Bones

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This article is about the standard monster drop. For other types, see Bones (disambiguation).
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Bones are the remains of the dead and can be used to train the Prayer skill. They are dropped by most monsters with an animal or humanoid appearance. Monsters that do not drop bones include demons and imps, spirits and ghosts, spiders and insectoids, among others. Some monsters drop specific types of bones, such as big bones, bat bones, monkey bones or dragon bones. Normal bones give 4.5 Prayer experience when buried. Starting at level one and only burying normal bones it will take 2,896,541 bones for skill mastery (level 99 at 13,034,434.5 xp). Using the Cremation ability, Prayer experience per bones can be increased to 250%.

You can find bones at the gravestones of people who have died, listing the name of those who have died. Players may also use the spell Bones to Bananas or the spell Bones to Peaches to turn normal bones to edible bananas or peaches. Bones can also be offered at the altar in a player-owned house.

A player offering bones at a marble altar in a POH.

Cost and XP Analysis[edit | edit source]

Bury Gilded altar[a 1] or
Chaos Temple
Ectofuntus Cremation
XP 4.5 15.75 18 20.25 (Total) 11.25 (Prayer) + 9 (FM)
GP/XP -92.4 -26.4 -23.1 -20.5 (Total) -37 (Prayer) or -46.2 (FM)
  1. ^ This table assumes that two burners are lit while using the gilded altar, and excludes the cost of clean marrentill.

Bones areas[edit | edit source]

Areas with weak enemies that drop bones and respawn quickly, such as the Lumbridge Catacombs and the cow pen in northwestern Taverley, are good places to collect bones easily without much hassle.

Although many players do not bury bones, and instead leave them on the ground, it is recommended that players do bury the bones a monster drops, as they will get some experience in the Prayer skill. By putting bones on your action bar, you can bind any key to rapidly bury any bones in your inventory without interrupting combat.

Players can sometimes receive bones as a reward from the Soul Wars minigame, by selecting the Gamble option, which may award a player up to 290 bones.

Dungeoneering[edit | edit source]

Any bones used on a prayer altar in a dungeon during Dungeoneering will yield 4 times the amount of Prayer experience as when buried. When training Prayer in Daemonheim, it should be noted that all bones that the player drops will disappear as normal, so those people who like to "stockpile" items while Dungeoneering should avoid this, as the bones they save will disappear. However, players may choose to place the bones on a table as a method of collecting bones.

Training[edit | edit source]

A player burying bones.

A recommended place to collect bones without having to kill monsters is the Chaos Temple. If you have completed Defender of Varrock quest, talk to Hartwin and have him teleport you, as this makes the temple a safe area.

Other good areas include the chicken coop and cow field near Lumbridge, the chicken coop near the cabbage patch near Draynor, in crowded areas like the Al Kharid, and the Stronghold of Security. Also, the yak field of Neitiznot is usually strewn with bones, among the yak's other drops. The chicken coops are especially good for making money, as most chickens drop feathers as well as bones, which stack and sell for roughly 12 each on the Grand Exchange.

Another good method would be training Hunter. All Birds and Kebbits drop Bones, therefore training 2 skills at a time. While waiting for the traps in Feldip Hills, a player can also take a hatchet for the local Achey trees, make a fire and cook the meat to train Woodcutting, Firemaking, Hunter, Prayer, and Cooking, therefore gaining experience in 5 skills at once.

If you have a high combat level (and can risk a bit of armour) you can go to bone yard and collect the bones and big bones, be aware of the skeletons. Note that this method is available to F2P players, and it is considered as one of the best ways to train Prayer on F2P servers without spending money. More information with effective methods here.

Item spawns[edit | edit source]

Kandarin[edit | edit source]

Feldip Hills[edit | edit source]

Fremennik Province[edit | edit source]

Frozen Wastes[edit | edit source]

Wilderness[edit | edit source]

Drop sources[edit | edit source]

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Disassembly[edit | edit source]

Update history[edit | edit source]

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  • patch 23 June 2014 (Update):
    • Burying bones now gives players a chance to win a key token.
  • 29 March 2004 (Update):
    • The examine text of various bones were changed.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Before the RuneScape 2 update, the examine text was "Ewww, it's a pile of bones."
  • Normal bones are one of the most commonly dropped items in RuneScape. In fact, they are likely the default dropped item; whenever glitches allow players to kill non-combat NPCs, they nearly always drops bones and nothing else.