Skeleton

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Skeletons are a common undead monster found all over Gielinor. Like zombies, they are the result of a necromancer reanimating the bodies of the dead. As such, they are commonly found in tombs, graveyards and dungeons.

According to Azzanadra, skeletons can also reanimate themselves should their burial site be desecrated, which is further supported when attempting to loot fallen barbarian corpses in the Ancient Cavern.

They are generally weak to magic, with most skeletons being especially vulnerable to earth or water spells. A salve amulet or salve amulet (e) will provide a damage and accuracy boost of +15% and +20% respectively against skeletons and other undead.

Locations[edit | edit source]

For specific skeletons located elsewhere, e.g. Skeleton (Lumbridge Catacombs), check: Skeleton (disambiguation).

Slayer alternatives[edit | edit source]

Any monsters named "skeleton", with the exception of guard skeletons in a player-owned house and the Skeletons found in Daemonheim (also including the Unholy Cursebearer boss) and Sinkholes, may be killed to complete a slayer assignment. The following alternatives are also available:

Banking tips[edit | edit source]

Many skeleton locations are far from banks. For players wishing to slay skeletons and bank their drops, consider the following:

Champion's Challenge[edit | edit source]

Skeletons are one of the races who have lesser champions in the Champion's Challenge Distraction and Diversion. To fight the Skeleton Champion, the player must kill skeletons until one drops a Champion's scroll, a very rare drop. Obtaining the scroll usually takes several hours of dedicated skeleton hunting, therefore it is advised to kill lower level skeletons to increase the kill rate as much as possible.

Drops[edit | edit source]

100% drop[edit | edit source]

Charms P2P icon.png[edit | edit source]

Nothing
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1Green charm.png
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89–91%5–6%0.6–1.2%2–3%0.7–1.4%
Represents a 90% confidence range based on a sample of 2,346 kills.
1 item is dropped at a time.
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Main drop[edit | edit source]

Unarmed (Levels 15, 16, 43, 46, 47, and 49)[edit | edit source]

Armed (Levels 32, 51, 53, 54, and 58)[edit | edit source]

Tertiary drops[edit | edit source]

Rare drop table[edit | edit source]

