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In order for your account to be an official ironman, you must speak to Adam or Paul before leaving the island.

Ironman Mode and Ultimate Ironman Mode are account-types that were released in Old School RuneScape on 13 October 2014, as official support for the Ironman style of playing, where players are completely self-sufficient. Both modes can only be activated by speaking to either Adam or Paul on Tutorial Island before being teleported to the mainland. You are also able to decide if you would like to be able to type in your bank pin to revert your ironman account into a regular account, or if you want it to be permanent.

Hardcore Ironman Mode released November 10th, 2016, works in the same way as a standard Ironman account with the added challenge of only one life. Your one life will only be claimed by a dangerous death. Safe deaths, such as those in many minigames, will not cause you to lose your Hardcore status.

Starting off[edit | edit source]

The most efficient way to start levelling most of the skills is to complete quests which give you large amounts of experience. This saves you spending time on very slow training methods; for example, instead of killing chickens with a bronze dagger, you are able to complete the Waterfall Quest and then The Feud to be able to start training with an adamant scimitar before even touching a monster. Many of the quest bosses can be easily safespotted and defeated with Magic.

An alternative way to start an account is to do Wintertodt at 10 Hitpoints to a high Firemaking level, or even to 99 Firemaking. At 10 Hitpoints you take little damage from the cold and Wintertodt's attacks, meaning that you are able to heal effectively with low-tier food such as cakes, trout or salmon. From 99 Firemaking you will get a decent amount of cash and supplies for skilling, however you will miss out on most of the better rewards with low stats.

The means of travelling are very limited and inconvenient at lower levels, since you cannot buy teleportation tablets or jewellery from the Grand Exchange, and you are not able to run long distances without stamina potions. To start off, train Agility to a reasonable level, train Magic to unlock teleportation spells and unlock minigame teleports as soon as you can. Getting Ardougne cloak 1 early on is extremely beneficial, as the cloak's teleport is free, unlimited and fairly close to a fairy ring.

Training Thieving is an efficient and a fast way to make starting cash on your account. The benefit of having a high Thieving level is that you are also able to effectively pickpocket Master Farmers for early herb and hop seeds. The Agility Pyramid is also a viable option, as you can net up to 200,000 gold per hour depending on your Agility level.

Barbarian fishing is an ideal skill early on, as it provides passive Strength and Agility experience in addition to Fishing. From 99 Fishing, the player can expect to get around 74 Strength and Agility, which will save heaps of time training those skills. However, this does take a long time and may become too boring for many players, and it costs a few hundred thousand gold to buy all the necessary feathers for bait (this can be compensated by cutting the fish with a knife, which often provides fish offcuts that work as bait and nets a small amount of Cooking experience).

General tips[edit | edit source]

Obtaining items/gear[edit | edit source]

  • Mithril axe - safespotting blue dragons in the Taverley Dungeon, killing tree spirits, or bought from the Woodcutting Guild.
  • Rune axe - safespotting lava dragons, killing tree spirits or bought from the Woodcutting Guild.
  • Rune scimitar - safespotting fire giants in Waterfall Dungeon, killing Gangsters, Barbarian spirits, or Zamorak warriors near the Ourania altar. A rune sword could be used instead before the Dragon scimitar becomes available, it only has slightly inferior stats.
  • Yew shortbow, Mithril grapples (for Temple of Ikov, achievement diaries, respectively): Fletching should be done anyway due to its great money potential for Ironmen, but Barbarian spirits (any of the variants, including the skeletons, they all share the same drop table) could otherwise be killed for a semi-rare drop of these (as well as rune scimitars). Without 59 Smithing and Fletching, this is the only way for Ironmen to obtain Mithril grapples. Keep in mind that they are very high level monsters, have high defence, hit hard, are aggressive, and are also located within a particularly dangerous dungeon. Prayer flicking is very handy, but extraordinarily tedious here. Also completing medium and hard clue scrolls is an easy non-combat alternative to getting yew shortbows or even a magic shortbow.
  • Magic logs for quests (16 in total): There are very few ways in all of RuneScape to get magic logs and all of them have high requirements. Beyond 75 Woodcutting, they can also be obtained from Nature implings (58 Hunter, seemingly a 1/8 chance, and these implings are fairly uncommon), as rare drops from some zombies in Tarn's Lair (*rare* and they are also much tougher than normal zombies), 100 of them as a 'common' (1/16) reward from high-level Barbarian Assault gambling, or from yommi trees toward the end of Legends' Quest. You can also get them from Wintertodt, or as an uncommon drop from Skeletal Wyverns (35, noted, 72 Slayer required).
  • Amulet of power - Diamond amulet can be looted from the H.A.M. Store rooms. They are also an uncommon reward from medium clue scrolls.
  • Superantipoison potion - A 1-dose spawn can be found in the small building directly south west of the dungeon entrance to the cave below the Observatory. Simply hop worlds and pick up the dose and repeat.
  • Boots of lightness - Can be found in the cellar of the Temple of Ikov. You do not need to start the quest to obtain them. A light source is needed to navigate to the basement, and a slash weapon or knife is needed to cut the web blocking the spawn.

Obtaining food[edit | edit source]

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Ultimate ironman chat badge.png A looting bag allows you to store 28 items. You can only store items when standing in the Wilderness. Items in the looting bag do not add to your total weight. Since ultimate ironmen cannot use banks, you can only get your items out of the bag by dying and picking up the items; this will destroy the bag. It is therefore not advised to get high-effort items that disappear on death, such as gem bags or coal bags. Looting bags are dropped by all monsters within the Wilderness. The easiest spots are therefore the Giant rats north of Varrock or the skeletons north of Edgeville. A looting bag is counted as a weapon/banned item and can therefore not be taken to Entrana (unless it contains no banned items) or Glarial's Tomb (even if empty). Destroying a looting bag will destroy the items inside and it therefore should be taken into account when doing activities that don't allow a looting bag to be taken inside, like going to the aforementioned areas.

Managing Miscellania[edit | edit source]

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After completion of Throne of Miscellania, Managing Miscellania is an excellent way to passively get various resources for skill training. However, you will need a relatively large amount of capital before investing into your kingdom, so it is recommended that you have a safe amount of coins and/or a consistent money-making method.

For the most effective yield from your kingdom, always put a maximum amount of workers on herb farming. The rest (after completion of Royal Trouble) can be put on maple woodcutting for Fletching supplies, or teak/mahogany woodcutting for supplies for Construction training.

Make sure that the maximum amount is withdrawn every day by having at least 500,000 coins or 750,000 coins after Royal Trouble in the coffers each day for maximum amount of rewards collectible.

Skilling[edit | edit source]

Agility[edit | edit source]

Trained as normal. The Agility Pyramid is a decent option should you need gold during the early stages of your ironman, as you can net up to 200,000 gold per hour depending on your Agility level.

It is advisable to complete some quests that grant agility xp as soon as possible, but train on rooftop courses to obtain the graceful outfit as soon as possible. Since access to teleportation tablets, enchanted jewelry, energy or stamina potions can require very high levels in construction, crafting, magic and herblore, ironmen have to travel a lot by foot, even later in the game. Obtaining graceful clothing early in the game can make an incredible difference in the progress of your account.

Combat[edit | edit source]

To start off, do quests which give you a lot of experience in melee skills upon completion, such as Waterfall Quest, Fight Arena, Vampire Slayer, Witch's House, Tree Gnome Village and The Grand Tree. All of the bosses in these quests can be safespotted and easily defeated with Magic. If you need some food during the quests, cakes can be stolen from cake stalls in Ardougne. Hardcore ironman chat badge.png It is advised for Hardcore Ironmen to train their Hitpoints higher before attempting to do any of the quests mentioned above. Kill low-level monsters with strike spells until you have a comfortable Hitpoints level, after that complete Witch's House and continue with other quests.

Complete Monkey Madness I as soon as you are able to, and buy a dragon scimitar for later training.

Barbarian Fishing gives small amounts of Strength experience in addition to Fishing and Agility experience. Doing this early on is very beneficial, as it allows you to skip a significant amount of early melee (and Agility) training if done for longer periods of time.

