|Release date||25 February 2009 (Update)|
The evil tree is a Distractions and Diversions available to both members and free-to-play players, that can be done twice daily, resetting at 00:00 UTC. The evil tree spawns approximately two hours after the death of the previous tree, which is world-dependent. As such, it is possible to world hop to find another evil tree in the regrowth time period. Players near an evil tree may see roots attack at them and they will exclaim "What was that?"; giving a sign that an evil tree is nearby.
- Bonus experience will be used if possible.
- Bonus experience items such as the Lumberjack clothes, Farmer's outfit, and the All Fired Up rewards do increase their respective experience received.
- Woodcutting urns do not fill from chopping at an evil tree however.
Interacting with a tree at any stage of its development will count as one of the two daily trees. This also applies to nurturing trees, even if players do not have the required levels to chop or burn the fully grown tree. However, players can inspect saplings and young trees to find out what they will grow into to avoid interacting with evil trees they may not have the required levels for. Inspecting the saplings or trees does not count as one of the player's daily interactions.
The purpose of the event is to kill the Evil tree, after which the player is rewarded; see below. There are seven types of evil trees and 25 possible locations.
Farming experience is granted each time the sapling advances to another stage of development while nurturing. Woodcutting experience is granted every few seconds during chopping. Firemaking experience is granted each time a new section of the Tree is lit on fire from evil tree kindling. Firemaking experience is also granted after adding the evil tree kindling to the bonfire from the dead evil tree.
A leprechaun is always found near the tree. He will explain how the evil tree works, and will be the one to reward players after one is killed. He can also provide low-level tools if you've forgotten yours.
An evil tree has a total of 3 stages:
- The first stage is a series of growths for the sapling. The strange sapling may be nurtured by players to make it grow quickly, but it will grow on its own.
- The second stage is a fully grown evil tree. Chopping the vines will provide Evil tree kindling used to light fires around the evil tree, and enable the player to begin chopping at the evil tree. Once you can reach the tree, chopping the bark will deal damage. Watch out while chopping the bark, since roots can grow back and knock back or daze nearby players. Examining the tree will let you know how much health it has remaining and what percentage of the total possible reward will be yours.
- The final stage is an evil tree Bonfire. Rewards for participating in the event can be obtained now, and extra kindling can be burned on the bonfire awarding firemaking experience. Any remaining kindling can be sold to a leprechaun for 25 gp each or can be kept to be burned at another Evil tree. Players can only hold 200 kindlings.
There are several ways to locate an evil tree:
- By opening the D&D tab on the Adventurers interface. It will state the time until an evil tree appears, or state "ready" when an evil tree is active on that world.
- By speaking with a Spirit tree. The Spirit tree will tell the player the status of the tree in each world and it gives players a hint to its location; see here. Each hint usually leads to at least two locations with the exception of two clues: west of Lumbridge and by collection of yews (both clues share a spawn location that has been removed). Once the sapling has grown into a full tree, Spirit trees will teleport the player to the exact location. If a quest is required that you have not completed, (such as Legends' Quest for trees in the Kharazi Jungle) the Spirit tree will not teleport you.
- By being nearby; once the Strange Sapling sprouts, Evil roots will briefly shoot out of the surrounding ground. These roots can appear a good distance from the location of the tree, so search carefully. Roots will only appear beneath the players feet that have not yet interacted with two evil trees that day.
- If you cannot get a tip from the spirit tree, have a friend who can talk to the spirit tree get one for you.
- A sapling for an Evil tree will spawn exactly two minutes from the time a server comes online after a crash or a system update.
- Players that have completed the 2011 Easter event can use their Sunbeam crown or Icicle crown to ask about the tree's type and a hint to its location or, if no tree is alive, the estimated time until one is.
- By using a Nature's sentinel outfit (similar to the sunbeam crown and icicle crown).
- Join a clan or Friends Chat themed around the D&D. Groups dedicated to finding and reporting evil trees can be found in the Minigames and D&Ds section of the RuneScape Forums.
Locations with hints
- Location hints are given by Spirit trees at any time, and via the Sunbeam and Icicle crown or any of the Nature's sentinel outfits once a sapling has sprouted. The Tree Gnome Village or The Grand Tree quest must be completed in order to speak with a Spirit tree. These are not required for the crowns, however. Spirit trees usually offer hints which only point to one location while majority of the crowns' hints usually point to at least two locations.
- All hints refer to at least two possible sprouting locations—due to the events of Battle of Lumbridge, a sprouting location is no longer active, and as such, the two parent hints that it once belonged to now only point to 1 sprouting location each.
