OSRS Farming Guide | 1-99 Farming | Most Efficient Methods
Posted 9 months ago
So I heard you want to get 99 farming?
If you are either a newbie or a skilled player, you are definitely going to be overwhelmed when looking for guides on how to farm and most importantly, how to get from level 1 to 99 Farming.
There are plenty of different methods, combinations of methods, variations to those methods, variations of the combinations of methods… Yes, there are definitely too many different ways to go here.
With so many different methods and whatnot, this farming guide will attempt to curate the most important information, and provide you with the best methods to get from level 1 to 99.
But in the end, it will always remain up to you to decide what to do and what suits your style in gaming. You are here to have fun, not to follow the rules. So go ahead and be a rebel. Get 99 farming doing just herb runs, if that's your thing.
The items you need.
Removing weeds from patch
Clearing dead crops and harvesting crops.
Used for watering plants
Filling pots with soil.
Used to cut away diseased branches.
Grow tree seed sapplings in these.
The best place to get your farming equipment – Sarah’s Farming Shop in Falador
Some of these other, most useful items and spells include:
- Urns (they give you additional farming experience while training, so you’ll definitely want these)
- compost/supercompost (these are used on a Farming patch before you plant a crop, and they increase your harvest amount. Supercompost is naturally better. You can alternatively use the Fertile Soil spell if you are on the lunar spellbook)
- Amulet of Glory (it provides several bonuses, but the most important thing is that it offers useful teleports)
- Magic secateurs (you can get them from Fairy Tale 1 quest, I’ll talk more about quests later on. The magic secateurs increase the yield of allotments, herbs, hops and grape vines by 10%, which is more than useful in the long run)
- Amulet of bounty (it gives you a 25% chance to save your seeds when planting them in allotment patches)
- Farmer’s outfit (it’s important to get the full set in order to receive the biggest boost and besides, the outfit is easy and cheap to obtain. The full set gives you a 2.5% exp boost for every farming action)
- A bunch of teleportation items (you should check up on them on wiki as there are several of them and I can’t put all of them here)
The Beginning. (Levels 1-15)
What To Plant
XP Per Seed
Where To Plant
South of Falador
Falador Teleport / Amulet of Glory
West of Port Phasmatys
Ectophial / Fairy Ring (ALQ)
North of Catherby
Camelot Teleport / Fairy Ring (BLR)
North Of Ardougne
At the very start, one of the best things to do (according to most) is planting seeds on allotment patches. The process here is unfortunately repetitive and slow, but that’s farming for you! The best crops to plant are potatoes, cabbages, onions, and tomatoes, all of which award certain amount of exp. However, it’s much better to stick to potatoes up to level 5, then from level 5 to 15, you should only use onions, which award you the most exp during these levels.
Furthermore, it’s always a good idea to hire a local farmer to protect your crops. If you don’t, you’ll have to keep coming back to check up on them so they don’t die.
There are 5 main allotments (South of Falador, West of Port Phasmatys, Southeast corner of Great Kourend, North of Catherby, and North of Ardougne) and an additional one on Harmony Island for which you can only gain access after finishing the Great Brain Robbery quest. This place has a leprechaun store but there are no farmers to take care of your crops.
Speaking of leprechauns, it’s always useful to have one with you as they are very practical for storing Farming tools, so you don’t have to fear filling up your inventory. They usually hang around any of the standard Farming patches. You can also use them to exchange your harvested items for money.
Taking care of your crops
The most important thing in farming is taking good care of your crops. They can easily die if you don’t and then you’ll just have wasted your time on nothing. Like I previously said, local farmers are basically a must if you want to make sure your crops are always protected.
In addition, crops can also get diseases which, if not treated, will also result in the death of your crops. If they get diseased you should use a cure potion (always stock up on these just in case) or a cure plant spell (requires 66 Magic and lunars).
Even if your crops end up dead for one way or another, you can always use the resurrect crops spell to bring them back. However, you need 78 Magic and Arcuess spellbook.
You should also always have the Geomancy spell in mind. It’s quite a useful one as it allows you to keep track of your plants and check their current status. This way you’ll always know if your crops are done growing and if they are dead. It will also show you whether or not you’re protecting all of your crops with the local farmer. When you cast the spell, a window opens up in which you can see the status of crops. You can leave the window open if you want and it will keep showing the current status, so you don’t have to keep casting the spell all the time.
This is an example of the window that pops up when you use the Geomancy spell. Neat and useful as everything is in one pace.
