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.png287
1Nature rune.png5Smoke rune.png457
1Nature rune.png5Steam rune.png667
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 11,170 262 11,520 88
Rune scimitar.pngRune scimitar 15,064 262 15,360 34
Rune longsword.pngRune longsword 18,795 262 19,200 143
Rune full helm.pngRune full helm 20,718 262 21,120 140
Rune battleaxe.pngRune battleaxe 24,576 262 24,960 122
Rune chainbody.pngRune chainbody 29,617 262 30,000 121
Rune kiteshield.pngRune kiteshield 32,215 262 32,640 163
Rune platelegs.pngRune platelegs 37,953 262 38,400 185
Rune 2h sword.pngRune 2h sword 37,949 262 38,400 189
Rune plateskirt.pngRune plateskirt 37,977 262 38,400 161
Rune platebody.pngRune platebody 38,589 262 39,000 149

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 1,532 336 -1,196
Steel platebody.pngSteel platebody Steel bar.png x5 2,832 1,200 -1,632
Mithril platebody.pngMithril platebody Mithril bar.png x5 4,437 3,120 -1,317
Adamant platebody.pngAdamant platebody Adamantite bar.png x5 10,507 9,984 -523
Rune platebody.pngRune platebody Runite bar.png x5 62,467 39,000 -23,467
Gold bracelet.pngGold bracelet Gold bar.png Bracelet mould.png 332 330 -2
Gold ring.pngGold ring Gold bar.png Ring mould.png 332 210 -122
Gold necklace.pngGold necklace Gold bar.png Necklace mould.png 332 270 -62
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 332 210 -122

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.