Skeletons are a common undead monster found all over Gielinor. Like zombies, they are the result of a necromancer reanimating the bodies of the dead. As such, they are the commonly found in tombs, graveyards and dungeons.
They are generally weak to magic, with most skeletons being especially vulnerable to
earth or water spells. A salve amulet or salve amulet (e) will provide a damage and accuracy boost of +15% and +20% respectively against skeletons and other undead.
Varieties, Combat Levels and Locations Edit
Skeletons are one of the most common enemies in the game. Unlike most enemies, skeletons wildly differ in stats, combat levels and locations. The table below lists the known locations and combat levels of all monsters named "Skeleton", and also provides links to the skeletons with separate articles.
Standard Skeletons Edit
Crandor and Karamja Dungeon, Taverley Dungeon, Edgeville Dungeon, North of Edgeville, Steel Mine, Digsite Dungeon/ Senntisten Temple, Ogre Enclave, Draynor Sewers
Edgeville Dungeon, Varrock Sewers
Crandor and Karamja Dungeon, Crandor, Taverley Dungeon, Edgeville Dungeon, Varrock Sewers, Steel Mine, Bone yard, Wilderness Agility Course, Draynor Sewers, Underground Pass, Temple of Ikov
Crandor and Karamja Dungeon, Yanille Dungeon, Edgeville Dungeon, Waterfall Dungeon, Temple of Ikov
Stronghold of Security fourth floor, Wilderness Volcano
Player-owned house dungeon
Tarn's Lair, Chaos Tunnels
Ape Atoll Dungeon
Quest Skeletons Edit
Slayer alternatives Edit
Any monsters named "skeleton", with the exception of
guard skeletons in a player-owned house and the Skeletons found in Daemonheim and Sinkholes, may be killed to complete a slayer assignment. The following alternatives are also available:
Banking tips Edit
Many skeleton locations are far from banks. For players wishing to slay skeletons and bank their drops, consider the following:
Champions' Challenge Edit
Skeletons are one of the races who have lesser champions in the
Champions' Challenge activity. To fight the Skeleton Champion, the player must kill skeletons until one drops a Champion scroll, which is a very rare (1 in 5000). Obtaining the scroll usually takes several hours of dedicated skeleton hunting, therefore it is advice to kill lower level skeletons to increase the kill rate as much as possible.
Note: Items marked "(m)" are members-only.
Note:This drop table is an amalgamation of different varieties of skeleton, and doesn't necessarily give a good indication of what a particular skeleton will drop.
GE market price
Bones 1 Always 128
Charms (m) Edit
Rare drop table drops Edit
This monster has access to the rare drop table. The ring of wealth is not required to access the table.
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GE market price
Coins 250–500; 3,000 Common Not sold
Uncut sapphire 1 Common 880
Uncut emerald 1 Common 1,535
Uncut ruby 1 Common 2,476
Uncut diamond 1 Common 4,305
Uncut diamond 45–55 (noted) Rare 193,725–236,775
Loop half of a key 1 Uncommon 18,732
Tooth half of a key 1 Uncommon 37,670
Uncut dragonstone 1 Uncommon 13,242
Uncut dragonstone 45–55 (noted) Rare 595,890–728,310
Dragon longsword 1 Common 57,401 Dragon spear 1 Uncommon 35,394
Battlestaff 180–220 (noted) Uncommon 1,293,120–1,580,480
Rune javelin 5 Rare 905
Rune platebody 1 Uncommon 37,852
Rune platebody 15–25 (noted) Rare 567,780–946,300
Shield left half 1 Uncommon 64,431
Dragon helm 1 Uncommon 58,960
Rune arrowheads 113–137 Common 23,504–28,496
Onyx bolts 135–165 Rare 1,123,605–1,373,295
Vecna skull 1 Uncommon 40,006
Chaos talisman 1 Uncommon 879
Nature talisman 1 Uncommon 515
Water talisman 65–82 (noted) Rare 819,065–1,033,282
Earth talisman 65–82 (noted) Rare 235,755–297,414
Fire talisman 25–35 (noted) Rare 81,775–114,485
Raw lobster 135–165 (noted) Uncommon 26,325–32,175
Raw shark 225–275 (noted) Uncommon 205,650–251,350
Big bones 79–90 (noted) Uncommon 29,072–33,120
Dragon bones 180–220 (noted) Uncommon 356,760–436,040
Coal 200–1,100 (noted) Uncommon 72,600–399,300
Gold ore 90–110 (noted) Common 13,680–16,720
Adamantite ore 180–220 (noted) Uncommon 235,620–287,980
Adamant bar 15 (noted) Common 46,050
Adamant bar 135–165 (noted) Rare 414,450–506,550
Runite ore 90–110 (noted) Rare 913,050–1,115,950
Rune bar 3 (noted) Common 42,108
Rune bar 45–55 (noted) Rare 631,620–771,980
Grimy torstol 90–110 (noted) Uncommon 515,970–630,630
Grimy snapdragon 90–110 (noted) Uncommon 376,110–459,690
Super restore (4) 45–55 (noted) Uncommon 174,915–213,785
Prayer potion (4) 45–55 (noted) Uncommon 122,850–150,150
Lantadyme seed 14–16 Uncommon 101,668–116,192
Dwarf weed seed 14–16 Uncommon 122,976–140,544
Magic seed 4 Uncommon 388,804
Palm tree seed 10 Rare 1,509,880
Flax 450–550 (noted) Common 11,700–14,300
Molten glass 45–55 (noted) Common 6,660–8,140
Soft clay 450–550 (noted) Uncommon 82,800–101,200
Yew logs 68–82 Uncommon 14,892–17,958
Yew logs 675–825 (noted) Rare 147,825–180,675
Teak plank 45–55 (noted) Uncommon 31,815–38,885
Mahogany plank 270–330 (noted) Rare 619,110–756,690
Brawling gloves (Melee) 1 Rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (Magic) 1 Rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (Ranged) 1 Rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (Agility) 1 Rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (Cooking) 1 Rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (FM) 1 Rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (Fishing) 1 Rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (Hunter) 1 Rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (Mining) 1 Rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (Prayer) 1 Rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (Smithing) 1 Rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (Thieving) 1 Rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (WC) 1 Rare Not sold
Crystal triskelion fragment 1 1 Very rare Not sold
Crystal triskelion fragment 2 1 Very rare Not sold
Crystal triskelion fragment 3 1 Very rare Not sold
Universal drops Edit
Universal drops are dropped by nearly every monster outside of Daemonheim.
These drops are dropped alongside main drops.
GE market price
Key token 1 Rare Not sold
^ Dropped by Level 45, 77 and 56 skeletons.
^ Only dropped if access to
Champions' Guild is available and the Skeleton Champion hasn't been previously killed in the Champions' Challenge.
As of 9 November 2009, various skeletons' combat animations and sounds have been reworked.
The level 58 skeletons in the Crandor and Karamja Dungeon are bigger than the other skeletons.
The skeletons in the Barrows did not drop the champion scroll for several years. This bug was eventually fixed.
When in a player-owned-house oubliette or dungeon when building mode is on, they are called Bones.
In the Hallowe'en 2011 event the player has to choose a skeleton to represent Pestilence in statue form.