For the level 142 skeleton found on Ape Atoll, see Skeleton (Ape Atoll).
|Release date||4 January 2001 (Update)|
|Combat level||13, 21, 22, 25, 42, 45, 60, 68, 77, 85|
| • Could do with gaining a few pounds.
• "It looks just a bit... underfed."
Skeletons are undead monsters found in various locations across RuneScape, often in graveyards and dungeons. Being an undead monster, it is highly vulnerable to the Crumble Undead spell. It is also weak against crush attacks. A Salve amulet (e) provides considerable boosts to Strength and Attack against the undead Skeletons.
Giant skeletons are found in at least two locations. Level 80 giant skeletons are found in the Shadow Dungeon, which is accessible with a Ring of visibility during and after the Desert Treasure quest. Level 100 giant skeletons are found in the Lair of Tarn Razorlor (dungeon), which is accessible during and after The Lair of Tarn Razorlor miniquest. The examine text for the level 100 asks the question whether this creature is a 'giant skeleton' or a 'skeleton of a giant', suggesting this undead creature may originate from human or giant remains. (However, the size of creature suggests 'giant skeleton' is the case, as it is smaller than any known giant.)
While doing The Restless Ghost quest, a level 13 Skeleton warlock will appear when the player picks up the ghost's skull. It has 18 Hitpoints and a max hit of 2. Also, a mysterious skeleton is said to have been spotted around RuneScape before the 2008 Hallowe'en event.
Skeletons are one of the most common enemies in the game as there are a very high number of skeletons in the game compared most other monsters. They are found all over RuneScape in relation to almost any area. Some such locations are:
- Edgeville Dungeon - Level 21, 22, 25
- Digsite Dungeon - Level 22
- Draynor Sewers - Level 22, 25
- Crandor and Karamja Dungeon - Level 22, 25, 45
- Ogre Enclave - Level 22
- Taverley Dungeon - Level 22
- Temple of Ikov (dungeon) - Level 45
- Varrock Sewers - Level 21, 25
- Waterfall Dungeon - Level 45
- Wilderness (levels 1 to 6) - Level 22
- Edgeville Wilderness Dungeon - Level 45
- Wilderness Agility Course - Level 25
- Barrows - Level 77
- Melzar's Maze - Level 22
- Underground Pass (dungeon) - Level 22, 26
- Tarn's Lair - Level 42
- Security Stronghold - Level 22, 25, 60
Unlike most enemies, they wildly differ in stats, Combat levels and locations. The table below lists the known locations and combat levels of skeletons, and it also provides links to the locations with separate articles.
|13||Encountered during The Restless Ghost in the Wizards' Tower basement|
|21||Edgeville Dungeon, Varrock Sewers|
|22||Digsite Dungeon, Draynor Manor, Draynor Sewers, Edgeville Dungeon, Karamja Volcano Dungeon, Melzar's Maze, Taverley Dungeon, Wilderness (level 1-6), South-Western Wilderness Mine|
|25||Crandor, Draynor Sewers, Edgeville Dungeon, Karamja Volcano Dungeon, Varrock Sewers, Southern Wilderness Mine, Wilderness (level 35) near Moss giants and canoe pond, Bone Yard, The Forgotten Cemetery|
|42||The Lair of Tarn Razorlor|
|45||Crandor Dungeon (near Elvarg), Temple of Ikov, Waterfall Dungeon, Yanille Agility dungeon|
|60, 68, 85||Stronghold of Security: Sepulcher of Death|
Champion's Challenge Edit
100% drop Edit
Level 21, 22, 25, 42, 45, 60, 68, 77, and 85 Edit
Item Quantity Rarity GE market price Bones 1 Always 51
Level 13 Edit
The level 13 skeleton drops nothing except for bones.