Work towards getting starting equipment for early melee training. Complete Death Plateau for climbing boots, Dragon Slayer for a rune platebody, The Fremennik Trials for a berserker helm and subquests of Recipe for Disaster for Culinaromancer's gloves (up to mithril or adamant). If you wish to get an amulet of strength or an amulet of power without the Crafting requirements to make them, you can loot H.A.M. Store rooms for a ruby and/or diamond amulet.

A rune scimitar can be obtained as a rare drop from fire giants, which can be safespotted with Magic or Ranged. However, a rune sword (which can be bought from the Champions' Guild) has only slightly inferior stats to a rune scimitar, and it isn't usually worth the time to camp fire giants solely for the rune scimitar. Alternatively, you can safespot Zamorak warriors in the Ourania Cave, however this area is dangerous for low-level players.

At some point, get a fighter torso from the Barbarian Assault minigame. While there are no requirements to participate in the minigame, having a higher combat level generally makes it easier to perform sufficiently and to find teammates who are willing to accept you to their team.

Train melee stats by killing moss giants or sand crabs once you have attained reasonable gear. Moss giants are very rarely crowded and frequently drop runes, herbs and herb seeds. Killing sand crabs on the other hand requires minimal attention as they are aggressive for 10–15 minutes when walked by, and they barely hit at all if the player is wearing any decent defensive equipment.

As soon as you are able to enter the Warriors' Guild, kill cyclopes until you have a dragon defender. Once you have the defender, train all melee skills through Slayer. A lot of powerful items are locked behind slayer levels for ironmen, such as the abyssal whip, dragon boots, granite equipment, occult necklace and trident of the seas.

Construction[edit | edit source]

Training the skill itself is no different than you would normally, however you will need to collect a mass amount of logs for making planks.

Early levels can be bypassed if you do Wintertodt to a high Firemaking level. Be sure you have bought a house and 20 Construction (to maximise experience) before doing Wintertodt, as otherwise you will not get any Construction experience from repairing braziers (4x player's Construction level). If you don't do Wintertodt, collect planks in the Barbarian Outpost east of the Barbarian Assault until you have enough for 16 Construction for making Crafting table 1's. Nails can be bought from the sawmill operator in the Lumberyard.

Once you have access to Managing Miscellania, it is strongly advised to put 5 workers on teak or mahogany woodcutting when you don't need maple logs for Fletching training. Mahogany is faster but more expensive, teak is only recommended if the player wants to save money on Construction training.

High-level players can get Construction supplies from the Chambers of Xeric, Zulrah and Callisto.

Ultimate ironman chat badge.png Ultimate Ironmen cannot use butlers to make planks, as they will not provide their service if there is no bank space for the items they're holding.

Method Requirements Items needed Procedure
All planks

(PVP world & House Teleport)

45 Magic

Butler

Oak, teak or mahogany logs

Coins Runes for Teleport to House and Camelot Teleport

In a PVP world, teleport to Camelot to bank (a bank chest will be next to the spawn - this is a safe zone). Grab your logs of choice, then teleport to your house. Give your Butler the logs to take to the sawmill, then teleport back to Camelot to repeat the process. The butler will automatically bank your planks.

This is the fastest method of converting banked logs into planks, with the downside of the added cost of paying the butler for their services.

Oak plank (Woodcutting Guild) 60 WoodcuttingWoodcutting icon.png75% Hosidius favour Axe and coins Cut oak trees in the eastern side of the Woodcutting Guild. After you have a full inventory of oak logs, convert them into planks in the sawmill and deposit them in the nearby bank deposit box.
Oak plank (Balloon method) 30 WoodcuttingWoodcutting icon.png (41+ WoodcuttingWoodcutting icon.png recommended)

40 FiremakingFiremaking icon.png

Completion of Enlightened Journey

Axe and coins

Rings of dueling

Looting bag

Starting at Castle Wars, take the balloon to Varrock Lumber Yard via the balloon. Cut the trees you want to turn into planks until your inventory is full. Pay the Sawmill operator to cut your logs into planks. Head north into the Wilderness to fill the loot bag with your planks. Exit the Wilderness to repeat the process until your loot bag and inventory are full, then travel back to Castle Wars with your ring of dueling. If you have 60 FiremakingFiremaking icon.png and 60 WoodcuttingWoodcutting icon.png, you can chop one of the Yew trees south of the Lumber Yard and take the balloon back to Castle Wars, which conserves your potentially few rings of dueling.
Oak plank (Rimmington) 15 WoodcuttingWoodcutting icon.png (41+ WoodcuttingWoodcutting icon.png recommended)

50 ConstructionConstruction icon.png

Axe and coins Move your house to Rimmington, and cut oak trees north-east of the house portal. After you have a full inventory of oak logs, go into your house, call your demon butler and send him to the sawmill. Exit the house and the butler will automatically send the planks to your bank.

The process can be made slightly faster by using tick manipulation, however this is slightly more expensive due to the butler costs (as you will deposit fewer logs per trip) and requires significantly more effort.

Teak plank (Ape Atoll) 35 WoodcuttingWoodcutting icon.png (61+ WoodcuttingWoodcutting icon.png recommended)

67 ConstructionConstruction icon.png

90 MagicMagic icon.png

60% Arceuus favour

Completion of Monkey Madness I

Axe and coins

Runes for Ape Atoll Teleport spell

Teleport to house tablets

A monkey greegree if Monkey Madness II hasn't been completed

Teleport to Ape Atoll dungeon, climb up to the surface and there are teak trees nearby in the east. After you have cut a full inventory of logs, break a house teleport tablet, call a demon butler and send him to the sawmill. Teleport back to Ape Atoll, and the butler will automatically send the planks to your bank. If you haven't completed Monkey Madness II, you will need to wear a greegree when cutting the logs and unequip it before teleporting to your house.

The process can be made slightly faster by using tick manipulation, however this is slightly more expensive due to the butler costs (as you will deposit fewer logs per trip) and requires significantly more effort.

Mahogany plank (Fossil Island) 50 WoodcuttingWoodcutting icon.png (61+ WoodcuttingWoodcutting icon.png recommended)

55 FarmingFarming icon.png

70 AgilityAgility icon.png for the shortcut

70 ConstructionConstruction icon.png for the revitalisation pool

Completion of Bone Voyage

Completion of hard tasks in the Kandarin Diary (recommended)

Axe and coins

Knife and a teak log for tick manipulation

Runes for Teleport to House and Camelot Teleport

Digsite pendants

Teleport to the Digsite with the Digsite pendant, run east, quick-travel to Fossil Island and use the agility shortcut to the hardwood patches. Cut mahogany trees using the 1.5-tick method of tick manipulation until you have a full inventory of logs. Teleport to your house, call a demon butler and send him to the sawmill. Use the pool for run energy restoration if needed and teleport back to the Digsite. When your Digsite pendant has only one charge left, teleport to a bank after sending the butler to a sawmill, grab a fully charged one and teleport to the Digsite.

This is the fastest method for banking Construction; at 99 Woodcutting and with good performance it is possible to get up to 110,000 Woodcutting and 120,000 banked Construction experience per hour. The method also works for teak, but mahogany is faster overall since you bank more Construction experience per trip and using mahogany planks for Construction training is faster than teaks.

Alternatively, you can simply bank the logs at the museum camp, but you will have to plankmake the logs later and use stamina potions.

At 47 Construction you can build mounted mythical capes if you have completed Dragon Slayer II which significantly reduces the amount of teak planks needed for levelling. Doing mounted mythical capes brings the experience per plank to 123 rather than 90 for teaks, because of the bonus 100 experience for using the mythical cape.

