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Skeletons are a common undead monster found all over Gielinor. Like zombies, they are the result of a necromancer reanimating the bodies of the dead. As such, they are the commonly found in tombs, graveyards and dungeons.

They are generally weak to magic, with most skeletons being especially vulnerable to earth or water spells. A salve amulet or salve amulet (e) will provide a damage and accuracy boost of +15% and +20% respectively against skeletons and other undead.

Varieties, combat levels and locations

Skeletons are one of the most common enemies in the game. Unlike most enemies, skeletons wildly differ in stats, combat levels and locations. The table below lists the known locations and combat levels of all monsters named "Skeleton", and also provides links to the skeletons with separate articles.

Standard skeletons

Type Combat level Location
Lumbridge Catacombs 15 Lumbridge Catacombs
Generic 15 Crandor and Karamja Dungeon, Taverley Dungeon, Edgeville Dungeon, North of Edgeville, Steel Mine, Digsite Dungeon/Senntisten Temple, Ogre Enclave, Draynor Sewers
16 Edgeville Dungeon, Varrock Sewers
32 Crandor and Karamja Dungeon, Crandor, Taverley Dungeon, Edgeville Dungeon, Varrock Sewers, Steel Mine, Bone yard, Wilderness Agility Course, Draynor Sewers, Underground Pass, Temple of Ikov
58 Crandor and Karamja Dungeon, Yanille Dungeon, Edgeville Dungeon, Waterfall Dungeon, Temple of Ikov
43 Stronghold of Security fourth floor, Wilderness Volcano
30
47
49
51
53
54
Ullek 70 Ullek cliffs
POH 70 Player-owned house dungeon
Tarn's Lair 47 Tarn's Lair
70
71
72
79
77 Tarn's Lair, Chaos Tunnels
Ape Atoll 78 Ape Atoll Dungeon
Barrows 86 Barrows crypts
88
The Arc Varies Uncharted Isles

Quest skeletons

Type Combat level Location
Demon Slayer 2 Beneath Varrock Church (during Demon Slayer)
Smoking Kills 9 Catolax's tomb (during Smoking Kills)
11
12
Draynor Manor 11 Draynor Manor
Melzar's Maze 12 Melzar's Maze
Thok Your Block Off 56 Daemonheim (during Thok Your Block Off)

Slayer alternatives

Any monsters named "skeleton", with the exception of guard skeletons in a player-owned house and the Skeletons found in Daemonheim (also including the Unholy Cursebearer boss) and Sinkholes, may be killed to complete a slayer assignment. The following alternatives are also available:

Banking tips

Many skeleton locations are far from banks. For players wishing to slay skeletons and bank their drops, consider the following:

Champions' Challenge

Skeletons are one of the races who have lesser champions in the Champions' Challenge Distraction and Diversion. To fight the Skeleton Champion, the player must kill skeletons until one drops a Champion's scroll, a very rare drop. Obtaining the scroll usually takes several hours of dedicated skeleton hunting, therefore it is advised to kill lower level skeletons to increase the kill rate as much as possible.

Drops

Items marked "(m)" are members-only.

This drop table is an amalgamation of different varieties of skeleton, and doesn't necessarily give a good indication of what a particular skeleton will drop.

100%

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
BonesBones1Always175

Herbs

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Grimy guamGrimy guam1Common481
Grimy marrentillGrimy marrentill1Common2,386
Grimy tarrominGrimy tarromin1Common80
Grimy harralanderGrimy harralander(m)1Common264
Grimy ranarrGrimy ranarr(m)1Uncommon1,781
Grimy iritGrimy irit(m)1Uncommon4,365
Grimy avantoeGrimy avantoe(m)1Uncommon1,144
Grimy kwuarmGrimy kwuarm(m)1Uncommon12,233
Grimy cadantineGrimy cadantine(m)1Rare2,297
Grimy dwarf weedGrimy dwarf weed(m)1Rare11,143
Grimy lantadymeGrimy lantadyme(m)1Rare9,550

Equipment

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Staff of airStaff of air1Common2,128
ChargebowChargebow1Common336
Iron daggerIron dagger1Common1,010
Iron helmIron helm1Common746
Bronze arrow 5Bronze arrow1–11Common22–242
Iron maceIron mace1Common1,503
Iron hatchetIron hatchet1Uncommon2,444
Iron arrow 5Iron arrow1; 12–15Uncommon15–225
Iron swordIron sword1Uncommon1,663
Iron scimitarIron scimitar1Rare4,984
Steel arrow 5Steel arrow1Rare20

Runes

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Air runeAir rune12–15Common468–585
Water runeWater rune2–9Common38–171
Earth runeEarth rune1–3Common17–51
Fire runeFire rune2Common154
Mind runeMind rune1–25Common18–450
Mud runeMud rune3Uncommon2,532
Chaos runeChaos rune3–8Uncommon360–960
Nature runeNature rune1–3Uncommon477–1,431
Cosmic runeCosmic rune2Uncommon924
Law runeLaw rune2Uncommon952
Death runeDeath rune1–50Rare115–5,750

Charms (m)

No charmGold charmGreen charmCrimson charmBlue charm
89–91%5–6%0.6–1.2%2–3%0.7–1.4%
Represents a 90% confidence range based on a sample of 2,346 kills.
1 charm is dropped at a time.
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Other

