Level 1 through 15
Players can cut normal trees. They are almost everywhere but mainly around Lumbridge. Players should find a Woodcutting location within short distance of a bank, where their logs can be stored safely until they're used or sold. Uses for normal logs include Fletching, Firemaking, and selling. A good place for Woodcutting is south of the Grand Exchange in Varrock, as the area is abundant with trees, and players can quickly bank or sell their logs at the Grand Exchange. A harder but still viable method is to cut Achey Trees for Achey Tree Logs. These trees are mostly used in quests for fletching, however. At level 15 move on to Oak trees, mainly because they give multiple logs per tree and give more experience per log cut.
Level 15 through 30
Fast Experience - Oaks (15-30)
Players can cut Oak trees. A good spot is east of Draynor Village's bank. Low-level players do not need to be careful, as level 26 Jail guards that patrol here are no longer aggressive. The area west of Varrock's west bank is a good choice for low-level players. It is next to a bank. South of the bank in Seers' Village is also a good pick. Multiple oak trees grow around the bank in the Tree Gnome Stronghold. The spot in Varrock Palace is a little farther from a bank but is right next to the Grand Exchange so players may sell their logs without leaving the general area.
Level 30 through 45
Fast experience - Willows (30)
Willow trees are a good source of experience at lower woodcutting levels. Good places for chopping them include Barbarian Outpost, north of the bank in Seers' Village, west of Catherby near the yew trees, Rimmington (after gaining access to the deposit box there during Rocking Out), Draynor Village, Two Places in Port Sarim one near the bar and one near Thurgo (there is a deposit box next to the monks of entrana) and west of Fred's farm in Lumbridge (around the duck pond).
Willow trees, while decent at low and medium levels, quickly become outclassed once faster methods are available at higher levels.
Fastest experience - Teak (35)
Teaks are the fastest but most demanding experience for any member once he or she has at least level 35 Woodcutting. They have been proven to be up to 90,000 to 100,000 Woodcutting experience per hour at 99 Woodcutting, and they are faster than Willows at any Woodcutting level. With urns, it's possible to gain up to 120,000 experience per hour.
Unfortunately, these trees are found in only a few places in RuneScape. A recommended area is the Hardwood Grove in Tai Bwo Wannai, which costs 100 trading sticks to enter. To bank, players must leave the grove and send the logs by Rionasta. It costs 10 trading sticks for each item you send. If the player does not wish to spend the trading sticks, they must drop the logs or burn them.
Players who wish to bank the logs but do not want to pay should go to the tree south-west of Castle Wars. To minimise banking time, players can bring a Ring of Duelling to teleport back to the Castle Wars bank, players can also bank using the Fairy Ring system. However, banking the logs will give noticeably less experience per hour, so it is better to simply drop the logs if one is looking for fast experience. Using Mouse keys to drop the logs works very well here, giving the fastest experience per hour.
Three more Teak trees can be found on Ape Atoll, but to cut these, a greegree is vital. Otherwise, players will be attacked by poisonous creatures. The recent addition of a bank deposit chest in the area makes this location the best place to collect teak logs after the completion of the quest Deadliest Catch. It is possible to gain at least 100k xp/h using this method along with the use of strong woodcutting urn. As a monkey cutting Teaks in Ape Atoll, a player cannot receive any random events other than the Bird nest random event.
The absolute best way to cut them is to wait until 5 or so logs have been cut, then drop a log as soon as a new one appears in the inventory, then quickly re-click the tree. This means there will be no delay in cutting, and the next log will appear at the same time as it would if you had not dropped anything. This allows for the best Woodcutting experience possible, faster than dropping a whole inventory. However, the disadvantages are that it requires full attention and that banking must be done every once in a while as your inventory will become full of nests.
Another uncommonly used, but very fast way to avoid the dropping process at the hardwood grove is to bring a friend who is looking for firemaking or fletching experience. A player would trade their cut logs to a friend, and he/she would either burn or fletch them. This allows for fast cutting experience for the player, and free experience for his or her friend.
