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 33

Weapons and armour

Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Pink skirt Pink skirt 1 Common 86
Battlestaff Battlestaff 1 Rare 7,784


Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Mind rune Mind rune 7–9 Common 21–27
Chaos rune Chaos rune 2–4 Uncommon 140–280
Law rune Law rune 2–3 Uncommon 330–495
Nature rune Nature rune 1–3 Rare 225–675


Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Grimy guam leaf Grimy guam leaf 1 Uncommon 11
Grimy marrentill Grimy marrentill 1 Uncommon 17
Grimy harralander Grimy harralander 1 Rare 638
Grimy tarromin Grimy tarromin 1 Rare 163
Grimy irit leaf Grimy irit leaf 1 Rare 892
Grimy avantoe Grimy avantoe 1 Very rare 1,847
Grimy kwuarm Grimy kwuarm 1 Very rare 1,246
Grimy cadantine Grimy cadantine 1 Very rare 1,568
Grimy lantadyme Grimy lantadyme 1 Very rare 1,582
Grimy ranarr weed Grimy ranarr weed 1 Very rare 7,915
Grimy dwarf weed Grimy dwarf weed 1 Very rare 577


Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Coins 250 Coins 2–434 Common Not sold
Uncut opal Uncut opal 1 Common 196
Pot of flour Pot of flour 1 (noted) Common 153
Iron bar Iron bar 1–2 Uncommon 103–206
Big bones Big bones 3–4 Rare 597–796

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 9,474
Tooth half of key Tooth half of key 1 Common 9,839
Chaos talisman Chaos talisman 1 Common 711
Uncut sapphire Uncut sapphire 1 Common 504
Uncut emerald Uncut emerald 1 Uncommon 667
Uncut ruby Uncut ruby 1 Uncommon 1,343
Nature talisman Nature talisman 1 Uncommon 1,231
Steel arrow 5 Steel arrow 150 Uncommon 4,800
Rune arrow 5 Rune arrow 42 Uncommon 2,730
Rune javelin Rune javelin 5 Uncommon 860
Adamant javelin Adamant javelin 20 Uncommon 1,520
Runite bar Runite bar 1 Uncommon 12,352
Nature rune Nature rune 67 Uncommon 15,075
Law rune Law rune 45 Uncommon 7,425
Death rune Death rune 45 Uncommon 9,540
Rune battleaxe Rune battleaxe 1 Uncommon 24,495
Rune 2h sword Rune 2h sword 1 Uncommon 37,503
Rune sq shield Rune sq shield 1 Uncommon 22,429
Silver ore Silver ore 100 (noted) Uncommon 5,400
Dragonstone Dragonstone 1 Uncommon 11,484
Uncut diamond Uncut diamond 1 Rare 2,994
Dragon med helm Dragon med helm 1 Rare 59,045
Rune kiteshield Rune kiteshield 1 Rare 32,078
Rune spear Rune spear 1 Rare 11,945
Shield left half Shield left half 1 Rare 65,412
Dragon spear Dragon spear 1 Rare 37,818

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