OSRS Ironman Crafting Guide - Everything from scratch!
Osrs crafting guide FOR IRONMAN PLAYERS
Have you ever been wondering who the players with this fancy helmet icon on the chat? Maybe you have seen some of them looking differently than the majority of the player base, wearing strange set pieces that do not match. These are the Ironmen - most dedicated players of Old School RuneScape who chose to do everything in the game on their own. Because Ironman players are restricted to be self-sufficient (which means that they cannot trade with or use the Grand Exchange), they have to rely on crafting. Making the best of what you have is the motto of each and every Ironman player, and here we are to help you with that. Whether you are crafting hides for boots and bodies, working on your uncut orb, forging steel for new legs, forming silver jewellery, using grinder to crush some herbs - all of those are forms of crafting in the game.
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Who are Ironman players?
Adventurers choosing to make their game even harder than it already is may want to raise its difficulty by becoming an Ironman. Currently, there are three types of them in OSRS
Standard Ironman - Have to be utterly self-sufficient, meaning that they won't be able to access any goods or items made or acquired by other players. It includes drop stealing, trading, entering their house, receiving EXP for killing them, etc.
Hardcore Ironman - Same as the above, except death in this mode is punished by degrading Hardcore Ironman to the Standard Ironman. It does not apply to safe minigames like Nightmare Zone.
Ultimate Ironman - Just like above, they are given Standard Ironman restrictions with some additional ones. They are restricted from using banks of RuneScape, restricted from using Managing Miscellania, or use a seed vault. On top of that, they will lose their items upon death (although they will keep untradable things).
How to begin
If you want to become an Ironman, you will have to talk to NPC Paul located on Tutorial Island - because of that, only new accounts can become an Ironman. After you arrive in Gielinor or, to be more precise, in Lumbridge, you can start leveling your skills. As getting through early stages of the game might be tough - especially if you don't have any gold or items - you should consider doing some quests. Those can provide you with enough experience and items to have a decent start. Most notable among those is the Waterfall quest, which can take you all the way to 30 Attack and 30 Strength and can be completed on a fresh account that just left Tutorial Island.
Skills with crafting involved
To begin, you should complete quests that reward Crafting experience upon completion. Finishing Elemental Workshop 1 and 2 could land you around 12,500 Crafting experience with minimal requirements. The other way involves glassblowing on Entrana, which can be done by collecting Seaweed and making glass out of it. It can be an excellent spot to make some Crafting experience for both new and more experienced adventurers. There is always option to tan cow hide but it is much less effective than methods above.
After hitting level 61 in Crafting, players should consider buying buckets of sand and soda ash from Trader Crewmember in Port Khazard. This location can be quite crowded, so if there are no items in stock, Catherby and Corsair Cove traders do have the same goods to offer. By smelting those in the furnace, you will receive molten glass used in the glassblowing process. By using a glassblowing pipe, you will be able to create Unpowered Orbs. To make this process even more simple, you can complete Hand in the Sand quest. It will make NPC Bert give you 84 buckets of sand every day.
An alternative way of leveling at this stage can be done by buying gold ores from Blast Furnace and smelting them into bars necessary to craft Gold Bracelets. Those will grant you vast amounts of Crafting experience and can be later dissolved with High Alchemy for a small profit and additional Magic experience.
As an Ultimate Ironman, your options are even less extensive. The best bet in this situation is to go to Port Phasmatys and bulk buy soda ash and buckets of sand. After that, you should head to the furnace located near the port and smelt them into molten glass used to make glass items. Always aim for the highest tier item. You can increase your skill level to maximize experience gains. After crafting your items, sell them to general store and switch worlds to restock your source.
In the underwater area of Fossil Island, players can plant Seaweed Spores into the Seaweed Patches. By doing so, they will grow Giant Seaweeds. Harvesting these patches can be quite profitable since one Giant Seaweed equals six smaller ones. Adventurers who want to use this method will have to farm for Flippers, which drop from Mogres at 1/64 ratio.
Spores required for planting can be obtained from Lobstrosities, which reside nearby areas, so finding them should not be an issue. However, those who wish to kill them will need either Brine Saber or Trident. The first one can be acquired from Brine Rats (that do require 48 Slayer), and the second one can be gained from Kraken boss, which requires 87 levels in Slayer skill.
Charter ship method
Players who completed the Lunar Diplomacy quest and are over 77 Magic level can cast Superglass Make spell. It lets adventurers craft without banking supplies. To train like this, buy buckets of sand and soda ash from Trader Crewmember in Port Phasmatys or any other place. Cast Superglass Make spell to craft highest level glass items that you can make. After your resources are depleted, make sure to hop worlds to refill them.
