Hunter is a Pay-to-Play skill that requires having a membership to use it, thus the only way to train it is by using P2P methods. It is used to catch various creatures all over the map such as animals, birds, etc. It is a non-combat skill which means it isn’t used in combat, but using it can still cause you to take damage and reduce your Hitpoints.
Players mainly train this skill to unlock new quests as well as certain activities in the game. Using Hunter can also be useful as you can be rewarded with some good items such as Spotted Kebbit Fur which is obtained by hunting Spotted Kebbits to make Spotted capes.
Hunter can also be used to make some money by catching Chinchompas to sell them at the Grand Exchange to the other players. You can also use the Chinchompas as ammunition for Chining to train your Ranged skill.
In this article, we will be focusing on the various and most efficient training methods to get your Hunter skill to level 99 as fast as possible. A way to make money will also be mentioned later on. Note that this skill isn’t really expensive to train as it doesn’t require many items to use. Most of the methods below are not AFK.
Make sure to check out all 23 OSRS skills in our relevant guide.
Table of Contents
- 1 OSRS Hunter 101
- 2 All Hunter Creatures
- 3 Hunter Quests
- 4 Hunter Training – Level 1-99
- 5 Hunter Level 70-99
- 6 Alternative Hunter Training Methods
OSRS Hunter 101
Hunting creatures can be done by using the Hunter skill and it has various ways to be done, each requires some requirements to be used. This can only be done in some areas in the game which are called the Hunter Areas and they can be found around the map marked with its Hunter icon.
Catching creatures is not always guaranteed, it highly depends on your Hunter level.
Each Hunter Area has its own creatures depending on the habitat. The table below shows all of the various Hunter Areas.
|Ape Atoll||Kruk’s Dungeon|
|Desert||Uzer Hunter area|
|Jungle||Feldip Hunter area|
|Karamja||Karamja Hunter area|
|Lava||Ourania Hunter area|
|Lava||Boneyard Hunter area|
|Snow||Rellekka Hunter area|
|Swamp||Canifis Hunter area|
|Woodland||Piscatoris Hunter area|
|Other||Gwenith Hunter area|
|Other||Fossil Island underwater|
|Other||Mushroom Forest and Fossil Island Volcano|
Completing the Eagles’ Peak Quest will unlock the Eagle transport system which is used for traveling between the Hunter Areas quickly.
Hunter Shops & Tools
There are only two shops where you can buy your Hunter tools, these two shops are located in Yanille and Nardah. The table below shows all the Hunter tools these shops offer.
|Item||Number in stock||Price (in Gold)|
|Bird snare pack||3||505|
|Box trap pack||3||3,200|
|Magic imp box pack||3||60,000|
Aerial Fishing is a good way to train Hunter and Fishing at the same time, but it is generally used to train Fishing and it requires level 35 Hunter and level 43 Fishing to be used. You can read everything about it in our 99 Fishing guide.
Bird House Trapping
It is a good way to AFK train Hunter but it maybe not as fast as the other training methods. It consists of using Bird Houses to catch birds on Fossil Island. This can be done by using Bird Houses on their designated spots on Fossil Island while filling them with Hop/Herb seeds (10 seeds each). Players should wait until the Bird House gets filled with birds before checking it to gain Hunter XP.
Filling a Bird House with birds may take up to 50 minutes, so using this method is usually good for being AFK. Players will receive Hunter XP, raw bird meat, bird nests, and feathers once they check the Bird House to empty it.
Note that the chance to receive a Bird nest is depending on your Hunter level and the Bird House type (higher is better).
You can craft your own Bird Houses instead of buying them from other players. Each Bird House requires a Hammer, Chisel, Clockwork, and Logs along with a specific Crafting level depending on the kind of the Bird House.
