Free-to-play Woodcutting training

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This article is about the free-to-play guide. For the members' guide, see Pay-to-play Woodcutting training.

This guide outlines the best methods for training the Woodcutting skill. The profit from woodcutting is very low compared to other money-making methods and the profitable methods offer very slow experience per hour, thus it is more beneficial to simply perform the fastest experience methods and use the saved time to make money from alternative methods.

Training woodcutting alongside Firemaking removes time used to bank the logs, and is only slightly less XP/h than dropping.

Equipment[edit | edit source]

An axe is required to train Woodcutting. Axes range in quality from bronze to rune, with higher quality axes able to chop trees much faster. It is recommended that you wield your axe if you have the corresponding Attack level, as it opens up an additional space in your inventory for more logs.

Trees[edit | edit source]

Level Name Exp per log
1 Logs.png Trees 25
15 Oak logs.png Oak trees 37.5
30 Willow logs.png Willow trees 67.5
45 Maple logs.png Maple trees 100
60 Yew logs.png Yew trees 175

Levels 1-99[edit | edit source]

Levels 1-15 – Trees[edit | edit source]

Tree.png The best way to get from level 1 to level 15 is by cutting trees, which grant 25 experience per log.

Trees can be found throughout Gielinor.

There is a large patch of trees following the path north of lumbridge castle, it contains normal and oak trees along with an abundance of cows great for early training.

  • Starting experience - 0
  • Experience needed - 2,411
  • Logs needed - 97 (2,425 experience)
  • Profit: 1455

Levels 15-30/60 – Oak trees[edit | edit source]

Oak.png At level 15, it is recommended that players switch to cutting oak trees, which grant 37.5 experience per log.

Oak trees can be found throughout Gielinor. Lumbridge has a couple of good spots for oak trees, including the castle grounds (2 trees) and behind the General Store (2 trees).

If you do not require a bank, there is spot with three oak trees touching just east of Rimmington. As well as clusters along the east wall of Varrock, especially south of the bar and lumber yard, and the west side of the Varrock Palace.

  • Starting experience - 2,425
  • Experience needed - 10,938
  • Oak logs needed - 292 (10,950 experience)

Levels 30/60-99 – Willow trees[edit | edit source]

Willow cluster near the Port Sarim bar.

Willow.png At level 30, players have the option of switching to willow trees, which grant 67.5 experience per log.

Expect to see lower woodcutting xp/h compared to oak trees, until later levels (~60). Willow Tree's xp/h will continue to increase as a player's woodcutting level increases.

Expect to see 35% higher woodcutting xp/h over maple trees, however these are less afk due to the faster chop speed.

The best places to chop willow trees are south-west of the bank in Draynor Village (5 trees). If you don't require a bank, or if you are level 3 and don't want the issue of the Dark Wizard attacking you, there is a tight cluster of four trees east outside the bar in Port Sarim. There is also a Bank deposit box close by as well. There are willow trees next to Farmer Fred's house in Lumbridge (6 trees). There are willow trees just south of the jail and church in Port Sarim (14 trees). There are also several just south-west of Rimmington.

  • Starting experience - 13,375
  • Experience needed - 13,021,056
  • Willow logs needed - 192,905 (13,021,087.5 experience)

Levels 45-99 – Maple trees[edit | edit source]

Maple tree.png At level 45, players have the option of switching to maple trees, which grant 100 experience per log.

Expect to see approximately one-third less woodcutting xp/h compared to willow trees, however these are significantly more afk due to their slower chop speed.

The only place where free-to-play players can chop maple trees is the Corsair Cove Resource Area, which contains 4 maple trees, and requires beginning The Corsair Curse quest and completing the Dragon Slayer quest.*

  • Starting experience - 61,512
  • Experience needed - 12,972,919
  • Maple logs needed - 129,730 (12,973,000 experience)

*(Note that completion of The Corsair Curse is required to unlock the bank at Corsair Cove.)

Other methods (60-99)[edit | edit source]

Levels 60-99 – Yew trees[edit | edit source]

Yew.png At level 60, players have the option of switching to yew trees, which grant 175 experience per log. While yew logs can be a nice profit at times, it is recommended that you chop willow or maple trees for experience.

The best place to chop yew trees is next to Edgeville bank (2 trees), followed by the Varrock Palace grounds next to the Grand Exchange (3 trees). Alternatively, the Corsair Cove Resource Area also includes 3 trees and generally has fewer people competing for it, due to the requirement of completing Dragon Slayer to enter. However, it is further from a bank.

  • Starting experience - 273,790
  • Experience needed - 12,760,641
  • Yew logs needed - 72,918 (12,760,650 experience)