Ironman Guide/Farming

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Farming is a skill trained primarily through crop running. The major difference for ironmen compared to normal Farming training is the difficulty in getting seeds, particularly those early on in their journey.

Early training: Quests[edit | edit source]

Early levels can be skipped by completing quests that give Farming experience. Completing the following grants a total of 27,500 Farming experience, which will get the player up to level 37. This skips the tedious low-level Farming and seed collecting.


Completing Fairytale I and the Goblin generals subquest gives enough experience to reach level 20 Farming, and Garden of Death gives enough experience to get from level 20 to level 30 Farming. This allows the player to start doing Willow Tree runs very early.

Fastest experience[edit | edit source]

Efficient tree runs[edit | edit source]

If not paying farmers to look after each tree, always use ultracompost on the patch in order to minimise the risk of disease. It is usually not efficient spending time to gather payments for Farming, since the chance of a tree dying is very low through the use of the Resurrect Crops spell (along with using ultracompost) on the Arceuus spellbook.

Efficient herb runs[edit | edit source]

In addition to farming trees, a significant amount of Farming experience is obtained from doing herb runs over time. Additionally, farmed herbs are critical for Herblore training.

For herb runs, get to every patch as quickly as possible, clean herbs and note them on the Tool Leprechaun. Try to have an anima seed planted in the Farming Guild for increased herb yield, you'll sustain them by killing Hespori. You can do limpwurt/snape grass alongside herb runs if you need them. Use magic secateurs and a Farming cape for increased yield. Plant more valuable seeds in the disease-free patches. Only use the Farming Guild patch if your herbs will be done before your next contract.

Teleports from the player-owned house to herb patches are recommended, especially to Weiss and Troll Stronghold, to save time and resources having to make the teleports.

With access to anima seeds, it is recommended to prioritise using iasor seeds first to decrease crops chance to die, following by attas seeds to maximise yield, and without either of those, optionally use kronos seeds to skip growth cycles.

Quickest teleports to herb patches
Location Teleport (best → worst)
Ardougne Ardougne cloak (2 or higher) Fishing guild (Teleport/Skills Necklace/Fishing Cape) Ardougne teleport Fairy ring BLR Quest point cape
Catherby Catherby teleport Camelot teleport Taverley house portal via White Wolf Tunnel N/A N/A
Falador Explorer's ring (2 or higher) Falador teleport Port Sarim Spirit Tree Amulet of Glory - Draynor Village N/A
Harmony Harmony Island tele w/ Spellbook Swap Harmony Island house portal N/A N/A N/A
Kourend/Hosidius Xeric's Talisman - Xeric's Glade Kourend/Hosidius house portal Tithe Farm minigame teleport Kharedst's memoirs - Lunch by the Lancalliums N/A
Morytania Fairy ring ALQ Ectophial Fenkenstrain's Castle teleport Kharyrll Teleport N/A
Weiss Weiss house portal Icy basalt N/A N/A N/A
Farming Guild Farming cape Skills necklace Farming Guild Spirit tree CIR fairy ring Battlefront teleport
Troll Stronghold Troll Stronghold house portal Trollheim teleport N/A N/A N/A

Tool leprechauns will note all farmed products by using the unnoted items on them. This includes farmable products that were acquired from other sources.

Other methods[edit | edit source]

Tithe Farm[edit | edit source]

It is recommended to do Tithe Farm at level 54 to get the auto-weed perk, seed box, and herb sack. The farmer's outfit can also be unlocked here, which can be useful during the process of getting level 99, however it should not be prioritised. Doing the minigame also unlocks medium contracts in the Farming Guild faster as the rewards are useful for various skilling methods, such as pickpocketing master farmers and training Slayer.

Giant seaweed[edit | edit source]

Farming giant seaweed requires Farming 23 Farming and seaweed spores. They are planted at the seaweed patch in the underwater area of Fossil Island and provide giant seaweed when harvested.

Magic secateurs or Farming cape do not affect yield, however compost will. It is highly recommended to use numulite as payment to protect seaweed patches and use ultracompost on them. This is the best way to get seaweed to use with your buckets of sand.

