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This article is about the fletching skill. For information on training fletching, see fletching training.
A player uses the Fletching skill to carve a log.
A detailed image of the Fletching icon

The Fletching skill involves the making of bows and arrows. The products of this skill are primarily used in the Ranged skill. It also provides material with relatively high alchemy prices, so its products are often used to train Magic as well.

At higher Fletching levels, the skill can be trained without losing any coins, although a decent amount of working capital is very useful. A general rule of thumb for fletchers is to wait until you hear 3 "plucks" of the log being stringed to know when you're done. This is an especially helpful tip for those who tend to be multitasking on other things when fletching. The plucking noise only applies to unstrung bows being strung though. Generally, however, each 5 logs that are fletched result in one plucking sound. Since 14 is the number most commonly used for fletching (14 of one type of log, 14 bowstrings), around 3 plucks are needed. Of course, if you are just cutting the logs with your knife then all you need to do is wait until you do not hear any more animation of the cutting to check back on your character. The current minimum requirement to be ranked (at rank 2,000,000) on the hiscores for Fletching is level 30.


Materials used


Picture Item Notes
File:Knife.PNG Knife Knives are used to whittle wood into unstrung bows/crossbows or arrow shafts. You can find one in the Lumbridge Castle basement or  find one on a table in the Musa Point general store. Knives can be also be bought in the Catherby general store for a fixed price of 25 coins. They are used to cut logs. Also used in many different aspects throughout quests. When examined "a dangerous looking knife". A must have for any player. You could buy a knife for 105 coins.
File:Beaver pouch.gif Beaver The beaver acts like a knife. To fletch with a beaver you use your log on your beaver. You will need 33 summoning to summon this familiar. Current Price for Beaver pouch: 1,984coins.
File:chisel.png Chisel Used to cut gems the second time into bolt tips. Worth 20 coins
File:Normal Logs.PNG Logs Logs are obtained from trees via the Woodcutting skill or bought from fellow players or the Grand Exchange.
File:Sacred clay fletching knife.png Sacred clay fletching knife The Sacred Clay Fletching Knife is obtained from Stealing Creation with 20 Stealing Creation Points, They are used to cut logs. They give +100% experience bonus, or double XP. It disintegrates after a certain amount of Fletching experience is gained using it.
Volatile Clay Fletching Knife Volatile clay fletching knife The Volatile Clay Fletching Knife is obtained from Stealing Creation with 20 Stealing Creation Points, They are used to cut logs. They give +120% experience bonus, or 2.2x XP. It transforms back to seed after a certain amount of Fletching experience is gained using it.When Transforming, it transforms into a random volatile tool and uses 10% of its charges.

Making weapons


Picture Item Notes
File:Bow string.png Bow strings Bowstrings are one of the materials used to make bows. They can be spun from flax.
File:Flax.png Flax Flax can be picked in Seers' Village, in the Taverley courtyard right next to the fountain, on the Lunar Isle, directly south-east of The Grand Tree, and in Lletya. It can be spun into a bowstring on a spinning wheel. There is a spinning wheel on the 2nd floor of the house north of the churchyard. Spinning flax gains 15 Crafting experience. There is also one on Neitiznot, which is the closest one to a bank. Another spinning wheel can also be found on the second floor of Lumbridge Castle, which is just downstairs from a bank .Flax plants give multiple flax per plant but do not last forever. They require time to "grow" or spawn again. Flax is a common way of making money. Flax can be picked and sold(115gp each), or they can be spun into bowstrings to sell for more.


A player strings a crossbow with a crossbow string.
Picture Item Notes
File:Crossbow string.png Crossbow strings Crossbow strings are one of materials used to make crossbows. They can be spun from sinew and tree roots below magic trees.
File:Wood stock.png Crossbow stocks Fletched from logs and are used in the production of crossbows. Most can also be purchased at the crossbow stall in Keldagrim.
File:Blurite crossbow limbs.png Metal Limbs Smithed from metal bars, metal limbs are used in the production of crossbows. Most can also be purchased at the crossbow stall in Keldagrim.
File:Sinew.png Sinew Sinew can be made by using a piece of raw beef with a range and choosing to make sinew.

