Fletching is a great skill in RuneScape. It's fun, and a quick way to make money. If you just want to make money, arrows is the best bet, but remember, not all arrows can be used on F2P. Fletching is for members only, but all arrows up to and including adamant can be used on F2P. This guide will take you through the different types of fletching items you can make in the game, it will show you how to do, and where to do it.
What is fletching then? Well, fletching is a skill, which allows you to make the items used in ranging. the higher your fletching skill is, the more cool stuff you can make. Anyways, as said, fletching is a skill where you can make items for ranging such as bows, arrows, special bolts and darts.
Firstly, the most important tool in fletching is a knife. These can be found many places in RuneScape. One of the places you can find knives is just south of the Lumbridge castle, there should be one on the ground there. There's also one in the Seers' Village, just south east from the bank in the house with a sink.
Making bows is fairly easy. All you have to do is cut some wood and use a knife on it. For the best locations to cut wood, check our woodcutting guide. After using your knife on the log of wood you will have to choose to either make a short or long bow. Then you will have an unstrung short/long bow in your inventory instead of that log. To get a string for your bow, you'll have to do some crafting. Go to either the Gnomes Stronghold, or Seers Village and pick some flax, then go to a spinning wheel (can be found in both Gnomes and Seers) and spin your flax by using it with the wheel. You will now have a bow string, which you just use on your unstrung bow, and VOILA! you have a bow all ready for use.
Please note that the experience points (exp) are for a fully done bow. If you want the exp for making an unstringed bow, divide the exp by 2 (example: You get 100 total exp for making a Maple Short, that's the same as 50 for making an unstringed, and 50 for stringing.)
|Oak Short Bow||20||33|
|Oak Long Bow||25||50|
|Willow Short Bow||35||66.5|
|Willow Long Bow||40||83|
|Maple Short Bow||50||100|
|Maple Long Bow||55||116.5|
|Yew Short Bow||65||135|
|Yew Long Bow||70||150|
|Magic Short Bow||80||166.5|
|Magic Long Bow||85||183|
Arrows are not as fun to make as bows, but you can get a lot of cash for them. You'll however need a good amount if you really want cash. What you do is go to a forest (Lumbridge-Draynor is the best), and cut a whole bunch of trees. Watch out for the random events though, because these might break your axe, and then you'll just have to spend time putting it back together. Anyways, just cut some normal trees, use your knife on the logs, and make some arrow shafts.
When you have the shafts you'll have to add some arrow heads to them. You get these from smithing (see smithing guide for more information on levels needed etc.), and some feathers. You need 1 shaft, 1 head and 1 feather for an arrow. Might sound like a lot, but the best thing is: You get experience points from all of it!
Please note that the exp for the arrows include cutting of the logs and feathering.
|15 Arrow shafts||1||5|
|15 Headless Arrows||1||15|
|15 Bronze Arrows||1||39.5|
|15 Iron Arrows||15||57.5|
|15 Steel Arrows||30||95|
|15 Mithrill Arrows||45||132.5|
|15 Adamant Arrows||60||165|
|15 Rune Arrows||75||225|
You might now be thinking something like "hmm, but we cant make bolts"... And that would be true, however, you can make special bolts. These have a greater effect when you shoot them, just like higher lvl arrows have. There are 3 types of special bolts, Opal Tipped Bolts, Pearl Tipped Bolts and Barbed Tipped Bolts. Below is 3 small guides to making each of them.
Note: You can get normal bolts from the archery shops in Varrock and Catherby, as well as from monster drops. They also respawn some places in the wilderness
Opal Tipped Bolts:
- Go to Shilo Village and mine some of the gem rocks there. You will need to have finished the Shilo Village Quest to get in.
- Use a chisel with the Opal(s) to cut, and once more to make Opal Tips. You get 2 tips per gem.
- Use the Opal Tips with some normal bolts, and you'll have Opal Tipped Bolts.
Pearl Tipped Bolts:
- Go fish some Oysters (hard to get some that have a pearl in them, but just keep trying).
- When you have an Oyster with a pearl in it, use a chisel on it and you'll get a pearl. Use the chisel on it again and you'll have some Pearl Tips. Each pearl gives 2 tips.
- Use the Pearl Tips on a normal bolt, and you have some Pearl Tipped Bolts.
Barbed Tipped Bolts
- Go to the Ranged Guild and shoot at the targets until you have 140 tickets.
- Go exchanged your tickets for 30 Barb Tips.
- Use your Barb Tips on some normal bolts, and you'll have some Barbed Tipped Bolts.
|2 Opal Tipped Bolts||17||6|
|2 Pearl Tipped Bolts||33||12.5|
|30 Barbed Tipped Bolts||51||95|
Darts are not that often used in ranging, and the only real reason for that is that they are hard to make. Well... Not that hard... All you need is to smith some dart tips and add some feathers to them, and you have the darts. So all you need to do is go to an anvil, smith the dart tips (more info in the smithing guide, and use some feathers on them.
Please note that you'll have to do the Tourist Trap Quest to make darts.
Where To Train
So... You want some fletching levels, eh? Well, to get lvls in fletching isn't that hard. If you do it the right way that is :) Here's a small walkthrough of what to do at the different levels.
Level 1 to 10: Arrow shafts are the way to go... Even though these doesn't give much exp, its
the fastest way. Just go to Draynor Village and make the shafts in the forest there.
Level 10-35: There are several locations with multiple oak trees, so make Oak shorts/longs until level 35.
Level 35-65: Making Willow shorts/longs. Go to either the trees south-west from the draynor bank, or the ones north-west from the Seers bank. Keep making these until level 65.
Level 65-99: Yew shorts/longs of course! There's a great market for yew logs, so you could either just buy your logs, or cut them yourself in the Stronghold Of Gnomes. Theres a lot of yew trees there.
Instead of dropping your bows, work some magic on them. Literally... Just bring some nature runes and a fire staff, and alch your bows. It's a lot quicker than dropping, and you get both magic exp and money from it.
|Completed Bows||Unstrung Bows|
|Name||Low Alch for||High Alch for||Low Alch for||High Alch for|
|Short Bow||20 gp||30 gp||9 gp||15 gp|
|Long Bow||32 gp||48 gp||24 gp||36 gp|
|Oak Short Bow||40 gp||60 gp||20 gp||30 gp|
|Oak Long Bow||64 gp||96 gp||32 gp||48 gp|
|Willow Short Bow||80 gp||120 gp||40 gp||60 gp|
|Willow Long Bow||128 gp||192 gp||64 gp||96 gp|
|Maple Short Bow||160 gp||240 gp||80 gp||129 gp|
|Maple Long Bow||256 gp||384 gp||128 gp||192 gp|
|Yew Short Bow||320 gp||480 gp||160 gp||240 gp|
|Yew Long Bow||512 gp||768 gp||256 gp||384 gp|
|Magic Short Bow||640 gp||960 gp||320 gp||480 gp|
|Magic Long Bow||1024 gp||1536 gp||512 gp||768 gp|