Herblore is not an important skill for beginners, but it will be needed for some end-game activities such as Raids. Even though it’s easy to train this skill, you will need a lot of money to do it. Overally, the most efficient way to train Herblore, is by combining certain herbs with other materials to make potions.

In this guide, I will mention the fastest Semi-AFK way to reach 99 level in Herblore. Any other methods such as money making training methods will be ignored. But if you are willing to know some ways to get money, then you should check out our detailed money making guide for OSRS.

Note: all ingredients mentioned in this guide can be directly bought from the Grand Exchange, which means you will need to have a good amount of OSRS Gold.

You can also check out the Crafting training guide if you are willing to max it out as well and have a look at the best ways to get an OSRS bond if you are new to the game.

Getting Started with Herblore

To be able to train this skill, you will have to complete the Druidic Ritual quest. You can also complete some other quests to gain Herblore EXP, but it’s still more efficient to choose the regular way.

How to complete Druidic Ritual:

  1. Go to the stone circle located north of Taverley to start the quest by speaking to Kaqemeex.
  2. Speak to Sanfew who is located upstairs in a Herblore shop that is located south down the road. He will ask you to place 4 items (raw Rat, bear, beef and chicken meat) in the Cauldron of Thunder (which is located in Taverley Dungeon)
  3. Once you place the items in the Cauldron of Thunder, they will change to the enchanted versions. Go back to Sanfew and give him the items and then to Kaqemeex to complete the quest.

Note: you will end up being Level 3 Herblore after completing the quest.

Keep in mind that you will be able to sell all the potions you craft in this guide back to the Grand Exchange, in order to decrease the training cost.

There are faster training methods, but all of them are click intensive (not AFK) and you will end up doing it slower than the Semi-AFK methods.

If you follow this guide, you will end up spending around 200M Gold to reach Level 99 Herblore. This can be more or less depending on the prices which are pretty much fluctuating.

Herblore Level 3-5

Craft 6 Attack Potions (25 XP / Potion).

Attack Potion Recipe

Guam potion (unf)
Eye of newt

Guam potion (unf)

Can be made by mixing a Guam leaf in a vial of water. A Guam leaf can be obtained by farming in a herb patch with level 9 Farming and cleaned later to be usable. A vial of water can be obtained by filling an empty vial with water from any water source such as fountains or wells. The empty vials can be crafted using the Crafting skill.

Eye of newt

It can be obtained by killing various monsters all over the map such as Newtroost, or by buying it from certain NPC Stores such as Betty’s Magic Emporium which is located in Port Sarim.

Herblore Level 5-12

Craft 32 Anti-Poison Potions (37 XP / Potion).

Anti-Poison Recipe

Marrentill potion (unf)
Unicorn Horn Dust

Marrentill potion (unf)

It is made by mixing a Marrentill in a vial of water. A Marrentil can be obtained by farming in a herb patch with level 14 Farming and cleaned later to be usable. It can also be dropped from some monsters such as Aberrant spectre. A vial of water can be obtained by filling an empty vial with water from any water source such as wells. The empty vials can be crafted using the Crafting skill.

Unicorn Horn Dust

It can be obtained by killing some Monsters as such as Cave bugs, also can be made by using a pestle and mortar on a Unicorn horn. A Unicorn horn can be obtained by killing Unicorns and also some other monsters.

Herblore Level 12-26

Craft 144 Strength Potions (50 XP / Potion).

Strength Potion Recipe

Tarromin potion (unf)
Limpwurt root

Tarromin potion (unf)

It is made by mixing a Tarromin in a vial of water. A Tarromin can be obtained by farming in a herb patch with level 19 Farming and cleaned later to be usable. A vial of water can be obtained by filling an empty vial with water from any water source such as wells. The empty vial can be crafted using the Crafting skill.

Limpwurt root

It can be obtained by farming in a flower patch with level 26 Farming. It can also be obtained directly by killing monsters such as Cockatrices or Hill Giants.

Herblore Level 26-38

Craft 332 Energy Potions (67 XP / Potion).

