Woodcutting is similar to Mining in that it can be trained through several methods with varying degrees of effort required and profit achieved. Discussed below will be every aspect of Woodcutting as a skill, ranging from the fastest methods to 99 and the most profitable methods. Woodcutting is one of OSRS’s most AFKable moneymaking skills, just like fishing and cooking. You can either sell your logs for profit or use them to grow your firemaking and/or fletching skill. Woodcutting is also necessary for a couple of important quests, such as Animal Magnetism, Lost city, Legends, Lunar Diplomacy, and more.
These are the items you will need to have either equipped or in your inventory to train the skill of Woodcutting. It is always best to use the highest tier of axe available according to your Woodcutting level. The higher level the axe, the higher the chances of obtaining logs from the tree, meaning faster XP/h. There are currently 11 types of axes in game, with most following the standard metal types. If you decide to start training your Woodcutting level at one instead of questing, it's advisable to skip Bronze and begin with Iron as they are both available at level 1. From there on the next levels of axes are unlocked as follows:
Dragon, Infernal, Third-age and Crystal axes have a special attack called Lumber Up. This special attack temporarily raises the player’s Woodcutting level by 3, consuming 100% of the special attack energy. The Infernal axe also has a ⅓ chance to burn the logs cut for Firemaking Exp.
Note: Players can use the axes that correspond with their Woodcutting levels even if they do not have the Attack level to equip them, all you need to do is have it in your inventory!
This outfit is the only Exp boosting Outfit available for the Woodcutting skill, requiring level 44 Woodcutting. Obtained only from the Temple Trekking minigame located inside of the Morytania swamp. Access to the minigame requires the completion of the quest In Aid of the Myreque. Temple Trekking is a dangerous minigame in which players can obtain the Lumberjack pieces by killing the Undead Lumberjacks at drop rate of ¼ (up to one unique per trip maximum). It roughly takes about 1-2 hours to obtain the full set. When worn, the outfit increase Woodcutting Exp gained by 0.2% to 0.8% depending on the piece.
Wearing the full lumberjack outfit grants you a 2.5% experience boost so if you’re reading this WC guide to get 99 as fast as possible I 100% recommend you get this as soon as you can.
The Woodcutting guild is the place to be once you reach level 60 Woodcutting. You will have to obtain 75% hosidius favour to gain entry to the wc guild (doesn’t take long at all). To gain access to the wc guild, you will need to obtain 75% hosidius favour. Don’t worry though, hosidius favour is one of the fastest favours you can get in old school runescape. Not only is the woodcutting guild the best location for chopping yew trees, magic trees, redwood trees, and so on, it also comes with a nice invisible level boost of 7 which you should take full advantage of on your way to 99 woodcutting.
Trees available in the OSRS Woodcutting Guild:
NOTE: Woodcutting EXP Boost: +7 woodcutting levels for as long as you’re inside the guild (levels are invisible).
The OSRS WC guild can be found in the south-western corner of Hosidius. You can teleport there using the skills necklace.
It’s not exactly the fastest way to achieve level 26 Woodcutting, Questing is the most efficient considering the quests will be needed to complete other more important quests later in the game. Monk's friend, Enlightened Journey, Icthlarin's Little Helper and the Skrach Uglogwee sub quest of RFD will get players from level 1 to level 26 Woodcutting.
For those not interested in Questing to skip the low levels, players will need to chop 97 regular logs/trees to reach level 15 Woodcutting. The best place to accomplish this is just South of the Grand Exchange by the Cooking Guild. It's recommended that players drop the logs as they are extremely low in value and thus are not worth the time it takes to bank them. Regular trees offer up to 10k Woodcutting Exp per hour.
At level 15 Woodcutting the Oak trees becomes the best tree for Exp. Players will need to chop 293 Oak logs to reach level 30. The most common area to chop Oak trees is just Southwest of the Varrock West bank. This spot offers three Oak trees that will respawn before a player cut them all down, allowing for uninterrupted Exp gains. Once again due to their cheap price it's recommended players drop the cut logs instead of banking them. Players can expect up to 40k Woodcutting Exp per hour chopping Oaks.
