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This article gives tips about training the Fletching skill. Fletching is a Members only skill.

Helpful questsEdit

Some quests give Fletching experience as a one-time quest reward.

Some other quests not listed give a generic experience lamp that could be used on Fletching if the player intended to do so, however, Fletching is known to be a "fast skill" to train up, so generic experience lamps are typically better used on other skills.

General notesEdit

  • This guide focuses on the creation of bows, as that is the most common method of training the Fletching skill and therefore the materials are easiest to get hold of.
  • Xp/hr rates given in this guide are a maximum amount possible; they assume that you will be fletching steadily, with quick banking and few to no distractions in game or in real life. Many players will, realistically, not achieve these amounts.
  • Likewise, this guide assumes that you will be buying/gathering the materials for your Fletching before starting, rather than doing so as you go. Doing the latter will severely impact how much Fletching experience is gained per hour.
  • All calculations in this guide are rounded up; this may result in you needing slightly fewer materials than stated.
  • The Proto-tool reward from Stealing Creation can potentially be a useful item for level 40+ fletchers, as its knife form can double the experience for fletching unstrung bows and stocks. However, the time taken to obtain one must be balanced against its usefulness; combat games are twenty minutes long, and non-combat clan games are typically 10-15 minutes long, which is time you may prefer to spend fletching instead.
  • Grand Exchange prices are the median price. Materials may cost more than the prices stated, and finished products sell for less.
  • Fletching an inventory of unstrung bows from logs takes 50 seconds an inventory. Stringing an inventory of 14 bows to make the finished product takes 15 seconds. These have been rounded up to 60 seconds and 20 seconds respectively to account for banking time.
  • Experience for fletching a bow from a log and stringing that same bow gives the same experience. With this in mind, the number of logs and bowstrings should be halved if you decide to both fletch and string.

Level 1-99Edit

This section will show the time and number of either logs or unstrung bows and bowstrings needed to reach level 99 if switching to each newly unlocked bow type you can fletch as soon as possible, along with the prices of the materials involved; logs, bowstrings, unstrung bows and finished bows.

Level 1-5 - Arrow shaftsEdit

Arrow shaft 5
The best way to get from level 1 to level 5 is using arrow shafts, which give 5 experience each.
  • Experience needed - 338
  • Logs needed - 78
  • Time - 150 seconds
  • Logs cost = Coins 10000 29,108
  • Arrow shafts = Coins 10000 31,920
    • Total profit = Coins 1000 2,812

Level 5-10 - ShortbowsEdit

Shortbow (u)
Between level 5 and 10 you should either fletch or string shortbows. Both methods give 5 experience.
  • Experience needed = 766
  • Logs/unstrung bows needed = 154
  • Time = 6 minutes (fletch) OR 4 minutes (string)
  • Logs cost = Coins 10000 58,982
  • Shortbow (u) cost = Coins 250 924
  • Bowstrings cost = Coins 10000 56,980
    • Shortbow (u) and bowstrings total = Coins 10000 57,904
  • Shortbows = Coins 1000 2,772
    • Total profit (stringing) = Coins 10000 -55,132
    • Total profit (fletching) = Coins 10000 -58,058

Level 10-20 - ShieldbowsEdit

Shieldbow (u)
At this point you should switch to making shieldbows, which give 10 xp for fletching the shieldbow (u) from logs or adding the string to make a finished bow.
  • Experience needed = 3,316
  • Logs/unstrung bows needed = 332
  • Time = 12 minutes (fletch) OR 8 minutes (string)
  • Logs cost = Coins 10000 127,156
  • Shieldbow (u) cost = Coins 1000 5,312
  • Bowstrings cost = Coins 10000 122,840
    • Shieldbow (u) and bowstrings total = Coins 10000 128,152
  • Shieldbows = Coins 1000 6,640
    • Total profit (stringing) = Coins 10000 -121,512
    • Total profit (fletching) = Coins 10000 -121,844

Level 20-25 - Oak shortbowsEdit

Oak shortbow (u)
You can now work with oak to make bows. Oak shortbows give 16.5 experience for fletching or stringing them.
  • Experience needed = 3,372
  • Logs/unstrung bows needed = 210
  • Time = 7 minutes (fletch) OR 5 minutes (string)
  • Oak logs cost = Coins 10000 43,680
  • Oak shortbow (u) cost = Coins 1000 2,310
  • Bowstrings cost = Coins 10000 77,700
    • Oak shortbow (u) and bowstrings total = Coins 10000 80,010
  • Oak shortbows = Coins 1000 6,090
    • Total profit (stringing) = Coins 10000 -73,920
    • Total profit (fletching) = Coins 10000 -41,370

