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This article is about the trees that form part of Distractions and Diversions. For the random event that formerly would break axes whilst Woodcutting, see Ent.
Worlds Icon The official world for Evil Tree is world 60 (P2P).
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Wallpaper that came out with the Evil Tree Distraction and Diversion

The Evil Tree is a members-only Distractions and Diversions event released on 25 February 2009. This D&D can be done twice daily; the counter resets at 00:00 UTC on the in-game clock. Players must log out and back in to reset their daily participation limit. An evil tree will spawn two hours after the death of the last evil tree in that world. As such, players may kill a tree in one world and switch to another world where a new tree is just sprouting.

Farming, Firemaking, and Woodcutting experience boosters can be used with this D&D:

Interacting with a tree at any stage of its development will count as one of the two daily trees. This also applies to nurturing trees, even if players do not have the required levels to chop or burn the fully grown tree. However, players can inspect saplings and young trees to find out what they will grow into to avoid interacting with evil trees they may not have the required levels for. Inspecting the saplings or trees does not count as one of the player's daily interactions.

Groups dedicated to finding and reporting evil trees can be found in the Minigames and D&Ds section of the RuneScape Forums.


Leprechaun chathead

The purpose of the event is to kill the Evil tree, after which the player is rewarded; see below. There are seven types of evil trees and 25 possible locations.

Farming experience is granted each time the Sapling advances to another stage of development while nurturing. Woodcutting experience is granted every few seconds during chopping. Firemaking experience is granted each time a new section of the Tree is lit on fire from evil tree kindling. Firemaking experience is also granted after adding the evil tree kindling to the bonfire from the dead evil tree.

A leprechaun is always found near the tree. He will explain how the evil tree works, and will be the one to reward players after one is killed. He can also provide low-level tools if you've forgotten yours.


Evil tree DnD

A small group taking on the evil tree.

An evil tree has a total of 3 stages:

  1. The first stage is a series of growths for the sapling. The strange sapling may be nurtured by players to make it grow quickly, but it will grow on its own.
  2. The second stage is a fully grown evil tree. Chopping the vines will provide Evil tree kindling used to light fires around the evil tree, and enable the player to begin chopping at the evil tree.
  3. The final stage is an evil tree Bonfire. Rewards for participating in the event can be obtained now, and extra kindling can be burned on the bonfire awarding firemaking experience.


There are several ways to locate an evil tree:

  • By opening the D&D tab on the Adventurers interface. It will state the time until an evil tree appears, or state "ready" when an evil tree is active on that world.
  • By speaking with a Spirit tree.[1] The Spirit tree will tell the player the status of the tree in each world and it gives players a hint to its location; see here. Each hint usually leads to at least two locations with the exception of two clues: west of Lumbridge and by collection of yews (both clues share a spawn location that has been removed). Once the Sapling has grown into a full tree, Spirit trees will teleport the player to the exact location. If a quest is required that you have not completed, (such as Legends' Quest for trees in the Kharazi Jungle) the Spirit tree will not teleport you.
  • By being nearby; once the Strange Sapling sprouts, Evil roots will briefly shoot out of the surrounding ground. These roots can appear a good distance from the location of the tree, so search carefully. Roots will only appear beneath the players feet that have not yet interacted with two evil trees that day.
  • If you cannot get a tip from the spirit tree, have a friend who can talk to the spirit tree get one for you.
  • A sapling for an Evil tree will spawn exactly two minutes from the time a server comes online after a crash or a system update.
  • Players that have completed the 2011 Easter event can use their Sunbeam crown or Icicle crown to ask about the tree's type and a hint to its location or, if no tree is alive, the estimated time until one is.
  • Join a clan or Friends Chat themed around the D&D. Groups dedicated to finding and reporting evil trees can be found in the Minigames and D&Ds section of the RuneScape Forums.
  1. ^ Requires completion of Tree Gnome Village (quest)

