OSRS Hunter Guide

21.11.2022 - 12:36:20
Game Guides , Runescape

OSRS Hunter Guide

What is Hunter?

Hunter is a gathering skill that allows you to catch various creatures all around Old School Runescape.

Why Should You Train Hunter?

Hunter can be a great way to make consistent money without the need of killing monsters. Some creatures that you can catch using this skill will always have a stable high value on the grand exchange. Also if you are lucky, you can bump into high level implings all over runescape which can strike you rich in an instant or at the very least provide a free few hundred k’s. You will definitely bump into these if you play the game consistently and you will be missing out when it happens if you don’t have the required hunter level to catch them. Also some high level quests that provide many different benefits to one's account have hunter skill requirements. These quests are:

  • Cold War - Hunter Level 10
  • The Ascent of Arceuus - Hunter Level 12
  • Eagles’ Peak - Hunter Level 27
  • Monkey Madness 2 - Hunter Level 60
  • Song of the Elves - Hunter Level 70

Even if you don’t want to train your hunter up to 99 it’s still highly recommended that you train it up to 70 to complete Song of the Elves which unlocks a huge new area.

Lastly, to complete all the achievement diaries in the game you will need at least 69 Hunter.


Hunter Guide

This guide will consist of 3 parts, these are;

  • Most efficient route to get 99.
  • Money making method to 99.
  • Afk/semi afk method to 99.

Depending on your goal feel free to pick any one of these. It’s also recommended to wear any weight reducing outfit you have during these methods.


  1. Varrock Museum

To start off your hunter grind, head to the Varrock museum and climb down stairs to the basement. In the basement talk to the npc named Orlando Smith to start the “Natural History Quiz” minigame. Once started, head over to every glass display in the basement and answer the questions. To do this as quickly as possible, download and use runelite as it will highlight the correct answer for each one. After you complete the quiz, you will be rewarded with exp that will boost you to level 9 immediately. At this point you should complete the quest “Bone Voyage” and unlock Fossil Island to start doing bird house runs. ( More details on this, on the “Afk/Semi-Afk Methods” part. )

  1. Fastest Exp

Levels 9 - 12: After reaching level 9, you have 2 options: the fastest regular method is to catch Copper longtails till you hit level 12. However if you have completed Bone Voyage you can set up wooden birdhouses to reach that level.

Levels 12 - 29: After reaching level 12 buy some hunter potions, stamina potions and butterfly jars. After that head over to Piscatoris hunter area and start catching ruby butterflies. ( Ruby butterflies require 15 hunter to catch, that’s why we need hunter potions. ) At level 15 hunter you can complete Ascent of Arceuus quest if you want to. This will yield 1500 hunter exp. At level 27 hunter you must complete Eagles’ peak quest which will reward you 2500 hunter exp as well as the ability to use box traps which you will need later on.

Levels 29 - 43: Buy yourself some small fishing nets and ropes and head over to Morytania swamp to catch green swamp lizards.

Levels 43 - 47: Bring some gold with you and head over to the Piscatoris hunter area again. There is a fenced off area, head inside the fence and pay the npc 500 coins to rent his falcon. After that start hunting spotted kebits until you reach level 47 hunter.

Levels 47 - 59: Buy some waterskins, get your ropes and small fishing nets out of your bank and head to the desert to catch orange salamanders until level 59. Instead of your weight reducing gear you can wear desert robes to stay in the desert longer.

Level 59 - 67: Get your ropes and small fishing nets and head over to the Ourania altar, there you should find red salamanders catch them until level 67.

Levels 67 - 80: Bring your ropes and small fishing nets to the wilderness ( don’t bring any items you don’t want to lose, although you will probably never run into pkers here ). Catch black salamanders until you reach level 80.

Levels 80 - 99: Bring box traps to catch either red chinchompas or black chinchompas. Black chins will give you higher exp rates but they are in the wilderness, red chins will give you less exp but they are in the safe zone.Red chinsBlack chins

  1. Money Making

Level 63: At level 63 with the completion of the quest “Eagles’ Peak” you can start catching red chinchompas although the exp rates will be pretty low at this level, you can start catching them all the way up to 99 to make extra money. At level 73 you can switch to black chinchompas which will make you even more money. Black chinchompas are in the wilderness thus other players can come and kill you, that’s why I recommend bringing some tank gear and banking every 100 - 200 chins you catch. If you are an Ironman you should start catching chins as soon as possible to get a huge stack of chins for your account. This will help you level up your ranged, defence and even help you kill Kree’arra in future.

Implings: There are many different Implings in runescape, some of them are almost always on demand due to the fact that they have a chance to give a clue scroll. You can start catching baby Implings at level 17 however if you are looking to make money from this get at least level 50 hunter to catch eclectic implings. There are set spawn points in puro-puro for certain Implings so you can camp them to catch the same implings over and over again. You can either sell the implings you catch to the grand exchange or open them yourself to complete clues. 

Passively: If you have 99 hunter you can catch any Impling you come across bare handedly. This is pretty useful if you are playing the game a lot as you will come across a lot of dragon and lucky implings. These implings are really rare and you should always catch them if you have the level to do so. Lucky implings are especially special as they randomly give a clue scroll reward, meaning you can get a piece of 3rd age from them which would instantly make you rich!

  1. Afk/Semi-Afk Methods

Birdhouses: Bird houses are one of the most popular hunting training methods out there. To do this method you need to complete the quest “Bone Voyage'' which takes like 10 minutes to do. After completing it you will get access to Fossil Island. On this island there are 4 different spots where you can set up bird houses. In your first time running to these locations make sure to unlock the nearest magic mush tree to make your future runs faster. To make your runs even more efficient you will need to unlock the digsite pendant and unlock the teleport option that teleports you to the fossil island. To set up a bird house you will need logs, clockworks, a hammer, a chisel and a bunch of seeds the recommended seeds to use are as follows:

  • Barley seed
  • Hammerstone seed
  • Asgarnian seed
  • Jute seed
  • Yanillian seed
  • Krandorian seed

These seeds are the cheapest ones you can use, never use expensive seeds as you will get the same rewards either way. You must always craft the highest tier birdhouse that you can use. Bird houses have 2 requirements one is crafting ( to create ) and other is hunter ( to use ).

  • Regular birdhouse - 5 crafting - 5 hunter
  • Oak birdhouse - 15 crafting - 14 hunter
  • Willow bird house - 25 crafting - 24 hunter
  • Teak birdhouse - 35 crafting - 34 hunter
  • Mahogany bird house - 50 crafting - 49 hunter
  • Yew bird house - 60 crafting - 59 hunter
  • Magic bird house - 75 crafting - 74 hunter
  • Redwood birdhouse - 90 crafting - 89 hunter

After setting up your birdhouses, wait 50 minutes and go check on them and set up the next set of birdhouses. Wait time is always 50 minutes for birdhouses to be filled up.

Monkey Tails: This method has a high requirement as you will need the quest “Monkey Madness 2” completed. To do this method bring your kruk monkey greegree, a knife, a lot of bones to bananas spell tablets and fill the remaining spots in your inventory with bananas. Head over to the monkey madness 2 tunnels and run north to swing across some monkey bars using your greegree. After reaching there you should see a crevice, enter it and you will be in a room full of monkeys. With your greegree equipped, start riding one of the stunted demonic gorillas and turn the rocks you see in the room into traps. There are a lot of bones in the room, so whenever you run out of bananas just pick bones off the ground and turn them into bananas. This method yields 100k - 120k exp per hour while being really afk.


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