This article is about the player-owned port item. For the quest reward, see Ancient bones (The Restless Ghost).
Ancient bones

Ancient bones are used in the creation of scrimshaws at a Scrimshaw Crafter, as well as Death Lotus darts and their off-hand counterparts at the workbench. It is a reward from completing the Biologist and Missionary storylines, as well as a reward from their specific voyages, and some standard voyages.

If one wishes to 'farm' Ancient bones, it is recommended to build one/two Biologist and one/two Missionary statues, and use their standalone voyages. There is no joint voyage for Ancient bones, unlike other trade goods.

Fletching a scrimshaw requires between 2 and 10 Ancient bones per scrimshaw created. Fletching a set of 25 lotus darts requires 1 set of ancient bones and 25 ascension shards. The maximum amount of Ancient bones a player can store at one time is 250. Any successful voyages after this will not increase the total.

Players may also buy individual units in the form of ports bone packs from Boni on Waiko after the miniquest Impressing the Locals. These cost 5 taijitu and 1,500 chimes each, but are the variant outside of Player-Owned Ports.

Superior scrimshaws

Superior scrimshaws are untradable, and last 4 hours.

Item Level to make Ancient bones to make
Superior log-splitting scrimshaw Superior log-splitting scrimshaw 85 Fletching 4 Ancient bones
Superior rock-crushing scrimshaw Superior rock-crushing scrimshaw
Superior memory-crushing scrimshaw Superior memory-crushing scrimshaw
Whopper-baiting scrimshaw Superior whopper-baiting scrimshaw
Superior gem-finding scrimshaw Superior gem-finding scrimshaw 90 Fletching 2 Ancient bones
Superior tree-shaking scrimshaw Superior tree-shaking scrimshaw
Superior energy-gathering scrimshaw Superior energy-gathering scrimshaw
Casket-salvaging scrimshaw Superior casket-salvaging scrimshaw
Superior scrimshaw of cruelty Superior scrimshaw of cruelty 92 Fletching 10 Ancient bones
Superior scrimshaw of the elements Superior scrimshaw of the elements
Superior scrimshaw of vampyrism Superior scrimshaw of vampyrism
Superior scrimshaw of magic Superior scrimshaw of magic 95 Fletching
Superior scrimshaw of ranging Superior scrimshaw of ranging
Superior scrimshaw of attack Superior scrimshaw of attack


Regular scrimshaws are tradable at the prices below, and last 3 hours. Based on the GE prices of the regular Scrimshaws, an approximate value for Ancient bones can be calculated as follows:

Item GE price GP per Ancient bone Level
Log-splitting scrimshaw Log-splitting scrimshaw 689,009 172,252 85 Fletching
Rock-crushing scrimshaw Rock-crushing scrimshaw 784,938 196,235
Memory-crushing scrimshaw Memory-crushing scrimshaw 682,915 170,729
Whopper-baiting scrimshaw Whopper-baiting scrimshaw 776,998 194,250
Gem-finding scrimshaw Gem-finding scrimshaw 339,699 169,850 90 Fletching
Energy-gathering scrimshaw Energy-gathering scrimshaw 451,643 225,822
Tree-shaking scrimshaw Tree-shaking scrimshaw 338,378 169,189
Casket-salvaging scrimshaw Casket-salvaging scrimshaw 341,824 170,912
Scrimshaw of cruelty Scrimshaw of cruelty 3,093,220 309,322 92 Fletching
Scrimshaw of the elements Scrimshaw of the elements 3,082,400 308,240
Scrimshaw of vampyrism Scrimshaw of vampyrism 3,080,821 308,082
Scrimshaw of magic Scrimshaw of magic 1,651,958 165,196 95 Fletching
Scrimshaw of ranging Scrimshaw of ranging 1,716,383 171,638
Scrimshaw of attack Scrimshaw of attack 1,126,396 112,640

Special scrimshaws

Item Fletching
Build cost
Scrimshaw of sacrifice Superior scrimshaw of sacrifice 95 10 Ancient bones + Scrimshaw of sacrifice (inactive)
Scrimshaw of aggression Superior scrimshaw of aggression 95 10 Ancient bones + Scrimshaw of aggression (inactive)
Scrimshaw of corruption Superior scrimshaw of corruption 95 10 Ancient bones + Scrimshaw of corruption (inactive)

Thrown weapons

Note: The opportunity cost of these is far greater than their GE cost. Value the ancient bone at a tenth of the most valuable scrimshaw you can create.

Item Resources needed Grand Exchange cost Level
Death Lotus dart Death Lotus dart25 1 Ancient bones 25 Ascension shard 5,625 92 Fletching
Off-hand Death Lotus dart Off-hand Death Lotus dart25 1 Ancient bones 25 Ascension shard 5,625
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