Ultimate ironman chat badge.png At 59 Construction, you can start building limestone attack stones in the games room of your POH. For this method you will need 20 empty inventory spaces, Morytania legs 3 or 4 and the Flamtaer bag from the Shades of Mort'ton minigame. Buy limestone bricks from Razmire in Mort'ton and fill the Flamtaer bag as you go. After you don't have any more space for the limestone bricks, teleport to your house and build limestone attacks stones, emptying the Flamtaer bag as you go. Teleport to Burgh de Rott with the Morytania legs, run north to Mort'ton and repeat. This method will grant you 60,000-65,000 experience per hour depending on your efficiency and costs around 2.6 coins per experience.

Cooking[edit | edit source]

Completing Gertrude's Cat, Cook's Assistant and Dwarf and Goblin Generals subquests of the Recipe for Disaster will grant a total of 3,825 experience, which elevates a level 1 Cooking to level 18.

For early levels, fish and bank trout and salmon in Shilo Village, and cook the fish in the Rogues' Den or in the Hosidius kitchen. You will get some passive Cooking experience from cutting leaping fish if you are doing 3-tick barbarian fishing with a knife (eating roe/caviar), however you will not get any if you are dropping the fish. If you are not doing Barbarian Fishing for Fishing experience and fishing for food instead (such as karambwans or minnow), cooking the fish will easily grant the player more than enough Cooking experience.

From level 65 onwards, you can make servery pineapple pizzas in the mess hall if you have at least 45% Hosidius favour. This method doesn't require any supplies and can yield around 150,000 - 200,000 experience per hour depending on your efficiency, however it is very click-intensive. Hop worlds after serving each load to maximise experience gain. If you want to obtain food in the process, you can also buy plain pizzas in the Warrior's Guild, and then buy a quarter of the amount of pizzas you have in pineapples at any charter ship store. Port Khazard has a bank close to the charter ship. Slice the pineapples, granting 4 rings, and make pineapple pizzas, which heal 11 hitpoints per bite, or 22 per inventory slot.

If you want to stock up on food, from level 65 onwards you can also fish raw karambwans and cook them after Tai Bwo Wannai Trio, which yields karambwans, a food that heals 18 hitpoints per item and can be used for tick-eating.

Zulrah and Vorkath drop grapes, which can be made into jugs of wine. Jugs of water can be obtained by buying empty jug packs from the Culinaromancer's Chest and using Humidify to fill them with water. Players stop creating jugs of bad wine when they reach 68 Cooking.

Crafting[edit | edit source]

Starting off[edit | edit source]

Do quests that give Crafting experience upon completion for early levels. Elemental Workshop I and II will net you a total of 12,500 Crafting (and Smithing) experience, with relatively low skill requirements and being fairly easy to do. Alternatively glassblowing on Entrana using the local seaweed and sand can provide a source of free Crafting experience for both new and experienced players alike.

For 61 Crafting, buy buckets of sand and soda ash (and seaweed if you don't mind having to cook it into soda ash, as it has more stock) at a Trader Crewmember in Port Khazard. However this location can be very crowded, so if you are struggling to get decent stocks from these traders, use the ones in Catherby instead as they are also fairly close to a bank. Smelt these into molten glass at any furnace, and then into unpowered orbs (at 46 Crafting) with a glassblowing pipe for experience. Once you have level 49 Crafting, completing The Hand in the Sand quest is highly beneficial since you can receive 84 free buckets of sand daily from Bert.

Alternatively, you can buy gold ores from the Blast Furnace, smelt them into bars, and then craft them into unstrung gold amulets or gold bracelets which can be alched for Magic experience. Another option is to buy silver ores instead, smelt them into bars, and then craft them into tiaras or bolts. Both are almost worthless, but they give decent crafting experience, and the bolts could be used for Fletching experience, albeit with leftover, nearly-useless items.

Ultimate ironman chat badge.png Buy buckets of sand and soda ash at any Trader crewmember in Port Phasmatys. Then smelt them into molten glass at the furnace close to the port, then use a glassblowing pipe to make them into other glass items. You can then sell back your products to the traders, since they are a general store. Hop worlds to quickly get a full inventory. After completion of Lunar Diplomacy, use the charter ship method below.

Making gold bracelets[edit | edit source]

A profitable way to train crafting is making gold bracelets.

You can expect around 42,000 experience per hour.

At level 40 Smithing players can smelt Gold ore into Gold bar. Players can buy gold ore from Ordan for around 225 gold. Players should use goldsmith gauntlets to double the amount of smithing experience gained. Below level 60 smithing it is advised to use the Edgeville furnace while wearing Varrock armour 2 or better. Above level 60, blast furnace is significantly faster.

At level 7 crafting, the player can turn gold bars into gold bracelets. The gold bracelets can be high alchemized or sold to high alchemy buying generals stores for 330 gp. Thus earning around 330-225=105 gp per gold bracelet while training crafting.

Farming seaweeds[edit | edit source]

Players can farm giant seaweed by planting seaweed spores in seaweed patches in the underwater area of Fossil Island. Harvesting these seaweed patches grant a large amount of giant seaweed. The benefit of giant seaweed is, that 1 giant seaweed is the equivalent of 6 normal seaweeds. Flippers are advised to swim underwater. Flippers are dropped by Mogres at a chance of 1/64.

Large quantities of seaweed spores can be obtained by killing Lobstrosities in the underwater area of Fossil Island. They can only be damaged by a brine sabre (obtained from brine rats) or a trident of the seas (obtained from cave krakens). If you're a low level ironman and cant get a brine sabre an alternative method for collecting spores is on the seafloor right next to the patches. This can give anywhere from 10-50 an hour and can be done while doing bank skills like Fletching by going up and down the anchor.

Buckets of sand can be collected by grinding pieces of sandstone using the grinder called Sandstorm west of the Bandit Camp Quarry. Noted empty buckets can be given to Drew at the grinder. Each piece of sandstone ground provides the player with differing numbers of sand charges (depending on the size of the piece) which can be used to claim noted buckets of sand for a charge of 50gp per bucket.

Charter ship method[edit | edit source]

After you have access to Superglass Make spell (requires level 77 Magic and completion of Lunar Diplomacy), you can train Crafting without any banked supplies needed. Buy buckets of sand and seaweed (or soda ash) from any Trader Crewmember, cast Superglass Make and make the highest-tier glass item you are able to on the spot. Sell the glass items or drop them, hop worlds and repeat. This method will grant you around 65,000 - 70,000 experience per hour with lantern lenses and 85,000 - 90,000 experience per hour with empty light orbs, depending on stocks. To maximize the amount of experience per spell cast, you can buy out the 10 buckets of sand and soda ash per world, and when reselling the created items, you can buy one more of both, if it has already restocked. This will reduce the amount of runes needed by just under 10%. This may not seem like a lot, but if you want to reach levels somewhere around 85 to craft a fury amulet, it can easily save up to 800 astral runes in total.

It is highly recommended to use this method in a low populated world, in areas that are less popular to obtain the charter ship stock. Using areas like Port Tyras (requires Regicide) or Brimhaven dock, as well as Port Phasmatys has a better chance of being stocked. Using popular ports such as Port Khazard or Catherby will result in the Charter ship stock being frequently sold out, resulting in far less experience per hour.

Crafting battlestaves[edit | edit source]

Players who have completed task sets of the Varrock Diary can buy noted battlestaves daily from a barrel near Zaff for 7,000 coins each. They all have to be bought at once, so you will need a sizeable stack of coins for this. Starting at 15 with the easy tasks, each task set doubles the amount of Battlestaves that can be bought per day.

The fastest way to obtain supplies for making the unpowered orbs is to collect the daily buckets of sand from Bert and to farm giant seaweed (requires level 23 Farming and completion of Bone Voyage). You can also collect bucket of sand by casting teleport home to Yanille and fill at the sand pit north of the Home Portal.

Doing every Fossil Island Wyvern task for seaweed spores is recommended if you are planning to farm the seaweed. They also randomly drop in the sea next to the seaweed patch and behave the same way a birdnest while woodcutting. Those turn into 6 Soda ash by cooking it on a fire. Alternatively, you can collect seaweed in Piscatoris Fishing Colony or buy them at a Trader Crewmember in Port Khazard.

