Posted on 06 May 2019
Welcome to the guide, where the best methods of training the Firemaking skill in Old School RuneScapewill will be discussed. Firemaking has a reputation within the game of being an easy 99 without much use, and that was correct until Wintertodt was introduced. That transformed Firemaking from a useless 99 to an extremely fast skill with decent monetary gain. Firemaking isn’t really a good money maker and if you’re looking to get some OSRS gold then you should definitely order some here at food4rs for great rates and with instant delivery!
Unlike most other skills in the game, Firemaking isn’t trained to be able to speed up or improve endgame content. There are very few instances where you’ll be thinking “I wish I was 99 Firemaking right now so I could kill this boss easier”. The reasons for training Firemaking are that it’s quick, allowing you to hit 99 fast to trim another skillcape perhaps, or for the usual things like quest and diary requirements. Additionally it is a profitable 99 should you choose to train at The Wintertodt. More on that later!
There are several endgame quests which are locked behind a Firemaking requirement, meaning if you want to enjoy the game to its full extent, you will have to at least reach these levels. Luckily for you, this should only take a few hours as this is one of the faster skills to train in RuneScape.
The complete list of quests with Ranged level requirements are as follows:
Level 16 - The Giant Dwarf
Level 20 - Enlightened Journey
Level 20 - RFD - Skrach Uglogwee
Level 30 -Sea Slug
Level 40 - Olaf’s Quest
Level 42 - Swan Song
Level 45 - Enakhra’s Lament
Level 49 - Lunar Diplomacy
Level 49 - Tears of Guthix
Level 50 - Desert Treasure
Level 60 - Monkey Madness II
Level 66 - Making Friends with My Arm
|15||Fremennik||Easy||Chop and burn some oak logs in the Fremennik Province|
|15||Lumbridge & Draynor||Easy||Chop and burn some oak logs in Lumbridge|
|35||Western Provinces||Medium||Chop and burn some teak logs on Ape Atoll|
|40||Varrock||Medium||Use the balloon to travel from Varrock|
|49||Falador||Medium||Light a bullseye lantern at the Chemist's in Rimmington|
|50||Ardougne||Medium||Travel to Castle Wars by Hot Air Balloon|
|50||Kourend & Kebos||Medium||Subdue the Wintertodt|
|50||Morytania||Hard||Chop and burn some mahogany logs on Mos Le'Harmless|
|50||Western Provinces||Chop and burn some mahogany logs on Ape Atoll|
|60||Desert||Hard||Burn some yew logs on the Nardah Mayor's balcony|
|60||Varrock||Hard||Chop some yew logs in Varrock and burn them at the top of the Varrock church|
|65||Kandarin||Hard||Burn some maple logs with a bow in Seers' Village|
|65||Lumbridge & Draynor||Hard||Light your mining helmet in the Lumbridge Castle basement|
|75||Wilderness||Elite||Cut and burn some magic logs in the Resource Area|
|80||Morytania||Elite||Cremate any Shade remains on a Magic or Redwood pyre|
|85||Kandarin||Elite||Construct a pyre ship from magic logs|
Lacking in number to other skills, there are still a number of quests available to complete which reward Firemaking XP rewards. These quests are displayed in the table below. When they should be completed is up to you and is not too important.
|Quest||XP Reward||Firemaking Req|
|The Giant Dwarf||1,500||16|
|Making Friends with My Arm||5.000||66|
Level 1 - 15: Normal Logs
The location at which you burn the logs depends on how much effort you’d like to put in. The most common and easiest is by burning logs at the Grand Exchange in Varrock. This allows easy access to more logs when you reach the tier above, which will be happening very quickly early on. An alternative method you could use which is faster would be using a Varrock teleport and burning logs from there to the bank in East Varrock. To go from level 1 to level 15 Firemaking you will need to burn exactly 60 logs. This will take less than 5 minutes. You should keep your logs noted in your inventory and use them on a banker instead of keeping logs in your bank as this will speed up the banking process by several game ticks.
Level 15 - 30: Oak Logs
Once you have reached the next tier up from regular logs, you will be burning oak logs. A helpful tip would be to have your tinderbox in the middle of your inventory, reducing the amount of distance your mouse will have to travel to light logs, however you don’t need to do this. The XP rates you receive at this low level is incredible, reaching rates of up to 69,00 per hour, meaning going from level 15 to 30 Firemaking will take only 185 logs and take around 8 minutes of time.
