Herblore is an important skill for Runescape 3, as it provides many of the important potions used for high-level PvM. This is a members only skill and is largely considered a buyable skill, although there are some cheap alternatives that will be covered in this guide. Herblore training is one of the fastest Runescape 3 skills to reach 99 in and we’ll also cover the fastest methods to do it.
Fastest Herblore Training Methods
Below you can see a list of the most efficient route to 99 Herblore and beyond in Runescape. If you are not concerned about how much money it is going to cost then this is the best path to getting your herblore skill cape. With experience rates reaching as high as 2 million plus per hour.
|Levels||Herblore Activity||Base Herblore Experience/Hour|
|1-19||Complete the following quests; |
the Dig Site
|55-63||Super Strength Potions||310,000|
|63-72||Super Restore Potions||350,000|
|72-81||Super Ranging Potions||400,000|
|88-96||Extreme Potions||550,000 – 662,500|
Questing: Levels 1-19
While questing can be a chore, it is the most efficient way to skip early levels, making it effectively 0 time for levels 1 to 19. As if you are serious about your accounts progression, then you’ll need to train these skills at some point. The quests required to reach level 19 are as follows:
- Drudic Ritual
- Jungle Potion
- Recruitment Drive
- the Dig Site
Attack Potions: Levels 9-26
Attack Potions can be made by mixing Clean Guam and a Vial of Water then adding an Eye of Newt. Each potion provides 25 base herblore experience, making it possible to gain around 62,500 base herblore experience per hour. This is the fastest method at level 9 herblore and should be used until level 26.
Energy Potions: Levels 26-38
An Energy Potion can be created by mixing a Clean Harralander with a Vial of Water and then adding Chocolate Dust. Each potion provides 67.5 base herblore experience, making it possible to gain around 170,000 base herblore experience per hour. Using this method from levels 26 to 38 herblore, you will need to create 322 Energy Potions.
Prayer Potions: Levels 38-55
Prayer Potions can be created by mixing a Clean Ranarr with a Vial of Water and then adding Snape Grass as the secondary ingredient. Each potion provides 87.5 base herblore experience, making it possible to gain around 220,000 base herblore experience per hour. You will need to create 1,557 Prayer Potions to go from level 38 to 55 herblore.
Super Strength Potions: Levels 55-63
Super Strength Potion can be created by mixing a Clean Kwuarm with a Vial of Water and then adding a Limpwurt Root. Each potion provides 125 base herblore experience, making it possible to gain around 310,000 base herblore experience per hour. Using this method from levels 55 to 63 herblore, you will need to create 1,616 Super Strength Potions.
Super Restore Potion: Levels 63-72
Super Restore Potion can be created by mixing a Clean Snapdragon with a Vial of Water and then adding Red Spiders’ Eggs. Each potion provides 142.5 base herblore experience, making it possible to gain around 350,000 base herblore experience per hour. Using this method from levels 63 to 72 herblore, you will need to create 3,724 Super Restore Potions.
Super Ranging Potions: Levels 72-81
Super Ranging Potion can be created by mixing a Clean Dwarf Weed with a Vial of Water and then adding a Wine of Zamorak. Each potion provides 162.5 base herblore experience, making it possible to gain around 400,000 base herblore experience per hour. Using this method from levels 72 to 81 herblore, you will need to create 7,961 Super Ranging Potions.
Saradomin Brew: Levels 81-88
Saradomin Brew’s can be created by mixing a Clean Toadflax with a Vial of Water and then adding a Crushed Nest. Each potion provides 180 base herblore experience, making it possible to gain around 450,000 base herblore experience per hour. Using this method from levels 81 to 88 herblore, you will need to create 12,184 Saradomin Brew’s.
Extreme Potions: Levels 88-96
Between levels 88 and 93 herblore you will gain access to different types of Extreme potions. This includes the Extreme Attack Potion, Extreme Strength Potion, Extreme Defence Potion, Extreme Magic Potion, Extreme Ranging Potion and Extreme Necromancy Potion.