- The Anima Mundi is not a location hint. Hints begin with the phrase "It can be found ..."
- If the time hint given is "There won't be another evil tree for a long time", it means that the current evil tree is in fallen form and the location hint that follows directs to the current fallen spawn, not the next one.
- There is a glitch with the time hints: If the time hint claims that there are 0 minutes until the next spawn, there is actually one hour left until the spawn.
- The following table lists the 25 possible locations an evil tree can sprout in.
|Hints||Possible locations||Quests required||Map|
|Close to a collection of yew trees||South of Seers' Village flax field by the yew trees||N/A|
|Close to a dungeon entrance, and within a tropical jungle||Ape Atoll, near the entrance to Ape Atoll Dungeon[a 1]||Monkey Madness|
|Near the entrance of the Brimhaven Dungeon||N/A|
|Close to a large collection of willow trees||Northwest of Seers' Village bank[a 1]||N/A|
|South of Draynor Village, near the willow trees[a 1]||N/A|
|South of Legends' Guild[a 1]||N/A|
|Southwest part of Tree Gnome Stronghold, north of Brimstail's cave and east of the bridge||N/A|
|Close to a mine on the outskirts of a city||South of Legends' Guild[a 1]||N/A|
|West of Falador||N/A|
|Close to a Runecrafting altar||Near the body altar, south of the Monastery||N/A|
|Southwest of mining spot near the nature altar, northwest of Shilo Village[a 1]||N/A|
|Close to the home of 'Legends'||North of Legends' Guild||N/A|
|South of Legends' Guild||N/A|
|Close to the town you call Yanille||Northeast of Yanille||N/A|
|South of Tree Gnome Village, northwest of Yanille||N/A|
|Close to the village you call 'Seers'||Inside McGrubor's Wood||N/A|
|Northwest of Seers' Village bank[a 1]||N/A|
|South of Seers' Village flax field by the yew trees[a 1]||N/A|
|Close to the village you humans call 'Draynor'||North of Draynor Village, near Draynor Manor||N/A|
|South of Draynor Village, near the willow trees[a 1]||N/A|
|Due west of the town you call Lumbridge||South of Draynor Village near the willow trees||N/A|
|In a location with rare trees and ogres nearby||South of Castle Wars, north of the fairy ring BKP||N/A|
|West of Oo'glog and east of Mobilising Armies. This area is dangerous, with aggressive Wolves and Ogresses.||N/A|
|In the lands inhabited by elves||East of Tyras Camp||Regicide|
|Lletya, south of the magic trees||Mourning's End Part I to use the Spirit tree teleport - you may walk to this location if you have completed Regicide.|
|Just outside of the city you call Varrock||East of Varrock, near Tolna's rift||N/A|
|North of Varrock Palace, near the Wilderness wall||N/A|
|North as the crow flies from Seers' Village||East of the house portal in Rellekka||N/A|
|Northwest of Seers' Village bank||N/A|
|North as the crow flies from the market of Ardougne||Inside McGrubor's Wood[a 1]||N/A|
|Southwest of the Ranging Guild||N/A|
|On the island known as Karamja||East of the teak trees in the Kharazi Jungle||Legends|
|Southwest of mining spot near the nature altar, northwest of Shilo Village||N/A|
|On the southern coast of a tropical island||Ape Atoll, near the entrance to Ape Atoll Dungeon||Monkey Madness|
|East of the teak trees in the Kharazi Jungle[a 1]||Legends|
|To the south of a tree gnome settlement||South of Tree Gnome Stronghold and east of the Outpost||N/A|
|South of Tree Gnome Village and northwest of Yanille[a 1]||N/A|
- ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l This hint-location combination is never given by Spirit trees before sapling has spawned.
The evil tree can be killed by chopping at it with a hatchet and lighting fires at its base. Different levels are required to cut and burn different tree types; see table below. Chopping the evil tree and roots earns Woodcutting experience; lighting kindling gives Firemaking experience, both at the base of the evil tree while alive, and at the bonfire once the tree has died. The tree begins with 100% health, and the player with 0% reward. As players chop the tree and the fires burn, the tree's life drops and the player's percentage of reward increases. This can be checked by right-clicking and examining or inspecting the tree. The number of players that need 100% to kill the evil tree depends on the total number of players cutting the tree. Eventually the tree will die and become a Fallen tree, from which you can receive your rewards. Once you have received your rewards, you may burn spare kindling in it for Firemaking experience. You may only hold a maximum of 200 kindling at one time. A fallen tree will remain for 10 minutes before disappearing.
