Calculator:Herblore/Efficient Profit
This calculator shows profit/losses from training the Herblore skill efficiently. This calculator assumes that you are making potions from grimy herbs, using a Portable well, have the Scroll of cleansing, and are decanting into Potion flasks. These numbers are estimates based on the likelihood of the effects of the portable well and the scroll of cleansing, but they are quite reliable. Untradeable potions and potions requiring untradeable ingredients are omitted as this guide/calculator is designed for bulk training with concern for profit.
Contents
Reasoning:[edit source]
Grimy herbs: Grimy herbs are frequently cheaper than their clean alternatives and the experience from cleaning them is not negligible, as opposed to making unfinished potions. If profit/expenditure is your main concern, cleaning your own herbs and making your own unfinished potions is worth the time.
Portable well: The portable well boosts Herblore experience by 10% and gives a 5% chance of making an extra potion. This 5% is applied when making unfinished potions and again when finishing potions with secondary ingredients. Portable wells are frequently hosted at the Lumbridge Market, which you can use at no cost to you, though it is nice to help out the community by deploying some portable wells that you have purchased.
Scroll of cleansing: The scroll of cleansing can be purchased from rewards trader in Daemonheim for 20,000 Dungeoneering tokens. The scroll gives a 12.5% chance that a potion will be created twice as fast as usual. The scroll also gives a 10% chance of salvaging a herb added to a vial of water and salvaging a secondary ingredient when added to an unfinished potion.
Decanting to potion flasks: Decanting to flasks does not always increase profit. To see if decanting is profitable, check the Calculator:Herblore/Flask decanting page. However, decanting to flasks can be done for free, in bulk (noted items), and almost instantly with the help of Teplin Macagan after completion of As a First Resort. Because this can be done so quickly, can be immensely profitable, and if profit is your motive, I highly suggest only making potions which are profitable to decant. Note that the Grand Exchange limits players to buying 1,000 potion flasks per 4 hours. This means that a maximum of 6,000 flasks can be purchased during 1 day under optimal circumstances.
Process (standard potions):[edit source]
The following is the process to replicate (as close as possible) the optimal calculations shown in the below table. Buying 1,000 herbs was used as a way to calculate more accurate averages for the sake of representation. With smaller sample sizes, results will vary more widely, but over time will average out to the calculations shown in the below table.
1. Buy 1,000 grimy variants of the herb for your selected potion. Herbs can be slower to purchase at GE market prices, but the more profitable potions can still turn a significant profit even while buying herbs at higherthanmarket price.
2. Clean your grimy herbs. This is done fastest by setting a bank preset for quick withdrawing.
3. Find a world where a portable well is being hosted. This information can be found by searching for 'portable locations' in the RuneScape forums.
4. Add your herbs to vials of water using the portable well. By adding 1,000 herbs to vials of water, you will yield (on average) 1050 unfinished potions due to the effect of the portable well. Due to the effect of the scroll of cleansing, you will have saved (on average) 100 herbs. By adding those 100 herbs to vials of water, you will yield (on average) 105 unfinished potions and saved (on average) 10 herbs. By adding those 10 herbs to vials of water, you will yield (on average) 10 unfinished potions and saved (on average) 1 herb. This herb (on average) will make 1 unfinished potion and will not be saved. This process will yield in total, and of course on average, 1,166 unfinished potions and use 1,111 vials of water.
5. Due to the 10% chance to save secondary ingredients, your 1,166 unfinished potions will require (on average) 1,060 secondary ingredients. (1,060 * 1.1 = 1,166) Buy a little more than this amount (to avoid having to go back to the Grand exchange) and add them to your unfinished potions at the portable well. The 5% chance to make an extra potion will be applied again over this process at the portable well. This will yield (on average) 1,224 finished 3dose potions.
6. Buy 612 (half the amount of your 3dose potions rounded down) Potion flasks at the Grand exchange. Bring your noted potion flasks and noted 3dose potions to Teplin Macagan and have him decant your potions into your flasks. Sell these flasks at the grand exchange. It may take some time for your flasks to sell at market prices, but again the more profitable potions may still turn a significant profit even selling at a little lower than market price.
 (*) The column "gain" shows Profit * (Experience^Sigma), where Sigma the sign of Profit (Sigma = Profit/abs(Profit)). This way, if making the potion leads to a loss the column show gp/xp (how much money is spent per experience). However, if a profit is made, the column shows the product of Profit and Experience, such that the potion which maximizes both gp and xp ranks the highest.
Potion  Level Req. 
XP  Cost of Initial Ingredients  Cost of 1060 Secondary Ingredients 
Total Cost of 1224 Potions 
Price of 1224 Potions 
Profit/Loss Per Herb Purchased (no flasks) 
Cost of 612 Potion Flasks 
Total Cost  Price of 612 Full Flasks 
Profit/Loss Per Herb Purchased 
Gain*  

