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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.


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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.png Bones 266 11.2 23.75 9 29.56 13.17
Wolf bones.png Wolf bones 2,622 11.2 234.11 9 291.33 129.8
Burnt bones.png Burnt bones 1,233 11.2 110.09 9 137 61.04
Monkey bones.png Monkey bones 139 12.5 11.12 10 13.9 6.18
Large zombie monkey bones.png Large zombie monkey bones N/A 12.5 N/A 10 N/A N/A
Bat bones.png Bat bones 1,012 13.2 76.67 10.6 95.47 42.52
Big bones.png Big bones 203 37.5 5.41 30 6.77 3.01
Long bone.png Long bone N/A 37.5 N/A 30 N/A N/A
Curved bone.png Curved bone N/A 37.5 N/A 30 N/A N/A
Jogre bones.png Jogre bones 2,115 37.5 56.4 30 70.5 31.33
Big bones.png Gorilla bones N/A 45 N/A 36 N/A N/A
Zogre bones.png Zogre bones 1,401 56.2 24.93 45 31.13 13.84
Shaikahan bones.png Shaikahan bones 25,071 62.5 401.14 50 501.42 222.85
Baby dragon bones.png Baby dragon bones 1,589 75 21.19 60 26.48 11.77
Wyvern bones.png Wyvern bones 16,608 125 132.86 100 166.08 73.81
Dragon bones.png Dragon bones 2,136 180 11.87 144 14.83 6.59
Fayrg bones.png Fayrg bones 8,488 210 40.42 168 50.52 22.46
Raurg bones.png Raurg bones 33,145 240 138.1 192 172.63 76.72
Dagannoth bones.png Dagannoth bones 7,581 312.5 24.26 250 30.32 13.48
Airut bones.png Airut bones 7,768 331.2 23.45 265 29.31 13.03
Ourg bones.png Ourg bones 27,878 350 79.65 280 99.56 44.25
Hardened dragon bones.png Hardened dragon bones 10,861 360 30.17 288 37.71 16.76
Frost dragon bones.png Frost dragon bones 16,991 450 37.76 360 47.2 20.98
Reinforced dragon bones.png Reinforced dragon bones 21,881 475 46.07 380 57.58 25.59

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