Free-to-play Crafting training

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Crafting can be trained to 99 in free-to-play but doing so can be notably slow or expensive.

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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.

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 1,610,336 1,886,304 275,968 8.8
Gold amulet (unstrung).png Unstrung gold amulets 1,568 47,040 1,610,336 520,576 -1,089,760 -23.17
Hard leather shield.png Hard leather shields 1,620 58,320 1,375,380 1,308,960 -66,420 -1.14
Diamond ring.png Diamond rings 1,428 121,380 5,796,252 5,650,596 -145,656 -1.2
Plain woodcutting urn (nr).png Woodcutting urns 392 31,360 624,064 522,536 -101,528 -3.24
Strong mining urn (nr).png Strong mining urns 392 33,398.4 624,064 982,744 358,680 11.44
Strong smelting urn (nr).png Strong smelting urns 392 41,552 624,064 114,072 -509,992 -16.26
Ruby necklace.png Ruby necklaces 1,428 107,100 2,985,948 4,523,904 1,537,956 14.36
Diamond necklace.png Diamond necklaces 1,428 128,520 5,796,252 8,546,580 2,750,328 21.4
Diamond amulet (unstrung).png Unstrung diamond amulets 1,428 142,800 5,796,252 7,412,748 1,616,496 11.32
Uncut diamond.png Uncut diamonds 2,968 319,060 13,097,784 8,998,976 -4,098,808 -12.85
Green dragonhide body.png Green dragonhide bodys 1,440 267,840 6,017,760 5,905,440 -112,320 -0.42
Green dragonhide shield.png Green dragonhide shields 1,440 357,120 8,023,680 7,299,360 -724,320 -2.03
Blue dragonhide body.png Blue dragonhide bodys 1,440 302,400 9,737,280 7,440,480 -2,296,800 -7.6
Blue d'hide shield.png Blue dragonhide shields 1,440 403,200 12,983,040 9,131,040 -3,852,000 -9.55

Current prices[edit | edit source]

General notes[edit | edit source]

  • All jewellery smelting should be done at the
    1. Lumbridge furnace using the bank chest in the Lumbridge Market immediately to the west.
    2. Or at the 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. Can be done for free in Burthorpe. Flax is near the Farming trainer using the spinning wheel near the loom in the crafting area.

  • Experience needed - 5,624
  • Flax needed - 375 (alternatively, buy 392 to do 14 full inventories)
  • Time - 17 minutes
  • Flax cost = 66,000
  • Bowstring = 160,500
    • Total profit = 94,500 (252 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. Requires Quest Family Crest to deposit gold in metal bank.

  • Experience needed - 4106
  • Gold bars needed - 75
  • Sapphires needed - 75
  • Time - 4 minutes 15 seconds
  • Gold bars cost = 77,025
  • Sapphires cost = 41,475
  • Sapphire necklaces = 121,307
    • Total profit = 47,047 (1,001 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 = 43,134
  • Emeralds cost = 71,484
  • Emerald rings = 141,540
    • Total profit = 26,922 (641 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 = 140,699
  • Emeralds cost = 233,174
  • Emerald necklaces = 534,711
    • Total profit = 160,838 (1,174 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 = 249,561
  • Rubies cost = 258,552
  • Ruby rings = 686,961
    • Total profit = 178,848 (736 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 = 179,725
  • Rubies cost = 186,200
  • Ruby necklaces = 554,400
    • Total profit = 188,475 (1,077 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 = 1,615,471
  • Diamonds cost = 4,769,336
  • Diamond rings = 6,224,361
    • Total profit = -160,446 (-102 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 = 146,638,141
  • Diamonds cost = 432,918,056
  • Diamond necklaces = 854,556,255
    • Total profit = 275,000,058 (1,926 per necklace)

Other methods[edit | edit source]

Level 29-99 - Hard leather shields[edit | edit source]

Hard leather shield.png: RS3 Inventory image of Hard leather shield Hard leather shields grant 36 experience each. Making 361,734 of them is needed to reach level 99 from level 29. Note that the amount of thread used may vary slightly from player to player.

