Assembling a Skeleton (Guide)

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Last updated on: 11:03, 8 June 2021 (UTC)

A guide on how to Assemble a Skeleton in The Bone Market, both as an introduction to skeleton-building and a reference for those already familiar.

The cheat sheets can also be found separately and uncollapsed at the following pages:

Why Should I Make a Skeleton?[edit]

Bone3.png

There are two main reasons to construct a skeleton: To obtain the specific items available in the Bone Market, or to assemble home comforts. There are a variety of buyers, who each pay out in different items. A table of these buyers is also included in this guide.

Assembling skeletons is usually not more profitable than the best echo grinds, except for the exponential rewards from some buyers. Because these rewards can be so profitable, you are limited in how often you can sell valuable skeletons to these buyers by way of Bone Market Exhaustion, which is reduced each week by Time, the Healer. For other skeletons, the payout you can get from a bone is usually on par with the material resources required to obtain it, with some extra action overhead. Skeletons can be thought of as a way to convert existing resources into specific items. Skeletons can be the most efficient way to obtain specific resources, especially those which are associated with the Railroad content or required for making other skeletons.

Mechanics[edit]

Before you Start[edit]

First you will need to unlock access to The Bone Market. This is done with an early research assignment in the University Laboratory, where the Dean asks you to investigate a bone. After you do that, you will be able to enter the Market from the Dept. of Menace Eradication.

You have to Invest in a Stall of your Own before you can assemble a skeleton. This is a one-time expense. More expensive stalls allow you to use larger ribcages, and lower the amount of Sidebarrespectable.png Respectable needed for Present Yourself as a Respectable Citizen which allows you to lower your Sidebarsuspicion.png Suspicion. These are the three tiers available, and their cost:

You can always upgrade to a larger stall, but you do not get any discount for already having a stall. Therefore you save resources by buying the most expensive stall first, if you can afford it.

Assembly[edit]

The first step is to pick a Skeleton.png Torso to use as a basis for your Skeleton. This determines how many bones your skeleton has room for, as well as which "types" you can declare at the end. Second, you add Bone15.png Skulls. Third, after you fill all of the neck slots, you add the rest of the bones: limbs, tails, and other modifications. Finally, you complete your Skeleton by declaring what "type" it is. You may then sell your completed skeleton.

You can leave your stall freely and resume your Skeleton later without losing progress. This is useful for obtaining bones you might be missing. You can only work on one Skeleton at a time, and there is a penalty for stopping and starting over.

For a more complicated skeletons (ie. more limbs than four) you should always make sure you have enough Boneshard.png Bone Fragments and Amber red.png Nodule of Warm Amber before you begin a Skeleton, because the best source of those items are selling other Skeletons.

The "type" of your Skeleton depends on whether you chose limbs according to some coherent, taxonomically plausible concept of anatomy or not. The "types" match anatomies to bone categories. For example, if your Skeleton has one Skull and four Arms, then you can call it an Ape, but if it has two Legs and two Wings then you can call it a Bird. The penalty for not following a body plan is that your Skeleton is a Chimera, increasing its Skeleton.png Self-Evident Implausibility. A few uses for Skeletons require specific "types," but most buyers are not particular.

Skeleton Attributes[edit]

Every bone you add to a skeleton increases the Coin.png Approximate Value of Your Skeleton in Pennies. Most bones also affect one or two other Qualities related to Skeletons, listed below:

These qualities have three uses when selling Skeletons in the Bone Market:

  • Every buyer pays out a Primary Reward, in an amount proportional to the Coin.png Approximate Value of Your Skeleton in Pennies
  • Some buyers require your Skeleton to have (or not have) certain Skeleton Attributes
  • Most buyers pay out a Secondary Reward, in proportion to the value of your Skeleton Attributes

Selling a Skeleton to a buyer is a Sidebarshadowy.png Shadowy challenge, with the difficulty proportional to Skeleton.png Implausibility. Failure accrues Sidebarsuspicion.png Suspicion, but there is otherwise no penalty for either gaining Implausibility or failing to make a sale. Implausibility can be lowered by spending Pen.png Revisionist Historical Narratives.

Bone Market Exhaustion[edit]

Because some buyers secondary reward scaling allow for incredibly profitable skeletons, Bone15.png Bone Market Exhaustion was implemented to limit grinding this. Building up too much of this quality (4+) locks you from being able to sell skeletons to these buyers, though their other trades will still be available. The things that increase Exhaustion are:

  • Selling skeletons to buyers with secondary rewards that scale multiplicatively. For every 50Icon-echo.png of profits from the secondary, multiplicative reward, you get one Bone15.png Exhaustion.
  • Using Custom-Engraved Skulls: These skulls can be sent to you during the FEAST OF THE ROSE, costing 20Icon-echo.png for the sender. With their exceptionally high Coin.png Penny Value of 10 000, adding one of these skulls gives two Bone15.png Exhaustion.

World Qualities[edit]

Introduced on 25 May 2021, World Qualities are shared across the entire playerbase and change on Tuesday, at 11AM UTC every week. For the Bone Market these affect three things:

  • Preferred Quality: Every week a different skeleton quality will be especially wanted, and all calculations involving that quality will give more than usual, without raising the exhaustion gain.
  • Preferred Skeleton Type: Every week a different skeleton type will be the rage. Declaring a skeleton of that type will raise its Coin.png Approximate Value of Your Skeleton in Pennies by 10% when you declare it.
  • Unique Buyer: Every week a normally not available buyer visits, which will have a special interest something. These work as usual, but are not normally available.

Where to find bones[edit]

The Bone Market offers a wide range of opportunities to gain a variety of bones. Other sources are scattered throughout London and beyond:

Torso[edit]

Bone3.png Headless Skeleton

Bone3.png Human Ribcage

Bone19.png Thorned Ribcage

Other


Heads[edit]

Arms[edit]

Legs[edit]

Wings[edit]

Fins[edit]

Tails[edit]

Declaring Skeletons[edit]

In practice, it is good to keep in mind which type of creature that you will want to declare at the end while you build the skeleton. Realizing that you have made a mistake that leads to a Chimera is unpleasant.

Now, for some important basics about declaring skeletons, other than the very singular Curator skeleton:

  • The Boot.png Enterprising Boot Salesman doesn't care much about what creature you are hawking. He would take Chimeras too.
  • Birds are valid with any number of Bone15.png Skulls, including zero.
  • Apes and Monkeys need all four limbs to be Bone11.png Arms.
  • While Amphibians and Reptiles both require that all limbs be Bone12.png Legs, Amphibians require exactly four while Reptiles will accept fewer.
  • Curators aside, Humanoids have the strictest requirements; all of the body parts have to be exact.

A few common/interesting skeleton recipes can be found in the recipe part of this Guide.

