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Woodcutting level up (Levels 1-49)

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Woodcutting level up (Levels 50-99)

Woodcutting (often abbreviated as WC or WCing) is a gathering skill that involves chopping down different types of trees and vegetation. For each type of tree, a minimum Woodcutting level and a hatchet are required to cut it. With each increase in level, a player will be able to cut trees faster. Woodcutting speed also increases for every improvement in hatchet used, from bronze to crystal.

The current minimum requirement to be ranked (at approximately rank 1,384,154) on the HiScores for Woodcutting is level 15. As of 30 January 2023, there are 240,442 current members that have achieved level 99 in Woodcutting. There are 14,385 current members that have achieved level 120 in Woodcutting.

There are a wide range of trees, ranging from normal trees to crystal trees, as well as a few rarer trees and other types of vegetation.

General overview[edit | edit source]

As a player chops down a tree of a certain type, the corresponding logs will appear in their inventory, with the exception of crystal trees. The player can then light the logs with a tinderbox (or with a bow if the player is a member who has completed Barbarian Training) to raise their Firemaking skill, cut them with a knife and make them into bows using the Fletching skill, or sell them to other players for money. This makes Firemaking and Fletching highly dependent on Woodcutting.

In order to chop a tree, a player will need to have a hatchet of a level they can use. Hatchets can be wielded in the weapon slot in order to gather more wood in the inventory, provided players have a high enough Attack level to use the type of metal the hatchet is, as it is still considered a weapon. Alternatively, a hatchet may be placed in the tool belt to achieve the same effect without requiring the needed attack level, as well as to ensure constant access to it. Normal and achey trees only provide one log per tree; however, higher level trees are able to generate as much as a full inventory of logs per tree.

Hatchets can be bought from Bob's store (located in Lumbridge), from the Grand Exchange, or smithed by players using the Smithing skill (except for black, sacred clay, dragon, crystal hatchets and Inferno Adzes). However, Bob only sells bronze, iron, and steel hatchets. Bronze hatchets are given for free. The Inferno Adze is a reward from the All Fired Up minigame. Sacred clay hatchets may only be obtained from the Stealing Creation minigame. Currently, the crystal hatchet is the best hatchet in the game.

A player chopping a tree using Woodcutting.

To chop down a given variety of tree, players will need a certain Woodcutting level and a hatchet which they are able to use. For example, a player will need a Woodcutting level of 75 to cut a magic tree. A certain Woodcutting level is also required to use each hatchet. For example, a player will need a Woodcutting level of 41 to use a rune hatchet. A certain Attack level is required to wield a hatchet. For example, a player will need an Attack level of 50 to wield a rune hatchet. The Inferno Adze requires level 92 Firemaking and level 61 Woodcutting to use but only requires level 1 Attack to wield.

Trees are easy to find, as they are located all throughout RuneScape (the exceptions to this are Morytania and the Wilderness, where many of the trees cannot be chopped down, only examined). An uncommon, high level tree, such as a yew tree, will have its position indicated on the mini-map and world map with a special tree icon. To cut a tree, players have to find one and then left-click on it. When the player is done cutting, they can then set the logs on fire with a tinderbox to obtain Firemaking experience, fletch them, or sell them to other players. Players also have the choice of dropping the logs, but it is not advised, as it takes a long time to drop an inventory.

Free players can only cut regular, oak, willow, maple, and yew trees. Previously, the maple trees were members-only, but the log itself was non-members. The Dungeoneering update of 19 July 2010 designated a resource dungeon where free players with a Dungeoneering level of 30 could cut them.

Types of trees[edit | edit source]

Different types of trees in the game are listed below.

An "(m)" signifies a members-only type of tree.

