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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
BonesBones1Always190

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)Rare4,951–14,853
Adamant arrow 5Adamant arrow20Common1,000
Mithril 2h swordMithril 2h sword1Common3,569
Mithril chainbodyMithril chainbody1Common2,619
Death runeDeath rune10Uncommon1,240
BattlestaffBattlestaff(m)1Uncommon4,952
Black knifeBlack knife(m)1Rare400
Off-hand black knifeOff-hand black knife(m)1Rare114
Adamant gauntletsAdamant gauntlets1Rare2,452
Belladonna seed 5Belladonna seed(m)1Uncommon670
Cactus seed 5Cactus seed(m)1Uncommon106
Irit seed 5Irit seed(m)1Uncommon500
Kwuarm seed 5Kwuarm seed(m)1Uncommon8,246
Limpwurt seed 5Limpwurt seed(m)1Uncommon569
Marrentill seed 5Marrentill seed(m)1Uncommon55
Poison ivy seed 5Poison ivy seed(m)1Uncommon137
Strawberry seed 5Strawberry seed(m)1Uncommon316
Tarromin seed 5Tarromin seed(m)1Uncommon78
Toadflax seed 5Toadflax seed(m)1Uncommon2,137
Whiteberry seed 5Whiteberry seed(m)1Uncommon41
Harralander seed 5Harralander seed(m)1Uncommon114
Nasturtium seed 5Nasturtium seed(m)1Uncommon44
Avantoe seed 5Avantoe seed(m)1Rare302
Dwarf weed seed 5Dwarf weed seed(m)1Rare347
Jangerberry seed 5Jangerberry seed(m)1Rare10
Bittercap mushroom spore 5Bittercap mushroom spore(m)1Rare1,692
Watermelon seed 5Watermelon seed(m)1Rare1,432
Wildblood seed 5Wildblood seed(m)1Rare47
Spirit weed seed 5Spirit weed seed(m)1Rare13,683
Ranarr seed 5Ranarr seed(m)1Rare868
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed(m)1Very rare328
Grimy harralanderGrimy harralander(m)1Common113
Grimy marrentillGrimy marrentill(m)1Common986
Grimy guamGrimy guam(m)1Common292
Grimy avantoeGrimy avantoe(m)1Uncommon748
Grimy iritGrimy irit(m)1Uncommon3,808
Grimy cadantineGrimy cadantine(m)1Uncommon2,282
Grimy dwarf weedGrimy dwarf weed(m)1Uncommon3,499
Grimy kwuarmGrimy kwuarm(m)1Uncommon5,945
Grimy ranarrGrimy ranarr(m)1Uncommon1,488
Grimy lantadymeGrimy lantadyme(m)1Rare4,508
Grimy tarrominGrimy tarromin(m)1Rare49
BassBass(m)1Uncommon204
Fried mushroomsFried mushrooms(m)1Uncommon416
Fire talismanFire talisman1Very rare711
Coins 1000Coins50–2,000Common50–2,000
Pure essencePure essence(m)15 (noted)Uncommon330
Mithril oreMithril ore(noted)Uncommon434
Yew logsYew logs(noted)Uncommon364
Weapon poison (1)Weapon poison (1)(m)1Rare40

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)1–4Rare7,090–28,360
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 sapphire1Common319
Uncut emeraldUncut emerald1Common724
Uncut rubyUncut ruby1Common1,094
Uncut diamondUncut diamond1Common2,359
Uncut diamondUncut diamond45–55 (noted)Rare106,155–129,745
Loop half of a keyLoop half of a key1Common12,593
Tooth half of a keyTooth half of a key1Common13,949
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone1Uncommon11,445
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone45–55 (noted)Rare515,025–629,475
Dragon longswordDragon longsword1Common57,773
Dragon spearDragon spear1Rare36,645
BattlestaffBattlestaff180–220 (noted)Rare891,360–1,089,440
Rune javelinRune javelin5Rare905
Rune platebodyRune platebody1Uncommon37,480
Rune platebodyRune platebody15–25 (noted)Rare562,200–937,000
Shield left halfShield left half1Rare64,864
Dragon helmDragon helm1Uncommon59,065
Rune arrowheads 5Rune arrowheads113–137Common15,820–19,180
Onyx bolts 5Onyx bolts135–165Very rare1,087,290–1,328,910
Chaos talismanChaos talisman1Rare976
Nature talismanNature talisman1Rare843
Water talismanWater talisman65–82 (noted)Rare341,770–431,156
Earth talismanEarth talisman65–82 (noted)Rare39,715–50,102
Fire talismanFire talisman25–35 (noted)Rare17,775–24,885
Raw lobsterRaw lobster135–165 (noted)Common27,135–33,165
Raw sharkRaw shark225–275 (noted)Uncommon182,250–222,750
Big bonesBig bones68–82 (noted)Uncommon11,492–13,858
Dragon bonesDragon bones180–220 (noted)Rare347,940–425,260
CoalCoal200–1,100 (noted)Uncommon22,200–122,100
Gold oreGold ore90–110 (noted)Common23,220–28,380
Adamantite oreAdamantite ore180–220 (noted)Uncommon51,480–62,920
Adamant barAdamant bar14–16 (noted)Common23,492–26,848
Adamant barAdamant bar135–165 (noted)Rare226,530–276,870
Runite oreRunite ore90–110 (noted)Rare105,930–129,470
Rune barRune bar(noted)Common7,344
Rune barRune bar45–55 (noted)Rare110,160–134,640
Grimy torstolGrimy torstol90–110 (noted)Uncommon354,600–433,400
Grimy snapdragonGrimy snapdragon90–110 (noted)Uncommon135,270–165,330
Super restore (4)Super restore (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon151,650–185,350
Prayer potion (4)Prayer potion (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon110,250–134,750
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed14–16Uncommon4,592–5,248
Dwarf weed seed 5Dwarf weed seed14–16Uncommon4,858–5,552
Magic seed 5Magic seed4Uncommon79,976
Palm tree seed 5Palm tree seed10Rare308,690
FlaxFlax450–550 (noted)Common29,250–35,750
Molten glassMolten glass45–55 (noted)Common9,585–11,715
Soft claySoft clay450–550 (noted)Uncommon286,200–349,800
Yew logsYew logs68–82 (noted)Uncommon12,376–14,924
Yew logsYew logs675–825 (noted)Rare122,850–150,150
Teak plankTeak plank45–55 (noted)Uncommon17,415–21,285
Mahogany plankMahogany plank270–330 (noted)Rare230,580–281,820
Blurberry SpecialBlurberry Special1Uncommon8,302
Vecna skullVecna skull1Very rare*208,534
Hazelmere's signet ringHazelmere's signet ring1Very rare*1,848,679,360
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 rare9,152

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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