For many, farming is a complicated skill that will cost a lot of money to max. Nothing is more wrong. In this osrs farming guide, we mention every method in the game to reach 99 farming. The fastest way to 99 with expensive tree runs but also welfare methods which still can gain you up to 550K experience per week!
Farming is also a great moneymaker with daily herb runs.
The farmer’s outfit is a reward from the Tithe Farm mini-game. The full set gives the same 2.5% Exp boost that other skilling outfits give.
You will need 400 reward points from the tithe farm mini-game to unlock the full set. This should take you 4-8 hours depending on your farming level.
I wouldn’t say the 2.5% Exp boost is absolutely necessary but considering the mini-game can gain you up to 100K farming exp per hour, it’s very much worth it.
Efficient tree farm runs in osrs
- Spirit Tree network (the grand tree quest)
- Teleport Crystals (start Mournings End Part 1)
- Teleportation tabs/runes (grand exchange) or a portal room in a P-O-H (player-owned-house)
- Tree saplings
- Coins/spade (to clear trees)
- Hatchet (to chop down trees)
- Gardener payment in noted form
Efficient tree farm run
Depending on the tree, you can do 2-3 tree runs a day.
|Lumbridge||Falador||Varrock||Taverly||Gnome Stronghold||Farming Guild (65+)|
|Lumbridge (home) teleport||Falador teleport||Varrock teleport||House teleport/falador teleport||Slayer ring or spirit tree||Spirit tree/fairy ring C I R/skills necklace|
Efficient daily fruit tree run
Fruit trees take 16 hours to grow so you’ll be able to do this only once a day.
|Gnome Stronghold (fruit tree)||Tree Gnome Village (fruit tree)||Lletya (fruit tree)||Catherby (fruit tree)||Brimhaven (fruit tree + calquat tree)|
|Use slayer ring or spirit tree teleport||Spirit tree teleport||Teleport crystal||Catherby teleport (lunar spellbook or camelot teleport||Charter from catherby (480gp) or have your house located in brimhaven|
Include Calquat tree into your fruit tree run
The Calquat tree is unlocked at level 72 farming and can be planted in Tai Bwo Wannai (walk down from brimhaven). This tree takes 22.5 hours to grow making it a great 6th/7th fruit tree. All you’ll need is a calquat sapling and 8 poison ivy berries which you can buy from the grand exchange for less than 2K.
Pretty neat for a daily experience drop of 12K+.
Farming guild fruit tree
Once you reach level 85 farming you unlock the 6th fruit tree patch in the west wing of the farming guild. You should plant a spirit tree in the farming guild for the fastest transportation and make this your starting point.
So from level 85 your daily fruit tree run will look like this: Farming Guild (farming contracts/fruit tree) > Gnome stronghold > Tree gnome village > Lletya > Catherby > Brimhaven (fruit tree + Calquat)
OSRS Farming Guide — Fastest way to 99
Questing levels 1 – 33
In order to skip the first few levels of farming, there are a couple of low requirement quests that you can do first. Especially fairy tale p1 is important for the magic secateurs and fairy ring transportation.
|Levels||Quest||Reward||Quest Requirements||Level Requirements|
|1 – 9||Goblin Generals||1,000 exp||Goblin diplomacy, cooks assistant|
|9 – 20||Fairy tale part 1||3,500 exp||Lost city, Nature spirit, the restless ghost, priest in peril|
|20 – 27||Forgettable tale..||5,000 exp||The giant dwarf, Fishing contest||22 cooking, 17 farming, 12 crafting, 16 firemaking, 33 magic, 14 thieving, 10 fishing|
|27 – 30||Garden of Tranquillity||5,000 exp||Creature of fenkenstrain||25 farming, 20 crafting, 25 thieving|
|30 – 33||My Arms big Adventure||5,000 exp||Eadgar’s ruse, druidic ritual, troll stronghold & death plateau||31 herblore, 15 agility|
Alternative: levels 1 – 15 allotment patches
|1 – 5||Potatoes||98||3|
|5 – 7||onions||114.5||2|
|7 – 12||cabbage||125||6|
|12 – 15||Tomatoes||152.5||4|
Levels 15-99 Tree runs
From level 15 you unlock tree runs, which is what you’ll be doing all the way to 99. These give you the fastest experience possible though it will cost you quite a bit.
For the fastest experience, try to do at least 2 tree runs a day. There are 6 tree patches available so from level 75 you can gain up to 170K exp on tree runs alone.
