Oldschool RuneScape

Ankou Slayer Guide

Slayer Icon OSRS Ankou Slayer Guide

Ankou in OSRS have no required Slayer level, and may be assigned by Vannaka, Nieve, Krystilia or Duradel. In addition to being a decent xp/hr monster for slayer, they may also be used as a relatively AFK and easy training method. F2P accounts may find the safespots to be a good way to train Ranged or Magic.

Higher level players shouldn’t have an issue with completing tasks quickly. Ankou have a relatively low amount of HP, and will not hit incredibly high against an 80+ defence level using barrows gear or better.

The general strategy to be applied here is to bring your best combat gear along with basic food and potions. If you choose to use the wilderness location, remember not to bring any items that you’re not willing to lose! If you’re looking for a more relaxing task and don’t care about xp/hr, Guthans is a good alternative to regular melee gear.


World Map Location

Ankou are located in a variety of different areas, each of their own benefits. The easiest location to access is the final floor of the Stronghold of Security. Enter the hole in the middle of Barbarian Village and make your way to the end, or use the portals if you’ve already completed the mini-quest. You can use the various skeletons around the rooms they’re located in as safespots.

More Ankou may be found within the far east portion of Nieve’s Slayer Cave. These Ankou, and the previously mentioned location are levels 75, 82, and 86. Safespots can be achieved by making use of the walls of the dungeon, however it’s much harder to pull off here. If safespotting, stick to the  first location.

You can find level 95 Ankou inside of the Catacombs of Kourend in the south-west area of the dungeon. Use the walls and narrow areas of the room to safespot from this location.

Finally, Ankou are also found in the Wilderness. Level 86 Ankou are scattered around the Forgotten Cemetery, while level 98 may be found in the Rev Caves. Cannoning inside the Rev Caves will yield the most xp/hr, however it is the most dangerous.

Slayer Helmet Gear Guide

Meleeing your task is generally the best way to go about Ankou tasks unless you choose to safespot. In that case, use your preferred style of Ranged/Magic with your best gear for either skill.

The Salve Amulet, or (e) variant can be used to boost your damage by 15% or 20% respectively. This does not stack with a Black Mask or Slayer Helmet, but it is a cheap alternative to these items if doing your task in the Wilderness, or if you simply don’t have a Slayer Helmet yet.

Cannon Barrel The cannon may be used in any location, however the low value of loot means you will likely complete your task at a loss. Note that dying in the wilderness will not result in you losing your cannon, but you will be risking the amount of cannonballs you bring along. Talk to Nulodion outside of Falador to reclaim your cannon if you do not make it back before it decays.

Training on Ankou rather than a slayer task can be worthwhile. Using Guthans to keep your health filled will allow you to camp there for a long period of time, and you’ll get plenty of Blood and Death rune drops to cover repair costs.

Slayer Helmet    Fire Cape    Amulet of Fury    Unholy Blessing    Abyssal Whip    Torag's Platebody    Dragon Defender    Torag's Platelegs    Barrows Gloves    Dragon Boots    Berserker Ring


No Black Mask/Slayer Helmet – Casual Training

Guthan's Helm    Fire Cape    Salve Amulet (e)    Unholy Blessing    Abyssal Whip    Guthan's Platebody    Dragon Dagger    Guthan's Chainskirt    Barrows Gloves    Dragon Boots    Berserker Ring   Guthan's warspear



Archer Helm    Ava's Accumulator    Salve Amulet (e)    Toxic Blowpipe    Black D'hide Body    Black D'hide Chaps    Black Spiky Vambs    Snakeskin Boots

Coins Drop Table

Below is the full drop table of Ankou. Every level variant of the monster has the same basic table, although there are some special drops depending on the location in which you kill them. Wilderness kills with give you a chance at Mysterious Emblems and the Slayer’s Enchantment, while Catacombs kills net you a roll on that area’s unique drops. Ankou very commonly drop a large amount of Blood and Death runes, no matter which location you choose to kill them at.