|Also known as||WC|
|Release date||4 January 2001 (Update)|
as of 7 Dec 2013
as of 7 Dec 2013
as of 7 Dec 2013
Woodcutting (often abbreviated as WC or WCing) is a skill that involves chopping down different types of trees and vegetation. It is one of the most popular non-combat skills for free to play users. For each type of tree, a minimum Woodcutting level is required and a hatchet is required to cut it. With each level up, a player will be able to cut trees faster than previously. For every improvement in hatchet used, from bronze to dragon, one's Woodcutting speed increases. Woodcutting is one of the easiest skills to get level 99 in due to the choking Ivy and the Sawmill updates for pay to play users.
In comparison to Mining, Woodcutting is a much easier skill to train and to level 99. Mining becomes more profitable as it is trained to higher levels, but requires more user input as it is more click-intensive and also slower to train. Woodcutting generates little money at low levels and is, like Mining, increasingly profitable at high levels. Unfortunately, according to the free-to-play Money making guides on this wiki, cutting Yews generates half of the profit that mining Runite ore does. Keep in mind that Woodcutting is still a lower input and faster training skill than Mining, sparing a player an enormous amount of effort for a decent profit.
As a player chops down a tree of a certain type, the corresponding logs will appear in their inventory. The player can then light the logs with a tinderbox (or with a bow if the player is a member who has completed Barbarian Training) to raise their Firemaking skill, cut them with a knife and make them into bows using the Fletching skill for members, or sell them to other players for money. This makes Firemaking and Fletching highly dependent on Woodcutting.
In order to chop a tree, a player will need to have a hatchet of a level they can use (which was previously known as an axe, but was changed in 2009 to help distinguish between battleaxes, pickaxes and Woodcutting axes.) Hatchets can be wielded in the weapon slot, in order to gather more wood in the inventory, provided players have a high enough Attack level to use the type of metal the hatchet is, as it is still considered a weapon. Normal and Achey trees only provide one log per tree; however, higher level trees are able to generate as much as a full inventory of logs per tree.
Hatchets can be bought from Bob's store (located in Lumbridge), from the Grand Exchange, or smithed by players using the Smithing skill (except for black, sacred clay, and dragon hatchets, as well as the Inferno Adze, which cannot be smithed). However, Bob only sells bronze, iron, and steel hatchets. Bronze hatchets are given for free as a demo. Players will have to buy better hatchets from other players, buy them from the Grand Exchange, or smith the hatchets themselves. The Inferno Adze is a reward from the All Fired Up activity. Sacred clay hatchets may only be obtained from the Stealing Creation activity. Currently, the Dragon hatchet and the Inferno Adze are the best hatchets in the game.
To chop down a given variety of tree, players will need a certain Woodcutting level and a hatchet which they are able to use. For example, a player will need a Woodcutting level of 75 to cut a Magic tree. A certain Woodcutting level is also required to use each hatchet. For example, a player will need a Woodcutting level of 41 to use a rune hatchet. Also, if a player wants to wield a hatchet, then an Attack level is also required. For example, a player will need an Attack level of 50 to wield a rune hatchet. In most cases, it requires 1 less level to wield a hatchet than it is to use it for chopping wood. An exception is the Inferno Adze, which requires level 92 Firemaking and level 61 Woodcutting to use, but it requires level 1 Attack to wield.
Trees are easy to find, as they are located throughout RuneScape. (The exceptions to this are Morytania, Karamja and The Wilderness, where many of the trees cannot be chopped down, only examined.) A high level tree, such as a Yew tree, will have its position indicated on the mini-map with a tree icon. To cut a tree, players have to find one and then left-click on it. When the player is done cutting, they can then set the logs on fire with a tinderbox to obtain Firemaking experience, fletch them if they are a member, or sell them to other players.