Making projectiles


Picture Item Notes
File:Rune Arrowheads.gif Arrow heads Arrow heads can be bought in a ranging shop or smithed. 15 arrowheads can be made from each bar.
File:Arrowshafts.png Arrow shafts Arrow shafts can be made by using a knife on a some logs. 15 shafts can be made from each pile of logs.
File:Grenwall spikes.PNG Grenwall spikes Grenwall Spikes can be used as an alternative for arrow shafts. These can be obtained by hunting Grenwalls
File:Feather.PNG Feathers Feathers can be acquired by killing chickens. Chickens drop an average of about five feathers each. Feathers can also be bought in various places such as Shantay Pass, Fishing Guild, Lumbridge Fishing Shop, Port Sarim, Shilo Village, Ava's Arrow Shop, and various other places.  Each shop has a player stock of 1000 feathers, and feathers can be bought for 11 each. You can use coloured feathers for this too, but they are more expensive most of the time. You can get coloured feathers from hunting.
File:Rune nails.png Nails Smithed from metal bars, nails are used in the production of Brutal arrows. (and construction)
File:Wolf Tips.gif Wolfbone Tips These can be made by using wolf bones with a chisel. They are used to create Ogre arrows.


Picture Item Notes
File:Barbed Tips.gif Barbed bolt tips Barbed tips are rewards from the Ranging Guild minigame.
File:Feather.PNG Feathers Feathers can be acquired by killing chickens. Chickens drop an average of about five feathers each. Feathers can also be bought in Port Sarim, the Fishing Guild, and Shantay Pass. Shantay no longer has unlimited stock, though feathers can still be bought for as low as one gold each.
File:Dragon Tips.gif Gem bolt tips Gem bolt tips are attached to finished bolts (use feathers with unfinished bolts) to make gem tipped bolts. They can be made by using the gem with a chisel. Every standard gem in RuneScape, including the Shilo Gems, (Opal, Jade, Red Topaz, Sapphire, Emerald, Ruby, Diamond, Dragonstone and Onyx) can be made into gem tips, needing higher fletching levels progressing upwards.
File:Pearl Tips.gif Pearl bolt tips Pearl bolt tips can be made by using a oyster pearl with a chisel.
File:Rune Unfinished Bolts.gif Unfinished Bolts Unfinished bolts can be smithed from metal bars. Each bar can smith 10 of these.


Picture Item Notes
File:Rune Dart Tips.gif Dart tips Dart tips can be smithed from metal bars. Players get 10 dart tips every bar.
File:Feather.PNG Feathers

Feathers can be acquired by killing chickens. Chickens drop an average of about fifteen feathers each. Feathers can also be bought in the Fishing Guild, Shantay Pass, Shilo Village shop, Port Sarim, and the Lumbridge fishing shop.

Making the items



A player stringing a Yew Longbow (u).

To fletch bows, a player must use a knife on a log to whittle a short bow or long bow of that wood. Then, bow string must be attached to the unstrung bow. Bows, especially Yew longbows and Magic longbows, are frequently high alched as a means of income or magic xp. Yew longbows are often made by many fletchers because of their high profit and Xp.

Bow Level Experience (unstrung)
Shortbow 5 5 10
Longbow 10 10 20
Oak shortbow 20 16.5 33
Oak longbow 25 25 50
Comp ogre bow 30 45 90
Willow shortbow 35 33.3 66.6
Willow longbow 40 41.5 83
Maple shortbow 50 50 100
Maple longbow 55 58.3 116.6
Yew shortbow 65 67.5 135
Yew longbow 70 75 150
Magic shortbow 80 83.3 166.6
Magic longbow 85 91.5 183

Players may now gain twice the normal experience per log that is made into a bow (u) with the new Sacred clay fletching knife that is awarded through the minigame, Stealing Creation, it costs 20 points to obtain. However, the knife will disintegrate after 500 uses. For more information, see Fletching training.


To make a crossbow, the player must first use a knife with a log to make a Crossbow stock. Then, the player needs to add some crossbow limbs (Made via Smithing). Finally, the player must string it with a Crossbow string.

Crossbow Stock Material Level Needed Exp for Stock/Stringing Exp For Limbs Total Exp
Bronze Crossbow Normal 9 6 12 24
Blurite Crossbow Oak 24 16 32 64
Iron Crossbow Willow 39 22 44 88
Steel Crossbow Teak 46 27 54 108
Mithril Crossbow Maple 54 32 64 128
Adamant Crossbow Mahogany 61 41 82 164
Rune Crossbow Yew 69 50 100 200



To fletch regular arrows, use a knife on logs to create arrow shafts. Each log yields 15 arrow shafts. Add feathers and arrow heads.