Skeleton Type requirements[edit]

A comprehensive list of Skeleton Types, the part requirements and restrictions necessary to declare such a skeleton, and any additional items or qualities required for the declaration:


Skeleton Type Requirements
Animal Torso Skulls Arms Legs Wings Fins Tails Other
Chimera Any Any Any Any Any Any Any N/A
Humanoid 10-20 1 2 2 0 0 0 N/A
Ape 10-20 1 4 0 0 0 0 N/A
Monkey 10-20 1 4 0 0 0 1 N/A
Bird 20+ Any 0 2 2 0 0-1 Albatross.png Study of Avian Anatomies
Amphibian 20+ 1 0 4 0 0 0 Bookbrown.png Account of Frogs etc.
Reptile 20+ 1 0 0-4 0 0 1 Bookbrown.png Account of Frogs etc.
Fish 20+ 1 0 0 0 2+ 0-1 Leviathan.png Anatomies of Aquatic Life-forms
Insect 20+ 1 0 6 0-4 0 0 Spidermillie.png Survey of Arachnids and Insects
Spider 20+ 0 0 8 0 0 0-1 Spidermillie.png Survey of Arachnids and Insects
Curator Any 1 2 2 2 0 0 Mastertc.png Connected: The Masters 3

 

Selling a Skeleton[edit]

Making a sale requires passing a Sidebarshadowy.png Shadowy check, which is more difficult with higher Skeleton.png Implausibility. A failure will gain Sidebarsuspicion.png Suspicion and waste the action, but will not affect your Skeleton. Additionally, some buyers will only buy Skeletons having (or missing) specific properties.

It is usually not a problem to have a couple levels of Skeleton.png Implausibility. Some buyers are more difficult to convince than others, and having too high Implausibility can make it severely difficult to sell the skeleton. Having zero guarantees a sale, as the probability of success is set at 100%.

Buyers give a primary reward proportional to the Coin.png Approximate Value of Your Skeleton in Pennies. When the reward item can be sold to the Bazaar, the sale value will match your Skeleton's value as closely as possible, usually with a small bonus amount. Many reward items cannot be sold to the Bazaar, but have a presumed value instead, such as 10 pence per Amber red.png Nodule of Warm Amber or 50 pence per Currency3 copper.png Hinterland Scrip. Some buyers also give a secondary reward, which varies depending on the specific properties of your Skeleton.

A cheat sheet for the buyers, what they want, and how they pay.[edit]

A comprehensive list of all buyers, their BDR requirement and their payout:


Buyers Purchasing Skeletons
Buyer Requires Primary Reward Division Factor for Coin.png Value and bonus Secondary Reward Scaling of Secondary Reward Skeleton.png [1]
Debonairrepaleontologist.png A Palaeontologist with Hoarding Propensities N/A Boneshard.png Bone Fragments
  • Coin.png
  • +5 Boneshard.png
Fossil.png Unearthly Fossil Always 2 40
Captain.png A Naive Collector Sidebarsuspicion.png < 4  Scrap7.png Thirsty Bombazine Scrap Coin.png 250  25
Mushroomhat.png A Familiar Bohemian Sculptress
  • Sidebarrespectable.png
  • Clock.png
Corsagegreen.png Preserved Surface Blooms
  • Coin.png 250 
  • +4 Corsagegreen.png
Whisperedsecret.png Rumour of the Upper River Cross.png Support for a Counter-church Theology 50
Genericwoman2.png A Pedagogically Inclined Grandmother
  • Sidebardreaded.png
  • Rose.png
Whispered secret.png Incisive Observation
  • Coin.png 50 
  • +20 Whispered secret.png
50
Genericmale1.png A Theologian of the Old School
  • Sidebarbizarre.png
  • Rubberskull.png
Bread.png Crate of Incorruptible Biscuits
  • Coin.png 250 
  • +4 Bread.png
50
Benefactor.png An Enthusiast of the Ancient World
  • Sidebarrespectable.png 3+ 
  • Clock.png 1+ 
Nevercold brass.png Bessemer Steel Ingot Coin.png 50  Guisemale.png Unprovenanced Artefact Clock.png Antiquity 45
Electionplenty.png Mrs Plenty
  • Sidebardreaded.png 3+ 
  • Rose.png 1+ 
Currency3 copper.png Hinterland Scrip Coin.png 50  Lumps.png Basket of Rubbery Pies Rose.png Menace 45
Rubberyplongeur.png A Tentacled Servant
  • Sidebarbizarre.png 3+ 
  • Rubberskull.png 1+ 
Bazaar.png Nightsoil of the Bazaar
  • Coin.png 50 
  • +5 Bazaar.png
Eolith.png Ambiguous Eolith 5 × Rubberskull.png Amalgamy 45
Ambassador.png An Investment-Minded Ambassador
  • Sidebarrespectable.png 15+ 
  • Bone15.png < 4 
  • Clock.png 1+ 
Mirror.png Memory of Light
  • Coin.png 50 
  • +5 Mirror.png
Lyrebird firebird.png Tailfeather Brilliant as Flame Clock.png Antiquity2 75
Assuredfilmmaker.png A Teller of Terrors
  • Sidebardreaded.png 15+ 
  • Rose.png 1+ 
  • Bone15.png < 4 
Bottlemorelways.png Morelways
  • Coin.png 10 
  • +5 Bottlemorelways.png
Feather.png Royal-Blue Feather Rose.png Menace2 75
Tentacledentrepreneur.png A Tentacled Entrepreneur
  • Sidebarbizarre.png 15+ 
  • Rubberskull.png 1+ 
  • Bone15.png < 4 
Wake.png Memory of Distant Shores
  • Coin.png 50 
  • +5 Wake.png
Oxygen.png Final Breath Rubberskull.png Amalgamy2 75
Genericwoman1.png An Author of Gothic Tales
  • Sidebarrespectable.png 7+ 
  • Sidebardreaded.png 7+ 
  • Clock.png 1+ 
  • Rose.png 1+ 
  • Bone15.png < 4 
Currency3 copper.png Hinterland Scrip
  • Coin.png 50 
  • +5 Currency3 copper.png
Seamonster2.png Carved Ball of Stygian Ivory Clock.png Antiquity × Rose.png Menace 75
Sailor.png A Zailor with Particular Interests
  • Sidebarrespectable.png 7+ 
  • Sidebarbizarre.png 7+ 
  • Clock.png 1+ 
  • Rubberskull.png 1+ 
  • Bone15.png < 4 
Amber red.png Nodule of Warm Amber
  • Coin.png 10 
  • +25 Amber red.png
Scintillack.png Knob of Scintillack Clock.png Antiquity × Rubberskull.png Amalgamy 75
Rubberyman2.png A Rubbery Collector
  • Sidebardreaded.png 7+ 
  • Sidebarbizarre.png 7+ 
  • Rose.png 1+ 
  • Rubberskull.png 1+ 
  • Bone15.png < 4 
Bazaar.png Nightsoil of the Bazaar
  • Coin.png 50 
  • +5 Bazaar.png
Lumps.png Basket of Rubbery Pies Rose.png Menace × Rubberskull.png Amalgamy 75
Constable.png A Constable Bone3.png 110-119  (Humanoid) Currency3 copper.png Hinterland Scrip
  • Coin.png 50 
  • +20 Currency3 copper.png
50
Boot.png An Enterprising Boot Salesman
  • Rose.png
  • Rubberskull.png
  • Bone12.png 4+ Legs
  • Bone15.png < 4 
Scrap2.png Whisper-Satin Scrap Coin.png 50  Diamondblue.png Ostentatious Diamond 3 ×( Bone12.png Leg)2 0
Genericman2.png An Enthusiast in Skulls Red gold.png Piece of Rostygold Coin.png Surmise.png Vital Intelligence (Bone15.png Skull-1)1.8 60
Skull.png A Dreary Midnighter Currency3 silver.png Fistful of Surface Currency
  • Coin.png
  • +100 Currency3 silver.png
Pawn.png Vienna Opening Always 1 100
Moonparliament.png The Dumbwaiter of Balmoral Bone3.png 180-189 
(Bird)

Crate.png Train
Baggage
3
Crown2.png Castellan
Moonparliament.png Discovered:
Dumbwaiter

