Herblore can be quite an interesting skill, allowing you to brew your own potions and mixtures by combining the correct ingredients together. Each potion has a unique effect when you drink or use it, such as curing poison, raising your Defence, or adding poison to a dagger. Of course, this is a Members-Only skill, and you need to complete the Druidic Ritual Quest before you can begin making potions.
Table of Contents
- The Basics
- Other Ingredients
- Gathering Herbs
- Related Links
Generally, a potion is made up of three separate ingredients: a specific type of herb, a secondary ingredient, and a water-filled vial.
There are a number of ways of obtaining herbs for use in your potions:
- Farming - At level 9, you can begin growing herbs in your own Farming Patch.
- Monster and NPC Drops - Herbs can be dropped by many of the monsters and NPCs you'll come across in RuneScape. Men, Women, Druids, Skeletons, and Giants are just a few that can drop herbs.
- Trading Other Players - Of course, you can also buy herbs from other players in the game.
When you grow your own herbs, or pick them up from monster loot, they will be labeled as a "Grimy" herb. Before being able to use it in a potion you'll need to clean it by right-clicking on the herb and selecting the "Clean" option. See the Herb section below for more information.
All potions are contained in a vial so that they can be consumed later. There are several methods of obtaining vials:
- Crafting - Vials can be crafted using the glassblowing technique.
- Bought From Stores - There are herblore shops in Taverley, Shilo Village, Mort'ton and East Ardougne where you can buy empty vials.
- Monster Drops - Some monsters such as Water Elementals drop vials.
- Trading Other Players - Vials can be bought from other players in the game as well.
Potions are created in three main steps. First, you need to fill an empty vial with water. Some potions require another type of liquid such as Coconut Milk, but it depends on the potion.
Next, add your cleaned herb to the water-filled vial. You'll now have an unfinished potion (unf). Lastly, add the required secondary ingredient to the unfinished potion to complete it. There you have it, a freshly-made potion, ready for drinking!
Certain potions require an ingredient such as a dragon scale, which must first be ground up into powder before being used in a potion. To grind an ingredient up, use a Pestle and Mortar (available at any Herblore shop) with the item.
See the Other Ingredients section for more information on secondary ingredients.
Combining & Emptying Potions
Most potions you make will have 3 doses, which means that you can drink it 3 times before it's completely used up, with exception to Weapon Poison, which only has 1 dose. You can combine your used potions together to make one up to 4-doses, as long as they're the same type of potion. You can also choose the "Empty Potion" option to completely empty the vial to make room for another potion.
These drinks will give your Herblore a quick "level-up" when you drink them, which can be helpful if you're just a level away from mixing a potion. You can buy them from the bar in Yanille, just west of the Magic Guild for 10gp.
Any herbs grown using your Farming skill, or picked up as loot from an enemy, must be cleaned before being used in a potion. When picked up, it will be called a "Grimy" herb. By right-clicking on it in your inventory and selecting the "Clean" option, your character will clean it up and make it usable in a potion.
|Herb Cleaning Chart|
|Grimy Picture||Herb||Herblore Level||Herblore Experience|
- Jungle Potion Herbs - These are found on Karamja during the Jungle Potion Quest and include Ardrigal, Sito Foil, Volencia Moss, Rogues Purse and Snakeweed.
- Agility Arena - Snapdragon and Toadflax can both be exchanged for tickets in the Agility Arena.
If you need your herbs cleaned for you, head to the city of Nardah and speak with Zahur. He will clean all of your herbs for you!
Each potion consists of an identified herb, and another ingredient to mix in with it. You need to combine the correct ingredients together to make the potion of your choice, and many of the ingredients can be looted from enemies. Others may require you to venture into the Wilderness to find them.
|Picture||Item||Where to Obtain|
|Eye of Newt||Bought: Taverley Herblore Shop, Port Sarim Magic Emporium.
Dropped By: Zombies
|Unicorn Horn||Normal: Unicorns; ground the horn with a Pestle and Mortar.
