This is a list of potential ways to make money and the requirements to do them. Please note that these are not your only options, just a few suggestions.
Due to the constant changing of prices, some of the estimated values may be off. Do some research first.
Players can visit the Stronghold of Security for some quick coins. Players only need to complete the first three levels to get 10,000 coins. This can be done even at level 3. Just pick some cabbages on the way there from the field north of Lumbridge and eat between rooms. Also, some trout or salmon can be picked up if in a populated world, such as World 1, with players who fish and cook at Barbarian Village.
|1,900 - 2,850||Collecting Pure essence from Wizard Cromperty||Ardougne Diary||Recurring||Yes|
|6,972||Collecting Bucket of sand from Bert||The Hand in the Sand||Recurring||Yes|
|570 - 4,750||Collecting Flax from Flax keeper||Kandarin Diary||Recurring||Yes|
|29,400 - 646,950||Opening 15 Herb boxes||9,500 Nightmare Zone points each||Minigame||Yes|
|17,310 - 138,480||Buying Battlestaffs from Zaff||Varrock Diary||Recurring||Yes|
Money Making Methods Edit
|1,500,000||Smelting Runite bars(Blast Furnace)|| 85 Smithing|
High Agility strongly recommended
|1,400,000||Crafting Nature runes||91 Runecrafting||Runecrafting||Yes|
|800,000||Skeletal wyverns|| Base 80 melee stats or|
80 ranging and 72 slayer
|800,000||Stealing from Rogues' chest||84 Thieving||Thieving||Yes|
|750,000||Smelting Adamant bars(Blast Furnace)|| 70 Smithing|
High Agility strongly recommended
|565,000||Tanning Blue dragonhide||None||Production||Yes|
|505,000||Tanning Black dragonhide||None||Production||Yes|
|500,000||Smelting Mithril bars(Blast Furnace)|| 50 Smithing|
High Agility strongly recommended
|400,000||Enchanting bolts||49 Magic||Magic||Yes|
|400,000||Smelting Steel bars(Blast Furnace)|| 30 Smithing|
High Agility strongly recommended
|390,000||Cooking Karambwan|| 30 Cooking|
Tai Bwo Wannai Trio
|375,000||Tanning Green dragonhide||None||Production||Yes|
|260,000||Cooking Sharks|| 80 Cooking|
|250,000||Tanning Hard leather||None||Production||No|
|250,000||Wine of Zamorak||33 Magic||Magic||No|
|225,000||Making Cannonballs||35 Smithing||Smithing||Yes|
|200,000||Stringing Maple longbow||55 Fletching||Fletching||Yes|
|200,000||Bake Pie|| 65 Magic|
|200,000||Smelting Steel bars||30 Smithing||Smithing||No|
|175,000||Stringing Yew longbow||70 Fletching||Fletching||Yes|
|165,000||Making Oak Plank||None||Production||Yes|
|150,000||Stealing from Master Farmer||38 Thieving||Thieving||Yes|
|115,000||Fishing Sharks||76 Fishing||Fishing||Yes|
|110,000||Stringing Magic longbow||85 fletching||Fletching||Yes|
|100,000||Stealing from Ardougne Nature chest||28 Thieving||Thieving||Yes|
|100,000||Spinning Bow string||10 Crafting||Crafting||Yes|
|90,000||Cutting Yew logs|| 60 Woodcutting|
80+ Woodcutting Recommended
|60,000||Cutting Magic longbow(u)||85 Fletching||Fletching||Yes|
|55,000||Stealing from Baker's Stall||5 Thieving||Thieving||Yes|
|45,000||Cutting Maple longbow(u)||55 Fletching||Fletching||Yes|
|45,000||Cutting Logs|| None|
31+ Woodcutting Recommended
|36,000||Stealing from Silk stall||20 Thieving||Thieving||Yes|
|32,000||Cutting Yew longbow(u)||70 Fletching||Fletching||Yes|
Tanning Hides Edit
Cowhides and dragonhides can be tanned at a Tanner for a small fee and turned into leather for 1 gp, hardleather for 3 gp, or a dragonleather corresponding to the color of the hide for 20 gp which each can be sold for a higher price than the hide. At Al Kharid, a player can tan around 2,400 hides every hour without the use of energy or stamina potions.
