Big bones

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For the variant encountered in Daemonheim, see Big bones (Dungeoneering).
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Big bones are items associated with the Prayer skill. They are an intermediate level bone, although they are arguably the best training option for free-to-play. Big bones give 15 experience points when buried normally. The experience can be increased to 37.5, 45, 52.5, or 60 via several progressively more effective members-only abilities. When used in a player-owned house on the gilded altar big bones grant 37.5 experience, with one incense burner lit they will grant 45 experience, and with both incense burners lit they produce 52.5 experience. The maximum that can be produced by a Big bone is when they are worshipped at the Ectofuntus, granting 60 experience each, although this is often considered to be far more tedious than necessary. They also give 60 experience when used on an altar in Daemonheim while Dungeoneering.

When buried normally these bones give over three times as much experience as bones, making big bones an extremely popular method of training Prayer in free-to-play. They are usually dropped by abnormally large monsters, such as any type of giant, including giant frogs, and ogres. The only free-to-play monsters that drop big bones are hill giants, moss giants, giant skeletons, ice giants, fire giants, mountain trolls, cyclopes and the cyclossus, along with the mastyxes and other large creatures of Daemonheim.

Collecting them in the Wilderness Bone Yard and selling them is one of the quickest ways to make money available for non-members.

Members can get big bones from the 'gamble' option when purchasing rewards at the Soul Wars arena, but it is not likely to get them. If the player does get them, they will likely get them in quantities of 60 or more. They can also get them from the Rare Drop Table, ranging from 150-500 at a time from any monster eligible for it.

They can be used with the Bones To Bananas and Bones To Peaches spells.

Item spawns[edit | edit source]

Cost and XP Analysis[edit | edit source]

Bury Gilded altar or
Chaos Temple
Ectofuntus Cremation
Experience 15 52.5 60 67.5 (Total) 37.5 (Prayer) + 30 (FM)
Cost per XP -13 -3.7 -3.3 -2.9 (Total) -5.2 (Prayer) or -6.5 (FM)
  • It is assumed that two burners are lit while using the gilded altar and does not include the cost of clean marrentill.

A player choosing to use big bones all the way from 1-99 Prayer, using a gilded altar with lit burners and no other experience boosts, would, if all the bones were bought at the current medium price on the Grand Exchange, spend 48,413,600.86.

  • Additionally the first two bones would take them straight to level 2 Prayer.
  • Using the Ectofuntus would cost 42,361,900.75, but would take far longer to do. Simply burying the bones would cost 169,447,603.

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • For members who have completed the Biohazard quest, there is an incredibly fast way to get big bones, which is even faster with 51 Magic. In the Training Ground North of Ardougne, many players train Ranged quickly, so they leave the big bones from the ogres on the ground. Enough ogres are killed that there will be a massive supply of big bones. Another quick way is to kill the cyclopes on the top floor of the Warriors' Guild. Using the multi-token option will allow you to have 2 noted big bones per kill.
  • For free-to-play players, the fastest way to get big bones is from hill giants located in the Edgeville Dungeon. In order to get easy access to these hill giants, the player needs a brass key which can be found inside the Edgeville Dungeon or bought from the Grand Exchange.
  • Players could also just buy the bones themselves off the Grand Exchange.
  • The additional Resource Dungeon added on 19 July 2010 created even more hill giant spawns and also limpwurt root spawns. This requires 20 Dungeoneering to enter.
  • It is possible to bury bones in combat just as you swing your weapon. If timed right, there will be no usual burying animation and the weapon swing will not be interrupted. This is useful while training in crowded areas, such as at the hill giants and moss giants.

