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 specialty 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
InputCost
5Fire rune.png1Nature rune.png249
Combo runes
1Nature rune.png5Lava rune.png244
1Nature rune.png5Smoke rune.png554
1Nature rune.png5Steam rune.png559
Staves
5Fire rune.png0.9333Nature rune.pngBryophyta's staff.png234.06
1Nature rune.pngStaff of fire.png224
1Nature rune.pngSteam battlestaff.png224
1Nature rune.pngSmoke battlestaff.png224
1Nature rune.pngLava battlestaff.png224
1Nature rune.pngTome of fire.png224
0.9333Nature rune.pngBryophyta's staff.pngTome of fire.png209.06

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 helm Rune med helm 11,063 224 11,520 233
Rune scimitar.png: Inventory image of Rune scimitar Rune scimitar 14,967 224 15,360 169
Rune longsword.png: Inventory image of Rune longsword Rune longsword 18,659 224 19,200 317
Rune full helm.png: Inventory image of Rune full helm Rune full helm 20,628 224 21,120 268
Rune battleaxe.png: Inventory image of Rune battleaxe Rune battleaxe 24,465 224 24,960 271
Rune chainbody.png: Inventory image of Rune chainbody Rune chainbody 29,501 224 30,000 275
Rune kiteshield.png: Inventory image of Rune kiteshield Rune kiteshield 32,115 224 32,640 301
Rune platelegs.png: Inventory image of Rune platelegs Rune platelegs 37,818 224 38,400 358
Rune 2h sword.png: Inventory image of Rune 2h sword Rune 2h sword 37,745 224 38,400 431
Rune plateskirt.png: Inventory image of Rune plateskirt Rune plateskirt 37,792 224 38,400 384
Rune platebody.png: Inventory image of Rune platebody Rune platebody 38,280 224 39,000 496

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 .

(* If using silver ore instead of silver bars add 38 to the Profit / Loss)

Item Materials Needed Materials Cost (GE) High Alch Return Profit/Loss
Iron platebody.png: Inventory image of Iron platebody Iron platebody Iron bar.png x5 734 336 -398
Steel platebody.png: Inventory image of Steel platebody Steel platebody Steel bar.png x5 2,079 1,200 -879
Mithril platebody.png: Inventory image of Mithril platebody Mithril platebody Mithril bar.png x5 3,344 3,120 -224
Adamant platebody.png: Inventory image of Adamant platebody Adamant platebody Adamantite bar.png x5 9,844 9,984 140
Rune platebody.png: Inventory image of Rune platebody Rune platebody Runite bar.png x5 61,959 39,000 -22,959
Gold ring.png: Inventory image of Gold ring Gold ring Gold bar.png Ring mould.png 295 210 -85
Gold necklace.png: Inventory image of Gold necklace Gold necklace Gold bar.png Necklace mould.png 295 270 -25
Gold bracelet.png: Inventory image of Gold bracelet Gold bracelet Gold bar.png Bracelet mould.png 295 330 35
Gold amulet (u).png: Inventory image of Gold amulet (u) Gold amulet (u) Gold bar.png Amulet mould.png 295 210 -85
Gold amulet.png: Inventory image of Gold amulet Gold amulet Gold amulet (u).png Ball of wool.png 334 210 -124
Opal ring.png: Inventory image of Opal ring Opal ring * Silver bar.png Opal.png Ring mould.png 592 630 38
Opal necklace.png: Inventory image of Opal necklace Opal necklace * Silver bar.png Opal.png Necklace mould.png 592 630 38
Opal bracelet.png: Inventory image of Opal bracelet Opal bracelet * Silver bar.png Opal.png Bracelet mould.png 592 690 98
Jade ring.png: Inventory image of Jade ring Jade ring * Silver bar.png Jade.png Ring mould.png 615 765 150
Jade necklace.png: Inventory image of Jade necklace Jade necklace * Silver bar.png Jade.png Necklace mould.png 615 765 150
Jade bracelet.png: Inventory image of Jade bracelet Jade bracelet * Silver bar.png Jade.png Bracelet mould.png 615 780 165
Emerald necklace.png: Inventory image of Emerald necklace Emerald necklace Gold bar.png Emerald.png Necklace mould.png 731 855 124
Emerald bracelet.png: Inventory image of Emerald bracelet Emerald bracelet Gold bar.png Emerald.png Bracelet mould.png 731 915 184
Ruby necklace.png: Inventory image of Ruby necklace Ruby necklace Gold bar.png Ruby.png Necklace mould.png 1,216 1,305 89
Ruby bracelet.png: Inventory image of Ruby bracelet Ruby bracelet Gold bar.png Ruby.png Bracelet mould.png 1,216 1,395 179

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.

Changes[edit | edit source]

Date Changes
11 April 2013
(update)
For the benefit of players with certain medical conditions, we have toned down the flashing effects in the Killerwatts' realm and for alchemy animations.
11 April 2013
(update | poll)
If you cast a second alchemy spell before your last one finishes, it's now queued up.