Cowhide requires a smaller startup cost but yields lower profits. Cowhide can be turned into either leather which is approximately 190k/hr or hardleather which is around 250k/hr.
Treasure Trails/Clue Scrolls Edit
By far one of the most profitable and efficient ways of making money, as well as levelling up. The only large downside to this method is that good rewards are not always guaranteed.
If you are a lower combat level, level 1 clue scrolls (easy) will be the best (if not are the best, due to various requirements) you can possibly do. Mid-level players should aim for level 2 (medium) clues and so on. Clue scrolls are recommended to be obtained during slayer tasks, creating a playing environment that is interesting whilst gaining you Slayer and Combat experience, as well as money. Not every slayer monster will drop clue scrolls, but many do.
Players may acquire, as mentioned, low-value rewards from this method, but there is always the chance of items worth 100K+ all the way up to tens of millions; and for hard and elite clues even more. If you have a string of poor rewards, remember you are still gaining valuable XP to gain these rewards. Players constantly killing NPCs for clue scrolls may see profits of millions of GP per day.
Killing chaos druids is very profitable since they may drop expensive herbs such as Torstol, Cadantine, Dwarf weed and Ranarr weed. Depending on your Combat level, a full inventory of herbs and some Law runes and Mithril bolts take about 15 minutes. They are located in Edgeville Dungeon towards the north, and the Taverley Dungeon at the north-east. Chaos druids only level 13, so little to no food is needed. They attack using their fists and also use the confuse spell. The Chaos druids' weakness is range. Beware that some players may try to disguise themselves as Chaos Druids in the Edgeville Wilderness Dungeon causing players to skull on the fake druid, enabling the player to get killed by the impersonator druid.
To kill tree spirits, you need to have unlocked the Fairy rings and enter the code B•K•Q. Bring any axe and cut any tree, and a tree spirit will spawn. One of the flaws with this method is that they don't give experience (except from the XP you get for casting a spell). The tree spirits drop axes (steel, mithril, adamant and rune), a lot of Nature runes, herbs, seeds, etc.
Fire giants in the Waterfall Dungeon unlocked during the Waterfall Quest drop valuable items, such as Rune scimitars. They are usually very crowded, but if you can find an empty world to kill them, you can make a lot of money.
Dark wizards, located south of Varrock, are level 7 and 20 wizards that can easily be killed by low levels. They drop talismans, and a decent amount of runes, ranging up to Blood runes quite commonly. Talismans can be sold to runecrafters for a decent sum of money. Fire Talismans are commonly dropped, and can be sold to runecrafters for up to 20,000 gold each.
Flesh Crawlers Edit
To kill flesh crawlers, you need to go to the second level of the Stronghold of Security, south into the large room containing them. They drop herbs commonly as well as fire runes, noted iron ore, nature runes and dust runes. If you can identify ranarr weeds and have a decent Defence and armour, then you may stay for 24 ranarrs, and around 10,000 fire runes as well as iron ore and nature runes each trip, worth over 400,000 coins. If you cannot identify the herbs and/or you have low survivability, then just bank all of your herbs, and an Amulet of glory could be useful for the Edgeville bank. Dust runes are optional to take; they sell for a fair amount. However, they are difficult to sell.
Green dragons are level 79 and are located at several points in the Wilderness. They always drop Dragon bones and Green dragonhide, which are very easy to sell in the player market as they are one of the best methods for Prayer and Crafting XP. Be careful though as many players PK in that area, and there is a high risk of dying, so always bring your teleport!
Ankous are monsters found on the fourth floor of the Stronghold of Security. They are weak against Melee and the Salve amulet, which can bring in a good amount of XP. They regularly drop death runes, blood runes, noted pure essence, noted mithril ore and the occasional hard clue scroll, so they are a great money maker. You could also kill them in PvP worlds if it is too crowded in regular worlds. Since they are aggressive, it might be difficult for a PKer to kill you. Bones to Peaches is a great method too since they drop bones.
