|Released||4 January 2001 (Update)|
as of 2 April 2021 - update
as of 2 April 2021 - update
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 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 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.
- 1 Types of trees
- 2 Axes
- 3 Mechanics
- 4 Special woodcutting locations and activities
- 5 Other Equipment
- 6 Temporary boosts
- 7 Quests
- 8 References
Types of trees[edit | edit source]
|1||Tree||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.
Buckets of sap can be acquired by using a knife on the conical variants while having a bucket in one's inventory.
|1||Tree (Tirannwn)||Logs||25||Found throughout Tirannwn. Equivalent to common trees, but all variants produce sap.|
|1||Dying tree||Logs||25||Can be found in the Wilderness, Varrock, and the Lumber Yard.|
|1||Dead tree||Logs or Charcoal||25||Dead trees can be found all around Gielinor. Dead trees found around the Fishing Hamlet, and east of the Lava Dragon Isle (in the Wilderness) give charcoal when cut.|
|1||Burnt tree||Charcoal||25||Found around the Fossil Island Volcano.|
|1||Evergreen||Logs||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.
|1||Jungle tree||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.
|1||Achey tree||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.|
|10||Light Jungle||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.|
|15||Oak||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.|
|20||Medium Jungle||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.|
|30||Willow||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.|
|35||Teak||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.|
|35||Dense Jungle||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.|
|42||Mature juniper tree||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.
|45||Maple tree||Maple logs||100||Maple trees are special trees which can be found only in northern Kandarin, Fremennik Province, Corsair Cove Resource Area and the Woodcutting Guild. Experience per log increases to 110 after completing the Kandarin Medium Diary.|
|45||Hollow tree||Bark||82.5||These are found in Slepe and the Haunted Woods, and yield bark, which is used to create Splitbark armour.|
|50||Mahogany||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.|
|54||Arctic pine tree||Arctic pine logs||40||These are found on the islands of Neitiznot, these logs are better used for Firemaking experience rather than Woodcutting.|
|60||Yew||Yew logs||175||The highest levelled tree for free players to cut, yew trees are quite uncommon throughout RuneScape.|
|62||Blisterwood Tree||Blisterwood logs||76||A single tree can be found in the Arboretum in Darkmeyer.|
|65||Sulliuscep||Mushrooms, sulliuscep caps, Mort Myre fungi and unidentified fossils||127||Found in the Tar Swamp on Fossil Island. They do not respawn like trees, but rather each of the six sulliusceps found throughout the swamp respawn once the previous sulliuscep in a fixed rotation is depleted.|
|75||Magic tree||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.|
|90||Redwood tree||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). Players do not chop the entire tree but rather sections of the trunk that are reached by climbing ladders|
Trees chopped in quests and minigames[edit | edit source]
- Dead yommi trees that may turn up during the Legends' Quest can be chopped for a random log. Notably, this allows players to obtain magic logs without the level requirement to chop magic trees.
- The swaying tree is chopped for a branch during the Fremennik Trials.
- The dramen tree is chopped for dramen branches during The Lost City quest and the Freeing Sir Amik Varze subquest of Recipe for Disaster.
- Dream trees are chopped for dream logs during the Lunar Diplomacy quest.
- Undead trees are chopped for undead twigs during Animal Magnetism. A blessed axe is required.
- The windswept tree is chopped for windswept logs during Olaf's Quest.
- A shrunk beanstalk is chopped during Grim Tales. The axe must be used on the beanstalk.
- Phren roots are chopped for phren bark in The Gauntlet. A variant is chopped in the Corrupted Gauntlet.
- Scrapey trees are chopped for scrapey tree logs in the Trouble Brewing minigame.
- Bruma roots are chopped for bruma root while fighting the Wintertodt.
- The meat tree is chopped when fighting the Muttadile in the Chambers of Xeric
- Saplings are chopped for kindling when fighting the ice demon in the Chambers of Xeric
Axes[edit | edit source]
Various equipment may be used to interact with trees. Most trees require an axe to chop.
|1||Bronze axe||Can be used to cut most trees.|
|35||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.|
|41||Rune axe||Can be used to cut most trees, possessing the same cutting speed.|
|61||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.|
|61||3rd age axe|
|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||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 trees 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 player's 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.
