Free-to-play Crafting training

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Crafting is potentially one of the fastest skills to train on free-to-play, but usually involves significant capital investments. In general, gold jewellery like emerald necklace is often profitable, but slow, while cutting gems or crafting with dragonhide is very fast, but ranges from a small profit to a significant loss depending on the market.

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Scroll of Dexterity[edit | edit source]

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The Scroll of dexterity is a non-members upgrade, purchasable from the Dungeoneering Rewards Shop for 20,000 Dungeoneering tokens. It requires 60 Crafting and 60 Dungeoneering. It provides a chance to save a hide when crafting an item that requires three or more hides. This can significantly reduce the cost per hour of high-level training.

Dwarven army axe[edit | edit source]

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The Dwarven army axe is a non-members tool, obtained by completing the To Lumbridge path. It has no requirements and provides 3 more experience when the axe is wielded or in your inventory while crafting soft leather items, hard leather items or moulding soft clay on a potter's wheel. This makes it useful to wield while doing any of these actions. It does replace your pickaxe during mining when wielded, which may affect mining speed when gathering clay for moulding.

Experience per hour[edit | edit source]

This section shows the maximum possible experience per hour and the potential costs for certain training methods. The last column shows the possible profit/loss per experience point, based on the info on the left.

Method Amount/hr Exp/hr Material costs Sell for Profit/Loss gp/exp
Gold necklace.png Gold necklaces 1,568 31,360 3,012,128 2,185,792 −826,336 −26.35
Gold amulet (unstrung).png Unstrung gold amulets 1,568 47,040 3,012,128 481,376 −2,530,752 −53.8
Hard leather shield.png Hard leather shields 1,620 58,320 1,159,920 1,323,540 163,620 2.81
Diamond ring.png Diamond rings 1,428 121,380 3,598,560 5,025,132 1,426,572 11.75
Plain woodcutting urn (nr).png Woodcutting urns 392 31,360 1,582,896 977,256 −605,640 −19.31
Strong mining urn (nr).png Strong mining urns 392 33,398.4 1,582,896 1,513,512 −69,384 −2.21
Strong smelting urn (nr).png Strong smelting urns 392 41,552 1,582,896 213,640 −1,369,256 −43.66
Emerald necklace.png Emerald necklaces 1,428 85,680 3,141,600 4,860,912 1,719,312 20.07
Ruby necklace.png Ruby necklaces 1,428 107,100 3,227,280 4,950,876 1,723,596 16.09
Diamond necklace.png Diamond necklaces 1,428 128,520 3,598,560 5,213,628 1,615,068 12.57
Diamond amulet (unstrung).png Unstrung diamond amulets 1,428 142,800 3,598,560 4,105,500 506,940 3.55
Uncut emerald.png Uncut emeralds 2,968 200,340 863,688 828,072 −35,616 −0.18
Uncut ruby.png Uncut rubys 2,968 252,280 1,169,392 1,006,152 −163,240 −0.65
Uncut diamond.png Uncut diamonds 2,968 319,060 3,033,296 1,777,832 −1,255,464 −3.93
Green dragonhide body.png Green dragonhide bodies 1,440 267,840 4,708,800 5,793,120 1,084,320 4.05
Green dragonhide shield.png Green dragonhide shields 1,440 357,120 6,278,400 6,838,560 560,160 1.57
Blue dragonhide body.png Blue dragonhide bodies 1,440 302,400 8,367,840 7,339,680 −1,028,160 −3.4
Blue dragonhide shield.png Blue dragonhide shields 1,440 403,200 11,157,120 8,712,000 −2,445,120 −6.06

Current prices[edit | edit source]

General notes[edit | edit source]

  • All jewellery smelting should be done at one of the following:
    1. Lumbridge furnace using the bank chest in the Lumbridge Market immediately to the west.
    2. Artisans' Workshop, located in the south-east corner of Falador which has its own bank chest.
  • Completing Family Crest, a members-only quest, allows storage of gold bars in the metal bank, which significantly speeds up jewellery smelting, and this benefit is kept on F2P. However, as it still requires membership to complete the times below would not take it into consideration.

Level 1-22 - Spinning flax[edit | edit source]

Bowstring.png: RS3 Inventory image of Bowstring Spin flax into bowstring for 15 xp each. This can be done on a spinning wheel. The best place to do this is in Lumbridge Castle, on the 1st floor[UK]2nd floor[US], very close to the bank above. Spinning flax is simple, and requires low investment and attention. It consistently turns a moderate profit, and is a decent fallback option when higher-level options aren't working out. You can pick and spin your own flax at Burthorpe, but this is not recommended as flax is very cheap and tedious to pick.