Once reaching level 30 Woodcutting players should begin chopping Willow trees. Giving 67 Exp per log, players will need to cut only 134 logs to reach level 35 Woodcutting. Similar to real life Willows, players can find these trees close to bodies of water around the game. The most popular area being just Southwest of the Draynor Village bank. Here there are multiple trees for players to choose from, offering fast Exp. Due to Willow logs being the best Exp option for F2P players, the logs are some of the cheapest in the game and therefore not worth banking. Chopping Willows can gain players upwards of 70k Woodcutting Exp per hour.
Teak trees are available starting at level 35 so you can start at an earlier level but you should know they will be very slow to cut. You should use the shift-drop function to be efficient. There is no nearby bank, if you do wish to bank your Teak trees you’ll have to teleport out and this will cut into your hourly exp rate. You can use this method all the way to 99 or switch over to redwood trees at level 90 and make some extra cash. Without any tick manipulation players can expect Woodcutting Exp rates of 60k - 70k per hour. 2-Tick Woodcutting will boost player Exp rates upwards of 170k per hour.
As with most Skills in the game of OldSchool Runescape, Woodcutting also has a method of training where tick manipulation will grant the highest possible Exp rates. Teak trees are unlocked at level 35 Woodcutting and with tick manipulation will far out-pace all other methods in the game. Without tick manipulation, Teaks still offer the fastest Woodcutting Exp until level 65. The most common area to chop these trees are on Ape Atoll (if 2-Ticking), Tai Bwo Wannai Hardwood grove and the Hardwood Farming patches located on Fossil Island. Without any tick manipulation players can expect Woodcutting Exp rates of 60k - 70k per hour. 2-Tick Woodcutting will boost player Exp rates upwards of 170k per hour.
If you are using the shift-drop teak method to 99 it might be worth switching over to Redwood Trees as soon as you hit 90. So, for those who would rather take it more easy and have their last chapter of Woodcutting mastery be AFKable, the Redwood tree is a great option. Located inside the Woodcutting guild of Zeah, they do require 75% Hosidus Favor to chop. Redwood logs are worth very little and therefore it is recommended that players drop them instead of banking. This method can get players between 60k to 70k Woodcutting Exp per hour with little to no attention. It will take 20,232 logs to reach level 99 Woodcutting through chopping Redwoods. If you wish to bank them for that little profit, then there is always a very close-by bank in the Woodcutting guild which will not waste much of your grinding time.
You will follow the exact same route for levels 1-30 Woodcutting on free-2-play, and then your fastest route to 99 is chopping Willow trees at Draynor Village. Alternatively, you can chop Yew trees at level 60, towards 99 to collect some juicy money by the end of 99!
The Yew tree has long been a staple of OldSchool Runescape itself. Located in various spots across the game, the most common areas to cut them are North of the Varrock Castle and inside the Woodcutting Guild of Zeah. Both of these areas offer close banking however the Woodcutting Guild does not have as much competition per tree. It’s only recommended for players to cut Yews for OSRS Gold if using the account as an alternate due to the slow OSRS GP and Exp per hour achieved. Players can expect to gain between 60k OSRS Gold and 30k Woodcutting Exp per hour chopping Yews. However, it does add up, from level 61 to 99 you can net up to 23 Million OSRS Gold.
The Magic tree is only other option for players who want to make OSRS Gold while training Exp at a fairly slow but very AFK rate. Not recommended unless done on an alternate account, and is unlocked at level 75 Woodcutting. The best place to chop Magic trees is in the Woodcutting Guild of Zeah once again. The Exp rates are very slow however it does offer significantly more OSRS Gold per hour than Yews. While chopping Magic trees players can gain around 120k OSRS Gold and 25k Exp per hour. Although very tedious, if done from levels 75 to 99 players can net upwards of around 50m gold.
You can get your Woodcutting Skillcape from Wilfred near the Lumbridge castle. The perks of a 99 WC skillcape is that it provides you with a 10% extra chance of getting a birds nest while it is worn!
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