Free-to-play Woodcutting training

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This article is about non-members methods of training the Woodcutting skill. For members' methods of training Woodcutting, see Pay-to-play Woodcutting training.

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 1,959 This hatchet is already stored in the player's tool belt when their account is created.
1 Iron hatchet.png: RS3 Inventory image of Iron hatchetIron hatchet 2,571 Has a woodcutting speed equivalent to that of a bronze hatchet.
6 Steel hatchet.png: RS3 Inventory image of Steel hatchetSteel hatchet 3,233 Equivalent to a black hatchet.
6 Black hatchet.png: RS3 Inventory image of Black hatchetBlack hatchet 2,963 Equivalent to a steel hatchet.
21 Mithril hatchet.png: RS3 Inventory image of Mithril hatchetMithril hatchet 5,779
31 Adamant hatchet.png: RS3 Inventory image of Adamant hatchetAdamant hatchet 9,908
41 Rune hatchet.png: RS3 Inventory image of Rune hatchetRune hatchet 9,677 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. 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 1,034 Logs up to and including level 10 Logs 800 160
Fragile woodcutting urn.png: RS3 Inventory image of Fragile woodcutting urnFragile woodcutting urn 15 1,523 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 1,333 Logs up to and including level 58 The above, plus:
Maple logs
4125 825

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 chance 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. Due to it only available to non-members in a limited promotion, these outfits are rare among them and is not considered essential.

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 could 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. 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. 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 tree forest south of Draynor Manor, 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 58,000 69,600
90 62,500 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 551,000 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 211,750 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 378,140 Money making guide/Cutting logs

Quests for Woodcutting experience[edit | edit source]

Quest Members Experience
Other requirements
The Tale of the Muspah P2P icon.png 800 10 Woodcutting
Enlightened Journey P2P icon.png 1,500 N/A
Recipe for Disaster: Freeing Skrach Uglogwee P2P icon.png 1,500 N/A
Heroes' Quest P2P icon.png 1,575 N/A
Monk's Friend P2P icon.png 2,000 N/A N/A
Animal Magnetism P2P icon.png 2,500 35 Woodcutting
The Eyes of Glouphrie P2P icon.png 2,500 N/A
The Fremennik Trials P2P icon.png 2,812 40 Woodcutting
Icthlarin's Little Helper P2P icon.png 4,000 N/A N/A
Summer's End P2P icon.png 5,000 37 Woodcutting
A Void Dance P2P icon.png 8,000 52 Woodcutting
The Fremennik Isles P2P icon.png 10,000 56 Woodcutting
Grim Tales P2P icon.png 14,000 71 Woodcutting
As a First Resort P2P icon.png 15,000 58 Woodcutting
Crocodile Tears P2P icon.png 15,000 47 Woodcutting
Within the Light P2P icon.png 20,000 75 Woodcutting
Back to my Roots P2P icon.png 40,000 72 Woodcutting
The Branches of Darkmeyer P2P icon.png 50,000 76 Woodcutting
Plague's End P2P icon.png 50,000 75 Woodcutting
Nomad's Elegy P2P icon.png 50,000 75 Woodcutting
The Light Within P2P icon.png 90,000 80 Woodcutting
Total 386,187