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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
BonesBones1Always179

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)Rare4,451–13,353
Adamant arrow 5Adamant arrow20Common1,000
Mithril 2h swordMithril 2h sword1Common3,569
Mithril chainbodyMithril chainbody1Common2,619
Death runeDeath rune10Uncommon1,150
BattlestaffBattlestaff(m)1Uncommon3,502
Black knifeBlack knife(m)1Rare551
Off-hand black knifeOff-hand black knife(m)1Rare123
Adamant gauntletsAdamant gauntlets1Rare2,452
Belladonna seed 5Belladonna seed(m)1Uncommon1,267
Cactus seed 5Cactus seed(m)1Uncommon183
Irit seed 5Irit seed(m)1Uncommon907
Kwuarm seed 5Kwuarm seed(m)1Uncommon16,664
Limpwurt seed 5Limpwurt seed(m)1Uncommon1,439
Marrentill seed 5Marrentill seed(m)1Uncommon150
Poison ivy seed 5Poison ivy seed(m)1Uncommon92
Strawberry seed 5Strawberry seed(m)1Uncommon672
Tarromin seed 5Tarromin seed(m)1Uncommon122
Toadflax seed 5Toadflax seed(m)1Uncommon700
Whiteberry seed 5Whiteberry seed(m)1Uncommon87
Harralander seed 5Harralander seed(m)1Uncommon149
Nasturtium seed 5Nasturtium seed(m)1Uncommon109
Avantoe seed 5Avantoe seed(m)1Rare518
Dwarf weed seed 5Dwarf weed seed(m)1Rare1,491
Jangerberry seed 5Jangerberry seed(m)1Rare20
Bittercap mushroom spore 5Bittercap mushroom spore(m)1Rare1,957
Watermelon seed 5Watermelon seed(m)1Rare3,833
Wildblood seed 5Wildblood seed(m)1Rare49
Spirit weed seed 5Spirit weed seed(m)1Rare4,125
Ranarr seed 5Ranarr seed(m)1Rare1,194
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed(m)1Very rare1,360
Grimy harralanderGrimy harralander(m)1Common251
Grimy marrentillGrimy marrentill(m)1Common2,394
Grimy guamGrimy guam(m)1Common473
Grimy avantoeGrimy avantoe(m)1Uncommon1,122
Grimy iritGrimy irit(m)1Uncommon4,511
Grimy cadantineGrimy cadantine(m)1Uncommon2,289
Grimy dwarf weedGrimy dwarf weed(m)1Uncommon11,730
Grimy kwuarmGrimy kwuarm(m)1Uncommon12,877
Grimy ranarrGrimy ranarr(m)1Uncommon1,735
Grimy lantadymeGrimy lantadyme(m)1Rare10,052
Grimy tarrominGrimy tarromin(m)1Rare81
BassBass(m)1Uncommon213
Fried mushroomsFried mushrooms(m)1Uncommon455
Fire talismanFire talisman1Very rare337
Coins 1000Coins50–2,000Common50–2,000
Pure essencePure essence(m)15 (noted)Uncommon345
Mithril oreMithril ore(noted)Uncommon350
Yew logsYew logs(noted)Uncommon392
Weapon poison (1)Weapon poison (1)(m)1Rare43

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)1–4Rare7,078–28,312
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 sapphire1Common334
Uncut emeraldUncut emerald1Common670
Uncut rubyUncut ruby1Common1,087
Uncut diamondUncut diamond1Common2,398
Uncut diamondUncut diamond45–55 (noted)Rare107,910–131,890
Loop half of a keyLoop half of a key1Common11,398
Tooth half of a keyTooth half of a key1Common14,469
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone1Uncommon11,969
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone45–55 (noted)Rare538,605–658,295
Dragon longswordDragon longsword1Common57,017
Dragon spearDragon spear1Rare35,893
BattlestaffBattlestaff180–220 (noted)Rare630,360–770,440
Rune javelinRune javelin5Rare900
Rune platebodyRune platebody1Uncommon37,480
Rune platebodyRune platebody15–25 (noted)Rare562,200–937,000
Shield left halfShield left half1Rare63,600
Dragon helmDragon helm1Uncommon58,868
Rune arrowheads 5Rune arrowheads113–137Common14,125–17,125
Onyx bolts 5Onyx bolts135–165Very rare1,055,025–1,289,475
Chaos talismanChaos talisman1Rare1,491
Nature talismanNature talisman1Rare1,171
Water talismanWater talisman65–82 (noted)Rare209,625–264,450
Earth talismanEarth talisman65–82 (noted)Rare11,180–14,104
Fire talismanFire talisman25–35 (noted)Rare8,425–11,795
Raw lobsterRaw lobster135–165 (noted)Common78,975–96,525
Raw sharkRaw shark225–275 (noted)Uncommon312,525–381,975
Big bonesBig bones68–82 (noted)Uncommon11,220–13,530
Dragon bonesDragon bones180–220 (noted)Rare481,140–588,060
CoalCoal200–1,100 (noted)Uncommon22,600–124,300
Gold oreGold ore90–110 (noted)Common31,770–38,830
Adamantite oreAdamantite ore180–220 (noted)Uncommon42,480–51,920
Adamant barAdamant bar14–16 (noted)Common18,242–20,848
Adamant barAdamant bar135–165 (noted)Rare175,905–214,995
Runite oreRunite ore90–110 (noted)Rare90,990–111,210
Rune barRune bar(noted)Common5,949
Rune barRune bar45–55 (noted)Rare89,235–109,065
Grimy torstolGrimy torstol90–110 (noted)Uncommon836,910–1,022,890
Grimy snapdragonGrimy snapdragon90–110 (noted)Uncommon154,620–188,980
Super restore (4)Super restore (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon162,585–198,715
Prayer potion (4)Prayer potion (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon174,465–213,235
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed14–16Uncommon19,040–21,760
Dwarf weed seed 5Dwarf weed seed14–16Uncommon20,874–23,856
Magic seed 5Magic seed4Uncommon339,356
Palm tree seed 5Palm tree seed10Rare634,670
FlaxFlax450–550 (noted)Common45,000–55,000
Molten glassMolten glass45–55 (noted)Common11,160–13,640
Soft claySoft clay450–550 (noted)Uncommon268,200–327,800
Yew logsYew logs68–82 (noted)Uncommon13,328–16,072
Yew logsYew logs675–825 (noted)Rare132,300–161,700
Teak plankTeak plank45–55 (noted)Uncommon12,915–15,785
Mahogany plankMahogany plank270–330 (noted)Rare211,140–258,060
Blurberry SpecialBlurberry Special1Uncommon16,746
Vecna skullVecna skull1Very rare*74,191
Hazelmere's signet ringHazelmere's signet ring1Very rare*1,626,392,973
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 rare9,010

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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