|Also known as||Herblaw|
|Release date||27 February 2002 (Update)|
as of 1 Nov 2014
as of 1 Nov 2014
|Players with 120||381|
as of 1 Nov 2014
Herblore (Herblaw on RuneScape Classic) is a members-only skill that allows players to make their own potions that serve various uses. Druidic Ritual was formerly needed to be completed to start training the skill, but after an update on 31 January 2012 the quest is no longer necessary. The current minimum requirement to be ranked (at approximately rank 768,182) on the hiscores for Herblore is level 15. As of 1 November 2014, there are 81,384 current members that have achieved level 99 in Herblore.
Although Herblore can be trained relatively quickly, it is one of the most expensive skills in the game for players who buy all or most of the needed ingredients. Some players are known to have paid over 300 million coins to get 99. For players who gather the ingredients (most are available from monster drops or farming and some spawn in various locations), it is much less expensive but quite time consuming.
Grimy herbs are herbs that have not yet been cleaned. They can be cleaned by clicking on the herb, which provides a small amount of herblore experience. Herbs are almost always obtained in their grimy state (from farming, monster remains etc.). Although grimy herbs give experience from cleaning, they usually cost less than their cleaned counterparts since players usually do not want to spend time cleaning the herbs. It is also suggested that players collect their own ingredients to reduce training costs. However, this comes at the cost of being very time-consuming. Players can choose to purchase herbs from the Grand Exchange, but this method can be very expensive.
- See the Potion calculator for coins-per-experience-point analysis of potions using live data from the Grand Exchange Market Watch.
- Note: Only certain low-levelled potions are available to free players.
The potion-making process in Herblore takes two steps, each combining separate items. The first step involves adding a primary ingredient (usually a herb) to a vial of water (or a vial of coconut milk for some high-level potions), to produce an unfinished potion. This grants a 1 Herblore experience per unfinished potion. If you are trying to save money while doing herblore it is recommended to purchase vials and fill them with water yourself, as a vial is cheaper than a vial of water.
The second step involves adding a secondary ingredient (see below) to make a complete potion that may be drunk or sold (with the exception of a few potions made as part of a quest). This is the main method of gaining Herblore experience. Both steps can be done in batches, which is when the player's inventory contains several of the required items, one may "make all" or "make x".
The choice of herb and secondary ingredient dictate which potion is made. Each potion has a minimum Herblore level required before it can be made, unless the assist system is used.
List of potionsEdit
|Potion||Image||Level||XP||Effect||Primary Ingredient||Secondary Ingredient||Notes|
|Attack potion||1||25||Temporarily boosts Attack by 8% plus 1||
This potion is available to non-members. Can be mixed by F2P through Herblore.
|Ranging potion||3||30||Temporarily boosts Ranged by 8% plus 1||This potion is available to non-members. Can be mixed by F2P through Herblore.|
|Magic potion||5||35||Temporarily boosts Magic by 8% plus 1||This potion is available to non-members. Can be mixed by F2P through Herblore.|
|Strength potion||7||40||Temporarily boosts Strength by 8% plus 1||
This potion is available to non-members. Cannot be mixed by F2P through Herblore.
|Relicym's balm||8||40||No useful effect.||Must have at least started Zogre Flesh Eaters. Can be used on orange Broodoo victims to damage them.|
|Defence potion||9||45||Temporarily raises Defence level by 8% plus 1||This potion is available to non-members. Cannot be mixed by F2P through Herblore.|
|Antipoison||13||50||Cures poison and provides immunity for 3 minutes|
|Serum 207||15||50||Temporarily cures Afflicted NPCs in Mort'ton||Learned and required in Shades of Mort'ton; Can be sanctified to produce Serum 208|
|Guthix rest||18||59.5||Cures poison, restores some run energy, and boosts max life points by 50 if at full health||Made during One Small Favour|
|Guam tar||19||30||Ammunition and bait for Swamp lizard|
|Restore potion||22||62.5||Restores Attack, Strength, Defence, Magic, and Ranged by 30% of level plus 10||Does not restore Constitution, Prayer, or Summoning.|
|Guthix balance||22||50||Used against Vampire Juvinates and Vampire Juveniles, particularly in the Temple Trekking minigame.||Players receive partial experience (25 xp) for each of the secondary ingredients.
