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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 (12 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 -8,472 Coins 1000 -2,568 Coins 1000 -1,388
Attack potion Coins 100 -144 Coins 100 -186 Coins 100 112
Ranging potion Coins 1000 -2,319 Coins 1000 -2,133 Coins 25 25
Magic potion Coins 1000 1,323 Coins 1000 2,163 Coins 1000 1,207
Strength potion Coins 100 165 Coins 250 -555 Coins 250 285
Defence potion Coins 25 33 Coins 100 -237 Coins 250 353
Antipoison Coins 100 222 Coins 100 198 Coins 250 414
Guthix rest Coins 25 27 Coins 25 75 Coins 250 415
Restore potion Coins 5 -18 Coins 25 66 Coins 25 74
Energy potion Coins 1 0 Coins 1 0 Coins 25 32
Agility potion Coins 250 -333 Coins 100 -111 Coins 100 199
Combat potion Coins 100 -201 Coins 25 -81 Coins 5 15
Prayer potion Coins 250 354 Coins 25 42 Coins 250 -434
Summoning potion Coins 100 222 Coins 250 282 Coins 100 174
Crafting potion Coins 1000 -2,658 Coins 1000 -2,724 Coins 250 754
Super attack Coins 1000 1,347 Coins 250 561 Coins 1000 -1,413
Super antipoison Coins 250 537 Coins 250 507 Coins 250 409
Fishing potion Coins 250 -411 Coins 100 -171 Coins 5 13
Super energy Coins 1000 -4,101 Coins 1000 -5,067 Coins 1000 -1,641
Hunter potion Coins 250 -837 Coins 250 -447 Coins 25 79
Super strength Coins 1000 2,280 Coins 1000 1,350 Coins 1000 -1,944
Fletching potion Coins 100 -243 Coins 25 -75 Coins 5 -11
Super restore Coins 1000 2,484 Coins 1000 2,388 Coins 1000 -1,272
Sanfew serum Coins 1000 -28,173 Coins 1000 -15,903 Coins 1000 -2,093
Super defence Coins 250 864 Coins 250 852 Coins 250 -532
Antipoison+ Coins 1000 -5,778 Coins 1000 -3,738 Coins 1000 -2,682
Antifire Coins 1000 4,341 Coins 1000 4,815 Coins 250 -851
Super ranging potion Coins 1000 7,116 Coins 1000 7,434 Coins 1000 -1,456
Super magic potion Coins 1000 9,009 Coins 1000 5,829 Coins 1000 -1,583
Zamorak brew Coins 1000 -9,552 Coins 1000 -4,644 Coins 250 304
Antipoison++ Coins 1000 -1,809 Coins 1000 -1,275 Coins 1000 -1,497
Saradomin brew Coins 1000 1,101 Coins 250 591 Coins 250 513
Super Saradomin brew Coins 1000 57,669 Coins 1000 60,081 Coins 1000 9,521
Super Zamorak brew Coins 1000 -1,284 Coins 1000 -2,670 Coins 1000 2,464
Super Guthix rest Coins 1000 -5,163 Coins 1000 -5,331 Coins 100 109
Prayer renewal Coins 1000 10,890 Coins 1000 11,184 Coins 1000 1,690

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