Runescape Fletching Guide

Fletching can often be an interesting skill to work on in RuneScape, since you can make all sorts of different things with it. The skill can also be fun, as you’re not standing in the same place all the time. Instead, you can move around working on the skill, and usually you will be gaining experience toward other skills as well.

A Knife will come in handy for cutting logs into the kind of item that you want to make, and you can find one behind Bob’s Axe store in Lumbridge, upstairs in the Varrock General Store, or in the house just south of the Seer’s Village Pub. Once you have a Knife, you just need to use it with some logs to decide what item and how many of them you want to make. By right-clicking on the item in the menu, you can choose to either make 1, 5, 10 or ‘X’ of them.
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Fletching Arrows

To Fletch some arrows, you’ll first need to make Arrow Shafts out of regular logs. One set of logs will make 15 Shafts, giving a total of 5xp. Now you need to obtain some feathers, and then use them with the arrow shafts. Each arrow needs just 1 feather, and you earn 1xp per feather you add. To finish the arrow, you need to get some Arrow Heads of the metal you want, either by Smithing or buying them from the Archery Shop in Catherby, the Ranging Guild, or King Lathas’ Training Area. Use the heads with the arrows to finish them.

Arrows
Picture Arrow Fletching Level Fletching Experience (per set of logs)
Bronze 1 19.5
Iron 15 37.5
Steel 30 75
Mithril 45 112.5
Adamantite 60 150
Rune 75 187.5

Repairing Arrows

You can repair arrows with your Construction and fletching skills by using them with a repair bench in your house. You will receive 8 xp per arrow.

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Fletching Bows

To make a bow, first Fletch either a Short Bow or a Long Bow out of the wood you wish to make the bow from. Now pick some Flax from either the field south of Camelot Castle, or from the Gnome Stronghold. Use the flax with a Spinning Wheel to get a Bowstring. Spinning Wheels can be found in the southeast corner of the Gnome Stronghold, upstairs in the house southwest of the Seer’s Village bank, as well as in Lumbridge Castle, the Barbarian Village and Falador. Use the string with your Unstrung Bow to finish it.

Bows
Picture Bow Fletching Level Fletching Experience
Short Bow 5 10
Long Bow 10 20
Oak Short 20 33
Oak Long 25 50
Composite Ogre 30 90
Willow Short 35 66.6
Willow Long 40 83
Maple Short 50 100
Maple Long 55 116.6
Yew Short 65 137
Yew Long 70 150
Magic Short 80 166.6
Magic Long 85 183

It’s also worth noting that in the chart above, half of the experience comes from cutting logs into an unstrung bow, and the other half comes from stringing that bow.

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Fletching Crossbows

Using a combination of Smithing, Fletching, Crafting and Cooking, you’ll be able to make your own Crossbows. These objects are made out of both metal and wood (as well as a string), and so they require you to use these three skills to complete them.

First, use a knife with a set of logs to make a Crossbow Stock. Next, you need to make a set of Crossbow Limbs from metal. These can be made by using your Smithing skill. But remember, only certain kinds of metals will work with certain stocks.

Crossbow Stocks & Limbs
Picture Stock Picture Limbs
Wooden Bronze
Oak Blurite
Willow Iron
Teak Steel
Maple Mithril
Mahogany Adamant
Yew Rune

Once you have those pieces put together, you need to add a string to the crossbow (u) so that you can actually use it. This is fairly simple to do; first you need to cook some Bear Meat (or Beef) over a range, and choose to turn it into Sinew rather than making it into an edible piece of meat. Next, spin the Sinew on a Spinning Wheel (requires 10 Crafting) to make a Crossbow String.

Lastly, just use the Crossbow String with your unfinished Crossbow to complete it!

Crossbow Chart
Picture Crossbow Fletching Level Fletch Stock Experience Add Limbs Experience String Crossbow Experience Total Experience
Bronze 9 6 12 6 24
Blurite 24 16 32 16 64
Iron 39 22 44 22 88
Steel 46 27 54 27 108
Mithril 54 32 64 32 128
Adamant 61 41 82 41 164
Rune 69 50 100 50 200

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Other Items

You can also Fletch several kinds of Bolts, as well as Darts with your Fletching Skill. Usually these are not made to increase your Fletching level, as they give less experience and are more time-consuming to make.