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Coins 25Coins1–65Common1–65
BucketBucket1Uncommon147
CannonballCannonball(m)3Uncommon1,221
WheatWheat1Uncommon73
Tin oreTin ore1Uncommon86
Iron oreIron ore1Uncommon360
Bronze barBronze bar1Uncommon602
Fire talismanFire talisman1Rare322
Pot lidPot lid(m)1RareNot sold
Spirit sapphireSpirit sapphire(m)1RareNot sold
Spirit emeraldSpirit emerald(m)1RareNot sold
Spirit rubySpirit ruby(m)1RareNot sold
Sealed clue scroll (medium)Sealed clue scroll (medium)(m)1Rare[1]Not sold
Skeleton Champion's scrollSkeleton Champion's scroll(m)1Very rare[2]Not sold
Starved ancient effigyStarved ancient effigy(m)1Very rareNot sold

Potions

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Attack potion (3)Attack potion (3)1Uncommon196
Agility potion (2)Agility potion (2)(m)1Uncommon383
Antipoison (3)Antipoison (3)(m)1Uncommon270
Fishing potion (1)Fishing potion (1)(m)1Rare123
  1. ^ Dropped by Level 45, 77 and 56 skeletons.
  2. ^ 1/5000 drop rate

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 sapphire1Common316
Uncut emeraldUncut emerald1Common675
Uncut rubyUncut ruby1Common1,093
Uncut diamondUncut diamond1Common2,418
Uncut diamondUncut diamond45–55 (noted)Rare108,810–132,990
Loop half of a keyLoop half of a key1Common11,236
Tooth half of a keyTooth half of a key1Common14,413
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone1Uncommon12,012
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone45–55 (noted)Rare540,540–660,660
Dragon longswordDragon longsword1Common57,287
Dragon spearDragon spear1Rare36,128
BattlestaffBattlestaff180–220 (noted)Rare633,960–774,840
Rune javelinRune javelin5Rare885
Rune platebodyRune platebody1Uncommon37,480
Rune platebodyRune platebody15–25 (noted)Rare562,200–937,000
Shield left halfShield left half1Rare63,600
Dragon helmDragon helm1Uncommon58,906
Rune arrowheads 5Rune arrowheads113–137Common14,464–17,536
Onyx bolts 5Onyx bolts135–165Very rare1,053,540–1,287,660
Chaos talismanChaos talisman1Rare1,491
Nature talismanNature talisman1Rare1,171
Water talismanWater talisman65–82 (noted)Rare194,675–245,590
Earth talismanEarth talisman65–82 (noted)Rare10,985–13,858
Fire talismanFire talisman25–35 (noted)Rare8,050–11,270
Raw lobsterRaw lobster135–165 (noted)Common82,755–101,145
Raw sharkRaw shark225–275 (noted)Uncommon344,700–421,300
Big bonesBig bones68–82 (noted)Uncommon11,356–13,694
Dragon bonesDragon bones180–220 (noted)Rare503,280–615,120
CoalCoal200–1,100 (noted)Uncommon22,200–122,100
Gold oreGold ore90–110 (noted)Common31,770–38,830
Adamantite oreAdamantite ore180–220 (noted)Uncommon42,480–51,920
Adamant barAdamant bar14–16 (noted)Common18,102–20,688
Adamant barAdamant bar135–165 (noted)Rare174,555–213,345
Runite oreRunite ore90–110 (noted)Rare89,010–108,790
Rune barRune bar(noted)Common5,898
Rune barRune bar45–55 (noted)Rare88,470–108,130
Grimy torstolGrimy torstol90–110 (noted)Uncommon795,060–971,740
Grimy snapdragonGrimy snapdragon90–110 (noted)Uncommon153,270–187,330
Super restore (4)Super restore (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon167,085–204,215
Prayer potion (4)Prayer potion (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon165,600–202,400
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed14–16Uncommon19,894–22,736
Dwarf weed seed 5Dwarf weed seed14–16Uncommon21,924–25,056
Magic seed 5Magic seed4Uncommon355,884
Palm tree seed 5Palm tree seed10Rare666,410
FlaxFlax450–550 (noted)Common45,900–56,100
Molten glassMolten glass45–55 (noted)Common11,700–14,300
Soft claySoft clay450–550 (noted)Uncommon283,050–345,950
Yew logsYew logs68–82 (noted)Uncommon13,260–15,990
Yew logsYew logs675–825 (noted)Rare131,625–160,875
Teak plankTeak plank45–55 (noted)Uncommon13,095–16,005
Mahogany plankMahogany plank270–330 (noted)Rare216,000–264,000
Blurberry SpecialBlurberry Special1Uncommon16,252
Vecna skullVecna skull1Very rare*74,191
Hazelmere's signet ringHazelmere's signet ring1Very rare*1,626,392,973
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 rare9,046

Trivia

  • As of 9 November 2009, various skeletons' combat animations and sounds have been reworked.
  • The level 58 skeletons in the Crandor and Karamja Dungeon are bigger than the other skeletons.
  • The skeletons in the Barrows did not drop the champion scroll for several years. This bug was eventually fixed.
  • When in a player-owned-house oubliette or dungeon when building mode is on, they are called Bones.
  • In the Hallowe'en 2011 event the player has to choose a skeleton to represent Pestilence in statue form.
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