Pay-to-play Fletching training

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This article gives tips about training the Fletching skill in a members-only world.

Helpful quests[edit | edit source]

Some quests give Fletching experience as a one-time quest reward.

Some other quests not listed give a generic experience lamp that could be used on Fletching if the player intended to do so, however, Fletching is known to be a "fast skill" to train up, so generic experience lamps are typically better used on other skills.

General notes[edit | edit source]

  • This guide focuses on the creation of bows, as that is the most common method of training the Fletching skill and therefore the materials are easiest to get hold of.
  • Xp/hr rates in this article are generated using the base experience. Boosting your experience, for example by having bonus experience, wearing all or part of the fletcher's outfit, or using a portable fletcher, will increase the experience gained for each action and reduce the cost of training Fletching.
  • Xp/hr rates given in this guide are a maximum amount possible; they assume that you will be fletching steadily, with quick banking and few to no distractions in game or in real life. Many players will, realistically, not achieve these amounts. Note: to significantly speed up the banking process it is recommended that players use presets. This is especially important if stringing bows, as it will only take one click to swap the bows in your inventory with 14 unstrung bows and 14 bowstrings. Set up the preset to include whichever materials you are going to use and set it to either '1' or '2' for quick access. This quickly adds up and saves a lot of time.
  • Likewise, this guide assumes that you will be buying/gathering the materials for your Fletching before starting, rather than doing so as you go. Doing the latter will severely impact how much Fletching experience is gained per hour.
  • All calculations in this guide are rounded up; this may result in you needing slightly fewer materials than stated.
  • An easy way to gather bowstrings without crafting or buying them is to do a few rounds of Temple Trekking and choose bowstrings from the available rewards.
  • The Proto-tool reward from Stealing Creation can potentially be a useful item for level 40+ fletchers, as its knife form can be drained to gain 20k bonus experience in fletching. However, the time taken to obtain one must be balanced against its usefulness; combat games are twenty minutes long, and non-combat clan games are typically 10–15 minutes long, which is time you may prefer to spend fletching instead.
  • Grand Exchange prices are the median price. Materials may cost more than the prices stated, and finished products sell for less.
  • Fletching an inventory of unstrung bows from logs takes 50 seconds an inventory. Stringing an inventory of 14 bows to make the finished product takes 15 seconds. These have been rounded up to 60 seconds and 20 seconds respectively to account for banking time.
  • Experience for fletching a bow from a log and stringing that same bow gives the same experience. With this in mind, the number of logs and bowstrings should be halved if you decide to both fletch and string.
  • A calculator that shows the costs of making bows and ammunition can be found here: Calculator:Fletching/Items.

Helpful items[edit | edit source]

Fletching potion[edit | edit source]

Fletching potion detail.png The fletching potion boosts Fletching by +3. It is one of the few Fletching boosts available, aside from god banners, spicy stews, and advanced pulse cores.

Sacred and volatile clay fletching knives[edit | edit source]

Volatile clay fletching knife.png The volatile and sacred clay fletching knives obtained from Stealing Creation respectively give 29,340 and 24,450 bonus experience to Fletching.

Crystal knife[edit | edit source]

Crystal knife.png The crystal knife is obtainable by Crystal Singing or elves that do that for you. The knife has two effects:

  • 5% chance of getting double arrow shafts from fletching logs,
  • 5% chance of giving a strung bow instead of an unstrung bow when fletching unstrung bows.

The crystal knife has 28 uses outside of Prifddinas and 56 inside.

Portable fletcher[edit | edit source]

Portable fletcher detail.png The portable fletcher is a Treasure Hunter reward that can be bought on the Grand Exchange. It lasts for 5 minutes and can be used by other people. It has multiple boosts:

Fletcher's outfit[edit | edit source]

Fletcher's outfit equipped.png Each piece of the fletcher's outfit increases your experience by 1%, for a total of 6% while wearing all 5 pieces (you gain an additional 1% for wearing the whole set). Each piece can be obtained for 100 reward points from Stealing Creation.