Free players can only cut regular, oak, willow, maple, and yew trees. Previously, the maple trees were members-only, but the log itself was non-members. The Dungeoneering update of 19 July designated a hidden dungeon where free players with a Dungeoneering level of 30+ could cut them. These different types of trees are listed below. However, due to a recent update, trees in certain locations have been altered to look more realistic in their appearance. Some of the pictures below may not be accurate.
Tree types Edit
- The "(m)" signifies "members-only" trees.
|Normal||1||25||No||Normal trees include dead trees, dying trees, jungle trees and evergreen trees.|
|Achey||1||25||Yes||These 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.|
|Oak||15||37.5||No||These trees are fairly common in RuneScape. They are nearby in many cities, allowing quick access to a bank. Most likely the best F2P area is near the east entrance of the Grand Exchange.|
|Willow||30||67.5||No||These trees are found near water. Some places they are found at include Port Sarim, Draynor Village, Lumbridge, south east of Rimmington, Catherby and Seers' Village. A very common place for members to woodcut these is the Barbarian Outpost.|
|Teak||35||85||Yes||These trees can be found in the Hardwood Grove by Tai Bwo Wannai, a village on member servers, a single tree in the woods south of Castle Wars, Ape Atoll, an island inhabited by monkeys; three trees are found next to the dungeon entrance. Requirements are completion of Monkey Madness and having a monkey greegree. Players must pay 100 trading sticks, the currency in Tai Bwo Wannai, each time they enter the Hardwood Grove. They are also found in the Kharazi Jungle , Mos Le'Harmless and near the Ruins of Uzer. Players cutting Teaks will occasionally get a Special teak log, which they can take to the Sawmill for sale or free log conversion.|
|Maple||45||100 ||No, but free players require at least 30 Dungeoneering to access the resource dungeon.||Maple trees are usually found in member's servers. However, free players are able to find these type of trees in the resource dungeon in Daemonheim Peninsula. To access this dungeon, you need at least 30 Dungeoneering. For free players, Maple trees are the fastest woodcutting experience available.|
|Yes||These are found east of Canifis, a village on members-only servers. A successful cut on a hollow tree will net 82.5 Woodcutting experience. Players who receive a piece of bark with their cut instead receive 357.7 Woodcutting experience.|
|Mahogany||50||125||Yes||These can be found in the Hardwood Grove by Tai Bwo Wannai, a village on member servers. Players must pay 100 trading sticks, the currency in Tai Bwo Wannai, each time they enter the fenced-in area where the trees are. They are also found on Ape Atoll, in the Kharazi Jungle and Mos Le'Harmless. Players cutting Mahogany trees will occasionally get a Special mahogany log, which they can take to the Sawmill for sale or free log conversion.|
|Arctic pine||54||140.2||Yes||These trees are found on the island of Neitiznot. These logs are more known for Firemaking experience than Woodcutting. They are also used to make Fremennik roundshields. To be able to use this tree you must at least partially complete The Fremennik Isles.|
|Eucalyptus||58||165||Yes||These trees are found only to the West of Oo'glog and are near Level 69-99 Ogresses. Outside of the quest, they are used only in Firemaking.|
|Yew||60||175||No||These trees give the most experience per log for free players. Free players can find these trees in Edgeville, south of Falador, north of Varrock Palace, in the Lumbridge graveyard and various other locations. Members-only spots are in the Seers' Village churchyard, south of Legends Guild, west of Catherby, and other places. They are a good way for woodcutters to make money at the cost of slower experience.|
|Choking Ivy||68||332.5||Yes||These grow on many walls of buildings around RuneScape, including the north wall of Varrock Palace and Falador walls, the east wall of the East Ardougne church, the south wall of Castle Wars, the north wall of Yanille and the lower wall of Taverley. They give no logs, but they are used for fast experience at the expense of profit as they give the most EXP. Birds nests also drop from these trees even though they will not yield any logs (only nests).|
Cutting these trees takes time as they give logs at a comparatively slow rate. These trees are found at the Mage Training Arena, Sorcerer's Tower, south-west of Lletya and just a tiny bit east of the Ranging Guild. There are also a few just north of the agility course in the Gnome Stronghold and at the eastern edge. Some players observe that, because of the decreased success rate, magic logs are not as good for experience or money (per time) as yews until Woodcutting level 85 or higher.
