Welcome to the free to play ranged training guide for Old School Runescape. This guide specifically focusses on the free to play areas and content of the popular MMORPG. As with P2P (there is a guide on that also) the best methods of training F2P ranged will almost always utilise the best weaponry, and the best weaponry is determined by damage dealt per second. As with runescape 3 gold most combat situations in OSRS, offence is much more important than defence, so the ranged defence stat of some gear shouldn't be as big a concern as its offensive.
To start I will cover the gear, armour, ring slots, feet slot choices etc.. and unlike in the P2P guide, I will cover weaponry. As there are less diverse enemies there isn't so much decision making when choosing weaponry. As should be obvious, there is far less available gear to choose from in P2P when training ranged, and far fewer training methods. But still, there is enough choice to keep you going and keep you interested, especially for new players who may want to test the waters of OSRS before investing in a membership.
Equipment and gear
When you are completely brand new to the game and have no money it's not a bad choice to use the training bow and arrows which are given to your for free from the ranged combat tutor, located just outside Lumbridge Castle. The training arrows are equivalent to bronze arrows, however once you are able to you should move onto proper tradeable bows.
Shortbows from least to most effective: shortbow, oak shortbow, willow shortbow and maple shortbow.
Shortbows can shoot faster than longbows with an attack speed of 4 vs longbows attack speed of 6, so for general ranged training they should be preferential for most players.
Longbows from least to most effective: longbow, oak longbow, willow longbow and maple longbow.
Whilst longbows aren't as effective for training for the reasons stated above, they do shoot further so this could be usefull in scenarios where you need to shoot an enemy from further away, for example if you are safespotting a powerful enemy then a longbow may come in use.
Crossbows: crossbow and phoenix crossbow.
These both have the same stats, just the phoenix crossbow is attainable by choosing the phoenix gang during the quest “Shield of Arrav”. Crossbows aren't really advisable to use in F2P, the only benefit they have is that they are a one handed weapon, meaning you are able to wield a shield in your shield slot, although in almost all cases this wouldn't be beneficial to you, with perhaps one exception being that you can equip the anti-dragon shield during the “Dragon Slayer” quest.
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