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This article is about the Woodcutting skill. For information on training Woodcutting, see Woodcutting training (F2P) (P2P).
For a list of all requirements and unlockables within the Woodcutting skill, see Woodcutting/Level up table.
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Woodcutting is a gathering skill that primarily involves chopping trees to obtain logs used in the Fletching, Firemaking, and Construction skills. Players with a higher Woodcutting level can chop down new types of trees and cut down trees quicker, especially with as higher levels of axes become available.

Woodcutting is a useful skill for a low-levelled player to make money early in the game. On the map, locations of rare trees can be located with a tree Rare trees icon.png icon.

Members can also grow their own trees to chop using the Farming skill. Additionally, at level 60 Woodcutting and above (which can be boosted), members can gain access to the Woodcutting Guild, containing a wide variety of useful features.

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Woodcutting level up - normal
The music that plays when levelling up.
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Woodcutting level up - with unlocks
The music that plays when levelling up and unlocking new content.

Types of trees[edit | edit source]

Woodcutting Level Tree Resource Experience Notes Members
1 Tree.png Tree Logs.png Logs 25 The most common tree in Gielinor, these trees are how players start off training Woodcutting. Both evergreen and dead trees (both small and big) also yield logs. Each tree only yields one log, after which they are cut down and respawn in a short time.
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1 Dying tree.png Dying tree Logs.png Logs 25 Can be found in the Wilderness, Varrock, and the Lumber Yard.
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1 Dead tree.png Dead tree Logs.pngCharcoal.png Logs or Charcoal 25 Dead trees can be found all around Gielinor. Dead trees found around the Fishing Hamlet, Fossil Island Volcano, and east of the Lava Dragon Isle (in the Wilderness) give charcoal when cut.
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1 Evergreen.png Evergreen Logs.pngBucket of sap.png Logs or Bucket of sap 25 Evergreen trees can be found near Falador, near the entrance to the Dwarven Mines, north-west of Barbarian Village, east of Camelot Castle and on Dragontooth Island.
Buckets of sap can be acquired by using a knife on an evergreen tree while having a bucket in your inventory.
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1 Jungle tree.png Jungle tree Logs.png Logs 25 They are only found in the Feldip Hunter area, the Kharazi Jungle, and on Ape Atoll.
Several variations of models for the tree and stump exist, likely due to the trees in the Kharazi Jungle being introduced in RuneScape Classic.
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1 Achey Tree.png Achey tree Achey tree logs.png Achey tree logs 25 These trees are used for the members-only quest Big Chompy Bird Hunting, to make ogre bows and arrows. Like normal trees, achey trees only yield one log.
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10 Light Jungle.png Light Jungle Thatch spar light.png Thatch spar light 32 Light jungle can only be cut with a machete, and is found near Tai Bwo Wannai. Used in the Tai Bwo Wannai Cleanup minigame. When cutting these, many dangerous things may pop out, such as broodoo victims, mosquito swarms, tribesmen, bush snakes and jungle spiders.
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15 Oak.png Oak Oak logs.png Oak logs 37.5 These trees are fairly easy to find around wooded areas. Unlike normal trees, oak trees can yield multiple logs, and are used for training once the player has the ability to cut them.
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20 Medium Jungle.png Medium Jungle Thatch spar med.png Thatch spar med 55 Medium jungle can only be cut with a machete, and is found near Tai Bwo Wannai. Used in the Tai Bwo Wannai Cleanup minigame. When cutting these, many dangerous things may pop out, such as broodoo victims, mosquito swarms, tribesmen, bush snakes and jungle spiders.
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30 Willow.png Willow Willow logs.png Willow logs 67.5 These trees are found near water. Players can find them in and around Port Sarim, Draynor Village, Seers' Village, and Champions' Guild. A usually unoccupied area is also at the lake west of Farmer Fred's hut.
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35 Teak.png Teak Teak logs.png Teak logs 85 These trees yield teak logs when cut, which are used for Construction training. Teak trees are rather rare, with several lone trees around Castle Wars, Uzer and Ape Atoll. A large cluster can be found in the Hardwood Grove.
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35 Dense Jungle.png Dense Jungle Thatch spar dense.png Thatch spar dense 80 Dense jungle can only be cut with a machete, and is found near Tai Bwo Wannai. Used in the Tai Bwo Wannai Cleanup minigame. When cutting these, many dangerous things may pop out, such as broodoo victims, mosquito swarms, tribesmen, bush snakes and jungle spiders.
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42 Mature juniper tree.png Mature juniper tree Juniper logs.png Juniper logs 35 These trees can only be found in Hosidius, north-west of the charcoal furnaces.
They are primarily cut to obtain juniper charcoal, a component in making dynamite for the blast mine minigame in Lovakengj.
Juniper logs cannot be burned. 1 in 16 chance of depletion when a log is received.
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45 Maple tree.png Maple tree Maple logs.png Maple logs 100 Maple trees are special trees which can be found only in northern Kandarin, Fremennik Province and the Woodcutting Guild. Experience per log increases to 110 after completeing the Kandarin Medium Diary.
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45 Hollow tree.png Hollow tree Bark.png Bark 82.5 These are found in Slepe and the Haunted Woods, and yield bark, which is used to create Splitbark equipment.
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50 Mahogany.png Mahogany Mahogany logs.png Mahogany logs 125 Like teak trees, mahogany trees are quite rare, and yield mahogany logs when cut, which are used for Construction training. Mahogany trees can be found in the Hardwood Grove, Ape Atoll, Kharazi Jungle, north of the Farming Guild, and grown on Fossil Island.
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54 Arctic Pine.png Arctic pine tree Arctic pine logs.png Arctic pine logs 40 These are found on the islands of Neitiznot, these logs are better used for Firemaking experience rather than Woodcutting.
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60 Yew.png Yew Yew logs.png Yew logs 175 The highest levelled tree for free players to cut, yew trees are quite uncommon throughout RuneScape.
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62 Blisterwood Tree.png Blisterwood Tree Blisterwood logs.png Blisterwood logs 52 A single tree can be found in the Arboretum in Darkmeyer.
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65 Sulliuscep.png Sulliuscep Mushroom.png Mushroom 127 Found in the Tar Swamp on Fossil Island, chopping sulliusceps grant the player 127 experience per yield. Players can receive mushrooms and mort myre fungus from chopping sulliusceps, but they can also receive sulliuscep caps. There are six sulliusceps found throughout the swamp, but only one can be chopped down. Thus, players must traverse the Tar Swamp to find the choppable sulliuscep.
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75 Magic tree.png Magic tree Magic logs.png Magic logs 250 These trees are members-only. Cutting these trees takes time as they give logs at a very slow rate. You can find these trees at the Mage Training Arena, Sorcerer's Tower, and south-west of Camelot. There are also a few just west of the south ladder to the bank in the Gnome Stronghold, as well as inside the Woodcutting Guild. Two trees can be found just south of the main bank in Hosidius.
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90 Redwood tree.png Redwood tree Redwood logs.png Redwood logs 380 These trees are found in the Woodcutting Guild or grown in the Farming Guild. Has a 1 in 11 chance of depleting a section of the tree when a log is received (all other trees are 1 in 8).
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Axes[edit | edit source]

