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 (one item every three seconds) 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
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Combo runes
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1Nature rune.png5Smoke rune.png569
1Nature rune.png5Steam rune.png994
1Nature rune.pngTome of fire.png209
1Nature rune.pngLava battlestaff.png209
1Nature rune.pngSteam battlestaff.png209
1Nature rune.pngStaff of fire.png209
1Nature rune.pngSmoke battlestaff.png209

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

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

Item + High Alchemy[edit | edit source]

Item Item Cost (GE) Nature Rune Cost High Alch Return Profit/Loss
Rune med helm.png: Inventory image of Rune med helmRune med helm 11,137 209 11,520 174
Rune scimitar.png: Inventory image of Rune scimitarRune scimitar 15,083 209 15,360 68
Rune longsword.png: Inventory image of Rune longswordRune longsword 18,739 209 19,200 252
Rune full helm.png: Inventory image of Rune full helmRune full helm 20,722 209 21,120 189
Rune battleaxe.png: Inventory image of Rune battleaxeRune battleaxe 24,568 209 24,960 183
Rune chainbody.png: Inventory image of Rune chainbodyRune chainbody 29,614 209 30,000 177
Rune kiteshield.png: Inventory image of Rune kiteshieldRune kiteshield 32,193 209 32,640 238
Rune platelegs.png: Inventory image of Rune platelegsRune platelegs 37,949 209 38,400 242
Rune 2h sword.png: Inventory image of Rune 2h swordRune 2h sword 37,974 209 38,400 217
Rune plateskirt.png: Inventory image of Rune plateskirtRune plateskirt 38,018 209 38,400 173
Rune platebody.png: Inventory image of Rune platebodyRune platebody 38,521 209 39,000 270

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

This is typically NOT the best way to profit from High Alchemy unless you create the items yourself. As such, this is primarily done by players who wish to train Magic along with other skills such as Crafting or Smithing through buying materials directly from the Grand Exchange.

Item Materials Needed Materials Cost (GE) High Alch Return Profit/Loss
Iron platebody.png: Inventory image of Iron platebodyIron platebody Iron bar.png x5 1,094 336 -758
Steel platebody.png: Inventory image of Steel platebodySteel platebody Steel bar.png x5 1,974 1,200 -774
Mithril platebody.png: Inventory image of Mithril platebodyMithril platebody Mithril bar.png x5 3,509 3,120 -389
Adamant platebody.png: Inventory image of Adamant platebodyAdamant platebody Adamantite bar.png x5 10,629 9,984 -645
Rune platebody.png: Inventory image of Rune platebodyRune platebody Runite bar.png x5 62,589 39,000 -23,589
Gold bracelet.png: Inventory image of Gold braceletGold bracelet Gold bar.png Bracelet mould.png 299 330 31
Gold ring.png: Inventory image of Gold ringGold ring Gold bar.png Ring mould.png 299 210 -89
Gold necklace.png: Inventory image of Gold necklaceGold necklace Gold bar.png Necklace mould.png 299 270 -29
Gold amulet.png: Inventory image of Gold amuletGold amulet Gold amulet (u).png Ball of wool.png 332 210 -122
Gold amulet (u).png: Inventory image of Gold amulet (u)Gold amulet (u) Gold bar.png Amulet mould.png 299 210 -89

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 some general stores which buy at higher 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.