Woodcutting experience[edit | edit source]

Tree Image Level Experience Experience with Crystallise Experience with Crystallise and Light Form Price Members Notes
Normal Logs 1 25 37.5 46.9 789 F2P icon.png Normal trees include dead trees, dying trees, jungle trees, and evergreen trees. These trees are fairly common in RuneScape. They can be found nearby many cities, allowing quick access to a bank.
Achey Achey logs 1 25 37.5 46.9 1,576 P2P icon.png These trees are used for the members-only quest Big Chompy Bird Hunting to make Ogre bows and arrows, as well as other ogre-related quests.
Oak Oak logs 15 37.5 56.3 70.3 761 F2P icon.png These trees are fairly common in RuneScape. They can be found nearby many cities, allowing quick access to a bank. Most likely the best free-to-play area is near the east entrance of the Grand Exchange.
Willow Willow logs 30 67.5 101.3 126.6 707 F2P icon.png These trees are found near water. Some places they are found at include Port Sarim, Draynor Village, Lumbridge, south-east of Rimmington, Catherby and Seers' Village. A very common place for members to woodcut these is the Barbarian Outpost.
Teak logs
35 85 127.5 159.4 238 P2P icon.png These trees can be found in the Hardwood Grove by Tai Bwo Wannai, a village on member servers; a single tree in the woods south of Castle Wars; and on Ape Atoll, an island inhabited by monkeys, where three trees are found next to the dungeon entrance. Requirements are completion of Monkey Madness and having a monkey greegree. Players must pay 100 trading sticks, the currency in Tai Bwo Wannai, each time they enter the Hardwood Grove. They are also found in the Kharazi Jungle, Mos Le'Harmless and near the Ruins of Uzer. Players cutting teaks will occasionally get a special teak log, which they can take to the sawmill for sale or free log conversion.
Maple Maple logs 45 100 [2] 150 187.5 236 F2P icon.png Maple trees are usually found in member's servers. However, free players are able to find these type of trees in the resource dungeon on Daemonheim Peninsula. To access this dungeon, players need at least 30 Dungeoneering.
Hollow Bark 45 82.5 or
123.8 154.7 1,686 P2P icon.png These are found east of Canifis, a village on members-only servers. A successful cut on a hollow tree will net 82.5 Woodcutting experience. Players who receive a piece of bark with their cut instead receive 357.7 Woodcutting experience.
Acadia[1] Acadia logs 47 92 138 172.5 975 P2P icon.png These can only be found in the Imperial district of Menaphos.
Mahogany logs
50 125 187.5 234.4 1,076 P2P icon.png These can be found in the Hardwood Grove by Tai Bwo Wannai, a village on member servers. Players must pay 100 trading sticks, the currency in Tai Bwo Wannai, each time they enter the fenced-in area where the trees are. They are also found on Ape Atoll, in the Kharazi Jungle and Mos Le'Harmless. Players cutting mahogany trees will occasionally get a special mahogany log, which they can take to the sawmill for sale or free log conversion.
Arctic pine Arctic pine logs 54 140.2 210.3 262.9 527 P2P icon.png These trees are found on the island of Neitiznot. Arctic pine logs are used to make Fremennik roundshields. Partially completion of The Fremennik Isles is required to chop this tree.
Eucalyptus[1] Eucalyptus logs 58 165 247.5 309.4 958 P2P icon.png These trees are found only to the West of Oo'glog and are near Level 69-99 Ogresses. Outside of the quest, they are used only in Firemaking.
Yew[1] Yew logs 60 175 262.5 328.1 388 F2P icon.png These trees give the most experience per log for free players. Free players can find these trees in Edgeville, south of Falador, north of Varrock Palace, in the Lumbridge graveyard and various other locations. Members-only spots are in the Seers' Village churchyard, south of Legends Guild, west of Catherby, and other places.
Choking Ivy Ivy 68 332.5 N/A N/A N/A P2P icon.png These grow on many walls of buildings around RuneScape, including the north wall of Varrock Palace and Falador walls, the east wall of the East Ardougne church, the south wall of Castle Wars, the north wall of Yanille and the lower wall of Taverley. They give no logs but can drop bird's nests.
Magic[1] Magic logs 75 250 375 468.8 554 P2P icon.png Cutting these trees takes time as they give logs at a comparatively slow rate. These trees are found at the Mage Training Arena, Sorcerer's Tower, south-west of Lletya and just a tiny bit east of the Ranging Guild. There are also a few just north of the Agility course in the Gnome Stronghold and at the eastern edge. In addition, there are 6 magic trees in the Varrock Sewers resource dungeon. Due to the level 65 Dungeoneering requirement, this dungeon is often empty.
Blisterwood Blisterwood logs 76 200 N/A N/A N/A P2P icon.png The only Blisterwood Tree is located in Darkmeyer arboretum after freeing it from the machine in The Branches of Darkmeyer quest.
Overgrown idol Overgrown idol 81 383.5 N/A N/A N/A P2P icon.png Overgrown idols are statues present on Karamja, covered in light, medium and dense jungle vines. All vines around it in the inner ring must be chopped before being able to chop the idol. Chopping these vines is similar to chopping Ivy as they give high experience per cut but yield no logs. Once the idol has been chopped a random woodcutting boost is given and new vines will regrow shortly after.
Cursed magic Cursed magic logs 82 275 412.5 515.6 N/A P2P icon.png These trees can only be cut after completing Spirit of Summer. There is only one cursed magic tree, found in the Spirit Realm's counterpart for the Western Ruins. When this tree is cut in the spirit world, the one in the real world will spawn, and vice versa. Logs cut from the cursed magic tree will transform into regular magic logs when the player returns to the real world.
Straight root and Curly root

