Making money in OSRS effectively is not easy, so we're revealing the best methods to grind tons of gold in no time (no AFK or F2P)!
Many OSRS beginners are wondering how to start making tons of gold, so that they can buy high-tier gear, and enjoy the game like the rest of the end-game players. Actually there are many methods to start making money, but in my opinion most of them are not worth it, based on the time needed, the complexity, how boring they are, and the low profits they offer, while being hard to master.
In this guide i will explain step-by-step the most efficient money making methods, where you will use your combat skills to kill monsters and bosses. You can’t use these techniques in F2P worlds, so you need to buy at least a 14-days membership to be able to do them. Don’t let that scare you though, simply check our detailed guide on how to get your first Bond (membership) for Free!
Most of the methods in this guide won’t require much, but i will also mention huge money making methods with high requirements. The following methods will be classified in terms of difficulty, so you can choose the most suitable method for you.
If you are new to Old School Runescape, make sure to check out the beginner’s guide to OSRS first, before you dive into the practices below.
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Leveling up or training your combat skills is extremely boring in OSRS, especially when you reach level 60 in all the combat skills, because it gets harder to level up. In general you can only be semi-afk and sometimes you can’t even be afk when it comes to combat training. Also most of the training methods are not profitable which makes you bothered even more.
So i’m going to show you how to kill Cave Horrors to level up your combat skills past level 60 while making some profits.
This method requires certain levels and the completion of certian quests of course, but it’s kinda easy to achieve them anyway.
The required quests :
The recommended levels of combat skills:
Note: This method requires Level 58 Slayer
The required items:
For the recommended gear, you can bring any gear you choose with high magic defense and bonus points to melee or ranged depends on which one of them you will train. So it’s all up to your budget and the completion of the quests required for certain items.
The Melee Gear example:
The Ranged Gear example:
The inventory setup:
To get there, use your Mos le’harmless teleport then walk east to the dungeon sign and enter the cave.
Instead, you can use the Trouble Brewing minigame teleport every 20 minutes, it’s kinda the same distance anyway.
Inside the cave you will find Albino bats and Cave Horrors , you should only kill Cave Horrors . Find a good spot and start killing them till you finish all your food and potions then use Mos le’harmless teleport again to bank your loot and repeat.
The idea of killing Cave Horrors is that they drop Black Mask which is a valuable item that can currently be sold for around 1.3M Gold. It’s drop rate is 1/512 and you will also get another decent items like herbs and seeds. So as you are training your combat skills, you are also making money, probably 400K~500K per hour excluding the Black Masks !
Killing Lizardman Shamans is one of the best money making methods in the game that requires very medium requirements and gives you huge profits in the long term. Simply you are killing them to obtain Dragon Warhammer as a drop which costs around 60M gold.
There are some requirements for sure, but it’s not that hard to achieve. First of all, you need to finish the following quests :
Then, you will need to achieve the following requirements:
Optional: If you are going to use Rune crossbow , then maybe you better achieve level 55 Slayer to access to Broad bolts which are fairly cheaper than Adamant boltswith the same strength.
Note: If you are going to use Blowpipe (which i highly recommend once you reach level 75 Ranged ), then use Adamant darts since they offer the best DPS in terms of price.
You can reach 100% Shayzien House favour by doing the following steps:
1Do the “Heal Injured Soldiers” Shayzien activity. To do that you will have to get yourself to the Infirmary tent which located in the Shayzien area, by using the Skills necklaceteleport to the Woodcutting Guild then walk northwest till you reach the tent.
Once you get there, talk to Nurse Boubou, choose to help the Wounded soldiers, go pick a full inventory of Medpacks from the other tent, then go inside the tent behind her and start healing the soldiers, which will give you 0.1% Shayzien favour for each soldier you heal.
When you are out of Medpacks , run back to the other tent and pick another full inventory and so on. Note that you can bring Stamina potions to speed up the process.
Keep doing the same process until you reach 40% favour. You can keep doing it till 100% but you will get bored, so it’s up to you.
2Do the “Tackle Organised Crime” Shayzien activity. To do that you will have to talk to Captain Ginea who is located in a tent just north of the Medpack’s tent, then ask him “Do you know of any meetings now?”, then he will give you information about the next meeting of the gang, such as where and when it will occur.
But keep in mind that you will need a decent armour and weapon to be able to kill the gang members. Once he gives you the information, you can check this Link to know where exactly they will appear. You should keep doing that until reaching 100% Shayzien favour.
By gaining 100% Shayzien favour, you’ll have access to the Shayzien Armour tier 5 and being able to kill the Lizardman Shamans .
To obtain the Shayzien Armour tier 5 , you will have to fight the 5 warriors in the combat ring just west of Captain Ginea, and kill each one of them 5 times until you obtain the full armour of each tier, then drop the 1~4 tier armour and keep the 5th armour. For sure you will need food, decent armour and a weapon to kill them so keep that in mind.
