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This article is about the the standard variant; for the variant encountered while Dungeoneering, see Ankou (Daemonheim).
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Level 60Level 61Level 63

Ankou are undead monsters found on the fourth level of the Stronghold of Security, in the Wilderness Volcano, and in the Forinthry Dungeon. 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 180.

This monster is weakness against Earth spells and the Salve amulet. In free worlds, ankous are often attacked due to their high experience rates and decent drops, but some players kill these monsters solely for their left skull half drops. Ankous act very similar to attackable human NPCs, and attack by punching.

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



100% dropsEdit

Item Quantity Rarity GE market price

Charms (m)Edit

Charm drop numbers
No charmGold charmGreen charmCrimson charmBlue charm
Represents a 90% confidence range.
Based on a sample of 35,465 kills.
1 charm is dropped at a time.
Please add to the log.
(Only if 50 or more creatures are killed)

Weapons and armourEdit

Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Adamant arrow 5Adamant arrow20Common1,000
Mithril 2h swordMithril 2h sword1Common973
Mithril chainbodyMithril chainbody1Common701
BattlestaffBattlestaff (m)1Uncommon7,267
Black knifeBlack knife (m)1Rare5
Off-hand black knifeOff-hand black knife (m)1Rare4


Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Death runeDeath rune10Uncommon3,480

Seeds (m)Edit

Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Belladonna seed 5Belladonna seed1Uncommon108
Cactus seed 5Cactus seed1Uncommon89
Herb seed 5Irit seed1Uncommon116
Herb seed 5Kwuarm seed1Uncommon699
Limpwurt seed 5Limpwurt seed1Uncommon797
Herb seed 5Marrentill seed1Uncommon9
Poison ivy seed 5Poison ivy seed1Uncommon11
Strawberry seed 5Strawberry seed1Uncommon364
Herb seed 5Tarromin seed1Uncommon11
Herb seed 5Toadflax seed1Uncommon1,157
Whiteberry seed 5Whiteberry seed1Uncommon12
Herb seed 5Harralander seed1Uncommon9
Nasturtium seed 5Nasturtium seed1Uncommon1
Herb seed 5Avantoe seed1Rare421
Herb seed 5Dwarf weed seed1Rare15,716
Jangerberry seed 5Jangerberry seed1Rare1
Bittercap mushroom spore 5Bittercap mushroom spore1Rare17
Watermelon seed 5Watermelon seed1Rare1,932
Wildblood seed 5Wildblood seed1Rare93
Spirit weed seed 5Spirit weed seed1Rare521
Herb seed 5Ranarr seed1Rare779
Herb seed 5Lantadyme seed1Very rare10,569

Herbs (m)Edit

Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Grimy harralanderGrimy harralander1Common103
Grimy marrentillGrimy marrentill1Common174
Grimy guamGrimy guam1Rare342
Grimy avantoeGrimy avantoe1Uncommon3,994
Grimy iritGrimy irit1Uncommon2,154
Grimy cadantineGrimy cadantine1Uncommon3,738
Grimy dwarf weedGrimy dwarf weed1Uncommon6,297
Grimy kwuarmGrimy kwuarm1Uncommon4,671
Grimy ranarrGrimy ranarr1Uncommon2,342
Grimy lantadymeGrimy lantadyme1Rare5,826
Grimy tarrominGrimy tarromin1Rare32

Food (m)Edit

Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Fried mushroomsFried mushrooms1Uncommon353


Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Coins 1000Coins100–2,000CommonNot sold
Pure essencePure essence (m)15 (noted)Uncommon315
Mithril oreMithril ore2 (noted)Uncommon528
Yew logsYew logs2 (noted)Uncommon562
Weapon poison (1)Weapon poison (1) (m)1Rare11
Spirit sapphireSpirit sapphire (m)1RareNot sold
Spirit emeraldSpirit emerald (m)1RareNot sold
Spirit rubySpirit ruby (m)1RareNot sold
Clue scroll (hard)Clue scroll (hard) (m)1RareNot sold
Left skull halfLeft skull half1Rare [1]Not sold
Fire talismanFire talisman1Very rare2,944
Starved ancient effigyStarved ancient effigy (m)1Very rareNot sold

