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Woodcutting Guide

By: Makoto, additions by Seiferoth

(Note: Text coloured red indicates Members-Only items, locations or features)

Woodcutting Tools
Vegitation
Canoes
Extra Woodcutting Info
WC EXP Quest Rewards

Woodcutting is a skill that can help you in the fields of Fletching and Firemaking, as well as being very profitable.

Woodcutting Tools

Woodcutting is done by chopping a variety of trees and other growth, mostly with axes. However, there is some other growth that you can use a machete with. Information on axes and machetes is listed below.

Axes

There are currently 8 different axes in the game, each with its own chopping standard.

Image
Name
Level
Description
Bronze
1
Ideal for beginners
Iron
1
A step-up from the Bronze, this is somewhat better at cutting trees
Steel
6
Much better than Bronze and Iron, this is generally used at the earliest chance
Black
6
A so-called “rare”, these are obtained from Black Demons and Level-1 Clues
Mithril
21
Better than the Black Axe at almost half the price. Good for players that can’t exactly afford Adamant
Adamant
31
The second best axe in the game
Rune
41
One of the best axes you can get. Hardcore woodcutters wouldn’t be caught dead without one!
Dragon
61
This axe is not only the best axe, but it looks much better and also comes with a special attack. However, it is much more expensive.


Machetes

Most jungle growth in Runescape must be cut with a machete. They do not require woodcutting levels to use. However, the three jungle plants they cut - light jungle, medium jungle and thick jungle - do require varying levels to cut. These jungle plants are listed in the tree section.

Image
Machete
How To Obtain
Machete
Bought in Karamja Jungle General Stores
Opal Machete
Buy from Gabooty for trading sticks or bring an Opal, a machete, and some trading sticks to the Safta Doctor
Jade Machete
Buy from Gabooty for trading sticks or bring a Jade, a machete, and some trading sticks to the Safta Doctor
Red Topaz Machete
Buy from Gabooty for trading sticks or bring a Red Topaz, a machete, and some trading sticks to the Safta Doctor


Lumberjack Clothes

In some events during the Burgh De Rott Ramble/Temple Trekking Mini-Games, you may be jumped by some undead lumberjacks, who may drop certain Lumberjack Clothes.

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You will need level 44 Woodcutting to wear any of the clothes, but when worn, these clothes give a slight experience boost when woodcutting, with a further bonus for wearing the whole set. Sadly enough, these clothes are not tradeable.

Vegitation

There is also a wide selection of trees & vegitation in Runescape, and information on them all is given in the table below.

