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 182
Charms (m) Edit
Charm drop numbers No charm 89–91% 5–6% 0.6–1.2% 2–3% 0.7–1.4% Represents a 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 are killed)
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 769
Uncut emerald 1 Common 1,444
Uncut ruby 1 Common 2,191
Uncut diamond 1 Common 3,725
Uncut diamond 45–55 (noted) Rare 167,625–204,875
Loop half of a key 1 Uncommon 17,573
Tooth half of a key 1 Uncommon 41,038
Uncut dragonstone 1 Uncommon 13,146
Uncut dragonstone 45–55 (noted) Rare 591,570–723,030
Dragon longsword 1 Common 58,107 Dragon spear 1 Uncommon 36,241
Battlestaff 180–220 (noted) Uncommon 1,308,060–1,598,740
Rune javelin 5 Rare 915
Rune platebody 1 Uncommon 38,202
Rune platebody 15–25 (noted) Rare 573,030–955,050
Shield left half 1 Uncommon 64,320
Dragon helm 1 Uncommon 59,081
Rune arrowheads 113–137 Common 26,894–32,606
Onyx bolts 135–165 Rare 1,158,300–1,415,700
Vecna skull 1 Uncommon 41,494
Chaos talisman 1 Uncommon 622
Nature talisman 1 Uncommon 204
Water talisman 65–82 (noted) Rare 793,195–1,000,646
Earth talisman 65–82 (noted) Rare 207,870–262,236
Fire talisman 25–35 (noted) Rare 73,600–103,040
Raw lobster 135–165 (noted) Uncommon 37,125–45,375
Raw shark 225–275 (noted) Uncommon 181,125–221,375
Big bones 80–90 (noted) Uncommon 33,760–37,980
Dragon bones 180–220 (noted) Uncommon 353,340–431,860
Coal 200–1,100 (noted) Uncommon 63,600–349,800
Gold ore 90–110 (noted) Common 16,380–20,020
Adamantite ore 180–220 (noted) Uncommon 248,400–303,600
Adamant bar 15 (noted) Common 48,525
Adamant bar 135–165 (noted) Rare 436,725–533,775
Runite ore 90–110 (noted) Rare 995,940–1,217,260
Rune bar 3 (noted) Common 43,074
Rune bar 45–55 (noted) Rare 646,110–789,690
Grimy torstol 90–110 (noted) Uncommon 471,960–576,840
Grimy snapdragon 90–110 (noted) Uncommon 331,380–405,020
Super restore (4) 45–55 (noted) Uncommon 150,885–184,415
Prayer potion (4) 45–55 (noted) Uncommon 125,145–152,955
Lantadyme seed 14–16 Uncommon 147,966–169,104
Dwarf weed seed 14–16 Uncommon 220,024–251,456
Magic seed 4 Uncommon 608,428
Palm tree seed 10 Rare 1,865,210
Flax 450–550 (noted) Common 16,200–19,800
Molten glass 45–55 (noted) Common 8,100–9,900
Soft clay 450–550 (noted) Uncommon 90,450–110,550
Yew logs 68–82 Uncommon 18,972–22,878
Yew logs 675–825 (noted) Rare 188,325–230,175
Teak plank 45–55 (noted) Uncommon 33,345–40,755
Mahogany plank 270–330 (noted) Rare 576,990–705,210
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.