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 168
Charms (m) Edit
Rare drop table drops Edit
This monster has access to the rare drop table. A ring of wealth or collector's insignia are not required to access the table.
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Coins 250–500; 3,000 Common 250–3,000
Uncut sapphire 1 Common 957
Uncut emerald 1 Common 1,681
Uncut ruby 1 Common 2,932
Uncut diamond 1 Common 3,775
Uncut diamond 45–55 (noted) Rare 169,875–207,625
Loop half of a key 1 Common 15,400
Tooth half of a key 1 Common 28,301
Uncut dragonstone 1 Uncommon 12,735
Uncut dragonstone 45–55 (noted) Rare 573,075–700,425
Dragon longsword 1 Common 57,687
Dragon spear 1 Rare 35,744
Battlestaff 180–220 (noted) Rare 1,246,500–1,523,500
Rune javelin 5 Rare 1,205
Rune platebody 1 Uncommon 37,707
Rune platebody 15–25 (noted) Rare 565,605–942,675
Shield left half 1 Rare 64,921
Dragon helm 1 Uncommon 58,674
Rune arrowheads 113–137 Common 17,402–21,098
Onyx bolts 135–165 Very rare 1,084,455–1,325,445
Vecna skull 1 Rare 75,457
Chaos talisman 1 Rare 1,100
Nature talisman 1 Rare 878
Water talisman 65–82 (noted) Rare 425,425–536,690
Earth talisman 65–82 (noted) Rare 111,475–140,630
Fire talisman 25–35 (noted) Rare 41,375–57,925
Raw lobster 135–165 (noted) Common 14,310–17,490
Raw shark 225–275 (noted) Uncommon 198,225–242,275
Big bones 79–90 (noted) Uncommon 26,781–30,510
Dragon bones 180–220 (noted) Rare 355,500–434,500
Coal 200–1,100 (noted) Uncommon 45,600–250,800
Gold ore 90–110 (noted) Common 12,690–15,510
Adamantite ore 180–220 (noted) Uncommon 171,720–209,880
Adamant bar 14–16 (noted) Common 39,326–44,944
Adamant bar 135–165 (noted) Rare 379,215–463,485
Runite ore 90–110 (noted) Rare 935,010–1,142,790
Rune bar 3 (noted) Common 40,746
Rune bar 45–55 (noted) Rare 611,190–747,010
Grimy torstol 90–110 (noted) Uncommon 364,140–445,060
Grimy snapdragon 90–110 (noted) Uncommon 257,580–314,820
Super restore (4) 45–55 (noted) Uncommon 157,500–192,500
Prayer potion (4) 45–55 (noted) Uncommon 143,595–175,505
Lantadyme seed 14–16 Uncommon 18,382–21,008
Dwarf weed seed 14–16 Uncommon 18,746–21,424
Magic seed 4 Uncommon 266,204
Palm tree seed 10 Rare 772,190
Flax 450–550 (noted) Common 7,200–8,800
Molten glass 45–55 (noted) Common 10,485–12,815
Soft clay 450–550 (noted) Uncommon 171,000–209,000
Yew logs 68–82 Uncommon 13,192–15,908
Yew logs 675–825 (noted) Rare 130,950–160,050
Teak plank 45–55 (noted) Uncommon 25,200–30,800
Mahogany plank 270–330 (noted) Rare 523,530–639,870
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.