Pay-to-play Woodcutting training

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This article is about the pay-to-play guide. For the free players' guide, see Free-to-play Woodcutting training.

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

Equipment[edit | edit source]

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The only item required to cut wood is an axe, either equipped or in a player's inventory. One should always use the best axe available at a Woodcutting level. Dragon axe's special attack can be used to temporarily boost one's Woodcutting level by 3, which stacks with the level bonus provided by the Woodcutting Guild.

If the player does not have enough charges to use the crystal axe, using the infernal axe (making one requires level 85 Firemaking) is recommended if not banking the logs. It will burn 1/3 of the logs cut, reducing the need to drop logs and also providing passive Firemaking experience. The infernal axe can be charged with dragon axes, which are usually cheap.

The Lumberjack outfit obtained from the Temple Trekking minigame provides a total of 2.5% bonus experience per log cut. The outfit is worth getting timewise if the player is going for 99 Woodcutting, as it only takes less than an hour to obtain all four pieces if using route 1 and skipping all events except the one with undead lumberjacks.

Training[edit | edit source]

To gain Woodcutting experience most efficiently, players should always drop the logs they cut. Players can quickly drop their items by holding the shift key and clicking on the logs.

Levels 1–26: Questing[edit | edit source]

Completing Monk's Friend, Enlightened Journey, Icthlarin's Little Helper, and the Skrach Uglogwee subquest of Recipe for Disaster grants a total of 9,000 experience, elevating a level 1 Woodcutting to 26.

Levels 1–15: Regular trees[edit | edit source]

From level 1 to 15, one should cut regular trees. 97 logs are required to reach level 15 Woodcutting without the Lumberjack outfit.

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

From level 15 to 30, the player should cut oak trees. 293 logs are required to reach 30 Woodcutting without the Lumberjack outfit.

Levels 30–35/99: Willow trees[edit | edit source]

From level 30 to 35, the player should cut willow trees. Each log gives 67.5 Woodcutting experience. 134 logs are required to reach 35 Woodcutting without the Lumberjack outfit.

Since there is an invisible +7 level in the woodcutting guild experience rates up to 75k an hour can be achieved, with the Lumberjack outfit equipped.

Levels 35–65/99: Teak trees[edit | edit source]

Cutting teaks offers the fastest experience in the game when using tick manipulation. If the player is not using any sort of tick manipulation, cutting teak trees offers the fastest experience only up to 65 Woodcutting.

Without tick manipulation, players can expect to gain around 45,000 experience per hour at level 50, and upwards of 65,000 experience per hour from level 61 with a Dragon axe.

2-tick woodcutting is done by auto-retaliating to being attacked every two ticks and clicking on a tree. This can be set up in Ape Atoll using two birds, in Priffdinas using two rabbits, or on a PvP worlds with another player. Due to the way Auto Retaliate works, it's possible to receive a log once every two ticks, effectively doubling the normal amount of experience per hour. Simply having a shortbow equipped and set to Rapid and having Auto Retaliate on will ensure that every time you retaliate, you'll also have a chance of receiving a log. To make your character retaliate, you can click the ground, drop an item, make darts, or equip an item; all of these actions will cancel and reset the action of woodcutting. 2-tick teak cutting can be maintained at 170k/hr very easily but as high as 185k/hr is possible. To gain the aggression of the rabbits or birds without killing them, the player can use a non-damaging combat spell such as Confuse, or use the Dragon Spear's special attack.

On Fossil Island, it is possible to cut teaks every two ticks without setting up any NPCs or being on a PVP world. This can be useful if banking logs. To perform this method, click to move on a tick when the skilling timer is 2 (e.g. on the tick after an XP drop), then click on the tree on the next tick. The movement on the tick before the skilling timer hits zero causes there to be two rolls instead of one: this makes there be two rolls every four ticks, which is almost equivalent to one roll every two ticks in terms of experience per hour. The equivalence is not exact because sometimes the tree falls after the first roll, causing the second roll to always fail. Conveniently, the method requires half as many clicks as the 2-tick Woodcutting method while being attacked. The skilling timer delay here happens automatically from "continuing" Woodcutting.

1.5-tick woodcutting on Fossil Island is faster but significantly harder and more click-intensive. This is done by setting up a 3-tick cycle (such as using swamp tar on a clean herb) and running 2 squares next to the corners of the hardwood patches. Logs should be dropped while running, and the player will also need stamina potions to sustain run energy. 200k is maintainable even with mistakes while as high as 220k/hr is possible. There is one tree that can also be found Southwest along the shore line (there will be only one tree).

