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This article is about the pay-to-play guide. For the free players' guide, see Free-to-play Woodcutting training.
This guide outlines the best methods for training the Woodcutting skill. Depending on preference for money, time, or combination of both, there are a variety of routes one can take to maximize efficiency.
Magic tree

The profit from training woodcutting is obviously made mostly by selling the logs obtained, but bird nests can also provide some supplemental income in the form of a crushed nest and seeds. When woodcutting for profit, one should be aware that the profit from woodcutting is very low compared to other money-making methods. Thus if one wishes to obtain experience but also profit, it may be more beneficial to simply perform the fastest experience method and use the saved time to make money from alternative methods.

Equipment Edit

The only item required to woodcut is an axe. In order to achieve the greatest amount of experience and logs, one should always use the best axe available at a Woodcutting level. Although a certain Attack level is required to wield an one, players are still able to use the axe to woodcut without the required level.

Additionally, the Lumberjack outfit obtained from the Temple Trekking minigame provides a total of 2.5% bonus experience per log cut. Although the bonus increases rates, due to the time required to obtain the set, one may wish to forgo it and spend the saved time woodcutting.

Methods Edit

Fastest Experience Edit

The following section will outline the fastest route possible to get to level 99. It's goal is to forgo profit whenever greatest experience can be had.

Levels 1-15 Regular trees Edit

Logs detail

At level, one should start out cutting regular trees. As the most abundant of all tree varieties in Runescape, players can begin training almost anywhere. If players wish to save the logs for selling or future use, it's best to cut in a location close to a bank, otherwise there is no particular spot best for training.

A knife can be carried to fletch the logs into arrow shafts to train Fletching. Since the shafts stack in the inventory, this can avoid the need to bank the logs. Alternatively, one can bring a tinderbox to burn the logs at the same time, granting firemaking experience.

Players can start off by buying an iron axe from Bob's Brilliant Axes in Lumbridge. At level 6 Woodcutting, a steel axe can be used, and at level 11, a black axe.

Levels 15-35 Oak Trees Edit

Oak logs detail

Starting at level 15, players can cut oak trees. A good spot is east of Draynor Village's bank. Low level players should be careful here, as level 26 Jail Guards patrol the area. Another good spot for cutting down oak trees would be under Falador, and above Port Sarim. Between these cities is a cabbage field and when ran though the cabbage field there are around 10 Oak trees located. The area with 3 oak trees west of Varrock, near the east bank, is a good choice for lower leveled players. It is right next to a bank, so players can chop, bank, and then sell the logs. Other places are south-west of Varrock and north-west of Lumbridge and Seers' Village.

Levels 21 and 31 grant the ability to cut using a mithril axe and adamant axe, respectively.

At level 30, players can choose to switch to willow trees. However, due to the lower value of willow logs and similar experience, it is recommended to stick with oak trees until 35.

Levels 35-65 Willow Trees Edit

Willow logs detail

Willow trees will provide the best experience from level 35 to level 65. There are multiple areas close to places to bank.

  • A good spot is beside Draynor Village's bank, as there are 5 willow trees there, though it is often crowded during the day.
  • The willows outside of Barbarian Assault are very close to a bank deposit box, and not as crowded as Draynor Village willows

Since willows are extremely inexpensive and these levels will not provide much money, it may be desirable to simply drop the logs instead of banking. This allows one to train in an area less crowded and thus may improve experience rates. This can be done anywhere with willows, but there are good willow tree spots in northeast Port Sarim, south of Rimmington, and north of Lumbridge.

Level 41 allows players to a rune axe. Level 61 allow players to cut using a dragon axe, the best axe in the game. Alternatively, one can use the infernal axe at level 61, provide the player also has 85 firemaking. This axe will burn 1/3 of the logs cut, reducing the need to drop logs and also providing firemaking experience.

Levels 65-99 Teak Trees Edit

Teak logs detail

Teak trees will provide by far the fastest experience rate. This is only achievable through dropping logs though, so no profit will be made from this method. Possible locations include:

It should be noted that 2-tick and 3-tick methods exist for Woodcutting that can dramatically increase experience rates (well in excess of 100k xp/hr). These methods require much more concentration and are click intensive, however. If one wishes to achieve these greatest rates, a video demonstration is recommended.

Summary Edit

Level Tree Logs
1-15 Regular 97
15-35 Oak 562
35-65 Willow 6,327
65-99 Teak 148,059

Alternative Methods Edit

Profit and Experience Edit

Level Subject & Location Notes
1-15 Woodcutting-icon Regular trees around Draynor Village

Chop them down around Draynor. Evergreen, north of Falador and between Barbarian Village, is also an alternative. You need 97 logs for levels 1 to 15.