To chop the tree, a hatchet is required either on your person or your tool belt. As with all woodcutting, higher-tiered hatchets will chop more accurately than lower-tiered ones providing experience quicker. Machetes can be used to chop evil roots more effectively than some hatchets. If you have a Rune hatchet and a Red topaz machete in the inventory or tool belt, your character will automatically use the machete to cut the roots, indicating that it works better. The Dragon hatchet, Inferno adze, and Crystal hatchet are still faster than any of the machetes. When 4 evil roots are active cutting one will take the least time. As well as this, when 3 evil roots are present, the fourth will respawn slower. It takes at least one minute for new roots to regrow on each side.
To burn the evil tree, the player will require some kindling attained from chopping down one of the four roots which sprout along the sides of the tree. The evil roots will strike and stun players who are standing nearby, also forcing players who are standing near to jump away each time they sprout. By standing directly on these spawn spots the players will jump away instead of being stunned by the root when it sprouts. There are eight spots at the base of the tree to light.
By keeping one root down at a time, even solo players can cut roots quickly to get back to the tree. Attempting to cut a root while one is already down will make that root take much more time to cut. An evil tree can last the maximum 30 minutes if not too crowded. More players joining in will do more damage therefore lessening the tree's life and up time.
The evil tree will be struck by lightning after certain periods depending upon its health. If it is still above 50% of its health after 10 minutes, lightning will bring it down to 50%; if it is still above 25% after 20 minutes, lightning will bring it down to 25%; and if it is still alive after 30 minutes, lightning will kill it. Those who participated will still get their rewards if the tree dies this way.
|Types of evil tree|
|Normal evil tree||Evil oak tree||Willow evil tree||Maple evil tree|
|1 1 1||15 7 15||30 15 30||45 22 45|
|Types of evil tree|
|Yew evil tree||Magic evil tree||Elder evil tree|
|60 30 60||75 37 75||90 42 90|
- ^ a b The invisible boosts of summoned familiars does not work to get the required levels. They only increase the rate of cutting.
When an evil tree falls and petrifies, players collecting a reward may get any the following items from the evil tree as a reward:
|Noted logs corresponding to the type of evil tree|
|Various amounts of Coins dependent on the type of evil tree|
|A Bird's nest with various rewards inside|
|A Tree seed of various types|
|1–11 Fellstalk seeds|
|1–10 Morchella mushroom spores|
|A Clue scroll (easy) |
|Half of a key |
|Elder evil trees offer a rare chance of receiving a piece of the Crystal triskelion key |
- ^ a b c Wearing a Ring of wealth will increase the chance of obtaining this reward, albeit very slightly.
- You can sell Evil tree kindling to the leprechaun for 25 coins each, burn it in the fallen tree, or choose to keep the kindling to use on future Evil trees. Since all trees give the same type of kindling, keeping the kindling for the next tree could aid in lighting it faster.
The normal reward received is various noted logs, Coins, and a random Tree seed or Bird's nest, with Clue scroll (easy) and Key halves as an additional reward. If there is not enough room in a players inventory, items will be dropped on the ground instead.
The following table shows the highest reported possible rewards. A lower percentage reduces the rewards, but the same percent will not always equal the same amount of gold or logs:
|Tree type||Noted logs||Coins||Buff duration|
|Normal||12 Logs||253||6 minutes|
|GE value: 3,276||Total value: 3,529|
|Oak||24 Oak logs||326||10 minutes|
|GE value: 2,760||Total value: 3,086|
|Willow||226 Willow logs||1,127||14 minutes|
|GE value: 10,170||Total value: 11,297|
|Maple||131 Maple logs||1,588||18 minutes|
|GE value: 8,253||Total value: 9,533|
|Yew||25 Yew logs||4,287||22 minutes|
|GE value: 3,800||Total value: 8,087|
|Magic||17 Magic logs||8,307||26 minutes|
|GE value: 6,732||Total value: 15,039|
|Elder||15 Elder logs||17,064||30 minutes|
|GE value: 88,860||Total value: 105,924|
- When an evil tree is still a sapling, Farming experience can be gained from nurturing it. No items are required.
- When an evil tree is fully grown, chopping the evil roots and the tree itself grants Woodcutting experience.
- When an evil root vanishes, the player gains Evil tree kindling, which can be used to set a part of the tree on fire. This awards Firemaking experience depending on your level.
- When an evil tree dies, the player can contribute any remaining evil tree kindling to a bonfire for additional Firemaking experience.