These trees can only be cut after completing Spirit of Summer. There is only one cursed magic tree, found in the Spirit Realm's counterpart for the Western Ruins. When you cut down this tree in the spirit world, the one in the real world will spawn, and vice versa. When you get logs from a cursed magic tree and then go back to the real world, they will transform into regular magic logs.
|Straight root and Curly root||83||161||Yes||
Straight roots and curly roots are located exclusively in the Jadinko Lair and are harvested four at a time in two stages, giving 80.5 experience each. The curly roots are used exclusively for Firemaking, while the straight roots may be hardened over a fire for no experience and fletched into sagaie shafts.
|Bloodwood logs||85||320||Yes||See Bloodwood tree for locations of Bloodwood trees. Bloodwood logs MUST be fletched into Bakriminel bolts near the tree or else the logs will turn to dust.|
|Elder||90||325||Yes||See Elder tree for locations of Elder trees.|
|Crystal||94||434.5||Yes||See Crystal tree for locations of Crystal trees.|
- ^ a b c d e f g h These trees are marked on the Minimap with the icon, with the exception of the lone magic tree in the wilderness.
- ^ 110 when wearing a Seers' headband 2 or better
-Can be smithed.
-Can be bought from Bob's Axes in Lumbridge.
-They can also be smithed.
-Steel hatchets can be bought from Bob's Axes in Lumbridge.
-Can be smithed.
-Cannot be smithed.
-Can be bought from players.
-Can be bought from players or smithed.
-Is lighter than the rest of the hatchets.
|Adamant||31||40||Adamant hatchets can be bought from players or smithed. Adamant hatchets are better than Mithril hatchets and below.|
|Rune||41||50||Rune hatchets can be bought from players or smithed. Rune hatchets are better than adamant hatchets. They are currently the best hatchets in free-to-play.|
|Sacred/Volatile Clay (members only)||40||1||Sacred or Volatile Clay Hatchets are obtained from the Stealing Creation Activity, as either a Volatile Tool or a Morphic Tool. This hatchet is members-only, and is equivalent in power to a rune hatchet. The morphic tool gives 200% experience. The volatile tool gives 220% experience, but unlike the morphic tool, it can only be transformed randomly to any of the 7 different tools 10 times, using 10% of its charges each time, making the volatile a very poor tool for training only one skill alone.|
|Dragon (members only)||61||60||Dragon hatchets can be bought from other players or obtained by killing Dagannoth Kings and cannot be smithed. These hatchets are members-only. Dragon hatchets are 5-10% better than rune hatchets. This hatchet is recommended for players trying to achieve 99 Woodcutting from yew trees, magic trees or choking ivy.|
|Inferno Adze (members only)||61||1||The Inferno Adze is a reward from the All Fired Up activity. It requires level 92 Firemaking, as well as a few other skill requirements (for some beacons) to get and use, however it can be achieved with as low as level 86 Firemaking with a spicy stew and a bit of good luck. However, if the Firemaking requirement is boosted to get it, the player is able to use it but not wield it. It can be used as a hatchet (equivalent cutting speed to the dragon hatchet) or as a pickaxe (equivalent mining speed to the rune pickaxe), with an added effect of a roughly 30% chance of burning logs as they are cut, giving Firemaking and Woodcutting experience.|
To cut a jungle, players cannot use a hatchet. Instead, they need a machete, which must be wielded. There is no Attack or Woodcutting level required to wield any kind of machete.
Ordinary machetes can be bought from the general stores in Tai Bwo Wannai or Shilo Village. Opal, jade, and red topaz machetes are somewhat rarer, and can only be bought from Gabooty with trading sticks. All machetes are tradeable as well, and can be bought or sold on the Grand Exchange.