You will need a mass amount of cosmic runes, which you will most likely have to runecraft as they can't be bought in such high numbers. For this to be efficient, it's recommended to have 59 Runecraft for double cosmic runes, a quick access to a fairy ring (such as quest point cape) or high Agility and Mining levels for the Abyss, and a sizeable amount of spare pure essence.

Orb Items needed Procedure
Air orb Staff of air

Cosmic runes

Unpowered orbs

Amulets of glory/rings of returning

Stamina or energy potions

Grab 81 cosmic runes and 27 unpowered orbs, run to the air obelisk, charge the orbs and teleport to Edgeville with an amulet of glory. If you have the Edgeville respawn, you can use rings of returning instead and do this in a PvP world.
Fire orb Staff of fire

Anti-dragon shield

Cosmic, law and dust runes

Rune pouch (strongly recommended)

Unpowered orbs

Stamina, energy potions, or energy restoration pool in POH

Antipoisons

Move your house to Taverley. Teleport to your house, run south to the Taverley Dungeon and to the fire obelisk, charge the orbs and teleport to Camelot to bank.

It is possible to charge the orbs faster by using them manually to the obelisk. Attach the charged orbs for Crafting experience and cast High Level Alchemy for profit.

Miscellaneous[edit | edit source]

  • You will get a notable amount of dragonhides from killing green dragons for Prayer and from killing Vorkath. Tan the hides in the Crafting Guild, craft the leathers into dragonhide bodies and alch them for money.
  • High-level players will get a mass amount of uncut gems from Chambers of Xeric.
  • Another method, which becomes more viable with completion of the Hard Karamja Diary, is to mine gem rocks in Shilo village. This method is attention-intensive and somewhat tedious, especially at lower Mining levels. The gems can be cut and crafted into jewellery, giving good experience.

Farming[edit | edit source]

Questing is a very effective way to train from level 1 to 35 without any actual Farming training, skipping much of the tedium of low-level Farming and seed collecting. (Refer to the Quest experience rewards page to see the relevant quests.)

Checking bird houses on Fossil Island will yield you bird nests, which sometimes contain seeds. In addition to doing Wintertodt, this is arguably one of the easiest ways to get tree seeds at lower levels. At higher levels, you can also get tree seeds from various bosses and demi-bosses, such as Zulrah, lizardman shamans, demonic gorillas, Kalphite Queen, Callisto and Venenatis.

Ultracompost can be made by buying pineapples from charter ships or harvesting watermelons, putting them into a compost bin and using 25 volcanic ashes on a full compost bin containing supercompost. Unlock the ultracompost version of the Fertile Soil spell as early as possible, since it negates the need to spend time making ultracompost.

If you are not paying the farmer to look after a tree, always use ultracompost on the patch in order to minimise the chance of disease. It is usually not worth spending time to gather payments for farming, since the chance of a tree dying is very low if you use Resurrect Crops spell (along with using ultracompost) on the Arceuus spellbook.

In addition to farming trees, you will get a significant amount of Farming experience from doing herb runs over time.

Ultimate ironman chat badge.png Currently the most efficient way for training Farming is the Tithe Farm in Hosidius. Requirements are 100% Hosidius favour and 34 Farming. When done in combination with regular farm runs, players can gain Farming experience well above a hundred thousand per hour at higher levels.

Tool leprechauns will note all farmed products for you, these can be unnoted at a bank. This includes products which can be farmed and from other sources.

Firemaking[edit | edit source]

To start off, go to the top of the Lumbridge Castle, light the logs that spawn there, hop worlds and repeat until you have 15 Firemaking. Cut oak logs and light them as you go until you have 35 Woodcutting; continue by cutting and lighting teak logs south-west of Castle Wars until 50 Firemaking.

Wintertodt becomes the most efficient option from level 50 onwards, as it doesn't require any supplies and it offers various resources for other skills. Doing Wintertodt at a low level has the benefit of being able to heal effectively with low-tier food, but you will miss out on most of the better rewards with low stats. If the the player has the ornate rejuvenation pool in his/her POH (as well the Hitpoints cape and regen bracelet), the player will need very little food for doing Wintertodt. Getting at least 80 Firemaking with low stats is recommended for the Morytania elite diary requirement, however. The clue hunter outfit counts as warm clothing and can be obtained at any level.

Firemaking magic or redwood logs from woodcutting or monster drops is also an option if the player doesn't have any other use for them, however they will most likely be needed for doing bird house runs.

Ultimate ironman chat badge.png For Ultimate Ironmen: clear as much inventory space as possible to minimise time travelling to lighting logs.

Fishing[edit | edit source]

Trained as normal. Bank the fish you get from fly fishing for early Cooking experience, the nearest fly fishing spot to a bank is in Shilo Village. Continue with Barbarian fishing and drop or cut the fish.

If you need food for activities such as Slayer, catch karambwan, minnow (for noted raw sharks) or anglerfish.

Fletching[edit | edit source]

Make bronze arrows for early levels. Go to the top of the Lumbridge Castle, pick up the logs that spawn there (alternatively, cut trees), fletch the logs into arrow shafts and attach feathers to them. Bronze arrowtips can be bought from Gulluck and Sons in the Grand Tree, or Hickton's Archery Emporium in Catherby.

At level 22, you can make iron darts once you have completed The Tourist Trap quest. Mine iron ore in the South-east Ardougne mine, superheat them into iron bars while walking to the south-eastern bank in East Ardougne, teleport back with the Ardougne cloak 1 (or higher) and repeat. Alternatively, you can buy the ores from Ordan and smelt them into bars in the Blast Furnace. Smith the bars into iron dart tips later. Do this until you have enough supplies to get around 50-55 Fletching, fletch the darts while you are doing other activities, such as training Agility or Hunter.

Alternatively, you can continue making arrows until 50-55 Fletching, however this requires spending some gold.

Mass amount of maple logs can be obtained from Managing Miscellania, which can be fletched into unstrung maple longbows. These can be alched for a very minor loss. At higher levels and after purchasing Broader Fletching perk with Slayer reward points, use the maple logs for making headless arrows, buy broad arrowhead packs from any Slayer master and make broad arrows.

Ultimate ironman chat badge.png Due to resources being deposited into the player's bank, Ultimate Ironmen cannot gain resources through managing the kingdom.

Doing the Kandarin Achievement Diary will allow you to exchange 30, 60, 120 or 250 flax for bowstrings each day from the Flax keeper south of Seers' Village. Another easy way to obtain bowstring is through the Temple Trekking mini-game, using the easy route you can receive 100 bowstring in a matter of minutes.

Herblore[edit | edit source]

Herblore is arguably one of the hardest skills to train on Ironman (especially on Ultimate Ironman) since collecting the herbs and most of the secondary ingredients can be slow and time-consuming. Therefore, it is advised to put the rewards of every experience lamp and tome you get on Herblore if possible. By the time you have completed all hard diaries, whilst making any potions you can along the way, you should reach level 67-69 which is just barely enough to start boosting to make ranging potions.

To start off, do quests that give you Herblore experience upon completion. Questing alone will grant you a total of 9,350 Herblore experience, elevating a level 1 Herblore to 26, allowing you to make energy potions without having to make a single potion before.

It is advisable to work towards having access to Managing Miscellania as early as possible, since it is one of the best ways to get herbs passively over time. Training Thieving to high levels is a quick way to get coins for funding your kingdom; in addition to this, with high Thieving you are able to effectively pickpocket Master Farmers for early herb seeds. When you have your kingdom, have 10 workers on herb farming at all times for the most effective yield.

After completing hard tasks of the Desert Diary, Zahur in Nardah will make unfinished potions for you for 200 coins per potion (works with noted herbs and vials of water). Wesley will crush items that requires the use of a pestle and mortar for 50 coins per item (also works with banknotes but does not require the diary completion).

Ultimate ironman chat badge.png Due to resources being deposited into the player's bank, Ultimate Ironmen cannot gain resources through managing the kingdom.

