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OSRS 1-99 Construction Guide

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OSRS Construction Guide

In Old School Runescape, construction training is often overlooked in favor of leveling combat skills and crafting.

However, this skill is one of the most important in the game, as it opens up a lot of potential for building custom player homes.

If you want to stand out and have a unique place of your own to show off, you’ll need to max out this skill to reap the benefits!


OSRS Construction Guide: Level 1-99

In this guide, we will be covering everything you need to know about training construction in Old School Runescape.

This includes the best methods of leveling up, as well as the quests you can complete for construction experience.

We will also be covering all of the tips and tricks that you should know to make leveling up as easy as possible.

While this is still one of the most expensive skills to max out, the process is well worth it in the end.

Though, you may want to consider leveling up a money-making skill, such as smithing or mining, before you start training construction.


Why Train Construction In OSRS?

Construction training is a very single-player-oriented task, but it has a lot of benefits if you’re planning on building your own house.

For instance, with the construction skill, you can build pools in your home that allow you to restore your stats and cure any ill effects.

Construction training also gives players access to infinite teleports and the ability to create an altar for 3x prayer experience.

This skill also gives you the ability to construct all manner of useful items, including crafting stations, storage containers, and target dummies.

There are also many quests that require certain levels of construction training, making it necessary to learn if you want to complete them.


Things To know

Before getting started, it is important to know the materials you will need to start training construction.

The most basic items needed are a saw and a hammer; however, some other materials are often needed as well.

These include planks, bricks, nails, clay, steel bars, and cloth, which you can either buy or gather yourself with mining, crafting, and woodcutting.

This means you can easily level these skills alongside construction if you want, though if you plan on buying everything, you’ll need quite a bit of money.

We would suggest maxing out your mining or smithing skill, both of which can earn you millions if you want to be able to reach 99 construction as easily as possible.

That said, there are also some methods to make things a bit more cost-effective, which we will cover below.


Tips & Tricks

If you want to reach level 99 construction as effectively as possible, there are also a few tips and tricks you need to know.

One of which is the use of butlers, which unlocks at level 40 of construction. Butlers are essential for getting experience fast.

These characters will pick up planks from the bank, allowing you to continue gaining experience without having to run back and forth.

While butlers will require their own bedrooms, they only take 12 seconds to get to the bank and can bring 20 items per trip.

If you’re using a demon butler, it will only take them 7 seconds per trip, and they can carry 26 items each time.

There is also the carpenter’s outfit, which gives you 2.5% more XP while training in construction. This can save you a lot of time and money overall. 

To obtain this outfit, you will need to purchase it from the Mahogany Homes Reward Shop using carpenter points.

You will need 2,000 carpenter points in total, which can be earned by completing tasks for the Mahogany Homes’ clients.


Quests For Construction Experience

Now, let’s take a look at the quests you can use in order to gain experience in construction.

Although some of them have requirements you will have to consider, the amount of experience they can provide makes them worth considering.

While undertaking these quests isn’t absolutely necessary for reaching level 99 construction, they can help break up the monotony of grinding.


1. Tower Of Life

OSRS Construction Guide Tower of Life

The Tower of Life is a medium-length novice-level quest that only requires 10 construction to complete.

For this quest, all you will need is a hammer, a saw, and a regular beer, though it is also recommended you have at least 11 free inventory spaces as well.

To start this quest, just talk to Effigy at the Tower of Life east of the Ardougne Monastery in the Kingdom of Kandarin.

When it is complete, you will receive 1,000 construction experience and access to the Creature Creation, as well as the builder’s costume.

The builder’s costume can’t be bought at the Grand Exchange, and while it doesn’t have any real benefits, it certainly makes you look the part!


2. Getting Ahead

OSRS Construction Guide Getting Ahead

This is a short, intermediate quest that requires players to have 30 crafting and 26 construction to complete.

It is also recommended that players have at least a 45 combat level, as the Headless Beast, a level 82 enemy, will need to be defeated.

Getting Ahead can be started by speaking to Gordon at his farm south of the Farming Guild, and when it is completed, you will receive 3,200 construction experience.

Along with that, this quest also provides access to a tannery in the Kebos Lowlands, as well as 4,000 crafting experience.


3. The Fremennik Isles

OSRS Construction Guide The Fremennik Isles

This is a medium-length quest geared toward experienced players, and it requires 20 construction and the ability to kill a level 122 Troll King.

A level 50 combat skill is recommended for this, as well as a 40 agility and some of the best melee armor in OSRS if you can get it.

Once complete, you will receive 5,000 construction experience, 5,000 crafting experience, and 10,000 woodcutting experience.

The Fremennik Isles also provides one of the best melee helms in OSRS, the Neitiznot Helm, and access to the Jatizso Mine, a source of adamantite.


4. Song Of The Elves

OSRS Construction Guide Song of the Elves

The Song of the Elves is a Grandmaster difficulty quest and the last in the Elf quest series.

It is a very long quest, and it requires level 70 in agility, construction, farming, herblore, hunting, mining, smithing, and runecutting.

However, if you’re a high-level player looking to max out your stats, this is a solid quest to complete because of the huge boons it offers.

