- What Do I Need to Know about Herblore for This OSRS Guide?
- Ways to 99 Herblore
- Other Cheap Alternatives
- Other Methods for Training Herblore
- Quests That Provide Herblore Experience
Herblore, originally named Herblaw, is a skill in which the player may create potions using herbs and other peculiar ingredients. Many players only choose to level up high enough to make certain potions or do raids since it is an expensive skill to level up. While it may be tedious to achieve Level 99, this OSRS Herblore guide will hopefully make that process a little smoother.
What Do I Need to Know about Herblore for This OSRS Guide?
It is the only skill in the game that is quest-unlockable. The Druidic Ritual will allow players to use it after completing the quest. The base of training Herblore in OSRS is identifying herbs and creating potions, with the latter being much faster. Since herbs are only obtained in significant amounts from monster drops and farming, it can take a long time for Ironmen to gather enough resources for Level 99.
Some Handy Items
While these items are in no way essential to training Herblore, they can help the process a little bit.
- Botanical Pie: Increases your Herblore level by 4 temporarily. Lets you jump to the next step early if you don't mind the extra costs.
- Amulet of Chemistry: Sometimes creates a four-dose potion rather than a three-dose one. Great for saving ingredients or money-making.
Ways to 99 Herblore
Generally, the fastest way to get to 99 Herblore is to create potions. Other training regiments may be profitable, slower, or both. However, the fastest ones usually come at the steep cost of millions of GP, so you can decide which method you want to use.
Attack Potions (3-38)
Attack potions, made with Guam leaves and eyes of newt, are the first potions you can make in the game. Since these potions have little resell value, these will be made at a slight loss. Even though it is a starting potion, you can earn 60,000 experience per hour and quickly get to higher-level potions.
Prayer Potions (38-45+)
Prayer potions are always in high demand for parking, slayer, or questing. While the value is high, you will still make each potion at a slight loss, but the latest influx in Snape Grass has made it even cheaper. It is simply a mix of Rannar Weed and Snape Grass, and this will be a consistent 200,000 experience per hour.
You can choose one of two paths from here, one more expensive but slightly faster than the other. The difference in XP is slight, so the decision falls on how much gold you're willing to burn.
- Prayer Potions until level 52
- Move on to Super Energy Potions at level 52 up to 94
- Prayer Potions until level 84
- At level 84, switch to Extended Antifire Potions until level 94
Anti-Venom+ Potions (94-99)
Then these two ways will converge back at level 94, where you can create Anti-Venom+ Potions. You can earn back some gold this way, though how much still depends on the current state of the market. If you do have money to burn, you can just create the best potions you can at your level.
Due to the tight price margin, these potions have the cheapest XP/GP ratio until Level 99. It is made by using an Anti-Venom with a Torstol. This potion is used to cure both venom and poison, useful for PvP or Zulrah fights. Since these potions are two times slower than all other potions, you will only get around 150,000 experience per hour.
Other Cheap Alternatives
Here are some other potions you can do in between the steps above. Of course, you should weigh the costs of making these potions with a Herblore Calculator. Budgeting is a necessary skill since you're likely to lose money in most cases.
Serum 207 (15-38+)
This is a relatively cheap method (at around 5GP per XP) using Tarromin and ashes. The ability to make this potion is unlocked during the Shades of Mort'ton quest, and they are used to cure afflicted villagers. While you have to manually click each brew, it is easily 100,000 XP per hour.
Super Energy Potions (52-66/81+)
Super Energy Potions are relatively cost-efficient at around 5 GP/XP and are made with Avantoes and Mort Myre fungi. Due to this being a secondary ingredient to make Stamina potions, it is pretty easy to resell in the Grand Exchange. Mixing these together will net an impressive 280,000 experience per hour and is viable until high-level potions.