By wearing the Shayzien armour tier 5 , it will protect you from the poison attack of the Lizardman Shamans which can deal a huge damage to you.
Now you are almost ready to kill the Lizardman Shamans , but first you have to know how to get there, the gear you need, the inventory setup, the cannon placement and how to kill them.
The gear you’ll need:
The inventory setup:
How to get there:
To get there you can use the Xeric’s Talisman teleport to Xeric’s Inferno then walk south until you reach the area.
To get the Xeric’s Talisman you will have to kill the Lizardman Shamans first to obtain it as a drop, but you can use the Skills Necklace teleport to the Woodcutting Guild instead and walk northwest until you reach the area since it will be your first time to get there.
Note: you can also use the Fairy Ring transportation system which is the fastest way to shamans, but it requires starting the Fairy Tale II – Cure a Queen quest and getting permission from the Fairy Godfather.
Once you get there, you will have to check if the spot is taken or not by right clicking on the Soldier then choose “Canyon-count west Soldier” and he will scout the area for you.
If you get the following message in the chat box, then that means the spot is free. If not then you will have to hob to another world until you find a free spot.
When you find a free spot, use one dose of your Antidote++ potion , one dose of your Ranging potion and one dose of your Stamina potion . Then setup your Quick-prayers to Protect from Missiles and use the ladder to go down to the northwestern corner of the canyon.
Now step on the highlighted tile and click on your Dwarf Cannon to place it, but keep in mind that you make take damage as you place it, so be careful.
All you need to do now is attacking the Lizardman Shamans , reloading the cannon, reloading your prayer points, paying attention to the count down of your potions and avoid getting killed.
To avoid getting killed, you have to understand their attack styles, which i will explain down below:
The first attack style is Jumping, they will jump for 2 seconds and land on you dealing 20-25 unblockable damage as long as you are one tile or more away from the wall, so you will have to attack them while standing next to any wall in the Canyon.
The second attack style is Summoning Minions, these minions will run towards you and explode after a few seconds dealing 5-10 damage, but as long as you are 2 tiles away from them, they will deal no damage to you.
The third attack style is Melee, try avoid running near the Shamans or they will deal a huge damage to you.
The Fourth attack style is Poisonous Spit, which can’t deal any damage to you since you are wearing the Shayzien Armour tier 5 .
By the time you will get used to it and it will be so easy to kill them, also your kills per hour will increase as long as your Ranged level is increasing.
Your goal is to kill 80~150 Lizardman Shamans per trip, which should last for 40~60 minutes. The more you kill, the higher chance you may get Dragon Warhammer , because it’s drop chance is 1/5000.
By doing 6 trips daily or more, you can probably get the Dragon Warhammer in 7~8 days and sell it for 60M !
Note: you should expect 400K~700K gold per trip in the form of drops, so don’t worry about the cost of each trip, because you will make around 300K profit per trip.
Killing Brutal Black Dragons is very efficient way to make money and train your Ranged level as well, but the required Slayer level to be able to kill them makes this method kinda hard to utilize. So if you have the required Slayer level, it will be very efficient for you to utilize this method.
Gear setup (medium cost):
Gear setup (high cost):
Note: You can always mix between the two Setups above to get the best DPS possible based on your budget.
How to get there:
Use Skills Necklace to teleport to the Woodcutting Guild then walk all the way to the Catacombs of Kourend, and follow the path shown below to the spot. You’ll find a rope there which is used to unlock a shortcut, so climb it to unlock the shortcut.
After unlocking the shortcut, you can now use Xeric’s Talisman teleport to Xeric’s Inferno then walk all the way to the shortcut to get to the spot faster.
Once you are there, use your potions and set your quick-prayers to Protect From Magic and Eagle Eye . While killing the dragons, you can make up to 1.5M Gold per hour, not to mention the rare drops such as Draconic Visage which costs around 8M Gold !
Killing Demonic Gorillas is good way to train your Combat skills while making good amount of money. It’s fighting mechanism is kinda hard, but you will get used to it in a short time.
In this guide, i’m going to mention the Void setup only to make it easier for beginners. When you get used to it, you can then bring more switches.
How to get there:
Use your Grand Seed Pod to teleport to Tree Gnome Stronghold, then walk northwest till you reach the fence’s gap.
Walk through the gap, then keep walking northeast until you reach the cavern entrance.
Inside the Cave, you should follow the path shown below to reach the spot, which is basically walking east, then north, then west.
How to Kill:
Demonic Gorillas have the ability to cast prayers just like you, they will pray Protect From Missiles if you are using Ranged, and Protect From Melee if you are using Melee. They will switch between prayers once you deal more than 50 damage to them with the attack style, for example:
So you will have to switch to the other attack style to keep damaging them once they change their prayers.