Lobstrosities can be killed for about 120 seaweed spores per hour. Seaweed spores also randomly spawn while near the seaweed patches.

Obtaining seeds[edit | edit source]

All seeds: Farming contracts[edit | edit source]

Farming contracts are the most efficient way to get seeds.

You should be doing as many Farming contracts per day as possible, they provide a lot of Herblore and Farming experience and are your main source of herb/tree seeds. Use ultra compost on your herbs as soon as it is available to you.

Doing Farming contracts in the Farming Guild is currently the best way to obtain tree and herb seeds from level 65 onwards. It is best to preplant certain seeds to have a higher chance to complete multiple contracts in a row.

You should be doing Farming contracts as often as you can. Farming contracts are Farming tasks assigned by Guildmaster Jane, which requires you to grow certain crops within the Farming Guild in exchange for seed packs. You should always start off with receiving the highest tier assignment you can, and then downgrading the contract if it's something you don't have pre planted and takes longer than a bush patch (2 hours and 40 minutes) to grow. The general strategy behind doing as many contracts as possible is to preplant the most commonly assigned tasks, since there's an equal chance of every assignment, your preplants are usually tasks shared across multiple difficulty tables. This often allows you to instantly complete multiple contracts in a row.

For hard contracts, preplant:
Type Plant name
Herb Snapdragon Lantadyme Cadantine
Tree Maple tree Yew tree
Fruit tree Palm tree
Bush Poison ivy Whiteberries
Cactus Potato cactus
Flower White lily
Allotment #1 Watermelon
Allotment #2 Snape grass
For medium contracts, preplant:
Type Plant name
Herb Irit
Tree Maple tree
Fruit tree Curry tree
Bush Whiteberries Jangerberries
Cactus Cactus
Flower White lily
Allotment #1 Watermelon
Allotment #2 Strawberries

Birds nests[edit | edit source]

Birdhouse trapping on Fossil Island is a good source of tree seeds and fruit tree seeds. Birdhouses have a chance to drop a bird nest, dependent on tier, which may contain seeds. Since they can be harvested every 50 minutes, the number of nests and seeds players harvest ends up being significant.

It's worth building the highest tier birdhouse possible, since the tier determines the number of nests harvested.

Slayer[edit | edit source]

At lower levels, player can obtain seeds from different monsters while they are training Slayer or if in need, also off task.

At middle and higher levels, players can obtain seeds consistently while they are on tasks of Nechryaels, Turoths, or Daganoths.

At higher levels, players can also get tree seeds from various bosses and demi-bosses, such as Zulrah, lizardman shamans, demonic gorillas, Kalphite Queen, Callisto, and Venenatis.

Pickpocketing Master Farmers[edit | edit source]

Players can start pickpocketing Master Farmers at 38 Thieving to receive a variety of seeds.

Ironmen looking for herb seeds can expect up to 60 high level seeds (ranarr seeds or higher) per hour at maximum efficiency (94 Thieving and the hard Ardougne Diary completed, where players stop failing pickpocketing Master Farmers).

Wintertodt[edit | edit source]

Ironmen can obtain a variety of seeds defeating Wintertodt, which rewards the player with a supply crate after earning at least 500 points during the fight.

The player’s related skill levels determine the rewards, a high Farming level increases the chance of getting higher level seeds, however they are still possible to obtain at 1 Farming.

Obtaining compost[edit | edit source]

Ultracompost can be made by buying pineapples from charter ships or harvesting watermelons, putting them into a compost bin and using 25 volcanic ashes (or 50 on the big compost bin in the Farming Guild) on a full compost bin containing supercompost. Alternatively, with 22 Herblore one can make compost potion which will turn a regular compost bin into supercompost, and then use volcanic ashes for ultra.

If using the Fertile Soil spell it is recommended that you unlock the enhanced version by obtaining the ash covered tome from the volcanic mine reward store, as this negates the need to spend time making ultracompost.