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Chopping down a tree
Chopping down a tree

Woodcutting Woodcutting is a gathering skill through which you chop down various types of vegetation, mainly varieties of tree. Doing so gives a part of the vegetation - which can often be used in another skill or activity, primarily Fletching - and Woodcutting experience. The chance of a piece of vegetation being cut is improved by increasing your Woodcutting level, or by using a more effective tool.

You can find vegetation all over Gielinor but the rarer types are marked with a Rare trees symbol on your map.

Because Woodcutting is tied to other skills so strongly, one of the simplest ways in which people make a living in Gielinor, is by cutting down trees.


You cannot cut down trees with your bare hands, tools are required. A hatchet is required to cut down most of the different types of vegetation in Gielinor, but sometimes you'll need machetes. Different tools require different Woodcutting levels to use, as well as an Attack level to wield. However, a tool does not have to be equipped in order to be used to cut down vegetation. Wielding a tool means that you can use it as a weapon as well as cut down trees with it. Note that although Woodcutting is not a members' skill, some items that can be cut using this skill are not available to free-players.

The two types of tools used are:

  • Hatchets - The most common Woodcutting tool. Hatchets are used to chop down the different types of trees.
  • Machete - Used to hack away at light, medium and dense jungle mainly (during Tai Bwo Wannai Clean-up).

Note: The better the quality of your Woodcutting hatchet or machete, the quicker you will be able to cut logs from trees.

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Main article: Vegetation

There are different types of vegetation within Gielinor and not all of them can be chopped down using a hatchet; some will need to be trimmed back with machetes. You will receive logs, bark or a thatching spar when you have successfully cut down a tree or jungle growth.

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Getting Woodcutting Experience

Cutting Things Down


Cutting down a tree and hacking through jungles will often result in produce (such as logs or lengths of root) that you can use in other skills. You will also gain XP.

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Main article: Dungeoneering/Woodcutting

You can also chop down the vegetation growing along the walls in Dungeoneering.

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Building Things Up


Main article: Transportation by Water

With your Woodcutting skill, you can make canoes to travel up and down the River Lum.

The type of canoe you can build is based upon your Woodcutting level:

Type Level Experience
Log 12 Woodcutting 30
Dugout 27 Woodcutting 60
Stable dugout 42 Woodcutting 90
Waka 57 Woodcutting 150

Lumber Yard

Location of the Sawmill Operator
Location of the Sawmill Operator

The Lumber Yard is open for work experience to woodcutters of level 80 or above: as the overseer puts it, "You do the work, you get the experience". Enter through the right-hand door at the front of the Lumber Yard and you will meet the overseer, who has a complete absence of workers and plenty of orders to fulfill.

The overseer will direct you to the noticeboard, where you can choose from quick jobs and large jobs. As these names imply, the large jobs will take a greater amount of time to complete but with a more impressive Woodcutting XP reward, while the quick jobs take a fraction of the time for a fraction of the XP. Once you have accepted a job by clicking the 'Accept' button, you are ready to start completing the order.

Your first task is to fill your inventory with logs from the stacks of logs to the north-west of the yard. These are free to be used in the Lumber Yard but cannot be taken outside. You then take these logs to the conveyor belt hopper to the east, where they roll out on to the conveyor belt and get split by a spinning blade, falling into the plank stack at the end. As with the logs, these cannot be taken out of the Lumber Yard.

Fill your inventory with these planks, as they need to be converted into cut planks for your order. If you want to know how many cut planks of each specific type that you need, check the table in the top-left of your game screen. To cut your planks, click on the workbenches to the south of the room with a saw in your inventory. You may get a saw for free from the first room that you entered, or you can use a crystal saw to cut the planks slightly faster. Once you have clicked on the workbench, a small screen will open, offering four different types of cut:

Cut Produce Difficulty Experience
Straight cut 1x Short plank
1x Long plank
Simple 15
Diagonal cut 2x Diagonal-cut plank Medium 18
Curve cut 1x Curved plank Hard 22
Tooth & groove cut 1x Tooth-cut plank
1x Groove-cut plank
Very hard 25

You will gain a small amount of experience for each completed plank, but the greater chunk of XP is saved for a finished order. You can tell if your order is finished by looking at the top-left of your game screen. Completed orders can then by given to the overseer by right-clicking on her and selecting 'Finish job'.

Any excess cut logs can be regained from the wagon on the south side of the room, so you have a head start on whatever order you choose to take on next!

