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This article is about the fletching skill. For information on training fletching, see fletching training.
Fletching
Fletching
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Release date 25 March 2002 (Update)
Members only Yes
Minimum level
for Hiscores
15
as of 18 Sep 2014
Players with
99
135,766
as of 18 Sep 2014
Players with 120 364
Players with
200M XP
182
as of 18 Sep 2014
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Fletching involves the making of bows and arrows. The products of this skill are primarily used in the Ranged skill. It also provides material with relatively high alchemy prices, so its products are often used to train Magic as well.

At higher Fletching levels, the skill can be trained without losing any coins, although a decent amount of working capital is very useful.

Fletching animation

A player uses the Fletching skill to carve a log.

A general rule of thumb for fletchers is to wait until you hear 3 "plucks" of the log being strung to know when you are done. This is an especially helpful tip for those who tend to be multitasking on other things when fletching. The plucking noise only applies to unstrung bows being strung though. Generally, however, each 5 logs that are fletched result in one plucking sound. Since 14 is the number most commonly used for fletching (14 of one type of log, 14 bowstrings), around 3 plucks are needed. Of course, if you are just cutting the logs with your knife then all you need to do is wait until you do not hear any more animation of the cutting to check back on your character. You can make 5000 unstrung bows in 3.13 hours.

The current minimum requirement to be ranked (at approximately rank 896,232) on the hiscores for Fletching is level 15. As of 18 September 2014, there are 135,766 current members that have achieved level 99 in Fletching.

Materials used Edit

Fletching requires various items, depending on what a player wishes to create. These items are relatively universal, with slight differences based on exactly what is made. All sorts of fletching require logs, a knife, and other various supplies, which can be found below.

GeneralEdit

Picture Item Notes Grand Exchange Price
Knife Knife Knives are used to whittle wood into unstrung bows/crossbows or arrow shafts. Every player has a knife on their toolbelt. 29
Beaver pouch Beaver The beaver acts as a knife (for fletching only). To fletch with a beaver you use your log on your beaver. You will need 33 summoning to summon this familiar. 1,264
Chisel Chisel Used to turn cut gems and wolf bones into bolt tips. 56
Logs Logs Logs are obtained from trees via the Woodcutting skill or bought from fellow players or the Grand Exchange. 339
Sacred clay fletching knife Sacred clay fletching knife The Sacred Clay Fletching Knife is obtained from Stealing Creation with 20 Stealing Creation Points. They are used to cut logs, like an ordinary knife. They can be operated to give 24,450 bonus experience. Not sold
Volatile clay fletching knife Volatile clay fletching knife The Volatile Clay Fletching Knife is obtained from Stealing Creation with 20 Stealing Creation Points. They are used to cut logs, like an ordinary knife. They can be operated to give 29,340 bonus experience. When transforming, it becomes a random volatile tool and uses 10% of its bonus experience. Not sold

Making weaponsEdit

BowsEdit

Picture Item Notes
Bowstring Bowstrings Bowstrings are one of the materials used to make bows. They can be spun from flax.
Flax Flax Flax can be picked in Seers' Village, in the Taverley courtyard right next to the fountain, on the Lunar Isle, directly south-east of The Grand Tree, and in Lletya. Also if you have completed Throne of Miscellania you can have your subjects pick flax for you, Also upon completion of the quest you can pick Flax yourself on Miscellania. It can be spun into a bowstring on a spinning wheel. There is a spinning wheel on the first floor of the house north of the churchyard. Spinning flax gains 15 Crafting experience. There is also one on Neitiznot, which is the closest one to a bank. Another spinning wheel can also be found on the first floor of Lumbridge Castle, which is just downstairs from a bank. Flax plants give multiple flax per plant but do not last forever. They require time to "grow" or spawn again. Flax is a common way of making money. Flax can be picked and sold (89 coins each), or they can be spun into bowstrings to sell for more.

CrossbowsEdit

Crossbow stringing

A player strings a crossbow with a crossbow string.

Picture Item Notes
Crossbow string Crossbow strings Crossbow strings are one of materials used to make crossbows. They can be spun from sinew and tree roots below magic trees.
Wooden stock Crossbow stocks Fletched from logs and are used in the production of crossbows. Most can also be purchased at the crossbow stall in Keldagrim. These are also available in the dungeon under White Wolf Mountain. Note: This requires the 'Fishing Contest' quest.
Blurite limbs Metal Limbs Smithed from metal bars, metal limbs are used in the production of crossbows. Most can also be purchased at the crossbow stall in Keldagrim. These are also available in the dungeon under White Wolf Mountain. Note: This requires the 'Fishing Contest' quest.
Sinew Sinew Sinew can be made by using a piece of raw beef or raw bear meat with a range and choosing to make sinew.

