Pay-to-play Woodcutting training
This guide describes the most effective pay to play methods to train the Woodcutting skill. The experience rate estimates in this guide do not incorporate the use of any experience boosting items or bonus experience and assume that the best possible hatchet is being used for the stated Woodcutting level. Woodcutting is a gathering skill which typically involves collecting logs from different types of trees. Additionally, while cutting ivy or trees which grant logs players have a chance of spawning a bird's nest. Bird's nests can contain rings, bird's eggs, raven eggs, tree seeds, and fruit tree seeds and they can also be crushed to obtain a crushed nest worth 165 coins. Chopping crystal trees gives a chance of obtaining crystal geodes which can be shattered to obtain gems, crystal triskelion fragments, and crystal weapon seeds. Hatchets are required to chop wood. Levelling up the Woodcutting skill increases the rate at which players gain resources and experience while woodcutting. As players level up they are also able to use better hatchets which are more efficient. To gain the best experience rates possible, players are strongly recommended to use the highest level hatchet available to them.
Hatchets[edit | edit source]
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 cut wood. 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 (Adding a higher tier hatchet to the toolbet will result on taking back to your inventory the last hatchet added and adding the new one to the toolbet. This can not be reverted). Players can add hatchets which they do not currently have a high enough Woodcutting level to use to their tool belt. If the hatchet stored in a player's tool belt requires a higher Woodcutting level to use than the player currently possesses, the hatchet will function as the best available hatchet at the player's current Woodcutting level.
|Level required||Name||GE price||Notes|
|1||Bronze hatchet||4,293||This hatchet is already stored in the player's tool belt when their account is created.|
|1||Iron hatchet||3,573||Has a woodcutting speed equivalent to that of a bronze hatchet.|
|1||Dwarven army axe||Not sold||Obtained from Major Mary Rancour when asking for free stuff. It is equivalent to a steel hatchet and also increases experienced gained from cutting regular and oak trees by 3xp. Starting at level 2 Woodcutting the dwarven army axe gives a 1/6 chance that a player will obtain a wooden knot when regular logs are cut, granting an additional 25 Woodcutting experience. The dwarven army axe cannot be added to the player's tool belt.|
|6||Steel hatchet||4,034||Equivalent to a black hatchet. It is recommended that players continue to use a dwarven army axe at this level to gain additional experience when woodcutting regular and oak trees.|
|6||Black hatchet||3,572||Equivalent to a steel hatchet. It is recommended that players continue to use a dwarven army axe at this level to gain additional experience when woodcutting regular and oak trees.|
|21||Mithril hatchet||8,325||Recommended to switch to a mithril hatchet at level 21, as the player can now chop Oak Trees|
|31||Adamant hatchet||18,160||Recommended to switch to an adamant hatchet at level 31, as the player can now chop Willow Trees|
|41||Rune hatchet||14,653||The best hatchet available to free players.|
|61||Dragon hatchet||188,459||The dragon hatchet's woodcutting speed is 5-10% faster than that of the rune hatchet , depending on the player's Woodcutting level and what is being chopped.|
|61||Inferno adze||Not sold||Has a woodcutting speed equivalent to that of a dragon hatchet and also gives a 33% chance of instantly destroying the logs that it cuts. Burning logs in this way gives the normal amount of Woodcutting experience for the logs, and also awards Firemaking experience equivalent to that which would be gained if the player had lit the logs on fire. The inferno adze is gained from lighting all beacons simultaneously in the All Fired Up minigame. Level 92 Firemaking is one of the levels required to complete this successfully. The inferno adze cannot be added to the tool belt.|
|71||Crystal hatchet||Not sold||The crystal hatchet is the best hatchet currently available in RuneScape, with around a 15% faster Woodcutting speed than that of the dragon hatchet and inferno adze (depending on the player's Woodcutting level and what is being cut). It can be obtained by players who have access to Prifddinas. It is made by trading Lady Ithell a dragon hatchet and 4,000 harmonic dust (obtained by playing harps in the Ithell district of Prifddinas with level 75 Crafting). Players may upgrade a dragon hatchet which is stored in their tool belt to a crystal hatchet. Crystal hatchets can be converted back to dragon hatchets, but the harmonic dust used to upgrade the dragon hatchet will not be given back to the player. The hatchet requires level 71 Woodcutting to use but is not available until level 75 Woodcutting as an unboostable level 75 Woodcutting requirement is needed to complete the Plague's End quest, which is one of the prerequisites for access to Prifddinas.|
Augmented hatchets[edit | edit source]
Players with at least level 22 Invention can discover how to augment hatchets. This allows the player to create augmented crystal hatchets or augmented dragon hatchets by using augmentors on crystal hatchets or dragon hatchets. Hatchets stored on the player’s tool belt can be augmented by speaking to Doc in the Invention Guild. At the same Invention level players can discover how to make tool gizmos. A tool gizmo may be added to an augmented hatchet to give it perks. The following perks may be useful to players training Woodcutting:
|Best perk combination
(link to perk calculator)
|Best rank effect|
|Honed 6||Has a 12% higher chance of successfully gathering items.|
|Furnace 4 + Fortune 3||Has a 20% chance of consuming a gathered resource for an extra 100% XP. |
Has a 1.5% chance to double and bank what you have gathered or produced.
Furnace is only useful when doing activities where resources are received, otherwise the perk will not be triggered.
|Name||Effect||Number of ranks|
|Honed||Has a 2% per rank higher chance of successfully gathering items.||6|
|Refined||Has a 5% chance per rank of preventing a resource depleting when gathering.||4|
|Wise||When equipped, +1% per rank additional experience, up to 50,000 XP per day.||4|
|Prosper||Allows you to find clue scrolls whilst skilling and a 1% chance for elite clues found this way to be upgraded to master.||1|
|Polishing||Has a 3% chance per rank of transmuting a gathered resource to a higher tier.||3|
|Furnace||Has a 5% chance per rank of consuming a gathered resource for an extra 100% XP. When mining has a 5% chance per rank to generate no progress, but give double xp.||4|
|Fortune||Has a 0.5% chance per rank on gathering skills and 0.1% chance per rank on production skills to double and bank what you have gathered or produced.
