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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
BonesBones1Always225

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 arrow20Common1,000
Mithril 2h swordMithril 2h sword1Common3,569
Mithril chainbodyMithril chainbody1Common2,619
Death runeDeath rune10Uncommon1,190
BattlestaffBattlestaff(m)1Uncommon3,334
Black knifeBlack knife(m)1Rare554
Off-hand black knifeOff-hand black knife(m)1Rare126
Adamant gauntletsAdamant gauntlets1Rare2,452
Belladonna seed 5Belladonna seed(m)1Uncommon3,711
Cactus seed 5Cactus seed(m)1Uncommon379
Irit seed 5Irit seed(m)1Uncommon918
Kwuarm seed 5Kwuarm seed(m)1Uncommon34,397
Limpwurt seed 5Limpwurt seed(m)1Uncommon5,058
Marrentill seed 5Marrentill seed(m)1Uncommon213
Poison ivy seed 5Poison ivy seed(m)1Uncommon132
Strawberry seed 5Strawberry seed(m)1Uncommon1,291
Tarromin seed 5Tarromin seed(m)1Uncommon145
Toadflax seed 5Toadflax seed(m)1Uncommon4,270
Whiteberry seed 5Whiteberry seed(m)1Uncommon151
Harralander seed 5Harralander seed(m)1Uncommon284
Nasturtium seed 5Nasturtium seed(m)1Uncommon166
Avantoe seed 5Avantoe seed(m)1Rare587
Dwarf weed seed 5Dwarf weed seed(m)1Rare1,480
Jangerberry seed 5Jangerberry seed(m)1Rare25
Bittercap mushroom spore 5Bittercap mushroom spore(m)1Rare2,769
Watermelon seed 5Watermelon seed(m)1Rare3,669
Wildblood seed 5Wildblood seed(m)1Rare121
Spirit weed seed 5Spirit weed seed(m)1Rare23,855
Ranarr seed 5Ranarr seed(m)1Rare986
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed(m)1Very rare2,537
Grimy harralanderGrimy harralander(m)1Common267
Grimy marrentillGrimy marrentill(m)1Common4,111
Grimy guamGrimy guam(m)1Common589
Grimy avantoeGrimy avantoe(m)1Uncommon1,119
Grimy iritGrimy irit(m)1Uncommon4,834
Grimy cadantineGrimy cadantine(m)1Uncommon3,026
Grimy dwarf weedGrimy dwarf weed(m)1Uncommon9,309
Grimy kwuarmGrimy kwuarm(m)1Uncommon12,380
Grimy ranarrGrimy ranarr(m)1Uncommon2,078
Grimy lantadymeGrimy lantadyme(m)1Rare9,512
Grimy tarrominGrimy tarromin(m)1Rare96
BassBass(m)1Uncommon204
Fried mushroomsFried mushrooms(m)1Uncommon455
Fire talismanFire talisman1Very rare324
Coins 1000Coins50–2,000Common50–2,000
Pure essencePure essence(m)15 (noted)Uncommon375
Mithril oreMithril ore(noted)Uncommon458
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)1–4Rare6,400–25,600
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 sapphire1Common431
Uncut emeraldUncut emerald1Common757
Uncut rubyUncut ruby1Common1,294
Uncut diamondUncut diamond1Common2,679
Uncut diamondUncut diamond45–55 (noted)Rare120,555–147,345
Loop half of a keyLoop half of a key1Common11,324
Tooth half of a keyTooth half of a key1Common14,790
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone1Uncommon12,316
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone45–55 (noted)Rare554,220–677,380
Dragon longswordDragon longsword1Common58,224
Dragon spearDragon spear1Rare36,520
BattlestaffBattlestaff180–220 (noted)Rare600,120–733,480
Rune javelinRune javelin5Rare905
Rune platebodyRune platebody1Uncommon37,480
Rune platebodyRune platebody15–25 (noted)Rare562,200–937,000
Shield left halfShield left half1Rare64,213
Dragon helmDragon helm1Uncommon58,832
Rune arrowheads 5Rune arrowheads113–137Common14,238–17,262
Onyx bolts 5Onyx bolts135–165Very rare1,047,600–1,280,400
Chaos talismanChaos talisman1Rare1,506
Nature talismanNature talisman1Rare1,249
Water talismanWater talisman65–82 (noted)Rare196,235–247,558
Earth talismanEarth talisman65–82 (noted)Rare12,480–15,744
Fire talismanFire talisman25–35 (noted)Rare8,100–11,340
Raw lobsterRaw lobster135–165 (noted)Common77,625–94,875
Raw sharkRaw shark225–275 (noted)Uncommon249,525–304,975
Big bonesBig bones68–82 (noted)Uncommon12,512–15,088
Dragon bonesDragon bones180–220 (noted)Rare411,660–503,140
CoalCoal200–1,100 (noted)Uncommon24,000–132,000
Gold oreGold ore90–110 (noted)Common33,570–41,030
Adamantite oreAdamantite ore180–220 (noted)Uncommon42,660–52,140
Adamant barAdamant bar14–16 (noted)Common20,510–23,440
Adamant barAdamant bar135–165 (noted)Rare197,775–241,725
Runite oreRunite ore90–110 (noted)Rare79,920–97,680
Rune barRune bar(noted)Common6,267
Rune barRune bar45–55 (noted)Rare94,005–114,895
Grimy torstolGrimy torstol90–110 (noted)Uncommon658,530–804,870
Grimy snapdragonGrimy snapdragon90–110 (noted)Uncommon166,320–203,280
Super restore (4)Super restore (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon150,615–184,085
Prayer potion (4)Prayer potion (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon164,205–200,695
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed14–16Uncommon35,518–40,592
Dwarf weed seed 5Dwarf weed seed14–16Uncommon20,720–23,680
Magic seed 5Magic seed4Uncommon357,528
Palm tree seed 5Palm tree seed10Rare817,830
FlaxFlax450–550 (noted)Common42,300–51,700
Molten glassMolten glass45–55 (noted)Common14,040–17,160
Soft claySoft clay450–550 (noted)Uncommon228,150–278,850
Yew logsYew logs68–82 (noted)Uncommon13,328–16,072
Yew logsYew logs675–825 (noted)Rare132,300–161,700
Teak plankTeak plank45–55 (noted)Uncommon13,905–16,995
Mahogany plankMahogany plank270–330 (noted)Rare230,040–281,160
Blurberry SpecialBlurberry Special1Uncommon14,964
Vecna skullVecna skull1Very rare*96,580
Hazelmere's signet ringHazelmere's signet ring1Very rare*1,621,945,897
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 rare6,989

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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