Mask.png An Identity Uncovered! Coin.png 250  0
Bone1.png The Carpenter's Granddaughter Bone4.png 1 x Leviathan Frame - 100
  1. Denotes how hard it is to sell implausible skeletons
Buyers Purchasing Other Things
Buyer Requires Sold Item Reward
Debonairrepaleontologist.png A Palaeontologist with Hoarding Propensities N/A Bone12.png 1 x Femur of a Jurassic Beast Boneshard.png 250 x Bone Fragments (Rare: Dice.png 1 x Devilbone Die)
Boneshard.png 1 x Holy Relic of the Thigh of Saint Fiacre Boneshard.png 1250 x Bone Fragments
Captain.png A Naive Collector Sidebarsuspicion.png < 4  Bone13.png 1 x Femur of a Surface Deer Scrap7.png 1 x Thirsty Bombazine Scrap
Mushroomhat.png A Familiar Bohemian Sculptress Sidebarrespectable.png Boneshard.png 1 x Holy Relic of the Thigh of Saint Fiacre Corsagegreen.png 6 x Preserved Surface Blooms
Heartfruit.png 1 x Parabolan Orange-apple Bone11.png 1 x Ivory Humerus
Heartfruit.png 3 x Parabolan Orange-apple

Boneshard.png 750 x Bone Fragments

Bone7.png 1 x Ivory Femur
Requires Cross.png A Crooked Cross

Fox.png Persuasive check

Whisperedsecret.png 1 x Rumour of the Upper River
Genericwoman2.png A Pedagogically Inclined Grandmother Sidebardreaded.png Fox.png Persuasive check Bone12.png 2 x Unidentified Thigh Bone (Rare: 3)
Bone3.png 1 x Human Ribcage Whispered secret.png 30 x Incisive Observation
Bone8.png 1 x Albatross Wing Whispered secret.png 30 x Incisive Observation
Genericmale1.png A Theologian of the Old School Sidebarbizarre.png Fox.png Persuasive check Bread.png 1 x Crate of Incorruptible Biscuits
Boneshard.png 1 x Holy Relic of the Thigh of Saint Fiacre Bread.png 6 x Crate of Incorruptible Biscuits
Benefactor.png An Enthusiast of the Ancient World Sidebarrespectable.png 3+  Map.png 5 x Survey of the Neath's Bones Oxygen.png 10 x Final Breath
Currency3 copper.png 120-125 x Hinterland Scrip Bone15.png 1 x Sabre-toothed Skull
Bone12.png 1 x Femur of a Jurassic Beast Nevercold brass.png 10 x Bessemer Steel Ingot
WHITSUN

Agedegg.png 1 x Aged Egg, Untreated

Nevercold brass.png 10 x Bessemer Steel Ingot
Electionplenty.png Mrs Plenty Sidebardreaded.png 3+  Fox.png Persuasive check Lumps.png 1 x Basket of Rubbery Pies
Bone19.png 1 x Thorned Ribcage Lumps.png 5 x Basket of Rubbery Pies
Rubberyplongeur.png A Tentacled Servant Sidebarbizarre.png 3+  Fox.png Persuasive check Eolith.png 2 x Ambiguous Eolith
Fungalpoetry.png 1 x Slim Volume of Bazaarine Poetry Bazaar.png 7 x Nightsoil of the Bazaar
Amber red.png 1 x Nodule of Pulsating Amber Bazaar.png 130 x Nightsoil of the Bazaar
FATE

Rubberskull.png 1 x Rubbery Skull

Bazaar.png 125 x Nightsoil of the Bazaar
Ambassador.png An Investment-Minded Ambassador Sidebarrespectable.png 15+  Weasel.png 1 x Weasel of Social Discomfiture Chesspiece.png 2 x Moves in the Great Game
Chesspiecebuttered.png 1 x Epaulette Mate

Sidebarshadowy.png Shadowy check

Success: Currency3 silver.png 500 x Fistful of Surface Currency, Surmise.png 1 x Vital Intelligence, Lyrebird firebird.png 1 x Tailfeather Brilliant as Flame

Failure: Currency3 silver.png 750 x Fistful of Surface Currency

Assuredfilmmaker.png A Teller of Terrors Sidebardreaded.png 15+  Tentacle.png Monstrous Anatomy check Corsagegreen.png 1 x Preserved Surface Blooms
Fish white.png 1 x Possessed Goldfish Corsagegreen.png 2 x Preserved Surface Blooms, Feather.png 1 x Royal-Blue Feather
Tentacledentrepreneur.png A Tentacled Entrepreneur Sidebarbizarre.png 15+  Lizard.png 1 x Viric Lizard Whisperedsecret.png 1 x Rumour of the Upper River
Genericwoman1.png An Author of Gothic Tales Sidebarrespectable.png 7+ Sidebardreaded.png 7+  Honeyjar.png Kataleptic Toxicology check Currency3 copper.png 4 x Hinterland Scrip, Coin.png 1 x First City Coin
Gownviric.png 1 x Viric Frock Currency3 copper.png 450 x Hinterland Scrip, Coin.png 10 x First City Coin
WHITSUN

Percipientegg.png 1 x Percipient Egg, Untreated

Currency3 copper.png 10 x Hinterland Scrip
Sailor.png A Zailor with Particular Interests Sidebarrespectable.png 7+ Sidebarbizarre.png 7+  Warbler.png 1 x Forty-Nine-Voiced Warbler Amber red.png 100 x Nodule of Warm Amber, Scintillack.png 1 x Knob of Scintillack
Rubberyman2.png A Rubbery Collector Sidebardreaded.png 7+ Sidebarbizarre.png 7+  Suitviric.png 1 x Viric Suit Bazaar.png 460 x Nightsoil of the Bazaar
WHITSUN

Crimsonegg.png 1 x Scarlet Egg, Untreated

Bazaar.png 40 x Nightsoil of the Bazaar
Other Uses for Skeletons
Buyer Requires Reward
Bazaar.png The Efficient Commissioner's Nightmare Bone3.png 100 (i.e. any completed skeleton)

Bone11.png 8 x Skeleton: Arms

Waking the Efficient Commissioner storylet

 

Strategy[edit]

The first thing you should do is decide what item you want to receive, and then pick which buyer you will be selling to. A table of buyers and what they pay is toward the bottom of this page. If multiple buyers pay in the same item, choose one specifically. Make sure you meet the BDR requirements of your buyer before you start.

Any particular buyer will only care about two Attributes at the most, in addition to the Coin.png Approximate Value of Your Skeleton in Pennies. Whether you care about the buyer's Primary or Secondary reward will determine whether you should try to maximize the Coin.png Approximate Value of Your Skeleton in Pennies and only get the bare-minimum of the other Attributes, or whether you should try to maximize the Attribute values. You can review the tables of bones below to plan out how to optimize the Attributes you need.

You should decide ahead of time whether it's worthwhile to adhere to an existing body plan, or whether you should free yourself of the preconceived notions of the Great Chain. A Chimera gives more freedom to stick whatever bones you want to optimize your Skeleton Attributes, but makes your Skeleton harder to sell.

Managing Bone15.png Bone Market Exhaustion[edit]

It is important to note that for some buyers, the payout for Secondary Rewards is multiplicative. You will get more value by cramming unreasonable Attributes into a single Skeleton than by spreading those same values out over two plausible Skeletons. However, the buyers that pay out in this fashion are also subject to Bone15.png Bone Market Exhaustion to prevent abuse of the market.