  • Experience needed - 5,624
  • Flax needed - 375 (alternatively, buy 392 to do 14 full inventories)
  • Time - 17 minutes
  • Flax cost = 36,750
  • Bowstring = 138,375
    • Total profit = 101,625 (271 each)

Level 22-27 - Sapphire necklaces[edit | edit source]

Sapphire necklace.png: RS3 Inventory image of Sapphire necklace Make sapphire necklaces, which grant 55 experience each. 75 need to be made. Significantly more profitable and faster xp, but more volatile market and dependent on larger investments.

  • Experience needed - 4,106
  • Gold bars needed - 75
  • Sapphires needed - 75
  • Time - 4 minutes 15 seconds
  • Gold bars cost = 144,075
  • Sapphires cost = 18,225
  • Sapphire necklaces = 135,689
    • Total profit = 33,981 (723 per necklace)

Level 27-29 - Emerald rings[edit | edit source]

Emerald ring.png: RS3 Inventory image of Emerald ring Make emerald rings, which grant 55 experience each. 42 need to be made.

  • Experience needed - 2,301
  • Gold bars needed - 42
  • Emeralds needed - 42
  • Time - 2 minute 15 seconds
  • Gold bars cost = 80,682
  • Emeralds cost = 11,718
  • Emerald rings = 136,920
    • Total profit = 44,520 (1,060 per ring)

Level 29-34 - Emerald necklaces[edit | edit source]

Emerald necklace.png: RS3 Inventory image of Emerald necklace Make emerald necklaces, which grant 60 experience each. 137 need to be made.

  • Experience needed - 8,193
  • Gold bars needed - 137
  • Emeralds needed - 137
  • Time - 7 minutes 30 seconds
  • Gold bars cost = 263,177
  • Emeralds cost = 38,223
  • Emerald necklaces = 466,348
    • Total profit = 164,948 (1,204 per necklace)

Level 34-40 - Ruby rings[edit | edit source]

Ruby ring.png: RS3 Inventory image of Ruby ring Make ruby rings, which grant 70 experience each. 243 need to be made.

  • Experience needed - 17,000
  • Gold bars needed - 243
  • Rubies needed - 243
  • Time - 7 minutes 14 seconds
  • Gold bars cost = 466,803
  • Rubies cost = 82,377
  • Ruby rings = 542,376
    • Total profit = −6,804 (−28 per ring)

Level 40-43 - Ruby necklaces[edit | edit source]

Ruby necklace.png: RS3 Inventory image of Ruby necklace Make ruby necklaces, which grant 75 experience each. 175 need to be made.

  • Experience needed - 13,115
  • Gold bars needed - 175
  • Rubies needed - 175
  • Time - 5 minutes 12 seconds
  • Gold bars cost = 336,175
  • Rubies cost = 59,325
  • Ruby necklaces = 606,725
    • Total profit = 211,225 (1,207 per necklace)

Level 43-56 - Diamond rings[edit | edit source]

Diamond ring.png: RS3 Inventory image of Diamond ring Make diamond rings, which grant 85 experience each. 1,573 need to be made.

  • Experience needed - 133,701
  • Gold bars needed - 1,573
  • Diamonds needed - 1,573
  • Time - 50 minutes
  • Gold bars cost = 3,021,733
  • Diamonds cost = 942,227
  • Diamond rings = 5,535,387
    • Total profit = 1,571,427 (999 per ring)

Level 56-99 - Diamond necklaces[edit | edit source]

Diamond necklace.png: RS3 Inventory image of Diamond necklace Make diamond necklaces, which grant 90 experience each. 142,783 need to be made.

  • Experience needed - 12,850,391
  • Gold bars needed - 142,783
  • Diamonds needed - 142,783
  • Time - 127.5 hours
  • Gold bars cost = 274,286,143
  • Diamonds cost = 85,527,017
  • Diamond necklaces = 521,300,733
    • Total profit = 161,487,573 (1,131 per necklace)

Other methods[edit | edit source]

Level 27-99 - Cutting uncut emeralds[edit | edit source]

Uncut emerald.png: RS3 Inventory image of Uncut emerald Cutting emeralds yield fast experience at break even or a modest profit. Cutting 192,959 emeralds is needed to reach level 99 from level 27.

  • Experience needed - 12,850,391
  • Uncut emeralds needed - 192,959
  • Time - 42 hours
  • Uncut emerald cost = 35,147,853
  • Emeralds = 33,698,457
    • Total profit = −1,449,396

Level 43-99 - Cutting uncut diamonds[edit | edit source]

Uncut diamond.png: RS3 Inventory image of Uncut diamond Although uncut diamonds grant 107.5 experience each, cutting them is very expensive. Cutting 120,783 of them is needed to reach level 99 from level 43.

