Ancient effigy detail

A starved ancient effigy can be obtained as drops from many monsters around RuneScape, as part of the ancient effigies Distractions and Diversions. The more powerful the monster, the more likely the drop. It requires level 91 in the skill it craves knowledge in to nourish, but it can be banked until you can or choose to use it, or you may exchange it for a 5,000 experience Antique lamp (for any skill level 50 or more) by talking to Historian Minas at Varrock Museum. When given knowledge, it will become a nourished ancient effigy and will grant 15,000 experience in the skill that was used to nourish it. The nourished ancient effigy will need level 93 in a certain skill. This skill can be different from the ones needed for the starved ancient effigy. The Assist System can be used to nourish an effigy, however the assisting player will get all of the 15,000 experience points. No effigies of any type will stack in the bank.

A given drop rate of effigies from a certain monster is directly related to the monster's combat level (exponentially, not linearly). See effigy drop rates for more info.

On certain days, it is possible to purchase one from the Travelling Merchant's Shop. Players will need to first investigate it, leading to the message You lose your concentration on the ancient effigy., before it be can used.

A maximum of 5 ancient effigies may be obtained by a player as a drop, after which a player must open at least one fully to receive another. Additionally, the drop rate for an effigy is decreased the more a player owns. It is possible to have more than 5, if received from the Motherlode Maw or bought from Travelling merchant.

Drop sources

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Source Combat level Quantity Rarity
Aberrant spectre72; 781Very rare
Abyssal demon981Very rare
Abyssal demon (elite)1071Very rare
Abyssal leech721Very rare
Adolescent White wolf81Very rare
Airut1221Very rare
Alanogard the Black1171Very rare
Animated book (Dragonkin Laboratory)901Very rare
Ankou60; 61; 631Very rare
Ankou (elite)721Very rare
Aquanite951Very rare
Aquanite (elite)1041Very rare
Armoured zombie 42; 46; 84; 86; 911Very rare
Astellarn12001Very rare
Automaton Generator 84; 1151Very rare
Automaton Guardian 84; 1151Very rare
Automaton Tracer 84; 1151Very rare
Aviansie89; 92; 951Very rare
Baby black dragon701Very rare
Banshee371Very rare
Barbarian 28; 301Very rare
Basilisk 70; 771Very rare
Black Knight30; 331Very rare
Black Knight Titan281Very rare
Black demon981Very rare
Black demon (Demon Flash Mobs)1161Very rare
Black dragon1001Very rare
Black dragon (Dragonkin Laboratory)1081Very rare
Black stone dragon25001Very rare
Bloodveld 61; 68; 921Very rare
Blue dragon741Very rare
Brine rat491Very rare
Bronze dragon861Very rare
Brutal green dragon1051Very rare
Bulbous crawler1401Rare
Cadarn magus1221Very rare
Cadarn ranger1221Very rare
Catablepon 53; 541Very rare
Cave bug8; 121Very rare
Cave crawler53; 74; 781Very rare
Cave horror771Very rare
Cave horror (elite)861Very rare
Celestial dragon1271Very rare
Celestial dragon (Dragonkin Laboratory)1141Very rare
Chaos dwarf 28; 45; 47; 84; 101; 1081Very rare
Chaos dwarf hand cannoneer70; 1011Rare
Chaos dwogre92; 981Rare
Cockatrice441Very rare
Cockroach soldier361Very rare



  • Prior to an update that both capped the amount of effigies obtainable at once to 5 and made them significantly rarer many players could obtain one every hundred or so average monster kills.
  • As of 19 November 2013, effigies are one of several monster drops that receive a drop highlight.
  • Players wishing to decipher effigies in which they do not have the levels required should seek out clusters of high level players who want to offer effigy assistance. For example: World 2 Burthorpe bank or the Grand Exchange.
  • An effigy received from the travelling merchant's shop must first be investigated prior to being allowed to opening it. This is not the case for other effigies.