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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
Bulbous crawler1401Rare
Chaos dwarf hand cannoneer70; 1011Rare
Chaos dwogre92; 981Rare
Commander Zilyana5961Rare
Dagannoth sentinel981Rare
Exiled Kalphite Queen3561Rare
Fenris wolf491Rare
Frost dragon1121Rare
Ganodermic beast1121Rare
General Graardor210; 6241Rare
Giant Mole (historical)761Rare
Giant bat23; 441Rare
Giant crypt rat771Rare
Giant mole2301Rare
Greater reborn mage821Rare
Hill giant441Rare
Ice troll female681Rare
Ivory Bre'egth (cursed)821Rare
K'ril Tsutsaroth98; 6501Rare
Kal'gerion demon1261Rare
Kalphite Guardian721Rare
King Black Dragon2761Rare
Kree'arra210; 5801Rare
Lesser reborn mage681Rare
Lesser reborn ranger681Rare
Lesser reborn warrior681Rare
Memory of NomadN/A1Rare
Moss golem1401Rare
Motherlode MawN/A1Rare
Mutated bloodveld91; 951Rare
Mutated jadinko guard961Rare
Ogress champion671Rare
Queen Black Dragon9001Rare
Shadow Hound671Rare
Solak2000; 70001Rare
Triskelion TreasuresN/A1Rare
Wallasalki79; 84; 911Rare
Wild dog351Rare
Zamorak mage (monster)681Rare
Aberrant spectre72; 781Very rare
Abyssal demon981Very rare
Abyssal demon (elite)1071Very rare
Abyssal guardian791Very rare
Abyssal leech721Very rare
Abyssal walker771Very 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.