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Maybe this thread has been here before, but the DIY thread made me think of this. Like some who posted there, I am a cheapskate. Pretty much the only things I buy on the GE are things that are way beyond my level to make or things that are extremely rare drops. This means that I gather a lot of my own raw materials. Over the years, some of my material gathering methods have evolved.

 

 

 

For example, pure ess. In the beginning, I mined it. Wow, was that a drag. Then I discovered temple trekking, and for quite some time, I temple trekked for all my pure ess. Then I switched to gargoyles. Now I camp abby demons for pure ess. Sure beats mining it.

 

 

 

Another problem for me was raw sharks for bunyip pouches. I hate fishing, so getting the level to fish sharks is out of the question in the short run. Then Duradel was kind enough to assign brine rats to me -- noted raw sharks as a fairly common drop from a very easy monster to kill. Even newbs can camp brine rats all day. I may never get the level to fish sharks now!

 

 

 

A third an final example is waterfiends. Those little guys provide a lot of raw materials for me -- just a few are noted snapegrass, noted water filled vials, noted mith bars, and, most importantly, noted uncharged orbs. Sure, you have to pray against them, but it's not too bad, and take an sgs, and you can camp there for a very, very long time.

 

 

 

Now I wonder whether I might be missing other opportunities to gather raw materials through combat?


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I've gotten 2 Construction levels from Oak Planks provided by Armoured Zombie drops.

 

 

 

I get the Water Talismans for Ice Titan pouches from Brine Rats instead of the Grand Exchange (because they're overpriced).

 

 

 

All of my Law Runes (well over 10k at this point) come from Cockroach Soldier drops. The same goes for Death Runes.

 

 

 

There are a few more I know of, but I don't want to ruin it for people who have found them out on their own. ::'

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Aviansie for addy bars is probably the most famous example of this. I think almost no one other than f2p really smelt addy bars anymore due to this.


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150k fire runes from random slayer tasks.

 

All my pure essence is from zombies.

 

Planks from zombies.

 

All my coal is from random events.

 

ALL of my Seeds are from slayer drops. 1k and up seeds.

 

 

 

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Ice trolls drop good amounts of raw sharks, seaweed, coal, and balls of wool (not sure how many people need that last one, though).

 

 

 

Minotaurs drop more iron arrows than you'll ever need -- even with a range level of about 30, you'll gain arrows by ranging them.

 

 

 

Basilisks drop a large number of nature runes.

 

 

 

Nechryaels and cave horrors drop a lot of herb seeds.

 

 

 

Abyssal lurkers drop just about every type of talisman, in case you need any.

 

 

 

Desert lizards drop a lot of ores, but they're all unnoted, which is slightly irritating.

 

 

 

Goraks are a very good source of gems/half keys; I usually manage to get one gem per monkfish used.

 

 

 

There are probably more that I know, but none of them stick out all that much in my mind.


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Cockroach soldiers are a great source of mithril ore, and to a lesser extent addy ore. They drop both noted, along with laws and deaths, as someone here stated.

 

 

 

Chaos druids remain the easiest way to collect herbs at any level, I have used them for as long as I can remember. They also supply a good amount of mithril bolts.

 

 

 

Ankous (not sure of the spelling) from the stronghold of security drop loads of bloods and deaths, as well as noted pure ess.

 

 

 

Mighty banshee are a favorite task of mine, easy to range, and drop lots of herbs and noted pure ess.

 

 

 

Eclectic imps are good for noted oak planks, addy ore, and gold bars.

 

 

 

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Those Bandos statues are probably the #1 for gems now.


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Alot of monsters drop food, herbs, and combat items.

 

 

 

However, one of the most notable I've seen are Armored zombies.

 

 

 

They drop tons of Pure essence, Oak planks, Teak planks, normal planks, etc. They are all noted as well!


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Even pures have options. I camp at fleshies and have a fury +5M because of herb drops, iron ore drops (noted) and runes.

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Those Bandos statues are probably the #1 for gems now.

 

No, Goraks still beat 'em by a mile.

 

 

 

But yeah, I've actually got a lot of my stuff from every monster I fought. I never, ever had to buy another Ranarr/Prayer potion after I did Abberant Spectre tasks; saving up charms + cash for a War Tortoise so I don't really have to leave. :D


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I love the alternative ways to get raw materials. They open up otherwise really inefficient training ways and they give high levels the opportunity to gather raw materials while doing more 'useful' stuff. Pure essence at abyssals is a great example this. Jagex did a great job with introducing this.

