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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 22 Lumbridge Catacombs
Generic 22 Crandor and Karamja Dungeon, Taverley Dungeon, Edgeville Dungeon, North of Edgeville, Steel Mine, Digsite Dungeon/Senntisten Temple, Ogre Enclave, Draynor Sewers
24 Edgeville Dungeon, Varrock Sewers
46 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
84 Crandor and Karamja Dungeon, Yanille Dungeon, Edgeville Dungeon, Waterfall Dungeon, Temple of Ikov
62 Stronghold of Security fourth floor, Wilderness Volcano
66
68
70
74
76
78
Ullek 100 Ullek cliffs
POH 100 Player-owned house dungeon
Tarn's Lair 68 Tarn's Lair
100
102
104
114
110 Tarn's Lair, Chaos Tunnels
Ape Atoll 112 Ape Atoll Dungeon
Barrows 124 Barrows crypts
126

Quest SkeletonsEdit

Type Combat level Location
Demon Slayer 2 Beneath Varrock Church (during Demon Slayer
Smoking Kills 14 Catolax's tomb (during Smoking Kills)
16
18
Draynor Manor 16 Draynor Manor
Melzar's Maze 18 Melzar's Maze
Thok Your Block Off 80 Daemonheim (during Thok Your Block Off)

Slayer alternativesEdit

Main article: Slayer assignment

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 337

Herbs (m)Edit

  Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price
Grimy guam Grimy guam 1 2 Common 741
Grimy marrentill Grimy marrentill 1 2 Common 72
Grimy tarromin Grimy tarromin 1 2 Common 34
Grimy harralander Grimy harralander 1 2 Common 183
Grimy ranarr Grimy ranarr 1 3 Uncommon 3,235
Grimy irit Grimy irit 1 3 Uncommon 2,685
Grimy avantoe Grimy avantoe 1 3 Uncommon 4,633
Grimy kwuarm Grimy kwuarm 1 3 Uncommon 4,476
Grimy cadantine Grimy cadantine 1 4 Rare 1,695
Grimy dwarf weed Grimy dwarf weed 1 4 Rare 12,534
Grimy lantadyme Grimy lantadyme 1 4 Rare 10,139

EquipmentEdit

  Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price
Staff of air Staff of air 1 2 Common 618
Chargebow Chargebow 1 2 Common 172
Iron dagger Iron dagger 1 2 Common 24
Iron helm Iron helm 1 2 Common 21
Bronze arrow 5 Bronze arrow 1–11 2 Common 7–77
Iron mace Iron mace 1 2 Common 15
Iron hatchet Iron hatchet 1 3 Uncommon 12
Iron arrow 5 Iron arrow 1, 12–15 3 Uncommon 7–105
Iron sword Iron sword 1 3 Uncommon 18
Iron scimitar Iron scimitar 1 4 Rare 37
Steel arrow 5 Steel arrow 1 4 Rare 13

RunesEdit

  Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price
Air rune Air rune 12–15 2 Common 288–360
Water rune Water rune 2–9 2 Common 56–252
Earth rune Earth rune 1–3 2 Common 14–42
Fire rune Fire rune 2 2 Common 100
Mind rune Mind rune 1–25 2 Common 5–125
Mud rune Mud rune 3 3 Uncommon 1,857
Chaos rune Chaos rune 3–8 3 Uncommon 123–328
Nature rune Nature rune 1–3 3 Uncommon 304–912
Cosmic rune Cosmic rune 2 3 Uncommon 560
Law rune Law rune 2 3 Uncommon 646
Death rune Death rune 1–50 4 Rare 169–8,450

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 45
Cannonball Cannonball 3 3 Uncommon 1,374
Wheat Wheat 1 3 Uncommon 24
Tin ore Tin ore 1 3 Uncommon 78
Iron ore Iron ore 1 3 Uncommon 388
Bronze bar Bronze bar 1 3 Uncommon 240
Fire talisman Fire talisman 1 4 Rare 3,201
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 182
Agility potion (2) Agility potion (2) (m) 1 3 Uncommon 122
Antipoison (3) Antipoison (3) (m) 1 3 Uncommon 80
Fishing potion (1) Fishing potion (1) (m) 1 4 Rare 54

