For the item used during Back to the Freezer, see Flax (Back to the Freezer).
For the NPC that calls himself "Flax", see Geoffrey.
Flax detail

Flax is a plant picked from a flax field, used to create bowstring. It grants 1 Farming experience when picked. Players with level 1 Crafting can use the picked flax on a spinning wheel to create a bowstring, granting 15 Crafting experience. It can alternately be used to make nets for holding seaweed. It is possible to pick multiple flax from one plant. Flax plays a giant role in the economy.

Flax can be found in various places:

It is not easy to sell flax for quick money, so players are advised to turn them into bowstrings first to gain more money. It takes (with no armour equipped, and run turned on) approximately 75 seconds (non-stop) in Lumbridge Castle to spin an entire inventory of flax into bowstrings.

Picking up flax

A player picking flax


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Source Combat level Quantity Rarity
Crwys workerN/A1Common
Ganodermic beast11240Common
Mature grotworm9850–100Common
Winter Weekends (2012)N/A15Common
Zombie (New Varrock)11Common
Baby implingN/A1Rare
Ganodermic runt11220Uncommon
Rare drop tableN/A450–550Uncommon
TzHaar-Hur86; 984–12Uncommon
Young grotworm284Uncommon
Falador resource bundleN/A1–2Unknown


  • Arguably, the best place to pick flax would be in Lletya, because the flax field is very close to the bank. The only downside is that the player has to begin Mourning's End Part I first to enter Lletya.
  • Flax field in Taverley is reasonably close to a bank (one near Challenge Mistress Fara), and there are spinning wheels standing in the open on the way to it.
  • The field south-east of Seers' Village contains a spinning wheel on the way to the bank. This allows players to turn their flax into bowstrings for crafting experience and even more money. However, the wheel is on the first floor of a house with a door, which greatly increases travel time.
  • The flax in Tree Gnome Stronghold is another option. While the flax plants are more spread apart, the bank is fairly close.
  • Flax can also be obtained through Kingdom Management. The quest Throne of Miscellania is needed, however.
  • The best place to spin flax into bowstrings is at Neitiznot. The wheel is one click away from the bank and the door is always open.
Lletya Flax

The flax field in Lletya

  • If the player completes the Seers' Village Tasks, they can receive 30, 60, 120, or 200 free flax daily from Geoffrey upon completion of the corresponding sets of tasks. Wearing the Seer's headband 2 or higher allows for faster flax spinning at the Seers' Village spinning wheel, making it faster overall than Neitiznot.
  • After completing the Carnillean Rising quest, players can speak to Claus the chef to kill the Cave Wolf Matriarch and obtain her skull. You can choose 3,500 flax as a possible reward for this.
  • The player's avatar picks flax faster than the picking animation.
  • The key to fast flax picking involves timing; Try to find 5 flax plants in a plus-shaped position and stand in the middle of it, then start picking the flax in a circular motion by clicking a plant and then, when you're about to hear the "pop", click the next plant. Your avatar will show the picking motion once while actually picking 2 flax. Eventually a plant will run out, that's when the centre plant right below you comes into play. Use this plant as a substitute until the other plant(s) respawn. This way you can pick 28 flax in about 30 to 35 seconds.
    • Alternatively, watch the experience points (+1) appear as the player's character picks flax. After the first pick, +experience will appear. That is when the player should click again, and it will appear so that two flax are picked by the end of the animation. This minimises the amount of clicking necessary.
  • By taking 14 unstrung bows north from the Taverley bank, picking 14 flax, and continuing north, one may spin the bowstrings and string the bows, freeing up space to pick another 14 flax on the way back to the bank. It is recommended that this be done for only half of one's unstrung bows, as Lumbridge Castle is much faster for spinning.
    • Alternatively, collect flax in the flax field then spin it into bowstrings on the way back to the bank, providing you with bowstrings for later use/sales.


  • Flax received a graphical update on 13 October 2014.
  • There seems to be three different models for flax plants, a small one with white flowers, a slightly taller one with blue flowers, and a very small one with blue flowers.
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