Skeletal Wyverns Edit
Skeletal Wyverns are slayer monsters with moderately high combat and gear requirements and a level 72 Slayer requirement which are known for their expensive drops such as 35 noted magic logs, 10 noted battlestaves, and 10 noted adamant bars in addition to a chance at dragon armor pieces and the draconic visage. Melee is the most effective combat style to use against them and players should have at least base 80 melee before attempting to kill wyverns as they are somewhat challenging opponents with an ice-breath attack than cannot be avoided and high stats. In addition to melee, range is also a viable yet slower option for killing wyverns as there are multiple safe spots. Profits at wyverns depend heavily on combat stats, but melee profits of 800k/hr and range profits of 400k/hr have been reported.
Beginning at 94 cooking with Cooking gauntlets, the burn rate of sharks is reduced to 0%. With the price difference between raw shark and cooked shark stable between 200 and 300 and cook rate of 1,300/hr, this places the profit of cooking sharks normally between 260k and 390k per hour. 3 tick cooking increases cooking speed by around 25% which increases the profit per hour to 325-487.5k/hr at the cost of increased effort.
Karambwan is a food commonly used by player killers to combo eat. To cook a karambwan the completion of the Tai Bwo Wannai Trio quest and 30 cooking is required. Although the cooking requirement is low, it is strongly suggested to only cook these at higher levels as the burn rate is significantly reduced at above 90 cooking. The price difference between the raw karambwan and cooked karambwan is between 300-400 gp and can be even higher if the cooked karambwan is sold in World 318 Edgeville Bank. Cooking karambwans the normal way yields a profit of 390-520k/hr and 3 tick cooking karambwans is slightly faster than any other fish, upping the profit by about 33% to 518.7-691.6k/hr at the cost of increased effort. All profits are assuming none burned and will likely be lower due to some burned.
Initially, Fishing is quite a non-profitable skill to train. You cannot really start making money until you can catch trout using a fly fishing rod. From there, you can begin to train on the highest fish you can catch. The higher the level you have, the faster you will catch fish. For example, tuna at level 35 Fishing will go slightly slow at 35; however, at 99 Fishing, one may catch tuna at a very fast rate, along with catching some swordfish.
From here, begin to fly-fish trout. The best place to bait-fish and fly-fish is at Shilo Village or south of Edgeville. There are a few spots just east of Barbarian Village. This a popular spot to train for lower levels to train and catch fish to sell. You can catch the next highest fish if you want also. At level 25, you can catch pike. At level 30, you'll start to catch salmon with your trout].
At level 35, you can start catching tuna with harpoon fishing. This is very hard to do for non-members due to the fact that they only have one place to catch them on Musa Point. For members, however, Catherby is going to be the greatest spot to train for a while and it is very popular. There are plenty of spots to train east of the bank. If you stick with this method, around level 50, you will catch swordfish. At level 40, begin to catch lobsters.
Fishing lobsters at a fairly high level between level 40 and 62 will bring you a good chunk of money. However, it's not recommended to fish lobsters if you can fish monkfish because lobsters only bring you about 50k-100k gp per hour. After the Swan Song quest, you can fish monkfish. This is noticeably quicker than catching lobsters or swordfish, but usually only higher level players are here, due to the requirements of Swan Song.
At level 76, you can start catching sharks. The best place to catch sharks is on the Jatizso docks or in the Fishing Guild. There is a nearby bank to store your load of sharks after you catch them. Catching sharks will earn you decent profit; however, it is still recommended to fish monkfish if you have all of the requirements completed, earning you just about the same profit, but the XP you earn is far greater.
Fletching provides moderate yet consistent profit with little attention and startup cost required. Note that all advice depends entirely on Grand Exchange prices.
Cutting Longbows Edit
A knife can be used on logs to cut them into longbows(u) with respect to their type which sell for a higher price on the Grand Exchange and to general stores than the logs themselves. A player can cut up to 1,500 logs every hour while paying little attention to the game.
For profit, Maple logs are best to cut into longbows because the differences between all logs and their respective longbow(u) are all around 30 gp and cutting maples requires the smallest investment while still producing a product that will sell – this method is about 45k gp/hr.
