Ultimate Ironman Guide/Fletching

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Fletching is most often trained through making broad arrows, as the ability to purchase all the ingredients to make them cuts out any frustrating preparation time (at the cost of coins to buy the ingredients). The stackability of all ingredients in making broad arrows makes it an easy skill to train in tandem with other skills, such as Runecraft, Agility, Farming, and more. Fletching is most often used for making high-level darts and arrows for use in Ranged combat, though it can also be useful as a source of mid-tier Ranged armour or weaponry depending on the player's Fletching level.

Levels 1–52: Early training methods[edit | edit source]

Levels 1–52: Headless arrows[edit | edit source]

Starting at level 1, feathers can be attached to arrow shafts to make headless arrows. Headless arrows give 1 Fletching experience per arrow made. This is a relatively slow training method, but is useful if the player plans on training Fletching by making broad arrows at a higher level.

Feathers can be easily bought in bulk through feather packs, costing 2 coins per feather. Arrow shafts can bought for 1 coin each at the Bow and Arrow shop within the Ranging Guild, which requires level 40 Ranged to access. Alternatively, players can cut the arrow shafts from logs. Willow logs are recommended as they are one of fastest sources of arrow shafts at lower levels.

Because feathers, arrow shafts, and headless arrows are all stackable, this method can be used to train almost anywhere with very little stress in terms of inventory space. For example, some players opt to make headless arrows while playing Pest Control for Prayer experience, or while running about the world for Farming training or doing quests.

To reach level 52, the player would need to make 123,660 headless arrows, which would cost around 375,000 coins. Fewer arrows are needed if the arrow shafts are cut from logs.

Levels 1–52: Arrows[edit | edit source]

Fletching arrows is a faster but more expensive alternative to solely fletching headless arrows. Arrowtips can be bought from Hickton's Archery Emporium. in Catherby.

Levels 22–52: Iron darts[edit | edit source]

Another low-level training method is to smith iron bars into iron dart tips and fletch them into iron darts. This can be a good way to train low-level Mining, Smithing, and Fletching at the same time, before faster methods for each skill are available.

Darts can be made while training Agility, doing Farming runs, or running around doing quests. Because dart tips, feathers, and the darts themselves all stack within the inventory, it is relatively easy to make room for them in most inventory setups for a variety of situations.

For more information, see Ultimate Ironman Guide/Smithing.

Levels 52–99: Broad arrows[edit | edit source]

A broad arrowhead pack.

Fletching broad arrows becomes the most efficient training method at level 52. Each broad arrow made gives 11 experience, including the experience gained from making headless arrows (or 11.33 if also fletching the arrow shafts from logs). While the arrows themselves are not very useful for anything, players are able to quickly buy the supplies in bulk, which makes this method a lot more effective than any other methods. However, this method is expensive, costing around 5.7 coins per experience.

To be able to fletch broad arrows, players must purchase Broader Fletching perk for 300 Slayer reward points. Broad arrowhead packs can be bought from any Slayer master, and feather packs from Port Sarim or Fishing Guild fishing shops. It is best to buy the arrow shafts from the Ranging Guild, but players can alternatively fletch the arrow shafts from noted logs.

For the best efficiency, broad arrows and the headless arrows required to make them should be made while doing other activities which do not require full inventory space and provide downtime that allows making the arrows. Such activities include training Prayer at Pest Control, training Runecraft at the Arceuus Library, training Agility at Hallowed Sepulchre, and tracking herbiboars. Another option is to fletch the arrows while crafting blood or soul runes in Arceuus; while the arrows take up inventory space which lowers experience rates slightly, it is worth the experience loss to fletch the arrows.

Passive training methods[edit | edit source]

Wintertodt[edit | edit source]

Training Firemaking at Wintertodt can give some passive Fletching experience. Fletching a bruma root into bruma kindling give 0.6 times the player's Fletching level in experience, so the experience rates are heavily dependent on the player's current Fletching level.

For more information, see Ultimate Ironman Guide/Firemaking.

Darts[edit | edit source]

High-level players who have the toxic blowpipe will need to make darts to use it. Adamant darts are generally the best ones to make, as they offer higher damage output than mithril, effectively saving Zulrah's scales, and the supplies are relatively easy to get in large quantities. Making rune darts is not recommended, as they are not much better than adamant and their usage is much harder to sustain. Players will also miss out on a lot of cash from not making alchable items instead of rune darts (such as rune swords), effectively making them very expensive.

The best source of adamantite bars and ores is Zalcano. Players will also profit adamantite from many activities where the toxic blowpipe is commonly used, such as Zulrah, Vorkath, Chambers of Xeric, and Theatre of Blood.

Players who do not have any supplies to make darts can make mithril dart tips at the Blast Furnace. The method is the same as making mithril platebodies, except players make dart tips instead. This is only recommended for short-term use.

For more information, see Ultimate Ironman Guide/Smithing.