When you sell a skeleton to a buyer with multiplicative scaling, you will accrue 1 Exhaustion per Icon-echo.png 50 (or Currency3 copper.png 100) secondary rewards (primary rewards do not affect exhaustion). If your Exhaustion is 4 or higher, then those buyers are not available in the Bone Market. Bone Exhaustion is reduced by 4 levels per week by Time, the Healer, or can be reduced faster at great expense from A Public Lecture. Note that there is no upper bound for the amount of Exhaustion that a skeleton can generate, other than the resources needed to create it. Some players have exhausted their Bone Market for months by creating particularly extreme skeletons.

An ideal skeleton will have a secondary payout just under the threshold to accrue an additional point of Exhaustion. Player attempting to maximize the benefit of the Bone Market may wish to build a skeleton the day before Time, the Healer arrives which will raise their Exhaustion to 4.

Buyers that care about two attributes pay out in secondary rewards worth Icon-echo.png 2.50 each, so their threshold for each level of Bone15.png Bone Market Exhaustion is when the product of their two attributes is a multiple of 20. Attribute mixes that produce Bone15.png 0 x Bone Market Exhaustion:

  • 19 × 1
  • 6 × 3
  • 9 × 2
  • 4 × 4

... that produce Bone15.png 1 x Bone Market Exhaustion:

  • 13 × 3
  • 6 × 6
  • 9 × 4
  • 7 × 5

... that produce Bone15.png 4 x Bone Market Exhaustion (for when Time, the Healer is near):

  • 11 × 9
  • 14 × 7
  • 12 × 8
  • 16 × 6
  • 19 × 5

Top-end buyers that care about one attributes pay out in secondary rewards worth Icon-echo.png 0.50 each, so their threshold for each level of Bone15.png Bone Market Exhaustion is when the square of their attribute is a multiple of 100. The maximum value of an attribute that will produce the target level of Exhaustion is listed in the table below.

Bone15.png Exhaustion Maximum Attribute Value
0 9
1 14
2 17
3 19
4 22

Notes on Specific Items[edit]

  • The Bone3.png Headless Skeleton is the least valuable base, and its options are limited. Conversely though, it is simple and fast to complete. Unless you do something as silly as putting a Seamonster2.png Carved Ball of Stygian Ivory on it, you are guaranteed a humanoid declaration.
  • The Bone3.png Human Ribcage may limit the creature type to just Humanoids and Apes, but it comes with no secondary qualities that may complicate getting buyers. Add the right skulls and limbs to get the buyer that you want.
  • The Bone19.png Thorned Ribcage is the only base that can be used for any skeleton type. All other bases can only produce either primates or animals, but not both.
    • It does add Rubberskull.png Amalgamy and Rose.png Menace, however, which means that you can't sell the resulting creature to every buyer, at least not without some hassle of removing them.
  • The Bone4.png Leviathan Frame starts with two limb slots instead of four. Without adding more limbs to it, the only type of skeletons that could be made with a Leviathan is a Reptile, Fish or a Chimera.
  • The Bone2.png Flourishing Ribcage starts with two heads and six limb slots. It is the only base skeleton with six limbs, making it simpler to make a Curator type skeleton. However, you will need to use a Seamonster2.png Carved Ball of Stygian Ivory on it to remove the second head.
  • The Bone18.png Skeleton with Seven Necks lets you chuck a lot of skulls on it, but keep in mind that it already has 2 Bone12.png Legs. This should only be done if you have a specific use in mind for the extra limbs.
  • The Bone5.png Prismatic Frame is extremely valuable, but completely incapable of being anything other than a fish unless limbs are added to it.
  • The Skullbrass.png Bright Brass Skull effectively lets you convert existing Echoes into Coin.png Approximate Value of Your Skeleton in Pennies without spending Actions. This is as close as you can get to "buying" certain items.
  • The Bone10.png Fossilised Forelimb is an Arm, despite the picture looking like a Wing. It costs Currency3 copper.png 50 in the Hinterlands, and adds 2750 Coin.png Skeleton Value, worth Currency3 copper.png 55. This is not a huge jump, but the Forelimb does not cost Actions to obtain, making it an efficient source of Skeleton Value.
  • The Tentacle.png Withered Tentacle effectively reduce the number of limbs on your skeleton, because Tentacles.png Skeleton: Tentacles is not counted by any existing Skeleton Type. This expands which Skeleton Types can be made from which torsos. The Tentacle.png Withered Tentacle is also the only way to remove Clock.png Antiquity without a seasonal reward item. Note that the Tentacle can be used as both a limb and a tail.
  • If you add a tail, and then Remove the tail from your Animal, your Skeleton retains any Attributes that the Skeleton added.
  • The option to Add four more joints to your skeleton spends over 50 echoes of resources and does not increase the Coin.png Approximate Value of Your Skeleton in Pennies.

Bones and their attributes[edit]

Below is a comprehensive table of every bone in the game and its attributes:

Bones
Torsos Coin.png Penny Value Skeleton.png Torso Style Open Slots Attributes & Notes
Bone3.png Headless Skeleton Coin.png 250  10 Nadirskeleton.png 1 x Skulls Needed Bone11.png 2 x Arms
Bone12.png 2 x Legs
Aliaslist.png Supply a skeleton of your own Coin.png 250  10 Nadirskeleton.png 1 x Skulls Needed Aliaslist.png Licentiates only.
Bone11.png 2 x Arms
Bone12.png 2 x Legs
Bone3.png Human Ribcage Coin.png 1250  15 Nadirskeleton.png 4 x Limbs Needed
Nadirskeleton.png 1 x Skulls Needed
N/A
Bone19.png Thorned Ribcage Coin.png 1250  20 Nadirskeleton.png 1 x Skulls Needed
Nadirskeleton.png 4 x Limbs Needed
Nadirskeleton.png 1 x Tails Needed
Rose.png 1 x Menace
Rubberskull.png 1 x Amalgamy
Bone18.png Skeleton with Seven Necks Coin.png 6250  30 Nadirskeleton.png 7 x Skulls Needed
Nadirskeleton.png 2 x Limbs Needed
Bone12.png 2 x Legs
Rose.png 1 x Menace
Rubberskull.png 2 x Amalgamy
Bone2.png Flourishing Ribcage Coin.png 1250  40 Nadirskeleton.png 6 x Limbs Needed
Nadirskeleton.png 2 x Skulls Needed
Nadirskeleton.png 1 x Tails Needed
Rubberskull.png 2 x Amalgamy
Bone4.png Mammoth Ribcage Coin.png 6250  50 Nadirskeleton.png 1 x Skulls Needed
Nadirskeleton.png 4 x Limbs Needed
Nadirskeleton.png 1 x Tails Needed
Clock.png 2 x Antiquity
Requires Bone16.png Your Own Stall 3
Bone18.png Ribcage with a Bouquet of Eight Spines Coin.png 31250  60 Nadirskeleton.png 8 x Skulls Needed
Nadirskeleton.png 4 x Limbs Needed
Nadirskeleton.png 1 x Tails Needed
Rose.png 2 x Menace
Rubberskull.png 1 x Amalgamy
Bone4.png Leviathan Frame Coin.png 31250  70 Nadirskeleton.png 1 x Skulls Needed
Nadirskeleton.png 2 x Limbs Needed
Bone17.png 1 x Tails
Clock.png 1 x Antiquity
Rose.png 1 x Menace
Requires Bone16.png Your Own Stall 5
Bone5.png Prismatic Frame Coin.png 31250  80 Nadirskeleton.png 3 x Skulls Needed
Nadirskeleton.png 3 x Limbs Needed
Nadirskeleton.png 3 x Tails Needed
Clock.png 2 x Antiquity
Rubberskull.png 2 x Amalgamy
Requires Bone16.png Your Own Stall 3
Bone1.png Five-Pointed Ribcage Coin.png 31250  100 Nadirskeleton.png 5 x Skulls Needed
Nadirskeleton.png 5 x Limbs Needed
FATE
Rubberskull.png 2 x Amalgamy
Rose.png 1 x Menace
Bone15.png Skulls Coin.png Penny Value Base Challenge Attributes & Notes
Aliaslist.png Cap this with a victim’s skull Coin.png 250  N/A Aliaslist.png Licentiates only.
Seamonster2.png Carved Ball of Stygian Ivory Coin.png 250  Snakehead2.pngMithridacy
Reduced by 1 per Skull installed.
Skeleton.png 0-2 x Implausibility

Reduces Nadirskeleton.png Skulls Needed, but does not count as an actual skull.