This perk has an increased chance to activate on level 20 items. This does not apply to crystal trees or ivy.
To use an augmented hatchet’s perks the player must have charges in their charge pack. Use of an augmented crystal hatchet costs at most 0.31 divine charges from the player’s charge pack per second and use of an augmented dragon hatchet costs at most 0.21 divine charges per second. This cost can be reduced by researching charge drain improvements or by adding the Efficient perk (or Enhanced Efficient) to the item.
Other useful equipment[edit | edit source]
Lumberjack outfit[edit | edit source]
Pieces of the lumberjack outfit give a percentage increase in the amount of base Woodcutting experience gained. They require level 44 Woodcutting to wear and can be obtained as drops from killing undead lumberjacks during the broken bridge event in the Temple Trekking (and Burgh de Rott Ramble) minigame. Pieces are dropped in the order: boots, hat, legs and top. If all pieces are worn, then an additional 1% set bonus is given for a total of 5%.
|Total experience boost||5.0%|
Nature's sentinel outfit[edit | edit source]
The Sentinel outfits are elite skilling outfits for Woodcutting. Pieces of the willow sentinel outfit, maple sentinel outfit, and oaken sentinel outfit can be created from sentinel fragments, which are awarded to players with at least 70 Woodcutting at 5 minute intervals when chopping trees. Each outfit consists of 5 pieces: head, body, legs, hands, feet. The fragments can be assembled into outfit pieces after discovering the Invention blueprints, requiring 80 Woodcutting and 20 Invention.
The outfit pieces were also previously available from Treasure Hunter.
When wearing a complete set of any of these three outfits, players gain the following bonuses:
- 5 daily teleports to various woodcutting locations:
- Trees: west Varrock and east Varrock
- Oak Trees: west Varrock and east Varrock
- Willow trees: Draynor Village, Catherby, and the Barbarian Outpost
- Maple trees: Seers' Village and Daemonheim Peninsula Resource Dungeon
- Yew trees: Seers' Village Graveyard, east Catherby, Edgeville, Varrock Palace, and Crwys district
- Magic trees: east Ranging Guild, Sorcerer's Tower, Mage Training Arena, south Tirannwn, and Crwys district of Prifddinas
- 5% increase success chance while Woodcutting (stacks with the Lumberjack auras).
- 5% increased chance to obtain bird's nests and crystal geodes (stacks with the strung rabbit foot, the Woodcutting cape's perk, and the (superior) tree-shaking scrimshaw).
- An option to automatically burn logs when cut (25% chance and stacks with the inferno adze additively).
- Uses lumberjack outfit's bonus experience if owned, even while the set is in the bank or player-owned house.
Players who own all pieces of the oaken sentinel outfit, willow sentinel outfit, and maple sentinel outfit 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. Players gain the following bonuses from a nature's sentinel outfit in addition to those given by the other outfits:
- 7% increased success chance while Woodcutting (as opposed to 5% with the other sentinel outfits) (stacks with the Lumberjack auras).
- 7% increased chance to obtain bird's nests and crystal geodes (as opposed to 5% with the other sentinel outfits) (stacks with the strung rabbit foot, the Woodcutting cape's perk, and the Superior tree-shaking scrimshaw and tree-shaking scrimshaw).
- The ability to contact Evil Trees (similar to the sunbeam crown and icicle crown).
- The ability to plant a miniature Evil Tree per day. This scales with your level and works like a divine location, but doesn't count towards your cap. This tree can only be chopped by the player who plants it.
- 20 daily teleports to various woodcutting locations:
- Trees: west Varrock and east Varrock
- Oak trees: west Varrock and east Varrock
- Willow trees: Draynor Village, Catherby, and the Barbarian Outpost
- Maple trees: Seers' Village and Daemonheim Peninsula Resource Dungeon
- Yew trees: Seers' Village Graveyard, west Catherby, Edgeville, Varrock Palace, and Crwys district
- Magic trees: east Ranging Guild, Sorcerer's Tower, Mage Training Arena, south Tirannwn, and Crwys district
- Elder trees: east of Sorcerer's Tower, south of Yanille, Tree Gnome Stronghold, south of Draynor Village, Falador Farm, south of Varrock, west of Lletya, Piscatoris, south of Edgeville, and north of Rimmington
- Active crystal tree
- Active Evil Tree
- Teak trees: Tai Bwo Wannai, Ape Atoll, and south-west Castle Wars
- Mahogany trees: Tai Bwo Wannai, Ape Atoll, and Kharazi Jungle
- Arctic Pine trees: snowy island north of Neitiznot
- Choking ivy: north Varrock Palace, east Varrock Palace, north Falador, south Falador, south-east Taverley, East Ardougne church, north Yanille, south Castle Wars, and Crwys district
This is opposed to only 5 daily teleports with the other sentinel outfits, and only teleports to normal, oak, willow, maple, yew, and magic trees.
Sana's fyrtorch[edit | edit source]
Sana's fyrtorch is a skilling offhand for Woodcutting that requires level 80 Woodcutting to use. It is fletched with level 80 Fletching from a Croesus foultorch, which can be obtained as a rare drop from Croesus.
When equipped in the off-hand slot, Sana's fyrtorch grants a +6% increase to success chance when Woodcutting, as well as a 20% chance to chop twice in a single action, granting double logs and twice the experience. This effect stacks additively with the effect of the perfect juju woodcutting potion. Although it also works when chopping ivy, overgrown idols and crystal trees, it will only give double experience since these trees don't give any logs.
Cutting trees with Sana's fyrtorch also grants a chance to receive splintering arrow tips when obtaining logs, which are used to fletch splintering arrows with level 95 Fletching. The chance to receive arrowtips and the quantity received is increased by cutting higher level trees. The quantity of arrowtips received is also doubled if the logs are doubled as well.
