Ancient Effigies

By: Twist of Fate
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Ancient Effigies are a Distraction and Diversion event that rewards you with knowledge or experience, depending on your level. Ancient Effigies are dropped by certain monsters and require a certain level in one of two skills to be nourished. Once you have completed an Effigy, you will be rewarded with a Dragonkin Lamp, which will award experience depending on the level of the skill you choose.

Essential Info

Start Point

Receive an Effigy dropped by one of numerous monsters found throughout RuneScape.


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  • Quests: None.
  • Items: None.
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  • Quests: None.
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The Basics

The Effigy can be nourished by using one of two skills that it requires. The two skills that you will come across are a skill that can be assisted, and one that cannot be. If you do not have the required level for that Effigy's stage, you may find a player that does and they may help you by using the Assist System. You will not get the experience from the Effigy if you've used a player for assist, but your Effigy will get the knowledge needed to advance in it's stage.

There are no set requirements to receive an Effigy as a drop and you may have more than one at a time. An Effigy is considered a rare drop, and the higher leveled monsters seem to drop them more frequently than the lower leveled monsters. Since it is not tradeable, nor does it have a price, using a Ring of Wealth will not increase the chances of getting an Effigy drop. Effigies can be banked, but they are not stackable.

Skill Requirements

The requirements for the four stages of the Effigy require levels 91, 93, 95, and 97 in the various skills provided. Just as it was stated above, the Assist System can be used so that anybody can complete an Effigy. Players who do not have the level, or players who are assisting can use boosts to give them the level needed. If you do not have the required level and do not want to take the time to search for someone to assist you, Historian Minas in the Varrock Museum will take the Effigy and give you an experience lamp granting 5,000 experience to any skill above 50.

Here are the different types of Effigies that you can receive. The first skill mentioned can be assisted and the second skill cannot be.

Assisted SkillNon-Assisted Skill
Crafting Agility
Construction Thieving
Cooking Firemaking
Farming Fishing
Fletching Woodcutting
Herblore Hunter
Smithing Mining
Runecrafting Summoning


When you get an Effigy drop, it will be in the "Starved" stage since it has not received any knowledge yet. There are four stages in an Effigy.

EffigyStarved Effigy: You will need to have level 91 in one of the skills provided to investigate. After being investigated, it becomes nourished and rewards 15,000 experience to the skill of your choice.

EffigyNourished Effigy: You will need to have level 93 in one of the skills provided to investigate. After being investigated, it becomes sated and rewards 20,000 experience to the skill of your choice.

EffigySated Effigy: You will need to have level 95 in one of the skills provided to investigate. After being investigated, it becomes Gorged and rewards 25,000 experience in the you chose.

EffigyGorged Effigy: You will need to have level 97 in one of the skills provided to investigate. After being investigated, it rewards 30,000 experience to the skill of your choice, and crumbles to dust leaving behind a Dragonkin Lamp.

Dragonkin Lamp

Dragonkin LampA player who has completed an entire Effigy is given 90,000 experience. The formula for how much experience the Dragonkin Lamp gives is as follows ("X" is your current skill level):

Dragonkin Lamp experience formula

Here is a calculator to figure out how much experience you will earn from the Dragonkin Lamp:

Dragonkin Lamp XP Calculator
0 XP Gained


It is recommended to do Kuradal's Slayer tasks to get Ancient Effigies, as all assignments except Spiritual mages drop them. The following is a list of monsters that can drop Effigies. Remember that the higher level the monster is, the higher the chance that you will get an Effigy.

  • Aberrant Spectre
  • Abyssal Demon
  • Abyssal Guardian
  • Abyssal Walker
  • Ankou
  • Aquanite
  • Armoured Zombie
  • Baby Black Dragon
  • Baby Blue Dragon
  • Banshee
  • Basilisk
  • Black Demon
  • Black Dragon
  • Black Knight
  • Bloodveld
  • Bloodworm
  • Blue Dragon
  • Brine Rat
  • Bronze Dragon
  • Brutal Green Dragon
  • Catablepon
  • Cave Crawler
  • Cave Horror
  • Chaos Dwogre
  • Chaos Dwarf Hand Cannoneer
  • Cockroach Soldier
  • Commander Zilyana
  • Corporeal Beast
  • Dagannoth 
  • Dark Beast
  • Deadly Red Spider
  • Desert Strykewyrm
  • Dust devil
  • Earth Warrior
  • Elf Warrior
  • Fire Giant
  • Flesh Crawler
  • Frost Dragon
  • Gargoyle
  • General Graardor
  • Ghoul
  • Giant Mole
  • Giant Rock Crab
  • Gnoeals
  • Goblin
  • Greater demon
  • Green Dragon
  • Harpie bug swarm
  • Hill Giant
  • Hellhound
  • Hobgoblin
  • Ice Giant
  • Ice Strykewyrm
  • Ice Warrior
  • Infernal Mage
  • Iron Dragon
  • Jelly
  • Jungle Horror
  • Jungle Strykewyrm
  • Kalphite Guardian
  • Kalphite Soldier
  • Kalphite Queen
  • Kalphite Worker
  • Killerwatt
  • King Black Dragon
  • Kree'arra
  • K'ril Tsutsaroth
  • Kurask
  • Living Rock Patriarch
  • Living Rock Protector
  • Living Rock Striker
  • Mithril Dragon
  • Moss giant
  • Mummy
  • Mutated Bloodveld
  • Nechryael
  • Ogre
  • Pyrefiend
  • Red Dragon
  • Rock Crab
  • Shadow Warrior
  • Skeletal Wyvern
  • Skeleton
  • Steel Dragon
  • Suqah
  • Terror Dog
  • Tormented Demon
  • Tormented Wraith
  • Turoth
  • TzHaar-Ket
  • TzHaar-Xil
  • Vampyre
  • Warped Tortoise
  • Waterfiend
  • Werewolf
  • Yeti
  • Zamorak Warrior
  • Zombie

In-Game Help

If you need effigy assistance but do not want to go searching around RuneScape, there are Friend Chats that you can enter to ask for assistance:

  • Assist clan
  • Effigies CC
  • FFDN - FFDN is used for Runecrafting only

Also, world 117 Daemonheim is a popular place for effigy assistance.

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Published on: September 08, 2011 12:13 AM UTC by Salmoneus
Updated on: September 23, 2011 05:31 AM UTC by Salmoneus