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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, and any bones used on a prayer altar in a dungeon during Dungeoneering will yield 4 times the amount of Prayer experience as 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%. 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. 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 or
Chaos Temple
Ectofuntus Cremation
Experience 4.5 15.75 18 20.25 (Total) 11.25 (Prayer) + 9 (FM)
Cost per XP -54.4 -15.6 -13.6 -12.1 (Total) -21.8 (Prayer) or -27.2 (FM)
  • It is assumed that two burners are lit while using the gilded altar and does not include the cost of clean marrentill.

Bones areas[edit | edit source]

Areas with enemies that spawn quickly after death, such as the goblin area and the Lumbridge Catacombs in Lumbridge, are great places to collect bones easily without much hassle. This gives players the chance to level up their prayer fast, as well as any combat level preferred. Other areas where bones can be easily found and collected are outside Lumbridge Castle, in Edgeville Dungeon, at the hill giants, in the Yak field in Neitiznot, on the first level of the Stronghold of Security, or the Bone Yard in the Wilderness (although player killers might roam the area).

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. (please note that prayer is one of the slowest growing skills.)

Especially useful when burying bones during combat training- a trick is to click to bury them just as you swing your weapon. If timed correctly, this will not interrupt your weapon swing at all.

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. Some Low Level players will often collect bones and store them in the bank, and then sell the bones at the grand exchange. Players often make money by doing this method.

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.

A great place to get bones (if you have access to the fairy ring network) is penguin isle, the small island is just populated by penguins (level 2) you can kill them quick and easy and collect the bones. (Fairy ring code AJS)

As of 20 October 2014, players who have purchased the skill from Death can cremate bones to gain Prayer and Firemaking experience.

Trading[edit | edit source]

Trading for bones is not recommended, (although when sold in groups of 24 at the Grand Exchange, they can sell for about 5,880) as bones are extremely common and can be found at almost every location - players can either find them on the ground (left behind by players who have killed creatures and did not bother to pick up the bones), or they can kill NPCs and collect the bones.

Bones have varied significantly in price on the Grand Exchange and are currently at 245.

Disassembly[edit | edit source]

Drop sources[edit | edit source]

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2017 Hallowe'en eventNot Available Multicombat.png2–3CommonN/A
Abyssal demon (Heart of Gielinor)108 Multicombat.png1AlwaysP2P icon.png
Adolescent White wolf8 Multicombat.png1AlwaysF2P icon.png
Afflicted60; 61; 63; 64 Multicombat.png1AlwaysP2P icon.png
Al Kharid warrior18 Multicombat.png1AlwaysF2P icon.png
Ancient mage (Heart of Gielinor)108 Multicombat.png1AlwaysP2P icon.png
Ancient ranger (Heart of Gielinor)108 Multicombat.png1AlwaysP2P icon.png
Ancient warrior (Heart of Gielinor)108 Multicombat.png1AlwaysP2P icon.png
Angry Turkey7 Multicombat.png1AlwaysF2P icon.png
Angry giant rat 35; 45 Multicombat.png1AlwaysF2P icon.png
Anja4 Multicombat.png1AlwaysF2P icon.png
Ankou60; 61; 63 Multicombat.png1AlwaysF2P icon.png
Ankou (Dungeoneering)7; 25; 43; 63; 81; 100; 119; 138 Multicombat.png1AlwaysP2P icon.png
Ankou (elite)72 Multicombat.png1AlwaysF2P icon.png
Archer (Ardougne)49 Multicombat.png1AlwaysP2P icon.png
Armoured zombie 42; 46; 84; 86; 91 Multicombat.png1AlwaysP2P icon.png
Armoured zombie (Uncharted Isles)93 Multicombat.png1AlwaysP2P icon.png
Arrg77 Multicombat.png1AlwaysP2P icon.png
Automaton (Heart of Gielinor)115 Multicombat.png1AlwaysP2P icon.png
Automaton champion118 Multicombat.png1AlwaysP2P icon.png
Aviansie89; 92; 95 Multicombat.png1AlwaysP2P icon.png
Baby mole1 Multicombat.png1AlwaysF2P icon.png
Bandit (Diamond in the Rough)2 Multicombat.png1AlwaysP2P icon.png
Bandit (Kharid Bandit Camp)54 Multicombat.png1AlwaysP2P icon.png
Bandit (Pollnivneach)53 Multicombat.png1AlwaysP2P icon.png
Bandit (Wilderness)18 Multicombat.png1AlwaysF2P icon.png
Bandit Brawler112; 118 Multicombat.png1AlwaysF2P icon.png
Bandit king3 Multicombat.png1AlwaysP2P icon.png
Bandit looter42 Multicombat.png1AlwaysP2P icon.png
Bandosian brawler4 Multicombat.png1AlwaysP2P icon.png
Bandosian ork68 Multicombat.png1AlwaysP2P icon.png
Bandosian shaman93 Multicombat.png1AlwaysP2P icon.png
Barb-tailed kebbitNot Available Multicombat.png1AlwaysN/A
Barbarian 28; 30 Multicombat.png1AlwaysF2P icon.png
Basilisk 70; 77 Multicombat.png1AlwaysP2P icon.png
Basilisk boss96 Multicombat.png1AlwaysP2P icon.png
Bear Cub11 Multicombat.png1AlwaysP2P icon.png
Bearded Pollnivnian bandit53 Multicombat.png1AlwaysP2P icon.png
Bedabin nomad fighter42 Multicombat.png1AlwaysP2P icon.png
Big Snake64 Multicombat.png1AlwaysP2P icon.png
Big frog36 Multicombat.png1; 2AlwaysP2P icon.png
Billy Goat15 Multicombat.png1AlwaysP2P icon.png
Black Guard 42; 47 Multicombat.png1AlwaysF2P icon.png
Black Guard Berserker53; 56 Multicombat.png1AlwaysP2P icon.png
Black Guard crossbowdwarf70 Multicombat.png1AlwaysP2P icon.png
Black Heather138 Multicombat.png1AlwaysF2P icon.png
Black Knight30; 33 Multicombat.png1AlwaysF2P icon.png
Black Knight (Heart of Gielinor)108 Multicombat.png1AlwaysP2P icon.png
Black Knight Titan28 Multicombat.png1AlwaysP2P icon.png
Black Knight champion115 Multicombat.png1AlwaysP2P icon.png

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Before the update[which?] 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.