Welcome to an updated version of the Fastest 99s in Old School Runescape. With the large amount of updates and new items, a lot has changed in the last two years.
So, I will be showcasing the skills that are the fastest from 1 – 99 based off the time taken, not necessarily the efficient hours played.
What I mean by this is I won’t be including things like Farming or Birdhouse runs, since they realistically take months to get all the way to 99.
Doing the best trees and fruit trees you can plant, doing two tree runs with one fruit tree run in there per day, it would take 167 days of farm runs to get from 15 – 99 Farming.
That can be sped up with things like Calquat trees, Hardwood Trees and Herb runs. So, it is realistically more like 130 – 140 days of farm runs.
Different to normal, in this article, I will be going from fastest to slowest ones. Also, I will only be including methods that are viable – ones that will not cost you an extraordinary amount of money.
The fastest possible 99 in Old School Runescape has seen a number of records set by content creators and players alike due to the thrill of how fast you can get from 1 – 99. EVscape currently holds the fastest recorded record of 3 hours and 9 minutes to 99, averaging 4 000 000 XP per hour.
The skill is Fletching, and due to the low profit and XP of cutting bows, fletching darts is an efficient and fast way to level up. Using mouse keys, which is actually allowed by Jagex, you can reach XP rates of up to 9 000 000 XP per hour making Dragon Darts.
Starting with bronze arrows, then moving onto bronze through to dragon darts, you can get 99 for a total cost of 120 000 000.
You can save a lot of money by fletching only Mithril Darts.
Or, you can dabble into fletching bolts or javelins, which sometimes can lead to a profit while giving massive XP rates.
For those who are not willing to spend that kind of money on fletching, you can cut bows, and getting from 1 – 99 doing the best shortbows and longbows that you can, it takes approximately 80 hours to get 99 Fletching. That is a lot longer than the 3 hours.
The second fastest 99 in the game is Prayer, and offering bones at a lit gilded alter or the Chaos Altar by using each bone on the altar, you can get massive XP rates.
Normal AFK offering bones gives about half of the XP rate when compared to clicking each one onto it.
The fastest way to 99 Prayer is using Dagannoth Bones until level 70, where you unlock the ability to use Superior Dragon Bones.
Getting to 99 takes only 10 hours if you do it manually clicking.
That whole method, of course, costs a fortune.
So, here are some more viable methods. Wyrm bones are really cheap. And still decently fast, whereas doing Hydra bones all the way to 99 will take almost the same amount of time as Dagannoth and Superior Bones. The cost of all these assumes that you are using a gilded altar. So, if you were to do this at the Wilderness Chaos Altar, the cost would be around half, depending on how often you die.
It is recommended to click on each bone at the Wilderness Altar so that you spend less time with a lot of risk. But, with banking being a much further distance, the XP rates are a little bit lower.
A far more cost effective way to train your Prayer level is Ensouled Heads, and with 93 Magic, you can cast Reanimate Dragon Heads, which if you were to hypothetically go from 1 – 99 Prayer using this spell with a cannon, it takes approximately 33 hours with a much lower cost of 63 000 000.
93 Magic is obviously a super high requirement. So, a more reasonable one is Troll Heads at 46 Magic. Getting 99 costs only 32 000 000 at this point in time, and it takes about 65 hours to get to 99.
Another really fast skill is Construction, which is another one where you have to blow a lot of money on it to level it up effectively.
Going from 1 – 33 takes about 1 hour. Then, from 33 – 52, is another hour, making Oak Larders.
From 52 through to 99, using mahogany planks and making Dining Tables, will take 22 hours to get to 99, which could vary a bit depending on your internet speed, focus and how precise you are with your game ticks.
The time can be sped up by making Gnome Benches at level 77, where you can get XP rates of over 1 000 000 per hour. But, the click intensity and focus is incredibly high.
While that is super-fast, it does cost 182 000 000.
So, for those who are looking to spend less money, Oak Dungeon Doors are the best option.
