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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 (14 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 -3,408 Coins 250 552 Coins 250 324
Attack potion Coins 25 -84 Coins 100 -216 Coins 25 72
Ranging potion Coins 1000 2,787 Coins 1000 1,503 Coins 1000 2,427
Magic potion Coins 1000 -1,353 Coins 250 -537 Coins 250 -473
Strength potion Coins 250 738 Coins 250 372 Coins 100 170
Defence potion Coins 5 -15 Coins 25 -93 Coins 250 409
Antipoison Coins 25 93 Coins 25 57 Coins 250 357
Guthix rest Coins 100 120 Coins 100 180 Coins 250 440
Restore potion Coins 25 -36 Coins 25 48 Coins 25 36
Energy potion Coins 5 6 Coins 1 0 Coins 25 38
Agility potion Coins 250 -354 Coins 100 -120 Coins 100 202
Combat potion Coins 250 -261 Coins 100 -141 Coins 25 27
Prayer potion Coins 1000 1,569 Coins 1000 1,785 Coins 100 141
Summoning potion Coins 1000 -4,983 Coins 1000 -3,963 Coins 250 -495
Crafting potion Coins 1000 -2,487 Coins 1000 -3,111 Coins 250 417
Super attack Coins 250 -855 Coins 250 -483 Coins 250 -667
Super antipoison Coins 250 624 Coins 250 696 Coins 250 256
Fishing potion Coins 250 -396 Coins 100 -138 Coins 25 36
Super energy Coins 1000 -2,526 Coins 1000 -4,200 Coins 250 -438
Hunter potion Coins 250 -936 Coins 250 -468 Coins 5 8
Super strength Coins 250 642 Coins 250 330 Coins 1000 -1,678
Fletching potion Coins 250 -279 Coins 25 -57 Coins 3 -3
Super restore Coins 1000 1,236 Coins 1000 1,686 Coins 25 72
Sanfew serum Coins 1000 -28,182 Coins 1000 -16,416 Coins 1000 -1,366
Super defence Coins 250 258 Coins 100 108 Coins 250 -302
Antipoison+ Coins 1000 -5,706 Coins 1000 -3,804 Coins 1000 -2,498
Antifire Coins 1000 2,937 Coins 1000 4,047 Coins 100 221
Super ranging potion Coins 1000 1,887 Coins 100 243 Coins 250 -493
Super magic potion Coins 1000 -4,092 Coins 1000 -1,944 Coins 250 -772
Zamorak brew Coins 1000 -9,357 Coins 1000 -4,719 Coins 250 779
Antipoison++ Coins 1000 1,260 Coins 1000 1,662 Coins 1000 1,868
Saradomin brew Coins 250 429 Coins 25 63 Coins 100 129
Super Saradomin brew Coins 1000 40,044 Coins 1000 42,174 Coins 1000 9,324
Super Zamorak brew Coins 1000 -1,695 Coins 1000 -2,211 Coins 1000 1,669
Super Guthix rest Coins 1000 -2,781 Coins 1000 -3,495 Coins 250 887
Prayer renewal Coins 1000 5,199 Coins 1000 5,313 Coins 250 687

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