Wintertodt is a great place to train your Firemaking up from 50 to 99. It takes about 600-700 games to do so, which might seem quite tedious to some, other ways of gaining firemaking xp can be found in our 99 firemaking guide.
In this guide you will get the best Wintertodt strategies to gain the most points and most XP possible. You may need a little bit of gold to participate in the minigame, so if you're short - we got you.
Best Wintertodt Gear (Warm Clothes)
In the Wintertodt minigame / boss, you need at least 4 pieces of warm gear to mitigate the damage from the cold as much as possible. If you’re just starting to do Wintertodt, chances are you don’t have much in the way of warm clothes since you don’t have the pyromancer outfit. Here is a list of some of the gear that counts as warm gear.
Pyromancer outfit - this is the best option, obtained from wintertodt supply crates.
Santa / Antisanta Outfit
Evil Chicken Outfit
Bomber jacket costume
Black Santa Hat
Any staff that provides fire runes
Any fire, infernal, or 99 skill cape and the obsidian cape
Tome of fire
Clue Hunter Outfit
Most of these options are untradeable and can only be obtained through wintertodt, the fight caves, holiday events, etc. However, there is one option in particular that we recommend if you don’t happen to just have 4 of these items sitting around. This outfit is the Clue Hunter Outfit, and here is a short guide on how to get it. Note: The Helm of Raedwald does not count as warm gear, so we won’t include it here, but it is technically still a part of the Clue Hunter Outfit.
Getting the Clue Hunter Outfit
You will only need a Spade, teleports to get near these locations, and perhaps stamina or energy potions or graceful gear to be able to keep running. Remember, you only need 4 pieces of warm clothes, but more won’t affect you negatively.
Gloves and Boots
For these pieces of the gear, Dig here beside the oak tree south of the Fishing Guild.
For this piece of the gear, Dig here, southwest of Kourend Castle
For this piece of the gear, Dig here, near the Pothole Dungeon near Tai Bwo Wannai
For this piece of the gear, Dig here, between two Willows south of Yanille.
The Clue Hunter Gear will be plenty sufficient for starting out at Wintertodt. As you unlock pieces of the Pyromancer gear, incorporate those into your set up. The bruma torch even provides the benefit of acting as a tinderbox for lighting the braziers, which is something we will talk about later.
The best food to eat
Generally speaking, your food needs will fall into two categories:
Low HP Level Characters (Less than 70-80 HP)
Characters with a low HP stat should use wines or cakes. The reason characters with less than about 74 HP would want to use wines or cakes is because they likely won’t be hit as hard by Wintertodt. If your Firemaking Level is well above 50, this is even better because that will reduce the damage done to you by the Wintertodt. Wines are a viable option for many Ironman accounts. However, it may be easier for low HP level Ironman accounts to bring cakes stolen from stalls in Ardougne.
High HP Level Characters (87 HP or above)
If your account has an HP level of about 87 or above, we suggest Saradomin Brews for Wintertodt. The Wintertodt does damage based on your Max HP, so it will do significantly more when your HP level is this high. Also, Saradomin Brews will heal 15 HP at level 87 and 16 HP at level 94. If your Firemaking Level is fairly low, you might consider using Saradomin Brews as low as 74 HP as the Wintertodt will be hitting you pretty hard anyways, and the Saradomin Brews will still be healing at least 13 HP per dose.
How to get there
There are two easy ways to get to Wintertodt. The easiest way is to teleport there with a games necklace. The next best way is to use fairy ring code C I S and following the yellow path to get there. Note: You will have to pay Trossa 80,000 coins to use this fairy ring. If neither of these are possible, simply walk to it. An easy way to get to Kourend is to take a boat from Port Sarim to Port Piscarilius. Then, find Wintertodt on the map and walk there.
Other Important Items
In the starting room, you will need to grab some items if you did not bring them with you.
These items are:
You will need a knife if you want to fletch Bruma Roots into Bruma Kindling
You will need a Tinderbox OR Bruma Torch to light braziers
You will need to grab a bronze axe if you don’t have a better one. We recommend the Dragon Axe, as it chops the roots much faster and has a Level Boost Special Attack.
Rejuvenation potion (unf)
You will need a Rejuvenation potion (unf) to make Rejuvenation potion if you wish to heal the Pyromancer.
You will need a Hammer if you wish to repair the brazier if it breaks.
Here is the Wintertodt HUD. The top left symbol indicates that the North Western brazier is not lit. (two logs symbol) The top right symbols indicate both that the North Eastern brazier is lit, (firemaking symbol) and that the North Eastern Pyromancer needs healing. (red hat symbol) If this brazier were broken, it could not be lit again without healing him. The bottom left symbols indicate both that the South Western brazier is broken (crafting symbol), and again that the South Western Pyromancer needs healing. (red hat symbol) This brazier cannot be lit again until the Pyromancer is healed. The bottom right symbol indicates that the South Eastern brazier is lit. (firemaking symbol)
Lighting the Brazier
The best way to start the minigame is to stand next to a Brazier in the spot shown.
