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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 157

Herbs (m)Edit

  Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Grimy guam Grimy guam 1 2 Common 413
Grimy marrentill Grimy marrentill 1 2 Common 130
Grimy tarromin Grimy tarromin 1 2 Common 35
Grimy harralander Grimy harralander 1 2 Common 84
Grimy ranarr Grimy ranarr 1 3 Uncommon 2,582
Grimy irit Grimy irit 1 3 Uncommon 2,093
Grimy avantoe Grimy avantoe 1 3 Uncommon 3,925
Grimy kwuarm Grimy kwuarm 1 3 Uncommon 3,653
Grimy cadantine Grimy cadantine 1 4 Rare 2,016
Grimy dwarf weed Grimy dwarf weed 1 4 Rare 6,930
Grimy lantadyme Grimy lantadyme 1 4 Rare 6,809

EquipmentEdit

  Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Staff of air Staff of air 1 2 Common 534
Chargebow Chargebow 1 2 Common 185
Iron dagger Iron dagger 1 2 Common 34
Iron helm Iron helm 1 2 Common 23
Bronze arrow 5 Bronze arrow 1–11 2 Common 7–77
Iron mace Iron mace 1 2 Common 31
Iron hatchet Iron hatchet 1 3 Uncommon 31
Iron arrow 5 Iron arrow 1, 12–15 3 Uncommon 6–90
Iron sword Iron sword 1 3 Uncommon 18
Iron scimitar Iron scimitar 1 4 Rare 32
Steel arrow 5 Steel arrow 1 4 Rare 13

RunesEdit

  Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Air rune Air rune 12–15 2 Common 276–345
Water rune Water rune 2–9 2 Common 40–180
Earth rune Earth rune 1–3 2 Common 16–48
Fire rune Fire rune 2 2 Common 116
Mind rune Mind rune 1–25 2 Common 13–325
Mud rune Mud rune 3 3 Uncommon 1,749
Chaos rune Chaos rune 3–8 3 Uncommon 144–384
Nature rune Nature rune 1–3 3 Uncommon 361–1,083
Cosmic rune Cosmic rune 2 3 Uncommon 550
Law rune Law rune 2 3 Uncommon 866
Death rune Death rune 1–50 4 Rare 350–17,500

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 37
Cannonball Cannonball 3 3 Uncommon 1,164
Wheat Wheat 1 3 Uncommon 37
Tin ore Tin ore 1 3 Uncommon 73
Iron ore Iron ore 1 3 Uncommon 266
Bronze bar Bronze bar 1 3 Uncommon 198
Fire talisman Fire talisman 1 4 Rare 2,565
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 (medium) 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
Starved 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 209
Agility potion (2) Agility potion (2) (m) 1 3 Uncommon 114
Antipoison (3) Antipoison (3) (m) 1 3 Uncommon 94
Fishing potion (1) Fishing potion (1) (m) 1 4 Rare 51

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 1,092
Uncut emerald Uncut emerald 1 2 Common 2,076
Uncut ruby Uncut ruby 1 2 Common 2,928
Uncut diamond Uncut diamond 1 3 Uncommon 5,062
Loop half of a key Loop half of a key 1 3 Uncommon 27,134
Tooth half of a key Tooth half of a key 1 3 Uncommon 30,293
Uncut dragonstone Uncut dragonstone 1 4 Rare 13,198
Dragonstone Dragonstone 1 4 Rare 10,011
Dragon dagger Dragon dagger 1 3 Uncommon 16,480
Rune battleaxe Rune battleaxe 1 4 Rare 24,213
Rune javelin Rune javelin 5 4 Rare 890
Adamant javelin Adamant javelin 20 5 Very rare 1,240
Rune 2h sword Rune 2h sword 1 5 Very rare 37,288
Rune spear Rune spear 1 5 Very rare 11,434
Dragon spear Dragon spear 1 5 Very rare 36,909
Battlestaff Battlestaff 200 (noted) 4 Rare 1,572,400
Rune sq shield Rune sq shield 1 5 Very rare 21,958
Rune kiteshield Rune kiteshield 1 5 Very rare 31,619
Shield left half Shield left half 1 5 Very rare 64,586
Dragon helm Dragon helm 1 5 Very rare 59,231
Adamant bolts 5 Adamant bolts 200 3 Uncommon 11,800
Onyx bolts 5 Onyx bolts 150 4 Rare 1,257,600
Rune arrow 5 Rune arrow 150 4 Rare 22,650
Vecna skull Vecna skull 1 5 Very rare 94,419
Water talisman Water talisman 1 3 Uncommon 10,849
Earth talisman Earth talisman 25–35 (noted) 3 Uncommon 65,950–92,330
Fire talisman Fire talisman 25–35 (noted) 3 Uncommon 64,125–89,775
Chaos talisman Chaos talisman 1 3 Uncommon 560
Nature talisman Nature talisman 1 3 Uncommon 399
Pure essence Pure essence 1,000–1,500 (noted) 3 Uncommon 14,000–21,000
Nature rune Nature rune 60–80 4 Rare 21,660–28,880
Soul rune Soul rune 20 4 Rare 4,440
Law rune Law rune 45 4 Rare 19,485
Death rune Death rune 50 4 Rare 17,500
Blood rune Blood rune 50 4 Rare 25,000
Raw swordfish Raw swordfish 125–250 (noted) 3 Uncommon 55,375–110,750
Raw shark Raw shark 250 (noted) 3 Uncommon 285,750
Big bones Big bones 150–180 (noted) 3 Uncommon 85,050–102,060
Coal Coal 550–700 (noted) 3 Uncommon 149,050–189,700
Adamantite ore Adamantite ore 150–250 (noted) 3 Uncommon 203,100–338,500
Silver ore Silver ore 100 (noted) 4 Rare 8,700
Runite ore Runite ore 100 (noted) 4 Rare 1,068,600
Rune bar Rune bar 1 2 Common 14,177
Rune bar Rune bar 50 (noted) 5 Very rare 708,850
Clean toadflax Clean toadflax 35–45 (noted) 3 Uncommon 118,685–152,595
Clean snapdragon Clean snapdragon 30–35 (noted) 3 Uncommon 113,640–132,580
Clean torstol Clean torstol 16–34 (noted) 3 Uncommon 89,264–189,686
Herb seed 5 Snapdragon seed 1 2 Common 1,401
Herb seed 5 Torstol seed 1 3 Uncommon 16,099
Watermelon seed 5 Watermelon seed 3 3 Uncommon 7,458
Magic seed 5 Magic seed 3–7 4 Rare 496,065–1,157,485
Palm tree seed 5 Palm tree seed 10 4 Rare 1,565,080
Yew logs Yew logs 450–550 (noted) 4 Rare 161,100–196,900
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
  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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