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Hunter training for an Ultimate Ironman is very similar to that of a regular account, as most methods require little preparation or inventory space. One particularly notable training method is bird house trapping, which can provide a steady amount of Hunter experience over a long period of time without having to actively train the skill. Hunter is most notable as a source of bird nests for Saradomin brews, red chinchompas for Ranged combat, and grimy herbs for Herblore training with the Herbiboar.

Levels 1–9: Natural history quiz[edit | edit source]

Completing the Natural history quiz in the Varrock Museum rewards 1,000 experience in both Hunter and Slayer. This is enough experience to get to level 9 Hunter, which helps skip the slow, early training levels.

Levels 5–99: Bird house trapping[edit | edit source]

Bird Houses
Locations of the Fossil Island bird house hunting spots.
Main article: Bird house trapping

Bird house trapping is an excellent way to passively train Hunter over time, along with being a good source of bird nests for high-level Herblore training. While it is possible to start bird house trapping as early as level 5 Hunter, it is not particularly recommended, with most players starting to use this method once higher-level bird houses are available (such as the teak bird house at level 34 Hunter or the mahogany bird house at level 49 Hunter). Efficient bird house trapping requires a mounted digsite pendant (requiring level 82 Construction to make), but are still possible to do without a mounted pendant by taking the gnome glider system and barge to Fossil Island. Noted rubies can also be easily and passively obtained via the Pinball and Evil Twin random events.

To get the logs for each run, an axe can be quickly acquired either in Lumbridge or at the dragon axe STASH unit in the Enchanted Valley. If making teak or mahogany bird houses, it is recommended to have a tree planted in one of the hardwood tree patches on Fossil Island, for easy access to logs of that type. Other logs such as yew logs, magic logs, or redwood logs can be sourced by teleporting to the Woodcutting Guild using a Fancy jewellery box or better.

Barley seeds can be bought at Draynor Seed Market in Draynor Village, with 40 being required for each run. Alternatively, pickpocketing Master Farmers will give plenty of barley seeds, which can be stored for later use. A hammer and chisel can be sourced from any tool store in the player's player-owned house, or bought at any number of general stores (including the one located on Fossil Island).

Particularly when using high-level bird houses, training with bird house trapping will give a modest amount of bird nests on each run. These can be very useful for training Herblore or preparing for combat with saradomin brews. As bird nests cannot be easily noted or otherwise stored, it is recommended to have toadflax or unfinished toadflax potions ready to use with the bird nests before each run.

For more information, see Ultimate Ironman Guide/Herblore.

Levels 9–69: Active training methods[edit | edit source]

Levels 9–15: Feldip weasels[edit | edit source]

With a noose wand, Feldip weasels may be caught in the Feldip Hunter area south of Yanille (fairy ring aks). Teleporting with the Castle Wars option on a ring of dueling, then walking south, is a quick way to reach the area. Two burrows are located east of the dungeon icon near the centre of the area. A guide to catching Feldip weasels may be found here.

Level 15–29: Ruby harvests + copper longtails[edit | edit source]

Catching ruby harvests and copper longtails offers the fastest experience from level 15 to 29. Acquire a butterfly net, butterfly jars, 2 bird snares and proceed to Piscatoris Hunter area (fairy ring akq) by using either a Piscatoris Teleport or by running north along the west wall of the Tree Gnome Stronghold. Head just south of the yew tree marked by the icon on the mini-map and set up bird snares to catch copper longtails, and while waiting catch butterflies that are flying around in this area. Players can gain up to around 17,000–18,000 experience per hour with this method.

Players can alternatively camp a butterfly spawn location by simply standing on it and spam clicking underneath your character. This grants around 12,000–13,000 experience per hour, and hardly drains any run energy. As each butterfly rewards 24 experience, catching a total of 401 ruby harvests is required to reach level 29.

Levels 29–43: Swamp lizards[edit | edit source]

A player setting up a net trap.

From level 29 to level 43 Hunter, catching swamp lizards is the fastest way to train Hunter. At level 40 Hunter, it becomes possible to set up three traps at once, so it is recommended to bring three ropes and three small fishing nets if intending to train past level 40. Players should expect around 20k-25k experience per hour from level 29 to level 40 Hunter. Once it is possible to set up three traps, experience rates significantly increase, ranging from 40k-54k experience per hour from level 40 to level 59 Hunter.

Levels 43–60: Falconry[edit | edit source]

Catching spotted kebbits, and both spotted and dark kebbits at level 57 using the falconry technique offers the fastest experience from level 43 to 60. They are located in the Piscatoris falconry area east of the fairy ring AKQ. While this provides higher experience rates than catching lizards, it is also more click-intensive.

Withdraw 500 coins (or at least 1000 coins should you exit the Piscatoris falconry area and wish to re-enter the Piscatoris falconry area to continue Hunter training) from the bank; deposit any gloves (such as graceful gloves), weapon, and/or shield as Matthias the falconer will say you need both hands free to begin. It is also worth bringing a bonecrusher, as it will automatically bury the bones from the kebbits, resulting in half the time spent dropping items. Enter the Piscatoris falconry area, and rent a gyr falcon to catch these kebbits. Note that re-entering the Piscatoris falconry area mode requires you to pay the 500 coin fee again.

