High Level Alchemy

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High Level Alchemy (also known as high alch, hi alch or alching) is a non-combat spell used to convert items into coins at the best price a player could get from a specialty store. The amount of coins generated is normally 60% of the speciality shop price or 150% Low Level Alchemy prices.

High Level Alchemy is a popular way for mid and high level players to train Magic, by buying or making valuable items and nature runes, then casting the spell on the items.

High (and Low) Alchemy can be cast on noted items, saving much withdrawal time from the bank, and simplifying the "click pattern", i.e. the player can place the stack of notes in the same position in their inventory that the alchemy spell is in the spellbook so that they do not have to move their mouse much to repeatedly cast the spell. Casting alchemy spells on stackable items will only alchemise one at a time. It is possible to alch around 1,200 items per hour for a total of 78,000 Magic experience.

If the player attempts to cast an alchemy spell on a valuable item, the player will receive a warning message and be asked if they are sure they want to alch the item. The default threshold for this is items worth at least 30,000 coins, which can be adjusted by right-clicking the alchemy icon in your spellbook.

Cost[edit | edit source]

Spell cost
5Fire rune.png1Nature rune.png287
Combo runes
1Nature rune.png5Lava rune.png282
1Nature rune.png5Smoke rune.png467
1Nature rune.png5Steam rune.png672
1Nature rune.pngTome of fire.png262
1Nature rune.pngLava battlestaff.png262
1Nature rune.pngSteam battlestaff.png262
1Nature rune.pngStaff of fire.png262
1Nature rune.pngSmoke battlestaff.png262

High Alchemy profit/loss on some items[edit | edit source]

Generally, using High Alchemy will not produce as much gold per hour as other, much better methods. When levelling Magic however, earning a little profit while doing so definitely helps in the long run. Here is a list of commonly crafted items that you may wish to alchemise and their calculated possible profit/loss.

WARNING: Profit/loss may vary.

Item + High Alchemy[edit | edit source]

Prices assume that you are using a Staff of fire.

Item Item Cost (GE) Nature Rune Cost High Alch Return Profit/Loss
Rune med helm.pngRune med helm 11,160 262 11,520 98
Rune scimitar.pngRune scimitar 15,081 262 15,360 17
Rune longsword.pngRune longsword 18,781 262 19,200 157
Rune full helm.pngRune full helm 20,726 262 21,120 132
Rune battleaxe.pngRune battleaxe 24,568 262 24,960 130
Rune chainbody.pngRune chainbody 29,618 262 30,000 120
Rune kiteshield.pngRune kiteshield 32,211 262 32,640 167
Rune platelegs.pngRune platelegs 37,931 262 38,400 207
Rune 2h sword.pngRune 2h sword 37,961 262 38,400 177
Rune plateskirt.pngRune plateskirt 37,982 262 38,400 156
Rune platebody.pngRune platebody 38,606 262 39,000 132

Crafting/Smithing + High Alchemy[edit | edit source]

This is typically NOT the best way to profit from High Alchemy unless you have already created the item. This is only for people that wish to level Magic along with other skills such as Crafting or Smithing through buying materials directly from the Grand Exchange. Prices assume that you are using a Staff of fire when casting High Level Alchemy.

Item Materials Needed Materials Cost (GE) High Alch Return Profit/Loss
Iron platebody.pngIron platebody Iron bar.png x5 1,457 336 -1,121
Steel platebody.pngSteel platebody Steel bar.png x5 2,887 1,200 -1,687
Mithril platebody.pngMithril platebody Mithril bar.png x5 4,422 3,120 -1,302
Adamant platebody.pngAdamant platebody Adamantite bar.png x5 10,852 9,984 -868
Rune platebody.pngRune platebody Runite bar.png x5 62,447 39,000 -23,447
Gold bracelet.pngGold bracelet Gold bar.png Bracelet mould.png 334 330 -4
Gold ring.pngGold ring Gold bar.png Ring mould.png 334 210 -124
Gold necklace.pngGold necklace Gold bar.png Necklace mould.png 334 270 -64
Gold amulet.pngGold amulet Gold amulet (u).png Ball of wool.png 374 210 -164
Gold amulet (u).pngGold amulet (u) Gold bar.png Amulet mould.png 334 210 -124

Special cases[edit | edit source]

Some specialty shops may offer a higher price for certain items than the amount High Level Alchemy gives. For example, High Level Alchemy converts a gold necklace into 270 coins, but Grum's Gold Exchange in Port Sarim offers 315 if there are no gold necklace in the shop's stock. The price decreases 9 coins for each additional necklace in the shop inventory until it reaches a low limit of 45 coins when there are 30 or more necklaces. Some players sell up to about 11 items and then world switch to find another shop which has a low inventory.

There are also two general stores which do buy at High Alchemy prices:

In addition, the Armoury in the Warriors' Guild buys at High Level Alchemy prices, but will only buy the armour and weapons already offered for sale.