This spot reduces the chances of being hit by snow storms. Also, when the minigame starts, you will need to light the Brazier. Do this by simply clicking on it with a Tinderbox in your inventory or a Bruma Torch equipped or in your inventory.
Chopping Bruma Roots
You will need to chop some Bruma Roots to feed the flames in the Braziers. In order to do this, go in the spot shown and chop them with the best axe you can. Don’t forget to activate your Dragon Axe Special attack if you have it! Chop chop!
Healing the Pyromancer
Occasionally, the pyromancer will get hurt and can’t help maintain the fire in the Brazier. In order to relight the Brazier in this situation, you are going to have to heal the pyromancer. In order to do this, you are going to have to grab a rejuvenation potion (unf) before starting the Wintertodt. Only one person needs to heal the pyromancer at each brazier, so we don’t really recommend you do this for the best experience rates. However, the best way we’ve found to do this is to grab a bruma herb directly after lighting the brazier at the start. Then, you can create the rejuvenation potion and go to the bruma tree to chop roots. Healing the pyromancer does provide 30 points, so if you are shooting for as many points as possible, this might be worth it to you.
Fixing the Brazier
Occasionally, the Wintertodt will summon a snow storm that will break the Brazier you have been Feeding or Fletching next to. When this happens it will need fixed and re-lit. To fix it, simply click on it with a Hammer in your inventory. To re-light it afterwards, simply clicking on it with a Tinderbox in your inventory or a Bruma Torch equipped or in your inventory.
Fletching the Bruma Roots
Whether or not to fletch the Bruma Roots is quite the topic of discussion. One one hand, you have people who want more loot, perhaps ironman accounts who should definitely accumulate those extra points if they can. And on the other, you have regular accounts who just want to be in and out of Wintertodt as fast as possible with that sweet Level 99 Firemaking. The latter, who are focused on time efficiency are known to say things like “Why fletch?”, which might be the most annoying thing you will see anyone say while you are fighting the Wintertodt. Our recommendation for the average player is to chop and burn one inventory of roots, then chop another inventory and only fletch the amount required to reach 500 points before burning them. Remember, you only need 500 points to guarantee the experience reward and a supply crate. Also, keep in mind that burning a regular bruma root grants 10 points while burning a bruma kindling grants 25 points. For example: You light the brazier and proceed to chop and burn 20 bruma roots. You sit at 225 points. When you go to chop more bruma roots, subtract 500 and 225 (This can be approximate) and divide by 25. That will let you know that you need 275 more points to get a reward, so you should fletch 11 bruma roots in your next inventory. The best place to fletch is right where we recommend you started the fight to minimize damage from snow storms. After earning 500 points, feel free to burn regular bruma roots for the best experience rate. Keep in mind that more points can lead to more rolls on the supply crate, but choosing to fletch all of your roots is a decision only you can make.
Here is a great guide with some very useful tips and reasons on why YOU SHOULD FLETCH in Wintertodt do gain the most xp ant points possible.
Feeding the Brazier
When you have bruma roots or bruma kindling to feed the fires in the braziers. The best place to feed the brazier is right where we recommend you started the fight. This will minimize your chances of being damaged by the snow storms. While feeding the brazier, keep an eye on your health, as being damaged by the cold will stop you from feeding the flames. When you get hurt, just click the brazier again. We recommend Runelite as it has a plugin that lets you see your health bar as shown here.
Lighting Braziers grants 25 points
Burning Bruma Roots grants 10 points
Burning Bruma Kindling grants 25 points
Repairing Braziers grants 25 points
Healing Pyromancers grants 30 points
Wintertodt Experience rates
Firemaking Experience Rates
At Level 50, you can expect about 161,000 experience per hour at Wintertodt with minimal fletching.
At Level 60, you can expect about 193,000 experience per hour at Wintertodt with minimal fletching.
At Level 70, you can expect about 226,000 experience per hour at Wintertodt with minimal fletching.
At Level 80, you can expect about 258,000 experience per hour at Wintertodt with minimal fletching.
At Level 90, you can expect about 290,000 experience per hour at Wintertodt with minimal fletching.
At Level 99, you can expect about 320,000 experience per hour at Wintertodt with minimal fletching.
Woodcutting Experience Rates
At Level 50, you can expect about 10,000 experience per hour at Wintertodt from chopping bruma roots.
At Level 60, you can expect about 12,000 experience per hour at Wintertodt from chopping bruma roots.
At Level 70, you can expect about 15,000 experience per hour at Wintertodt from chopping bruma roots.
At Level 80, you can expect about 17,000 experience per hour at Wintertodt from chopping bruma roots.
At Level 90, you can expect about 19,000 experience per hour at Wintertodt from chopping bruma roots.
At Level 99, you can expect about 21,000 experience per hour at Wintertodt from chopping bruma roots.
Wintertodt Rewards (Supply Crates)
As mentioned in our 1-99 Firemaking Guide, the rewards scale with many of your skill levels. Here is a list of them and the resources that correspond to them.
Herblore for herbs
Mining for ores
Fishing for fish
Crafting for uncut gems
Farming for seeds
Woodcutting for logs
Having these skills fairly high will significantly improve the profit on your way to 99 Firemaking through Wintertodt!