Players can gain up to around 55,000–61,000 experience per hour at level 43, increasing to around 70,000 experience per hour at level 56. At level 57 when dark kebbits become available, players can gain up to 75,000–80,000 experience per hour. These rates can be achieved by using kebbit spawns in the south-eastern area and minimising the travel distance of the falcon and your own walking distance by standing as close to the kebbits and their spawns as possible.

Levels 60–69: Red salamanders[edit | edit source]

Catching red salamanders offers the fastest experience from level 60 to 69. Even though they become available at level 59, catching kebbits in the Piscatoris falconry area offers slightly faster experience than catching red salamanders with only 3 traps.

Red salamanders are located just south of the entrance to the Ourania Cave, and can be reached with the Ourania Teleport from the Lunar spellbook (71 Magic) or by teleporting to Castle Wars and running north. Alternatively, use a spirit tree to teleport to the Khazard Battlefield and run west. It is recommended to use the trees south of the altar when training as there are four trees compared to the three northeast of it so take 5 ropes and nets and you can reset traps before picking up collapsed ones. Wear weight-reducing equipment, ideally the graceful outfit, to ensure you always have run energy. Drop the salamanders as soon as possible to reduce energy consumption. If not possible, bring stamina potions.

Players can gain up to around 80,000–85,000 experience per hour at level 60, increasing to around 100,000–105,000 experience per hour at level 69. Before level 60, players can only expect to gain around 55,000–60,000 experience per hour with 3 traps.

Levels 69–99: Carnivorous chinchompas[edit | edit source]

The location of the Red chinchompa hunting ground.

Note: Completion of the Eagles' Peak quest is required to be able to set box traps.

Hunting carnivorous chinchompas offers the fastest experience from level 69 onwards. Red chinchompas are mainly used for Ranged training, but they are also useful against Kree'arra and Callisto. However, red chinchompas will disappear on death or when dropped, so they must be placed on a table if the player needs to die for item management purposes.

Players will need to either have completed Song of the Elves (requires level 70 Hunter, not boostable) for access to the Gwenith Hunter area, or the hard tasks of the Western Provinces Diary (requires level 69 Hunter, boostable with a hunter potion or a spicy stew) for access to the red chinchompa hunting ground, as normal areas are usually crowded and hunting there offers significantly worse experience rates due to fewer chinchompa spawns. The Gwenith Hunter area is the best location to hunt carnivorous chinchompas, but the red chinchompa hunting ground is also viable and offers only slightly lower rates. However, the experience rates are significantly reduced below 80 Hunter, so it can be worthwhile to train with bird houses to 80 Hunter and start hunting red chinchompas when the player can place 5 traps at a time.

The fastest way to get to the Gwenith Hunter area is to use a spirit tree to Prifddinas, exiting the city north and running a bit north-east. The red chinchompa hunting ground is easily accessed by using the fairy code AKS and running south-west.

It is possible to place traps one tick faster via tick manipulation. Furthermore, when correctly timed, it is possible to lay a trap instantly after picking up another (also known as trap resetting); this is done by moving to the desired spot on the same tick as laying the previous trap, picking up the next, and clicking it up as soon as possible in the inventory. This increases experience rates notably, but requires more effort and accurate clicks.

Experience rates scale depending on the player's level and performance. When hunting in the Gwenith Hunter area and using tick manipulation, the player can expect to gain up to 95,000–100,000 experience per hour at level 70, and 110,000–115,000 at level 79. The experience rates are increased to around 140,000–150,000 experience per hour at level 80 and 160,000–170,000 experience per hour at level 90. At level 99, players can gain up to 195,000–205,000 experience per hour.

For more information, see Ultimate Ironman Guide/Ranged and Ultimate Ironman Guide/Item Management.

Levels 80–99: Herbiboars[edit | edit source]

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Main article: Herbiboar

Tracking herbiboars on Fossil Island is a decent low-effort alternative to catching carnivorous chinchompas from level 80 onwards. While this method offers a lot slower Hunter experience than hunting chinchompas, it yields various herbs and small amounts of passive Herblore experience, as well as some fossils for later Prayer training. The herbs can be noted at the tool leprechaun near the hardwood tree patches on the island, and the fossils at the fossil storage near the mycelium pool for later use.

Players will need to have the herb sack and a lot of stamina potions for this method, as without them the experience rates would be a lot slower and this method would not be worth doing. It is also recommended to have a high Herblore level (85+ recommended) to get better-quality herbs upon harvesting.

Experience rates scale depending on the Hunter level, and long-term rates will vary depending on how often herbs are noted at the tool leprechaun. On average, players can expect to gain anywhere from 120,000 to 150,000 experience per hour.

For more information, see Ultimate Ironman Guide/Herblore and Ultimate Ironman Guide/Prayer.