Another thing to consider is that the inferno adze burns a percent of the logs it cuts, meaning less time dropping per log. It is posible to cut up to 50 logs in one inventory this way.
With the introduction of the Bonfire you could single click to burn the teak logs, allowing them to drop to the ground. single clicking on all of the logs rapidly made them all drop very fast maximizing experience rates. However now teak logs have a craft option in order to fletch teak crossbow stocks, so this method can no longer be used.
Level 45 through 68
Fast Experience - Maple (45) (Recommended 50+)
At level 45, players can cut maple trees. Maple trees give 100 experience per log and each tree gives multiple logs, but give very little profit and should not be considered an efficient money making method; avoid them if you are in it only for money. The Seers' headband 2 gives a 10% xp boost to maple logs, but even with the bonus they are not worth chopping.
Players seeking firemaking experience should turn instead to teaks or willows.
A good place to train is behind the Seers' Village bank, there are 4 trees and there are very few players there, also there are 6 willow trees to the west.
Another good place is the forest north of the Seers' Village bank, north of McGrubor's wood, or west and northwest of Sinclair Mansion (all 4 locations are for the same area/group of trees). There are 70 maple trees here with rarely any one ever there.
Fast Experience - Arctic pine (54)
At level 54, players will be able to cut arctic pines. To cut arctic pines, a player must have started The Fremennik Isles to the point at which they have access to Neitiznot. Once on Neitiznot, go northwest of the bank to the Agility obstacle. You will see a pile of logs, a Woodcutting stump and a few Arctic pines. First, cut the trees, which provide 140.2 experience per log, then go to the woodcutting stump and create split logs, giving another 42.5 experience, and then dump them all in the pile of logs. Players may repeat this process for as much experience as they like. If you prefer to make money at the expense of some experience, you may bank the logs. Do not split the logs. The logs sell for 57 coins in the Grand Exchange, making 1596 coins per load. With making the arctic split logs, your exp per load is 5.1K experience.
With the introduction of the Toolbelt you can now single click to burn the Arctic pine logs, allowing them to drop to the ground. single clicking on all of the logs rapidly will make them all drop very fast maximizing experience rates.
Fast Money Making - Mahogany logs (50)
A lesser known money maker is cutting mahogany logs. Mahogany logs have a price of 553 on the Grand Exchange due to the demand for them in Construction and, through the Plank Make spell, Magic. Mahogany trees are located in most of the same areas as teaks, and give 125xp.
Fast experience and cash - Eucalyptus (58)
Eucalyptus trees are probably the most underrated trees in RuneScape, requiring level 58 Woodcutting. Not only can players earn 120,000 coins per hour, but they can also get over 65,000 experience an hour with urns. The best place to cut these is near Mobilising Armies, which also contains the bank. Without any bonuses, it takes ~77,637 eucalyptus logs to get to 99 Woodcutting from 58. This makes somewhere around the area of 31 million coins in that time. Recently the price of the logs have dropped, but their prices have been consistently rising, so they are still a decent way to make money while amassing considerable amounts of woodcutting experience.
You should be prepared to bring armour if you are a lower level because there are aggressive ogresses and wolves in this location.
Level 60 through 99
Money Making & Slow Experience - Yews (60) (80 Recommended)
At level 60, players can cut yew trees. Yew logs are consistently valuable; however, they're slow to obtain. Despite their popularity as a training method and moneymaker, chopping yew trees is a relatively poor source of experience and a very slow moneymaker. For comparison, at 99 woodcutting, yews are usually slightly worse for profit than picking flax in the field south of Seers' Village.
For those who wish to chop them anyway, there are good spots behind Varrock Palace, a bit west of Catherby, and by the entrance of Edgeville Dungeon. There are four yews west of Rimmington, but they are a long distance from a bank. A good way to bank these is either through the Cabbageport teleport or by using a Ring of duelling and a house teleport to bank in Castle Wars and grab the runes needed to teleport to the Rimmington house portal, a mere 5 steps away. There are three yew trees south of the Falador east bank which can be a good spot considering it's not crowded, and 4 west of Draynor Village. There is a good spot in the Tree Gnome Stronghold, which has 3 trees close to a bank, and if you go to the very South-West corner there are 4 trees reasonably close to each other. If you have the farming level to plant a yew tree, there is a tree patch there that can be used.
