Not to be confused with Skeleton (mage).

Lv 16 Lv 83

Skeleton Mages are monsters found in some of the more troubled areas of RuneScape. They both make use of Magic to attack. Thus, it is recommended to wear magic-resistant armour such as dragonhide armour. They play a role in the Swan Song quest, where the player creates an army of them to help defeat the sea trolls.

Level 16 mages usually attack with melee and will occasionally cast a spell, exclaiming "I infect your body with rot..." that resembles Weaken as a projectile and Curse when it lands successfully. If successful, it will lower the player's Attack, Strength and Defence stats by 4 levels.

Level 83 mages cast fire spells, and will sometimes use the Vulnerability spell on a player.

Malignius Mortifer will occasionally spawn a non-attackable skeleton mage, which follows him around for a while before disappearing. After completing the Swan Song quest, these skeleton mages can be spawned by the player using bone seeds. Players can give an airtight pot to Malignius Mortifer to receive more bone seeds. When they open the pot they receive, a skeleton mage appears, performs a random emote, and falls apart.

Bone seeds

A player opening a bone seeds in a pot, summoning a skeleton mage which then performs the bow emote.

Audio options icon
I infect your body with rot... (link)
The sound when a Skeleton Mage successfully weakens a player.




Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Ashes Ashes 1 Always 53

Weapons and armour

Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Pink skirt Pink skirt 1 Common 58
Battlestaff Battlestaff 1 Rare 7,872


Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Mind rune Mind rune 7–9 Common 28–36
Chaos rune Chaos rune 2–4 Uncommon 146–292
Law rune Law rune 2–3 Uncommon 310–465
Nature rune Nature rune 1–3 Rare 270–810


Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Grimy guam leaf Grimy guam leaf 1 Uncommon 7
Grimy marrentill Grimy marrentill 1 Uncommon 12
Grimy harralander Grimy harralander 1 Rare 513
Grimy tarromin Grimy tarromin 1 Rare 114
Grimy irit leaf Grimy irit leaf 1 Rare 795
Grimy avantoe Grimy avantoe 1 Very rare 1,626
Grimy kwuarm Grimy kwuarm 1 Very rare 1,250
Grimy cadantine Grimy cadantine 1 Very rare 1,410
Grimy lantadyme Grimy lantadyme 1 Very rare 1,379
Grimy ranarr weed Grimy ranarr weed 1 Very rare 10,384
Grimy dwarf weed Grimy dwarf weed 1 Very rare 501


Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Coins 250 Coins 2–434 Common Not sold
Uncut opal Uncut opal 1 Common 129
Pot of flour Pot of flour 1 (noted) Common 110
Iron bar Iron bar 1–2 Uncommon 92–184
Big bones Big bones 3–4 Rare 630–840

Rare drop table

In addition to the drops above, this monster also has access to the rare drop table.

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Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Coins 1000 Coins 3,000 Common Not sold
Loop half of key Loop half of key 1 Common 9,716
Tooth half of key Tooth half of key 1 Common 9,757
Chaos talisman Chaos talisman 1 Common 507
Uncut sapphire Uncut sapphire 1 Common 436
Uncut emerald Uncut emerald 1 Uncommon 686
Uncut ruby Uncut ruby 1 Uncommon 1,300
Nature talisman Nature talisman 1 Uncommon 717
Steel arrow 5 Steel arrow 150 Uncommon 4,950
Rune arrow 5 Rune arrow 42 Uncommon 2,520
Rune javelin Rune javelin 5 Uncommon 765
Adamant javelin Adamant javelin 20 Uncommon 1,380
Runite bar Runite bar 1 Uncommon 12,454
Nature rune Nature rune 67 Uncommon 18,090
Law rune Law rune 45 Uncommon 6,975
Death rune Death rune 45 Uncommon 9,855
Rune battleaxe Rune battleaxe 1 Uncommon 24,423
Rune 2h sword Rune 2h sword 1 Uncommon 37,871
Rune sq shield Rune sq shield 1 Uncommon 22,479
Silver ore Silver ore 100 (noted) Uncommon 5,200
Dragonstone Dragonstone 1 Uncommon 11,667
Uncut diamond Uncut diamond 1 Rare 2,706
Dragon med helm Dragon med helm 1 Rare 58,918
Rune kiteshield Rune kiteshield 1 Rare 32,026
Rune spear Rune spear 1 Rare 11,898
Shield left half Shield left half 1 Rare 65,321
Dragon spear Dragon spear 1 Rare 37,389

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