192,771 teak logs are required to reach level 99 without the Lumberjack outfit. With the outfit, 187,952 teak logs are needed to reach level 99.

Levels 62-90: Blisterwood tree[edit | edit source]

From level 62, with partial completion of Sins of the Father players are able to chop the Blisterwood Tree in Darkmeyer, gaining up to around 65,000 experience per hour prior to level 90. Chopping the Blisterwood tree offers experience rates comparable to Teak trees without manipulation, but is significantly less attention and click intensive. The Blisterwood tree provides 76 experience per log chopped, and never depletes. Occasionally, the player will stop cutting the tree, and will need to click again to resume cutting, similar to with Redwood trees. There is a bank extremely close to the tree, however due to the logs being untradeable and having a low High Alchemy value (120gp), players often choose to instead drop them in order to maximise experience gain.

Levels 65–99: Sulliuscep[edit | edit source]

Cutting sulliuscep mushroom trees on Fossil Island offers the fastest experience when not using any sort of tick manipulation. Players must have completed Bone Voyage for this method. Additionally, a high Hitpoints level is recommended to prolong trips. Due to the damage taken from monsters with this method of training, an absolute minimum of 12 Hitpoints (one above the maximum hit of Tar Monsters) is strongly recommended.

Experience rates scale depending on the Woodcutting level. At level 75, players can gain up to around 80,000 experience per hour, increasing to around 97,000 experience per hour at level 90 and 100,000–110,000 experience per hour at level 99. In total, to achieve level 99 woodcutting from 65, you will have to cut 97,778 sulliusceps assuming you wear the lumberjack outfit.

Assuming players keep the sulliuscep caps, the numulite and unidentified fossils, on average they will receive 978 sulliuscep caps, around 264,000 numulite, 1394 unidentified small fossils, 698 unidentified medium fossils, 559 unidentified large fossils and 140 unidentified rare fossils. Assuming the sulliuscep caps and the numulite are sold on the grand exchange, this is worth 6,468,210. Furthermore, 120k experience in a skill of choice is obtained from completing the fossil exhibit in the Varrock Museum, which leaves you with 1,324 small, 638 medium, 509 large and 140 rare fossils. These can be cleaned and used at the mycelium pool to calcify them using pyrophosphite and calcite. The recalcified bones can then be used on the easternmost strange machine in the House on the Hill for a total of Prayer 2,031,750 experience. The remaining 254 plant fossils may be traded in for another 76k numulite. Alternatively, if you do not clean the unidentified large fossils, they are guaranteed to work in the mycelium pool without risking the chance of them becoming plant fossils.

See the strategies page for more information.

Levels 90–99: Redwood trees[edit | edit source]

Cutting redwood trees in the Woodcutting Guild requires very little attention and offers decent experience. Players can bank the logs in the nearby bank chest, but redwood logs are usually not worth very much and it is faster to simply drop the logs. If you want it to be even more afk, then you can also choose to bring a knife to fletch the logs into stackable arrowshafts. When using a dragon or infernal axe, at level 90, players can expect to gain around 55,000–60,000 experience per hour, and 65,000–70,000 at level 99. With the crystal axe, players can gain up to 75,000–80,000 experience per hour.

Experience rates/profit at level 99[edit | edit source]

Note: The profit per hour for some logs is interpolated, and as such, may only be used as an approximation.