Rubberskull.png Rubbery Skull Coin.png 600  Amber2.pngShapeling Arts FATE
Rubberskull.png 1 x Amalgamy
Beesinthebone.png Horned Skull Coin.png 1250  Tentacle.pngMonstrous Anatomy Clock.png 1 x Antiquity
Rose.png 1-2 x Menace
Rubberskull.png Pentagrammic Skull Coin.png 1250  Tentacle.pngMonstrous Anatomy FATE
Rubberskull.png 1-2 x Amalgamy
Rose.png 1 x Menace
Head.png Counterfeit Head of John the Baptist Coin.png 1500  Dawnmachine.pngArtisan of the Red Science Cross.png 2 x Support for a Counter-church Theology
Also costs Mushroom2.png 10 x Peppercaps and Boneshard.png 500 x Fragments.
Bone16.png Skull in Coral Coin.png 1750  Amber2.png ? Shapeling Arts
Difficulty reduced by Amalgamy
Rubberskull.png 1-2 x Amalgamy
Also costs Scintillack.png 1 x Knob of Scintillack.
Seamonster.png Plated Skull Coin.png 2500  Tentacle.pngMonstrous Anatomy Rose.png 1-2 x Menace
Skulleyeless.png Eyeless Skull Coin.png 3000  Tentacle.pngMonstrous Anatomy Rose.png 1-2 x Menace
Sidebarnightmares.png 0 or 5 CP Nightmares
Bone16.png Doubled Skull Coin.png 6250  Tentacle.pngMonstrous Anatomy Clock.png 1-2 x Antiquity
Rubberskull.png 1 x Amalgamy

Adds 2 Bone15.png Skulls while only using one Nadirskeleton.png Skull Slot.

Bone15.png Sabre-toothed Skull Coin.png 6250  Tentacle.pngMonstrous Anatomy Clock.png 1 x Antiquity
Rose.png 0-1 x Menace
Skullbrass.png Bright Brass Skull Coin.png 6000-6500  Snakehead2.pngMithridacy Skeleton.png 2-6 x Implausibility
Also costs Nevercold brass.png 200 x Brass on success.
Bagalegend.png Severed Chimaerical Head of the Vake Coin.png 6500  Dawnmachine.pngArtisan of the Red Science Bagalegend.png Ambition: Bag a Legend!
Rose.png 3 x Menace
Also costs Boneshard.png 6000 x Fragments
Skullmoth.png A Custom-Engraved Skull Coin.png 10000  Snakehead2.pngMithridacy FEAST OF THE ROSE
Skeleton.png 0-2? x Implausibility
Bone15.png 2 x Bone Market Exhaustion
Skull.png Your Own Severed Head Coin.png -250  Dawnmachine.pngArtisan of the Red Science SMEN
Also costs Boneshard.png 1000 x Fragments
Bone11.png Arms Coin.png Penny Value Base Challenge Attributes
Crabclaw.png Crustacean Pincer Coin.png N/A Rose.png 1 x Menace
Bone6.png Knotted Humerus Coin.png 10/150  Snakehead2.pngMithridacy
Difficulty increases by 1 per non-Knotted Humerus limb
Rubberskull.png 1 x Amalgamy
Skeleton.png 0-2 x Implausibility
Arm.png Human Arm Coin.png 250  N/A Rose.png -1 x Menace
Bone10.png Fossilised Forelimb Coin.png 2750  Tentacle.png 11 Monstrous Anatomy Clock.png 1-2 x Antiquity
Bone11.png Ivory Humerus Coin.png 1500  Honeyjar.pngKataleptic Toxicology Skeleton.png 0-2 x Implausibility
Bone12.png Legs Coin.png Penny Value Base Challenge Attributes
Bone13.png Femur of a Surface Deer Coin.png 10  N/A Rose.png -1 x Menace
Bone12.png Unidentified Thigh Bone Coin.png 100  N/A N/A
Bone12.png Femur of a Jurassic Beast Coin.png 300  Snakehead2.pngMithridacy
Difficulty increases with Fins and Tentacles, details unknown
Clock.png 1 x Antiquity
Bone13.png Helical Thighbone Coin.png 300  Amber2.pngShapeling Arts Rubberskull.png 1-2 x Amalgamy
Boneshard.png Holy Relic of the Thigh of Saint Fiacre Coin.png 1250  Snakehead2.png Mithridacy
Difficulty varies with Skeleton.png Torso Style
Cross.png 0-10 x Support for a Counter-church Theology, depending on which Skeleton.png Torso.
Bone7.png Ivory Femur Coin.png 6500   Tentacle.pngMonstrous Anatomy Skeleton.png 0-4 x Implausibility
Bone9.png Wings Coin.png Penny Value Base Challenge Attributes
Bats.png Bat Wing Coin.png Tentacle.pngMonstrous Anatomy
Difficulty increases with fins, details unknown
Rose.png -1 x Menace
Terrorbird young.png Wing of a Young Terror Bird Coin.png 250  Tentacle.pngMonstrous Anatomy WHITSUN
Clock.png 1 x Antiquity
Rose.png 1 x Menace
Bone8.png Albatross Wing Coin.png 1250  Tentacle.pngMonstrous Anatomy
Difficulty increases with fins, details unknown
Rubberskull.png 1 x Amalgamy
Bone8.png Fins Coin.png Penny Value Base Challenge Attributes
Bone10.png Fin Bones, Collected Coin.png 50  Tentacle.pngMonstrous Anatomy
Difficulty increases by 2 for each non-fin limb
N/A
Bone8.png Amber-Crusted Fin Coin.png 1500  Tentacle.pngMonstrous Anatomy
Difficulty increases by 2 for each non-fin limb
Rose.png 0-1 x Menace
Rubberskull.png 1 x Amalgamy
Tentacles.png Tentacles Coin.png Penny Value Base Challenge Attributes
Tentacle.png Withered Tentacle Coin.png 50/250  Tentacle.pngMonstrous Anatomy
Difficulty increases by 2 for each non-tentacle limb
Clock.png -1 x Antiquity
Skeleton.png 0-1 x Implausibility
Bone17.png Tails Coin.png Penny Value Base Challenge Attributes & Notes
Nadirskeleton.png No tail N/A N/A Reduces Nadirskeleton.png Tails Needed, but does not count as a tail.
Spideralonzo.png Jet Black Stinger Coin.png 50  Tentacle.pngMonstrous Anatomy Rose.png 1-2 x Menace
Bone17.png Obsidian Chitin Tail Coin.png 500  Tentacle.pngMonstrous Anatomy Rubberskull.png 0-1 x Amalgamy
Bone17.png Plaster Tail Bones Coin.png 250  Snakehead2.pngMithridacy Skeleton.png 1-4 x Implausibility
Tomblion.png Tomb-Lion's Tail Coin.png 250  Tentacle.pngMonstrous Anatomy Clock.png 0-1 x Antiquity
Tentacle.png Withered Tentacle Coin.png 50-250  Tentacle.pngMonstrous Anatomy Clock.png -1 x Antiquity
Modify a Skeleton Coin.png Penny Value Base Challenge Attributes & Notes
Amber red.png Add four more joints to your skeleton N/A Amber2.pngShapeling Arts Nadirskeleton.png 4 x Limbs Needed
Rubberskull.png 2 x Amalgamy
Costs Amber blue.png 1 x Nodule of Trembling Amber and an amount of Amber red.png Nodule of Warm Amber equal to 25 × Joints2; the number of used and unused joints your skeleton currently has.
Nadirskeleton.png Remove the tail from your Skeleton N/A Requires Knifered.png Ravenglass Knife
Bone17.png -1 x Tails
Removes the tail, but not the attributes it added. Could let you declare the skeleton as an animal without a tail.
Nadirskeleton.png Carve away some evidence of age N/A Snakehead2.pngMithridacy Requires Knifetransparent.png Scrimshander Carving Knife
Clock.png -2 x Antiquity
Nadirskeleton.png Make your skeleton less dreadful N/A Honeyjar.pngKataleptic Toxicology Requires Waxjartc.png Patent Osteological Sand and Wax
Rose.png -2 x Menace
Nadirskeleton.png Disguise the amalgamy of this piece N/A Honeyjar.pngKataleptic Toxicology Requires Bottleclear.png Lithification Liquid
Costs Jade.png 25 x Jade Fragment
Rubberskull.png -2 x Amalgamy

