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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 -7,302 Coins 1000 -2,496 Coins 1000 -1,306
Attack potion Coins 250 -306 Coins 250 -378 Coins 25 38
Ranging potion Coins 1000 -2,271 Coins 1000 -1,983 Coins 100 189
Magic potion Coins 1000 2,439 Coins 1000 3,243 Coins 1000 1,375
Strength potion Coins 3 -3 Coins 250 -819 Coins 250 277
Defence potion Coins 100 -183 Coins 250 -489 Coins 250 269
Antipoison Coins 100 162 Coins 100 162 Coins 250 398
Guthix rest Coins 25 60 Coins 100 108 Coins 250 436
Restore potion Coins 5 -24 Coins 25 60 Coins 25 60
Energy potion Coins 5 9 Coins 3 -3 Coins 25 33
Agility potion Coins 250 -270 Coins 5 -12 Coins 250 262
Combat potion Coins 100 -201 Coins 25 -99 Coins 25 35
Prayer potion Coins 1000 1,368 Coins 250 876 Coins 100 104
Summoning potion Coins 1000 3,018 Coins 1000 3,042 Coins 1000 2,858
Crafting potion Coins 1000 -2,694 Coins 1000 -2,568 Coins 250 790
Super attack Coins 250 786 Coins 250 384 Coins 250 -702
Super antipoison Coins 250 474 Coins 250 438 Coins 250 398
Fishing potion Coins 250 -405 Coins 100 -165 Coins 5 11
Super energy Coins 1000 -4,614 Coins 1000 -5,352 Coins 250 -702
Hunter potion Coins 250 -855 Coins 250 -465 Coins 25 77
Super strength Coins 1000 2,724 Coins 250 684 Coins 250 -860
Fletching potion Coins 250 -252 Coins 25 -72 Coins 4 -4
Super restore Coins 1000 3,438 Coins 1000 1,830 Coins 100 174
Sanfew serum Coins 1000 -28,173 Coins 1000 -15,903 Coins 1000 -2,093
Super defence Coins 250 858 Coins 250 768 Coins 250 -306
Antipoison+ Coins 1000 -5,736 Coins 1000 -3,696 Coins 1000 -2,640
Antifire Coins 1000 1,122 Coins 250 510 Coins 100 102
Super ranging potion Coins 1000 3,126 Coins 1000 1,890 Coins 1000 -2,034
Super magic potion Coins 5 -18 Coins 100 -144 Coins 250 -730
Zamorak brew Coins 1000 -9,429 Coins 1000 -4,833 Coins 250 395
Antipoison++ Coins 1000 -1,563 Coins 1000 -1,029 Coins 1000 -1,419
Saradomin brew Coins 1000 1,617 Coins 250 759 Coins 250 313
Super Saradomin brew Coins 1000 60,147 Coins 1000 63,195 Coins 1000 13,135
Super Zamorak brew Coins 1000 -2,214 Coins 1000 -3,108 Coins 1000 1,830
Super Guthix rest Coins 1000 -4,728 Coins 1000 -4,896 Coins 250 544
Prayer renewal Coins 1000 13,011 Coins 1000 13,737 Coins 1000 1,319

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