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Ancient shard detail

Ancient shards are obtained from monsters found within the Catacombs of Kourend (excluding ghosts). They are used on the altar in the centre of the catacombs for quick transportation to several areas (and are consumed on use):

Three can be used with a darklight to create an arclight, a degradeable variant of the darklight that provides stats superior to the abyssal tentacle when used against demons. Three shards provide 1,000 charges; up to a maximum of 10,000.

Dropping monsters

The drop rate of ancient shards (excluding Skotizo) is determined by the amount of hitpoints the monster has.

The exact formula is $ \frac{1}{\frac{2}{3}*(500-hitpoints)} $, with the cap on hitpoints to treat anything with more than 400 hitpoints as if it had 400.

Monster Combat level Quantity Rarity
Skotizo 321 1–5 1; Always
Night beast 374 1 3; Uncommon (1/66.66)
Insatiable mutated Bloodveld 274 1 3; Uncommon (1/66.66)
Greater abyssal demon 342 1 3; Uncommon (1/66.66)
Repugnant spectre 335 1 3; Uncommon (1/73.33)
Nechryarch 300 1 4; Rare (1/120)
Brutal black dragon 318 1 4; Rare (1/123.33)
Choke devil 264 1 4; Rare (1/133.33)
Brutal red dragon 289 1 4; Rare (1/143.33)
Steel dragon 274 1 4; Rare (1/166.66)
Brutal blue dragon 245 1 4; Rare (1/170)
Vitreous warped Jelly 241 1 4; Rare (1/186.66)
Dark beast 182 1 4; Rare (1/186.66)
Greater Nechryael 200 1 4; Rare (1/196.66)
King Sand Crab 107 1 4; Rare (1/200)
Iron dragon 215 1 4; Rare (1/203.33)
Deviant spectre 169 1 4; Rare (1/206.66)
Mutated Bloodveld 123 1 4; Rare (1/220)
Black demon 178; 184 1 4; Rare (1/226.66); (1/220)
Abyssal demon 124 1 4; Rare (1/233.33)
Fire giant 104; 109 1 4; Rare (1/246.66); (1/233.33)
Warped Jelly 112 1 4; Rare (1/240)
Dust devil 110 1 4; Rare (1/246.66)
Greater demon 100; 101; 113 1 4; Rare (1/256.66); (1/253.33); (1/246.66)
Bronze dragon 143 1 4; Rare (1/252)
Dagannoth 74; 92 1 4; Rare (1/286.66); (1/253.33)
Hellhound 122 1 4; Rare (1/256)
Shade 140 1 4; Rare (1/256.66)
Twisted banshee 89 1 4; Rare (1/266.66)
Cyclopes 56; 76 1 4; Rare (1/283.33); (1/266.66)
Lesser demon 87; 94 1 4; Rare (1/275.33); (1/266.66)
Ankou 95 1 4; Rare (1/293.33)
Moss giant 42 1 4; Rare (1/293.33)
Magic axe 42 1 4; Rare (1/303.33)
Possessed pickaxe 50 1 4; Rare (1/306.66)
Hill Giant 28 1 4; Rare (1/310)
Skeleton 22 1 4; Rare (1/314)

Trivia

  • Prior to the 16 June 2016 update, ancient shards were lost upon death.