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This article is about the generic skeleton. For others, see Skeleton (disambiguation).
This article is about the the standard variant; for the variant encountered while Dungeoneering, see Skeleton (Daemonheim).
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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 magical attack, with most skeletons being especially vulnerable to Earth or Water spells. A Salve amulet or Salve amulet (e) provide a Strength and accuracy boost of +15% and +20% respectively against Skeletons.

Varieties, Combat Levels and LocationsEdit

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 SkeletonsEdit

Type Combat level Location
Lumbridge Catacombs 15 Lumbridge Catacombs
Generic 15 Crandor and Karamja Dungeon, Taverley Dungeon, Edgeville Dungeon, North of Edgeville, Steel Mine, Digsite Dungeon/Senntisten Temple, Ogre Enclave, Draynor Sewers
16 Edgeville Dungeon, Varrock Sewers
32 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
58 Crandor and Karamja Dungeon, Yanille Dungeon, Edgeville Dungeon, Waterfall Dungeon, Temple of Ikov
43 Stronghold of Security fourth floor, Wilderness Volcano
30
47
49
51
53
54
Ullek 70 Ullek cliffs
POH 70 Player-owned house dungeon
Tarn's Lair 47 Tarn's Lair
70
71
72
79
77 Tarn's Lair, Chaos Tunnels
Ape Atoll 78 Ape Atoll Dungeon
Barrows 86 Barrows crypts
88

Quest SkeletonsEdit

Type Combat level Location
Demon Slayer 2 Beneath Varrock Church (during Demon Slayer)
Smoking Kills 9 Catolax's tomb (during Smoking Kills)
11
12
Draynor Manor 11 Draynor Manor
Melzar's Maze 12 Melzar's Maze
Thok Your Block Off 56 Daemonheim (during Thok Your Block Off)

Slayer alternativesEdit

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 tipsEdit

Many skeleton locations are far from banks. For players wishing to slay skeletons and bank their drops, consider the following:

Champions' ChallengeEdit

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.

DropsEdit

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.

100%Edit

  Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Bones Bones 1 1 Always 175

Herbs (m)Edit

  Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Grimy guam Grimy guam 1 2 Common 495
Grimy marrentill Grimy marrentill 1 2 Common 95
Grimy tarromin Grimy tarromin 1 2 Common 37
Grimy harralander Grimy harralander 1 2 Common 134
Grimy ranarr Grimy ranarr 1 3 Uncommon 3,357
Grimy irit Grimy irit 1 3 Uncommon 2,943
Grimy avantoe Grimy avantoe 1 3 Uncommon 4,594
Grimy kwuarm Grimy kwuarm 1 3 Uncommon 3,790
Grimy cadantine Grimy cadantine 1 4 Rare 2,405
Grimy dwarf weed Grimy dwarf weed 1 4 Rare 9,042
Grimy lantadyme Grimy lantadyme 1 4 Rare 8,967

EquipmentEdit

  Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Staff of air Staff of air 1 2 Common 615
Chargebow Chargebow 1 2 Common 217
Iron dagger Iron dagger 1 2 Common 42
Iron helm Iron helm 1 2 Common 21
Bronze arrow 5 Bronze arrow 1–11 2 Common 6–66
Iron mace Iron mace 1 2 Common 24
Iron hatchet Iron hatchet 1 3 Uncommon 24
Iron arrow 5 Iron arrow 1, 12–15 3 Uncommon 6–90
Iron sword Iron sword 1 3 Uncommon 27
Iron scimitar Iron scimitar 1 4 Rare 33
Steel arrow 5 Steel arrow 1 4 Rare 12

RunesEdit

  Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Air rune Air rune 12–15 2 Common 336–420
Water rune Water rune 2–9 2 Common 44–198
Earth rune Earth rune 1–3 2 Common 16–48
Fire rune Fire rune 2 2 Common 90
Mind rune Mind rune 1–25 2 Common 8–200
Mud rune Mud rune 3 3 Uncommon 1,710
Chaos rune Chaos rune 3–8 3 Uncommon 132–352
Nature rune Nature rune 1–3 3 Uncommon 290–870
Cosmic rune Cosmic rune 2 3 Uncommon 552
Law rune Law rune 2 3 Uncommon 782
Death rune Death rune 1–50 4 Rare 222–11,100

Charms (m)Edit

Charm drop percentages
No charms Gold charm Green charm Crimson charm Blue charm

89–91%

5–6%

0.6–1.2%

2–3%

0.7–1.4%

Represents 90% confidence range, based on a sample of 2,346 kills.
1 charm is dropped at a time.

Please add to the log (only if 50 or more creatures killed).

OtherEdit

  Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Coins 25 Coins 1–65 2 Common Not sold
Bucket Bucket 1 3 Uncommon 39
Cannonball Cannonball 3 3 Uncommon 1,161
Wheat Wheat 1 3 Uncommon 62
Tin ore Tin ore 1 3 Uncommon 62
Iron ore Iron ore 1 3 Uncommon 277
Bronze bar Bronze bar 1 3 Uncommon 210
Fire talisman Fire talisman 1 4 Rare 5,713
Pot lid Pot lid (m) 1 4 Rare Not sold
Spirit sapphire Spirit sapphire (m) 1 4 Rare Not sold
Spirit emerald Spirit emerald (m) 1 4 Rare Not sold
Spirit ruby Spirit ruby (m) 1 4 Rare Not sold
Clue scroll Clue scroll (medium) (m) 1 4 Rare [1] Not sold
Champion's scroll (skeleton) Champion's scroll (skeleton) (m) 1 5 Very rare [2] Not sold
Ancient effigy Starved ancient effigy (m) 1 5 Very rare Not sold