Completing tasks from Varrock Diary can be quite profitable since each of the difficulties in it lets players buy more and more battlestaves from NPC Zaff. By finishing Elite Diary in Varrock, you can buy up to 120 battlestaves for 7000 gold coins each. The only downside to this is that all of them have to be bought at the same time. The staves that you want to craft are Air Battlestaff and Fire Battlestaff.
For the Air Battlestaff, you will need Staff of Air, Cosmic Runes, Unpowered Orbs, Amulets of Glory, Stamina and Energy potions. Grab 81 Cosmic Runes and 27 Unpowered Orbs from the bank and head over to Air Obelisk. Charge your orbs and teleport to Edgeville using the Amulet of Glory. Now you can combine charged orbs with your staves to create Air Battlestaff.
For the Fire Battlestaff (Red one), you will need Staff of Fire and Anti-Dragon Shield. Runes required are Cosmic, Law, and Dust. You will also need Unpowered Orbs, Stamina Potions, and Antipoisons. On top of that, Rune Pouch might prove useful. Set up your Player Owned House (POH) to Taverley. Teleport to the house and run south to the dungeon. From there, head to Fire Obelisk and Teleport to Camelot to reach the bank. There you can merge your items into Battlestaves.
Completing various quests that reward Smithing experience like The Knight's Sword, The Giant Dwarf, Elemental Workshop (1 and 2), Heroes Quest, and Pirate Pete subquest for Recipe for Disaster will give you enough experience to reach level 37 in Smithing without leveling by yourself. Iron Bars required for Knight's Sword quest can be found on the floor at level 18 Wilderness west of the Graveyard of Shadows. However, if you are playing on Hardcore or Ultimate Ironman, better make them yourself. The Wilderness is the PvP zone, and you can get attacked by other players.
Training Smithing at lower levels can be time-consuming. It is best to get high enough magic level beforehand to cast Superheat item spell. You can start leveling by mining Iron in South-East Ardougne and superheating it into bars. If you have Ardougne Cloak 1, you can run to the bank to store your bars and teleport back using the cape. If you don't want to mine ores by yourself, you can also buy them from Ordan in Blast Furnace. Said bars should be crafted into Iron Dart Tips, which will help you in Fletching training. Do this method until you have enough Dart Tips to reach level 55 Fletching.
At 40 Smithing, you can proceed with the next step. Now you really want to get to the Blast Furnace where you can buy gold ores from NPC Ordan. Make sure to complete the Family Feud quest to unlock Goldsmithing Gauntlets. Without them doing this method is far less effective. After buying ores, they should be smelted into Gold Bars. This method provides very high experience, but keep in mind that it will be extremely costly. Players who have chosen to be an Ultimate Ironman can smith Mithril Platebodies from level 68 in the Blast Furnace.
The best way to start training with Farming skill will be through questing. You can easily reach up to 35 in Farming levels by simple missions. Just check out which tasks can give you the best rewards and which of them you will be able to complete and go for it for a quick and efficient way to begin training.
If questing is not your thing or you just cannot complete missions for some reason, then you might want to focus on checking Bird Houses on Fossil Island. For this, you will have to complete a few quests, including Bone Voyage, that requires 100 Kudos in Varrock Museum. It's not a hard task to complete, but it will require a little bit of reading to understand how to get it. If you can manage to get there, you will be able to get many seeds from previously mentioned Bird Houses. It is by far one of the easiest ways to gather up some material for Farming.
The other one, which is new but even more effective, is called Winterodt. This simple minigame requires 50 Firemaking to participate and will grant you tons of rewards upon completion. You will find seeds there as well, which you can use on your Farming leveling. Since this minigame can be repeated many times, you can farm there for supplies. If you have a high combat level, you might also get seeds from bossing and killing creatures like Demonic Gorillas, Kalphite Queen, Callisto, Venenatis, Giant Mole, and Zulrah.
Now that you have seeds necessary to train Farming, you will also need some compost. The easiest way to make a bunch of it would be through charter ships where you can buy pineapples, but you can also use harvested watermelons as those can also be easily acquired. With the fruit of your choice, you want to go into a compost bin where you combine fruit with Volcanic Ash. To get this one, you will have to mine on Fossil Island Volcano, so here is the other reason why you want to unlock this place through questing. If you have already unlocked Fertile Soil spell with the ability to make Ultracompost, you can skip this process.
