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For the variant encountered in Daemonheim, see Ankou (Dungeoneering).
For the elite version, see Ankou (elite).
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Ankou are undead monsters found on the fourth level of the Stronghold of Security, and in the Wilderness Volcano. They are described by Vannaka, a Slayer Master, as "neither skeleton nor ghost, but a combination of both."

They're weak against Earth spells and the Salve amulet. In free worlds, they're often attacked because of their high experience yield and decent drops, though some players will kill them solely for their left skull half drops. In combat, ankous act similar to attackable human NPCs - punching their opponents.

The ankou is the only monster to drop the left skull half, a component needed to assemble the skull sceptre. Wearing Varrock armour while killing them increases the chance of receiving this component of the skull sceptre.

Locations

Drops

100% drops

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
BonesBones1Always188

Charms (m)

No charmGold charmGreen charmCrimson charmBlue charm
72–73%23–24%2%2%0.3–0.5%
Represents a 90% confidence range based on a sample of 37,000 kills.
1 charm is dropped at a time.
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Main drop

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Mystic clothMystic cloth1–3 (noted)Rare4,738–14,214
Adamant arrow 5Adamant arrow20Common1,000
Mithril 2h swordMithril 2h sword1Common3,569
Mithril chainbodyMithril chainbody1Common2,619
Death runeDeath rune10Uncommon1,110
BattlestaffBattlestaff(m)1Uncommon3,660
Black knifeBlack knife(m)1Rare535
Off-hand black knifeOff-hand black knife(m)1Rare124
Adamant gauntletsAdamant gauntlets1Rare2,452
Belladonna seed 5Belladonna seed(m)1Uncommon820
Cactus seed 5Cactus seed(m)1Uncommon99
Irit seed 5Irit seed(m)1Uncommon693
Kwuarm seed 5Kwuarm seed(m)1Uncommon9,779
Limpwurt seed 5Limpwurt seed(m)1Uncommon682
Marrentill seed 5Marrentill seed(m)1Uncommon115
Poison ivy seed 5Poison ivy seed(m)1Uncommon75
Strawberry seed 5Strawberry seed(m)1Uncommon277
Tarromin seed 5Tarromin seed(m)1Uncommon72
Toadflax seed 5Toadflax seed(m)1Uncommon2,077
Whiteberry seed 5Whiteberry seed(m)1Uncommon56
Harralander seed 5Harralander seed(m)1Uncommon121
Nasturtium seed 5Nasturtium seed(m)1Uncommon75
Avantoe seed 5Avantoe seed(m)1Rare363
Dwarf weed seed 5Dwarf weed seed(m)1Rare428
Jangerberry seed 5Jangerberry seed(m)1Rare21
Bittercap mushroom spore 5Bittercap mushroom spore(m)1Rare1,699
Watermelon seed 5Watermelon seed(m)1Rare1,958
Wildblood seed 5Wildblood seed(m)1Rare41
Spirit weed seed 5Spirit weed seed(m)1Rare4,741
Ranarr seed 5Ranarr seed(m)1Rare777
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed(m)1Very rare583
Grimy harralanderGrimy harralander(m)1Common290
Grimy marrentillGrimy marrentill(m)1Common3,088
Grimy guamGrimy guam(m)1Common353
Grimy avantoeGrimy avantoe(m)1Uncommon1,086
Grimy iritGrimy irit(m)1Uncommon3,835
Grimy cadantineGrimy cadantine(m)1Uncommon2,229
Grimy dwarf weedGrimy dwarf weed(m)1Uncommon7,496
Grimy kwuarmGrimy kwuarm(m)1Uncommon10,762
Grimy ranarrGrimy ranarr(m)1Uncommon1,763
Grimy lantadymeGrimy lantadyme(m)1Rare7,669
Grimy tarrominGrimy tarromin(m)1Rare88
BassBass(m)1Uncommon181
Fried mushroomsFried mushrooms(m)1Uncommon435
Fire talismanFire talisman1Very rare435
Coins 1000Coins50–2,000Common50–2,000
Pure essencePure essence(m)15 (noted)Uncommon315
Mithril oreMithril ore(noted)Uncommon422
Yew logsYew logs(noted)Uncommon348
Weapon poison (1)Weapon poison (1)(m)1Rare41

Tertiary drops

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Spirit sapphireSpirit sapphire1RareNot sold
Spirit emeraldSpirit emerald1RareNot sold
Spirit rubySpirit ruby1RareNot sold
Ghost hunter goggles (70)Ghost hunter goggles1Very rareNot sold
Ghost hunter body (70)Ghost hunter body1Very rareNot sold
Ghost hunter legsGhost hunter legs1Very rareNot sold
Ghost hunter backpackGhost hunter backpack1Very rareNot sold
EctoplasmatorEctoplasmator1Very rareNot sold
Deployable herb burnerDeployable herb burner1Very rareNot sold
CremationCremation1Very rareNot sold
Sealed clue scroll (hard)Sealed clue scroll (hard)(m)1RareNot sold
Left skull halfLeft skull half1RareNot sold
Ghostly essenceGhostly essence(m)1–4Rare6,997–27,988
Starved ancient effigyStarved ancient effigy(m)1Very rareNot sold

Rare drop table drops!

