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Herblore is a very inventory-stressful skill to train for Ultimate Ironman players, requiring a number of herbs, secondary ingredients, and potions in the inventory throughout the training process. That said, the usefulness of high-level potions in combat situations makes the skill worthwhile to train, and even non-combat skill training (and general travel) benefits from Super energy potions and Stamina potions.

While preparing to make potions, Zahur in Nardah (easily travelled to with a Desert amulet) can be used to clean grimy herbs at the cost of 200 coins per herb. With the completion of the Hard Desert Diary, or by wearing the Herblore skillcape, she can also be used to turn clean herbs into unfinished potions, at the cost of 200 coins per herb. This is the only way to get noted unfinished potions, which vastly increases the speed of potion-making. Both Zahur and Bob Barter at the Grand Exchange can be used to decant potions into specific doses, which lets Ultimate Ironman players turn potions into their noted form.

Early Training - Quests[edit | edit source]

Herb Collection[edit | edit source]

Farming[edit | edit source]

One of the primary ways to get herbs is through Farming. Herb farming runs can be started at low Farming and Herblore levels, and only improve in speed and efficiency over time. Farming is also the only reliable way to get large amounts of a specific herb, which can be useful if the player needs a specific type of potion for combat or other training. There are a number of ways to get Herb seeds to farm, such as from Farming contracts, thieving Master Farmers, and from various monster drops. At high Thieving levels, Master Farmers are a good option for dedicated herb seed collection, providing up to 70k Herblore experience worth of seeds in an hour of pickpocketing.

For more information, see Ultimate Ironman Guide/Farming.

Herbiboar[edit | edit source]

Main article: Herbiboar

At high Hunter levels, tracking the Herbiboar is an excellent source of herbs. The exact herbs scale depending on the player's Herblore level, ranging from low-level guams all the way up to torstols. A herb sack is highly recommended for this activity, as it makes it much easier to collect and store large amounts of herbs before noting them at the Tool Leprechaun.

For more information, see Ultimate Ironman Guide/Hunter.

Combat[edit | edit source]

Another common source of herbs is through combat, oftentimes through training Slayer. Common monsters like Aberrant spectres consistently drop grimy herbs, allowing for either dedicated herb collection by killing them or passive herb collection while training Slayer. If possible, it is recommended to bring a herb sack while killing monsters like Aberrant spectres, to allow for longer trips and more herbs to be collected. Additionally, both the Chambers of Xeric and Theatre of Blood raids have a chance of rewarding significant amounts of noted herbs, which can be a nice source of bonus Herblore experience while raiding.

For more information, see Ultimate Ironman Guide/Slayer.

Wintertodt[edit | edit source]

Main article: Wintertodt

While not a great source, the Wintertodt will give small amounts of herbs while training Firemaking. The exact type and amount of herbs is dependent on the player's Herblore level. The amount of herbs rewarded from this activity is not significant enough to rely on for long-term training, but it can be a good way to get some early Herblore levels while training other skills at the Wintertodt.

For more information, see Ultimate Ironman Guide/Firemaking.

Potions[edit | edit source]

15+ - Serum 207[edit | edit source]

At level 15 Herblore and with the completion of Shades of Mort'ton, ashes can be used with tarromin to create Serum 207. These potions are not useful, but the low requirements and ease of secondary ingredient collection makes this a good way to train at low Herblore levels. Ashes are most easily obtained by picking them up after fires burn out.

26+ - Energy Potions[edit | edit source]

At level 26 Herblore, chocolate dust can be used with harralander to create energy potions. While not the most efficient use of harralanders in terms of Herblore experience per herb, the ease of secondary collection makes this the most common use of the herb. Chocolate dust can be made by using a knife or pestle and mortar on a chocolate bar. Chocolate bars can be bought in bulk from a number of shops, most notably the Culinaromancer's Chest, which also serves as a bank for un-noting the rest of the supplies to make the potion.

38+ - Prayer Potions[edit | edit source]

At level 38 Herblore, snape grass can be used with ranarr weed to create prayer potions. These potions are very useful for Slayer training, bossing, raids, and any other scenario where Prayer is useful. With level 61 Farming, snape grass can be farmed at allotment patches. This is an excellent way to obtain large amounts of snape grass, as three snape grass seeds planted in a single allotment often yield 20 or more snape grass in a harvest.

Another method to get snape grass on demand is by collecting it from various spawns on the ground. Waterbirth Island has a number of snape grass spawns, with easy access by way of the Waterbirth Teleport spell or the enchanted lyre. Alternatively, the peninsula west of the Crafting Guild has a number of spawns as well, with access from the nearby POH portal or a skills necklace teleport to the guild, as does the peninsula east of Hosidius, accessible via the Xeric's Glade teleport.