Rare drop table dropsEdit

This monster has access to the rare drop table.
The ring of wealth is not required to access the table.
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Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Coins 1000Coins250–500; 3,000CommonNot sold
Uncut sapphireUncut sapphire1Common771
Uncut emeraldUncut emerald1Common1,443
Uncut rubyUncut ruby1Common2,189
Uncut diamondUncut diamond1Common3,736
Uncut diamondUncut diamond45–55 (noted)Rare168,120–205,480
Loop half of a keyLoop half of a key1Uncommon17,573
Tooth half of a keyTooth half of a key1Uncommon41,316
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone1Uncommon13,113
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone45–55 (noted)Rare590,085–721,215
Dragon longswordDragon longsword1Common58,107
Dragon spearDragon spear1Uncommon36,241
BattlestaffBattlestaff180–220 (noted)Uncommon1,308,060–1,598,740
Rune javelinRune javelin5Rare915
Rune platebodyRune platebody1Uncommon38,244
Rune platebodyRune platebody15–25 (noted)Rare573,660–956,100
Shield left halfShield left half1Uncommon64,320
Dragon helmDragon helm1Uncommon59,081
Rune arrowheads 5Rune arrowheads113–137Common26,555–32,195
Onyx bolts 5Onyx bolts135–165Rare1,158,300–1,415,700
Vecna skullVecna skull1Uncommon41,494
Chaos talismanChaos talisman1Uncommon622
Nature talismanNature talisman1Uncommon204
Water talismanWater talisman65–82 (noted)Rare805,805–1,016,554
Earth talismanEarth talisman65–82 (noted)Rare207,870–262,236
Fire talismanFire talisman25–35 (noted)Rare73,600–103,040
Raw lobsterRaw lobster135–165 (noted)Uncommon36,180–44,220
Raw sharkRaw shark225–275 (noted)Uncommon186,525–227,975
Big bonesBig bones80–90 (noted)Uncommon33,760–37,980
Dragon bonesDragon bones180–220 (noted)Uncommon353,340–431,860
CoalCoal200–1,100 (noted)Uncommon63,600–349,800
Gold oreGold ore90–110 (noted)Common16,380–20,020
Adamantite oreAdamantite ore180–220 (noted)Uncommon248,400–303,600
Adamant barAdamant bar15 (noted)Common48,525
Adamant barAdamant bar135–165 (noted)Rare436,725–533,775
Runite oreRunite ore90–110 (noted)Rare993,780–1,214,620
Rune barRune bar3 (noted)Common43,080
Rune barRune bar45–55 (noted)Rare646,200–789,800
Grimy torstolGrimy torstol90–110 (noted)Uncommon471,960–576,840
Grimy snapdragonGrimy snapdragon90–110 (noted)Uncommon331,380–405,020
Super restore (4)Super restore (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon148,095–181,005
Prayer potion (4)Prayer potion (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon125,145–152,955
Herb seed 5Lantadyme seed14–16Uncommon147,966–169,104
Herb seed 5Dwarf weed seed14–16Uncommon220,024–251,456
Magic seed 5Magic seed4Uncommon608,428
Palm tree seed 5Palm tree seed10Rare1,865,210
FlaxFlax450–550 (noted)Common16,200–19,800
Molten glassMolten glass45–55 (noted)Common8,100–9,900
Soft claySoft clay450–550 (noted)Uncommon92,250–112,750
Yew logsYew logs68–82Uncommon19,108–23,042
Yew logsYew logs675–825 (noted)Rare189,675–231,825
Teak plankTeak plank45–55 (noted)Uncommon34,335–41,965
Mahogany plankMahogany plank270–330 (noted)Rare576,990–705,210
Brawling gloves (Melee)Brawling gloves (Melee)1RareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Magic)Brawling gloves (Magic)1RareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Ranged)Brawling gloves (Ranged)1RareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Agility)Brawling gloves (Agility)1RareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Cooking)Brawling gloves (Cooking)1RareNot sold
Brawling gloves (FM)Brawling gloves (FM)1RareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Fishing)Brawling gloves (Fishing)1RareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Hunter)Brawling gloves (Hunter)1RareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Mining)Brawling gloves (Mining)1RareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Prayer)Brawling gloves (Prayer)1RareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Smithing)Brawling gloves (Smithing)1RareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Thieving)Brawling gloves (Thieving)1RareNot sold
Brawling gloves (WC)Brawling gloves (WC)1RareNot 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
  1. ^ Dropped in Stronghold/Forinthy Dungeon

Universal dropsEdit

Universal drops are dropped by nearly every monster outside of Daemonheim.
These drops are dropped alongside main drops.
Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Key tokenKey token1RareNot sold


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  • 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, this glitch has yet to be fixed.
  • It appears that when an ankou drops a Left skull half, it'll usually drop a seed/item or a battlestaff too. For non-members an ankou will usually drop a gem as well as the Left skull half.

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