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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
BonesBones1Always172

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)Rare4,362–13,086
Adamant arrow 5Adamant arrow20Common1,020
Mithril 2h swordMithril 2h sword1Common3,569
Mithril chainbodyMithril chainbody1Common2,619
Death runeDeath rune10Uncommon1,170
BattlestaffBattlestaff(m)1Uncommon4,175
Black knifeBlack knife(m)1Rare484
Off-hand black knifeOff-hand black knife(m)1Rare120
Adamant gauntletsAdamant gauntlets1Rare2,452
Belladonna seed 5Belladonna seed(m)1Uncommon479
Cactus seed 5Cactus seed(m)1Uncommon113
Irit seed 5Irit seed(m)1Uncommon454
Kwuarm seed 5Kwuarm seed(m)1Uncommon7,056
Limpwurt seed 5Limpwurt seed(m)1Uncommon525
Marrentill seed 5Marrentill seed(m)1Uncommon79
Poison ivy seed 5Poison ivy seed(m)1Uncommon78
Strawberry seed 5Strawberry seed(m)1Uncommon235
Tarromin seed 5Tarromin seed(m)1Uncommon71
Toadflax seed 5Toadflax seed(m)1Uncommon1,863
Whiteberry seed 5Whiteberry seed(m)1Uncommon43
Harralander seed 5Harralander seed(m)1Uncommon87
Nasturtium seed 5Nasturtium seed(m)1Uncommon60
Avantoe seed 5Avantoe seed(m)1Rare269
Dwarf weed seed 5Dwarf weed seed(m)1Rare299
Jangerberry seed 5Jangerberry seed(m)1Rare20
Bittercap mushroom spore 5Bittercap mushroom spore(m)1Rare1,658
Watermelon seed 5Watermelon seed(m)1Rare1,181
Wildblood seed 5Wildblood seed(m)1Rare35
Spirit weed seed 5Spirit weed seed(m)1Rare5,431
Ranarr seed 5Ranarr seed(m)1Rare499
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed(m)1Very rare329
Grimy harralanderGrimy harralander(m)1Common97
Grimy marrentillGrimy marrentill(m)1Common2,788
Grimy guamGrimy guam(m)1Common344
Grimy avantoeGrimy avantoe(m)1Uncommon693
Grimy iritGrimy irit(m)1Uncommon2,984
Grimy cadantineGrimy cadantine(m)1Uncommon1,816
Grimy dwarf weedGrimy dwarf weed(m)1Uncommon3,676
Grimy kwuarmGrimy kwuarm(m)1Uncommon5,677
Grimy ranarrGrimy ranarr(m)1Uncommon1,170
Grimy lantadymeGrimy lantadyme(m)1Rare4,288
Grimy tarrominGrimy tarromin(m)1Rare50
BassBass(m)1Uncommon191
Fried mushroomsFried mushrooms(m)1Uncommon435
Fire talismanFire talisman1Very rare303
Coins 1000Coins50–2,000Common50–2,000
Pure essencePure essence(m)15 (noted)Uncommon330
Mithril oreMithril ore(noted)Uncommon544
Yew logsYew logs(noted)Uncommon322
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)1–4Rare7,896–31,584
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 sapphire1Common364
Uncut emeraldUncut emerald1Common712
Uncut rubyUncut ruby1Common1,073
Uncut diamondUncut diamond1Common2,420
Uncut diamondUncut diamond45–55 (noted)Rare108,900–133,100
Loop half of a keyLoop half of a key1Common10,727
Tooth half of a keyTooth half of a key1Common13,919
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone1Uncommon12,115
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone45–55 (noted)Rare545,175–666,325
Dragon longswordDragon longsword1Common57,616
Dragon spearDragon spear1Rare36,648
BattlestaffBattlestaff180–220 (noted)Rare751,500–918,500
Rune javelinRune javelin5Rare890
Rune platebodyRune platebody1Uncommon37,480
Rune platebodyRune platebody15–25 (noted)Rare562,200–937,000
Shield left halfShield left half1Rare64,867
Dragon helmDragon helm1Uncommon58,904
Rune arrowheads 5Rune arrowheads113–137Common15,594–18,906
Onyx bolts 5Onyx bolts135–165Very rare1,070,550–1,308,450
Chaos talismanChaos talisman1Rare1,183
Nature talismanNature talisman1Rare765
Water talismanWater talisman65–82 (noted)Rare238,550–300,940
Earth talismanEarth talisman65–82 (noted)Rare14,820–18,696
Fire talismanFire talisman25–35 (noted)Rare7,575–10,605
Raw lobsterRaw lobster135–165 (noted)Common25,650–31,350
Raw sharkRaw shark225–275 (noted)Uncommon172,800–211,200
Big bonesBig bones68–82 (noted)Uncommon11,016–13,284
Dragon bonesDragon bones180–220 (noted)Rare339,120–414,480
CoalCoal200–1,100 (noted)Uncommon21,400–117,700
Gold oreGold ore90–110 (noted)Common29,070–35,530
Adamantite oreAdamantite ore180–220 (noted)Uncommon39,960–48,840
Adamant barAdamant bar14–16 (noted)Common25,508–29,152
Adamant barAdamant bar135–165 (noted)Rare245,970–300,630
Runite oreRunite ore90–110 (noted)Rare101,340–123,860
Rune barRune bar(noted)Common8,169
Rune barRune bar45–55 (noted)Rare122,535–149,765
Grimy torstolGrimy torstol90–110 (noted)Uncommon367,380–449,020
Grimy snapdragonGrimy snapdragon90–110 (noted)Uncommon111,420–136,180
Super restore (4)Super restore (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon162,540–198,660
Prayer potion (4)Prayer potion (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon120,195–146,905
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed14–16Uncommon4,606–5,264
Dwarf weed seed 5Dwarf weed seed14–16Uncommon4,186–4,784
Magic seed 5Magic seed4Uncommon111,696
Palm tree seed 5Palm tree seed10Rare225,200
FlaxFlax450–550 (noted)Common38,250–46,750
Molten glassMolten glass45–55 (noted)Common9,855–12,045
Soft claySoft clay450–550 (noted)Uncommon268,650–328,350
Yew logsYew logs68–82 (noted)Uncommon10,948–13,202
Yew logsYew logs675–825 (noted)Rare108,675–132,825
Teak plankTeak plank45–55 (noted)Uncommon13,005–15,895
Mahogany plankMahogany plank270–330 (noted)Rare208,710–255,090
Blurberry SpecialBlurberry Special1Uncommon8,380
Vecna skullVecna skull1Very rare*165,646
Hazelmere's signet ringHazelmere's signet ring1Very rare*1,758,438,364
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 rare9,049

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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