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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 | edit source]

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 | edit source]

Before you Start[edit | edit source]

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.

Assembly[edit | edit source]

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. 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 | edit source]

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 Cat.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 | edit source]

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 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 one Bone15.png Exhaustion.

Where to find bones[edit | edit source]

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 | edit source]

Heads[edit | edit source]

Arms[edit | edit source]

Legs[edit | edit source]

Tails[edit | edit source]

Declaring Skeletons[edit | edit source]

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 | edit source]

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
Curator Any 1 2 2 2 0 0 Mastertc.png Connected: The Masters 3

 

Selling a Skeleton[edit | edit source]

Making a sale requires passing a Cat.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 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 | edit source]

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 Secondary Reward Scaling of Secondary Reward
Debonairrepaleontologist.png A Palaeontologist with Hoarding Propensities N/A Boneshard.png Bone Fragments Coin.png Fossil.png Unearthly Fossil Always 2.
Captain.png A Naive Collector Sidebarsuspicion.png < 4  Scrap7.png Thirsty Bombazine Scrap Coin.png 250 
Mushroomhat.png A Familiar Bohemian Sculptress Sidebarrespectable.png

Clock.png

Corsagegreen.png Preserved Surface Blooms Coin.png 250  Whisperedsecret.png Rumours of the Upper River Cross.png Support for a Counter-church Theology
Genericwoman2.png A Pedagogically Inclined Grandmother Sidebardreaded.png

Rose.png

Whispered secret.png Incisive Observation Coin.png 50 
Genericmale1.png A Theologian of the Old School Sidebarbizarre.png

Rubberskull.png

Bread.png Crate of Incorruptible Biscuits Coin.png 250 
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
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
Rubberyplongeur.png A Tentacled Servant Sidebarbizarre.png 3+ 

Rubberskull.png 1+ 

Bazaar.png Nightsoil of the Bazaar Coin.png 50  Eolith.png Ambiguous Eolith 5 × Rubberskull.png Amalgamy
Ambassador.png An Investment-Minded Ambassador Sidebarrespectable.png 15+ 

Bone15.png < 4 

Mirror.png Memory of Light Coin.png 50  Lyrebird firebird.png Tailfeather Brilliant as Flame Clock.png Antiquity2
Assuredfilmmaker.png A Teller of Terrors Sidebardreaded.png 15+ 

Bone15.png < 4 

Bottlemorelways.png Morelways Coin.png 10  Feather.png Royal-Blue Feather Rose.png Menace2
Tentacledentrepreneur.png A Tentacled Entrepreneur Sidebarbizarre.png 15+ 

Bone15.png < 4 

Wake.png Memory of Distant Shores Coin.png 50  Oxygen.png Final Breath Rubberskull.png Amalgamy2
Genericwoman1.png An Author of Gothic Tales Sidebarrespectable.png 7+ Sidebardreaded.png 7+ 

Bone15.png < 4 

Currency3 copper.png Hinterland Scrip Coin.png 50  Seamonster2.png Carved Ball of Stygian Ivory Clock.png Antiquity × Rose.png Menace
Sailor.png A Zailor with Particular Interests Sidebarrespectable.png 7+ Sidebarbizarre.png 7+ 

Bone15.png < 4 

Amber red.png Warm Amber Coin.png 10  Scintillack.png Knob of Scintillack Clock.png Antiquity × Rubberskull.png Amalgamy
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  Lumps.png Basket of Rubbery Pies Rose.png Menace × Rubberskull.png Amalgamy
Constable.png A Constable Debonairrepaleontologist.png 70-100 

Bone3.png 110-119  (Humanoid)

Currency3 copper.png Hinterland Scrip Coin.png 50 
Boot.png An Enterprising Boot Salesman Debonairrepaleontologist.png 40-49 

Rose.pngRubberskull.png
Bone12.png 4+ Legs
Bone15.png < 4 

Scrap2.png Whisper-Satin Scrap Coin.png 50  Diamondblue.png Ostentatious Diamond 12 × Bone12.png Leg
Genericman2.png An Enthusiast in Skulls Debonairrepaleontologist.png 30-59 

Bone15.png 2+ Skulls

Red gold.png Rostygold Coin.png Surmise.png Vital Intelligence Bone15.png Skull
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 
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
Requires Cross.png A Crooked Cross

Fox.png Persuasive check

Whisperedsecret.png 1 x Rumours 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 40 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

Cat.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 Rumours 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
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

 

Strategy[edit | edit source]

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.