Another place pretty close to a bank is the tree south of the church in Lumbridge. It's only a short trip between the tree and the bank. However, there is only 1 tree there, making it not very profitable unless you're alone, which is pretty common. World-switching can be profitable, but seeing that it takes roughly 35-40 seconds to switch worlds, it's barely worth it.
Due to the recent quest Deadliest Catch, the best place to chop Yews is in the Piscatoris Hunter Area. This area is never crowded. There are 10 yew trees at this location. A bank chest is located north of the trees for fast banking if Deadliest Catch has been completed. Other banking options are inside the Piscatoris Fishing Colony or the bank in Zanaris by utilizing the fairy ring that's close by.
Medium Experience - Chopping Ivy (68)
Ivy requires 68 Woodcutting to cut. Since the woodcutting update, chopping ivy is now one of the quickest and easiest ways to earn Woodcutting experience. Just like trees, ivy contains a certain amount of it that can be cut before it is depleted, so the more people around the faster it is depleted. Finding an unpopulated spot is recommended for the fastest training. Cutting ivy does not fill your inventory with any items or logs except for a slight chance of bird's nests, strange rocks , and Spin tickets . Cutting ivy can yield 55k-65k experience an hour at 70 woodcutting, or 80-90k experience per hour at 99 Woodcutting. One ivy gives you 332.5 Woodcutting experience. If cutting with a sacred clay hatchet, each ivy then gives you 665 experience. Unless you have lots of time to play Stealing Creation, it is not recommended to cut ivy with the sacred clay hatchet after level 92, as the hatchets cut slower than a dragon hatchet, and you have to use a large number to get to 99.
However, ivy is not a good money-maker, so it is this deterrent that sets it apart from most other Woodcutting trees/plants. Although you receive no sort of log from cutting ivy, there is a slight chance of bird's nest while cutting ivy. Also, another good technique for gaining money while cutting ivy is to farm herbs at the same time. Farming snapdragon can yield quite a bit of money while not intruding on the exp rates of your woodcutting.
A recommended place to use this method is behind Varrock Palace because if all the ivy respawns are chopped down the yew trees could be used for extra experience and cash, or near the sewer entrance in Varrock because there the tree seeds from the nests can be immediately farmed. Also the Castle Wars ivy is recommended because there are 7 ivy plants, but you have no extra activities available there. If there is more than one person at ivy, consider going somewhere else, such as Yanille. Yanille is helpful as there is a bank nearby; There is also a possible Evil Tree spot really close.As you will receive no items besides the bird's nests, it's advised to bring a strung rabbit foot while cutting to increase the chance of a bird's nest. With a strung rabbits foot from 90-99 you can make several million gp from crushed nests, and high level tree seed drops.
Another recommended place is in Taverley. It is located at south-east corner of Taverley near to the lake where the The Lady of the Lake located, or near to the pet shop and the tree patch. There are 5 ivy spots and it is not often crowded compared to other ivy spots around Runescape. You can also gain hunter experience by catching implings around or near the ivy spot because there is an impling spawn area at the east wall of Taverley which is near to the ivy spot. There is also a tree patch which is a stone throw away and can be immediately farmed using seeds from the bird nests. This is a great place to train 3 skills all at once: Farming, Woodcutting and Hunter.
Fast Experience - Sawmill training (80)
Sawmill training is a moderately efficient means of gaining Woodcutting experience for the more advanced woodcutter (level 80 needed). It gives about 80,000+ experience per hour when wielding a crystal saw (completion of The Eyes of Glouphrie), or about 8,000 experience per large task. Sawmill training is faster experience than chopping ivy.