Making projectilesEdit

ArrowsEdit

Picture Item Notes
Rune arrowheads 5 Arrowheads Arrowheads can be bought in a ranging shop or smithed. 15 arrowheads can be made from each bar.
Arrow shaft 5 Arrow shafts Arrow shafts can be made by using a knife on some logs. 15 shafts can be made from each pile of logs.
Grenwall spikes 1 Grenwall spikes Grenwall Spikes can be used as an alternative for arrow shafts. These can be obtained by hunting Grenwalls
Feather Feathers Feathers can be acquired by killing chickens. Chickens drop an average of about five feathers each. Feathers can also be bought in various places such as Shantay Pass, Fishing Guild, Lumbridge Fishing Shop, Port Sarim, Shilo Village, Ava's Arrow Shop, and various other places. Each shop has a player stock of 1000 feathers, and feathers can be bought for 33 each. You can use coloured feathers for this too, but they are more expensive most of the time. You can get coloured feathers from hunting.
Rune nails Nails Smithed from metal bars, nails are used in the production of Brutal arrows.
Wolfbone arrowheads 5 Wolfbone Tips These can be made by using wolf bones with a chisel. They are used to create Ogre arrows.

BoltsEdit

Adding gem bolt tips

Adding bolt tips to bolts

Picture Item Notes
Barb bolttips Barbed bolt tips Barbed tips are rewards from the Ranging Guild activity.
Feather Feathers Feathers may be acquired by killing chickens. Chickens drop an average of about five feathers each. Feathers may also be bought in Port Sarim, Lumbridge, the Fishing Guild, Ava's Arrow Shop, Shantay Pass, and various other places. Shantay no longer has unlimited stock, though feathers can still be bought for as low as one gold each.
Dragon bolt tips 5 Gem bolt tips Gem bolt tips are attached to finished bolts (use feathers with unfinished bolts) to make gem tipped bolts. They can be made by using the gem with a chisel. Every standard gem in RuneScape, including the Shilo Gems, (Opal, Jade, Red Topaz, Sapphire, Emerald, Ruby, Diamond, Dragonstone and Onyx) can be made into gem tips, needing higher fletching levels progressing upwards. Finished bolts can be enchanted using Magic.
Pearl bolt tips 5 Pearl bolt tips Pearl bolt tips can be made by using an oyster pearl with a chisel.
Runite bolts (unf) 5 Unfinished Bolts Unfinished bolts can be smithed from metal bars. Each bar can smith 10 of these.

DartsEdit

Picture Item Notes
Rune dart tip Dart tips Dart tips can be smithed from metal bars (Tourist Trap quest required). Players get 10 dart tips every bar.
Feather Feathers Feathers may be acquired by killing chickens. Chickens drop an average of about five feathers each. Feathers may also be bought in the Fishing Guild, Shantay Pass, Shilo Village shop, Port Sarim, the Lumbridge fishing shop, and various other places.

Making the itemsEdit

WeaponsEdit

Bows Edit

Stringing a Bow

A player stringing a Yew Shieldbow (u).

To fletch bows, players must use a knife on a log to whittle a shortbow or shieldbow of that wood. Then, a bowstring must be attached to the unstrung bow. Bows, especially yew shieldbows and magic shieldbows, are frequently high alched as a means of income or Magic XP. Yew shieldbows are often made by many fletchers because of their high profit and XP.

