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The optimal quest guide lists Old School RuneScape quests in an order that allows new level 3 members account to progress in an order that minimises the amount of skill training. This guide does not take into consideration unlockable content, such as fairy rings or dragon equipment that provides numerous benefits which assists the player’s game progression. It is highly recommended that players complete the quests in the Recommended Quests section as soon as possible.

Guide[edit | edit source]

Any experience lamps or book of knowledge received through random events or Achievement Diaries can be used on any skill of the player's choosing, either to shorten the next bit of training in the guide or to save time later on.

Somewhat experienced players ought to use their Player-owned house, also known as POH, to teleport across Gielinor to finish various quests. From level 50 construction you can use portal chambers, and from level 47 you can use mounted glorys. Oak altars are available at level 45. But the more useful unlocks, such as additional teleportation options and stat-restoring features, requires substantially higher construction levels and are therefore rather expensive.

New players on a budget ought to use duel rings to restore their stats and access a bank. You should also look at finishing some diaries to get your hands on some unlimited teleports which will be of great use throughout the game. Notable examples include the Ardougne Cloak 1 which gives you unlimited teleport close to an altar to restore your prayer, and from where you can run east to a fairy ring or west to a spirit tree. It also gives access to the Ardougne area early in the game, which is very useful. The Ectophial is useful for emergency teleports and for getting to the Morytania area.

Recommended Quests[edit | edit source]

The quests below list some of the more notable unlockable content that unlocks skills, teleportation methods, equipment, and locations. The quests below are not listed in any specific order.

Quests[edit | edit source]

This list does not include suggestions for combat levels. Boss fights might be nearly impossible to do with the stats listed here. Always make sure to train up your combat stats to a level at which you're confident you can kill or survive dangerous parts of the listed quests.

Hover over a skill reward in the "New levels after finishing quest" column to see the exact total experience in the listed skill after completing the quest.

Old School RuneScape Quest Guide
Quest/Action QG New levels after quest Quest points Total QP Additional info Location
Tutorial Island N/A 0 0 Lumbridge
Cook's Assistant QG 1 1 Lumbridge
X Marks the Spot QG 1 2 Finish when in Draynor Village for Rune Mysteries. Use 300xp reward on AgilityAgility icon.png Agility. Lumbridge
The Restless Ghost QG 1 3 Run from skeletons. Start Rune Mysteries before going to Wizards' Tower, and start Imp Catcher while at the tower. Lumbridge
Rune Mysteries QG 1 4 Unlocks the ability to use Lamps and Books of knowledge on the Runecraft skill. Kill chicken in Wizard's Tower basement near Seridor, pick up feathers for Client of Kourend. Lumbridge
Imp Catcher QG 1 5 Buy all beads on the Grand Exchange for 3,951.
For money, complete the Stronghold of Security for 10,000.
Alternatively the player can kill cows and tan their cowhide into leather in Al Kharid, earning 6,104 on the GE per inventory.
Ironmen can camp the spawns of imps on the west side of the Karamja volcano for beads.
Wizards' Tower
Witch's Potion QG 1 6 Rimmington
Client of Kourend QG 1 7 Use the 20% favour reward on Port Piscarilius to meet The Queen of Thieves start requirement. Use both 500xp rewards on AgilityAgility icon.pngAgility. Great Kourend
Dwarf Cannon QG 1 8 Allows the use of the Dwarf multicannon and allows smithing of cannonballs. Coal Trucks
Waterfall Quest QG 1 9 Speak to King Bolren part-way through the quest to start Tree Gnome Village. Baxtorian Falls
Tree Gnome Village QG 2 11 Allows the use of spirit trees. Tree Gnome Village
Monk's Friend QG 1 12 Ardougne
Hazeel Cult QG 1 13 If choosing the good side, remember there are two "rewards". The first is 5 coins. Find the poison in cupboard on 1st floor (upstairs) for the second reward: 2000 coins and 1500xp in ThievingThieving icon.pngThieving.
Choosing the bad side gives you the full reward at once.
