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For the level 142 skeleton found on Ape Atoll, see Skeleton (Ape Atoll).

Skeleton
Skeleton
Release date 4 January 2001 (Update)
Members? No
Combat level 13, 21, 22, 25, 42, 45, 60, 68, 77, 85
Always drops
  • Bones (level 21, 22, 25, 45, 60, 68, 77, 85)
  • Nothing (level 13)
Examine
Could do with gaining a few pounds.

"It looks just a bit... underfed."

Combat info
Hitpoints
  • 18 (level 13)
  • 24 (level 21)
  • 29 (level 22)
  • 17 (level 25)
  • 59 (level 45)
  • 70 (level 60, 68)
  • 50 (level 77)
  • 77 (level 85)
Aggressive Yes (level 13, 22, 25, 45, 60, 68, 77, 85), not level 21
Poisonous No
Max hit
  • 2 (level 13)
  • 3 (level 21)
  • 3 (level 22)
  • 4 (level 25)
  • 5 (level 45)
  • 6 (level 60)
  • 7 (level 68)
  • 10 (level 85)
Weakness Salve amulet, Crumble Undead, Crush
Attack Styles
Melee
Slayer-icon Slayer info
Slayer level 1
Slayer XP
  • 18 (level 13)
  • 24 (level 21)
  • 29 (level 22)
  • 17 (level 25)
  • 59 (level 45)
  • 70 (level 60)
  • 70 (level 68)
  • 51 (level 77)
  • 77 (level 85)
Category Unknown (edit)
Assigned by
Turael chatheadMazchna chatheadVannaka chathead
Combat-icon Combat stats
Attack-icon Strength-icon Defence-icon Ranged-icon Magic-icon
15 18 17 1 1
Attack-icon Aggressive stats
White dagger White scimitar White warhammer Magic-icon Ranged-icon
+0 +0 +0 +0 +0
Defence-icon Defensive stats
White dagger White scimitar White warhammer Magic-icon Ranged-icon
+5 +5 -5 +0 +5
Other bonuses Immunities
Strength-icon RangedStrength-icon Attack-icon Poison hitsplat Venom hitsplat
+0  ? +0 no no
Attack speed
Monster attack speed 4

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.)

Level 22 Skeleton guards are guards players can purchase for the dungeon in their player-owned house.

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.

Note: Just like most monsters in the Wilderness, all skeletons throughout the Wilderness are aggressive to all players, regardless of a player's Combat level.

Locations Edit

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:

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.

Level Location
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
77 Barrows

Champion's Challenge Edit

Skeleton is one of the 10 creature races in the Champion's Challenge minigame, meaning skeletons have a chance to drop a Champion scroll.

Drops Edit

All Skeletons Edit

Level 21, 22, 25, 42, 45, 60, 68, and 77 Edit

Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Bones Bones 1 Always 73
Champion scroll (skeleton) Champion scroll (skeleton) 1 Very rare (1/5,000)[1] Not sold

Level 13 Edit

The level 13 skeleton drops nothing except for bones.

Level 21, 22

Herbs Edit

Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Grimy guam leaf Grimy guam leaf 1 Uncommon 9
Grimy marrentill Grimy marrentill 1 Uncommon 13
Grimy tarromin Grimy tarromin 1 Uncommon 91
Grimy harralander Grimy harralander 1 Uncommon 638
Grimy ranarr weed Grimy ranarr weed 1 Uncommon 6,703
Grimy irit leaf Grimy irit leaf 1 Uncommon 1,552
Grimy avantoe Grimy avantoe 1 Rare 3,446
Grimy kwuarm Grimy kwuarm 1 Rare 3,516
Grimy cadantine Grimy cadantine 1 Rare 3,276
Grimy lantadyme Grimy lantadyme 1 Rare 2,130
Grimy dwarf weed Grimy dwarf weed 1 Rare 2,165

Runes/Ammunition Edit

Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Bronze arrow 5 Bronze arrow 2; 5 Common 12–30
Earth rune Earth rune 3 Uncommon 15
Air rune Air rune 12 Uncommon 60
Chaos rune Chaos rune 3 Uncommon 300
Steel arrow 5 Steel arrow 1 Rare 34