The base experience from each potion is relatively similar from 220 to 265 herblore xp. Therefore, it is recommended to train on whichever option is most cost efficient at the time, after checking current grand exchange prices. Experience rates can range from between 550,000 and 625,000, depending on which type of extreme potion you are making.
Overloads: Levels 96-99+
Overload Potions can be created by mixing a Clean Torstol with all 6 types of Extreme Potion (Extreme Attack Potion, Extreme Strength Potion, Extreme Defence Potion, Extreme Magic Potion, Extreme Ranging Potion and Extreme Necromancy Potion). Each potion provides 1,000 base herblore experience, making it possible to gain upwards of 2,000,000 base herblore experience per hour. Using this method from levels 96 to 99 will require a total of 3,000 overload potions being created.
This remains the fastest herblore training method in the game for level 99, if players are not concerned with costs. However, it’s worth noting, this is a very expensive method and the overloads created become untradeable, so they can not be sold back to minimise costs.
Alternative Herblore Training Methods
Not everyone likes to train herblore with the traditional methods of making potions. In addition to this, not everyone wants to follow the meta or most efficient ways of training. As doing so can often be extremely expensive, which can be unviable for players newer to the game or with smaller amounts of wealth. Below is a list of some viable herblore training methods.
While herblore is traditionally known as a buyable skill, it doesn’t always have to be. There are some methods that can actually turn a reasonable amount of profit per hour. Which could make it a good way of training the skill for low levels in need of some extra cash.
It is possible to clean around 5,000 herbs per hour with moderate concentration. A properly organized bank with banking presets and the action bar to clean herbs makes this significantly easier. There is a graph of the hourly profits per hour found in the image below, although, ensure you check Grand Exchange prices to ensure this is accurate before starting the process. Hourly experience rates can reach as high as 84,000 base herblore xp/hour.
Prayer potions: level 38-99
Players looking to reduce their costs or even make profit can continue with prayer potions all the way to level 99 or until they want to switch to another method. While the experience rates will be significantly lower, they are still high at 220k xp/hour.
Wilderness Warbands is a dangerous distraction and diversion in the wilderness, which takes place once every 7 hours. The aim is to loot supplies from an NPCs camp, if you are able to loot herblore supplies then you can receieve herblore experience as a reward.
Up to 25 herblore supplies can be looted per wilderness warband, granting between 1,237.5 and 121,287.5 herblore experience. The times at which wilderness warbands starts each day can be seen in the image below.
Herby Werby is another Distraction and Diversion that is worth taking part in, this one happens weekly. The aim of this activity is to help the Ancient Zygomites of Anachronia destroy the Corrupted Flora in their Cavern.
To gain herblore experience players will need to take an ancient herb from a zygomite. When doing so between 1 and 4 points are awarded, the herblore experience received is based on the number of points received. A maximum of 100 points can be rewarded weekly.
At certain herblore levels the experience is increased:
- 85 Herblore: 150% experience.
- 95 Herblore: 200% experience.
- 105 Herblore: 250% experience.
- 115 Herblore: 300% experience.
|Portable Well||Free source of water and infinite supply of vials of water.|
All types of potions made on the well provide +10% herblore experience.
+5% chance of creating an extra potion for all potion types with the exception of combination potions.
|Botanist’s Outfit||Skilling outfit that provides +1% herblore experience boost per item or when the full set is worn +6%.|
|Modified Botanist Mask||Created by combining a Botanist’s Mask with a Botanist’s Mask add-on.|
5% chance to duplicate potions the player is making, stackable with the effect of portable wells.
|Factory Outfit||Obtained from the Flash Powder Factory minigame for 12,000 Brian points or 1,200 Thaler points.|
Wearing 3 out of 5 pieces gives a 10% chance to create a 4-dose potion instead of a 3-dose. Wearing all 5 items of the set will give bonus experience when making unfinished potions, equivalent to cleaning the relevant herb.
|Torstol Incense Sticks||Up to +2% experience boost to herblore depending on potency level of the incense sticks. They have a base timer of 10 minutes, and each additional incense adds 10 minutes to the timer up to a maximum of 60 minutes. |
Requires level 75 Firemaking.