Requires In Aid of the Myreque.
|Blamish oil||25||80||Used to make oily fishing rods during the Heroes Quest|
|Energy potion||26||67.5||Restores 20% run energy|
|Marrentill tar||31||42.5||Ammo for Orange salamander|
|Super Fishing Explosive||31||55||Can be used as a Fishing Explosive||Super Fishing Explosives can only be made after Kennith's concerns. Rubium is non-tradeable.|
|Agility potion||34||80||Temporarily boosts Agility by 3|
|Combat potion||36||84||Effect of both Attack potion and Strength potion|
|Goblin potion||37||The potion transforms the player into a goblin during the Land of the Goblins quest||The potion will wear off if the player wears something that isn't goblin related, if the player attacks something, or if the player approaches direct sunlight. Pharmakos berries are obtained by talking to the makeover mage, after the quest. They are free.|
|Prayer potion||38||87.5||Restores 2.5 times the player's Prayer level plus 70, resulting in a total restoration of 72-317 Prayer points.||Effect increased by holy wrench. A lifeline when fighting TzTok-Jad. Used often in Barrows.|
|Tarromin tar||39||55||Ammo for Red salamander|
|Summoning potion||40||92||Restores 25% of player's Summoning level plus 7|
|Crafting potion||42||95||Temporarily boosts Crafting by 3|
|Harralander tar||44||72.5||Ammo for Black salamander|
|Super attack||45||100||Temporarily boosts Attack by 12% plus 2|
|Vial of stench||46||After activation, allows players to sell goods stolen from stalls to the stall owners immediately||Talk to Chief Thief Robin in the Thieves' Guild to activate it (after A Guild of Our Own). It only needs to be in inventory to work. The potion is not tradeable.|
|Super antipoison||48||106.3||Cures poison and provides immunity for 6 minutes|
|Fishing potion||50||112.5||Temporarily boosts Fishing by 3||Can be used to get into the Fishing Guild if you are a few levels short.|
|Super energy||52||117.5||Restores 40% run energy|
|Shrink-me-quick||52||6||Reduce player size during Grim Tales Quest|
|Hunter potion||53||120||Temporarily boosts Hunter by 3||Kebbit teeth are found from deadfalling Sabre-Toothed Kebbit.|
|Super strength||55||125||Temporarily boosts Strength level by 12% plus 2|
|Magic essence potion||57||130||Temporarily boosts Magic by 3 to 8||Made during A Fairy Tale Part II quest. Components are only available via the Fairy rings. The potion and the components are not tradeable.|
|Fletching potion||58||132||Temporarily boosts Fletching by 3|
|Weapon poison||60||137.5||Makes the player poisonous for 1 minute.|
|Super restore||63||142.5||Restores all stats by 25% plus 8. Prayer points are restored by 25% of the maximum plus 80.|
|Sanfew serum||65||96,||Sanfew Serum combines the properties of super restore and cure poison.||Nail Beast Nails are from Temple Trekking. Players receive partial experience (47.5, 52.5, and 60 xp for the 3-dose, e.g.) for each of the secondary ingredients. Experience varies based on the dosage.|
|Super defence||66||150||Temporarily boosts Defence by 12% plus 2|
|Antipoison+||68||155||Cures and gives immunity to poison for 9 minutes||Requires coconut milk in place of water.|
|Antifire||69||157.5||Provides resistance to Dragonfire for 6 minutes||Can be used with an Anti-dragon shield or Dragonfire shield to completely prevent dragonfire damage. Each dose lasts for 6 minutes (you will get a 15 second warning before it runs out).|
|Super ranging potion||72||162.5||Temporarily boosts Ranged by 12% plus 2|
|Weapon poison+||73||165||Makes the player poisonous for 5 minutes.||Requires coconut milk in place of water.|