Some Skeleton Recipes[edit]

This section will be updated as more skeleton parts are implemented.

Recipes [Collapse]

Home Comforts

Besides selling skeletons, you also can Preserve Your Skeleton for Home Use, making it a Home Comfort. Since Coin.png Approximate Value of Your Skeleton in Pennies basically doesn’t matter here (minimal requirements are 100-300), the following recipes present the cheapest ways for obtaining specific Home Comforts.

In addition to the skeleton and some Home Comfort-specific costs, each item also costs one Bone1.png Annings' Complete and Reliable Kit, which you can buy for Currency3 copper.png 125 x Hinterland Scrip at the Upper River Exchange.

Master.png Relatively Plausible Curator Skeleton[edit]

The skeleton must be a Curator, which requires that you have Mastertc.png Connected: The Masters 3+, and a skeleton with exactly Bone15.png 1 x Skull, Bone11.png 2 x Arms, Bone12.png 2 x Legs and Bone9.png 2 x Wings. It cannot have any Bone8.png Fins or Bone17.png Tails. The skeleton also needs Rose.png 4+ Menace, no Clock.png Antiquity and less than Skeleton.png 5 x Implausibility.

This recipe is the cheapest and simplest, but requires that you have a Terrorbird young.png Young Terror Bird (a companion you can only get during WHITSUN), or an Anglican Church in Burrow-Infra-Mump.

Alternatively, with access to the Below-Stairs of Station.png Helicon House, there is the following build. It is possible without any seasonal items, and doesn't require adding joints, but it does use more expensive and hard to acquire parts.

Harpoon.png Diorama of a Prehistoric Hunter[edit]

The skeleton must be a Humanoid, which requires a Skeleton.png Torso Style of 10–20, and exactly Bone15.png 1 x Skull, Bone11.png 2 x Arms and Bone12.png 2 x Legs. It cannot have any Bone9.png Wings, Bone8.png Fins or Bone17.png Tails. The skeleton also needs Clock.png 3+ Antiquity and no Rubberskull.png Amalgamy.

The home comfort also costs Guisemale.png 10 x Unprovenanced Artefacts, Eolith.png 20 x Ambiguous Eoliths and Boneshard.png 100 x Bone Fragments.

Monkey.png Gear-driven Skeletal Monkey[edit]

The skeleton must be a Monkey, which requires a Skeleton.png Torso Style of 10–20, and exactly Bone15.png 1 x Skull, Bone11.png 4 x Arms and Bone17.png 1 x Tail. It cannot have any Bone12.png Legs, Bone9.png Wings or Bone8.png Fins. The skeleton also needs Rubberskull.png 3+ Amalgamy and no Clock.png Antiquity.

The home comfort also costs Birdie.png 5 or 15 x Whirring Contraptions (Having the Ratalbino.png Albino Rat saves you 10) and Nevercold brass.png 3000 x Nevercold Brass Slivers.

Feather.png Regally Re-embodied Bird of Prey[edit]

The skeleton must be a Bird, which requires that you have a Albatross.png Study of Avian Anatomies, and a skeleton with a Skeleton.png Torso Style of 20 or above and exactly Bone12.png 2 x Legs and Bone9.png 2 x Wings. It cannot have any Bone11.png Arms or Bone8.png Fins. It can have 0 or 1 Bone17.png Tails, but it is best to have 0 to not incur an extra Tailfeather cost. The skeleton also needs Clock.png 3+ Antiquity and no Rose.png Menace.

The home comfort also costs Feather.png 100 x Royal-Blue Feathers and Silk.png 100 x Silk Scraps, and, if it has a tail, Lyrebird firebird.png 20 x Tailfeathers Brilliant as Flame.

Frogurchin.png Anatomically Accurate Batrachian Bench[edit]

The skeleton must be a Reptile or an Amphibian, which requires that you have an Bookbrown.png Account of Frogs etc. Both skeletons need a Skeleton.png Torso Style of 20 or above and exactly Bone15.png 1 x Skull. It can have either exactly Bone12.png 4 x Legs and no Bone17.png Tails (Amphibian), or anywhere from 0 to 4 Bone12.png Legs and exactly Bone17.png 1 x Tail (Reptile). Neither can have any Bone11.png Arms, Bone9.png Wings or Bone8.png Fins. The skeleton also needs Rubberskull.png 3+ Amalgamy and no Rose.png Menace.

The home comfort also costs Horsehead.png 100 x Relics of the Fourth City.

Other Recipes[edit]

Unless specifically stated, the following recipes do not have the skeletons declared as a Chimera. Declaring it as a Chimera leads to a spike in Skeleton.png Self-Evident Implausibility that can be troublesome and expensive to deal with.

Avoiding Exhaustion[edit]

These recipes are intended to avoid accruing any Bone15.png Bone Market Exhaustion, while using parts that are as cheap as possible.

Lopsided Lizard / Misshapen Man[edit]

This recipe is intended to reach a target maximum of Rubberskull.png 9 x Amalgamy for sale to the Tentacledentrepreneur.png Tentacled Entrepreneur, with the intention of preventing any gain of Bone15.png Bone Market Exhaustion.

Failures with the Knotted Humeri can be problematic, so the alternative is to begin with these first and go for an Humanoid skeleton.

Bi-cranial Crone Crane[edit]

This recipe is intended to reach a target maximum of 18 from the multiplicative product of Rubberskull.png Amalgamy with Clock.png Antiquity, and then for sale to the Zailor with the intention of preventing any gain of Bone15.png Bone Market Exhaustion. In order to achieve this most reliably, Antiquity has to be at level 6, while the Amalgamy is at 3.