15-40 Woodcutting-icon Oak trees southwest of West Varrock Bank There are a few oaks just a tad bit southwest of said bank. Otherwise, Draynor or Tree Gnome Stronghold has some fairly close to its respective bank. Seer's Village also has a few oak just outside its bank. Expect around 18,000-45,000 XP per hour. You need 929 oak logs for levels 15 to 40.
40-60 Woodcutting-icon Willow trees at Barbarian Outpost, Draynor, or Seers' Village Don't forget to upgrade to a Rune axe at 41 Woodcutting! If planning to get 60 Woodcutting off these, it'll take 3,504 willows (Experience required to reach 60 from 40 is 236,518 XP).
Alternatively, one can advance to teaks southwest of Castle Wars requiring 35 Woodcutting. One will need 2,957 teak logs from level 35 to 60 or 153,083 teaks for level 99. It's about 30,000-60,000 XP/h at willows, or 45,000 XP/h with teaks.
60-75 Woodcutting-icon Willow trees at Barbarian Outpost, Draynor, Seers' Village, or Woodcutting Guild Sticking with willow trees is recommended instead of moving on to maple trees as the xp is slightly higher. About 40k xp/hr from willow trees compared to the 35k xp/hr (at about 62 woodcutting).

It is recommended to upgrade to a Dragon axe at 61 Woodcutting, as the xp gained over time is much higher.
About 300-400 mahogany logs per hour could be cut for 45,000-48,000 XP/h.

75+ Woodcutting-icon Yew trees in Catherby, Seers' Village, Tree Gnome Stronghold, Edgeville, or Woodcutting Guild 67,566 yew logs will be needed to reach 99! Yews are about 35,000-38,000 XP/h at level 75 at the Woodcutting Guild. At level 80, players can cut yew trees at a decent rate. Keep in mind that the reason players should not start cutting yews at level 60 is because of the extremely slow rate at which the logs are obtained. Cutting yews will be very slow experience, but in the long run, players will gain lots of money.
Normal125LogsNormal 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 anywhere.
Achey125Achey tree logsThese trees are used for the members-only quest Big Chompy Bird Hunting, to make Ogre bows and arrows.
Oak1537.5Oak logsThese trees are fairly easy to find. They are nearby many cities, allowing quick access to a bank.
Willow3067.5Willow logsThese trees are found near water. You can find them in and around Port SarimDraynor Village, Barbarian OutpostSeer's Village, the Woodcutting Guild, and Champions' Guild.
Teak3585Teak logs

These trees 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.

There is a single tree in the woods south-west of Castle Wars.

They are also located in the desert near Nardah.

There are a few teak trees on Ape Atoll near the entrance to the dungeon used in Monkey Madness, west of where you land from Crash Island. (You can cut them while wearing a greegree)

Maple45100Maple logsMaple trees can only be found on member servers in Seer's Village. However, the logs can be traded and burned in free worlds by free players and members.
Hollow4582.5BarkThese are found east of Canifis, a village on member servers. When cut, they can be very profitable.
Mahogany50125Mahogany logs

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.

Arctic pine5440Arctic pine logsThese are found on the island of Neitiznot, these logs are more known for Firemaking experience than woodcutting.
Yew60175Yew logsThese trees give the best experience for a single log for free players. Free-to-play players can find these trees at Edgeville, south of Falador, and north of Varrock Castle. Members can find these trees in the Seers' Village churchyard, in the Woodcutting Guild, west of Catherby along with several south of the flax fields in seers. Commonly cut by players wishing to make money.
Magic75250Magic logsThese trees are members-only. Cutting these trees takes time as they give logs at a very slow rate. You can find these trees at the Mage Training Arena, Sorcerer's Tower, and southwest of Camelot. There are also a few just west of the south ladder to the bank in the Gnome Stronghold, and 8 trees can be found in the Woodcutting Guild. Commonly cut by players wishing to make money.
Redwood90380Redwood logsThese member's only trees can only be found in the Woodcutting Guild. They cannot be fletched, but can be burned for 350 Firemaking experience or turned into Redwood pyre logs for the Shades of Morton minigame.

Method Above (1-60) Edit

Follow the above guide to reach level 60. This will provide both best experience and best profitability for these level.

Woodcutting Guild (60-99) Edit

At level 60, players are able to enter the Woodcutting Guild provided they have 75% favor in House Hosidius. While in the Woodcutting Guild, players have an invisible +7 bonus to their woodcutting levels, meaning they will be able to gain experience at higher rates. There are 11 Normal trees, 4 Oak trees, 7 Willow trees, 13 Maple trees, 17 Yew trees, 8 Magic trees, and 2 Redwood trees (8 walls to chop) in the Woodcutting Guild, as well as a very conveniently placed bank.

