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This article is about the standard monster drop. For other types, see Bones (disambiguation).

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Bones are the remains of the dead and can be used to train the Prayer skill. They are dropped by most monsters with an animal or humanoid appearance. Monsters that do not drop bones include demons and imps, spirits and ghosts, spiders and insectoids, among others. Some monsters drop specific types of bones, such as big bones, bat bones, monkey bones or dragon bones. Normal bones give 4.5 Prayer experience when buried, and any bones used on a prayer altar in a dungeon during Dungeoneering will yield 4 times the amount of Prayer experience as when buried. Starting at level one and only burying normal bones it will take 2,896,541 bones for skill mastery (level 99 at 13,034,434.5 xp). Using the Cremation ability, Prayer experience per bones can be increased to 250%. When training Prayer in Daemonheim, it should be noted that all bones that the player drops will disappear as normal, so those people who like to "stockpile" items while Dungeoneering should avoid this, as the bones they save will disappear. However, players may choose to place the bones on a table as a method of collecting bones. You can find bones at the gravestones of people who have died, listing the name of those who have died. Players may also use the spell Bones to Bananas or the spell Bones to Peaches to turn normal bones to edible bananas or peaches. Bones can also be offered at the altar in a player-owned house.

A player offering bones at a marble altar in a POH.

Cost and tons of XP Analysis

Bones areas

Areas with enemies that spawn quickly after death, such as the goblin area and the Lumbridge Catacombs in Lumbridge, are great places to collect bones easily without much hassle. This gives players the chance to level up their prayer fast, as well as any combat level preferred. Other areas where bones can be easily found and collected are outside Lumbridge Castle, in Edgeville Dungeon, at the hill giants, in the Yak field in Neitiznot, on the first level of the Stronghold of Security, or the Bone Yard in the Wilderness (although player killers might roam the area).

Although many players do not bury bones, and instead leave them on the ground, it is recommended that players do bury the bones a monster drops, as they will get some experience in the Prayer skill. (please note that prayer is one of the slowest growing skills.)

Especially useful when burying bones during combat training- a trick is to click to bury them just as you swing your weapon. If timed correctly, this will not interrupt your weapon swing at all.

Players can sometimes receive Bones as a reward from the Soul Wars minigame, by selecting the Gamble option, which may award a player up to 290 bones. Some Low Level players will often collect bones and store them in the bank, and then sell the bones at the grand exchange. Players often make money by doing this method.


A player burying bones.

A recommended place to collect Bones without having to kill monsters is the Chaos Temple. If you have completed Defender of Varrock quest, talk to Hartwin and have him teleport you, as this makes the temple a safe area.

Other good areas include the chicken coop and cow field near Lumbridge, the chicken coop near the cabbage patch near Draynor, in crowded areas like the Al Kharid, and the Stronghold of Security. Also, the yak field of Neitiznot is usually strewn with bones, among the yak's other drops. The chicken coops are especially good for making money, as most chickens drop feathers as well as bones, which stack and sell for roughly 13 each on the Grand Exchange.

Another good method would be training Hunter. All Birds and Kebbits drop Bones, therefore training 2 skills at a time. While waiting for the traps in Feldip Hills, a player can also take a hatchet for the local Achey trees, make a fire and cook the meat to train Woodcutting, Firemaking, Hunter, Prayer, and Cooking, therefore gaining experience in 5 skills at once.

If you have a high combat level (and can risk a bit of armour) you can go to bone yard and collect the bones and big bones, be aware of the skeletons. Note that this method is available to F2P players, and it is considered as one of the best ways to train Prayer on F2P servers without spending money. More information with effective methods here.

A great place to get bones (if you have access to the fairy ring network) is penguin isle, the small island is just populated by penguins (level 2) you can kill them quick and easy and collect the bones. (Fairy ring code AJS)

As of 20 October 2014, players who have purchased the skill from Death can cremate bones to gain Prayer and Firemaking experience.


Trading for bones is not recommended, (although when sold in groups of 24 at the Grand Exchange, they can sell for about 6,384) as bones are extremely common and can be found at almost every location - players can either find them on the ground (left behind by players who have killed creatures and did not bother to pick up the bones), or they can kill NPCs and collect the bones.

Bones have varied significantly in price on the Grand Exchange and are currently at 266.


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Drop sources

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Source Combat level Quantity Rarity
Adolescent White wolf81Always
Afflicted60; 61; 63; 641Always
Al Kharid warrior181Always
Ancient mage (Heart of Gielinor)1081Always
Ancient ranger (Heart of Gielinor)1081Always
Ancient warrior (Heart of Gielinor)1081Always
Angry Turkey71Always
Angry giant rat35; 451Always
Ankou60; 61; 631Always
Ankou (Dungeoneering)7; 25; 43; 63; 81; 100; 119; 1381Always
Ankou (elite)721Always
Archer (Ardougne)491Always
Armoured zombie42; 46; 84; 86; 911Always
Armoured zombie (Uncharted Isles)931Always
Aviansie89; 92; 951Always
Baby mole11Always
Bandit (Diamond in the Rough)21Always
Bandit (Kharid Bandit Camp)541Always
Bandit (Pollnivneach)531Always
Bandit (Wilderness)181Always
Bandit Brawler112; 1181Always
Bandit king31Always
Bandit looter421Always
Bandosian brawler41Always
Bandosian ork681Always
Bandosian shaman931Always
Barb-tailed kebbitN/A1Always
Barbarian28; 301Always
Basilisk70; 771Always
Basilisk boss961Always
Bear Cub111Always
Bearded Pollnivnian bandit531Always
Bedabin nomad fighter421Always
Big Snake641Always
Big frog361–2Always
Billy Goat151Always
Black Guard42; 471Always
Black Guard Berserker53; 561Always
Black Guard crossbowdwarf701Always
Black Heather1381Always
Black Knight30; 331Always
Black Knight (Heart of Gielinor)1081Always
Black Knight Titan281Always
Black Knight champion1151Always
Black bear231Always
Black unicorn331Always
Black unicorn Foal161Always
Blessed giant rat161Always


  • Before the update[which?] the examine text was "Ewww, it's a pile of bones."
  • Normal bones are one of the most commonly dropped items in RuneScape. In fact, they are likely the default dropped item; whenever glitches allow players to kill non-combat NPCs, they nearly always drops bones and nothing else.