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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 (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 (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 -3,270 Coins 250 294 Coins 100 -138
Attack potion Coins 100 -174 Coins 100 -162 Coins 100 102
Ranging potion Coins 250 957 Coins 25 69 Coins 1000 1,405
Magic potion Coins 1000 -1,041 Coins 100 -159 Coins 250 -733
Strength potion Coins 1000 1,026 Coins 250 720 Coins 250 514
Defence potion Coins 25 -75 Coins 100 -141 Coins 250 281
Antipoison Coins 25 -48 Coins 25 -78 Coins 100 244
Guthix rest Coins 100 129 Coins 100 183 Coins 250 425
Restore potion Coins 25 -48 Coins 25 30 Coins 25 28
Energy potion Coins 5 18 Coins 5 6 Coins 25 42
Agility potion Coins 250 -300 Coins 25 -72 Coins 250 252
Combat potion Coins 250 -252 Coins 100 -126 Coins 25 28
Prayer potion Coins 1000 1,008 Coins 1000 1,086 Coins 100 160
Summoning potion Coins 1000 -4,611 Coins 1000 -3,153 Coins 250 -311
Crafting potion Coins 1000 -2,817 Coins 1000 -3,075 Coins 250 403
Super attack Coins 250 -447 Coins 100 -237 Coins 250 -675
Super antipoison Coins 250 606 Coins 250 636 Coins 250 310
Fishing potion Coins 250 -417 Coins 100 -141 Coins 25 27
Super energy Coins 250 -426 Coins 1000 -2,124 Coins 250 -730
Hunter potion Coins 250 -897 Coins 250 -465 Coins 5 23
Super strength Coins 1000 2,928 Coins 1000 2,112 Coins 250 -408
Fletching potion Coins 250 -273 Coins 25 -51 Coins 5 -5
Super restore Coins 1000 1,482 Coins 1000 1,380 Coins 250 478
Sanfew serum Coins 1000 -28,173 Coins 1000 -16,413 Coins 1000 -1,817
Super defence Coins 250 396 Coins 100 186 Coins 250 -352
Antipoison+ Coins 1000 -5,778 Coins 1000 -3,882 Coins 1000 -2,578
Antifire Coins 1000 2,517 Coins 1000 3,969 Coins 250 625
Super ranging potion Coins 1000 -3,573 Coins 1000 -3,159 Coins 1000 -2,037
Super magic potion Coins 250 -669 Coins 250 753 Coins 250 -969
Zamorak brew Coins 1000 -10,071 Coins 1000 -4,839 Coins 250 729
Antipoison++ Coins 25 90 Coins 250 528 Coins 250 870
Saradomin brew Coins 1000 1,164 Coins 5 -18 Coins 250 360
Super Saradomin brew Coins 1000 38,442 Coins 1000 39,978 Coins 1000 7,126
Super Zamorak brew Coins 1000 -2,049 Coins 1000 -2,571 Coins 1000 1,399
Super Guthix rest Coins 1000 -2,544 Coins 1000 -2,904 Coins 250 956
Prayer renewal Coins 1000 5,274 Coins 1000 5,268 Coins 100 214

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