Woodcutting (abbreviated as WC) is a skill that involves players chopping down different types of trees spread throughout Gielinor. It is one of the most popular non-combat skills in free play. For each tree, a minimum Woodcutting level is required, and a hatchet that is used to cut it. The current minimum requirement to be ranked (at rank 2,000,000) on the hiscores for Woodcutting is level 63.
As a player chops down a tree of a certain type, the corresponding type of logs will appear in their inventory. The player can then light the logs with a tinderbox (or with a bow if the player is a member who has completed Barbarian Training) to raise their Firemaking skill, cut them with a knife and make them into bows using the Fletching skill in members, or sell them to other players for money.
Woodcutting is a very popular skill, as selling the logs cut from higher level trees to other players can make a considerable amount of money. It is also relatively easy to raise as compared to many other skills. As of 27 January 2010 there are 57,990 players with level 99 Woodcutting.
The first trees that could be chopped down were created in DeviousMUD, RuneScape's beta version. The forest was created 13 days after the beta's release; hence, Woodcutting was not released with the beta.
In order to chop a tree, a player will need to have a hatchet, (which was previously known as an axe but was changed in 2009 to distinguish between battleaxes, pickaxes and axes.) Hatchets are not to be confused with battleaxes that cannot cut down trees and are only used for combat, nor with pickaxes, which are used for mining.
The following 10 types of hatchets are available in RuneScape: Bronze, Iron, Steel, Black, Mithril, Adamant, Rune, Clay (Stealing Creation), Dragon, and the Inferno Adze. The Dragon hatchet, clay hatchet, and Inferno Adze are members-only hatchets; the rest are available to all players. Hatchets can be bought from Bob's Axes (located in Lumbridge), bought from the Grand Exchange, or smithed by players using the Smithing skill (except Black hatchets, dragon hatchets and the Inferno Adze, which cannot be smithed.) (Hatchets can also be acquired from drops, trades, general stores, etc.) However, Bob only sells Iron and Steel hatchets, along with Bronze hatchets. Players will have to buy better hatchets from other players, buy them from the Grand Exchange, or smith the hatchets themselves. The Inferno Adze is a reward from the All fired up minigame.
To chop down a given variety of tree, players will need a certain Woodcutting level. For example, a player will need a Woodcutting level of 75 to cut a Magic tree. A certain Woodcutting level is also required to use each hatchet. For example, a player will need a Woodcutting level of 41 to use a Rune hatchet. Also, if a player wants to wield a hatchet, then an Attack level is required. For example, a player will need an attack level of 40 to wield a Rune hatchet. In most cases, it requires 1 less level to wield a hatchet than it is to use it for chopping wood. An exception is the Inferno Adze, which requires level 92 Firemaking and level 61 Woodcutting to use, but it requires level 1 Attack to wield. It is recommended that players wield their hatchet so that they have one more space in their inventory, allowing them to carry more logs.
Trees are easy to find, as they are located throughout RuneScape. (The exception to this is Morytania or The Wilderness, where many the trees cannot be chopped down, only examined.) To cut a tree, players have to find one and then left-click on it. When the player is done cutting, they can then set the logs on fire with a tinderbox to obtain Firemaking experience, fletch them if they are a member, or sell them to other players.
Free players can only cut regular, Oak, Willow, and Yew trees. However, even though there are no Maple trees in the free world, members can bring maple logs to free worlds and any player can trade them and burn them. These different types of trees are listed below.
A Common Tree
An Achey Tree (m)
An Oak Tree
A Willow Tree
A Teak Tree (m)
A Maple Tree (m)
A Hollow Tree (m)
A Mahogany Tree (m)
An Arctic Pine Tree (m)
An Eucalyptus Tree (m)
A Yew Tree
A Magic Tree (m)
The one and only Cursed Magic Tree (m)
Choking ivy (m)
The "(m)" signifies "members-only" trees.