  • Experience needed - 13,022,400
  • Hard leather needed - 361,734
  • Thread needed - 90,435
  • Time - 183 hours
  • Hard leather cost = 307,112,166
  • Thread cost = 1,627,830
  • Hard leather shields = 292,281,072
    • Total profit = -16,458,924

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

Uncut emerald.png: RS3 Inventory image of Uncut emerald Cutting gems yield fast experience, but at a high cost. 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 = 252,678,036
  • Emeralds = 205,572,666
    • Total profit = -47,105,370

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 extremely 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 = 533,015,379
  • Diamonds = 366,214,056
    • Total profit = -166,801,323

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. This is a fast but expensive training method.

  • Experience needed - 12,627,416
  • Green dragon leathers needed - 203,668
  • Time - 35.6 hours
  • Green dragon leathers = 283,709,524
  • Green dragonhide shield = 258,098,273
    • Total profit = -25,611,251

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 = 390,753,440
  • Blue dragonhide shield = 274,818,940
    • Total profit = -115,934,500

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.

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 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 3,279 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 36825 46219
Gem/hr 896 411
Crafting xp/hr 55776 33188

This can change significantly if you choose to cut and drop or fletch certain gems, or keep diamonds to sell, depending on market or your preferences.

Crafting Guild[edit | edit source]

The Crafting Guild can be entered with 40 Crafting. It contains gold rocks, silver rocks, clay rocks, a water source, several potter's wheels for making unfired clay items, a pottery oven for firing them, a spinning wheel for spinning wool into balls of wool, and a Tanner who tans cowhides for a price. Additionally, a cow field is located immediately west of the Crafting Guild, and a flock of sheep can be found north of the Crafting Guild.

Players have everything they need here to make urns (clay rocks, a water source, a potter's wheel, and a pottery oven). Making Strong smelting urn (nr) (49 Crafting required) and banking them at the nearby Clan Camp makes very little money, but is by far the most xp in making urns. There is a bank deposit box in the guild itself, but it is only available to members upon the completion of the Falador hard achievements.

This amounts to 1512 experience per inventory, or about 25000 xp per hour. Slightly slower Crafting xp per hour and less profitable compared to mining gems from uncommon gem rocks and cutting them, although clay rocks are easier to mine especially at lower Mining and/or stamina levels.

Dungeoneering training[edit | edit source]

Training within Daemonheim is an alternative method of training Crafting. This method costs nothing outside Daemonheim, but its effectiveness depends on the player's ability to gather coins in Daemonheim.

A semi-experienced player (≥30 Dungeoneering) can expect to go from 1 to 31 Crafting raiding less than five small dungeons using the method below. This especially benefits any players who have neglected Crafting (but not many other skills, which Dungeoneering depends on).

Generally, players should craft protoleather bodies, available at 9 Crafting, because ranged hides don't require time on a spinning wheel. Although experience per hide increases according to the level requirement of armour crafted, a higher tier hide will yield significantly less experience per coin.

The idea is to buy protomastyx hide and thread and craft the hides into protoleather bodies (consuming 5 hides and 1 thread per body). This method will yield 99.5 experience for 1,690 coins spent in dungeon, counting the five hides (2,100 coins) and one thread (10 coins) used minus refund (420 coins) by selling the body. 8,500 coins are needed to craft 10 protoleather bodies, at least 20 empty inventory space is recommended to allocate for 4 bodies per inventory, and if desired, players can free spaces to make 25 slots for crafting 5 bodies.

The fastest way to quickly earn Crafting experience without gaining from other skills, is to start a dungeon at the highest floor and largest size possible, kill a small number of monsters near the Smuggler and take piles of coins (and sell other loots including food) from them, which approximately equals to 1/3 of total coins possibly gained throughout the whole floor. Use up the pile of coins to train Crafting and quit the floor quickly; this will yield much faster experience compared to training after completing the whole floor.