It is important to note that the payout for some 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.

Notes on Specific Items[edit | edit source]

  • 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 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 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 Bone11.png Ivory Humerus is an extremely efficient way to add value to a skeleton. Obtaining one costs Boneshard.png 1100 x Bone Fragments, but it adds 30 echoes of value, which sells for Boneshard.png 3000 x Bone Fragments.
  • 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 | edit source]

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
Bone2.png Flourishing Ribcage Coin.png 1250  20 Nadirskeleton.png 6 x Limbs Needed
Nadirskeleton.png 2 x Skulls Needed
Nadirskeleton.png 1 x Tails Needed
Rubberskull.png 2 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
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.
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 Ambition: Bag a Legend!
Rose.png 3 x Menace
Skullmoth.png A Custom-Engraved Skull Coin.png 10000  Snakehead2.pngMithridacy FEAST OF THE ROSE
Skeleton.png 0-2? x Implausibility
Bone15.png 1 x Bone Market Exhaustion
Skull.png Your Own Severed Head Coin.png -250  Dawnmachine.pngArtisan of the Red Science SMEN
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 3000  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 0-7 x Support for a Counter-church Theology, depending on which Skeleton.png Torso.
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
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 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 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 Trembling Amber and an amount of Amber red.png Warm Amber equal to 25 x Joints2; the number of used and unused joints your skeleton currently has.
Nadirskeleton.png Remove the tail from your Skeleton N/A Requires Kniferedsmall.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 | edit source]

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

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 | edit source]

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 | edit source]

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 | edit source]

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 | edit source]

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 | edit source]

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 | edit source]

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 | edit source]

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 | edit source]

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 Ape skeleton.

Bi-cranial Crone Crane[edit | edit source]

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, one quality has to be at level 6, while the other is at 3.

Mr Twists[edit | edit source]

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.

Extreme Recipes[edit | edit source]

These recipes intend to raise secondary qualities as much as possible. These are likely to raise Bone15.png Bone Market Exhaustion, but they can be done just before Time the Healer arrives.

Ancient Terror[edit | edit source]

This Skeleton is focused on certain attributes, to increase the pay-out from specific buyers. Depending on skill checks, it can reach Rose.png 17 x Menace and Clock.png 9 x Antiquity.

Those are a lot of secondary qualities. You might be rubbing your hands in anticipation of selling it to, say, the Genericwoman1.png Author of Gothic Tales, but do keep in mind that it will give some levels of Bone15.png Bone Market Exhaustion.

Armored Avian Abomination[edit | edit source]

This is a variant of the above, but with Plated Skulls instead. The Monstrous Anatomy challenges for these skulls is easier than those for Horned Skulls.

That should give you up to Rose.png 17 x Menace if you Assuredfilmmaker.png sell it to the Teller of Terrors, but do keep in mind that it will give some levels of Bone15.png Bone Market Exhaustion.

Warped Warbler[edit | edit source]

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.

Ivory Recipes[edit | edit source]

These recipes use Bone11.png Ivory Humeri to raise the value of the skeleton. Typically, the skeletons are usually declared as simians.

Ornamental Orangutan[edit | edit source]

This Skeleton has a high Coin.png Approximate Value of Your Skeleton in Pennies (19250-19750) and all of the parts can be obtained without Opportunity Cards.

Malignant Magnificent Monkey[edit | edit source]

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.

Exhibition Recipes[edit | edit source]

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 | edit source]

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.

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.

Unsorted Recipes[edit | edit source]

The following recipes have yet to be categorized.

Leviathan Acquisition[edit | edit source]

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.

Leg Horse[edit | edit source]

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.

"My Other Hobby? Recycling."[edit | edit source]

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 | edit source]

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.

"Dinosaur"[edit | edit source]

Yeap, you want to sell this to the Benefactor.png Enthusiast of the Ancient World – but you want Guisemale.png Unprovenanced Artefacts too.

This guarantees Clock.png 7 x Antiquity, and discounting bad luck on the attempt to include the tail, Clock.png 8 .

The Frog of Faith and the Reverent Reptile[edit | edit source]

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 | edit source]

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 | edit source]

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.

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