RuneScape Player-Owned Farms Guide
RuneScape player-owned farms have been out for some time now and if you’re new to the topic you can check out our introductory post and familiarize yourself with the main concepts of this new feature. For those who have already completed the tutorial (which is a must) and don’t really know what to do next we have made this little guide to help you through your agricultural struggle.
How to start farming in player-owned farm?
Breeding animals is of course the integral part of owning a farm (we’ve already got a spot for growing plants). But how do you go about it, where to start? First things first, and this means you have to complete the tutorial. You must have level 17 Farming and level 20 Construction to do so. The tutorial will allow you to get familiar with how the farm works and will also reward you with some beans which is a new currency and is used for purchasing items from the farm shop. Beans can also be earned by selling your livestock. Alternatively, you can sell your animals in the Grand Exchange. During the tutorial you will have to build a pen and there you will keep your animals. Breeding pens in player-owned farms vary in size. Simple breeding pens store four animals, small pens store six, medium pens can hold four and in large pens you will be able to keep three animals (basically two adolescent animals and their baby). This might seem a bit counter-intuitive – larger pens hold less animals, but that’s because you keep way bigger animals in larger pens when compared to smaller ones.
Ardougne has changed since the introduction of player-owned farms into RuneScape. All for the better I daresay.
How to breed animals in player-owned farm?
Once you have a pen you can then drop some animals in it. You have already seen how it works during the tutorial: you have two adolescent animals of same species but different genders, check them, put them into the pen and then feed them. Remember, that checking your animals is important, but feeding them proper food also is, so make sure to log in regularly and give them some food. This will not only increase their breeding rate, but will also keep them healthy and happy. And happy livestock means a happy farmer. But faster breeding doesn’t mean you won’t have to wait at all. First an animal has to reach adolescent stage. Only adolescent animals can breed, eggs and babies cannot (duh). We’ve already mentioned that keeping your animals healthy and happy is important and this can be achieved not only by feeding them regularly, but also by giving them some sweet stuff i.e. honey. You can keep bees in beehives and they will produce honey. There are different kinds of honey each with their own beneficial effects and these different kinds of honey are produced from different kinds of plants. Therefore, you must be mindful of what buffs you wish your animals to get and bring specific flowers into beehives to then get the type of honeycomb you need. You can also feed your animals strawberry or vanilla milk for similar effects.
One of many mutations of livestock bred in player-owned farms. In this case, it's sacred yak.
Your livestock will also have lots of different traits: some beneficial and some not so much. These traits are both hereditary and random, so you can never be 100% sure what traits your baby dragon will have once it hatches. These traits range from animal’s tendency to breed at a increased rate or put on weight easier to being worth less beans or producing less harvestable materials. There is a detailed article with specific information on RuneScape reddit you should definitely check out. In addition to random traits, your animals can also have random mutations. This means that there’s always a chance of you getting that extra-cool looking dragon or super cute Zygomite.
If you’re interested in making some RuneScape gold you may have been wondering which kind of animal yields most profit? Well, dragons, of course. What did you think it would be? However, dragons take the longest to grow and obtaining and breeding them is also harder and requires you to have a lot of experience already. Which means that as much as you could’ve been excited about growing your own dragons (it really is cool), you’ll have to grind through those levels if you’re not a RuneScape veteran. In addition, don't wait for your animals to read elder stage and sell them once they reach adolescence.