Farming quests as an alternative to planting crops (levels 1-38)
Recipe for Disaster (Freeing the Goblin generals)
Fairytale I - Growing Pains
Forgettable Tale of a Drunken Dwarf
Garden of Tranquillity
My Arm's Big Adventure
In these beginner levels, you can simply keep on raking weeds like crazy in order to earn exp, but this will take you a lot of time to pass these levels. It’s much better to do quests that give you Farming experience and keep on farming later on bigger levels when the rewards are greater. Besides, quests are more fun than farming. There are several of these quests and it’s actually possible to get to level 38 just by doing them and nothing else.
Many of these quests will also give you some interesting and useful items that will help you with the Farming skill. For example, the Fairy Tale 1 quest will reward you Magic secateurs, which I previously mentioned.
If you finish this quest, then you can go do the Forgettable Tale of a Drunken Dwarf, then the Garden of Tranquility quest, and My Arm’s Big Adventure in the end. Why? Because ONLY with these 4 quests you will net a total of 18,500 exp which is equivalent to level 33. Yeap, that much.
Several other quests will allow you easy transportation to many of the allotment locations and other important places for the Farming skill in general. You should take a look at OSRS wiki for more information on all of these quests.
Tithe Farm mini-game (whenever you want, in order to get additional exp quickly)
Besides the quests and regular farming, you have an interesting mini-game that can help you a lot in gaining all that necessary exp. The mini-game called the Tithe Farm can be found in the Hosidius House in Great Kourend and it’s a great way to gain a lot of exp in very little time. It’s best to play the game during the time your plants are growing, so you can maximize your efforts of gaining exp and not waste time. But remember, you can’t leave the mini-game before depositing the produce you harvested, or your progress will be lost. The game is also safe, meaning you won’t lose anything if you die there. You will lose items if you drop them though, so avoid doing that.
In order to get access to this mini-game, you need to have 100% favor with the Hosidius house. Also, it’s located on the eastern side of this house.
A tip: bring lots of watering cans for this game as you’ll need a lot if you plan to play the game for a long time. Naturally, you need to have a spade and a seed dibber as well, as this is, in essence, just like any other type of farming.
All the plants in the Tithe farm mini-game take significantly less time to grow fully than regular crops do, so you have to be quick and efficient in order to get as many exp points as possible
Never forget to get the maximum of 100 fruits per each individual instance of playing, because if you leave after depositing less, you won’t get any points for playing, and very little experience as well. And you’re playing it for the exp, right?
For the advanced levels, you will need to start doing tree and herb runs in order to get more exp. This part (just like regular farming at allotments) is an integral part of gaining Farming levels, and it’s equally simple and easy. However, it’s slow.
The tree runs are the slowest but they give you the most exp. Most trees take 8 hours to grow fully, so you will be able to do other things (quests, or even better the mini-game I just talked about) in order to use this time efficiently. Of course, you can also just stop playing the game during that time, the trees will still blossom.
The herb runs take much less time so you should definitely do those as well, at least during the time the trees are growing as all trees take a lot of time to fully grow.
Naturally, there’s nothing complicated here, you only need to use farming tools and all that stuff we already covered, plant the seeds, wait for them to grow, harvest them, and then replant. Simple as that and it awards a bunch of Farming experience. But before you rush with assumptions, you can’t do just the runs because it will take you forever to get to 99. You have to combine everything we covered in order to get to the highest level in as little time as possible.
However, you certainly have to do a lot of these runs, so you’ll need some specific crops for that. After careful examination, I found the best ones to use for specific levels during which these specific crops yield you the most exp possible. All of these crops are actually trees, so you’ll have a lot of free time while you wait for them to grow. During that time if you decide to do everything I already told you (the quests, mini-game, herb runs), you’ll get to 99 in no time.
Here are the trees you should use from level 15-99:
Level 15-30: Oak Trees
You should stick to just Oak Trees as they give the most exp during these levels.
Level 30-45: Willow Trees & Various Fruit Trees
You need to start doing fruit tree runs now.
From 30-33: Apple trees then,
From 33-39: Banana Trees,
From 39-42: Orange Trees,
From 42-45 with Curry Trees.
Level 45-60: Maple Trees & Various Fruit Trees
From 45-50: Curry Trees,
From 51-57: Pineapple Trees,
From 57-60: Papaya Trees.
Levels 60-75: Yew Trees & Various Fruit Trees
From 60-80: Papaya Trees,
From 68-75: Palm Trees.
Levels 75-99: Magic Trees & Palm Trees
You're now at the home stretch. No other trees give more exp than these two. Just keep doing magic and palm tree runs until you reach level 99.