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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
BonesBones1Always240

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 36,001 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 sword1Common2,558
Mithril chainbodyMithril chainbody1Common1,491
Death runeDeath rune10Uncommon1,680
BattlestaffBattlestaff(m)1Uncommon6,853
Black knifeBlack knife(m)1Rare193
Off-hand black knifeOff-hand black knife(m)1Rare78
Adamant gauntletsAdamant gauntlets1Rare2,190
Belladonna seed 5Belladonna seed(m)1Uncommon369
Cactus seed 5Cactus seed(m)1Uncommon181
Irit seed 5Irit seed(m)1Uncommon1,083
Kwuarm seed 5Kwuarm seed(m)1Uncommon7,541
Limpwurt seed 5Limpwurt seed(m)1Uncommon869
Marrentill seed 5Marrentill seed(m)1Uncommon22
Poison ivy seed 5Poison ivy seed(m)1Uncommon80
Strawberry seed 5Strawberry seed(m)1Uncommon193
Tarromin seed 5Tarromin seed(m)1Uncommon31
Toadflax seed 5Toadflax seed(m)1Uncommon2,771
Whiteberry seed 5Whiteberry seed(m)1Uncommon29
Harralander seed 5Harralander seed(m)1Uncommon31
Nasturtium seed 5Nasturtium seed(m)1Uncommon3
Avantoe seed 5Avantoe seed(m)1Rare597
Dwarf weed seed 5Dwarf weed seed(m)1Rare1,292
Jangerberry seed 5Jangerberry seed(m)1Rare5
Bittercap mushroom spore 5Bittercap mushroom spore(m)1Rare74
Watermelon seed 5Watermelon seed(m)1Rare749
Wildblood seed 5Wildblood seed(m)1Rare87
Spirit weed seed 5Spirit weed seed(m)1Rare322
Ranarr seed 5Ranarr seed(m)1Rare1,297
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed(m)1Very rare1,149
Grimy harralanderGrimy harralander(m)1Common84
Grimy marrentillGrimy marrentill(m)1Common183
Grimy guamGrimy guam(m)1Common148
Grimy avantoeGrimy avantoe(m)1Uncommon2,207
Grimy iritGrimy irit(m)1Uncommon3,338
Grimy cadantineGrimy cadantine(m)1Uncommon5,055
Grimy dwarf weedGrimy dwarf weed(m)1Uncommon2,629
Grimy kwuarmGrimy kwuarm(m)1Uncommon5,331
Grimy ranarrGrimy ranarr(m)1Uncommon3,461
Grimy lantadymeGrimy lantadyme(m)1Rare3,740
Grimy tarrominGrimy tarromin(m)1Rare34
BassBass(m)1Uncommon169
Fried mushroomsFried mushrooms(m)1Uncommon375
Fire talismanFire talisman1Very rare1,310
Coins 1000Coins50–2,000Common50–2,000
Pure essencePure essence(m)15 (noted)Uncommon420
Mithril oreMithril ore(noted)Uncommon502
Yew logsYew logs(noted)Uncommon386
Weapon poison (1)Weapon poison (1)(m)1Rare19

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)1–4Rare10,310–41,240
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 1000Coins250–500; 3,000Common250–3,000
Uncut sapphireUncut sapphire1Common950
Uncut emeraldUncut emerald1Common1,958
Uncut rubyUncut ruby1Common2,384
Uncut diamondUncut diamond1Common4,152
Uncut diamondUncut diamond45–55 (noted)Rare186,840–228,360
Loop half of a keyLoop half of a key1Common19,084
Tooth half of a keyTooth half of a key1Common23,048
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone1Uncommon11,897
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone45–55 (noted)Rare535,365–654,335
Dragon longswordDragon longsword1Common55,571
Dragon spearDragon spear1Rare36,034
BattlestaffBattlestaff180–220 (noted)Rare1,233,540–1,507,660
Rune javelinRune javelin5Rare830
Rune platebodyRune platebody1Uncommon37,274
Rune platebodyRune platebody15–25 (noted)Rare559,110–931,850
Shield left halfShield left half1Rare73,103
Dragon helmDragon helm1Uncommon59,413
Rune arrowheads 5Rune arrowheads113–137Common18,871–22,879
Onyx bolts 5Onyx bolts135–165Very rare1,035,855–1,266,045
Chaos talismanChaos talisman1Rare928
Nature talismanNature talisman1Rare1,125
Water talismanWater talisman65–82 (noted)Rare349,765–441,242
Earth talismanEarth talisman65–82 (noted)Rare122,850–154,980
Fire talismanFire talisman25–35 (noted)Rare32,750–45,850
Raw lobsterRaw lobster135–165 (noted)Common20,250–24,750
Raw sharkRaw shark225–275 (noted)Uncommon312,525–381,975
Big bonesBig bones72–90 (noted)Uncommon27,360–34,200
Dragon bonesDragon bones180–220 (noted)Rare295,560–361,240
CoalCoal200–1,100 (noted)Uncommon33,600–184,800
Gold oreGold ore90–110 (noted)Common17,010–20,790
Adamantite oreAdamantite ore180–220 (noted)Uncommon185,580–226,820
Adamant barAdamant bar14–16 (noted)Common36,862–42,128
Adamant barAdamant bar135–165 (noted)Rare355,455–434,445
Runite oreRunite ore90–110 (noted)Rare972,720–1,188,880
Rune barRune bar(noted)Common41,328
Rune barRune bar45–55 (noted)Rare619,920–757,680
Grimy torstolGrimy torstol90–110 (noted)Uncommon390,330–477,070
Grimy snapdragonGrimy snapdragon90–110 (noted)Uncommon304,560–372,240
Super restore (4)Super restore (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon275,715–336,985
Prayer potion (4)Prayer potion (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon225,630–275,770
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed14–16Uncommon16,086–18,384
Dwarf weed seed 5Dwarf weed seed14–16Uncommon18,088–20,672
Magic seed 5Magic seed4Uncommon442,464
Palm tree seed 5Palm tree seed10Rare1,748,380
FlaxFlax450–550 (noted)Common6,300–7,700
Molten glassMolten glass45–55 (noted)Common14,805–18,095
Soft claySoft clay450–550 (noted)Uncommon207,450–253,550
Yew logsYew logs68–82Uncommon13,124–15,826
Yew logsYew logs675–825 (noted)Rare130,275–159,225
Teak plankTeak plank45–55 (noted)Uncommon37,755–46,145
Mahogany plankMahogany plank270–330 (noted)Rare596,970–729,630
Blurberry specialBlurberry special1Uncommon1,805
Vecna skullVecna skull1Very rare*277,741
Hazelmere's signet ringHazelmere's signet ring1Very rare*37,551,185
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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