Cremation is the ability to burn bones on a bonfire or portable brazier for Prayer and Firemaking experience. It is a rare drop from ghosts and ghost-like monsters (see below). Upon receiving the ability, players will receive a game message: You have unlocked the ability to burn bones on bonfires!

Cremation was initially a reward from the 2014 Hallowe'en event, costing 10,000 points. After the event, it (and ghost hunter equipment) was added as a rare drop from ghostly creatures, much like the ectoplasmator before it.


Portable brazier detail

Cremating bones grants 2.5× the burying experience for the bones in Prayer and 2× the burying experience in Firemaking. For example, dragon bones grant 72 Prayer experience when buried; cremating dragon bones grants 180 Prayer experience and 144 Firemaking experience.

While cremation grants less experience than using a gilded altar or the Ectofuntus, it is competitive with these methods due to the Firemaking experience granted and the speed of usage (particularly compared to the Ectofuntus). Additionally, ironmen can use cremation as an alternative to the gilded altar that does not require training Construction or purchasing the materials needed (if they are lucky enough to get it as a drop). Cremation is also the only of the three methods that free to play players have access to.

Bones cannot be cremated on permanent fires, only player-made bonfires and braziers. Cremation cannot be done inside Dungeoneering instances, using any kind of bones on fires in the instances will result in "Nothing interesting happens" message appearing.

Cremation does not stack with brawling gloves or bonus experience weekends. Only bones can be used for cremations; ashes do not work. The speed of burning a bone is 4 ticks (2.4 seconds), or 3 ticks with perfect clicking.

Cost analysis

Bones GE price Prayer XP Prayer cost/XP Firemaking XP Firemaking cost/XP Total cost/XP
Bones Bones 184 11.2 16.43 9 20.44 9.11
Wolf bones Wolf bones 1,507 11.2 134.55 9 167.44 74.6
Burnt bones Burnt bones 1,847 11.2 164.91 9 205.22 91.44
Monkey bones Monkey bones 147 12.5 11.76 10 14.7 6.53
Large zombie monkey bones Large zombie monkey bones N/A 12.5 N/A 10 N/A N/A
Bat bones Bat bones 945 13.2 71.59 10.6 89.15 39.71
Big bones Big bones 170 37.5 4.53 30 5.67 2.52
Long bone Long bone N/A 37.5 N/A 30 N/A N/A
Curved bone Curved bone N/A 37.5 N/A 30 N/A N/A
Jogre bones Jogre bones 1,415 37.5 37.73 30 47.17 20.96
Big bones Gorilla bones N/A 45 N/A 36 N/A N/A
Zogre bones Zogre bones 755 56.2 13.43 45 16.78 7.46
Shaikahan bones Shaikahan bones 9,611 62.5 153.78 50 192.22 85.43
Baby dragon bones Baby dragon bones 923 75 12.31 60 15.38 6.84
Wyvern bones Wyvern bones 3,123 125 24.98 100 31.23 13.88
Dragon bones Dragon bones 1,984 180 11.02 144 13.78 6.12
Fayrg bones Fayrg bones 6,849 210 32.61 168 40.77 18.12
Raurg bones Raurg bones 45,162 240 188.18 192 235.22 104.54
Dagannoth bones Dagannoth bones 5,494 312.5 17.58 250 21.98 9.77
Airut bones Airut bones 5,293 331.2 15.98 265 19.97 8.88
Ourg bones Ourg bones 19,934 350 56.95 280 71.19 31.64
Hardened dragon bones Hardened dragon bones 7,114 360 19.76 288 24.7 10.98
Frost dragon bones Frost dragon bones 10,136 450 22.52 360 28.16 12.51
Reinforced dragon bones Reinforced dragon bones 13,456 475 28.33 380 35.41 15.74

Drop sources

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Source Combat level Quantity Rarity
Aberrant spectre72; 781Very rare
Ahrim the Blighted105; 150; 6501Very rare
Akrisae the Doomed115; 10001Very rare
Ankou60; 61; 631Very rare
Asyn Shade841Very rare
Banshee371Very rare
Death wing771Very rare
Dharok the Wretched105; 150; 6501Very rare
Edimmu1221Very rare
Edimmu (elite)1251Very rare
Fiyr Shade981Very rare
Ghast28; 35; 63; 911Very rare
Ghost25; 28; 42; 47; 481Very rare
Guthan the Infested105; 150; 6501Very rare
Karil the Tainted150; 6501Very rare
Linza the Disgraced1501Very rare
Loar Shade581Very rare
Mighty banshee911Very rare
Phrin Shade671Very rare
Revenant cyclops601Very rare
Revenant dark beast1121Very rare
Revenant demon841Very rare
Revenant dragon1261Very rare
Revenant goblin16; 19; 22; 281Very rare
Revenant hellhound701Very rare
Revenant hobgoblin441Very rare
Revenant icefiend371Very rare
Revenant imp141Very rare
Revenant knight1191Very rare
Revenant ork981Very rare
Revenant pyrefiend401Very rare
Revenant vampyre471Very rare
Revenant werewolf531Very rare
Riyl Shade751Very rare
Spiritual mage49; 981Very rare
Spiritual ranger49; 981Very rare
Spiritual warrior49; 981Very rare
Torag the Corrupted150; 6501Very rare
Tormented wraith421Very rare
Tortured soul (Queen Black Dragon)931Very rare
Verac the Defiled150; 6501Very rare



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