Straight root Curly root

83 161 N/A N/A N/A P2P icon.png Straight roots and curly roots are located exclusively in the Jadinko Lair and are harvested four at a time in two stages, giving 80.5 experience each. The curly roots are used exclusively for Firemaking, while the straight roots may be hardened over a fire for no experience and fletched into sagaie shafts.
Bloodwood logs Bloodwood logs 85 320 N/A N/A N/A P2P icon.png See Bloodwood tree for locations of Bloodwood trees. Bloodwood logs must be fletched into Bakriminel bolts near the tree or else the logs will turn to dust.
Elder[1] Elder logs 90 325 N/A N/A 9,719 P2P icon.png Elder trees are members only trees that are found throughout the members and non-members world. Since they require level 90 woodcutting to cut, only a few players will be at any given location, if any. Unlike other trees, elder trees can be chopped for 5 minutes starting from the first action, before losing their branches. After a cool-down period of 10 minutes the branches will regrow, and they can be chopped again.
Bamboo [1] Bamboo 90 202.5 N/A N/A N/A P2P icon.png Found in The Arc on Waiko and randomly on Uncharted Isles.
Crystal[1] Crystal geode 94 434.5 N/A N/A N/A P2P icon.png See Crystal tree for locations of Crystal trees.
Golden Bamboo [1] Golden bamboo 96 655.5 N/A N/A N/A P2P icon.png Found randomly on Uncharted Isles.
  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j These trees are marked on the minimap with the Rare tree map icon.png icon, with the exception of the lone magic tree in the Wilderness.
  2. ^ 110 when wearing a Seers' headband 2 or better

Types of hatchets[edit | edit source]

Hatchet Level Attack level Picture GE price Notes
Bronze 1 1 Bronze hatchet.png 4,109
  • This hatchet is given freely when an account is created, residing in the tool belt.
  • Obtained for free from Bob's Axes in Lumbridge.
  • Can be found outside Farmer Fred's house, north of Lumbridge; or in the chicken house, on the east side of the River Lum (north-west of the cows, just take it out of the tree stump).
  • Can be smithed.
Iron 1 10 Iron hatchet.png 3,457
  • Can be bought from Bob's Axes in Lumbridge.
  • Recommended for players with level 1-5 Woodcutting.
  • Can be smithed.
  • Are better than bronze hatchets.
Dwarven army axe 1 1 Dwarven army axe.png Not sold
  • A multifunctional tool, equivalent to an iron hatchet.
  • Players can receive it from Major Mary Rancour in Burthorpe by asking for "free stuff". She can also replace it should players lose it.
Steel 6 20 Steel hatchet.png 4,034
Black 6 25 Black hatchet.png 3,572
Mithril 21 30 Mithril hatchet.png 8,621
Adamant 31 40 Adamant hatchet.png 18,160
  • Are the best hatchets that can be bought from Bob's Axes in Lumbridge.
  • Can be smithed.
  • Adamant hatchets are better than Mithril hatchets and below.
Rune 41 50 Rune hatchet.png 14,638
Sacred/Volatile Clay (members only) 40 1 Hatchet (class 5).png Not sold Sacred or Volatile clay hatchets are obtained from the Stealing Creation minigame, as either a volatile tool or a morphic tool. They are equivalent to rune hatchets in speed. Both can be used to give bonus experience, the Sacred clay hatchet gives 24,450 while the Volatile clay hatchet 29,340 but must be randomly converted to a hatchet (however, it does not revert to a tool on claiming bonus experience or recharging).
Dragon (members only) 61 60 Dragon hatchet.png 181,340 Dragon hatchets can be bought from other players or obtained by killing Dagannoth Kings, and cannot be smithed. These hatchets are members-only. Dragon hatchets are 5-10% better than rune hatchets. This hatchet is recommended for players trying to achieve 99 Woodcutting from yew trees, magic trees, choking ivy or Crystal trees.
Inferno Adze (members only) 61 1 Inferno adze.png Not sold The Inferno Adze is a reward from the All Fired Up minigame. It requires level 92 Firemaking, as well as a few other skill requirements (for some beacons) to get and use, however it can be achieved with as low as level 86 Firemaking with a spicy stew and a bit of luck. However, if the Firemaking requirement is boosted to get it, the player is able to use it but not wield it. It can be used as a hatchet (equivalent cutting speed to the dragon hatchet) or as a pickaxe (equivalent mining speed to the rune pickaxe), with an added effect of a roughly 30% chance of burning logs as they are cut, giving both Firemaking and Woodcutting experience.
Crystal hatchet (members only) 71 70 Crystal hatchet.png Not sold The Crystal hatchet is acquired by trading in a Dragon hatchet along with 4,000 harmonic dust to Lady Ithell in the Ithell area of Prifddinas after completing the quest Plague's End. It is 15% faster than the Dragon hatchet.