Fastest Experience - Low alching arctic pine
By using low level alchemy on the logs while chopping arctic pine, will gain you around 100-140k woodcutting exp per hour as well as 40K Firemaking exp (inferno adze) And 30K Magic exp. To maximize experience it is advised to use a beaver and strong woodcutting urn and inferno adze.
Profitable way from 91 to 99
A good method of training is to cut Yew trees and Magic trees. You will get decent experience an hour and you will make roughly 20-30m+ from 91-99. Between 91 and 99 Woodcutting is about 7,125,000 experience. This leaves about 600 (14.400 yew logs) inventories of Yew logs and 600 inventories of Magic logs.
This way is a good method if you want to make decent money. Otherwise it is recommended to cut and split Arctic Pine Logs from 91-99.
Hatchets for the job
Trading up to the best hatchet you can use is one part of fast woodcutting. If you have the necessary attack level you can wield the hatchet, freeing a valuable inventory slot. Selling your logs should easily pay for all but the dragon hatchet, which may take up to level 75 to reach just by selling your logs.
|6||Steel||As per all low-level hatchets, this hatchet is slow; therefore, players should switch to a better hatchet as soon as possible.|
|6||Black||Black hatchets only require level 6 Woodcutting, making them as effective as a steel hatchet. It is better to use a Steel hatchet because steel hatchets are much cheaper. Steel hatchets are also easier to obtain.|
|21||Mithril||Good hatchet for levels 21-31, as it is the highest type the player may use at such level; however, it is still slow and the player should look to upgrade as soon as possible.|
|31||Adamant||This hatchet is decent, especially for players with a Woodcutting level higher than level 31, but lower than 41 or 40 (depending on if the player can use Sacred Clay or not). If possible, the player should look to upgrade to a Rune hatchet as soon as they become level 41 or a Sacred Clay hatchet at level 40.|
|40||Sacred Clay||Gives double experience. If the player were to cut a Magic tree with this, you get 500 experience per log. It's good for training, but crumbles to dust after a time after a certain amount of experience gained, meaning that the player would need to continually play Stealing Creation until 99 if he or she used these tools until such. The proto-tool costs 20 Stealing Creation points. The tools do not stack in the player's bank.|
|41||Rune hachet||Rune||Highly recommended at level 41 and up. This is the best hatchet for players who cannot afford a dragon hatchet. Also the best hatchet in F2P. Requires that the player have level 40 Attack to be wielded.|
|61||Dragon||Costs about 3004.6K, but is recommended for reaching 99, assuming the player cannot acquire an Inferno Adze. The player must have level 60 Attack to wield it.|
|61||Inferno Adze||Cuts at same speed as a Dragon hatchet, with a 30% chance of incinerating any logs cut, giving full Woodcutting and Firemaking experience. Also functions as a Rune pickaxe when mining, and, unlike most hatchets, it has no Attack level requirement to wield it. However, level 92 Firemaking is required to obtain and wield it. If you have level 86 Firemaking, you can use spicy stews to attain the Firemaking level required (92) to earn the Adze, however the chance of getting the +6 boost required is very unlikely. The player may use the Adze whilst it is in his or her inventory if they do not have the level 92 Firemaking requirement, but cannot wield it.|
Experience per Hour
Experience with urns will be included.
Profit/Hr at 99
|Normal||1||10 - 15k||No||Normal trees include dead, jungle and evergreen trees, as well as trees. They are the most common trees in RuneScape. However, only one log can be cut from a normal tree, unless when wearing a Seers' headband or after completing an Evil Tree, both of which are members-only.|
|Achey||1||17 - 18k||Yes||Achey trees are used for the members-only quest Big Chompy Bird Hunting to make Ogre bows and arrows, as well as other ogre-related quests. They are located in Feldip Hills and by Castlewars. Like normal logs, only one Achey logs can be cut from a tree.|
|Oak||15||18 - 45k||No||Oaks are fairly common in RuneScape. A single Oak tree can provide multiple logs.|
|Willow||30||30-60k||No||Willows are generally found near water. Some places they are found at include Port Sarim, Draynor Village, Lumbridge, south of Rimmington, Catherby, Daemonheim Peninsula (At least level 30 Dungeoneering needed) and Seers' Village.|
|Teak||35||60 - 100k*||Yes||
Teaks are members-exclusive trees found in the Hardwood Grove by Tai Bwo Wannai, the Kharazi Jungle, and the woods south of Castle Wars, among other places. Players can pay 100 trading sticks, the currency in Tai Bwo Wannai, to enter the Hardwood Grove.
