Assembling a Skeleton (Guide)/Recipes

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This table is included in the Skeleton Guide, but can also be bookmarked separately for players who want just want a reference sheet, without the accompanying strategy guide.

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 Toad.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.

Please note that as of 8th September 2021, the formulas for the Teller of Terrors, Tentacled Entrepreneur and Investment-Minded Ambassador have changed; as such, the skeletons below may be suboptimal or cause Exhaustion.

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.

Due to the aforementioned changes, some of these skeletons are now suboptimal or much more Exhausting. Numbers have been updated.

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 784 x Final Breaths. This will give seven levels of Bone15.png Bone Market Exhaustion, and more importantly, just barely under the threshold that would give eight 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 1156 x Final Breaths - just 44 under the next threshold, thus giving 11 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.

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 25 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 7.

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.


Pre-Railway 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 Lollipop[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. This could be useful when making skeletons with high implausibility like the sculpture above. 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 they're around.

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.

Implausible statues[edit]

These skeletons are meant for the colourful phantasist, and should be possible with no access to parabola. You will want to focus on implausibility and either antiquity or amalgamy. This is one of few ways for pre-railway players to benefit from exhaustion.

Antiquity:

(Provides Mirror.png Memory of Light and Scintillack.png Knob of Scintillack)

Amalgamy:

(Provides Currency3 copper.png Hinterland Scrip and Fungalpoetry.png Slim Volume of Bazaarine Poetry)

Menace:

(Provides Cherries.png Solacefruit and Seamonster2.png Carved Ball of Stygian Ivory)

Declare your (Skeleton Type) a completed Chimera

This should give you at least 5 implausibility and 4 of the other quality for 21 bonus items, but may give a lot more, especially if your advanced stats are low.

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.

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 5 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.

"My Other Hobby? Recycling."[edit]

No longer as useful, as the formula works differently 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.