This guide will primarily focus on the quickest path to 99 ranged in F2P, including the best locations, monsters, and gear. It is worth noting that the experience rates when training in P2P are a lot higher, this is due to several factors, including the fact that there are fewer monsters, gears, and equipment unlocks available for free play.
Regardless of these limitations, there are still some decent gear and monsters to kill in Free to Play to get good experience rates. Training ranged, especially to 99 ranged, will cost you money, so having a good amount of gp before you start is important, especially since Ava's accumulator cannot be used to save some arrows without membership.
When using ranged weapons, you can choose between three attack styles:
The accurate range attack style allows you to shoot less frequently than the Rapid style, saving you more arrows in the process. When using this style, you gain 4 Ranged experience and 1.33 hitpoint experience for every point of damage dealt. This is the recommended style for levels 1-30 because it provides a +3 range attack bonus.
When you set your attack style to rapid, you will shoot more frequently and lose more arrows, and your experience rate will vary depending on your level. For every point of damage dealt, you will gain 4 experience in ranged and 1.33 hitpoint experience in accurate. Above 30 ranged levels, you should choose this style because it allows you to attack faster (up to 0.6s faster than accurate).
If you want to get to 99 range as quickly as possible, you should not choose this attack style because you will only get half the experience rates you would get with other styles set and the other half will go to defense; for every point damage you deal, you gain 2 experience in ranged and then 2 experience in defense. However, if you intend to train your defense stats alongside your range, you should choose this style because it provides an invisible +3 boost to your defense level.
Because you can't use the Ava's accumulator in F2P, speak with the ranged tutor in Lumbridge about automatically equipping your ammunition whenever you pick it up from the ground. This will save you a lot of time that you would have spent manually equipping the arrows.
Cows are low-level monsters that can be found in various free-to-play areas. They drop cowhide, which can be used to compensate for the arrows lost when training these first levels. To make these early levels go even faster, equip the short bow and iron arrows.
I recommend the Lumbridge east farm because it has a lot of spawns and is safe because you can safespot the cows using the fence if you have a low-level account.
Barbarians are popular for training during these levels due to their low defense, they have a combat level of 8, and hitpoints of 14.
The most common and popular way to do this method is through the Barbarian village. Due to the obstacles, it is possible to safespot these Barbarians, making this method suitable even without any food.
It should come as no surprise that training with giant frogs yields the greatest experience during these levels—these Level 13 creatures have just 6 defense and up to 23 hitpoints. These frogs may deal significant harm, so if your protection is weak, pack some food.
The Lumbridge swamp is the only place in Free to Play where you can kill Giant Frogs; there are about 8 spawns in this location and you can easily bank at the Lumbridge castle because the Giant Frogs have some good drops too.
These Hill Giants have a combat level of 28 and hit point of 35. Using this method can be profitable and provide good experience rates; they drop items such as body talismans, big bones, and limpwurt roots, and there is a chance that they will drop the giant key for the Obor boss.
The Edgeville Dungeon is the best place to kill the Hill Giants because the Lava Maze only has 4 spawns and is also risky because it is in the wilderness, and the boneyard is not ideal because it only has 2 spawns.
For Free-to-Play, this method provides the best experience rates at 60 to 99 ranged. These monsters provide significantly more experience than Hill Giants and Giant Spiders because they are generally weaker to ranged attacks. They have a combat level of 42, a defense of 30, and a hitpoint total of 60.
You won't be able to miss ranged attacks on these monsters at level 60. Allowing you to earn good experience rates and the best that any monster in Oldschool Runescape has to offer at levels above 60 in F2P.
The Varrock sewers are the best place to use this method. When you arrive at the location, you will need good food because it is multi-combat and there are other monsters that will attack you on your way to the Moss Giants. You will deal significant damage when you arrive at the Moss Giants and on your way there, but after this initial phase, the Moss Giants become tolerant of your presence, and you will deal less damage.
This method is also profitable because the Moss giants have some good drops as well. You should also bring a banking and emergency teleport; your best bet is to take runes for varrock teleport so you can bank at Varrock and then navigate your way back down the sewers.
Although the Ogress Warriors have high defence and killing them offers relatively low experience rates, they are still able to yield the best drops available for F2P. Since they are level 82 monsters who can hit up to 8 with a single strike, it is advisable to train your defence up to 80 to be able to withstand their attacks. You also need to bring good food and potions.
