Old School Runescape (OSRS) - Money Making Guide

by Menka Dimitrovska, Gaming Columnist

Published in Gaming on 30th April, 2018

About RuneScape

RuneScape is a MMORPG developed by Jagex and released in 2001. Originally, RuneScape was a browser game built using Java, but in 2016 it was replaced by C++-coded client.

The game holds the Guinness World Record for the world's most-updated and largest free MMORPG. Since its release, 200 million accounts have been created.

Old School RuneScape (or 2007scape) is the creator's official term used for a version of RuneScape introduced from a backup of the original game's source code.

The game is very similar to RuneScape Classic, and can be played with the same account you have for the main version of the game, but your items, stats and quests are non-transferable.

RuneScape Classic and Old School RuneScape will also be available for mobile devices sometime soon, so we can all look forward to that as well. Another great thing about Old School RuneScape is that it's controlled by the community and is truly what people want it to be.


The game takes place in a medieval fantasy world, separated into different cities, kingdoms and regions. Players are allowed to travel across the world by foot, using spells or by ship.

Each place has its own monsters and quests to conquer.

You can interact with other players through chat, trading or other activities and mini-quests, and you can also fight monsters on your own, as well as complete different quests.


The game begins in a secluded area, where you're given a tutorial and are able to learn the basics of the game. You can also visit advisors and tutors located across the game, and you can learn new skills from them.

You can set your own objectives and goals, train your skills, engage in combat and complete quests.

You also get experience points with each skill you use and can level up if you gain enough points. There are 23 skills available in Old School RuneScape, all of which are available at level 1, except for one, which is not available till level 10. 8 of those 23 are only available to members.

How to Make Money in Old School Runescape

Moneymaking is the most important part of Old School Runescape. You need to make money in order to buy new gear and items, and level up.

There are numerous ways you can do that, but the trick is to make the most money and use the most time-effective method to do so.

The most effective methods you can use to make money are available to members only, although there are free-to-play methods as well, but they'll always make you less money.

If you're new to the game, or even if you just started playing yesterday, there are still ways and tactics you can use to increase your wealth.

make money in old school runescape

You may feel a bit overwhelmed at first with the number of skill you can use, and lands and kingdoms to explore, but you'll soon be able to get on the right path to the riches.

Although there might be a lot of ways you've heard of that can make you money in Old School Runescape, what I've done is narrowed your search down to one list, so that you don't have to go through tons of YouTube videos and Reddit forums to get to the right information.

These few methods featured today are used by experienced Runescape veterans to make millions of gp daily.

Let's see what some of those ways are.

1. The Big Three

The three primary and most used skills to make money on Old School Runescape are: Mining, Woodcutting and Fishing.

Members have access to a few more money-making skills, like Hunting, Thieving and high-level Runecrafting. Some of these require no startup costs and supplies and are ideal to start out with.

Let's get back to the F2P options for a second. Mining, Woodcutting and Fishing are all skills you can acquire over time and can make you some extra money, especially if you know how to pick the best spots.

For example, you can make around 450k/h mining runite ore, but you'll need 85 mining for this method. You will need a lot of time to get to this level, so in the meantime, it would be best to spend your time on farming and fishing to get enough money to get a membership and then be able to make more money in the member's world.

2. Farming Ankous

food with you, as well as have your strength, attack and defense levels on 60+.

You can make around 100k/h from the noted blood runes, death runes and other items.

3. Crafting a Gold Amulet

This method requires 8 crafting, and Amulet Mould and as many gold bars as you can get. You need to go to the bank first, withdraw 27 gold bars, go to the furnace (the best furnace is in Al Kharid) and you can get around 25 gp per bar. The best way to get to the furnace is by walking, so that you can conserve as much energy as you can, which is pretty important in F2P.

crafting a gold amulet

4. Crafting a Sapphire Ring

This method requires 20 crafting and a ring mould. Once again the best furnace to go to would be the one in Al Kharid. The steps are pretty much the same as in the previous method. You go to the bank, withdraw 12 gold bars, a ring mould and 13 sapphires and walk to the furnace where you make your sapphire ring. You can then sell it for the current prices and make some extra profits.

5. Making Iron Bars

You need 15 Smithing (a production skill that allows you to make metal items) and a lot of iron ore to make money from this method. You need to withdraw your entire iron inventory from the bank. You'll be running from the furnace and back and using your inventory to make iron bars. Some trips will be more profitable than others, but you should expect a descent profit.

6. Tanning Blue Dragonhide

Once you become a member, you'll be able to make more money without any requirements. One of those ways is to tan blue dragonhide with no skills whatsoever, and still be able to make more than you would as a F2P player with 85 mining.

Here's the process for tanning blue dragonhide:

  • Go to the grand exchange and get as many blue dragonhides for a lower price
  • Get as many as you can afford
  • Put them in your bank
  • Visit Al-Kharid bank
  • Equip a blue dragonhides inventory
  • Go north to Ellis, right next to the furnace building
  • Trade with him and pay him to tan your blue dragonhide
  • Repeat the process and go back to the Grand Exchange so that you can sell the leather from your blue dragon and earn a profit.

7. Cutting Oak Trees

This money making way requires only 15 Woodcutting. The best place to cut oak is east of Draynor Village Bank, and west of Varroc. Oak trees are always in demand, although the profit varies a lot.

cutting oak trees

8. Cooking Trout

You can make your own fire and the best place to do so would be by the bank, so that you can easily run to and from it and be able to buy and sell your fish fast. You only need 15 Cooking to cook the trout, and when you reach level 50 Cooking, you will stop burning it as well.

9. Growing Magic Saplings

The most profitable way of making money in OSRS right now is growing magic saplings. What you'll require for this method in 75 farming and 68 magic.

First, you need to get a Gardening Trowel, a Steam battlestaff and 68 Astral Runes. With the rest of your money, you'll need to get an equal number of filled plant pots and magic seeds.

The lest requirement would be to have completed the Lunar Spellbook and Dream Mentor quest.

growing magic saplings

Once you make sure you have all the requirements, you can start following these steps:

  • Make sure you have your Astral Runes and gardening trowel
  • Fill in the other spaces in your inventory with an equal number of Filled Plant Pots and Magic seeds
  • Create a seedling by clicking on a Magic seed and then on the Filled Plant Pot.
  • Repeat for all seeds.
  • You'll need the Humidify spell for the seedlings.
  • Put all of them in the bank. They'll become saplings there.
  • Repeat the whole process.
  • You can then sell the saplings on the Grand Exchange and start the whole process again using new Filled Plant Pots and Magic Seeds

10. Looting Supplies

If you're new to RuneScape, it might be more difficult for you to make money with the skills that you have. However, there is one efficient way to get some supplies and that's by looting. Looting is taking what's left from other players after combat. You can find a lot of supplies that way, you just need to check high traffic areas where there's a higher chance to find some supplies, armor or a weapon, left behind by a fallen foe.

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