Wise perk[edit | edit source]

Wise.png The wise perk on a weapon or tool in the main or off-hand slot can give up to 3% more experience.

Level 1-99[edit | edit source]

This section will show the time and number of either logs or unstrung bows and bowstrings needed to reach level 99 if switching to each newly unlocked bow type you can fletch as soon as possible, along with the prices of the materials involved; logs, bowstrings, unstrung bows and finished bows.

Level 1-5 - Arrow shafts[edit | edit source]

Arrow shaft 5.png

The best way to get from level 1 to level 5 is using arrow shafts, which give 5 experience each.

  • Experience needed - 388
  • Logs needed - 78
  • Time - 150 seconds
  • Logs cost = 21,964
  • Arrow shafts = 14,820
    • Total profit = -7,144

Level 5-10 - Shortbows[edit | edit source]

Shortbow (u).png

Between level 5 and 10 you should either fletch or string shortbows. Both methods give 5 experience.

  • Experience needed = 766
  • Logs/unstrung bows needed = 154
  • Time = 6 minutes (fletch) OR 4 minutes (string)
  • Logs cost = 44,506
  • Shortbow (u) cost = 24,948
  • Bowstrings cost = 46,970
    • Shortbow (u) and bowstrings total = 71,918
  • Shortbows = 190,190
    • Total profit (stringing) = 118,272
    • Total profit (fletching) = -19,558

Level 10-20 - Shieldbows[edit | edit source]

Shieldbow (u).png

At this point you should switch to making shieldbows, which give 10 xp for fletching the shieldbow (u) from logs or adding the string to make a finished bow.

  • Experience needed = 3,316
  • Logs/unstrung bows needed = 332
  • Time = 12 minutes (fletch) OR 8 minutes (string)
  • Logs cost = 95,948
  • Shieldbow (u) cost = 25,564
  • Bowstrings cost = 101,260
    • Shieldbow (u) and bowstrings total = 126,824
  • Shieldbows = 413,340
    • Total profit (stringing) = 286,516
    • Total profit (fletching) = -70,384

Level 20-25 - Oak shortbows[edit | edit source]

Oak shortbow (u).png

You can now work with oak to make bows. Oak shortbows give 16.5 experience for fletching or stringing them.

  • Experience needed = 3,372
  • Logs/unstrung bows needed = 210
  • Time = 7 minutes (fletch) OR 5 minutes (string)
  • Oak logs cost = 23,310
  • Oak shortbow (u) cost = 10,920
  • Bowstrings cost = 64,050
    • Oak shortbow (u) and bowstrings total = 74,970
  • Oak shortbows = 157,290
    • Total profit (stringing) = 82,320
    • Total profit (fletching) = -12,390

Level 25-35 - Oak shieldbows[edit | edit source]

Oak shieldbow (u).png

You can now make oak shieldbows, for 25 experience for fletching or stringing.

  • Experience needed = 14,564
  • Logs/unstrung bows needed = 583
  • Time = 21 minutes (fletch) OR 14 minutes (string)
  • Oak logs cost = 64,713
  • Oak shieldbow (u) cost = 24,486
  • Bowstrings cost = 177,815
    • Oak shieldbow (u) and bowstrings total = 202,301
  • Oak shieldbows = 423,258
    • Total profit (stringing) = 220,957
    • Total profit (fletching) = -40,227

Level 35-40 - Willow shortbows[edit | edit source]

Willow shortbow (u).png

Willow shortbows are now available. These give 33.3 experience for fletching from willow logs or stringing them.

  • Experience needed = 14,818
  • Logs/unstrung bows needed = 445
  • Time = 16 minutes (fletch) OR 11 minutes (string)
  • Willow logs cost = 26,700
  • Willow shortbow (u) cost = 30,260
  • Bowstrings cost = 135,725
    • Willow shortbow (u) and bowstrings total = 165,985
  • Willow shortbows = 237,185
    • Total profit (stringing) = 71,200
    • Total profit (fletching) = 3,560

Level 40-50 - Willow shieldbows[edit | edit source]

Willow shieldbow (u).png

Now you can make willow shieldbows, which give 41.5 experience for fletching or stringing.