Crafting guam-marr vials[edit | edit source]

An alternative cheap method which grants 84 experience for each guam and marrentill involves reaching a certain point in (and not going past it/completing) the Lunar Diplomacy quest. During the quest, Right after having given the full lunar equipment set and waking sleep vial to the Oneiromancer, she will then return these items to you along with some kindling. The method revolves around using the kindling she gives you on the waking sleep vial, which results in soaked kindling and an empty vial. You then promptly drop the soaked kindling, keep the now-empty vial, speak to the Oneiromancer and skip through some dialogue to receive another waking sleep vial and kindling. This process can be repeated over and over until your inventory is full. You can then bank, fill them with water, and add guam and marrentill to them at your leisure (but remember that adding the ground tooth is pointless as it grants no xp). Ultimate ironmen will have to go through the process of deleting each guam-marr vial as they are quest items, but any other account can simply bank and incinerate them all at once. Finally, the empty vials can not be noted, and reportedly you can gain experience from them even after Lunar Diplomacy is completed, but you simply can't get more of them.

Obtaining herbs and herb seeds[edit | edit source]

Low level ironmen can kill chaos druids or flesh crawlers for their common low level herb drops to train their first levels.

Training Slayer is one of the primary methods of obtaining herbs and herb seeds, as many slayer monsters (most notably nechryaels, aberrant spectres, dagannoths and kurasks) frequently drop assorted types of them. Do every nechryael task in the Slayer Tower with melee instead of killing them with burst/barrage spells in the Catacombs of Kourend, since Greater Nechryaels do not drop nearly as many herb seeds compared to ones in the Slayer Tower.

After achieving 100 kudos and completing Bone Voyage, players can access Fossil Island. Players can then plant birdhouses. Upon harvesting these birdhouses players receive a small amount of hunter and crafting experience, while also granting bird nests. These bird nests commonly contain high-level tree and fruit tree seed, rings and a rare chance to get a clue scroll. At 80 Hunter, you can start tracking herbiboars on Fossil Island which will yield herbs and a small amount of Herblore experience upon harvesting. Once you have enough chinchompas for Ranged training and a high Herblore level (85+ recommended), finish 99 Hunter by tracking herbiboars.

High-level players will get a notable amount of herbs and Herblore experience (from dark relics and making potions inside the raid) from the Chambers of Xeric. Those with Verac's can focus on killing the Wilderness bosses Venenatis, Vet'ion and Callisto as they rarely drop 100 noted herbs (snapdragon, ranarr weed and toadflax, respectively) as well as a generous amount of ranarr and snapdragon seeds. Notably, Venenatis also occasionally drops 500 noted red spiders' eggs.

Farming herbs[edit | edit source]

Do herb runs as often as you can. Clean the herbs while running to the next patch to save some time later on, so that you don't have to clean them while standing next to a bank.

Always use ultracompost on herb patches to minimise the chance of disease, and to ensure the minimum amount of 6 herbs per seed when used along with magic secateurs. Ultracompost can be made by buying pineapples from charter ships or harvesting watermelons, putting them into a compost bin and using 25 volcanic ashes on a full compost bin containing supercompost. Additionally supercompost can be created by using a single compost potion dose on a compost bucket containing any 15 items. This method is very cheap.

Fertile Soil spell (requires 83 Magic) on the Lunar spellbook is particularly convenient for herb runs since it negates the need to spend time making ultracompost. However, getting an ash covered tome for unlocking the ultracompost version of the spell can take a while due to the Kudos requirement of the Volcanic Mine. When you have access to the spell, do herb runs while on the Lunar spellbook and use teleport tablets or Spellbook Swap for patches which you can't easily access without being on standard spellbook. Having a lunar or occult altar in your house is recommended for switching spellbooks quickly, however you can also teleport to Lunar Isle via Moonclan Teleport or a house portal.

Type Location Getting there and notes Image
2 Allotment
1 Flower
1 Herb
South of Falador
  • Explorer's ring 2 or higher
  • Amulet of glory to Draynor Village and run north-west
  • Teleport to Falador and run south-east
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2 Allotment
1 Flower
1 Herb
West of Port Phasmatys
  • Use fairy ring alq and run north
  • Empty your Ectophial and run west
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2 Allotment
1 Flower
1 Herb
North of Catherby

Completing medium tasks (or higher) of the Kandarin Diary will increase your yield from the herb patch by 5%, 10% and 15% respectively.

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2 Allotment
1 Flower
1 Herb
North of Ardougne Kragen location.png
2 Allotment
1 Flower
1 Herb
South-east corner of Hosidius

All patches in this location are disease-free if you have at least 50% Hosidius favour.

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Herb (disease-free) Roof of Troll Stronghold

This disease-free herb patch becomes available after completing My Arm's Big Adventure. The shortcut to the roof (requires 73 Agility) becomes available after completing hard tasks of the Fremennik Diary.

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Allotment

Herb

Harmony Island

The herb patch becomes available after completing elite tasks of the Morytania Diary.

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Herb (disease-free) Weiss
  • Use an icy basalt
  • Use fairy ring dks, travel to Weiss with the boat located west of the fairy ring and enter cave entrance

This disease-free herb patch becomes available after completing Making Friends with My Arm.

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Getting commonly used secondary ingredients[edit | edit source]

Herb Secondary ingredient Used for Method of obtaining
Tarromin.png Tarromin Ashes.png Ashes Serum 207 (4).png Serum 207 Can be collected after logs have burnt out, this also works for fires which have been made by other players. The fastest method is to go to the Nightmare Zone and choose Practice mode with Fareed as your quest boss. Attack him with darts with ice gloves equipped, and pick up the ashes he drops. Alternatively, the thieving chests in Rogues' Castle (north-east deep wilderness) also commonly contain noted ashes. Also dropped by Cerberus.
Tarromin.png Tarromin Swamp tar.png Swamp tar Tarromin tar.png Tarromin tar Swamp tar can be found in Lumbridge Swamp and Mort Myre Swamp. For higher levels, large amounts of Swamp tar can be obtained from Zulrah.
Harralander.png Harralander Chocolate dust.png Chocolate dust Energy potion(4).png Energy potion Chocolate bars can be bought from the Culinaromancer's Chest after completing subquests of Recipe for Disaster, or from Roc's Choc Box in Nardah (25 in stock).
Ranarr weed.png Ranarr weed Snape grass.png Snape grass Prayer potion(4).png Prayer potion Can be grown in allotment patches at 61 farming. Spawns on Waterbirth Island. Teleport to Waterbirth Island (requires 72 Magic), collect a full inventory of snape grass and bank at Castle Wars via a ring of dueling. Alternatively, if you have completed easy tasks of the Fremennik Diary, you can deposit the snape grass at Peer the Seer.
Toadflax.png Toadflax Crushed nest.png Crushed nest Saradomin brew(4).png Saradomin brew Bird nests can be obtained from random drops while Woodcutting, checking bird houses, Managing Miscellania and exchanging mole parts to Wyson the Gardener.
Irit leaf.png Irit leaf Eye of newt.png Eye of newt Super attack(4).png Super attack Eye of newt packs can be bought from Betty in Port Sarim.
Avantoe.png Avantoe Mort myre fungus.png Mort myre fungi Super energy(4).png Super energy potion Can be obtained by cutting Sulliuscep mushrooms, or in Mort Myre Swamp by casting Bloom with a blessed silver sickle near some dead logs. The fastest method to passively gather is by cutting Sulliuscep mushrooms. The fastest method to actively gather requires having a fairy ring and rejuvenation pool in the POH. Use fairy ring bkr, (Salve Graveyard Teleport from the Arceuus spellbook) run a little bit south where there are 3 logs close to each other, collect a full inventory of fungi, teleport to your house and use a demon butler to bank the fungi. Use the pool to restore your Prayer points when needed.
Kwuarm.png Kwuarm Limpwurt root.png Limpwurt root Super strength(4).png Super strength Can be grown in flower patches at level 26 Farming. Limpwurt seeds are dropped by kurasks and nechryaels, alternatively they can be obtained by pickpocketing master farmers or exchanging mole parts to Wyson the gardener and opening the seed nests.
Snapdragon.png Snapdragon Red spiders' eggs.png Red spiders' eggs Super restore(4).png Super restore Spawns in various places (such as Edgeville Dungeon). Can be obtained in larger amounts by killing spidines in the Tower of Life or by killing Temple spiders in the Forthos Dungeon. Venenatis also uncommonly drops 500 noted eggs.
Cadantine.png Cadantine White berries.png White berries Super defence(4).png Super defence potion Can be grown in bush patches at level 59 Farming. Also uncommonly dropped by kurasks.
Lantadyme.png Lantadyme Dragon scale dust.png Dragon scale dust Antifire potion(4).png Anti-fire potion Blue dragon scales spawn in Taverley Dungeon near the blue dragons. After completion of Dragon Slayer II, collecting these in the Myths' Guild basement becomes a better option.
Lantadyme.png Lantadyme Potato cactus.png Potato cactus Magic potion(4).png Magic potion Can be grown in cactus patches after 64 farming. Dropped by the Kalphite Queen.
Dwarf weed.png Dwarf weed Wine of zamorak.png Wine of Zamorak Ranging potion(4).png Ranging potion Can be telegrabbed in the Asgarnia's Chaos Temple or the Chaos Temple south-west of Chaos Fanatic where it spawns every 28 seconds. A more risky choice is the deep wilderness dungeon where it respawns every three seconds. Also dropped by the Kalphite Queen.

