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OldSchool Runescape (OSRS) LVL 1-99 Construction Guide

Posted on 27 Feb 2019


Construction in Oldschool RuneScape is notorious for being both the most expensive, and arguably the most tedious skill in the game. If you’re short on Gold in OSRS that’s no problem! Here at food4rs we provide Runescape gold for the best rates, just check it out yourself! It is a skill generally considered to be a buyable, whereby with the right amount of OSRS gold, you can essentially pay to achieve extremely fast XP in comparison to other skills within the game. XP rates vary, but it is possible to gain in excess of 750K XP per hour even from moderate levels (specifically level 52).

Why train Construction?

Unlike other buyable skills in OSRS, having a high level in Construction has a wide array of benefits. I would go as far as to say that having a high Construction level is essential for any high level account. Here are just some of the perks of being high level:

Ornate Rejuvenation Pool

With a requirement of Level 90, the Ornate Rejuvenation is the highest level pool buildable inside a player owned house. Left-clicking the pool restores your hitpoints, special attack energy, prayer points and run energy to the maximum. In addition to this, it will also cure any poison or venom effects currently active on the player. This is a very powerful effect and will make your OSRS quality of life much higher.

Spirit Tree / Fairy Ring

These 2 teleportation methods are very useful in OSRS, and having them built in your house is even more useful. The Spirit Tree requires Level 75, and works in the same way that any of the other Spirit Trees in OSRS work. The Fairy Ring requires Level 85 and operates similarly.

Portal Chamber

The Portal Chamber is a room that can be built from just Level 50 Construction, which allows you to add teleport portals to various popular OSRS locations from the comfort of your own house. This effectively eliminates the need to keep many methods of teleportation in your bank, freeing up space and having a ‘hub’ that acts as an all-in-one way of getting around RuneScape.

Occult Altar

This altar allows you to switch between the Regular Spellbook, the Lunar Spellbook, the Ancient Magicks spellbook and the Arceuus Spellbook. This can be done as many times as you like, and is extremely convenient as some of the altars (such as the Ancient Magicks altar) are very inconveniently located on the map.

Ornate Jewellery Box

This is the highest level PoH Jewellery Box, requiring Level 91 to build. It acts as a Ring of Duelling, Games Necklace, Combat Bracelet, Skills Necklace, Amulet of Glory and Ring of Wealth all in one, each with unlimited charges. Built in tandem with the Portal Chamber, this is one of the most useful things you can build in your house. These 5 PoH assets are just some of the conveniences that a high Construction level permits, and are worth levelling the skill for alone. There are many other useful perks, such as the Armour Repair Stand and the Wilderness Obelisk which I have not discussed, but only add to the list of reasons to level the skill.

The Levelling Process

To begin levelling Construction, visit an Estate Agent (Varrock, Falador, East Ardougne, Seer’s Village) and pay the fee of 1K coins to purchase a house. You will also need a hammer and a saw in your inventory in order to build items.

#1 Level 1 - 33 - Crude Wooden Chairs

As you’ll soon learn, levelling Construction consists of building an object, removing it, and repeating. It’s incredibly tedious and boring, but that’s the nature of the skill. To begin, you should make Crude Wooden Chairs until Level 33. You’ll need to make 315 chairs, requiring 635 regular Planks to create. You’ll also need nails, with the quantity required depending on the type of nail you purchase. 1,500 Steel Nails should be sufficient to cover the amount needed for 315 chairs. This process is likely to take under an hour, as even the early levels of Construction are reasonably fast.

#2 Level 33 - 47 OR 52 OR 74 - Oak Larders

There are quite a few options after Oak Larders, depending on the amount of gold available at your disposal, and how much you value XP per hour. Oak Larders require 8 Oak Planks each to make, and grant 480 XP per larder. This means that each time you send your butler (discussed later), you’ll be able to make and remove 3 Oak Larders. The Demon Butler takes just 7.2 seconds to head to the bank and then return with your planks, meaning that a new inventory will be delivered way before you’re even able to create 3 Oak Larders. This allows you to constantly be making, and removing, Oak Larders. As such, you’ll be receiving anywhere from 200-350K+ XP per hour, entirely dependant on player speed. You’ll need to create the following amounts in order to achieve the milestones in the sub-heading:

Level 33 -  47 (Mythical Capes)

56,880 XP required, 119 Oak Larders to be made. 952 Oak Planks required. At 435gp per Oak Plank, total cost is approximately 400K gold.

Level 33 - 52 (Mahogany Tables)

105,413 XP required, 220 Oak Larders to be made. 1,760 Oak Planks required. At 435gp per Oak Plank, total cost is approximately 765K gold.

Level 33 - 74 (Oak Dungeon Doors)

1,078,031 XP required, 2,246 Oak Larders to be made. 17,968 Oak Planks required. At 435gp per Oak Plank, total cost is approximately 7.8M gold. Regardless of which method you choose to do after Oak Larders, you’ll certainly want to switch over as soon as you have the required level (47/52/74).