Level 25-35 - Oak shieldbowsEdit

Oak shieldbow (u)
You can now make oak shieldbows, for 25 experience for fletching or stringing.
  • Experience needed = 14,564
  • Logs/unstrung bows needed = 583
  • Time = 21 minutes (fletch) OR 14 minutes (string)
  • Oak logs cost = Coins 10000 121,264
  • Oak shieldbow (u) cost = Coins 10000 11,660
  • Bowstrings cost = Coins 10000 215,710
    • Oak shieldbow (u) and bowstrings total = Coins 10000 227,370
  • Oak shieldbows = Coins 10000 26,818
    • Total profit (stringing) = Coins 10000 -200,552
    • Total profit (fletching) = Coins 10000 -109,604

Level 35-40 - Willow shortbowsEdit

Willow shortbow (u)
Willow shortbows are now available. These give 33.3 experience for fletching from willow logs or stringing them.
  • Experience needed = 14,818
  • Logs/unstrung bows needed = 445
  • Time = 16 minutes (fletch) OR 11 minutes (string)
  • Willow logs cost = Coins 1000 8,010
  • Willow shortbow (u) cost = Coins 10000 12,905
  • Bowstrings cost = Coins 10000 164,650
    • Willow shortbow (u) and bowstrings total = Coins 10000 177,555
  • Willow shortbows = Coins 10000 24,475
    • Total profit (stringing) = Coins 10000 -153,080
    • Total profit (fletching) = Coins 1000 4,895

Level 40-50 - Willow shieldbowsEdit

Willow shieldbow (u)
Now you can make willow shieldbows, which give 41.5 experience for fletching or stringing.
  • Experience needed = 64,109
  • Logs/unstrung bows needed = 1545
  • Time = 55 minutes (fletch) OR 37 minutes (string)
  • Willow logs cost = Coins 10000 27,810
  • Willow shieldbow (u) cost = Coins 10000 72,615
  • Bowstrings cost = Coins 10000 571,650
    • Willow shieldbow (u) and bowstrings total = Coins 10000 644,265
  • Willow shieldbows = Coins 10000 143,685
    • Total profit (stringing) = Coins 10000 -500,580
    • Total profit (fletching) = Coins 10000 44,805

Level 50-55 - Maple shortbowsEdit

Maple shortbow (u)
Now you can make maple shortbows, for 50 experience each when fletching from maple logs or stringing.
  • Experience needed = 65,303
  • Logs/unstrung bows needed = 1307
  • Time = 47 minutes (fletch) OR 32 minutes (string)
  • Maple logs cost = Coins 10000 41,824
  • Maple shortbow (u) cost = Coins 10000 78,420
  • Bowstrings cost = Coins 10000 483,590
    • Maple shortbow (u) and bowstrings total = Coins 10000 562,010
  • Maple shortbows = Coins 10000 154,226
    • Total profit (stringing) = Coins 10000 -407,784
    • Total profit (fletching) = Coins 10000 36,596

Level 55-65 - Maple shieldbowsEdit

Maple shieldbow (u)
You can now make maple shieldbows, which give 58.3 Fletching experience for fletching from maple logs or stringing.
  • Experience needed = 282,792
  • Logs/unstrung bows needed = 4,851
  • Time = 2 hours 53 minutes (fletch) OR 1 hour 56 minutes (string)
  • Maple logs cost = Coins 10000 155,232
  • Maple shieldbow (u) cost = Coins 10000 451,143
  • Bowstrings cost = Coins 10000 1,794,870
    • Maple shieldbow (u) and bowstrings total = Coins 10000 2,246,013
  • Maple shieldbows = Coins 10000 911,988
    • Total profit (stringing) = Coins 10000 -1,334,025
    • Total profit (fletching) = Coins 10000 295,911

