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Fletching Guide

By: Quiksilv3r, additions by Mysticallity

(This is a members-only skill.)

Fletching
Weapons
- Bows
- Metal Crossbows
Ammo
- Arrows
- Metal Bolts
- Bolt Tips
- Darts
Ogre Items
- Ogre Arrows
- Ogre Comp Bow
- Brutal Arrows
Locations
Extra Fletching Info
Fletching EXP Rewards

The art of Fletching is a skill well known to many RuneScape members for it's ability to make ranged equipment from various wood and metals. Most of the arrows, darts, and throwing knives you see come from fletchers in RuneScape, which illustrates the popularity of the skill.

Getting Started

There are three kinds of items that you can make to gain experience in Fletching: Weapons (Bows and Crossbows), Ammo for the bows and crossbows, and Darts. Info on all of these can be found below.

Weapons

The two main weapons for Ranged are the Crossbow and Bow - information on making them is found below.

Bows

To make bows, you must have Logs (type depends on your level), bow string(s), and a knife.
Steps:
1. Cut the Log with a knife.
2. Select either Shortbow or Longbow. If you do not have the required level for the log, you will get a message explaining this.
3. Afterwards, add the Bowstring to your Shortbow or Longbow.

The levels needed to cut logs into bows, logs needed, and experience given are shown below. Note: This table does not include experience for stringing the bow, see the following table for that experience, and total experience.

Log
Level
Bow
Experience
Normal
5
Unstrung Shortbow
5
Normal
10
Unstrung Longbow
10
Oak
20
Unstrung Oak Shortbow
16.5
Oak
25
Unstrung Oak Longbow
25
Willow
35
Unstrung Willow Shortbow
33.25
Willow
40
Unstrung Willow Longbow
41.5
Maple
50
Unstrung Maple Shortbow
50
Maple
55
Unstrung Maple Longbow
58.25
Yew
65
Unstrung Yew Shortbow
68.5
Yew
70
Unstrung Yew Longbow
75
Magic
80
Unstrung Magic Shortbow
83.5
Magic
85
Unstrung Magic Longbow
91.5


The following table shows the experience values gained by stringing various types of Unstrung bow. 'Total Experience' refers to the experience given for cutting and stringing a type of bow.

Bow
Experience
Total Experience
Shortbow
5
10
Longbow
10
20
Oak Shortbow
16.5
33
Oak Longbow
25
50
Willow Shortbow
33.25
66.5
Willow Longbow
41.5
83
Maple Shortbow
50
100
Maple Longbow
58.25
116.5
Yew Shortbow
68.5
137
Yew Longbow
75
150
Magic Shortbow
83.5
167
Magic Longbow
91.5
183


Metal Crossbows

To make metal crossbows, you must have logs (type depends on your level), a knife, the appropriate limb(s) and crossbow string(s).

Steps:
1. Cut the log with a knife.
2. Select the crossbow stock.
3. Add the appropriate limb (see Smithing Guide) to the stock.
4. Use a crossbow string (see Cooking Guide and Crafting Guide) with the unstrung crossbow.

Note: The experience values shown in the table below are the ones you get from cutting the stock only.

Log
Level
Stock
Experience
Required Limbs
Normal
9
Wooden Stock
6
Bronze Limbs
Oak
24
Oak Stock
16
Blurite Limbs
Willow
39
Willow Stock
22
Iron Limbs
Teak
46
Teak Stock
27
Steel Limbs
Maple
54
Maple Stock
32
Mithril Limbs
Mahogany
61
Mahogany Stock
41
Adamantite Limbs
Yew
69
Yew Stock
50
Runite Limbs


The table below shows the experience gained from making the crossbow. 'Total Experience' refers to the experience given for cutting, adding limbs and stringing.

Bow
Adding Limbs
Stringing
Total Experience
Bronze Crossbow
12
6
24
Blurite Crossbow
32
16
64
Iron Crossbow
44
22
88
Steel Crossbow
54
27
108
Mithril Crossbow
64
32
128
Adamantite Crossbow
82
41
164
Runite Crossbow
100
50
200


Ammo

The bows and crossbows will need ammo!