After all of that, you are ready to start leveling. Always make sure to get a stack of quality seeds before you begin so you won't have to return to gathering part too often. Pay attention to the compost type you are using as your trees will be more likely to grow when fertilized by Ultracompost than a regular one. Paying the gardener might be a trouble for Ironman as it would typically require a lot of additional farming, so stick to the Ultracompost before reaching the ability to plant endgame trees. Keep in mind that you can also save your trees through the Resurrect Crops spell that you can find in Arceuus Spellbook.
Additionally, you can gain some levels in Farming through the Hosidius House method in Great Kourend. It requires a 100% favor with their faction and 34 levels in Farming skill, but it won't require that much downtime between seed growth like a conventional training method.
Very plain, simple, and straightforward skill to train. Since the release of Winterodt, you can simply do this minigame to get experience in Firemaking. It is not the fastest method available, but you will receive a lot of rewards for doing it, which might help you raise levels of other skills. On top of that, it is less boring than the usual methods, and there are almost no requirements for it.
To begin leveling with the standard method, go to the top level of Lumbridge Castle and light the logs that spawn there until reaching level 15. From this point to level 35, you want to light Oak Logs, which you will cut on your own, and after that, your best call will be to choose Teak trees for log gathering. You can continue Woodcutting and lighting logs that you get from it or move to Winterodt. Your Firemaking efficiency will be high enough to get the best experience there after level 50. Keep in mind that your Magic and Redwood logs should be kept for Bird House runs, so don't use them on Firemaking.
There are no special methods to reach high levels of Fishing quickly, but as an Ironman, your restrictions won't hold you back so much as with other skills. You can begin through the Sea Slug quest, which will take you straight to level 24. You will need to gather fish for the cooking experience and the food in general, so make sure to store them in the bank. At level 48 of Fishing, you can learn the Barbarian Fishing method that lets you catch Leaping Trout in Shilo Village and store it in a nearby bank. From this point, you want to use Barbarian Fishing until the end of the game.
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At the beginning of your Fletching training, you will have to gather some feathers which will be necessary to make headless arrows. You want to stick with this method until level 22. At this point, you will unlock the ability to make Iron Darts. These can be easily assembled at Blast Furnace. However, you will be required to complete The Tourist Trap quest beforehand. NPC Ordan will be there to sell you Iron Ore so you won't have to worry about mining it on your own. Said Ore should be smelted at the Furnace, which will turn it into the bars used to make Iron Darts at the Anvil. Although it might seem like a fantastic method, you want to switch into the bow making later on for a higher experience ratio.
Managing Miscellania minigame will be your primary source of wood income. With it, you will be able to receive large amounts of the Maple Logs. Those can be turned into Unstrung Maple Longbows and later on destroyed through the High Alchemy. This process will generate minimal losses, but in return, you will receive large amounts of Fletching experience and a decent one in Magic as well.
If you can afford to buy Broader Fletching perk from Slayer Master, you can use it to make Broad Arrows. They are also made from the Maple Logs, so if you have learned how to use Managing Miscellania to your advantage, you should have no problem getting enough wood for this process. Broad Arrowhead packs are sold by the Slayer Master so you won't have to make them on your own - you just need to attach the Arrowheads to the Arrow Shafts, and you should be good to go. With this method, you can quickly level up to level 99. If you need Bowstrings for any reason, you can get it from Temple Trekking minigame.
Being Ironman complicates a lot of things, and some skills become significantly more laborious, but Herblore is probably the most confusing from them all. Even at standard accounts, it is not that simple to train this skill as most of the players buy herbs from Grand Exchange and make potions from them to train this ability. As an Ironman, you won't be able to do it, so you will have to depend on your own. You want to skip as much of the potion-making process as possible, and because of that, you will start leveling by questing, which should get you to level 26. Also, make sure to put aside all of the experience lamps and bonus rewards that you get so you can use them on Herblore rather than other skills.
Ways to acquire herbs
To level up after that point, you want to make Energy Potions, which will require 1 Harralander, 1 Chocolate Dust. It is the part when you will need Herbs for efficient training, and there are few ways to farm them. Low-level herbs can be gained from Combat as they are often dropped by Chaos Druids that reside in low Wilderness just below the Edgeville. They are easy to kill, and they will leave some herbs with almost every kill. If you aim for better leaves, you will have to kill better monsters. It can be done on Slayer assignments since many of them will be rich in herb drops like Nechryaels.
Fossil Island is also one of the best ways to gather Herbs as you can get them from Bird Houses (just like seeds in the Farming section) or through killing Herbiboars. The first method doesn't have any high requirements, but for the Herbiboar killing, you will have to be at least 80 in Herblore.