Lumberjack auras[edit | edit source]
Lumberjack auras increase a player's chance of chopping wood by a percentage while they are activated. These auras' effects last for one hour after they are activated. Players may use 5 or 10 vis wax to extend an aura's duration by 50% or 100% (costing 100,460 or 200,920). This effect must be applied before the aura is activated. Once a lumberjack aura has been depleted the player must wait 3 hours before using it again. They also work when woodcutting crystal trees and ivy, increasing the frequency of experience being gained by the stated percentage. Lumberjack auras can be bought using membership loyalty points. All lower tiers of the aura must be owned before a higher tier can be purchased.
|Tier||Percentage chance of chopping wood increased by||Loyalty point cost|
Urns[edit | edit source]
Urns can be used to gain additional Woodcutting experience while training. When held in the inventory, urns are filled as the player woodcuts. Only base experience counts towards filling the 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 for teleporting|
|Cracked woodcutting urn||4||2,086||Logs up to and including level 10||Logs||800||160|
|Fragile woodcutting urn||15||1,810||Logs up to and including level 35||The above, plus:
|Plain woodcutting urn||44||2,493||Logs up to and including level 58||The above, plus:
Arctic pine logs
|Strong woodcutting urn||61||1,039||Logs up to and including level 75||The above, plus:
|Decorated woodcutting urn||76||7,964||Logs up to and including level 96||The above, plus:
Players who have at least level 24 Invention and who have completed Nomad's Elegy can discover how to make an urn enhancer. When in the player’s inventory the urn enhancer grants 25% additional experience for teleporting a full urn. This effect costs 20 charges from the player’s charge pack. Assuming the player purchases divine charges from the Grand Exchange, it would cost 443.57 to use the urn enhancer when teleporting an urn.
Woodcutting accumulators[edit | edit source]
Woodcutting accumulators can be created by players with at least level 50 Invention if they have specialised in the cave goblin technology tree. They can also be bought from the Grand Exchange for 83,343 coins each. When held in the player’s inventory a Woodcutting accumulator gains charges each time that the player fails to woodcut. The accumulator can then be studied to gain experience. 2,500 Woodcutting experience is gained from studying a fully charged Woodcutting accumulator. If Woodcutting accumulators are bought on the Grand Exchange, this gives them a cost of 33.34 coins/XP. Note that even if you buy it, it requires divine charges, therefore requiring the completion of most of the invention tutorial, which requires having the three level 80 skills.
Perfect juju woodcutting potion[edit | edit source]
When the perfect juju woodcutting potion's effect is active the player has a 5% chance of getting two logs at once when woodcutting, doubling the experience received. The perfect juju woodcutting potion also affects ivy and crystal trees, giving a 5% chance of receiving double experience when woodcutting. Each dose of the potion lasts for one hour. The potion can be bought from the Grand Exchange or created by adding harmony moss (costing 9,378) to a juju woodcutting potion (3) (costing 27,592 coins) with level 75 Herblore.
|Perfect juju woodcutting potion (1)||15,394|
|Perfect juju woodcutting potion (2)||28,474|
|Perfect juju woodcutting potion (3)||54,360|
|Perfect juju woodcutting potion (4)||85,614|
Log-splitting scrimshaws[edit | edit source]
Log-splitting scrimshaws can be activated to give players a chance of destroying a log while woodcutting, granting additional Woodcutting experience. Log-splitting scrimshaws can be activated and deactivated when the player chooses, provided a 10 second cooldown has passed. The inferior log-splitting scrimshaw gives a 15% chance of splitting a log to gain more experience and requires level 70 Woodcutting to use. The inferior scrimshaw is tradeable, costing 761,972, and lasts for 3 hours. The superior log-splitting scrimshaw gives a 20% chance of splitting a log for more experience and requires level 80 Woodcutting to use. The superior scrimshaw lasts for 4 hours but it is untradeable. Players who have level 85 Fletching can unlock the ability to make superior log-splitting scrimshaws by gathering all 4 fragments of the Log-splitting scroll in the Player-owned port minigame. The superior scrimshaw can then be crafted from 4 ancient bones. Log-splitting scrimshaws do not affect the experience gained from ivy or crystal trees.
The additional experience gained from the scrimshaw destroying a log is equivalent to a proportion of the experience that is normally gained upon receiving logs during woodcutting, and varies depending on the type of log destroyed. Inferior and superior scrimshaws award the same amount of additional experience when destroying a log. When woodcutting teak logs, a log-splitting scrimshaw would give approximately 2,000-3,000 additional Woodcutting experience per hour at level 35-40 Woodcutting and around 4,500-6,500 additional Woodcutting experience per hour at level 99 Woodcutting.
|Name||Experience gained from cutting logs||Experience gained from scrimshaw destroying logs||Additional experience gained from the scrimshaw|
Beaver familiar[edit | edit source]
Having a beaver familiar summoned invisibly boosts the player's Woodcutting level by 2. This does not give the player access to higher level content, but allows them to chop at a slightly faster rate (~3.5%). Level 33 Summoning is required to summon a beaver from a beaver pouch (which costs 3,583). The beaver familiar has a duration of only 32 minutes, but this can be increased to 48 minutes by having an active Totem of Summoning on Anachronia.
Waterfiend (familiar)[edit | edit source]
The waterfiend is a familiar that grants a 5% chance while training Archaeology, Mining, Fishing, Woodcutting, or Divination to duplicate the gained resource and store it within itself. The familiar can carry up to 20 items. The waterfiend familiar has a duration of 64 minutes.
Skillchompas[edit | edit source]
Skillchompas are items that can be used instead of a hatchet when woodcutting, giving a woodcutting speed equal to that of the type of hatchet they are equivalent to. When equipped or held in the player's inventory, they are consumed each time the player's character attempts to woodcut even if the action is unsuccessful. If a player successfully gains experience while woodcutting with a skillchompa, they will receive an additional 10% of the normal base experience. Each time a woodcutting attempt is unsuccessful a player gains 5% of the experience that they would have received if the attempt was successful. For example when woodcutting teak trees players gain 85 experience for successfully cutting teak logs when not using skillchompas; using skillchompas grants 93.5 experience upon successfully cutting teak logs and 4.25 experience each time the player is unsuccessful in cutting a teak tree.
