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This article is about the regular potion. For other uses, see Overload (disambiguation).
This article is about the 4-dose potion. For the potion flask version, see Overload flask.
Overload (4) Overload (3) Overload (2) Overload (1)
Release date 7 October 2009 (Update)
Members Yes
Quest item No
Tradeable No
Equipable No
Edible Yes
Stackable No
Value 275 coins
High alch 132 coins
Low alch 88 coins
Destroy Drop
Store price Not sold
Examine X doses of overload potion.
Weight 0.5 kg
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Overload detail

Overloads are potions which combine the boosting properties of extreme attack, extreme strength, extreme defence, extreme ranging, and extreme magic potions. Requiring 96 Herblore to produce, overloads used to have the highest Herblore level requirement of any non-combination potion outside Daemonheim, however they can now be used as an ingredient to make higher level potions as follows:

Overloads are created by combining 3-dose extreme attack, extreme strength, extreme defence, extreme ranging, and extreme magic potions with a clean torstol. The process grants 1,000 Herblore experience. It is possible to make these potions at level 91 herblore with the aid of a spicy stew (with brown spice) getting a +5 level boost. However, it is also possible to create these potions at level 89 herblore, using the artisan skills boost from an Advanced pulse core. It is recommended to start making them at 94 with the use of a God banner as it provides a +2 bonus for 30 minutes. Using a preset inventory with appropriate quantities of each of the six ingredients greatly reduces the time spent banking. The cost of making an overload potion (3) from pre-purchased super potions is 47,128 (slightly less with a scroll of cleansing). Four empty vials will be left over afterwards. The Assist System cannot be used to produce overloads.

Overloads boost Attack, Strength, Defence, Ranged, and Magic + 15% of the stat level + 3, for a maximum of +17 at level 99 for six minutes. The increase to the Damage stat in Equipment stats is +2.5 for each boosted level (+3.75 with dual-wield or 2h, even more with slower weapons), but the effective damage increase is far higher. This boost is affected by other damage modifiers such as the effects of the Void Knight equipment set, abilities, and the hidden damage modifier on abilities based on weapon speed (see Ability book).

On top of the +42.5 damage that overloads give that varies with other damage modifiers, just like other potions, for every level that they boost over your normal level, overloads also provide a +8 damage boost, which is added on after every other damage modifier has been calculated. With the aforementioned +17 boost to each stat, overloads provide a static +136 damage to all attacks which is unaffected by any damage boosts (e.g. the 5% from Void Knight equipment or the weapon speed-based penalty modifiers of abilities).

It is a popular misconception that overloads will fully restore a player's stats every 15 seconds. This is untrue, as overloads simply reapply their boosts every 15 seconds. This property is useful to players who are using Saradomin brews to restore life points, as the overload's frequent boosts help to counter the Saradomin brews' stat drain. After the six minutes is up, the overload's stat boosts will wear off entirely.

Upon death, the effect of overload will also wear off entirely before the six minutes is up. Using abilities such as Onslaught may also drain the overload timer.

After the Evolution of Combat update, overloads can now be used in the Wilderness.


Overload usage

A player drinking a dose of overload

Overload (3) Overload (3)
Herblore-icon-Make-X GE icon
1,000 XP--
Herblore-icon Herblore level96
P2P icon Members only?Yes
Extreme attack (3) Extreme attack (3)15,1595,159
Extreme strength (3) Extreme strength (3)110,74310,743
Extreme defence (3) Extreme defence (3)110,48810,488
Extreme magic (3) Extreme magic (3)15,7685,768
Extreme ranging (3) Extreme ranging (3)110,21010,210
Clean torstol Clean torstol14,7604,760
Total price47,128


Super potions
Ingredients Super attack Super strength Super defence Super magic potion Super ranging potion
Herblore-icon Level 45 55 66 76 72
Primary Irit Kwuarm Cadantine Lantadyme Dwarf weed
Cost 1,894 5,007 5,177 4,960 5,090
Secondary Eye of newt Limpwurt root Whiteberries Potato cactus Wine of Zamorak
Cost 6 1,334 1,489 1,874 5,984
Experience 100 125 150 172.5 162.5
Extreme potions
Ingredients Extreme attack Extreme strength Extreme defence Extreme magic Extreme ranging
Herblore-icon Level 88 89 90 91 92
Primary Super attack Super strength Super defence Super magic potion Super ranging potion
Secondary Avantoe Dwarf weed Lantadyme Ground mud runes 5 Grenwall spikes
Cost 3,806 5,090 4,960 496[1] 720
Experience 220 230 240 251 [2] 260
Herblore-icon Level: 96
Extreme attack, Extreme strength, Extreme defence, Extreme magic, Extreme ranging and Clean torstol
Experience: 1000
Total experience (from scratch): 2911
Total experience (buying Super potions): 2201
Total cost (from scratch): 52,647
Total cost (buying Super potions): 47,128
  1. ^ Ground mud runes are untradeable; this is the price for a mud rune.
  2. ^ Mixing the potion gives 250 xp, grinding the mud runes gives 1 xp.


  • When first released, overloads could be used in PvP areas, but within 48 hours, this was changed so they cannot be used in any PvP situation, dangerous or safe. This decision has sparked some controversy, as some players believe that extremes and overloads should be available in the Wilderness. Mod Mark has replied that the potions are unavailable in PvP because Herblore level does not affect combat level; players may therefore be misled and think that a potential target is weaker than they are.
  • Before the release of Evolution of Combat, Overloads had a larger boost and reduced life points by 500 when consumed. Attempting to drink a dose of overload with fewer than 500 life points results in the message "You need more than 500 life points to survive the power of overload."
  • According to Jagex, the damage the player received from drinking an overload was because the potion "racks the body with spasms and burns the digestive tract".

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