Energy Potion Recipe

Harralander potion (unf)
Chocolate Dust

Harralander potion (unf)

It is made by mixing a Harralander in a vial of water. A Harralander can be obtained by farming in a herb patch with level 26 Farming and cleaned later to be usable. A vial of water can be obtained by filling an empty vial with water from any water source such as wells. The empty vial can be crafted using the Crafting skill.

Chocolate Dust

It can be obtained by using a pestle and mortar on a Chocolate bar, or directly from killing monsters such as Dessourts. It can also be bought from NPCs such as Grand Tree Groceries. A Chocolate bar can be obtained by buying it from some NPCs such as Grand Tree Groceries.

Herblore Level 38-45

Craft 356 Prayer Potions (88 XP / Potion).

Prayer Potion Recipe

Ranarr potion (unf)
Snape Grass

Ranarr potion (unf)

It is made by mixing a Ranarr weed in a vial of water. A Ranarr weed can be obtained by farming in a herb patch with level 32 Farming and cleaned later to be usable. A vial of water can be obtained by filling an empty vial with water from any water source such as wells. The empty vial can be crafted using the Crafting skill.

Snape Grass

It can be obtained by farming in an Allotment patch with level 61 Farming. It can also be obtained directly by killing monsters such as General Danknucks.

Herblore Level 45-48

Craft 216 Super Attack Potions (100 XP / Potion).

Super Attack Potion Recipe

Irit potion (unf)
Eye of Newt

Irit potion (unf)

It is made by mixing an Irit leaf in a vial of water. An Irit leaf can be obtained by farming in a herb patch with level 44 Farming and cleaned later to be usable. A vial of water can be obtained by filling an empty vial with water from any water source such as wells. The empty vial can be crafted using the Crafting skill.

Eye of Newt

It can be obtained by killing various monsters all over the map such as Newtroost, or by buying it from certain NPC Stores such as Betty’s Magic Emporium which is located in Port Sarim.

Herblore Level 48-52

Craft 203 Super Anti-Poison Potions (106 XP / Potion).

Super Anti-Poison Potion Recipe

Irit potion (unf)
Unicorn Horn Dust

Irit potion (unf)

It is made by mixing an Irit leaf in a vial of water. An Irit leaf can be obtained by farming in a herb patch with level 44 Farming and cleaned later to be usable. A vial of water can be obtained by filling an empty vial with water from any water source such as wells. The empty vial can be crafted using the Crafting skill.

Unicorn Horn Dust

It can be obtained by killing some Monsters as such as Cave bugs, also can be made by using a pestle and mortar on a Unicorn horn. A Unicorn horn can be obtained by killing Unicorns and also some other monsters.

Herblore Level 52-55

Craft 366 Super Energy Potions (118 XP / Potion).

Super Energy Potion Recipe

Avantoe potion (unf)
Mort Myre Fungus

Avantoe potion (unf)

It is made by mixing an Avantoe in a vial of water. An Avantoe can be obtained by farming in a herb patch with level 50 Farming and cleaned later to be usable. A vial of water can be obtained by filling an empty vial with water from any water source such as wells. The empty vial can be crafted using the Crafting skill.

Mort Myre Fungus

It can be obtained by using a Blessed Silver Sickle to cast Bloom near the dead logs. Also can be obtained by chopping sulliuscep mushrooms or by killing monsters such as Swamp Crab.

Herblore Level 55-63

Craft 1,616 Super Strength Potions (125 XP / Potion).

Super Strength Potion Recipe

Kwuarm potion (unf)
Limpwurt Root

Kwuarm potion (unf)

It is made by mixing a Kwuarm in a vial of water. A Kwuarm can be obtained by farming in a herb patch with level 56 Farming and cleaned later to be usable. A vial of water can be obtained by filling an empty vial with water from any water source such as wells. The empty vial can be crafted using the Crafting skill.

Limpwurt Root

It can be obtained by farming in a flower patch with level 26 Farming. It can also be obtained directly by killing monsters such as Cockatrices or Hill Giants.

Herblore Level 63-69

Craft 2,102 Super Restore Potions (143 XP / Potion).

Super restore Potion Recipe

Snapdragon potion (unf)
Red Spider’s Eggs

Snapdragon potion (unf)

It is made by mixing a Snapdragon in a vial of water. A Snapdragon can be obtained by farming in a herb patch with level 62 Farming and cleaned later to be usable. A vial of water can be obtained by filling an empty vial with water from any water source such as wells. The empty vial can be crafted using the Crafting skill.

