Farming is easily one of the best skills in OSRS. It’s an excellent passive moneymaking via farming runs. With a high enough Farming level, players can plant spirit trees to give themselves more teleport options. Farming is also a cost-efficient way of amassing key ingredients in Cooking and Herblore recipes. For every OSRS account, but especially Iron Man accounts, few skills come in handy more than Farming.
Due to its usefulness, you’ll want to reach level 99 Farming ASAP. That can be a problem since fast-leveling and Farming don’t really go together. At least not in OSRS. But in 2016, Jagex tossed a bone to us aspiring farmers in the form of the Tithe Farm minigame.
Tithe Farm introduced a new way for players to train their Farming and added some new Farming-related items too. Is any of it worth it?
Grab your straw hat, coveralls and watering can, and let’s find out.
To gain access to the Tithe Farm minigame, you first need 100% Hosidius favour. You’ll also need at least level 34 Farming to play Tithe Farm. If you plan on doing Tithe Farm for experience, I recommend level 54 Farming. More on that later.
You’ll need a shovel, seed dibbler, and watering cans to play Tithe Farm.
Graceful Set/Stamina Potions
There’s a lot of running back and forth involved in the Tithe Farm minigame, and there’s nothing better for running than full Graceful.
Assuming you’ve been training Agility exclusively at Rooftop Agility Courses, you should have a Graceful set at around level 60-70 Agility.
If you don’t have Graceful, bring your best alternative weight-reduction gear, like Boots of Lightness, Spotted Cape, and some stamina potions. If your Agility level is relatively high, one stamina potion dose is enough for an entire game.
You obtain the Farmer’s outfit from Tithe Farm, but if you already have it, it should go without saying to bring it along to this Farming minigame.
8 Filled Watering Cans
You’ll need eight filled watering cans to use the strategy in this guide. You can get away with six, but it will be less efficient.
RuneLite makes almost everything about OSRS faster and more efficient. There’s no exp waste here, ladies and gents. Using RuneLite makes nailing down the Tithe Farm seamless.
Getting to Tithe Farm
To get to the Tithe Farm minigame for the first time, make your way to Hosidius in the kingdom of Great Kourend. The easiest option is the Xeric’s Glade teleport on Xeric’s talisman. Alternatives include the Farming Guild teleport on the skills necklace or house teleport if your POH is in Hosidius.
After you’ve played at least one game of Tithe Farm, you can teleport here instantly with the Tithe Farm minigame teleport.
Once in Hosidius, travel to the southeastern part of Hosidius. Tithe Farm is inside a house northeast of the mine.
There’s a seed table in the upper left corner of the house. This table has the three seeds you can plant in Tithe Farm:
- Golovanova seeds
- Bologano seeds
- Logavano seeds
These seeds require levels 34, 54, and 74 Farming to plant.
Your character will automatically take the highest-level seed available to them. You can take lower-level ones if you want, but there’s no reason for that.
Once you have your stack of 100 seeds, head inside Tithe Farm to begin playing.
How To Play Tithe Farm
Upon entering Tithe Farm, Farmer Gricoller will give you Gricoller’s fertiliser. I don’t use it with my Tithe Farm method because it slows down efficiency. Feel free to drop it.
Tithe Farm has ten full farming patches, four plots per patch, and only allows for two players per world, so you may need to hop worlds. I’ve encountered try-hards that use up more than five patches, and that’s the number of patches you need for this method.
Set yourself up between the first two patches in the bottom right corner. Click on your seeds of choice, then plant some seeds in the rightmost plot of the bottom patch. If you’re using RuneLite, a yellow circle will pop up in the plot. That yellow circle is your timer.
A blight in Tithe Farm will kill your crops if this yellow circle bottoms out before you water your plant. Before moving onto a different plot, water your crop. If you try planting all your seeds first and then watering, you’ll run out of time, and crops will start to die. After you water a crop, the yellow circle will turn blue. That blue circle is a countdown for how long it’ll take before your crop moves onto the next growth phase.