Picture Bow Level Experience
(unstrung)
Experience
(to string)
Total
Experience
Shortbow Shortbow 1 5 5 10
Shieldbow Shieldbow 10 10 10 20
Oak shortbow Oak shortbow 20 16.5 16.5 33
Oak shieldbow Oak shieldbow 25 25 25 50
Comp ogre bow Comp ogre bow 30 45 45 90
Willow shortbow Willow shortbow 35 33.3 33.2 66.5
Willow shieldbow Willow shieldbow 40 41.5 41.5 83
Maple shortbow Maple shortbow 50 50 50 100
Maple shieldbow Maple shieldbow 55 58.3 58.2 116.5
Yew shortbow Yew shortbow 65 67.5 67.5 135
Yew shieldbow Yew shieldbow 70 75 75 150
Magic shortbow Magic shortbow 80 83.3 83.2 166.5
Magic shieldbow Magic shieldbow 85 91.5 91.5 183
Elder shortbow Elder shortbow 90 101.2 101.2 202.4
Elder shieldbow Elder shieldbow 95 116.4 116.4 232.8

Players may gain twice the normal experience per log that is made into a bow (u) with the sacred clay fletching knife that is awarded through the activity, Stealing Creation, it costs 20 points to obtain. However, the knife will disintegrate after a set amount of xp is gained (which means it will last longer for lower level bows). For more information, see Fletching training.

Crossbows Edit

To make a crossbow, players must first use a knife with a log to make a crossbow stock. Then, players need to add some crossbow limbs (Made via Smithing). Finally, players must string it with a crossbow string.

Picture Crossbow Stock Material Level Needed Exp for Stock/Stringing Exp For Limbs Total Exp
Bronze crossbow Bronze Crossbow Normal 9 6 12 24
Bronze 2h crossbow Bronze 2h crossbow Normal 9 6 12 24
Off-hand bronze crossbow Off-hand bronze crossbow Normal 9 6 12 24
Blurite crossbow Blurite Crossbow Oak 24 16 32 64
Iron crossbow Iron Crossbow Willow 39 22 44 88
Iron 2h crossbow Iron 2h crossbow Willow 39 22 44 88
Off-hand iron crossbow Off-hand iron crossbow Willow 39 22 44 88
Steel crossbow Steel Crossbow Teak 46 27 54 108
Steel 2h crossbow Steel 2h crossbow Teak 46 27 54 108
Off-hand steel crossbow Off-hand steel crossbow Teak 46 27 54 108
Mith crossbow Mithril crossbow Maple 54 32 64 128
Mithril 2h crossbow Mithril 2h crossbow Maple 54 32 64 128
Off-hand mithril crossbow Off-hand mithril crossbow Maple 54 32 64 128
Adamant crossbow Adamant crossbow Mahogany 61 41 82 164
Adamant 2h crossbow Adamant 2h crossbow Mahogany 61 41 82 164
Off-hand adamant crossbow Off-hand adamant crossbow Mahogany 61 41 82 164
Rune crossbow Rune Crossbow Yew 69 50 100 200
Rune 2h crossbow Rune 2h crossbow Yew 69 50 100 200
Off-hand rune crossbow Off-hand rune crossbow Yew 69 50 100 200
Dragon crossbow Dragon crossbow Magic 94 100 200 400
Dragon 2h crossbow Dragon 2h crossbow Magic 94 100 200 400
Off-hand dragon crossbow Off-hand dragon crossbow Magic 94 100 200 400

ProjectilesEdit

Arrows Edit

To fletch regular arrows, use a knife on logs to create arrow shafts. Each log yields 15 arrow shafts. Add feathers and arrowheads.

Achey logs can be whittled into ogre arrow shafts. Each achey log yields between 2 and 6 arrow shafts. Four feathers are needed for each shaft. The shafts may be tipped with wolf bone arrowheads or with nails. Ogre shafts tipped with nails are called "brutals" and are especially useful for killing Zogres. Any type of metal may be used for the nails.

The following table shows experience per item made, although 15 items are made at a time.

Picture Arrow Level Needed Experience Experience for 151
Arrow shaft 5 Arrow shafts 1 0.33 5
Headless arrow 5 Headless arrows 1 1 15
Bronze arrow 5 Bronze arrows 1 2.6 39.5
Ogre arrow 5 Ogre arrows 5 3.8 57
Iron arrow 5 Iron arrows 15 3.8 57.5
Steel arrow 5 Steel arrows 30 6.3 95
Mithril arrow 5 Mithril arrows 45 8.8 132.5
Broad arrow 5 Broad arrows2 52 15 225
Adamant arrow 5 Adamant arrows 60 10 150
Rune arrow 5 Rune arrows 75 13.8 207.4
Abyssalbane arrow 5 Abyssalbane arrows 76 10 150
Basiliskbane arrow 5 Basiliskbane arrows 76 10 150
Dragonbane arrow 5 Dragonbane arrows 76 10 150
Wallasalkibane arrow 5 Wallasalkibane arrows 76 10 150
Dragon arrow 5 Dragon arrows 90 16.3 244.5
Dark arrow 5 Dark arrows 95 17.5 282.5

1For arrows with tips, experience includes an additional 20 xp, 5 xp for the shaft and 15 xp for attaching flights (feathers).
2Broad arrows can be made after buying the knowledge with Slayer reward points.