|Normal||1||25||No||Normal trees include dead trees, jungle trees and evergreen trees, as they give the same amount of experience and type of logs. These trees are the most common in RuneScape, as they can be found almost everywhere.|
|Achey||1||25||Yes||These trees are used for the members-only quest Big Chompy Bird Hunting, to make Ogre bows and arrows, as well as other ogre-related quests.|
|Oak||15||37.5||No||These trees are fairly common in RuneScape. They are nearby many cities, allowing quick access to a bank.|
|Willow||30||67.5||No||These trees are found near water. Some places they are found at include Port Sarim, Draynor Village, Lumbridge, south of Rimmington, Catherby and Seers' Village. A very common place for members to woodcut these is the barbarian outpost as there is deposit box and many willow trees nearby.|
|Teak||35||85||Yes||These trees can be found in the Hardwood Grove by Tai Bwo Wannai, a village on member servers, a single tree in the woods south of Castle Wars, Ape Atoll, an island inhabited by monkeys, three trees found next to dungeon entrance, requirements are completion of monkey madness and having a monkey greegree. Players must pay 100 trading sticks, the currency in Tai Bwo Wannai, each time they enter the Hardwood Grove. They are also found in the Kharazi Jungle , Mos Le'Harmless and near the Ruins of Uzer.|
|Maple||45||100||Yes||Maple trees can only be found on members-only servers. However, the logs can be traded in and burned in free worlds by free players and members. Players can get 110 experience if they chop in Seers' Village and have a Seers' headband equipped and they can get 112 experience if they chop with the full Lumberjack clothing - where the hat is replaced by the headband, giving the most possible experience per log.|
|Yes||These are found east of Canifis, a village on members-only servers. A successful cut on a hollow tree will net 82.5 Woodcutting experience. Players who receive a piece of bark with their cut instead receive 357.7 Woodcutting experience.|
|Mahogany||50||125||Yes||These can be found in the Hardwood Grove by Tai Bwo Wannai, a village on member servers. Players must pay 100 trading sticks, the currency in Tai Bwo Wannai, each time they enter the fenced-in area where the trees are. They are also found on Ape Atoll, in the Kharazi Jungle and Mos Le'Harmless. Players cutting Mahogany trees will occasionally get a Special mahogany log, which they can take to the Sawmill for sale or free log conversion.|
|Arctic pine||54||140.2||Yes||These trees are found on the island of Neitiznot. These logs are more known for Firemaking experience than Woodcutting. They are also used to make Fremennik roundshields.|
|Eucalyptus||58||165||Yes||These trees are found only to the West of Oo'glog and are near Level 69-99 Ogresses. Outside of the quest, they are used only in Firemaking.|
|Yew||60||175||No||These trees give the most experience per log for free players. Free players can find these trees in Edgeville, south of Falador, north of Varrock Palace, in the Lumbridge graveyard and various other locations. Members-only spots are in the Seers' Village churchyard, west of Catherby, and other places. They are a good way for woodcutters to make money and gain experience.|
|Ivy||68||332.5||Yes||These grow on many walls of buildings around RuneScape, including the north wall of Varrock Palace and Falador walls, the east wall of the East Ardougne church, the south wall of Castle Wars, the north wall of Yanille and the lower wall of Taverly, North Wall Of Yanille. They give no logs, but they are used for fast experience at the expense of profit as they give the most EXP. Birds nests are often dropped of these tree's as a replacement of logs.|
|Magic||75||250||Yes||These trees are members-only. Cutting these trees takes time as they give logs at a comparatively slow rate. These trees are found at the Mage Training Arena, Sorcerer's Tower, south-west of Lletya and just a tiny bit east of the Ranging Guild. There are also a few just north of the agility course in the Gnome Stronghold and at the eastern edge. Some players observe that, because of the decreased success rate, magic logs are not as good for experience or money (per time) as yews until Woodcutting Level 95 or higher.|
|Cursed magic||82||275||Yes||These trees are members-only. They can only be cut after completing Spirit of Summer. There is only one cursed magic tree, found in the Spirit Realm's counterpart for Western Ruins.|
New players receive this hatchet when they finish training at Tutorial Island or during the tutorial quest at the beginning. Players can also get a free bronze hatchet from Bob's Axes in Lumbridge and can be smithed. One can also be found outside Farmer Fred's house, north of Lumbridge, and in the chicken house, on the east side of the river (north west of the cows).
|Iron||1||1||Iron hatchets can be bought from Bob's Axes in Lumbridge. They can also be smithed. Iron hatchets are better than bronze hatchets. If you are level 1-5 Woodcutting, these are recommended if you can afford it.|
|Steel||6||5||Steel hatchets can be bought from Bob's Axes in Lumbridge. They can also be smithed. Steel hatchets are better than iron hatchets.|
|Black||6||10||Black hatchets cannot be smithed, but are not rare monster drops and can be bought from players. Black hatchets are better than steel hatchets.|
|Mithril||21||20||Mithril hatchets can be bought from players or smithed. Mithril hatchets are better than black hatchets.|
|Adamant||31||30||Adamant hatchets can be bought from players or smithed. Adamant hatchets are better than mithril hatchets.|
|Rune||41||40||Rune hatchets can be bought from players or smithed. Rune hatchets are better than adamant hatchets. They are currently the best axe for F2P.|
|Sacred/Volatile Clay (members only)||40||40||Sacred or Volatile Clay Hatchets are obtained from the Stealing Creationminigame, as either a Volatile Tool or a Morphic Tool. This hatchet is members-only, and equivalent in power to a rune hatchet. The morphic tool gives 200% experience. The volatile tool gives 220% experience, but unlike the morphic tool it can only be transformed randomly to any of the 7 different tools 10 times using 10% of its charges each time, making the volatile a very poor tool for training only one skill alone.|
|Dragon (members only)||61||60||Dragon hatchets can be bought from players or obtained by killing Dagannoth Kings and cannot be smithed. These hatchets are members-only. Dragon hatchets are 5-10% better than rune hatchets.|
|Inferno adze(members only)||61||1||The Inferno adze is a reward from the All Fired Up minigame. Needs 92 Firemaking as well as a few other skill requirements (for some beacons) to get and use. It can be used as a woodcutting hatchet (equivalent cutting speed to the dragon hatchet) or a mining pickaxe (equivalent mining speed to the rune pickaxe), with an added effect of a rough 30% chance of burning logs as they are cut.|
To cut a jungle, players cannot use a hatchet. Instead, they need a machete, which must be wielded. There is no attack or woodcutting level required to wield any kind of machete.
