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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 298

Herbs (m)Edit

  Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Grimy guam Grimy guam 1 2 Common 564
Grimy marrentill Grimy marrentill 1 2 Common 125
Grimy tarromin Grimy tarromin 1 2 Common 44
Grimy harralander Grimy harralander 1 2 Common 130
Grimy ranarr Grimy ranarr 1 3 Uncommon 3,126
Grimy irit Grimy irit 1 3 Uncommon 2,548
Grimy avantoe Grimy avantoe 1 3 Uncommon 4,412
Grimy kwuarm Grimy kwuarm 1 3 Uncommon 3,511
Grimy cadantine Grimy cadantine 1 4 Rare 2,307
Grimy dwarf weed Grimy dwarf weed 1 4 Rare 9,373
Grimy lantadyme Grimy lantadyme 1 4 Rare 9,004

EquipmentEdit

  Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Staff of air Staff of air 1 2 Common 600
Chargebow Chargebow 1 2 Common 254
Iron dagger Iron dagger 1 2 Common 52
Iron helm Iron helm 1 2 Common 20
Bronze arrow 5 Bronze arrow 1–11 2 Common 5–55
Iron mace Iron mace 1 2 Common 24
Iron hatchet Iron hatchet 1 3 Uncommon 26
Iron arrow 5 Iron arrow 1, 12–15 3 Uncommon 6–90
Iron sword Iron sword 1 3 Uncommon 29
Iron scimitar Iron scimitar 1 4 Rare 40
Steel arrow 5 Steel arrow 1 4 Rare 13

RunesEdit

  Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Air rune Air rune 12–15 2 Common 324–405
Water rune Water rune 2–9 2 Common 56–252
Earth rune Earth rune 1–3 2 Common 17–51
Fire rune Fire rune 2 2 Common 98
Mind rune Mind rune 1–25 2 Common 8–200
Mud rune Mud rune 3 3 Uncommon 2,205
Chaos rune Chaos rune 3–8 3 Uncommon 132–352
Nature rune Nature rune 1–3 3 Uncommon 288–864
Cosmic rune Cosmic rune 2 3 Uncommon 586
Law rune Law rune 2 3 Uncommon 966
Death rune Death rune 1–50 4 Rare 263–13,150

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 44
Cannonball Cannonball 3 3 Uncommon 1,257
Wheat Wheat 1 3 Uncommon 47
Tin ore Tin ore 1 3 Uncommon 59
Iron ore Iron ore 1 3 Uncommon 287
Bronze bar Bronze bar 1 3 Uncommon 208
Fire talisman Fire talisman 1 4 Rare 5,254
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 171
Agility potion (2) Agility potion (2) (m) 1 3 Uncommon 118
Antipoison (3) Antipoison (3) (m) 1 3 Uncommon 105
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 1,255
Uncut emerald Uncut emerald 1 2 Common 2,751
Uncut ruby Uncut ruby 1 2 Common 3,546
Uncut diamond Uncut diamond 1 3 Uncommon 5,843
Loop half of a key Loop half of a key 1 3 Uncommon 32,996
Tooth half of a key Tooth half of a key 1 3 Uncommon 42,167
Uncut dragonstone Uncut dragonstone 1 4 Rare 15,502
Dragonstone Dragonstone 1 4 Rare 9,984
Dragon dagger Dragon dagger 1 3 Uncommon 16,452
Rune battleaxe Rune battleaxe 1 4 Rare 24,131
Rune javelin Rune javelin 5 4 Rare 840
Adamant javelin Adamant javelin 20 5 Very rare 1,280
Rune 2h sword Rune 2h sword 1 5 Very rare 37,356
Rune spear Rune spear 1 5 Very rare 11,419
Dragon spear Dragon spear 1 5 Very rare 36,478
Battlestaff Battlestaff 200 (noted) 4 Rare 1,529,400
Rune sq shield Rune sq shield 1 5 Very rare 21,988
Rune kiteshield Rune kiteshield 1 5 Very rare 31,603
Shield left half Shield left half 1 5 Very rare 63,247
Dragon helm Dragon helm 1 5 Very rare 59,600
Adamant bolts 5 Adamant bolts 200 3 Uncommon 13,800
Onyx bolts 5 Onyx bolts 150 4 Rare 1,272,600
Rune arrow 5 Rune arrow 150 4 Rare 22,650
Vecna skull Vecna skull 1 5 Very rare 107,406
Water talisman Water talisman 1 3 Uncommon 16,022
Earth talisman Earth talisman 25–35 (noted) 3 Uncommon 134,875–188,825
Fire talisman Fire talisman 25–35 (noted) 3 Uncommon 131,350–183,890
Chaos talisman Chaos talisman 1 3 Uncommon 973
Nature talisman Nature talisman 1 3 Uncommon 424
Pure essence Pure essence 1,000–1,500 (noted) 3 Uncommon 15,000–22,500
Nature rune Nature rune 60–80 4 Rare 17,280–23,040
Soul rune Soul rune 20 4 Rare 3,780
Law rune Law rune 45 4 Rare 21,735
Death rune Death rune 50 4 Rare 13,150
Blood rune Blood rune 50 4 Rare 19,900
Raw swordfish Raw swordfish 125–250 (noted) 3 Uncommon 51,375–102,750
Raw shark Raw shark 250 (noted) 3 Uncommon 327,500
Big bones Big bones 150–180 (noted) 3 Uncommon 96,900–116,280
Coal Coal 550–700 (noted) 3 Uncommon 132,550–168,700
Adamantite ore Adamantite ore 150–250 (noted) 3 Uncommon 294,000–490,000
Silver ore Silver ore 100 (noted) 4 Rare 8,800
Runite ore Runite ore 100 (noted) 4 Rare 1,067,000
Rune bar Rune bar 1 2 Common 13,906
Rune bar Rune bar 50 (noted) 5 Very rare 695,300
Clean toadflax Clean toadflax 35–45 (noted) 3 Uncommon 140,630–180,810
Clean snapdragon Clean snapdragon 30–35 (noted) 3 Uncommon 150,900–176,050
Clean torstol Clean torstol 16–34 (noted) 3 Uncommon 133,536–283,764
Herb seed 5 Snapdragon seed 1 2 Common 2,539
Herb seed 5 Torstol seed 1 3 Uncommon 36,153
Watermelon seed 5 Watermelon seed 3 3 Uncommon 6,519
Magic seed 5 Magic seed 3–7 4 Rare 414,126–966,294
Palm tree seed 5 Palm tree seed 10 4 Rare 1,137,860
Yew logs Yew logs 450–550 (noted) 4 Rare 171,900–210,100
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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