Locations with hintsEdit

Spirit Tree chathead
  • Location hints are given by Spirit trees at any time, and via the Sunbeam and Icicle crown once a sapling has sprouted. The Tree Gnome Village (Quest) or The Grand Tree quest must be completed in order to speak with a Spirit tree. These are not required for the crowns, however. Spirit trees usually offer hints which only point to one location while majority of the crowns' hints usually point to at least two locations.
  • All hints refer to at least two possible sprouting locations—due to the events of Battle of Lumbridge, a sprouting location is no longer active, and as such, the two parent hints that it once belonged to now only point to 1 sprouting location each.
  • The Anima Mundi is not a location hint. Hints begin with the phrase "It can be found ..."
  • If the time hint given is "There won't be another evil tree for a long time", it means that the current evil tree is in fallen form and the location hint that follows directs to the current fallen spawn, not the next one.
  • There is a glitch with the time hints: If the time hint claims that there are 0 minutes until the next spawn, there is actually one hour left until the spawn.
  • The following table lists the 25 possible locations an evil tree can sprout in.
Hints Possible Locations Quests Required Map
Close to a collection of yew trees South of Seers' Village flax field by the yew trees N/A Catherby Evil Tree map
Close to a dungeon entrance, and within a tropical jungle Ape Atoll, near the entrance to Ape Atoll Dungeon[a 1] Monkey Madness Ape Atoll Evil Tree map
Near the entrance of the Brimhaven Dungeon N/A Brimhaven Evil Tree map
Close to a large collection of willow trees Northwest of Seers' Village bank[a 1] N/A Seers' Village Evil Tree map
South of Draynor Village, near the willow trees[a 1] N/A South Draynor Evil Tree map
South of Legends' Guild[a 1] N/A South Legends' Guild Evil Tree map
Southwest part of Tree Gnome Stronghold, north of Brimstail's cave and east of the bridge N/A Tree Gnome Stronghold (inside) Evil Tree map
Close to a mine on the outskirts of a city South of Legends' Guild[a 1] N/A South Legends' Guild Evil Tree map
West of Falador N/A Falador Evil Tree map
Close to a Runecrafting altar Near the body altar, south of the Monastery N/A Monastery Evil Tree map
Southwest of mining spot near the nature altar, northwest of Shilo Village[a 1] N/A Nature altar Evil Tree map
Close to the home of 'Legends' North of Legends' Guild N/A Legends' Guild Evil Tree map
South of Legends' Guild N/A South Legends' Guild Evil Tree map
Close to the town you call Yanille Northeast of Yanille N/A North Yanille Evil Tree map
South of Tree Gnome Village, northwest of Yanille N/A West Yanille Evil Tree map
Close to the village you call 'Seers' Inside McGrubor's Wood N/A McGrubor's Woods Evil Tree map
Northwest of Seers' Village bank[a 1] N/A Seers' Village Evil Tree map
South of Seers' Village flax field by the yew trees[a 1] N/A Catherby Evil Tree map
Close to the village you humans call 'Draynor' North of Draynor Village, near Draynor Manor N/A North Draynor Evil Tree map
South of Draynor Village, near the willow trees[a 1] N/A South Draynor Evil Tree map
Due west of the town you call Lumbridge South of Draynor Village near the willow trees N/A South Draynor Evil Tree map
In a location with rare trees and ogres nearby South of Castle Wars, north of the fairy ring B•K•P N/A Castle Wars Evil Tree map
West of Oo'glog and east of Mobilising Armies. This area is dangerous, with aggressive Wolves and Ogresses. N/A Oo'glog Evil Tree map
In the lands inhabited by elves East of Tyras Camp Regicide Tyras Camp Evil Tree map
Lletya, south of the magic trees Mourning's Ends Part I Lletya Evil Tree map
Just outside of the city you call Varrock East of Varrock, near Tolna's rift N/A Tolna's Rift Evil Tree map
North of Varrock Palace, near the Wilderness wall N/A North Varrock Evil Tree map
North as the crow flies from Seers' Village East of the house portal in Rellekka N/A Rellekka Evil Tree map
Northwest of Seers' Village bank N/A Seers' Village Evil Tree map
North as the crow flies from the market of Ardougne Inside McGrubor's Wood[a 1] N/A McGrubor's Woods Evil Tree map
Southwest of the Ranging Guild N/A Ranging Guild Evil Tree map
On the island known as Karamja East of the teak trees in the Kharazi Jungle Legends Kharazi Jungle Evil Tree map
Southwest of mining spot near the nature altar, northwest of Shilo Village N/A Nature altar Evil Tree map
On the southern coast of a tropical island Ape Atoll, near the entrance to Ape Atoll Dungeon Monkey Madness Ape Atoll Evil Tree map
East of the teak trees in the Kharazi Jungle[a 1] Legends Kharazi Jungle Evil Tree map
To the south of a tree gnome settlement South of Tree Gnome Stronghold and east of the Outpost N/A Tree Gnome Stronghold Evil Tree map
South of Tree Gnome Village and northwest of Yanille[a 1] N/A West Yanille Evil Tree map
  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l This hint-location combination is never given by Spirit trees before sapling has spawned.


