Herbs are items used to make potions with the Herblore skill. There are many herbs, each of which have a "clean" and "grimy" state. Herbs must be clean to be used in potions. Players can clean grimy herbs, provided that they have the minimum required Herblore level. The required Herblore level to clean herbs varies from one type of herb to another.

When making potions, players must combine a herb with a vial of water (or coconut milk for a few high-level potions). They must then add a secondary ingredient. Some herbs can be used to make more than one type of potion.

Cleaning grimy herbsEdit

Players will normally obtain herbs as grimy (except when buying clean herbs from other players or at the Grand Exchange). Players can clean grimy herbs by left-clicking on them, gaining a small amount of Herblore experience points, but each type of herb has a minimum Herblore level requirement that players must have to do so. Players who do not have the required Herblore level to clean a herb can take it to Zahur, the herbalist in Nardah, who will clean it for 200 coins. However, if a player's Herblore level is high enough to use the herb in potions then it is high enough to clean the herb.

Farming herbsEdit

Supercompost Edit

Herbs yield an average of 6.8 leaves per plot with optimum tools. The following are the results of a study planting 728 seeds in 5 herb patches (including the disease-free patch at the Troll Stronghold) and using supercompost and magic secateurs:

Yield: 0 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 >14
Number of patches: 77 (10.58%) 86 (11.81%) 120 (16.48%) 149 (20.47%) 125 (17.17%) 66 (9.07%) 44 (6.04%) 22 (3.02%) 19 (2.61%) 13 (1.79%) 2 (0.27%) 5 (0.69%)

The average yield, including the dead patches (0 yield), was 6.8 herbs. The average yield of patches that grew to harvest was 8.2 herbs. The minimum and maximum yield of patches that grew to harvest was 5 leaves and 23 leaves, respectively. Theoretically infinite herbs can be harvested from a single patch since the total amount is luck based. In reality, odds become extremely small for every harvest over 25 herbs per patch. This was explained in a Runescape Mythbuster livestream.

Ultracompost Edit

The following table shows the effectiveness of ultracompost. Herb runs were done including all patches except Harmony Island along with the Hard Diary boost for the Catherby Patch (+10%). A total of 2793 seeds were planted, only 28 were diseased which a is 1.00% disease rate. A total of 101 died which is a 3.62% death rate. The average yield of a standard patch (Falador, Ardougne, Canifis) was 8.56 herbs, and the average that grew to harvest was 9.01 herbs. The lowest harvest was 6 and the highest was 20. A regularly updated Google Sheets with more details about each patch's yields can be found here.

Yield: 0 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 >15
Number of patches: 101 (3.62%) 217 (7.77%) 465 (16.65% 529 (18.94%) 495 (17.72%) 373 (13.35%) 259 (9.27%) 172 (6.16%) 79 (2.83%) 53 (1.90%) 22 (0.79%) 28 (1.00%)

Herb tableEdit

Normal herbsEdit

Herblore-icon Level Herb Grimy Clean Herblore-icon Clean XP Coins 1000 Profit
Icon Coins 1000 Price Icon Coins 1000 Price
3 Guam leaf Grimy guam leaf 10 Guam leaf 15 2.5 5
5 Marrentill Grimy marrentill 18 Marrentill 21 3.75 3
11 Tarromin Grimy tarromin 114 Tarromin 119 5 5
20 Harralander Grimy harralander 568 Harralander 594 6.25 26
25 Ranarr weed Grimy ranarr weed 8,182 Ranarr weed 8,199 7.5 17
30 Toadflax Grimy toadflax 2,883 Toadflax 2,899 8 16
40 Irit leaf Grimy irit leaf 1,074 Irit leaf 1,073 8.75 -1
48 Avantoe Grimy avantoe 2,969 Avantoe 2,987 10 18
54 Kwuarm Grimy kwuarm 2,656 Kwuarm 2,666 11.25 10
59 Snapdragon Grimy snapdragon 8,887 Snapdragon 8,874 11.75 -13
65 Cadantine Grimy cadantine 1,830 Cadantine 1,816 12.5 -14
67 Lantadyme Grimy lantadyme 1,747 Lantadyme 1,756 13.125 9
70 Dwarf weed Grimy dwarf weed 847 Dwarf weed 818 13.75 -29
75 Torstol Grimy torstol 10,436 Torstol 10,472 15 36

Goutweed is a rare herb that plays a role in the Dream Mentor and Eadgar's Ruse quests. Sanfew will exchange them for other random herbs at a 1:1 ratio. It requires 29 Farming to plant in a herb patch.

Jungle Potion herbsEdit

Some herbs can only be cleaned after a player starts the Jungle Potion quest. They are not tradeable.

Herb Grimy Clean Level Clean XP
Ardrigal Grimy ardrigal Ardrigal 3 2.5
Rogue's purse Grimy rogue's purse Rogue's purse 3 2.5
Sito foil Grimy sito foil Sito foil 3 2.5
Snake weed Grimy snake weed Snake weed 3 2.5
Volencia moss Grimy volencia moss Volencia moss 3 2.5

Obtaining herbsEdit

Players can obtain grimy herbs via several methods, perhaps most notably by growing seeds via the Farming skill and as drops from monsters. They may also receive herbs from the Sorceress's Garden minigame, from their kingdom on Miscellania and Etceteria, from the sinister chest, or as a reward from the Pest Control and Temple Trekking minigames.

As dropsEdit

Grimy herbs are available as drops from various monsters, including very low-level opponents such as men in Lumbridge. Some monsters drop more herbs than others. No monsters except the Tree spirit and Prison Pete random events will drop toadflax, snapdragon or torstol; these herbs are obtained from either the Brimhaven agility arena (toadflax and snapdragon), or the herb chest in the Yanille Agility dungeon. Looting a nature impling jar may give the player a snapdragon.

From the sinister chestEdit

Players can also kill Salarin the Twisted for the Sinister Key, which opens the sinister chest. Players will receive two harralanders, three ranarr weeds, one irit leaf, one kwuarm, and one torstol. Both Salarin the Twisted and the Sinister chest are found in the Yanille Agility dungeon, and players need an Agility level of 67 to reach him. He and the Magpie impling are currently the only non-player characters that drop the sinister key.

Salarin the Twisted can only be injured by one of the four elemental strike spells: Wind Strike, Water Strike, Earth Strike, or Fire Strike. Chaos druids and Chaos druid warriors are also found in this area.

Via FarmingEdit

Players can also grow their own herbs from seeds via the Farming skill. They need to obtain the correct seeds for the type of herb they wish to grow, and plant them in a herb patch. At high Farming levels this can be a very effective method of obtaining experience in both the Herblore and Farming skills.

The herb patch used during My Arm's Big Adventure can be useful, as herbs grown in it cannot become diseased.

From the Miscellania kingdomEdit

Players who have completed the Throne of Miscellania quest can receive grimy herbs from Miscellania (see Managing Miscellania). Players pay an average of 800 coins per herb collected using this method, and receive up to 80 grimy herbs per day, all tarromin or above, if they have enough money in the coffers and have herb-gathering set to maximum.

From Sorceress's GardenEdit

Player can obtain clean herbs from the Sorceress's Garden minigame, in which players work their way through a maze to reach a herb patch. Having reached the end, players can pick two random herbs before being teleported back to the beginning of the maze. This takes approximately 50 seconds. It was often crowded with bots because of the easy access and high profit of this minigame.

The lowest garden (Winter) can only yield herbs up to harralanders. The highest garden (Summer) can yield all herbs given normally as a drop besides Snapdragon and Torstol.