Coral-Coiled Cockatrice[edit]

Like the above, this recipe is intended to reach a target maximum of 18 from the multiplicative product of Rubberskull.png Amalgamy with Clock.png Antiquity; the intended customer is still the Zailor. As for the factors, Amalgamy and Antiquity switch numbers.

  • Bone19.png Thorned Ribcage: Ditto.
  • Bone16.png Skull in Coral
  • Tomblion.png Tomb-Lion's Tail: Install this early to chance the roll, if it is not 100%. Maybe you could abort or alter the build if you fail, but this must succeed for the recipe to be viable.
  • Bone13.png Helical Thighbone(s): Install these next. If you successfully install one, then this is all you need. If you fail the first leg, try to install another; if you fail both, this recipe cannot be pursued any further.
  • Terrorbird young.png Wing of a Young Terror Bird(s): At least one, or both wings if both legs have to be Helical. This/These should bring Antiquity to 3.
    • Bone8.png Albatross Wing: The other wing, if you prefer to raise the value of the skeleton to as high as possible. One of the legs must be a Jurassic Femur if you take this option.
  • Declare your (Skeleton Type) a completed Bird

Knock-Kneed Newt[edit]

This recipe will produce a versatile reptile with Rubberskull.png 9 x Amalgamy, Clock.png 2 x Antiquity, and Rose.png 2 x Menace. Both a Zailor with Particular Interests and A Rubbery Collector will pay 18 secondary rewards, just below the threshold of generating Bone15.png Bone Market Exhaustion.

Attaching Helical Thighbones is not automatic until you have Amber2.png Shapeling Arts 10. If you fail one of the first three thighbones, there are ways to recover the recipe to target Rubberskull.png 6 x Amalgamy, and either Clock.png 3 x Antiquity, or Rose.png 3 x Menace, which will produce the same pay-out of 18. Failing the last roll will result in a pay-out of only 16, and failing two rolls is difficult to recover from.

Mr Twists[edit]

This is a skeleton made with the intention of having maximized Rubberskull.png Amalgamy, without having to resort to a Bone18.png Skeleton with Seven Necks, in order to sell to the Tentacledentrepreneur.png Tentacled Entrepreneur. This will require Amber2.png Shapeling Arts challenges, so train this skill first.

And so you have the remains of a giant space-bat that partook in warping the Great Chain a bit too much, amounting to a minimum of Rubberskull.png 9 x Amalgamy and a maximum of Rubberskull.png 12 . That said, keep in mind that Amalgamy of higher than 9 will cause Bone15.png Bone Market Exhaustion when you sell this.

Exhausting Recipes[edit]

These recipes intend to raise secondary qualities while raising Bone15.png Bone Market Exhaustion, but with the target of maximizing gains while minimizing Exhaustion accumulation.

That said, these recipes have high ratios of primary gains to secondary gains though, and will require the expenditure of a lot of resources. You should only consider these if you need a lot of the resources from the primary gains in addition to the resources from the secondary gain.

Also, most of these use the Bone18.png Skeleton with Seven Necks. Be prepared to visit the lab or Balmoral a lot.

Warped Warbler[edit]

It should be obvious by now that the Skeleton with Seven Necks is one of the best ribcages for racking up a lot of the secondary qualities. Of course, you will have to get it through a lengthy lab project, painting, or adventuring in the Balmoral woods. That said, the following recipe attempts to reach target values of Rubberskull.png Amalgamy, while maximizing Coin.png Value.

That should give you up to Rubberskull.png 14 x Amalgamy if you sell it to the Tentacledentrepreneur.png Tentacled Entrepreneur. This will give Oxygen.png 196 x Final Breaths. This will give one level of Bone15.png Bone Market Exhaustion, and more importantly, just barely under the threshold that would give two levels.

If the ribcage is too precious, then consider stacking a full 7 Skulls in Coral, and one Bone8.png Albatross Wing; the second wing should be any other wing. This gives Rubberskull.png 17 x Amalgamy, leading to Oxygen.png 289 x Final Breaths - just 11 under the next threshold, thus giving two levels of Bone15.png Exhaustion.

Alarming Armored Avian[edit]

The skeleton is Assuredfilmmaker.png to be sold to the Teller of Terrors for maximized gains of feathers, but with minimal Bone15.png Bone Market Exhaustion. Therefore, the target level of Rose.png Menace is 14, much like the abovementioned recipe.

Ancient Armored Avian[edit]

This is like the above, but some Plated Skulls are swapped with Horned Skulls. This is trickier than it seems, because the Monstrous Anatomy rolls for the latter skulls are more difficult. That said, the target is Rose.png 13 x Menace and Clock.png 3 x Antiquity.

This skeleton is to be sold to the Genericwoman1.png Author of Gothic Tales, thus giving a return of Seamonster2.png 39 x Carved Ball of Stygian Ivory for 1 level of Bone15.png Bone Market Exhaustion.

You can also replace the Beesinthebone.png Horned Skull or Bone15.png Sabre-toothed Skull with a Bone16.png Doubled Skull for more manageable increases of Menace. Of course, if you do this, the wings must be composed of a Terrorbird young.png Wing of a Young Terror Bird and an Bone8.png Albatross Wing.

Amorphous Armored Avian[edit]

Yes, this is another recipe that is going to use Seamonster.png Plated Skulls. Anyway, the target qualities are Rose.png 13 x Menace and Rubberskull.png 3 x Amalgamy. Skulls In Coral might be substitutes for Plated Skulls, but the latter has a more reliable and controllable source.

If you have access to Flute Street, then use a Rubberskull.png Rubbery Skull instead of the Doubled one if you need to.

Rubberyman2.png Sell this to the Enthusiast of a Rubbery Menace to get doles of Nightsoil and Lumps.png 39 x Baskets of Rubbery Pies, and just one level of Bone15.png Bone Market Exhaustion.

Less Exhausting Recipes[edit]

Unlike the previous category of recipes, which intend to go for high ratios of primary gains to secondary gains, the following recipes intend for the converse. They take fewer actions to cobble together too. However, they will still incur Bone15.png Exhaustion.

Gigantic Geode Toad[edit]

You want to sell this to the Ambassador.png Ambassador. Her Bone Market Exhaustion threshold is the trickiest: 1 level for every 20 units of goods obtained through the secondary quality (Clock.png Antiquity, in her case). Since the output is a square of the quality, it is easy to breach thresholds. Thus far, the most optimal target for the quality is 6. (Actually, that would be 14, but that would lead to a lot of Bone15.png Exhaustion.)

This gives Clock.png 6 x Antiquity. This leads to 1 level of Bone15.png Exhaustion.

Terrifying Pterodactyl[edit]

You want to sell this to the Genericwoman1.png Author of Gothic Tales. The target is Rose.png 6 x Menace and Clock.png 6 x Antiquity.

Caducean Raptor[edit]

You want to sell this to the Rubberyman2.png Rubbery Collector. The target is Rubberskull.png 6 x Amalgamy and Rose.png 6 x Menace.

The limbs to be used depend on the outcomes of the installation of the skull and tail. If both are successes:

If both are failures, i.e. you have only 4 levels of Menace, then:

If either is a failure, i.e. you have 5 levels of Menace, then go for 7 levels of Amalgamy with these:

Savage Sunfish[edit]

You also want to sell this to the Rubberyman2.png Rubbery Collector. The target is Rubberskull.png 5 x Amalgamy and Rose.png 7 x Menace.

