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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 -3,666 Coins 25 -96 Coins 1000 -1,046
Attack potion Coins 100 171 Coins 100 -231 Coins 100 227
Ranging potion Coins 100 183 Coins 250 -663 Coins 250 971
Magic potion Coins 5 -21 Coins 250 615 Coins 250 983
Strength potion Coins 100 114 Coins 250 -552 Coins 5 14
Defence potion Coins 25 -87 Coins 100 -195 Coins 250 381
Antipoison Coins 25 72 Coins 25 72 Coins 250 308
Guthix rest Coins 25 84 Coins 100 144 Coins 250 420
Restore potion Coins 5 -18 Coins 25 66 Coins 25 54
Energy potion Coins 5 24 Coins 5 18 Coins 25 56
Agility potion Coins 250 -363 Coins 100 -147 Coins 100 137
Combat potion Coins 100 -240 Coins 100 -132 Coins 25 32
Prayer potion Coins 100 174 Coins 250 948 Coins 250 994
Summoning potion Coins 1000 -2,868 Coins 1000 -1,908 Coins 250 964
Crafting potion Coins 1000 -2,409 Coins 1000 -2,745 Coins 250 647
Super attack Coins 250 -291 Coins 25 81 Coins 250 -891
Super antipoison Coins 100 168 Coins 100 222 Coins 4 -4
Fishing potion Coins 250 -399 Coins 100 -147 Coins 25 29
Super energy Coins 1000 -4,716 Coins 1000 -5,850 Coins 1000 -1,428
Hunter potion Coins 250 -924 Coins 250 -456 Coins 25 44
Super strength Coins 1000 2,616 Coins 1000 1,776 Coins 1000 -1,364
Fletching potion Coins 250 -288 Coins 25 -66 Coins 5 -8
Super restore Coins 1000 -1,341 Coins 1000 1,461 Coins 250 827
Sanfew serum Coins 1000 -28,044 Coins 1000 -16,278 Coins 1000 -1,228
Super defence Coins 100 168 Coins 100 -174 Coins 100 -224
Antipoison+ Coins 1000 -5,643 Coins 1000 -3,603 Coins 1000 -2,571
Antifire Coins 25 -45 Coins 250 -879 Coins 250 379
Super ranging potion Coins 1000 -6,594 Coins 1000 -4,572 Coins 1000 -1,126
Super magic potion Coins 1000 -5,925 Coins 1000 -6,393 Coins 1000 -1,105
Zamorak brew Coins 1000 -9,171 Coins 1000 -4,371 Coins 250 861
Antipoison++ Coins 100 153 Coins 250 561 Coins 250 333
Saradomin brew Coins 250 990 Coins 250 504 Coins 250 362
Super Saradomin brew Coins 1000 49,011 Coins 1000 51,285 Coins 1000 10,571
Super Zamorak brew Coins 1000 -1,638 Coins 1000 -1,992 Coins 1000 2,062
Super Guthix rest Coins 1000 -3,870 Coins 1000 -4,134 Coins 250 710
Prayer renewal Coins 1000 11,121 Coins 1000 11,049 Coins 1000 2,505

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