Arrows

To make Arrows, you require the following: Normal Logs, Feathers, and Arrowtips(type depends on your level). (If you already have Arrow Shafts, you will not need Normal Logs. If you already have Headless Arrows, you will not need either Normal Logs or Feathers.)
Steps:
1. Cut the normal logs into Arrow Shafts
2. Attach Feathers to Arrow Shafts
3. Use Arrowtips on Arrow Shafts, and your Arrows are complete.

When you cut a Normal Log into Arrow Shafts, you will create 15 Arrow Shafts, and obtain 4.95 Experience. When adding Feathers to Arrow Shafts, you will attach up to 15 Feathers at once (depending on the total number of Feathers and/or Arrow Shafts in your inventory) and receive 1 Experience per Feather attached. This process creates Headless Arrows.

The table below shows the experience gained by attaching various kinds of Arrowtips to Headless Arrows, the level needed, and the types of arrows created. Note: the experience value is per 1 Arrowtip attached.

Arrowtips
Level
Experience
Arrows Made
Bronze
1
1.3
Bronze
Iron
15
2.5
Iron
Steel
30
5.0
Steel
Mithril
45
7.5
Mithril
Adamant
60
10
Adamant
Rune
75
12.5
Rune
Dragon
90
15
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Dragon


Metal Bolts

To make bolts, you will need the crossbow bolts made from the metal you want (see Smithing Guide) and use feathers with them.

The experience values only apply to making one bolt.

Crossbow Bolts
Level
Experience
Bolts Made
Bronze
9
0.5
Bronze *
Blurite
24
1
Blurite
Iron
39
1.5
Iron
Silver
43
2.5
Silver *
Steel
46
3.5
Steel
Mithril
54
5
Mithril
Adamantite
61
7
Adamantite
Runite
69
10
Runite


* - Bronze Crossbow Bolts can be used be freeplayers.

** - Silver Crossbow Bolts are made by smelting a Silver Bar whilst having a bolt mould (available in crafting stores) in your inventory. You will also need a crafting level of 21.


Bolt Tips

Metal bolts can be tipped to create new types of bolts. These bolts can be enchanted to add a special effect to them (see Magic: Regular Spells). Once the bolts are tipped, they cannot be poisoned. Most tips are acquired by using a chisel on the respective gem. Each gem will give you 12 tips. Onyx will give you 24 instead.

Note: The experience values are for each gem cut or tip attached.

Tip
Level
Cut XP
Bolts Required
Attach XP
Bolts Created
Opal
11
1
Bronze
1.6
Opal
Jade
26
2
Blurite
2.4
Jade
Pearl
41
3
Iron
3.2
Pearl
Red Topaz
48
3
Steel
3.9
Red Topaz
Barbed
51
None
Bronze
9.5
Barbed
Sapphire
56
4
Mithril
4.7
Sapphire
Emerald
58
5
Mithril
5.5
Emerald
Mithril Grapple
None
None
Mithril
11
Mithril Grapple
Ruby
63
6
Adamantite
6.3
Ruby
Diamond
65
7
Adamantite
7
Diamond
Dragonstone
71
8
Runite
8.2
Dragonstone
Onyx
73
9
Runite
9.4
Onyx


Pearl Tips

Small oysters yields 6 tips whilst large oysters yield 24. For more information on how to acquire oysters, please look at the Fishing Guide.

Mithril Grapple

Mithril grapples are used for Agility (see Agility Guide).

Barb Tips

To acquire Barb Tips, you will first have to access the Ranging Guild. Once at the guild you will need to take part in the archery competition, at the cost of two hundred gold every ten shots. When you have one hundred and forty competition tickets they can be exchanged at the ticket merchant, found in the northern part of the guild, for thirty barb bolt tips.


Darts

To make Darts, you require the following: Feathers, Dart Tips (depending on your level). You must complete the quest The Tourist Trap in order to make these.
Step:
1. Attach Feathers to Dart tips, and your Darts are complete.

