OSRS Beginners Guide Chapter 1 – Finding Your Footing

This section of our Beginners Guide is what many of you are seeking. It presupposes that you already have a basic understanding of the main game (completed Tutorial Island and commenced the Adventurer Path). If you haven’t achieved these milestones yet, please review the earlier sections.

Kickstart Quests in Lumbridge

As previously noted, OSRS is a treasure trove of quests. With 155 quests in total, 22 are accessible to free players. In this guide, we’ll cover the quests you should embark on first in Lumbridge.

Every quest begins by interacting with a non-player character (NPC). To determine the NPC you need to converse with to initiate your quest, open the quest menu and search the name of your chosen quest. In the ensuing menu, clicking on ‘show on map’ will reveal the location you need to traverse to.

P.S. There’s no rush to complete these quests. Most quests in OSRS require gathering resources, conversing with NPCs, and occasionally fighting monsters; you’re not obliged to finish them all in one go. You can chip away at them as you move around, even undertaking multiple quests concurrently if desired. Feel free to pursue quests while training in combat and skilling. As OSRS is a MMORPG, forge your own path and keep things diverse!

Early-game Skilling

We’ve already had a taste of skilling via the Gatherer’s strand of the Adventurer’s Path. However, that was merely the tip of the iceberg for skilling in OSRS. Did you know each skill can level up all the way to 99? In this section of the OSRS Starter Guide, our focus shifts to exceeding level 5. Let’s aim to reach Level 20 in each of the beginner skills!

Woodcutting & Firemaking


  • Axe
  • Tinderbox

Woodcutting is a solid early-game money earner, with Oak logs fetching 60 coins on the grand exchange. But to start chopping Oak Logs, you’ll first need to attain 15 woodcutting. Just as you did during the Adventurer Path, fell regular trees behind Lumbridge Castle and burn them using your tinderbox.

Persist in your lumberjacking efforts until you reach level 15 in woodcutting and level 20 in firemaking.

Feel free to pause at any point and shift your focus elsewhere!

Fishing & Cooking


  • Fishing bait
  • Fishing rod
  • Axe
  • Tinderbox

Fishing is a handy skill as it provides a convenient food source for your combat training sessions. It can also transform into a profitable skilling venture down the line.

You can fish in Lumbridge at the Lumbridge Fishing Spot using the fishing rod and fishing bait you received from Jon the Adventurer during the Gatherers Path.

If you’ve forgotten the location of the fishing spot, it’s situated south of Lumbridge castle. Head towards the graveyard first and then follow the river downstream until you encounter the Fishing Tutor. Alternatively, you can follow the map below.

If you’ve yet to complete the Gatherers Path, use the fishing net you received on Tutorial Island instead.

Bear in mind, the fishing spots serve different purposes. Right-click on the fishing spot to choose either Net or Bait.

Once your inventory is packed, fell a tree and ignite the log with your tinderbox.

Then Cook the Fish

Drop any of the burnt fish and continue the cycle of fishing and cooking until your inventory is full of cooked fish.

TIP: Try fishing in world 301 (the busiest free-to-play world) because people often make fires which you can share, allowing you to cook your fish collectively! World 301 is also an excellent place to meet new players!

Once your inventory is full of cooked fish, deposit them in the bank and repeat!

TIP#2: Use the Home Teleport option in your magic spellbook, which will transport you to Lumbridge Castle once every 30 minutes.

TIP#3: If you run out of bait, you can buy more from the Port Sarim fishing shop. While you’re there, consider purchasing a fly fishing rod as well.

Once you reach level 20 Fishing, you can start Fly Fishing with feathers and a fly fishing rod.

Mining and Smithing


  • Hammer
  • Pickaxe

Mining and smithing, two more beneficial skills introduced in the Gatherers Path, will aid you in crafting weaponry and armor. Although you will likely purchase your armor in the future, these skills lay a solid foundation for your account, particularly in the long run where many quests will require mining and smithing experience.

If you’ve forgotten the location of the mining spot, it’s just southwest from the fishing spot.

Here, you can mine copper and tin. Be sure to mine an even amount of each because you’ll be turning them into bronze bars afterwards (13/13).

With a full inventory of 13 tin ore and 13 copper ore, head to the furnace in Lumbridge.

Smelt your ores into bronze bars at the furnace.

Next, smith your bronze bars into bronze weapons. Deposit them in the bank for later sale.

Early Game Combat

Combat training forms a significant part of the Adventurers Path. It’s no surprise, considering combat is a major aspect of Old School RuneScape!

You can train your combat skills in Lumbridge on three different low-level monsters:

  • Goblins (lvl 2)
  • Cows (lvl 2)
  • Chickens (lvl 1)

We recommend starting with chickens. As the lowest level enemies, they are the easiest to defeat. Additionally, they drop feathers, which you’ll need for Fly Fishing later. The raw chicken they drop can be cooked on the stove inside the house of the chicken pen. This is a convenient food source to prevent you from perishing during combat.

Once you’ve collected a decent amount of feathers and improved your combat stats, you can move on to fighting goblins.

P.S. Before you start training combat, ensure to begin the Adventurers Path so you can receive a starter kit from Adventurer Jon. Also, keep claiming the rewards each time you accomplish a task as Jon will provide you with better gear.

You will take damage while battling Goblins, so bring some fish to consume as they will replenish your health when your HP decreases. Always gather the coins that they drop and bury their bones to train your prayer.

In the Combat Options Interface, you can alter your combat style to match the skill you want to hone.

  • Chop’ is for training Attack.
  • Slash’ is for training Strength.
  • Block’ is for training Defence.

As stated earlier, we suggest the following order when training combat:

  • Reach 10 Attack (collect the black longsword from Jon)
  • Then attain 10 Strength
  • Next, get to 20 Attack
  • Then raise to 20 Strength
  • Finally, hit 20 Defence

From this point forward, keep prioritizing Attack, followed by Strength, and lastly Defence for the most efficient leveling.

By concluding the Combat Path, you should achieve 20 Attack, 20 Strength, 20 Defence, 20 Ranged, and 20 Magic by the end of this early-game combat section. This forms a robust base and a great kick-off to your Old School Runescape journey.

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