Screening soil using Sift Soil

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Screening ancient gravel using Sift Soil
RequirementsSift Soil.gif
Skills
99+ Archaeology (120 recommended)
91 Magic
50 Summoning recommended
Items
Quest
Lunar Diplomacy
Other
Results
ProfitROIExperience gained
8,043,637121.51%100,000 Archaeology
465,000 Magic
Inputs (6,619,614)Outputs (14,663,251)
ItemQuantityGE Price
Ancient gravel.pngAncient gravel5,0002,575,000
Astral rune.pngAstral rune5,0003,960,000
Binding contract (waterfiend).pngBinding contract (waterfiend)184,614
ItemQuantityGE Price
Third Age iron.pngThird Age iron691.631,985,660
Zarosian insignia.pngZarosian insignia746.233,282,660
Imperial steel.pngImperial steel723.981,432,039
Samite silk.pngSamite silk308.4621,736
White oak.pngWhite oak275.03561,892
Goldrune.pngGoldrune402.44852,765
Vellum.pngVellum382.21751,816
Ancient vis.pngAncient vis834.21,561,620
Tyrian purple.pngTyrian purple281.11,474,368
Blood of Orcus.pngBlood of Orcus314.472,138,694


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Screening fiery brimstone using Sift Soil
RequirementsSift Soil.gif
Skills
99+ Archaeology (120 recommended)
91 Magic
50 Summoning recommended
Items
Quest
Lunar Diplomacy
Other
Results
ProfitROIExperience gained
7,180,02657.12%100,000 Archaeology
465,000 Magic
Inputs (12,569,614)Outputs (19,749,640)
ItemQuantityGE Price
Fiery brimstone.pngFiery brimstone5,0008,525,000
Astral rune.pngAstral rune5,0003,960,000
Binding contract (waterfiend).pngBinding contract (waterfiend)184,614
ItemQuantityGE Price
Third Age iron.pngThird Age iron623.881,791,158
Samite silk.pngSamite silk134.48271,118
White oak.pngWhite oak349.86714,760
Goldrune.pngGoldrune441.87936,328
Orthenglass.pngOrthenglass348.85756,649
Cadmium red.pngCadmium red607.73,099,884
Vellum.pngVellum98.08192,926
Demonhide.pngDemonhide247.73554,424
Chaotic brimstone.pngChaotic brimstone466.142,509,699
Leather scraps.pngLeather scraps273.01529,367
Eye of Dagon.pngEye of Dagon549.051,078,892
Hellfire metal.pngHellfire metal719.946,624,157
Animal furs.pngAnimal furs109.2690,280


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Screening saltwater mud using Sift Soil
RequirementsSift Soil.gif
Skills
99+ Archaeology (120 recommended)
91 Magic
50 Summoning recommended
Items
Quest
Lunar Diplomacy
Other
Results
ProfitROIExperience gained
6,052,91343.52%100,000 Archaeology
465,000 Magic
Inputs (13,909,614)Outputs (19,962,527)
ItemQuantityGE Price
Saltwater mud.pngSaltwater mud5,0009,865,000
Astral rune.pngAstral rune5,0003,960,000
Binding contract (waterfiend).pngBinding contract (waterfiend)184,614
ItemQuantityGE Price
Third Age iron.pngThird Age iron364.011,045,084
Samite silk.pngSamite silk239.64483,119
White oak.pngWhite oak286.16584,616
Orthenglass.pngOrthenglass63.7138,171
Goldrune.pngGoldrune659.271,396,993
Vellum.pngVellum192.12377,897
Leather scraps.pngLeather scraps300.31582,304
Keramos.pngKeramos527.822,747,832
White marble.pngWhite marble609.721,656,009
Cobalt blue.pngCobalt blue430.753,371,049
Star of Saradomin.pngStar of Saradomin480.32,924,524
Everlight silvthril.pngEverlight silvthril811.954,654,929


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Screening aerated sediment using Sift Soil
RequirementsSift Soil.gif
Skills
99+ Archaeology (120 recommended)
91 Magic
50 Summoning recommended
Items
Quest
Lunar Diplomacy
Other
Results
ProfitROIExperience gained
7,266,43468.42%100,000 Archaeology
465,000 Magic
Inputs (10,619,614)Outputs (17,886,048)
ItemQuantityGE Price
Aerated sediment.pngAerated sediment5,0006,575,000
Astral rune.pngAstral rune5,0003,960,000
Binding contract (waterfiend).pngBinding contract (waterfiend)184,614
ItemQuantityGE Price
Third Age iron.pngThird Age iron129.43371,585
Samite silk.pngSamite silk293.23591,159
White oak.pngWhite oak369.07754,009
Goldrune.pngGoldrune233.58494,947
Orthenglass.pngOrthenglass273.01592,160
Vellum.pngVellum95.05186,960
Leather scraps.pngLeather scraps272527,407
Wings of War.pngWings of War581.411,590,741
Stormguard steel.pngStormguard steel627.922,224,735
Armadylean yellow.pngArmadylean yellow503.553,161,807
Animal furs.pngAnimal furs172.911,092,943
Aetherium alloy.pngAetherium alloy670.393,992,857
Quintessence.pngQuintessence612.761,919,767
Soapstone.pngSoapstone158.75384,970


