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.
Bones 1 Always 152
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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Coins 250–500; 3,000 Common 250–3,000
Uncut sapphire 1 Common 1,212
Uncut emerald 1 Common 2,039
Uncut ruby 1 Common 3,592
Uncut diamond 1 Common 6,284
Uncut diamond 45–55 (noted) Rare 282,780–345,620
Loop half of a key 1 Common 18,330
Tooth half of a key 1 Common 31,327
Uncut dragonstone 1 Uncommon 14,205
Uncut dragonstone 45–55 (noted) Rare 639,225–781,275
Dragon longsword 1 Common 57,641
Dragon spear 1 Rare 35,775
Battlestaff 180–220 (noted) Rare 1,338,300–1,635,700
Rune javelin 5 Rare 1,390
Rune platebody 1 Uncommon 37,922
Rune platebody 15–25 (noted) Rare 568,830–948,050
Shield left half 1 Rare 64,323
Dragon helm 1 Uncommon 58,990
Rune arrowheads 113–137 Common 17,967–21,783
Onyx bolts 135–165 Very rare 1,133,865–1,385,835
Vecna skull 1 Rare 79,808
Chaos talisman 1 Rare 1,411
Nature talisman 1 Rare 898
Water talisman 65–82 (noted) Rare 662,350–835,580
Earth talisman 65–82 (noted) Rare 178,100–224,680
Fire talisman 25–35 (noted) Rare 59,275–82,985
Raw lobster 135–165 (noted) Common 18,225–22,275
Raw shark 225–275 (noted) Uncommon 234,900–287,100
Big bones 79–90 (noted) Uncommon 27,887–31,770
Dragon bones 180–220 (noted) Rare 554,940–678,260
Coal 200–1,100 (noted) Uncommon 84,600–465,300
Gold ore 90–110 (noted) Common 14,670–17,930
Adamantite ore 180–220 (noted) Uncommon 206,640–252,560
Adamant bar 15 (noted) Common 55,710
Adamant bar 135–165 (noted) Rare 501,390–612,810
Runite ore 90–110 (noted) Rare 844,650–1,032,350
Rune bar 3 (noted) Common 41,640
Rune bar 45–55 (noted) Rare 624,600–763,400
Grimy torstol 90–110 (noted) Uncommon 476,640–582,560
Grimy snapdragon 90–110 (noted) Uncommon 345,960–422,840
Super restore (4) 45–55 (noted) Uncommon 245,700–300,300
Prayer potion (4) 45–55 (noted) Uncommon 165,825–202,675
Lantadyme seed 14–16 Uncommon 44,562–50,928
Dwarf weed seed 14–16 Uncommon 44,646–51,024
Magic seed 4 Uncommon 330,672
Palm tree seed 10 Rare 897,540
Flax 450–550 (noted) Common 9,900–12,100
Molten glass 45–55 (noted) Common 14,175–17,325
Soft clay 450–550 (noted) Uncommon 130,050–158,950
Yew logs 68–82 Uncommon 16,728–20,172
Yew logs 675–825 (noted) Rare 166,050–202,950
Teak plank 45–55 (noted) Uncommon 29,925–36,575
Mahogany plank 270–330 (noted) Rare 605,880–740,520
Brawling gloves (Melee) 1 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (Magic) 1 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (Ranged) 1 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (Agility) 1 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (Cooking) 1 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (FM) 1 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (Fishing) 1 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (Hunter) 1 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (Mining) 1 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (Prayer) 1 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (Smithing) 1 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (Thieving) 1 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (WC) 1 Very 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.
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.