Ardougne
Murder Mystery QG 3 16 Sinclair Mansion
Merlin's Crystal QG 6 22 Camelot
Holy Grail QG 2 24 The Black Knight Titan has very good ranged and magic defence, so either use a halberd or attack and quickly move away from the Titan and you will not be hit. Camelot
Druidic Ritual QG 4 28 Grants access to the Herblore skill. Taverley
Witch's House QG 4 32 Level 42 and 55 enemies can be Safespotted. Taverley
Black Knights' Fortress QG 3 35 Speak to Sir Amik Varze again after completing the quest to start Recruitment Drive. Falador
Recruitment Drive QG 1 36 3,000 coins required if your character is male. It is reimbursed at the end of the quest. Falador
Observatory Quest QG 2 38 This quest has 12 variations of random rewards, which may include 875xp in either AttackAttack icon.pngAttack, StrengthStrength icon.pngStrength, or DefenceDefence icon.pngDefence. Castle Wars
Priest in Peril QG 1 39 Allows access to Morytania. Paterdomus
Rag and Bone Man QG 1 40 Start this quest to unlock the unique bone drops, but completion is optional until Rag and Bone Man 2 must be started or to acquire 31 prayer which is a requirement for Scorpion Catcher.
Players who have lost their Ghostspeak amulet may obtain another one from Father Urnhey on their way to the Lumbridge Swamp Caves, as it is required for Nature Spirit.
Paterdomus
Nature Spirit QG 2 42 Paterdomus
Alfred Grimhand's Barcrawl (miniquest) QG 0 42 Allows use of Barbarian Outpost Agility Course which is required in Scorpion Catcher and Horror from the Deep. Barbarian Outpost
Scorpion Catcher QG 1 43 It is recommended to have started Dragon Slayer to allow you to equip the Anti-dragon shield. Seers' Village
Plague City QG 1 44 Allows use of Ardougne teleport spell. East Ardougne
Biohazard QG 3 47 Allows access to Combat Training Camp, one of the requirements for Ardougne Diary Easy.
Ardougne cloak 1 allows double death runes (200) for traded in cats.
Allows entry into West Ardougne through the main gates.
East Ardougne
Fight Arena QG 2 49 Fight Arena
Gertrude's Cat QG 1 50 Allows raising of cats. Raise a kitten to a cat to speed up Recipe for Disaster/Freeing Evil Dave. Complete Natural history quiz on your way past the museum. Varrock
Natural history quiz (miniquest) N/A 0 50 Complete while passing by museum during Gertrude's Cat. Varrock
Jungle Potion QG 1 51 Tai Bwo Wannai
Vampire Slayer QG 3 54 Draynor Village
Death Plateau QG 1 55 Burthorpe
Goblin Diplomacy QG 5 60 Goblin Village
The Queen of Thieves QG 1 61 30 Crafting is required to obtain 20% favour with Port Piscarilius, unless the Client of Kourend reward is used on Port Piscarilius. Port Piscarilius
Train AgilityAgility icon.png Agility from level 14 to level 18
The Depths of Despair QG 1 62 20% Hosidius favour is required to start.
Alternatively, as the quest does not unlock any further quests, you can leave this for later and train the Agility yourself from 13 to 22.
Hosidius
Mountain Daughter QG 2 64 Rellekka
Icthlarin's Little Helper QG 2 66 This quest is difficult without Protect from Magic at 37 Prayer and at the player's current combat level. It may be wise to train prayer before doing this to get the protect from prayers. Sophanem
The Grand Tree QG 5 71 Allows use of gnome glider transportation system. Tree Gnome Stronghold
Tribal Totem QG 1 72 Brimhaven
The Dig Site QG 2 74 Varrock
The Golem QG 1 75 Uzer
The Knight's Sword QG 1 76 Falador
Elemental Workshop I QG 1 77 Seers' Village
Recipe for Disaster: Another Cook's quest QG 1 78 Lumbridge
Recipe for Disaster: Goblin generals QG 1 79 Goblin Village
Demon Slayer QG 3 82 Varrock
Shadow of the Storm QG 1 83 Use XP reward on MagicMagic icon.pngMagic.
