Yew logs

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Yew logs are logs obtained from cutting yew trees, which requires level 60 Woodcutting and grants 175 experience each. They have uses in both Firemaking and Fletching. Players can burn these logs with the Firemaking skill at level 60. They grant 202.5 experience when burned, or a maximum of 260 experience when used on a bonfire and up to 270.5 experience when more players are using it. Yew logs can also be made into bows and stocks using the Fletching skill. To fletch an unstrung shortbow, players need a of level 65 and will receive 67.5 experience. To fletch an unstrung shieldbow, players need a level of 70 and will receive 75 experience. Stringing the unstrung bows will give the same experience as fletching them.

Yew logs can also be used to travel to Castle Wars on the balloon transport system, costing 10 logs on the initial trip, and 1 log for every trip following that.

After completing the Tirannwn Elite Tasks, players can persuade Coeden once a day to give a random set of 28 elder, magic, or yew logs; or a random combination thereof.

Woodcutting[edit | edit source]

Yew logs.png: RS3 Inventory image of Yew logsYew logs
Woodcutting level Woodcutting 60
Tree Yew
Experience
Woodcutting XP Woodcutting 175 XP
Equipment XP Invention 20.65 XP

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Transmutation[edit | edit source]

Yew logs.png Yew logs
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Divination-Hourglass.pngMake-X GE icon.png
15.2 XP-?185
Requirements
Divination Divination level72
P2P icon.png Members only
Materials
ItemQuantityPriceTotal
Lustrous energy 1000.pngLustrous energy2245490
Maple logs.pngMaple logs3108324
Total price814
Profit-629

Uses[edit | edit source]

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Yew logs and the economy[edit | edit source]

A yew log fire

Historically, cutting yew trees and selling the logs used to be one of the best ways for free players to make money. Yew logs are usually in high demand from players who are trying to train Fletching. Yew logs increased in price due to Jagex's updates aiming to eliminate the use of bots. The value of yew logs is mainly driven by the high alchemy value of yew shieldbows (768 coins), which will pay almost completely for the yew logs and the nature runes needed to alchemise them. Purchasing the yew logs, nature runes, and bowstrings will result in a -204 gp change in net worth.

With the advent of the Grand Exchange, trading yew logs became easier, but much more competitive. Many players consider yew logs to be the best way to make money with woodcutting. Although magic logs are worth more per log, they are much slower to obtain than yew logs. Since yew logs are the highest logs available in F2P, they are a good source of profit to non-members, but yew tree spots are often very crowded, so bringing a crystal hatchet is recommended.

When the trade and drop update occurred on 10 December 2007, yew-cutting bots were almost completely eliminated from the game, causing the price of yew logs to rise drastically in the days that followed. This temporary spike was later followed by a corresponding drop in price. As cutting yews is a common method used by F2P bots, the price of yew logs is usually closely related to the number of bots operating in the game.

Since late 2014, yew logs have declined in price, due to the advent of divine yew trees, which give very fast Woodcutting experience, and the frequency and quantity of yew logs drops from high level monsters.

Drop sources[edit | edit source]

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Disassembly[edit | edit source]

Update history[edit | edit source]

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  • ninja 20 April 2015 (Update):
    • Players can now cut oak, willow, maple, yew, magic and elder logs into increasing quantities of arrow shafts.
  • patch 10 May 2012 (Update):
    • Craft and Light options have been added to all kinds of logs.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • 15 yew logs are a possible prize from Treasure Hunter.
  • Noted yew logs can sometimes be found inside barrels.
  • One full inventory of yew logs gives exactly 4,900 Woodcutting experience. Cutting and selling one full inventory of Yew logs would make 5,180 coins on the Grand Exchange. Yew tree locations are relatively few and scattered and also tend to be extremely crowded in free-to-play worlds. However, in a members' world there is a better chance of finding a less crowded location.
  • Players would need to cut 72,919 yew logs to go from 60 to 99 woodcutting. This would make the player 13,490,015 coins at current Grand Exchange price using this method. Cutting yew logs from level 60 all the way to 200 million exp would earn the player 211,351,400 coins at current Grand Exchange price.
  • Firemaking with an augmented crystal tinderbox or Pyro-matic will grant 18 item xp per log or 504 xp per inventory of 28 at a bonfire with 5+ players. 2240 logs would be required to get this to level 10 or 4564 to level 12.