Tree Roots

The evil tree can be killed by chopping at it with a hatchet and lighting fires at its base. Different levels are required to cut and burn different tree types; see table below. Chopping the evil tree and roots earns Woodcutting experience; lighting kindling gives Firemaking experience, both at the base of the evil tree while alive, and at the bonfire once the tree has died. The tree begins with 100% health, and the player with 0% reward. As players chop the tree and the fires burn, the tree's life drops and the player's percentage of reward increases. This can be checked by right-clicking and inspecting the tree. The amount of players that need 100% to kill the evil tree depends on the total amount of players cutting the tree. Eventually the tree will die and become a Fallen tree, from which you can receive your rewards. Once you have received your rewards, you may burn spare kindling in it for Firemaking experience. You may only collect a maximum of 200 kindling. A fallen tree will remain for 10 minutes before disappearing.

To chop the tree, a hatchet is required either on your person or your Tool belt. As with all woodcutting, higher-tiered hatchets will chop more accurately than lower-tiered ones providing experience quicker. Machetes can be used to chop evil roots more effectively than some hatchets. If you have a Rune hatchet and a Red topaz machete in the inventory or toolbelt, your character will automatically use the machete to cut the roots, indicating that it works better. The Dragon hatchet, Inferno adze, and Crystal hatchet are still faster than any of the machetes. When 4 evil roots are active cutting one will takes the least time. As well as this, when 3 evil roots are present, the fourth will respawn slower. It takes at least one minute for new roots to regrow on each side.

To burn the evil tree, the player will require some kindling attained from chopping down one of the four roots which sprout along the sides of the tree. The evil roots will strike and stun players who are standing nearby, also forcing players who are standing near to jump away each time they sprout. By standing directly on these spawn spots the players will jump away instead of being stunned by the root when it sprouts. There are eight spots at the base of the tree to light. The fires cause damage over time, thus it is recommended to light the fires as early as possible.

If an evil tree takes too long to die, it will get struck by lightning; see below.

It is often best to kill a tree with at least a few other people to get the max rewards quickly. Also, with more people the evil roots can be killed faster, letting you return to chopping for greater experience and reward. An evil tree can provide a group between 4–12 the maximum reward for everyone without time waste.


If an evil tree takes too long to die, it gets struck by lightning. If the tree's health is above 50% 10 minutes after it has appeared, lightning will strike and bring its health down to 50%; after 20 minutes the same applies for 25% health and after 30 minutes, the tree is then killed by a third lightning strike. This is accompanied by a lightning sound effect. If the evil tree is struck with lightning for the third time and dies, you will still get your rewards if you participated.

Skill RequirementsEdit

Types of evil tree
Normal evil tree Evil oak tree Willow evil tree Maple evil tree
Normal evil tree Evil oak tree Evil willow tree Maple evil tree
1 Woodcutting-icon 1 Farming-icon 1 Firemaking-icon 15 Woodcutting-icon 7 Farming-icon 15 Firemaking-icon 30 Woodcutting-icon 15 Farming-icon 30 Firemaking-icon 45 Woodcutting-icon 22 Farming-icon 45 Firemaking-icon
Skilling requirements[1]
Types of evil tree
Yew evil tree Magic evil tree Elder evil tree
Yew evil tree Magic evil tree Elder evil tree
60 Woodcutting-icon 30 Farming-icon 60 Firemaking-icon 75 Woodcutting-icon 37 Farming-icon 75 Firemaking-icon 90 Woodcutting-icon 45 Farming-icon 90 Firemaking-icon
Skilling requirements[1]
  1. ^ a b The invisible boosts of summoned familiars does not work to get the required levels. They only increase the rate of cutting.