Exhibition Recipes[edit]

Most skeletons are meant to be sold as soon as they are cobbled together, but some have use beyond being sold immediately. The following recipes and their suggested usage would require the player to hold the skeleton without disposing/selling it. Therefore, the onus on the recipe designs is that they should be quick to set-up.

Zealous Ichthyosaurus[edit]

The Leviathan Frame is already a doozy to get, but it's the quickest way to quickly convert one of the ribcages that you already have into a pious monstrosity – assuming that you keep a diverse range of them in reserve.

You don't need a skeleton declaration for this one.

At this time of writing, the best use for this skeleton is for sitting at Burrow-Infra-Mump with a statue to a custom-made saint, waiting for the opportunity to profit from this skeleton.


Midgame Skeletons[edit]

Midgame Rubbery Saint[edit]

This skeleton is designed to let pre-Railway players save time and echoes when obtaining the Bazaar.png Nightsoil of the Bazaar from the Rubbery Servant required for the Laboratory equipment upgrade, while minimizing reliance on opportunity cards: each skeleton sells for 208-213 Nightsoil (slightly more than half the amount needed) and only requires a single opportunity card.

Attaching the Bright Brass Skull and the Knotted Humerus are both Mithridacy challenges so you will have an easier time selling this if you have already gained some Snakehead2.png Mithridacy from Forest.png the Waswood in Parabola; additionally the challenge on the Humerus will be easier if you take care to attach it before all the other limbs.

Midgame Antique Bone Sculpture[edit]

This skeleton is designed to let players at the start of the Railway save time when obtaining the Nevercold brass.png Bessemer Steel Ingot from the Enthusiast of the Ancient World required for Railway Steel. With some effort, each skeleton can sell for around 250 steel with probably close to 10 implausibility for a Shadowy 450 challenge.

Essentially, you need:

The profit in Nevercold brass.png Bessemer Steel Ingot is dependant on the bones used. A quick reference:

For reference you need around 700 steel for 30 tracks. This is a little less than 3 skeletons at 250 Steel each.

Brass Skeleton[edit]

This skeleton allows you to easily transfer Echoes to Boneshard.png Bone Fragments or Currency3 copper.png Hinterland Scrip. This could be useful to get Heartfruit.png Parabolan Orange-apples for Bone7.png Ivory Femurs in order to make high value skeletons with other skeleton recipes, or in order to get scrip to exchange for a Bone15.png Sabre-toothed Skull, which adds the same value as a brass skull, but doesn't add implausability. It can also be done for building the station in Handstop.png Ealing Gardens.

You need:

Leg Horse[edit]

This Skeleton is a slap-dash work of relatively easy-to-obtain parts, meant to be sold to the Boot.png Enterprising Boot Salesman whenever you get the very narrow Debonairrepaleontologist.png Fad range of 40-49.

This is one of the rare few skeleton builds that will give you a profit without increasing Bone15.png Exhaustion, so look out for that Fads range.

Unsorted Recipes[edit]

The following recipes have yet to be categorized.


Leviathan Acquisition[edit]

This skeleton has an Coin.png Approximate Value of Your Skeleton in Pennies of exactly 30,000 for obtaining the Bone4.png Leviathan Frame from the Carpenter's Granddaughter. There are other ways to do so, but the least fuss-free method requires access to the options at Station.png Ealing Gardens. This might have considerable Skeleton.png Implausibility, but you don't have to use parts with secondary qualities.

That said, the Carpenter's Granddaughter has the stiffest Shadowy challenge of all skeleton-buyers. Failing that will cause you to lose her card too.

"My Other Hobby? Recycling."[edit]

Aliaslist.png Licentiates can stack victims' skulls onto the Bone18.png Skeleton with Seven Necks, in order to make a skeleton to sell to the Genericman2.png Cranial Enthusiast.

This nets you Surmise.png 7 x Vital Intelligence for a Coin.png Skeleton Value of 8002, meaning that you will not get any surplus Rostygold from it. The most significant cost is the Bone18.png Skeleton with Seven Necks; you have to spend many actions in the lab to get it, or develop the Railway to Balmoral so that you can partake in one of the activities there.

Fragment Farming[edit]

This deliberately-incomplete skeleton is meant to convert Banknotes.png Echoes into Boneshard.png Bone Fragments by intentionally failing the Dangerous check during disassembly. Additional parts are optional and implausibility is not a concern since we're not selling this skeleton. There is a risk that you get Whispered secret.png Whispered Hints instead by succeeding the check, though. Fortunately, the base skeleton (the only part that can't be bought directly) is never consumed upon disassembly whether you succeed or fail, so you can always start again so long as you have the Echoes to afford skulls.

It should be obvious that you will want to do this with your character's Dangerous rating as low as possible. Items that penalize Dangerous (such as the Rat.png Talkative Rattus Faber) will be useful so that you don't have to resort to something more permanent. This is more reliable for lower-end characters, however; high-end ones would have about 55% chance of "success" even with Dangerous-reducing equipment.

The Frog of Faith and the Reverent Reptile[edit]

You make this skeleton to sell to the Mushroomhat.png Bohemian Sculptress. Keep in mind that the skeleton must not have any Clock.png Antiquity.

Such a calcified congregation would bless you with at least 6 Cross.png Counter-church Theology points, more if you use the other ribcage. This should net you a lot of Whisperedsecret.png Rumours of the Upper River. And flowers, of course.

But really, there are more efficient and less troublesome ways of getting the Rumours.

Beatific Bird[edit]

If you still insist on using skeletons to get the Rumours, but you don't want to risk failed Mithridacy rolls or go through the tedium of getting the holy thigh bones, then use this build:

Heuvelmans' Nightmare[edit]

If you make this, you intend to have it sold to the Rubberyman2.png Rubbery Collector.

If you succeed in all of the rolls, you should have around Rose.png 10 x Menace and Rubberskull.png 8 x Amalgamy. You would be having a lot of Rubbery Pies, but keep in mind that there will be Bone15.png Bone Market Exhaustion.

Ivory Recipes (Depreciated)[edit]

As of the 3rd December 2020 Balance Patch (also known as the "Great Bone Market Crash of '98"), the first two recipes that use use Bone11.png Ivory Humeri are worth much less than they used to. Coupled with the risk of Skeleton.png Implausibility build-up from failed rolls, they are not really great anymore. That said, typically, these skeletons are usually declared as simians.

Ornamental Orangutan[edit]

This Skeleton has a Coin.png Approximate Value of Your Skeleton in Pennies of 13250 to 13750 and all of the parts can be obtained without Opportunity Cards.

Malignant Magnificent Monkey[edit]

This is a variant of the above, but requires the Bone19.png Thorned Ribcage. Thus, there is an additional step before declaration, specifically the addition of a tail, before declaring the skeleton as a Monkey.

  • Tomblion.png Tomb-Lion's Tail: You probably want to sell the skeleton to the Benefactor.png Enthusiast of the Ancient World.
  • Spideralonzo.png Jet Black Stinger: You want Scrip, so you sell to Mrsplenty.png Mrs Plenty. You don't really need the tail, but you can add it to get a few more baskets of pies.
  • Bone17.png Plaster Tail Bones: If you had been successful at all of the rolls to install the Ivory Humeri and you didn't use a Brass Skull, you can install this to increase the value. It's generally not worthwhile though, unless you really need that bit more.

However, the balance patch also came with the introduction of the Bone7.png Ivory Femur - a successor of sorts.