Ground: Chaos Druid Warriors
|Limpwurt Root||Dropped By: Hobgoblins and Giants|
|Ashes||Dropped By: Demons and Imps; they'll also appear from an extinguished fire.|
|Red Spider's Eggs||Respawn: Karamja Volcano and the Varrock Sewers past the giant spider web.|
|Blamish Snail Slime||Obtained: Kill a Mort Myre Snail, grind it with a Pestle while carrying a Sample Bottle (bought from the Grand Exchange) with you.|
|Chocolate Bar||Bought: Port Sarim Grocery Store, Gnome Stronghold, Culinaromancer's Chest in Lumbridge
Respawn: South of the Lost City of Zanaris bank, Cook's Guild.
|White Berries||Respawn: Level 37-40 Wilderness in the Red Dragon Isle. Be careful of the Red Dragons wandering around!
Dropped By: Cave Crawlers
|Toad Legs||Respawn: The Gnome Stronghold Swamp, southeast of Jatix's Herblore shop in Taverley; remove the legs from the Toads.|
|Snape Grass||Respawn: Hobgoblin area just west of the Crafting Guild.
Dropped By: Tribesman on Karamja Island.
|Mort Myre Fungus||Respawn: Use your Druid Spell near any log in the Mort Myre Swamp and pick the fungi.|
|Blue Dragon Scale||Respawn: In the chamber home to the Blue Dragons in the Taverley Member's Dungeon.|
|Wine of Zamorak||Respawn: On the altar in the Temple of Zamorak. You must cast the Telekinetic Grab spell on the wine to get it. Or, just kill all of the Monks of Zamorak, pray at the Chaos Altar and then take the wine.|
|Potato Cactus||Respawn: In the Kalphite Lair, in the chamber west of the room leading to the second level of the cave.|
|Jangerberries||Respawn: On the island just west of Yanille. You can either use Telekinetic Grab to take them, or bring a rope to swing across the river (requires 30 Agility).|
|Tree Roots||Obtained: Chop down a tree (Yew or Magic) and use a spade on the stump to dig out the roots.
Note: You must have farmed the tree yourself to get a tree root from it.
|Cactus Spine||Obtained: Farmed by you or another player.
Dropped By: Nature Implings.
|Poison Ivy Berries||Obtained: Farmed by you or another player.|
|Crushed Bird Nest||Obtained: Bird nests sometimes fall out of trees while chopping them down. Just use a Pestle and Mortar with the nest to crush it.|
|Coconut Milk||Obtained: Use a Hammer on a Coconut to crack it open. then use the open coconut with an empty Vial to fill it with Coconut Milk. Coconuts can be Farmed or traded from other players.|
|Garlic||Obtained: Can be found in a house in Draynor, or in a chest in the Burgh De Rott Inn.|
|Silver Dust||Obtained: Made by crushing a Silver Bar in the bone grinder in Port Phasmatys.|
|Nightshade||Obtained: During the Watchtower Quest.
Grown: From the Farming skill.
|Gorak Claw||Obtained: Sometimes dropped by Goraks.|
|Kebbit Teeth Dust||Obtained: Catch a Sabre-toothed Kebbit with your Hunter skill and use a Pestle and Mortar with it's teeth.|
|Starflower||Obtained: Obtained during the Cure a Queen Quest.|
|Goat Horn Dust||Obtained: Use a Pestle and Mortar on a Goat's Horn. Goats can be found in the desert, north of Sophanem, near the Kalphite entrance, to the west and north of Nardah, and near Uzer.|
|Frog Spawn||Can be fished from water inside a cave with a Small fishing Net (requires 33 Fishing, gives 75 exp) and possible reward from looting a Gourmet Impling.|
|Wimpy Feather||Obtained from snaring Wimpy Birds in Oo'glog (requires 39 Hunter and wielding Smouldering Tansymum, gives 167 exp)|
|Rubium||Obtained from mining the wall in the second room in Kennith's Concerns.|
|Cockatrice Egg||A drop from Cockatrice.|
|Nail Beast Nails||Dropped by Nail Beasts located in the Temple Trekking Activity.|
|Morchella Mushroom||Can be farmed at level 91 Farming.|
Now that you've got all your identified herbs and the required ingredients to go with them, you're about ready to make your own potions!