This monster has access to the rare drop table.
Luck-enhancing items such as a ring of wealth or luck of the dwarves are not required to access the table.
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Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Coins 250Coins250–500Common250–500
Uncut sapphireUncut sapphire1Common466
Uncut emeraldUncut emerald1Common795
Uncut rubyUncut ruby1Common1,235
Uncut diamondUncut diamond1Common2,734
Uncut diamondUncut diamond45–55 (noted)Rare123,030–150,370
Loop half of a keyLoop half of a key1Common12,089
Tooth half of a keyTooth half of a key1Common15,061
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone1Uncommon12,496
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone45–55 (noted)Rare562,320–687,280
Dragon longswordDragon longsword1Common58,355
Dragon spearDragon spear1Rare36,238
BattlestaffBattlestaff180–220 (noted)Rare658,800–805,200
Rune javelinRune javelin5Rare910
Rune platebodyRune platebody1Uncommon37,480
Rune platebodyRune platebody15–25 (noted)Rare562,200–937,000
Shield left halfShield left half1Rare63,988
Dragon helmDragon helm1Uncommon59,023
Rune arrowheads 5Rune arrowheads113–137Common14,690–17,810
Onyx bolts 5Onyx bolts135–165Very rare1,069,335–1,306,965
Chaos talismanChaos talisman1Rare1,143
Nature talismanNature talisman1Rare1,156
Water talismanWater talisman65–82 (noted)Rare243,230–306,844
Earth talismanEarth talisman65–82 (noted)Rare12,935–16,318
Fire talismanFire talisman25–35 (noted)Rare10,875–15,225
Raw lobsterRaw lobster135–165 (noted)Common51,975–63,525
Raw sharkRaw shark225–275 (noted)Uncommon202,725–247,775
Big bonesBig bones68–82 (noted)Uncommon11,084–13,366
Dragon bonesDragon bones180–220 (noted)Rare314,100–383,900
CoalCoal200–1,100 (noted)Uncommon21,800–119,900
Gold oreGold ore90–110 (noted)Common33,300–40,700
Adamantite oreAdamantite ore180–220 (noted)Uncommon42,840–52,360
Adamant barAdamant bar14–16 (noted)Common19,992–22,848
Adamant barAdamant bar135–165 (noted)Rare192,780–235,620
Runite oreRunite ore90–110 (noted)Rare91,980–112,420
Rune barRune bar(noted)Common6,810
Rune barRune bar45–55 (noted)Rare102,150–124,850
Grimy torstolGrimy torstol90–110 (noted)Uncommon674,100–823,900
Grimy snapdragonGrimy snapdragon90–110 (noted)Uncommon191,520–234,080
Super restore (4)Super restore (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon174,195–212,905
Prayer potion (4)Prayer potion (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon150,390–183,810
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed14–16Uncommon8,162–9,328
Dwarf weed seed 5Dwarf weed seed14–16Uncommon5,992–6,848
Magic seed 5Magic seed4Uncommon152,936
Palm tree seed 5Palm tree seed10Rare419,720
FlaxFlax450–550 (noted)Common43,200–52,800
Molten glassMolten glass45–55 (noted)Common12,555–15,345
Soft claySoft clay450–550 (noted)Uncommon256,050–312,950
Yew logsYew logs68–82 (noted)Uncommon11,832–14,268
Yew logsYew logs675–825 (noted)Rare117,450–143,550
Teak plankTeak plank45–55 (noted)Uncommon13,545–16,555
Mahogany plankMahogany plank270–330 (noted)Rare224,370–274,230
Blurberry SpecialBlurberry Special1Uncommon9,513
Vecna skullVecna skull1Very rare*95,118
Hazelmere's signet ringHazelmere's signet ring1Very rare*1,590,640,621
Brawling gloves (Melee)Brawling gloves (Melee)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Magic)Brawling gloves (Magic)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Ranged)Brawling gloves (Ranged)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Agility)Brawling gloves (Agility)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Cooking)Brawling gloves (Cooking)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (FM)Brawling gloves (FM)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Fishing)Brawling gloves (Fishing)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Hunter)Brawling gloves (Hunter)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Mining)Brawling gloves (Mining)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Prayer)Brawling gloves (Prayer)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Smithing)Brawling gloves (Smithing)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Thieving)Brawling gloves (Thieving)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (WC)Brawling gloves (WC)1Very rareNot sold
Crystal triskelion fragment 1Crystal triskelion fragment 11Very rareNot sold
Crystal triskelion fragment 2Crystal triskelion fragment 21Very rareNot sold
Crystal triskelion fragment 3Crystal triskelion fragment 31Very rareNot sold

Universal drops

Universal drops are dropped by nearly every monster outside of Daemonheim.
These drops are dropped alongside main drops.
Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Key tokenKey token1RareNot sold
Mimic kill tokenMimic kill token1Very rare9,345

Trivia

  • In Breton, the word Ankou means Grim Reaper or Death. It is also a psychopomp (someone who escorts deceased souls to the afterlife) in Breton mythology.
  • Although the examine info says, "A bony ghost." they do not count towards a Slayer assignment of ghosts. Instead, they are a Slayer task by themselves.
  • They used to be located in the Forinthry Dungeon, but were replaced by dark beasts on 8 August 2016 as part of the Wilderness Improvements update.
  • Due to excessive botting, ankous had their health boosted. This led to player complaints as the ankous then had too many life points for low-levelled players. The boost was eventually reverted with the update on 17 October 2016.
  • Ankous only drop Cremation and Ghost Hunter equipment on a members' world[1].

References

  1. ^ https://twitter.com/JagexStu/status/1042479114899349505
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