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 bow string, which you just use on your unstrung bow, and VOILA! you have a bow all ready for use. If you have many bow strings 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.)
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).
Please note that the exp for the arrows include cutting of the logs and feathering.
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.
*In order to make a Blurite crossbow you must have completed The Knight's Sword quest.
Another option when training fletching is to make bolts. First you smith the unfinished bolts (10 bolts per bar), then you attach feathers to them. Once that's done, you're ready to add the tips to them. The gem tips are made by using a chisel on a cut gem, pearl tips are obtained by using a chisel on an oyster pearl, and you can get barbed tips as a reward from the Ranging Guild.
Gem-tipped bolts can be enchanted spell to give certain effects when ranging enemies. Check out the magic guide's Bolt Enchantment section. You may decide to add weapon poison to plain metal bolts or to barbed-tipped bolts.
Note: You can get bronze bolts from the archery shops in Varrock, Catherby, and respawn places in the wilderness. All higher bolts must be made at an anvil using the smithing skill or gotten from monster drops. Because silver is a crafting metal, you don't smith it. Craft it at a furnace with the bolt mould in your inventory.
If you have spent a lot of time raising your hunter skill, you probably have lots of kebbit spikes and long kebbit spikes. Use a chisel on them to make bolts for the hunter crossbow. No feathers needed! If you do not have the required fletching level for kebbit bolts, just talk to Leon in Yanille. Not only does he sell the hunter crossbow that fires the bolts, but he also will make the bolts for a small fee and the spikes. Onyx bolt tips can be purchased in TzHaar for a small amount of Tok'kul.
*** Bakriminel bolts have special effects when used in PvP combat. See the Bakriminel Bolts Guide to learn more.
Darts are fairly simple to make. All you need to do is go to an anvil, smith the dart tips, and use some feathers on them. Please refer to our Smithing Guide for more information on making dart tips. Dragon dart tips can only be obtained through the Impetuous Impulses minigame.
Please note that you'll have to do the Tourist Trap Quest to make darts.
To use an Ogre bow you must have started the Big Chompy Bird Hunting quest. If you lose your bow you can talk to Rantz again to get a new one. These bows are more powerful than normal bows, and are used for killing chompys (To learn more please read our Chompy hunting guide for more information). They fire Ogre arrows, which can be fletched:
*Composite Ogre Bow
This requires a fletching level of 30 and you cannot make these bows until you make one during the Zogre Flesh Eaters quest.
To make a composite Ogre Bow, cut down an achey tree and use your knife with the logs (with wolf bones in your inventory) to fletch an unstrung bow. Then use a bowstring with the unstrung bow to make a composite Ogre Bow. This bow is the only bow which can fire brutal arrows. To make Brutal arrows, smith some nails from the required metal and add the nails to the arrows instead of wolfbone tips. You will need a hammer in your inventory to do this, and you will use 1 nail per brutal arrow.
** To get black nails, kill Zogres in the cave from the Zogre Flesh Eaters quest and use the key they drop with one of the various coffins around. Black nails are a rare drop from the coffins.
The Jadinko Lair is located in the south-east corner of Karamja, east and across the waterfall from Shilo Village. Inside the lair, jade roots hang from the ceiling. The roots curl up and straighten out at random. For fletching purposes, you are looking to cut them when they hang straight down. Cutting the uncurled roots (requires level 83 woodcutting) will yield Straight roots. Take these roots to one of several firepits scattered throughout the lair and harden them on the fire. Then, use a knife on the Hardened straight root to fletch it into Sagaie shafts. Cutting the shafts requires 83 fletching, but doesn't give any experience. Attaching a Mutated vine to the Sagaie shaft creates the finished Sagaie.
Another ranged item can be created as well as the Sagaie; the Bolas. A Bolas is created by combining a Mutated vine with Excrescences, both obtained as drops from the mutated jadinkos found in the lair. Mutated vines can also be cut from mutated roots (requires level 83 woodcutting).
How To Train
Most players collect bow materials first, and then train fletching at a one-click bank such as Castle Wars or the Culinaromancer's Chest in Lumbridge Castle basement. 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.
There are two ways you can boost your Fletching level.
The Stealing Creation minigame offers two helpful knives that can be purchased for 20 Stealing Creation points apiece.
With high Fletching levels, players can use Ancient bones obtained from Player-owned ports to create useful scrimshaw items. Each item requires 10 of these bones, rewarding 4000 fletching experience for each one made.
If you find yourself a few levels short of making a bow or an arrow, the request assistance option will allow you to do so. Simply right click the player who has the fletching skills that you need and request their assistance. If they accept, a pair of hands will appear in your bottom right corner, and you can fletch whatever items they can. You keep the items, but they get the experience. Note however you may not use this to make a Bow sword because this is a quest-related item.
Cape of Achievement
Once you have mastered the skill and reached level 99 you may want to buy yourself a Fletching Cape from Hickton in the Catherby Fletching Shop. Refer to the Achievement Capes guide for more details.
Original Guide By: Ks Jeppe
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Last updated On: 31-Jan-2013
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