|Super magic potion||76||172.5||Temporarily boosts Magic by 12% plus 2|
|Zamorak brew||78||175||Temporarily boosts Attack and Strength by 8% plus 1, and restores Prayer points by 8% of the maximum plus 20, but lowers Defence by 8% plus 1 and removes 12% of lifepoints||Torstol can only be obtained from the Yanille Agility dungeon herb chest, or grown using the Farming skill, obtained as a drop from Nex, or as a rare reward from red reward tokens if herbs are chosen.|
|Antipoison++||79||177.5||Cures poison and provides immunity for 12 minutes||Requires coconut milk in place of water.|
|Saradomin brew||81||180||Temporarily boosts Defence by 8% plus 1 and heals 1000 life points but lowers Attack, Strength, Ranged and Magic by ?%.||See above for Toadflax locations.|
|Weapon poison++||82||190||Makes the player poisonous for 7 minutes.||Requires coconut milk in place of water.|
|Adrenaline potion||84||200||Recovers Adrenaline bar by 25%. Can only be used every 120 seconds.||This potion cannot be traded. Only the 3-dose Super energy potion can be used as an ingredient. See Zahur.|
|Super antifire||85||210||Provides immunity to Dragonfire for 6 minutes even if anti-dragon shield is not equipped||This potion cannot be traded.|
|Extreme attack||88||220||Temporarily boosts Attack by 15% plus 3.||This potion cannot be traded.|
|Extreme strength||89||230||Temporarily boosts Strength by 15% plus 3.||This potion cannot be traded.|
|Extreme defence||90||240||Temporarily boosts Defence by 15% plus 3.||This potion cannot be traded.|
|Extreme magic||91||250||Temporarily boosts Magic by 15% plus 3.||This potion cannot be traded.|
|Extreme ranging||92||260||Temporarily boosts Ranged by 15% plus 3.||This potion cannot be traded.|
|Super saradomin brew||93||180||Restores 1300 lifepoints. Temporarily boosts Defence by ?% plus ?, and drains Attack, Strength, Magic and Ranged by ?% plus ?.|
|Super zamorak brew||93||180||Temporarily boosts Attack, Strength, Magic and Ranged by 10% plus 2. Drains Defence by ?% plus ? and removes ?% of lifepoints.|
|Super guthix rest||93||59.5||Cures poison. Reduces poison damage by 20 lifepoints, restores 500 lifepoints and restores 15% run energy. Boosts your maximum lifepoints by 500.|
|Super prayer||94||270||Restores Prayer points by 35% plus 70.||This potion cannot be traded.|
|Prayer renewal||94||190||Restores 4 times the player's Prayer level plus 120, resulting in a total restoration of 124-516 Prayer points, over a period of 5 minutes.|
|Overload||96||1000||Grants the effect of all five extreme stat-boosting potions for five minutes, and reapplies their buffs every fifteen seconds.||This potion cannot be traded.|
- Serum 207, all types of Tar, and Guthix balance potion (unlike its Saradomin and Zamorak brew counterparts) cannot be consumed, and are to be used for special purposes.
- Potions from "Recover Special" to "Overload", which came out with 7 October 2009's "High-level Herblore Potions" update, do NOT work with the Lunar spells "Stat Restore Pot Share" and "Boost Potion Share", and CANNOT be made through the assist system as they are untradeable.
- See the barbarian mix calculator for coins-per-experience-point analysis of barbarian mixes using live data from the Grand Exchange Market Watch.
In order to be able to make Barbarian mixes, Otto Godblessed must be talked to, located at Otto's Grotto (West of Baxtorian Falls). He will teach the basic Barbarian Skills needed to get the special ingredients for these mixes. He also teaches the decanting of 4 dose potions into two 2-dose potions by using any 4-dose potion on an empty vial.