Maple Trees (60-99) Edit

4 Maple trees can be found in Seers' Village, behind the bank. They grant 100 experience each, and 110 experience with completion of the Kandarin Medium Diary. Additionally, Maple logs are useful for increasing the Fletching skill. Fletching an unstrung longbow will grant 58.3 experience, and stringing one will grant another 58.3 experience on top of that. A strung maple longbow will sell for around 300 coins, making Maple logs a viable (albeit slow) method of making money.

Yew Trees (75-90) Edit

Above level 75, players can cut Yew trees at a decent rate. Players should not start cutting yews at level 60 due to the extremely slow rate at which the logs are obtained. Good spots are:

  • There are four yew trees west of Rimmington, but they are a long distance from a bank, which does not make the spot very popular.
  • 1 Yew tree inside of the Lumbridge graveyard.
  • 1 Yew tree just north-east of Varrock.
  • 1 Yew tree directly north of Varrock east bank.
  • 3 yew trees in the glade of Kourend

Magic Trees (90-99) Edit

Once players reach 75 Woodcutting, they will be able to cut down Magic trees, although cutting them will be incredibly slow at this level (even in the Woodcutting Guild with its invisible level boost and close proximity to a bank only results in about 30,000-35,000 xp/hr). The most convenient place to cut them is within the Woodcutting Guild, with a total of 8 relatively close to a bank. The second most convenient place to cut them is south of the Yew trees in Seer's Village, with a total of 4 in the vicinity of the Sorcerer's Tower. Another option is the 3 Magic trees just west of the Tree Gnome Stronghold's bank. Both of these areas tend to be crowded. There are 2 magic trees in Kourend, with two banks fairly close by. These two trees are not crowded. Cutting these trees provides the least experience-per-hour, but their logs are the most profitable of all.

Experience ratesEdit

Tree Level

Experience per hour


Profit/Hr at 99

Members? Notes
Normal 1 10 - 15k Logs No Normal trees include dead, jungle and evergreen trees, as well as regular trees. They are the most common trees in RuneScape. However, only one log can be cut from a normal tree before it falls.
Achey 1 17-18k Achey tree logs Yes Achey 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. They are located in Feldip Hills and by Castle Wars. Like normal logs, only one Achey log can be cut from a tree.
Oak 15 18-45k Oak logs 20k-45k No Oaks are fairly common in RuneScape. A single oak tree can provide multiple logs.
Willow 30 30-60k Willow logs 9k-18k No Willows are generally found near water. Some places they are found at include Port Sarim, Draynor Village, Lumbridge, south of Rimmington, Catherby, Barbarian Outpost and Seers' Village.
Teak 35 50-100k Teak logs Yes Teaks are members-exclusive trees found in the hardwood grove by Tai Bwo Wannai, the Kharazi Jungle, and the woods south of Castle Wars, among other places. Players can pay 100 trading sticks, the currency in Tai Bwo Wannai, to enter the Hardwood Grove.
Maple 45 36-60k Maple logs Yes There are many maples between Rellekka and Sinclair Mansion, as well as several behind the Seers' Village bank.
Hollow 45 70k Bark Yes Hollow trees are found east of Canifis, in an area filled with aggressive monsters. When cut, bark is obtained. It can be made into Splitbark armour.
Mahogany 50 45-48k Mahogany logs Yes Mahogany trees are found in the Hardwood Grove by Tai Bwo Wannai. Players can pay 100 trading sticks, to enter the fenced-off area where the mahogany trees reside. They are also found on Ape Atoll, in the Kharazi Jungle, and Mos Le'Harmless. Woodcutters need to complete Jungle Potion quest before entering.
Arctic pine 54 14-20k Arctic pine logs Yes Arctic Pine trees are found on the island of Neitiznot. They can be used to make Fremennik roundshields. A player must have started The Fremennik Isles to gain entry.
Yew 60 23-38K (45k at WC Guild) Yew logs 50k-85k No Yews give the most experience per log for free players. Free players can find them at Edgeville, south of Falador, north of Varrock Castle, and in the Lumbridge graveyard, among other places. Notable members-only spots include the Seers' Village churchyard, west of Catherby, and Tree Gnome Stronghold.
Magic 75 17-30k Magic logs 88k-156k Yes Magic trees are members-only. Cutting them takes the most time of any log. These trees are found at the Mage Training Arena, Sorcerer's Tower, south-west of Lletya, and south-west of Seers' Village bank. There are also a few north of the Agility course in the Gnome Stronghold, and at the eastern edge. It is recommended that players use Dragon axes to improve their Woodcutting rate.

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