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This article is about the Woodcutting skill. For information on training Woodcutting, see Woodcutting training (F2P) (P2P).


Woodcutting is a gathering skill that primarily involves chopping trees to obtain logs used in the Fletching, Firemaking, and Construction skills. Players with a higher Woodcutting level can chop down new types of trees and cut down trees quicker. As levels increase, players can use better axes to chop trees faster. Players with high enough Attack levels can equip the axes that match the respective metals, but having an axe equipped is not necessary in order to chop a tree; having it in the player's inventory also works.

Woodcutting is a useful skill for a low-levelled player to make money early in the game.

Players have a 1 in 8 chance of depleting most trees that can give more than one log, as well as a 1 in 11 chance of depleting a section of a Redwood tree.[1][2]

Experience during trial runs

A player chopping down a normal tree. This requires 1 Woodcutting.

To quickly give players a general idea of the experience per hour, they can expect per tree, all with Dragon axe (no special):

  • At 70 Woodcutting (using one teak tree south of Castle Wars and dropping logs)
    • Teak - 56.6k/hr (based on 65k exp gained)
  • At 90 Woodcutting
    • Redwood - 50k/hr, scales up to 70k/hr at 99
  • At 80 Woodcutting (Using two teak trees and dropping logs)
    • Teak - 70k/hr (With lumberjack outfit)
Listen to audio.
Woodcutting level-up music (link)
The first music that can be played when levelled up.
Listen to audio.
Woodcutting level-up music (link)
The second music that can be played when levelled up.

Types of trees

Choppable logs
Tree Level Experience Log Tree Notes
Normal 1 25 Logs.png
The most common tree on RuneScape, these trees are how players start off training Woodcutting. Both evergreen and dead trees (both small and big) also yield logs. Each tree only yields one log, after which they are cut down and respawn in a short time. Normal logs are also used to start off Firemaking and Construction training.
Achey 1 25 Achey tree logs.png
Achey Tree.png
These trees are used for the members-only quest Big Chompy Bird Hunting, to make Ogre bows and arrows. Like normal trees, Achey trees only yield one log.
Oak 15 37.5 Oak logs.png
Oak tree.png
These trees are fairly easy to find around wooded areas. Unlike normal trees, Oak trees can yield multiple logs, and are used for training once the player has the ability to cut them. Oak logs are commonly used in Construction training.
Willow 30 67.5 Willow logs.png
Willow tree.png
These trees are found near water. Players can find them in and around Port Sarim, Draynor Village, Seers' Village, and Champions' Guild. A usually unoccupied area is also at the lake west of Farmer Fred's hut.
Teak 35 85 Teak logs.png
Teak tree.png
These trees yield teak logs when cut, which are used for Construction training. Teak trees are rather rare, with several lone trees around Castle Wars, Uzer and Ape Atoll. A large cluster can be found in the Hardwood Grove.
Maple 45 100 Maple logs.png
Maple tree.png
Maple trees are special trees which can be found only in northern Kandarin and the Fremennik Province. Experience per log increases to 110 after completeing the Kandarin Medium Diary. Maple logs are used for Firemaking.
Hollow 45 82.5 Bark.png
Hollow tree.png
These are found in Slepe and the Haunted Woods, and yield bark, which is used to create Splitbark equipment.
Mahogany 50 125 Mahogany logs.png
Mahogany tree.png
Like teak trees, mahogany trees are quite rare, and yield mahogany logs when cut, which are used for Construction training. Mahogany trees can be found in the Hardwood Grove, Ape Atoll and the Kharazi Jungle.
Arctic pine 54 40 Arctic pine logs.png
Arctic Pine.png
These are found on the islands of Neitiznot, these logs are better used for Firemaking experience rather than Woodcutting.
Yew 60 175 Yew logs.png
Yew tree.png
The highest levelled tree for free players to cut, yew trees are quite uncommon throughout RuneScape. Their logs are primarily used for Firemaking.
Sulliuscep 65 127 Mushroom.png
Found in the Tar Swamp on Fossil Island, chopping sulliusceps grant the player 83 experience per yield. Players can receive mushrooms and mort myre fungus from chopping sulliusceps, but they can also receive sulliuscep caps. There are six sulliusceps found throughout the swamp, but only one can be chopped down. Thus, players must traverse the Tar Swamp to find the choppable sulliuscep.
Magic 75 250 Magic logs.png
Magic tree.png
These 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, as well as inside the Woodcutting Guild.
Redwood 90 380 Redwood logs.png
Redwood tree.png
These trees are found exclusively in the Woodcutting Guild.