To prolong this method on a tight budget, if you have level 55 Magic and level 44 Runecrafting, you can craft nature and fire runes and then cast High Level Alchemy on the protoleather bodies. This method consumes more time but yields extra Magic experience. High Level Alchemy gives 840 coins instead of 420 per body, but minus 50 coins per essence (if bought) unless runes are looted or crafted from found essences. Using this method will allow you to craft 1 extra body (1320-1386 coins compared to 1690 per 5 bodies) for every 5-6 bodies alchemised. A salve orb (unlocked at 8 Crafting) can be made from one salve cloth and one thread (for a one-time investment of 430 coins). This is a cheap alternative to staff or wand, and all three kinds of item provide infinite supply of fire runes for Alchemy spells.

Quests for Crafting experience[edit | edit source]

Quest Members Experience
reward
Crafting
requirement
Other requirements
Goblin Diplomacy F2P icon.png 200 N/A N/A
Gunnar's Ground F2P icon.png 300 5 Crafting N/A
Tower of Life P2P icon.png 500 N/A
Fur 'n Seek P2P icon.png 500 N/A
In Search of the Myreque P2P icon.png 600 N/A
Dwarf Cannon P2P icon.png 750 N/A N/A
Animal Magnetism P2P icon.png 1,000 19 Crafting
A Fairy Tale III - Battle at Ork's Rift P2P icon.png 1,000 36 Crafting
The Golem P2P icon.png 1,000 20 Crafting
Making History P2P icon.png 1,000 N/A N/A
Recipe for Disaster: Freeing the Goblin generals P2P icon.png 1,000 N/A N/A
Recipe for Disaster: Freeing Pirate Pete P2P icon.png 1,000 N/A
Tears of Guthix P2P icon.png 1,000 20 Crafting
Murder Mystery P2P icon.png 1,406 N/A N/A
Recipe for Disaster: Freeing Skrach Uglogwee P2P icon.png 1,500 N/A
Cold War P2P icon.png 2,000 30 Crafting
Enlightened Journey P2P icon.png 2,000 36 Crafting
In Aid of the Myreque P2P icon.png 2,000 25 Crafting
Shades of Mort'ton P2P icon.png 2,000 20 Crafting
Observatory Quest P2P icon.png 2,250 N/A N/A
The Giant Dwarf P2P icon.png 2,500 12 Crafting
The Fremennik Trials P2P icon.png 2,812 40 Crafting
The Great Brain Robbery P2P icon.png 3,000 16 Crafting
Nature Spirit P2P icon.png 3,000 N/A N/A
The Slug Menace P2P icon.png 3,500 30 Crafting
Shilo Village P2P icon.png 3,875 20 Crafting
Legacy of Seergaze P2P icon.png 4,000 47 Crafting
Elemental Workshop I P2P icon.png 5,000 20 Crafting
Dimension of Disaster: Demon Slayer P2P icon.png 5,000 N/A N/A
The Fremennik Isles P2P icon.png 5,000 46 Crafting
Cabin Fever P2P icon.png 7,000 45 Crafting
Enakhra's Lament P2P icon.png 7,000 50 Crafting
Elemental Workshop II P2P icon.png 7,500 N/A
Dimension of Disaster: Curse of Arrav P2P icon.png 9,000 N/A
The Hand in the Sand P2P icon.png 9,000 49 Crafting
Elemental Workshop IV P2P icon.png 9,000 41 Crafting
TokTz-Ket-Dill P2P icon.png 10,000 43 Crafting
In Pyre Need P2P icon.png 11,556 52 Crafting
The Void Stares Back P2P icon.png 20,000 70 Crafting
The Branches of Darkmeyer P2P icon.png 20,000 64 Crafting
Rocking Out P2P icon.png 25,000 66 Crafting
Kindred Spirits P2P icon.png 25,000 60 Crafting
Do No Evil P2P icon.png 40,000 68 Crafting
Love Story P2P icon.png 40,000 67 Crafting
Ritual of the Mahjarrat P2P icon.png 40,000 76 Crafting
Some Like it Cold P2P icon.png 40,000 56 Crafting
Plague's End P2P icon.png 50,000 75 Crafting
The Light Within P2P icon.png 90,000 80 Crafting
Total 520,749