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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
BonesBones1Always191

Herbs

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Grimy guamGrimy guam1Common298
Grimy marrentillGrimy marrentill1Common349
Grimy tarrominGrimy tarromin1Common26
Grimy harralanderGrimy harralander(m)1Common53
Grimy ranarrGrimy ranarr(m)1Uncommon1,693
Grimy iritGrimy irit(m)1Uncommon3,160
Grimy avantoeGrimy avantoe(m)1Uncommon699
Grimy kwuarmGrimy kwuarm(m)1Uncommon4,699
Grimy cadantineGrimy cadantine(m)1Rare2,385
Grimy dwarf weedGrimy dwarf weed(m)1Rare3,089
Grimy lantadymeGrimy lantadyme(m)1Rare3,228

Equipment

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Staff of airStaff of air1Common2,223
ChargebowChargebow1Common144
Iron daggerIron dagger1Common615
Iron helmIron helm1Common687
Bronze arrow 5Bronze arrow1–11Common20–220
Iron maceIron mace1Common694
Iron hatchetIron hatchet1Uncommon597
Iron arrow 5Iron arrow1; 12–15Uncommon11–165
Iron swordIron sword1Uncommon710
Iron scimitarIron scimitar1Rare1,324
Steel arrow 5Steel arrow1Rare13

Runes

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Air runeAir rune12–15Common384–480
Water runeWater rune2–9Common30–135
Earth runeEarth rune1–3Common15–45
Fire runeFire rune2Common146
Mind runeMind rune1–25Common18–450
Mud runeMud rune3Uncommon1,665
Chaos runeChaos rune3–8Uncommon300–800
Nature runeNature rune1–3Uncommon423–1,269
Cosmic runeCosmic rune2Uncommon822
Law runeLaw rune2Uncommon798
Death runeDeath rune1–50Rare134–6,700

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
BucketBucket1Uncommon109
CannonballCannonball(m)3Uncommon1,248
WheatWheat1Uncommon83
Tin oreTin ore1Uncommon38
Iron oreIron ore1Uncommon186
Bronze barBronze bar1Uncommon464
Fire talismanFire talisman1Rare2,073
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)1Uncommon202
Agility potion (2)Agility potion (2)(m)1Uncommon375
Antipoison (3)Antipoison (3)(m)1Uncommon533
Fishing potion (1)Fishing potion (1)(m)1Rare119
  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 sapphire1Common406
Uncut emeraldUncut emerald1Common1,114
Uncut rubyUncut ruby1Common1,046
Uncut diamondUncut diamond1Common2,278
Uncut diamondUncut diamond45–55 (noted)Rare102,510–125,290
Loop half of a keyLoop half of a key1Common16,106
Tooth half of a keyTooth half of a key1Common18,063
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone1Uncommon11,130
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone45–55 (noted)Rare500,850–612,150
Dragon longswordDragon longsword1Common58,068
Dragon spearDragon spear1Rare36,033
BattlestaffBattlestaff180–220 (noted)Rare1,124,100–1,373,900
Rune javelinRune javelin5Rare925
Rune platebodyRune platebody1Uncommon37,778
Rune platebodyRune platebody15–25 (noted)Rare566,670–944,450
Shield left halfShield left half1Rare63,843
Dragon helmDragon helm1Uncommon58,770
Rune arrowheads 5Rune arrowheads113–137Common19,775–23,975
Onyx bolts 5Onyx bolts135–165Very rare1,072,980–1,311,420
Chaos talismanChaos talisman1Rare1,062
Nature talismanNature talisman1Rare776
Water talismanWater talisman65–82 (noted)Rare516,490–651,572
Earth talismanEarth talisman65–82 (noted)Rare133,250–168,100
Fire talismanFire talisman25–35 (noted)Rare51,825–72,555
Raw lobsterRaw lobster135–165 (noted)Common20,790–25,410
Raw sharkRaw shark225–275 (noted)Uncommon229,725–280,775
Big bonesBig bones68–82 (noted)Uncommon12,308–14,842
Dragon bonesDragon bones180–220 (noted)Rare300,600–367,400
CoalCoal200–1,100 (noted)Uncommon26,200–144,100
Gold oreGold ore90–110 (noted)Common15,660–19,140
Adamantite oreAdamantite ore180–220 (noted)Uncommon266,220–325,380
Adamant barAdamant bar14–16 (noted)Common38,052–43,488
Adamant barAdamant bar135–165 (noted)Rare366,930–448,470
Runite oreRunite ore90–110 (noted)Rare1,087,920–1,329,680
Rune barRune bar(noted)Common41,820
Rune barRune bar45–55 (noted)Rare627,300–766,700
Grimy torstolGrimy torstol90–110 (noted)Uncommon270,810–330,990
Grimy snapdragonGrimy snapdragon90–110 (noted)Uncommon76,230–93,170
Super restore (4)Super restore (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon131,580–160,820
Prayer potion (4)Prayer potion (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon123,300–150,700
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed14–16Uncommon2,716–3,104
Dwarf weed seed 5Dwarf weed seed14–16Uncommon5,152–5,888
Magic seed 5Magic seed4Uncommon309,332
Palm tree seed 5Palm tree seed10Rare669,920
FlaxFlax450–550 (noted)Common24,300–29,700
Molten glassMolten glass45–55 (noted)Common4,365–5,335
Soft claySoft clay450–550 (noted)Uncommon179,550–219,450
Yew logsYew logs68–82 (noted)Uncommon9,384–11,316
Yew logsYew logs675–825 (noted)Rare93,150–113,850
Teak plankTeak plank45–55 (noted)Uncommon17,190–21,010
Mahogany plankMahogany plank270–330 (noted)Rare231,930–283,470
Blurberry SpecialBlurberry Special1Uncommon8,307
Vecna skullVecna skull1Very rare*209,484
Hazelmere's signet ringHazelmere's signet ring1Very rare*2,138,409,151
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 rare8,870

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.