# 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 Combat academy, 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 Marmaros Thokson 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 1K potion flasks per 4 hours. This means that a maximum of 6K 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 higher-than-market 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 3-dose potions.

**6.** Buy 612 (half the amount of your 3-dose potions rounded down) Potion flasks at the Grand exchange. Bring your noted potion flasks and noted 3-dose 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 612 Potion Flasks |
Total Cost | Price of 612 Full Flasks |
Profit/Loss Per Herb Purchased | |
---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|

Attack potion | 1 | 25 | 1000 X Grimy guam 376,000 1111 X Vial of water 89,991 Total cost: 465,991 |
1060 X Eye of newt 9,540 |
612 X Potion flask 3,483,504 |
3,959,035 | 612 X Attack flask (6) 3,873,960 |
-85.07 | |

Ranging potion | 3 | 30 | 1000 X Grimy guam 376,000 1111 X Vial of water 89,991 Total cost: 465,991 |
1060 X Redberries 697,480 |
612 X Potion flask 3,483,504 |
4,646,975 | 612 X Ranging flask (6) 7,928,460 |
3,281.49 | |

Magic potion | 5 | 35 | 1000 X Grimy tarromin 101,000 1111 X Vial of water 89,991 Total cost: 190,991 |
1060 X Yellow bead 727,160 |
612 X Potion flask 3,483,504 |
4,401,655 | 612 X Magic flask (6) 8,352,576 |
3,950.92 | |

Strength potion | 7 | 4 | 1000 X Grimy tarromin 101,000 1111 X Vial of water 89,991 Total cost: 190,991 |
1060 X Limpwurt root 3,270,100 |
612 X Potion flask 3,483,504 |
6,944,595 | 612 X Strength flask (6) 4,448,628 |
-2,495.97 | |

Defence potion | 9 | 45 | 1000 X Grimy marrentill 3,052,000 1111 X Vial of water 89,991 Total cost: 3,141,991 |
1060 X Bear fur 614,800 |
612 X Potion flask 3,483,504 |
7,240,295 | 612 X Defence flask (6) 5,707,512 |
-1,532.78 | |

Antipoison | 13 | 50 | 1000 X Grimy marrentill 3,052,000 1111 X Vial of water 89,991 Total cost: 3,141,991 |
1060 X Unicorn horn dust 655,080 |
612 X Potion flask 3,483,504 |
7,280,575 | 612 X Antipoison flask (6) 5,604,696 |
-1,675.88 | |

Guthix rest | 18 | 59.5 | 1000 X Grimy harralander 174,000 1111 X Vial of water 89,991 Total cost: 263,991 |
1060 X Clean marrentill 3,485,280 |
612 X Potion flask 3,483,504 |
7,232,775 | 612 X Guthix rest flask (6) 12,307,320 |
5,074.55 | |

Restore potion | 22 | 62.5 | 1000 X Grimy harralander 174,000 1111 X Vial of water 89,991 Total cost: 263,991 |
1060 X Red spiders' eggs 1,680,100 |
612 X Potion flask 3,483,504 |
5,427,595 | 612 X Restore flask (6) 5,851,944 |
424.35 | |

Energy potion | 26 | 67.5 | 1000 X Grimy harralander 174,000 1111 X Vial of water 89,991 Total cost: 263,991 |
1060 X Chocolate dust 365,700 |
612 X Potion flask 3,483,504 |
4,113,195 | 612 X Energy flask (6) 5,445,576 |
1,332.38 | |

Agility potion | 34 | 80 | 1000 X Grimy toadflax 6,774,000 1111 X Vial of water 89,991 Total cost: 6,863,991 |
1060 X Toad's legs 438,840 |
612 X Potion flask 3,483,504 |
10,786,335 | 612 X Agility flask (6) 5,872,140 |
-4,914.19 | |

Combat potion | 36 | 84 | 1000 X Grimy harralander 174,000 1111 X Vial of water 89,991 Total cost: 263,991 |
1060 X Goat horn dust 1,286,840 |
612 X Potion flask 3,483,504 |
5,034,335 | 612 X Combat flask (6) 5,956,596 |
922.26 | |

