Rag and Bone Man

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Rag and Bone Man is a quest during which the adventurer collects bones for the Odd Old Man.

Official description[edit | edit source]

Everybody needs some body, and the Odd Old Man knows exactly which bits of those bodies he needs. Can you help him finish his extensive and extremely creepy collection?

Overview[edit | edit source]

Starting out[edit | edit source]

  • Go east of Varrock, past the earth altar as if you were travelling to Canifis (north of Digsite) and half way there, you will find the Odd Old Man in the limestone quarry to the north.
  • Talk to him, and he will tell you that he needs several bones to complete his collection.

Seeking bones[edit | edit source]

Here's a list of the creatures you need to kill to obtain bones, and their locations (Talk to the old man before you begin gathering).

Monster Drops Location
Goblin Goblin skull East of the River Lum in Lumbridge; Near the Draynor lodestone and the Wizard's Tower; east of Barbarian Village, in the Stronghold of Security, and south-west of the Grand Exchange; Goblin Village; Port Sarim; by the Coal truck mine and Hemenster and in the Goblin Cave; around the Varrock Dig Site; and God Wars Dungeon
Ram Ram skull Fred the Farmer's farm in Lumbridge (in the paddock full of sheep), the Wilderness wall ram north of the Monastery, south-west of Falador, and in the Fisher Realm
Giant rat Giant rat bone Stronghold of Security, behind the Dancing Donkey Inn in south-east Varrock, Varrock sewers, south-west of Port Sarim, behind Lumbridge castle, Lumbridge Swamp, in the pen south of Varrock, and Edgeville dungeon
Big frog Big frog leg In Lumbridge Swamp Caves and Dorgesh-Kaan South Dungeon (Giant frog does not work).
Unicorn and Black unicorn Unicorn bone North west of the Catherby lodestone next to the farming patches, south of Seers' Village, south of Yanille, Ardougne Zoo (Fairy ring code BIS) and east of Rellekka, and south of Wilderness Crater (not advised)
Giant bat Giant bat wing Yanille Dungeon; Legends' Guild basement; Heroes' Guild basement, Coal truck mine, Temple of Ikov, and Goblin Cave; Taverley Dungeon; and Chaos Druid Tower dungeon
Bear Bear rib Just east of the player owned farm in Ardougne, south of the Mind altar, Legends' Guild south-west mine, and south of the fruit tree patch by the Tree Gnome Village
Monkey Monkey paw Just north of Karamja lodestone, south Karamja, east of Karamja volcano, Ardougne Zoo (Must have level 33 Magic for Telekinetic Grab if you choose to go to Ardougne Zoo. Also bring a staff and/or extra runes to kill monkeys.), Mos Le'Harmless

Polishing the bones[edit | edit source]

Once you have collected the bones, go to Draynor Village and talk to Fortunato (found by the market square) there. He will be able to sell you some jugs of vinegar for 1 coin each. Do not steal from the market stall or he will not talk to you unless you use vial of stench (a). After you buy 8 Jugs of vinegar talk to the Odd Old man for further instructions. You can buy the Jugs of vinegar and add to the pots without talking to the odd old man.

  • Use a jug of vinegar with a pot to get a pot of vinegar, and then use the bone with the pot of vinegar to get a bone in vinegar. Repeat for all 8 bones.
    • Be careful that you do not accidentally "empty" a bone in vinegar, because if you do, you will lose the bone and have to collect that bone again. If you interact with him, you will tell him that you do not have the bones yet. Do not panic, just polish the bones and then give them to him.
  • Go back to the old man taking the 8 bones-in-vinegar, and 8 logs. Or alternatively, bring a hatchet; there are trees near the Odd Old Man at the bottom of the stairs where logs can be cut. Lighting the logs once will polish the bones.
  • To polish the bones, click the pot boiler located next to the Odd Old Man to add logs, click it again to add a pot with a bone-in-vinegar, then click it a third time to light the logs (you will not receive XP for lighting logs). It takes 12 seconds for each pot to boil. Repeat this for all 8 bones.

Finishing up[edit | edit source]

Talk to the Odd Old Man and give him the polished bones to complete the quest.

Rewards[edit | edit source]

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Achievements[edit | edit source]

Required for completing[edit | edit source]

Rag and Bone Man is directly required for the following quests/miniquests:

It is therefore an indirect requirement for the following quests and miniquests:

Transcript[edit | edit source]

Development team[edit | edit source]

Credits[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Rag-and-bone man is a British phrase for a junk dealer. Historically, the phrase referred to an individual who would travel the streets of a city with a horsedrawn cart, and would collect old rags for converting into fabric and paper, and bones for making glue, scrap iron and other items. They often traded them for other items of limited value.
    • This etymology is shared with English singer Rag'n'Bone Man, but the quest predates him.
  • Even more evidence for another Rag and Bone Man quest was found in Postbag 41. One of the sheets of paper in the Chaos Elemental's suitcase was titled "MENTOR A BANDWAGON." This unscrambles to form "RAG AND BONE MAN TWO." In addition, the bottom of the paper had the words "No 156 in the world." At the time of release, there were 155 quests, and Fur 'n Seek was released as the 156th quest.
  • Jagex hinted in their weekly Twitter hint from 7-8-09 that the next quest would be Rag and Bone Man 2. It was released as Fur 'n Seek on 10 August 2009.
  • If the quest is completed, your Adventurer's Log will state "The Odd Old Man wanted some bones. Or was it his bonesack? Will we ever know?"
  • Even when using a Dwarven army axe, the animation used for lighting the logs uses a tinderbox.
  • Upon completion of this quest, the player tells Juna "...I fetched all the bones the Odd Old Man wanted and he gave me a reward!" to which she express puzzlement about the Rag and Bone Man by replying "What could that man have wanted all those bones for? Collecting that many bones cannot be a balanced activity."

Update history[edit | edit source]

This information has been compiled as part of the update history project. Some updates may not be included - see here for how to help out!
  • patch 16 January 2023 (Update):
    • Ram Skulls now drop properly from rams during the Rag and Bone Man quest.
  • patch 30 April 2018 (Update):
    • Fixed the colour of some text in the Rag and bone man quest log.