Fletching

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This article is about the fletching skill. For information on training Fletching, see Fletching training (F2P) (P2P).
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Fletching level-up tune

Fletching is an artisan skill that involves the making of bows and arrows. The products of this skill are primarily used in the Ranged skill. It also provides material with relatively high alchemy prices, so its products are often used to train Magic as well.

At higher Fletching levels, the skill can be trained without losing any coins, although a decent amount of working capital is very useful.

A player uses the Fletching skill to carve a log.

A general rule of thumb for fletchers is to wait until you hear 3 "plucks" of the log being strung to know when you are done. This is an especially helpful tip for those who tend to be multitasking on other things when fletching. The plucking noise only applies to unstrung bows being strung though. Generally, however, each 5 logs that are fletched result in one plucking sound. Since 14 is the number most commonly used for fletching (14 of one type of log, 14 bowstrings), around 3 plucks are needed. Of course, if you are just cutting the logs with your knife then all you need to do is wait until you do not hear any more animation of the cutting to check back on your character. You can make 5000 unstrung bows in 3.13 hours.

The current minimum requirement to be ranked (at approximately rank 875,280) on the hiscores for Fletching is level 15. As of 20 September 2019, there are 187,116 current members that have achieved level 99 in Fletching. There are 4,957 current members that have achieved level 120 in Fletching.

Materials used[edit | edit source]

Fletching requires various items, depending on what a player wishes to create. These items are relatively universal, with slight differences based on exactly what is made. All sorts of fletching require logs, a knife, and other various supplies, which can be found below.

General[edit | edit source]

Picture Item Notes Grand Exchange Price
Knife.png Knife Knives are used to whittle wood into unstrung bows/crossbows or arrow shafts. Every player has a knife on their tool belt. 95
Beaver pouch.png Beaver (members only) The beaver acts as a knife (for fletching only). To fletch with a beaver you use your log on your beaver. You will need 33 summoning to summon this familiar. 1,538
Chisel.png Chisel Used to turn cut gems and wolf bones into bolt tips. 37
Logs.png Logs Logs are obtained from trees via the Woodcutting skill or bought from fellow players or the Grand Exchange. 300
Sacred clay fletching knife.png Sacred clay fletching knife The Sacred Clay Fletching Knife is obtained from Stealing Creation with 20 Stealing Creation Points. They are used to cut logs, like an ordinary knife. They can be operated to give 24,450 bonus experience. Not sold
Volatile Clay Fletching Knife Volatile clay fletching knife The Volatile Clay Fletching Knife is obtained from Stealing Creation with 20 Stealing Creation Points. They are used to cut logs, like an ordinary knife. They can be operated to give 29,340 bonus experience. When transforming, it becomes a random volatile tool and uses 10% of its bonus experience. Not sold

Making weapons[edit | edit source]

Bows[edit | edit source]

Picture Item Notes
Bowstring.png Bowstrings Bowstrings are one of the materials used to make bows. They can be spun from flax.
Flax.png Flax Flax can be picked in Seers' Village, north of the POH portal in Taverley, on the Lunar Isle, directly south-east of The Grand Tree, and in Lletya. Also if you have completed Throne of Miscellania you can have your subjects pick flax for you, Also upon completion of the quest you can pick Flax yourself on Miscellania. It can be spun into a bowstring on a spinning wheel. There is a spinning wheel on the first floor of the house north of the churchyard. Spinning flax gains 15 Crafting experience. There is also one on Neitiznot, which is the closest one to a bank. Another spinning wheel can also be found on the first floor of Lumbridge Castle, which is just downstairs from a bank. Flax plants give multiple flax per plant but do not last forever. They require time to "grow" or spawn again. Flax is a common way of making money. Flax can be picked and sold (85 coins each), or they can be spun into bowstrings to sell for more.

