|Release date||6 December 2004 (Update)|
|Always drops||Monkey bones (gorilla)|
|A huge brutish gorilla armoured with dangerous looking vambraces.|
Monkey Guards are level 167 gorillas that reside in Ape Atoll's temple. They reside on the ground floor and first floor of Ape Atoll's Temple of Marimbo. They have a large amount of health and throw vicious punches that can hit up to 14. When they have very low health, they will beat their chest, causing them to heal 25 hitpoints which is about 20% of their hitpoints; they appear to be able to do this indefinitely but only while in melee range. Monkey Guards drop larger versions of monkey bones, which give 18 prayer experience points when buried. However, these are not tradeable.
The bearded monkey guards can be a nuisance because they cannot be walked through, and after exiting the dungeon in the temple, bearded monkey guards can surround you, stopping you from exiting the temple. A way out of this is to climb up the ladder near the trapdoor.
Because the Monkey Guards heal themselves and because there is an altar in the temple, many players train combat of all forms on them by fighting them with Protect from Melee on the whole time. When they are low on Prayer, they pray at the altar and continue their training. Players can also use stat-boosting prayers such as Piety to aid training. The Monkey Guards also heal themselves often, providing more experience.
Most players wear a form of Prayer armour and strength boosting armour (depending on what they prefer). However, prayer isn't needed that badly because of the nearby altar. Dharoking is also a popular activity, since the player does not need to worry about low health when they have prayer activated. It is wise to have multiple antipoisons, in case the nearby level 1 spider poisons you (poison hits for 1).
Item Quantity Rarity GE market price Monkey bones (gorilla) 1 Always  Not sold Monkey bones (bearded gorilla) 1 Always  Not sold