Enhanced potion requirements:
- Herblore level required
- 2-dose potion (or a 4-dose and an empty vial)
- Roe (for Attack mix, Anti-poison mix, Relicym's balm mix, Strength mix and Restore mix)
- Caviar (for all other mixes).
All mixes that only require roe will heal 30 life points per dose. All mixes that require caviar heal 60 life points per dose. Using caviar on potions that can be made from roe will not make the potion heal 60 lifepoints per dose, the potion will still heal the usual 30 lifepoints. Apart from healing, all potions have the same effect as their corresponding normal potion seen in the table above. Although being able to restore life points, Barbarian potions are not recommended for PKing.
List of barbarian potionsEdit
|Relicym's balm mix||9||14|
|Stat restore mix||24||21|
|Super attack mix||47||33|
|Super anti-poison mix||51||35|
|Super energy mix||56||39|
|Super strength mix||59||42|
|Magic essence mix||61||43|
|Super restore mix||67||48|
|Super defence mix||71||50|
|Super ranging mix||80||54|
|Super magic mix||83||57|
Obtaining secondary ingredientsEdit
When training Herblore it is useful to have ample supplies of secondary ingredients.
|Secondary Ingredient||Price *||Collection methods||Potions|
|Eye of newt||7 coins (update)||Can be bought in Port Sarim magic shop or in Herblore stores for 3 coins|
Use Newtroost Creature Creation.
|Attack potion, Super attack|
|Unicorn horn||2,906 coins (update)||Kill unicorns or use Unicow Creature Creation.||Anti-poison potion, Super anti-poison potion|
|Snake weed||Untradeable||Can be found on Karamja - requires Jungle Potion.||Relicym's balm|
|Limpwurt root||2,206 coins (update)||From Farming or from hill giant, cockatrice and hobgoblin drops. They also respawn in the hidden resource dungeon located in the Edgville Dungeon (requires level 20 dungeoneering).||Strength potion, Super strength potion|
|Swamp tar||267 coins (update)||Cave Slime drops, Warped tortoise drops or collected in Lumbridge swamp.||Guam tar, Marrentill tar, Tarromin tar, Harralander tar|
|Red spiders' eggs||1,601 coins (update)||Use SpidineCreature Creation. 2 respawns in the Varrock Sewers. The Edgeville Dungeon has 6 respawns in low level Wilderness. Also, those with level 10 Summoning can use the Egg Spawn scroll using a Spirit Spider. One respawns inside Karamja Volcano.||Stat restore potion, Super restore potion, Guthix balance potion, Extra strong weapon poison|
|Chocolate dust||426 coins (update)||Use pestle and mortar on chocolate bars. Chocolate bars or chocolate dust can be bought from Culinaromancer's chest, Port Sarim food store, or Grand Tree food supply stores for 20 coins and respawn in the Cooks Guild and Zanaris. Players can also buy chocolate bars from the bakers in the Ardougne market place.||Energy potion|
|White berries||936 coins (update)||From Farming, respawn at Red dragon isle (in wilderness) or use Elf teleport crystal and the respawn in Elven area.||Super defence potion|
|Rubium||Untradeable||From Mining, Mined under Witchaven, Kennith's Concerns is required.||Super Fishing Explosive|
|Toad's legs||458 coins (update)||Respawns west of the Grand Tree in the Swamp.||Agility potion|
|Snape grass||273 coins (update)||Respawns on Waterbirth Island and on peninsula west of Crafting Guild. Dropped by Chaos Druids, and Waterfiends.||Prayer potion, Fishing potion|
|Mort Myre fungi||793 coins (update)||Cast bloom with silver sickle on logs in Mort Myre Swamp in Morytania.||Super energy potion|
|Crushed gorak claw||Untradeable||Kill Goraks.||Magic essence potion|
|Dragon scale dust||824 coins (update)||Taverley Dungeon, Blue Dragon area.||Anti-fire potion|
|Yew roots||2,897 coins (update)||Only from Farming Yew trees.||Extra strong anti-poison potion|
|Wine of Zamorak||5,843 coins (update)||Telegrab from table at the Captured Temple.||Super ranging potion|