45+ - Super Attack Potions[edit | edit source]

An efficient method of making 2-ingredient potions on Ultimate Ironman

At level 45 Herblore, eye of newt can be used with irit leaf to create super attack potions. These potions are useful in combat and are required to make super combat potions at high Herblore levels. Eyes of newt can be bought in packs of 100 at a number of herblore shops. This easy access to a noted secondary makes Super attack potions a staple Herblore training method even at high Herblore levels.

52+ - Super Energy Potions[edit | edit source]

At level 52 Herblore, mort myre fungus can be used with avantoe to create super energy potions. These potions are useful for a number of training methods that use run energy, as well as for quests which require a lot of travel. Super energy potions are also used to make the highly-desirable stamina potions at higher Herblore levels.

With completion of the Nature Spirit quest, mort myre fungus can be collected by casting Bloom on dead logs inside of Mort Myre Swamp. The fairy ring BKR provides easy access to the middle of the swamp. Alternatively, sulliuscep mushrooms often drop mort myre fungus when chopped, though this method is not recommended due to its increased difficulty and effort.

55+ - Super Strength Potions[edit | edit source]

At level 55 Herblore, limpwurt root can be used with kwuarm to create super strength potions. These potions are useful in combat and are required to make super combat potions at high Herblore levels. Limpwurt roots are most commonly obtained through Farming, though they can also be gotten in small amounts as monster drops. At level 26 Farming, limpwurt seeds can be planted in flower patches, with the amount of roots harvested dependent on the player's Farming level. Because there are few uses for the other flowers, many players opt to use this patch almost exclusively for farming limpwurt roots.

As farming produce, limpwurt roots can be noted at any Tool Leprechaun, making them very easy to store for later use in Super strength potions.

63+ - Super Restore Potions[edit | edit source]

At level 63 Herblore, red spiders' eggs can be used with snapdragon to create super restore potions. These potions are most often used in combat situations for their Prayer point restoration, or paired with Saradomin brews to mitigate their stat-lowering effect. Red spiders' eggs can be obtained in two ways: by collecting them off the ground, and by killing monsters that drop them. For collecting them, the Edgeville Dungeon has a number of convenient spawns, though they are in low level Wilderness and have dangerous monsters nearby. Alternatively, the Varrock Sewers also contains a few spawns, though they are more difficult to access.

The more recommended way to collect red spiders' eggs is through combat, as a number of monsters drop noted eggs in decent quantities. With the completion of Tower of Life and the Medium Ardougne Diary, Spidines drop 3-6 noted red spiders' eggs with every kill. Raw sardines and red spiders' eggs are required for each kill. It is suggested to have a Waterbirth Island portal in your POH, the Elite Fremennik Diary or Hard Lumbridge & Draynor Diary completed to quickly purchase sardines. In the Forthos Dungeon, both Temple Spiders and Undead Druids drop noted eggs, with the nearby altar making it easy to sustain oneself in the dungeon as long as necessary.

66+ - Super Defence Potions[edit | edit source]

At level 66 Herblore, white berries can be used with cadantine to create super defence potions. These potions are useful in combat and are required to make super combat potions at high Herblore levels. With level 59 Farming, white berries can be farmed at any bush patch. Berries will grow back over time, so some players opt to keep a white berry bush planted at one or more patches for easy access to the secondary ingredient.

Noted white berries are also dropped in decent amounts by Kurasks (requires level 70 Slayer) and by the Undead Druids in the Forthos Dungeon. With partial completion of Regicide, some white berries spawns can be found in Isafdar, where they can be collected off the ground. However, this is significantly more effort than obtaining them through Farming or combat.

69+ - Antifire Potions[edit | edit source]

At level 69 Herblore, dragon scale dust can be used with lantadyme to create antifire potions. These potions give resistance to dragonbreath, making them useful for combat situations against dragons such as for Prayer training or killing Vorkath. Antifire potions are also used in making super antifire potions or extended antifire potions at high Herblore levels. Because antifire potions are only useful in some specific circumstances, and the tertiary ingredients for the variants are slow to obtain, some players opt to use their lantadyme herbs to make magic potions instead, as the secondary ingredient, potato cacti, can now be farmed.

Dragon scale dust is obtained by grinding blue dragon scales with a pestle and mortar. These can be collected in the Taverley Dungeon (using Falador Teleport for travel, and 70 Agility recommended) and in the Corsair Cove Dungeon (Dragon Slayer II completion required, Mythical cape used for travel).