At level 99 Woodcutting using crimson skillchompas at crystal trees gives around 146,000 experience per hour when using no other experience boosting items (compared to 110,000 experience per hour using a crystal hatchet). In an hour of woodcutting using this method around 1,400 crimson skillchompas are used, costing 3,084,200.
|Name||Woodcutting level required||Equivalent to||GE price per skillchompa|
|Cobalt skillchompa||31||Mithril hatchet||1,280|
|Viridian skillchompa||41||Adamant hatchet||1,277|
|Azure skillchompa||51||Rune hatchet||1,368|
|Crimson skillchompa||61||Dragon hatchet||2,203|
|Crystal skillchompa||71||Crystal hatchet||3,331|
Seren spells and prayers[edit | edit source]
Access to Seren spells and curses, which can be found in the ancient magicks and ancient curses spell and prayer books, is unlocked upon completing The Light Within quest. Level 75 Woodcutting is required for completion of the quest. Crystallise requires level 88 Magic and 6 water, fire, chaos, and soul runes to cast. Crystallise can be cast on a tree to increase the Woodcutting experience gained from it by 50%, while preventing the player from gaining any resources from the tree. This effect lasts for 30 seconds after Crystallise has been cast; casting Crystallise on the tree again will refresh this duration. If a crystallised tree is being cut only by the player who cast Crystallise on it, it will not deplete until Crystallise's effect wears off. If another player is woodcutting a crystallised tree, it can be depleted as normal, but the Crystallise spell's effect and timer will be paused until the tree replenishes.
With at least level 80 Prayer players can use the Light Form prayer, which enhances the effects of Seren-aligned spells while it is activated, to further increase additional Woodcutting experience gained from a crystallised tree to 87.5%. Players will need to consume around 53 doses of prayer potion per hour, with level 99 Prayer, to maintain the prayer points required to keep Light Form activated. Use of prayer renewal potions can help to regain some prayer points. Wearing a Grace of the elves will reduce the prayer drain rate of Light Form by 50%, reducing the amount of prayer potion doses required.
When training Woodcutting using Crystallise players can cast the spell up to 120 times an hour, costing 1,993,680 in runes. This cost can be reduced by using staves to provide some of the required runes. Crystallise cannot be cast on ivy or crystal trees.
Alternatively, players with level 91 Prayer can use the Superheat Form prayer to automatically burn all logs received for additional Firemaking experience equivalent to lighting the log, similar to the effect of the inferno adze or Always Adze relic. While this method doesn't give as much Woodcutting experience as using Crystallise with Light form, it gives more experience overall split between Woodcutting and Firemaking, making it a good way to train both skills simultaneously. This method also doesn't need any runes to use, and requires far less player input compared to constantly casting Crystallise, which may make it a more attractive option for some players.
Superheat Form drains prayer points at only 1/3 of the rate of Light form, and is also reduced by 50% by wearing a Grace of the elves, making its prayer drain very slow and easily sustainable by using an ancient elven ritual shard or prayer renewal potion. The prayer drain can also be completely negated by wielding an Orthen furnace core in the off-hand slot.
Ring of Whispers[edit | edit source]
The ring gives an invisible boost of +3 to all gathering skills, including Woodcutting, while equipped. As with the beaver familiar, this allows for an increased rate of chopping wood, increasing experience gained per hour.
The Ring of Whispers is part of an item set, along with the necklace of Shadows and the combined Catalyst fragment. When the full set is equipped, players can find manifested knowledge as they skill, which appears as a wisp near the player. This awards the player 10% of a small experience lamp's experience when caught, providing a small boost to Woodcutting experience per hour. This comes with the downside that the player has to be paying attention to their Woodcutting in order to benefit fully from the set bonus, as the wisps will disappear after a minute. Furthermore, as the item set requires the Necklace of Shadows to be equipped, the player cannot equip a strung rabbit foot to increase the drop rate of bird's nests.
Incense sticks[edit | edit source]
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. Cadantine incense sticks give a 2.5% chance per potency to not deplete a tree while woodcutting it (which stacks with the resourceful aura and Refined perk). Guam incense sticks give a 10% chance per potency chance to gain additional logs from regular trees.
Relic powers[edit | edit source]
Relic powers can be obtained through the Archaeology skill to unlock permanent passive buffs to assist in training Woodcutting among other things. Only 3 relic powers with a combined energy cost of 650 or less can be active at one time.
|Relic power||Effect||Level||Required relic(s)||Monolith energy||Chronotes|
|Always Adze||When woodcutting, you will always burn your cut logs for immediate Firemaking XP.||83||Seed of the Charyou Tree (use Seed of the Charyou Tree (inactive) while wearing flame gloves)||100||2000|
|Inspire Effort||You will gain 2% more XP when training gathering skills.||117||Petasos||250||5000|
Dwarven chainaxe[edit | edit source]
The dwarven chainaxe can be used in XP mode to double the XP received per successful chop at the cost of no logs gained. Since it lasts 100 charges, it's recommended to use it at locations that give a lot of XP per chop (such as crystal trees or overgrown idols). These do not work during Double XP.