Level 65-70 - Yew shortbowsEdit

Yew shortbow (u)
You can now make yew shortbows, which give 67.5 experience for fletching from yew logs or stringing.
  • Experience needed = 288,199
  • Logs/unstrung bows needed = 4,270
  • Time = 2 hours 33 minutes (fletch) OR 1 hour 42 minutes (string)
  • Yew logs cost = Coins 10000 2,250,290
  • Yew shortbow (u) cost = Coins 10000 1,392,020
  • Bowstrings cost = Coins 10000 1,579,900
    • Yew shortbow (u) and bowstrings total = Coins 10000 2,971,920
  • Yew shortbows = Coins 10000 926,590
    • Total profit (stringing) = Coins 10000 -2,045,330
    • Total profit (fletching) = Coins 10000 -858,270

Level 70-80 - Yew shieldbowsEdit

Yew shieldbow (u)
You can now make yew shieldbows, which give 75 experience for fletching or stringing.
  • Experience needed = 1,248,441
  • Logs/unstrung bows needed = 16,646
  • Time = 9 hours 55 minutes (fletch) OR 6 hours 37 minutes (string)
  • Yew logs cost = Coins 10000 8,772,442
  • Yew shieldbow (u) cost = Coins 10000 3,528,952
  • Bowstrings cost = Coins 10000 6,159,020
    • Yew shieldbow (u) and bowstrings total = Coins 10000 9,687,972
  • Yew shieldbows = Coins 10000 7,374,178
    • Total profit (stringing) = Coins 10000 -2,313,794
    • Total profit (fletching) = Coins 10000 -5,243,490

Level 80-85 - Magic shortbowsEdit

Magic shortbow (u)
You can now make magic shortbows, which give 83.3 experience for fletching or stringing.
  • Experience needed = 1,272,526
  • Logs/unstrung bows needed = 15,286
  • Time = 9 hours 6 minutes (fletch) OR 6 hours 4 minutes (string)
  • Magic logs cost = Coins 10000 19,611,938
  • Magic shortbow (u) cost = Coins 10000 13,665,684
  • Bowstrings cost = Coins 10000 5,655,820
    • Magic shortbow (u) and bowstrings total = Coins 10000 19,321,504
  • Magic shortbows = Coins 10000 10,272,192
    • Total profit (stringing) = Coins 10000 -9,049,312
    • Total profit (fletching) = Coins 10000 -5,946,254

Level 85-90 - Magic shieldbowsEdit

Magic shieldbow (u)
Magic shieldbows are the second type of magic bow. They give 91.5 experience for fletching or stringing them.
  • Experience needed = 2,087,738
  • Logs/unstrung bows needed = 22,817
  • Time = 13 hours, 35 minutes (fletch) OR 9 hours, 4 minutes (string)
  • Magic logs cost = Coins 10000 29,274,211
  • Magic shieldbow (u) cost = Coins 10000 23,136,438
  • Bowstrings cost = Coins 10000 8,442,290
    • Magic shieldbow (u) and bowstrings total = Coins 10000 31,578,728
  • Magic shieldbows = Coins 10000 27,152,230
    • Total profit (stringing) = Coins 10000 -4,426,498
    • Total profit (fletching) = Coins 10000 -6,137,773

Level 90-95 - Elder shortbowsEdit

Elder shortbow (u)
Elder shortbows are the penultimate type of bow unlocked outside of Daemonheim. They give 101.2 experience for fletching or stringing them.
  • Experience needed = 3,425,226
  • Logs/unstrung bows needed = 33,847
  • Time = 20 hours, 9 minutes (fletch) OR 13 hours, 26 minutes (string)
  • Elder logs cost = Coins 10000 146,015,958
  • Elder shortbow (u) cost = Coins 10000 137,046,503
  • Bowstrings cost = Coins 10000 12,523,390
    • Elder shortbow (u) and bowstrings total = Coins 10000 149,569,893
  • Elder shortbows = Coins 10000 45,388,827
    • Total profit (stringing) = Coins 10000 -104,181,066
    • Total profit (fletching) = Coins 10000 -8,969,455

Level 95-99 - Elder shieldbowsEdit

Elder shieldbow (u)
Elder shieldbows are the last type of bow unlocked outside of Daemonheim. They give 116 experience for fletching or stringing them.
  • Experience needed = 4,262,873
  • Logs/unstrung bows needed = 36,749
  • Time = 21 hours, 53 minutes (fletch) OR 16 hours, 35 minutes (string)
  • Elder logs cost = Coins 10000 158,535,186
  • Elder shieldbow (u) cost = Coins 10000 131,892,161
  • Bowstrings cost = Coins 10000 13,597,130
    • Elder shieldbow (u) and bowstrings total = Coins 10000 145,489,291
  • Elder shieldbows = Coins 10000 85,294,429
    • Total profit (stringing) = Coins 10000 -60,194,862
    • Total profit (fletching) = Coins 10000 -26,643,025

