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OSRS Woodcutting Guide 1-99

OSRS Woodcutting Guide



While you'll constantly be chopping trees as you train Woodcutting, this laid-back skill can be mastered and make you money along the way. We're here with our 0-99 OSRS Woodcutting Guide to tell you how to do just that!

Why Should You Train Woodcutting in OSRS?

There are several reasons you should be training Woodcutting in OSRS. Early in the game, leveling Woodcutting can help you travel up the River Lum by building canoes with stops at Lumbridge, the Champion's Guild, Barbarian Village, Edgeville, and the Wilderness. Woodcutting is also helpful in making money, especially in the early stages of the game when there aren't many money-making methods open to you.

Woodcutting also supplements a few other skills, namely, Firemaking, Fletching, and Construction. If you choose not to sell the logs gathered through Woodcutting, you can use them for training these other skills to save yourself some money from buying materials.

To top it all off, it's the perfect skill to train when you need to take a load off, put some tunes on, and just chill out for a bit. While it may not be the most fashionable skill to train, the semi-AFK nature of Woodcutting makes it one of the easiest as long as you have the patience to stick with it.

What Do You Need to Get Started with Woodcutting in OSRS?

All you actually need to cut wood is an ax! Remember, in OSRS, you should use the best ax you can for your Woodcutting level to chop trees faster and maximize XP. You don't have to be able to equip the ax to use it, so don't worry about Attack unless you want to wield your ax and free up that extra inventory slot.

The axes of OSRS are made with different materials. The ax you can use for Woodcutting depends on your Woodcutting level. If you also wish to free up an inventory slot and equip the ax, you will also have to meet an Attack level requirement.

Here's a breakdown of the axs and the levels required in Woodcutting and Attack to use or wield them:


Woodcutting Level

Attack Level

Bronze Ax



Iron Ax



Steel Ax



Black Ax



Mithril Ax



Adamant Ax



Rune Ax



Dragon Ax



Note: The Dragon ax is a members-only item.

Dragon ax gives you a +3 level boost in Woodcutting when its Special Attack is activated. This lets you start cutting other trees you don't have the level to cut yet.

The Infernal Ax also grants you EXP in Firemaking, but using this has a 1/3 chance of burning the logs as they're chopped. The Infernal ax is created by using a Smoldering Stone on a Dragon ax. It can burn 5000 logs before becoming depleted, which you can then restore by using a Smoldering Stone or Dragon ax.

With the addition of the last quest in the Elf Series, Song of the Elves, there's a better ax called the Crystal ax. It has the same characteristics as an Infernal/Dragon ax. It requires level 71 Woodcutting and Crystal Shards to charge up as it degrades.

It's made by fusing a Dragon ax with a Crystal Tool Seed using a Singing Bowl. 120 Crystal Shards are also needed for an initial charge. Those who don't have the requisite Crafting and Smithing levels can have Reese or Conwenna do it for them. They'll charge you another 60 shards, though.

Though optional, the Lumberjack Outfit will help your Woodcutting training immensely. It offers a 2.5% boost to the experience you get from training the skill.

The Lumberjack set can be obtained through the Temple Trekking Minigame. When you are tasked with crossing a broken bridge, undead lumberjacks will spawn. You must kill them to get materials to fix the bridge, and they have a chance of dropping a piece of the Lumberjack set. Remember that you can only obtain one part of the outfit per task.

It's highly recommended that you wear it (once you reach the 44 Woodcutting requirement) as soon as you obtain it. Sure, the 2.5% XP bonus doesn't sound like much, but you'll notice the difference at higher levels.

Aside from these, some items boost your Woodcutting level temporarily, such as the Axeman's Folly and its mature version. Like the Dragon Ax's special, they will let you cut higher-leveled trees. Of course, being higher-leveled, those trees will also give more XP than the ones for your current level.

Take note that this is only temporary, and some activities will require an unboosted skill level for participation.

Training Woodcutting

Level 1 -15

Start by using an Iron ax to chop down regular trees, then upgrade to a Steel ax at level 6 and a Black ax at level 11 if you wish. These trees are the most common in OSRS and can be found everywhere. There's not much profit in banking these, so it's advisable to carry a tinderbox to level Firemaking, a knife to fletch them into stackable arrow shafts, or just drop them as you go.

Level 15-30

From levels 15-30, Oak Trees are the way to go. These are common throughout Gielinor, but a few decent spots are behind Lumbridge castle and east of Draynor Village bank. Don't forget to upgrade to the Mithril ax at level 21.

Level 30-99

Willows are the fastest way to get to 99 from here on out, upgrading axs to the Adamant ax at level 31 and the Rune ax at level 41 for the rest of the journey to level 99 for non-members. A good place for non-members to chop willows is south of Draynor Village bank. A good spot for members to cut willows is right outside the entrance to the Barbarian Outpost, which can be quickly reached by using the teleport on a Games Necklace.

At level 60, it is a good idea for members to head over to the Woodcutting Guild, found at the southwest corner of Great Kourend's Hosidius House. You'll need to raise your favor with them to 75% first. Continue training there, as you will receive an invisible +7 skill boost just for being inside. Members should also upgrade to the Dragon Ax at level 61, which, if equipped, can provide a temporary +3 boost when its Special is activated.

Level 90-99 (Members)

Unlike yews and magic trees, redwoods can be cut as soon as they become available. If you're still not interested in maximizing XP/hour and want to bring in some gold on your way to 99 Woodcutting, start cutting redwoods from level 90 at the Woodcutting Guild.

Alternative Method: the Blisterwood Tree

In the Arboretum of Darkmeyer lies the Blisterwood tree. Aside from its importance in making a weapon for the quest "Sins of the Father," it can be a good training location. Because it cannot be felled, spam-clicking and 3-tick methods are particularly effective when training with it.

With the proper setup, it's easy to get 90k-110k Woodcutting XP. A less focused or AFK method will give about 60k XP. It's a viable method, only a little repetitive.

Quests You Can Do to Skip Some Levels

Completing the following quests will provide you with an easy 9000 exp, boosting you to level 26 (from level 1).

  • Monk's Friend
  • Enlightened Journey
  • Icthlarin's Little Helper
  • The Skrach Uglogwee subquest of Recipe for Disaster

Other quests you can do for the Woodcutting experience are:

  • Heroes Quest
  • Animal Magnetism
  • The Eyes of Gouphrie
  • The Fremennik Isles
  • Grim Tales
  • Song of the Elves

If you need a boost or a break from hacking at trees, these quests can give you a boost toward that max-level cape.

Old School RuneScape - From Wood to Gold

We recommend following the fastest XP levels until you reach level 90, as cutting profitable logs can be slow before getting to this level. Level 90 is where Woodcutting really becomes a viable option for money-making. We recommend cutting Yew or Redwood trees from 90-99 for the best XP/money balance, but the choice is entirely up to you.

Here's a shortlist of profitable logs:

  • Redwoods
  • Magic Logs
  • Yew Logs
  • Achey
  • Mahogany

The amount of money you make from cutting logs will largely depend on the logs' value in the Grand Exchange at the time of chopping. Check out prices to ensure you're getting the most OSRS GP/hour.

So there you have it – our Woodcutting Guide. Hopefully, with this, you could reach level 99 and make a fortune out of this simple yet helpful skill.

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