|Release date||25 March 2002 (Update)|
as of 12 Dec 2017
as of 16 Aug 2018
|Players with 120|| 3,666|
as of 27 Jan 2020
as of 27 Jan 2020
Fletching is an artisan skill that involves the making of bows and arrows. The products of this skill are primarily used in the Ranged skill. It also provides material with relatively high alchemy prices, so its products are often used to train Magic as well.
At higher Fletching levels, the skill can be trained without losing any coins, although a decent amount of working capital is very useful.
A general rule of thumb for fletchers is to wait until you hear 3 "plucks" of the log being strung to know when you are done. This is an especially helpful tip for those who tend to be multitasking on other things when fletching. The plucking noise only applies to unstrung bows being strung though. Generally, however, each 5 logs that are fletched result in one plucking sound. Since 14 is the number most commonly used for fletching (14 of one type of log, 14 bowstrings), around 3 plucks are needed. Of course, if you are just cutting the logs with your knife then all you need to do is wait until you do not hear any more animation of the cutting to check back on your character. You can make 5000 unstrung bows in 3.13 hours.
The current minimum requirement to be ranked (at approximately rank 862,013) on the hiscores for Fletching is level 15. As of 16 August 2018, there are 173,715 current members that have achieved level 99 in Fletching. There are 3,666 current members that have achieved level 120 in Fletching.
Fletching requires various items, depending on what a player wishes to create. These items are relatively universal, with slight differences based on exactly what is made. All sorts of fletching require logs, a knife, and other various supplies, which can be found below.
|Picture||Item||Notes||Grand Exchange Price|
|Knife||Knives are used to whittle wood into unstrung bows/crossbows or arrow shafts. Every player has a knife on their tool belt.||103|
|Beaver (members only)||The beaver acts as a knife (for fletching only). To fletch with a beaver you use your log on your beaver. You will need 33 summoning to summon this familiar.||1,602|
|Chisel||Used to turn cut gems and wolf bones into bolt tips.||65|
|Logs||Logs are obtained from trees via the Woodcutting skill or bought from fellow players or the Grand Exchange.||305|
|Sacred clay fletching knife||The Sacred Clay Fletching Knife is obtained from Stealing Creation with 20 Stealing Creation Points. They are used to cut logs, like an ordinary knife. They can be operated to give 24,450 bonus experience.||Not sold|
|Volatile clay fletching knife||The Volatile Clay Fletching Knife is obtained from Stealing Creation with 20 Stealing Creation Points. They are used to cut logs, like an ordinary knife. They can be operated to give 29,340 bonus experience. When transforming, it becomes a random volatile tool and uses 10% of its bonus experience.||Not sold|
|Bowstrings||Bowstrings are one of the materials used to make bows. They can be spun from flax.|
|Flax||Flax can be picked in Seers' Village, north of the POH portal in Taverley, on the Lunar Isle, directly south-east of The Grand Tree, and in Lletya. Also if you have completed Throne of Miscellania you can have your subjects pick flax for you, Also upon completion of the quest you can pick Flax yourself on Miscellania. It can be spun into a bowstring on a spinning wheel. There is a spinning wheel on the first floor of the house north of the churchyard. Spinning flax gains 15 Crafting experience. There is also one on Neitiznot, which is the closest one to a bank. Another spinning wheel can also be found on the first floor of Lumbridge Castle, which is just downstairs from a bank. Flax plants give multiple flax per plant but do not last forever. They require time to "grow" or spawn again. Flax is a common way of making money. Flax can be picked and sold (102 coins each), or they can be spun into bowstrings to sell for more.|
|Crossbow strings||Crossbow strings are one of materials used to make crossbows. They can be spun from sinew and tree roots below magic trees.|
|Crossbow stocks||Fletched from logs and are used in the production of crossbows. Most can also be purchased at the crossbow stall in Keldagrim. These are also available in the dungeon under White Wolf Mountain. This requires the 'Fishing Contest' quest.|
|Metal Limbs||Smithed from metal bars, metal limbs are used in the production of crossbows. Most can also be purchased at the crossbow stall in Keldagrim. These are also available in the dungeon under White Wolf Mountain. This requires the 'Fishing Contest' quest.|
|Sinew||Sinew can be made by using a piece of raw beef or raw bear meat with a range and choosing to make sinew.|
|Arrowheads||Arrowheads can be bought in a ranging shop or smithed. 15 arrowheads can be made from each bar.|
|Arrow shafts||Arrow shafts can be made by using a knife on some logs. 15 shafts can be made from each pile of logs.|
|Grenwall spikes||Grenwall Spikes can be used as an alternative for arrow shafts. These can be obtained by hunting Grenwalls|
|Feathers||Feathers can be acquired by killing chickens. Chickens drop an average of about five feathers each. Feathers can also be bought in various places such as Shantay Pass, Fishing Guild, Lumbridge Fishing Shop, Port Sarim, Shilo Village, Ava's Arrow Shop, and various other places. Each shop has a player stock of 1000 feathers, and feathers can be bought for 6 gp, or 13 each from the Grand Exchange. You can use coloured feathers for this too, but they are more expensive most of the time. You can get coloured feathers from hunting.|
