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 are 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, and will show you how and where to do it.
What is fletching? Well, fletching is a skill which allows you to make items used in ranging. The higher your fletching skill is, the more cool stuff you can make. You can make items such as bows, arrows, special bolts and darts.
The most important tool in fletching is a knife. These can be found many places in RuneScape. One place is just south of Lumbridge castle; there’s one on the ground. There’s also one in the Lumbridge Castle basement, in the Karamja general store, and in Seers’ Village, south-west of the bank in the house with a sink. They are also sold in many stores (see knife in our Items database for a list of shops.)
Note: You can put a knife on your Toolbelt in order to save inventory space whilst fletching.
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 shieldbow. Then you will have an unstrung shortbow/shieldbow 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 Gnome Stronghold or Seers Village and pick some flax, then go to a spinning wheel (can be found in both Stronghold and Seers) and spin your flax by using it with the wheel. You will now have a bowstring, which you just use on your unstrung bow, and VOILA! you have a bow all ready for use. If you have many bowstrings and unstrung bows, you can select “Make all” option after using string on bow, and it will automatically string all of your bows in your inventory.
Please note that the experience points (exp) are for a fully finished bow. If you want the exp for making an unstrung 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 unstrung bow, and 50 for stringing.)
|[Gbuy id=’1934′]||Oak Shortbow||20||33|
|[Gbuy id=’1935′]||Oak Shieldbow||25||50|
|[Gbuy id=’1936′]||Willow Shortbow||35||66.5|
|[Gbuy id=’1937′]||Willow Shieldbow||40||83|
|[Gbuy id=’1938′]||Maple Shortbow||50||100|
|[Gbuy id=’1939′]||Maple Shieldbow||55||116.5|
|[Gbuy id=’1940′]||Yew Shortbow||65||135|
|[Gbuy id=’1941′]||Yew Shieldbow||70||150|
|[Gbuy id=’1942′]||Magic Shortbow||80||166.5|
|[Gbuy id=’1943′]||Magic Shieldbow||85||183|
|[Gbuy id=’1944′]||Elder shortbow||90||202.4|
|[Gbuy id=’1945′]||Elder shieldbow||95||232.8|
Arrows are not as fun to make as bows, but you can get a lot of cash for them. However, you’ll 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. Anyway, 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 feathers to them. With the release of hunter, this has become easier. Remember all those colourful feathers that the birds you trapped dropped? They can be used to feather your arrows as well. You will also need some arrow heads, which you can make with the Smithing skill – please refer to our Smithing Guide for more information. You need 1 shaft, 1 feather and 1 arrow head for an arrow. Might sound like a lot, but the best thing is: You get experience points from all of it! Note that grenwall spikes (from Hunting) can also be used with feathers to make headless arrows (giving the same experience).[Gbuy id=’1946′]
Please note that the exp for the arrows include cutting of the logs and feathering.
|PIC||NAME||FLETCHING LVL||EXP FOR SET OF 15||EXP PER ARROW|
|[Gbuy id=’1947′]||15 Arrow shafts||1||5||0.33|
|[Gbuy id=’1948′]||15 Headless Arrows||1||15||1|
|[Gbuy id=’1949′]||15 Bronze Arrows||1||39.5||2.63|
|[Gbuy id=’1950′]||15 Iron Arrows||15||57.5||3.83|
|[Gbuy id=’1951′]||15 Steel Arrows||30||95||6.3|
|[Gbuy id=’1952′]||15 Mithril Arrows||45||132||8.8|
|[Gbuy id=’1953′]||15 Broad Leaf Arrows*||52||225||15|
|[Gbuy id=’1954′]||15 Adamant Arrows||60||169.5||11.3|
|[Gbuy id=’1954′]||15 Adamant Arrows||60||169.5||11.3|
|[Gbuy id=’1956′]||15 Rune Arrows||75||207.4||13.8|
|15 Dragon Arrows||90||244.5||16.3|
|[Gbuy id=’1957′]||15 Dark Arrows||95||262.5||17.5|
* You must have completed the Smoking Kills quest and purchased the ability from a slayer master before fletching broad arrows. See our Slayer Guide to learn more.
** You must have completed the Ritual of the Mahjarrat quest to make and fletch bane arrows. See the Bane ore and the Smithing Guide to learn more.
A fairly complicated method of training is to make crossbows. The first step is to use a knife on logs, this will make the crossbow stock. Then, you must attach the proper metal limb to it, you will need a hammer to do this. The limbs can be made using the smithing skill. The final step is to add a crossbow string. Crossbow strings can be made by level 10 crafters on a spinning wheel. See the Crafting skill guide for more information.
The experience listed in the table below includes fletching the stock from the wood, adding the appropriate type of metal limbs, and adding a crossbow string. The stock and stringing each earn exactly one-fourth of the total xp shown; adding the limbs earns the other half of the total xp. Analysing the use of wood and strings alone, fletching ordinary bows offers superior xp – but using a finished smithed product to gain additional fletching xp is an unusual skilling twist.
|PIC||NAME||WOOD TYPE||FLETCHING LVL||CUTTING STOCK||ADDING LIMBS||STRINGING||TOTAL EXP.|
|[Gbuy id=’1958′]||Bronze Crossbow||Regular Wood||9||6||12||6||24|
|[Gbuy id=’1959′]||Off-hand bronze crossbow||Regular Wood||9||6||12||6||24|
|[Gbuy id=’1960′]||Bronze 2h crossbow||Regular Wood||9||6||12||6||24|
|[Gbuy id=’1961′]||Blurite Crossbow*||Oak||24||16||32||16||64|
|[Gbuy id=’1962′]||Iron Crossbow||Willow||39||22||44||22||88|
|[Gbuy id=’1963′]||Off-hand iron crossbow||Willow||39||22||44||22||88|
|[Gbuy id=’1964′]||Iron 2h crossbow||Willow||39||22||44||22||88|
|[Gbuy id=’1965′]||Steel Crossbow||Teak||46||27||54||27||108|
|[Gbuy id=’1966′]||Off-hand steel crossbow||Teak||46||27||54||27||108|
|[Gbuy id=’1967′]||Steel 2h crossbow||Teak||46||27||54||27||108|
|[Gbuy id=’1968′]||Mithril Crossbow||Maple||54||32||64||32||128|
|[Gbuy id=’1969′]||Off-hand mithril crossbow||Maple||54||32||64||32||128|
|[Gbuy id=’1970′]||Mithril 2h crossbow||Maple||54||32||64||32||128|
|[Gbuy id=’1971′]||Adamantite Crossbow||Mahogany||61||41||82||41||164|
|[Gbuy id=’1972′]||Off-hand adamant crossbow||Mahogany||61||41||82||41||164|
|[Gbuy id=’1973′]||Adamant 2h crossbow||Mahogany||61||41||82||41||164|
|[Gbuy id=’1974′]||Runite Crossbow||Yew||69||50||100||50||200|
|[Gbuy id=’1975′]||Off-hand rune crossbow||Yew||69||50||100||50||200|
|[Gbuy id=’1976′]||Rune 2h crossbow||Yew||69||50||100||50||200|
|[Gbuy id=’1977′]||Dragon crossbow||Magic||94||100||0||100||200|
|[Gbuy id=’1978′]||Off-hand dragon crossbow||Magic||94||100||0||100||200|
|[Gbuy id=’1979′]||Dragon 2h crossbow||Magic||94||100||0||100||200|
*In order to make a Blurite crossbow you must have completed The Knight’s Sword quest.