The table below shows the experience gained by making various types of darts, the level needed, and the types of darts created. Note: the experience value is per 1 Dart created.

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


Ogre Items

Ogres also have some items to contribute to fletching.

Ogre Arrows

Ogre Arrows are made to be used with an Ogre Bow, which you recieve from the Big Chompy Bird Hunting quest. You use the Ogre Bow alongside with the Ogre Arrows to kill Chompy birds. To make Ogre arrows, you need the following: Knife, Achey Tree Logs, Chisel, Feathers, and Wolf Bones. When fletching Achey tree logs, you get a random amount of shafts, so make sure that you get a good amount. Every shaft requires 4 feathers. After attaching the feathers to the arrow shafts, you must use a chisel on the Wolf Bones to creat Wolf Bone tips. Each set of bones makes two tips. Attach the tips to the arrows, and you're ready to kill some Chompy Birds.

Arrowtips
Level
Experience
Arrows Made
Wolfbone
5
1
Ogre Arrows


Brutal Arrows

Brutal Arrows are a slightly more powerful version of normal arrows, however, they are differently made. You also need to use an Ogre Comp Bow to fire them. To make and use both Brutal Arrows and the Ogre Composite Bow, you'll need to complete the Zogre Flesh Eaters Quest.

Ogre Comp Bow

To make the comp bow, you need an Achey Log, one set of Wolf Bones, and a knife. You must have the Wolf Bones in your inventory when fletching the Bow. After making the bow, string is as usual.

Log
Level
Bow
Experience
Achey Log
30
45


Bow
Level
Bow
Total Experience
Unstrung Ogre Comp Bow
30
45


Brutal Arrows

To make Brutal Arrows, you follow the same method as you do for normal arrows, with a couple exceptions. Instead of normal logs, you use Achey Logs, instead of Arrow Tips, you use nails, and instead of 1 feather per shaft, you use 4. These Brutal Arrows follow the example set by Ogre Arrows above, but instead of Wolfbone Tips, these use Nails.

Arrowtips
Level
Experience
Name
Arrows Made
Bronze
7
1.4
Bronze Brutal
Iron
18
2.6
Iron Brutal
Steel
33
5.08
Steel Brutal
Mithril
49
7.5
Mithril Brutal
Adamant
62
10.1
Adamant Brutal
Rune
77
12.5
Rune Brutal



Locations

Throughout RuneScape, there are areas devoted to certain skills, or specific aspects of skills. Fletching has some area-specific aspects to it. For example, Achey Trees are found only in Feldip Hills, a location south of Yanille, and South of Gu'Tanoth(Ogre City). I have included a picture, as well as a section of mini-map to help you locate the Achey Trees. Remember, if you get lost, always use the RuneScape World map.



There are also locations where you can get other fletching items quickly. For example, an area heavy with Regular Trees, or Evergreen Trees can be usefull for cutting large amounts of Arrow shafts. I have also Included one such place for you. This area is located north of Falador, and slightly south-east of Goblin Village. Again, with this picture, I have included a piece of mini-map so you can better identify this location.



Several shops throughout RuneScape will assist you in beginning Fletching, or just stocking up on supplies for use at higher levels. These are listed below:

Shop
Location
Info
Fishing Guild Shop
Fishing Guild
Feathers are sold here
Ranging/Fletching Shop
Catherby
Arrowheads are sold here
Dargaud
Ranging Guild
Sells arrowheads
Fishing Shop
Port Sari
Feathers are sold here
Fishing Shop
Shilo Village
Feathers are sold here


Extra Fletching Info

There are some other, extra things that you should know about while raising fletching:

Cape of Accomplishment

The ultimate reward for getting level 99 Fletching is not only the great ability you will have in the skill, but the Cape of Accomplishment that you will have the oppurtunity to purchase. For more information on Capes of Accomplishment, see the Skill Capes page.

Related Links

The following links may help you with your Fletching.

Fletching EXP Rewards in Quests

Quest
Exp
262 exp
1000 exp
2000 exp
2812.4 exp
5000 exp
5000 exp
8000 exp


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