Attack potion  1  25  1000 X Grimy guam 605,000 1111 X Vial of water 69,993 Total cost: 674,993 
1060 X Eye of newt 12,720 
687,713  1224 X Attack potion (3) 510,408 
177.3  612 X Potion flask 8,735,688 
9,423,401  612 X Attack flask (6) 4,413,132 
5,010.27

200.41  
Ranging potion  3  30  1000 X Grimy guam 605,000 1111 X Vial of water 69,993 Total cost: 674,993 
1060 X Redberries 899,940 
1,574,933  1224 X Ranging potion (3) 1,745,424 
170.49  612 X Potion flask 8,735,688 
10,310,621  612 X Ranging flask (6) 7,672,644 
2,637.98

87.93  
Magic potion  5  35  1000 X Grimy tarromin 193,000 1111 X Vial of water 69,993 Total cost: 262,993 
1060 X Yellow bead 987,920 
1,250,913  1224 X Magic potion (3) 1,629,144 
378.23  612 X Potion flask 8,735,688 
9,986,601  612 X Magic flask (6) 6,670,188 
3,316.41

94.75  
Strength potion  7  4  1000 X Grimy tarromin 193,000 1111 X Vial of water 69,993 Total cost: 262,993 
1060 X Limpwurt root 5,004,260 
5,267,253  1224 X Strength potion (3) 1,100,376 
4,166.88  612 X Potion flask 8,735,688 
14,002,941  612 X Strength flask (6) 5,687,316 
8,315.62

2078.91  
Defence potion  9  45  1000 X Grimy marrentill 7,946,000 1111 X Vial of water 69,993 Total cost: 8,015,993 
1060 X Bear fur 784,400 
8,800,393  1224 X Defence potion (3) 3,694,032 
5,106.36  612 X Potion flask 8,735,688 
17,536,081  612 X Defence flask (6) 7,342,164 
10,193.92

226.53  
Antipoison  13  50  1000 X Grimy marrentill 7,946,000 1111 X Vial of water 69,993 Total cost: 8,015,993 
1060 X Unicorn horn dust 3,355,960 
11,371,953  1224 X Antipoison (3) 489,600 
10,882.35  612 X Potion flask 8,735,688 
20,107,641  612 X Antipoison flask (6) 8,528,220 
11,579.42

231.59  
Guthix rest  18  59.5  1000 X Grimy harralander 1,051,000 1111 X Vial of water 69,993 Total cost: 1,120,993 
1060 X Clean marrentill 8,988,800 
10,109,793  1224 X Guthix rest (3) 1,089,360 
9,020.43  612 X Potion flask 8,735,688 
18,845,481  612 X Guthix rest flask (6) 24,410,844 
5,565.36

331139.1  
Restore potion  22  62.5  1000 X Grimy harralander 1,051,000 1111 X Vial of water 69,993 Total cost: 1,120,993 
1060 X Red spiders' eggs 3,663,360 
4,784,353  1224 X Restore potion (3) 323,136 
4,461.22  612 X Potion flask 8,735,688 
13,520,041  612 X Restore flask (6) 6,537,996 
6,982.04