Canoes are a way of travelling along the River Lum. All that is required to use them is an axe and a minimum of level 12 Woodcutting for the lowest level canoe. There are four canoe stations and five stops.

Canoes are a very handy way of getting to Edgeville without a Amulet of glory.

Note that while the Wilderness is the last stop, there are no suitable trees to make a canoe, so it is a one-way trip. It drops players off just north of the black chinchompa hunting grounds.

Canoe Level required Experience Picture Notes
Log 12 30
Can travel 1 stop along the River Lum. Can not go to the Wilderness.
Dugout 27 60
Can travel 2 stops along the River Lum. Can not go to the Wilderness.
Stable dugout 42 90
Stable Dugout-1-.png

Can travel 3 stops along the River Lum (which is enough to travel anywhere along it except wilderness). Can not go to the Wilderness.

Waka 57 150
Can travel 4 stops along the River Lum, and is the only canoe that can go to the Wilderness.
Be careful as you cannot make a canoe in the Wilderness station.

Axe types

Axe Picture Woodcutting level Attack level[3] Smithing level to make Notes
Bronze axe.png
1 1 1
Iron axe.png
1 1 16
  • Spawns in the Varrock Sewers
  • Bought from Bob's Brilliant Axes
  • Pickpocketed from H.A.M. Members at 20 Thieving
  • Dropped by the tree spirit
Steel axe.png
6 5 31
  • Bought from Bob's Brilliant Axes
  • Pickpocketed from H.A.M. Members at 20 Thieving
  • Dropped by the tree spirit
Black axe.png
11 10 N/A
Mithril axe.png
21 20 51
Adamant axe.png
31 30 71
  • A reward from doing a level 2 Clue scroll
  • Dropped by iron dragons, and the tree spirit
  • Sold at the Woodcutting Guild
Rune axe.png
41 40 86
  • A reward from doing a level 3 Clue scroll
  • Dropped by steel dragons, skeletal wyverns, iron dragons, lava dragons and the tree spirit
  • Sold at the Woodcutting Guild
Dragon axe.png
61 60 N/A
3rd age
3rd age axe.png
61 65 N/A
Infernal axe.png
61 60 N/A
  • Created by using a smouldering stone on a dragon axe.
  • Level 85 firemaking is required to create this item.
  • Chopping trees with the infernal axe will grant a 1/3 chance the logs will be burnt as they are chopped.
  • Gives an additional +3 Woodcutting level when using special attack
  1. Jagex. Mod John C's Twitter account. 3 June 2016. Mod John C: "After the update, the chance of a redwood tree depleting will have decreased from 1 in 16 to 1 in 11."
  2. Jagex. Mod John C's Twitter account. 3 June 2016. Mod John C: "All other trees are 1 in 8."
  3. The attack level requirement is to wield the axe. One can cut logs with it in their inventory as long as they meet the woodcutting requirement.

Lumberjack outfit

Outfit piece Picture Woodcutting level Extra exp given Notes
Lumberjack boots
Lumberjack boots.png
44 0.2% bonus exp
Lumberjack legs
Lumberjack legs.png
44 0.6% bonus exp
Lumberjack top
Lumberjack top.png
44 0.8% bonus exp
Lumberjack hat
Lumberjack hat.png
44 0.4% bonus exp
  • Wearing the whole set gives an additional 0.5% bonus, totalling to 2.5% bonus experience.