Drop sources[edit | edit source]

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Acheron mammoth135 Multicombat.png2AlwaysP2P icon.png
Aquanite (elite)104 Multicombat.png1AlwaysP2P icon.png
Aquanite95 Multicombat.png1AlwaysP2P icon.png
Archaemastyx7 Multicombat.png1AlwaysF2P icon.png
Bandosian ogre44 Multicombat.png1AlwaysP2P icon.png
Bloodveld61; 68; 92 Multicombat.png(noted)16/128P2P icon.png
Boneguard? Multicombat.png5AlwaysP2P icon.png
Camel Warrior132 Multicombat.png1AlwaysP2P icon.png
Cave horror (elite)86 Multicombat.png1AlwaysP2P icon.png
Cave horror77 Multicombat.png1AlwaysP2P icon.png
Cave horror77 Multicombat.png13–17 (noted)CommonP2P icon.png
Chaos Elemental F2P305 Multicombat.png15CommonN/A
Chaos Elemental P2P305 Multicombat.png3CommonP2P icon.png
Chaos Giant126 Multicombat.png1AlwaysP2P icon.png
Chewed bones? Multicombat.png10RareP2P icon.png
Crocodile40; 77 Multicombat.png1AlwaysP2P icon.png
Cyclops57; 63; 68; 91 Multicombat.png1; 2AlwaysP2P icon.pngF2P icon.png
Cyclossus89 Multicombat.png1AlwaysF2P icon.png
Cyclossus89 Multicombat.png(noted)CommonF2P icon.png
Dagannoth guardian98 Multicombat.png1AlwaysP2P icon.png
Dark beast (elite)114 Multicombat.png1AlwaysP2P icon.png
Dark beast105 Multicombat.png1AlwaysP2P icon.png
Dorgesh-Kaan Average ChestN/A Reward1UnknownN/A
Dromomastyx10 Multicombat.png1AlwaysF2P icon.png
Enclave guard81 Multicombat.png1AlwaysP2P icon.png
Falador resource bundleN/A Reward1UnknownN/A
Ferocious barbarian spirit106 Multicombat.png10 (noted)UncommonP2P icon.png
Fire giant (Dungeoneering)21; 54; 71; 88; 105; 121; 138 Multicombat.png1AlwaysP2P icon.png
Fire giant85 Multicombat.png1AlwaysF2P icon.png
Gallimastyx13 Multicombat.png1AlwaysF2P icon.png
Ganodermic beast112 Multicombat.png1AlwaysP2P icon.png
Giant Sea Snake63 Multicombat.png1AlwaysP2P icon.png
Giant frog44 Multicombat.png1AlwaysP2P icon.png
Giant mole230 Multicombat.png1Always[dr 1]F2P icon.png
Giant skeleton (Dungeoneering)12; 25; 37; 50; 63; 75; 88; 100; 113; 126; 138 Multicombat.png1AlwaysF2P icon.png
Giant skeleton (Shadow Dungeon)84 Multicombat.png1AlwaysP2P icon.png
Giant skeleton (Tarn's Lair)84 Multicombat.png1AlwaysP2P icon.png
Glod68 Multicombat.png2AlwaysP2P icon.png
Gnoeals70 Multicombat.png1AlwaysP2P icon.png
Guthixian moss giant68 Multicombat.png1AlwaysP2P icon.png
Hill giant (Dungeoneering)14; 21; 28; 42; 49; 56; 70; 84; 98; 112; 126; 138 Multicombat.png1AlwaysF2P icon.png
Hill giant44 Multicombat.png1AlwaysF2P icon.png
Ice giant (Dungeoneering)18; 36; 54; 72; 91; 109; 127; 138 Multicombat.png1AlwaysF2P icon.png
Ice giant51 Multicombat.png1AlwaysF2P icon.png
Ice troll female68 Multicombat.png1AlwaysP2P icon.png
Ice troll grunt68 Multicombat.png1AlwaysP2P icon.png
Ice troll male68 Multicombat.png1AlwaysP2P icon.png
Ice troll runt53 Multicombat.png1AlwaysP2P icon.png
Ice troll84; 89 Multicombat.png1AlwaysP2P icon.png
Icelord42 Multicombat.png1AlwaysP2P icon.png
Jelly68 Multicombat.png(noted)9/128P2P icon.png
Jogre57; 86 Multicombat.png1–6CommonP2P icon.png
Jubbly bird11 Multicombat.png1AlwaysP2P icon.png
Jungle horror67 Multicombat.png(noted)CommonP2P icon.png
Kraka84 Multicombat.png1AlwaysP2P icon.png
Kree'arra210; 580 Multicombat.png1AlwaysP2P icon.png
Kurask78 Multicombat.png1AlwaysP2P icon.png
Lizard77 Multicombat.png1AlwaysP2P icon.png
Mature grotworm98 Multicombat.png1AlwaysP2P icon.png