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.
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.
Special woodcutting locations and activities[edit | edit source]
Several locations have unique mechanics that related to woodcutting.
Woodcutting Guild[edit | edit source]
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, but not trees that require a woodcutting level above their visible level.
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:
- Perry's Chop-chop Shop, the only shop in Old School RuneScape that sells rune axes.
- A dungeon containing many Ents
Canoes[edit | edit source]
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 five canoe stations and six stops.
Tai Bwo Wannai Cleanup[edit | edit source]
Tai Bwo Wannai Cleanup is a woodcutting minigame that revolves around hacking jungle bushes around Tai Bwo Wannai with a machete for thatch spars and using them to repair the village fence. Both actions grant favour with the locals, which can be exchanged for trading sticks. Furthermore, gout tubers, proboscides, snake hide, uncut opals, uncut jades, uncut red topazes and tribal masks may be obtained from creatures and rocks that occasionally spawn upon successfully clearing a jungle bush.
Prifddinas[edit | edit source]
The regular trees, yew trees and magic trees found within the walls of Prifddinas have a 1/80 chance of producing a crystal shard in addition to the main product. Despite their models also having embedded crystals, the trees in Gwenith do not yield crystal shards.
Ents[edit | edit source]
Ents are monsters found in the Wilderness and at the Woodcutting guild. They become ent trunks when killed, which can be chopped for random noted logs until it despawns. Ents in the wilderness produce logs at twice the rate of logs from ents at the Woodcutting Guild. Completing the medium tier of the Wilderness Diary further increases the rate.
Farmable trees[edit | edit source]
Oaks, willows, maples, yew trees and magic trees can be planted in any of six tree patches found throughout Gielinor. Teaks and mahoganies can be planted in any of three hardwood patches on Fossil Island. Crystal trees can be planted in the crystal tree patch in Prifddinas. Celastrus trees can be planted in the dedicated celastrus patch and redwood trees in the dedicated redwood tree patch, both found in the advanced tier of the Farming Guild. Crystal trees and celastrus do not grant woodcutting experienced when chopped.
Farmable trees offer the benefit of being visible only to the player who has planted it, thus removing competition. Attempting to chop a tree in a farming patch causes the player to stall for one tick, which allows for 1.5-tick woodcutting.
Obstacles[edit | edit source]
Several obstacles can traversed by chopping them with an axe or machete. These include:
- Jungle bushes and jungle trees blocking the entrance to the Kharazi jungle. In addition to being crossed when chopped, they yield logs.
- Dead trees found north of the Shining Pool block the Kendal's cave. Only two of the trees can be chopped, the others produce the message "There is nothing to gain from chopping down this tree". These grant no logs and no experience.
- Tendrils blocking access to the inner ring of the Abyss.
- Thick vines blocking various pathways in the Tar Swamp. They grant 2 experience when chopped.
- Vines blocking certain passageways in the Brimhaven Dungeon. They grant no experience when chopped.
Other[edit | edit source]
- The maples found on Miscellania can only be chopped after part of the quest Throne of Miscellania has been completed. They grant reduced experience and no logs, but rather increase the player's favour among the locals. Similarly, the teaks and mahoganies found on Etceteria can only be chopped after Royal Trouble for reduced experience and favour instead of logs. The evergreens found on both islands behave normally.
- After completion of the medium tier of the Kandarin Diary, the maples in Seers' Village grant 10% extra experience.
- Fruit trees planted in fruit tree patches can be chopped down at any level, granting no experience.
- The woodcutting stump in Neitiznot can be used to make split logs and Neitiznot shields from arctic pine logs, the former granting 5 woodcutting experience.