Crossbows[edit | edit source]

A player strings a crossbow with a crossbow string.
Picture Item Notes
Crossbow string.png Crossbow strings Crossbow strings are one of materials used to make crossbows. They can be spun from sinew and tree roots below magic trees.
Wooden stock.png Crossbow stocks Fletched from logs and are used in the production of crossbows. Most can also be purchased at the crossbow stall in Keldagrim. These are also available in the dungeon under White Wolf Mountain. This requires the 'Fishing Contest' quest.
Blurite limbs.png Metal Limbs Smithed from metal bars, metal limbs are used in the production of crossbows. Most can also be purchased at the crossbow stall in Keldagrim. These are also available in the dungeon under White Wolf Mountain. This requires the 'Fishing Contest' quest.
Sinew.png Sinew Sinew can be made by using a piece of raw beef or raw bear meat with a range and choosing to make sinew.

Making projectiles[edit | edit source]

Arrows[edit | edit source]

Picture Item Notes
Rune arrowheads 5.png Arrowheads Arrowheads can be bought in a ranging shop or smithed. 75 arrowheads can be made from each bar.
Arrow shaft 5.png Arrow shafts Arrow shafts can be made by using a knife on some logs. 15 shafts can be made from each pile of normal logs, or more from higher level logs.
Grenwall spikes 1.png Grenwall spikes Grenwall Spikes can be used as an alternative for arrow shafts. These can be obtained by hunting Grenwalls
Feather.png Feathers Feathers can be acquired by killing chickens. Chickens drop an average of about five feathers each. Feathers can also be bought in various places such as Shantay Pass, Fishing Guild, Lumbridge Fishing Shop, Port Sarim, Shilo Village, Ava's Arrow Shop, and various other places. Each shop has a player stock of 1000 feathers, and feathers can be bought for 6 gp, or 14 each from the Grand Exchange. You can use coloured feathers for this too, but they are more expensive most of the time. You can get coloured feathers from hunting.
Rune nails.png Nails Smithed from metal bars, nails are used in the production of Brutal arrows.
Wolf bone arrowheads 5.png Wolfbone Tips These can be made by using wolf bones with a chisel. They are used to create Ogre arrows.

Bolts[edit | edit source]

Adding bolt tips to bolts
Picture Item Notes
Barb bolttips.png Barbed bolt tips Barbed tips are rewards from the Ranging Guild activity.
Feather.png Feathers Feathers may be acquired by killing chickens. Chickens drop an average of about five feathers each. Feathers may also be bought in Port Sarim, Lumbridge, the Fishing Guild, Ava's Arrow Shop, Shantay Pass, and various other places.
Dragon bolt tips 5.png Gem bolt tips Gem bolt tips are attached to finished bolts (use feathers with unfinished bolts) to make gem tipped bolts. They can be made by using the gem with a chisel. Every standard gem in RuneScape, including the Shilo Gems, (Opal, Jade, Red Topaz, Sapphire, Emerald, Ruby, Diamond, Dragonstone and Onyx) can be made into gem tips, needing higher fletching levels progressing upwards. Finished bolts can be enchanted using Magic.
Pearl bolt tips 5.png Pearl bolt tips Pearl bolt tips can be made by using an oyster pearl with a chisel.
Rune bolts (unf) 5.png Unfinished Bolts Unfinished bolts can be smithed from metal bars. Each bar can smith 50 of these.

Darts[edit | edit source]

Picture Item Notes
Rune dart tip.png Dart tips Dart tips can be smithed from metal bars (Tourist Trap quest required). Players get 10 dart tips every bar.
Feather.png Feathers Feathers may be acquired by killing chickens. Chickens drop an average of about five feathers each. Feathers may also be bought in the Fishing Guild, Shantay Pass, Shilo Village shop, Port Sarim, the Lumbridge fishing shop, and various other places.