Red Spider’s Eggs

They can be obtained by picking them from some specific areas where you can find The Deadly Red Spiders such as the Edgeville Dungeon. They can also be obtained by killing monsters such as Temple Spiders.

Herblore Level 69-72

Craft 1,468 Antifire Potions (157 XP / Hour).

Antifire Potion Recipe

Lantadyme potion (unf)
Dragon Scale Dust

Lantadyme potion (unf)

It is made by mixing a Lantadyme in a vial of water. A Lantadyme can be obtained by farming in a herb patch with level 73 Farming and cleaned later to be usable. A vial of water can be obtained by filling an empty vial with water from any water source such as wells. The empty vial can be crafted using the Crafting skill.

Dragon Scale Dust

It can be obtained by using a pestle and mortar on a Blue dragon scale. A Blue dragon scale can be obtained by killing Brutal blue dragons.

Herblore Level 72-81

Craft 7,961 Ranging Potions (163 XP / Potion).

Ranging Potion Recipe
Dwarf Weed potion (unf)
Wine of Zamorak

Dwarf Weed potion (unf)

It is made by mixing a Dwarf weed in a vial of water. A Dwarf weed can be obtained by farming in a herb patch with level 79 Farming and cleaned later to be usable. A vial of water can be obtained by filling an empty vial with water from any water source such as wells. The empty vial can be crafted using the Crafting skill.

Wine of Zamorak

It can only be obtained by casting Telekinetic Grab (which requires level 33 magic) on the Wine of Zamorak in the Asgarnian Chaos Temple or the Wilderness Chaos Temple.

Herblore Level 81-99

Craft 60,232 Saradomin Brew Potions (180 XP / Potion).

Saradomin Brew Potion Recipe

Toadflax potion (unf)
Crushed Nest

Toadflax potion (unf)

It is made by mixing a Toadflax in a vial of water. A Toadflax can be obtained by farming in a herb patch with level 38 Farming and cleaned later to be usable. A vial of water can be obtained by filling an empty vial with water from any water source such as wells. The empty vial can be crafted using the Crafting skill.

Crushed Nest

It can be obtained by using a pestle and mortar on a Bird nest. A Bird nest can be obtained by many methods such as dropping randomly while woodcutting the trees, or while emptying the birdhouse traps.

Quests & EXP Rates

OSRS generally contains many Quests, almost every Quest is going to give you Experience reward for a specific skill. Completing any Quest that gives Herblore EXP is very useful, not the fastest way, but you will have to complete them anyway, so why not?

All Herblore Quests

The table below shows every Herblore Quest in Old School Runescape, so it is up to you to either complete them or not. The ones marked with green letters, are the ones recommended in terms of requirements.

Quest Experience Reward Herblore req. Other requirements
Druidic Ritual 250
Jungle Potion 775 3
Recruitment Drive 1,000 12
Heroes’ Quest 1,325 25 55, 53, 53, 50
The Dig Site 2,000 10 10, 25
Shades of Mort’ton 2,000 15 20, 5
Zogre Flesh Eaters 2,000 8 4, 30, 30
Fairytale II – Cure a Queen 3,500 57 40, 49
Grim Tales 5,000 52 45, 58, 59, 71
My Arm’s Big Adventure 10,000 31 10, 29
Eadgar’s Ruse 11,000 31
Song of the Elves 20,000 70 70, 70, 70, 70, 70, 70, 70

You can also make your own Unfinished potions after cleaning the required Grimy Herbs. This method is very slow, but it will save you some money.

Cleaning Herbs will give you decent Herblore EXP, depending on how efficient you do it, however making Unfinished potions won’t grant you any EXP.