This quest is difficult without Protect from Magic at 37 Prayer.
Al Kharid
Elemental Workshop II QG 1 84 Grants ability to make and use elemental mind equipment. Seers' Village
Train WoodcuttingWoodcutting icon.png Woodcutting from level 22 to level 36
Lost City QG 3 87 Allows use of the dragon longsword and dragon dagger. Lumbridge Swamp
Fairytale I - Growing Pains QG 2 89 Allows use of Fairy ring network by starting Fairytale II - Cure a Queen.
The boss can be flinched by standing on the south-east tile of the long hallway
Draynor Village
Shield of Arrav QG 1 90 Varrock
Creature of Fenkenstrain QG 2 92 Canifis
A Soul's Bane QG 1 93 South of Earth altar
The Lost Tribe QG 1 94 Level 4 firemaking is required to light a candle lantern. Consider training firemaking to 16 now for efficiency. Lumbridge Castle
Death to the Dorgeshuun QG 1 95 Lumbridge Swamp Caves
Train FiremakingFiremaking icon.png Firemaking from level 1 to level 16
Train MagicMagic icon.png Magic from level 30 to level 33
The Giant Dwarf QG 2 97 East Keldagrim
Another Slice of H.A.M. QG 1 98 Dorgesh-Kaan
Making History QG 3 101 Outpost
In Search of the Myreque QG 2 103 Canifis
Shades of Mort'ton QG 3 106 For Ironmen: It is recommended to make multiple Serum 208 to use on Razmire Keelgan for the use of the building supplies store and to receive Maple logs from the afflicted villagers for use in Troll Romance.
Bring the diary of Herbi Flax to the Apothecary in Varrock for 335 Herblore experience.
Mort'ton
In Aid of the Myreque QG 2 108 A good tip for lower levels: Using efaritay's aid allows you to use weapons other than the silver sickle when equipped. Canifis
Acquire 100 Kudos
Bone Voyage QG 1 109 Go talk to Historian Minas just up the stairs and tell him the information about the displays,(Option 2) to get the kudos from the quests you've done.
Requires 100 Kudos. If the guide has been followed closely, players should have 78 Kudos before completion of Bone Voyage.
Once Bone Voyage is complete, begin doing bird house runs regularly to train Hunter.
Varrock
Wanted! QG 1 110
The Feud QG 1 111
Troll Stronghold QG 1 112 Grants ability to make law runes.
Troll Romance QG 2 114
Dragon Slayer QG 2 116 Grants ability to wear the rune platebody, green d'hide body and dragon platebody.
Starting this quest unlocks dragon tasks for slayer. The dragon tasks give low experience per hour, so it can be beneficial to not start this quest.
Horror from the Deep QG 2 118
Train RangedRanged icon.png Ranged from level 23 to level 30
Ernest the Chicken QG 4 122 Prepare quest items for Animal Magnestism as well before heading to Draynor Manor.
Animal Magnetism QG 1 123
Shilo Village QG 2 125
Doric's Quest QG 1 126
Train RangedRanged icon.png Ranged from level 30 to level 37
Spirits of the Elid QG 2 128 Especially useful for the large Prayer experience reward.
Train ConstructionConstruction icon.png Construction from level 1 to level 5
Darkness of Hallowvale QG 2 130 Use all XP rewards on SmithingSmithing icon.pngSmithing.
Tower of Life QG 2 132
Train FishingFishing icon.png Fishing from level 1 to level 10
Fishing Contest QG 1 133
Recipe for Disaster: Dwarf QG 1 134
Train CookingCooking icon.png Cooking from level 19 to level 20 (Consider training to 22 for efficiency)
Ghosts Ahoy QG 2 136
Train CookingCooking icon.png Cooking from level 20 to level 22
Forgettable Tale... QG 2 138
Garden of Tranquillity QG 2 140
Enlightened Journey QG 1 141 Allows use of Balloon transport system.
