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Yew logs detail

Yew logs are logs obtained from cutting yew trees, which requires level 60 Woodcutting. They grant 175 experience when cut.

Players can burn these logs with the Firemaking skill at level 60. They grant 202.5 experience when burned, or a maximum of 260 experience when used on a bonfire and up to 270.5 experience when more players are using it.

Yew logs can also be made into bows and stocks using the Fletching skill. To fletch an unstrung shortbow, players need a of level 65 and will receive 67.5 experience. To fletch an unstrung shieldbow players need a level of 70, and will receive 75 experience. Stringing the bows will give the same experience as fletching them.

One full inventory of yew logs gives exactly 4,900 Woodcutting experience. Cutting and selling one full inventory of Yew logs would make 4,228 coins on the Grand Exchange. Yew tree locations are relatively few and scattered and also tend to be extremely crowded in free-to-play worlds. However, in a members' world there is a better chance of finding a less crowded location.

Players would need to cut 72,919 yew logs to go from 60 to 99 woodcutting. This would make the player 11,010,769 coins at current Grand Exchange price using this method. Cutting yew logs from level 60 all the way to 200 million exp would earn the player 172,508,440 coins at current Grand Exchange price.

Historically, cutting yew trees and selling the logs used to be one of the best ways for free players to make money. However, with the introduction of the Grand Exchange, the advent of divine yew trees, and the quantity of yew logs dropped by high level monsters, yew logs have become much more abundant in supply and less valuable.

Yew logs can also be used to travel to Castle Wars on the Balloon Transport System, costing 10 logs on the initial trip, and 1 log for every trip following that.

15 yew logs are a possible prize from Treasure Hunter. When choosing the option to convert this prize to coins, players receive 1440 coins, which is 825 less than selling them on the Grand Exchange.

After completing the Tirannwn Elite Tasks, players can persuade Coeden once a day to give a random set of 28 elder, magic, or yew logs; or a random combination thereof.

Noted yew logs can sometimes be found inside barrels.

Firemaking with an augmented crystal tinderbox or Pyro-matic will grant 18 item xp per log or 504 xp per inventory of 28 at a bonfire with 5+ players. 2240 logs would be required to get this to level 10 or 4564 to level 12.


Divination Level Initial resource Energy Result DivinationXP Profit/loss
72 3 Maple logs Maple logs 2 Lustrous energy 1 Lustrous energy 1 Yew logs Yew logs 15.2 -198
93 3 Yew logs Yew logs 2 Luminous energy 1 Luminous energy 1 Magic logs Magic logs 21.7 -249

Yew logs and the economy

Yew Fire

A yew log fire

Yew logs are usually in high demand from players who are trying to train Fletching. Yew logs increased in price due to Jagex's updates aiming to eliminate the use of bots. The value of yew logs is mainly driven by the high alchemy value of yew shieldbows (768 coins), which will pay almost completely for the yew logs and the nature runes needed to alchemise them. Purchasing the yew logs, nature runes, and bowstrings will result in a -78 gp change in net worth.

With the advent of the Grand Exchange, trading yew logs became easier, but much more competitive. Many players consider yew logs to be the best way to make money with woodcutting. Although magic logs are worth more per log, they are much slower to obtain than yew logs. Since yew logs are the highest logs available in F2P, they are a good source of profit to non-members, but yew tree spots are often very crowded, so bringing a crystal hatchet is recommended. 

When the trade and drop update occurred on 10 December 2007, yew-cutting bots were almost completely eliminated from the game, causing the price of yew logs to rise drastically in the days that followed. This temporary spike was later followed by a corresponding drop in price. As cutting yews is a common method used by F2P bots, the price of yew logs is usually closely related to the number of bots operating in the game.

Since the late 2014, yew logs have declined in price, due to the advent of divine yew trees, which give very fast Woodcutting experience, and the frequency and quantity of yew logs drops from high level monsters.

Drop sources

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Source Combat level Quantity Rarity
Adamant dragonN/A25Common
Adventurer's chestN/A7–8Unknown
Angry barbarian spiritN/A1Common
Ankou (elite)722Uncommon
Barrel (Viyeldi caves)N/A1–3Rare
Beastmaster Durzag2000314–869Common
Berserk barbarian spiritN/A1Uncommon
Black key blackN/AUnknownRare
Black key brownN/AUnknownRare
Black key crimsonN/AUnknownRare
Black key purpleN/AUnknownRare
Black key redN/AUnknownRare
Crwys workerN/A1Common
Demon Flash MobN/A60Uncommon
Demon bossN/A60–120Uncommon
Desert strykewyrmN/A10Common
Enraged barbarian spiritN/A1Uncommon
Falador resource bundleN/A1–2Unknown
Ferocious barbarian spiritN/A1–3Uncommon
Former vampyreN/A5Uncommon
Giant Mole (historical)N/A50–100Uncommon
Giant moleN/A15–30Uncommon
Giant moleN/A40Uncommon
Goblin RaiderN/A1Uncommon
Greater demonN/A6Common
Greater demon (elite)9220–60Common
King Black DragonN/A50–80Common
Lava strykewyrmN/A25Uncommon
Magical chestN/A3–10Varies
Mutated jadinko babyN/A13–17Uncommon
Mutated jadinko guardN/A13–17Common
Mutated jadinko maleN/A13–17Common
Mystery box (Court Cases)N/A60–100Unknown
Premier Club VaultN/A1–16Varies
Queen Black DragonN/A300Uncommon
Rare drop tableN/A675–825Uncommon
Rare drop tableN/A68–82Uncommon
Shade Catacombs/RewardsN/AUnknownRare
Shade Catacombs/RewardsN/A10–15Uncommon
Silver key blackN/A10–15Uncommon
Silver key brownN/AUnknownUncommon
Silver key crimsonN/A10–15Uncommon
Silver key purpleN/A10–15Uncommon
Silver key redN/A13Uncommon
Skeleton bruteN/A1Common
Skeleton heroN/A1Common
Skeleton thugN/A1Common
Skeleton warlordN/A1Common


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