Image Log Level required Experience per log Experience per hour Profit per hour at 99 Members? Notes
Logs.png Normal log 1 25 10-15k 18,500 No Includes dead, jungle, evergreen, and normal trees. The most common trees in RuneScape. Each tree only provides one log.
Achey tree logs.png Achey 1 25 17k 170,000 Yes Achey Trees are used primarily to fletch Ogre ranged equipment. They are located around Feldip Hills and near Castle Wars. One log per tree.
Oak logs.png Oak 15 37.5 40k 43,706 No Oaks are fairly common in RuneScape. A single oak tree can provide multiple logs.
Willow logs.png Willow 30 67.5 40k 22,995 No Willow trees are found near water and provide the fastest experience for free players. Members locations include Port Sarim, Draynor Village, Lumbridge, Rimmington, Catherby, Barbarian Outpost, Seers' Village, and the Woodcutting Guild.
Teak logs.png Teak 35 85 90k-220k 190,060 Yes Teaks are members-only. They are found in the Hardwood Grove (entry requires 100 Trading sticks), Kharazi Jungle, Ape Atoll, Prifddinas, and the woods south of Castle Wars. They can also be grown on Fossil Island. Without tick-manipulation, the experience is 90k/hr.
Maple logs.png Maple 45 100 [1] 36-60k 4,800 No There are many maples between Rellekka and the Sinclair Mansion, several behind the Seers' Village bank, as well as 13 located in the Woodcutting Guild.
Bark.png Bark 45 82.5 70k 97,520[2] Yes Hollow trees are found in the Haunted Woods. The trees provide bark. Bark can be made into splitbark armour.
Mahogany logs.png Mahogany 50 125 45-48k 159,960 Yes Mahogany trees are found primarily in the Hardwood Grove (entry requires 100 Trading sticks), Ape Atoll, the Kharazi Jungle, Prifddinas, and Mos Le'Harmless. They can also be grown on Fossil Island.
Arctic pine logs.png Arctic pine 54 40 14-20k 231,200 Yes Arctic Pine trees are found on Neitiznot. They are used to make Neitiznot shields. A player must have started The Fremennik Isles to gain entry.
Yew logs.png Yew 60 175 23-38K (45k at WC Guild) 128,350 No Yew trees can be found by members at locations such as the Seers' Village churchyard, west of Catherby, Tree Gnome Stronghold, Prifddinas (between the southern bank and Zalcano portal) and the Woodcutting Guild. Free players can find Yew trees at Edgeville, south of Falador, in the Varrock Castle, and the Lumbridge graveyard.
Magic logs.png Magic 75 250 17-30k 94,846 Yes Magic trees are members-only. They are found at the Mage Training Arena, Sorcerer's Tower,Lletya, Seers' Village, and the Woodcutting Guild. Players should use a Dragon axe on these trees.
Redwood logs.png Redwood 90 380 60-70k 50,784 Yes Redwood trees are members-only. They are found in the Woodcutting Guild (requiring 75% Hosidius favour) and in the Farming Guild (requiring 90 Farming and 60% Hosidius favour ).
  1. Maple logs yield 110 experience with the completion of medium Kandarin Diary.
  2. Bark is exchanged infrequently, therefore prices may be inaccurate.

Recommended tree locations[edit | edit source]

Regular trees[edit | edit source]

These are the most abundant of all tree varieties in Runescape, and can be found nearly anywhere. Because regular trees only provide a single log per tree, it is recommended to find an area with multiple trees; simply use the World Map to find a suitable location near a bank near you. Note that dead trees and evergreen trees all count as regular trees.

Oak trees[edit | edit source]

  • Quite a few are found just south of the Seers' Village bank. This is perhaps the most convenient location due to its proximity to a bank.
  • Outside of the Castle Wars lobby, there is a large amount of oak trees that are close to bank.
  • Three can be found along the path between Falador park and Falador west bank.
  • Just east of the Draynor Village bank. Low level players should be careful here, as aggressive level 26 Jail guards patrol the area.
  • Just outside the Varrock gates west of the west bank and east of the east bank.
  • Tree Gnome Stronghold has some fairly close to its respective bank.
  • 10 can be found along the southern Falador wall just north of the Falador farm, but it is quite far away from a bank compared to these other locations.

Willow trees[edit | edit source]

  • Some are located just south of the Draynor Village bank, though it is often crowded during the day. Low level players should be careful here due to the Level 7 wizards, which are aggressive.
  • 6 willow trees can be found north-west of the Seers' Village bank.
  • The willows outside of Barbarian Assault are very close to a bank chest and not as crowded as Draynor Village willows.
  • Several can be found in the Woodcutting Guild (requires level 60), are rarely crowded and are very close to a Bank deposit box.
  • 12 are found in Hosidius (north of the Tithe Farm), with a bank north inside the Vinery. This location is not often crowded.

Teak trees[edit | edit source]

  • One tree is located south-west of Castle Wars.
  • One tree is located south-east of the Ruins of Uzer
  • On the south-east side of Ape Atoll (requires greegree at all times or completion of Monkey Madness II) but is not near a bank.
  • Hardwood Grove in Tai Bwo Wannai (requires completion of Jungle Potion, 100 Trading sticks for entrance and some progress of the Tai Bwo Wannai Cleanup Minigame) but is not near a bank.
  • 3 Hardwood tree patches are located on Fossil Island, where you could plant 3 private Teak trees for yourself. The tree patches are located besides each other within 3 tiles. As well as a bank which is located very close to these tree patches. The bank is accessed even faster using the shortcut through the hill which requires 70 agility.
  • 2 trees are located north of Mos Le'Harmless by going through the Cave Horror cave.
  • 3 can be found in the North East corner of Prifddinas.