PotionsEdit

  Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Attack potion (3) Attack potion (3) 1 3 Uncommon 192
Agility potion (2) Agility potion (2) (m) 1 3 Uncommon 118
Antipoison (3) Antipoison (3) (m) 1 3 Uncommon 109
Fishing potion (1) Fishing potion (1) (m) 1 4 Rare 52

Rare drop table dropsEdit

This monster has access to the rare drop table.
The ring of wealth is not required to access the table.
Show/hide rare drop table
Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price
Coins 250 Coins 200–350,3,000 2 Common Not sold
Uncut sapphire Uncut sapphire 1 2 Common 1,365
Uncut emerald Uncut emerald 1 2 Common 2,872
Uncut ruby Uncut ruby 1 2 Common 3,404
Uncut diamond Uncut diamond 1 3 Uncommon 5,655
Loop half of a key Loop half of a key 1 3 Uncommon 30,596
Tooth half of a key Tooth half of a key 1 3 Uncommon 36,191
Uncut dragonstone Uncut dragonstone 1 4 Rare 14,893
Dragonstone Dragonstone 1 4 Rare 10,151
Dragon dagger Dragon dagger 1 3 Uncommon 16,150
Rune battleaxe Rune battleaxe 1 4 Rare 24,244
Rune javelin Rune javelin 5 4 Rare 885
Adamant javelin Adamant javelin 20 5 Very rare 1,240
Rune 2h sword Rune 2h sword 1 5 Very rare 37,376
Rune spear Rune spear 1 5 Very rare 11,199
Dragon spear Dragon spear 1 5 Very rare 36,181
Battlestaff Battlestaff 200 (noted) 4 Rare 1,456,000
Rune sq shield Rune sq shield 1 5 Very rare 22,401
Rune kiteshield Rune kiteshield 1 5 Very rare 31,624
Shield left half Shield left half 1 5 Very rare 64,211
Dragon helm Dragon helm 1 5 Very rare 58,935
Adamant bolts 5 Adamant bolts 200 3 Uncommon 12,400
Onyx bolts 5 Onyx bolts 150 4 Rare 1,276,950
Rune arrow 5 Rune arrow 150 4 Rare 22,650
Vecna skull Vecna skull 1 5 Very rare 111,748
Water talisman Water talisman 1 3 Uncommon 16,593
Earth talisman Earth talisman 25–35 (noted) 3 Uncommon 145,850–204,190
Fire talisman Fire talisman 25–35 (noted) 3 Uncommon 142,825–199,955
Chaos talisman Chaos talisman 1 3 Uncommon 809
Nature talisman Nature talisman 1 3 Uncommon 514
Pure essence Pure essence 1,000–1,500 (noted) 3 Uncommon 16,000–24,000
Nature rune Nature rune 60–80 4 Rare 17,400–23,200
Soul rune Soul rune 20 4 Rare 3,840
Law rune Law rune 45 4 Rare 17,595
Death rune Death rune 50 4 Rare 11,100
Blood rune Blood rune 50 4 Rare 22,050
Raw swordfish Raw swordfish 125–250 (noted) 3 Uncommon 56,750–113,500
Raw shark Raw shark 250 (noted) 3 Uncommon 352,000
Big bones Big bones 150–180 (noted) 3 Uncommon 81,600–97,920
Coal Coal 550–700 (noted) 3 Uncommon 139,150–177,100
Adamantite ore Adamantite ore 150–250 (noted) 3 Uncommon 263,100–438,500
Silver ore Silver ore 100 (noted) 4 Rare 8,700
Runite ore Runite ore 100 (noted) 4 Rare 1,044,100
Rune bar Rune bar 1 2 Common 14,355
Rune bar Rune bar 50 (noted) 5 Very rare 717,750
Clean toadflax Clean toadflax 35–45 (noted) 3 Uncommon 152,880–196,560
Clean snapdragon Clean snapdragon 30–35 (noted) 3 Uncommon 156,600–182,700
Clean torstol Clean torstol 16–34 (noted) 3 Uncommon 125,552–266,798
Herb seed 5 Snapdragon seed 1 2 Common 2,335
Herb seed 5 Torstol seed 1 3 Uncommon 26,997
Watermelon seed 5 Watermelon seed 3 3 Uncommon 5,550
Magic seed 5 Magic seed 3–7 4 Rare 416,295–971,355
Palm tree seed 5 Palm tree seed 10 4 Rare 1,234,780
Yew logs Yew logs 450–550 (noted) 4 Rare 164,700–201,300
Crystal triskelion fragment 1 Crystal triskelion fragment 1 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Crystal triskelion fragment 2 Crystal triskelion fragment 2 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Crystal triskelion fragment 3 Crystal triskelion fragment 3 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (Melee) Brawling gloves (Melee) 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (Magic) Brawling gloves (Magic) 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (Ranged) Brawling gloves (Ranged) 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (Agility) Brawling gloves (Agility) 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (Cooking) Brawling gloves (Cooking) 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (FM) Brawling gloves (FM) 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (Fishing) Brawling gloves (Fishing) 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (Hunter) Brawling gloves (Hunter) 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (Mining) Brawling gloves (Mining) 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (Prayer) Brawling gloves (Prayer) 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (Smithing) Brawling gloves (Smithing) 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (Thieving) Brawling gloves (Thieving) 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (WC) Brawling gloves (WC) 1 5 Very rare Not 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 market price
Key token Key token 1 4 Rare Not sold
Ghostweave Ghostweave 10–30 4 Rare Not sold
  1. ^ Dropped by Level 45, 77 and 56 skeletons.
  2. ^ Only dropped if access to Champions' Guild is available and the Skeleton Champion hasn't been previously killed in the Champions' Challenge.

TriviaEdit

  • 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.
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