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Screening earthen clay using Sift Soil
RequirementsSift Soil.gif
Skills
99+ Archaeology (120 recommended)
91 Magic
50 Summoning recommended
Items
Quest
Lunar Diplomacy
Other
Results
ProfitROIExperience gained
5,101,57138.93%100,000 Archaeology
465,000 Magic
Inputs (13,104,614)Outputs (18,206,185)
ItemQuantityGE Price
Earthen clay.pngEarthen clay5,0009,060,000
Astral rune.pngAstral rune5,0003,960,000
Binding contract (waterfiend).pngBinding contract (waterfiend)184,614
ItemQuantityGE Price
Third Age iron.pngThird Age iron308.4885,419
Samite silk.pngSamite silk102.13205,886
White oak.pngWhite oak281.1574,287
Goldrune.pngGoldrune78.87167,125
Leather scraps.pngLeather scraps78.87152,928
Malachite green.pngMalachite green639.054,018,326
Mark of the Kyzaj.pngMark of the Kyzaj382.211,233,789
Vulcanised rubber.pngVulcanised rubber560.181,862,589
Warforged bronze.pngWarforged bronze987.895,186,441
Animal furs.pngAnimal furs84.94536,884
Fossilised bone.pngFossilised bone616.81,280,480
Yu'biusk clay.pngYu'biusk clay723.981,807,787
Soapstone.pngSoapstone121.34294,245


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Screening volcanic ash using Sift Soil
RequirementsSift Soil.gif
Skills
99+ Archaeology (120 recommended)
91 Magic
50 Summoning recommended
Items
Quest
Lunar Diplomacy
Other
Results
ProfitROIExperience gained
4,588,60030.7%100,000 Archaeology
465,000 Magic
Inputs (14,944,614)Outputs (19,533,214)
ItemQuantityGE Price
Volcanic ash.pngVolcanic ash5,00010,900,000
Astral rune.pngAstral rune5,0003,960,000
Binding contract (waterfiend).pngBinding contract (waterfiend)184,614
ItemQuantityGE Price
Goldrune.pngGoldrune805.891,707,674
Orthenglass.pngOrthenglass257.84559,262
Felt.pngFelt481.311,009,302
Compass rose.pngCompass rose606.691,228,547
Dragon metal.pngDragon metal1,3176,587,853
Soapstone.pngSoapstone44.49107,890
Orgone.pngOrgone1,1427,654,350
Carbon black.pngCarbon black322.56678,337


This guide assumes 5,000 soils screened per hour, using the items suggested above, with an Archaeology level of at least 120. This guide also assumes a 90% base material rate from sifting soil, and ignores any potential profit from artefacts found while sifting.

The materials gained are approximations based on the listed drop rates in each soils' page and may be different depending on your Archaeology level.

Note that the buy limit of each soil is 5,000 per 4 hours; you can get around this limit by cycling the type of soil you choose to sift. It is also possible to work around the limit by letting the order fill while doing other activities, directly trading with other players, or by using alternate accounts. Be warned that each soil has different profit margins.

Wearing the full Master archaeologist's outfit and casting Sift Soil allows soil to be screened at a rate of 1 soil per tick, or a theoretical maximum rate of roughly 5,680 soil per hour. In addition, the Sift Soil spell removes the need for a screening station, allowing soil to be sifted right next to a bank. This in turn removes the need for porters, saving a significant amount of money.

The fastest way to start screening soil with Sift Soil is by casting the spell while holding down the spacebar. Sift Soil can sift up to 100 soil (or, more likely, until your inventory fills up) without needing to be recast, but each soil screened will consume one Astral rune.

A Waterfiend familiar should be used for a 5% chance to double any item received from screening soil, translating to a 5% increase in materials.

Just like a screening station, Sift Soil can screen soil directly from a soil box. As such, you should store soil in the soil box to minimize banking time. The fastest way to store materials without banking the soil box itself is to use a Material storage container. However, you also need a bank nearby from which to refill your soil box. The closest Material storage container to a bank is located at the Archaology Guild campus, north of the Mysterious monolith.

The cost for the porters might be mitigated using a Premier artifact, with the benefit to act 50% as a porter, for free.