When watering your crops, it’s vital that you click on a watering can in your inventory and then click your crop. While it is possible to water crops just by left-clicking them, that isn’t efficient. If you click on the watering can in your inventory and then click on the crop, you can skip part of the seed-planting animation. That doesn’t work if you water the crops just by clicking on them.
You don’t need to wait out the watering animation, either. As soon as the yellow circle turns blue, you can move on to watering a different crop.
After you’ve planted and watered your first crop in the bottommost plot, turn to the patch to your left and repeat the process of planting and watering.
Once you plant and water seeds in all five plots of the two bottom patches, move to the other lane of patches of repeat the process in those two bottom patches. Finally, plant and water some seeds in the center patch adjacent to the solitary patch and water barrel.
By the time you work on the fifth patch, the crops in the first patch should be in the second phase. The blue circle will revert back to blue, and it’s time for you to water them again. Unlike in the first phase, you do NOT have to click on your watering can and then on the crop to water it. That is only for the first phase.
After the second round of watering, your crops will be fully grown. Instead of a yellow or blue circle, it will be green to signify that you can harvest the plant. Make sure you do it before the timer runs out. Otherwise, it will become diseased.
Clear all five patches of your crops, then refill your watering cans at one of the water barrels. Then begin the process again until you finish planting all 100 seeds. If you’re being efficient, each session of Tithe Farm takes around 20 minutes to complete.
After you have all 100 crops, deposit them into the sack near the tool leprechaun for exp and reward points. Exit Tithe Farm, grab another stack of 100 seeds, and it’s back to the grind. That’s all there is to Tithe Farm.
You receive exp for harvesting and depositing crops, with each of the three seeds having different exp gains.
Golovanovas, bologanos, and logavanos provide 6, 14, and 23 exp per harvest, respectively. They provide 10X exp for deposits, at 60, 140, and 230 per for the first 74 fruit. The remaining 26 fruit will provide double exp.
That’s not all the exp you can get from Tithe Farm. If you deposit 75 fruit, you will receive a flat drop of bonus exp. You get a bonus of 1,500, 3,500, or 5,750 for 75 golovanovas, bologanos, and logavanos.
If playing efficiently, you can expect Farming exp rates of 28,000, 65,000-67,000, and 100,000-111,000 exp per hour for golovanovas, bologanos, and logavanos.
If you plan on doing Tithe Farm for experience, it’s really only worth it at level 54 Farming and above. But if you’re doing it for the other rewards, feel free to come here at level 34 Farming.
Along with the Farming exp, playing Tithe Farm will earn you reward points you can use in the Reward Shop.
To get reward points, you must deposit at least 75 fruit. You only receive reward points for the 75th-100th pieces of fruit you deposit for a maximum of 26 points per game. In other words, Tithe Farm is not a minigame you can half-play. If you play Tithe Farm, prepare to do a complete batch of 100 to get the most out of it.
Speak with Farmer Gricoller to access Tithe Farm’s Rewards Shop. There are a dozen rewards here you can purchase.
- Compost for 1 point each
- Supercompost for 5 points each
- Grape seeds for 2 points each
- Bologa’s blessing (10) for 1 point each
- Farmer’s strawhat for 75 points
- Farmer’s jacket/shirt for 150 points
- Farmer’s boro trousers for 125 points
- Farmer’s boots for 50 points
- Gricoller’s can for 200 points
- Seed box for 250 points
- Herb sack for 250 points
- Auto-weed for 50 points
There are a couple of duds and a couple of standouts here. Obviously, avoid compost and supercompost like the plague. Even if you’re an Iron Man account, the number of points you’d need for the average Farming grind would be ludicrous. You’d be better off training Farming in Tithe Farm itself.