This monster has access to the rare drop table.
Luck-enhancing items are not required to access the table, but they will increase the chance of accessing the rare drop table and may also improve the loot received from it.
Rare drop table.png Rare drop table:
Rare drop table
Item Quantity Rarity GE price High alch value
Coins_250.png: RS3 Skeleton drops Coins with rarity Common in quantity 250-500Coins250–500Common250-500High Level Alchemy icon.png250-500
Coins_25.png: RS3 Skeleton drops Coins with rarity Common in quantity 50Coins50Common[d 1]50High Level Alchemy icon.png50
Uncut sapphire.png: RS3 Skeleton drops Uncut sapphire with rarity Common in quantity 1Uncut sapphire1Common45015
Uncut emerald.png: RS3 Skeleton drops Uncut emerald with rarity Common in quantity 1Uncut emerald1Common23230
Uncut ruby.png: RS3 Skeleton drops Uncut ruby with rarity Common in quantity 1Uncut ruby1Common32260
Uncut diamond.png: RS3 Skeleton drops Uncut diamond with rarity Common in quantity 1Uncut diamond1Common768120
Uncut diamond.png: RS3 Skeleton drops Uncut diamond with rarity Rare in quantity 45-55 (noted)Uncut diamond45–55 (noted)Rare34,560-42,2405,400-6,600
Uncut dragonstone.png: RS3 Skeleton drops Uncut dragonstone with rarity Uncommon in quantity 1Uncut dragonstone (m)1Uncommon5,763600
Uncut dragonstone.png: RS3 Skeleton drops Uncut dragonstone with rarity Rare in quantity 45-55 (noted)Uncut dragonstone (m)45–55 (noted)Rare259,335-316,96527,000-33,000
Loop half of a key.png: RS3 Skeleton drops Loop half of a key with rarity Common in quantity 1Loop half of a key (m)1Common9,7911
Tooth half of a key.png: RS3 Skeleton drops Tooth half of a key with rarity Common in quantity 1Tooth half of a key (m)1Common9,8271
Crystal triskelion fragment 1.png: RS3 Skeleton drops Crystal triskelion fragment 1 with rarity Very rare in quantity 1Crystal triskelion fragment 1 (m)1Very rare[d 2]Not soldNot alchemisable
Crystal triskelion fragment 2.png: RS3 Skeleton drops Crystal triskelion fragment 2 with rarity Very rare in quantity 1Crystal triskelion fragment 2 (m)1Very rare[d 2]Not soldNot alchemisable
Crystal triskelion fragment 3.png: RS3 Skeleton drops Crystal triskelion fragment 3 with rarity Very rare in quantity 1Crystal triskelion fragment 3 (m)1Very rare[d 2]Not soldNot alchemisable
Dragon longsword.png: RS3 Skeleton drops Dragon longsword with rarity Common in quantity 1Dragon longsword (m)1Common56,84560,000
Off-hand dragon longsword.png: RS3 Skeleton drops Off-hand dragon longsword with rarity Common in quantity 1Off-hand dragon longsword (m)1Common55,52260,000
Dragon spear.png: RS3 Skeleton drops Dragon spear with rarity Rare in quantity 1Dragon spear (m)1Rare35,53337,440
Battlestaff.png: RS3 Skeleton drops Battlestaff with rarity Rare in quantity 180-220 (noted)Battlestaff (m)180–220 (noted)Rare614,520-751,080756,000-924,000
Rune javelin.png: RS3 Skeleton drops Rune javelin with rarity Rare in quantity 5Rune javelin5Rare9501,870
Huge plated rune salvage.png: RS3 Skeleton drops Huge plated rune salvage with rarity Uncommon in quantity 1Huge plated rune salvage1Uncommon37,36540,000
Huge plated rune salvage.png: RS3 Skeleton drops Huge plated rune salvage with rarity Rare in quantity 18-22 (noted)Huge plated rune salvage18–22 (noted)Rare672,570-822,030720,000-880,000
Shield left half.png: RS3 Skeleton drops Shield left half with rarity Rare in quantity 1Shield left half (m)1Rare66,98166,000
Dragon helm.png: RS3 Skeleton drops Dragon helm with rarity Uncommon in quantity 1Dragon helm (m)1Uncommon57,21160,000
Rune arrowheads.png: RS3 Skeleton drops Rune arrowheads with rarity Common in quantity 113-137Rune arrowheads113–137Common23,278-28,222678-822
Onyx bolts.png: RS3 Skeleton drops Onyx bolts with rarity Very rare in quantity 135-165Onyx bolts (m)135–165Very rare733,860-896,9401,104,165-1,349,535
Water talisman.png: RS3 Skeleton drops Water talisman with rarity Rare in quantity 68-82 (noted)Water talisman68–82 (noted)Rare39,644-47,806136-164
Earth talisman.png: RS3 Skeleton drops Earth talisman with rarity Rare in quantity 68-82 (noted)Earth talisman68–82 (noted)Rare11,628-14,022136-164
Raw lobster.png: RS3 Skeleton drops Raw lobster with rarity Common in quantity 135-165 (noted)Raw lobster135–165 (noted)Common46,845-57,25522,950-28,050
Raw shark.png: RS3 Skeleton drops Raw shark with rarity Uncommon in quantity 225-275 (noted)Raw shark (m)225–275 (noted)Uncommon150,975-184,52540,500-49,500