  • Experience needed = 64,109
  • Logs/unstrung bows needed = 1,545
  • Time = 55 minutes (fletch) OR 37 minutes (string)
  • Willow logs cost = 92,700
  • Willow shieldbow (u) cost = 80,340
  • Bowstrings cost = 471,225
    • Willow shieldbow (u) and bowstrings total = 551,565
  • Willow shieldbows = 670,530
    • Total profit (stringing) = 118,965
    • Total profit (fletching) = -12,360

Level 50-55 - Maple shortbows[edit | edit source]

Maple shortbow (u).png

Now you can make maple shortbows, for 50 experience each when fletching from maple logs or stringing.

  • Experience needed = 65,303
  • Logs/unstrung bows needed = 1,307
  • Time = 47 minutes (fletch) OR 32 minutes (string)
  • Maple logs cost = 88,876
  • Maple shortbow (u) cost = 167,296
  • Bowstrings cost = 398,635
    • Maple shortbow (u) and bowstrings total = 565,931
  • Maple shortbows = 958,031
    • Total profit (stringing) = 392,100
    • Total profit (fletching) = 78,420

Level 55-65 - Maple shieldbows[edit | edit source]

Maple shieldbow (u).png

You can now make maple shieldbows, which give 58.2 Fletching experience for fletching from maple logs or stringing.

  • Experience needed = 282,792
  • Logs/unstrung bows needed = 4,859
  • Time = 2 hours 53 minutes (fletch) OR 1 hour 56 minutes (string)
  • Maple logs cost = 329,868
  • Maple shieldbow (u) cost = 494,802
  • Bowstrings cost = 1,479,555
    • Maple shieldbow (u) and bowstrings total = 1,974,357
  • Maple shieldbows = 2,386,692
    • Total profit (stringing) = 412,335
    • Total profit (fletching) = 164,934

Level 65-70 - Yew shortbows[edit | edit source]

Yew shortbow (u).png

You can now make yew shortbows, which give 67.5 experience for fletching from yew logs or stringing.

  • Experience needed = 288,199
  • Logs/unstrung bows needed = 4,270
  • Time = 2 hours 33 minutes (fletch) OR 1 hour 42 minutes (string)
  • Yew logs cost = 640,500
  • Yew shortbow (u) cost = 883,890
  • Bowstrings cost = 1,302,350
    • Yew shortbow (u) and bowstrings total = 2,186,240
  • Yew shortbows = 3,522,750
    • Total profit (stringing) = 1,336,510
    • Total profit (fletching) = 243,390

Level 70-80 - Yew shieldbows[edit | edit source]

Yew shieldbow (u).png

You can now make yew shieldbows, which give 75 experience for fletching or stringing.

  • Experience needed = 1,248,441
  • Logs/unstrung bows needed = 16,646
  • Time = 9 hours 55 minutes (fletch) OR 6 hours 37 minutes (string)
  • Yew logs cost = 2,496,900
  • Yew shieldbow (u) cost = 3,196,032
  • Bowstrings cost = 5,077,030
    • Yew shieldbow (u) and bowstrings total = 8,273,062
  • Yew shieldbows = 9,554,804
    • Total profit (stringing) = 1,281,742
    • Total profit (fletching) = 699,132

Level 80-85 - Magic shortbows[edit | edit source]

Magic shortbow (u).png

You can now make magic shortbows, which give 83.0 experience for fletching or stringing.