|Picture||Potion||Herblore Level||Herblore Experience||Herb & 2nd Ingredient||Effect|
|Attack||3||25||Guam Leaf &
Eye of Newt
|10-15% added to Attack|
|Anti-Poison||5||37.5||Marrentill & Ground Unicorn Horn||Cures Poison|
|Waking Sleep||5||168||Guam, Marrentil, Ground Suqah Tooth, special Lunar Vial.||Used during the Lunar Diplomacy Quest.|
|Relicym's Balm||8||42||Rogues Purse & Snake Weed||Cures Disease|
|Strength||12||50||Tarromin & Limpwurt Root||10-15% added to Strength|
|Serum 207||15||50||Tarromin & Ashes||Heals the Afflicted|
|Guthix's Rest||18||59.5||Heat a Bowl of Water, pour the water into a Tea Cup, add 1 Harralander, 2 Guam Leaves and 1 Marrentil.||Cures some poison, restores Run Energy & boosts hits by 5 if you have full health|
|Stat Restore||22||62.5||Harralander &
Red Spider's Eggs
|Restores lowered stats to base level, excluding hits & Prayer.|
|Guthix Balance||22||-||Harralander, Red Spider Eggs, Garlic, Silver Dust.
You can add garlic and silver to a stat restore potion to make this.
|Used to finish off Vampyres.|
|Blamish Oil||25||80||Harralander & Blamish Snail Slime||Use this mixture on a Fishing Rod to make an Oily Fishing Rod.|
|Energy||26||67.5||Harralander & Chocolate Dust||Restores 10% Energy|
|Defence||30||75||Ranarr Weed & White Berries||10-15% added to Defence|
|3 levels added to Agility|
|Combat||36||84||Harralander & Ground Goat's Horn||3-12 levels added to Strength and Attack.|
|Prayer||38||87.5||Ranarr Weed & Snape Grass||Restores 70-310 Prayer Points.|
|Crafting||42||95||Clean Wergali & Frog Spawn||Boosts Crafting by 3.|
|Super Attack||45||100||Irit Leaf &
Eye of Newt
|20% added to Attack|
|Bravery||45||0||Snake Weed & Ardrigal||Enables drinker to explore the cave in the Legend's Quest.|
|Super Anti-Poison||48||107.5||Irit Leaf &
Ground Unicorn Horn
|Cure poison & adds a temporary resistance to poison.|
|Adds 3 levels to Fishing|
|Super Energy||52||118||Avantoe &
Mort Myre Fungi
|Restores 20% Energy|
|Hunter Potion||53||120||Avantoe & Kebbit Teeth Dust||+3 to Hunter|
|Super Strength||55||125||Kwuarm & Limpwurt Root||20% added to Strength|
|Magic Essence||57||130||Starflower & Gorak Claw||+3 to Magic|
|Fletching Potion||58||132||Clean Wergali & Wimpy Bird Feather||Boosts Fletching by 3.|
|Weapon Poison||60||137.5||Kwuarm &
Ground Blue Dragon Scale
|Poisons 5 Arrows, 1 Dagger or 1 Spear.|
|Super Restore||63||142||Snapdragon &
Red Spider Eggs
|Restores all lowered stats to base level and 40% prayer.|
|Super Defence||66||150||Cadantine &
|20% added to Defence|
|Extra-Strong AntiPoison||68||155||Toadflax, Coconut Milk & Yew Roots||Cures poison and provides a longer immunity to it.|
|Anti-FireBreath||69||158||Lantadyme & Ground Blue Dragon Scale||Temporary resistance to Dragon's Firebreath|
|Ranging||72||165||Dwarf Weed & Wine of Zamorak||15% added to Ranged|
|Extra-Strong Weapon Poison||73||170||Cactus Spine, Red Spider Eggs & Coconut Milk||Use with an arrows, dagger or spear to poison it.|
|Magic||76||172.5||Lantadyme & Potato Cactus||Adds 4 levels to Magic|
|Zamorak||78||175||Torstol & Jangerberries||Lowers hits & Defence by 10%; increases Strength by 10% and Attack by 20%.|
|Super-Strong Anti-Poison||79||180||Irit Leaf, Magic Tree Roots & Coconut Milk||Cures poison and provides a very long immunity to it.|
|Saradomin's Brew||81||180||Toadflax & Crushed Birdnest||Increases Defence by 20%, and Life Points by 15%; lowers your Strength, Magic & Ranged by 10%.|
|Super-Strong Weapon Poison||82||186.5||Nightshade, Poison Ivy Berries & Coconut Milk||Use with arrows, dagger or spear to poison it.|
|Recover Special Potion||84||200||Super Energy Potion & Papaya||Restores 25% of your special attack bar when drunk.|