Each Bird House also requires a certain Hunter level to use and XP gained by using each of them varies depending on its type. Note that the house will be destroyed (the Clockwork won’t be lost) upon checking it so it can only be used for 1 time.
|Bird House Type||Hunter Level||XP|
Hammer and Chisel can be obtained from some General stores such as Varrock General Store in Varrock. While the seeds are obtained by killing monsters such as Ice troll females.
The Clockwork can be made in the player-owned house, but it is advised to directly buy it from the Grand Exchange since it is much faster this way.
Bait and Smoke
There two ways to increase the Hunting catch rate aside from having a High Hunter level. These two ways are using either bait or a smoking trap. Both of these ways will increase the chance by a very small chance while requiring extra steps to add them to the trap. That means they both are not worth to use at all if you want to train efficiently.
A trap that is used to catch birds in their own Hunter Area. Players should set up the trap in the creature’s area and wait until it gets caught. If the trap catches the bird successfully, you will be able to use the “check” option upon right-clicking the trap. If not, you will have to re-setup the trap.
There are a few types of birds that can be caught depending on your Hunter level with each giving different XP rates. Check the table below to learn more about them.
|1||Crimson swift||34||Feldip Hunter area|
|5||Golden warbler||47||Uzer Hunter area|
|9||Copper longtail||61||Piscatoris Hunter area and Kourend Woodland|
|11||Cerulean twitch||65||Rellekka Hunter area|
|19||Tropical wagtail||95||Feldip Hunter area|
Butterfly netting requires you to have a Butterfly net, Impling jar or Butterfly jar to use. It is used for catching Bats, Implings, and Butterflies with each requiring a different Hunter level.
This is done by left-clicking the creature while having the required tool to catch it.
These tools can be bought from some Hunter shops such as Aleck’s Hunter Emporium in Yanille
This trapping method is used for catching Ferrets and Chinchompas requiring the completion of Eagles’ Peak and having a certain Hunter level for each type of these creatures.
The player should set up the Trap in the creature’s area waiting for one of them to pass through it. The chance to catch the creature is highly depending on your Hunter level.
Once the creature is caught, you will be able to see a “check” option when you right-click the trap. If you fail, you will have to re-setup the trap.
|27||Ferret||115||Piscatoris Hunter area|
|53||Chinchompa||198||Piscatoris Hunter area and Kourend Woodland|
|63||Carnivorous chinchompa||265||Feldip Hunter area, red chinchompa hunting ground and Gwenith Hunter area|
It is a type of traps that can be used to catch Maniacal Monkeys and Kebbits. Each type of these creatures requires a certain Hunter level to catch. Having a Knife, Logs and/or Banana in your inventory is also required to be able to catch them.
The boulder will fall on the creature if it was successfully caught. If not the player will have to set up the boulder again back from its original position.
|23||Wild kebbit||128||Piscatoris Hunter area|
|33||Barb-tailed kebbit||168||Feldip Hunter area|
|37||Prickly kebbit||204||Piscatoris Hunter area|
|51||Sabre-toothed kebbit||200||Rellekka Hunter area|
|60||Maniacal monkey||1,000||Kruk’s Dungeon|
Drift Net Fishing
This method is used to train Fishing and Hunter at the same time and it is done underwater in the underwater area of Fossil’s Island. It requires you to have a Drift Net in your inventory as well as having level 44 Hunter and level 47 Fishing to be able to catch Fish Shoals.
This Hunting method requires at least level 43 Hunter and is used for catching Kebbits. A Gyr Falcon is required in order to catch them and it can be obtained by renting it from Matthias in Piscatoris falconry area of the Piscatoris Hunter area for 500 coins.
|43||Spotted kebbit||104||Piscatoris falconry area|
|57||Dark kebbit||132||Piscatoris falconry area|
|69||Dashing kebbit||156||Piscatoris falconry area|
It is a trapping method used for catching Salamanders starting from level 29 Hunter. A Rope and Small Fishing Net are required to be in your inventory in order to be able to catch them.
