Playing Old School RuneScape as a free-to-play player, it can be difficult to generate the much-needed gold to fund your gameplay. What is more is many of the guides on the internet have misleading information for free-to-play (F2P) players. Many guides assume rates using the pay-to-play meta, such as teleports and close banking locations, which are not actually accessible for F2P.
In this guide, we aim to offer you a comprehensive overview of the top 10 OSRS F2P money making methods. This will be based on a variety of factors (requirements, intensiveness, market demand etc), all of which will be assessed in each method. This guide will be applicable whether it’s your main account or simply a moneymaking alternate account. Without further ado, let’s get right into the guide!
1. Mining Iron Ore
The first OSRS F2P money making method we will be listing is the iconic method of mining iron ore. Mining iron ore is one of the best money-makers for a free-to-play player. Not only will you gain a vast amount of gold, but you will also gain around 20,000 experience in mining per hour.
To do this method, you will need a rune pickaxe for maximum efficiency, with at least level 40 mining. The best locations are Varrock East and Varrock West, however, this may be crowded with bots on many worlds (dependent on time of day). To combat this, you can visit the Al Kharid mine, despite the higher walking distance to the bank.
The more you do this method, the more you will make, as you will be better at mining (with higher levels). Switching to other ores are possible but can be troublesome due to banking locations. As you are walking with lots of weight, this is a considerable strain on your hour and reduces profitability. Runite Ore is far better but requires 85 mining – something most players do not have. The time investment to 85 mining far surpasses simply mining Iron Ore and getting your all wanted bond.
2. Telegrabbing Wines of Zamorak
By grabbing Wines of Zamorak, you can gain around 2,000 gold per each wine. You can accomplish this by using the ‘Telekinetic grab’ spell, which merely requires 33 magic. There are two locations you can do this money-maker at. At the Asgarnia Chaos Temple, north of Falador, you can
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3. Killing Ogress Shamans
Estimated profit: 50-100k gold per hour
Ogress Shamans are relatively new monsters in Old School RuneScape. They are relatively unknown as a money-maker in free-to-play. However, they have excellent drops, such as gems, Rune helms, Rune battle-axes,
The ogresses will only attack you with magic. As long as you are five squares away, their magic attacks will not reach you, so you can safe spot them. In addition, they have half the ranged defense compared to magic defense. Using range is recommended, and you will also level your range, and have fun actually being able to kill monsters which is more gratifying than mining rocks. The cost of arrows will limit your profitability, but you can expect to make at least 50k per hour and 100k if you receive good drops, all whilst levelling your range.
You must complete the quest The Corsair Curse to access the caves required.
4. Collecting anti-dragon shields
Estimated profit: 90k gold per hour
Buying anti-dragon shields from Oziach in Edgeville is a very simple and unique OSRS F2p money making method. He sells each shield for 30-35 GP each, and they sell for around 75 GP each (on the GE). Ensure that you walk back rather than run back to the bank, to conserve run energy, as you have a large weight burden on the bank route. You can use energy potions if you want, but the added shields don’t outweigh the costs of the energy potions.
The downsides to this method is that you will not gain any skilling experience and that you must complete Dragon Slayer. That means, essentially, you will need to complete all free-to-play quests. Perfectly acceptable and a great goal for a main account, but not so much for an alt. In addition, the demand for these shields can sometimes exceed the supply, so you may have to wait on the Grand Exchange to complete selling all your stock over a few hours.
5. Making anchovy pizzas
Making these pizzas are very simple. Use plain pizzas on cooked anchovies. You will require level 55 Cooking, this may sound high, but cooking is one of the easiest to level skills in the game. It is considerably faster than most skills. In addition, the market has a high demand for anchovy pizzas, because they are the highest healing food in free-to-play. Hence, they are used highly in Player Killing and have a high market demand.
With that said, you may require 100,000 gold per hour to invest in supplies. In addition, the method may be saturated at the time you do it, due to how popular it is. On top of this, there may be imposed buy limits, which means you can only do this for a few hours before running out of supplies.
6. Other methods
Estimated profit per hour: none
This consists of alternative methods, such as PKing (player killing) and merchanting. Merchanting is buying items cheaply and selling them at their real value or even higher. This can work very well for cosmetic items. Player killing is going into the wilderness and killing players for their loot and gear.
However, while you can make millions per hour just from these methods, you can also end up losing money rather than making money. They do have a significant learning curve and risk. High-risk, high- reward.
7. Cutting yew logs
Cutting yew logs is a very AFK activity, with low intensity. The best locations is Varrock Palace, and the Corsair Carve Resource Area (requires completion of Dragon Slayer). You will need 60 woodcutting and a rune axe.
You will gain plenty of woodcutting experience, and it is very relaxing (non-intense) compared to other methods. The trade-off is gold per hour.
8. Crafting Gold J
Estimated profit: 100k per hour
Crafting as a skill can make you a handsome sum of money. A lot of the market rates are constantly changing, so ensure to do your research. Additionally, what you are crafting is entirely dependent on your level, and how much you care about profit versus experience. You will gain crafting experience regardless, so it is a great moneymaker that gains you levels as you work towards your bond.
The best location to craft gold jewellery at is at the Al Kharid furnace. Ensure you toggle your run energy when walking with the gold bars and gems, as that is when your character will be the heaviest.
9. Falador Shield Shop and other shops
Cassie’s shield shop, on the upper floor, sells wooden shields from 20-22 coins. She stocks five shields. Hopping worlds is necessary. Each wooden shield can sell at 140 GP, or more commonly at 100 GP.
You can use this method to make a lot of money if not a lot of people are doing this method. If it is saturated, then you may have issues. However, you can experiment with various shops around the limited free-to-play map. You can often buy various items from various shops for cheap and sell it highly on the Grand Exchange, regardless of the exchange price.
10. Telegrabbing Nature Runes
Estimated profit: 300k per hour
For every two law runes you grab, you get seven nature runes. Hence, this is one of the highest profit moneymakers in OSRS for F2P players. However, this can only be done in level 40 wilderness, which is why this method isn’t commonly used. In addition, you will have to switch worlds frequently, which further increases your risk. The best way to do this method is to know how to escape from PKers efficiently or be prepared to fight. Alternatively, you could also build an account heavy on defense to tank and allow escapes at your own pace. Be careful of any pure accounts that come to attack you.
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