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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 guam1Common326
Grimy marrentillGrimy marrentill1Common1,238
Grimy tarrominGrimy tarromin1Common52
Grimy harralanderGrimy harralander(m)1Common110
Grimy ranarrGrimy ranarr(m)1Uncommon1,548
Grimy iritGrimy irit(m)1Uncommon3,979
Grimy avantoeGrimy avantoe(m)1Uncommon797
Grimy kwuarmGrimy kwuarm(m)1Uncommon7,099
Grimy cadantineGrimy cadantine(m)1Rare2,333
Grimy dwarf weedGrimy dwarf weed(m)1Rare4,853
Grimy lantadymeGrimy lantadyme(m)1Rare5,933

Equipment

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Staff of airStaff of air1Common1,933
ChargebowChargebow1Common178
Iron daggerIron dagger1Common1,016
Iron helmIron helm1Common695
Bronze arrow 5Bronze arrow1–11Common34–374
Iron maceIron mace1Common1,143
Iron hatchetIron hatchet1Uncommon2,257
Iron arrow 5Iron arrow1; 12–15Uncommon12–180
Iron swordIron sword1Uncommon1,199
Iron scimitarIron scimitar1Rare4,357
Steel arrow 5Steel arrow1Rare19

Runes

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Air runeAir rune12–15Common420–525
Water runeWater rune2–9Common36–162
Earth runeEarth rune1–3Common17–51
Fire runeFire rune2Common186
Mind runeMind rune1–25Common18–450
Mud runeMud rune3Uncommon2,550
Chaos runeChaos rune3–8Uncommon351–936
Nature runeNature rune1–3Uncommon415–1,245
Cosmic runeCosmic rune2Uncommon816
Law runeLaw rune2Uncommon788
Death runeDeath rune1–50Rare114–5,700

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
BucketBucket1Uncommon136
CannonballCannonball(m)3Uncommon1,305
WheatWheat1Uncommon97
Tin oreTin ore1Uncommon50
Iron oreIron ore1Uncommon506
Bronze barBronze bar1Uncommon486
Fire talismanFire talisman1Rare770
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)1Uncommon224
Agility potion (2)Agility potion (2)(m)1Uncommon378
Antipoison (3)Antipoison (3)(m)1Uncommon406
Fishing potion (1)Fishing potion (1)(m)1Rare125
  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 sapphire1Common404
Uncut emeraldUncut emerald1Common767
Uncut rubyUncut ruby1Common1,225
Uncut diamondUncut diamond1Common2,792
Uncut diamondUncut diamond45–55 (noted)Rare125,640–153,560
Loop half of a keyLoop half of a key1Common11,046
Tooth half of a keyTooth half of a key1Common13,596
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone1Uncommon12,566
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone45–55 (noted)Rare565,470–691,130
Dragon longswordDragon longsword1Common58,276
Dragon spearDragon spear1Rare36,420
BattlestaffBattlestaff180–220 (noted)Rare887,940–1,085,260
Rune javelinRune javelin5Rare910
Rune platebodyRune platebody1Uncommon37,480
Rune platebodyRune platebody15–25 (noted)Rare562,200–937,000
Shield left halfShield left half1Rare65,149
Dragon helmDragon helm1Uncommon58,952
Rune arrowheads 5Rune arrowheads113–137Common15,481–18,769
Onyx bolts 5Onyx bolts135–165Very rare1,064,070–1,300,530
Chaos talismanChaos talisman1Rare1,126
Nature talismanNature talisman1Rare808
Water talismanWater talisman65–82 (noted)Rare368,290–464,612
Earth talismanEarth talisman65–82 (noted)Rare43,420–54,776
Fire talismanFire talisman25–35 (noted)Rare19,250–26,950
Raw lobsterRaw lobster135–165 (noted)Common27,270–33,330
Raw sharkRaw shark225–275 (noted)Uncommon220,050–268,950
Big bonesBig bones68–82 (noted)Uncommon11,628–14,022
Dragon bonesDragon bones180–220 (noted)Rare362,340–442,860
CoalCoal200–1,100 (noted)Uncommon17,600–96,800
Gold oreGold ore90–110 (noted)Common26,910–32,890
Adamantite oreAdamantite ore180–220 (noted)Uncommon48,600–59,400
Adamant barAdamant bar14–16 (noted)Common24,178–27,632
Adamant barAdamant bar135–165 (noted)Rare233,145–284,955
Runite oreRunite ore90–110 (noted)Rare140,850–172,150
Rune barRune bar(noted)Common9,396
Rune barRune bar45–55 (noted)Rare140,940–172,260
Grimy torstolGrimy torstol90–110 (noted)Uncommon493,740–603,460
Grimy snapdragonGrimy snapdragon90–110 (noted)Uncommon133,740–163,460
Super restore (4)Super restore (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon169,470–207,130
Prayer potion (4)Prayer potion (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon115,695–141,405
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed14–16Uncommon6,062–6,928
Dwarf weed seed 5Dwarf weed seed14–16Uncommon4,732–5,408
Magic seed 5Magic seed4Uncommon66,480
Palm tree seed 5Palm tree seed10Rare237,960
FlaxFlax450–550 (noted)Common37,800–46,200
Molten glassMolten glass45–55 (noted)Common9,450–11,550
Soft claySoft clay450–550 (noted)Uncommon311,850–381,150
Yew logsYew logs68–82 (noted)Uncommon10,948–13,202
Yew logsYew logs675–825 (noted)Rare108,675–132,825
Teak plankTeak plank45–55 (noted)Uncommon17,190–21,010
Mahogany plankMahogany plank270–330 (noted)Rare242,190–296,010
Blurberry SpecialBlurberry Special1Uncommon8,324
Vecna skullVecna skull1Very rare*215,751
Hazelmere's signet ringHazelmere's signet ring1Very rare*1,758,438,364
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 rare8,622

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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