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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 (11 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 -4,188 Coins 100 -126 Coins 250 -912
Attack potion Coins 5 -6 Coins 250 -318 Coins 100 146
Ranging potion Coins 250 -552 Coins 1000 -1,056 Coins 250 304
Magic potion Coins 250 780 Coins 1000 1,650 Coins 1000 1,720
Strength potion Coins 100 213 Coins 100 -237 Coins 100 189
Defence potion Coins 100 231 Coins 100 129 Coins 250 647
Antipoison Coins 3 3 Coins 25 39 Coins 250 323
Guthix rest Coins 25 84 Coins 100 144 Coins 250 436
Restore potion Coins 5 12 Coins 25 90 Coins 25 88
Energy potion Coins 5 9 Coins 3 -3 Coins 25 41
Agility potion Coins 250 -423 Coins 100 -141 Coins 100 121
Combat potion Coins 100 -234 Coins 100 -126 Coins 25 38
Prayer potion Coins 250 -501 Coins 100 -171 Coins 250 295
Summoning potion Coins 1000 -2,121 Coins 1000 -1,893 Coins 1000 1,263
Crafting potion Coins 1000 -2,436 Coins 1000 -2,700 Coins 250 684
Super attack Coins 250 -783 Coins 250 -567 Coins 250 -791
Super antipoison Coins 100 117 Coins 100 117 Coins 25 69
Fishing potion Coins 250 -405 Coins 100 -153 Coins 25 31
Super energy Coins 1000 -4,857 Coins 1000 -6,111 Coins 250 -869
Hunter potion Coins 250 -930 Coins 250 -474 Coins 25 46
Super strength Coins 250 -324 Coins 250 -324 Coins 1000 -1,028
Fletching potion Coins 250 -267 Coins 25 -75 Coins 5 -15
Super restore Coins 250 -858 Coins 100 144 Coins 250 -378
Sanfew serum Coins 1000 -28,302 Coins 1000 -16,536 Coins 1000 -1,622
Super defence Coins 100 213 Coins 25 -93 Coins 100 -207
Antipoison+ Coins 1000 -5,631 Coins 1000 -3,591 Coins 1000 -2,559
Antifire Coins 25 -45 Coins 250 -951 Coins 5 15
Super ranging potion Coins 1000 -8,991 Coins 1000 -7,083 Coins 1000 -1,411
Super magic potion Coins 1000 -5,892 Coins 1000 -5,070 Coins 1000 -1,172
Zamorak brew Coins 1000 -9,156 Coins 1000 -4,356 Coins 250 788
Antipoison++ Coins 250 -381 Coins 25 -39 Coins 250 -273
Saradomin brew Coins 1000 2,526 Coins 1000 1,020 Coins 1000 1,114
Super Saradomin brew Coins 1000 51,951 Coins 1000 54,225 Coins 1000 11,275
Super Zamorak brew Coins 1000 -2,061 Coins 1000 -2,415 Coins 1000 2,027
Super Guthix rest Coins 1000 -4,359 Coins 1000 -4,623 Coins 100 221
Prayer renewal Coins 1000 6,933 Coins 1000 7,419 Coins 100 201

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