Higher level fletchers can cut magic logs which have a slightly higher profit margin of around 40 gp and are significantly quicker experience but requires substantially higher startup money. Cutting Magic logs brings in about 60k/hr.
Stringing Longbows Edit
Stringing bows is quicker xp and gp than cutting logs but requires more attention of the user. A player can string around 2,200 bows every hour. Players can string a longbow by using a longbow(u) with a bow string, which have a steady price of 100 gp each.
Only Maple longbow(u) and above should be strung as stringing any lower level longbows is a loss and a waste of time. Like cutting logs, maple longbows are the best bow to string because they have the highest profit margin of nearly 90 gp followed by yew at 80 gp and magic at 50 gp. Because stringing yew longbows and maple longbows are so close in profit, however, it may be preferable to string yews for the higher xp rates at the sacrifice of small profit.
Stringing maple longbows can be around 200k gp/hr, yew longbows can be around 175k gp/hr, and magic longbows can be around 110k gp/hr.
High Level Alchemy Edit
High Level Alchemy can be a great way of making money if you know how to find items to alch for cheap prices. The most commonly alched items are yew and magic longbows, but maple ones are also used too. They don't have to be bought, however, you can fletch and string them yourself from scratch and earn over 100gp more per bow by alching them. If you craft your own nature runes, then you get pure profit from doing this method.
You can travel through the Wilderness and safe-spot Lava dragons, and Telegrab their loot. It's not recommended to go anywhere near them since they can easily kill you with their dragonfire breath. The amount you get per kill is around 13,000 coins in profit. You will have to bring items you're willing to risk though, so don't go out there with your entire bank.
They are weak to Fire spells, so it's recommended to use them.
Wine of Zamorak Edit
At 33 Magic, a spell called Telekinetic Grab is unlocked. This spell allows items to be retrieved from far away using 1 air rune and 1 law rune. Using this spell, you can grab Wine of Zamorak without any consequences. On a high populated world, profits per hour can reach up to 250k/h.
Enchanting Bolts Edit
The Enchant Crossbow Bolt spell can yield very high profits beginning at 49 magic with enchanting ruby bolts as well as some of the fastest magic experience in the game at over 180k xp/hr with proper mousekeys settings. Profits of over 400k/hr are easily attainable and much higher are possible. Unfortunately, buying unenchanted bolts can be difficult which means you may have to cut the gems into bolt tips and add them to the bolts yourself, but this also means even higher return on investment at the expense of some time.
Bake Pie Edit
Bake Pie is a Lunar spell requiring 65 magic to cast that automatically cooks one by one, without fail, all raw pies in a player's inventory for which he or she has the required cooking level. Each cast costs around 120 gp with a steam battlestaff. Raw summer pies can be created for less than 1,000 gp and the final product sells for around 1,350 gp yielding over 200 gp profit for each pie cooked with this spell. The downside of using this method is that raw summer pies must be prepared by hand as they are not sold very often on the Grand Exchange at a reasonable price and thus the profit per hour is reduced.
Ores can be mined and sold to gain money, or you can smelt the ores into bars and sell them to players. Generally, coal and iron ore are in high demand by players training Smithing. For low level mining, its best to start in the swamp mine (facing the castle in Lumbridge, take a left through the cemetery, follow the dirt road) smelt it into bars, bank it, sell them on the G.E. afterwards (bronze bars sell on the G.E. for around 365 coins each) and repeat. Once you get to 15 Mining, head to Varrock and mine some iron (ore: 62 coins bar: 222 coins).
At level 30 Mining, coal (150 gp ea) can be mined. One popular location to mine coal is at the Kandarin Coal Trucks, west of Seers' Village and north of the Fishing Guild. Mined coal can be placed into the nearby mine carts and then collected just north of Seers' Village. Only 120 coal can be stored in the carts at one time.