Machete types Edit
|Machete||Image||Price in store||Notes|
|Machete||52 coins||This is the slowest of the four types of machetes. It can be bought from Tai Bwo Wannai's general store, the Shilo Village general store, from Radimus Erkle's cupboard, or Rasolo, the peddler south-west of Glarial's grave.|
|Opal machete||500 Trading Sticks||This machete's speed is higher than that of the regular machete. It can be bought from Gabooty's Jungle Store or Safta Doc can craft one for you.|
|Jade machete||1000 Trading Sticks||This machete's speed is higher than that of the opal machete. It can be bought from Gabooty or crafted by Safta Doc.|
|Red topaz machete||2000 Trading Sticks||This is the fastest machete. It can also be bought from Gabooty or crafted by Safta Doc.|
There are three different kinds of jungles. There are light jungles, medium jungles, and dense jungles. When players hack a jungle, they receive thatch spars and initiate the Tai Bwo Wannai Cleanup activity. Jungles are members-only.
Jungle types Edit
Canoes are used to travel on the River Lum, which goes from Lumbridge all the way to level 35 Wilderness. However, a certain Woodcutting level is needed to carve the canoe tree into certain types of canoe. Canoes are useful to travel from Edgeville to Lumbridge, or vice versa. On 15 February 2011, canoes became free to play.
How to make canoes Edit
To make a canoe, players have to find a canoe tree and have with them a hatchet they have the required Woodcutting level to use. (With the 15 February 2011 canoe update, it is no longer necessary to have a hatchet to make a canoe; the canoe tutor will lend you a hatchet for free. When you are done constructing the canoe, you automatically return the hatchet you borrowed to the canoe tutor.) Canoe trees can be found at canoe stations. These stations are located along the River Lum, in the following places.
- Lumbridge: On the west side of the river near the furnace.
- Champions' Guild: On the east side of the river west of the wheat field.
- Gunnarsgrunn (AKA Barbarian Village): South of the eastern bridge on the east side of the river.
- Edgeville: On the east side of the river near the guard post.
- Level 35 Wilderness: At the lake south of the Moss Giants. Players cannot make a new canoe from this station.
When the player has found a canoe tree at one of these stations, they can cut the tree down. The player then has to click on the fallen tree and select what type of canoe they want to make. When the player has made the canoe they want, they then can click on the canoe to push it in the river. When in the river, the player can then click on the canoe and select where they want to go.
Canoes can only go to a certain number of stations away. Higher level canoes can go farther than the lower level canoes.
Canoe types Edit
|Log||12||30||Can travel to one station away from where the player made it. Cannot enter the Wilderness.|
|Dugout||27||60||Can travel up to two stations away from where the player made it. Cannot enter the Wilderness.|
|Stable dugout||42||90||Can travel up to three stations away from where the player made it. Cannot enter the Wilderness.|
|Waka||57||150||Can travel to any station, including the Wilderness. (Players cannot make a new canoe from this station.')|
The Sawmill is a members-only area in which players with a Woodcutting level of 80 or higher can produce planks from logs, but when they are done, they cannot leave with the logs. The logs are obtained from log piles nearby, then converted into planks using the nearby machine. Then the planks must be cut by using the planks on a cutting table; a saw is required to do this. Using a crystal saw gives double the experience, in comparison to using a regular saw. Using a crystal saw will only double the experience gained from making each plank, NOT the experience reward given for completion of each task. It is not suggested to use sawmill training unless you have the crystal saw. While using the crystal saw in the sawmill, it will not lose charges. Sawmill training can be a more efficient way of gaining experience, up to 100k an hour, however it will only be better than ivy when using the crystal saw. Still, most players prefer ivy, and some players have not done the quest for the crystal saw.
The free conversion requires 2 of the same type of special log.
2 special teak logs can be used to convert up to 26 teak logs into teak planks.
