Unlike F2P (Free-to-play), P2P (Pay-to-play) has several skills that can be trained by players, along with a variety of equipment and unlocked quests. Instead of going through every possible training method for Ironman, we will be focusing on the most optimal way for such a player to max out. So, without further ado, let’s start!
Combat and Slayer
Starting off as an Ironman, you should initially focus on your melee stats by completing various quests that can save time. These quests include The Vampire Slayer, Waterfall Quest, Tree Gnome Village, Dragon Slayer, Fight Arena, and Witch’s House. Completing these quests should get your base stats high enough to equip Rune and Adamantite equipment.
Speaking in terms of Slayer, if you’re looking for efficiency, then you dedicate your entire melee training to this skill. It’ll not only provide you with equipment upgrades, but also help you earn money, and with time, you will max out in both; Combat and Slayer.
You can choose to train Range side by side with the Slayer skill because it’s quite efficient to use this attack style while bossing or killing other NPCs. Once you’re around 70+ Ranged, you can switch to training the skill via the Chinchompas method in either MM1 or MM2 tunnels. If you’re going to hunt for Chinchompas instead of purchasing them to train your Ranged, then it’s good because it’ll also increase your Hunter level.
The early levels can be gained by using Fire Strike spells on Dragon or Hill Giants. You can collect bones from them and save up to train your Prayer alongside Magic. After that, it’s best that you switch to casting High-Level Alchemy, while you perform other skilled tasks like Agility. Once you reach a further stage, you can switch to using Ice Burst during your Slayer tasks, and make use of the Trident of the Seas staff for bossing.
The early levels for Prayer can be gained by completing various quests in the early stages of the game. After that, you can save up bones Dragon Bones and Ensouled Heads while training other skills to train your Prayer later. However, make sure that you use these bones at your Player-Owner House Altar or the Ectofuntus because they offer a lot more experience there, rather than burying them.
Ironmen normally agree that making Broad Arrows is the most efficient way to train Fletching all the way to 99. However, it is extremely slow at the very beginning as you start off by making Shafts and Headless Arrows, which only grants you low Fletching XP. With enough money made from other skills like Slayer or Combat, you can get a good experience rate by fletching better items. However, that is when you reach a good enough level in Fletching, before that mostly every skill is slow at the very start. You won’t find this skill in an osrs f2p ironman guide!
Obviously, you will have to start off with the early levels by burning logs (which is basically what the skill is about). But you will also be spending your time at Wintertodt minigame because it offers rewards that are quite useful for certain skills, such as seeds and fish. On your journey to 99 Fire Making, you will also achieve good levels in Woodcutting and Fletching.
Since there are many paths that you can choose in Fishing, you want to skip the starting levels by completing quests like The Sea Slug Quest, and complete events from the NPC named Evil Bob (grants good Fishing experience). Normally, the best option would be to approach the Barbarian Fishing method to max out your Fishing, because you achieve good levels in Agility and Strength as well along the way. If you decide on cutting the fish, then you will also be getting a decent amount of experience in Cooking.
Similar to fishing, there are many ways to start cooking depending upon at what stage you’re starting. If you have no supplies stocked, then you can purchase and cook them from the Culinaromancer’s Chest, or Rufus’ Meat Store in Canifis. The grind goes faster once you unlock Wines, and once you are about 65 Cooking, it’s best that you switch towards the Hosidius Mess Hall and make Pineapple Pizzas. However, you will require 45% Hosidius favour, which is quite easy to get.
The first few levels for this osrs ironman crafting guide can be covered by questing, making bowstrings, or creating pieces of jewelry. When you unlock the Molten Glass stage, the majority of your grind will lie upon it. There’s a decent meta to obtain Buckets of Sand, which is by mining Sandstone and grinding the stones at the Sandstorm Grinder. You can also purchase them from the Charter Ship or gather them yourself from Yanille. Speaking of Seaweed, there is no method that is in comparison against the Giant Seaweed that can be obtained from the underwater farming patches located on Fossil Island. Alternatively, you can purchase regular ones from the Charter Ship too.
Similar to some of the other skills, you can skip the first few levels by questing, and then start to power mine Iron Ores until you unlock the high-tier ores. Your best choice would most likely be the Rune Pickaxe, and you can purchase it from multiple stores, or obtain it in the form of a drop from monsters across OSRS.
You can also get a good amount of Mining experience if you choose the option to head to the Sandstorm route to obtain sand for the crafting skill. Other than that, there’s always the Motherlode Mine, which is the most relaxing and profitable way to max out Mining.
You can passively train Smithing with this osrs ironman smithing guide with the help of the ores that you obtain while training Mining, or you can start collecting the ores that you get in the form of a drop from various creatures around the game. You can also choose to convert your Steel Bars into Cannonballs with the help of a mold to help with your Slayer grind.
If you’re rich enough and have a good pile of cash, then you can buy your way to the very end at the Blast Furnace. Buying Gold Ore and smithing them is the fastest way to train this skill, but only if you have Goldsmith Gauntlets. Alternatively, you can smelt other metals and smith them into items, which also provides a good experience rate per hour.
To skip the slow low-level training, you can achieve a few Agility levels by completing the Tourist Trap quest. As mentioned in the Fishing section, you can efficiently train your Agility too to gain a good enough level that can allow you to visit better courses. Once you have the required level, you can switch to the best available rooftop course, and at the same time, train your Magic (High-Alchemy) or Fletching (Arrows in between steps).
Thieving isn’t a semi-AFK skill because it requires repetitive clicking. You can start training at any point of your Ironman journey. Start off with pickpocketing Men, Cake Stalls, Warrior Women, and then Master Farmers, until you reach level 45. After that, you can switch to Blackjacking bandits till 99.
It’s considered as the slowest skill to achieve 99 because there is a lot of material that you can obtain. Herb Sack can be quite useful as you train your Slayer because you can store your drops in it. Other than that, the majority of items can be obtained from Farming.
Farming can passively be trained as you train your Slayer because you will get a lot of seeds from monster drops, which you can collect and grow later. You can also get seeds from bird nests through the Birdhouse game. Do remember to regularly grow Limpwurt Roots, Snape Grass, Berries and Herbs to obtain materials for Herblore.
Hunter is slow at first, but there’s a solution to it in this osrs ironman guide. You can complete the Varrock Musem minigame which will give you a kick start of 9 levels (from level 3). From that point onwards, you can do Birdhouses until you reach the point where you can hunt Chinchompas. If you stick to hunting them till 99, then you’ll have enough Chinchompas to get your Ranged maxed out.
Rune Crafting can get annoying before the back and forth runs. That’s why you can cut off the first few levels by completing Eyes of Glouphrie and Lunar Diplomacy, as per this osrs ironman guide. You can also make use of experience lamps. Once you have the access to Lunar Spells and the Ourania Altar, you can stick to it and grind till your max out. Alternatively, you can craft Nature Runes at the Abyss.
Since this skill requires money, you can slowly progress it as you train your Slayer and Thieving. You can pick regular Planks at the Barbarian Outpost and build Chairs or Shelves, which is a cheap way to get started with Construction. The best method would be by cutting Oak Logs and having your house Butler run to the sawmill, which will save a lot of time on your hands. Once you have the planks, you can make Oak Dungeon Doors and Oak Larders.