Recipe for Disaster: Evil Dave QG 1 142 Provides access to Spicy Stews, which can be useful for boosting stats.
Big Chompy Bird Hunting QG 2 144 Grants ability to make Ogre arrows.
Zogre Flesh Eaters QG 1 145
Recipe for Disaster: Pirate Pete QG 1 146
Tai Bwo Wannai Trio QG 2 148 You must return to the brothers after completing the quest to claim all experience rewards.
The Tourist Trap QG 2 150 Choose SmithingSmithing icon.pngSmithing for both XP rewards.
The "boss" can be safespotted by talking to a guard and using said guard as an object to hide behind
Train HerbloreHerblore icon.png Herblore from level 25 to level 31
Eadgar's Ruse QG 1 151
My Arm's Big Adventure QG 1 152 Requires 60% Tai Bwo favour to start. May be worthwhile to get 100% for the medium Karamja diary task before 'spending' the 60% on this quest.
The Fremennik Trials QG 3 155
Train ConstructionConstruction icon.png Construction from level 17 to level 20
The Fremennik Isles QG 1 156
Train CookingCooking icon.png Cooking from level 36 to level 41
Recipe for Disaster: Lumbridge Guide QG 1 157
Recipe for Disaster: Skrach Uglogwee QG 1 158
Haunted Mine QG 2 160 Alternatively can be left until you have 60+ combat stats as this quest has a difficult boss and unlocks no others.
Train MiningMining icon.png Mining from level 37 to level 40
Watchtower QG 4 164
Prince Ali Rescue QG 3 167
Contact! QG 1 168 Use Combat lamp.png on MagicMagic icon.pngMagic.
Train MagicMagic icon.png Magic from level 42 to level 46
The Eyes of Glouphrie QG 2 170
Enter the Abyss (miniquest) N/A 0 170
Train FiremakingFiremaking icon.png Firemaking from level 25 to level 30
Sea Slug QG 1 171
Train FiremakingFiremaking icon.png Firemaking from level 30 to level 40 (Consider training to 50 for efficiency)
Train WoodcuttingWoodcutting icon.png Woodcutting from level 42 to level 50
Olaf's Quest QG 1 172
Train FiremakingFiremaking icon.png Firemaking from level 40 to level 50
Tears of Guthix QG 1 173 Also gives access to the Tears of Guthix minigame, which provides experience in your lowest skill.
Ratcatchers QG 2 175
Train RangedRanged icon.png Ranged from level 38 to level 40
Temple of Ikov QG 1 176
One Small Favour QG 2 178 Use Antique lamp.png on SmithingSmithing icon.pngSmithing.
A Tail of Two Cats QG 2 180 Use Antique lamp.png on SmithingSmithing icon.pngSmithing.
Train SmithingSmithing icon.png Smithing from level 45 to level 50
Between a Rock... QG 2 182
Train SlayerSlayer icon.png Slayer from level 25 to level 30
Train RunecraftRunecraft icon.png Runecraft from level 23 to level 30
The Slug Menace QG 1 183
Monkey Madness I QG 3 186 Talk to Daero for 35,000xp in AttackAttack icon.pngAttack and DefenceDefence icon.pngDefence and 20,000xp in StrengthStrength icon.pngStrength and HitpointsHitpoints icon.pngHitpoints.
It is strongly recommended to train to level 43 PrayerPrayer icon.pngPrayer before completing this quest.
Train ConstructionConstruction icon.png Construction from level 26 to level 34
Train HunterHunter icon.png Hunter from level 9 to level 10 (Consider training to 12 for efficiency)
Cold War QG 1 187 While training construction, consider building a Workshop and Crafting table 3 in your PoH save time for this quest.
Train HunterHunter icon.png Hunter from level 10 to level 12
The Ascent of Arceuus QG 1 188 Requires 20% Arceuus favour.
Train HunterHunter icon.png Hunter from level 16 to level 27
Eagles' Peak QG 2 190
Underground Pass QG 5 195
Train SlayerSlayer icon.png Slayer from level 30 to level 42
Skippy and the Mogres (miniquest) N/A 0 195 Required for killing mogres in Rag and Bone Man II.
