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In this OSRS Sheep Shearer’s Guide, we’ll go through all the steps to complete the quest.

This guide is a part of our OSRS Optimal Quest Guide.

Sheep Shearer story & info

Sheep Shearer is a simple quest in which you are being paid to shear the sheep in the Lumbridge Sheep pen. You’ll need to shear 20 sheep and give the balls of wool to Fred in order to complete the quest.

However, just like in Cook’s assistant, this quest can be bought beforehand. If you want to speed this quest up, you can buy the balls of wool from the Grand Exchange. Or just shear the sheep yourself, it doesn’t take long at all.

Quest Requirements

skill requirements Skill Requirements

There are no skill requirements.

quest requirements Quest Requirements

There are no quest requirements.

item requirements Item Requirements

For the quick version of this guide, purchase all of these from the Grand Exchange before teleporting to Lumbridge.

ItemGrand Exchange?Obtainable during Quest?
20 Balls of woolYesYes


  • If you plan to buy the balls of wool, bring them UNNOTED.
  • Leave at least 21 open inventory spaces before starting the quest.

OSRSGuide Recommendation:

Use the Quest Helper Plugin for Runelite.

The Quest Helper Plugin makes Questing TONS easier.

  • Helps keep track of the item requirements and whether you have them on you or not
  • Displays a quest guide in the sidebar
  • Highlights NPCs you need to talk to
  • Knows which dialogue you need to use during the quest
  • Shows the next location in the quest on your map

If you want to install it, you can install the Quest Helper directly from your Plugin Hub on Runelite.

install the quest helper plugin for runelite from the runelite plugin hub

Sheep Shearer Guide

Quest Start

Speak with Fred The Farmer to start the quest.

He’s a lovely chap who will pay you to shear his sheep for him.

However, he’s not too bright as you can just arrive with 20 balls of wool and finish the quest right then and there by speaking to him twice.

speak with fred the farmer to start the sheep shearer quest

Shearing the sheep

If you do plan to be a good adventurer (or you simply have to, because you are an ironman), you can go into the sheep pen and start shearing his sheep.

shear the sheep until you have 20 balls of wool

Do this until you have 20 balls of wool in your inventory.

Return to Fred

Once you have your 20 balls of wool, give them to Fred to complete the quest.

give your 20 balls of wool to fred to finish the quest

Quests Rewards

Congratulations. You’ve finished the Sheep Shearer’s quest. The rewards are the following:

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Dean started playing Runescape in 2006 when he was just 10 years old and has been playing ever on and off ever since (you never quit OSRS, right?) In 2013 he switched to OSRS Servers and never looked back. Dean has spent over 20,000 hours in the game now and frequently revisits his favourite portion of OSRS; the early-to-mid game through new account builds. You can also find bite-sized runescape guides on Deans' YouTube channel

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