To set up the trap, you should click on any Young Tree in the related Hunter Area and wait until the Salamander passes through it. If the trap fails, you will have to re-setup it again after collecting the Rope and the Small Fishing Net from the ground.
|29||Swamp lizard||152||Canifis Hunter area|
|47||Orange salamander||224||Uzer Hunter area|
|59||Red salamander||272||Ourania Hunter area|
|67||Black salamander||319||Boneyard Hunter area|
Magic Box Traps
A trap method to catch Imps requiring level 71 Hunter in order to set up the Magic Box. Imps can be found all over the map without any specific place to be found.
A trap that can be used in order to catch some creatures with each requiring a specific Hunter level and found in a specific Hunter Area. Logs and Knife must be in your inventory in order to set up the trap.
Teasing the creature is required until it jumps on the spiked pit, this can be done by using a Teasing Stick until the creature is caught.
Note that these creatures can attack you causing up to 7 Hitpoints damage.
|31||Spined larupia||180||Feldip Hunter area|
|41||Horned graahk||240||Karamja Hunter area|
|55||Sabre-toothed kyatt||300||Rellekka Hunter area|
Tracking allows you to catch some creatures such as Kebbits with each of these creatures requiring a specific Hunter level to be caught.
This is done by inspecting the scenery objects in the Habitat of the creature to uncover the tracks. You will have to follow these tracks until you find the creature. Right-click the creature while equipping a Noose Wand to catch it and loot from it.
Ring of pursuit will give you a 25% chance to reveal the tracks at once. This ring is made by casting Lvl-1 Enchant ( Level 7 Magic is required ) on any Opal ring.
|1||Polar kebbit||30||Rellekka Hunter area|
|3||Common kebbit||36||Piscatoris Hunter area|
|7||Feldip weasel||48||Feldip Hunter area|
|13||Desert devil||66||Uzer Hunter area|
|49||Razor-backed kebbit||348||Feldip Hunter area|
Note that Herbiboars requires using a Secateurs instead of Noose wand in order to pick the herbs from them. Secateurs can be bought from any Farming Shop.
Rabbit Snaring is a Hunter technique used for hunting Rabbits requiring level 27 Hunter. This can be done in the Piscatoris Hunter area requiring having a Ferret, Rabbit snare and completing the Eagles’ Peak Quest.
Flush a rabbit hole after setting up the Rabbit snare in order to catch White Rabbits.
Setting Multiple Traps
Some hunting methods allow you to set up multiple traps at the same time, but the number of traps is depending on your Hunter level. These hunting methods are the Net Traps, Box Traps, Rabbit Snares, and Bird Snares.
All Hunter Creatures
Each creature in the game has its own Habitat and the way each of these creatures is caught varies from one to the other. The table below will show everything regarding all the Hunter Creatures in the game.