Boosting Experience Gain

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The small, medium, large and huge fallen stars Members icon can boost your XP gain depending on your level. To activate your bonus XP, you must click the star. Once the bonus XP has been added to your bonus XP pool, the star is removed from your inventory.
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Each individual item in the Lumberjack set (boots, hat, legs, and top) grant 1% extra XP each. A complete set will grant an additional 1% XP bringing the total to 5% for the whole set.
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The sacred clay hatchet will grant 200% Woodcutting XP whereas the volatile clay hatchet will grant 220%. To activate your bonus XP, you must right-click the tool and choose 'Gain xp'.
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The seer's headband 4 grants 10% extra Woodcutting XP. To activate your bonus XP, you must right-click the headband and choose 'Gain xp'.
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Cobalt, viridian, azure and crimson skillchompas, when equipped, offer additional xp when skilling.

Players in a clan with a citadel will find that contributing to their clan's resource pool will earn bonus XP that can be used on the surface world.

Training Hints and Tips

  • Use the best hatchet that you can. Many hatchets, both in Daemonheim and on the surface, can be added to your Tool Belt to be used automatically when cutting trees.
  • Try to find a good Woodcutting location close to a bank, to save travelling time.

Woodcutting Boosts

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The axeman's folly drink will temporarily boost your Woodcutting level by 1. The mature version will raise it by 2.
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A brown spicy stew has a random chance to increase your Woodcutting level by up to 6 levels (or decrease it by the same).
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The Woodcutting cape, Woodcutting cape (t) or Woodcutting master cape can be used to temporarily increase your skill level by 1. To do this, equip one of the capes, right-click it and choose Boost.

Using the Summoning skill, you'll find that there are a few familiars that might be useful for training your Woodcutting. Of particular note is the Beaver, whose special move can increase your Woodcutting level by 2.

Useful Items

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The dwarven army axe is a tool of many uses and one of those uses is Woodcutting. You can use your Dwarven Army Axe to cut down any tree that your Woodcutting skill allows you to. Not only this, but it gives you a chance of getting extra Woodcutting XP and a chance to produce a wooden knot in addition to the log that you cut. The knot is a non-stacking, non-tradeable item used in Crafting. Note that knots can only be cut from regular trees.
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The juju woodcutting potion, obtained through Herblore Habitat, gives you a one in ten chance of finding a wood spirit with each swing of the hatchet. This spirit will automatically carry any logs straight to your bank. There is also a small chance that these logs will be of a higher level than the logs you would have received. Each dose lasts for 5 minutes.
To get to your Woodcutting areas quicker, you might want to consider purchasing a locator (inferior, poor, good or superior). These can be bought using reward credits in Mobilising Armies. Each officer of the officer tower can offer you a different level of locator.

By using the locator, you can choose to be teleported to a Mining, Woodcutting, Fishing or Herblore secondary ingredient area. Once you have made your choice, the locator will make some mysterious calculations and then teleport you randomly to a suitable spot. Try not to be wasteful: the locators have a limited number of charges and can only be refreshed by buying another or playing a game of Mobilising Armies.
The rabbit, aside from leaving you with bones and raw rabbit meat, will leave behind a lucky rabbit's foot. This small and innocuous item can be strung, with level 37 Crafting and a ball of wool, to make a strung rabbit foot - an invaluable tool for Woodcutting masters. This reward will greatly increase your chance of receiving a bird's nest.
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The resourceful aura provides a 10% chance to your resource not being depleted. This only works for normal, achey, oak, willow, teak, maple, mahogany, arctic pine, eucalyptus, yew and magic trees.
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The lumberjack, greater lumberjack, master lumberjack, supreme lumberjack and legendary lumberjack auras Members icon increase your chance of chopping wood by 3%, 5%, 7%, 10% and 15% respectively.
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The tree-shaking scrimshaw and superior tree-shaking scrimshaw last for 3 or 4 hours respectively and can increase the chances of bird's nests dropping. The normal scrimshaw increases this chance by 300% whereas the superior version increased this by 400%.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can I use a battleaxe or any other weapon to cut down trees?

2. Where can I find hollow trees in order to get bark?

See Also

Woodcutting Related Skills

The following skills help with the Woodcutting skill:

  • Smithing - By making better hatchets with the Smithing skill you can cut higher level trees.
  • Herblore - Some of the potions made in the Herblore skill can increase your Woodcutting XP.

Woodcutting Related Quests

For quests that give Woodcutting experience as a reward, please refer to the Quest Experience Rewards page.

Woodcutting Related Minigames

  • Tai Bwo Wannai Clean-up Members icon - The Tai Bwo Wannai Clean-Up will teach you that you can do other tasks with the Woodcutting skill.

Woodcutting Related Distractions & Diversions

  • Tears of Guthix Members icon - If Woodcutting is your weakest skill, try the Tears of Guthix D&D.
  • Shattered Heart Members icon - If you are cutting any wood or ivy, or training at the sawmill, you may find a Strange rock.
  • Ancient Effigy Members icon - For players with over level 91 in Woodcutting, an effigy may require your knowledge.
  • Evil Tree - Nurture an evil tree to adulthood then chop it down.

Woodcutting Related Equipment


Vegetation Types
Tai Bwo Wannai Clean-up

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