Free-to-play Woodcutting training

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This guide outlines the best methods for training the Woodcutting skill in free-to-play.

To optimise your Woodcutting experience gained, it's usually fastest to drop your logs instead of banking, both in terms of time saved not travelling to the bank but also time saved by not having to compete for resources, as Woodcutting locations far away from banks are usually empty. This depends on your ability to quickly drop an entire inventory of logs versus the travel time to and from the nearest bank. Some players may find that when cutting willow trees for example, with the very close willows to the bank in Draynor Village, it may be faster and less stressful to bank the logs instead of dropping them.

Training Firemaking alongside Woodcutting may be an appealing choice depending on your situation. For players with a Firemaking level below 45 it's usually an efficient use of your time to burn cut logs; however, once you reach a Firemaking level of 45, it is more time efficient to drop/bank your low level logs from training Woodcutting and use the saved time to build up money for maple logs or yew logs instead.

Axes[edit | edit source]

Axes are required to train Woodcutting; they range in quality from bronze to rune. Each tier up has a higher chance to successfully cut a tree and thus it is recommended to always use the highest tier axe available. If the Attack level requirement is met, save an inventory space by equipping the axe.

Item Woodcutting Attack How to obtain GE Price Weight Multiplier
Bronze axe.png Bronze axe 1 1 Bob's Brilliant Axes: 16 76 1.36 kg 1
Iron axe.png Iron axe 1 1 Bob's Brilliant Axes: 56 50 1.36 kg 1.5
Steel axe.png Steel axe 6 5 Bob's Brilliant Axes: 200 13 1.36 kg 2
Black axe.png Black axe 11 10 Reward casket (beginner) 357 1.36 kg 2.25
Mithril axe.png Mithril axe 21 20 Smithing 51 Smithing 110 1.33 kg 2.5
Adamant axe.png Adamant axe 31 30 Smithing 71 Smithing 428 1.587 kg 3
Rune axe.png Rune axe 41 40 Smithing 86 Smithing 7,212 1.36 kg 3.5

Trees[edit | edit source]

Level Logs Tree 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]

Logs.png Starting Woodcutting requires cutting trees from level 1 to 15, which grant 25 experience per log.

Trees are found all throughout Gielinor. There are large patches of trees south of the Grand Exchange, west of Lumbridge Castle, or outside Draynor Manor. Doing so south of the Grand Exchange allows for easily selling logs as they are cut.

  • Starting experience: 0
  • Experience required: 2,411
  • Logs required: 97 (2,425 experience)
  • Profit: 6,499

Levels 15–30/60/99: Oak trees[edit | edit source]

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

Oak trees are found all throughout Gielinor. There are several oak tree spots: there are trees south-west of Varrock west bank, two behind Lumbridge General Store, some south of Falador's southern gates and near Port Sarim, and more east of Rimmington. If banking the logs, it is recommended to use the trees near Varrock west bank. There is also one oak tree just outside Falador west bank and another oak tree near Draynor Village's bank that are both very convenient for banking logs.

A table displaying the Oak Logs and XP required to level up, starting at 2,425 XP assuming the player chops exactly enough Logs to reach level 15:

Start End Logs XP Gained GP Profit
15 30 292 10,950 13,724
30 45 1,576 59,100 74,072
45 60 5,368 201,300 252,296
60 99 340,286 12,760,725 15,993,442

2-tick oaks[edit | edit source]

Using the same technique as 2-tick teaks for members, auto-retaliate can be used for tick manipulation by artificially resetting the cooldown before a log can be cut.

First, equip any shortbow set to the rapid attack style, with no arrows equipped, and carry your best axe in your inventory. Bring some runes for Confuse and Curse, or equip enough armour to splash and carry runes for a damage spell. (Energy potions may also be helpful, especially if wearing armour.) Just outside the southern Falador gates are two oak trees that are reachable from a single tile, which are also within range of two rats at the nearby farm that can be lured over to the oaks by using Confuse or splashing any spell. Usually the rats do not end up anywhere close to the trees automatically, so they have to be led there each time manually. This can be very tricky, since only the area very close to the trees is multicombat and the rats are very difficult to get to cooperate.

Once both rats are led to the trees and are both attacking you, keep standing on them and moving around a few tiles at a time until the two rats perfectly stagger their attack animations to attack once every two ticks. Then, on the tick that the 0 hitsplat lands on you, click one of the two trees, and on the alternating ticks, either drop a log from your inventory or click underneath you/underneath the tree such that the game registers an action but does not move you. Continuing this pattern gives you a chance at a log every 2 ticks instead of 4.

At 75 Woodcutting, it is possible to get over 82k experience per hour using this method.

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

Willow logs.png At level 30, players can cut willow trees, which grant 67.5 experience per log.

