 (noted)Uncommon31,455–38,445
Mahogany plankMahogany plank270–330 (noted)Rare578,070–706,530
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.
  • Ankous located in the Forinthry Dungeon can drop a left skull half, this glitch has yet to be fixed.
  • It appears that when an ankou drops a Left skull half, it'll usually drop a seed/item or a battlestaff too. For non-members an ankou will usually drop a gem as well as the Left skull half. The other possibility is 50 coins and a Left skull half
  • On F2P worlds, the average profit per kill can be greatly increased by a Spring Cleaner due to the very common Adamant Arrows, Mithril 2h Swords and Mithril Chainbodies.
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