Farming is one of those skills in Old School RuneScape where people just don’t know where to start. Luckily, this guide has you covered from your journey from 1-99. Not only will we cover the best ways in terms of earning experience, but we will also list alternative pathways. This includes options that are more cost-effective or possibly considered huge money-makers.
If you have never trained Farming before, the skill is actually really simple. You essentially have seeds that you can plant that will grow into crops: commonly used for Herblore (to produce potions) and Cooking (for high-healing food).
Many crops are profitable due to the time it takes to grow them. The output of the aforementioned crops are very profitable/in-demand for things such as potions. However, some yield from certain seeds just isn’t useful, because it isn’t in high demand in the economy. Usually, it will instead provide a lot of experience. The crops you choose to plant are your decision entirely, and will involve different routes, commonly referred to as ‘runs’ or ‘farm runs’. These runs can be taken as breaks from regular skilling training from other skills, like Agility, Mining, or Runecrafting for example.
Farming isn’t usually a skill that’s actively trained. It is difficult to do so because runs can only be repeated once you’re able to harvest the crop, which could take 90 minutes in real-life time. Unless you want to plant every type of crop in the game or do some minigames, you will usually be training the skill passively and in-between other activities. This does make the skill rather different compared to most in the game as most take the passive route.
Farm runs are not inherently difficult at all. They merely require some planning, so your run is optimal in terms of experience and time. The reason you have to plan is based on your account. If you’ve completed all diaries and quests, you can go to any herb patch and use optimal teleport methods. Otherwise, you have to plan around your limitations the best you can. Either that or work towards completion more quests and diaries. Being 100% optimal only will really give you marginal gains in most cases regardless.
No matter what skill you intend to train in OSRS, quests are a fantastic starting point. Farming is one of those skills that’s painfully slow at low levels, and long waiting times certainly don’t help. Hence, questing is highly recommended, to at least skip some of the lower levels. You certainly don’t have to complete every single quest that’s listed, but you should try to do as many as you can.
Completing Recipe for Disasters is eventually required for your Barrows gloves. Barrows gloves are something almost every Old School RuneScape wants, given they are highly useful for both PvP and PvM. The Goblin generals subquest will give you 1,000 experience and has no difficult requirements at all.
Completion of Fairytale Part 1 – Growing Pains is a very useful quest. You will get 3500 experience from this quest. This quest is extremely useful as this is how you unlock fairy rings.
You actually unlock fairy rings from Fairytale Part 2, although you can complete the first portion of the quest to get fairy rings. This first portion doesn’t have any level requirements. The only requirement is the completion of Fairytale Part 1. Thus, this is a quest you’re definitely going to have wanted to be completed regardless. You will need to complete Lost City which requires 31 Crafting and 36 Woodcutting but these are fairly easy to achieve. You will also need to fight level 100 monsters but this can be negated through the usage of prayer or safe spotting in both instances.
If you haven’t already completed X Marks the Spot, you can put 300 experience into farming. Client of Kourend can also give you up to 1,000 experience in farming.
Once you’re above the early levels, some quests will reward you more highly. At level 17 Farming and level 22 Cooking you can achieve an incredible 5,000 Farming experience from Forgettable Tale. At level 25 Farming, you can get another 5,000 experience from Garden of Tranquility which has no other requirements. My Arm’s Big Adventure requires 10 Woodcutting (this may take you a century to achieve) and 29 Farming, but requires 5,000 experience as well!
Once you reach 30 Farming, providing you have 20 quest points, 20 Firemaking and, 36 Crafting you can get 3,000 experience from Enlightened Journey.
Fairy rings are extremely important: they’ll allow you to navigate to multiple patches easily, so don’t skip on it.
At level 40 Farming, you can complete Rum Deal to receive 7,000 Farming experience. But this has quite a few requirements:
- 42 Crafting
- 50 Fishing
- 47 Prayer
- 42 Slayer
At level 45 Farming, you can complete Grim Tales for 4,000 experience, providing you also have:
- 52 Herblore
- 58 Thieving
- 59 Agility
- 71 Woodcutting
And you can get an incredible 20,000 experience out of the 13,000,000 you need for 99 from Song of the Elves. Though this quest has very high requirements:
- Agility at level 70
- Construction at level 70
- Herblore at level 70
- Hunter at level 70
- Mining at level 70
- Smithing at level 70
- Woodcutting at level 70
There are some other quests that will award more generic experience lamps, but Farming isn’t selectable for many of them. We already covered the two that are open to all levels, the next step for those quests require you to have above level 30 in the skill you want to receive the experience in. Honorable mentions are Architectural Alliance which will give 10,000 experience if you have above 40 Farming. One Small Favour will give you up to 20,000 experience for any skill above 30 and only requires 36 Agility, 25 Crafting, 18 Herblore and, 30 Smithing. The final Recipe for Disaster boss battle gives you 20k experience in any skill above 50 but has extensive requirements.