Machetes[edit | edit source]

To cut a jungle, players cannot use a hatchet. Instead, they need a machete, which must be wielded. There is no Attack or Woodcutting level required to wield any kind of machete.

Ordinary machetes can be bought from the general stores in Tai Bwo Wannai or Shilo Village. Opal, jade, and red topaz machetes are somewhat rarer, and can only be bought from Gabooty with trading sticks. All machetes are tradeable as well, and can be bought or sold on the Grand Exchange.

Types of machetes[edit | edit source]

Machete Image Price in store Notes
Machete Machete.png 52 coins This is the slowest of the four types of machetes. It can be bought from Tai Bwo Wannai's general store, the Shilo Village general store, from Radimus Erkle's cupboard, or Rasolo, the peddler south-west of Glarial's grave.
Opal machete Opal machete.png 500 Trading Sticks This machete's speed is higher than that of the regular machete. It can be bought from Gabooty's Jungle Store, or Safta Doc can craft one.
Jade machete Jade machete.png 1000 Trading Sticks This machete's speed is higher than that of the opal machete. It can be bought from Gabooty or crafted by Safta Doc.
Red topaz machete Red topaz machete.png 2000 Trading Sticks This is the fastest machete. It can also be bought from Gabooty or crafted by Safta Doc.

Jungle[edit | edit source]

There are three different kinds of jungles: light jungles, medium jungles, and dense jungles. When players hack a jungle, they receive thatch spars and initiate the Tai Bwo Wannai Cleanup minigame. Jungles are members-only.

Types of Jungle[edit | edit source]

Jungle Level Experience
Light 10 32
Medium 20 55
Dense 35 80

Canoes[edit | edit source]

Canoes are used to travel on the River Lum, which goes from Lumbridge all the way to level 35 Wilderness. However, a certain Woodcutting level is needed to carve the canoe tree into certain types of canoe. On 15 February 2011, canoes became free to play.

How to make canoes[edit | edit source]

To make a canoe, players have to find a canoe tree and have with them a hatchet that they have the required Woodcutting level to use. (With the 15 February 2011 canoe update, it is no longer necessary to have a hatchet to make a canoe; the canoe tutor will lend a hatchet for free. When the canoe is completed, the hatchet will be automatically returned to the canoe tutor). Canoe trees can be found at canoe stations. These stations are located along the River Lum, in the following places:

  • Lumbridge: On the west side of the river near the furnace.
  • Champions' Guild: On the east side of the river west of the wheat field.
  • Gunnarsgrunn (AKA Barbarian Village): South of the eastern bridge on the east side of the river.
  • Edgeville: On the east side of the river near the guard post.
  • Level 35 Wilderness: At the lake south of the moss giants. Players cannot make a new canoe at this station.

