Old School Runescape – The Complete Woodcutting Guide

Follow our OSRS woodcutting guide in order to level the skill fast, and make some easy money in both low and high levels.

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Woodcutting is a very useful F2P that can be used in combination with Firemaking, Construction, and Fletching. Training this skill consists of chopping down the various trees all over the map. It can be down in both F2P and P2P, but of course, P2P is faster and generally much better.

You can use it to make money at the low levels as well as the high levels by selling the Logs in the Grand Exchange, making it a good money-making way for the beginners. Every tree has a chance of depletion but the chance varies according to the type of tree.

As you level up, you will be able to use better axes and chop down the trees much faster. Having a high Attack level is also useful as you will be able to equip the Axe so you can save 1 inventory slot.

In this article, we will be introducing the best way to reach level 99 as well as how to make money while training which is not so efficient be useful to get some money off Woodcutting. The following methods are mostly AFK and do not require much attention.

Make sure to check out all 23 OSRS skills in our relevant guide.

OSRS Woodcutting 101

Trees Chopping, Old School Runescape
Trees Chopping, Old School Runescape

Chopping down a tree requires you to have an Axe in your inventory or equipped. Clicking on the tree is what you do to chop it down to obtain Logs of the corresponding tree.

Each tree in the game requires you to have a certain Woodcutting level to chop it down, the higher level you are, the faster you chop it down.

Tree Name Location Logs Earned Required Woodcutting Level Woodcutting XP
Tree Everywhere Logs 1 25
Dying tree Varrock, Lumber Yard Logs 1.00 25
Dead tree Haunted’ or ‘Dark’ forests, such as in the Wilderness, around Draynor Manor or in many areas of Morytania, such as the Haunted Woods Logs 1.00 25
Evergreen Camelot, Taverley, Barbarian Village Logs 1.00 25
Jungle tree Karamja Logs 1.00 25
Achey tree In the Feldip Hills and south of Castle Wars Achey logs 1.00 25
Oak Many forests Oak logs 15.00 37.5
Willow Near most bodies of water (e.g. Draynor Village, Catherby) Willow logs 30.00 67.5
Teak tree Several in the Hardwood Grove in Tai Bwo Wannai Village and on Etceteria, and one tree in the woods south of Castle Wars Teak logs 35.00 85
Maple tree Near Seers’ Village and Sinclair Mansion, Corsair Cove Resource Area Maple logs 45.00 100
Arctic pine On Neitiznot Arctic pine logs 56.00 140
Hollow tree Haunted Woods Bark 45.00 UP to 357
Mahogany tree Several in the Hardwood Grove in Tai Bwo Wannai Village, on Etceteria, and on Ape Atoll, Kebos Lowlands Mahogany logs 50 125
Yew tree Many forests, namely south of Seers’ Village, Woodcutting Guild Yew logs 60 175
Magic tree Lletya, Mage Training Arena, around Sorcerer’s Tower, Resource Area Woodcutting Guild, Myths’ Guild Magic logs 75 250
Redwood tree Woodcutting Guild Redwood logs 90 380

Selling the Logs at the Grand Exchange is totally up to you, but it is advised to drop them at the early levels so you can gain XP more efficiently as you won’t have to run to a bank.

Axes

There are different types of Axes to chop down the trees, each has a required Woodcutting level to use and a required Attack level to equip. Using a better Axe means you will chop down the tree in a shorter time. The table below is showing the required levels you need to know about each Axe.

Item Woodcutting Level Attack Level
Bronze axe 1 1
Iron axe 1 1
Steel axe 6 5
Black axe 11 10
Mithril axe 21 20
Adamant axe 31 30
Rune axe 41 40
Dragon axe 61 60
Blessed axe 21 20
3rd age axe 61 65
Infernal axe 61 60
Crystal axe 71 70

Note that the Crystal Axe also requires level 50 Agility to be equipped only, that means you can still use it without having the Agility level.

Machetes are mainly used for quests or cut down the dense jungle at the Tai Bwo Wannai village, but they cannot be used to chop down the trees.

Woodcutting Guild

Woodcutting Guild Location, Old School Runescape
Woodcutting Guild Location, Old School Runescape

The Woodcutting guild is accessible upon reaching level 60 in Woodcutting. Entering the guild will provide you with an invisible boost of 7 woodcutting levels which will increase your chopping rate. However, this boost will not allow you to chop trees above your actual Woodcutting level.

The invisible boost will stack with any other Woodcutting boost such as the Dragon Axe Special Attack boost. Note that boosting above level 99 will have no effect on the chopping rate but inside the guild, you will be able to chop at a faster rate by boosting above level 99 using a Woodcutting cape or a Dragon Axe boost.