Achey logs can be whittled into Ogre arrow shafts. Each achey log yields between 2 and 6 arrow shafts. Four feathers are needed for each shaft. The shafts may be tipped with wolf bone arrow heads or with nails. Ogre shafts tipped with nails are called "brutals" and are especially useful for killing Zogres. Any type of metal may be used for the nails.

The following table shows experience per item made, although 15 items are made at a time.

Arrow Level Needed Experience Experience for 151
Arrow shafts 1 0.33 5
Headless arrows 1 1 15
Bronze arrows 1 2.6 39.5
Ogre arrows 5 3.8 57
Iron arrows 15 3.8 57.5
Steel arrows 30 6.3 95
Mithril arrows 45 8.8 132
Broad arrows2 52 15 225
Adamant arrows 60 11.3 169.5
Rune arrows 75 13.8 207.4
Dragon arrows 90 16.3 244.5

1For arrows with tips, experience includes 20 xp for the shaft (5 xp) and feathering (15 xp).
2Broad arrows can be made after buying the knowledge with Slayer reward points.


Bolts are made by using a metal bar at an anvil while you have a hammer in your inventory. This grants smithing experience. The bolts created in this process are unfinished and still require fletching (they need feathers). This part provides the fletching experience. Bolts are also the fastest way to acquire xp, and you will not lose much money. It's also great combined with smithing

The following table shows experience per item made and per 10 items made (the amount made per metal bar).

Bolt Type Required Fletching Level Experience (per bolt) Experience (per 10 bolts) Profit (per bolt)
Bronze bolts 9 0.5 5
Opal bolts 11 1.6 16 11
Blurite bolts 24 1 10 N/A
Kebbit bolts 32 0.97 5.8 (per 6 bolts) 14.5
Iron bolts 39 1.5 15 13
Pearl bolts 41 3.2 32 5
Long kebbit bolts 42 1.33 7.89 (per 6 bolts) 31
Silver bolts 43 2.5 25 8
Steel bolts 46 3.5 35 14
Red topaz bolts 48 3.9 39 5
Barbed bolts 51 9.5 95 17
Mithril bolts 54 5 50 2
Broad-tipped bolts* 55 3 30 20
Sapphire bolts 56 4.7 47
Emerald bolts 58 5.5 55 11
Mithril grapple 59 59 590
Adamantite bolts 61 7 70 2
Ruby bolts 63 6.3 63 11
Diamond bolts 65 7 70
Runite bolts 69 10 100
Dragon bolts 71 8.2 82 196
Onyx bolts 73 9.4 94

*Broad bolts may be made after buying the knowledge with Slayer reward points.


You can fletch darts by adding feathers to a smithed dart, noted that finishing Tourist Trap Quest is needed for making these.

Dart Level Needed Experience Given
Bronze dart 1 1.8
Iron dart 22 3.8
Steel dart 37 7.5
Mithril dart 52 11.2
Adamant dart 67 15
Rune dart 81 18.8
Dragon dart 95 25

Temporary boosts

99 Fletching

A player wearing a Fletching cape and performing the Skillcape emote.
File:Fletching-hood-inv.png File:Fletching-cape-inv.png File:Fletching-cape-(t)-inv.png Once a player has reached level 99 Fletching, Hickton in Catherby will sell the Fletching cape for 99,000 coins.


A player demonstrating the Fletching glitch.
  • When Jagex updated the chat filter at one time, which broke the communication from Classic to RS2, "fletching" was accidentally censored in chat (because it resembled the word "felching").
  • When the string-x feature was added, it actually made fletching slower since the string-x was slower than what players could manually do (since the feature is automatically used and cannot be disabled). However, most players consider this a worthy trade-off since it made fletching less physically tiring on their fingers.
  • 44 People have 200M XP in fletching, the 3rd most for any skill, which is the maximum XP anyone can achieve in this skill.
  • As of 8 November, 2009, 87,188 players have 99 fletching, making it the 3rd most popular 99 skill.
  • When stringing a bow and then running it will look as if the top half of your character is stringing the bow and the bottom half running. This might not be a glitch considering you can do two actions at the same time, such as run and eat
  • Fletching is the only members only skill to get 2,000,000 people on the highscores
  • This skill is very similar to Runecrafting due to creation of ammunitions.

See also

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