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Decanting is the method in which a player combines partially full potions of the same kind to produce one full potion and one partially empty potion. For example, decanting a potion containing 3 doses and another containing 2 doses yields one full potion (4 doses) and one partially full potion (1 dose).

Decanting to 4-doseEdit

As described above, players can use any partially full potion on another partially full potion to create a full potion and a partially full potion (assuming the total number of doses are greater than 4). If there are exactly 4 doses total, decanting will give one full potion and one empty vial. If there are less than 4 doses total, decanting will give one empty vial and one partially full potion.

In addition, Bob Barter at the Grand Exchange will automatically decant all potions in the player's inventory as much as possible when talked to (or via the right-click Decant option). Bob will decant all potions, including noted ones, for free - potions that cannot be noted (extreme potions, overload, juju potions, etc) can still be decanted, just at a significantly slower rate.

Decanting to 2-dose and 3-doseEdit

Occasionally it is required for potions to be in 2- or 3-doses, rather than 4:

Players can create 2-dose potions either by decanting two 1-dose potions, or by using a 4-dose potion on an empty vial (due to a glitch, the latter does not work the other way around). 3-dose potions can be created by decanting 2-dose potion and a 1-dose potion, or by making the potion from scratch. 3-dose potions cannot be created from 4-dose potions by the player alone, like 2-dose can be, without drinking a dose.

However, Bob Barter (and Zahur in Nardah) can also decant potions into 3-dose potions or 2-dose potions. Players can either talk with him or use his right-click Decant-X option. He will decant all the potions in the player's inventory, noted or unnoted, into the option that the player chooses, requiring empty vials - decanting into 2-dose potions will need more empty vials than decanting into 3-dose potions. The player can either supply the empty vials by carrying them in their inventory, noted or unnoted, or can carry money and Bob will charge 2gp (he used to charge the Grand Exchange market price (1 coins (update))) for each vial he supplies. He will also decant juju potions in the same way, providing juju vials at their Grand Exchange price (12 coins (update)).

Before the Death Hats, Draynor and Upgrades update on 25 May 2011, Zahur was the only NPC to decant into 2- and 3-dose potions. Now it is significantly more convenient to use Bob Barter. There is, however, one benefit to using Zahur - her right click options allow instant decanting into 2- or 3-dose potions, whereas Bob Barter requires a dialogue each time. Thus for decanting large numbers of untradeable potions (e.g. extreme potions for making overloads) can be quicker at Zahur than at Bob - small numbers of potions may not be worth the journey.

It is strongly recommended to use noted potions and noted empty vials for players who want to decant potions in bulk. This often reduces the number of runs the player must make between the bank and Bob to just one. Again, like above, potions that cannot be noted can be decanted, just at a slower rate.

Decanting to 1-doseEdit

Some potions, such as Super strength, sell for more as a single dose. Bob Barter now decants potions into 1, 2, 3 or 4 dose potions and will charge 2 coins for every vial supplied.

Profiting by decantingEdit

Due to an update, the money-making potential of decanting has subsided, but there are ways of making money.

Currently, for Pay-to-play, decanting 2-dose crafting potions, summoning potions and Saradomin brews by Bob Bartar could, in theory, allow players to make a large profit.

For Free-to-play, one way is to buy strength potion (3)s at medium price, get Bob Bartar to decant them into strength potion (4)s, and then sell the strength potion (4)s. This method only works when strength potion (4)s are selling for a high price, which they often are, and could make you a decent profit. Buying 3 dose potions in multiples of 4 makes this easier, as you are not left with partially filled potions.

Use the following calculator to determine which potions can produce a profit via decanting. If you aren't careful, you can end up losing hundreds of thousands.

Note: The table can be used for decanting from 4-dose to 2- or 3-dose - if the profit for a potion being decanted from six 2-dose potions into three 4-dose potions is Coins 100 -100, the profit for decanting from three 4-dose potions into six 2-dose potions is Coins 100 100.

Potion Decanting 12 (1)'s
into 3 (4)'s
Decanting 6 (2)'s
into 3 (4)'s
Decanting 4 (3)'s
into 3 (4)'s
Sacred oil Coins 1000 -6,588 Coins 1000 -2,046 Coins 1000 -1,404
Attack potion Coins 100 -234 Coins 250 -462 Coins 25 98
Ranging potion Coins 1000 -1,617 Coins 1000 -1,539 Coins 250 559
Magic potion Coins 1000 3,066 Coins 1000 3,888 Coins 1000 2,534
Strength potion Coins 100 108 Coins 250 -528 Coins 100 120
Defence potion Coins 100 -156 Coins 250 -450 Coins 100 196
Antipoison Coins 25 -33 Coins 25 -33 Coins 100 195
Guthix rest Coins 25 48 Coins 100 108 Coins 250 424
Restore potion Coins 3 -3 Coins 25 81 Coins 25 69
Energy potion Coins 3 3 Coins 5 -9 Coins 25 27
Agility potion Coins 250 -315 Coins 25 -33 Coins 100 241
Combat potion Coins 100 -192 Coins 25 -90 Coins 25 56
Prayer potion Coins 1000 1,632 Coins 250 936 Coins 250 632
Summoning potion Coins 1000 3,099 Coins 1000 3,003 Coins 1000 4,675
Crafting potion Coins 1000 -2,532 Coins 1000 -2,412 Coins 250 872
Super attack Coins 250 864 Coins 25 36 Coins 1000 -1,288
Super antipoison Coins 100 231 Coins 100 177 Coins 100 227
Fishing potion Coins 250 -408 Coins 100 -168 Coins 5 24
Super energy Coins 1000 -4,494 Coins 1000 -5,244 Coins 1000 -2,634
Hunter potion Coins 250 -945 Coins 250 -483 Coins 25 71
Super strength Coins 250 597 Coins 100 -147 Coins 1000 -1,863
Fletching potion Coins 100 -249 Coins 25 -69 Coins 5 -5
Super restore Coins 1000 3,294 Coins 1000 1,692 Coins 100 150
Sanfew serum Coins 1000 -27,462 Coins 1000 -15,192 Coins 1000 -1,622
Super defence Coins 250 915 Coins 250 549 Coins 250 -389
Antipoison+ Coins 1000 -5,712 Coins 1000 -3,672 Coins 1000 -2,640
Antifire Coins 100 -150 Coins 250 252 Coins 100 -122
Super ranging potion Coins 1000 1,836 Coins 1000 1,740 Coins 1000 -1,120
Super magic potion Coins 1000 1,884 Coins 100 132 Coins 250 -684
Zamorak brew Coins 1000 -9,186 Coins 1000 -4,590 Coins 250 506
Antipoison++ Coins 1000 -1,611 Coins 1000 -1,167 Coins 1000 -1,603
Saradomin brew Coins 1000 1,404 Coins 250 432 Coins 5 -24
Super Saradomin brew Coins 1000 60,135 Coins 1000 62,499 Coins 1000 15,051
Super Zamorak brew Coins 1000 -2,637 Coins 1000 -3,531 Coins 1000 1,479
Super Guthix rest Coins 1000 -4,728 Coins 1000 -5,544 Coins 100 168
Prayer renewal Coins 1000 10,788 Coins 1000 11,478 Coins 100 116

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