It is recommended to have at least 50 ranged and wear the full green d'hide gear, with a maple shortbow and adamant or mithril arrows.to kill the Ogress Shamans. Ogress Shamanss drop items such as Big Bones, Mithril kiteshield, iron arrows, steel arrows, uncut ruby, uncut sapphire, uncut emerald, uncut ruby rune med helm, rune full helm, rune battleaxe, and shaman mask. They also drop various types of runes. To save space and reduce banking trips, it is necessary to bring a fire staff and a nature rune to alch the majority of these drops.
Killing Ogrress shamans with ranged is more profitable and allows you to safespot them and be more afk for up to 5-10 minutes than with melee. If you are able to find a good safespot where 3-4 ogres are aggressive to you, you can earn up to 200,000 gp per hour as your ranged level approaches 99, but the experience rates are pretty low, with only 20,000 to 30,000 experience gained per hour.
The only place to find Ogress Shamans is in the Corsair Curse dungeon, which requires completing the Corsair Curse. This location is frequently crowded, and even when you eventually find a good spot, you are frequently crashed by other players. To save your arrows, use mithril arrows because other players are more likely to pick up your adamant arrows when they drop. If you want to get food from the resource area, you can unlock it after completing Dragon Slayer I.
Ankous are known for having good drops, particularly death rune and blood rune, which drop at a reasonable rate. They are a level 75 monster with 60 defense and 60 hitpoints, so expect low experience when training at ankous. Aside from blood and death runes, they can also drop Mithril ores, adamant arrows, law runes, black robes, and other useful items.
The Sepulchre of Death is without a doubt the best place to kill Ankou, with up to 23 spawns and a safespot that should be used especially by low-level players because Ankou can hit up to 8. I tested this method on my alt account at the Sepulchre of Death and was able to level up from 76 to 99 in about 370 hours, averaging about 30,000 experience per hour. I spent about 147k mithril arrows and made up 78,000 gp per hour.
This is the best head slot item available for free to play, It is an improved version of the Cowl, it requires 20 ranged to equip, it gives +2 ranged attack bonus and +4 defence bonus.
This is a leather armour that can be made using a soft leather, thread, and a needle. it gives +1 ranged attack bonus and +3 defence bonus.
Amulet of power
this amulet has no requirements to equip, It can be made using lvl-4 enchant on a diamond amulet. it gives ranged +6 attack bonus and +6 defence bonus.
Amulet of accuracy
This amulet can easily gotten even for a low level as it is awarded after completion of Imp catcher, it gives a +4 ranged attack bonus and no defence bonus.
This low-level cape can easily obtained by killing a highwayman, it does not give any ranged attack bonus and +2 ranged defence bonus.
This cape can be obtained from William for 50 coins. it does not give any ranged attack bonus and gives +2 ranged defence bonus.
Green d’hide body
This requires the completion of Dragon Slayer I to wear and it offers the highest range accuracy bonus available for free to play, it requires 40 ranged to equip, it gives +15 ranged attack bonus and +15 ranged defence bonus.
The studded body offers 20 ranged and defence to wear. it gives +18 ranged attack bonus and +25 ranged defence bonus. Both the studded chaps and body are pieces from the studded leather armor. It can made by using studs on leather body.
The studded chaps require 20 ranged to equip, you should use this still you get then you should switch to green d’hide body. it gives +6 ranged attack bonus and a +16 ranged defence bonus. It can made by using studs on leather chaps..
Green d’hide vambraces
it requires 40 ranged to equip, it gives +8 ranged attack bonus and no ranged defence bonus.
Leather vambraces have no requirements to equip and it gives +4 ranged attack bonus but no ranged defence bonus.
Leather boots can be easily made using needle and leather requiring 7 crafting, although they give no ranged bonus they give +1 defense bonus against crush and slash.
Maple shortbow: This Bow is the Strongest bow available for free to play, it is a two-handed weapon that can created by using a bowstring on a maple shortbow, this bow requires 30 ranged to wield. It gives +29 ranged attack bonus
Willow shortbow: This Bow requires 20 ranged to wield, it can be made by using the willow shortbow(u) on a bowstring. It gives +20 ranged attak bonus.
Oak shortbow: It requires +5 ranged level to wield, it can be made by using oak shortbow(u) on a bow string.