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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 (10 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 -7,863 Coins 1000 -2,553 Coins 1000 -1,255
Attack potion Coins 25 -96 Coins 100 -144 Coins 25 76
Ranging potion Coins 1000 -2,121 Coins 1000 -2,139 Coins 250 439
Magic potion Coins 1000 7,566 Coins 1000 8,040 Coins 1000 5,590
Strength potion Coins 100 -198 Coins 250 -510 Coins 100 -178
Defence potion Coins 250 255 Coins 25 -69 Coins 250 487
Antipoison Coins 100 141 Coins 100 105 Coins 250 373
Guthix rest Coins 25 27 Coins 25 75 Coins 250 427
Restore potion Coins 25 -48 Coins 25 42 Coins 25 60
Energy potion Coins 5 -21 Coins 5 -15 Coins 25 35
Agility potion Coins 25 57 Coins 250 -267 Coins 100 157
Combat potion Coins 100 -234 Coins 100 -108 Coins 5 -18
Prayer potion Coins 250 -792 Coins 250 -498 Coins 250 552
Summoning potion Coins 1000 -3,570 Coins 1000 -3,186 Coins 5 -6
Crafting potion Coins 1000 -2,484 Coins 1000 -2,418 Coins 250 728
Super attack Coins 250 669 Coins 250 -927 Coins 100 117
Super antipoison Coins 250 996 Coins 250 924 Coins 250 764
Fishing potion Coins 250 -402 Coins 100 -174 Coins 2 -2
Super energy Coins 1000 -1,962 Coins 1000 -8,322 Coins 250 -634
Hunter potion Coins 250 -813 Coins 250 -399 Coins 25 91
Super strength Coins 1000 2,205 Coins 1000 1,665 Coins 250 353
Fletching potion Coins 100 -240 Coins 25 -72 Coins 1 0
Super restore Coins 1000 -3,546 Coins 250 420 Coins 25 -78
Sanfew serum Coins 1000 -27,714 Coins 1000 -15,444 Coins 1000 -1,634
Super defence Coins 250 879 Coins 250 573 Coins 25 55
Antipoison+ Coins 1000 -5,511 Coins 1000 -3,783 Coins 1000 -2,727
Antifire Coins 1000 -5,298 Coins 1000 -6,060 Coins 100 -166
Super ranging potion Coins 1000 -1,803 Coins 1000 -7,071 Coins 250 805
Super magic potion Coins 250 651 Coins 1000 -5,787 Coins 250 627
Zamorak brew Coins 1000 -9,126 Coins 1000 -4,782 Coins 250 354
Antipoison++ Coins 1000 -1,713 Coins 1000 -1,089 Coins 1000 -1,245
Saradomin brew Coins 250 720 Coins 250 738 Coins 250 560
Super Saradomin brew Coins 1000 50,631 Coins 1000 53,043 Coins 1000 7,611
Super Zamorak brew Coins 250 -930 Coins 1000 -2,268 Coins 1000 2,998
Super Guthix rest Coins 1000 -5,913 Coins 1000 -6,249 Coins 25 27
Prayer renewal Coins 1000 6,639 Coins 1000 6,903 Coins 1000 2,899

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