Hunter[edit | edit source]

Early levels can be trained through the museum quiz and quests, then passively through birdhouses. Once you have enough chinchompas for Ranged training and a high Herblore level (85+ recommended), finish 99 Hunter by tracking herbiboars. However, players who wish to kill Kree'arra for Armadyl armour may want to continue hunting chinchompas, since using them is the most effective way to solo the boss.

In addition to normal training, doing bird house runs for bird nests will grant you a notable amount of Hunter experience over time.

Hardcore and Ultimate Ironmen should avoid catching black salamanders and black chinchompas, and catch red salamanders and red chinchompas instead.

Magic[edit | edit source]

Cast strike spells on various monsters at lower levels. You can get the money for runes by collecting 10,000 coins from the Stronghold of Security, from training Thieving and/or doing Agility Pyramid.

Training magic from level 10 to 55 can easily be achieved within a day in the Arceuus Library by helping customers with finding books. Each book you turn in grants 11 times your current level in experience. This requires you to mark the locations of books. This can be done with the help of certain legitimate third-party clients. Collect as many books as possible, and turn them in by speaking with the customers. Keep talking to the customers until they request a book you do not possess, and pick up all the books you find on the way. This method can grant upward to 30k free magic experience at around level 45. If done correctly, this can be one of the fastest methods of gaining free magic experience, even at higher levels.

If you wish to get Prayer experience early on, kill blue dragons in the Taverley Dungeon for dragon bones. Alternatively, you can kill lava dragons located in the deep Wilderness, as you will always profit every trip as they drop rune items frequently. It is also recommended to bring food and energy potions (if you have the required Herblore level) as this is a hotspot for low-level player killers.

If you wish to get a rune scimitar for early melee training, safespot fire giants in the Waterfall Dungeon until you get one or 55 Magic. If obtaining a rune weapon is your true goal however, a faster alternative is to buy a rune sword which can be purchased from Scavvo in the Champions' Guild.

Killing Twisted Banshees in the Catacombs of Kourend is also a viable option, as they drop alchables, herbs, herb seeds and pure essence.

From 43 to 55 Magic, you can superheat iron ores into iron bars for both Magic and Smithing experience. This requires a lot of nature runes and is very expensive, however.

Once you have 55 Magic, cast High Level Alchemy on various items, such as unstrung maple longbows (maple logs can be obtained from Managing Miscellania), battlestaves and drops from Slayer monsters. If you have an excess amount of gold bars from Smithing training, they can be alched for fairly minor loss.

At higher levels, you will get a lot of Magic experience from bursting/barraging dust devil and smoke devil tasks. Greater Nechryaels can also be bursted/barraged, however killing nechryaels found in the Slayer Tower is more beneficial as they drop herb seeds more commonly.

Mining[edit | edit source]

Trained as normal. At some point, you will need to mine gemstone for making slayer bracelets and volcanic ash for making ultracompost. If you find a good team, do Volcanic Mine and spend the points on volcanic ash. At higher levels, dynamites you get from Wintertodt and/or Chambers of Xeric can be used at the Blast Mine.

Pickaxes up to rune can be bought from Nurmof's Pickaxe Shop. A dragon pickaxe can only be obtained as a rare drop from Chaos Elemental, Callisto, Venenatis and Vet'ion, or as a very rare drop from King Black Dragon.

Prayer[edit | edit source]

Do several quests for your starting experience. After completing The Restless Ghost, Priest in Peril, Recruitment Drive and Holy Grail (which will grant a total of 16,931 Prayer experience), you will need to offer 116 dragon bones at the Ectofuntus to get level 43 Prayer. Blue dragons can be safespotted with Magic in the Taverley Dungeon at lower levels. An alternative option is to kill lava dragons located in the Wilderness, however this area is a hotspot for low-level player killers.

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For 70 Prayer, kill green dragons in the Wilderness with melee. The spot north of the Graveyard of Shadows and the spot east of black salamanders are easily accessible via a games necklace's teleport to Corporeal Beast's Cave, however both areas are well-known hotspots for player-killers. The spot west of the Dark Warriors' Fortress is safer but can be crowded. Only risk items you are willing to lose.

At high levels, kill green dragons west of the Dark Warriors' Fortress with a toxic blowpipe after completion of elite tasks of the Wilderness Diary. You are able to use the Elite Void Knight equipment without risking any set pieces on death, as the spot is located below level 20 Wilderness. Depending on gear, Ranged level and efficiency, the player can expect to get around 260-290 dragon bones per hour using Eagle Eye (300-320 with Rigour) if also banking the hides.

Killing Vorkath becomes a better option if the player has a dragon hunter crossbow. While this is slower banked Prayer experience per hour than killing green dragons, the supplies (most notably the dragonhides for Crafting) and money you will get makes killing the boss more efficient overall, especially if done so on task.

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Offer the bones you get at the chaos altar located in level 38 Wilderness. There is a 50% chance that the bone offered at the altar will not be consumed, making this method notably faster, albeit risky, overall than offering bones at the gilded altar considering the time it takes to gather the bones. Wear cheap defensive gear while 3- or 4-iteming armour pieces with high defensive stats and bring high-healing food in case you are attacked by player killers, or only bring one inventory of bones at a time and suicide on the nearby wine of zamorak spawn or Chaos Fanatic.

Collect all ensouled heads you get from training Slayer and reanimate them near the Dark Altar. It is also advised to do blue dragon tasks whenever possible. Consider unlocking red dragons as a Slayer task after completing elite tasks of the Karamja Diary, as the hides will be dropped in noted form which makes the task more worthwhile to do. Dagannoth Kings may also be killed on task for noted dagannoth bones after completion of elite tasks of the Fremennik Diary.

Hardcore ironman chat badge.png For Hardcore Ironmen, worshipping the Ectofuntus is one of the best ways to get Prayer experience before you have access to a gilded altar. You can buy buckets of slime from a Trader Crewmember in Port Khazard, and pots from Toothy in Lovakengj. However, obtaining bonemeal without using the daily rewards of the Morytania Diary (medium or higher) is a very slow process, so it is recommended to train Prayer this way only at lower levels.

Get all your experience for 70 Prayer through Slayer. It is not worth the time to melee blue dragons in the Taverley Dungeon at lower levels, as they are significantly slower to kill than green dragons. You should be around 82-85 Slayer when you have enough bones and ensouled heads for 70 Prayer.

At higher levels, kill blue dragons in the Taverley Dungeon with a toxic blowpipe for dragon bones. It is usually not worthwhile to bank the hides, as this significantly shortens the trips and you can't use a looting bag for extra storage. After completion of Dragon Slayer II however, killing green and blue dragons in the Myths' Guild basement becomes a better option. Kill the 2 green dragons that spawn there and kill blue dragons while waiting for the green dragons to respawn. When offering the bones at a gilded altar, go to a PvP world and use the bank chest near Camelot Castle for fast banking.