Prayer potion | 38 | 87.5 | 1000 X Grimy ranarr 2,210,000 1111 X Vial of water 89,991 Total cost: 2,299,991 |
1060 X Snape grass 145,220 |
612 X Potion flask 3,483,504 |
5,928,715 | 612 X Prayer flask (6) 7,399,080 |
1,470.37 | |

Summoning potion | 40 | 92 | 1000 X Grimy spirit weed 9,216,000 1111 X Vial of water 89,991 Total cost: 9,305,991 |
1060 X Cockatrice egg 4,421,260 |
612 X Potion flask 3,483,504 |
17,210,755 | 612 X Summoning flask (6) 22,183,776 |
4,973.02 | |

Divination potion | 43 | 97.5 | 1000 X Grimy spirit weed 9,216,000 1111 X Vial of water 89,991 Total cost: 9,305,991 |
1060 X Rabbit foot 2,539,760 |
612 X Potion flask 3,483,504 |
15,329,255 | 612 X Divination flask (6) 2,402,100 |
-12,927.15 | |

Super attack | 45 | 100 | 1000 X Grimy irit 4,455,000 1111 X Vial of water 89,991 Total cost: 4,544,991 |
1060 X Eye of newt 9,540 |
612 X Potion flask 3,483,504 |
8,038,035 | 612 X Super attack flask (6) 6,409,476 |
-1,628.56 | |

Super antipoison | 48 | 106.3 | 1000 X Grimy irit 4,455,000 1111 X Vial of water 89,991 Total cost: 4,544,991 |
1060 X Unicorn horn dust 655,080 |
612 X Potion flask 3,483,504 |
8,683,575 | 612 X Super antipoison flask (6) 10,478,052 |
1,794.48 | |

Fishing potion | 50 | 112.5 | 1000 X Grimy avantoe 1,345,000 1111 X Vial of water 89,991 Total cost: 1,434,991 |
1060 X Snape grass 145,220 |
612 X Potion flask 3,483,504 |
5,063,715 | 612 X Fishing flask (6) 4,566,744 |
-496.97 | |

Super energy | 52 | 117.5 | 1000 X Grimy avantoe 1,345,000 1111 X Vial of water 89,991 Total cost: 1,434,991 |
1060 X Mort myre fungus 3,596,580 |
612 X Potion flask 3,483,504 |
8,515,075 | 612 X Super energy flask (6) 7,301,160 |
-1,213.91 | |

Hunter potion | 53 | 120 | 1000 X Grimy avantoe 1,345,000 1111 X Vial of water 89,991 Total cost: 1,434,991 |
1060 X Kebbit teeth dust 6,436,320 |
612 X Potion flask 3,483,504 |
11,354,815 | 612 X Hunter flask (6) 30,568,788 |
19,213.97 | |

Runecrafting potion | 54 | 122.5 | 1000 X Grimy wergali 2,288,000 1111 X Vial of water 89,991 Total cost: 2,377,991 |
1060 X Fallfaced wool 69,960 |
612 X Potion flask 3,483,504 |
5,931,455 | 612 X Runecrafting flask (6) 1,919,844 |
-4,011.61 | |

Super strength | 55 | 125 | 1000 X Grimy kwuarm 13,422,000 1111 X Vial of water 89,991 Total cost: 13,511,991 |
1060 X Limpwurt root 3,270,100 |
612 X Potion flask 3,483,504 |
20,265,595 | 612 X Super strength flask (6) 11,465,208 |
-8,800.39 | |

Fletching potion | 58 | 132 | 1000 X Grimy wergali 2,288,000 1111 X Vial of water 89,991 Total cost: 2,377,991 |
1060 X Wimpy feather 386,900 |
612 X Potion flask 3,483,504 |
6,248,395 | 612 X Fletching flask (6) 3,731,976 |
-2,516.42 | |