Big bones.png: RS3 Skeleton drops Big bones with rarity Uncommon in quantity 68-82 (noted)Big bones68–82 (noted)Uncommon16,116-19,43468-82
Dragon bones.png: RS3 Skeleton drops Dragon bones with rarity Rare in quantity 180-220 (noted)Dragon bones180–220 (noted)Rare473,940-579,260180-220
Drakolith stone spirit.png: RS3 Skeleton drops Drakolith stone spirit with rarity Uncommon in quantity 25-35Drakolith stone spirit25–35Uncommon3,150-4,410Not alchemisable
Necrite stone spirit.png: RS3 Skeleton drops Necrite stone spirit with rarity Common in quantity 2Necrite stone spirit2Common496Not alchemisable
Phasmatite stone spirit.png: RS3 Skeleton drops Phasmatite stone spirit with rarity Uncommon in quantity 25-30Phasmatite stone spirit25–30Uncommon6,400-7,680Not alchemisable
Phasmatite stone spirit.png: RS3 Skeleton drops Phasmatite stone spirit with rarity Common in quantity 2Phasmatite stone spirit2Common512Not alchemisable
Necrite stone spirit.png: RS3 Skeleton drops Necrite stone spirit with rarity Rare in quantity 25-30Necrite stone spirit25–30Rare6,200-7,440Not alchemisable
Runite stone spirit.png: RS3 Skeleton drops Runite stone spirit with rarity Common in quantity 3Runite stone spirit3Common4,761Not alchemisable
Orichalcite stone spirit.png: RS3 Skeleton drops Orichalcite stone spirit with rarity Rare in quantity 25-35Orichalcite stone spirit25–35Rare4,050-5,670Not alchemisable
Lantadyme seed.png: RS3 Skeleton drops Lantadyme seed with rarity Uncommon in quantity 14-16Lantadyme seed (m)14–16Uncommon3,626-4,144532-608
Dwarf weed seed.png: RS3 Skeleton drops Dwarf weed seed with rarity Uncommon in quantity 14-16Dwarf weed seed (m)14–16Uncommon3,570-4,080532-608
Magic seed.png: RS3 Skeleton drops Magic seed with rarity Uncommon in quantity 4Magic seed (m)4Uncommon170,8921,012
Palm tree seed.png: RS3 Skeleton drops Palm tree seed with rarity Rare in quantity 10Palm tree seed (m)10Rare28,1601,520
Grimy torstol.png: RS3 Skeleton drops Grimy torstol with rarity Uncommon in quantity 90-110 (noted)Grimy torstol (m)90–110 (noted)Uncommon715,860-874,94090-110
Grimy snapdragon.png: RS3 Skeleton drops Grimy snapdragon with rarity Uncommon in quantity 90-110 (noted)Grimy snapdragon (m)90–110 (noted)Uncommon87,210-106,59090-110
Super restore (4).png: RS3 Skeleton drops Super restore (4) with rarity Uncommon in quantity 45-55 (noted)Super restore (4) (m)45–55 (noted)Uncommon132,435-161,8658,100-9,900
Prayer potion (4).png: RS3 Skeleton drops Prayer potion (4) with rarity Uncommon in quantity 45-55 (noted)Prayer potion (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon470,340-574,8605,130-6,270
Flax.png: RS3 Skeleton drops Flax with rarity Common in quantity 450-550 (noted)Flax450–550 (noted)Common40,050-48,9501,350-1,650
Molten glass.png: RS3 Skeleton drops Molten glass with rarity Common in quantity 45-55 (noted)Molten glass (m)45–55 (noted)Common53,460-65,34045-55
Soft clay.png: RS3 Skeleton drops Soft clay with rarity Uncommon in quantity 450-550 (noted)Soft clay450–550 (noted)Uncommon330,750-404,250450-550
Yew logs.png: RS3 Skeleton drops Yew logs with rarity Uncommon in quantity 68-82 (noted)Yew logs68–82 (noted)Uncommon18,156-21,8946,528-7,872
Yew logs.png: RS3 Skeleton drops Yew logs with rarity Rare in quantity 675-825 (noted)Yew logs675–825 (noted)Rare180,225-220,27564,800-79,200
Teak plank.png: RS3 Skeleton drops Teak plank with rarity Uncommon in quantity 45-55 (noted)Teak plank (m)45–55 (noted)Uncommon23,175-28,32513,500-16,500
Mahogany plank.png: RS3 Skeleton drops Mahogany plank with rarity Rare in quantity 270-330 (noted)Mahogany plank (m)270–330 (noted)Rare470,070-574,530243,000-297,000
Brawling gloves (Melee).png: RS3 Skeleton drops Brawling gloves (Melee) with rarity Very rare in quantity 1Brawling gloves (Melee) (m)1Very rare30,000High Level Alchemy icon.png30,000
Brawling gloves (Magic).png: RS3 Skeleton drops Brawling gloves (Magic) with rarity Very rare in quantity 1Brawling gloves (Magic) (m)1Very rare30,000High Level Alchemy icon.png30,000
Brawling gloves (Ranged).png: RS3 Skeleton drops Brawling gloves (Ranged) with rarity Very rare in quantity 1Brawling gloves (Ranged) (m)1Very rare30,000High Level Alchemy icon.png30,000
Brawling gloves (Agility).png: RS3 Skeleton drops Brawling gloves (Agility) with rarity Very rare in quantity 1Brawling gloves (Agility) (m)1Very rare30,000High Level Alchemy icon.png30,000
