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 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 168
Charms (m) Edit
Charm drop numbers No charm 89–91% 5–6% 0.6–1.2% 2–3% 0.7–1.4% Represents a 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 are killed)
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 50; 250–500; 3,000 Common Not sold
Uncut sapphire 1 Common 1,177
Uncut emerald 1 Common 2,041
Uncut ruby 1 Uncommon 3,137
Uncut diamond 1; 2; 45–55 (noted) Uncommon 5,494–302,170
Loop half of a key 1 Uncommon 24,028
Tooth half of a key 1 Uncommon 36,751
Uncut dragonstone 1; 45–55 (noted) Uncommon 13,934–766,370
Dragon longsword 1 Uncommon 57,856 Dragon spear 1 Uncommon 35,509
Battlestaff 180–220 (noted) Uncommon 1,387,620–1,695,980
Rune javelin 5 Rare 910
Rune platebody 1 Uncommon 38,103
Shield left half 1 Uncommon 64,265
Dragon helm 1 Uncommon 58,991
Rune arrowheads 113–137 Uncommon 21,583–26,167
Onyx bolts 135–165 Uncommon 1,120,095–1,369,005
Vecna skull 1 Uncommon 70,436
Water talisman 65–82 (noted) Uncommon 946,725–1,194,330
Earth talisman 65–82 (noted) Uncommon 309,725–390,730
Fire talisman 25–35 (noted) Uncommon 104,700–146,580
Chaos talisman 1 Uncommon 585
Nature talisman 1 Uncommon 300
Raw lobster 135–165 (noted) Uncommon 45,900–56,100
Raw shark 225–275 (noted) Uncommon 252,675–308,825
Big bones 80–90 (noted) Uncommon 36,960–41,580
Dragon bones 180–220 (noted) Uncommon 389,880–476,520
Coal 200–1,100 (noted) Uncommon 59,400–326,700
Gold ore 90–110 (noted) Uncommon 20,160–24,640
Adamantite ore 180–220 (noted) Uncommon 230,580–281,820
Adamant bar 15 (noted) Common 42,990
Adamant bar 135–165 (noted) Rare 386,910–472,890
Runite ore 90–110 (noted) Rare 952,740–1,164,460
Rune bar 3 (noted) Common 42,639
Rune bar 45–55 (noted) Rare 639,585–781,715
Grimy torstol 90–110 (noted) Uncommon 638,640–780,560
Grimy snapdragon 90–110 (noted) Uncommon 409,320–500,280
Super restore (4) 45–55 (noted) Uncommon 235,890–288,310
Prayer potion (4) 45–55 (noted) Uncommon 187,155–228,745
Lantadyme seed 14–16 Uncommon 233,968–267,392
Dwarf weed seed 14–16 Uncommon 322,196–368,224
Magic seed 4 Uncommon 562,792
Palm tree seed 10 Uncommon 1,339,110
Flax 450–550 (noted) Uncommon 34,650–42,350
Molten glass 45–55 (noted) Uncommon 13,005–15,895
Soft clay 450–550 (noted) Uncommon 100,800–123,200
Yew logs 68–82; 675–825 (noted) Uncommon 20,400–247,500
Teak plank 45–55 (noted) Uncommon 43,830–53,570
Mahogany plank 270–330 (noted) Uncommon 656,640–802,560
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.
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