OSRS Farming Guide
Oct 18, 2021
Farming is one of the most hated skills in Oldschool RuneScape, mostly due to the confusing nature of some of the mechanisms of the skill. Additionally, there are a small amount of benefits of having a high Farming level (compared to other skills in the game), and finally, training the skill in a fast or ‘efficient’ manner is prohibitively expensive for many players. The fastest (and recommended) method of achieving Level 99 Farming is via planting Magic Trees, which at present costs almost 200M GP to go the entire way. If you don’t have this amount of gold then that’s no problem! We sell the cheapest gold on our website!
Why should you train your Farming skill in Oldschool Runescape?
Reasons for training Farming in OSRS are somewhat limited. Many players will level the Farming skill solely for the additional total levels and overall XP that it provides. Many players would consider Farming to be a ‘buyable’ skill, alongside the likes of Construction, Crafting, Herblore, Fletching and others. Unfortunately, the reasons for levelling the Farming skill are not very compelling in comparison to many other skills in the game.
Unfortunately, one of the main reasons players decide to train Farming at all is due to the fact that several quests have a Farming Level requirement before they are able to start the quest. The most notable mentions of this are the Fairy Tale Part II quest, which requires a Farming Level of 49. Partial completion of this quest will unlock the Fairy Ring transportation method, which is extremely useful and considered essential by many players.
Other worthy mentions are the Enlightened Journey quest (Level 30 Farming required) which unlocks the Balloon transportation method, which is slightly less useful than Fairy Rings. Finally, Level 29 Farming allows the player to complete My Arm’s Big Adventure, which unlocks the disease-free herb patch in Trollheim, a useful perk that we’ll discuss later.
A recent addition to OSRS is the introduction of the Farming Guild. Level 45 Farming is required to enter the guild, alongside 60% Hosidius House favour. Additionally, players will have access to Farming Contracts, with the Beginner Tier being unlocked at Level 45, the Intermediate Tier being unlocked at Level 65, and the Advanced Tier being unlocked at Level 85.
Herb runs are a popular method of making some gold semi-passively whilst playing the game. I’ll cover Herb Runs in detail further on in the guide, but essentially by having a higher Farming Level, you are able to plant higher level herb seeds, which are often more profitable than lower level seeds. Seeds such as Ranarr Seeds, Snapdragon Seeds and Torstol Seeds are among the most profitable to plant historically.
The Basics Of Farming
Before planting anything, it is useful to understand how the Farming process works within OSRS. The mechanics behind growth cycles are complicated to explain, but the basic gist is this: each type of seed has a built-in ‘grow time’, after which the patch will be ready to harvest. Notable grow times are as follows:
Allotment Seeds - 40/50/60/70 Minutes for a full cycle, depending on the level of the seed
All Herb Seeds - 80 Minutes for a full cycle
Maple Tree Seeds - 5 Hours 20 Minutes for a full cycle
Yew Tree Seeds - 6 Hours 40 Minutes for a full cycle
Magic Tree Seeds - 8 Hours for a full cycle
You’ll need to take a Rake, Spade and Seed Dibber on every Farming run that you undertake. The Rake is used to clear empty patches of the weeds that will grow over time if the patch is left uninhabited. The spade is used to clear dead crops, and also to harvest crops that are fully grown. The Seed Dibber is required for planting seeds in a patch.
You’ll also want to take a Watering Can with you if you’re growing within allotment, flower or hop patches. A Watering Can is also required to grow a tree sapling, which is a tree seed planted in a plant pot.
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In Old School RuneScape (OSRS), farming experience can be gained through various methods, including planting and harvesting crops, herbs, and trees. To achieve the fastest farming experience (XP) rates in OSRS, you can focus on a combination of the following methods:
Tree Runs: Tree runs are one of the most efficient ways to gain farming XP. You can plant and harvest various types of trees, including fruit trees, hardwood trees, and regular trees. Make sure to use Ultracompost on all your patches to maximize yield and XP.
Herb Runs: Growing herbs like ranarr, toadflax, and snapdragon can provide excellent farming XP. These herbs are highly profitable as well. Use Ultracompost on herb patches for increased yield.
Allotment and Flower Patches: Planting sweetcorn and limpwurt roots in allotment patches can be an efficient way to gain XP. Additionally, you can plant flowers like marigolds and nasturtiums in flower patches for additional XP.
Fruit Tree Runs: Planting and harvesting fruit trees like papaya and palm trees can provide a significant amount of XP. These trees have longer growth times but yield high XP when harvested.
Special Patches: Utilize special patches like the Hespori patch and the Cactus patch in the Al Kharid desert. These patches provide good XP and can be done alongside other farming activities.
Tithe Farm: Tithe Farm in Hosidius is a mini-game that offers farming XP and a chance to earn the Farmer's outfit, which boosts XP gains. It's a relatively quick way to gain farming XP but requires 34% Hosidius favor to access.
Birdhouse Runs: Birdhouse runs can provide passive farming XP. Make birdhouses and place them in various locations. Fill them with seeds and return to collect the loot periodically.
Farming Contracts: Completing farming contracts assigned by the Farming Guild is a great way to gain XP and receive various rewards. Higher-level contracts offer better XP rates.
Farm Runs Efficiency: To maximize XP gains, perform farm runs efficiently by using teleports like the Ardougne cloak, Explorer's ring, and teleportation jewelry to quickly access farming patches.
Experience Boosts: Use items like the Farming cape and the Magic secateurs for XP boosts. The outfit from the Tithe Farm can also help boost XP rates.
Remember that efficient timing and organization are crucial to maximizing farming XP. Plan your runs to minimize downtime, use compost on all patches, and try to incorporate as many different types of crops as possible to keep your experience rates consistently high. Additionally, keep an eye on updates and changes to the game, as XP rates and methods can be adjusted over time.