When the player has found a canoe tree at one of these stations, they can cut the tree down. The player then has to click on the fallen tree and select what type of canoe they want to make. When the player has made the canoe they want, they then can click on the canoe to push it in the river. When in the river, the player can then click on the canoe and select where they want to go.

Canoes can only go to a certain number of stations away. Higher level canoes can go farther than the lower level canoes.

Types of canoes[edit | edit source]

Canoe Required Level Experience Notes
Log 12 30 Can travel to one station away from where the player made it. Cannot enter the Wilderness.
Dugout 27 60 Can travel up to two stations away from where the player made it. Cannot enter the Wilderness.
Stable dugout 42 90 Can travel up to three stations away from where the player made it. Cannot enter the Wilderness.
Waka 57 150 Can travel to any station, including the Wilderness. (Players cannot make a new canoe from this station.)

Sawmill[edit | edit source]

The Sawmill is a members-only area in which players with a Woodcutting level of 80 or higher can produce planks from logs, but when they are done, they cannot leave with the logs. The logs are obtained from log piles nearby, then converted into planks using the nearby machine. Then the planks must be cut by using the planks on a cutting table; a saw is required to do this. Using a crystal saw gives double the experience, in comparison to using a regular saw. Using a crystal saw will only double the experience gained from making each plank, NOT the experience reward given for completion of each task. Only players who have a crystal saw should use this training method. While using the crystal saw in the sawmill, it will not lose charges. Sawmill training can be a more efficient way of gaining experience, up to 100,000 an hour, however it will only be better than ivy when using the crystal saw. Still, many players prefer ivy, as it is less click-intensive.

Special logs[edit | edit source]

Special teak logs and special mahogany logs can be sold to the Sawmill Operator, north-east of Varrock or exchanged for a completely free conversion of the logs in the inventory into planks. The free conversion requires 2 of the same type of special log, which can be noted.

2 special teak logs can be used to convert up to 27 teak logs into teak planks, if the special logs are noted.

2 special mahogany logs can be used to convert up to 27 teak logs and/or mahogany logs into teak/mahogany planks, if the special logs are noted.

The sawmill owner will only offer to buy special logs if the player has only one special log or one of each type of special log.

Other[edit | edit source]

The woodcutting stumps on Neitiznot can be used to make special items out of the arctic pine logs native to the island. Players must have gotten to this part in The Fremennik Isles quest to use them.

Object Required Level Experience Notes
Fremennik round shield 54 30 (crafting) Made with arctic pine logs, rope, and nails on a stump on Neitiznot.
Split arctic pine logs 54 43 Made with arctic pine logs on a stump on Neitiznot; no particular use after The Fremennik Isles quest.

Mechanics[edit | edit source]

The actual mechanics of Woodcutting are similar to Fishing and pre-rework Mining.

Each tree has defined success chance for level 1 and level 99 (often called lowchance and highchance), for each hatchet. These are integers, representing the chance out of 256, usually between 0 and 256 (though some of the high level trees may have a negative lowchance). Your actual success chance is then calculated from your Woodcutting level (including boosts) by linear interpolation with these two values. The notable difference between Woodcutting and Fishing is that Fishing has one lowchance-highchance pair for each fish, whereas Woodcutting has a lowchance-highchance pair for every {tree, hatchet} combination.

The exact formula used for interpolation is:

This gives the number that needs to be rolled - the game rolls 0-255, and if your rawroll is greater than or equal to the game's roll, you are successful and cut the log. You can convert this into a percentage chance with .


Standard trees (logs) with a bronze hatchet have a lowchance of 64 and a highchance of 200. So at level 50:

Thus you need to roll 132 or lower to be successful - which is 51.56%.

At level 99 with no other buffs, all hatchets iron and above are 100% successful on standard trees.

For calculating logs and experience per hour, you will also need the delay between attempts. This is 4 ticks for all trees.

Buffs[edit | edit source]

There are 4 types of buffs that can apply to these mechanics.

Visible levels

The first type of buff is temporary visible Woodcutting level boosts (eg axeman's folly) - just use your new Woodcutting level in the above calculation (e.g. if you are level 50 and drink an axemans folly, use 51 in the rawroll calculation). This can be used for levels above 99.