111.71  
Energy potion  26  67.5  1000 X Grimy harralander 1,051,000 1111 X Vial of water 69,993 Total cost: 1,120,993 
1060 X Chocolate dust 624,340 
1,745,333  1224 X Energy potion (3) 653,616 
1,091.72  612 X Potion flask 8,735,688 
10,481,021  612 X Energy flask (6) 7,375,212 
3,105.81

46.01  
Agility potion  34  80  1000 X Grimy toadflax 10,910,000 1111 X Vial of water 69,993 Total cost: 10,979,993 
1060 X Toad's legs 1,650,420 
12,630,413  1224 X Agility potion (3) 452,880 
12,177.53  612 X Potion flask 8,735,688 
21,366,101  612 X Agility flask (6) 6,480,468 
14,885.63

186.07  
Combat potion  36  84  1000 X Grimy harralander 1,051,000 1111 X Vial of water 69,993 Total cost: 1,120,993 
1060 X Goat horn dust 2,200,560 
3,321,553  1224 X Combat potion (3) 447,984 
2,873.57  612 X Potion flask 8,735,688 
12,057,241  612 X Combat flask (6) 6,793,812 
5,263.43

62.66  
Prayer potion  38  87.5  1000 X Grimy ranarr 4,394,000 1111 X Vial of water 69,993 Total cost: 4,463,993 
1060 X Snape grass 268,180 
4,732,173  1224 X Prayer potion (3) 6,476,184 
1,744.01  612 X Potion flask 8,735,688 
13,467,861  612 X Prayer flask (6) 15,990,336 
2,522.48

220716.56  
Summoning potion  40  92  1000 X Grimy spirit weed 17,099,000 1111 X Vial of water 69,993 Total cost: 17,168,993 
1060 X Cockatrice egg 7,337,320 
24,506,313  1224 X Summoning potion (3) 28,068,768 
3,562.46  612 X Potion flask 8,735,688 
33,242,001  612 X Summoning flask (6) 35,439,696 
2,197.7

202187.94  
Divination potion  43  97.5  1000 X Grimy spirit weed 17,099,000 1111 X Vial of water 69,993 Total cost: 17,168,993 
1060 X Rabbit foot 10,028,660 
27,197,653  1224 X Divination potion (3) 30,128,760 
2,931.11  612 X Potion flask 8,735,688 
35,933,341  612 X Divination flask (6) 3,955,356 
31,977.98

327.98  
Super attack  45  100  1000 X Grimy irit 3,335,000 1111 X Vial of water 69,993 Total cost: 3,404,993 
1060 X Eye of newt 12,720 
3,417,713  1224 X Super attack (3) 5,335,416 
1,917.7  612 X Potion flask 8,735,688 
12,153,401  612 X Super attack flask (6) 10,569,852 
1,583.55

15.84  
Super antipoison  48  106.3  1000 X Grimy irit 3,335,000 1111 X Vial of water 69,993 Total cost: 3,404,993 
1060 X Unicorn horn dust 3,355,960 
6,760,953  1224 X Super antipoison (3) 8,736,912 
1,975.96  612 X Potion flask 8,735,688 
15,496,641  612 X Super antipoison flask (6) 18,315,324 
2,818.68

299626  
Fishing potion  50  112.5  1000 X Grimy avantoe 1,096,000 1111 X Vial of water 69,993 Total cost: 1,165,993 
1060 X Snape grass 268,180 
1,434,173  1224 X Fishing potion (3) 559,368 
874.8  612 X Potion flask 8,735,688 
10,169,861  612 X Fishing flask (6) 4,448,016 
5,721.84

50.86  
Super energy  52  117.5  1000 X Grimy avantoe 1,096,000 1111 X Vial of water 69,993 Total cost: 1,165,993 
1060 X Mort myre fungus 3,130,180 
4,296,173  1224 X Super energy (3) 5,608,368 
1,312.2  612 X Potion flask 8,735,688 
13,031,861  612 X Super energy flask (6) 11,879,532 
1,152.33