2 special mahogany logs can be used to convert up to 26 teak logs and/or mahogany logs into teak/mahogany planks.
If you have only 1 special log or 1 of each type of special log, the sawmill owner will only offer to buy your special logs.
|Fremennik round shield||54||30 (crafting)||Made with Arctic pine logs, rope, and nails on a stump on Neitiznot.|
|Split arctic pine logs||54||43||Made with Arctic pine logs on a stump on Neitiznot; no particular use after The Fremennik Isles quest.|
Nests & GeodesEdit
If the player is a member, a bird's nest may fall out of any tree they are cutting. Wearing a strung rabbit foot gives a better chance of getting a bird's nest drop while Woodcutting; however, this requires at least level 24 Hunter. One can either pick up the nest and search it or just leave it on the ground, though it is highly recommended that the player search it. When the player searches it, they will be given a random item, either a plain gold ring, or a sapphire, emerald, ruby, or diamond ring if it has a ring in the nest; a red, green, or blue bird's egg (can be hatched in an incubator with level 70 Summoning) if there is a red, green or blue egg in the nest respectively; a raven egg (can be hatched in an incubator with level 50 Summoning) if there is a gray egg in the nest; and a random seed if there are some seeds in the nest. These seeds can be worth quite a lot of money on the Grand Exchange, such as Papaya tree seeds (53,591) and Magic Tree seeds (165,336). The empty nest can be ground with a pestle and mortar to get a crushed nest, an ingredient in the Saradomin brew. This means that players training for a Woodcutting Skillcape may accumulate some profit, even if they are using ivy to train. A crushed nest would sell for about 637.
Much like the Bird's nest, the crystal geode may fall out of a crystal tree whilst cutting (requires 94 or higher woodcutting). Upon opening it, the Crystal geode may contain several rewards like Crystal triskelions, Crystal seeds and valuable Gems. A strung rabbit foot increases the chance of receiving a crystal geode, as does using a Tree-shaking Scrimshaw.
Solomon's General StoreEdit
Upon the release of Solomon's General Store on 17 July 2012, players can purchase an alternative animation for woodcutting in the form of the Lumberjack woodcutting animation. This animation replaces the current animation for all woodcutting and costs 220 runecoins.
Discontinued woodcutting random eventsEdit
- Lost Axe Head: While cutting trees, a player's axe might split, causing the axe head to fly off. The head would land somewhere nearby, usually 3 to 10 squares away. When this happened, the player had to find the axe head quickly before someone else saw it and took it. (Dragon axe heads were often targets for other players due to their large value.) When the player had found the axe head, he or she could then use it with their handle to put the axe back together. Due to player complaints, Jagex determined that loss of the axehead was unfair to players, and the event was discontinued when the Surprise Exam! random event was added.
- Dr. Ford: While cutting trees, a piece of wood could fall on a player causing them to get dizzy. With their vision blurred, they had to guess how many fingers Dr. Ford was holding up, to get a fruit. Otherwise, they would be taken away. This event was removed fairly soon due to various glitches it caused. This event also used to exist in Mining.
- Ents: A tree could turn into an Ent at any time. Players could tell if the tree they are cutting is an Ent because the tree starts shaking, has an angry face somewhere on its trunk, a yellow dot on the mini-map where the tree is, the name of the tree will be in yellow instead of a teal colour, and the tree is bigger than normal. As soon the tree starts showing the symptoms of an Ent, players must walk away and wait for the tree to transform back into its original state. If the player keeps cutting the tree, the Ent will break the axe. To fix it, players will have to take the axe back to Bob of Bob's Axes, located in Lumbridge, to get it fixed for a price. However, the Inferno Adze and Sacred Clay axe, obtained from the Stealing Creation activity, cannot break. (Ents have been superseded by Evil Trees as a Distraction and Diversion [members-only]).