Maple trees[edit | edit source]

  • Camelot bank; 1in front and 4 behind.
  • Several can be found in the Woodcutting Guild (requires level 60), and is recommended due to the level bonus and being very close to a Bank deposit box.
  • Directly north of Seers' Village bank remains a popular location. Completion of the medium Kandarin Diary provides 10% extra XP (110 instead of 100 XP) at this location.
  • 4 Maple trees can be found in the Corsair Cove Resource Area. This area is unlocked through The Corsair Curse quest and Dragon Slayer quest.
  • Several Maple trees are available east of the Shayzien general store in, with close proximity to a bank.

Mahogany trees[edit | edit source]

  • Hardwood Grove in Tai Bwo Wannai (requires completion of Jungle Potion, 100 Trading sticks for entrance and some progress of the Tai Bwo Wannai Cleanup Minigame) but is not near a bank.
  • 3 Hardwood tree patches are located on Fossil Island. Where you could plant 3 private Mahogany trees with 55 farming for yourself. The tree patches are located beside each other within 3 tiles. As well as a bank which is located very close to these tree patches. The bank is even faster accessible using the shortcut through the hill which requires 70 Agility.
  • 2 trees are located north of Mos Le'Harmless by going through the Cave Horror cave.
  • 2 trees are located north of the Farming Guild. Chopping some logs at these trees is a medium Kourend Diary requirement.
  • 2 trees are located in North-East Prifddinas, and there is a sawmill right next to the trees. Requires completion of Song of the Elves.

Yew trees[edit | edit source]

  • 3 yew trees are in the gnome stronghold next to the bank near Nieve.
  • 3 Yew trees are just 7 tiles away from a bank in eastern Prifddinas.
  • 9 Yew trees can be found in the Woodcutting Guild (requires level 60 AND 75% Hosidius favour), and is recommended due to the level bonus and being very close to a Bank chest.
  • 3 Yew trees behind Varrock Palace.
  • 2 Yew trees south of the Edgeville bank by the entrance of the Edgeville Dungeon.
  • 8 Yew trees south of the Seers' flax field. This is one of the best spots to chop as a bank is nearby in Catherby.
  • 4 yew trees west of Rimmington, but they are a long distance from a bank, which does not make the spot very popular.
  • 3 Yew trees can be found in the Corsair Cove Resource Area, unlocked through The Corsair Curse and Dragon Slayer quests.

Magic trees[edit | edit source]

  • Several can be found in the Woodcutting Guild (requires 75% Hosidius favour), and is recommended due to the level bonus and being very close to a Bank chest.
  • South of the Yew trees in Seers' Village, with a total of 4 in the vicinity of the Sorcerer's Tower.
  • 3 are found just west of the Tree Gnome Stronghold bank.
  • 2 are found in Hosidius (just north of Xeric's Glade teleport), with two banks fairly close by. Not often crowded.
  • 4 are found within the Myths' Guild, accessible after Dragon Slayer II. These trees are often uncrowded and near a Bank chest.
  • 4 are found in Prifddinas, in the northwest section, close to the bank where the agility course starts.

Redwood trees[edit | edit source]

  • Two trees can be found in the Woodcutting Guild, up the ladders directly west of the Magic trees.
  • One tree can be grown by the player in the Farming Guild.

Quests for Woodcutting experience[edit | edit source]

Quest Experience
reward
Woodcutting
requirement
Other requirements
Enlightened Journey 1,500 - Quest points 20 , Firemaking 20 , Farming 30 , Crafting 36
Recipe for Disaster
(Skrach Uglogwee subquest)
1,500 - Cooking 41 , Firemaking 20
Heroes' Quest 1,575 - Quest points 55 , Cooking 53 , Fishing 53 , Herblore 25 , Mining 50
Monk's Friend 2,000 - -
Animal Magnetism 2,500 Woodcutting 35 Slayer 18 , Crafting 19 , Ranged 30
The Eyes of Glouphrie 2,500 45 (Ironman mode.png) Construction 5 , Magic 46
The Fremennik Trials 2,812 Woodcutting 40 Fletching 25 , Crafting 40 (Ironman mode.png)
Icthlarin's Little Helper 4,000 - -
The Fremennik Isles 10,000 56 (Ironman mode.png) Construction 20 , Agility 40
Grim Tales 14,000 Woodcutting 71 Thieving 58 , Farming 45 , Herblore 52 , Agility 59
Song of the Elves 20,000 Woodcutting 70 Agility 70 , Construction 70 , Farming 70 , Herblore 70 , Hunter 70 , Mining 70 , Smithing 70
Total 62,387