OSRS Ironman Guide
Some players like the challenge of playing Oldschool Runescape on their own, which is why Ironman Mode was integrated into the game. Since you cannot trade with other players, skill training methods are significantly different and may require additional planning. This OSRS Ironman Guide will give you a general idea of what your skill paths should look like in either F2P or P2P.
How do I max out in P2P?
With P2P comes several more skills, new training gear and lots of new quests. For an Ironman, this makes skill training even more dynamic. Instead of going through every possible training method, we will go over the optimal way to max out.
Combat & Slayer
Starting off your Ironman, you should always get your melee stats up through various quests to shave off lots of time. This includes the Vampire Slayer, Witch’s House, Waterfall Quest, Tree Gnome Village, Fight Arena and Dragon Slayer. This should get enough base stats to use some Rune and Adamantite equipment.
If you only care about efficiency, you should dedicate you entire melee grind by training Slayer. Not only would it give you gear upgrades and money to train other skills, you will likely max both combat and Slayer skills around the same time.
Range can be trained on the side for Slayer, bossing and low-level content with bows or the Dorgeshuun crossbow. Once you get around 70+, it would be more efficient to reserve range training for the Chinchompas that you will get with the Hunter skill. They should be used in the tunnels of either MM1 or MM2.
Early magic training should be reserved for Fire Striking dragons or Hill Giants to obtain bones for early prayer experience. Beyond that, you should train using High-Level Alchemy while doing other activities like Agility. With a high enough level, you can also use Ice Burst during certain slayer tasks and the Trident of the Seas for bosses.
You can get early prayer levels out of the way from doing quests in the early game. From then on, you should save all of your Dragon Bones and ensouled heads to train prayer later on. The bones should be used with your POH altar or the Ectofuntus. Ensouled heads offer lots of easy experience if used with reanimation spells at the Dark Altar.
Most Ironmen would agree that Broad Arrows are the most efficient way to get 99 fletching. It is extremely slow in the beginning as you will be creating shafts and headless arrows for low experience rates. Once you have amassed enough gold and hit the required Slayer level, you will get very fast experience and you can fletch in between other activities.
Aside from burning logs to get the early levels out of the way, you will spend your time at Wintertodt to finish Firemaking. The reward crates from this minigame will contain some useful skilling items, like fish and seeds. You will also get passive woodcutting and fletching experience on the way to Level 99.
There a lot of paths to take with fishing training in P2P. You may skip the low-level content by completing the Sea Slug quest and doing some Evil Bob random events.
Technically speaking, doing Barbarian Fishing is the best route to 99 fishing as you will gain lots of Agility and Strength levels along the way. If you choose to cut the fish, you will gain a marginal amount of cooking experience as well.
There are many ways to start cooking depending on where you are at in the game. If you don’t have any fish to cook, you may purchase and cook items from the Culinaromancer’s Chest or Rufus’ meat shop in Canafis. Once you unlock wines, the grind will go even faster.
Once you get 65 Cooking, it is recommended to make pineapple pizzas at the Hosidius Mess Hall. This also requires 45% Hosidius favor, which is relatively easy to achieve.
You may get low-level crafting out of the way through questing, making jewelry and bowstrings. Once you unlock molten glass, this will become the majority of your crafting grind.
To obtain buckets of sand, the new meta is mining sandstone and grinding them at the new Sandstorm grinder. You may also purchase them from charter ships or gather them from Yanille.
For seaweed, there is no comparison to Giant Seaweed obtained from the underwater farming patches of Fossil Island. Aside from that, you may purchase regular seaweed from charter ships.
Most low-level content can be skipped through quests and then you may power mine iron ore until you unlock higher level content. The Rune Pickaxe will likely be your pick of choice and it may be bought from multiple stores or dropped from some monsters.
If you choose to go the Sandstorm route to obtain sand for crafting, you will get a large chunk of mining experience here. Otherwise, the Motherlode Mine is a relaxing way to train while obtaining ores for the Smithing grind.
With smithing, you may choose to passively train the skill with ores obtained from Mining and monster drops. In particular, you may convert your steel bars into cannonballs to help with your Slayer grind.
If you have amassed a large cash stack, you may simply buy your way to Level 99 at the Blast Furnace. If you have the goldsmith gauntlets, buying gold ore and smithing it is the fastest way to train the skill. Otherwise, you may create other metal bars and smith them into items at the anvils within close proximity.
It is best to do starter quests like the Tourist Trap to skip low-level training. As mentioned above, it would be efficient to train Fishing first through Barbarian Fishing as you will get a reasonably high level without going to a single course. Afterward, train at your highest rooftop course available while doing High-Level Alchemy or fletching arrows in between steps.