|Maple||45||36k||No||Maples are found, since the Dungeoneering update on the 19th of July 2010, also in the Daemonheim Peninsula resource dungeon (which you can enter at level 30 dungeoneering) as a free to play player too (The only place where free players can cut maple trees).On the free to play spot its good to burn the maple logs or using the ring of kinship to bank the logs and run back to the resource. There are many Maples between Rellekka and Sinclair Mansion for pay to play . Also, several Maples are found behind the Seers' Village bank.|
|Hollow||45||70k||Yes||Hollow trees are found east of Canifis, which is a multicombat area with aggressive monsters. When cut, bark is obtained. Bark can be made into Splitbark armour.|
|Mahogany||50||45 - 48k||Yes||Mahogany trees are found in the Hardwood Grove by Tai Bwo Wannai. Players can pay 100 trading sticks, to enter the fenced-off area where the Mahogany trees reside. They are also found on Ape Atoll, in the Kharazi Jungle, and Mos Le'Harmless. Woodcutters need to complete Tai Bwo Wannai Trio before entering.|
|Arctic pine||54||65k||Yes||Arctic pine trees are found on the island of Neitiznot. They can be used to make Fremennik roundshields. A player must have started The Fremennik Isles to gain entry.|
|Eucalyptus logs||58||48 - 72k||Yes||Eucalyptus trees are found only to the West of Oo'glog and are near level 69-99 Ogresses. Outside of the quest, they can only be used in Firemaking.|
|Yew||60||35 - 48K||80k-110k||No||Yews give the most experience per log for free players. Free players can find them at Edgeville, south of Falador, north of Varrock Castle, and in the Lumbridge graveyard, among other places. Members-only spots include the Seers' Village churchyard, west of Catherby, as well as Tree Gnome Stronghold.|
60 - 80k
0 (not counting nests)
|Yes||Ivy yields no rewards(aside from birds' nests), but is one of the fastest methods of training woodcutting at 333xp per log.|
|Magic||75||17 - 30k||88k-155k||Yes||Magic trees are members-only. Cutting them takes the most time of any log. These trees are found at the Mage Training Arena, the Varrock sewers resource dungeon, Sorcerer's Tower, south-west of Lletya, and south-west of Seers' Village bank. There are also a few north of the Agility course in the Gnome Stronghold, and at the eastern edge. It is recommended that players use Dragon hatchets to improve their woodcutting rate.|
|Cursed Magic||82||17k||Yes||The Cursed Magic tree is members-only. It can only be cut after completing Spirit of Summer. Note: There is only 1 cursed magic tree. But as soon as you cut down this tree, the normal magic tree outside the spirit realm respawns, making it the best magic tree, as it has unlimited logs. One must have completed Spirit of Summer to cut it. It is located in the Wilderness.|
Chopping Ivy Experience Per Hour by level
|Level||Experience per hour|
Asuming you are using dragon hachet.
Time taken to reach 99 Woodcutting
|Levels||Average Experience per hour||Time Taken|
|68 - 80||61250||21 Hours|
|81 - 85||71500||23 hours|
|86 - 90||80000||27 hours|
|91 - 95||82500||41 hours|
|96 - 99||90000||49 hours|
|68 - 99||-||160 hours|
All of these times are APPROXIMATE.