Rag and Bone Man II N/A 1 196
Lair of Tarn Razorlor (miniquest) N/A 0 196
Train FishingFishing icon.png Fishing from level 33 to level 50
Train PrayerPrayer icon.png Prayer from level 39 to level 47
Train FarmingFarming icon.png Farming from level 35 to level 40
Rum Deal QG 2 198
Sheep Shearer QG 1 199
Misthalin Mystery QG 1 200
Train CraftingCrafting icon.png Crafting from level 43 to level 45
Train AgilityAgility icon.png Agility from level 41 to level 42
Pirate's Treasure QG 2 202
Cabin Fever QG 2 204
Train PrayerPrayer icon.png Prayer from level 47 to level 50
The Great Brain Robbery QG 2 206 Use Blessed lamp.png on RunecraftRunecraft icon.pngRunecraft for 5,000xp.
Train CraftingCrafting icon.png Crafting from level 46 to level 50
The Hand in the Sand QG 1 207
Train MiningMining icon.png Mining from level 41 to level 45
Enakhra's Lament QG 2 209
Train MiningMining icon.png Mining from level 46 to level 50
Train CookingCooking icon.png Cooking from level 41 to level 53
Train FishingFishing icon.png Fishing from level 50 to level 53
Heroes' Quest QG 1 210
Throne of Miscellania QG 1 211
Royal Trouble QG 1 212
Train MagicMagic icon.png Magic from level 48 to level 50
Train ThievingThieving icon.png Thieving from level 44 to level 53
Desert Treasure QG 3 215
Curse of the Empty Lord (miniquest) N/A 0 215 Requires starting Desert Treasure and obtaining the Ring of visibility.
You can talk to Historian Minas to claim a 10,000 Experience Antique lamp.png Antique lamp to use on a skill over level 50 in place of training skills later.
The General's Shadow (miniquest) QG 0 215 Requires the Ring of visibility
Train MagicMagic icon.png Magic from level 51 to level 59
Train MiningMining icon.png Mining from level 50 to level 52
Train HerbloreHerblore icon.png Herblore from level 39 to level 45
Train AgilityAgility icon.png Agility from level 44 to level 50
A Taste of Hope QG 1 216 Use Tome of Experience on SmithingSmithing icon.pngSmithing and/or PrayerPrayer icon.png Prayer
Family Crest QG 1 217
Legends' Quest QG 4 221 Use the experience on either PrayerPrayer icon.pngPrayer or SmithingSmithing icon.pngSmithing, as those are both relatively hard to train, and are useful or required in further quests.
Recipe for Disaster: Sir Amik Varze QG 1 222
All Easy Achievement Diaries N/A 0 222 Use all Blessed lamp.png on either HerbloreHerblore icon.pngHerblore or SmithingSmithing icon.pngSmithing.
Medium Ardougne Diary N/A 0 222 Use all Antique lamp.png on either HerbloreHerblore icon.pngHerblore or SmithingSmithing icon.pngSmithing.
Medium Falador Diary N/A 0 222
Medium Varrock Diary N/A 0 222
Train HerbloreHerblore icon.png Herblore from level 45 to level 48
Train FletchingFletching icon.png Fletching from level 30 to level 50
Medium Kandarin Diary N/A 0 222
Train HerbloreHerblore icon.png Herblore from level 48 to level 53 (Boost to 57)
Train FarmingFarming icon.png Farming from level 41 to level 46 (Boost to 49)
Fairytale II - Cure a Queen QG 2 224
Train CookingCooking icon.png Cooking from level 53 to level 65 (Boost to 70)
Recipe for Disaster: Awowogei QG 1 225
Train AgilityAgility icon.png Agility from level 50 to level 56
Regicide QG 3 228
Sheep Herder QG 4 232
Roving Elves QG 1 233
Train RangedRanged icon.png Ranged from level 42 to level 60
Mourning's End Part I QG 2 235
Mourning's End Part II QG 2 237
Train MagicMagic icon.png Magic from level 59 to level 65
Train CraftingCrafting icon.png Crafting from level 50 to level 61
Train MiningMining icon.png Mining from level 52 to level 60
Train WoodcuttingWoodcutting icon.png Woodcutting from level 50 to level 55
Lunar Diplomacy QG 2 239
What Lies Below QG 1 240
Train DefenceDefence icon.png Defence from level 49 to level 65
King's Ransom QG 1 241
Knight Waves Training Grounds (miniquest) N/A 0 241
Train MagicMagic icon.png Magic from level 65 to level 66
Train FishingFishing icon.png Fishing from level 53 to level 57 (boost to 62 with Admiral pie)
Swan Song QG 2 243
Recipe for Disaster: The final battle QG 1 244 Use the Antique lamp.png on a hard to train skill above level 50, such as SmithingSmithing icon.pngSmithing.
