F2P Woodcutting Guide
This is a woodcutting guide for F2P players in RuneScape. It offers helpful tips on the most effective ways to woodcut.
So you’re interested in woodcutting. It’s probably the easiest skill to level up, in the sense that it costs nothing (aside from a hatchet) to level up. Woodcutting is one of the few skills that still yield a profit while training, and is probably the easiest to make a profit from in F2P.
The following is a list of hatchets and the required level to use/wield them. You should always invest in the best hatchet that you can use/wield.
- Bronze hatchet – 1 woodcutting / 1 attack
- Iron hatchet – 1 woodcutting / 1 attack
- Steel hatchet – 6 woodcutting / 5 attack
- Black hatchet – 6 woodcutting / 10 attack
- Mithril hatchet – 21 woodcutting / 20 attack
- Adamant hatchet – 31 woodcutting / 30 attack
- Rune hatchet – 41 woodcutting / 40 attack
Note: The attack levels are only required if you wish to wield the hatchet. You can still cut with a hatchet if you aren’t wielding it, as long as it’s in your inventory.
You’re probably past these levels already, but if you are not, you should cut normal logs. They are found virtually everywhere in RuneScape. They also offer a fair profit, as members use them to cut arrow shafts (which can only be made from regular logs).
You can now cut oak trees. Oak trees are found in many places where regular trees are found. They offer more experience than regular trees, but they sell for less. If you’re after money, continue to cut regular trees.
You can now cut willows. Willows offer great woodcutting experience, but they are worth next to nothing, since so many people cut them. A popular woodcutting location for willows is just south of the Draynor bank. The Draynor woodcutting area is often crowded, so another good place is the willows in Rimmington. There is no bank in Rimmington, so players often sell to the general store or burn the willows (to raise their firemaking level).
If you’re after money, you can continue to cut the other types of wood, but you will gain very little experience, so this is not advised.
You can now cut yews, but it is highly recommended that you continue to train on willows until you get level 75, or you will cut very few yews. Yews are rare trees, therefore are very crowded. For many years they have always sold for around 500gp (this is because members fletch these into yew longbows and use high alchemy to make a profit).
If you’re after money, you can cut yews, but willows still offer faster experience. Don’t bother cutting yews near the Grand Exchange, as it’s a cluster of woodcutters. A decent place to cut yews is south of Falador, as it’s not far from the bank.
Now that you’re a higher level in woodcutting, you should be able to cut yews a lot faster. Yews are probably one of the best ways to make money in F2P, aside from merchandising. It’s sometimes a good idea to try different worlds and find the one with the least woodcutters. Avoid worlds with very few players, everyone in these worlds are woodcutting or mining. Try the busiest worlds; contrary to popular belief, they often yield the least amount of woodcutters.