Methods[edit | edit source]
Summary[edit | edit source]
See here to calculate how many logs will be obtained during training.
|Level||Method||Woodcutting experience per hour||Alternative methods|
|47-94||Acadia trees||55,000–92,000||Woodcut ivy with at least 68 Woodcutting. This gives 65,500-71,000 experience an hour with level 68-94 Woodcutting.|
Arctic Pines are 70,000-80,000 experience per hour with beaver, dragon hatchet and urns.
|94-99+||Acadia trees using Crystallise||Up to 180,000 an hour at level 99||Woodcut crystal trees from 94-96 Woodcutting for 92,000-110,000 experience an hour|
Cut golden bamboo from level 96 Woodcutting, for up to 130,000 experience an hour at level 99
Levels 1-15: Regular trees[edit | edit source]
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 14,500 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 10 minutes of training. This experience rate assumes the player is using a Dwarven army axe to gain additional Woodcutting experience. Regular trees are located throughout RuneScape, but they are one of the few types of tree that are cut down after only one log has been obtained from them. To avoid having to wait for trees to respawn while training, players should train in locations with many regular trees available (such as south-west of the Grand Exchange in Varrock, west of the Cooks' Guild). Players wishing to obtain more logs could use a Seers' headband 1 (or better) which gives a chance of obtaining two logs at once when cutting regular trees, though this does not give any additional experience. The Seers' headband is obtained from completing the easy Seers' Village achievements.
Levels 15-30: Oak trees[edit | edit source]
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. This experience rate assumes that the player is using a Dwarven army axe between levels 15-20 and then using a mithril hatchet at level 21 onwards. Oak trees are found in many locations throughout RuneScape. Examples for good locations include east of Draynor Village bank, south-west of Varrock's west bank and north of the Yanille lodestone.
Levels 30-35: Willow trees[edit | edit source]
At level 30 Woodcutting players should begin training on willow trees. Between level 30 and 35 Woodcutting players can gain around 27,000 experience per hour cutting willow trees. 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 on the coastline.
Levels 35-47: Teak trees[edit | edit source]
At level 35 Woodcutting players are able to start training on teak trees. Between 41,000 and 49,000 experience can be gained per hour training at teak trees with level 35-48 Woodcutting. The best place to cut teak trees is the Hardwood Grove near Tai Bwo Wannai on Karamja. The hardwood grove contains 9 teak trees and has no requirements to access, except a payment of 100 trading sticks (which may be purchased from the Grand Exchange for 1,600) each time the grove is entered. Players with a combat level of 10 or less will be attacked by level 5 snakes within the grove while woodcutting here.
Players can drop teak logs as they are cut by adding teak logs to their action bar and then right-clicking the icon to drop the logs. As opposed to dropping logs directly from the inventory, dropping logs via the action bar does not interrupt woodcutting. While woodcutting teak logs players have a 2.5% chance of obtaining a special teak log, granting the same amount of experience as woodcutting regular teak logs. Special teak logs are untradeable items that can be used in the Construction skill to convert teak logs into teak planks in place of the usual fee or traded to the Sawmill Operator for 1,300 coins each. Special teak logs have a right-click option to destroy the logs rather than to drop them and so they cannot be removed from the player's inventory in this way. Instead, players can right click special teak logs in their inventory to destroy them using the "destroy all" option.
Players with at least level 6 Divination could alternatively use signs of the porter to bank their teak logs (see this calculator to calculate the cost of using signs of porter to send teak logs to the bank). Signs of the porter cannot be used to bank special teak logs but will send bird's nests to a player's bank if the player picks them up. Players should be aware that, as logs are obtained at a frequent rate when woodcutting teak trees, they may need to often leave the hardwood grove to get more signs of the porter. This is especially the case if the player has a high Woodcutting level, is using a low tier of sign of the porter or has reduced inventory space due to using items such as woodcutting urns. Additionally, players cannot use log-splitting scrimshaws at the same time as using signs of the porter, as both items must be equipped in the pocket slot.
Players who are wishing to bank teak logs should cut teak logs on Ape Atoll as completion of Deadliest Catch unlocks a deposit box near to the group of three teak trees on the south-eastern part of Ape Atoll, which players can use to bank teak logs more efficiently than it is possible at the hardwood grove. Starting the Monkey Madness quest is a requirement to access Ape Atoll.
Levels 47-94: Acadia trees[edit | edit source]
With at least level 47 Woodcutting, players may begin to cut acadia trees. This gives between 55,000 experience an hour at level 47 and 92,000 experience an hour at level 99. Acadia trees are only found in Menaphos' Imperial District or VIP skilling area. Thus, partial completion of The Jack of Spades quest is required to access them.
While cutting acadia trees, players will gain Menaphos reputation, which unlocks rewards within the city. At rank 2 reputation for the Imperial District, you can use a nearby bank deposit box. Until rank 2 has been achieved, it is advised to place the acadia logs in the action bar and drop them from there (you must still right click the action bar slot, but dropping them in this fashion does not interrupt cutting the tree, even if the animation pauses momentarily).
The VIP skilling area is unlocked at tier 7 overall reputation; acadia trees in this area deplete at half the rate of trees within the imperial district. At tier 8 Imperial District reputation, the player's success chance while cutting acadia trees is increased.
Crystallise and Light Form can be used on acadia trees after unlocking them through completing The Light Within quest, which has level 80 Woodcutting as a requirement. Be sure to wear prayer-boosting gear to lengthen Light Form, and to have a full inventory so you don't accidentally deplete the acadia tree resource. Note that a log-splitting scrimshaw will not provide a bonus while using this method given that you are not actually receiving any logs.
Players with level 83 Archaeology should consider using the Always Adze relic power while cutting acadia trees. This offers fast Firemaking XP and eliminates the need to bank/drop acquired logs.
Using the following items can net experience of around 750,000 experience an hour at level 90;
Beaver familiar, Bonus experience in Woodcutting, Advanced pulse core, Perfect juju woodcutting potion#(4), Decorated woodcutting urn, Light Form alongside Crystallise, Torstol incense sticks and Crystal skillchompa's.
|Level||Experience per hour||Experience per hour with|
Crystallise and Light Form
Levels 68-94: Ivy[edit | edit source]
At level 68 Woodcutting players are able to begin training on ivy. Chopping ivy gives around 65,500 experience per hour at level 68 Woodcutting and 81,000 experience per hour at level 99 Woodcutting. Cutting ivy requires less effort and attention than cutting acadia trees and so proves popular with some players. Cutting ivy grants no items, but you will still find bird nests. It can be found in several locations in RuneScape, though players who have access to Prifddinas are recommended to train at the ivy located in the Crwys district to take advantage of the Voice of Seren effect. When the Voice of Seren is active in the Crwys district, base experience gained from Woodcutting ivy there will be increased by 20%. 75 Woodcutting is required for Plague's End and to unlock Prifddinas and chop ivy there.
|Level||Experience per hour (at ivy)||Experience per hour with|
Voice of Seren effect
Levels 79-99+: Acadia trees using Always Adze[edit | edit source]
This method doesn't require you to invest heavily into runes. With the Always Adze relic from level 83 Archaeology, players can gain up to 150,000 woodcutting experience and 220,000 firemaking experience an hour, making this a very efficient dual-training method.