  • Experience needed = 1,272,526
  • Logs/unstrung bows needed = 15,286
  • Time = 9 hours 6 minutes (fletch) OR 6 hours 4 minutes (string)
  • Magic logs cost = 6,542,408
  • Magic shortbow (u) cost = 7,490,140
  • Bowstrings cost = 4,662,230
    • Magic shortbow (u) and bowstrings total = 12,152,370
  • Magic shortbows = 15,561,148
    • Total profit (stringing) = 3,408,778
    • Total profit (fletching) = 947,732

Level 85-90 - Magic shieldbows[edit | edit source]

Magic shieldbow (u).png

Magic shieldbows are the second type of magic bow. They give 91.5 experience for fletching or stringing them.

  • Experience needed = 2,087,738
  • Logs/unstrung bows needed = 22,817
  • Time = 13 hours, 35 minutes (fletch) OR 9 hours, 4 minutes (string)
  • Magic logs cost = 9,765,676
  • Magic shieldbow (u) cost = 9,879,761
  • Bowstrings cost = 6,959,185
    • Magic shieldbow (u) and bowstrings total = 16,838,946
  • Magic shieldbows = 22,862,634
    • Total profit (stringing) = 6,023,688
    • Total profit (fletching) = 114,085

Level 90-95 - Elder shortbows[edit | edit source]

Elder shortbow (u).png

Elder shortbows are the penultimate type of bow unlocked outside of Daemonheim. They give 101.2 experience for fletching or stringing them.

  • Experience needed = 3,425,226
  • Logs/unstrung bows needed = 33,847
  • Time = 20 hours, 9 minutes (fletch) OR 13 hours, 26 minutes (string)
  • Elder logs cost = 205,451,290
  • Elder shortbow (u) cost = 206,568,241
  • Bowstrings cost = 10,323,335
    • Elder shortbow (u) and bowstrings total = 216,891,576
  • Elder shortbows = 117,956,795
    • Total profit (stringing) = -98,934,781
    • Total profit (fletching) = 1,116,951

Level 95-99 - Elder shieldbows[edit | edit source]

Elder shieldbow (u).png

Elder shieldbows are the last type of bow unlocked outside of Daemonheim. They give 116 experience for fletching or stringing them.

  • Experience needed = 4,262,873
  • Logs/unstrung bows needed = 36,749
  • Time = 21 hours, 53 minutes (fletch) OR 16 hours, 35 minutes (string)
  • Elder logs cost = 223,066,430
  • Elder shieldbow (u) cost = 187,015,661
  • Bowstrings cost = 11,208,445
    • Elder shieldbow (u) and bowstrings total = 198,224,106
  • Elder shieldbows = 126,416,560
    • Total profit (stringing) = -71,807,546
    • Total profit (fletching) = -36,050,769

Ammunition[edit | edit source]

Level 52-99 - Broad arrows[edit | edit source]

Broad arrow 5.png

Fletching broad arrows is a fast, but expensive, method for training Fletching. When fletching broad arrows, you make 10 sets of 15 arrows, at 15 xp per arrow (225 xp per set). As broad arrows are untradeable, no profit can be made from this method of training. Players can gain 675,000 base experience per hour using this method. Players that are unsure whether the investment of 300 slayer points is worth the cost may take into account that fletching a broad arrow is required for one of the hard desert achievements

  • Experience needed = 12,910,771
  • Broad arrowheads and headless arrows needed = 860,719
  • Time = 19 hours
  • Broad arrowheads price = 58,528,892
  • Headless arrow price = 32,707,322
    • Cost per arrow = -106
    • Loss per hour = -4,770,000
  • Total cost = 91,236,214
  • Total profit = -91,236,214 (finished product is untradeable)

Level 90-99 - Ascension bolts[edit | edit source]

Ascension bolts 4.png

Making ascension bolts from ascension shards is a fast but highly expensive way to reach 99. These are made in sets of 10 bolts, granting 20xp per bolt.

  • Experience needed = 7,688,099
  • Shards needed = 384,405
  • Time = 13 hours
  • Ascension shards cost = 77,265,405
  • Ascension bolts price = 28,445,970
    • Cost per bolt = -127
  • Total profit = -48,819,435

Level 90-95 - Dragon arrows[edit | edit source]

Dragon arrow 5.png

An alternative to making ascension bolts is making dragon arrows. Making dragon arrows grants more experience per set however costing more than making ascension bolts. Dragon arrows are made in sets of 15 arrows, granting 15xp per arrow. Players can gain 675,000 base experience per hour using this method.