Ultimate ironman chat badge.png For Ultimate Ironmen, currently the best method for Prayer training at higher levels is to play the Pest Control minigame and spend the commendation points on Prayer experience.

Ranged[edit | edit source]

Completing Shadow of the Storm and Horror from the Deep will grant a total of 14,662.5 experience, elevating a level 1 Ranged to 30 without doing any actual training.

Lower levels are best trained with a Dorgeshuun crossbow, which uses cheap and easily obtainable bone bolts. Train low-level Slayer and do Pest Control (for Void Knight equipment) with Ranged for early experience. Killing sand/ammonite crabs is a viable alternative if you wish to melee lower Slayer levels. Killing Twisted Banshees is also an option if you wish to make money and get pure essence for Runecraft training.

Black dragonhide/Blessed dragonhide armour can be obtained from completing hard clue scrolls. If you wish to get ranger boots, do every medium clue you get from Slayer and skilling, and hunt eclectic implings if need to.

A rune crossbow is uncommonly dropped by the Crazy archaeologist and Skeletal Wyverns (unstrung). Another way to get hold of one is to kill iron or steel dragons, which drop runite limbs fairly commonly.

At higher levels, the most efficient way to train Ranged by far is to hunt red or black chinchompas and throw them at maniacal monkeys in Kruk's Dungeon on Ape Atoll. Alternatively, you can train Slayer using a rune crossbow and broad bolts, but this is slower than using melee due to the lower damage per second of the crossbow, and offers far worse experience rates than throwing chinchompas. Once you have a high enough Ranged level to kill Zulrah, kill Zulrah for a toxic blowpipe and get the rest of your experience from blowpiping Slayer tasks and killing green dragons and/or Vorkath for Prayer.

Ultimate ironman chat badge.png Blessed d'hide boots and ranger boots can be stored in your POH.

Runecraft[edit | edit source]

Completing medium, hard and elite tasks of the Ardougne Diary will allow you to collect 100, 150 and 250 noted pure essence from Wizard Cromperty each day respectively.

The best ways to obtain pure essence are doing gargoyle, wyrm, Skeletal Wyvern and Fossil Island wyvern Slayer tasks, killing Zulrah or doing the Chambers of Xeric. If you wish to obtain pure essence before you are able to do methods mentioned above, the fastest way to get essence is to do Temple Trekking. Using Route Three with a medium or hard companion will get you around 5,000 - 10,000 pure essence per hour depending on your combat level.

Crafting lava runes is the fastest way to train Runecraft and it offers a high experience per essence. However, this method is only viable with having access to the spell Magic Imbue and it requires a lot of emeralds for making binding necklaces and rings of dueling. The lava runes you get from this method can also be considered useless. High-level players may also obtain significant quantities of binding necklaces while killing the Abyssal Sire for its unique drops.

A slower alternative to crafting lava runes is to craft runes at the Ourania Altar. This method offers the highest experience per essence at higher levels and the runes you get from it are far more useful than lava runes. Use the least useful runes (such as mind runes from Barrows) for payments for banking.

Craft cosmic runes if you need them for charging unpowered orbs.

You may switch to crafting blood runes at level 77 or soul runes at level 90, as they offer good experience rates and don't require you to obtain pure essence at all. Sell the runes to Ali Morrisane for money or save them for casting barrage spells.

Ultimate ironman chat badge.png Kill monsters that frequently drop noted pure essence, such as gargoyles or Skeletal Wyverns. Alternatively, you can do Temple Trekking to obtain the essence, however this is an instanced activity so if you die, you will not be able to retrieve any of your lost items. Clear as much inventory space to maximise training speed. If you are storing your items by purposefully dying to Zulrah, it is recommended to train Runecraft only in a completely safe manner such as crafting blood or soul runes.

Slayer[edit | edit source]

Smithing[edit | edit source]

At lower levels, mine iron ore in the South-east Ardougne mine, superheat them into iron bars while walking to the south-eastern bank in East Ardougne, teleport back with the Ardougne cloak 1 (or higher) and repeat. Alternatively, you can buy the ores from Ordan and smelt them into bars in the Blast Furnace. Do this until you have enough supplies to get around 50-55 Fletching; smith the bars into iron dart tips for early Fletching training. You can use the darts for early Ranged training, or save them for luring monsters when doing bursting/barraging Slayer tasks.

Once you have around 50-55 Fletching from the iron darts, the most efficient albeit an expensive way to train Smithing is to buy gold ore from Ordan and smelt them into gold bars (while wearing goldsmith gauntlets) in the Blast Furnace. If buying from a full stock, buying 1, 2 or 3 inventories per world costs 5.0, 6.1 and 7.2 coins per experience respectively (not including payments to the workers).

Smith the bars you get from monster drops into armour pieces such as platebodies, and alch them for money. If you have a toxic blowpipe, save some bars for making dart tips.

Thieving[edit | edit source]

Trained as normal. If you plan to do Wintertodt at a low level, steal cakes until you have a sufficient amount of them.

After completing Death to the Dorgeshuun you will get access to the H.A.M. Store room, where you are able to pickpocket the guards for keys, which are used to open chests for jewellery. This is a decent way to make money at lower levels, and a good way to get an amulet of power without the Crafting requirement. Wearing a full set of H.A.M. robes will not reduce the chance of failure when pickpocketing the guards, as they only reduce the chance of being kicked out of the hideout - which cannot happen while in the store room.

Hardcore ironman chat badge.png Hardcore Ironmen are advised to wear a ring of life when blackjacking in case they disconnect after failing a knock-out.

Pickpocketing gems from the TzHaar-Hur in Mor Ul Rek is the most efficient method should you plan to train Thieving past level 99. Doing so yields up to 250,000 experience an hour, while also banking up to 60,000 Crafting experience an hour.

Woodcutting[edit | edit source]

Bank the logs you need for Construction training, otherwise trained as normal.

The only challenging part is obtaining the axes you need when reaching the next milestone. Players who have access to the fairy rings can use code bkq and safespot tree spirits for axe drops up to and including rune. Alternatively, players can use a steel axe until level 60 Woodcutting and then purchase a rune axe from the Woodcutting Guild, assuming they have at least 75% Hosidius favour. A dragon axe can only be obtained as a rare drop from one of the Dagannoth Kings, or as a very rare reward from a Wintertodt supply crate.

Money making[edit | edit source]

Keep in mind that you make more money high alching most items, so a good short term goal to aim for as a new account is 55 Magic for high alchemy. General money-making methods involve typical skilling (particularly Fletching and Woodcutting), combat and Slayer, Managing Miscellania, and selling various items to shops.

Low requirements
Method Requirements Category Members Description
Gathering bronze chainbodies None Collecting No A Bronze Chainbody spawns to the west of Nurmof. Pick one up, hop worlds, and repeat. Then sell 1-3 to the general store just south of Nurmof and hop again.
Gathering steel platebodies Food Collecting No The Lava Maze is located in level 40-45 wilderness and contains a steel platebody and staff of earth spawn. This method is widely known by most ironmen and is often camped out by them along with player killers. The steel platebodies can then be sold to general stores for 800gp, to Horvik's shop in Varrock for 1,200gp, or high alched for 1,200gp.
Fletching willow shortbows 35+ FletchingFletching icon.png, 30+ WoodcuttingWoodcutting icon.png, 10 CraftingCrafting icon.png Skilling Yes Fletching and Woodcutting are skills that are both level fairly fast, very afkable, quite useful, and are required several times through quests. A way to produce some decent money is by fletching the available bow pertaining to your levels and fully crafting complete bows. Afterwards, any bows created can be high alchemised or sold to general stores.
Stealing from Ham storerooms 20 ThievingThieving icon.png, food, completed at least half of Death to the Dorgeshuun Skilling Yes After completing half of Death to the Dorgeshuun, players have access to the H.A.M. storerooms. There, you are able to pickpocket guards that commonly give you keys to chests which give fairly good jewellery. Bank or high alchemise the loot you receive and make sure to save some of the emerald rings and sapphire necklaces for personal use. This is considered the best low level method for ironmen and is highly recommended.