Always use the most efficient tree run order.
|levels||Tree||Exp per||Amount||Growth time||Payment|
|15 – 30||Oak Trees (acorn seed)||481.3||23||2 hours 20 min||Basket of tomatoes|
|30 – 45||Willow Trees (willow seed)||1481.5||33||3 hours 40 min||Basket of apples|
|45 – 60||Maple Trees (maple seed)||3448.4||62||5 hours 20 min||Basket of oranges|
|60 – 75||Yew Trees (yew seed)||7150.9||131||6 hours 40 min||10 cactus spines|
|75 – 99||Magic Tree (magic seed)||13913.8||850||8 hours||25 coconuts|
Levels 27-99 Fruit Trees
Starting at level 27 you’ll unlock fruit trees which you should combine with your tree runs. These take 16 hours to grow. Just like regular tree patches, there are 6 fruit tree patches available.
Starting from level 81 you can get up to 107K Exp a day from fruit tree runs alone.
Always use the most efficient fruit tree run order.
|27 – 33||Apple trees||1272.5||9 sweetcorn|
|33 – 39||Banana trees||1841.5||4 basket of apples (5)|
|39 – 42||Orange trees||2586.7||3 basket of strawberries (5)|
|42 – 51||Curry trees||3036.9||5 basket of bananas (5)|
|51 – 57||Pineapple trees||4791.7||10 watermelon|
|57 – 68||Papaya trees||6380.4||10 pineapples|
|68 – 81||Palm trees||10509.6||15 papaya fruits|
|81 – 99||Dragonfruit trees||17895||15 coconuts|
TIP: Pineapple and papaya trees are incredibly cheap compared to every other fruit tree in osrs. If you don’t want to waste money, you should stick to those until 99.
Levels 35-99 hardwood trees
From level 35 farming you unlock hardwood trees. These can be planted on Fossil island meaning you’ll need to complete the bone voyage quest to access the tree patches.
There are 3 hardwood tree patches on fossil island and they are all located in the same spot. These have a long growth time but they are relatively inexpensive and give you a huge experience boost so you should not skip out on them.
With Teak trees, every 2,5 days you’ll get a 22K exp drop. This amounts to about 60K extra experience per week.
With Mahogany trees, you’ll get a 50K exp drop, twice a week.
|Levels||Tree||Experience||Growth time||Payment||Weekly EXP Drop|
|35 – 55||Teak trees||7290||2 days 17 hours 20 min||15 limpwurt rootd||60K|
|55 – 99||Mahogany trees||15720||3 days 13 hours 20 min||25 yanillian hops||100K|
Levels 72-99 Special trees
Include Calquat in your tree run
At level 72 you unlock the Calquat tree which is a very cheap tree that can only be planted in Tai Bwo Wannai. You can easily incorporate this into your efficient fruit tree run by running down from brimhaven after harvesting your last fruit tree.
Other special trees such as crystal trees, spirit trees, celestrus and redwood trees can be used to increase your daily/weekly experience rates.
Spirit trees are very handy for creating multiple new teleportation locations through your spirit tree network.
|Levels||Tree Type||Experience||Growth time||Payment||Location|
|72||Calquat tree||12,225.5||21.3 hours||(8) poison ivy berries||Tai Bwo Wannai (just down from brimhaven)|
|74 (song of the elves)||Crystal tree||13,366||8 hours||N/A||Prifddinas|
|83||Spirit trees||19,501.3||21.3 hours||5 monkey nuts, 1 monkey bar, 1 ground suqah tooth||Farming Guild, Etceteria, Brimhaven, Port Sarim, Hosidius|
|85||Celestrus tree||14,330||13.3 hours||(8) potato cactus||Farming Guild|
|90||redwood tree||22,680||106.7 hours||(6) dragonfruits||Farming Guild|
OSRS Budget Farming Guide
Even for those on a budget, getting 99 farming is very feasible as long as you start early. By skipping regular trees and focussing entirely on fruit tree runs, you’ll save yourself a lot of money. Fruit trees are significantly lower in price than regular trees and some even make a small profit.
|27 – 33||Apple trees||1272.5||9 sweetcorn||Break even|
|33 – 39||Banana trees||1841.5||4 basket of apples (5)||Break even|
|39 – 42||Orange trees||2586.7||3 basket of strawberries (5)||– 2000 gp|
|42 – 51||Curry trees||3036.9||5 basket of bananas (5)||– 3000 gp|
|51 – 57||Pineapple trees||4791.7||10 watermelon||+ 1000 gp|
|57 – 99||Papaya trees||6380.4||10 pineapples||– 4000 gp|
Doing this method, you will get about 41K exp per day with pineapple and 50K Exp per day with papaya. Combine that with hardwood trees twice a week and you’re looking at 350K – 550K Exp per week. Pretty neat for less than 1 hour of work per week.