Bolts Edit

Bolts are made by using a metal bar at an anvil while you have a hammer in your inventory. This grants Smithing experience. The bolts created in this process are unfinished and still require fletching (they need feathers). This part provides the Fletching experience. Bolts are also the fastest way to acquire experience, and you will not lose much money. It is also great combined with Smithing

The following table shows experience per item made and per 10 items made (the amount made per metal bar).

Picture Bolt Type Required Fletching Level Experience (per bolt) Experience (per 10 bolts) Profit (per bolt)
Bronze bolts 5 Bronze bolts 9 0.5 5 1
Opal bolts 5 Opal bolts 11 1.6 16 -41
Blurite bolts 5 Blurite bolts 24 1 10 Not sold
Jade bolts 5 Jade bolts 26 2.4 24 Not sold
Kebbit bolts Kebbit bolts 32 0.97 5.8 (per 6 bolts) 4.17
Iron bolts 5 Iron bolts 39 1.5 15 -7
Pearl bolts 5 Pearl bolts 41 3.2 32 -5
Silver bolts 5 Silver bolts 43 2.5 25 -29
Steel bolts 5 Steel bolts 46 3.5 35 -15
Topaz bolts 5 Red topaz bolts 48 3.9 39 -8
Barbed bolts 5 Barbed bolts 51 9.5 95 -50
Mithril bolts 5 Mithril bolts 54 5 50 -44
Broad-tipped bolts 5 Broad-tipped bolts* 55 3 30 -13
Sapphire bolts 5 Sapphire bolts 56 4.7 47 -34
Emerald bolts 5 Emerald bolts 58 5.5 55 24
Mith grapple Mith grapple 59 59 590 588
Adamant bolts 5 Adamant bolts 61 7 70 -60
Ruby bolts 5 Ruby bolts 63 6.3 63 21
Diamond bolts 5 Diamond bolts 65 7 70 -1
Runite bolts 5 Runite bolts 69 10 100 -212
Dragon bolts 5 Dragon bolts 71 8.2 82 -18
Onyx bolts 5 Onyx bolts 73 9.4 94 83
Abyssalbane bolt 5 Abyssalbane bolts 80 10 100 Not sold
Basiliskbane bolt 5 Basiliskbane bolts 80 10 100 Not sold
Dragonbane bolt 5 Dragonbane bolts 80 10 100 Not sold
Wallasalkibane bolt 5 Wallasalkibane bolts 80 10 100 Not sold
Long kebbit bolts Long kebbit bolts 83 1.33 7.89 (per 6 bolts) 85.33

*Broad bolts may be made after buying the knowledge with Slayer reward points.

Darts Edit

You can fletch darts by adding feathers to a smithed dart, noted that finishing Tourist Trap Quest is needed for making these.

Picture Dart Level needed Experience Given
Bronze dart Bronze dart 1 1.8
Off-hand bronze dart Offhand bronze dart 1 1.8
Iron dart Iron dart 22 3.8
Off-hand iron dart Offhand iron dart 22 3.8
Steel dart Steel dart 37 7.5
Off-hand steel dart Offhand steel dart 37 7.5
Mithril dart Mithril dart 52 11.2
Off-hand mithril dart Offhand mithril dart 52 11.2
Adamant dart Adamant dart 67 15
Off-hand adamant dart Offhand adamant dart 67 15
Rune dart Rune dart 81 18.8
Off-hand rune dart Offhand rune dart 81 18.8
Dragon dart Dragon dart 95 25
Off-hand dragon dart Offhand dragon dart 95 25

Temporary boostsEdit

99 Fletching Edit

Fletching milestone

A player getting 99 fletching

Fletching Emote

A player wearing a Fletching cape and performing the Skillcape emote.

Fletching hood Fletching cape Fletching cape (t) Once players have reached level 99 Fletching, Hickton in Catherby will sell the Fletching cape for 99,000 coins. In addition, when players achieve level 99 in the Fletching skill, they receive the ability to make a new item while Dungeoneering, Tier 10 arrows.

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