Free-to-play Woodcutting training

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This guide describes the most effective non-members methods to train the Woodcutting skill. The experience rate estimates in this guide do not incorporate the use any experience boosting items or bonus experience and assume that players are using the best possible hatchet available for their Woodcutting level. Woodcutting is a gathering skill which, for free-to-play players, involves obtaining logs by chopping trees. Only 5 different types of tree are available to non-members: trees, oak trees, willow trees, maple trees and yew trees. Hatchets are tools required to chop trees. As players level up their Woodcutting skill they are able to gain experience and logs more frequently while woodcutting. They are also able to use hatchets which cut at a faster rate. They can also cut more varieties of trees.

Useful equipment[edit | edit source]

Hatchets[edit | edit source]

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In addition to Woodcutting level requirements, hatchets require certain Attack levels to be wielded. However, players are able to use a hatchet without equipping it, as hatchets held in the inventory or tool belt are automatically used to chop. To save inventory space, players are strongly advised to add their hatchet to their tool belt or equip it. Once a hatchet is added to the tool belt it cannot be removed, but players can add a higher level hatchet to their tool belt if the hatchet currently stored in the tool belt is inferior to the one being added. Players can add hatchets which they do not currently have a high enough Woodcutting level to use to their tool belt, in which case they will function as the best available hatchet at the player's current Woodcutting level.

Hatchets can be purchased from the Grand Exchange, obtained as monster drops or smithed with the required Smithing level. Hatchets up to Adamant may also be bought from Bob's Brilliant Axes in Lumbridge.

Level required Name GE price Notes
1 Bronze hatchet.png: RS3 Inventory image of Bronze hatchetBronze hatchet 3,984 This hatchet is already stored in the player's tool belt when their account is created.
1 Dwarven army axe.png: RS3 Inventory image of Dwarven army axeDwarven army axe N/A Grants an additional 3 xp per log on normal trees. Also has chance to give a wooden knot, awarding even more experience. Has a woodcutting speed equivalent to that of a bronze hatchet.
1 Iron hatchet.png: RS3 Inventory image of Iron hatchetIron hatchet 3,457 Has a woodcutting speed equivalent to that of a bronze hatchet.
6 Steel hatchet.png: RS3 Inventory image of Steel hatchetSteel hatchet 4,034 Equivalent to a black hatchet.
6 Black hatchet.png: RS3 Inventory image of Black hatchetBlack hatchet 3,606 Equivalent to a steel hatchet.
21 Mithril hatchet.png: RS3 Inventory image of Mithril hatchetMithril hatchet 8,621
31 Adamant hatchet.png: RS3 Inventory image of Adamant hatchetAdamant hatchet 18,007
41 Rune hatchet.png: RS3 Inventory image of Rune hatchetRune hatchet 14,648 The best hatchet available to free players.

Urns[edit | edit source]

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Urns can be used to gain additional Woodcutting experience while training. When held in the inventory, urns are filled as the player cuts trees. Only gains in base experience count towards filling an urn. Full urns can be teleported away to receive additional experience, equivalent to 20% of the Woodcutting experience gained while filling the urn. Only one urn is filled at a time, though players may own up to a total of 10 full urns. If a player owns 10 full Woodcutting urns they must teleport at least 1 away before they can fill more urns. This can be sped up by automatically teleporting them - see Settings > Gameplay > Interfaces > Inventory. Urns are only tradeable in their (nr), non-runed, forms. In order to use a woodcutting urn the player must add an earth rune to it; this makes the urn untradeable.

Name Crafting level required to add rune GE price of non-runed urn Charges gained from Type of logs Experience required to fill Experience gained from teleporting
Cracked woodcutting urn.png: RS3 Inventory image of Cracked woodcutting urnCracked woodcutting urn 4 2,086 Logs up to and including level 10 Logs 800 160
Fragile woodcutting urn.png: RS3 Inventory image of Fragile woodcutting urnFragile woodcutting urn 15 1,842 Logs up to and including level 35 The above, plus:
Oak logs
Willow logs
2125 425
Plain woodcutting urn.png: RS3 Inventory image of Plain woodcutting urnPlain woodcutting urn 44 2,493 Logs up to and including level 58 The above, plus:
Maple logs
4125 825

Magic notepaper[edit | edit source]

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Instead of dropping logs or sacrificing experience rates to bank them, players can use magic notepaper to note logs in their inventories. This gives less profit per log than regular banking, but allows for optimal experience rates to be maintained. Each log noted will use 1 magic notepaper, so subtract the current Grand Exchange price of the notepaper (390) from the price of the logs for the profit per log.

Guam incense sticks[edit | edit source]

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Incense sticks can be consumed to give bonus effects for Woodcutting. Each incense stick consumed provides 10 minutes of the effect, which can be extended by consuming more sticks. When incense effects are active their potency increases every 10 minutes up to potency 4, which multiplies the effect's strength up to 4 times. Alternatively, 6 sticks can be consumed at once via the 'overload' right click option, skipping straight to potency 4. Guam incense sticks give a 10% chance, per potency level, to gain additional logs from regular trees.