Ordinary machetes can be bought from the general stores in Tai Bwo Wannai or Shilo Village. Opal, jade, and red topaz machetes are somewhat rarer, and can only be bought from Gabooty with trading sticks. All machetes are tradeable as well, and can be bought or sold on the Grand Exchange.
|Machete||Image||Price in store||Notes|
|Machete||57 coins||This is the slowest of the four types of machetes. It can be bought from Tai Bwo Wannai's general store, the Shilo Village general store, from Radimus Erkle's cupboard, or the peddler south-west of Glarial's grave.|
|Opal machete||600 Trading Sticks||This machete's speed is higher than that of the regular machete. It can be bought from Gabooty's Jungle Store or from Safta Doc.|
|Jade machete||1200 Trading Sticks||This machete's speed is higher than that of the opal machete. It can be bought from Gabooty's Jungle Store or from Safta Doc.|
|Red topaz machete||2400 Trading Sticks||This is the fastest machete. It can also be bought from Gabooty's Jungle Store or from Safta Doc.|
There are three different kinds of jungles. There are light jungles, medium jungles, and dense jungles. When players hack a jungle, they receive thatch spars and initiate the Tai Bwo Wannai Cleanup minigame. Jungles are members-only.
Members can also make canoes, which are used to travel on the River Lum, which goes from Lumbridge all the way to level 35 Wilderness. However, a certain woodcutting level is needed to carve the canoe tree into certain types of canoes. Canoes are useful when wanting to go from Edgeville to Lumbridge, etc.
To make a canoe, members have to find a canoe tree and have with them a hatchet they have the required woodcutting level to use. These trees can be found at canoe stations. These stations are located along the River Lum, in the following places.
When the player has found a canoe tree at one of these stations, he/she can cut the tree down. The player then has to click on the fallen tree and select what type of canoe he/she wants to make. When the player has made the canoe they want, he/she then can click on the canoe to push it in the river. When in the river, the player can then click on the canoe and select where he/she wants to go.
Canoes can only go to a certain number of stations away. Higher level canoes can go farther than the lower level canoes.
|Log||12||30||Can travel to one station away from where the player made it. Cannot enter the Wilderness.|
|Dugout||27||60||Can travel up to two stations away from where the player made it. Cannot enter the Wilderness.|
|Stable dugout||42||90||Can travel up to three stations away from where the player made it. Cannot enter the Wilderness.|
|Waka||57||150||Can travel to any station, including the Wilderness.|
See article: Sawmill training
The Sawmill is members-only area in which members with a Woodcutting level of 80 or more can access an area in which players can produce planks from logs. The logs are obtained from log piles nearby, then converted into planks using the nearby machine. Then the planks must be cut by using the planks on a cutting table, a saw is required to do this. Using a crystal saw gives double the experience in comparison to using a regular saw. (Not double the xp but it saws an makes planks 2times faster than a normal saw, so it equals to double the xp of a normal saws cuts).
The free conversion requires 2 of the same type of special log.
2 special teak logs can be used to convert up to 26 teak logs into teak planks.
2 special mahogany logs can be used to convert up to 26 teak logs and/or mahogany logs into teak/mahogany planks.
If you have 1 special or 1 of each, the sawmill owner will only offer to buy your special logs.
|Fremennik round shield||54||30 (crafting)||Made with Arctic pine logs, rope, and nails on a stump on Neitiznot.|
|Split arctic pine logs||54||43||Made with Arctic pine logs on a stump on Neitiznot; no particular use after The Fremennik Isles quest.|
If the player is a member, a bird's nest may fall out of the tree they are cutting. Wearing a strung rabbit foot gives a better chance of getting a bird's nest drop while woodcutting. He or she can either pick up the nest and search it or just leave it on the ground, though it is highly recommended that the player search it. When the player searches it, they will be given a random item, either a plain gold or a sapphire, emerald, ruby, or diamond ring; a red, green, or blue bird's egg (can be hatched in an incubator with 70 summoning); a raven egg (can be hatched in an incubator with 50 summoning); or a tree seed that can be used for farming. These seeds can be worth quite a lot of money on the Grand Exchange such as Magic Tree seeds (276900) and papaya tree seeds. The empty nest can be used with a pestle and mortar to get a crushed nest, an ingredient in the Saradomin brew.
The logs gathered through Woodcutting can be sold for profit, with higher-level logs usually selling for more. The most popular logs for money are Yew which sell for around 451 and Magic for around 1,362 coins each. While far from a spectacular income (even with a maxed Woodcutting level, it is unusual to make more than about 150k gp per hour —even less for free players), it is still is a good way to make gold. The most common place to buy or sell logs is the Grand Exchange. A list of prices for logs can be found at the Grand Exchange Market Watch. You can also get nests from trees which conatin items, like tree seeds, and if you happen to get a magic tree seed from the nest, there is a lot of money in it for you.
For advice on making money by Woodcutting, see the Woodcutting section of the Money-making guide.