If dropping logs, oak trees are higher experience rates until level 60, however because willow logs are closer to the bank in Draynor Village compared to the oak trees near Varrock west bank, banking oak and willow logs makes the experience rates equal.

Experience rates are about 35% higher than those achieved when cutting maple trees, however maples are a more AFK method.

The best places to chop willow trees are south-west of the bank in Draynor Village, but beware of aggressive dark wizards. There is also one tree East of Edgeville that is very close to a bank. If a bank isn't required, or if you are level 3 and don't want the dark wizard attacking you, there are more trees just east of the Rusty Anchor Inn in Port Sarim, with a nearby bank deposit box just south on the docks next to the monks. There are more trees east of Farmer Fred's house in Lumbridge, south of the Port Sarim jail, south-east of Rimmington, and east of the Champions' Guild.

A table displaying the Willow Logs and XP required to level up, starting at 13,375 XP assuming the player chops exactly enough Oak Logs to reach level 30:

Start End Logs XP Gained GP Profit
30 45 714 48,195 22,134
45 60 3,144 212,220 97,464
60 99 189,047 12,760,672 5,860,457

3-tick willows with snow[edit | edit source]

Players who have completed a Christmas event and have unlocked the snow globe can attempt to use snow for tick manipulation; this gives a chance to cut a willow log every 3 ticks instead of the normal delay of 4 ticks between receiving logs, increasing experience rates by 33.3%. Find a secluded area where you can cut from two willow trees without moving from a single spot. Then, choose the snow option on the snow globe to drop a pile of snow underneath you; there is a delay of 7 ticks before the snow appears. To 3-tick with snow, on tick 1 click the snow, on tick 2 shift-click to drop a set of willow logs from your inventory, and on tick 3 click the willow tree, and repeat this 3 tick pattern. Because snow lasts only 24 ticks and there must be an empty tick with no snow between snow drops, you have to remember every 25 ticks to click snow on your snow globe. The ideal tick to operate your snow globe for the next pile of snow is on the 18th tick that the current snow is active. The best way to time operating your snow globe every 25 ticks is to create a custom music track or metronome to listen to that plays a sound every 25th beat at 100 beats per minute.

3-tick willows gives one of the highest possible Woodcutting experience rates in free-to-play, capping out at a maximum of 85,000 experience per hour at level 99 Woodcutting.

Willow logs.png Level Woodcutting XP W/out 3-tick Woodcutting XP W/ 3-tick
3020,000–28,000[1] 26,600–37,240
40 28,000–35,000[2] 37,240–46,550
60 34,000–45,000 45,220–59,850
80 45,000–56,000[3][4] 59,850–74,480
  1. ^ This is with an adamant axe.
  2. ^ This is with a rune axe.
  3. ^ These values are based from low to high effort and focus.
  4. ^ These experience rates are also presuming you shift drop the logs rather than banking.

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

Maple logs.png At level 45, players can cut maple trees, which grant 100 experience per log.

Experience rates are about 35% lower than willow trees (when not using tick manipulation), however maples are easier to afk as they take more time to cut therefore allowing a more relaxed style of grinding. At level 80 Woodcutting, it is possible to obtain 36,000 experience per hour without tick manipulation.

The only place where free-to-play players can cut maple trees is the Corsair Cove Resource Area which has 4 trees and is very far from a bank. It requires completion of Dragon Slayer I to enter. Players must start The Corsair Curse to access Corsair Cove where the resource area is located.

A table displaying the Maple Logs and XP required to level up, starting at 61,570 XP assuming the player chops exactly enough willow logs to reach level 45:

Start End Logs XP Gained GP Profit
45 60 2,122 212,200 23,342
60 99 127,607 12,760,700 1,403,677

Other methods[edit | edit source]

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

Yew logs.png At level 60, players can cut yew trees, which grant 175 experience per log. While yew logs earn profit, it is recommended to cut willow or maple trees for experience and use the time saved to earn money doing other things.

The best place to chop yew trees is south of Edgeville bank, as there are two trees close to a bank and each other. Banking can also be made even faster by swapping to the PvP world to bank whenever your inventory fills, as the free-to-play PvP world has a bank extremely close to the yews. Note that the yews are in a PvP zone, but the bank in the building is a safe zone, so as long as you swap worlds in the safe zone, there's no risk to doing this. The next best location to cut yews is behind the Varrock Palace east of the Grand Exchange, and there are also 3 trees south of Falador east bank and another 3 between Lumbridge and Draynor.

For more information, see Money making guide/Cutting yew logs (free-to-play).

A table displaying the Yew Logs and XP required to level up, starting at 273,770 XP assuming the player chops exactly enough Maple Logs to reach level 60:

Start End Logs XP Gained GP Profit
60 75 5,353 936,775 1,477,428
75 90 23,634 4,135,950 6,522,984
90 99 43,932 7,688,100 12,125,232