Thieving is a repetitive yet fast skill that you can start at any point in your Ironman journey. Start out with pickpocketing Men and then thieve Cake stalls for some starter food to use with quests. Pickpocket Warrior Women and then Master Farmers until you reach level 45. From there, Blackjacking bandits is the recommended route to go until Level 99.
Herblore may be considered the slowest skill to get Level 99 as you need to obtain all materials from scratch. If you have a Herb Sack, you should fill up your inventory as you train Slayer. Aside from that, the majority of your herbs will likely come from Farming and your kingdom in Miscellenia.
Farming is a skill that will be gained passively as you progress in your Slayer training. Gather any seeds you can get from monsters or birds’ nests via Birdhouses. At the very least, you should regularly grow herbs, limpwurt roots, snape grass and berries so you have enough materials to get 99 Herblore.
Hunter is a slow grind at the start, which is why doing the Varrock Museum minigame should be done to get Level 9. From there, you may do birdhouses for passive levels until you unlock Grey or Red Chinchompas. If you get to level 99 via Red Chinchompas, you should have enough for the majority of your Range training.
If you dislike training runecrafting like most players, you can get early levels from The Eyes of Glouphrie, Lunar Diplomacy and experience lamps. Once you have access to the Lunar Spellbook and the Ourania Altar, you may choose to grind all the way to Level 99. You may also craft Nature Runes via the Abyss.
This is a skill that should be progressed slowly as you make money from Slayer and Thieving. A cheap way to get started would be to pick up regular planks at the Barbarian Outpost and using them to build chairs or shelves.
The most popular method of training in mid-to-high levels is to cut oak logs and have your butler make runs to the sawmill. These oak logs should then be used to make Oak Larders or Oak Dungeon Doors.
How do I max out in F2P?
Since experience rates are slower and there is a lack of content, even regular accounts are difficult to max out on F2P. Fortunately, some players have done it by sticking to linear paths of grinding.
Combat & Prayer & Range
Since the quests are quite limited in the free version, you only have Vampire Slayer to start out with a few attack levels. After that, low-level monsters like goblins, chickens or cows (for hides) would be good places to start.
Big Bones are the meta for prayer training and it will be extremely slow for an Ironman. This is why killing Hill Giants would be the meta for combat training since you need every bone you can get. In addition, you can get keys to fight Obor, which drops gear upgrades and noted Big Bones.
For range, you may continue to kill monsters that drop Big Bones to continue the prayer grind. Ogresses is always an option since they drop both bones and valuable items.
Since Ironmen still have access to rune shops, this is where you will likely get the majority of your runes. For low levels, it would be a good idea to train Fire Strike on Ogress Warriors to amass plenty of GP for more runes.
With the Nature Runes that start to accumulate, you can use that for future high-alchemy training. If you have enough money, you may also splash strike or bolt spells for some easy AFK experience.
Mining & Smithing & Crafting
It is unavoidable that you mine pretty much all of your smithing materials so both skills will go hand-in-hand. Obviously, you will start out mining copper & tin to make bronze equipment to get the starting levels out of the way. You can also get an early boost in mining experience from Doric’s Quest.
Once you are able to smelt silver bars, it would be a good idea to passively train smithing while actively training crafting by making tiaras. These tiaras may be reserved for training Runecrafting or sold to the general store for lots of GP.
For the remainder of your smithing training, you may choose to make iron or steel bars and smith plate bodies until you get Level 99. If you have trouble finding a free mining spot for coal & iron, the Skeleton mine just above Edgeville is usually empty and near a furnace.
Woodcutting & Firemaking
As there isn’t a use for logs in F2P, it would be a good idea to train Woodcutting & Firemaking together. Once you can create a rune axe from smithing, the training meta would be cutting and burning willow logs.
Runecrafting is a very slow skill in F2P since you will likely have to mine most of your Rune Essence yourself. If you collect various talismans, you can get some fast experience by making Tiaras, although this has a very limited capacity. In the end, the best experience will be crafting Body Runes until 99.
Fishing & Cooking
Low-level fishing is quite linear as you should just net and bait shrimp until you can catch trout. Alternatively, you may also use the Evil Bob random event to gain easy fishing experience to skip low-level training. In the end, the meta will be fly fishing in Barbarian Village and cooking fish on a fire when your inventory is full.
The tips given in this OSRS Ironman Guide are merely suggestions of practical ways to train. As there is a variety of content in Runescape and this game is all about choice, you can train your skills in any order or manner you choose. After you get your Max Cape, you will only unlock the potential to kill bosses and enjoy other content in this game.