AmmunitionEdit

Level 52-99 - Broad arrowsEdit

Broad arrow 5
Fletching broad arrows is a fast, but expensive, method for training Fletching. When fletching broad arrows, you make 10 sets of 15 arrows, at 15 xp per arrow (225 xp per set). As broad arrows are untradeable, no profit can be made from this method of training.
  • Experience needed = 12,910,771
  • Broad arrowheads and headless arrows needed = 860,719
  • Time = 19 hours
  • Broad arrowheads price = Coins 10000 68,857,520
  • Headless arrow price = Coins 10000 65,414,644
    • Cost per arrow = Coins 100 -156
    • Loss per hour = Coins 10000 -7,020,000
  • Total cost = Coins 10000 134,272,164
  • Total profit = Coins 10000 -134,272,164 (finished product is untradeable)

Level 90-99 - Ascension boltsEdit

Ascension bolts 4
Making ascension bolts from ascension shards is a fast but highly expensive way to reach 99. These are made in sets of 15 bolts, granting 20xp per bolt.
  • Experience needed = 7,688,099
  • Shards needed = 384,405
  • Time = 13 hours
  • Ascension shards cost = Coins 10000 211,422,750
  • Ascension bolts price = Coins 10000 127,622,460
    • Cost per bolt = Coins 100 -218
  • Total profit = Coins 10000 -83,800,290

Level 95-99 - Dragon dartsEdit

Dragon dart
Making dragon darts is the absolute fastest way to train fletching, but at an extremely high loss. Darts are made twice as fast as bolts and arrows. They are fletched in 10 sets of 10, at 25xp per dart (2500xp per action).
  • Experience needed = 4,262,873
  • Dragon dart tips and feathers needed = 170,515
  • Time = 3 hours 6 minutes
  • Dragon dart tip cost = Coins 10000 157,555,860
  • Feather price = Coins 10000 5,797,510
    • Loss per dart = Coins 250 -806
  • Total cost = Coins 10000 163,353,370
  • Dragon darts = Coins 10000 16,342,280
    • Total profit = Coins 10000 -163,353,218

Other methodsEdit

Level 55-99 - Maple shieldbowsEdit

Maple shieldbow (u)
Maple shieldbows are usually a cheaper, if slightly slower, route to achieving level 99 in Fletching. They give 58.3 experience for fletching or stringing.
  • Experience needed = 12,867,795
  • Logs/unstrung bows needed = 220,717
  • Time = 131 hours 23 minutes (fletch) OR 87 hours 36 minutes (string)
  • Maple logs cost = Coins 10000 7,062,944
  • Maple shieldbow (u) cost = Coins 10000 20,526,681
  • Bowstrings cost = Coins 10000 81,665,290
    • Maple shieldbow (u) and bowstrings total = Coins 10000 102,191,971
  • Maple shieldbows = Coins 10000 41,494,796
  • Total profit (stringing) = Coins 10000 -60,697,175
  • Total profit (fletching) = Coins 10000 13,463,737

Level 70-99 - Yew shieldbowsEdit

Yew shieldbow (u)
Yew shieldbows are another alternative method to reach 99. They're a compromise between the speed of magic shieldbows and the relative cheapness of maple shieldbows. 75 experience is given for fletching or stringing yew shieldbows.
  • Experience needed = 12,296,804
  • Logs/unstrung bows needed = 163,958
  • Time = 97 hours 36 minutes (fletch) OR 65 hours 4 minutes (string)
  • Yew logs cost = Coins 10000 86,405,866
  • Yew shieldbow (u) cost = Coins 10000 34,759,096
  • Bowstrings cost = Coins 10000 60,664,460
    • Yew shieldbow (u) and bowstrings total = Coins 10000 95,423,556
  • Yew shieldbows = Coins 10000 72,633,394
    • Total profit (stringing) = Coins 10000 -22,790,162
    • Total profit (fletching) = Coins 10000 -51,646,770