Making the items[edit | edit source]

Weapons[edit | edit source]

Bows[edit | edit source]

A player stringing a shieldbow (u)

To fletch bows, players must use a knife on a log to whittle a shortbow or shieldbow of that wood. Then, a bowstring must be attached to the unstrung bow. Bows, especially yew shieldbows and magic shieldbows, are frequently high alched as a means of income or Magic experience. Yew shieldbows are often made by many fletchers because of their high profit and experience.

Picture Bow Level Experience
(unstrung)
Experience
(to string)
Total
experience
Members?
Shortbow Shortbow 1 5 5 10 No
Shieldbow.png Shieldbow 10 10 10 20 No
Oak shortbow Oak shortbow 20 16.5 16.5 33 No
Oak shieldbow.png Oak shieldbow 25 25 25 50 No
Comp ogre bow Comp ogre bow 30 45 45 90 Yes
Willow shortbow Willow shortbow 35 33.3 33.2 66.5 No
Willow shieldbow.png Willow shieldbow 40 41.5 41.5 83 No
Maple shortbow Maple shortbow 50 50 50 100 No
Maple shieldbow.png Maple shieldbow 55 58.3 58.2 116.5 No
Yew shortbow Yew shortbow 65 67.5 67.5 135 No
Yew shieldbow.png Yew shieldbow 70 75 75 150 No
Magic shortbow Magic shortbow 80 83.3 83.2 166.5 No
Magic shieldbow.png Magic shieldbow 85 91.5 91.5 183 No
Elder shortbow Elder shortbow 90 101.2 101.2 202.4 Yes
Elder shieldbow.png Elder shieldbow 95 116.4 116.4 232.8 Yes

Crossbows[edit | edit source]

To make a crossbow, players must first use a knife with a log to make a crossbow stock. Then, players need to add some crossbow limbs (Made via Smithing). Finally, players must string it with a crossbow string.

Picture Crossbow Stock Material Level Needed Exp for Stock/Stringing Exp For Limbs Total Exp Members?
Bronze crossbow Bronze Crossbow Normal 9 6 12 24 No
Bronze 2h crossbow.png Bronze 2h crossbow Normal 9 6 12 24 No
Off-hand bronze crossbow.png Off-hand bronze crossbow Normal 9 6 12 24 No
Blurite crossbow Blurite Crossbow Oak 24 16 32 64 No
Iron crossbow Iron Crossbow Willow 39 22 44 88 No
Iron 2h crossbow.png Iron 2h crossbow Willow 39 22 44 88 No
Off-hand iron crossbow.png Off-hand iron crossbow Willow 39 22 44 88 No
Steel crossbow Steel Crossbow Teak 46 27 54 108 No
Steel 2h crossbow.png Steel 2h crossbow Teak 46 27 54 108 No
Off-hand steel crossbow.png Off-hand steel crossbow Teak 46 27 54 108 No
Mithril crossbow Mithril crossbow Maple 54 32 64 128 No
Mithril 2h crossbow.png Mithril 2h crossbow Maple 54 32 64 128 No
Off-hand mithril crossbow.png Off-hand mithril crossbow Maple 54 32 64 128 No
Adamant crossbow Adamant crossbow Mahogany 61 41 82 164 No
Adamant 2h crossbow.png Adamant 2h crossbow Mahogany 61 41 82 164 No
Off-hand adamant crossbow.png Off-hand adamant crossbow Mahogany 61 41 82 164 No
Rune crossbow Rune Crossbow Yew 69 50 100 200 No
Rune 2h crossbow.png Rune 2h crossbow Yew 69 50 100 200 No
Off-hand rune crossbow.png Off-hand rune crossbow Yew 69 50 100 200 No
Dragon crossbow.png Dragon crossbow Magic 94 100 200 400 Yes
Dragon 2h crossbow.png Dragon 2h crossbow Magic 94 100 200 400 Yes
Off-hand dragon crossbow.png Off-hand dragon crossbow Magic 94 100 200 400 Yes

Projectiles[edit | edit source]

Arrows[edit | edit source]

To fletch regular arrows, use a knife on logs to create arrow shafts. Each log yields 15 arrow shafts. Add feathers and arrowheads.