|1||Polar Kebbit||Snow||Noose wand||30|
|1||Crimson swift||Jungle||Bird snare||34|
|3||Common kebbit||Woodland||Noose wand||36|
|5||Golden warbler||Desert||Bird snare||48|
|7||Feldip Weasel||Jungle||Noose wand||48|
|9||Copper longtail||Woodland||Bird snare||61|
|11||Cerulean twitch||Snow||Bird snare||64.67|
|13||Desert Devil||Desert||Noose wand||66|
|15||Ruby harvest||Woodland||Butterfly net||24|
|17||Baby impling||Worldwide/Puro-Puro||Butterfly net||25/20|
|19||Tropical wagtail||Jungle||Bird snare||95|
|22||Young impling||Worldwide/Puro-Puro||Butterfly net||65/48|
|25||Sapphire glacialis||Snow||Butterfly net||34|
|27||White rabbit||Woodland||Rabbit snare||144|
|28||Gourmet impling||Worldwide/Puro-Puro||Butterfly net||113/82|
|31||Spined larupia||Jungle||Pit Trap||180|
|35||Snowy knight||Snow||Butterfly net||44|
|35||Bluegill (with 43 Fishing)||Lake Molch||Cormorant||16.5|
|36||Earth impling||Worldwide/Puro-Puro||Butterfly net||177/126|
|42||Essence impling||Worldwide/Puro-Puro||Butterfly net||225/160|
|45||Black warlock||Jungle||Butterfly net||54|
|49||Razor-backed kebbit||Woodland||Noose wand||348|
|50||Eclectic impling||Worldwide/Puro-Puro||Butterfly net||289/205|
|51||Common tench (with 56 Fishing)||Lake Molch||Cormorant||45|
|58||Nature impling||Worldwide/Puro-Puro||Butterfly net||353/250|
|59||Red salamander||Lava – Chaos Temple||Net||272|
|60||Maniacal monkey||Kruk’s Dungeon||Pitfall||1,000|
|63||Carnivorous chinchompa||Jungle||Box trap||265|
|65||Magpie impling||Worldwide/Puro-Puro||Butterfly net||409/289|
|67||Black salamander||Lava – Wilderness||Net||304|
|68||Mottled eel (with 73 Fishing)||Lake Molch||Cormorant||90|
|73||Black chinchompa||Wilderness||Box trap||265|
|74||Ninja impling||Worldwide/Puro-Puro||Butterfly net||481/339|
|80||Crystal impling||Prifddinas||Butterfly Net||280|
|80||Herbiboar||Fossil Island||Noose Wand||1950|
|83||Dragon impling||Worldwide/Puro-Puro||Butterfly net||553/390|
|87||Greater siren (with 91 Fishing)||Lake Molch||Cormorant||130|
|89||Lucky impling||Worldwide/Puro-Puro||Butterfly net||380/80|
Completing the following quests will grant you a good amount of Hunter XP enough to let you skip the first few levels.
|Quest||XP||Required Hunter Level||Other requirements|
|Natural history quiz||1,000||–||–|
|The Ascent of Arceuus||1,500||12||20% Arceuus favour|
|Monkey Madness II||15,000||60||69 Slayer, 70 Crafting, 55 Agility, 55 Thieving|
|Song of the Elves||20,000||70||70 Agility, 70 Construction, 70 Farming, 70 Herblore, 70 Mining, 70 Smithing, 70 Woodcutting|
Hunter Training – Level 1-99
All of the Hunter techniques below were explained earlier in the OSRS Hunter 101 section, so please refer to that section for more information about it.
Any Hunting Tool mentioned below can be bought from the Hunter Shops which were previously mentioned above.
Hunter Level 1-9
- Catching Crimson Swifts (34 XP / Bird).
Items Needed: Bird Snare
To catch Crimson swifts, you will need to set up a Bird Snare trap in the specific Hunter Area to catch them which is located southeast of the Feldip Hills area.
You should keep doing that repeatedly with one trap since you are below level 20. It is also recommended to drop all the loot you get (except for the Feathers) to train more efficiently.
Hunter Level 9-20
- Catching Copper Longtails (61 XP / Bird)
Items Needed: Bird Snare
Catching Copper Longtails requires a Bird Snare trap and this can be done in some specific Hunter Areas, one of them is located in Kourend Woodland. You will be able to use only one trap until you reach level 20.
You should drop all the loot you get except for the Feathers since they are stackable.
Hunter Level 20-29
- Catching Tropical Wagtails (95 XP / Bird).
Items Needed: Bird Snare
You will only be able to catch Tropical Wagtails by using a Bird Snare Trap which is done in the western side of the Hunter Area in Feldip Hills. You will be able to use two traps since you are now above level 20 which means the XP rates will be kinda boosted.
Hunter Level 29-47
- Catching Swamp Lizards (152 XP / Lizard).
Items Needed: Ropes and Small Fishing Nets
Other Requirements: Completion of Priest in Peril Quest.