They can also use the 3 types of attack styles (Ranged, Melee, Magic), they will switch between styles once they perform 3 attacks of one of the styles.
That’s why you have to use RuneLite , because it will show you when they will change their attack style, in form of a counter above their prayers, then you will be able to switch your prayers faster.
So if they use Ranged, you pray Protect From Missiles , if they use Melee, you pray Protect From Melee , if they use Magic, you pray Protect From Magic .
They can also use a special attack, which is a falling boulder from the roof, but it’s pretty easy to dodge.
The fighting mechanism is kinda complicated, but you will get used to it quickly. By doing that, you can get up to 2.2M Gold per hour, not to mention the unique drops such as Zenyte Shard which costs 14M and has a drop chance of 1/300.
Killing Vorkath is one of the best endgame money making methods, which can be utilized to make around 2~3M Gold per hour. Actually it requires high requirements including the completion of a very hard quest, but what you need to know is that Vorkath is arguably the easiest endgame boss in OSRS, which makes the effort to achieve these requirements is very worthy.
The Gear Setup (low cost):
The Gear Setup (high cost):
Inventory Setup (Blowpipe):
Inventory Setup (Dragon Hunter Crossbow):
How to get there and out from there:
The fastest way to get there is to be on World #330 since it’s the house party world, use the House teleport (runes), then find a host with high Construction level and enter his/her house and use the Portal Nexus to teleport to Lunar Isle.
On Lunar Isle, you will find a bank to store the loot and to prepare your inventory for each trip, then speak to the nearby NPC to kick you out to Rellekka and from there you can teleport to Vorkath by using Fremennik Boat.
To get out of there, you have to use the House teleport again, but this time you will have to drink from the Ornate Rejuvenation Pool to restore your stats before using Portal Nexus.
How to kill:
Killing Vorkath is easy and you will get used to it the more you kill it, but you will find it kinda hard at the beginning of course.
First of all Vorkath has a melee attack which deals huge damage, so don’t stand ever next to it. Once you are there, use one dose of Ranging potion , one dose of Extended Antifire potion , use your quick-prayers and start killing it.
If you are going to use Blowpipe , then use Protect From Magic and Eagle Eye or Rigour , if not, then use Protect From Missiles and Eagle Eye or Rigour , because while using Blowpipe , the boss will deal huge magic damage to you from it’s dragonfire attacks since you can’t use Anti-Dragon Shield . But if you are using Dragon Hunter Crossbow , you will be able to use the shield (plus the potion) to mitigate the magic damage.
Note: you will still get damaged from the ranged attack while using Blowpipe which has a max hit of 35. Also the same applies to Dragon Hunter Crossbow , but it will be the magic non-dragonfire attack which has a max hit of 30.
This boss has 3 different dragonfire attacks, each one has it’s own effect.
1- Green Dragonfire: can inflict venom, if it does then you will have to use Anti-venom dose to negate it.
2- Orange Dragonfire: normal dragonfire, has no effect.
3- Pink Dragonfire: will turn off your quick-prayers, so all you have to do is to turn it on again.
There’s also 1 devastating attack which is called Dragonfire Bomb, it can deal 60~121 damage depends on the distance between you and it’s landing tile. All you have to do is to run 2 tile away at least from the impact to avoid it completely.
In addition to all of the mentioned attack styles, Vorkath will use 1 special attack every 7 regular attacks.
There are 2 special attacks:
1- White Dragonfire: it will freeze you and summon a minion which will explode dealing around 60 damage to you depends on the minion’s HP. So to negate it, you have to cast Crumble Undead on the minion quickly to prevent it from reaching you.
2- Acid Phase: in general, you must turn off your run energy while being in combat with Vorkath just for this specific phase. This phase consists of throwing acid on some tiles and casting rapid dragonfire balls towards you.
The acid on the tiles will deal 5~10 damage to you and heal the boss every time you walk on it, so you will have to avoid walking on it.
The rapid dragonfire balls will deal 20~36 damage to you for each ball hits you, so to negate it you will have to keep walking (not running) on a row of non-acidic tiles back and forth.
Note: you must not wait until your character reaches the tile you clicked on, you must click on the tile which located at the opposite end of the row and repeat.
When you die at Vorkath , you can get your items back by paying 100K Gold to Torfinn near the Fremennik Boat.
Some important notes:
Killing Vorkath gives you huge profits per hour, but you can also get some unique drops, such as Draconic Visage and Skeletal Visage . Both have prices of 8M Gold and 37M Gold respectively and a drop chance of 1/5000.
That’s all, hope you find a suitable method for your account to start making money. Stay tuned for more guides in the future. Feel free to ask me any question through the comments !