Tree
Image
Logs
Level
Exp
Information
Normal *
1
25
Commonly used for beginners. The only kind of logs that can be made into arrow shafts for Fletching
Achey
1
25
Found east of the Feldip Hills. The only kind of logs that can be used to make Ogre Arrows, Brutal Arrows and the Ogre Comp Bow
Light Jungle*
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10
32
Found in the village of Tai Bwo Wannai *Only able to cut with Machete
Oak
15
37.5
A grand old oak. This tree can be used for firemaking experience and some decent woodcutting experience, as well
Medium Jungle*
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20
55
Found in the village of Tai Bwo Wannai *Only able to cut with Machete
Willow
30
67.5
The most common freeplay/member tree of choice. Willows are used heavily in fletching and firemaking, due to the fact that they are easily obtained and sold, as there are always buyers to buy such. The experience ratio for these trees is good for how long it takes, a few can be found near banks (Seers’ and Draynor Village)
Dense Jungle*
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35
80
Found in the village of Tai Bwo Wannai *Only able to cut with Machete
Teak
35
85
Tai Bwo Wannai: Must do favours for village and pay 100 trading sticks, speak to Murcaily for details(Jungle Potion Quest Required)Also found on the island of Ape Atoll, south of Castle Wars and outside the Cave Horror Den on Mos Le'Harmless
Maple
45
100
A good tree, plentiful in the Seers’ and Sinclair Mansion area. The Island of Miscellania even has a Maple forest; however it is only obtained through completion of the Throne of Miscellania Quest
Hollow
45
87.5
At the same level you can chop Maple trees, you can do the same with Hollow Trees. However, this tree is only found west of Canfis, in Morytania. These cannot be used for fletching/firemaking, but are used to make Splitbark Armor, the protective armor for magicians
Mahogany
50
125
Tai Bwo Wannai: Must do favours for village and pay 100 trading sticks, speak to Murcaily for details(Jungle Potion Quest Required) Also found on the island of Ape Atoll and outside the Cave Horror Den on Mos Le'Harmless
Artic Pine
54
40
Artic Pine Tree (obviously) that is rather rare; only found on Neitiznot, accessed from the Fremmenik area
Eucalyptus
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58
165
Found in Oo'Glog, south of Gu'Tanoth, the ogre city next to Yanille
Yew
60
175
One of the better trees to cut down. Unfortunately for players, not many can be found together or near a bank, even though there are some exceptions to the rule. A few can be found in Edgeville near a bank, in Rimmington, Gnome Stronghold, Seers’/Camelot territory, south of the Flax/Beehives, and the forest in Isafdar, Tirannwn
Magic
75
250
The rarest and most profitable tree of all. These trees can take a long time to chop at 75 or above, but still is worth it. These offer the highest amount of experience and cash at the same time. Used with Fletching, in making bows. Not many can be found, but they do occasionally come together: Thormac’s tower, Gnome Stronghold, and the forest in Isafdar, Tirannwn


* - Normal Trees also appear in two more varieties, Dead Trees and Evergreen Trees.



These trees give the same experience as Normal Trees and require the same level to cut.



Canoes

Canoes are a means of transportation if you want to travel quickly to an area along the River Lum, or are not able to afford any other means of transportation. This skill requires woodcutting as a means to provide you with a faster transport, without cost.

Firstly, you need any axe. To make a canoe, you need to chop down the "canoe tree" at any station where canoes are able to be chopped (Keep in mind these stations are all along the river): Lumbridge, Champion's Guild, Barbarian Village, and Edgeville. Chop down the tree at the station and choose your design. After you are finished, you may sail to each of the following areas just listed as well as the Wilderness (level-35) but when you travel to the wilderness, you can not travel back.

Canoe
Name
Level
Exp
Durability (before submerging)
Log
12
30
One Station
Dugout
27
60
Two Stations
Stable Dugout
42
90
Three Stations
Waka
57
150
All Stations


Extra Woodcutting Info

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

Nests

These drop randomly on the ground while woodcutting(similiar to gems are found randomly in rocks except nests fall on the floor, not in your inventory). Nests also disappear after a few minutes, so keep an eye out. The nests will contain Tree Seeds (including Fruit Tree), Bird Eggs (Blue, Green Red), or Ring Jewelry (Sapphire, Emerald, or Ruby).



Once you have taken the item out of the nest, use a Pestle and Mortar on your Bird's Nest which will crush it. This Crushed Nest is used as a secondary ingredient for the Saradomin Brew Potion. It requires 81 Herblore to make, but if you do not have the level, hold on to the nest.

Tai Bwo Wannai Clean-Up

The Tai Bwo Wannai Clean-Up Mini-Game, located in the Tai Bwo Wannai Village, is a somewhat fun way to level up your Woodcutting. In this Mini-Game, you use machetes to remove the light, medium and dense jungle and earn Trading Sticks, which can be used to buy various things in the area. See the guide for more info.

Cape of Accomplishment

The ultimate reward for getting level 99 Woodcutting 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 Woodcutting.

Woodcutting EXP Rewards in Quests

The following quests give Woodcutting EXP Rewards upon completion.

Quest
Exp
1500 exp
1500 exp
1575 exp
2000 exp
2500 exp
2812.4 exp
4000 exp
10000 exp
14000 exp
15000 exp
40000 exp


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