Train AgilityAgility icon.png Agility from level 57 to level 59
Train WoodcuttingWoodcutting icon.png Woodcutting from level 55 to level 68 (boost to 71 with Dragon axe)
Train ThievingThieving icon.png Thieving from level 54 to level 58
Grim Tales QG 1 245
Train CombatMulticombat.png Combat to 85 (Use Slayer to 69 for efficiency)
Dream Mentor QG 2 247
Tale of the Righteous QG 1 248 Requires 20% Shayzien Favour.
The Forsaken Tower QG 1 249 Requires 20% Lovakengj Favour.
Train HunterHunter icon.png Hunter from level 29 to level 53
Medium Wilderness Diary N/A 0 249 Requires 50 Slayer
Medium Karamja Diary N/A 0 249 Requires 60 FishingFishing icon.png Fishing to boost to 65.
Medium Kourend & Kebos Diary N/A 0 249
Medium Lumbridge & Draynor Diary N/A 0 249
Medium Morytania Diary N/A 0 249
Train SmithingSmithing icon.png Smithing from level 51 to level 65
Train RunecraftRunecraft icon.png Runecraft from level 39 to level 50
Devious Minds QG 1 250
Train CraftingCrafting icon.png Crafting from level 61 to level 65
Train SlayerSlayer icon.png Slayer from level 44 to level 60
Train RunecraftRunecraft icon.png Runecraft from level 50 to level 55
Train FishingFishing icon.png Fishing from level 57 to level 60
The Fremennik Exiles QG 2 252
Train HunterHunter icon.png Hunter from level 53 to level 60
Train AgilityAgility icon.png Agility from level 59 to level 68
Train FiremakingFiremaking icon.png Firemaking from level 50 to level 66
Train SlayerSlayer icon.png Slayer from level 60 to level 69
Train CraftingCrafting icon.png Crafting from level 65 to level 70
Train MiningMining icon.png Mining from level 60 to level 71 (Boost to 72)
Romeo & Juliet QG 5 257
Making Friends with My Arm QG 2 259
Monkey Madness II QG 4 263
Train ConstructionConstruction icon.png Construction from level 36 to level 37
Medium Fremennik Diary N/A 0 263
Train ConstructionConstruction icon.png Construction from level 37 to level 50
Train MagicMagic icon.png Magic from level 66 to level 75
Train SmithingSmithing icon.png Smithing from level 65 to level 70
Train ThievingThieving icon.png Thieving from level 58 to level 60
Dragon Slayer II QG 5 268
Train AgilityAgility icon.png Agility from level 68 to level 70
Train ConstructionConstruction icon.png Construction from level 50 to level 70
Train FarmingFarming icon.png Farming from level 46 to level 70
Train HerbloreHerblore icon.png Herblore from level 53 to level 70
Train HunterHunter icon.png Hunter from level 60 to level 70
Train WoodcuttingWoodcutting icon.png Woodcutting from level 68 to level 70
Song of the Elves QG 4 272
All {{{1}}}Stats icon.png quest XP rewards from this point do not impact any other quests, and therefore require no specific order of completion.
The Corsair Curse QG 2 274
Clock Tower QG 1 275