Weapons/Armour Edit

Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Iron dagger Iron dagger 1 Uncommon 8

Other Edit

Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Coins 25 Coins 2; 4; 12; 16; 25; 33 Common Not sold
Grain Grain 1 Uncommon 29
Fire talisman Fire talisman 1 Uncommon 2,169
Looting bag Looting bag 1 Uncommon (1/30) Not sold

25, 45Edit

Herbs Edit

Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Grimy guam leaf Grimy guam leaf 1 Common 9
Grimy marrentill Grimy marrentill 1 Common 13
Grimy tarromin Grimy tarromin 1 Common 91
Grimy harralander Grimy harralander 1 Common 638
Grimy ranarr weed Grimy ranarr weed 1 Uncommon 6,703
Grimy irit leaf Grimy irit leaf 1 Uncommon 1,552
Grimy avantoe Grimy avantoe 1 Uncommon 3,446
Grimy kwuarm Grimy kwuarm 1 Uncommon 3,516
Grimy cadantine Grimy cadantine 1 Rare 3,276
Grimy lantadyme Grimy lantadyme 1 Rare 2,130
Grimy dwarf weed Grimy dwarf weed 1 Rare 2,165

Runes/Ammunition Edit

Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Air rune Air rune 15 Uncommon 75
Chaos rune Chaos rune 5 Uncommon 500
Cosmic rune Cosmic rune 2 Rare 276
Iron arrow 5 Iron arrow 12 Rare 120

Weapons/Armour Edit

Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Iron med helm Iron med helm 1 Uncommon 23
Iron axe Iron axe 1 Uncommon 11

Other Edit

Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Coins 25 Coins 5; 10; 25; 45; 65 Common Not sold
Bronze bar Bronze bar 1 Uncommon 158
Looting bag Looting bag 1 Uncommon (1/30) Not sold
  1. 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 1000 Coins 3,000 Common Not sold
Uncut sapphire Uncut sapphire 1 Common 1,719
Loop half of key Loop half of key 1 Common 8,181
Tooth half of key Tooth half of key 1 Common 21,496
Uncut emerald Uncut emerald 1 Uncommon 1,372
Uncut ruby Uncut ruby 1 Uncommon 2,090
Nature talisman Nature talisman 1 Uncommon 415
Chaos talisman Chaos talisman 1 Uncommon 254
Nature rune Nature rune 67 Uncommon 17,018
Runite bar Runite bar 1 Uncommon 13,495
Rune spear Rune spear 1 Rare 12,531
Rune battleaxe Rune battleaxe 1 Rare 26,862
Rune 2h sword Rune 2h sword 1 Rare 40,648
Uncut diamond Uncut diamond 1 Rare 4,702
Rune javelin Rune javelin 5 Rare 545
Silver ore Silver ore 100 (noted) Rare 18,100
Adamant javelin Adamant javelin 20 Rare 1,080
Rune sq shield Rune sq shield 1 Rare 25,039
Steel arrow 5 Steel arrow 150 Rare 5,100
Rune arrow 5 Rune arrow 42 Rare 5,124
Law rune Law rune 45 Rare 8,955
Death rune Death rune 45 Rare 11,835
Dragonstone Dragonstone 1 Rare 19,762
Rune kiteshield Rune kiteshield 1 Rare 35,848
Dragon med helm Dragon med helm 1 Rare 63,991
Shield left half Shield left half 1 Very rare 72,581
Dragon spear Dragon spear 1 Very rare 41,062


Slaying skeletons Edit

Main article: Slayer assignment

When skeletons are given as a Slayer task, besides skeletons and giant skeletons, most creatures with 'skeleton' or 'skeletal' in their names can be slain for the assignment. These include:

Note: Skeleton guards in the dungeons of player-owned houses, however, cannot be included in a skeleton Slayer task, and slaying them will not count either.

Banking tips Edit

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

Trivia Edit

  • 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.

See also Edit

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