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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, and in free worlds, they're often attacked because of their high experience yield and decent drops, although some players will kill them solely for their left skull half drops. Combat-wise Ankous act very similar to attackable human NPCs, and attack by way of punching.

The ankou is the only monster to drop the left skull half, a component needed to assemble the skull sceptre. It can be helpful to wear Varrock armour while killing them if you want the left skull half, as the chance of receiving a component of the skull sceptre is improved while the armour is equipped.



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 35,709 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 sword1Common2,291
Mithril chainbodyMithril chainbody1Common1,319
Death runeDeath rune10Uncommon1,690
Black knifeBlack knife(m)1Rare243
Off-hand black knifeOff-hand black knife(m)1Rare47
Adamant gauntletsAdamant gauntlets1Rare5,123
Belladonna seed 5Belladonna seed(m)1Uncommon459
Cactus seed 5Cactus seed(m)1Uncommon308
Irit seed 5Irit seed(m)1Uncommon404
Kwuarm seed 5Kwuarm seed(m)1Uncommon4,843
Limpwurt seed 5Limpwurt seed(m)1Uncommon686
Marrentill seed 5Marrentill seed(m)1Uncommon10
Poison ivy seed 5Poison ivy seed(m)1Uncommon81
Strawberry seed 5Strawberry seed(m)1Uncommon120
Tarromin seed 5Tarromin seed(m)1Uncommon18
Toadflax seed 5Toadflax seed(m)1Uncommon917
Whiteberry seed 5Whiteberry seed(m)1Uncommon31
Harralander seed 5Harralander seed(m)1Uncommon12
Nasturtium seed 5Nasturtium seed(m)1Uncommon6
Avantoe seed 5Avantoe seed(m)1Rare266
Dwarf weed seed 5Dwarf weed seed(m)1Rare917
Jangerberry seed 5Jangerberry seed(m)1Rare2
Bittercap mushroom spore 5Bittercap mushroom spore(m)1Rare25
Watermelon seed 5Watermelon seed(m)1Rare592
Wildblood seed 5Wildblood seed(m)1Rare65
Spirit weed seed 5Spirit weed seed(m)1Rare448
Ranarr seed 5Ranarr seed(m)1Rare1,020
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed(m)1Very rare998
Grimy harralanderGrimy harralander(m)1Common73
Grimy marrentillGrimy marrentill(m)1Common110
Grimy guamGrimy guam(m)1Common71
Grimy avantoeGrimy avantoe(m)1Uncommon2,393
Grimy iritGrimy irit(m)1Uncommon2,715
Grimy cadantineGrimy cadantine(m)1Uncommon4,587
Grimy dwarf weedGrimy dwarf weed(m)1Uncommon3,451
Grimy kwuarmGrimy kwuarm(m)1Uncommon4,837
Grimy ranarrGrimy ranarr(m)1Uncommon2,498
Grimy lantadymeGrimy lantadyme(m)1Rare3,615
Grimy tarrominGrimy tarromin(m)1Rare35
Fried mushroomsFried mushrooms(m)1Uncommon375
Fire talismanFire talisman1Very rare1,556
Coins 1000Coins50–2,000Common50–2,000
Pure essencePure essence(m)15 (noted)Uncommon390
Mithril oreMithril ore(noted)Uncommon478
Yew logsYew logs(noted)Uncommon386
Weapon poison (1)Weapon poison (1)(m)1Rare14
Rare drop tableRare drop table1RareNot sold

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)1–4Rare8,823–35,292
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 sapphire1Common888
Uncut emeraldUncut emerald1Common1,613
Uncut rubyUncut ruby1Common2,478
Uncut diamondUncut diamond1Common3,932
Uncut diamondUncut diamond45–55 (noted)Rare176,940–216,260
Loop half of a keyLoop half of a key1Common17,922
Tooth half of a keyTooth half of a key1Common24,854
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone1Uncommon12,200
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone45–55 (noted)Rare549,000–671,000
Dragon longswordDragon longsword1Common57,185
Dragon spearDragon spear1Rare35,727
BattlestaffBattlestaff180–220 (noted)Rare1,267,920–1,549,680
Rune javelinRune javelin5Rare910
Rune platebodyRune platebody1Uncommon37,738
Rune platebodyRune platebody15–25 (noted)Rare566,070–943,450
Shield left halfShield left half1Rare64,000
Dragon helmDragon helm1Uncommon58,755
Rune arrowheads 5Rune arrowheads113–137Common20,001–24,249
Onyx bolts 5Onyx bolts135–165Very rare1,082,565–1,323,135
Vecna skullVecna skull1Very rare71,285
Chaos talismanChaos talisman1Rare1,039
Nature talismanNature talisman1Rare926
Water talismanWater talisman65–82 (noted)Rare364,845–460,266
Earth talismanEarth talisman65–82 (noted)Rare109,655–138,334
Fire talismanFire talisman25–35 (noted)Rare38,900–54,460
Raw lobsterRaw lobster135–165 (noted)Common13,365–16,335
Raw sharkRaw shark225–275 (noted)Uncommon236,250–288,750
Big bonesBig bones72–90 (noted)Uncommon25,920–32,400
Dragon bonesDragon bones180–220 (noted)Rare298,440–364,760
CoalCoal200–1,100 (noted)Uncommon35,600–195,800
Gold oreGold ore90–110 (noted)Common13,050–15,950
Adamantite oreAdamantite ore180–220 (noted)Uncommon204,120–249,480
Adamant barAdamant bar14–16 (noted)Common32,928–37,632
Adamant barAdamant bar135–165 (noted)Rare317,520–388,080
Runite oreRunite ore90–110 (noted)Rare1,034,460–1,264,340
Rune barRune bar(noted)Common42,018
Rune barRune bar45–55 (noted)Rare630,270–770,330
Grimy torstolGrimy torstol90–110 (noted)Uncommon383,940–469,260
Grimy snapdragonGrimy snapdragon90–110 (noted)Uncommon376,380–460,020
Super restore (4)Super restore (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon224,595–274,505
Prayer potion (4)Prayer potion (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon139,635–170,665
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed14–16Uncommon13,972–15,968
Dwarf weed seed 5Dwarf weed seed14–16Uncommon12,838–14,672
Magic seed 5Magic seed4Uncommon444,352
Palm tree seed 5Palm tree seed10Rare1,601,230
FlaxFlax450–550 (noted)Common4,500–5,500
Molten glassMolten glass45–55 (noted)Common10,125–12,375
Soft claySoft clay450–550 (noted)Uncommon182,250–222,750
Yew logsYew logs68–82Uncommon13,124–15,826
Yew logsYew logs675–825 (noted)Rare130,275–159,225
Teak plankTeak plank45–55 (noted)Uncommon27,720–33,880
Mahogany plankMahogany plank270–330 (noted)Rare557,280–681,120
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


  • 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.
  • Ankous located in the Forinthry Dungeon can drop a left skull half.
  • They used to be located in the Forinthry Dungeon, but they got replaced by Dark beast.
  • To stop bots, Ankous got their health boosted, but this has been reverted with the patch notes of 17 October 2016.

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