Achey logs can be whittled into ogre arrow shafts. Each achey log yields between 2 and 6 arrow shafts. Four feathers are needed for each shaft. The shafts may be tipped with wolf bone arrowheads or with nails. Ogre shafts tipped with nails are called "brutals" and are especially useful for killing Zogres. Any type of metal may be used for the nails.

The following table shows experience per item made, although 15 items are made at a time.

Picture Arrow Level Needed Experience Experience for 151 Members?
Arrow shaft Arrow shafts 1 0.33 5 No
Headless arrows Headless arrows 1 1 15 No
Bronze arrows Bronze arrows 1 2.6 39.5 No
Ogre arrows Ogre arrows 5 3.8 57 Yes
Iron arrows Iron arrows 15 3.8 57.5 No
Steel arrows Steel arrows 30 6.3 95 No
Mithril arrows Mithril arrows 45 8.8 132.5 No
Broad arrows Broad arrows2 52 15 225 Yes
Adamant arrows Adamant arrows 60 10 150 No
Rune arrows Rune arrows 75 12.5 187.5 No
Abyssalbane arrow 5.png Abyssalbane arrows 76 10 150 Yes
Basiliskbane arrow 5.png Basiliskbane arrows 76 10 150 Yes
Dragonbane arrow 5.png Dragonbane arrows 76 10 150 Yes
Wallasalkibane arrow 5.png Wallasalkibane arrows 76 10 150 Yes
Dragon arrows Dragon arrows 90 15 245 Yes
Dark arrows Dark arrows 95 17.5 282.5 Yes

1For arrows with tips, experience includes an additional 20 xp, 5 xp for the shaft and 15 xp for attaching flights (feathers).
2Broad arrows can be made after buying the knowledge with Slayer points.

Bolts[edit | edit source]

Bolts are made by using a metal bar at an anvil while you have a hammer in your inventory. This grants Smithing experience. The bolts created in this process are unfinished and still require fletching (they need feathers). This part provides the Fletching experience. Bolts are also the fastest way to acquire experience, and you will not lose much money. It is also great combined with Smithing

The following table shows experience per item made and per 10 items made (the amount made per metal bar).

Picture Bolt Type Required Fletching Level Experience (per bolt) Experience (per 10 bolts) Profit (per bolt) Members?
Bronze bolts 5.png Bronze bolts 9 0.5 5 7 No
Opal bolts 5.png Opal bolts 11 1.6 16 -12 No
Blurite bolts 5.png Blurite bolts 24 1 10 Not sold No
Jade bolts 5.png Jade bolts 26 2.4 24 No
Kebbit bolts.png Kebbit bolts 32 0.97 5.8 (per 6 bolts) 35.33 Yes
Iron bolts 5.png Iron bolts 39 1.5 15 27 No
Pearl bolts 5.png Pearl bolts 41 3.2 32 -21 No
Silver bolts 5.png Silver bolts 43 2.5 25 18 No
Steel bolts 5.png Steel bolts 46 3.5 35 0 No
Topaz bolts 5.png Red topaz bolts 48 3.9 39 11 No
Barbed bolts 5.png Barbed bolts 51 9.5 95 -28 Yes
Mithril bolts 5.png Mithril bolts 54 5 50 -12 No
Broad-tipped bolts 5.png Broad-tipped bolts* 55 3 30 0 Yes
Sapphire bolts 5.png Sapphire bolts 56 4.7 47 -24 No
Emerald bolts 5.png Emerald bolts 58 5.5 55 6 No
Mithril grapple.png Mithril grapple 59 59 590 665 No
Adamant bolts 5.png Adamant bolts 61 7 70 -15 No
Ruby bolts 5.png Ruby bolts 63 6.3 63 -75 No
Diamond bolts 5.png Diamond bolts 65 7 70 5 No
Runite bolts 5.png Runite bolts 69 10 100 5 No
Dragon bolts 5.png Dragon bolts 71 8.2 82 -32 Yes
Onyx bolts 5.png Onyx bolts 73 9.4 94 -29 Yes
Abyssalbane bolt 5.png Abyssalbane bolts 80 10 100 Not sold Yes
Basiliskbane bolt 5.png Basiliskbane bolts Yes
Dragonbane bolt 5.png Dragonbane bolts Yes
Wallasalkibane bolt 5.png Wallasalkibane bolts Yes
Ascendri bolts 4.png Ascendri bolts 10.6 106 -48 Yes
Long kebbit bolts.png Long kebbit bolts 83 1.33 7.89 (per 6 bolts) 45.33 Yes
Ascension bolts 4.png Ascension bolts 90 20 200 -122 Yes
Bakriminel bolts 5.png** Bakriminel bolts 93 13 130 1,444 Yes

