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This article is about the the standard variant. For the variant encountered while Dungeoneering, see Ankou (Daemonheim).
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, 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.

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 market price

Charms (m)Edit

Charm drop numbers
No charmGold charmGreen charmCrimson charmBlue charm
Represents a 90% confidence range.
Based on a sample of 35,709 kills.
1 charm is dropped at a time.
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Weapons and armourEdit

Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Adamant arrow 5Adamant arrow20Common1,020
Mithril 2h swordMithril 2h sword1Common954
Mithril chainbodyMithril chainbody1Common617
Death runeDeath rune10Uncommon2,460
Black knifeBlack knife(m)1Rare6
Off-hand black knifeOff-hand black knife(m)1Rare7
Adamant gauntletsAdamant gauntlets1Rare2,082

Seeds (m)Edit

Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Belladonna seed 5Belladonna seed1Uncommon268
Cactus seed 5Cactus seed1Uncommon134
Herb seed 5Irit seed1Uncommon189
Herb seed 5Kwuarm seed1Uncommon1,099
Limpwurt seed 5Limpwurt seed1Uncommon477
Herb seed 5Marrentill seed1Uncommon10
Poison ivy seed 5Poison ivy seed1Uncommon30
Strawberry seed 5Strawberry seed1Uncommon178
Herb seed 5Tarromin seed1Uncommon8
Herb seed 5Toadflax seed1Uncommon401
Whiteberry seed 5Whiteberry seed1Uncommon14
Herb seed 5Harralander seed1Uncommon23
Nasturtium seed 5Nasturtium seed1Uncommon6
Herb seed 5Avantoe seed1Rare339
Herb seed 5Dwarf weed seed1Rare4,450
Jangerberry seed 5Jangerberry seed1Rare1
Bittercap mushroom spore 5Bittercap mushroom spore1Rare21
Watermelon seed 5Watermelon seed1Rare1,535
Wildblood seed 5Wildblood seed1Rare132
Spirit weed seed 5Spirit weed seed1Rare491
Herb seed 5Ranarr seed1Rare813
Herb seed 5Lantadyme seed1Very rare3,675

Herbs (m)Edit

Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Grimy harralanderGrimy harralander1Common152
Grimy marrentillGrimy marrentill1Common201
Grimy guamGrimy guam1Common226
Grimy avantoeGrimy avantoe1Uncommon3,688
Grimy iritGrimy irit1Uncommon1,651
Grimy cadantineGrimy cadantine1Uncommon4,847
Grimy dwarf weedGrimy dwarf weed1Uncommon4,828
Grimy kwuarmGrimy kwuarm1Uncommon4,865
Grimy ranarrGrimy ranarr1Uncommon2,182
Grimy lantadymeGrimy lantadyme1Rare4,743
Grimy tarrominGrimy tarromin1Rare56

Food (m)Edit

Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Fried mushroomsFried mushrooms1Uncommon366


Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Coins 1000Coins50–2,000CommonNot sold
Pure essencePure essence(m)15 (noted)Uncommon450
Mithril oreMithril ore2 (noted)Uncommon520
Yew logsYew logs2 (noted)Uncommon414
Weapon poison (1)Weapon poison (1)(m)1Rare9
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
Ghostly essenceGhostly essence1–4Rare3,558–14,232
Fire talismanFire talisman1Very rare1,654
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 sapphire1Common861
Uncut emeraldUncut emerald1Common1,345
Uncut rubyUncut ruby1Common2,239
Uncut diamondUncut diamond1Common4,018
Uncut diamondUncut diamond45–55 (noted)Rare180,810–220,990
Loop half of a keyLoop half of a key1Uncommon17,058
Tooth half of a keyTooth half of a key1Uncommon32,030
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone1Uncommon11,651
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone45–55 (noted)Rare524,295–640,805
Dragon longswordDragon longsword1Common57,882
Dragon spearDragon spear1Uncommon35,981
BattlestaffBattlestaff180–220 (noted)Uncommon1,301,220–1,590,380
Rune javelinRune javelin5Rare895
Rune platebodyRune platebody1Uncommon37,923
Rune platebodyRune platebody15–25 (noted)Rare568,845–948,075
Shield left halfShield left half1Uncommon64,611
Dragon helmDragon helm1Uncommon59,077
Rune arrowheads 5Rune arrowheads113–137Common22,487–27,263
Onyx bolts 5Onyx bolts135–165Rare1,128,195–1,378,905
Vecna skullVecna skull1Uncommon50,618
Chaos talismanChaos talisman1Uncommon762
Nature talismanNature talisman1Uncommon733
Water talismanWater talisman65–82 (noted)Rare529,100–667,480
Earth talismanEarth talisman65–82 (noted)Rare135,005–170,314
Fire talismanFire talisman25–35 (noted)Rare41,350–57,890
Raw lobsterRaw lobster135–165 (noted)Uncommon22,680–27,720
Raw sharkRaw shark225–275 (noted)Uncommon246,600–301,400
Big bonesBig bones79–90 (noted)Uncommon28,598–32,580
Dragon bonesDragon bones180–220 (noted)Uncommon470,160–574,640
CoalCoal200–1,100 (noted)Uncommon82,200–452,100
Gold oreGold ore90–110 (noted)Common11,610–14,190
Adamantite oreAdamantite ore180–220 (noted)Uncommon243,900–298,100
Adamant barAdamant bar15 (noted)Common39,585
Adamant barAdamant bar135–165 (noted)Rare356,265–435,435
Runite oreRunite ore90–110 (noted)Rare923,580–1,128,820
Rune barRune bar3 (noted)Common42,609
Rune barRune bar45–55 (noted)Rare639,135–781,165
Grimy torstolGrimy torstol90–110 (noted)Uncommon412,020–503,580
Grimy snapdragonGrimy snapdragon90–110 (noted)Uncommon304,110–371,690
Super restore (4)Super restore (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon192,645–235,455
Prayer potion (4)Prayer potion (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon116,595–142,505
Herb seed 5Lantadyme seed14–16Uncommon51,450–58,800
Herb seed 5Dwarf weed seed14–16Uncommon62,300–71,200
Magic seed 5Magic seed4Uncommon407,196
Palm tree seed 5Palm tree seed10Rare1,554,840
FlaxFlax450–550 (noted)Common9,000–11,000
Molten glassMolten glass45–55 (noted)Common5,850–7,150
Soft claySoft clay450–550 (noted)Uncommon156,150–190,850
Yew logsYew logs68–82Uncommon14,076–16,974
Yew logsYew logs675–825 (noted)Rare139,725–170,775
Teak plankTeak plank45–55 (noted)Uncommon28,215–34,485
Mahogany plankMahogany plank270–330 (noted)Rare551,880–674,520
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


  • 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. The other possibility is 50 coins and a Left skull half
  • On F2P worlds, the average profit per kill can be greatly increased by a Spring Cleaner due to the very common Adamant Arrows, Mithril 2h Swords and Mithril Chainbodies.
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