 

Aviansies are responsible for a large part of the Smithing capes out there. I think Jagex did a great job with those; very few people did something else than goldsmithing before aviansies.


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Duradel assigns Brine Rats?

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MTK mostly, Slayer gives me a lot of raw materials too!. But my favorite is to hyb dks for water tallies :P


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Duradel assigns Brine Rats?

 

 

 

Well, he certainly used to, but, now that you mention it, I haven't had a brine rat assignment from him in quite some time. I would hate to think that I will never get them again!


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This is why I save practically every drop. Eventually I'll have enough to put it all into good use.


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I don't know if this really counts: but going to Tai Bow Wannai and killing the mosquitos is great money, something like 4k per probiscis, and you can get 5 in one drop. Or the Gout tubers you can get, these are much less common, but still not all that rare, and add a nice ~30k to your cash pile.

 

It is even possible to camp here for long amounts of time, just bring some anti++, a machete and some reclaym(sp?) balm, then chop away, when you get a spider, kill it, skewer it and cook it, then either eat that or use it on Broodoo victims (upwards of 30 damage).

 

You could even note your anti and blam, get it unnoted at the general store (bring some money) and then you could camp here technically forever.


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Those Bandos statues are probably the #1 for gems now.

 

No, Goraks still beat 'em by a mile.

 

For the average 'scaper, statues are.


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Waterfiends drop Water orbs, not uncharged orbs ;)

 

I just might go camp Bandos statues too, I've run low on gems :)


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For my time - the #1 gem spot is the wall safes in the Rogue's Den.

 

 

 

Also Kurask for noted pineapples - not that anyone is going to run off and kill Kurasks just because of that.


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Waterfiends drop Water orbs, not uncharged orbs ;)

 

 

 

You're definitely right that they drop water orbs -- a ton of them! I thought they dropped uncharged orbs as well. Something that I kill drops noted uncharged orbs because they build up in my bank. When I get enough, I make a few air orb runs. Anybody know what drops noted uncharged orbs?


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Well, for the most part Bandos statues are a nice way of getting large piles of dust runes.


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Does anyone know the drop rate of oak planks/hr at zombies? I'm going to do that to gain combat xp and oak planks for construction.

 

 

 

This is really helpful :D

 

 

 

During f2p, I trained on cockroach soldiers and got almost 2k mith ores from them. Also a wonderful source of laws.


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ALL my astral runes (6.3k) come from the reward from shooting stars, along with my gold ore (2.1k), and as well as ALL my cosmic runes (18k!).

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Kudos to the self-sufficient Runescapers around the board.

 

I consider myself really poor for my level because i could never merch in the days before GE.

 

I almost always get things for myself if i have the levels instead of buying them. Especially runes these days

 

One exception is Coal. Unless i buy this, my minings gonna shoot waaaay over my smithing, and i wanna keep those skills close.

 

 

 

I like to bring a hatchet and clay knife with me Hunting, so i can make arrow shafts while i wait for the traps.

 

For cheap construction xp you can also cut the lone teak, west by south west of castle wars. Bring a ring to bank.

 

 

 

I've seen people killing jungle spiders near Tai Bwo Wannai and Brimhaven... But i almost never see anyone @ Hazlemere's place by Yanille. 50 hp, and spider carcasses are valuable to summoners as well as their only drop, so u can use warrior/archer/etc rings instead of wealth. Short run to yanille, or theres a fairy ring. Some kinda clunky safe spots too (Dont bring a halberd). I've never tried maging them. 100k/ good hour easy or good for training summoning low lv.

 

 

 

I have no idea where other people get their goat horns for combat potions and smoke devils, cause i never see anyone at the cluster of them north of Uzer. Unless they're questing i dont see anyone. Crushed goat horns were going for 800+ last i checked, and they're easier to kill than spiders. I use a Broomstick to tele, and bank at Shantay Pass. Bones and Goat horn guaranteed drops so again u can use another ring, i wear Charos (a). 135 gp for a carpet ride to uzer, waterskin 4, and pass. 235 if you dont wear Ring of charos (a). 120k/ good hour. I keep most for the aforementioned pots and summons.

 

 

 

My wackiest non-traditional thing has got to be how i get a lot of my herbs:

 

Bringing a macaw to draynor sewers and slaying zombies. Ive gotten everything from them, no double drops.

 

Though i have gotten dwarf weeds from the lv 13s. Macaw scroll works in sewer too for even more herbs.

 

On a good day you can make money Crumbling undead down there. but i usually melee w/ salve amulet (e)


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