Brawling gloves (Cooking).png: RS3 Skeleton drops Brawling gloves (Cooking) with rarity Very rare in quantity 1Brawling gloves (Cooking) (m)1Very rare30,000High Level Alchemy icon.png30,000
Brawling gloves (FM).png: RS3 Skeleton drops Brawling gloves (FM) with rarity Very rare in quantity 1Brawling gloves (FM) (m)1Very rare30,000High Level Alchemy icon.png30,000
Brawling gloves (Fishing).png: RS3 Skeleton drops Brawling gloves (Fishing) with rarity Very rare in quantity 1Brawling gloves (Fishing) (m)1Very rare30,000High Level Alchemy icon.png30,000
Brawling gloves (Hunter).png: RS3 Skeleton drops Brawling gloves (Hunter) with rarity Very rare in quantity 1Brawling gloves (Hunter) (m)1Very rare30,000High Level Alchemy icon.png30,000
Brawling gloves (Mining).png: RS3 Skeleton drops Brawling gloves (Mining) with rarity Very rare in quantity 1Brawling gloves (Mining) (m)1Very rare30,000High Level Alchemy icon.png30,000
Brawling gloves (Prayer).png: RS3 Skeleton drops Brawling gloves (Prayer) with rarity Very rare in quantity 1Brawling gloves (Prayer) (m)1Very rare30,000High Level Alchemy icon.png30,000
Brawling gloves (Smithing).png: RS3 Skeleton drops Brawling gloves (Smithing) with rarity Very rare in quantity 1Brawling gloves (Smithing) (m)1Very rare30,000High Level Alchemy icon.png30,000
Brawling gloves (Thieving).png: RS3 Skeleton drops Brawling gloves (Thieving) with rarity Very rare in quantity 1Brawling gloves (Thieving) (m)1Very rare30,000High Level Alchemy icon.png30,000
Brawling gloves (WC).png: RS3 Skeleton drops Brawling gloves (WC) with rarity Very rare in quantity 1Brawling gloves (WC) (m)1Very rare30,000High Level Alchemy icon.png30,000
Vecna skull.png: RS3 Skeleton drops Vecna skull with rarity Very rare in quantity 1Vecna skull (m)1Very rare[d 3][d 4]322,1466,000
Cheese+tom batta.png: RS3 Skeleton drops Cheese+tom batta with rarity Very rare in quantity 1Cheese+tom batta (m)1Very rare[d 5]5581
Blurberry Special.png: RS3 Skeleton drops Blurberry Special with rarity Very rare in quantity 1Blurberry Special (m)1Very rare[d 6]19,03818
Hazelmere's signet ring.png: RS3 Skeleton drops Hazelmere's signet ring with rarity Very rare in quantity 1Hazelmere's signet ring (m)1Very rare[d 7]2,147,483,644300,000
  1. ^ Replaces members' only drops in free-to-play.
  2. ^ a b c Triskelion fragments are dropped in order.
  3. ^ a b Jagex. Mod Timbo's Twitter account. 19 January 2018. (Archived from the original on 22 January 2019.) Mod Timbo: "1/1280 if you hit the RDT, requires T4 luck to be worn in order to get a hold of it. Of course there are tons of different ways to access the RDT so it changes massively depending on what you're fighting, what you're wearing etc."
  4. ^ Vecna skull requires tier 4 luck. Chance is 1/1280 per roll of the rare drop table with the tier 4 luck requirement.[d 3]
  5. ^ Cheese+tom batta indicates a roll for Hazelmere's signet ring without tier 4 luck.
  6. ^ Blurberry Special indicates a failed 1/10 roll for Hazelmere's signet ring with tier 4 luck.
  7. ^ Hazelmere's signet ring requires tier 4 luck. Rarer than the vecna skull.

Universal drops[edit | edit source]

Universal drops are dropped by nearly every monster outside of Daemonheim.
These items are dropped alongside main drops.

Dialogue[edit | edit source]

Transcripts Skeleton speaks in:

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!
  • ninja 2 March 2015 (Update):
    • A large number of skeletons across Gielinor have been graphically updated.
  • patch 16 February 2015 (Update):
    • Some skeletons no longer shoot rocks out of their bows.
  • patch 9 November 2009 (Update):
    • Reworked various zombie and skeleton combat animations.
  • patch 7 October 2009 (Update):
    • Updated the skull of a skeleton to match the rest of its, er, body.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The level 58 skeletons in the Crandor and Karamja Dungeon are bigger than the other skeletons.
  • The skeletons in the Barrows did not drop the champion scroll for several years. This bug was eventually fixed.
  • When in a player-owned-house oubliette or dungeon when building mode is on, they are called Bones.
  • In the Hallowe'en 2011 event the player has to choose a skeleton to represent Pestilence in statue form.

References[edit | edit source]