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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
BonesBones1Always226

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)Rare4,709–14,127
Adamant arrow 5Adamant arrow20Common1,000
Mithril 2h swordMithril 2h sword1Common3,569
Mithril chainbodyMithril chainbody1Common2,619
Death runeDeath rune10Uncommon1,220
BattlestaffBattlestaff(m)1Uncommon3,123
Black knifeBlack knife(m)1Rare592
Off-hand black knifeOff-hand black knife(m)1Rare127
Adamant gauntletsAdamant gauntlets1Rare2,452
Belladonna seed 5Belladonna seed(m)1Uncommon3,779
Cactus seed 5Cactus seed(m)1Uncommon741
Irit seed 5Irit seed(m)1Uncommon1,382
Kwuarm seed 5Kwuarm seed(m)1Uncommon19,808
Limpwurt seed 5Limpwurt seed(m)1Uncommon5,223
Marrentill seed 5Marrentill seed(m)1Uncommon198
Poison ivy seed 5Poison ivy seed(m)1Uncommon166
Strawberry seed 5Strawberry seed(m)1Uncommon1,348
Tarromin seed 5Tarromin seed(m)1Uncommon157
Toadflax seed 5Toadflax seed(m)1Uncommon8,456
Whiteberry seed 5Whiteberry seed(m)1Uncommon153
Harralander seed 5Harralander seed(m)1Uncommon159
Nasturtium seed 5Nasturtium seed(m)1Uncommon247
Avantoe seed 5Avantoe seed(m)1Rare637
Dwarf weed seed 5Dwarf weed seed(m)1Rare1,705
Jangerberry seed 5Jangerberry seed(m)1Rare41
Bittercap mushroom spore 5Bittercap mushroom spore(m)1Rare2,427
Watermelon seed 5Watermelon seed(m)1Rare3,242
Wildblood seed 5Wildblood seed(m)1Rare136
Spirit weed seed 5Spirit weed seed(m)1Rare67,429
Ranarr seed 5Ranarr seed(m)1Rare1,664
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed(m)1Very rare3,431
Grimy harralanderGrimy harralander(m)1Common549
Grimy marrentillGrimy marrentill(m)1Common3,232
Grimy guamGrimy guam(m)1Common594
Grimy avantoeGrimy avantoe(m)1Uncommon1,214
Grimy iritGrimy irit(m)1Uncommon6,086
Grimy cadantineGrimy cadantine(m)1Uncommon4,380
Grimy dwarf weedGrimy dwarf weed(m)1Uncommon11,322
Grimy kwuarmGrimy kwuarm(m)1Uncommon13,539
Grimy ranarrGrimy ranarr(m)1Uncommon2,158
Grimy lantadymeGrimy lantadyme(m)1Rare11,676
Grimy tarrominGrimy tarromin(m)1Rare98
BassBass(m)1Uncommon217
Fried mushroomsFried mushrooms(m)1Uncommon455
Fire talismanFire talisman1Very rare363
Coins 1000Coins50–2,000Common50–2,000
Pure essencePure essence(m)15 (noted)Uncommon465
Mithril oreMithril ore(noted)Uncommon440
Yew logsYew logs(noted)Uncommon380
Weapon poison (1)Weapon poison (1)(m)1Rare45

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)1–4Rare6,156–24,624
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 sapphire1Common576
Uncut emeraldUncut emerald1Common1,038
Uncut rubyUncut ruby1Common1,427
Uncut diamondUncut diamond1Common2,946
Uncut diamondUncut diamond45–55 (noted)Rare132,570–162,030
Loop half of a keyLoop half of a key1Common11,880
Tooth half of a keyTooth half of a key1Common15,227
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone1Uncommon12,801
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone45–55 (noted)Rare576,045–704,055
Dragon longswordDragon longsword1Common57,688
Dragon spearDragon spear1Rare36,416
BattlestaffBattlestaff180–220 (noted)Rare562,140–687,060
Rune javelinRune javelin5Rare860
Rune platebodyRune platebody1Uncommon37,480
Rune platebodyRune platebody15–25 (noted)Rare562,200–937,000
Shield left halfShield left half1Rare63,844
Dragon helmDragon helm1Uncommon58,632
Rune arrowheads 5Rune arrowheads113–137Common14,238–17,262
Onyx bolts 5Onyx bolts135–165Very rare1,037,745–1,268,355
Chaos talismanChaos talisman1Rare1,338
Nature talismanNature talisman1Rare1,318
Water talismanWater talisman65–82 (noted)Rare207,220–261,416
Earth talismanEarth talisman65–82 (noted)Rare12,675–15,990
Fire talismanFire talisman25–35 (noted)Rare9,075–12,705
Raw lobsterRaw lobster135–165 (noted)Common65,475–80,025
Raw sharkRaw shark225–275 (noted)Uncommon252,675–308,825
Big bonesBig bones68–82 (noted)Uncommon12,648–15,252
Dragon bonesDragon bones180–220 (noted)Rare386,640–472,560
CoalCoal200–1,100 (noted)Uncommon23,000–126,500
Gold oreGold ore90–110 (noted)Common33,030–40,370
Adamantite oreAdamantite ore180–220 (noted)Uncommon42,660–52,140
Adamant barAdamant bar14–16 (noted)Common19,726–22,544
Adamant barAdamant bar135–165 (noted)Rare190,215–232,485
Runite oreRunite ore90–110 (noted)Rare76,050–92,950
Rune barRune bar(noted)Common6,192
Rune barRune bar45–55 (noted)Rare92,880–113,520
Grimy torstolGrimy torstol90–110 (noted)Uncommon780,840–954,360
Grimy snapdragonGrimy snapdragon90–110 (noted)Uncommon147,600–180,400
Super restore (4)Super restore (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon166,365–203,335
Prayer potion (4)Prayer potion (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon205,200–250,800
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed14–16Uncommon48,034–54,896
Dwarf weed seed 5Dwarf weed seed14–16Uncommon23,870–27,280
Magic seed 5Magic seed4Uncommon329,568
Palm tree seed 5Palm tree seed10Rare877,320
FlaxFlax450–550 (noted)Common60,300–73,700
Molten glassMolten glass45–55 (noted)Common18,810–22,990
Soft claySoft clay450–550 (noted)Uncommon225,450–275,550
Yew logsYew logs68–82 (noted)Uncommon12,920–15,580
Yew logsYew logs675–825 (noted)Rare128,250–156,750
Teak plankTeak plank45–55 (noted)Uncommon18,225–22,275
Mahogany plankMahogany plank270–330 (noted)Rare296,730–362,670
Blurberry SpecialBlurberry Special1Uncommon14,380
Vecna skullVecna skull1Very rare*109,035
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 rare6,078

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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