Item Quantity Rarity GE market price Grimy guam leaf 1 Common 7 Grimy marrentill 1 Common 10 Grimy tarromin 1 Common 45 Grimy harralander 1 Common 453 Grimy ranarr weed 1 Uncommon 6,616 Grimy irit leaf 1 Uncommon 985 Grimy avantoe 1 Uncommon 1,641 Grimy kwuarm 1 Uncommon 2,679 Grimy cadantine 1 Rare 1,688 Grimy lantadyme 1 Rare 1,600 Grimy dwarf weed 1 Rare 1,466
Weapons and armour Edit
Item Quantity Rarity GE market price Iron dagger 1 Uncommon 6 Iron axe 1 Common 23 Iron med helm 1 Common 17 Iron mace 1 Common 11 Iron sword 1 Uncommon 8 Iron scimitar 1 Rare 30 Adamant kiteshield 1 Rare 3,060 Rune spear 5 Very rare 62,120
Item Quantity Rarity GE market price Bronze arrow 1–11 Common 6–66 Air rune 12–15 Common 60–75 Water rune 2–9 Common 10–45 Earth rune 1–3 Common 5–15 Fire rune 2 Common 10 Mind rune 1–25 Common 4–100 Cosmic rune 2 Uncommon 390 Chaos rune 3–8 Uncommon 306–816 Nature rune 1–3 Uncommon 275–825 Law rune 2 Uncommon 428 Iron arrow 12–15 Uncommon 132–165 Steel arrow 1 Rare 34 Rune javelin 5 Very rare 660
Item Quantity Rarity GE market price Coins 1–65 Common Not sold Looting bag 1 Common  Not sold Yellow key 1 Common  Not sold Bucket 1 Uncommon 40 Grain 1 Uncommon 31 Bronze bar 1 Uncommon 123 Iron ore 1 Uncommon 96 Fire talisman 1 Rare 1,967 Chaos talisman 1 Rare 398 Nature talisman 1 Rare 476 Clue scroll (medium) 1 Rare  Not sold Champion scroll (skeleton) 1 Very rare (1/5,000) Not sold
- ↑ Only if killed in the Wilderness.
- ↑ 100% drop inside Melzar's Maze by the level 22 skeleton with a round shield.
- ↑ Dropped by level 45 and 77 skeletons and level 80 giant skeletons.
- ↑ Only dropped if access to Champions' Guild is available, and the Skeleton Champion hasn't been previously killed in the Champions' Challenge.
Rare drop table
In addition to the drops above, this monster also has access to the rare drop table.
Show/hide rare drop table Item Quantity Rarity GE market price Coins 3,000 Common Not sold Uncut sapphire 1 Common 1,558 Loop half of key 1 Common 7,332 Tooth half of key 1 Common 25,139 Uncut emerald 1 Uncommon 1,576 Uncut ruby 1 Uncommon 1,876 Nature talisman 1 Uncommon 476 Chaos talisman 1 Uncommon 398 Nature rune 67 Uncommon 18,425 Runite bar 1 Uncommon 13,746 Rune spear 1 Rare 12,424 Rune battleaxe 1 Rare 26,805 Rune 2h sword 1 Rare 41,222 Uncut diamond 1 Rare 3,211 Rune javelin 5 Rare 660 Silver ore 100 (noted) Rare 9,200 Adamant javelin 20 Rare 1,080 Rune sq shield 1 Rare 24,322 Steel arrow 150 Rare 5,100 Rune arrow 42 Rare 4,998 Law rune 45 Rare 9,630 Death rune 45 Rare 11,970 Dragonstone 1 Rare 22,486 Rune kiteshield 1 Rare 36,078 Dragon med helm 1 Rare 62,811 Shield left half 1 Very rare 72,713 Dragon spear 1 Very rare 42,260
Slaying skeletons Edit
Banking tips Edit
- Low-level skeletons:
- Medium/high-level skeletons:
- The level 45 skeletons in the Crandor and Karamja Dungeon, just outside of Elvarg's lair, seem taller than the other skeletons and appear to be the same size as giant skeletons.
- The skeletons in the Barrows did not drop the champion scroll for several years. This bug was eventually fixed.
- If you open a wardrobe, there is a chance it has a skeleton inside it.