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Woodcutting is a skill that involves players cutting down different types of trees spread throughout Runescape. For each tree, a woodcutting level is required as well as an axe that can cut trees.

As a player cuts a tree, logs will appear in their inventory. The player can then light the logs with a tinderbox to raise firemaking, fletch them if they are a member, or sell them to players.

Woodcutting is also a very popular skill, as selling the logs given by the higher level trees to other players can give players a great amount of money.

How to cut trees[edit]

In order to cut a tree, a player will need to have an axe. Axes are also known as 'hatchets' or 'woodcutting axes'. Axes are not to be confused with battleaxes, as battleaxes cannot cut down trees and are only used for combat. However an axe can be used for a weapon even though it would be a bad one.

Axes can be bought from Bob's Axes (located in Lumbridge) or smithed by players using the smithing skill. However, Bob only sells bronze, iron, and steel axes. So players will have to buy the higher level axes from other players or smith the axes themselves.

To cut a tree, players will need certain woodcutting levels. 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 a axe. For example, a player will need a woodcutting level of 41 to use a rune axe. Also, if a player wants to wield an axe, then an attack level is required. For example, a player will need an attack level of 40 to wield a rune axe. Players are recommended that they wield their axe so that they have more space in their inventory, allowing them to carry more logs.

To cut a tree, players have to find one and then click on it. Trees are really easy to find, as they are located all over RuneScape. When a player has found a tree, they can then click on it to chop it. A player's woodcutting level affects how fast they will get logs. If a player has a low woodcutting level, then they will get logs at a slow rate. But if a player has a high woodcutting level, then they will get logs at a fast rate. When the player is done cutting, they can then light the logs on fire with a tinderbox to obtain some firemaking experience, fletch them if they are a member, or sell them to other players.

Free players can only cut regular trees, oak trees, willow trees, and yew trees. However, even though there are no maple trees in the free world, members can bring maple logs to free worlds and both free players as well as members can trade them and burn them. These different types of trees are listed below.

Woodcutting
Tree type Woodcutting level needed to cut Experience received from cutting tree Notes
Normal 1 25 Normal trees include dead trees and evergreen trees, as they give the same amount of experience. These trees are the most common in RuneScape, as they can be found almost everywhere.
Achey 1 25 These trees are used for the member's only quest Big Chompy Bird Hunting and to make Ogre bows.
Oak 15 37.5 These trees are fairly easy to find. They are nearby many cities, allowing quick access to a bank.
Willow 30 67.5 These trees are found near water.
Teak 35 85 These trees can be found in 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.
Maple 45 100 Maple trees can only be found in member servers. However, the logs can be traded in and burned in free worlds by free players and members.
Hollow 45 100 These are found west of Canifis, a village on member servers.
Mahogany 50 125 These can be found in 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.
Yew 60 175 These trees give the best experience for free players.
Magic 75 250 These trees are members only. Cutting these trees take time as they give logs at a very slow rate.

Jungles And Machetes[edit]

Jungle types
Type Lvl required to cut Exp
Light 10 32
Medium 20 55
Dense 35 80

Members don't have to just cut trees. They can also cut small jungles in and around the small village Tai Bwo Wannai. Cutting down jungles is also part of the mini-game Tai Bwo Wannai Clean Up.

There are three different kinds of jungles. There are light jungles, medium jungles, and dense jungles. When players cut a jungle, they receive no logs, unlike cutting trees. However, cutting jungles for long periods of time will be boring, but players can receive better experience from cutting jungles for an hour than cutting a yew tree for an hour.

Machetes[edit]

To cut a jungle, players cannot use an axe. Instead, they need a machete. However, in Tai Bwo Wannai, the currency is not gp, but instead 'trading sicks'. These sticks can be obtained by killing the monsters on Karmaja or by doing favors for the villagers.

To buy a machete, players will need trading sticks. There are 4 different machetes, each one having a different price. The normal machete can be bought from the general store in the village, while the other 3 have to be bought from the NPC named Gabooty. A player can trade with him to see his store. He is usually located in the center of the village. Machetes can also be wielded at any level, and a woodcutting level is not needed to use them.