|Potato cactus||3,894 coins (update)||A few respawns in the Kalphite Lair. Combine with slayer assignments. Potato cactus can also be grown from a potato cactus seed in the cactus patch in Al Kharid.||Super magic potion|
|Jangerberries||417 coins (update)||Several respawns at Ogre Island (between Castle wars and Yanille). Bring a rope. Also from farming(48)||Zamorak potion|
|Magic roots||2,808 coins (update)||Growing, cutting down, and digging up Magic trees. (lvl 75 farming)||Super strong anti-poison potion|
|Bird nest||1,323 coins (update)||From Woodcutting, Miscellania, or for exchanging mole claws or mole skins.||Saradomin brew|
|Poison ivy berries||671 coins (update)||From bush Farming(70)||Super strong weapon poison|
|Shrunk ogleroot||49 coins (update)||Taverley witch's house.||Shrinking potion|
|Ashes||435 coins (update)||From any log fire when it stops burning. It can also be obtained by picking the White lily.||Serum 207|
|Papaya||3,514 coins (update)||Picked from a Papaya tree, grown with the Farming skill, or by using a Fruitfall scroll with the Fruit bat familiar.||Adrenaline potion|
|Phoenix feather||Untradeable||Grabbed from a Desert phoenix near the clay mine in the Northeastern Kharidian Desert.||Super antifire|
|Ground mud runes||Untradeable||Created by using Pestle and mortar on a Mud rune.||Extreme magic|
|Grenwall spikes||923 coins (update)||Obtained by trapping Grenwall using the Hunter(77) skill.||Extreme ranging|
|Wyvern bonemeal||Untradeable||Obtained by grinding Wyvern bones in the Ectofuntus grinder.||Super prayer|
|Bear fur||From stealing from fur stalls (Ardougne and Varrock) and dropped by bears||Defence potion|
* Prices are approximate for buying item on the Grand Exchange
Note: Another way to obtain Eye of Newt, Unicorn Horn, or Red spider's eggs would be Creature Creation, which is available only after completing the Tower of Life quest. By defeating the appropriate creature, 2-10 of the item in question are dropped.
With the introduction of grimy herbs, these herbs now reveal their identity. Hence, the price of grimy herbs depends on what level herbs they are. Chaos druids (as well as Aberrant spectres and Flesh crawlers) drop grimy herbs often, and on occasion may drop two. Aberrant Spectres may also drop three.
Many combat-related potions sell for high prices (prices are for 3 dose potions):
|Potion||Current GE price|
|Antifire potions||7,466 coins (update)|
|Super energy potions||2,911 coins (update)|
|Fishing potions||48 coins (update)|
|Super antipoisons||252 coins (update)|
|Prayer potions||2,937 coins (update)|
|Summoning potions||2,758 coins (update)|
|Super restore potions||4,669 coins (update)|
|Weapon poison+||712 coins (update)|
|Weapon poison++||11,754 coins (update)|
|Set of all three super potions |
(super attack, super strength, and super defence)
|7,441 coins (update)|
|Super attacks||1,960 coins (update)|
|Super strength potions||4,672 coins (update)|
|Super defence potions||809 coins (update)|
Some of these prices are under pressure as the number of herbalists that can make those potions increases. Prices of potions have fallen since the release of the Grand Exchange because of the ability to quickly sell potions in bulk.
Potion production costsEdit
For a full overview of profits/losses training Herblore; see Herblore/Production costs.
- A Greenman's ale will temporarily boost Herblore by 1 level. Greenman's ale can be bought in the Yanille pub or brewed using the Cooking skill. 26 Construction is required to build a beverage barrel of Greenman's ale in the kitchen of a player-owned house. A Greenman's ale does not stack with a spicy stew.
- A Mature Greenman's ale will temporarily boost Herblore by 2 levels. This can only be made by brewing using the Cooking skill. A Mature Greenman's ale boost does not stack with a spicy stew.
