Woodcutting is one of OSRS’s AFKable moneymaking skills, just like fishing and cooking (kind of). In this OSRS Woodcutting Guide, we will be explaining the fastest methods for both P2P and F2P and some AFK moneymaking ways.
You can sell your logs for profit or use them to advance your firemaking or fletching. Woodcutting is also necessary for a couple of important quests, such as Animal Magnetism, Lost city, Legends, Lunar Diplomacy and more.
Best axes for woodcutting in OSRS
To maximize logs/exp per hour you want to make sure you’re always using the best possible axe you can for your current woodcutting level.
Similarly to fishing with the dragon harpoon, the Dragon axe has a special attack, when used you get a 3+ Woodcutting level boost, meaning you can use the special attack to cut trees you normally wouldn’t be able to yet.
Every axe up to Infernal has no extra requirements. The Infernal Axe requires 61 Woodcutting and 85 Firemaking to use. With this axe, you have a 1/3 chance of a cut log to burn, giving you half the Firemaking exp that log would have given you had you used a tinderbox. It can burn 5000 logs before needing a smouldering stone to recharge. The infernal axe has the same special attack and effect as the Dragon Axe.
The Crystal Axe and the best axe in the game requires 71 Woodcutting and the Song of the Elves quest to use. It has the same special attack as the dragon axe.
Woodcutting EXP boosts
Each and every one of the EXP boost listed are P2P only.
Wearing the full lumberjack outfit grants you a 2,5% experience boost so if you’re reading this guide to get 99 as fast as possible I 100% recommend you get this as soon as you can. You can start wearing the outfit at level 44 woodcutting. You can obtain it through the Temple Trekking minigame, the full set should take you no more than 1 hour of gameplay.
Exp Boost: 2,5%
Woodcutting Guild in OSRS
The woodcutting guild is the place to be once you reach level 60 woodcutting. You will also have to obtain 75% hosidius favour (https://oldschool.runescape.wiki/w/Hosidius) to gain entry to the guild (doesn’t take long at all). Not only is this the best location for chopping yew, magic, redwood 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.
Trees available in the Woodcutting Guild
- 11 Regular trees
- 4 Oak Trees
- 7 Willow Trees
- 13 Maple Trees
- 17 Yew Trees
- 8 Magic Trees
- 2 Redwood Trees
EXP Boost: +7 woodcutting levels for as long as you’re inside the guild (levels are invisible)
Woodcutting Guild Location
The guild is located in the south-western corner of Hosidius. You can teleport here using the skills necklace.
Fastest 1-99 OSRS Woodcutting Guide
You’ll be flying through your first levels of woodcutting so it’s recommended you buy every single axe up until at least rune to get started.
Levels 1 – 15 (Regular Trees)
I’ve done this part many, many times. There are a couple of locations where you can start such as underneath the Grand Exchange or Draynor (if you want to bank your logs) but my favorite is Lumbridge. I always make sure I’m equipping an iron axe to start and have steel, black and mithril in my inventory to use as soon as I can.
During this step, I simply chop the regular trees behind the castle until my inventory is full and then sell them at the general store.
97 regular logs required for 1-15, this should take you about 10 minutes.
For levels 1-15, 97 Regular Logs are cut. This should take you about 10 minutes.
Levels 15 – 30 (Oak Trees)
For Oak Trees, I stay put in Lumbridge and just run to and from the general store. Again you can use other locations such as the grand exchange or draynor village but at this point, it really doesn’t matter where you are.
For levels 15-30, 293 Oak Logs are cut. This should take you less than 30 minutes.
Levels 30 – 45 (Willow Trees)
The best location for willow trees, in my opinion, is still Draynor Village. Be sure to start using your adamant axe as soon as you hit level 31 and your rune axe as soon as you hit 41. At level 44 you want to start the Temple Trekking minigame and aim for the full lumberjack outfit for that 2,5% exp boost.