Megamastyx15 Multicombat.png1AlwaysF2P icon.png
Mogre54 Multicombat.png1AlwaysP2P icon.png
Moss giant28; 51; 61 Multicombat.png1AlwaysP2P icon.pngF2P icon.png
Mountain troll75 Multicombat.png1AlwaysF2P icon.png
Mutated bloodveld91; 95 Multicombat.png1AlwaysP2P icon.png
Nail beast42; 84; 98 Multicombat.png1AlwaysP2P icon.png
Nex1001 Multicombat.png1AlwaysP2P icon.png
Ogre chieftain81 Multicombat.png1AlwaysP2P icon.png
Ogre56; 67; 86 Multicombat.png1AlwaysP2P icon.png
Ogress champion67 Multicombat.png1AlwaysP2P icon.png
Ogress warrior63 Multicombat.png1AlwaysP2P icon.png
Ogress58 Multicombat.png1AlwaysP2P icon.png
Paramastyx5 Multicombat.png1AlwaysF2P icon.png
Pee Hat84 Multicombat.png1AlwaysP2P icon.png
Pit ogre102 Multicombat.png1AlwaysP2P icon.png
Poorly Cooked Karambwan1; 5; 11; 15; 21; 25; 30; 35 Multicombat.png1AlwaysP2P icon.png
Protomastyx1 Multicombat.png1AlwaysF2P icon.png
Rare drop table? Multicombat.png150 (noted)UncommonN/A
Rare drop table? Multicombat.png68–82 (noted)UncommonN/A
Ravenous ghoul105 Multicombat.png1AlwaysP2P icon.png
River troll0 Multicombat.png1AlwaysP2P icon.png
Rock golem? Multicombat.png1AlwaysP2P icon.png
Rock (monster)88 Multicombat.png1AlwaysP2P icon.png
Sea Snake Young63 Multicombat.png1AlwaysP2P icon.png
Skeleton (Uncharted Isles)93 Multicombat.png1–4 (noted)UncommonP2P icon.png
Skeleton Mage19; 49 Multicombat.png3–4Rare[dr 1]P2P icon.pngF2P icon.png
Small parcelN/A Small parcel(noted)CommonN/A
Soul Wars/RewardsN/A Reward60UnknownN/A
Spinomastyx11 Multicombat.png1AlwaysF2P icon.png
Stegomastyx14 Multicombat.png1AlwaysF2P icon.png
Stick85 Multicombat.png1AlwaysP2P icon.png
Submastyx2 Multicombat.png1AlwaysF2P icon.png
Super Cow5 Multicombat.png1AlwaysF2P icon.png
Suqah73; 74; 79 Multicombat.png1AlwaysP2P icon.png
Terror dog61; 65 Multicombat.png1Always[dr 1]P2P icon.png
Thrower Troll77 Multicombat.png1AlwaysF2P icon.png
TokTz-Ket-Dill (monster)64; 100 Multicombat.png1AlwaysP2P icon.png
Tormented soul (Uncharted Isles)93 Multicombat.png1–2 (noted)UncommonP2P icon.png
Tormented wraith42 Multicombat.png5UncommonP2P icon.png
Tortoise50 Multicombat.png1AlwaysP2P icon.png
Troll general (Troll Invasion)11; 21; 30; 40; 50; 60; 70 Multicombat.png1AlwaysP2P icon.png
  1. ^ a b c There is further information on this drop; see the associated page for details.

Disassembly[edit | edit source]

Update history[edit | edit source]

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  • patch 4 April 2011 (Update):
    • Players will no longer be restricted when picking up these bones after trading.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Shades and zombies from historical random events could drop over 10 big bones a time.
  • There was a glitch that did not allow the player to pick up big bones, even with an empty inventory. "You cannot take that at the moment" would appear in the chatbox when the player tried to pick up big bones. Some players were not able to pick up only big bones, but others were not allowed to pick up any drops. The glitch also prevented players from accessing the Grand Exchange, joining clans, and looking at their friends list. It is supposedly caused by a new anti-bot protection by Jagex that makes detected botters not able to pick up items. It is possible to get rid of the glitch by logging out, waiting for a few moments and logging back in. The glitch is fixed.