Various equipment may be used to interact with trees. Most trees require an axe to chop.

Woodcutting Level Item Description Members
1 Bronze axe.png Bronze axe Can be used to cut most trees.
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Iron axe.png Iron axe
6 Steel axe.png Steel axe
11 Black axe.png Black axe
21 Mithril axe.png Mithril axe
31 Adamant axe.png Adamant axe
35 Blessed axe.png Blessed axe The only axe capable of cutting Undead trees, however unable to chop any other type. Used in the Animal Magnetism quest. Undead trees are NPCs and have a 18 Slayer level requirement to cut.
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41 Rune axe.png Rune axe Can be used to cut most trees, possessing the same cutting speed.
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41 Gilded axe.png Gilded axe
61 Dragon axe.png Dragon axe 10% faster cut speed than Rune axe. Special attack : Lumber Up, provides a visible +3 boost to Woodcutting, possessing the same cutting speed.
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61 3rd age axe.png 3rd age axe
61 &
Firemaking 85
Infernal axe.png Infernal axe Provides the same benefits as a dragon axe, including the special attack, however burns 1/3 of logs cut. This grants 1/2 the Firemaking experience that would normally be gained from doing so. Grants no additional benefit to trees that provide resources that cannot be burned. When depleted of charges, it behaves as a dragon axe.
71 Crystal axe.png Crystal axe 15% faster than a Rune axe. Special attack : Lumber Up, provides a visible +3 boost to Woodcutting. Requires Crystal shards to operate, as such, chopping very low level trees (such as oak and below) with the crystal axe is not recommended as players with 71 Woodcutting likely have maxed out the chance to receive a log. When the axe is depleted of charges, it operates in the same manner as a Dragon axe. Requires completion of Song of the Elves to use.