  • Experience needed = 3,425,226
  • Arrowheads and headless arrows needed = 228,348
  • Time = 6 hours
  • Dragon arrowheads cost = 73,984,752
  • Headless arrows price = 8,677,224
  • Dragon arrows price = 54,346,824
    • Cost per arrow = -124
  • Total profit = -28,315,152

Level 95-99 - Dark arrows[edit | edit source]

Dark arrow 5.png

After making dragon arrows to 95 the next logical step is to make dark arrows. Dark arrows are made in sets of 15 arrows, granting 17.5xp per arrow. Players can gain 787,000 base experience per hour using this method.

  • Experience needed = 4,262,873
  • Arrowheads and headless arrows needed = 243,600
  • Time = 7 hours
  • Dark arrowheads cost = 59,925,600
  • Headless arrows price = 9,256,800
  • Dark arrows price = 7,551,600
    • Cost per arrow = -253
  • Total profit = -61,630,800

Level 95-99 - Dragon darts[edit | edit source]

Dragon dart.png

Making dragon darts is the absolute fastest way to train Fletching, but at a high loss. Darts are made twice as fast as bolts and arrows. They are fletched in 10 sets of 10, at 25 experience per dart (250 base experience per tick, or 2,500 base experience per Make-X dialogue). Players can gain 1,500,000 base experience per hour.

  • Experience needed = 4,262,873
  • Dragon dart tips and feathers needed = 170,515
  • Time = 3 hours 6 minutes
  • Dragon dart tip cost = 142,380,025
  • Feather price = 1,705,150
    • Loss per dart = -703
  • Total cost = 144,085,175
  • Dragon darts = 24,213,130
    • Total profit = -119,872,045

Other methods[edit | edit source]

Completing quests[edit | edit source]

Some quests grant Fletching experience. Refer to the main article for more details.

Level 55-99 - Maple shieldbows[edit | edit source]

Maple shieldbow (u).png

Maple shieldbows are usually a cheaper, if slightly slower, route to achieving level 99 in Fletching. They give 58.3 experience for fletching or stringing.

  • Experience needed = 12,867,795
  • Logs/unstrung bows needed = 220,717
  • Time = 131 hours 23 minutes (fletch) OR 87 hours 36 minutes (string)
  • Maple logs cost = 15,008,756
  • Maple shieldbow (u) cost = 22,513,134
  • Bowstrings cost = 67,318,685
    • Maple shieldbow (u) and bowstrings total = 89,831,819
  • Maple shieldbows = 108,592,764
  • Total profit (stringing) = 18,760,945
  • Total profit (fletching) = 7,504,378

Level 70-99 - Yew shieldbows[edit | edit source]

Yew shieldbow (u).png

Yew shieldbows are another alternative method to reach 99. They're a compromise between the speed of magic shieldbows and the relative cheapness of maple shieldbows. 75 experience is given for fletching or stringing yew shieldbows.

  • Experience needed = 12,296,804
  • Logs/unstrung bows needed = 163,958
  • Time = 97 hours 36 minutes (fletch) OR 65 hours 4 minutes (string)
  • Yew logs cost = 24,593,700
  • Yew shieldbow (u) cost = 31,479,936
  • Bowstrings cost = 50,007,190
    • Yew shieldbow (u) and bowstrings total = 81,487,126
  • Yew shieldbows = 94,111,892
    • Total profit (stringing) = 12,624,766
    • Total profit (fletching) = 6,886,236

Level 85-99 - Magic shieldbows[edit | edit source]

Magic shieldbow (u).png

Magic shieldbows were the best fletchable bow available, until the elder bows were released, and are still used for training due to their lower price in relation to elder logs and bows. They give 91.5 experience for fletching or stringing them.