Nature's sentinel outfit[edit | edit source]

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Parts of the Sentinel outfits were obtainable from Treasure Hunter from 9 March to 13 March 2017. This outfit is rare among free players and is not considered essential. However, it can still be obtained by free players by redeeming a bond for a trader summoning stone (this will not grant membership) and exchanging bonus experience to buy the outfit.

The oaken, willow and maple sentinel outfits consist of head slot, body slot, leg slot, hand slot and feet slot items. When wearing a complete version of any of these three outfits, players gain the following bonuses:

Players who own all pieces of the oaken, willow and maple sentinel outfits can combine these outfits' components to form the Nature's sentinel outfit. This outfit gives superior benefits to those given by the other sentinel outfits:

  • 7% increased success chance while Woodcutting (as opposed to 5% with the other sentinel outfits).
  • 20 daily teleports (as opposed to 5 with the other sentinel outfits):
    • All teleport options that the other sentinel outfits offer
    • Active Evil Tree

Methods[edit | edit source]

Summary[edit | edit source]

See here to calculate how many logs may be obtained during training.

Level Method Woodcutting experience per hour
1-15 Regular trees 9,700
15-30 Oak trees 19,000
30-99+ Willow trees 24,000-65,000

Levels 1-15: regular trees[edit | edit source]

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At level 1 Woodcutting, players should begin training on regular trees. Between level 1 and 15 Woodcutting, players can gain experience at a rate equivalent to 9,700 experience per hour cutting regular trees. However, as only 2,416 experience is needed to achieve level 15 Woodcutting, a player starting with no Woodcutting experience can expect to achieve level 15 after around 15 minutes of training. This process can be further sped up by wielding a dwarven army axe, which grants additional experience per log cut. Regular trees are located throughout RuneScape, but are the only type of tree that is cut down after only one log has been obtained from it (unless incense sticks are used). To avoid having to wait for trees to respawn while training, players should train in locations with many regular trees available (such as the dead trees to the south-west of the Grand Exchange in Varrock, west of the Cooks' Guild).

Levels 15-30: oak trees[edit | edit source]

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At level 15 Woodcutting players can start training on oak trees. Between level 15 and 30 Woodcutting, players can gain experience at a rate equivalent to 19,000 experience per hour at oak trees. As a total of around 10,950 Woodcutting experience is needed to advance from level 15 to 30 Woodcutting, players should be able to achieve these levels in approximately 35 minutes. Oak trees are found in many locations throughout RuneScape, but an example of a good place to cut them is just south-west of Varrock's west bank (south of the Grand Exchange and just east of Gertrude's house). Here players will find 3 oak trees located close to the bank, with a further 3 oak trees located south of the first group.

Levels 30-99+: willow trees[edit | edit source]

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At level 30 Woodcutting players should begin training on willow trees. For non-members willow trees continue to give more experience per hour than any other type of tree available up until level 99 Woodcutting. Around 24,000 experience can be gained per hour training at willow trees with level 30 Woodcutting and up to 65,000 experience per hour can be gained at level 99 Woodcutting. One of the best locations to cut willow trees is just south-west of the bank in Draynor Village, where a large group of willow trees can be found near the coast. Other locations include south of Port Sarim jail and just west of the lake south of Taverley.

Players can gain more experience per hour by dropping the willow logs that they cut, rather than banking them. Players using the Evolution of Combat mode can drop willow logs as they are cut by adding willow logs to their action bar and then right-clicking this icon to drop the logs. If the action bar is close to the bottom of the client's display area but not snapped to the bottom, then it is quite easy to drop willow logs by alternating right and left clicks without moving the mouse. As opposed to dropping logs directly from the inventory, dropping logs via the action bar does not interrupt woodcutting.

Level Experience per hour at willow trees With Woodcutting urns
30 24,000 28,800
35 27,000 32,400
41 40,000 48,000
50 46,000 55,200
60 50,000 60,000
70 54,000 64,800
80 46,000 69,600
90 50,000 75,000
99+ 65,000 78,000

Money making using the Woodcutting skill[edit | edit source]

Cutting oak logs[edit | edit source]

Level required Experience per hour Profit per hour Details of method
15 Woodcutting (higher recommended) 37,500 Woodcutting 765,000 Money making guide/Cutting oak logs

Cutting regular logs[edit | edit source]

Level required Experience per hour Profit per hour Details of method
31+ Woodcutting recommended 13,750 Woodcutting 446,050 Money making guide/Cutting logs

Cutting willow logs[edit | edit source]

Level required Experience per hour Profit per hour Details of method
60+ Woodcutting recommended 50,000 Woodcutting 523,920 Money making guide/Cutting willow logs

Quests for Woodcutting experience[edit | edit source]

Quest Members Experience
Other requirements
There are no free-to-play quests that reward Woodcutting experience.
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