Mechanics[edit | edit source]

Both Woodcutting level and tier of axe determines players' speed of chopping logs. Players with high enough Attack levels can equip the axes that match the respective metals, but having an axe equipped is not necessary in order to chop a tree; having it in the player's inventory also works.

Most tree follow the same mechanics when cut, rolling to chop a log every 4 game ticks. All trees have different chances to chop a log depending on the tree being cut, the players woodcutting level, and the axe being used. With a high woodcutting level and a good axe, a 100% success rate can be achieved when cutting certain lower-level trees.[1]

Players have a 1 in 8 chance of depleting most trees that can give more than one log, as well as a 1 in 11 chance of depleting a section of a Redwood tree. Mature juniper trees have the lowest chance of depleting of any tree, at a rate of 1 in 16 when a log is received.[2][3][4]

Players have a chance to receive the beaver woodcutting pet while chopping trees around Gielinor.

Bird Nests[edit | edit source]

While woodcutting most standard trees, players will occasionally receive bird nests, which fall to the floor and can be picked up. These may be empty, or contain various rings, tree seeds, and rarely a bird's egg. The nests themselves are valuable in their crushed form for use in making Saradomin Brews with the Herblore skill.

The player may also obtain clue nests in a similar fashion, which contain a clue scroll between beginner and elite tiers. While regular bird nests aren't obtainable through chopping redwood trees, clue nests are.

Woodcutting Guild[edit | edit source]

Main article: Woodcutting Guild

The Woodcutting guild is located in the south-western corner of Hosidius, providing various woodcutting features for members. The guild requires at least level 60 woodcutting and 75% Hosidius favour to enter. Within the guild, players receive an invisible +7 boost to their woodcutting skill, allowing them to chop trees significantly faster.

The guild contains a wide variety of trees found across Gielinor, including higher level yew and magic trees; all found in close proximity to both a sawmill and bank. It is the only location of redwood trees in the game, except for those grown by the player within the Farming guild. Other notable features include:

Other Equipment[edit | edit source]

Besides axes, other equipment is useful for the Woodcutting skill.

Item Benefit Notes
Machete.png Machete Can be used to cut Light jungle, Medium jungle and, Dense jungle.. Used in the jungle of Karamja.
Opal machete.png Opal machete
Jade machete.png Jade machete
Red topaz machete.png Red topaz machete
Lumberjack hat.png Lumberjack hat 0.4% bonus exp. Obtained during the Temple Trekking minigame. Requires the completion of In Aid of the Myreque.[a 1]
Lumberjack top.png Lumberjack top 0.8% bonus exp.
Lumberjack legs.png Lumberjack legs 0.6% bonus exp.
Lumberjack boots.png Lumberjack boots 0.2% bonus exp.
Kandarin headgear 1.png Kandarin headgear 1 Chance to double logs from normal trees. Requires completion of the easy Kandarin Diary.
Kandarin headgear 2.png Kandarin headgear 2 Chance to double logs from normal trees. 10% extra experience when cutting maple trees in Seers' Village. Requires completion of the medium Kandarin Diary.
Kandarin headgear 3.png Kandarin headgear 3 Requires completion of the hard Kandarin Diary.
Kandarin headgear 4.png Kandarin headgear 4 Requires completion of the elite Kandarin Diary.
Strung rabbit foot.png Strung rabbit foot Slightly increases bird's eggs and rings when receiving a bird nest. Does not increase the drop rate of bird nests.
Ring of wealth (i).png Ring of wealth (i) Doubles the chance to receive easy-elite clue nests when in the wilderness. Does not increase the drop rate of beginner clue nests.
Woodcutting cape.png Woodcutting cape Requiring level 99 in the Woodcutting skill, grants a 10% increase in chance to receive a bird nest. Temporary +1 visible boost to Woodcutting. The temporary boost is applied when the cape is worn, and can be removed and reequipped to reapply the boost; however, boosting above 99 only benefits the player when used within the Woodcutting guild.[5]
  1. Wearing the whole set gives an additional 0.5% bonus, totalling to 2.5% bonus experience.