Weapon poison | 60 | 137.5 | 1000 X Grimy kwuarm 13,422,000 1111 X Vial of water 89,991 Total cost: 13,511,991 |
1060 X Dragon scale dust 134,620 |
612 X Potion flask 3,483,504 |
17,130,115 | 612 X Weapon poison flask (6) 3,400,272 |
-13,729.84 | |

Super restore | 63 | 142.5 | 1000 X Grimy snapdragon 1,938,000 1111 X Vial of water 89,991 Total cost: 2,027,991 |
1060 X Red spiders' eggs 1,680,100 |
612 X Potion flask 3,483,504 |
7,191,595 | 612 X Super restore flask (6) 8,126,136 |
934.54 | |

Super defence | 66 | 150 | 1000 X Grimy cadantine 3,074,000 1111 X Vial of water 89,991 Total cost: 3,163,991 |
1060 X White berries 8,547,840 |
612 X Potion flask 3,483,504 |
15,195,335 | 612 X Super defence flask (6) 11,170,836 |
-4,024.5 | |

Antipoison+ | 68 | 155 | 1000 X Grimy toadflax 6,774,000 1111 X Coconut milk 3,710,740 Total cost: 10,484,740 |
1060 X Yew roots 1,166,000 |
612 X Potion flask 3,483,504 |
15,134,244 | 612 X Antipoison+ flask (6) 14,694,732 |
-439.51 | |

Antifire | 69 | 157.5 | 1000 X Grimy lantadyme 10,129,000 1111 X Vial of water 89,991 Total cost: 10,218,991 |
1060 X Dragon scale dust 134,620 |
612 X Potion flask 3,483,504 |
13,837,115 | 612 X Antifire flask (6) 13,214,916 |
-622.2 | |

Super ranging potion | 72 | 162.5 | 1000 X Grimy dwarf weed 10,250,000 1111 X Vial of water 89,991 Total cost: 10,339,991 |
1060 X Wine of Zamorak 13,365,540 |
612 X Potion flask 3,483,504 |
27,189,035 | 612 X Super ranging flask (6) 13,771,836 |
-13,417.2 | |

Super magic potion | 76 | 172.5 | 1000 X Grimy lantadyme 10,129,000 1111 X Vial of water 89,991 Total cost: 10,218,991 |
1060 X Potato cactus 5,131,460 |
612 X Potion flask 3,483,504 |
18,833,955 | 612 X Super magic flask (6) 11,320,776 |
-7,513.18 | |

Invention potion | 77 | 175 | 1000 X Grimy snapdragon 1,938,000 1111 X Vial of water 89,991 Total cost: 2,027,991 |
1060 X Chinchompa residue 184,440 |
612 X Potion flask 3,483,504 |
5,695,935 | 612 X Invention flask (6) 2,372,112 |
-3,323.82 | |

Zamorak brew | 78 | 175 | 1000 X Grimy torstol 7,181,000 1111 X Vial of water 89,991 Total cost: 7,270,991 |
1060 X Jangerberries 1,020,780 |
612 X Potion flask 3,483,504 |
11,775,275 | 612 X Zamorak brew flask (6) 4,987,188 |
-6,788.09 | |

Antipoison++ | 79 | 177.5 | 1000 X Grimy irit 4,455,000 1111 X Coconut milk 3,710,740 Total cost: 8,165,740 |
1060 X Magic roots 3,889,140 |
612 X Potion flask 3,483,504 |
15,538,384 | 612 X Antipoison++ flask (6) 6,908,256 |
-8,630.13 | |

Saradomin brew | 81 | 180 | 1000 X Grimy toadflax 6,774,000 1111 X Vial of water 89,991 Total cost: 6,863,991 |
1060 X Crushed nest 1,852,880 |
612 X Potion flask 3,483,504 |
12,200,375 | 612 X Saradomin brew flask (6) 11,351,376 |
-849 | |