When an evil tree is felled and petrifies, players collecting a reward may get any the following items from the evil tree as a reward:

Dead evil tree

A fallen Magic evil tree

Image Items
Logs Oak logs Willow logs Maple logs Yew logs Magic logs Elder logs Teak logs Mahogany logs Noted logs corresponding to the type of evil tree
Coins 100 Various amounts of Coins dependent on the type of evil tree
Bird's nest (blue egg) Bird's nest (green egg) Bird's nest (red egg) Bird's nest (raven egg) Bird's nest (ring) Bird's nest (seed) A Bird's nest with various rewards inside
Acorn 1 Willow seed 1 Maple seed 1 Yew seed 1 Magic seed 1 A Tree seed of various types
Fellstalk seed 5 1–11 Fellstalk seeds
Morchella mushroom spore 5 1–10 Morchella mushroom spores
Clue scroll (easy) A Clue scroll (easy) [1]
Loop half of a key Tooth half of a key Half of a key [1]
Crystal triskelion fragment 1 Crystal triskelion fragment 2 Crystal triskelion fragment 3 Elder evil trees offer a rare chance of receiving a piece of the Crystal triskelion key [1]
Key token Key tokens
  1. ^ a b c Wearing a Ring of wealth will increase the chance of obtaining this reward, albeit very slightly.
  • You can sell Evil tree kindling to the leprechaun for 25 coins each, burn it in the fallen tree, or choose to keep the kindling to use on future Evil trees. Since all trees give the same type of kindling, keeping the kindling for the next tree could aid in lighting it faster.

The normal reward received is various noted logs, Coins, and a random Tree seed or Bird's nest, with Clue scroll (easy) and Key halves as an additional reward. If there is not enough room in a players inventory, items will be dropped on the ground instead.

Maximum rewardsEdit

The following table shows the highest reported possible rewards. A lower percentage reduces the rewards, but the same percent will not always equal the same amount of gold or logs:

Dead evil tree (burning)

A felled evil tree, now burning

Tree type Noted logs Coins Buff duration
Normal 12 Logs Logs 185 6 minutes
GE value: 2,136 Total value: 2,321
Oak 24 Oak logs Oak logs 326 10 minutes
GE value: 1,704 Total value: 2,030
Willow 226 Willow logs Willow logs 1,127 14 minutes
GE value: 4,294 Total value: 5,421
Maple 131 Maple logs Maple logs 1,280 18 minutes
GE value: 3,144 Total value: 4,424
Yew 25 Yew logs Yew logs 4,287 22 minutes
GE value: 5,250 Total value: 9,537
Magic 17 Magic logs Magic logs 8,307 26 minutes
GE value: 13,719 Total value: 22,026
Elder 15 Elder logs Elder logs 17,064 30 minutes
GE value: 72,000 Total value: 89,064


  • When an evil tree is still a sapling, Farming experience can be gained from nurturing it. No items are required.
  • When an evil tree is fully grown, chopping the evil roots and the tree itself grants Woodcutting experience.
  • When an evil root vanishes, the player gains Evil tree kindling, which can be used to set a part of the tree on fire. This awards Firemaking experience depending on your level.
  • When an evil tree dies, the player can contribute any remaining evil tree kindling to a bonfire for additional Firemaking experience.
  • Firemaking experience rewarded from the evil tree bonfire is determined by the player's level in Firemaking.

Note: The Inferno Adze will not automatically light any kindling received.

