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Skeletal Wyverns are Slayer monsters that require a Slayer level of 72 in order to be harmed. They are found at the end of the Asgarnian Ice Dungeon. Like other Wyverns, they require an elemental shield, mind shield, dragonfire shield, dragonfire ward, or ancient wyvern shield to reduce damage from their icy breath however it is not required to be slain. They are also the only monster that drops granite legs.

Although it is insinuated in Tarn's journal that Skeletal Wyverns are undead, they are in fact re-animated remains, whereas actual undead creatures have come back to life. This causes the Salve amulet and its enchanted versions to not work against them.

Skeletal Wyverns are assigned by Chaeldar, and after the Slayer master task rebalance update on 10 September 2015, also by Nieve and Duradel.

Unlike other Wyverns, Skeletal Wyverns do not drop the wyvern visage; instead they drop the draconic visage.

Combat

Skeletal Wyverns have high Defence, Attack, and Hitpoints, thus making them very challenging opponents. They attack with Melee, Ranged, or their unique ice-breath attack. This attack can freeze players similar to the Ancient Magicks' ice spells, with the addition of preventing the player from retaliating back for the duration of the freeze. However, players may still eat and drink potions while frozen. Players should wield a(n) ancient, mind, elemental or dragonfire shield/ward, which negates stat loss as well as lowering the max hit of ice breath attacks to 10.

As such, if the player does not have or cannot afford a dragonfire shield, Elemental Workshop I is essentially a hidden requirement for killing Wyverns.

If a player is not wearing one of the shields, they will be hit for very high damage. Contrary to popular belief, armour does not affect the accuracy of the ice-breath attack; the ice-breath will hit through all types of armour.

Protect from Missiles is the suggested prayer to use on this fight due to the amount of range damage Skeletal Wyverns do, followed by Protect from Melee, although it is not needed if you safe spot them. Due to their moderate Defence and defence bonuses, Melee is recommended to kill Wyverns, unless your Defence level is low. If killing Wyverns with Melee, an abyssal whip is recommended due to its high slash bonuses. Wyverns are slightly weak to Magic; for those using it, Fire Surge is recommended.

Wyvern door safe spot

The most popular way of safe-spotting Wyverns is done by trapping the eastern or western one on the side of the cave entrance after losing aggression, as shown.

Skeletal Wyvern task-only area safe spot

Safe spot for task-only area

You can safespot Wyverns in multiple ways. A common method for doing this is getting them stuck behind the main entrance. Players should always wait for the Wyverns to get unaggressive before attempting this; otherwise, they'll get hit by other Wyverns when trying to safespot another. A good method to make them unaggressive is wait in front of the main entrance for ten to twenty minutes. This will make the Wyverns unaggressive near the entrance. Players can only walk around two steps inside the cave, if they go deeper, the Wyverns will get aggressive again. Alternatively, for safe-spotting, players can bring a few prayer potions and attack the Wyvern from seven steps away with Protect from Range on.

Locations

Drops

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Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Wyvern bones Wyvern bones 1 Always 3,011

Weapons/Armour

Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Earth battlestaff Earth battlestaff 1 Common 9,003
Rune axe Rune axe 1 Uncommon 7,329
Rune battleaxe Rune battleaxe 1 Uncommon 24,592
Rune warhammer Rune warhammer 1 Uncommon 24,717
Rune kiteshield Rune kiteshield 1 Uncommon 32,223
Rune full helm Rune full helm 1 Uncommon 20,720
Dragon plateskirt Dragon plateskirt 1 Rare (1/512)[1] 161,531
Dragon platelegs Dragon platelegs 1 Rare (1/512)[1] 161,412
Granite legs Granite legs 1 Rare (1/512) 40,205
  1. 1.0 1.1 The drop rate is 1/512 for a specific legging, or 1/256 for any leggings.

Runes/Talismans

Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Air rune Air rune 225 Common 1,125
Water rune Water rune 150 Common 750
Pure essence Pure essence 250 (noted) Uncommon 1,000
Chaos rune Chaos rune 20; 80 Uncommon 2,020–8,080
Law rune Law rune 45 Uncommon 12,465
Death rune Death rune 40 Uncommon 11,560
Blood rune Blood rune 25 Uncommon 8,125
Soul rune Soul rune 20 Rare 2,900

Ammunition

Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Adamant bolts 5 Adamant bolts 7–99 Uncommon 1,512–21,384
Runite bolts 5 Runite bolts 5–44 Uncommon 2,475–21,780
Rune arrow 5 Rune arrow 36 Uncommon 3,132