|Super Antifire Potion||85||210||Anti-firebreath Potion & Phoenix Feather||Fully protects you from dragon fire for 6 minutes when drunk.|
|Extreme Attack Potion||88||220||Super Attack Potion & Avantoe||Increases your Attack by 5-26 levels when drunk.|
|Extreme Strength Potion||89||230||Super Strength Potion & Dwarf Weed||Increases your Strength by 5-26 levels when drunk.|
|Extreme Defence Potion||90||240||Super Defence Potion & Lantadyme||Increases your Defence by 5-26 levels when drunk.|
|Extreme Magic Potion||91||250||Magic Potion & Ground Mud Runes||Makes all offensive spells 40% more powerful when drunk.|
|Extreme Ranging Potion||92||260||Ranging Potion & 5 Grenwall Spikes||Increases your Ranging by 4-23 levels when drunk.|
|Super Prayer Potion||94||270||Prayer Potion & Wyvern Bonemeal||-|
|Overload Potion||96||1,000||Extreme Attack, Extreme Strength, Extreme Defence, Extreme Magic, Extreme Ranging & Torstol||Increases your Attack, Strength and Defence by 5-26 levels, Ranging by 4-23 and makes all offensive spells 40% more powerful when drunk for five minutes. This will also hit you for 500 Life Points over a period of 5 seconds. When the effect wears off, 500 Life Points will be restored and effected stats will return to normal.|
|Prayer Renewal||94||190||Fellstalk and Morchella Mushroom||Restores 120-516 Prayer Points over a period of five minutes.|
- Stat Restore potions come in handy when using a special attack that drains one or more of your stats to increase another, like the Dragon Battleaxe attack.
- To use a weapon poison potion, just use a weapon such as a dagger or stack of arrows with it.
- To get a Serum 208, simply use a Serum 207 with the fire while the sanctity is at 20% in the Mort'ton Temple.
- To get full resistance to FireBreath, just drink a dose of Anti-FireBreath Potion while equipping the Anti-Dragon Shield.
Sometimes, it can be difficult to gather new herbs when you really need them. There are 2 methods (besides looting monsters and trading other members) which you can use to increase your Herb stock.
If you've completed the Eadgar's Ruse Quest (in which you had to get a Goutweed for Sanfew), you can use this method. Head to the Troll Stronghold (of course, you'll probably need some food and equipment!) and make your way to the Storeroom. You'll need the Storeroom Key to get in, which is in the southeast Kitchen Drawer (near Burntmeat the troll).
Once you're inside, you'll need to get through the "maze" of boxes to the southern part of the room. Don't let the Troll guard see you! Once you get to the south side of the room near the sleeping troll, search the nearby crate for a Goutweed.
Repeat this as many times as you wish. Once you're all set, head over to Sanfew, located upstairs in the Taverley Herblore Shop. He'll trade you as many unidentified herbs as you give him Goutweed. So if you bring him 10, he'll give you 10 unidentified herbs.
You will find Salarin the Twisted in the Yanille Agility Dungeon, and he can only be killed with the use of Strike magic spells. Each time you kill him, there's a chance that he will drop a Sinister Key, used to open the sinister Chest in the Skeleton room.
Once you have a Sinister Key, leave the dungeon and head to the old (practically dilapidated) house found north of Yanille. You'll need a knife or other sharp object to slice through the web, and you'll probably want an anti-poison potion as well.
Go down the stairs, walk across the Balance Ledge (you'll see an area where the floor has apparently caved in), and then enter the room to the west to find the chest. Open it with the Sinister Key, and you'll be poisoned. But you'll also find several herbs, including:
- 3 Ranarr Weed
- 2 Harralander
- 1 Irit Leaf
- 1 Avantoe
- 1 Torstol
- 1 Kwuarm