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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
BonesBones1Always178

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)Rare4,721–14,163
Adamant arrow 5Adamant arrow20Common1,000
Mithril 2h swordMithril 2h sword1Common3,770
Mithril chainbodyMithril chainbody1Common2,754
Death runeDeath rune10Uncommon1,460
BattlestaffBattlestaff(m)1Uncommon6,055
Black knifeBlack knife(m)1Rare200
Off-hand black knifeOff-hand black knife(m)1Rare84
Adamant gauntletsAdamant gauntlets1Rare2,490
Belladonna seed 5Belladonna seed(m)1Uncommon820
Cactus seed 5Cactus seed(m)1Uncommon135
Irit seed 5Irit seed(m)1Uncommon652
Kwuarm seed 5Kwuarm seed(m)1Uncommon7,662
Limpwurt seed 5Limpwurt seed(m)1Uncommon511
Marrentill seed 5Marrentill seed(m)1Uncommon10
Poison ivy seed 5Poison ivy seed(m)1Uncommon173
Strawberry seed 5Strawberry seed(m)1Uncommon95
Tarromin seed 5Tarromin seed(m)1Uncommon31
Toadflax seed 5Toadflax seed(m)1Uncommon3,327
Whiteberry seed 5Whiteberry seed(m)1Uncommon51
Harralander seed 5Harralander seed(m)1Uncommon33
Nasturtium seed 5Nasturtium seed(m)1Uncommon12
Avantoe seed 5Avantoe seed(m)1Rare369
Dwarf weed seed 5Dwarf weed seed(m)1Rare672
Jangerberry seed 5Jangerberry seed(m)1Rare9
Bittercap mushroom spore 5Bittercap mushroom spore(m)1Rare1,179
Watermelon seed 5Watermelon seed(m)1Rare886
Wildblood seed 5Wildblood seed(m)1Rare74
Spirit weed seed 5Spirit weed seed(m)1Rare2,439
Ranarr seed 5Ranarr seed(m)1Rare1,093
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed(m)1Very rare559
Grimy harralanderGrimy harralander(m)1Common90
Grimy marrentillGrimy marrentill(m)1Common221
Grimy guamGrimy guam(m)1Common332
Grimy avantoeGrimy avantoe(m)1Uncommon1,204
Grimy iritGrimy irit(m)1Uncommon3,382
Grimy cadantineGrimy cadantine(m)1Uncommon2,976
Grimy dwarf weedGrimy dwarf weed(m)1Uncommon1,956
Grimy kwuarmGrimy kwuarm(m)1Uncommon5,239
Grimy ranarrGrimy ranarr(m)1Uncommon2,230
Grimy lantadymeGrimy lantadyme(m)1Rare2,865
Grimy tarrominGrimy tarromin(m)1Rare22
BassBass(m)1Uncommon193
Fried mushroomsFried mushrooms(m)1Uncommon382
Fire talismanFire talisman1Very rare1,949
Coins 1000Coins50–2,000Common50–2,000
Pure essencePure essence(m)15 (noted)Uncommon435
Mithril oreMithril ore(noted)Uncommon876
Yew logsYew logs(noted)Uncommon336
Weapon poison (1)Weapon poison (1)(m)1Rare31

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)1–4Rare12,383–49,532
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 sapphire1Common658
Uncut emeraldUncut emerald1Common1,988
Uncut rubyUncut ruby1Common1,503
Uncut diamondUncut diamond1Common2,992
Uncut diamondUncut diamond45–55 (noted)Rare134,640–164,560
Loop half of a keyLoop half of a key1Common17,056
Tooth half of a keyTooth half of a key1Common19,467
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone1Uncommon11,257
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone45–55 (noted)Rare506,565–619,135
Dragon longswordDragon longsword1Common58,271
Dragon spearDragon spear1Rare37,175
BattlestaffBattlestaff180–220 (noted)Rare1,089,900–1,332,100
Rune javelinRune javelin5Rare885
Rune platebodyRune platebody1Uncommon37,865
Rune platebodyRune platebody15–25 (noted)Rare567,975–946,625
Shield left halfShield left half1Rare63,930
Dragon helmDragon helm1Uncommon58,912
Rune arrowheads 5Rune arrowheads113–137Common22,374–27,126
Onyx bolts 5Onyx bolts135–165Very rare1,074,330–1,313,070
Chaos talismanChaos talisman1Rare1,643
Nature talismanNature talisman1Rare1,737
Water talismanWater talisman65–82 (noted)Rare483,990–610,572
Earth talismanEarth talisman65–82 (noted)Rare132,470–167,116
Fire talismanFire talisman25–35 (noted)Rare48,725–68,215
Raw lobsterRaw lobster135–165 (noted)Common28,890–35,310
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)Uncommon25,600–140,800
Gold oreGold ore90–110 (noted)Common15,030–18,370
Adamantite oreAdamantite ore180–220 (noted)Uncommon231,480–282,920
Adamant barAdamant bar14–16 (noted)Common37,814–43,216
Adamant barAdamant bar135–165 (noted)Rare364,635–445,665
Runite oreRunite ore90–110 (noted)Rare1,058,670–1,293,930
Rune barRune bar(noted)Common41,484
Rune barRune bar45–55 (noted)Rare622,260–760,540
Grimy torstolGrimy torstol90–110 (noted)Uncommon314,910–384,890
Grimy snapdragonGrimy snapdragon90–110 (noted)Uncommon140,220–171,380
Super restore (4)Super restore (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon174,735–213,565
Prayer potion (4)Prayer potion (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon151,380–185,020
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed14–16Uncommon7,826–8,944
Dwarf weed seed 5Dwarf weed seed14–16Uncommon9,408–10,752
Magic seed 5Magic seed4Uncommon356,424
Palm tree seed 5Palm tree seed10Rare1,030,490
FlaxFlax450–550 (noted)Common16,200–19,800
Molten glassMolten glass45–55 (noted)Common9,135–11,165
Soft claySoft clay450–550 (noted)Uncommon193,950–237,050
Yew logsYew logs68–82 (noted)Uncommon11,424–13,776
Yew logsYew logs675–825 (noted)Rare113,400–138,600
Teak plankTeak plank45–55 (noted)Uncommon34,515–42,185
Mahogany plankMahogany plank270–330 (noted)Rare366,660–448,140
Blurberry SpecialBlurberry Special1Uncommon5,319
Vecna skullVecna skull1Very rare*373,774
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 rare14,507

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.