Woodcutting is similar to Mining in that it can be trained through several methods with varying degrees of effort required and profit achieved. Discussed below will be every aspect of Woodcutting as a skill, ranging from the most to least AFK methods as well as benefits and disadvantages of those methods and less common information regarding the skill.
The following quests are locked behind Woodcutting requirements, many of them being extremely important to unlocking content such as Barrows Gloves, Lunar spellbook as well as prerequisites for accessing a new herb patch through the Making Friends with My Arm quest as well as Dragon Slayer II. In short, whether you’re an Ironman struggling to bank Herblore supplies or someone who’s looking to camp Vorkath for profit, you’re going to need to train Woodcutting.
The complete list of quests with Woodcutting level requirements are as follows:
Level 10 – My Arm’s Big Adventure
Level 35 - Animal Magnetism
Level 36 – Lost City
Level 40 – The Fremennik Trials
Level 50 – Legends’ Quest
Level 50 – Olaf’s Quest
Level 55 – Lunar Diplomacy
Level 56 – The Fremennik Isles
Level 71 – Grim Tales (68 with Dragon Axe special attack or 66 with stews)
Level 1 – 15: Regular Trees
This is assuming that you have not completed the quest Monk’s Friend. However it is recommended that you do as this will significantly speed up the early levels, taking you from 1 to 13.
Extremely straightforward, buy the highest level axe you can use and cut regular trees south of the Grand Exchange. Banking is not recommended, however if you would like to there is a bank a short distance from the regular trees.
This is my preferred spot for regular trees as it is close to the Grand Exchange making it easy to train quickly for a new account after purchasing axes.
From level 1 to 15 assuming no quests have been completed for XP you will need 2,411 XP which is 97 logs. This whole process should take around half an hour depending on your dropping speed and focus.
Level 15 – 30: Oak Trees
These two spots are close to teleports and have plenty of oaks for you to cut to reach level 30. Oaks are much more AFK than regular trees as they do not get cut down after a single log has been cut. You should drop all of the 293 logs required to get from 15 to 30 Woodcutting. This should take just under an hour of gameplay.
Level 30 – 35: Willow Trees
These are the two spots I would suggest for this small section, it should be relatively fast once you get to the adamant axe at level 31. You can either run over to the willows behind Seers’ Village bank if you were cutting oaks there or use a Games Necklace to teleport to Barbarian Assault if you were at the Grand Exchange cutting oaks. You will need to cut and drop 134 willows to get to 35 Woodcutting. This should take around 30 minutes of gameplay.
Level 35 – 99: Teak Trees
This is the teak tree spot which is recommended if you are unable to access Ape Atoll due to not having partially completed the Monkey Madness quest. You can expect this spot to be relatively busy so if you are seriously motivated to get 99 Woodcutting it is crucial to complete Monkey Madness for the Ape Atoll teak spot.
This is where you’ll be spending the next 13,012,025 XP of your life, cutting and dropping 153,083 teak logs. If you opt to not 2-tick here you can expect XP rates ranging from 35,000 per hour to 93,000 in the late 90s. However if you 2-tick, this drastically increases – from 68,000 per hour to 180,000. This is absolutely the fastest possible Woodcutting XP in the game but it is click intensive and requires a mass amount of focus. I will provide some alternative training methods below if you are feeling like a change of pace or want a more AFK method to do while studying or watching TV shows or movies.
Level 15 – 45: Oak Trees
Stopping at 30 to cut willows may not be the best option for you if you are a fresh account or are an Ironman, as oak logs are useful for training Construction later down the road. If you are a fresh account and are deciding to train Woodcutting, these two previously mentioned spots are great because they allow you to bank your logs quickly. The logs are not worth much but getting around level 45 will easily get you enough money to buy all the axes up to rune. At current prices, the 1,577 oak logs you receive will get you 37,848 GP.
Level 45 – 60: Maple Trees
There’s really only one place in RuneScape where you can cut maples and it’s here, right behind the Seers’ Village bank. I’m sure everyone remembers coming here as a kid to cut maples. This is the place to be before accessing the Woodcutting Guild. The logs are almost worthless at 8 GP each, but they are extremely AFK and decent XP, ranging from 25,000 up to 57,000 XP per hour. You will need to cut 2,123 maple logs to reach 60 Woodcutting from 45.
Level 60+: Yew Trees
Cutting yews inside the Woodcutting Guild is an extremely solid and AFK method to train if you’re looking to take a break from the more intensive 2-tick teak method or are simply busy but still want to get XP. The amount of logs required depends on your goals and needs, but you can expect XP rates ranging from 30,000 to 46,000 XP per hour a profit of 65,000 GP to 120,000 GP per hour.
Level 75+: Magic Trees
Magic trees inside the Woodcutting Guild offer an extremely AFK training method once you are higher level. Not recommended right at 75 due to the very slow XP rates, however they are slightly more profitable than yews at that level, so if you’re not looking for high XP rates this is a solid alternative!
Level 90-99: Redwood Trees
At level 90 you unlock access to redwood trees, which are hands down the best Woodcutting AFK XP in the game. With XP rates ranging from 55,000 to 75,000, they are still much slower than 2-ticking or even regular teaks but they offer a much more relaxed way of training while still bringing in a profit. From the 20,232 redwood logs you’d need to cut to get 99 Woodcutting you could expect profit upwards of 6,500,000 GP.