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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.

LocationsEdit

DropsEdit

100% dropsEdit

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
BonesBones1Always243

Charms (m)Edit

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 dropEdit

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Mystic clothMystic cloth1–3 (noted)Rare1,714–5,142
Adamant arrow 5Adamant arrow20Common1,000
Mithril 2h swordMithril 2h sword1Common3,818
Mithril chainbodyMithril chainbody1Common3,160
Death runeDeath rune10Uncommon1,730
BattlestaffBattlestaff(m)1Uncommon6,395
Black knifeBlack knife(m)1Rare240
Off-hand black knifeOff-hand black knife(m)1Rare78
Adamant gauntletsAdamant gauntlets1Rare2,508
Belladonna seed 5Belladonna seed(m)1Uncommon1,004
Cactus seed 5Cactus seed(m)1Uncommon205
Irit seed 5Irit seed(m)1Uncommon473
Kwuarm seed 5Kwuarm seed(m)1Uncommon6,872
Limpwurt seed 5Limpwurt seed(m)1Uncommon1,037
Marrentill seed 5Marrentill seed(m)1Uncommon10
Poison ivy seed 5Poison ivy seed(m)1Uncommon101
Strawberry seed 5Strawberry seed(m)1Uncommon47
Tarromin seed 5Tarromin seed(m)1Uncommon15
Toadflax seed 5Toadflax seed(m)1Uncommon3,710
Whiteberry seed 5Whiteberry seed(m)1Uncommon43
Harralander seed 5Harralander seed(m)1Uncommon24
Nasturtium seed 5Nasturtium seed(m)1Uncommon11
Avantoe seed 5Avantoe seed(m)1Rare337
Dwarf weed seed 5Dwarf weed seed(m)1Rare686
Jangerberry seed 5Jangerberry seed(m)1Rare4
Bittercap mushroom spore 5Bittercap mushroom spore(m)1Rare468
Watermelon seed 5Watermelon seed(m)1Rare948
Wildblood seed 5Wildblood seed(m)1Rare52
Spirit weed seed 5Spirit weed seed(m)1Rare521
Ranarr seed 5Ranarr seed(m)1Rare924
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed(m)1Very rare800
Grimy harralanderGrimy harralander(m)1Common78
Grimy marrentillGrimy marrentill(m)1Common236
Grimy guamGrimy guam(m)1Common318
Grimy avantoeGrimy avantoe(m)1Uncommon1,881
Grimy iritGrimy irit(m)1Uncommon3,241
Grimy cadantineGrimy cadantine(m)1Uncommon3,535
Grimy dwarf weedGrimy dwarf weed(m)1Uncommon2,605
Grimy kwuarmGrimy kwuarm(m)1Uncommon5,043
Grimy ranarrGrimy ranarr(m)1Uncommon3,344
Grimy lantadymeGrimy lantadyme(m)1Rare3,156
Grimy tarrominGrimy tarromin(m)1Rare28
BassBass(m)1Uncommon175
Fried mushroomsFried mushrooms(m)1Uncommon375
Fire talismanFire talisman1Very rare991
Coins 1000Coins50–2,000Common50–2,000
Pure essencePure essence(m)15 (noted)Uncommon405
Mithril oreMithril ore(noted)Uncommon628
Yew logsYew logs(noted)Uncommon406
Weapon poison (1)Weapon poison (1)(m)1Rare23

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)1–4Rare9,677–38,708
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 sapphire1Common998
Uncut emeraldUncut emerald1Common1,975
Uncut rubyUncut ruby1Common2,179
Uncut diamondUncut diamond1Common3,838
Uncut diamondUncut diamond45–55 (noted)Rare172,710–211,090
Loop half of a keyLoop half of a key1Common18,276
Tooth half of a keyTooth half of a key1Common22,861
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone1Uncommon11,335
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone45–55 (noted)Rare510,075–623,425
Dragon longswordDragon longsword1Common56,994
Dragon spearDragon spear1Rare38,974
BattlestaffBattlestaff180–220 (noted)Rare1,151,100–1,406,900
Rune javelinRune javelin5Rare915
Rune platebodyRune platebody1Uncommon37,677
Rune platebodyRune platebody15–25 (noted)Rare565,155–941,925
Shield left halfShield left half1Rare64,941
Dragon helmDragon helm1Uncommon58,737
Rune arrowheads 5Rune arrowheads113–137Common32,205–39,045
Onyx bolts 5Onyx bolts135–165Very rare1,073,925–1,312,575
Chaos talismanChaos talisman1Rare1,459
Nature talismanNature talisman1Rare1,445
Water talismanWater talisman65–82 (noted)Rare330,395–416,806
Earth talismanEarth talisman65–82 (noted)Rare88,595–111,766
Fire talismanFire talisman25–35 (noted)Rare24,775–34,685
Raw lobsterRaw lobster135–165 (noted)Common22,815–27,885
Raw sharkRaw shark225–275 (noted)Uncommon285,300–348,700
Big bonesBig bones72–90 (noted)Uncommon17,784–22,230
Dragon bonesDragon bones180–220 (noted)Rare263,520–322,080
CoalCoal200–1,100 (noted)Uncommon26,200–144,100
Gold oreGold ore90–110 (noted)Common16,740–20,460
Adamantite oreAdamantite ore180–220 (noted)Uncommon253,260–309,540
Adamant barAdamant bar14–16 (noted)Common41,888–47,872
Adamant barAdamant bar135–165 (noted)Rare403,920–493,680
Runite oreRunite ore90–110 (noted)Rare1,069,740–1,307,460
Rune barRune bar(noted)Common42,084
Rune barRune bar45–55 (noted)Rare631,260–771,540
Grimy torstolGrimy torstol90–110 (noted)Uncommon360,180–440,220
Grimy snapdragonGrimy snapdragon90–110 (noted)Uncommon298,710–365,090
Super restore (4)Super restore (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon272,925–333,575
Prayer potion (4)Prayer potion (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon197,640–241,560
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed14–16Uncommon11,200–12,800
Dwarf weed seed 5Dwarf weed seed14–16Uncommon9,604–10,976
Magic seed 5Magic seed4Uncommon420,824
Palm tree seed 5Palm tree seed10Rare1,887,380
FlaxFlax450–550 (noted)Common12,150–14,850
Molten glassMolten glass45–55 (noted)Common12,915–15,785
Soft claySoft clay450–550 (noted)Uncommon234,000–286,000
Yew logsYew logs68–82Uncommon13,804–16,646
Yew logsYew logs675–825 (noted)Rare137,025–167,475
Teak plankTeak plank45–55 (noted)Uncommon36,315–44,385
Mahogany plankMahogany plank270–330 (noted)Rare447,120–546,480
Blurberry specialBlurberry special1Uncommon1,899
Vecna skullVecna skull1Very rare*177,265
Hazelmere's signet ringHazelmere's signet ring1Very rare*1,804,467,420
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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