From 33 – 74 doing Oak Larders, then 74 – 99 doing Dungeon Doors, it will cost you only 84 000 000, taking approximately 38 – 40 hours.
The next fastest 99 is Cooking.
Making jugs of wine to level 99 takes only 22 hours with a low cost of 20 000 000.
You stop failing wines at level 68. So, to save money, it is recommended to cook Lobsters or Tuna until level 68 and then wines to 99. This will take about 27 hours, but will cost only 10 000 000.
A way to get 99 even faster though, is 1 ticking Karambwans, which can reach XP rates of up to 1 000 000 per hour. Overall, getting 99 takes approximately 16 hours with quite a bit of focus.
Arguably the easiest 99 in the game due to it giving a profit and being very quick with easy requirements, is Firemaking.
If you were to light normal through to Maple logs to level 50, it takes only 35 minutes.
Then, from 50 through to 99, doing the Wintertodt, it will take 55 – 65 hours, depending on how you play the Wintertodt.
The best way to play for the highest XP rate is not to fletch. Well, you will need to pay more attention because to get 500 points per game, you want to watch the brazier for those extra points repairing and relighting. Money wise, you’ll profit 6 000 – 10 000, depending on your luck with drops – pretty good for a fast 99.
Some players would argue that the Wintertodt is not the fastest method, and that the best method is to do lighting logs instead to 99. At a cost of 23 000 000, you can burn Maple, Yew, Magic and Redwood logs to 99, taking only 35 hours – almost half the time compared to the Wintertodt.
For a comparison, at level 90 Firemaking, lighting Redwood logs gives you 400 000 an hour, whereas the Wintertodt gives only a maximum of 300 000 XP per hour.
4 More Skills
So, those are the main fast skills I wanted to talk about. But, there are 4 more that I would like to mention, all that have a similar time range getting from 1 – 99. I won’t go into a lot of depth because their overall time is nothing near the 3 hours of 99 Fletching. But, they are still very fast 99s.
Crafting is super-fast if you have a decent amount of money to blow on it. Doing gems, then Battlestaves to 99 takes 38 hours. Gems, then Dragonhide Bodies will take 35 hours, and in contrast, glassblowing to 99 takes 108 hours with a far, far lower cost.
Next is Magic, which can be done passively through things like Magic Imbue, Slayer and Teleports. But, one way to get it from 1 – 99 really fast is Enchanting Bolts. You can actually get from 1 – 70 in only 3 hours. Enchanting Dragonstone Bolts to 99 when you unlock them, which isn’t overly expensive, will take a total of 38 hours for 99.
You can get 99 faster by barraging at the Monkey Madness 2 Caves. But, that has its own high requirements.
Herblore can be done super-fast if you are willing to spend a bit of money. Currently, the fastest herblore method in the game can get you XP rates of over 650 000 XP per hour.
Getting through to 99 will take approximately 25 hours with ant-venoms. But, the click intensity is even higher than that of 1 tick cooking.
Doing the fastest potions you unlock until Saradomin Brews and making them to 99 takes only 36 hours with a whopping 150 000 000 cost.
A more viable way is Ranging Potions, which takes a little longer. But, it is about half the price. I do recommend making super combat potions though when you unlock them instead of Saradomin Brews. This is because although they a little bit are slower, you will save so much money.
The final skill is Smithing, and since the fastest method, Gold Bars at the Blast Furnace, is unlocked at only level 40, you can take advantage of over 350 000 XP per hour from a super low level. That makes 99 only 37 hours from level 1, with a far lower cost than most of the skills I have mentioned here.
Anyways guys, thanks for reading my Fastest 99s Guide. On the screen right now is all of the fastest methods for each skill, with their times to get to 99. Of course, almost all of these are very expensive methods. But, by no means are they not viable or not worth doing. Fletching and Prayer have quite a big gap in terms of the XP per hour compared to the others. Maybe, one of you out there can set a really fast record for 1 – 99 Prayer.