To catch Swamp Lizards, you will have to set up a Net trap in the specific Hunter Area for these Lizards which is located southeast of Canifis. Accessing to Canifis requires the completion of Priest in Peril Quest.
Setting up a Net trap requires having a Rope and Small Fishing Net in your inventory for each trap. Before reaching level 40, you will be able to only set up 2 traps at a time, but 3 Traps will be used above level 40.
It is highly recommended to drop the Lizards caught instead of banking them to train more efficiently.
Hunter Level 47-60
- Catching Orange Salamanders (224 / Salamander).
Items Needed: Ropes and Small Fishing Nets
Recommended items: Waterskins
Catching Orange Salamanders is done in the desert just southeast of Shantay Pass. To survive the desert heat, you will need to have waterskins in your inventory.
A Net trap is the only way to catch Orange Salamanders which requires a Rope and Small Fishing Net in your inventory. You will be able to set up only 3 traps at a time to catch the Salamanders. It is also recommended to drop the Salamanders for better XP rates instead of depositing them in a bank.
Hunter Level 60-70
- Catching Red Salamanders (272 XP / Salamander).
Items Needed: Ropes and Small Fishing Nets
Just like Orange Salamanders, you will need to have a Rope and a Small Fishing Net in your inventory in order to set up a Net trap for the Red Salamanders. This can be done in the Hunter Area located just south of Ourania Altar.
Four trap can be used during this process and the Salamanders should be released when you get a full inventory for more efficient training.
Hunter Level 70-99
- Catching Red Chinchompas (256 XP / Chinchompas).
Items Needed: Box Traps
In order to catch Red Chinchompas, you will need to have set up Box Traps in their Hunter Area which is found in Feldip Hills Hunter Area. Additionally, you can unlock another Hunter Area located in the dungeon just near the Feldip Hills Hunter Area but it requires you to complete the Hard Western Provinces Diaries.
There is also a new Hunter Area for Red Chinchompas which is located just north of Prifddinas which requires the completion of Song of the Elves Quest.
A total of four traps can be used at this level resulting in more efficient training.
Note that you shouldn’t drop the Chinchompas since they are stackable and a very good source of money if you sell them at the Grand Exchange.
This method is actually used to make money through the Hunter skill.
Alternative Hunter Training Methods
All the methods mentioned below will be a mix of Alternative methods and money-making methods if you are bored of the previously mentioned methods.
Catching Black Chinchompas
Items Needed: Box Traps & a Quick Teleport
Required Level: 73+
Recommended Level: 80+
This is a very good method to make money while training but the downside of it is being located right in the Wilderness. That means dying there will result in losing all of your Black Chinchompas, so it is advised to have a quick teleport method like any teleport tablet to use when you are attacked by others.
The Hunter Area for these creatures is located south-east of the Lava Maze in the Wilderness. They can only be caught by using Box Traps. You will be able to use 5 traps during this method, which is the maximum allowed traps you can use at this point, but since you are in the Wilderness, an extra trap may be used.
It is recommended to bring no gear and nothing at all aside from the Box Traps and the quick teleport method.
Catching Black Salamanders
Items Needed: Ropes, Small Fishing Nets & a Quick Teleport
Required Level: 70+
This method is won’t grant you any money since you will be dropping all the Salamanders you catch for a good XP ratio. Black Salamanders are found in the Wilderness in the Boneyard Hunter area. You can bring a Quick teleport with you in case somebody attacks you, but you really shouldn’t care since you won’t have anything to lose aside from the Ropes and fishing nets.
These Salamanders need a Net Trap to be caught, just like any other Salamanders.
Aerial Fishing Training (Hunter)
You can use the Aerial Fishing method to train Both Hunter and Fishing at the same time, but it is recommended to only focus on Hunter training and do both separately.
Everything about Aerial Fishing is explained in the Fishing guide, so please check it out for more information.