Level 85-99 - Magic shieldbowsEdit

Magic shieldbow (u)
Magic shieldbows were the best fletchable bow available, until the elder bows were released, and are still used for training due to their lower price in relation to elder logs and bows. They give 91.5 experience for fletching or stringing them.
  • Experience needed = 9,775,837
  • Logs/unstrung bows needed = 106,840
  • Time = 56 hours, 26 minutes (fletch) OR 38 hours, 22 minutes (string)
  • Magic logs cost = Coins 10000 137,075,720
  • Magic shieldbow (u) cost = Coins 10000 108,335,760
  • Bowstrings cost = Coins 10000 39,530,800
    • Magic shieldbow (u) and bowstrings total = Coins 10000 147,866,560
  • Magic shieldbows = Coins 10000 127,139,600
    • Total profit (stringing) = Coins 10000 -20,726,960
    • Total profit (fletching) = Coins 10000 -28,739,960

- Another alternative is making Sagaie at the Jadinko lair at level 83 Fletching, alhough this also includes 83 Woodcutting and perhaps 83 Firemaking and can be a lot slower than making Dragon darts or arrows due to the time spent collecting supplies, it is completely free.

Experience per hourEdit

This section shows the maximum possible xp/hr, and the potential costs, for fletching or stringing the high level short and shieldbows. The last column shows you what the possible profit/loss is per hour, according to the info on the left.

Method Action Amount/hr Xp/hr Material costs Sell for Profit/Loss
Maple shortbow (u) Maple shortbow (u) Fletch 1,680 84,000 Coins 10000 53,760 Coins 10000 100,800 Coins 10000 47,040
Maple shortbow Maple shortbow String 2,520 126,000 Coins 10000 1,083,600 Coins 10000 297,360 Coins 10000 -786,240
Maple shieldbow (u) Maple shieldbow (u) Fletch 1,680 97,944 Coins 10000 53,760 Coins 10000 156,240 Coins 10000 102,480
Maple shieldbow Maple shieldbow String 2,520 146,916 Coins 10000 1,166,760 Coins 10000 473,760 Coins 10000 -693,000
Yew shortbow (u) Yew shortbow (u) Fletch 1,680 113,400 Coins 10000 885,360 Coins 10000 547,680 Coins 10000 -337,680
Yew shortbow Yew shortbow String 2,520 170,100 Coins 10000 1,753,920 Coins 10000 546,840 Coins 10000 -1,207,080
Yew shieldbow (u) Yew shieldbow (u) Fletch 1,680 126,000 Coins 10000 885,360 Coins 10000 356,160 Coins 10000 -529,200
Yew shieldbow Yew shieldbow String 2,520 189,000 Coins 10000 1,466,640 Coins 10000 1,116,360 Coins 10000 -350,280
Magic shortbow (u) Magic shortbow (u) Fletch 1,680 139,944 Coins 10000 2,155,440 Coins 10000 1,501,920 Coins 10000 -653,520
Magic shortbow Magic shortbow String 2,520 209,916 Coins 10000 3,185,280 Coins 10000 1,693,440 Coins 10000 -1,491,840
Magic shieldbow (u) Magic shieldbow (u) Fletch 1,680 153,720 Coins 10000 2,155,440 Coins 10000 1,703,520 Coins 10000 -451,920
Magic shieldbow Magic shieldbow String 2,520 230,580 Coins 10000 3,487,680 Coins 10000 2,998,800 Coins 10000 -488,880
Broad arrow 5Broad arrows Add heads 45,000 675,000 Coins 10000 7,020,000 Untradeable Coins 10000 -7,020,000
Ascension bolts 4Ascension bolts Make bolts 30,000 600,000 Coins 10000 16,500,000 Coins 10000 9,960,000 Coins 10000 -6,540,000
Dragon dartDragon darts Make darts 55,000 1,375,000 Coins 10000 52,690,000 Coins 10000 8,360,000 Coins 10000 -44,330,000
Elder shortbow (u) Elder shortbow (u) Fletch 1,680 170,016 Coins 10000 7,247,520 Coins 10000 6,802,320 Coins 10000 -445,200
Elder shortbow Elder shortbow String 2,520 255,024 Coins 10000 11,135,880 Coins 10000 3,379,320 Coins 10000 -7,756,560
Elder shieldbow (u) Elder shieldbow (u) Fletch 1,680 194,880 Coins 10000 7,247,520 Coins 10000 6,029,520 Coins 10000 -1,218,000
Elder shieldbow Elder shieldbow String 2,520 292,320 Coins 10000 9,976,680 Coins 10000 5,848,920 Coins 10000 -4,127,760

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