9.81  
Hunter potion  53  120  1000 X Grimy avantoe 1,096,000 1111 X Vial of water 69,993 Total cost: 1,165,993 
1060 X Kebbit teeth dust 14,465,820 
15,631,813  1224 X Hunter potion (3) 17,095,608 
1,463.8  612 X Potion flask 8,735,688 
24,367,501  612 X Hunter flask (6) 21,856,968 
2,510.53

20.92  
Runecrafting potion  54  122.5  1000 X Grimy wergali 6,055,000 1111 X Vial of water 69,993 Total cost: 6,124,993 
1060 X Fallfaced wool 501,380 
6,626,373  1224 X Runecrafting potion (3) 6,204,456 
421.92  612 X Potion flask 8,735,688 
15,362,061  612 X Runecrafting flask (6) 2,303,568 
13,058.49

106.6  
Cooking potion  55  125  1000 X Grimy harralander 1,051,000 1111 X Vial of water 69,993 Total cost: 1,120,993 
1060 X Swordfish 815,140 
1,936,133  1224 X Cooking potion (3) 1,128,528 
807.6  612 X Potion flask 8,735,688 
10,671,821  612 X Cooking flask (6) 2,089,980 
8,581.84

68.65  
Super strength  55  125  1000 X Grimy kwuarm 14,552,000 1111 X Vial of water 69,993 Total cost: 14,621,993 
1060 X Limpwurt root 5,004,260 
19,626,253  1224 X Super strength (3) 23,718,672 
4,092.42  612 X Potion flask 8,735,688 
28,361,941  612 X Super strength flask (6) 24,320,880 
4,041.06

32.33  
Fletching potion  58  132  1000 X Grimy wergali 6,055,000 1111 X Vial of water 69,993 Total cost: 6,124,993 
1060 X Wimpy feather 385,840 
6,510,833  1224 X Fletching potion (3) 828,648 
5,682.18  612 X Potion flask 8,735,688 
15,246,521  612 X Fletching flask (6) 5,015,952 
10,230.57

77.5  
Weapon poison  60  137.5  1000 X Grimy kwuarm 14,552,000 1111 X Vial of water 69,993 Total cost: 14,621,993 
1060 X Dragon scale dust 1,069,540 
15,691,533  1224 X Weapon poison (3) 11,244,888 
4,446.65  612 X Potion flask 8,735,688 
24,427,221  612 X Weapon poison flask (6) 4,246,056 
20,181.16

146.77  
Super restore  63  142.5  1000 X Grimy snapdragon 1,564,000 1111 X Vial of water 69,993 Total cost: 1,633,993 
1060 X Red spiders' eggs 3,663,360 
5,297,353  1224 X Super restore (3) 5,284,008 
13.34  612 X Potion flask 8,735,688 
14,033,041  612 X Super restore flask (6) 15,609,672 
1,576.63

224669.92  
Super defence  66  150  1000 X Grimy cadantine 5,411,000 1111 X Vial of water 69,993 Total cost: 5,480,993 
1060 X White berries 2,429,520 
7,910,513  1224 X Super defence (3) 10,175,112 
2,264.6  612 X Potion flask 8,735,688 
16,646,201  612 X Super defence flask (6) 16,820,820 
174.62

26192.85  
Antipoison+  68  155  1000 X Grimy toadflax 10,910,000 1111 X Coconut milk 10,590,052 Total cost: 21,500,052 
1060 X Yew roots 913,720 
22,413,772  1224 X Antipoison+ (3) 4,766,256 
17,647.52  612 X Potion flask 8,735,688 
31,149,460  612 X Antipoison+ flask (6) 21,289,644 
9,859.82

63.61  
Antifire  69  157.5  1000 X Grimy lantadyme 8,619,000 1111 X Vial of water 69,993 Total cost: 8,688,993 
1060 X Dragon scale dust 1,069,540 
9,758,533  1224 X Antifire (3) 12,810,384 
3,051.85  612 X Potion flask 8,735,688 
18,494,221  612 X Antifire flask (6) 18,266,364 
227.86