The only minigame available is this Tithe Farm. You will need 100% Hosidius favor to achieve this. From this minigame, you can earn the Farmer’s Outfit which grants bonus experience. Wearing the complete outfit will provide 2.5% bonus experience.
The favor in Hosidius is usually very easy to achieve. You don’t have to do optimal methods to reach 100% favor at the expense of taking about an hour longer. Just remember, you can only lock in favor at 100% for each house. If you start gaining favor in another house and haven’t locked in the previous house, you will begin to lose favor in the previous house. Plowing the fields and making saltpetre compost will actually provide a lot of bonus Farming experience whilst you’re earning your favor.
The experience you can gain from this minigame is surprisingly good, but it’s not passive at all. You need 34 Farming and 100% Hosidius favor to start the minigame, as we previously mentioned. At 34 Farming, you can use Golovanova seeds which at optimal efficiency will give you 28,000 experience per hour. Once you reach 54 Farming, you can now plant Bologano seeds, which will give you around 54,000-60,000 experience per hour. At level 74 Farming, you can now plant Logavano seeds, and you’ll receive 100,000 experience per hour.
Make no mistake however, this minigame will require your attention span. You will plant seeds, each time the plants grow (which is rapidly done and full growth takes about two minutes), you need to water the plant. If you don’t water it at a growth stage, as nature dictates, the plant will die. This will heavily penalize your experience per hour. Using the Graceful outfit and Humidify spell will significantly help you, and ensure to use fertilizer here. To make things easier, you can work with a limited selection of plants as you first start to learn the mechanics of the minigame.
You can only actually plant your seeds/crops at certain locations. These locations are varied based on the type of crop you want to plan. Further, you may be limited by teleportation or quest requirements. You will essentially plan your route based on the maximum number of patches you can easily have access to for your crop type. You certainly do not have to incorporate all patches, just do what you’d like to.
Patches for spirit trees:
- Etceteria patch. Use fairy ring code CIP or Miscellania teleport from a Ring of Wealth.
- Farming Guild. However, your Farming level must be above 85 or higher for the spirit tree patch access.
- West Hosidius patch. Use the Xeric’s talisman, Tithe Farm minigame or the skills necklace.
- Port Sarim: use Explorer’s ring, house teleport or Amulet of glory.
- Brimhaven. This one is harder to access. You can use the boat from Ardougne, Brimhaven house teleport through having your house located there or a redirected house teleport tablet.
Patches for fruit trees:
- Brimhaven, same as above. You could also try fairy ring BJR which is the fisher realm.
- Catherby, use a Camelot teleport tablet or Catherby teleport. Other alternatives include the usage of the gnome glider
- Tree Gnome Stronghold, widely accessible. You can use spirit trees or the royal seed pod. Slayer ring, balloon transport system, gnome gliders – all of these will work as well.
- Tree Gnome maze, use fairy ring code CIQ.
- Farming Guild also has a patch but you’ll also need 85 Farming for the fruit tree patches.
- Lletya requires completion of Song of the Elves, which gives you the teleport crystal. This is why the importance of quests is stressed. From the aforementioned to complete Song of the Elves you actually need both Regicide and Underground.
There are only two patches for cactuses which can be very profitable. Al Kharid and the Farming Guild. The Farming Guild can be accessed by the Skills necklace or fairy ring code CIR. Or use a spirit tree if you planted it.
General tree patches:
- Lumbridge Castle, which you can use the default Lumbridge teleport in your spellbook or tablet. The former can only be used every 30 minutes.
- Farming Guild: requires 65 Farming.
- Tree Gnome Stronghold. Gnome glider, balloon transport system, slayer ring, spirit tree are all acceptable.
- Falador park has a patch. Use either a Falador teleport or Ring of wealth for direct access.
- Taverley, use a Games necklace. Combat bracelet to Warrior’s Guild. Or use the balloon transport system.
- Varrock Castle patch can be access by the ring of wealth to the Grand Exchange, spirit tree to Grand Exchange or just a Varrock teleport to the center of Varrock.
Patches for herbs, flowers & allotments:
- South of Falador has 1 herb, 1 flower, and 2 allotment patches. Use a Falador teleport, Ring of Wealth, Spirit Tree or glory teleport.
- Farming Guild. Easy access, 2 allotment patches and 1 herb patch. Remember, you need 45 Farming and 60% Hosidius favor.