Levels 81-94: Overgrown idols[edit | edit source]
At level 81, players can train woodcutting at the overgrown idols on Karamja and Anachronia. An idol is a statue surrounded by around 20 vines. Chopping vines gives XP for about 10 minutes until the vine has been cleared.
The fastest way to navigate to the idols is to tune the Prifddinas Max Guild portal to "Overgrown Idols". Players may enter this guild if they have 99 in any one skill. The same portal teleports players interchangably between the two idols present in Karamja. One idol can be found south west of the Shipyard entrance and another north of the Jadinko Lair.
Levels 94-99+: Acadia trees using Crystallise[edit | edit source]
From level 94 Woodcutting onwards players should only woodcut acadia trees if they are using Crystallise and Light Form to increase the experience gained from woodcutting them. If the player is not using Crystallise and Light Form, then they will not gain more experience than alternative methods. With level 99 Woodcutting, up to 180,000 experience an hour may be gained using this method. With Nature's sentinel outfit, Sana's fyretorch offhand, over 300,000 experience per hour may be gained.
Levels 94-96: Crystal trees[edit | edit source]
At level 94 Woodcutting, players can cut crystal trees if they are unable to use Crystallise and Light Form. Woodcutting crystal trees gives at least 92,000 experience per hour at level 94 Woodcutting, and up to 110,000 Woodcutting experience per hour at level 99 Woodcutting. Rates of over 200,000 Woodcutting experience per hour can be achieved at level 99 Woodcutting by woodcutting crystal trees using:
- an augmented Crystal hatchet with Honed 6 and Refined 4 in combination with an Off-hand weapon with Wise 4;
- the Nature's sentinel outfit;
- the Ring of Whispers;
- the Legendary lumberjack aura;
- Decorated woodcutting urns in combination with an Urn enhancer;
- Perfect juju woodcutting potion;
- Beaver familiar;
- Inspire effort relic;
- and a Clan avatar boost of 6%.
There are 7 crystal trees in RuneScape, of which one at a time is active and can be cut. Players may locate the active crystal tree by travelling to any of the crystal trees and using the right-click option "Look at Crystal tree". This will inform the player of the direction that they need to travel in to find the active tree. Alternatively, players who have access to the Max Guild garden in Prifddinas (requiring at least one level 99 skill or ownership of a quest cape) may attune one of the skill portals found there to transport them directly to the active crystal tree (this is recommended in order to save time). The Nature's sentinel outfit can also teleport directly to the active crystal tree (up to 20 times per day, shared with the outfit's other teleports). The active crystal tree can be identified by it having a square of crystal shards around its base: these shards are chopped by the player to gain experience. As with ivy, crystal trees require little attention to train on and give no products to the player. The location of the active crystal tree changes every 2 hours.
Levels 96-99+: Golden bamboo[edit | edit source]
Golden bamboo trees are a rare Woodcutting resource that can be found randomly on Uncharted Isles. Uncharted Isles can be explored from the The Arc region, which requires completion of the Impressing the Locals quest to access. Completion of the Flag Fall miniquest, which allows the player to claim an uncharted isle and return to it, is also required to woodcut golden bamboo effectively. To find golden bamboo trees, the player must first gain some chimes from skilling in The Arc so that they can purchase the supplies required to voyage to Uncharted Isles. Supplies can be purchased from Rosie (supplies). When the player finds an Uncharted Isle with golden bamboo trees then they can claim the island using a claim island flag. Once an uncharted isle is claimed the player may return to it for the price of 3 supplies per voyage: 5 supplies can be claimed per day for free from the box next to Rosie. Up to 3 golden bamboo trees may be present on an Uncharted Isle, if the player opts to go on a long voyage.
Golden bamboo can be cut with level 96 Woodcutting. Each day the player may cut approximately 100 golden bamboo per tree before it is depleted. The daily cap resets at 00:00 UTC. Depleting one tree takes around 30 minutes. When selling the golden bamboo gained from woodcutting players can expect to gain enough chimes to cover the cost of purchasing supplies to go on additional long voyages to find more golden bamboo trees and thus woodcut from them indefinitely. Purchasing the supplies cost reductions and commodity sell price increases unlocks from the Waiko Reward Shop, in addition to having a claimed island with as many golden bamboo trees as possible, will further increase the viability of searching for more trees to woodcut continuously. At level 99, woodcutting golden bamboo gives an experience rate equivalent to around 130,000 Woodcutting experience an hour with golden bamboo if cutting continuously and not accounting for the time spent finding 2+ golden bamboos on an island per hour. This is also assuming that it takes about 30 minutes to deplete each golden bamboo plant. It should be noted that a single golden bamboo plant can take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour to be depleted which may affect experience rates. Using urns, perfect juju woodcutting potions, lumberjack aura, beaver familiars and log splitting scrimshaw, the experience rate can go upwards of 300,000 Woodcutting experience per hour, not accounting for island hopping.
The experience from woodcutting golden bamboo can further be bolstered by completing contracts given by Sojobo (contracts) on Waiko or via a contract contact on an Uncharted Isle. Players may complete up to 3 contracts daily, and may purchase upgrades from Boni for a maximum of 7 daily contracts. Doing contracts, however, requires chimes to be able to reroll contracts until satisfactory golden bamboo ones are assigned.
