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Remains are items dropped by creatures upon their death. The type of remains dropped by a creature depends upon their attributes.

Bones[edit | edit source]

A player burying bones.

Most living and undead creatures drop bones of different kinds, such as regular bones, big bones, and dragon bones. Creatures that drop bones include mammals (such as humans), birds (such as chickens), reptiles (such as snakes), and amphibians (such as frogs).

Most humanoid giants drop big bones, even if they might be considered in other categories of creatures. For example, many fire-based creatures drop ashes, but fire giants drop big bones.

Creatures derived from those dropping bones commonly drop bones as well. These include zombies, undead chickens, undead cows and Crawling Hands. Other creatures in this category have altered remains or no remains at all. For example, many ghostly creatures, including ghosts, do not have any remains and shades in the Shade Catacombs have remains named specifically after them.

Semi-humanoid Scabarites drop bones, even though their insect-like appearance suggests an exoskeleton rather than an internal skeleton. Giant rock crabs drop bones, even though other exoskeleton-based creatures do not, including regular Rock crabs.

Ankous, as a cross between ghosts and skeletons, drop bones, unlike most ghostly creatures which have no remains.

Various creatures drop bones that are characteristic of that creature:

For a full list of bone types and experience rates, see the calculator.

Demonic ashes[edit | edit source]

A player scattering ashes.

Monsters who drop demonic ashes are known as demonic creatures. These include creatures such as lesser demons, bloodveld, and hellhounds.

Many non-demonic, fire-based creatures drop normal ashes, such as fire elementals. (fire giants, however, drop big bones.) At least some energy-based creatures also drop ashes, such as Killerwatts.

Creatures that inhabit the Abyss and Abyssal Area drop ashes: Abyssal leeches, Abyssal guardians, Abyssal walkers, and Abyssal demons.

Zygomites, a mutated fungus found in Zanaris, drop ashes.

Creatures without remains[edit | edit source]

Most creatures with exoskeletons do not have remains. This includes spiders (such as Deadly red spiders), insects (such as Cave bugs), Flesh Crawlers, all Kalphites, and so on. (Technically, it includes most or all arthropods, such as insects, arachnids, etc.) Some exceptions are:

Most (if not, all) fleshy, slug-like creatures do not have remains, like Cave crawlers and Rockslugs.

Water- or ice-based creatures typically do not drop remains. This includes Ice warriors and Icefiends. (Ice giants, however, drop big bones.)

Vampyre Juveniles and Vampyre Juvinates in effect do not have remains. They can die when a Guthix balance potion is used on them at the right time, leaving no remains. (The potion can also cure the vampyre, returning it to human form, or anger it, making it a stronger vampyre that still has no remains). If a potion is not used on a vampyre, when it takes sufficient damage it will turn into a cloud of mist and escape.

Most ghostly creatures do not have remains, such as Ghosts, Banshees, Aberrant spectres, Shadow warriors, etc. Mort'ton shades, however, do have remains (see Creatures with other remains below), and ankous drop bones (as noted above).

TzHaar creatures drop Tokkul.

Other creatures without remains:

  • Jellies, gelatinous Slayer creatures.
  • Gargoyles. These are slayer monsters killed with a Rock hammer and apparently disintegrate totally when slain.
  • Wall beasts. Their appearance suggests they should drop bones. Since the bulk of their bodies are hidden behind walls, it may be that their remains would not be accessible to players.

Creatures with other remains[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • An Oyster is an item you obtain from fishing, not a creature you can fight. You can, however, end up with an Empty oyster from it, which could be considered to be a form of remains.
  • During the Rum Deal quest only, a Fever spider will drop a Fever spider body, an ingredient used in making Captain Braindeath's 'rum'. Also during this quest, the player will fight an Evil Spirit, which drops ashes despite seeming to be a ghostly creature.
  • As mentioned above, Giant rock crabs drop bones, even though other exoskeleton-based creatures do not, including regular Rock crabs. This might be a mistake by Jagex, or there may be some unknown, physical or magical reason for them having bones.
  • Some creatures occasionally drop multiple bones, like bloodvelds which occasionally can drop several bones and big bones, in addition to the Vile ashes they always drop. In these cases, it can be regarded that the creature was 'carrying' the extra bones, just like the other, non-bone items it may drop when killed.
  • Fayrgs and Raurgs presumably dropped Fayrg bones and Raurg bones, as these bones can be found in Ogre coffins at Jiggig. Neither creature has been seen in recent ages and are generally believed to be extinct followers of Bandos.