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 250 – 450; 3,000;
9,000; 10,000; 12,000
2 Common Not sold
Uncut sapphire Uncut sapphire 1 2 Common 1,498
Uncut emerald Uncut emerald 1 2 Common 3,035
Uncut ruby Uncut ruby 1 2 Common 3,586
Uncut diamond Uncut diamond 1 3 Uncommon 7,427
Loop half of a key Loop half of a key 1 3 Uncommon 18,544
Tooth half of a key Tooth half of a key 1 3 Uncommon 42,254
Uncut dragonstone Uncut dragonstone 1 4 Rare 15,600
Dragonstone Dragonstone 1 4 Rare 10,551
Dragon dagger Dragon dagger 1 3 Uncommon 15,835
Rune battleaxe Rune battleaxe 1 4 Rare 24,260
Rune javelin Rune javelin 5 4 Rare 865
Adamant javelin Adamant javelin 20 5 Very rare 1,160
Rune 2h sword Rune 2h sword 1 5 Very rare 37,179
Rune spear Rune spear 1 5 Very rare 11,439
Dragon spear Dragon spear 1 5 Very rare 35,969
Dragon dagger Dragon dagger 50 (noted) 5 Very rare 791,750
Rune sq shield Rune sq shield 1 5 Very rare 22,275
Rune kiteshield Rune kiteshield 1 5 Very rare 31,737
Shield left half Shield left half 1 5 Very rare 64,381
Dragon helm Dragon helm 1 5 Very rare 58,739
Adamant bolts 5 Adamant bolts 200 3 Uncommon 19,400
Onyx bolts 5 Onyx bolts 150 4 Rare 1,268,250
Rune arrow 5 Rune arrow 150–200, 500 4 Rare 22,200–74,000
Battlestaff Battlestaff 200 (noted) 4 Rare 1,621,800
Air orb Air orb 1,000 (noted) 4 Rare 2,565,000
Fire orb Fire orb 1,000 (noted) 4 Rare 2,135,000
Vecna skull Vecna skull 1 5 Very rare 100,064
Water talisman Water talisman 1 3 Uncommon 13,268
Earth talisman Earth talisman 25–35 (noted) 3 Uncommon 81,725–114,415
Fire talisman Fire talisman 25–35 (noted) 3 Uncommon 80,025–112,035
Chaos talisman Chaos talisman 1 3 Uncommon 1,054
Nature talisman Nature talisman 1 3 Uncommon 372
Pure essence Pure essence 500–15,000 (noted) 3 Uncommon 9,500–285,000
Nature rune Nature rune 20–80 4 Rare 6,080–24,320
Soul rune Soul rune 20 4 Rare 3,200
Law rune Law rune 45 4 Rare 14,535
Death rune Death rune 50, 121 4 Rare 8,450–20,449
Blood rune Blood rune 50 4 Rare 15,700
Raw swordfish Raw swordfish 125–250, 1,000 (noted) 3 Uncommon 47,500–380,000
Raw shark Raw shark 250–500 (noted) 3 Uncommon 369,000–738,000
Big bones Big bones 150–500 (noted) 3 Uncommon 90,150–300,500
Coal Coal 150–7,500 (noted) 3 Uncommon 34,050–1,702,500
Adamantite ore Adamantite ore 150–800 (noted) 3 Uncommon 366,750–1,956,000
Silver ore Silver ore 100 (noted) 4 Rare 10,500
Runite ore Runite ore 100 (noted) 4 Rare 1,185,600
Adamant bar Adamant bar 1,000–7,000 (noted) 4 Rare 3,439,000–24,073,000
Rune bar Rune bar 1, 50, 150 (noted) 4 Rare 14,516–2,177,400
Clean ranarr Clean ranarr 33 (noted) 3 Uncommon 110,154
Clean toadflax Clean toadflax 25–250 (noted) 3 Uncommon 120,125–1,201,250
Clean snapdragon Clean snapdragon 30–120 (noted) 3 Uncommon 146,280–585,120
Clean torstol Clean torstol 10–100 (noted) 3 Uncommon 77,020–770,200
Saradomin brew (4) Saradomin brew (4) 250 (noted) 5 Very rare 211,750
Watermelon seed 5 Watermelon seed 3 3 Uncommon 6,360
Yew seed 5 Yew seed 1–50 4 Rare 68,499–3,424,950
Magic seed 5 Magic seed 1–7 4 Rare 161,158–1,128,106
Palm tree seed 5 Palm tree seed 10 4 Rare 1,074,350
Herb seed 5 Snapdragon seed 1 4 Rare 2,425
Herb seed 5 Torstol seed 1–31 4 Rare 25,317–784,827
Fellstalk seed 5 Fellstalk seed 2 4 Rare 2,352
Yew logs Yew logs 50–20,000 (noted) 4 Rare 24,950–9,980,000
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 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
  1. ^ Dropped by Level 45, 77 and 80 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 84 skeletons in the Crandor and Karamja Dungeon seem 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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