- Prifddinas. 2 allotment patches, 1 flower patch. Use teleport crystal.
- Hosidius patch. Requires 50% favor with the house. Gives you 2 allotment patches, 1 herb patch, and 1 flower patch. Xeric’s talisman, Tithe Farm (minigame teleport) or Skills necklace are fine.
- Ardougne patch. 2 allotment patches, 1 flower patch, 1 herb patch. Fishing guild teleport through skills necklace. Combat bracelet to Ranging guild. Or just an Ardougne teleport tablet. BLR fairy ring code.
- Port Phasmatys, similar to the 2:1:1 standard. Use fairy ring code ALQ or the Ectophial.
- If you’ve completed Making Friends with my Arm, use Icy basalt or fairy ring code DKS to access a herb-only patch at Weiss.
- Contingent on completion of My Arm’s Big Adventure, you can access another herb-only patch at the Troll Stronghold. Use a Trollheim teleport or the Stony basalt.
- Harmony Island has another herb patch if you’ve completed the Elite Mortanyia diary. Not easy by any means!
First of all, ensure you have at least completed all the quests you can. However, our aim is to provide a comprehensive guide, so we will cover you from level 1 onwards.
Before we start looking into experience runs, it is important you understand basic principles about Farming. Do not wait for your crops to fully grow, standing next to the crop for hours. Yes – it can become diseased. Use super compost and magic secateurs, which you will receive from the Lost City/Fairytale Part 1 recommendation we gave you earlier. This will reduce the risk of disease. You also only need to wear the farming outfit when you’re gathering crops (and receiving experience). Thus, in some cases like with Tithe minigame, you can carry an outfit switch. This is because the Graceful outfit is far more useful overall with the run energy, and Farming typically involves a lot of running about!
The lunar spellbook is incredibly useful for farming. For example, there’s a spell named ‘Cure Plant’ that will allow you to revive a diseased plant which is otherwise useless. This only requires 1 astral rune and 8 earth runes, which can easily be carried in your rune pouch. Humidify will mean you don’t need watering cans, instead 1 astral rune, 1 fire rune and 3 water runes per cast. If for whatever reason you don’t want to carry super compost, you can also use ‘fertile soil’ to achieve the same effect as super compost. Note that’s far more expensive: requiring 2 nature runes, 3 astral runes, and 15 earth runes.
Geomancy is also extremely useful, which allows you to check the status of your plants/crops/herbs/trees across the entire of Gielinor. Otherwise, you’d manually have to travel to the location, which can be a pain if you planted some stuff weeks ago and forgot about it. It requires only 3 nature runes, 3 astral runes, and 8 earth runes.
Here’s our recommended route for experience. This will start from level 1 but it is faster if you do some quests to boost up initially.
- Plant potato seeds from level 1-5.
- Onion seeds from 5-12.
- Tomato seeds from 12-15.
- Acorn trees from 15-30. This will charge you roughly 2 GP per experience point.
- Willow trees from 30-45. Costs around 4 GP per experience point.
- From 45-60, plant Maple trees. Costs around 9 GP per experience point. You could instead plant curry or pineapple trees for 1 GP/XP but will involve more frequent checking.
- From 60-75, Yew trees are at a premium of 12 GP/XP. Papaya or Palm trees are cheaper alternatives.
- From 75-99, the fastest way is simply magic trees. You will be charged around 12 GP per experience point, though. This could be worth it if you combine with other farming moneymaking methods.
Money making runs
Honestly, the best money making runs to do are herb runs. Using the profit from herb runs, it can be reinvested into planting more experience trees for profit. Herb runs can be done every few hours and you’ll make millions per day.
You can also choose to humidify saplings, but this gives 0 farming experience. You will make millions but gain only around 1,000 experience per hour in Magic. The Grand Exchange will have buying limits. To cast Humidify, you do need access to the Lunar Spellbook. This requires the completion of Dream Mentor which requires 85 combat at least. You could do this method twice a day with the GE limits in mind and reinvest the money earnt, especially if you can’t do bossing yet.
A snapdragon or ranarr herb run will only give you around 5,000 experience but takes only 5 minutes and is repeatable only every few hours. You will easily gain around 200,000 GP per each run and there are many different profitable herbs, but we’d recommend sticking with snapdragon and ranarr. The exact waiting period would be 90 minutes for both of these, so you’ll make 400,000 gold you can reinvest into buying tree seeds. Ranarr only requires 32 Farming and Snapdragon requires 62 Farming.
We really hope this guide has been helpful for you! Do take advantage of everything you can, from quests to things that are newer to the game, such as the Farming Guild.