1.45  
Super ranging potion  72  162.5  1000 X Grimy dwarf weed 14,885,000 1111 X Vial of water 69,993 Total cost: 14,954,993 
1060 X Wine of Zamorak 10,525,800 
25,480,793  1224 X Super ranging potion (3) 28,422,504 
2,941.71  612 X Potion flask 8,735,688 
34,216,481  612 X Super ranging flask (6) 32,383,980 
1,832.5

11.28  
Super magic potion  76  172.5  1000 X Grimy lantadyme 8,619,000 1111 X Vial of water 69,993 Total cost: 8,688,993 
1060 X Potato cactus 1,800,940 
10,489,933  1224 X Super magic potion (3) 12,040,488 
1,550.56  612 X Potion flask 8,735,688 
19,225,621  612 X Super magic flask (6) 17,317,152 
1,908.47

11.06  
Invention potion  77  175  1000 X Grimy snapdragon 1,564,000 1111 X Vial of water 69,993 Total cost: 1,633,993 
1060 X Chinchompa residue 101,760 
1,735,753  1224 X Invention potion (3) 957,168 
778.58  612 X Potion flask 8,735,688 
10,471,441  612 X Invention flask (6) 3,411,900 
7,059.54

40.34  
Zamorak brew  78  175  1000 X Grimy torstol 5,534,000 1111 X Vial of water 69,993 Total cost: 5,603,993 
1060 X Jangerberries 1,263,520 
6,867,513  1224 X Zamorak brew (3) 1,474,920 
5,392.59  612 X Potion flask 8,735,688 
15,603,201  612 X Zamorak brew flask (6) 6,621,840 
8,981.36

51.32  
Antipoison++  79  177.5  1000 X Grimy irit 3,335,000 1111 X Coconut milk 10,590,052 Total cost: 13,925,052 
1060 X Magic roots 3,634,740 
17,559,792  1224 X Antipoison++ (3) 4,412,520 
13,147.27  612 X Potion flask 8,735,688 
26,295,480  612 X Antipoison++ flask (6) 14,937,084 
11,358.4

63.99  
Saradomin brew  81  180  1000 X Grimy toadflax 10,910,000 1111 X Vial of water 69,993 Total cost: 10,979,993 
1060 X Crushed nest 5,189,760 
16,169,753  1224 X Saradomin brew (3) 17,315,928 
1,146.18  612 X Potion flask 8,735,688 
24,905,441  612 X Saradomin brew flask (6) 26,876,592 
1,971.15

354807.18  
Aggression potion  82  185  1000 X Grimy bloodweed 26,945,000 1111 X Vial of water 69,993 Total cost: 27,014,993 
1060 X Searing ashes 105,303,580 
132,318,573  1224 X Aggression potion (3) 122,306,976 
10,011.6  612 X Potion flask 8,735,688 
141,054,261  612 X Aggression flask (6) 133,083,684 
7,970.58

43.08  
Prayer renewal  94  190  1000 X Grimy fellstalk 11,470,000 1111 X Vial of water 69,993 Total cost: 11,539,993 
1060 X Morchella mushroom 8,761,960 
20,301,953  1224 X Prayer renewal (3) 21,998,952 
1,697  612 X Potion flask 8,735,688 
29,037,641  612 X Prayer renewal flask (6) 28,803,168 
234.47

1.23 
Process (potions made from other potions):[edit source]
Some potions such as Super Guthix rest and Super Zamorak brew are made by adding additional ingredients to a complete potion. This changes the calculations slightly, so this type of potion is in a separate table. This guide/table assumes that you are making the initial potion from scratch.
1. Make the initial potions just as described in the first process, but do not decant the potions into flasks. This will leave you with (on average) 1,224 complete potions.
2. Due to the 10% chance to save secondary ingredients, your 1,224 potions will require (on average) 1,114 tertiary ingredients. (1,113.72 * 1.1 ≈ 1,224) Buy a little more than this amount (to avoid having to go back to the Grand exchange) and add them to your potions at the portable well. The 5% chance to make an extra potion will be applied again over this process at the portable well. This will yield (on average) 1,285 finished 3dose potions.
3. Buy 642 (half the amount of your 3dose potions rounded down) Potion flasks at the Grand exchange. Bring your noted potion flasks and noted 3dose potions to Teplin Macagan and have him decant your potions into your flasks. Sell these flasks at the grand exchange. It may take some time for your flasks to sell at market prices, but again the more profitable potions may still turn a significant profit even selling at a little lower than market price.
Potion  Level Req. 
XP  Cost of Initial Ingredients  Cost of 1060 Secondary Ingredients 
Cost of 1114 Tertiary Ingredients 
Cost of 642 Potion Flasks 
Total Cost  Price of 642 Full Flasks 
Profit/Loss Per Herb Purchased  