|Nails||Smithed from metal bars, nails are used in the production of Brutal arrows.|
|Wolfbone Tips||These can be made by using wolf bones with a chisel. They are used to create Ogre arrows.|
|Barbed bolt tips||Barbed tips are rewards from the Ranging Guild activity.|
|Feathers||Feathers may be acquired by killing chickens. Chickens drop an average of about five feathers each. Feathers may also be bought in Port Sarim, Lumbridge, the Fishing Guild, Ava's Arrow Shop, Shantay Pass, and various other places.|
|Gem bolt tips||Gem bolt tips are attached to finished bolts (use feathers with unfinished bolts) to make gem tipped bolts. They can be made by using the gem with a chisel. Every standard gem in RuneScape, including the Shilo Gems, (Opal, Jade, Red Topaz, Sapphire, Emerald, Ruby, Diamond, Dragonstone and Onyx) can be made into gem tips, needing higher fletching levels progressing upwards. Finished bolts can be enchanted using Magic.|
|Pearl bolt tips||Pearl bolt tips can be made by using an oyster pearl with a chisel.|
|Unfinished Bolts||Unfinished bolts can be smithed from metal bars. Each bar can smith 10 of these.|
|Dart tips||Dart tips can be smithed from metal bars (Tourist Trap quest required). Players get 10 dart tips every bar.|
|Feathers||Feathers may be acquired by killing chickens. Chickens drop an average of about five feathers each. Feathers may also be bought in the Fishing Guild, Shantay Pass, Shilo Village shop, Port Sarim, the Lumbridge fishing shop, and various other places.|
Making the items
To fletch bows, players must use a knife on a log to whittle a shortbow or shieldbow of that wood. Then, a bowstring must be attached to the unstrung bow. Bows, especially yew shieldbows and magic shieldbows, are frequently high alched as a means of income or Magic experience. Yew shieldbows are often made by many fletchers because of their high profit and experience.
|Comp ogre bow||30||45||45||90||Yes|
Players may gain twice the normal experience per log that is made into a bow (u) with the sacred clay fletching knife that is awarded through the activity, Stealing Creation, it costs 20 points to obtain. However, the knife will disintegrate after a set amount of xp is gained (which means it will last longer for lower level bows). For more information, see Fletching training.
To make a crossbow, players must first use a knife with a log to make a crossbow stock. Then, players need to add some crossbow limbs (Made via Smithing). Finally, players must string it with a crossbow string.
Achey logs can be whittled into ogre arrow shafts. Each achey log yields between 2 and 6 arrow shafts. Four feathers are needed for each shaft. The shafts may be tipped with wolf bone arrowheads or with nails. Ogre shafts tipped with nails are called "brutals" and are especially useful for killing Zogres. Any type of metal may be used for the nails.
The following table shows experience per item made, although 15 items are made at a time.
|Picture||Arrow||Level Needed||Experience||Experience for 151||Members?|
1For arrows with tips, experience includes an additional 20 xp, 5 xp for the shaft and 15 xp for attaching flights (feathers).
2Broad arrows can be made after buying the knowledge with Slayer points.
Bolts are made by using a metal bar at an anvil while you have a hammer in your inventory. This grants Smithing experience. The bolts created in this process are unfinished and still require fletching (they need feathers). This part provides the Fletching experience. Bolts are also the fastest way to acquire experience, and you will not lose much money. It is also great combined with Smithing
The following table shows experience per item made and per 10 items made (the amount made per metal bar).
|Picture||Bolt Type||Required Fletching Level||Experience (per bolt)||Experience (per 10 bolts)||Profit (per bolt)||Members?|
|Blurite bolts||24||1||10||Not sold||No|
|Kebbit bolts||32||0.97||5.8 (per 6 bolts)||38.83||Yes|
|Red topaz bolts||48||3.9||39||0||No|
|Abyssalbane bolts||80||10||100||Not sold||Yes|
|Long kebbit bolts||83||1.33||7.89 (per 6 bolts)||38||Yes|
*Broad bolts may be made after buying the knowledge with Slayer points.
**Players can only fletch Bakriminel bolts within two squares of a bloodwood tree therefore one must bring Bakriminel bolt tips to the tree.
You can fletch darts by adding feathers to dart tips after finishing Tourist Trap.
|Picture||Dart||Level needed||Experience Given|
|Off-hand bronze dart||1||1.8|
|Off-hand iron dart||22||3.8|
|Off-hand steel dart||37||7.5|
|Off-hand mithril dart||52||11.2|
|Off-hand adamant dart||67||15|
|Off-hand rune dart||81||18.8|
|Off-hand dragon dart||95||25|
- You can eat Orange spicy stew for a fletching boost from -5 to 5.
- A Fletching potion will raise your fletching by 3.
- A Fletching skillcape will raise your fletching by 1 when worn and activated.
- A God banner will raise your fletching by 2 once a day.
Cape of AccomplishmentOnce players have reached level 99 Fletching, Hickton in Catherby will sell the Fletching cape for 99,000 coins. In addition, when players achieve level 99 in the Fletching skill, they receive the ability to make a new item while Dungeoneering, Tier 10 arrows.
Like all skills, there is a skilling pet obtainable from training this skill. The pet for the Fletching skill is called Flo.
- Fletching training, a guide to training Fletching
- Quest experience rewards - Fletching
- Grand Exchange Market Watch/Fletching
- Fletching/Level up table
- Fletching Calculators
- Fletching was originally member's only, but was made Free to play on 9 October 2017 as part of an expansion on free content.