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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.

Locations

Drops

100% drops

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
BonesBones1Always299

Charms (m)

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 drop

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Mystic clothMystic cloth1–3 (noted)Rare4,468–13,404
Adamant arrow 5Adamant arrow20Common1,000
Mithril 2h swordMithril 2h sword1Common3,646
Mithril chainbodyMithril chainbody1Common2,512
Death runeDeath rune10Uncommon1,410
BattlestaffBattlestaff(m)1Uncommon6,082
Black knifeBlack knife(m)1Rare222
Off-hand black knifeOff-hand black knife(m)1Rare80
Adamant gauntletsAdamant gauntlets1Rare2,285
Belladonna seed 5Belladonna seed(m)1Uncommon752
Cactus seed 5Cactus seed(m)1Uncommon121
Irit seed 5Irit seed(m)1Uncommon462
Kwuarm seed 5Kwuarm seed(m)1Uncommon7,654
Limpwurt seed 5Limpwurt seed(m)1Uncommon531
Marrentill seed 5Marrentill seed(m)1Uncommon25
Poison ivy seed 5Poison ivy seed(m)1Uncommon219
Strawberry seed 5Strawberry seed(m)1Uncommon366
Tarromin seed 5Tarromin seed(m)1Uncommon44
Toadflax seed 5Toadflax seed(m)1Uncommon4,021
Whiteberry seed 5Whiteberry seed(m)1Uncommon56
Harralander seed 5Harralander seed(m)1Uncommon68
Nasturtium seed 5Nasturtium seed(m)1Uncommon19
Avantoe seed 5Avantoe seed(m)1Rare255
Dwarf weed seed 5Dwarf weed seed(m)1Rare661
Jangerberry seed 5Jangerberry seed(m)1Rare9
Bittercap mushroom spore 5Bittercap mushroom spore(m)1Rare1,833
Watermelon seed 5Watermelon seed(m)1Rare2,602
Wildblood seed 5Wildblood seed(m)1Rare92
Spirit weed seed 5Spirit weed seed(m)1Rare2,971
Ranarr seed 5Ranarr seed(m)1Rare605
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed(m)1Very rare379
Grimy harralanderGrimy harralander(m)1Common90
Grimy marrentillGrimy marrentill(m)1Common210
Grimy guamGrimy guam(m)1Common328
Grimy avantoeGrimy avantoe(m)1Uncommon933
Grimy iritGrimy irit(m)1Uncommon3,159
Grimy cadantineGrimy cadantine(m)1Uncommon2,476
Grimy dwarf weedGrimy dwarf weed(m)1Uncommon2,128
Grimy kwuarmGrimy kwuarm(m)1Uncommon4,372
Grimy ranarrGrimy ranarr(m)1Uncommon1,936
Grimy lantadymeGrimy lantadyme(m)1Rare2,622
Grimy tarrominGrimy tarromin(m)1Rare24
BassBass(m)1Uncommon188
Fried mushroomsFried mushrooms(m)1Uncommon382
Fire talismanFire talisman1Very rare1,822
Coins 1000Coins50–2,000Common50–2,000
Pure essencePure essence(m)15 (noted)Uncommon375
Mithril oreMithril ore(noted)Uncommon590
Yew logsYew logs(noted)Uncommon304
Weapon poison (1)Weapon poison (1)(m)1Rare35

Tertiary drops

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)1–4Rare6,987–27,948
Starved ancient effigyStarved ancient effigy(m)1Very rareNot sold

Rare drop table drops!

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 sapphire1Common683
Uncut emeraldUncut emerald1Common1,575
Uncut rubyUncut ruby1Common1,181
Uncut diamondUncut diamond1Common2,147
Uncut diamondUncut diamond45–55 (noted)Rare96,615–118,085
Loop half of a keyLoop half of a key1Common17,695
Tooth half of a keyTooth half of a key1Common19,243
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone1Uncommon10,932
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone45–55 (noted)Rare491,940–601,260
Dragon longswordDragon longsword1Common58,024
Dragon spearDragon spear1Rare36,204
BattlestaffBattlestaff180–220 (noted)Rare1,094,760–1,338,040
Rune javelinRune javelin5Rare910
Rune platebodyRune platebody1Uncommon37,905
Rune platebodyRune platebody15–25 (noted)Rare568,575–947,625
Shield left halfShield left half1Rare64,688
Dragon helmDragon helm1Uncommon58,863
Rune arrowheads 5Rune arrowheads113–137Common22,035–26,715
Onyx bolts 5Onyx bolts135–165Very rare1,070,010–1,307,790
Chaos talismanChaos talisman1Rare1,526
Nature talismanNature talisman1Rare1,437
Water talismanWater talisman65–82 (noted)Rare473,915–597,862
Earth talismanEarth talisman65–82 (noted)Rare151,385–190,978
Fire talismanFire talisman25–35 (noted)Rare45,550–63,770
Raw lobsterRaw lobster135–165 (noted)Common20,925–25,575
Raw sharkRaw shark225–275 (noted)Uncommon231,300–282,700
Big bonesBig bones68–82 (noted)Uncommon16,592–20,008
Dragon bonesDragon bones180–220 (noted)Rare312,300–381,700
CoalCoal200–1,100 (noted)Uncommon26,800–147,400
Gold oreGold ore90–110 (noted)Common14,850–18,150
Adamantite oreAdamantite ore180–220 (noted)Uncommon261,720–319,880
Adamant barAdamant bar14–16 (noted)Common37,604–42,976
Adamant barAdamant bar135–165 (noted)Rare362,610–443,190
Runite oreRunite ore90–110 (noted)Rare1,052,640–1,286,560
Rune barRune bar(noted)Common40,881
Rune barRune bar45–55 (noted)Rare613,215–749,485
Grimy torstolGrimy torstol90–110 (noted)Uncommon286,200–349,800
Grimy snapdragonGrimy snapdragon90–110 (noted)Uncommon88,650–108,350
Super restore (4)Super restore (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon130,230–159,170
Prayer potion (4)Prayer potion (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon140,940–172,260
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed14–16Uncommon5,306–6,064
Dwarf weed seed 5Dwarf weed seed14–16Uncommon9,254–10,576
Magic seed 5Magic seed4Uncommon394,820
Palm tree seed 5Palm tree seed10Rare859,470
FlaxFlax450–550 (noted)Common18,900–23,100
Molten glassMolten glass45–55 (noted)Common8,820–10,780
Soft claySoft clay450–550 (noted)Uncommon216,000–264,000
Yew logsYew logs68–82 (noted)Uncommon10,336–12,464
Yew logsYew logs675–825 (noted)Rare102,600–125,400
Teak plankTeak plank45–55 (noted)Uncommon25,335–30,965
Mahogany plankMahogany plank270–330 (noted)Rare287,550–351,450
Blurberry SpecialBlurberry Special1Uncommon7,734
Vecna skullVecna skull1Very rare*241,411
Hazelmere's signet ringHazelmere's signet ring1Very rare*2,052,582,424
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 drops

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 rare10,059

Trivia

  • 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.
  • Ankous only drop Cremation and Ghost Hunter equipment on a members' world[1].

References

  1. ^ https://twitter.com/JagexStu/status/1042479114899349505