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.



100% dropsEdit

Item Quantity Rarity GE price

Charms (m)Edit

No charmGold charmGreen charmCrimson charmBlue charm
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)Rare4,165–12,495
Adamant arrow 5Adamant arrow20Common1,020
Mithril 2h swordMithril 2h sword1Common3,953
Mithril chainbodyMithril chainbody1Common2,460
Death runeDeath rune10Uncommon1,460
Black knifeBlack knife(m)1Rare223
Off-hand black knifeOff-hand black knife(m)1Rare85
Adamant gauntletsAdamant gauntlets1Rare2,588
Belladonna seed 5Belladonna seed(m)1Uncommon483
Cactus seed 5Cactus seed(m)1Uncommon241
Irit seed 5Irit seed(m)1Uncommon706
Kwuarm seed 5Kwuarm seed(m)1Uncommon7,967
Limpwurt seed 5Limpwurt seed(m)1Uncommon601
Marrentill seed 5Marrentill seed(m)1Uncommon19
Poison ivy seed 5Poison ivy seed(m)1Uncommon183
Strawberry seed 5Strawberry seed(m)1Uncommon62
Tarromin seed 5Tarromin seed(m)1Uncommon26
Toadflax seed 5Toadflax seed(m)1Uncommon3,003
Whiteberry seed 5Whiteberry seed(m)1Uncommon50
Harralander seed 5Harralander seed(m)1Uncommon44
Nasturtium seed 5Nasturtium seed(m)1Uncommon7
Avantoe seed 5Avantoe seed(m)1Rare412
Dwarf weed seed 5Dwarf weed seed(m)1Rare700
Jangerberry seed 5Jangerberry seed(m)1Rare9
Bittercap mushroom spore 5Bittercap mushroom spore(m)1Rare613
Watermelon seed 5Watermelon seed(m)1Rare1,029
Wildblood seed 5Wildblood seed(m)1Rare63
Spirit weed seed 5Spirit weed seed(m)1Rare1,236
Ranarr seed 5Ranarr seed(m)1Rare1,682
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed(m)1Very rare664
Grimy harralanderGrimy harralander(m)1Common76
Grimy marrentillGrimy marrentill(m)1Common294
Grimy guamGrimy guam(m)1Common282
Grimy avantoeGrimy avantoe(m)1Uncommon1,554
Grimy iritGrimy irit(m)1Uncommon3,080
Grimy cadantineGrimy cadantine(m)1Uncommon2,920
Grimy dwarf weedGrimy dwarf weed(m)1Uncommon2,136
Grimy kwuarmGrimy kwuarm(m)1Uncommon4,985
Grimy ranarrGrimy ranarr(m)1Uncommon2,272
Grimy lantadymeGrimy lantadyme(m)1Rare2,864
Grimy tarrominGrimy tarromin(m)1Rare33
Fried mushroomsFried mushrooms(m)1Uncommon382
Fire talismanFire talisman1Very rare1,540
Coins 1000Coins50–2,000Common50–2,000
Pure essencePure essence(m)15 (noted)Uncommon375
Mithril oreMithril ore(noted)Uncommon666
Yew logsYew logs(noted)Uncommon388
Weapon poison (1)Weapon poison (1)(m)1Rare30

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)1–4Rare16,013–64,052
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 sapphire1Common885
Uncut emeraldUncut emerald1Common2,048
Uncut rubyUncut ruby1Common1,844
Uncut diamondUncut diamond1Common3,614
Uncut diamondUncut diamond45–55 (noted)Rare162,630–198,770
Loop half of a keyLoop half of a key1Common17,967
Tooth half of a keyTooth half of a key1Common21,105
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone1Uncommon11,722
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone45–55 (noted)Rare527,490–644,710
Dragon longswordDragon longsword1Common57,908
Dragon spearDragon spear1Rare35,867
BattlestaffBattlestaff180–220 (noted)Rare1,104,660–1,350,140
Rune javelinRune javelin5Rare880
Rune platebodyRune platebody1Uncommon37,639
Rune platebodyRune platebody15–25 (noted)Rare564,585–940,975
Shield left halfShield left half1Rare65,160
Dragon helmDragon helm1Uncommon58,595
Rune arrowheads 5Rune arrowheads113–137Common26,781–32,469
Onyx bolts 5Onyx bolts135–165Very rare1,059,750–1,295,250
Chaos talismanChaos talisman1Rare1,461
Nature talismanNature talisman1Rare1,432
Water talismanWater talisman65–82 (noted)Rare410,800–518,240
Earth talismanEarth talisman65–82 (noted)Rare115,960–146,288
Fire talismanFire talisman25–35 (noted)Rare38,500–53,900
Raw lobsterRaw lobster135–165 (noted)Common29,970–36,630
Raw sharkRaw shark225–275 (noted)Uncommon266,850–326,150
Big bonesBig bones68–82 (noted)Uncommon13,668–16,482
Dragon bonesDragon bones180–220 (noted)Rare321,840–393,360
CoalCoal200–1,100 (noted)Uncommon27,800–152,900
Gold oreGold ore90–110 (noted)Common15,300–18,700
Adamantite oreAdamantite ore180–220 (noted)Uncommon216,720–264,880
Adamant barAdamant bar14–16 (noted)Common39,816–45,504
Adamant barAdamant bar135–165 (noted)Rare383,940–469,260
Runite oreRunite ore90–110 (noted)Rare1,082,880–1,323,520
Rune barRune bar(noted)Common42,060
Rune barRune bar45–55 (noted)Rare630,900–771,100
Grimy torstolGrimy torstol90–110 (noted)Uncommon341,550–417,450
Grimy snapdragonGrimy snapdragon90–110 (noted)Uncommon181,620–221,980
Super restore (4)Super restore (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon190,800–233,200
Prayer potion (4)Prayer potion (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon169,650–207,350
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed14–16Uncommon9,296–10,624
Dwarf weed seed 5Dwarf weed seed14–16Uncommon9,800–11,200
Magic seed 5Magic seed4Uncommon438,480
Palm tree seed 5Palm tree seed10Rare1,048,570
FlaxFlax450–550 (noted)Common15,750–19,250
Molten glassMolten glass45–55 (noted)Common13,770–16,830
Soft claySoft clay450–550 (noted)Uncommon213,300–260,700
Yew logsYew logs68–82 (noted)Uncommon13,192–15,908
Yew logsYew logs675–825 (noted)Rare130,950–160,050
Teak plankTeak plank45–55 (noted)Uncommon33,840–41,360
Mahogany plankMahogany plank270–330 (noted)Rare389,880–476,520
Blurberry specialBlurberry special1Uncommon2,615
Vecna skullVecna skull1Very rare*268,789
Hazelmere's signet ringHazelmere's signet ring1Very rare*1,885,212,297
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 rare37,153


  • 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.