  • Experience needed - 12,984,092
  • Uncut diamonds needed - 120,783
  • Time - 23 hours
  • Uncut diamonds cost = 123,440,226
  • Diamonds = 72,349,017
    • Total profit = −51,091,209

Level 64-99 - Green dragonhide shields[edit | edit source]

Green dragonhide shield.png: RS3 Inventory image of Green dragonhide shield Green dragonhide shields grant 248 experience each. Making 50,917 of them is needed to reach level 99 from level 64. Similar to cutting emeralds, this is fast and breaks even or turns a modest profit.

  • Experience needed - 12,627,416
  • Green dragon leathers needed - 203,668
  • Time - 35.6 hours
  • Green dragon leathers = 221,998,120
  • Green dragonhide shield = 241,804,833
    • Total profit = 19,806,713

Level 72-99 - Blue dragonhide shields[edit | edit source]

Blue dragonhide shield.png: RS3 Inventory image of Blue dragonhide shield Blue dragonhide shields grant 280 experience each. Making 43,340 of them is needed to reach level 99 from level 72. This is fast but also a very expensive method.

  • Experience needed - 12,135,174
  • Blue dragon leathers needed - 173,360
  • Time - 30.1 hours
  • Blue dragon leathers = 335,798,320
  • Blue dragonhide shield = 262,207,000
    • Total profit = −73,591,320

Gem rocks[edit | edit source]

Mining gem rocks offer several options to train Mining along with Crafting while not requiring any investments other than a pickaxe. This is also suitable for Ironman Mode, requiring no input (and dragon leather is harder to come by).

Common gem rock[edit | edit source]

Common gem rocks randomly yield uncut opal (can be cut at 1 Crafting), uncut lapis lazuli (1), uncut jade (13), and uncut red topaz (16). No Mining level is required but a higher level and a better pickaxe speeds up mining. Cut opals, jade and red topaz are worth more on the Grand Exchange, but you will fail resulting in the useless crushed gem too often to turn a profit buying uncut gems. Always cut Lapis lazuli gems first, as they cannot be crushed, and the XP gained from them may give you a higher level thus lowering the crush chance on other gems. While lapis lazuli are untradeable, keep them as they can later be made into lapis lazuli rings for 2,509 coins profit per ring at 11 Crafting.

Uncommon gem rock[edit | edit source]

Uncommon gem rocks randomly yield uncut sapphire (can be cut at 20 Crafting), uncut emerald (27), and uncut ruby (34). 20 Mining required (27 Mining unlocks emeralds, 35 for rubies); a higher level and a better pickaxe speeds up mining. These gems cannot be crushed.

A test at 36 Mining finds you can gain about 12000 Crafting xp per hour if you cut and drop sapphires (due to their low value) and bank the rest. You also gain about 18000 Mining xp, 130 uncut emeralds and 90 uncut rubies per hour.

A gem bag (costs 2000 Dungeoneering tokens, which can take a long time to obtain for beginners) can be used to hold 100 uncut gems total, from sapphire to diamond (although it requires 25 Crafting along with 25 Dungeoneering to obtain, so it takes only 2 more levels to cut emeralds).

A test at 46 Mining finds you can gain about 26000 Crafting xp per hour if you cut and drop sapphires and emeralds, and banking rubies. You also gain about 24000 Mining xp and 140 uncut rubies per hour. If you can and wish to cut and bank all 3 types of gems, it results in about 28400 Crafting xp, as well as 18200 Mining xp, 250 sapphires, 128 emeralds, and 85 rubies per hour. Experience would be even faster if you cut and drop all gems, but it would be more click-intensive.

Precious gem rock[edit | edit source]

Precious gem rocks are similar, but yield uncut diamond (43 Crafting) instead of sapphire. 43 Mining required to mine diamonds from them, and as Al Kharid resource dungeon is the only F2P mine with these rocks, 75 Dungeoneering is also required to get to them. While higher levelled, they are slower Crafting xp because they are mined much more slowly. However, they give slightly faster Mining xp and requires less walking.

If using a gem bag and banking with Archaeology journal, tests at 75 Mining and with a rune pickaxe + 3 with moderate attention shows the following results. As the gem bag only holds uncut gems, this assumes you mine and bank all uncut gems, then cutting them in one go, and averages it per hour. Gem types are random and calculated based on currently known drop rates.

Uncommon Precious
Trip time (mine & cut) 8.5 minutes 18.5 minutes
Mining XP/hr 36,825 46,219
Gems/hr 896 411
Crafting XP/hr 55,776 33,188

This can change significantly if you choose to cut and drop or fletch certain gems, as gems are not worth much. Cut diamonds' alch price is higher than its trade value, so you might want to cast High Level Alchemy on them at the mine while discarding the rest.

Quests for Crafting experience[edit | edit source]

Quest Members Experience
reward
Crafting
requirement
Other requirements
Sheep Shearer (miniquest) F2P icon.png 150 N/A N/A
Goblin Diplomacy F2P icon.png 200 N/A N/A
Gunnar's Ground F2P icon.png 300 5 Crafting N/A
Total 650