Farming herbs on your own
Farming your herbs is not the best way to get Farming experience, but it is a great one to get herbs of your choice. Before starting this method, make sure to unlock all herb patches that you could access - it will make this method more effective. For that, complete My Arm's Big Adventure quest and reach 50% favor in Hosidius House. Just as mentioned in the Farming section - always use Ultracompost as you plant something. It will save your plants from dying in almost every instance. Make also sure to complete a Fairy Tale to receive Magic Secateurs, which will boost the amount of herbs that you can gather from one spot. Herb patches can be found South of Falador, West of Port Phasmatys, North of Catherby, North of Ardougne, South-East at Great Kourend, At the Troll Stronghold and Harmony Island.
Hunter skill training is very similar in Ironman as with normal account training, and therefore it is trained similarly. The only difference is that you should complete your training at a high level (85+) with Herbiboar tracking as this activity gives a lot of much-needed Herbs on top of Hunter experience.
Naturally, Magic training comes with a lot of Runecrafting since you will be mainly using Runes to cast spells which give Magic experience. You won't be able to buy them on the Grand Exchange, so almost all of them will have to be created directly by you. You can also get some of them through NPC trading, but this will require a lot of gold. It can be made by various methods, so make sure to read about them in our Ironman Money Making Guide.
Early levels of Magic training should be done by regular combat with every hit. Note that to make it effective, you will have to find monsters that you can profit from. Especially useful will be those with Herb drops like Twisted Banshee or those with high tier weapon drops like Fire Giants in Waterfall Dungeon. Those can be killed from behind a rock safely up until level 43 when you will learn how to Superheat Iron Ore. This method might be quite time-consuming or expensive as a lot of Nature Runes will be required, but still it will provide the best experience rates at this stage.
After reaching level 55 of Magic, you will be able to cast High Alchemy, which will be the most useful spell that you can use to monetize items that you don't need anymore. It applies primarily to leftovers from your Fletching training and drops that you get from Slayer.
In general, Mining training is similar to an Ironman in regular ways of leveling yet the main difference is that you will have to spend an hour or two now and then on mining the resources like gems for Slayer bracelets or Volcanic Ash for Ultracompost. It means that you shouldn't go all the way to 99 with traditional methods but spend some time on farming items that you will need later on. As for pickaxes, you shouldn't have any trouble with getting new ones as most of them can be bought from the NPC store except for the Dragon one, which is the rare drop from some of the bosses. If you opt for mining gold ore you will get precious resources for smithing training
Another tricky skill to farm for Ironman. Prayer skill requires a tremendous amount of bones or other experience income sources for efficient leveling. Most of the players buy them directly from Grand Exchange but not an Ironman. The best way to start will be questing - just as with most of the skills. Simple missions like The Restless Ghost, Priest in Peril, Holy Grail, and Recruitment Drive will be there to take you through the basics of Prayer skill. After this point, you will have to rely on farming bones to get higher levels of Prayer.
A reliable source of Prayer experience income lies within Dragon Killing. Their bones grants significant experience and do not require very high stats. To kill Blue Dragons below the Taverley (in Taverley Dungeon) you won't need much resources at all since they can be killed from a safe spot. If you want to do this, keep in mind to do it with Magic as they are weak to this particular combat style. Use rocks, giant eggs and columns to make Dragon stuck and finish them off with your spells. Alternatively you might also kill Green Dragons north of the Graveyard in the Wilderness. Just bring an Anti-Dragon Shield, food and equipment. Don't take anything too precious so you won't lose a bank on Player Killers. You might also consider farming for Void Knight Equipment since you won't lose it by dying with it on low Wilderness. It is an excellent set for Dragon Killing and a safe one to wear in this zone.
All bones that you collect should be sacrificed on the Chaos Altar, but it is a dangerous method, so don't take anything besides the bones that you want to sacrifice. This place is one of the most Player Active zones on Runescape, and it is located on 38 level of Wilderness. It means that players from much higher levels can attack you. It would be wise to store them in the bank and do the Altar running after you have enough of the bones stored, but it's up to you if you want to risk the equipment.
The other option of training is through the Slayer. During your Slayer tasks, you can collect many Ensouled Monster Heads, which can be reanimated at the Dark Altar. Killing reanimated monsters gives large chunks of Prayer experience, but it is a less consistent method than regular bones farming, so you can't count on getting enough Ensouled Heads to get from level 1 to 99.
Runecrafting requires a tremendous amount of Pure Essence for leveling purposes, which is gained through the mining and monster drops. The first method is straightforward, but not effective, as you would have spent way too much time mining rocks that barely give any Mining experience. It is why you want to focus on killing Monster, which not only drops Essence in large amounts but also other valuable items that you might benefit from. The best ones will be Gargoyles and Skeletal Wyverns on Slayer tasks. Higher-level players can also farm Zulrah boss for endgame drops and large amounts of Pure Essence.
