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Classic Runestone
Yew logs
Yew logs
Release date 25 March 2002 (Update)
Members? No
Quest item? No
Tradeable? Yes
Equipable? No
Stackable? No
High Alch 96 coins
Low Alch 64 coins
Destroy Drop
Store price Not sold
Exchange price 395 coins (info)
Buy limit 25,000
Examine Logs cut from a yew tree.
Weight 2 kg
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Yew logs detail

Yew logs are logs obtained from cutting yew trees, which requires at least level 60 Woodcutting for players to cut. They give 175 experience when cut.

Players can burn these logs with the Firemaking skill at level 60. They give 202.5 experience when burned, or a maximum of 260 experience when used on a bonfire and up to 270.5 experience when more people are using it.

In member's worlds, Yew logs can also be made into bows and stocks using the Fletching skill. When the log is fletched into an unstrung shieldbow, it yields 75 experience. Fletching an unstrung shortbow will give 67.5 experience. Stringing the unstrung bows will give the same experience as fletching them.

These logs are currently the highest level of logs available to free players and as such, cutting them can be a good way to make money as a free player.

One full inventory of Yew logs gives exactly 4,900 Woodcutting experience (9,800 with sacred clay hatchet; 10,780 with volatile clay hatchet). Cutting and selling one full inventory of Yew logs would make Coins 1000 11,060 on the Grand Exchange. Yew tree locations are relatively few and scattered and also tend to be extremely crowded in free-to-play worlds. However, in a members' world there is a better chance of finding a less crowded location.

Players would need to cut 72,919 yew logs to go from 60 to 99 woodcutting. This would make the player Coins 1000 28,803,005 at current Grand Exchange price using this method. Cutting yew logs from level 60 all the way to 200 million exp would earn the player Coins 1000 451,263,800 at current Grand Exchange price.

Yew logs can also be used to travel to Castle Wars on the Balloon Transport System, costing 10 logs on the initial trip, and 1 log for every trip following that.

15 yew logs are a possible prize from Treasure Hunter. When choosing the option to convert this prize to coins, players receive 2880 coins during the Double Cash period, implying that normally they would be converted to 1440 coins, which is 4,485 less than selling them on the Grand Exchange.

Noted yew logs can sometimes be found inside barrels.

Dropping monsters Edit

Monster Combat level Quantity Rarity
Desert strykewyrm 130 10 (noted) Common
Giant Mole 230 20–100 (noted) Common
Mutated jadinko baby 90 13–17 (noted) Common
Mutated jadinko guard 145 14–17 (noted) Common
Mutated jadinko male 201 13–17 (noted) Common
King Black Dragon 120 50 (noted) Common
Rare drop table N/A 100–20000 (noted) Rare
Skeleton brute 132 1 Common
Skeleton warlord 132 1 Common
Angry barbarian spirit 166 1 Uncommon
Ferocious barbarian spirit 166 3 Uncommon
Skeleton hero 149 1 Uncommon
Skeleton thug 132 1 Uncommon
Tenacious toucan 70 1 Uncommon
Vampyre Juvinate 54,59,64,90,119 5 Uncommon
Araxxi 3000 600 Uncommon

Yew logs and the economyEdit

Yew Fire

A yew log fire.

Yew logs are usually in high demand from players who are trying to train Fletching. Yew logs increased in price due to Jagex's updates aiming to eliminate the use of bots. The value of yew logs is mainly driven by the high alchemy value of Yew shieldbows (768 coins), which will pay almost completely for the yew logs and the nature runes needed to alchemize them. Purchasing the yew logs, nature runes, and bowstrings will result in a -257 gp change in net worth.

With the advent of the Grand Exchange, trading Yew logs became easier, but much more competitive. Many players consider yew logs to be the best way to make money with woodcutting. Although magic logs are worth more per log, they are much slower to obtain than yew logs. Since yew logs are the highest logs available in F2P, they are a good source of profit to nonmembers, but yew tree spots are often very crowded, so bringing a rune hatchet is recommended. 

When the Trade and Drop update occurred on 10 December 2007, yew-cutting bots were almost completely eliminated from the game, causing the price of yew logs to rise drastically in the days that followed. This temporary spike was later followed by a corresponding drop in price. As cutting yews is a common method used by F2P bots, the price of yew logs is usually closely related to the number of bots operating in the game.

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