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 208
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 696
Uncut emerald 1 Common 1,443
Uncut ruby 1 Common 2,472
Uncut diamond 1 Common 4,050
Uncut diamond 45–55 (noted) Rare 182,250–222,750
Loop half of a key 1 Uncommon 17,782
Tooth half of a key 1 Uncommon 36,712
Uncut dragonstone 1 Uncommon 12,319
Uncut dragonstone 45–55 (noted) Rare 554,355–677,545
Dragon longsword 1 Common 57,281 Dragon spear 1 Uncommon 35,817
Battlestaff 180–220 (noted) Uncommon 1,305,540–1,595,660
Rune javelin 5 Rare 815
Rune platebody 1 Uncommon 37,980
Rune platebody 15–25 (noted) Rare 569,700–949,500
Shield left half 1 Uncommon 64,923
Dragon helm 1 Uncommon 58,863
Rune arrowheads 113–137 Common 23,391–28,359
Onyx bolts 135–165 Rare 1,134,405–1,386,495
Vecna skull 1 Uncommon 40,384
Chaos talisman 1 Uncommon 984
Nature talisman 1 Uncommon 222
Water talisman 65–82 (noted) Rare 767,130–967,764
Earth talisman 65–82 (noted) Rare 179,075–225,910
Fire talisman 25–35 (noted) Rare 70,625–98,875
Raw lobster 135–165 (noted) Uncommon 27,135–33,165
Raw shark 225–275 (noted) Uncommon 179,100–218,900
Big bones 79–90 (noted) Uncommon 30,257–34,470
Dragon bones 180–220 (noted) Uncommon 316,260–386,540
Coal 200–1,100 (noted) Uncommon 77,600–426,800
Gold ore 90–110 (noted) Common 15,750–19,250
Adamantite ore 180–220 (noted) Uncommon 231,120–282,480
Adamant bar 15 (noted) Common 36,675
Adamant bar 135–165 (noted) Rare 330,075–403,425
Runite ore 90–110 (noted) Rare 929,160–1,135,640
Rune bar 3 (noted) Common 43,032
Rune bar 45–55 (noted) Rare 645,480–788,920
Grimy torstol 90–110 (noted) Uncommon 403,650–493,350
Grimy snapdragon 90–110 (noted) Uncommon 341,730–417,670
Super restore (4) 45–55 (noted) Uncommon 188,595–230,505
Prayer potion (4) 45–55 (noted) Uncommon 114,660–140,140
Lantadyme seed 14–16 Uncommon 133,532–152,608
Dwarf weed seed 14–16 Uncommon 173,754–198,576
Magic seed 4 Uncommon 511,084
Palm tree seed 10 Rare 1,572,810
Flax 450–550 (noted) Common 12,600–15,400
Molten glass 45–55 (noted) Common 9,090–11,110
Soft clay 450–550 (noted) Uncommon 86,400–105,600
Yew logs 68–82 Uncommon 17,884–21,566
Yew logs 675–825 (noted) Rare 177,525–216,975
Teak plank 45–55 (noted) Uncommon 29,160–35,640
Mahogany plank 270–330 (noted) Rare 546,480–667,920
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.