(wearing full H.A.M. robes helps reduce the chance of being kicked out when in the H.A.M. Hideout, but you will never be kicked out in the storeroom area so Rogue's equipment is recommended to potentially double the rate of keys).

Silk 20 ThievingThieving icon.png Skilling Yes At 20 Thieving you are able to steal Silk from the stalls in the Ardougne market. After waiting 20 minutes, you are able to sell the stolen silk to the Silk merchant (located in the market) for 60 gp each.
Agility Pyramid 30 AgilityAgility icon.png

(70+ Recommended)

Minigame Yes The Agility Pyramid can be unlocked at 30 Agility, although, 70 is recommended as you will hardly fail any obstacles. In optimal conditions, you can make 200k gp/hr using this method.
Medium requirements
Method Requirements Category Members Description
Ecumenical keys 60 AgilityAgility icon.png or 60 StrengthStrength icon.png, 55 MagicMagic icon.png and Nature runes,

Monk robe and Unholy symbol and Ranged/Magic combat equipment

Combat Yes Enter the GWD through the Wilderness entrance north of the Bandit Camp.

With level 60 Agility walk south and enter the main room now run north to the Zamorak zone safe space. Do the same for level 60 Strength but entering to the north then running south towards the same spot.

Now either range or mage the low level imps located here until they drop Ecumenical keys, but do not alch them while you are in the wilderness, so you keep them in case of death. Once you've obtained 2, leave and high alch the keys, and bank the coins.

You can only have 3 keys total at any time and their droprate decreases with each key found, 2 is the best number to obtain before leaving.

Crafting battlestaves 54, 58, 62, or 66 CraftingCrafting icon.png and 56, 60, 63, or 66 MagicMagic icon.png Skilling Yes Craft battlestaves and high alch for profit. Efficient crafting involves either numerous and high requirements (see below, Fire battlestaves) or risking being attacked by PKers in the Wilderness. You can obtain orbs via glassblowing or Wyverns, and battlestaves from Baba Yaga, the Wizards' Guild, and the daily barrel near Zaff after completing Varrock task sets. Beware if crafting Air or Earth
Slayer 80+ CombatMulticombat.png, 50+ SlayerSlayer icon.png Combat Yes Slayer is the sole way to upgrade some of the best-in-slot items, and making loads of money in the process, and at a certain point becomes something you must do if you ever want to get any key worthwhile items such as an Abyssal whip or Dragon boots. Money-making from slayer is extremely variable as some slayer monsters, such as Kurasks and Brutal black dragons, can be extremely useful, while others such as Elves and Zygomites can be nearly worthless.
High requirements
Method Requirements Category Members Description
Blackjacking Menaphite Thugs 65 ThievingThieving icon.png (80+ recommended), completion of The Feud, partial completion of Rogue Trader minigame, Rogue equipment Skilling Yes Lure a Menaphite Thug to a building so that any other Menaphite Thugs can't see him. Right-click 'Knock-out' option and pickpocket the unconscious thug twice. Sometimes the knocking out can fail, and the Menaphite Thug will start attacking you. You can stop this attack with correct timing by pickpocketing (or attempting to knock out again) them at any time between their first and second attack (exactly 2.4 seconds between attacks).
Pickpocketing Ardougne knights 55 ThievingThieving icon.png (95+ strongly recommended), completion of medium tasks of the Ardougne Diary, Rogue equipment Skilling Yes Lure a knight to the north-eastern building of Ardougne market square. Zoom in the camera so that you can spam-click the same spot even if the knight moves. At level 95 Thieving and after completing medium tasks of the Ardougne Diary you will stop failing to pickpocket the knight, meaning that you can pickpocket him endlessly.
Efficient Fire orbs for Fire battlestaves Ideally 80 AgilityAgility icon.png (70 is also good, 63 is mediocre, below that is not feasible for efficiency) 62 CraftingCrafting icon.png, 63 MagicMagic icon.png, 43 PrayerPrayer icon.png or decent defence and hitpoints, the Castle Wars balloon unlocked, and completion of Lunar Diplomacy or 66 MagicMagic icon.png for access to battlestaves on-demand over the daily supply from the Varrock tasks. Obtaining Cosmic runes may also prove difficult or tedious, as they are not sold in any shops except for the Mage Bank, and the Mage Bank only stocks 20 at a time. If crafting your own cosmic runes without the Abyss, you would ideally have 66 AgilityAgility icon.png and a Quest point cape for efficient trips, with 59 RunecraftRunecraft icon.png for double runes. Skilling Yes With all the requirements, this is an excellent way to make massive amounts of money and train Crafting, with decent Magic experience as well. With all the requirements, this is also faster than Air orbs, and is of course not in the Wilderness, so is viable for Hardcore Ironmen. Begin at Castle Wars wearing full graceful, a fire staff, ring of dueling, and anti-dragon shield. Bring cosmic runes, a set of normal logs, an antipoison, and fill the rest of your inventory with unpowered orbs. If you have lower than 70 Agility, bring a Dusty key. Take the balloon to Taverley, make your way to the Fire Obelisk (80 Agility makes this fastest, 70 Agility is also viable, lower makes this very tedious), charge your orbs, then teleport back to Castle Wars to repeat the process. With lower than 80 Agility, this is very run-intensive, so you could have something to do in your bank (such as fletching) while waiting for run to restore. Battlestaves can be bought for about 7,000 coins (7k exactly from Zaff's daily) and the finished Fire battlestaves can be alched for 9,300 coins.
Crafting blood runes 77 RunecraftRunecraft icon.png and 75+ AgilityAgility icon.png, Graceful outfit Skilling Yes Using any pickaxe and a chisel, mine dense essence, venerate them, run to the Blood Altar, and repeat. One run returns 212 blood runes, which the player can sell to Ali Morrisane for 200 gp each. The player can expect 330,000 gp and 38,000 xp per hour with optimised runs.
Blast mining and smithing runite 58 magic, 75+ mining, 88-89 smithing and 100% Lovakengj favour Skilling Yes For this method, a decent amount of starting cash is required. Buy dynamite from Thirus, , subsequently Blast mine, and then smelt all ores at the Blast Furnace. Additional coal can be bought at the Blast Furnace or acquired from Miscellania. Smith all runite bars into rune swords (rune meds at 88 smithing) and all adamant and mithril bars into platebodies, and finally alch all platebodies and swords. At lvl 75 mining, using 1k dynamite (costing roughly 1.2 mill gp) on average results in 118 runite, 272 adamant, 469 mithril, 368 gold and 257 coal. At higher mining levels the amount of adamant and runite acquired is even greater. Profits from the runite alone already exceeds the cost of all dynamite, the blast furnace, coal and nature runes. At lvl 75 mining this would result in approximately 800k profit for 1k dynamite. Even higher profits will be obtained at higher mining levels (1.8mill for 1k dynamite at 99 mining). While this method requires some processing time from buying dynamite, blast mining, smelting, smithing and alching; it does provides excellent mining xp, decent smithing xp and some magic xp while you are making millions of gp.
Killing Vorkath High CombatMulticombat.png, Dragon Slayer II completed Combat Yes Killing Vorkath can be very lucrative in getting cash, through rune and dragon equipment drops as well as dragonhide, in addition to a lot of skilling supplies. Dragon hunter lance or a dragon hunter crossbow is highly recommended, and killing it only on a blue dragon task for the extra Slayer experience is most efficient. More information on killing it can be found here.

Travelling[edit | edit source]

Keep in mind that the higher your Agility level gets the longer you will be able to run. When you first begin your Ironman account, your access to transportation is very limited making time spent travelling very high. It is best to try to obtain as many methods of travel as early on as possible in order to minimise the time you spend walking around during the time spent on your account. Considering all of the various available methods, you don't even need to level magic to be able to travel to all of the same locations; many of which are listed below.