Canoes[edit | edit source]

Main article: Canoe

Canoes are a way of travelling along the River Lum. All that is required to use them is an axe and a minimum of level 12 Woodcutting for the lowest level canoe. There are four canoe stations and five stops.

Canoes are a very handy way of getting to Edgeville without an amulet of glory.

Note that while the Wilderness is the last stop, there are no suitable trees to make a canoe, so it is a one-way trip. It drops players off just north of the black chinchompa hunting grounds.

Woodcutting Level Canoe Experience Notes Members
12 Canoe (Log).png Log 30 Can travel 1 stop along the River Lum. Cannot go to the Wilderness.
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27 Canoe (Dugout).png Dugout 60 Can travel 2 stops along the River Lum. Cannot go to the Wilderness.
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42 Canoe (Stable Dugout).png Stable dugout 90 Can travel 3 stops along the River Lum (which is enough to travel anywhere along it except Wilderness). Cannot go to the Wilderness.
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57 Canoe (Waka).png Waka 150 Can travel to all the stops along the River Lum, and is the only canoe that can go to the Wilderness.
Be careful as you cannot make a canoe in the mid-level Wilderness station.
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Temporary boosts[edit | edit source]

Main article: Temporary skill boost
Boost Level
increase
Visibility Other info
Woodcutting cape.png Woodcutting cape 1 Visible Activating the cape's effect will increase the corresponding skill by 1.
Spicy stew.png Spicy stew
(brown spice)
±0-5 Visible Depending on type of stew, any skill can be boosted or reduced by 0 to 5 levels randomly.
Axeman's folly.png Axeman's folly 1 Visible Can only be bought or made through brewing.
Axeman's folly(m).png Mature axeman's folly 2 Visible Can only be bought or made through brewing.
Dragon axe.png Dragon axe 3 Visible Uses 100% of Special attack bar. Requires 60 attack to wield.
Infernal axe.png Infernal axe 3 Visible Uses 100% of Special attack bar. Requires 60 attack to wield.
Requires 61 woodcutting and 85 firemaking to create.
3rd age axe.png 3rd age axe 3 Visible Uses 100% of Special attack bar. Requires 65 attack to wield.
Crystal axe.png Crystal axe 3 Visible Uses 100% of Special attack bar. Requires 70 attack and 50 agility to wield.
Requires 71 woodcutting to create.
Woodcutting Guild.png Woodcutting Guild 7 Invisible The boost takes effect while player is within the Woodcutting Guild.
Stacks with visible boosts. Does not enable your character to chop logs it would otherwise not be able to cut (e.g., 83 woodcutting does not allow you to cut Redwood Logs).

Quests[edit | edit source]

Quests requiring Woodcutting[edit | edit source]

Quest Woodcutting
requirement
Other skill requirements
Animal Magnetism Woodcutting 35 Crafting 19 , Slayer 18 , Ranged 30
Lost City Woodcutting 36 Crafting 31
The Fremennik Trials Woodcutting 40 Fletching 25 , Crafting 40 if crafting your own lyre
Olaf's Quest Woodcutting 50 Firemaking 40
Legends' Quest Woodcutting 50 Agility 50 , Crafting 50 , Herblore 45 , Magic 56 , Mining 52 , Prayer 42 , Smithing 50 , Strength 50 , Thieving 50
Lunar Diplomacy Woodcutting 55 Magic 65 , Crafting 61 , Mining 60 , Firemaking 49 , Defence 40
The Fremennik Isles Woodcutting 56 Construction 20 , Agility 40 , Crafting 46
Sins of the Father Woodcutting 62 Fletching 60 , Crafting 56 , Agility 52 , Attack 50 , Slayer 50 , Magic 49
Song of the Elves Woodcutting 70 Agility 70 , Construction 70 , Farming 70 , Herblore 70 , Hunter 70 , Mining 70 , Smithing 70
Grim Tales Woodcutting 71 Farming 45 , Herblore 52 , Thieving 58 , Agility 59