Training to 200m XP[edit | edit source]
The most efficient way to train the Woodcutting skill from max level to 200m XP is to use Crystallise and Light Form whilst chopping Acadia trees in the Menaphos VIP Skilling area. Therefore it is required to have Tier 8 reputation with the Imperial District faction.
- The setup below yields a base XP rate between 180k/hr and 350k/hr.
- These rates do not include any items associated with Treasure Hunter such as pulse cores and cinder cores, or global boosts such as Bonus XP, the Clan Avatar buff and the Sceptre of enchantment buff. Including these buffs, a user can earn a Woodcutting XP rate in excess of 550k/hr not accounting for DXP live weekends.
- If not all items/auras are owned, one can use the next best available item/aura, however the XP rates will need to be recalculated by the user.
- For further information about this training method, one can visit the Achievement Help server #questions channel.
Worn Equipment:[edit | edit source]
- Lumberjack outfit
- Player-Owned Farms Elder Chinchompa totem buff (5% chance to save Skillchompas with Tier II if Crystal Skillchompas are being used with this method
- Tier 8 Menaphos reputation in the Imperial District
- Waterfiend pouch - provides no XP boost
- Cadantine incense sticks - the current cost makes them not worth using unless they're made from scratch
- Guam incense sticks - provides no XP boost
- Volatile and Explosive Effigies - the time required to obtain a substantial amount make this optional
- Necklace of Shadows and Combined Catalyst Fragment - the Grace of the Elves and Sana's Fyrtorch are better items to have equipped for this method
Alternative methods of gaining experience[edit | edit source]
Completing quests[edit | edit source]
|The Tale of the Muspah||800||10|
|Recipe for Disaster: Freeing Skrach Uglogwee||1,500||N/A|
|The Eyes of Glouphrie||2,500||N/A|
|The Fremennik Trials||2,812||40|
|Icthlarin's Little Helper||4,000||N/A||N/A|
|A Void Dance||8,000||52|
|The Fremennik Isles||10,000||56|
|As a First Resort||15,000||58|
|Within the Light||20,000||75|
|Back to my Roots||40,000||72|
|The Branches of Darkmeyer||50,000||76|
|The Light Within||90,000||80|
Stealing Creation[edit | edit source]
Players can use reward points from the Stealing Creation mini-game to purchase proto-tools and volatile clay tools. These items can be transformed into a selection of skill related tools, including sacred clay hatchets and volatile clay hatchets. These hatchets can be right-clicked to grant Woodcutting bonus experience (it is not necessary for the hatchets to be equipped to gain bonus experience). Players are advised to play Stealing Creation with a group of players co-operating in non-combat games to deplete all sources of clay available more quickly. Once all the clay available in a game has been depleted the game will end early, allowing players to gain reward points in shorter amounts of time.
Both proto-tools and volatile clay tools cost 20 reward points per tool to purchase. When converting a proto-tool the player can choose which skilling tool it will become, but converting a volatile clay tool creates a random skilling tool. A volatile clay hatchet grants 29,340 Woodcutting bonus experience, while sacred clay hatchets grant 24,450 Woodcutting bonus experience. A skilling tool created from a volatile clay tool can be reverted back to the volatile clay tool and then converted again to potentially give a different tool. This may be done up to 10 times (the volatile clay tool is destroyed upon the 10th reversion); each reversion causing the tool formed from the volatile clay tool to have 10% less bonus experience available to be granted. Both sacred clay and volatile hatchets retain their form after being drained of bonus experience, and players can then use 20 reward points to recharge the depleted tools rather than purchasing new tools. Because of this players can maximise the amount of Woodcutting bonus experience they obtain from their reward points by initially purchasing a volatile clay tool and then transforming and reverting the skilling tools created until a volatile clay hatchet is obtained. Players can then continue recharging the volatile clay hatchet and claiming 29,340 Woodcutting bonus experience from it each time they obtain 20 reward points.
Players with at least level 80 in Woodcutting, Hunter, Fishing, and Mining will be able to gather clay from all possible locations in a game of Stealing Creation. With these levels players can gather enough clay during a game of Stealing Creation to gain 24 reward points per game that they play. Assuming games of Stealing Creation are completed in around 12 and a half minutes, players can complete 4.8 games of Stealing Creation per hour and earn 115.2 reward points per hour - enabling them to obtain 140,832 Woodcutting bonus experience an hour.
Evil Trees (60+)[edit | edit source]
Players can gain Woodcutting experience while participating in the Evil Tree Distraction and Diversion. With level 60 Woodcutting players can woodcut yew evil trees, at level 75 players can cut magic evil trees, and with at least level 90 players can cut elder evil trees. A player using a crystal hatchet with level 99 Woodcutting can expect experience rates equivalent to approximately 111,000 experience an hour cutting yew evil trees, 176,500 experience an hour cutting magic evil trees, and 219,500 experience an hour cutting elder evil trees. Components of the lumberjack outfit can be worn to increase the amount of experience that is gained from woodcutting an evil tree. Players can interact with a maximum of 2 evil trees a day.
Every 2 hours an evil tree sapling will appear in one of many possible locations across RuneScape; the time until an evil tree sapling spawning can be checked in the minigames tab of the Adventures interface. Players may identify the evil tree sapling's location by gaining a hint from a spirit tree. Once an evil tree sapling has grown into a tree players can speak to a spirit tree to be teleported directly to the evil tree. Players can nurture an evil tree sapling to receive Farming experience and to help it to grow into an evil tree. Nurturing an evil tree sapling does count towards the daily limit for playing the Distraction and Diversion, so players should inspect saplings to determine which evil tree it will become before interacting with them in this way. When an evil tree first appears it will have 100% health - the aim of the Distraction and Diversion is to destroy the evil tree by depleting all its health. To do this players must firstly cut down at least one of the 4 evil roots surrounding the evil tree, as these will knock players away from the evil tree while they are present. After cutting down an evil root the player can access the evil tree and woodcut it to deplete its health. Woodcutting experience is gained both from cutting the evil tree and its evil roots.
