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.

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

Listen to audio.
I infect your body with rot... (link)
The sound when a Skeleton Mage successfully weakens a player.




Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Ashes.png Ashes 1 Always 72

Weapons and armour

Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Pink skirt.png Pink skirt 1 Common 108
Battlestaff.png Battlestaff 1 Rare 8,161


Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Mind rune.png Mind rune 7–9 Common 21–27
Chaos rune.png Chaos rune 2–4 Uncommon 178–356
Law rune.png Law rune 2–3 Uncommon 332–498
Nature rune.png Nature rune 1–3 Rare 217–651


Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Grimy guam leaf.png Grimy guam leaf 1 Uncommon 15
Grimy marrentill.png Grimy marrentill 1 Uncommon 13
Grimy harralander.png Grimy harralander 1 Rare 674
Grimy tarromin.png Grimy tarromin 1 Rare 132
Grimy irit leaf.png Grimy irit leaf 1 Rare 775
Grimy avantoe.png Grimy avantoe 1 Very rare 1,814
Grimy kwuarm.png Grimy kwuarm 1 Very rare 1,165
Grimy cadantine.png Grimy cadantine 1 Very rare 1,312
Grimy lantadyme.png Grimy lantadyme 1 Very rare 1,391
Grimy ranarr weed.png Grimy ranarr weed 1 Very rare 7,640
Grimy dwarf weed.png Grimy dwarf weed 1 Very rare 448


Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Coins 250.png Coins 2–434 Common Not sold
Uncut opal.png Uncut opal 1 Common 137
Pot of flour.png Pot of flour 1 (noted) Common 211
Iron bar.png Iron bar 1–2 Uncommon 192–384
Big bones.png Big bones 3–4 Rare 786–1,048

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.png Coins 3,000 Common Not sold
Loop half of key.png Loop half of key 1 Common 10,307
Tooth half of key.png Tooth half of key 1 Common 10,840
Chaos talisman.png Chaos talisman 1 Common 505
Uncut sapphire.png Uncut sapphire 1 Common 455
Uncut emerald.png Uncut emerald 1 Uncommon 679
Uncut ruby.png Uncut ruby 1 Uncommon 1,249
Nature talisman.png Nature talisman 1 Uncommon 744
Steel arrow 5.png Steel arrow 150 Uncommon 4,800
Rune arrow 5.png Rune arrow 42 Uncommon 2,940
Rune javelin.png Rune javelin 5 Uncommon 875
Adamant javelin.png Adamant javelin 20 Uncommon 1,220
Runite bar.png Runite bar 1 Uncommon 12,368
Nature rune.png Nature rune 67 Uncommon 14,539
Law rune.png Law rune 45 Uncommon 7,470
Death rune.png Death rune 45 Uncommon 9,135
Rune battleaxe.png Rune battleaxe 1 Uncommon 24,487
Rune 2h sword.png Rune 2h sword 1 Uncommon 37,758
Rune sq shield.png Rune sq shield 1 Uncommon 22,459
Silver ore.png Silver ore 100 (noted) Uncommon 7,000
Dragonstone.png Dragonstone 1 Uncommon 11,932
Uncut diamond.png Uncut diamond 1 Rare 2,627
Dragon med helm.png Dragon med helm 1 Rare 58,488
Rune kiteshield.png Rune kiteshield 1 Rare 32,015
Rune spear.png Rune spear 1 Rare 11,933
Shield left half.png Shield left half 1 Rare 65,697
Dragon spear.png Dragon spear 1 Rare 37,226

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