The guild is located in the south-western part of the Hosidius region and it requires having 75% Hosidius favour alongside 60 Woodcutting level to gain access to it.

Depletion Chance

Depleted Tree, Old School Runescape
Depleted Tree, Old School Runescape

Each tree in the game has a chance to deplete in a shorter time than it would normally do. This chance is always(trees that give more than 1 log) 1/8 except for Redwood tree which is 1/11 and Mature Juniper tree which is 1/16.

Bird Nests

Bird’s nest is an item that may be received upon cutting a tree (except for Redwood trees) with a chance of 1/256. The nest may contain Tree seeds, Fruit tree seeds, Bird’s egg or Jewellery rings.

The seeds are used for Farming, Jewellery rings can be sold for money and the Bird’s egg is offered for the shrine for 100 Prayer XP at the Woodcutting Guild.

A chance of 1/300 to obtain a piece of the Evil Chicken outfit is applied when you offer the Bird’s eggs.

Equipping Strung Rabbit Foot necklace increases the chance of finding a Bird’s egg inside the Bird’s Nest from 3/100 to 3/95.

Useful Woodcutting Training Items

Using the items below are going to help you a bit with training, but they are not required to follow our guide.

Lumberjack outfit

Lumberjack Outfit, Old School Runescape
Lumberjack Outfit, Old School Runescape

It is an outfit that gives a Woodcutting XP boost when equipped. A level 44 Woodcutting is required to equip it and each piece of it gives a part of the total XP boost. The full outfit gives a 2% XP boost with a bonus of 0.5% when its fully equipped which makes the total 2.5%.

This outfit is only obtained by killing Undead Lumberjacks in the Temple Trekking minigame.

Strung Rabbit Foot

It increases the chance of finding a Bird’s egg from 3/100 to 3/95 which is found inside the Bird Nests. Strung Rabbit Foot requires level 24 Hunter to be worn and it can be obtained by snare trapping rabbits. The completion of Eagles’ Peak quest is required to snare rabbits.

The Rabbit foot obtained by snaring rabbits is used with a Ball of wool to craft the necklace but it requires level 37 Crafting.

Woodcutting Quests

Complete most of these quests depending on your levels if you wanna skip the early levels while making your way to the max quest points. It is not recommended or required just choose what suits you.

Quest XP Required Woodcutting Level Other requirements
Enlightened Journey 1,500 20 Quest Points, 20 Firemaking, 30 Farming, 36 Crafting
Recipe for Disaster (Skrach Uglogwee subquest) 1,500 41 Cooking, 20 Firemaking
Heroes’ Quest 1,575 55 Quest Points, 53 Cooking, 53 Fishing, 25 Herblore, 50 Mining
Monk’s Friend 2,000
Animal Magnetism 2,500 35 18 Slayer, 19 Crafting, 30 Ranged
The Eyes of Glouphrie 2,500 25 5 Construction, 46 Magic
The Fremennik Trials 2,812 40 25 Fletching
Icthlarin’s Little Helper 4,000
The Fremennik Isles 10,000 56 20 Construction, 40 Agility
Grim Tales 14,000 71 58 Thieving, 45 Farming, 52 Herblore, 59 Agility
Song of the Elves 20,000 70 70 Agility, 70 Construction, 70 Farming, 70 Herblore, 70 Hunter, 70 Mining, 70 Smithing

Woodcutting Training – Level 1-99

Follow the training methods below to reach level 99 Woodcutting as fast as possible without considering making money. Getting level 99 should be your main target in this guide, so don’t think about anything else.

Redirect to OSRS Woodcutting 101 section to fully understand how to train Woodcutting before following the guide below.

Woodcutting Level 1-15

Normal Tree, Old School Runescape
Normal Tree, Old School Runescape

  • Cutting Regular Trees (25 XP / Log).

Required Items: The best Axe you can use

Regular Trees can be found almost everywhere in the game and cutting them doesn’t take much time. The Logs you get off cutting these Trees are totally cheap and it is recommended to drop them instead of depositing them in your bank for more efficient training.

Beginners tend to sell the Logs for some money, so if you really need these few coins, you can definitely sell them at the Grand Exchange.

Woodcutting Level 15-30

Oak Tree, Old School Runescape
Oak Tree, Old School Runescape

  • Cutting Oak Trees (37.5 XP / Log).

Required Items: The best Axe you can use

These Trees are located in many places in the game such as the location east of Draynor Village’s bank. It is recommended to drop the Logs instead of banking them since they are cheap and it is better to focus on the XP.

