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.
Bones 1 Always 190
Charms (m) Edit
Rare drop table drops Edit
This monster has access to the rare drop table. A ring of wealth or collector's insignia are not required to access the table.
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Coins 250–500; 3,000 Common 250–3,000
Uncut sapphire 1 Common 1,000
Uncut emerald 1 Common 2,019
Uncut ruby 1 Common 3,497
Uncut diamond 1 Common 4,828
Uncut diamond 45–55 (noted) Rare 217,260–265,540
Loop half of a key 1 Common 15,109
Tooth half of a key 1 Common 23,547
Uncut dragonstone 1 Uncommon 13,900
Uncut dragonstone 45–55 (noted) Rare 625,500–764,500
Dragon longsword 1 Common 56,548
Dragon spear 1 Rare 34,570
Battlestaff 180–220 (noted) Rare 1,239,840–1,515,360
Rune javelin 5 Rare 955
Rune platebody 1 Uncommon 37,185
Rune platebody 15–25 (noted) Rare 557,775–929,625
Shield left half 1 Rare 63,821
Dragon helm 1 Uncommon 57,900
Rune arrowheads 113–137 Common 18,532–22,468
Onyx bolts 135–165 Very rare 1,085,535–1,326,765
Vecna skull 1 Very rare 73,982
Chaos talisman 1 Rare 968
Nature talisman 1 Rare 907
Water talisman 65–82 (noted) Rare 458,965–579,002
Earth talisman 65–82 (noted) Rare 128,895–162,606
Fire talisman 25–35 (noted) Rare 47,625–66,675
Raw lobster 135–165 (noted) Common 12,825–15,675
Raw shark 225–275 (noted) Uncommon 228,825–279,675
Big bones 72–90 (noted) Uncommon 27,504–34,380
Dragon bones 180–220 (noted) Rare 288,900–353,100
Coal 200–1,100 (noted) Uncommon 31,400–172,700
Gold ore 90–110 (noted) Common 11,070–13,530
Adamantite ore 180–220 (noted) Uncommon 173,880–212,520
Adamant bar 14–16 (noted) Common 38,654–44,176
Adamant bar 135–165 (noted) Rare 372,735–455,565
Runite ore 90–110 (noted) Rare 951,750–1,163,250
Rune bar 3 (noted) Common 41,826
Rune bar 45–55 (noted) Rare 627,390–766,810
Grimy torstol 90–110 (noted) Uncommon 496,620–606,980
Grimy snapdragon 90–110 (noted) Uncommon 399,420–488,180
Super restore (4) 45–55 (noted) Uncommon 261,540–319,660
Prayer potion (4) 45–55 (noted) Uncommon 148,230–181,170
Lantadyme seed 14–16 Uncommon 12,726–14,544
Dwarf weed seed 14–16 Uncommon 13,370–15,280
Magic seed 4 Uncommon 362,408
Palm tree seed 10 Rare 1,203,280
Flax 450–550 (noted) Common 4,050–4,950
Molten glass 45–55 (noted) Common 12,330–15,070
Soft clay 450–550 (noted) Uncommon 144,000–176,000
Yew logs 68–82 Uncommon 11,288–13,612
Yew logs 675–825 (noted) Rare 112,050–136,950
Teak plank 45–55 (noted) Uncommon 35,595–43,505
Mahogany plank 270–330 (noted) Rare 602,100–735,900
Brawling gloves (Melee) 1 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (Magic) 1 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (Ranged) 1 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (Agility) 1 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (Cooking) 1 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (FM) 1 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (Fishing) 1 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (Hunter) 1 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (Mining) 1 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (Prayer) 1 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (Smithing) 1 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (Thieving) 1 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (WC) 1 Very 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.
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.