Level 30 - 45: Willow Logs
At the next upgrade of logs you will get even faster XP rates, here using willow logs you are likely to see XP rates upwards of 105,000 XP per hour if you are paying attention and focusing. You will need around 500 logs to reach 45 Firemaking from 30, however willow logs are extremely inexpensive, currently costing only 12 GP each. This should take around 20 minutes of gameplay.
Level 45 - 50: Maple Logs
Now that you’re able to burn maple logs, these will most likely be the last logs you are manually burning. Due to Throne of Miscellania, these logs are even cheaper than willows, costing only 8 GP each, meaning the 295 logs you will need to reach level 50 Firemaking will only cost you 2,360 GP. This stage of your training should take less than 20 minutes.
Level 50 - 99: Wintertodt
Deemed by many to be the best way to start out a new Ironman, the Wintertodt is a skilling boss located at the northernmost area of Zeah. A games necklace has a teleport option to the Wintertodt Camp, provided you have already boarded Veos’ ship to Great Kourend once in the past, this is the fastest method of travel here. The minimum requirement to subdue the Wintertodt is 50 Firemaking, however having other skills at higher levels is beneficial as the level of your Woodcutting, Mining, Herblore, Farming, Fishing and Construction increase the value of loot you receive from supply crates at the end of the minigame. The rewards from crates are determined when opening the crates, not when they are received, so it is viable strategy if you are a low level in some of the previously mentioned skills to keep the crates in the bank until you level up some other skills, for a chance at better rewards.
It is advised to start at Wintertodt while your Hitpoints are low due to the fact that Wintertodt damages you a percentage of your HP, meaning low cost foods such as cakes or salmon can be used to heal up and stay for several kills. Some of the damage you will receive at Wintertodt is a passive cold damage which can be negated by equipping “warm clothing” such as the Santa outfit, yak-hide armour, hunter gear (spotted capes do not count), fire cape, fire staves, lit bug lantern or the clue hunter outfit. A maximum damage reduction is awarded when you have 4 pieces equipped. This is easily achieved at any combat level and is highly recommended to make your training here a smoother experience.
XP rates at Wintertodt increase linearly as you increase your Firemaking level. You will be cutting bruma roots from the bruma tree next to a brazier, so you also gain Woodcutting XP though this is a mild bonus as this XP is slow. From level 50 to 60 Firemaking you can expect XP rates of 161,000 per hour. To reach level 60 Firemaking it will take you just over 1 hour of Wintertodt. 60 - 70 Firemaking will grant 193,000 XP per hour. This gap will take just over 2 and a half hours of Wintertodt. XP rates at 70 - 80 Firemaking are 226,000 per hour, making this gap take 5 and a half hours to complete. At 80 - 90 Firemaking, XP rates reach 258,000 XP per hour, making this gap of 10 levels take just under 13 hours to complete. During the final 9 hours you can expect XP rates from 290,000 to 320,000 XP per hour. This will take you around an entire 24 hours gameplay to complete. These rates are assuming you do not fletch any of the bruma logs which you chop. This strategy is used when you are not going for high points, but rather faster XP. If you choose to fletch to gain more Fletching and less Firemaking XP, you will have to complete more games of Wintertodt to get 99 Firemaking, however you will get marginally better loot and more total supply crates.
The rewards available from supply crates vary and are mostly down to luck but a good level in the skills previously mentioned does help out a lot in increasing total GP gained during your training here. There are several unique items attainable via Wintertodt, including an extremely rare pet! These are the Pyromancer outfit, which increases your XP gain similar to other XP-boosting skilling outfits. Once these are obtained they should be equipped at all times during your Firemaking training. Extra items of the Pyromancer outfit can be handed in for an extra supply crate. All pieces of the Pyromancer outfit, as well as the Bruma torch have a 1/150 chance to drop from a supply crate. Rarer is the Tome of Fire, at a chance of 1/1,000, this is a very useful item for Ironmen and PKing, and is worth around 620,000 GP at current prices. Rarer still is the Phoenix pet, at 1/6,000. The most rare however is the dragon axe at the incredibly low chance of 1,10,000!
To close, Firemaking is not an extremely valuable skill to train to 99 for regular accounts, but if you really want a quick 99 which will give you starting cash it is a good option and relatively AFK. For Ironmen it is a much more viable option to do at the start of your journey. At level 90 you are able to burn redwood logs if you want faster XP, however it is only marginally faster, while you are losing money and having to pay much more attention, therefore I do not recommend doing this. You could also use the infernal axe while training Woodcutting if you want to gain passive Firemaking XP but these rates are rather slow, but it is something extra you can do. Thank you for taking the time to read my guide and good luck on your journey to 99 Firemaking!