Another popular place to mine is in the Motherlode Mine located in the Falador Dwarven Mines. You can obtain coal (150 gp), gold (229 gp), mithril (382 gp), adamantite (1,127 gp), and runite (11,060 gp) considered you have the respective Mining levels. By mining pay-dirt and cleaning it in the machine located in the center of the mine, you collect random ores from the sack. This is a very popular update to the Mining skill as it is easy to do AFK and can yield good profit and experience per hour. On random, you can also receive golden nuggets. These can be traded in for a mining outfit which grants an XP boost to Mining, or for a profit, you can buy soft clay packs which can then be sold to other players.
Upon completing the Hard and Elite Falador Achievement Diary, players will have an increased chance of receiving higher ores when cleaning pay-dirt. If possible at your level, it's recommended to obtain these achievements so that Motherlode Mine will yield an even more profitable reward.
One easy method to make large amounts of money is rune running. There are rich players willing to pay people to "run" rune essence for them, either to the bank or to a nearby general store for unnoting.
There are many players and clans involved in rune running services; many of them post advertisements on the RuneScape forums. Generally, the "Runes and Ammo" section is where most players post for this method. Titles such as "25:25, 18:25, 23:25" and so on are what you should be looking for. These numbers are ratios of runes to rune essence (or pure essence).
Law rune runningEdit
World 341 and 366 are commonly used for running Law runes. Depending on the crafter, they may require you to hold up to 26 Pure essence in your inventory. Head to Draynor Village for a nearby bank, and be sure you have no weapons, armour, or god clothing (this includes God books) on. If you want to be safe, just don't wear anything.
Once you've boarded the ship, head east until you see a cooking range. Travel north, following the path, passing the church and the bridge. Runecrafters will be outside of the altar, usually typing such things like "23:25 or 25:25" (ratio of Law rune to Pure essence). Trade the player, and offer them your essence. You should receive a significant amount of Law runes in return. Head back to Draynor Village to deposit your runes, and withdraw another inventory of essence, repeating the above steps.
Nature rune runningEdit
The other most profitable runes to run are Nature runes. This method can be quite dangerous, so stay alert and consider bringing a one-click teleport item, or teleport jewellery. There are poisonous monsters on Karamja, but you can buy an Antipoison potion from the general store for about 500 coins.
It is highly recommended that you join a clan chat as there are usually crafters online.
Once you've traded your essence for runes, run to the nearby general store, sell some of your noted essence and buy it back, then repeat the process!
Watch out for other players buying your essence as soon as you sell it. The only way to avoid them is to find a nature running group on a different world.
Buy (or mine) iron ore in bulk. Players who power-level Mining typically are willing to sell for 60-70gp each. Then, buy (or craft) a ring of forging, and smelt the ore at the Al Kharid furnace (note that the ring of forging will only work for 140 iron ore!). Smith these iron bars at the Varrock anvil and make iron knives. Players typically pay around 60-65gp per knife in a high-volume trading area, such as Varrock West Bank on World 1. This is a decent source of Smithing XP and decent profit. (Assuming you buy 140 iron ore at 70gp per ore, and 1 ring of forging for 2,000gp, your total cost is just under 12k gp, and you will have 42k gp if you sell all 700 iron knives for 60 gp each, making for a profit of 30k gp, or about 43 gp profit per knife).
Steel Bars Edit
Buy (or mine) iron ore and coal in bulk. Steel bars take 2 coals and 1 iron ore. Coal costs 135gp each and iron 35-40gp each. Players will pay you up to 500gp each steel bar you make. So for example, if you buy 2000 coals and 1000 iron ores (costs 280-300k) and you are able to make 1000 steel bars (up to 500k), so the profit will be 200-220k.
Blast Furnace Edit
The Blast Furnace is a minigame in which bars are smelted using half of the normal amount of coal required and at a faster rate than using normal furnaces. Profits at Blast Furnace depend heavily on the activity of participants, but profits of 400k/hr can be expected with bars as low level as steel bars and as high as over 1.5m/hr with runite bars, depending on current Grand Exchange prices.
Thieving is a very fast skill that unlocks many very effective money making methods that require little to no startup or supplies making it an ideal stat for players without a large bank or iron man accounts.