Herb Cleaning XP / Hour

The table below shows the various Herbs to clean in addition to their EXP rates:

Level Herb Clean XP XP/Hour
3 Guam 2.5 12,500
5 Marrentill 3.8 19,000
11 Tarromin 5 25,000
20 Harralander 6.3 31,500
25 Ranarr 7.5 37,500
30 Toadflax 8 40,000
40 Irit leaf 8.8 44,000
48 Avantoe 10 50,000
54 Kwuarm 11.3 56,500
59 Snapdragon 11.8 59,000
65 Cadantine 12.5 62,500
67 Lantadyme 13.1 65,500
70 Dwarf weed 13.8 69,000
75 Torstol 15 75,000

All OSRS Potions

Each potion in OSRS has its own ingredients and EXP rates, you can check all of them down below:

Level Potion Base Secondary XP XP/Hour
3 Attack potion Guam potion (unf) Eye of newt 25 62,500
5 Antipoison Marrentill potion (unf) Unicorn horn dust 37.5 93,750
12 Strength potion Tarromin potion (unf) Limpwurt root 50 125,000
15 Serum 207 Tarromin potion (unf) Ashes 50 116,500
22 Restore potion Harralander potion (unf) Red spiders’ eggs 62.5 156,250
26 Energy potion Harralander potion (unf) Chocolate dust 67.5 168,750
34 Agility potion Toadflax potion (unf) Toad’s legs 80 200,000
36 Combat potion Harralander potion (unf) Goat horn dust 84 210,000
38 Prayer potion Ranarr potion (unf) Snape grass 87.5 218,750
45 Super attack Irit potion (unf) Eye of newt 100 250,000
48 Superantipoison Irit potion (unf) Unicorn horn dust 106.3 265,750
52 Super energy Avantoe potion (unf) Mort myre fungus 117.5 293,750
55 Super strength Kwuarm potion (unf) Limpwurt root 125 312,500
63 Super restore Snapdragon potion (unf) Red spiders’ eggs 142.5 356,000
66 Super defence Cadantine potion (unf) White berries 150 375,000
69 Antifire potion Lantadyme potion (unf) Dragon scale dust 157.5 393,750
72 Ranging potion Dwarf weed potion (unf) Wine of zamorak 162.5 406,250
76 Magic potion Lantadyme potion (unf) Potato cactus 172.5 431,250
77 Stamina potion Super energy(4) Amylase crystal (x4) 102 255,000
80 Bastion potion Cadantine blood potion (unf) Wine of zamorak 155 387,500
80 Battlemage potion Cadantine blood potion (unf) Potato cactus 155 387,500
81 Saradomin brew Toadflax potion (unf) Crushed nest 180 450,000
84 Extended antifire Antifire potion(4) Lava scale shard (x4) 110 275,000
87 Anti-venom Antidote++(4) Zulrah’s scales (x20) 120 300,000
90 Super combat potion Super attack(4) Super strength(4) Super defence(4) Torstol 150 324,900
92 Super antifire potion Antifire potion(4) Crushed superior dragon bones 130 325,000
94 Anti-venom+ Anti-venom(4) Torstol 125 152,500
98 Extended super antifire Super antifire potion(4) Lava scale shard (x4) 160 400,000
Data by oldschool.runescape.wiki

Herblore in Raids

The most important thing about Herblore is using it in Raids. You will need at least Level 78 Herblore to be able to make advanced Potions such as Xeric’s aid (+). The “+” means its the best version of the potion which is a must in raids.

Level 78 Herblore Potions needed in raids:

Xeric’s aid (+) = Combining Endarkened juice + Buchu leaf + Vial of water

Revitalisation (+) = Combining Stinkhorn mushroom + Buchu leaf + Vial of water

Prayer enhance (+) = Combining Cicely + Buchu leaf + Vial of water

Keep in mind that you can make these potions from Level 52 Herblore but you will get the worst version of them.

You will also need Level 90 Herblore to be able to make Overload (+) potions. This is very essential in raids to kill The Great Olm.

Making this Potion requires Combining Noxifer leaf with Twisted (+), Elder (+) and Kodai (+) potion. These 3 potions can be made by combining Golpar leaf with Cicely, Stinkhorn mushroom or Endarkened juice.

Overall you need to aim at least for Level 78 Herblore to make raids much easier.

If you are new to OSRS, you will need to check out the beginner’s guide as well as the skills guide.

Rimuru
Petroleum engineer that hates his career. Playing various genres of games for 5~8 hours/day. Ambitious, perfectionist and always looking for areas of improvement. Currently learning various stuff & playing OSRS.

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