Highchance multipliers

The second type is the most common - boosts that only affect highchance. After each boost is multiplied on, the new highchance is floored. Order of boosts does matter, but only slightly (and we haven't had confirmation of order). Due to the flooring, some boosts actually do very little or nothing at all; all of these boosts are also less effective below level 99, since they only affect highchance.

Boost Multiplier
Oaken sentinel outfit, Willow sentinel outfit, Maple sentinel outfit 1.05
Nature's sentinel outfit 1.07
Lumberjack aura 1.03
Greater lumberjack aura 1.05
Master lumberjack aura 1.07
Supreme lumberjack aura 1.1
Legendary lumberjack aura 1.15
Cobalt skillchompa 1.01
Viridian skillchompa 1.02
Azure skillchompa 1.03
Crimson skillchompa 1.04
Crystal skillchompa 1.05
Ring of Whispers 1.03
Overgrown idols cut chance boost
(from completing an idol, though it will apply to all trees)
Tier 8 Imperial district reputation
(only applies to acadia trees)
High- and lowchance multipliers

The third type affects both highchance and lowchance. This is exclusively the Honed perk, which increases both high- and lowchance by multiplying by . Additionally, Honed is different to the above boosts as it also rounds up, rather than down.


The fourth type is invisible level boosts, which exclusively come from familiars. Effectively acts as adding to your Woodcutting level, though it is calculated slightly differently. The calculated familiarChanceBuff is added to both highchance and lowchance, after the multipliers.

Where familiarBoost is the invisible levels given by the familiar:

Familiar Invisible levels
Summoning level 33

Chance table[edit | edit source]

Below is a table of all known high- and lowchances.

  • Dying tree, dead tree, jungle tree, and other trees that yield standard logs are all equivalent to the normal tree
  • The Cursed magic tree is the same as a regular magic tree.
  • Hollow trees use the chances to determine success, then upon success have an additional (unknown) chance of providing 82.5 experience, or 357.7 experience and some bark.
  • Overgrown idols have additional (unknown) serverside scripting which alters the difficulty of the tiers of vines.
  • Other hatchets are equal to a standard metal hatchet:

Tree felling[edit | edit source]

After obtaining a log from most trees, there is a chance that the tree will be felled, replacing it with a stump temporarily. These chances are given as an integer representing the chance out of 256 that the tree will fall.

If the tree is going to fall, depletion prevention effects like the Resourceful aura and Refined perk will roll, and if successful the tree will be saved.

Other trees not present in this table usually have different mechanics, so the standard tree felling mechanic does not apply; this is also usually true of those that are specified with a 0% chance to fall.

Tree fell chances
TreeFell chance
Normal tree256100%
Maple Tree3212.5%
Hollow tree3212.5%
Acadia tree3212.5%
Arctic Pine3212.5%
Eucalyptus tree3212.5%
Magic tree3212.5%
Blisterwood Tree6425%
Bloodwood tree6425%
Elder tree00%
Bamboo (tree)83.1%
Crystal tree3212.5%
Golden Bamboo (tree)00%
Overgrown idol00%
Tree (Big Game Hunter)00%
Jungle vines00%

Nests and geodes[edit | edit source]

Bird's nest (seeds 1) detail.png

If the player is a member, a bird's nest may fall out of any tree they are cutting. Wearing a strung rabbit foot gives a better chance of getting a bird's nest drop while Woodcutting; however, this requires at least level 24 Hunter. One can either pick up the nest and search it or just leave it on the ground, though it is highly recommended that the player search it. When the player searches it, they will be given a random item, either a plain gold ring, or a sapphire, emerald, ruby, or diamond ring if it has a ring in the nest; a red, green, or blue bird's egg (can be hatched in an incubator with level 70 Summoning) if there is a red, green or blue egg in the nest respectively; a raven egg (can be hatched in an incubator with level 50 Summoning) if there is a grey egg in the nest; and a random seed if there are some seeds in the nest. These seeds can be worth quite a lot of money on the Grand Exchange, such as Papaya tree seeds (255) and Magic Tree seeds (35,991). The empty nest can be ground with a pestle and mortar to get a crushed nest, an ingredient in the Saradomin brew. This means that players training for a Woodcutting Skillcape may accumulate some profit, even if they are using ivy to train. A crushed nest will sell for about 165.