Grape seeds are also a no-go for most people. You use them to plant grapes in the Vinery here in Hosidius, but there’s little reason to do so. Having Bologa’s blessings in your inventory while harvesting grapes in the Vinery will turn them into Zamorak’s grapes. You can use them to create wine of Zamorak. Wine of Zamorak is an ingredient in ranging and bastion potions. Both require high Herblore levels to make. Unless you’re an endgame Iron Man player, you’ve no reason to get Bologa’s blessings.
Gricoller’s can is the watering can equivalent of the bottomless compost bucket. It can hold up to 1000 sprays of water at once. It sounds good, but it’s only really useful in Tithe Farm. Even then, it’s only useful to players who do 25X4 crop runs. The remaining rewards are the real prizes.
The five farmer pieces make up the Farmer outfit. Each provides a tiny bit of bonus Farming exp. Owning the complete set gives an additional 0.5% bonus exp for a maximum +2.5% Farming exp. If you’re getting level 99 Farming the traditional way of doing tree runs, the Farmer’s outfit technically isn’t worth the time or effort. But, it’s also a very easy and quick skilling outfit to acquire. So, I say, why not?
The best reward in the Rewards Shop is easily the herb sack. It can store up to 30 grimy herbs of each herb. It really comes in handy during farm runs and especially when fighting monsters that drop a lot of herbs (Like chaos or elder chaos druids). To use the herb sack, you need at least level 58 Herblore.
The seed box can store over two billion seeds of any six varieties. Like the herb sack, it’s nice for farm runs or while fighting monsters that drop valuable seeds.
The final reward is the auto-weed. Auto-weed allows you to turn off or on the ability for weeds to grow in farm patches. This ability may or may not be useful, depending on the player.
If you’re a low-level Iron Man, you likely will be using weeds to make compost, so you definitely don’t want this ability. And unless you aren’t paying attention or are AFK, you only rake weeds once or twice during an entire farm run. It’s not a big deal. I tend to give this reward a pass.
Question: Can I plant 16 crops at a time instead of 20?
Answer: You can, but I don’t recommend it. Depending on your efficiency, there’s a 2-5 second waiting period between watering plants in phases 2 and 3. That’s extremely inefficient. I suggest continuing to work on the 20X5 method until you master it.
Question: Can I plant more than 20 crops at a time?
Answer: You can. Some legends out there employ the 25X4 method in Tithe Farm. To use this method, you’ll need access to the Humidify lunar spell, which requires level 68 Magic and completion of Lunar Diplomacy.
If using the 25X4 method, there will be absolutely zero downtime whatsoever during runs. It will provide the most exp per hour but comes at a cost.
Tithe Farm is a click-intensive minigame, no matter how many crops per run you plant. But with the 25X4 method, it is insanely click-intensive. You can make no mistakes, and it’s hard to master for not much more exp than the 20X5 method.
I find the 25X4 method more trouble than it is worth, but if you want to try it, go for it.
I think Tithe Farm is a great minigame introduced to OSRS. Jagex buffed it a few times over the years, like allowing players to click on plants to water them in 2019 (To be honest, I wasn’t a Tithe Farm fan before this happened) and adding the herb sack in 2020.
Tithe Farm is a great active way of training Farming. It also happens to be free. The go-to method for achieving level 99 Farming is tree runs, and those seeds/saplings are expensive.
But let’s be honest here: for many players, the Tithe Farm minigame is redundant.
It costs 0 GP to get level 99 Farming here, but it also isn’t getting you much GP. Even if you spent all your leftover points on compost, supercompost, or grape seeds, that isn’t making you much. Farm runs are one of the best ways to passively make millions of GP, and you can’t do those if you’re no-lifing Tithe Farm. Many OSRS players are kids who grew up and are now busy with life, so tree runs are more convenient. The farm runs pay for the tree runs too. As a result, Tithe Farm is something a lot of people ignore.
At the end of the day, it’s another option for players to consider, and that’s always A-okay in my book.
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