Quests rewarding 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 Woodcutting 45 (Ironman mode.png) Construction 5 , Magic 46
The Fremennik Trials 2,812 Woodcutting 40 Fletching 25 , Crafting 40 if crafting your own lyre
Icthlarin's Little Helper 4,000 - -
The Fremennik Isles 10,000 Woodcutting 56 (Ironman mode.png) Construction 20 , Agility 40 , Crafting 46
Grim Tales 14,000 Woodcutting 71 Farming 45 , Herblore 52 , Thieving 58 , 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

Skill choice[edit | edit source]

Upon completing any of the following quests, players may choose to allocate experience to Woodcutting. These rewards usually come in the form of items, such as lamps or books, and are independent of any experience rewards directly received for completing the quest.

Quest Experience
reward
Skills available Skill requirements
X Marks the Spot 300 Any -
Client of Kourend 500 twice Any -
Fairytale II - Cure a Queen 2,500 Any skill above 30 Farming 49 , Herblore 57
A Tail of Two Cats 2,500 twice Any skill above 30 -
The Great Brain Robbery 5,000 Any skill above 30 Crafting 16 , Construction 30 , Prayer 50
King's Ransom 5,000 Any skill above 50 Defence 65
Darkness of Hallowvale 2,000 three times Any skill above 30 Construction 5 , Mining 20 , Thieving 22 , Crafting 32 , Magic 33 , Strength 40
A Taste of Hope 2,500 Any skill above 35 Crafting 48 , Agility 45 , Attack 40 , Herblore 40 , Slayer 38
Architectural Alliance
(miniquest)
10,000 Any skill above 40 -
Curse of the Empty Lord
(miniquest)
10,000 Any skill above 50 Some players will need Prayer 31
One Small Favour 10,000 twice Any skill above 30 Agility 36 , Crafting 25 , Herblore 18 , Smithing 30
Recipe for Disaster
(The final battle)
20,000 Any skill above 50 Quest points 175 , Agility 48 , Mining 50 , Fishing 53 , Thieving 53 , Herblore 25 , Magic 59 , Smithing 40 , Firemaking 50 , Ranged 40 , Crafting 40 , Fletching 10 , Slayer 10 , Woodcutting 36
Legends' Quest 7,650 four times Attack Strength Defence Magic Hitpoints Prayer Woodcutting Crafting Smithing Herblore Agility Thieving Quest points 107 , Agility 50 , Crafting 50 , Herblore 45 , Magic 56 , Mining 52 , Prayer 42 , Smithing 50 , Strength 50 , Thieving 50 , Woodcutting 50
Total 115,400

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Jagex. Mod Ash's Twitter account. 4 June 2018. (Archived from the original on 28 May 2020.) Mod Ash: "For oaks and below, a high-level player can get 100% success per roll with an adamant axe, so a rune axe would not help. This is not the case for willows or above."
  2. Jagex. Mod Ash's Twitter account. 18 March 2019. (Archived from the original on 30 May 2020.) Mod Ash: "Yes, it's 1/16 for them."
  3. Jagex. Mod John C's Twitter account. 3 June 2016. (Archived from the original on 30 May 2020.) Mod John C: "After the update, the chance of a redwood tree depleting will have decreased from 1 in 16 to 1 in 11."
  4. Jagex. Mod John C's Twitter account. 3 June 2016. (Archived from the original on 30 May 2020.) Mod John C: "All other trees are 1 in 8."
  5. Jagex. Mod Ash's Twitter account. 10 July 2017. (Archived from the original on 28 May 2020.) Mod Ash: "That's inconsistent with how stat-boosting normally works, but we were being generous with the guild rules."