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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
BonesBones1Always171

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 arrow20Common1,020
Mithril 2h swordMithril 2h sword1Common2,793
Mithril chainbodyMithril chainbody1Common1,382
Death runeDeath rune10Uncommon1,700
BattlestaffBattlestaff(m)1Uncommon6,712
Black knifeBlack knife(m)1Rare233
Off-hand black knifeOff-hand black knife(m)1Rare80
Adamant gauntletsAdamant gauntlets1Rare2,080
Belladonna seed 5Belladonna seed(m)1Uncommon504
Cactus seed 5Cactus seed(m)1Uncommon276
Irit seed 5Irit seed(m)1Uncommon626
Kwuarm seed 5Kwuarm seed(m)1Uncommon6,856
Limpwurt seed 5Limpwurt seed(m)1Uncommon919
Marrentill seed 5Marrentill seed(m)1Uncommon13
Poison ivy seed 5Poison ivy seed(m)1Uncommon53
Strawberry seed 5Strawberry seed(m)1Uncommon71
Tarromin seed 5Tarromin seed(m)1Uncommon27
Toadflax seed 5Toadflax seed(m)1Uncommon3,968
Whiteberry seed 5Whiteberry seed(m)1Uncommon24
Harralander seed 5Harralander seed(m)1Uncommon23
Nasturtium seed 5Nasturtium seed(m)1Uncommon1
Avantoe seed 5Avantoe seed(m)1Rare816
Dwarf weed seed 5Dwarf weed seed(m)1Rare1,799
Jangerberry seed 5Jangerberry seed(m)1Rare6
Bittercap mushroom spore 5Bittercap mushroom spore(m)1Rare29
Watermelon seed 5Watermelon seed(m)1Rare694
Wildblood seed 5Wildblood seed(m)1Rare82
Spirit weed seed 5Spirit weed seed(m)1Rare371
Ranarr seed 5Ranarr seed(m)1Rare1,211
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed(m)1Very rare2,088
Grimy harralanderGrimy harralander(m)1Common100
Grimy marrentillGrimy marrentill(m)1Common227
Grimy guamGrimy guam(m)1Common173
Grimy avantoeGrimy avantoe(m)1Uncommon2,337
Grimy iritGrimy irit(m)1Uncommon2,969
Grimy cadantineGrimy cadantine(m)1Uncommon4,565
Grimy dwarf weedGrimy dwarf weed(m)1Uncommon2,742
Grimy kwuarmGrimy kwuarm(m)1Uncommon5,179
Grimy ranarrGrimy ranarr(m)1Uncommon3,820
Grimy lantadymeGrimy lantadyme(m)1Rare3,363
Grimy tarrominGrimy tarromin(m)1Rare37
BassBass(m)1Uncommon164
Fried mushroomsFried mushrooms(m)1Uncommon375
Fire talismanFire talisman1Very rare1,420
Coins 1000Coins50–2,000Common50–2,000
Pure essencePure essence(m)15 (noted)Uncommon345
Mithril oreMithril ore(noted)Uncommon582
Yew logsYew logs(noted)Uncommon408
Weapon poison (1)Weapon poison (1)(m)1Rare17

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)1–4Rare10,121–40,484
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 sapphire1Common1,017
Uncut emeraldUncut emerald1Common2,107
Uncut rubyUncut ruby1Common2,672
Uncut diamondUncut diamond1Common3,921
Uncut diamondUncut diamond45–55 (noted)Rare176,445–215,655
Loop half of a keyLoop half of a key1Common18,690
Tooth half of a keyTooth half of a key1Common24,793
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone1Uncommon10,955
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone45–55 (noted)Rare492,975–602,525
Dragon longswordDragon longsword1Common55,541
Dragon spearDragon spear1Rare36,364
BattlestaffBattlestaff180–220 (noted)Rare1,208,160–1,476,640
Rune javelinRune javelin5Rare885
Rune platebodyRune platebody1Uncommon37,341
Rune platebodyRune platebody15–25 (noted)Rare560,115–933,525
Shield left halfShield left half1Rare63,619
Dragon helmDragon helm1Uncommon58,238
Rune arrowheads 5Rune arrowheads113–137Common18,645–22,605
Onyx bolts 5Onyx bolts135–165Very rare1,045,980–1,278,420
Vecna skullVecna skull1Very rare53,827
Chaos talismanChaos talisman1Rare1,419
Nature talismanNature talisman1Rare1,065
Water talismanWater talisman65–82 (noted)Rare321,165–405,162
Earth talismanEarth talisman65–82 (noted)Rare109,200–137,760
Fire talismanFire talisman25–35 (noted)Rare35,500–49,700
Raw lobsterRaw lobster135–165 (noted)Common13,770–16,830
Raw sharkRaw shark225–275 (noted)Uncommon223,200–272,800
Big bonesBig bones72–90 (noted)Uncommon25,128–31,410
Dragon bonesDragon bones180–220 (noted)Rare287,280–351,120
CoalCoal200–1,100 (noted)Uncommon35,800–196,900
Gold oreGold ore90–110 (noted)Common12,870–15,730
Adamantite oreAdamantite ore180–220 (noted)Uncommon203,580–248,820
Adamant barAdamant bar14–16 (noted)Common36,260–41,440
Adamant barAdamant bar135–165 (noted)Rare349,650–427,350
Runite oreRunite ore90–110 (noted)Rare1,002,330–1,225,070
Rune barRune bar(noted)Common41,865
Rune barRune bar45–55 (noted)Rare627,975–767,525
Grimy torstolGrimy torstol90–110 (noted)Uncommon372,240–454,960
Grimy snapdragonGrimy snapdragon90–110 (noted)Uncommon289,620–353,980
Super restore (4)Super restore (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon254,205–310,695
Prayer potion (4)Prayer potion (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon214,245–261,855
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed14–16Uncommon29,232–33,408
Dwarf weed seed 5Dwarf weed seed14–16Uncommon25,186–28,784
Magic seed 5Magic seed4Uncommon390,356
Palm tree seed 5Palm tree seed10Rare1,850,920
FlaxFlax450–550 (noted)Common5,400–6,600
Molten glassMolten glass45–55 (noted)Common11,295–13,805
Soft claySoft clay450–550 (noted)Uncommon153,000–187,000
Yew logsYew logs68–82Uncommon13,872–16,728
Yew logsYew logs675–825 (noted)Rare137,700–168,300
Teak plankTeak plank45–55 (noted)Uncommon31,905–38,995
Mahogany plankMahogany plank270–330 (noted)Rare561,600–686,400
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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