AFK Tarromin Tar (39+)
Herblore is a tedious skill, and some would rather train it the slow, AFK way. Since tar is stackable, you can fill up a whole inventory of herbs and let your character slowly create tars. At the same time, you play another character or watch TV. You can expect a little over 100,000 experience per hour while costing just under 300 GP per tar created.
Super Attack Potions (45-52)
Since you can easily resell Super Attack Potions, it is a quick and cost-efficient way to train until Super Energies are unlocked. You will need unfinished Irit potions and eyes of newt, which mirrors how regular Attack Potions are made. If you are consistent, you can gain 250,000 XP per hour.
Super Defence Potions (66+)
While slightly less cost-effective than Super Energy potions with 7 GP/XP, Super Defence Potions are a fast way to blast through some levels. You will lose roughly 1,000 GP per potion while gaining a fantastic 370,000 experience per hour.
Bastion Potions (80-99)
Bastions potions came along with the Theatre of Blood update and are one of the few ways to utilize vials of blood. The idea is that it's a combination of a Super Defence potion and a Ranging potion, saving inventory space for range tanks. You combine vials of blood with Cadantine and Wines of Zamorak to make the finished product. After reselling, you only get a slight loss of 1,100 GP and will net 380,000 XP per hour.
Saradomin Brews (81-99)
Saradomin Brews offer the fastest experience in the game but come at a higher loss than other potions. This is primarily due to both the herbs and birds' nests being quite expensive and potions reselling at lower prices. You will lose at least 2,500 gold per potion while gaining 450,000 experience per hour.
Super Combat Potions (90-99)
Super combat potions are always in high demand for both PvM and PvP purposes, so they can consistently be sold to mitigate your expenses. It is made by combining all Super Attack/Strength/Defence potions with a Torstol. You will lose a mere 150 coins per potion made (depending on the current price) while gaining over 300,000 XP per hour.
Extended Super Antifire Potions (98-99)
The recommendation in this Herblore guide for OSRS is Extended Super Antifire Potions. While you can only use it during the last stretch of training, these potions are the second fastest way to train while being half the price of Saradomin Brews. You will upgrade a Super antifire brew with stackable Lava scale shards and net over 400,000 XP per hour. You need to complete Dragon Slayer II to make these. However, most high-level players will probably have it finished anyway.
Other Methods for Training Herblore
Cleaning Herbs for Profit
Cleaning grimy herbs isn't precisely the most popular method to train the skill since it is highly click-intensive to do efficiently. Fortunately for those lacking gold, most herbs will at least turn a profit while gaining experience. The most lucrative is Torstol cleaning at Level 75, in which a player can make over 700,000 gold and 70,000 experience per hour.
This is less click-intensive than making potions and is a cheaper way to boot. Though, it comes with the drawback of a slower XP rate. There's also a buy limit on tar, requiring you to stockpile beforehand. Otherwise, the limit of 13,000 Tar will only last you a half-hour of training at most. Harralander Tar has the highest rates and is also the most expensive to make.
Guthix Rest is a valuable tea, making this a profitable method. However, you'll need to take care, or you might end up with a ruined one and not get any XP or profits. It's a process that requires concentration but rewards the most gold and considerable experience. You should add 2 Guam, a Marrentill, and a Harralander into a cup of hot water. Turn them into 4-dose teas by talking to Bob Barter before selling your tea!
Quests That Provide Herblore Experience
- Jungle Potion
- Recruitment Drive
- Heroes' Quest
- The Dig Site
- Shades of Mort'ton
- Zogre Flesh Eaters
- Fairytale II - Cure a Queen
- Grim Tales
- Land of the Goblins
- My Arm's Big Adventure
- Eadgar's Ruse
- Song of the Elves
If there is anything to take from this OSRS Herblore Guide, it's the speed at which you train Herblore depends on how much money you're willing to spend. This is the slowest skill to train for Ironmen, as all herbs must be obtained manually. Farming the herbs may help in supplying you with the needed ingredients.