These are not the only methods to get some Runes as you might also use some alternative ones to your advantage. Temple Trekking minigame offers a considerable amount of Essences with a little effort, and through finishing Ardougne Diary, you might receive some daily runes from Wizard Cromperty.
One of the best values when it comes to the experience that you can get comes from crafting Lava Runes. This method has low-level requirements but does need to be fueled by a lot of items. Tons of emeralds are necessary to make Rings of Duelling as well as Binding Necklaces. Those are used for fast traveling between the bank and the altar. You also want to unlock Magic Imbue spell, which will let you make runes without a need to carry talismans.
The most advised method, however, is the Ourania Altar, where you can get far more useful runes than the Lava ones - those are barely useful. You can do this activity in the world intended to do it, which will make the process faster as other people will kill dangerous creatures for you. Later in the game, if you want to switch into the Rulemaking process that does not require Pure Essence, you can make Blood Runes (from 77) or Soul Runes (from 90). Those will also be necessary for endgame spells.
Although training Woodcutting skill as an Ironman does not differ from regular methods, you will have to make some of the adjustments so you will have enough wood for planks used in Construction training later on. You will need around 15k Oak logs for the Construction training to reach level 75. At this stage, you will be training with other methods. Getting 15k Oak logs will be a struggle and a slow Woodcutting experience, but it has to be done to make Construction training less painful.
Axes up to a Rune tier are dropped by Tree Spirits. Those can be found in the Enchanted Valley. To see them, players have to attempt to cut down a tree that grows there. He will be immediately stopped by a Tree Spirit of a Combat Level corresponding to this of the player. As those monsters can be safe-spotted, food won't be necessary in this farm. Players who have used Winterodt training for Firemaking skill might also have Dragon Axe in one of the reward boxes. This Axe can also be farmed through killing Dagannoth King.
Questing once again proves to be the best way to start leveling. For the Cooking experience, you want to complete Cook's Assistant, Gertrude's Cat, and two subquests, which are the part of Recipe for Disaster - Dwarf and Goblin Generals. It should take you close to level 20, where you will start with regular training methods. Although these missions aren't by any means mandatory, they will help you through the early stages of leveling when you burn most of the food that you cook, which can be quite frustrating.
Your Cooking training should be started in Shilo Village since there is a Fishing spot close to a bank. You want to catch Trout and Salmon, which you will cook later on in Rogue's Den or Hosidius Kitchen. These two spots both have the place with a permanent fire source that can be used for cooking and a bank that's right next to them. It makes training very convenient and faster than with most of the skills. If you have banked fish from your Fishing training, you shouldn't run into problems with resources.
After hitting level 65, you might start making Pineapple Pizzas in the Mess Hall, which lies south of Great Kourend statue. To get there, you will need a 45% favor with Hosidius house. This activity is made without the use of resources, so if you were dropping your fishes on the ground during Fishing training, this would be the best leveling method for you. It yields experience similar to regular cooking methods.
Although the training methods for Ironman on this skill does not differ too much from the basic ones, you will have to gather resources on your own. Since Construction is a skill that requires the highest number of resources, you will spend most of the time gathering them rather than the training itself.
Early levels aren't required to be trained as you can buy a house and do Wintertodt minigame for Firemaking experience and a little bit of Construction progress. If you want to train by another method you can also find planks lying on the ground around Barbarian Outpost. It is the free method to get you started with the skill. From planks, you want to make Crude Wooden Chairs until you are around level 20. If you need nails, you can get them for a couple of coins at Sawmill.
Make sure to use Managing Miscellania to its fullest potential to get as much wood from it as possible. You can get from this minigame a daily portion of Willow logs, which can supplement your training, but it is not the most optimal wood to train on at higher levels of the skill. If you haven't stockpiled your Woodcutting gatherings in the bank, you will struggle a lot with Construction training to 99.
Whether you are training crafting through air orbs or you have found other way to train you can improve your experience per hour gains and you may also make money at faster pace by reading our Ironman Guides.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How do you make an Ironman OSRS?
To make an Ironman account, visit NPC Paul in Tutorial Island. After leaving this place, there will be no way to switch into an Ironman.
How do you get a Bucket of Sand in OSRS?
You can buy them at Port Phasmatys from NPC's at the docks.
How do you get Soda Ash in OSRS?
By cooking seaweeds, mining ash piles, killing Killerwatts, and buying them off charter ships.
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