At 28 thieving you are able to loot the Nature Rune Chest in East Ardougne which gives 3 coins and a Nature rune. With a respawn time of 8 seconds and a loot time of about one second, you can steal from the chest 400 times max in one hour without world hopping which is around 100k/hr.
The Rogue chest is lootable at 84 thieving and can yield profits of over 800k/hr but is located in deep wilderness in the Rogues' Castle and is a very popular hotspot for player killers which makes it undesirable to many.
The Ardougne Baker's Stall can be stolen from at 5 thieving and is great money for low levels. Possible loot includes cake which sells for the Grand Exchange for around 110 each. The stall has a respawn time of 2 seconds and assuming a 33% chance of receiving cake and a 30 second bank time, it is possible to steal approximately 500 cakes, or 55k gp, every hour, assuming you aren't caught by guards or the baker.
At 20 thieving players can steal from the silk stall which can then be sold back to the silk trader for 60 gp after a period of 10 minutes has passed since the player last stole from the stall. With the stall's respawn time at 5 seconds and assuming 30 second bank time it is possible to steal about 600 silk every hour which can then be sold back to the trader for 36k.
Male H.A.M. members are thievable at 20 thieving and female members at 15, both of which have a good chance of giving easy clue scrolls as loot which can then be completed for rewards such as iron trimmed armour and god pages. Profit per hour varies widely, but in the long run is decent profit.
At 38 thieving players can steal from master farmers and have the possibility of receiving valuable herb seeds from him such as Ranarr, Snapdragon, and Torstol seeds. Profit here can be upwards of 150k/hr, but a lot of low level food is required as every failed pickpocket costs 3 hitpoints.
Woodcutting is a skill with moderate profits that requires little attention, has minimal startup costs, and is low-level-friendly, making it a great money maker for newer players.
Logs can be cut from regular trees at level 1 woodcutting and sell in the Grand Exchange for around 40 gp each, which is a higher price than Oak, Willow, and Maple logs.
Maple logs can be sold cheaply to a general store and sell on the Grand Exchange for around 18 gp per log.
Selling to the general store yields 32gp at first and min 7gp which results in a profit of about 6,300gp an hour. Cutting normal logs is much more profit but is significantly slower experience.
Yew logs can be sold for 450gp on the Grand Exchage, and the higher level you are the faster you can get them. They are always going to be in high demand for Fletching and Firemaking XP. Ideally, one should have 70 woodcutting before beginning to cut yews as at this level the rate of success in cutting logs is significantly higher than at 60.
Using the Herblore Skill, players can make Unfinished Potions and sell them for quick cash.
An example of a good and profitable way to do this would be looking at the prices and testing to see if you make profit or not upon making an Unfinished Potion. For example: The price for Avantoe is 2,060 coins, and an Avantoe potion (unf) sells for 2,411 coins. The materials needed to make an Unfinished Avantoe Potion are a Clean Avantoe and Vial of water. The Vial of water is 4 coins each. Therefore, you make a profit of 347 coins each time you make an Unfinished Avantoe Potion and sell it. Every inventory, 14 Unfinished Potions can be made using a vial of water and the clean herb. So for every inventory, you make a 4,858 coin profit.
Tips and hints Edit
- With the same effort, you could easily kill cows for their cowhide or raw beef, mine rune/pure essence, or collect Mort myre fungi or Blue dragon scales, which would make money a lot more easily.
- Make sure to pick up as much money left on the ground as you can when training or traveling. Although it seems pointless to do so, even small amounts of money can add up to thousands, so picking up that extra small drop from a guard or rock crab counts toward your earnings.
- Many people leave random event rewards, such as coins and gems, on the ground when spinning flax in Lumbridge Castle. Use this to your advantage by going in to a busy world and picking up free items while spinning flax. It might be a good idea to take only 27 flax with you to the spinning wheel so you can pick up any valuables as soon as they appear on the ground.
- While selling to a general store may be less time consuming, selling to an actual player is well worth the time in most cases (i.e. regular logs sell for 1gp at a general store and over 100 to an actual player). In the same way, you can stock up on cheap items that players sell to the general store and later sell them to players or the grand exchange for a profit.