The Skull sceptre is obtained by combining untradeable items dropped by monsters residing within the Stronghold of Security. Its defining feature is the ability to teleport to the entrance of the Stronghold, located in Barbarian Village, which consumes a charge.
The sceptre initially holds five charges, but it can be upgraded to contain more charges by completing different tiers of the Varrock Diary: 7, 9, 11, and 13 charges respectively after each tier. The maximum number of charges carries over to F2P, even if the player loses membership. Once all charges have been consumed, a non-imbued sceptre will self-destruct. Additionally, the skull sceptre is destroyed on death and cannot be recovered.
Each piece has a roughly 3% chance of being dropped by the following monsters:
- Use the left skull half on the right skull half to create the strange skull.
- Use the top of sceptre on the bottom of sceptre to create a runed sceptre.
- Use the strange skull on the runed sceptre to create the skull sceptre.
Note: Players can only make and keep one skull sceptre at a time. A new skull sceptre can only be made once the old one is either lost or destroyed; however, players can create more strange skulls and runed sceptres as well as keep multiples of the component parts.
Upon creation, the sceptre will gain the maximum number of charges unlocked by your level of completion of the Varrock Diary. Note that players are required to create a skull sceptre as part of the Varrock Hard Diary.
Players with the RuneScape Authenticator enabled on their account, can imbue the sceptre by taking it to Solztun near the Cradle of Life, who will turn it into a skull sceptre (i). Collecting a pair of fancy or fighting boots is a requirement for imbuing, however the boots do not need to be in your inventory during the process.
While imbued, it will not break upon depleting all its charges. Should players disable the Authenticator, the sceptre will revert to a regular skull sceptre.
The imbued skull sceptre can be recharged with sceptre pieces: each piece will grant three teleport charges, and the combined pieces (strange skull and runed sceptre) will grant six charges. The most efficient method is to kill the level 12 minotaurs found on the first sublevel of the Stronghold of Security, as they have the lowest hitpoints and therefore can be killed the fastest.
A different method is to kill the Flesh Crawlers found on the second sublevel, as they are always aggressive to the player, regardless of their combat level. Together with them only having 25 hitpoints, this makes for a low-intensity way of getting sceptre pieces.
- ↑ Jagex. Mod Ash's Twitter account. 3 December 2016. (Archived from the original on 7 October 2018.) Mod Ash: "[What are the drop rates for skull sceptres pieces dropped by the monsters in the Stronghold of Security?] About 3%."