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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 -7,854 Coins 1000 -1,986 Coins 1000 -1,398
Attack potion Coins 5 -24 Coins 100 -156 Coins 100 172
Ranging potion Coins 1000 -1,992 Coins 1000 -2,052 Coins 250 444
Magic potion Coins 1000 5,400 Coins 1000 5,874 Coins 1000 3,920
Strength potion Coins 250 261 Coins 100 -147 Coins 3 -3
Defence potion Coins 25 30 Coins 250 -258 Coins 250 318
Antipoison Coins 250 405 Coins 250 375 Coins 250 601
Guthix rest Coins 25 27 Coins 25 75 Coins 250 427
Restore potion Coins 25 -48 Coins 25 36 Coins 25 64
Energy potion Coins 5 -24 Coins 5 -18 Coins 25 32
Agility potion Coins 25 -96 Coins 100 -156 Coins 100 192
Combat potion Coins 100 -231 Coins 100 -105 Coins 5 -19
Prayer potion Coins 250 -921 Coins 1000 -1,131 Coins 250 567
Summoning potion Coins 1000 -3,531 Coins 1000 -3,147 Coins 250 -667
Crafting potion Coins 1000 -2,577 Coins 1000 -2,511 Coins 250 695
Super attack Coins 250 792 Coins 250 -930 Coins 100 104
Super antipoison Coins 1000 1,236 Coins 1000 1,194 Coins 1000 1,032
Fishing potion Coins 250 -414 Coins 100 -174 Coins 5 6
Super energy Coins 1000 -4,395 Coins 1000 -8,643 Coins 25 97
Hunter potion Coins 250 -798 Coins 250 -420 Coins 25 74
Super strength Coins 250 831 Coins 250 -879 Coins 25 79
Fletching potion Coins 100 -240 Coins 25 -72 Coins 1 0
Super restore Coins 1000 -3,252 Coins 1000 1,506 Coins 250 724
Sanfew serum Coins 1000 -28,173 Coins 1000 -15,903 Coins 1000 -2,093
Super defence Coins 250 747 Coins 250 387 Coins 25 -85
Antipoison+ Coins 1000 -5,499 Coins 1000 -3,771 Coins 1000 -2,715
Antifire Coins 1000 -6,312 Coins 1000 -7,038 Coins 1000 -1,352
Super ranging potion Coins 1000 -5,247 Coins 1000 -8,163 Coins 100 109
Super magic potion Coins 1000 -2,508 Coins 1000 -7,320 Coins 1000 2,076
Zamorak brew Coins 1000 -9,690 Coins 1000 -4,782 Coins 250 334
Antipoison++ Coins 1000 -1,620 Coins 250 -996 Coins 1000 -1,240
Saradomin brew Coins 250 636 Coins 250 660 Coins 250 460
Super Saradomin brew Coins 1000 54,168 Coins 1000 56,580 Coins 1000 11,148
Super Zamorak brew Coins 1000 -1,011 Coins 1000 -1,893 Coins 1000 2,917
Super Guthix rest Coins 1000 -5,568 Coins 1000 -5,736 Coins 25 92
Prayer renewal Coins 1000 4,182 Coins 1000 4,566 Coins 1000 1,970

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