|Areas||How Many Patches?||Crowded?||Bank||Shortcut to Bank?|
|North wall of Varrock Palace||4||In peak hours||Grand Exchange||Walk|
|South-east outer wall of Varrock Palace||5||In peak hours||Grand Exchange||Underwall tunnel|
|North side of the north wall of Falador||7||In peak hours||Gamers' Grotto||Wall Grapple|
|South side of the south wall of Falador||7||In peak hours||
Explorer's Ring to Cabbage Patch
|South-east of Taverley||5||Falador West bank||
Falador Crumbling wall
Hot-air balloon to castle wars
|East wall of East Ardougne church||5||East Ardougne Bank||Walk|
|North side of the north wall of Yanille||6||Not often||Yanille Bank||Walk|
|South wall of Castle Wars||7||In peak hours||Castle Wars||Walk/Ring of Duelling|
Note that convenience of banking should not really be a priority (as crowding might) when chopping ivy as the only items gained through this training method are bird's nests, their contents, and random event rewards; to minimise banking, choose the XP lamp reward and use them straight away.
|Icon||Item||Price||Direction||Low Alch||High Alch||Limit||Members||Details||Last updated|
|Logs||175||1||2||25,000||view • graph||21:08, June 17, 2013 (UTC)|
|Oak logs||120||8||12||25,000||view • graph||21:27, June 17, 2013 (UTC)|
|Willow logs||20||16||24||25,000||view • graph||22:25, June 17, 2013 (UTC)|
|Teak logs||99||12||18||25,000||view • graph||10:40, June 16, 2013 (UTC)|
|Maple logs||44||32||48||25,000||view • graph||12:07, June 16, 2013 (UTC)|
|Mahogany logs||553||20||30||25,000||view • graph||21:11, June 17, 2013 (UTC)|
|Eucalyptus logs||421||50||75||25,000||view • graph||11:33, June 16, 2013 (UTC)|
|Yew logs||525||64||96||25,000||view • graph||13:28, June 16, 2013 (UTC)|
|Magic logs||1,572||128||192||25,000||view • graph||21:56, June 17, 2013 (UTC)|
|Icon||Item||Price||Direction||Low Alch||High Alch||Limit||Members||Details||Last updated|
|Bronze hatchet||92||6||9||100||view • graph||10:52, June 16, 2013 (UTC)|
|Iron hatchet||14||22||33||100||view • graph||22:40, June 17, 2013 (UTC)|
|Steel hatchet||46||80||120||100||view • graph||11:16, June 16, 2013 (UTC)|
|Black hatchet||187||153||230||100||view • graph||11:10, June 16, 2013 (UTC)|
|Mithril hatchet||169||208||312||100||view • graph||13:47, June 16, 2013 (UTC)|
|Adamant hatchet||609||512||768||100||view • graph||22:35, June 17, 2013 (UTC)|
|Rune hatchet||7,646||5,120||7,680||100||view • graph||23:12, June 17, 2013 (UTC)|
|Dragon hatchet||3,004,618||22,000||33,000||10||view • graph||22:58, June 17, 2013 (UTC)|
With the Clan Citadel on July 26, 2011, players in clan can chop Roots from the tree in a Citadel, with the experience scaling with the woodcutting level of the woodcutter.
Advantages: You can stay in the Clan Citadel for a long time (see table below). You do not need to run or bank, so you can stay and cut until the cap. Also, the experience you get scales with your level. This requires no woodcutting level.
Disadvantages: No profit (no items received). Furthermore, this is a WEEKLY cap, so once you achieve the cap for the week, you cannot cut until your clan hits its next build tick. You must be a member to participate.
|Tier||Cap of Logs|
- Wear a Strung rabbit foot to increase the chance of finding Bird's nests.
- Lumberjack clothing obtained from Temple Trekking gives a total of +2.5% Woodcutting experience.
- Wear Brawling gloves (woodcutting) for more experience.
- Wear Skoll boots during the times when they are active. (currently Sköll boots are only cosmetic and do not give any extra experience)
- Another good training method is in the Defender of Varrock quest. When Varrock is being invaded by the zombies, you can cut yews behind Varrock Castle without any interference from other players.
- Upgrade your hatchet when possible for maximum cutting.
- The Seer's headband adds bonus experience when cutting Maples, so this can be helpful.
- Using the any of the lumberjack auras will boost the amount of logs you get so that means more xp per hour.
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