  • Experience needed = 9,775,837
  • Logs/unstrung bows needed = 106,840
  • Time = 56 hours, 26 minutes (fletch) OR 38 hours, 22 minutes (string)
  • Magic logs cost = 45,727,520
  • Magic shieldbow (u) cost = 46,261,720
  • Bowstrings cost = 32,586,200
    • Magic shieldbow (u) and bowstrings total = 78,847,920
  • Magic shieldbows = 107,053,680
    • Total profit (stringing) = 28,205,760
    • Total profit (fletching) = 534,200

Level 83-99 - Sagaie[edit | edit source]

Sagaie.png Another alternative is making Sagaie at the Jadinko lair at level 83 Fletching, although this also requires 83 Woodcutting and 83 Firemaking, and it can be a lot slower than making Dragon darts or arrows due to the time spent collecting supplies. However, it is completely free.

Level 96-99 - Bundle of bamboo[edit | edit source]

Bundle of bamboo.png Bundling bamboo gives 100 experience per bundle, can be done with 2 golden bamboo or 5 bamboo obtained from the Arc region.

Experience per hour[edit | edit source]

This section shows the maximum possible experience per hour, and the potential costs, for fletching or stringing the high level shortbows and shieldbows. The last column shows what the possible profit/loss is per hour, according to the info on the left.

Method Action Amount/hr Exp/hr Material costs Sell for Profit/Loss GP/XP
Maple shortbow (u).png Maple shortbow (u) Fletch 1,680 84,000 114,240 215,040 100,800 1.2
Maple shortbow.png Maple shortbow String 2,520 126,000 1,091,160 1,847,160 756,000 6
Maple shieldbow (u).png Maple shieldbow (u) Fletch 1,680 97,944 114,240 171,360 57,120 0.58
Maple shieldbow.png Maple shieldbow String 2,520 146,916 1,025,640 1,239,840 214,200 1.46
Yew shortbow (u).png Yew shortbow (u) Fletch 1,680 113,400 252,000 347,760 95,760 0.84
Yew shortbow.png Yew shortbow String 2,520 170,100 1,290,240 2,079,000 788,760 4.64
Yew shieldbow (u).png Yew shieldbow (u) Fletch 1,680 126,000 252,000 322,560 70,560 0.56
Yew shieldbow.png Yew shieldbow String 2,520 189,000 1,252,440 1,446,480 194,040 1.03
Magic shortbow (u).png Magic shortbow (u) Fletch 1,680 139,440 719,040 823,200 104,160 0.75
Magic shortbow.png Magic shortbow String 2,520 209,160 2,003,400 2,565,360 561,960 2.69
Magic shieldbow (u).png Magic shieldbow (u) Fletch 1,680 153,720 719,040 727,440 8,400 0.05
Magic shieldbow.png Magic shieldbow String 2,520 230,580 1,859,760 2,525,040 665,280 2.89
Broad arrow 5.pngBroad arrows Add heads 45,000 675,000 4,770,000 Untradeable -4,770,000 -7.07
Dragon arrow 5.pngDragon arrows Add heads 45,000 675,000 16,290,000 10,710,000 -5,580,000 -8.27
Ascension bolts 4.pngAscension bolts Make bolts 30,000 600,000 6,030,000 2,220,000 -3,810,000 -6.35
Dragon dart.pngDragon darts Make darts 55,000 1,375,000 46,475,000 7,810,000 -38,665,000 -28.12
Elder shortbow (u).png Elder shortbow (u) Fletch 1,680 170,016 10,197,600 10,253,040 55,440 0.33
Elder shortbow.png Elder shortbow String 2,520 255,024 16,148,160 8,782,200 -7,365,960 -28.88
Elder shieldbow (u).png Elder shieldbow (u) Fletch 1,680 194,880 10,197,600 8,549,520 -1,648,080 -8.46
Elder shieldbow.png Elder shieldbow String 2,520 292,320 13,592,880 8,668,800 -4,924,080 -16.84

See also[edit | edit source]