Tanning black dragonhide

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The methods in this guide may involve considerable risk, including (but not limited to): loss of money/items, unstable prices, and/or slow GE resale.
Reason: Prices are very unstable, use this method with caution
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Tanning Black dragonhide
RequirementsTanning hides.png
12,601,266+ recommended
ProfitExperience gained
Inputs (25,202,532)Outputs (28,170,000)
10,000 × Black dragonhide.png Black dragonhide (24,920,000)
2 × Portable crafter.png Portable crafter (82,532)
200,000 × Coins 10000.png Coins (200,000)
10,000 × Black dragon leather.png Black dragon leather (28,170,000)

Black dragon leather is used to train Crafting, and it is always in high demand. Because black dragonhide must be tanned into leather before it can be crafted, tanning the hides in bulk can be highly profitable. It should be noted that black dragonhide has a buy limit of 10,000 hides every 4 hours. At peak efficiency, 60,000 dragonhides can be tanned in an hour, which requires stocking up beforehand but can generate a profit of 17,804,808 coins per hour. It is also possible to work around the limit by directly trading with other players or by using alternate accounts.

Because the price difference between hides and leather can be fairly small, it is important to buy the hides for a low price and sell the leather for a high price; you can lose out on up to 50% of the profit if you are not patient. Test the profit by buying one black dragonhide and one black dragon leather. If the difference between the two is less than 200, it may be better to tan green, blue, red, or royal dragonhide instead.

It should take you around 10 minutes to tan 10,000 hides. It's recommended to have at least 12,601,266 coins though this is the least amount of coins you need for doing this method for 5 minutes.

To tan dragon leather with maximum efficiency, deploy a portable crafter near a bank or bank chest (for example, near the bank chest in Castle Wars), make a preset with 28 black dragonhide, and load it. Then right-click the crafter and choose Tan Leather. Alternatively, you can right-click configure the portable crafter so that the default left-click action is tan hides. You can also use portable crafters on the one already deployed to increase its duration by five minutes per crafter. It is also possible to avoid the cost of the portable crafters by using those placed by other players. The Lumbridge Market in World 84 almost always has a portable crafter set up next to the bank chest.

To get the fastest tanning speeds, you will need to make sure you're on the lowest ping world.

1. Zoom in and adjust your camera so the portable crafter and the bank would be next to each other.
2. Now load your bank preset by pressing a keybind, then instead of closing the bank interface, click on the portable.
3. Press space, and at the same time, click on the banker.

This way you don't need to wait until the bank or tanning interface opens up and can tan with little to no delay. You should be expecting to tan 60,000 black dragonhides an hour however at it's peak, it is possible to tan over 6,600 hides per portable crafter, or nearly 80,000 per hour.