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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
BonesBones1Always199

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)Rare4,735–14,205
Adamant arrow 5Adamant arrow20Common1,020
Mithril 2h swordMithril 2h sword1Common3,213
Mithril chainbodyMithril chainbody1Common3,231
Death runeDeath rune10Uncommon1,320
BattlestaffBattlestaff(m)1Uncommon6,197
Black knifeBlack knife(m)1Rare254
Off-hand black knifeOff-hand black knife(m)1Rare89
Adamant gauntletsAdamant gauntlets1Rare2,475
Belladonna seed 5Belladonna seed(m)1Uncommon956
Cactus seed 5Cactus seed(m)1Uncommon59
Irit seed 5Irit seed(m)1Uncommon524
Kwuarm seed 5Kwuarm seed(m)1Uncommon10,109
Limpwurt seed 5Limpwurt seed(m)1Uncommon312
Marrentill seed 5Marrentill seed(m)1Uncommon19
Poison ivy seed 5Poison ivy seed(m)1Uncommon128
Strawberry seed 5Strawberry seed(m)1Uncommon393
Tarromin seed 5Tarromin seed(m)1Uncommon44
Toadflax seed 5Toadflax seed(m)1Uncommon1,622
Whiteberry seed 5Whiteberry seed(m)1Uncommon43
Harralander seed 5Harralander seed(m)1Uncommon53
Nasturtium seed 5Nasturtium seed(m)1Uncommon22
Avantoe seed 5Avantoe seed(m)1Rare232
Dwarf weed seed 5Dwarf weed seed(m)1Rare357
Jangerberry seed 5Jangerberry seed(m)1Rare8
Bittercap mushroom spore 5Bittercap mushroom spore(m)1Rare1,756
Watermelon seed 5Watermelon seed(m)1Rare1,676
Wildblood seed 5Wildblood seed(m)1Rare77
Spirit weed seed 5Spirit weed seed(m)1Rare7,517
Ranarr seed 5Ranarr seed(m)1Rare826
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed(m)1Very rare191
Grimy harralanderGrimy harralander(m)1Common58
Grimy marrentillGrimy marrentill(m)1Common331
Grimy guamGrimy guam(m)1Common321
Grimy avantoeGrimy avantoe(m)1Uncommon695
Grimy iritGrimy irit(m)1Uncommon3,160
Grimy cadantineGrimy cadantine(m)1Uncommon2,475
Grimy dwarf weedGrimy dwarf weed(m)1Uncommon2,813
Grimy kwuarmGrimy kwuarm(m)1Uncommon4,939
Grimy ranarrGrimy ranarr(m)1Uncommon1,722
Grimy lantadymeGrimy lantadyme(m)1Rare3,118
Grimy tarrominGrimy tarromin(m)1Rare27
BassBass(m)1Uncommon164
Fried mushroomsFried mushrooms(m)1Uncommon399
Fire talismanFire talisman1Very rare2,045
Coins 1000Coins50–2,000Common50–2,000
Pure essencePure essence(m)15 (noted)Uncommon330
Mithril oreMithril ore(noted)Uncommon558
Yew logsYew logs(noted)Uncommon264
Weapon poison (1)Weapon poison (1)(m)1Rare37

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)1–4Rare6,480–25,920
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 sapphire1Common420
Uncut emeraldUncut emerald1Common1,144
Uncut rubyUncut ruby1Common1,073
Uncut diamondUncut diamond1Common2,188
Uncut diamondUncut diamond45–55 (noted)Rare98,460–120,340
Loop half of a keyLoop half of a key1Common16,697
Tooth half of a keyTooth half of a key1Common18,258
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone1Uncommon11,032
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone45–55 (noted)Rare496,440–606,760
Dragon longswordDragon longsword1Common58,234
Dragon spearDragon spear1Rare36,245
BattlestaffBattlestaff180–220 (noted)Rare1,115,460–1,363,340
Rune javelinRune javelin5Rare920
Rune platebodyRune platebody1Uncommon37,576
Rune platebodyRune platebody15–25 (noted)Rare563,640–939,400
Shield left halfShield left half1Rare64,613
Dragon helmDragon helm1Uncommon58,840
Rune arrowheads 5Rune arrowheads113–137Common18,871–22,879
Onyx bolts 5Onyx bolts135–165Very rare1,077,300–1,316,700
Chaos talismanChaos talisman1Rare1,099
Nature talismanNature talisman1Rare787
Water talismanWater talisman65–82 (noted)Rare514,150–648,620
Earth talismanEarth talisman65–82 (noted)Rare136,370–172,036
Fire talismanFire talisman25–35 (noted)Rare51,125–71,575
Raw lobsterRaw lobster135–165 (noted)Common21,195–25,905
Raw sharkRaw shark225–275 (noted)Uncommon226,350–276,650
Big bonesBig bones68–82 (noted)Uncommon13,056–15,744
Dragon bonesDragon bones180–220 (noted)Rare298,620–364,980
CoalCoal200–1,100 (noted)Uncommon26,200–144,100
Gold oreGold ore90–110 (noted)Common14,400–17,600
Adamantite oreAdamantite ore180–220 (noted)Uncommon283,320–346,280
Adamant barAdamant bar14–16 (noted)Common39,186–44,784
Adamant barAdamant bar135–165 (noted)Rare377,865–461,835
Runite oreRunite ore90–110 (noted)Rare1,100,880–1,345,520
Rune barRune bar(noted)Common41,436
Rune barRune bar45–55 (noted)Rare621,540–759,660
Grimy torstolGrimy torstol90–110 (noted)Uncommon284,940–348,260
Grimy snapdragonGrimy snapdragon90–110 (noted)Uncommon77,490–94,710
Super restore (4)Super restore (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon136,935–167,365
Prayer potion (4)Prayer potion (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon126,180–154,220
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed14–16Uncommon2,674–3,056
Dwarf weed seed 5Dwarf weed seed14–16Uncommon4,998–5,712
Magic seed 5Magic seed4Uncommon287,672
Palm tree seed 5Palm tree seed10Rare704,980
FlaxFlax450–550 (noted)Common24,300–29,700
Molten glassMolten glass45–55 (noted)Common4,770–5,830
Soft claySoft clay450–550 (noted)Uncommon175,950–215,050
Yew logsYew logs68–82 (noted)Uncommon8,976–10,824
Yew logsYew logs675–825 (noted)Rare89,100–108,900
Teak plankTeak plank45–55 (noted)Uncommon16,065–19,635
Mahogany plankMahogany plank270–330 (noted)Rare233,820–285,780
Blurberry SpecialBlurberry Special1Uncommon8,440
Vecna skullVecna skull1Very rare*200,479
Hazelmere's signet ringHazelmere's signet ring1Very rare*2,138,409,151
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 rare8,514

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