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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
BonesBones1Always289

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)Rare4,982–14,946
Adamant arrow 5Adamant arrow20Common1,020
Mithril 2h swordMithril 2h sword1Common3,569
Mithril chainbodyMithril chainbody1Common2,619
Death runeDeath rune10Uncommon1,220
BattlestaffBattlestaff(m)1Uncommon3,211
Black knifeBlack knife(m)1Rare622
Off-hand black knifeOff-hand black knife(m)1Rare126
Adamant gauntletsAdamant gauntlets1Rare2,452
Belladonna seed 5Belladonna seed(m)1Uncommon1,718
Cactus seed 5Cactus seed(m)1Uncommon1,503
Irit seed 5Irit seed(m)1Uncommon1,308
Kwuarm seed 5Kwuarm seed(m)1Uncommon17,539
Limpwurt seed 5Limpwurt seed(m)1Uncommon6,469
Marrentill seed 5Marrentill seed(m)1Uncommon194
Poison ivy seed 5Poison ivy seed(m)1Uncommon287
Strawberry seed 5Strawberry seed(m)1Uncommon863
Tarromin seed 5Tarromin seed(m)1Uncommon212
Toadflax seed 5Toadflax seed(m)1Uncommon7,925
Whiteberry seed 5Whiteberry seed(m)1Uncommon165
Harralander seed 5Harralander seed(m)1Uncommon263
Nasturtium seed 5Nasturtium seed(m)1Uncommon368
Avantoe seed 5Avantoe seed(m)1Rare532
Dwarf weed seed 5Dwarf weed seed(m)1Rare879
Jangerberry seed 5Jangerberry seed(m)1Rare66
Bittercap mushroom spore 5Bittercap mushroom spore(m)1Rare1,767
Watermelon seed 5Watermelon seed(m)1Rare2,772
Wildblood seed 5Wildblood seed(m)1Rare227
Spirit weed seed 5Spirit weed seed(m)1Rare77,143
Ranarr seed 5Ranarr seed(m)1Rare1,920
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed(m)1Very rare1,847
Grimy harralanderGrimy harralander(m)1Common381
Grimy marrentillGrimy marrentill(m)1Common3,468
Grimy guamGrimy guam(m)1Common490
Grimy avantoeGrimy avantoe(m)1Uncommon834
Grimy iritGrimy irit(m)1Uncommon5,154
Grimy cadantineGrimy cadantine(m)1Uncommon2,974
Grimy dwarf weedGrimy dwarf weed(m)1Uncommon7,185
Grimy kwuarmGrimy kwuarm(m)1Uncommon10,160
Grimy ranarrGrimy ranarr(m)1Uncommon1,875
Grimy lantadymeGrimy lantadyme(m)1Rare7,363
Grimy tarrominGrimy tarromin(m)1Rare98
BassBass(m)1Uncommon225
Fried mushroomsFried mushrooms(m)1Uncommon455
Fire talismanFire talisman1Very rare299
Coins 1000Coins50–2,000Common50–2,000
Pure essencePure essence(m)15 (noted)Uncommon450
Mithril oreMithril ore(noted)Uncommon424
Yew logsYew logs(noted)Uncommon402
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)1–4Rare6,344–25,376
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 sapphire1Common595
Uncut emeraldUncut emerald1Common1,016
Uncut rubyUncut ruby1Common1,341
Uncut diamondUncut diamond1Common2,744
Uncut diamondUncut diamond45–55 (noted)Rare123,480–150,920
Loop half of a keyLoop half of a key1Common11,068
Tooth half of a keyTooth half of a key1Common13,995
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone1Uncommon12,146
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone45–55 (noted)Rare546,570–668,030
Dragon longswordDragon longsword1Common57,408
Dragon spearDragon spear1Rare36,048
BattlestaffBattlestaff180–220 (noted)Rare577,980–706,420
Rune javelinRune javelin5Rare900
Rune platebodyRune platebody1Uncommon37,480
Rune platebodyRune platebody15–25 (noted)Rare562,200–937,000
Shield left halfShield left half1Rare64,647
Dragon helmDragon helm1Uncommon58,384
Rune arrowheads 5Rune arrowheads113–137Common13,334–16,166
Onyx bolts 5Onyx bolts135–165Very rare1,002,780–1,225,620
Chaos talismanChaos talisman1Rare1,152
Nature talismanNature talisman1Rare1,567
Water talismanWater talisman65–82 (noted)Rare164,905–208,034
Earth talismanEarth talisman65–82 (noted)Rare10,725–13,530
Fire talismanFire talisman25–35 (noted)Rare7,475–10,465
Raw lobsterRaw lobster135–165 (noted)Common74,115–90,585
Raw sharkRaw shark225–275 (noted)Uncommon319,725–390,775
Big bonesBig bones68–82 (noted)Uncommon15,368–18,532
Dragon bonesDragon bones180–220 (noted)Rare462,240–564,960
CoalCoal200–1,100 (noted)Uncommon21,200–116,600
Gold oreGold ore90–110 (noted)Common39,330–48,070
Adamantite oreAdamantite ore180–220 (noted)Uncommon44,100–53,900
Adamant barAdamant bar14–16 (noted)Common17,654–20,176
Adamant barAdamant bar135–165 (noted)Rare170,235–208,065
Runite oreRunite ore90–110 (noted)Rare93,060–113,740
Rune barRune bar(noted)Common5,907
Rune barRune bar45–55 (noted)Rare88,605–108,295
Grimy torstolGrimy torstol90–110 (noted)Uncommon539,190–659,010
Grimy snapdragonGrimy snapdragon90–110 (noted)Uncommon120,240–146,960
Super restore (4)Super restore (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon133,605–163,295
Prayer potion (4)Prayer potion (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon157,410–192,390
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed14–16Uncommon25,858–29,552
Dwarf weed seed 5Dwarf weed seed14–16Uncommon12,306–14,064
Magic seed 5Magic seed4Uncommon311,656
Palm tree seed 5Palm tree seed10Rare911,090
FlaxFlax450–550 (noted)Common54,000–66,000
Molten glassMolten glass45–55 (noted)Common16,425–20,075
Soft claySoft clay450–550 (noted)Uncommon338,400–413,600
Yew logsYew logs68–82 (noted)Uncommon13,668–16,482
Yew logsYew logs675–825 (noted)Rare135,675–165,825
Teak plankTeak plank45–55 (noted)Uncommon14,490–17,710
Mahogany plankMahogany plank270–330 (noted)Rare244,620–298,980
Blurberry SpecialBlurberry Special1Uncommon13,847
Vecna skullVecna skull1Very rare*117,696
Hazelmere's signet ringHazelmere's signet ring1Very rare*1,686,657,284
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 rare6,888

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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