Don’t forget to do you daily Calquat tree as well. The patch is located in Tai Bwo Wannai and you can easily run down after finishing your fruit tree patch in brimhaven.
The little money you’ll spend you can easily make back with daily herb runs.
OSRS Farming Guide – Making money with herb runs
Since you’ll be losing a lot of money doing tree runs it’s recommended to make some back by doing herb runs.
Herb runs can make you a nice 100K+ gp per run and you can do them every 80 minutes.
Read also: OSRS Efficient herb running route
Magic secateurs are a reward from Fairytale part 1 and absolutely necessary for your herb runs as they will increase your herb yield with 10%!
Always use ultracompost
A mistake new players (and even more experienced) is that they use supercompost instead of ultracompost. The mistake lays with the thinking that compost is just used to decrease the death-rate of your herbs, this is not completely true. Ultracompost will increase your herb yield with 20% over supercompost.
Herb run calculator
Be sure to always use the herb run calculator to find the most recent prices. The calculator works of your current farming level and the equipment (compost/secateurs/..) you use.
Toadflax are generally your safest bet as they still yield a high profit but the seeds are very inexpensive meaning there is never really a risk.
Once you reach level 45 farming you can gain access to the farming guild. The farming guild is located in the Kebos Lowlands and you’ll need 60% Hosidius favour to gain access.
How to get to the farming guild
- Skills necklace teleport
- Fairy ring code C I Q
- Having a spirit tree planted inside the guild (83 farming)
3 different tiers
The farming guild comprises of 3 different tiers: beginner (45+), intermediate (65+) and advanced (85+). Each tier unlocks a new part of the guild.
|Beginner tier||Intermediate tier||Advanced tier|
|Cactus patch||Herb patch||6th fruit tree patch|
|Two Allotment patches||Tree patch||Celastrus tree patch|
|Flower pacth||Hespori patch||Redwood tree patch|
|Bush patch||Anima patch||Spirit tree patch|
Farming contracts are similar to slayer contracts. They come in three different tiers (Beginner, intermediate and advanced) and can be requested by speaking with guild master Jane.
Once you complete a contract, you get a seed pack from the guild master. These contain random seeds depending on your tier. The higher the tier, the higher the profit.
On average a beginner contract makes you about 15K, an intermediate 50K and an advanced contract can make you 100K.
Tithe Farm Minigame
The tithe farm mini-game is the only way to get to train farming in a non-afk way. If you’re someone who prefers to grind, this can be a good alternative to conventional farming methods.
In this mini-game, you will be planting and maintaining fast-growing fruits. You can only get 100 fruit per instance, once you’ve reached 100, deposit them into a sack to get your Exp drop.
- Full graceful (or other weight-reducing armour)
- 8 watering cans
- rune pouch with runes for Humidify (if you have lunars)
- spade/seed dibber
- stamina potions
- 2 free inventory slots for the seeds/fruits
|Levels||EXP per 100 fruit||EXP Rate|
Exp rates depend on the seeds you’re planting, which depend on your farming level. Your strategy also impacts the hourly rate.
Farming tips, tricks & common mistakes
Don’t compare it to other skills
The reason players often neglect farming is because they think it’s a slow skill. Farming is not a slow skill, it’s a SUPER afk skill. Like our welfare guide states, you can make up to 550K experience per week for as little as 1 hour of work. Farming is actually the lowest effort skill in osrs, use it!
Watch tree run videos
If you’re not well acquainted with the Gielinor landscape, farming can be scary because there is so much traveling. One thing you can do to familiarize yourself before you start is to watch a couple of herb/tree/fruit tree run videos. You’ll soon realize that getting around isn’t that hard at all.
Always have something planted in your farming guild patches (highest seed possible). This way, when you check in with the guild master for your contracts, there might be a good chance that you already did the requested contract.
Simply check the health or harvest that patch and check back in with the guild master. Depending on your rng you can complete up to 6 contracts in a row using this method. Considering each seedbox is worth around 100k in the advanced tier, this is well worth the effort.
Time tracking plugins for third party clients
If you’re using a third party client like Runelite you should toggle the “time tracking” plugin. This tracks every single patch for you so you know when they are finished without having to check for yourself.
Do your quests
If you don’t have the quests done for certain teleportation methods such as the fairy ring and spirit tree network, farming will be a pain in your ass. These are very low-level requirement, short quests that will take up very little of your time. Just get them done!
Hopefully, this osrs farming guide was useful. If anything is missing or needs updating, feel free to let us know. To check experience rates and latest prices you can use the osrs farming calculator.