- A god banner can boost Herblore by 2 levels for thirty minutes, if you've done the relevant tasks. Because this is an extended boost, it is ideal for making a large quantity of potions above your level (such as for training); however, the boost does tick down from +2 to +1, and then refresh when it would tick down to +0. Thus it is best if you only need to boost one level, instead of two, or you will be periodically interrupted.
- Brown Spicy stews can be made after Freeing Evil Dave in Recipe for Disaster. These may randomly boost or lower Herblore by up to 5 levels, depending on the amount of brown spice used.
- Using the 'Boost' option on the Herblore cape will temporarily increase your level by 1, up to 100/99.
Bob Barter at the Grand Exchange will decant potions for free. Decanting results in potions of the same kind being consolidated into 4-dose potions as much as possible (though Bob will also decant into 1, 2 and 3 dose potions, charging for any extra vials). For example, Bob Barter will decant six 3-dose strength potions into four 4-dose and one 2-dose potion. Noted potions may also be decanted; noted and unnoted potions in your inventory will be treated independently. This is a quick and easy way to free up vials for reuse, by consolidating into 4 dose potions.
Zahur in Nardah will clean grimy herbs for 200 coins per herb. This ability is typically only used by players who grew the herbs and cannot clean them, as the ability to make potions with the cleaned herb requires the herblore level to clean the herb. Even then it usually makes more sense to sell the grimy herb, as clean herbs are rarely much more than the grimy version, and often less.
Zahur will also decant 4-dose potions into 3-dose potions, for a fee of 11 coins per vial supplied. If you supply all vials required the service is free. Inventory space for the resulting potions is required, or Zahur will refuse to decant them. Zahur will now also decant noted potions with noted vials as well.
In the Herblore Habitat minigame, there are ten potions that can be made using herbs grown there, and secondary ingredients found by hunting Jadinkos. All of these potions must be made in special juju vials bought from Papa Mambo, and some of them can be stored with tool leprechauns. These potions have special effects.
Flash Powder FactoryEdit
In Flash Powder Factory, requiring 50 Herblore and other certain skills, players make Flash Powder from two reagents in 15 minute games. The game is not focused on Herblore, so the bulk of experience doesn't go to a player's Herblore skill.
Scroll of cleansingEdit
The Scroll of Cleansing is a Dungeoneering reward, and can be purchased for 20,000 Dungeoneering reward tokens. It requires a Herblore level of 49 and a Dungeoneering level of 49. Once used, the scroll will disappear, giving the player the following permanent effects:
- A 1 in 8 chance that the player will make a potion twice as fast as usual.
- A 1 in 10 chance that when adding a herb to a vial of water or coconut milk, or a secondary ingredient to an unfinished potion, the herb or secondary, respectively, will not be used, leaving the player an extra ingredient.
Almost every potion in the game is affected by this scroll. However there are some exceptions. Guthix rest tea, Guam tar, Marrentill tar, Tarromin tar, Harralander tar, and Barbarian mix potions are not affected by the scroll.
The Herbicide is a Dungeoneering reward. It stays with the player at all times. When in the inventory, it will grind the herb and give the player bonus xp. It will not grind any herbs that the player cannot clean, and will not work on noted herbs.
Solomon's General StoreEdit
Upon the release of Solomon's General Store on 17 July 2012, players can purchase an alternative animation for herblore that plays whenever a player mixes a potion. This animation costs 176 runecoins.
- In the game's fictional history, the skill owes its name to a temporal paradox. In 'Meeting History, Again' (one of the Medium Difficulty Ardougne Tasks) the player travels back in time again and talks to the creator of the art where they mention Herblore and she replies by saying that that is the perfect name for the art. This is a paradox as the player only mentioned this because they knew it from their own time but it appears they were the original inspiration.
- Originally, herbs were identified rather than cleaned. All unidentified herbs or "unids" looked the same. The Grand Exchange was also released shortly after this change, so that may also have been a contributing factor.