Cutting Oak Trees is kinda AFK as you have a chance to get more than one log by cutting one tree.

Woodcutting Level 30-60

Willow Tree, Old School Runescape
Willow Tree, Old School Runescape

  • Cutting Willow Trees (67.5 XP / Log).

Required Items: The best Axe you can use

Cutting Willow Trees is fairly AFK because you have a chance to get more than one log from the same tree. These Trees can be found in many spots, but the spot south of Rimmington is very good since you can find 10 trees over there. There is also a chance to find Bird’s Nest by chopping Willow Trees.

Dropping the Logs is recommended so you can train the skill more efficiently since it is not the best way to make money.

Woodcutting Level 60-90

Maple Tree, Old School Runescape
Maple Tree, Old School Runescape

  • Cutting Maple Trees (100 XP / Log).

Required Items: The best Axe you can use
Other Requirements: 75% Hosidius Favor

Cutting Maple Trees can be done once you reach level 45, but it is recommended to do it at level 60 Woodcutting as you will be able to access the Woodcutting Guild for the extra boost there.

It is better to drop the Logs instead of moving them to a Bank since they are very cheap. Generally, you should be focusing on getting the highest XP possible, not the best money you can make.

Woodcutting Level 90-99

Redwood Tree, Old School Runescape
Redwood Tree, Old School Runescape

  • Cutting Redwood trees (380 XP / Log).

Required Items: The best Axe you can use
Other Requirements: 75% Hosidius Favor

Cutting Redwood trees can be done inside the Woodcutting guild where you can find two trees with each having two levels. The first level can be accessed by using the rope ladders, and the second level can be accessed through the carved entrance in the middle of the tree (between the two trees).

These trees have the lowest chance of depletion among all the Trees in the game making it the best way to be AFK training Woodcutting until level 99. It is not worth to bank the Logs because they won’t make you much money by selling them, so you better drop them all.

You can also still bank the Logs if you want some decent money while training which can be done through the Bank Chest located in the Guild.

Alternative Woodcutting Training Method

The training method below is just an alternative to the main guide in case it was partially unavailable for you to follow.

Cutting Teak Trees

Teak Tree, Old School Runescape
Teak Tree, Old School Runescape

Recommended level: 45+
Required Items: The best Axe you can use & any Greegree
Partial Completion of: Monkey Madness Quest

Cutting Teak Trees can be done in some places, but the best place to do it for XP is at Ape Atoll once you gain access to it during Monkey Madness Quest.

The place where you can cut these trees on Ape Atoll is dangerous and you will be attacked by the monsters in the area unless you wear a Greegree which is obtained during the Monkey Madness Quest.

Completing Monkey Madness II will prevent any monster in the area to attack you, so you won’t even need a Greegree. But since Monkey Madness II has very high requirements, you can just use the Greegree.

It is recommended to drop the Logs to empty your inventory instead of banking them to be more efficient XP-wise, but you can still teleport to a bank using Ring of Dueling. You can teleport back to the spot in Ape Atoll by using Ape Atoll Teleport Table but this can only be done if you Complete Monkey Madness Quest.

Ring of Dueling can be obtained by casting Lvl-2 Enchant (requires level 27 Magic) on an Emerald Ring or can be bought from the Grand Exchange.

This method can be so slow, but it also means you can be AFK while doing it.

Woodcutting Money Making

Woodcutting isn’t the best skill to make money off, it is just helpful for the low-level players to gain some money by selling their logs instead of focusing on the training. So my advice is to just focus on training and make money somewhere else.

Cutting Magic Trees

Magic Tree, Old School Runescape
Magic Tree, Old School Runescape

Required level: 75+
Recommended level: 90+
Required Items: The best Axe you can use
Other Requirements: 75% Hosidius favor
GP/Hour: 120K
XP/Hour: 30K

The best place to cut Magic Trees for money is inside the Woodcutting guild which requires level 60 Woodcutting and 75% Hosidius favor to access. Inside the guild, you will find 8 trees in addition to the invisible Woodcutting boost over there.

Each set of Magic Logs can be sold for around 900 coins at the Grand Exchange which arguably a good money making method. The spot inside the Woodcutting Guild is also very close to a bank chest. This method is AFK and doesn’t require much attention.

You can also still get some decent XP off cutting Magic trees, so it is not a bad idea to gain some money while training your Woodcutting skill.

Rimuru
Rimuru
Petroleum engineer that hates his career. Playing various genres of games for 5~8 hours/day. Ambitious, perfectionist and always looking for areas of improvement. Currently learning various stuff & playing OSRS.

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