For levels 30 – 45, 714 Willow Logs are cut. This should take you around 2,5 hours.
45 – 90 (Teak Trees) – Shift-Drop (Method 1)
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.
50 – 65K/hr / 200 hours to 99 / 80 hours to 90
Ape Atoll (GreeGree from Monkey Madness is required to not get attacked)
For levels 45 – 99, 152,623 Teak Logs are cut. It will take you around 200 hours to reach 99.
For levels 45 – 90, 62,175 Teak Logs are cut. It will take you around 80 hours to reach 90.
Levels 90 – 99 (Redwood Trees) – AFK
If you’re using the shift-drop teak method to 99 it might be worth switching over to Redwood Trees as soon as you hit 90. You’ll make similar experience per hour but since the bank is close to the Woodcutting Guild, you’ll make some money as well.
EXP rate: 65K/hr / 117 hours to 99
For levels 90 – 99, 20,232 Redwood Logs are cut. It will take you around 117 hours to reach 99.
(value 6M gp)
45 – 99 (Teak Trees) – tick manipulation (method 2)
The best experience in the game includes doing teak trees with game-tick manipulation. If you’re considering this, you should know that tick manipulation is not easy and takes a while to get it right. It’s also super click-intensive. Be sure to check out the video below if you’re interested in using this game mechanic to reach 99.
3-tick woodcutting: 110k/hr / 118 hours to 99
2-tick woodcutting: 170K/hr / 76 hours to 99
Check out this video, a no-bullshit 3-tick explained in under 1 minute:
Ape Atoll (GreeGree from Monkey Madness is required to not get attacked)
For levels 45 – 99, 152,623 Teak Logs are cut. Using 3-tick woodcutting, this will take 118 hours. Using 2-tick woodcutting this will take you 76 hours.
Making Money With Woodcutting in OSRS
Yew trees (F2P)
Starting at level 60 you can move to yew trees. They have many different locations, my favorite picks are Varrock castle (4 trees) and Edgeville (2 trees). I recommend switching your location every now and then, to prevent boredom from settling in.
If you’re a member you should always cut Yew trees at the Woodcutting Guild for the 7 levels increase and the nearby bank.
Experience per hour for yew trees, especially at a lower level will be pretty slow. You will get rates up to 30K experience per hour and make about 50 to 60,000 GP per hour.
Magic trees (P2P)
From level 75 you can cut Magic trees. When I was still a newbie player back in 2006, this is where you would find me. They were my favorite money-making way. While the pay isn’t that great at 120K per hour, they are very AFKable and paired with a good movie I’ll take that over an intensive clickfest any day.
You want to cut these at the Woodcutting Guild for the 7 levels increase.
You can make almost 50M doing this method all the way to 99.
Quests that give woodcutting experience
- Enlightened Journey: 1,500 EXP
- Recipe for Disaster (Skrach) 1,500 EXP
- Heroes Quest 1,575 EXP
- Monk’s Friend 2,000 EXP
- Animal Magnetism 2,500 EXP
- The Eyes of Glouphrie 2,500 EXP
- The Fremennik Trials 2,812 EXP
- Ichtlarin’s Little Helper 4,000 EXP
- The Fremnnik Isles 10,000 EXP
- Grim Tales 14,000 EXP
- Song of the Elves 20,000 EXP
Total Quest XP: 62,387 EXP
OSRS woodcutting guide 1-99 F2P
For F2P players the guide is a little different. You still want to start off the same way though. Levels 1-30 you want to do above the Lumbridge general store. Plenty of regular and oak trees with a good respawn rate. In 40 minutes you will be level 30 to which point you can move to draynor village and get started on the willow logs. You’re going to be here until you hit 99 woodcutting.
If you want to make some money, you can cut yew logs behind the Varrock Castle.
Hopefully, this OSRS Woodcutting Guide was helpful. If anything’s missing feel free to let us know. Tip: You can use the Woodcutting calculator to calculate your experience left and possible profits.