#3 Level 47 - 74 OR 99 - Mythical Cape

This method requires the completion of Dragon Slayer 2, so you’ll want to bear that in mind before opting to use this method. This method requires 3 Teak Planks each, along with a Mythical Cape (the cape is re-used each time). Each action of mounting the cape will grant 370 XP, with XP rates of around 300K per hour (or higher, if you are very fast). Quantities required for each level milestone is as follows:  

Level 47 - 74

1,021,151 XP required, 2,759 cape mounts to be actioned. 8,277 Teak Planks required. At 941gp per Teak Plank, total cost is approximately 7.8M gold.

Level 47 - 99

12,959,304 XP required. 35,026 cape mounts to be actioned. 105,078 Teak Planks required. At 941gp per Teak Plank, total cost is approximately 99M gold. At current prices, Oak Dungeon Doors are both cheaper and higher XP per hour than the Mythical Cape method. However, it’s worth checking the numbers at the time your reading this guide, as that is liable to change.

Alternative Method: Level 52 - 99 - Mahogany Tables

This method is both the fastest and the most expensive Construction training method in the game. Each Mahogany Table requires 6 Mahogany Planks to create, and grants 840 XP per table. XP rates vary based entirely on player skill, anywhere from 300K-750K per hour is achievable. With the correct rhythm, you’ll be able to create 4 tables every time the Demon Butler returns (7.2 seconds), so similarly with Oak Larders, you’ll be constantly creating and removing the tables.

Level 52 - 99

12,910,771 XP required, 15,369 Mahogany Tables to be made. 92,214 Mahogany Planks required. At 2,076gp per Mahogany Plank, total cost is approximately 191M gold (ouch!). Whilst expensive, this is probably the method I’d recommend provided that you have (or can obtain) the required amount of gold. Construction is incredibly tedious and boring, and at the risk of developing RSI, it’s hard not to recommend the fastest method available.

Alternative Method: Level 74 - 99 - Oak Dungeon Doors

This is the recommended method in terms of cost and XP per hour, if you cannot afford the Mahogany Table route. Each Oak Dungeon Door requires 10 Oak Planks, and will grant you 600XP. As with the other methods, XP rates will vary depending on speed and skill, but you can expect to achieve 400-550K XP per hour using this method.

Level 74 - 99

11,938,153 XP required. 19,897 Oak Dungeon Doors to be made. 198,970 Oak Planks required. At 435gp per Oak Plank, total cost is approximately 86.5M gold. This price tag looks miniscule when compared to the Mahogany Plank method, so it’s definitely worth considering. The timing of this method is slightly trickier than the other methods, which may deter some players. Ultimately, whichever method you choose to use, it’s going to cost a lot of gold. You may want to consider your level goal before choosing a method to go with, as many players will stop training Construction at Level 83. This is because you are able to boost as high as Level 91, which gives you access to many of the desirable perks of having high Construction level, as discussed earlier in this guide.

Boosts

A major perk within the Construction skill, is that once an object is built within your house, you no longer need the level requirement to operate it. That is to say, you can boost your Construction, build the object desired, and then it’s yours forever. This is a very popular method, as the Construction boosts are some of the strongest in the game. The boosts you need to know about are as follows:

Crystal Saw

Made from a ‘Small Crystal Seed’, given as a reward from The Eyes of Glouphrie quest. When present in your inventory, you are able to build furniture up to 3 levels higher than your current construction level. This is a very useful item and I would recommend obtaining it before training the Construction skill (unless you’re heading for Level 99 anyway).

Spicy Stew (Orange)

These stews are made by adding special coloured spices from Hell-Rats to the stew. When 3 spices are added, upon eating the stew, your stats will be increased (or decreased) anywhere from -5 to +5. The skills affected are categories by colour, the Construction boost is obtained by using Orange spices. With these two boosts combined (they stack), you can achieve a +5 boost from the Orange Spicy Stew, on top of the +3 passive effect from the Crystal Saw. This means you can boost up to +8 over your current level. For example, if you wanted to build an Ornate Jewellery Box (Requires level 91), you would be able to make it from Level 83. This is a really worthwhile practice if your main intention for levelling Construction is to obtain all of the useful objects, as it will save you millions in additional unnecessary levels.

Butlers

I will briefly discuss butlers and their involvement in the Construction skill. There are several types of butler, but the only one worth using is the Demon Butler, which you may recruit from Level 50. Before this level, you should use a teleport such as the Crafting Cape teleport > Castle Wars teleport > Edgeville teleport to obtain a new inventory of planks each time. The Demon Butler is capable of retrieving 26 items at once, and has a bank time of just 7.2 seconds. You’ll need to pay him 10K for every 8 trips that he makes, however this is well worth it given the time saved from not having to bank at all. You can hire the Demon Butler by speaking to him at the Servants’ Guild in East Ardougne. You will need to pay him 10K initially to hire him, and you must also have at least 2 bedrooms and beds built inside your PoH before he will allow you to recruit him.

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