The skull sceptre is a staff that is a reward from the Stronghold of Security, obtained by combining a strange skull with a runed sceptre, which are obtained by fusing component items from the monsters found within the dungeon. Its defining feature is the ability to teleport an unlimited number of times to either Gunnarsgrunn, just outside the entrance to the Stronghold of Security, or any of the four floors of the Stronghold of Security. Using the skull sceptre's teleport is a requirement for the Varrock achievements.
Players can only make and keep one skull sceptre at a time. A new skull sceptre can only be made once the old skull sceptre is either lost or destroyed. If a keepsake key is used on the sceptre, another one still cannot be assembled. There is no limit to how many strange skulls or runed sceptres a player can own. Having a sceptre in the bank or inventory does not prevent more parts from dropping.
Parts of the sceptre are rare drops from the monsters listed below, all located on various levels of the Stronghold of Security. In addition, wearing any Varrock armour gives an increased chance overall of receiving a sceptre part drop.
The stats of the sceptre are equivalent to an ordinary staff. Before the autocast update on 9 February2009, it had no option to autocast spells.
The same update also replaced the Varrock Tasks' "smaller" reward regarding shop prices, with increasing the chance of obtaining skull sceptre parts from creatures in the Stronghold of Security.
The 'Left skull half' which appears to be a bull-like half skull is dropped by the human-shaped Ankou, while the 'Right skull half' which is the human-like half skull is dropped by the bull-headed Minotaurs. However, when wielded, the halves appear on the correct side in relation to their namesakes.
Before 28 November 2016, sceptres could only be used to teleport five times before disintegrating.