Temporary boosts

Main article: Temporary skill boost

Quests rewarding Woodcutting experience

Quest Experience
Woodcutting req. Other requirements
Enlightened Journey 1,500 - 20 Quest point icon.png, 20 Firemaking icon.png, 30 Farming icon.png, 36 Crafting icon.png
Recipe for Disaster
(Skrach Uglogwee subquest)
1,500 - 41 Cooking icon.png, 20 Firemaking icon.png
Heroes' Quest 1,575 - 55 Quest point icon.png, 53 Cooking icon.png, 53 Fishing icon.png, 25 Herblore icon.png, 50 Mining icon.png
Monk's Friend 2,000 - -
Animal Magnetism 2,500 35 Woodcutting icon.png 18 Slayer icon.png, 19 Crafting icon.png, 30 Ranged icon.png
The Eyes of Glouphrie 2,500 45 Woodcutting icon.png (Ironman chat badge.png) 5 Construction icon.png, 46 Magic icon.png
The Fremennik Trials 2,812 40 Woodcutting icon.png 25 Fletching icon.png, 40 Crafting icon.png (Ironman chat badge.png)
Icthlarin's Little Helper 4,000 - -
The Fremennik Isles 10,000 56 Woodcutting icon.png 20 Construction icon.png, 40 Agility icon.png
Grim Tales 14,000 71 Woodcutting icon.png 58 Thieving icon.png, 45 Farming icon.png, 52 Herblore icon.png, 59 Agility icon.png
Total 42,387

Skill choice

Upon completing any of the following quests, players may choose to allocate experience to Woodcutting. These rewards usually come in the form of items, such as lamps or books, and are independent of any experience rewards directly received for completing the quest.

Quest Experience
Skills available Skill requirements
Client of Kourend 500 twice Any -
Fairytale II - Cure a Queen 2,500 Any skill above 30 49 Farming icon.png, 57 Herblore icon.png
A Tail of Two Cats 2,500 twice Any skill above 30 -
The Great Brain Robbery 5,000 Any skill above 30 16 Crafting icon.png, 30 Construction icon.png, 50 Prayer icon.png
King's Ransom 5,000 Any skill above 50 65 Defence icon.png
Darkness of Hallowvale 2,000 three times Any skill above 30 5 Construction icon.png, 20 Mining icon.png, 22 Thieving icon.png, 32 Crafting icon.png, 33 Magic icon.png, 40 Strength icon.png
Curse of the Empty Lord
10,000 Any skill above 50 Some players will need 31 Prayer icon.png
One Small Favour 10,000 twice Any skill above 30 36 Agility icon.png, 25 Crafting icon.png, 18 Herblore icon.png, 30 Smithing icon.png
Recipe for Disaster
(The final battle)
20,000 Any skill above 50 175 Quest point icon.png, 48 Agility icon.png, 50 Mining icon.png, 53 Fishing icon.png, 53 Thieving icon.png, 25 Herblore icon.png, 59 Magic icon.png, 40 Smithing icon.png, 50 Firemaking icon.png, 40 Ranged icon.png, 40 Crafting icon.png, 10 Fletching icon.png, 10 Slayer icon.png, 36 Woodcutting icon.png
Legends' Quest 7,650 four times Attack icon.png Strength icon.png Defence icon.png Magic icon.png Hitpoints icon.png Prayer icon.png Woodcutting icon.png Crafting icon.png Smithing icon.png Herblore icon.png Agility icon.png Thieving icon.png 107 Quest point icon.png, 50 Agility icon.png, 50 Crafting icon.png, 45 Herblore icon.png, 56 Magic icon.png, 52 Mining icon.png, 42 Prayer icon.png, 50 Smithing icon.png, 50 Strength icon.png, 50 Thieving icon.png, 50 Woodcutting icon.png
Total 105,100