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 28

Weapons and armour

Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Pink skirt Pink skirt 1 Common 62
Battlestaff Battlestaff 1 Rare 8,215


Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Mind rune Mind rune 7–9 Common 28–36
Chaos rune Chaos rune 2–4 Uncommon 160–320
Law rune Law rune 2–3 Uncommon 366–549
Nature rune Nature rune 1–3 Rare 210–630


Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Grimy guam leaf Grimy guam leaf 1 Uncommon 19
Grimy marrentill Grimy marrentill 1 Uncommon 23
Grimy harralander Grimy harralander 1 Rare 738
Grimy tarromin Grimy tarromin 1 Rare 156
Grimy irit leaf Grimy irit leaf 1 Rare 836
Grimy avantoe Grimy avantoe 1 Very rare 2,066
Grimy kwuarm Grimy kwuarm 1 Very rare 1,194
Grimy cadantine Grimy cadantine 1 Very rare 1,583
Grimy lantadyme Grimy lantadyme 1 Very rare 1,568
Grimy ranarr weed Grimy ranarr weed 1 Very rare 7,754
Grimy dwarf weed Grimy dwarf weed 1 Very rare 534


Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Coins 250 Coins 2–434 Common Not sold
Uncut opal Uncut opal 1 Common 184
Pot of flour Pot of flour 1 (noted) Common 181
Iron bar Iron bar 1–2 Uncommon 126–252
Big bones Big bones 3–4 Rare 633–844

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 10,520
Tooth half of key Tooth half of key 1 Common 10,236
Chaos talisman Chaos talisman 1 Common 412
Uncut sapphire Uncut sapphire 1 Common 530
Uncut emerald Uncut emerald 1 Uncommon 691
Uncut ruby Uncut ruby 1 Uncommon 1,381
Nature talisman Nature talisman 1 Uncommon 718
Steel arrow 5 Steel arrow 150 Uncommon 4,800
Rune arrow 5 Rune arrow 42 Uncommon 3,402
Rune javelin Rune javelin 5 Uncommon 835
Adamant javelin Adamant javelin 20 Uncommon 1,240
Runite bar Runite bar 1 Uncommon 12,443
Nature rune Nature rune 67 Uncommon 14,070
Law rune Law rune 45 Uncommon 8,235
Death rune Death rune 45 Uncommon 9,315
Rune battleaxe Rune battleaxe 1 Uncommon 24,571
Rune 2h sword Rune 2h sword 1 Uncommon 37,932
Rune sq shield Rune sq shield 1 Uncommon 22,597
Silver ore Silver ore 100 (noted) Uncommon 6,200
Dragonstone Dragonstone 1 Uncommon 11,847
Uncut diamond Uncut diamond 1 Rare 2,874
Dragon med helm Dragon med helm 1 Rare 59,113
Rune kiteshield Rune kiteshield 1 Rare 32,102
Rune spear Rune spear 1 Rare 11,948
Shield left half Shield left half 1 Rare 65,446
Dragon spear Dragon spear 1 Rare 37,413

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