Darts

To make a Dart, you’ll need to have already completed the Tourist Trap Quest. First Smith some dart Tips of the type of metal you want to make the dart from. Then just add a feather to each dart to complete them.

Darts
Picture Dart Fletching Level Fletching Experience (per dart)
Bronze 1 1.8
Iron 22 3.8
Steel 37 7.5
Mithril 52 11.2
Adamantite 67 15
Rune 81 18.8

Composite Bow & Brutal Arrows

First get an Axe, some Nails of your preferred type, a Hammer and a Knife. Now cut down an Achey Tree and use the Knife with the Logs and choose the arrow shaft option (Note: you will make 2-6 arrows per set of logs). Use 4 feathers on the arrow shafts and you’ll have some headless arrows. Next get your Hammer and Nails and use the nails on the headless arrows and you’ve made your Brutal Arrows.

Brutal Arrows
Picture Item Fletching Level Fletching Experience (per arrow)
Ogre Arrow 5 1
Bronze Brutal Arrow 7 1.4
Iron Brutal Arrow 18 2.6
Steel Brutal Arrow 33 5.1
Black Brutal Arrow 38 6.4
Mithril Brutal Arrow 49 7.5
Adamantite Brutal Arrow 62 10.1
Rune Brutal Arrow 77 12.5

Bolts

There are quite a few different kinds of bolts you can Fletch. Regular ones (such as Iron or Mithril) can be poisoned with Weapon Poison, which can poison your enemies.

To make a bolt, you need some Feathers and some Unfeathered Bolts. Feathers can be bought from any Fishing Shop (such as the ones in Port Sarim or Catherby), or obtained from Chickens. Unfeathered Bolts can be smithed out of various metals. Simply use the Feathers on the Unfeathered Bolts to make some complete Bolts for use with a Crossbow.

Crossbow Bolts
Picture Bolt Fletching Level Fletching Experience
Bronze 9 .5
Blurite 24 1
Iron 39 1.5
Silver 43 2.5
Steel 46 3.5
Mithril 54 5
Adamant 61 7
Rune 69 10

With bolts, there are two things worth noting. First, Blurite Bolts can only be made after completing the Knight’s Sword Quest. Secondly, Silver Bolts are actually Crafted with a Silver Bolt Mould and a Silver Bar, rather than Smithed.

You may also add Bolt Tips to your Bolts, which make them more powerful. Bolt Tips can be made from Pearls, Gems, Barbs and even a Mithril Grapple.

Opal - Mine for some Opals at Shilo Village, and then use a Chisel with them to make Opal Tips. Now just use these with some regular bolts.
Pearl - Obtain some Pearls by Fishing with a big net, and then chisel them into Pearl Tips. Use them with some regular bolts.
Barbed - Buy 30 Barbed Tips from the Ticket Merchant in the Ranging Guild for 140 Tickets. Use them with regular bolts.
Gem - Use a Chisel with a gem to cut it, and then use your chisel on it again to make bolt Tips.
“Tipped” Bolts
Original Bolt New Bolt Picture New Bolt Fletching Level Fletching Experience
Bronze Opal 11 1.6
Blurite Jade 26 2.4
Iron Pearl 41 3.2
Steel Red Topaz 48 3.9
Bronze Barbed 51 9.5
Mithril Sapphire 56 4.7
Mithril Emerald 58 5.5
Mithril Mithril Grapple 1 11
Adamant Ruby 63 6.3
Adamant Diamond 65 7
Rune Dragonstone 71 8.2
Rune Onyx 73 9.4

Any of the Gem-tipped bolts can be enchanted using your level 4 “Enchant Bolt” spell in your spellbook. There are all sorts of helpful effects that will give you an advantage in battle. See the “Crossbows & Bolts” section of the Ranging guide for more info about these enchantments.