Each time that they cut down an evil root players gain evil tree kindling, which can be used to light fires in 8 spots around the base of the evil tree. Lighting fires decreases an evil tree's health more rapidly, so players wishing to maximise their Woodcutting experience gains may wish to avoid doing this to prolong the amount of time that can be spent woodcutting the tree. The amount of time taken to destroy an evil tree varies depending on the Woodcutting level required to woodcut the tree and the number of players assisting in depleting the tree's health. If you assist in cutting down an Evil Tree, you can receive a boost that auto-banks any logs cut and also increases the time for a tree to stay standing. Depending on the level of evil tree, the duration of the boost can be between 6-30 minutes.
Supply runs[edit | edit source]
Supply runs are a safe activity that take place on Mazcab every 12 hours (at midnight and noon game time). The activity begins with goebie supplies spawning at the supply rock near to Querci in Kanatah and is available until 25 minutes past the hour. Players may take up to 10 goebie supplies per day from the supply rock. Upon taking goebie supplies players become flagged for safe PvP and can be attacked by other players. Death results in the loss of all goebie supplies that the player is carrying. After obtaining goebie supplies players must travel north-west through the Nemi Forest to Otot, where the supplies may be exchanged for experience with Quercy. The player will be given a choice between two skills in which to gain experience: Agility or Crafting, Farming or Herblore and Hunter or Woodcutting. Different skills are offered on different worlds, so players may change worlds to find a world where the skill in which they wish to gain experience is offered.
Between 495 and 48,515 experience, at levels 1 and 99 respectively, can be gained from exchanging 10 goebie supplies. Assuming the activity is completed in 5 minutes, experience is awarded at a rate equivalent to between 5,940 and 582,180 experience an hour, at levels 1 and 99 respectively.
Divine trees[edit | edit source]
Divine locations are items that can be made using Divination. Divine locations can be placed to create a gathering hub from which players can harvest raw materials. Players can harvest from divine locations even if they do not have the Divination level required to make it. A placed divine location lasts approximately 30 seconds before disappearing. Players can gain a limited amount of resources from divine locations per day, with the daily limit resetting at 00:00 UTC each day. A player's daily limit of resources is dependent on their total level, up to a maximum of 250 resources with a total level of 2500 or more (see the daily limit calculator on the divine location page). Using 20 or 40 vis wax can increase a player's daily limit by 50% or 100% once per day, costing 401,840 or 803,680 coins. (The Desert pantheon aura also achieves this.) Gathering most resources contributes 1 resource towards the daily limit per item received; however, gathering some higher-level resources contribute more resources towards the daily limit.
As players may only create one divine location per day, or 3 after progressing in Hall of Memories, it is beneficial for players to harvest from divine locations as part of a group so that they can gain access to multiple divine locations. When other players harvest from a divine location, the player who placed the divine location gains the benefit of a 40% chance of receiving additional noted items as they harvest from their divine location. Harvesting a noted resource awards the same experience and contribution to a player's daily limit as harvesting an un-noted resource. Harvesting noted resources allows a player to gain more resources from a single divine location and therefore reduces the number of divine locations that they must use to reach their daily limit of resources. A good place to find other players to harvest divine locations with is near Challenge Mistress Fara and the lodestone in Burthorpe on world 2—or world 48, the 2600 skill total server—around the time of day when the daily limit resets. Another good place to find other players to harvest divine locations with is the Lumbridge Market on world 84.
Players can gather from divine trees if they have the required Woodcutting level. When gathering from divine trees, players will gain logs that the equivalent tree gives. Logs are gained from divine trees at a rapid rate and grant experience equivalent to that which would be received if the logs were woodcut from a tree. Because of this, harvesting from divine trees can award players large amount of Woodcutting experience in a short amount of time. For example harvesting a full inventory of yew logs from a divine yew tree gives 4,900 Woodcutting experience in around 30 seconds. A player with a total level of 2,500 or more would be able to gain a total 43,750 experience per day harvesting from divine yew trees, without using vis wax to increase the daily limit. To gain the most Woodcutting experience possible from harvesting divine trees, players should harvest from the highest level divine tree available to them until level 60, when they can harvest from divine yew trees. Although players are able to gather from divine magic trees with level 75 Woodcutting, players should continue to harvest from divine yew trees. Harvesting magic logs counts twice towards a player's daily limit, while harvesting yew logs counts as one resource, so less Woodcutting experience is gained per resource when harvesting magic logs than when harvesting yew logs. Therefore, the best option is to cut divine yew trees.
Additionally, players who have unlocked the druid engram and charged it to form an echo in the Memorial to Guthix can use the Shared Knowledge buff to increase the experience gained from divine locations. While shared knowledge is activated, players will gain 25% additional experience from divine locations but will not receive any items. Wearing the lumberjack outfit will increase the experience gained while harvesting from divine trees.
|Name||Image||Woodcutting level required to harvest||Usage||Experience per resource gathered||Experience per usage||GP per resource gathered||Divination level required to make||Materials required|
|Divine tree||1||1||25||25||758||7||5 pale energy|
|Divine oak tree||15||1||37.5||37.5||729||21||15 bright energy|
20 oak logs
|Divine willow tree||30||1||67.5||67.5||686||31||20 glowing energy|
20 willow logs
|Divine maple tree||45||1||100||100||236||44||25 sparkling energy|
20 maple logs
|Divine yew tree||60||1||175||175||382||62||30 vibrant energy|
20 yew logs
|Divine magic tree||75||2||250||125||553||83||40 brilliant energy|
5 magic logs
Money making using the Woodcutting skill[edit | edit source]
|Cutting mahogany logs||531,000||50 (higher recommended)
|Cutting oak logs||729,000||15 (higher recommended)||37,500|
|Cutting logs||417,000||31+ recommended||13,750|
|Cutting elder logs||680,000||90 (higher recommended)
|Cutting willow logs||576,000||30 (higher recommended)||56,700|
References[edit | edit source]