Aggression potion | 82 | 185 | 1000 X Grimy bloodweed 19,715,000 1111 X Vial of water 89,991 Total cost: 19,804,991 |
1060 X Searing ashes 41,656,940 |
612 X Potion flask 3,483,504 |
64,945,435 | 612 X Aggression flask (6) 61,139,412 |
-3,806.02 | |

Prayer renewal | 94 | 190 | 1000 X Grimy fellstalk 7,124,000 1111 X Vial of water 89,991 Total cost: 7,213,991 |
1060 X Morchella mushroom 4,596,160 |
612 X Potion flask 3,483,504 |
15,293,655 | 612 X Prayer renewal flask (6) 10,022,112 |
-5,271.54 |

### 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 3-dose potions.

**3.** Buy 642 (half the amount of your 3-dose potions rounded down) Potion flasks at the Grand exchange. Bring your noted potion flasks and noted 3-dose 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 174,000 1111 X Vial of water 89,991 Total cost: 263,991 |
1060 X Red spiders' eggs 1,680,100 |
1114 X Garlic 557,000 1114 X Silver dust 1,315,634 Total cost: 1,872,634 |
642 X Potion flask 3,654,264 |
7,470,989 | 642 X Guthix balance flask (6) 14,104,740 |
6,633.75 | |

Super hunter | 64 | 145 | 1000 X Grimy avantoe 1,345,000 1111 X Vial of water 89,991 Total cost: 1,434,991 |
1060 X Kebbit teeth dust 6,436,320 |
1114 X Rabbit teeth 91,348 | 642 X Potion flask 3,654,264 |
11,616,923 | 642 X Super hunter flask (6) 3,147,084 |
-8,469.84 | |

Super divination | 70 | 160 | 1000 X Grimy spirit weed 9,216,000 1111 X Vial of water 89,991 Total cost: 9,305,991 |
1060 X Rabbit foot 2,539,760 |
1114 X Zygomite fruit 220,572 | 642 X Potion flask 3,654,264 |
15,720,587 | 642 X Super divination flask (6) 4,040,106 |
-11,680.48 | |

Super runecrafting | 75 | 170 | 1000 X Grimy wergali 2,288,000 1111 X Vial of water 89,991 Total cost: 2,377,991 |
1060 X Fallfaced wool 69,960 |
1114 X Yak milk 5,182,328 | 642 X Potion flask 3,654,264 |
11,284,543 | 642 X Super runecrafting flask (6) 2,648,892 |
-8,635.65 | |

Super invention | 87 | 220 | 1000 X Grimy snapdragon 1,938,000 1111 X Vial of water 89,991 Total cost: 2,027,991 |
1060 X Chinchompa residue 184,440 |
1114 X Spider fangs 6,295,214 | 642 X Potion flask 3,654,264 |
12,161,909 | 642 X Super invention flask (6) 12,368,772 |
206.86
| |

Super Saradomin brew | 93 | 180 | 1000 X Grimy toadflax 6,774,000 1111 X Vial of water 89,991 Total cost: 6,863,991 |
1060 X Crushed nest 1,852,880 |
1114 X Wine of Saradomin 54,081,358 | 642 X Potion flask 3,654,264 |
66,452,493 | 642 X Super Saradomin brew flask (6) 59,767,632 |
-6,684.86 | |

Super Zamorak brew | 93 | 180 | 1000 X Grimy torstol 7,181,000 1111 X Vial of water 89,991 Total cost: 7,270,991 |
1060 X Jangerberries 1,020,780 |
1114 X Wine of Zamorak 14,046,426 | 642 X Potion flask 3,654,264 |
25,992,461 | 642 X Super Zamorak brew flask (6) 12,030,438 |
-13,962.02 | |

Super Guthix rest | 93 | 59.5 | 1000 X Grimy harralander 174,000 1111 X Vial of water 89,991 Total cost: 263,991 |
1060 X Clean marrentill 3,485,280 |
1114 X Wine of Guthix 1,392,500 | 642 X Potion flask 3,654,264 |
8,796,035 | 642 X Super Guthix brew flask (6) 10,887,678 |
2,091.64 |

### 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!