- Firemaking experience rewarded from the evil tree bonfire is determined by the player's level in Firemaking.
The Inferno adze will not automatically light any kindling received.
|Tree||Experience earned per action|
|Nurturing ||Burning tree ||Chopping roots||Chopping tree|
- ^ Can only be obtained during the sapling stage of an evil tree, twice a day, and counts towards the daily participation allotment.
- ^ Can be obtained a total of 8 times per tree, twice a day, and counts towards the daily participation allotment.
For a period of time after an evil tree has been felled and a reward claimed, players are given a buff which gives several advantages when chopping at Normal, Achey, Oak, Willow, Teak, Maple, Acadia, Hollow, Mahogany, Arctic Pine, Eucalyptus, Yew, Magic and Elder trees:
- A significant reduction to the chance of felling a tree after a resource is harvested. This will also work on Normal trees, but the player with the buff must be the only player chopping at the Normal tree. The effect will stack with the Seer's headband efficiency effect, if it is being worn at the time.
- A significantly increased chance of shaking Bird's nests out of trees.
- The ability to have logs "magically escorted" to the player's bank while Woodcutting. An effect can be seen above the players head when a log is sent to the bank. Other players cannot see this effect. Logging out will stop the count down; so the player can use it when they log back in.
Players wishing to take advantage of this feature should consider cutting trees which yield logs quickly.
- For Woodcutting experience, it is suggested to chop Arctic Pines for the duration of the buff.
- For a combination of experience and profit, it is suggested to chop Teak trees.
- For less experience and more profit, it is suggested to chop Mahogany trees.
The duration of the buff depends on the percentage of reward claimed from the evil tree and the type of evil tree; see table. This ranges from 2 to 30 minutes and is paused if the player logs out. Players collecting the reward from a farming leprechaun afterwards will receive only half of the magical banking time however.
If a player's bank is full when the buff would bank a log, the player will receive a message stating "Your bank is too full to hold any more logs." You may still chop trees and gain experience from doing so, but no logs will be collected from the process.
Superheat form will not take effect whilst under the effects of the log banking magic, as the log banking magic takes priority over superheat form.
A different distraction and diversion is chosen each week to give the player a Key token for simply participating. Once every 4 weeks, the player may gain a key token for chopping an Evil Tree. Key tokens can only be received when the Evil Tree D&D is the designated D&D of the week.
- With the release of Evil Trees, pures who had completed Monkey Madness gained the ability to travel to Ape Atoll without receiving the experience rewards from Daero. This was accomplished by using a spirit tree to teleport to a tree located there. This prompted Jagex to simply allow players to return to Ape Atoll normally without claiming the experience reward.
- If you are interrupted by a system update while participating, you will find a new sapling sprouting in its place upon login. This may take a few minutes to start. Your rewards from the original tree will be awarded if you talk to the tool leprechaun.
- If you try to use a ring of stone or ghoulish mask next to an Evil Tree, instead of transforming you get the message: "The magic from the nearby Evil Tree could make the effects of the transformation unpredictable."
- If you don't have a woodcutting tool in your inventory when killing an Evil Tree, your character will cut the Evil Roots with a machete if one is on your tool belt and cut the body of the Evil Tree with a hatchet.
- If an NPC is standing over the evil root spawn area it will not respawn.
- Prior to the later introduction of Elder Trees, an Elder Evil Tree gave an assortment of logs, as there was no Elder Log. They have since been updated to give various logs, including Elders.
- The magic log banking reward takes priority over Signs of the porter, which were added with Divination.
- An update on 26 May 2015 made several changes to Evil trees, including allowing kindling to be burned after a tree was killed, improved experience rates, and a change to the magical log banking ability such that your inventory no longer needs to be full.
- Formerly, the type of sapling could only be determined by checking the farming experience while nurturing or the level requirement needed if the player's farming level was too low.
- An update on 8 June 2015 added more logs to the magic banking reward. Achey Trees, Arctic Pines, Eucalyptus trees, Hollow trees, Teak trees, and Mahogany trees were added.
- The Nature's sentinel outfit gives the ability to plant a miniature Evil Tree once per day, which can be chopped by the player who plants it for Woodcutting experience.
- There was formerly a possible evil tree spawn in Lumbridge Swamp, but this was removed. This location was involved in the hints "Due west of a town called Lumbridge" and "By a collection of Yew Trees".
- While the Farming requirement to nurture an Elder Evil Tree is level 42 according to the skill guide, clicking the tree while not fulfilling the requirement says "You need 45 Farming to help this sapling grow."