Crystal geode detail.png

Much like the Bird's nest, the crystal geode may fall out of a crystal tree whilst cutting (requires 94 or higher Woodcutting level). Upon opening it, the Crystal geode may contain several rewards like Crystal triskelions, Crystal weapon seeds and valuable Gems. A strung rabbit foot increases the chance of receiving a crystal geode, as does using a Tree-shaking scrimshaw.

Solomon's General Store[edit | edit source]

A player chopping a tree like a lumberjack.

Lumberjack Woodcutting and Roundhouse Woodcutting animations are available within Solomon's General Store.

Discontinued woodcutting random events[edit | edit source]

These events were removed as part of the 25 February 2009 Random Event Update.
The discontinued tree spirit random event.
  • Axe head: While cutting trees, a player's axe might split, causing the axe head to fly off. The head would land somewhere nearby, usually 3 to 10 squares away. When this happened, the player had to find the axe head quickly before someone else saw it and took it. (Dragon axe heads were often targets for other players due to their large value.) When the player had found the axe head, they could then use it with their handle to put the axe back together. Due to player complaints, Jagex determined that loss of the axehead was unfair to players, and the event was discontinued when the Surprise Exam! random event was added.
  • Dr. Ford: While cutting trees, a piece of wood could fall on a player causing them to get dizzy. With their vision blurred, they had to guess how many fingers Dr. Ford was holding up, to get a fruit. Otherwise, they would be taken away. This event was removed fairly soon due to various glitches it caused. This event also used to exist in Mining.
  • Ents: A tree could turn into an Ent at any time. Players could tell if the tree they are cutting is an Ent because the tree would start shaking, gain an angry face somewhere on its trunk, a yellow dot would appear on the mini-map where the tree is, the name of the tree would be in yellow instead of a teal colour, and the tree would be bigger than normal. As soon the tree started showing the symptoms of an Ent, players would have to walk away and wait for the tree to transform back into its original state. If the player kept cutting the tree, the Ent would break the axe. To fix it, players would have to take the axe back to Bob of Bob's Axes, located in Lumbridge, to get it fixed for a price. However, the Inferno Adze and Sacred Clay axe, obtained from the Stealing Creation minigame, could not break. (Ents have been superseded by Evil Trees as a Distraction and Diversion [members-only]).
  • Tree spirits: While cutting trees, a Tree Spirit would appear and begin attacking a player. The combat level of the spirit depended on the combat level of the player it was attacking, but it would always be higher than that of the player. The Tree Spirit's combat level varied from level 14 to 159. The player could either kill it or run away from it. If a player killed a Tree Spirit, it could drop some axes, herbs and seeds for members, bananas, runes, various miscellaneous items, or nothing at all (usually, the level 80+ ones gave rune axes). (Tree Spirits are still available in RuneScape, but only to members attempting to cut trees in the Enchanted Valley).

Making money[edit | edit source]

The logs gathered through Woodcutting can be sold for profit, with higher-level logs usually selling for more. The most popular logs for money are yew logs, which sell for around 388, magic logs, for around 554 coins each, and elder logs, for around 9,719 coins each (cutting Magic and Elder logs is not recommended for those trying to get experience to reach level 99). The average income a player can get per hour with 99 Woodcutting varies from tree to tree, but with Elder logs it is possible to get approximately 500k.

Players can also get nests from trees, which contain tree seeds, rings or bird's eggs. The nest itself can be ground and sold (or used) as well.

The most common place to buy or sell logs is the Grand Exchange. A list of prices for logs can be found at the Grand Exchange Market Watch.

For advice on making money by Woodcutting, see the Woodcutting section of the Money-making guide.