Seeds

Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Herb seed 3 Ranarr seed 3 Uncommon 125,352
Herb seed 1 Snapdragon seed 1 Uncommon 51,995

Herbs

Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Grimy guam leaf Grimy guam leaf 1–3 Common 16–48
Grimy marrentill Grimy marrentill 1–3 Common 19–57
Grimy tarromin Grimy tarromin 1–3 Common 173–519
Grimy harralander Grimy harralander 1–3 Common 845–2,535
Grimy ranarr weed Grimy ranarr weed 1–3 Uncommon 7,970–23,910
Grimy irit leaf Grimy irit leaf 1–3 Uncommon 891–2,673
Grimy avantoe Grimy avantoe 1–3 Uncommon 2,140–6,420
Grimy kwuarm Grimy kwuarm 1–3 Uncommon 1,575–4,725
Grimy cadantine Grimy cadantine 1–3 Uncommon 1,479–4,437
Grimy lantadyme Grimy lantadyme 1–3 Uncommon 1,378–4,134
Grimy dwarf weed Grimy dwarf weed 1–3 Uncommon 977–2,931  

Materials

Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Magic logs Magic logs 35 (noted) Uncommon 38,290
Adamantite bar Adamantite bar 10 (noted) Uncommon 21,040
Unpowered orb Unpowered orb 75 (noted) Uncommon 6,075
Iron ore Iron ore 200 (noted) Uncommon 32,400
Uncut ruby Uncut ruby 10 (noted) Uncommon 18,120
Uncut diamond Uncut diamond 5 (noted) Uncommon 18,685
Battlestaff Battlestaff 10 (noted) Uncommon 82,390

Other

Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Coins 250 Coins 300 Common Not sold
Prayer potion(4) Prayer potion(4) 2 Uncommon 21,118
Lobster Lobster 6 Uncommon 1,134
Runite crossbow (u) Runite crossbow (u) 1 Uncommon 9,435
Clue scroll (elite) Clue scroll (elite) 1 Rare (1/350) Not sold
Draconic visage Draconic visage 1 Very rare (1/10,000) 8,245,278

Rare drop table

In addition to the drops above, this monster has access to the standard rare drop table.
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Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Coins 1000 Coins 3,000 Rare Not sold
Loop half of key Loop half of key 1 Rare 9,287
Tooth half of key Tooth half of key 1 Rare 14,705
Uncut sapphire Uncut sapphire 1 Rare 980
Runite bar Runite bar 1 Rare 12,370
Rare drop table talisman Unknown talisman
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1 Very rare Error
Nature rune Nature rune 67 Very rare 17,554
Rune 2h sword Rune 2h sword 1 Very rare 37,947
Rune battleaxe Rune battleaxe 1 Very rare 24,592
Uncut emerald Uncut emerald 1 Very rare 976
Law rune Law rune 45 Very rare 12,465
Death rune Death rune 45 Very rare 13,005
Steel arrow 5 Steel arrow 150 Very rare 5,100
Rune arrow 5 Rune arrow 42 Very rare 3,654
Adamant javelin Adamant javelin 20 Very rare 1,240
Rune sq shield Rune sq shield 1 Very rare 22,619
Dragonstone Dragonstone 1 Very rare 12,225
Silver ore Silver ore 100 (noted) Very rare 8,000
Uncut ruby Uncut ruby 1 Very rare 1,812
Rune kiteshield Rune kiteshield 1 Very rare 32,223
Dragon med helm Dragon med helm 1 Very rare 59,432
Rune spear Rune spear 1 Very rare 12,029
Shield left half Shield left half 1 Very rare 65,358
Dragon spear Dragon spear 1 Very rare 37,413
Uncut diamond Uncut diamond 1 Very rare 3,737
Rune javelin Rune javelin 5 Very rare 745

Trivia

  • The sound effects of their Ranged and breath attacks are similar to Ice Burst.
  • Prior to the Bounty Hunter update on 18 September 2014, the drops of the Skeletal Wyvern were much poorer — their only unique items being Granite legs and the Draconic visage. Most of their drops were replaced with more valuable drops, such as 10 battlestaves, 35 magic logs, and rune item drops.
  • As of an update on 21 January 2016, there is now an extended area exclusively for players who have a task of Skeletal Wyverns which can be accessed by climbing up the stairs near the passageway to the Wyverns, which was added due to player complaints on overcrowding due to the popularity of the Wyverns as a method of making money.