*Broad bolts may be made after buying the knowledge with Slayer points.

**Players can only fletch Bakriminel bolts within two squares of a bloodwood tree therefore one must bring Bakriminel bolt tips to the tree.

Darts[edit | edit source]

You can fletch darts by adding feathers to dart tips after finishing Tourist Trap.

Picture Dart Level needed Experience Given
Bronze darts Bronze dart 1 1.8
Off-hand bronze dart.png Off-hand bronze dart 1 1.8
Iron darts Iron dart 22 3.8
Off-hand iron dart.png Off-hand iron dart 22 3.8
Steel darts Steel dart 37 7.5
Off-hand steel dart.png Off-hand steel dart 37 7.5
Mithril darts Mithril dart 52 11.2
Off-hand mithril dart.png Off-hand mithril dart 52 11.2
Adamant darts Adamant dart 67 15
Off-hand adamant dart.png Off-hand adamant dart 67 15
Rune darts Rune dart 81 18.8
Off-hand rune dart.png Off-hand rune dart 81 18.8
Dragon darts Dragon dart 95 25
Off-hand dragon dart.png Off-hand dragon dart 95 25

Temporary boosts[edit | edit source]

Main article: Temporary skill boost

Cape of Accomplishment[edit | edit source]

A player wearing a Fletching cape and performing the Skillcape emote.

Fletching hood.png Fletching cape.png Fletching cape (t).png Once players have reached level 99 Fletching, Hickton in Catherby will sell the Fletching cape for 99,000 coins. In addition, when players achieve level 99 in the Fletching skill, they receive the ability to make a new item while Dungeoneering, Tier 10 arrows.

Skilling pet (Flo)[edit | edit source]

Flo chathead.png
Main article: Flo

Like all skills, there is a skilling pet obtainable from training this skill. The pet for the Fletching skill is called Flo.

Achievements[edit | edit source]

See also[edit | edit source]

Update history[edit | edit source]

The update history project is a work-in-progress – not all updates to this topic may be covered below. See here for how to help out!
  • update 9 October 2017 (Update):
    • Fletching is now a free-to-play skill.
  • ninja 18 May 2015 (Update):
    • Players can now use keys [1-3] to choose the preferred action when crafting logs.
  • patch 5 May 2015 (Update):
    • Players can no longer fletch while balancing on a serenity post.
  • ninja 20 April 2015 (Update):
    • Players can now cut oak, willow, maple, yew, magic and elder logs into increasing quantities of arrow shafts.
  • patch 14 January 2013 (Update):
    • An animation has been implemented for adding feathers to bolts and arrows.
  • patch 29 May 2012 (Update):
    • Clicking "fletch logs" on a free world no longer stops the "make-x" menu from reappearing.
  • patch 17 January 2011 (Update):
    • An animation has been added for when players fletch dramen staves.
  • patch 25 February 2009 (Update):
    • Fletching while your cannon is firing does not work – you should now receive a message about this when you try.

Trivia[edit | edit source]