Temporary boosts[edit | edit source]

Boost Level
Visibility Other info
Woodcutting potion.png Woodcutting potion 3 Visible
Super woodcutting potion.png Super woodcutting potion 5 Visible
Woodcutting cape.png Woodcutting cape 1 Visible Activating the cape's effect will increase the corresponding skill by 1.
Spicy stew.png Spicy stew
(brown spice)
±0-6 Visible Depending on the number of spice doses, the skill can be boosted or reduced by 0 to 6 levels randomly.
Completion of Evil Dave's Big Day Out is recommended to increase the chance of a positive boost.
Advanced pulse core.png Advanced pulse core 0-11 Visible Boost potentially given when a core is consumed by the player or by other players around. Not usable by Ironmen.
Axeman's folly.png Axeman's folly 1 Visible Can only be bought or made through brewing.
Axeman's folly (m).png Mature axeman's folly 2 Visible Can only be bought or made through brewing.
God banner.png God banner 2 Visible Lasts for 30 minutes. Can be activated once a day.
Rosaberry.png Rosaberry 2 Visible Lowers Defence by 1. Requires 86 Farming.
Hazelnut praline.png Hazelnut praline 3 Visible Promotional item. Heals 250 life points.
Beaver pouch.png Beaver pouch 2 Invisible Requires 33 Summoning.

Helpful items[edit | edit source]

Skilling pet (Woody)[edit | edit source]

Woody chathead.png

Like all skills, there is a skilling pet obtainable from training this skill. The pet for the Woodcutting skill is called Woody.

Quests with a Woodcutting requirement[edit | edit source]

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

Achievements[edit | edit source]

Update history[edit | edit source]

This information has been compiled as part of the update history project. Some updates may not be included - see here for how to help out!
  • patch 25 July 2022 (Update):
    • Added the missing information for the Croesus Front resources in the skill guides.
  • patch 23 September 2019 (Update):
    • Certain wieldable items are now hidden during woodcutting or mining animation.
  • patch 5 August 2019 (Update):
    • Overgrown idols will now correctly state that they are obtainable on Anachronia within the woodcutting skill guide.
  • patch 10 July 2017 (Update):
    • Players are now told what type of logs are received while woodcutting.
  • patch 16 February 2015 (Update):
    • Jungle Potion has been removed from the Woodcutting skill guide requirements for teak and mahogany trees, as it is no longer relevant.
  • patch 5 January 2015 (Update):
    • Gaining level 75 in the relevant skills for Plagues' End is now mentioned in the skill advance messages.
  • patch 1 December 2014 (Update):
    • Pickaxes and hatchets had their accuracy improved to match that of its tier. Their strength remains unchanged.
  • patch 22 April 2014 (Update):
    • A very subtle sound effect has been added when a log is added to the inventory through woodcutting.
  • patch 30 October 2013 (Update):
    • The full lumberjack outfit will now give the correct amount of bonus XP when chopping crystal trees.
  • patch 17 June 2013 (Update):
    • Weapons that were sheathed whilst mining and woodcutting are now sheathed again afterwards.
  • patch 4 June 2013 (Update):
    • God-books now stay attached to your hip while woodcutting.
  • patch 13 May 2010 (Update):
    • Tidied up some old Woodcutting code that isn't used any more.
  • patch 13 October 2009 (Update):
    • Clarified the location you can purchase a Woodcutting skillcape from in the skill guide.
  • patch 21 July 2009 (Update):
    • Recoloured the various teak tree models to better match each other when being chopped down.
  • patch 19 May 2009 (Update):
    • Woodcutting and Mining now try to use the axe/pickaxe you're currently wielding. If you don't have one in your hands, it'll try to select the best one in your inventory.
  • patch 6 May 2009 (Update):
    • Players will no longer randomly disappear while chopping trees in low detail.
  • update 25 March 2002 (Update):
    • Woodcutting has been changed to a 1-click system. To cut down a tree you now just need to left click on it.
  • update 4 January 2001 (Update):
    • Runescape beta goes live, releasing Woodcutting into the game.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • In the early history of RuneScape, only regular trees could be cut. The experience given was based on the player's Woodcutting level: . After the Fletching skill was added, it was briefly reduced to 12.5 experience, then doubled to 25 experience per regular log. While Jagex compensated for this by adding one-click woodcutting, many players (especially free users) were upset that training Woodcutting would take much longer.
  • Woodcutting animations were updated on 11 November 2008, so the chopping appears much faster and smoother.
  • Hatchets were referred to in-game as "axes" until an update on 1 April 2009. The change was made to reduce confusion with battleaxes and pickaxes.

See also[edit | edit source]