- Tree spirits: While cutting trees, a Tree Spirit would appear and begin attacking a player. The combat level of the spirit depended on the combat level of the player it was attacking, but it would always be higher than that of the player. The Tree Spirit's combat level varied from level 14 to 159. The player could either kill it or run away from it. If a player killed a Tree Spirit, it could drop some axes, herbs and seeds for members, bananas, runes, various miscellaneous items, or nothing at all (usually, the level 80+ ones gave rune axes). (Tree Spirits are still available in RuneScape, but only to members attempting to cut trees in the Enchanted Valley.)
The logs gathered through Woodcutting can be sold for profit, with higher-level logs usually selling for more. The most popular logs for money are yew logs, which sell for around 485, magic logs, for around 1,437 coins each, and elder logs, for around 4,106 coins each (Cutting Magic and Elder logs is not recommended for those trying to get 99). While far from a spectacular income (even with a maxed Woodcutting level, it is unusual to make more than about 150k per hour — less for free players), depending on the seeds from nests, it still is a good way to make money while training at the same time.
You can also get nests from trees, which contain tree seeds, rings or bird's eggs. The nest itself can be ground and sold (or used) as well.
For advice on making money by Woodcutting, see the Woodcutting section of the Money-making guide.
- An Axeman's Folly increases the player's Woodcutting level by one level. This is brewed using the Cooking skill.
- A Mature Axeman's Folly increases the player's Woodcutting level by two levels. This is also brewed using the Cooking skill.
- A brown Spicy stew randomly increases Woodcutting, Herblore, Farming, Fishing, Mining and Firemaking up to 5 levels or decreases up to 5 levels. These can be made using the Cooking skill, but only by members who have freed Evil Dave in the Recipe for Disaster quest.
- Equipping the Woodcutting Cape of Accomplishment or operating the cape while it is worn will temporarily boost your Woodcutting level to 100. To obtain this cape, level 99 Woodcutting is required, and it must be bought from Wilfred for 99,000 coins.
- A Beaver, a Summoning familiar, invisibly boosts the player's Woodcutting level by two levels.
- Lumberjack clothing pieces increases Woodcutting experience. You gain 5% more experience when you have the entire outfit set equipped.
- A Strung Rabbit foot increases the chance of a bird's nest falling out of tree while cutting, it also increases chance of a Crystal geode from a Crystal tree.
- When using the Inferno adze to chop, and wearing the Flame gloves and the Ring of fire, Firemaking experience increases by 5 percent. About 35 percent of the experience players get from Woodcutting is gained in Firemaking as well, due to the Inferno adze burning some logs. The Inferno adze will not burn anything when you chop ivy or crystal trees, because there is nothing to burn; it acts like a normal Dragon hatchet.
- A Seer's Headband 3 may give players an extra log while cutting normal trees.
- In early history, only regular trees could be cut. The experience given was based on the player's Woodcutting level: . After the Fletching skill was added, it was briefly reduced to 12.5 experience, then doubled to 25 experience per regular log. While Jagex compensated for this by adding one-click woodcutting, many players (especially free users) were upset that training Woodcutting would take much longer.
- Players who attempt to use a herring on a tree will get a message saying, "This is not the mightiest tree in the forest." This is a reference to Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Players who use a herring on the doors of the Grand Tree get the following message, "It can't be done", referencing another line in the film.
- Woodcutting animations were updated on 11 November 2008, so the chopping appears much faster and smoother.
- For some large trees, players can cut trees even when the hatchet does not touch the tree.
- Hatchets were referred to in-game simply as axes until an update on the 1 April 2009. The change was made to reduce confusion with battleaxes and pickaxes.
- Free-to-play Woodcutting training, a guide to training Woodcutting for free-to-play players
- Pay-to-play Woodcutting training, a guide to training Woodcutting for pay-to-play players
- Grand Exchange Market Watch/Woodcutting
- Quest experience rewards - Woodcutting
- Woodcutting Calculators
- Woodcutting/Level up table