Guthix balance  22  50  1000 X Grimy harralander 1,051,000 1111 X Vial of water 69,993 Total cost: 1,120,993 
1060 X Red spiders' eggs 3,663,360 
1114 X Garlic 50,130 1114 X Silver dust 2,440,774 Total cost: 2,490,904 
642 X Potion flask 9,163,908 
16,439,165  642 X Guthix balance flask (6) 13,837,026 
2,602.14  
Super hunter  64  145  1000 X Grimy avantoe 1,096,000 1111 X Vial of water 69,993 Total cost: 1,165,993 
1060 X Kebbit teeth dust 14,465,820 
1114 X Rabbit teeth 165,986  642 X Potion flask 9,163,908 
24,961,707  642 X Super hunter flask (6) 8,660,580 
16,301.13  
Super divination  70  160  1000 X Grimy spirit weed 17,099,000 1111 X Vial of water 69,993 Total cost: 17,168,993 
1060 X Rabbit foot 10,028,660 
1114 X Zygomite fruit 6,559,232  642 X Potion flask 9,163,908 
42,920,793  642 X Super divination flask (6) 15,310,416 
27,610.38  
Super runecrafting  75  170  1000 X Grimy wergali 6,055,000 1111 X Vial of water 69,993 Total cost: 6,124,993 
1060 X Fallfaced wool 501,380 
1114 X Yak milk 81,248,476  642 X Potion flask 9,163,908 
97,038,757  642 X Super runecrafting flask (6) 71,681,868 
25,356.89  
Super invention  87  220  1000 X Grimy snapdragon 1,564,000 1111 X Vial of water 69,993 Total cost: 1,633,993 
1060 X Chinchompa residue 101,760 
1114 X Spider fangs 2,894,172  642 X Potion flask 9,163,908 
13,793,833  642 X Super invention flask (6) 7,365,666 
6,428.17
 
Super Saradomin brew  93  180  1000 X Grimy toadflax 10,910,000 1111 X Vial of water 69,993 Total cost: 10,979,993 
1060 X Crushed nest 5,189,760 
1114 X Wine of Saradomin 114,350,986  642 X Potion flask 9,163,908 
139,684,647  642 X Super Saradomin brew flask (6) 134,570,904 
5,113.74  
Super Zamorak brew  93  180  1000 X Grimy torstol 5,534,000 1111 X Vial of water 69,993 Total cost: 5,603,993 
1060 X Jangerberries 1,263,520 
1114 X Wine of Zamorak 11,062,020  642 X Potion flask 9,163,908 
27,093,441  642 X Super Zamorak brew flask (6) 13,496,766 
13,596.67  
Super Guthix rest  93  59.5  1000 X Grimy harralander 1,051,000 1111 X Vial of water 69,993 Total cost: 1,120,993 
1060 X Clean marrentill 8,988,800 
1114 X Wine of Guthix 2,441,888  642 X Potion flask 9,163,908 
21,715,589  642 X Super Guthix brew flask (6) 19,699,770 
2,015.82 
Conclusion:[edit source]
Making the flasks in the bottom table is generally not worth it if your interest is profit. The only exception is the Super Guthix rest, which can be solid money and decent experience. If your goal is to maximize experience without losing any money, it's generally best to sort the top table by XP in descending order and pick the first potion that you can make that yields a profit. It may be that there is a higher experience, profitable potion for you if you don't decant to flasks so be sure to check out other methods!