Once complete, this quest provides 40,000 XP to all of its required skills, plus access to Prifddinas and the ability to move a house there.


Fastest Method

In order to level up construction as fast as possible, you’ll need to make use of a particularly effective method.

This is, however, an expensive task if you’re planning on buying everything, so keep that in mind, and you can’t use any of the best amulets in OSRS to make it easier.

Although it will take a lot of grinding, it is the best way to gain a load of experience per hour that will enable you to gain levels quickly.

Also, you can always mix and match this method with other alternatives that we will cover below, depending on what works best for your playstyle.


Levels 1-33: Building Chairs

OSRS Construction Guide Chairs

At level 1, you can start off by building chairs in the parlour room of your player-owned house.

You should build crude chairs at first until you hit level 8, after which you can move on to wooden chairs until level 19.

Once you reach level 19, you can switch to building oak chairs until level 26 and, finally, oak armchairs until you hit 33.

Altogether, this will require 166 planks and 452 oak planks, as well as a load of steel nails, all of which can be bought or created using woodcutting and smithing.


Levels 33-52: Building Oak Larders

OSRS Construction Guide Oak Larders

When you reach level 33, you should start making oak larders, each of which will cost 8 planks per build.

However, they will provide 480 XP each, and players can bank up to 480k XP per hour, making it one of the fastest methods for leveling up.

In order to reach level 52 this way, you will need 1,760 oak planks, which we would recommend buying to cut down on time.

That is unless you plan on leveling your woodcutting skill alongside construction, in which case you can make them yourself for additional XP.


Levels 52-99: Building Mahogany Tables

OSRS Construction Guide Mahogany Tables

Once you hit level 52, the longest portion of grinding will begin, and it will take you a bit of time.

At this point, you should start making mahogany tables in your dining room, as it is the fastest way to gain XP now.

Each table will require 6 mahogany planks and provide 840 XP upon completion, giving players up to 900k XP per hour.

That said, this is extremely expensive since buying everything outright will cost around 150 million coins in total.

If you have already gained a fortune leveling up mining or smithing, this will be no problem, but if you haven’t, you’ll want to consider some alternatives.


Cheapest Method

If you don’t have millions to spend on materials, the good news is that you can still level up your construction without having to empty your bank account.

However, the cheapest method of leveling construction is also incredibly slow, though much less click-intensive.

That said, it can be used alongside the fastest method to cut down on costs or used entirely by itself to save you as much gold as possible.


Levels 1-99: Mahogany Homes Construction Minigame

The cheapest method for reaching construction level 99 is the Mahogany Homes construction minigame.

This game can be found throughout Varrock, Falador, Hosidius, and East Ardougne, and it requires you to complete contracts for various NPCs.

Some of the tasks include demolishing and rebuilding items and repairing items like stoves, broken mirrors, and hat stands.

Each completed task will reward a small amount of construction and carpentry experience, up to 2,750 per task at construction level 70.

However, it is possible to complete between 50-60 contracts per hour, meaning you can earn at least 137,000 construction XP in total.

While this is much less than the 900k you can earn making mahogany tables, it won’t cost you anything.

Plus, the carpentry points you earn will allow you to buy unique equipment like plank sacks, and Amy’s saw from the Mahogany Homes Reward Shop.

Even if you only use this method alongside the quickest one for a change of pace, it can be well worthwhile overall, especially in terms of savings.


Alternative Method

Along with the methods mentioned above, there are some other variations you should know about before you start training.

These methods can be used alongside both training, the cheapest and quickest training methods, and they have benefits of their own to consider.

While they are slower than the fastest method and not as cheap as the Mahogany Homes minigame, they offer a solid middle ground between them.

This way, you can still quickly level up to gain one of the best skillcapes in OSRS to show off to other players!


Levels 66-74: Building Teak Garden Benches

OSRS Construction Guide Teak Garden Bench

At level 66, you can start building teak garden benches in the Superior Garden, each of which will require 6 teak planks.

Teak branches are much cheaper than mahogany planks, and you will need 6,672 to reach level 74.

However, despite needing so many, you will still be saving a ton of money and banking 540 XP for every garden bench you make.

Although it is slower, it will still save you money while providing a decent amount of experience per hour.


Levels 74-99: Building Oak Dungeon Doors

OSRS Construction Guide Oak Dungeon Doors

When you hit level 74, you’ll have the option to start building oak dungeon doors, which are cheaper than mahogany tables.

This makes them a good choice if you want to level up quickly but without spending a ton of money.

While the experience per hour will drop to 600k, the cost per hour will also drop dramatically, allowing you to more comfortably grind experience.



We hope you’ve enjoyed our OSRS construction guide and learned everything you need in order to reach level 99!

Although construction is often overlooked in favor of combat skills or ones that can make money, it does come with its own unique benefits.

That said, we would recommend leveling up mining or smithing first so that you’ll have coin to spend on getting to 99 construction as fast!

What method for leveling construction are you planning to use? Leave a comment below.

Shawna Schofield is a professional freelance writer and part-time YouTuber. When not writing or recording she spends her time playing Fallout, Elder Scrolls, and Dragon Age.

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