Tree Experience earned per action
Nurturing Farming-icon[1] Burning tree Firemaking-icon[2] Chopping roots Woodcutting-icon Chopping tree Woodcutting-icon
Normal 20 200 3 15.1
Oak 45 300 6.4 32.4
Willow 66 450 9.1 45.7
Maple 121.5 675 11.1 55.8
Yew 172.5 1,012.5 17.5 87.5
Magic 311.5 1,517.5 25 125
Elder 730 2,600.5 32.5 162.5
  1. ^ Can only be obtained during the sapling stage of an evil tree, twice a day, and counts towards the daily participation allotment.
  2. ^ Can be obtained a total of 8 times per tree, twice a day, and counts towards the daily participation allotment.

Further woodcuttingEdit

For a period of time after an evil tree has been felled and a reward claimed, players are given a buff which gives several advantages when chopping at Normal, Achey, Oak, Willow, Teak, Maple, Hollow, Mahogany, Arctic Pine, Eucalyptus, Yew, Magic and Elder trees:

  • A significant reduction to the chance of felling a tree after a resource is harvested.[1] This will also work on Normal trees, but the player with the buff must be the only player chopping at the Normal tree. The effect will stack with the Seer's headband efficiency effect, if it is being worn at the time.
  • A significantly increased chance of shaking Bird's nests out of trees.[1]
  • The ability to have logs "magically escorted" to the player's bank while Woodcutting. An effect can be seen above the players head when a log is sent to the bank. Other players cannot see this effect.
  1. ^ a b This does not apply to trees grown in Tree patchs.

Players wishing to take advantage of this feature should consider cutting trees which yield logs quickly.

  • For Woodcutting experience, it is suggested to chop Arctic Pines for the duration of the buff.
  • For a combination of experience and profit, it is suggested to chop Teak trees.
  • For less experience and more profit, it is suggested to chop Mahogany trees.[1]
  1. ^ Money making guide/Cutting mahogany logs

The duration of the buff depends on the percentage of reward claimed from the evil tree and the type of evil tree; see table. This ranges from 2 to 30 minutes and is paused if the player logs out. Players collecting the reward from a farming leprechaun afterwards will receive only half of the magical banking time however.

If a player's bank is full when the buff would bank a log, the player will receive a message stating "Your bank is too full to hold any more logs." You may still chop trees and gain experience from doing so, but no logs will be collected from the process.

Treasure HunterEdit

D&D of the week
For the week of 25 November–2 December (wrong?)
Circus (Current location: Draynor Village)

A different distraction and diversion is chosen each week to give the player a Key token for simply participating. Once every 4 weeks, the player may gain a key token for chopping an Evil Tree. Key tokens can only be received when the Evil Tree D&D is the designated D&D of the week.



  • With the release of Evil Trees, pures who had completed Monkey Madness gained the ability to travel to Ape Atoll without receiving the experience rewards from Daero. This was accomplished by using a spirit tree to teleport to a tree located there. This prompted Jagex to simply allow players to return to Ape Atoll normally without claiming the experience reward.
  • If you are interrupted by a system update while participating, you will find a new sapling sprouting in its place upon login. This may take a few minutes to start. Your rewards from the original tree will be awarded if you talk to the tool leprechaun.
  • If you try to use a ring of stone or ghoulish mask next to an Evil Tree, instead of transforming you get the message: "The magic from the nearby Evil Tree could make the effects of the transformation unpredictable."
  • If you don't have a woodcutting tool in your inventory when killing an Evil Tree, your character will cut the Evil Roots with a machete if one is in your toolbelt and cut the body of the Evil Tree with a hatchet.
  • If an NPC is standing over the evil root spawn area it will not respawn.
  • Prior to the later introduction of Elder Trees, an Elder Evil Tree gave an assortment of logs, as there was no Elder Log. They have since been updated to give various logs, including Elders.
  • The magic log banking reward takes priority over Signs of the Porter, which were added with Divination.
  • An update on 26 May 2015 made several changes to Evil trees, including allowing kindling to be burned after a tree was killed, improved experience rates, and a change to the magical log banking ability such that your inventory no longer needs to be full.
  • Formerly, the type of sapling could only be determined by checking the farming experience while nurturing or the level requirement needed if the player's farming level was too low.
  • An update on 8 June 2015 added more logs to the magic banking reward. Achey Trees, Arctic Pines, Eucalyptus trees, Hollow trees, Teak trees, and Mahogany trees were added.

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