Herblore is a members only skill. F2P players can train this skill to level 5 and use any of the skill's functions up to that level. Free-to-play items are seen with a brown background throughout this guide. The skill is dedicated to making different types of potions (also known as pots) for different uses throughout the game. Herblore involves mixing a herb and a secondary ingredient into a vial of water to make a potion. Different potions will have differing effects when drun, often based on the player's level in a related skill.
The higher your Herblore level the better potions you can make. Keep reading for details on how to make all the potions and what their effects are.
The first thing every herbalist needs is a vial to mix and hold the potion. You can get them either by crafting them, or by buying them from other players or from shops. The Herblore shops in Taverley and Entrana stock them, as well as the general stores in Ardougne, Mort'ton, and Shilo Village. Then you will need to fill the vial with water by 'using' it with a fountain or sink. Look for a water source (the icon for this on maps is a water drop) close to a bank as this will allow you to fill your vials quickest. The lunar magic spell humidify can be used to fill many vials with water at once.
If you have a potion you don't want to keep, you can right-click it and choose the option to "empty" the potion. This allows you to keep and re-use the vial.
The first ingredient of a potion is the herb. Herbs are obtained as drops by killing monsters, some monsters drop herbs consistently and are detailed in the obtaining herbs section. Herbs can also be grown using the Farming skill. Additionally, herbs can be gathered by your workers in the Manage Thy Kingdom minigame or by gathering them yourself in the Sorceress's Garden minigame.
When you obtain an herb, either one you've grown, or as a drop, it will be grimy. You must clean it by clicking on it while it is in your inventory. Each herb needs a specific level to clean before you can use them with a vial of water to make an unfinished potion.
If you really want your herbs cleaned but are not a high enough level, Zahur in Nardah will clean them for you at a cost of 200gp each. You do not get any of the experience associated with cleaning herbs if you let her do this for you. The following table shows the levels needed to clean all the herbs:
The second item you add to your unfinished potion is the secondary ingredient. Some ingredients are preceded with the prefix 'Ground', this means they must be ground up first in the inventory. Locations of secondary ingredients and their details are listed below. Free-to-play items are listed with a brown background.
Once you have your secondary ingredient, use it with your unfinished potion to complete the potion. Most potions come with 3 doses.
Extra-strong and super-strong antipoisons and weapon poisons are made with a coconut milk base (not a vial of water). Coconut milk can be obtained by smashing a Coconut with a Hammer, then pouring the milk into a vial.
Please also note, that in order to use a herb with a vial of water, it must be clean. If it is grimy, nothing will happen. Multiple ingredients must also be added in order. The table below shows the levels needed to make each potion, what is needed to make it and its' effects.
* No vials are required when making tar. In addition, when making the tars, there is a 'make x' option, so you can make many of them with a few clicks.
Note: The percentage increases in your combat stats by the related potion are only temporary, and the percentage figures are only approximations.
To find the exact boosts given to you by drinking a potion, visit our Potion Calculator. Input your stats and it will give you the exact stat boosts you will receive after drinking a potion.
If you have been trained in the ways of fishing by barbarians, you can add fish eggs to your two-dose potions for a small LP boost. This is a good way to get a little more experience from those low level potions that just sit in your bank. All barbarian potions restore 200 lifepoints per dose.
Note: If you only have a four dose potion, you can use an empty vial on the potion to divide it into 2 two dose potions. Barbarian potions cannot be recombined to make larger (3 or 4 dose) potions.
Some herbalists prefer to purchase their herbs from other people, while others prefer to battle monsters that drop them. Search the Tip.It Bestiary for a full list of monsters that drop herbs. Simply type in "herb" and click the Search button. The list below mentions a few of the best options.
Click here for information on Slayer Creatures.
There are a few items which help in either collecting herbs or secondary ingredients. These are listed in the table below.
If you have completed Eadgar's Ruse quest, you have an alternate method for obtaining herbs. Return to the Troll Stronghold basement storeroom, hide from the guards in the small niche areas between boxes, and properly time a mad dash across the room to grab a goutweed from the crate. After each grab, you are automatically kicked out of the room. Take all collected goutweed to Sanfew (upstairs in the Herblore shop in Taverley) who will exchange them for an equal number of grimy herbs. Goutweed tubers from the Tai Bwo Wannai Clean-up minigame can also be traded to Sanfew, or planted to grow goutweed using the Farming skill.
Torstol was formerly only obtained by unlocking the Sinister chest in Yanille's Agility Dungeon. To do this you need the Sinister Key which is a semi-rare drop from Salarin the Twisted. He is right at the end of the Agility Dungeon and can only be killed by Strike spells which hit unusually hard against him. You will need 67 agility to access the area he is located in, or you can buy the key from another player. The chest is in a part of the dungeon that requires 49 agility to access. In the chest, you will find the following 9 grimy herbs: 2 Harralanders, 3 Ranarrs, 1 Irit, 1 Avantoe, 1 Kwuarm, and 1 Torstol.
Players can become poisoned when fighting monsters, other players or theiving dangerous chests. The various antipoison potions can give immunity from poison damage, with higher level potions providing longer immunity. You are also cured of poison after a while as it wears off, or instantly when you die and respawn in Lumbridge.
The prayer book from the Great Brain Robbery quest can be used to cure poison. Wear a holy symbol and click "recite-prayer" on the book to be instantly cured at a cost of one prayer point. This does not give any immunity to future poisoning.
Doses per vial
Many players prefer to combine all of their potions into (4) doses to free up vials. Most players prefer to purchase 4-dose potions for their adventures, and there may be other times when you will want different size potions. There are several ways to change dose size:
There are a few Dungeoneering rewards that provide helpful Herblore benefits.
If you find yourself a few levels short of making a potion, or want to safely offer your skills to another player, the request assistance option will allow you to do so. Simply right click the player who has the skills that you need and request their assistance. If they accept, a pair of hands will appear in your bottom right corner, and you can make whatever potions they can. You keep the items, but they get the experience.
There are a few limitations related to quest potions. You cannot use the Assist System to make Blamish oil, Guthix balance, Sanfew serum, Magic essence or Relicym's balm (these are all quest-related potions).
Skill mastery and Beyond
Cape of Achievement
Once you have mastered the skill and reached level 99 you may want to buy a Herblore cape from Kaqemeex at the Guthix altar north of Taverley. If you already have another 99 skill, or obtain another one while wearing the cape (unless you have it keepsaked), it will become a Herblore cape (t).
Please refer to the Achievement Capes guide for more details.
After obtaining 99 Herblore it becomes possible to obtain a Herbal shard randomly, which can be combined with other shards from the other artisan skills (Construction, Cooking, Crafting, Firemaking, Fletching, Smithing, Runecrafting) to create an artisan's cape and artisan's helm. The cape has the same stats as a trimmed skill cape and the helm is purely cosmetic.
True Herblore Mastery
Achieving 99 is the ultimate goal for many players, however the skill does not stop there. For players wanting to show off their dedication to a skill it is possible to obtain "True Mastery" by obtaining "120 Herblore" which is 104,273,167 XP. The Herblore master cape can then be purchased from Kaqemeex at the Guthix altar north of Taverley.
It is worth noting that beyond level 99 there is no additional content for Herblore as the level increases are invisible so training the skill gets no faster. To work out your theoretical Herblore level check out our XP table.
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