Other Equipment[edit | edit source]
Besides axes, other equipment is useful for the Woodcutting skill.
|Machete||Can be used to cut Light jungle, Medium jungle and, Dense jungle.||Used in the jungle of Karamja.|
|Red topaz machete|
|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||0.8% bonus exp.|
|Lumberjack legs||0.6% bonus exp.|
|Lumberjack boots||0.2% bonus exp.|
|Kandarin headgear 1||Chance to double logs from normal trees.||Requires completion of the easy Kandarin Diary.|
|Kandarin headgear 2||Requires completion of the medium Kandarin Diary.|
|Kandarin headgear 3||Requires completion of the hard Kandarin Diary.|
|Kandarin headgear 4||Requires completion of the elite Kandarin Diary.|
|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)||Doubles the chance to receive easy-elite clue nests when in the wilderness.||Does not increase the drop rate of beginner clue nests.|
|Elven signet||Provides a 10% chance to not use a charge when using a crystal axe.||The celestial signet provides the same benefit.|
|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.|
- Wearing the whole set gives an additional 0.5% bonus, totalling to 2.5% bonus experience.
Temporary boosts[edit | edit source]
|Woodcutting cape||1||Visible||Activating the cape's effect will increase the corresponding skill by 1.|
|±0-5||Visible||Depending on type of stew, any skill can be boosted or reduced by 0 to 5 levels randomly.|
|Axeman's folly||1||Visible||Can only be bought or made through brewing.|
|Mature axeman's folly||2||Visible||Can only be bought or made through brewing.|
|Dragon axe||3||Visible||Uses 100% of Special attack bar. Requires 60 attack to wield.|
|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||3||Visible||Uses 100% of Special attack bar. Requires 65 attack to wield.|
|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||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]
|Other skill requirements|
|Animal Magnetism||35||19 , 18 , 30|
|The Fremennik Trials||40||25 , 40 if crafting your own lyre|
|Legends' Quest||50||50 , 50 , 45 , 56 , 52 , 42 , 50 , 50 , 50|
|Lunar Diplomacy||55||65 , 61 , 60 , 49 , 40|
|The Fremennik Isles||56||20 , 40 , 46|
|Sins of the Father||62||60 , 56 , 52 , 50 , 50 , 49|
|Song of the Elves||70||70 , 70 , 70 , 70 , 70 , 70 , 70|
|Grim Tales||71||45 , 52 , 58 , 59|
Quests rewarding Woodcutting experience[edit | edit source]
|Enlightened Journey||1,500||-||20 , 20 , 30 , 36|
|Recipe for Disaster
(Skrach Uglogwee subquest)
|1,500||-||41 , 20|
|Heroes' Quest||1,575||-||55 , 53 , 53 , 25 , 50|
|Animal Magnetism||2,500||35||18 , 19 , 30|
|The Eyes of Glouphrie||2,500||45 ( )||5 , 46|
|The Fremennik Trials||2,812||40||25 , 40 if crafting your own lyre|
|Icthlarin's Little Helper||4,000||-||-|
|The Fremennik Isles||10,000||56 ( )||20 , 40 , 46|
|Grim Tales||14,000||71||45 , 52 , 58 , 59|
|Song of the Elves||20,000||70||70 , 70 , 70 , 70 , 70 , 70 , 70|
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.
|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||49 , 57|
|A Tail of Two Cats||2,500 twice||Any skill above 30||-|
|The Great Brain Robbery||5,000||Any skill above 30||16 , 30 , 50|
|King's Ransom||5,000||Any skill above 50||65|
|Darkness of Hallowvale||2,000 three times||Any skill above 30||5 , 20 , 22 , 32 , 33 , 40|
|A Taste of Hope||2,500||Any skill above 35||48 , 45 , 40 , 40 , 38|
|10,000||Any skill above 40||-|
|Curse of the Empty Lord
|10,000||Any skill above 50||Some players will need 31|
|One Small Favour||10,000 twice||Any skill above 30||36 , 25 , 18 , 30|
|Recipe for Disaster
(The final battle)
|20,000||Any skill above 50||175 , 48 , 50 , 53 , 53 , 25 , 59 , 40 , 50 , 40 , 40 , 10 , 10 , 36|
|Legends' Quest||7,650 four times||107 , 50 , 50 , 45 , 56 , 52 , 42 , 50 , 50 , 50 , 50|
References[edit | edit source]
- 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."
- 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."
- 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."
- 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."
- 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."