Machetes
Machete name Price in store Notes
Machete 60 gp This is the 'worst' machete as it is the slowest of the four machetes. It can be bought from Tai Bwo Wannai's general store.
Opal machete 600 trading sticks This is an average speed machete. It can be bought from Gabooty's Jungle Store.
Jade machete 1200 trading sticks This is an average speed machete. It can be bought from Gabooty's Jungle Store.
Red topaz machete 2400 trading sticks This is the 'best' machete as players cut jungles fast with this machete. It can also be bought from Gabooty's Jungle Store.

Canoes[edit]

Members can also make canoes. Canoes can be used as a faster method of transportation. Canoes can be 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 cut the trees that make the canoes.

How to make canoes[edit]

To make a canoe, members have to find a canoe tree. These trees can be found at canoe stations. These stations are located in the following places.

  • Lumbridge: On the east side of the river a bit south of the house where Goblins respawn.
  • Champions Guild: On the east side of the river west of the wheat field.
  • Barbarian Village: South of the eastern bridge on the east side of the river.
  • Edgeville: On the east side of the river near the guard post.
  • Level 35 Wilderness: At the lake south of where the Moss Giants. Players cannot go south from this station.

When the player has found a canoe tree at one of these stations they must then cut the tree down. The player then has to click on the fallen tree and select what type of canoe they want to make. When they've made the canoe they want, they 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 they want to go.

Canoes can only go to a certain number of stations away. Higher level canoes can go farther than the lower level canoes. It's recommended that players make the highest canoe they can make.

Canoes
Canoe type Woodcutting level needed to make Experience received from making canoe Notes
Log 12 30 Can travel to one station away from where the player made it. Cannot enter the wilderness.
Dugout 27 60 Can travel to one station away from where the player made it. Cannot enter the wilderness.
Stable dugout 42 90 Can travel to one station away from where the player made it. Cannot enter the wilderness.
Waka 57 150 Can travel to any station

Training[edit]

Free to play training[edit]

Here are some ways to raise a player's woodcutting level if they are a free player.

Levels 1 to 15

Cut normal trees. There is a great forest between Lumbridge and Draynor where there are many normal trees. This is an excellent spot to get to level 15. Another good spot is South of Varrock where there are also many normal trees.

Levels 15 to 30

Move on to oak trees. A good spot is east of Draynor Village's bank. Just avoid the guards if you are a low level.

Levels 30 to 76

Cut willow trees. While it is a long time until players start cutting yews, it is recommended they stay with willows as the logs are given at a quick rate. A good spot is beside Draynor Village's bank, as there are 5 willow trees there, though it is often crowded.

Levels 60 to 99

Cut yew trees. A good spot is behind Varrock castle, where there are 3 yew trees. However, this will be slow and players might become bored very quickly. Cutting willow trees at this level is recommended as players get better experience from them.

Levels 76 to 99

Cut yew trees. A good spot is behind Varrock castle, where there are 3 yew trees. However, cutting willow trees give players slightly better experience, so it's up to the player what they want to cut.

Pay to play training[edit]

Here are some ways to raise a player's woodcutting level if they are a member.

Levels 1 to 15

Cut normal trees. There is a great forest between Lumbridge and Draynor where there are many normal trees. This is an excellent spot to get to level 15. Another good spot is South of Varrock where there are also many normal trees.

Levels 15 to 30

Move on to oak trees. A good spot is east of Draynor Village's bank.

Levels 30 to 76

Cut willow trees. While it is a long time until players start cutting yews, it is recommended they stay with willows as the logs are given at a quick rate. A good spot is beside Draynor Village's bank, as there are 5 willow trees there, though it is often crowded. Another good spot is northwest of Seer's Village where there are 6 willow trees.

Levels 60 to 76

Cut maple trees. There are 4 just north of Seer Village's bank and even more along the road to Relekka. These are great spots to get to level 76.

Levels 76 to 99

Cut yew trees. A good place is south of the flax field south of Seer's Village. Another good spot is behind Varrock Castle.

Levels 85 to 99

Cut magic trees. A good place is northwest of the Legend's Guild at the Sorcerer's Tower. There are also a few near the Mage Training Arena and in the elven lands by Lletya. However, since it takes a long time to get logs from these trees, it is recommended that players cut yew trees until level 99.

Related links[edit]

These links are related in some way to woodcutting.

Skills[edit]

Quests[edit]

These quests give woodcutting xp upon completion.