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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. 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 to 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 (2 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 (9 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 -2,760 Coins 250 546 Coins 25 -88
Attack potion Coins 100 -180 Coins 100 -102 Coins 5 16
Ranging potion Coins 250 -834 Coins 1000 -1,926 Coins 250 398
Magic potion Coins 1000 7,659 Coins 1000 8,667 Coins 1000 2,711
Strength potion Coins 100 135 Coins 100 -135 Coins 250 251
Defence potion Coins 100 -156 Coins 100 -156 Coins 100 176
Antipoison Coins 100 -216 Coins 100 -204 Coins 250 252
Guthix rest Coins 100 168 Coins 100 222 Coins 250 372
Restore potion Coins 5 9 Coins 25 81 Coins 25 81
Energy potion Coins 3 3 Coins 5 -9 Coins 5 19
Agility potion Coins 250 -507 Coins 100 -165 Coins 100 193
Combat potion Coins 250 -312 Coins 100 -186 Coins 4 -4
Prayer potion Coins 250 735 Coins 1000 1,071 Coins 250 371
Summoning potion Coins 1000 -5,553 Coins 1000 -4,767 Coins 250 319
Crafting potion Coins 1000 -3,954 Coins 1000 -3,510 Coins 100 202
Super attack Coins 250 732 Coins 250 828 Coins 250 -344
Super antipoison Coins 25 78 Coins 100 108 Coins 250 270
Fishing potion Coins 250 -402 Coins 100 -126 Coins 25 54
Super energy Coins 1000 -1,002 Coins 1000 -2,994 Coins 100 -142
Hunter potion Coins 250 -927 Coins 250 -507 Coins 5 5
Super strength Coins 1000 1,392 Coins 1000 1,632 Coins 250 -836
Fletching potion Coins 100 -240 Coins 25 -42 Coins 25 32
Super restore Coins 1000 1,695 Coins 1000 1,671 Coins 250 419
Sanfew serum Coins 10000 -27,492 Coins 10000 -15,732 Coins 1000 -2,204
Super defence Coins 250 768 Coins 250 642 Coins 250 -400
Antipoison+ Coins 1000 -6,000 Coins 1000 -3,732 Coins 1000 -2,508
Antifire Coins 1000 -4,725 Coins 1000 -2,025 Coins 250 519
Super ranging potion Coins 1000 -2,598 Coins 1000 -4,062 Coins 1000 -1,694
Super magic potion Coins 1000 1,887 Coins 1000 1,281 Coins 100 175
Zamorak brew Coins 10000 -10,635 Coins 1000 -5,487 Coins 250 497
Antipoison++ Coins 1000 -2,292 Coins 1000 -1,644 Coins 1000 -1,052
Saradomin brew Coins 5 15 Coins 250 339 Coins 100 135
Super Saradomin brew Coins 10000 29,277 Coins 10000 31,257 Coins 1000 7,525
Super Zamorak brew Coins 1000 -2,691 Coins 1000 -2,943 Coins 250 305
Super Guthix rest Coins 250 948 Coins 250 534 Coins 1000 1,204
Prayer renewal Coins 1000 3,396 Coins 1000 3,096 Coins 1000 1,504
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