Willow shieldbow (u)
Willow shieldbow (u)
Release date 25 March 2002 (Update unknown) edit
Members Yes
Quest item No
Tradeable Yes
Equipable No
Stackable No
High alch 96 coins
Low alch 64 coins
Destroy Drop
Store price 48 coins
Exchange price 47 coins (info)
Buy limit 10,000
Examine An unstrung willow shieldbow; I need a bowstring for this.
Weight 0 kg
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An unstrung willow shieldbow (called willow shieldbow (u) in-game) may be cut from willow logs with a knife at level 40 Fletching, granting 41.5 experience. This will amount to 1162 Fletching experience for a full inventory.

The unstrung bow may be strung into a willow shieldbow at level 40 Fletching using a bowstring, granting an additional 41.5 experience. However, for training, players may do better not stringing their willow bows, due to the low value of willow shieldbows. It may be advisable to wait until level 55 Fletching and using bowstrings for maple shieldbows.

Due to the low price and abundance of willow logs on the Grand Exchange, many players train Fletching by cutting willow logs into unstrung willow shieldbows and attempting to sell them on the Grand Exchange. This has resulted in an excess of unstrung willow shieldbows on the Grand Exchange.

The most profitable means of getting rid of these unstrung bows is selling them to a general store. This can be profitable since the logs cost 24 coins on the Grand Exchange and the unstrung shieldbows sell for around 32 coins at the store. An Explorer Ring could also be used to some effect - the 30 low level alchemy charges can be used to get a greater amount of coins than selling them to the store, although because the ring only has 30 charges per day its effects are minimal.


  • This item can be invested in the Mobilising Armies activity. Each unit trades for 33 Investment Credits
  • Stringing this item makes almost 600 experience per inventory and is fairly cost effective.
  • As of 1 April 2010, Willow Shieldbows (u) can be sold to the general store in Varrock Square for the minimum Grand Exchange price, making fletching these bows a little bit more profitable.

Fletching cost analysisEdit

Note: All prices are calculated using current GE price

Action Material cost Product price Profit
Cutting willow logs into unstrung bows 24 47 23
Stringing unstrung bows 367 119 -248
Making willow shieldbows from willow logs 344 119 -225

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