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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
BonesBones1Always192

Herbs

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Grimy guamGrimy guam1Common351
Grimy marrentillGrimy marrentill1Common3,567
Grimy tarrominGrimy tarromin1Common87
Grimy harralanderGrimy harralander(m)1Common303
Grimy ranarrGrimy ranarr(m)1Uncommon1,691
Grimy iritGrimy irit(m)1Uncommon3,875
Grimy avantoeGrimy avantoe(m)1Uncommon1,011
Grimy kwuarmGrimy kwuarm(m)1Uncommon8,873
Grimy cadantineGrimy cadantine(m)1Rare2,349
Grimy dwarf weedGrimy dwarf weed(m)1Rare6,373
Grimy lantadymeGrimy lantadyme(m)1Rare7,433

Equipment

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Staff of airStaff of air1Common1,753
ChargebowChargebow1Common232
Iron daggerIron dagger1Common1,190
Iron helmIron helm1Common766
Bronze arrow 5Bronze arrow1–11Common16–176
Iron maceIron mace1Common1,454
Iron hatchetIron hatchet1Uncommon2,332
Iron arrow 5Iron arrow1; 12–15Uncommon15–225
Iron swordIron sword1Uncommon1,505
Iron scimitarIron scimitar1Rare4,670
Steel arrow 5Steel arrow1Rare21

Runes

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Air runeAir rune12–15Common480–600
Water runeWater rune2–9Common40–180
Earth runeEarth rune1–3Common19–57
Fire runeFire rune2Common166
Mind runeMind rune1–25Common20–500
Mud runeMud rune3Uncommon2,703
Chaos runeChaos rune3–8Uncommon339–904
Nature runeNature rune1–3Uncommon445–1,335
Cosmic runeCosmic rune2Uncommon884
Law runeLaw rune2Uncommon788
Death runeDeath rune1–50Rare108–5,400

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
BucketBucket1Uncommon125
CannonballCannonball(m)3Uncommon1,224
WheatWheat1Uncommon77
Tin oreTin ore1Uncommon65
Iron oreIron ore1Uncommon399
Bronze barBronze bar1Uncommon644
Fire talismanFire talisman1Rare413
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)1Uncommon220
Agility potion (2)Agility potion (2)(m)1Uncommon378
Antipoison (3)Antipoison (3)(m)1Uncommon327
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 sapphire1Common459
Uncut emeraldUncut emerald1Common777
Uncut rubyUncut ruby1Common1,257
Uncut diamondUncut diamond1Common2,620
Uncut diamondUncut diamond45–55 (noted)Rare117,900–144,100
Loop half of a keyLoop half of a key1Common10,288
Tooth half of a keyTooth half of a key1Common13,687
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone1Uncommon12,485
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone45–55 (noted)Rare561,825–686,675
Dragon longswordDragon longsword1Common58,091
Dragon spearDragon spear1Rare36,450
BattlestaffBattlestaff180–220 (noted)Rare633,240–773,960
Rune javelinRune javelin5Rare905
Rune platebodyRune platebody1Uncommon37,480
Rune platebodyRune platebody15–25 (noted)Rare562,200–937,000
Shield left halfShield left half1Rare63,672
Dragon helmDragon helm1Uncommon58,984
Rune arrowheads 5Rune arrowheads113–137Common14,690–17,810
Onyx bolts 5Onyx bolts135–165Very rare1,067,985–1,305,315
Chaos talismanChaos talisman1Rare1,138
Nature talismanNature talisman1Rare1,170
Water talismanWater talisman65–82 (noted)Rare241,475–304,630
Earth talismanEarth talisman65–82 (noted)Rare12,090–15,252
Fire talismanFire talisman25–35 (noted)Rare10,325–14,455
Raw lobsterRaw lobster135–165 (noted)Common46,305–56,595
Raw sharkRaw shark225–275 (noted)Uncommon195,525–238,975
Big bonesBig bones68–82 (noted)Uncommon11,220–13,530
Dragon bonesDragon bones180–220 (noted)Rare314,280–384,120
CoalCoal200–1,100 (noted)Uncommon19,800–108,900
Gold oreGold ore90–110 (noted)Common33,930–41,470
Adamantite oreAdamantite ore180–220 (noted)Uncommon43,560–53,240
Adamant barAdamant bar14–16 (noted)Common20,790–23,760
Adamant barAdamant bar135–165 (noted)Rare200,475–245,025
Runite oreRunite ore90–110 (noted)Rare93,420–114,180
Rune barRune bar(noted)Common6,966
Rune barRune bar45–55 (noted)Rare104,490–127,710
Grimy torstolGrimy torstol90–110 (noted)Uncommon601,830–735,570
Grimy snapdragonGrimy snapdragon90–110 (noted)Uncommon186,750–228,250
Super restore (4)Super restore (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon204,030–249,370
Prayer potion (4)Prayer potion (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon153,315–187,385
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed14–16Uncommon7,252–8,288
Dwarf weed seed 5Dwarf weed seed14–16Uncommon5,698–6,512
Magic seed 5Magic seed4Uncommon125,824
Palm tree seed 5Palm tree seed10Rare346,600
FlaxFlax450–550 (noted)Common40,500–49,500
Molten glassMolten glass45–55 (noted)Common11,745–14,355
Soft claySoft clay450–550 (noted)Uncommon264,600–323,400
Yew logsYew logs68–82 (noted)Uncommon11,560–13,940
Yew logsYew logs675–825 (noted)Rare114,750–140,250
Teak plankTeak plank45–55 (noted)Uncommon13,050–15,950
Mahogany plankMahogany plank270–330 (noted)Rare220,590–269,610
Blurberry SpecialBlurberry Special1Uncommon9,513
Vecna skullVecna skull1Very rare*98,968
Hazelmere's signet ringHazelmere's signet ring1Very rare*1,590,640,621
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 rare9,878

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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