72+ - Ranging Potions[edit | edit source]

At level 72 Herblore, wine of zamorak can be used with dwarf weed to create ranging potions. These potions are useful for any sort of combat situations where Ranged is the preferred combat style, which includes many high-level activities such as bossing and raids. Wines of zamorak can be obtained in a number of ways. They can be picked off the table in the Chaos Temple using Telekinetic Grab, with Zamorak monk robes providing access to the upper floor for easier collecting.

A number of high-level monsters also drop wines of zamorak, such as the Kalphite Queen, K'ril Tsutsaroth's bodyguards in the God Wars Dungeon (though not K'ril himself), and the Undead Druids in the Forthos Dungeon. Lastly, with level 36 Farming, level 50 Prayer, level 65 Cooking, and at least 65% Hosidius favour, Bologa's blessings can be used to make Zamorak's grapes, which can in turn be fermented into wines of zamorak.

76+ - Magic Potions[edit | edit source]

At level 76 Herblore, potato cacti can be used with lantadyme to create magic potions. At level 64 Farming, potato cacti can be farmed at the cactus patches near Al Kharid and in the Farming Guild. Keeping a potato cactus planted at one or both of these locations can be useful, as the potato cacti will regrow over time. They can then be harvested occasionally, noted at a nearby Tool Leprechaun, and stored for later use. Additionally, the Kalphite Queen and Undead Druids both drop noted potato cacti in decent amounts, with the Undead Druids in particular being a good source for many secondaries.

77+ - Stamina Potions[edit | edit source]

At level 77 Herblore, amylase crystals can be used with super energy potions to create stamina potions. These potions are highly desirable for their energy restoration and stamina effect, which lowers the speed at which run energy drains. Amylase crystals can be obtained through trading in 10 marks of grace for a pack of 100 crystals. Each amylase crystal will convert a single dose of a super energy potion, requiring four crystals for a full, four dose stamina potion. Amylase crystals naturally stack in the inventory, making them very easy to use in converting super energy potions into stamina potions.

78+ - Zamorak Brews[edit | edit source]

At level 78 Herblore, jangerberries can be used with torstol to create Zamorak brews. Compared to super combat potions (which also use torstol) they give more Herblore experience per herb and are easier to create, though the super combat potion's effect is generally more desirable. Jangerberries are most easily obtained by picking them up off the island west of Yanille. The POH portal in Yanille provides an easy teleport to the area, with options to either note them at a Tool Leprechaun or simply make the Zamorak brews on the spot. Jangerberries can also be farmed in bush patches at level 48 Farming, though this is less recommended as other farmable berries such as white berries may be a better use of the space.

81+ - Saradomin Brews[edit | edit source]

At level 81 Herblore, crushed bird's nests can be used with toadflax to create Saradomin brews. These potions are extremely useful for Ultimate Ironman players, as they are the highest healing and most easily-noted food items available for high-level combat. Neither crushed bird's nests nor bird's nests are notable or easily obtained in noted form, making this a difficult secondary to manage. That said, there are a number of ways to obtain them when they are needed for Saradomin brews.

One classic method is by killing the Giant Mole, as its mole claw and mole skin drops can be traded with Wyson the gardener for bird's nests. Completion of the Hard Falador Diary is recommended, as it makes tracking the Giant Mole easier and causes its mole claw and mole skin drops to be noted. Some players even opt to store a full set of Dharok the Wretched's equipment in the Barrows STASH, though this requires a high Construction level and the full set of equipment to be viable.

Another method of collecting bird's nests is through Bird house trapping on Fossil Island. With high level bird houses, a player can expect up to 10 bird's nests per run on average. This is not a particularly fast method of collecting bird's nests, but can be a good source of them in the long term, especially as bird house trapping is a fairly efficient method of training Hunter regardless.

For more information, see Ultimate Ironman Guide/Hunter.

90+ - Super Combat Potions[edit | edit source]

An efficient method of making Super combat potions on Ultimate Ironman

At level 90 Herblore, a super attack potion, super strength potion, and a super defence potion can be combined with a torstol or unfinished torstol potion to create a super combat potion. While these require some effort to make due to the amount of ingredients used in each potion, they are one of the most useful potions for any combat situation which uses Melee.

92+ - Super Antifire Potions[edit | edit source]

At level 92 Herblore, crushed superior dragon bones can be used with antifire potions to create super antifire potions. These are very useful for any combat against dragons, such as for Prayer training or killing Vorkath. Crushed superior dragon bones are made by using a pestle and mortar with superior dragon bones, which can only be obtained by killing Vorkath. As neither the bones nor their crushed version stack or can be easily noted, it is recommended to have noted antifire potions on hand to make converting them into super antifire potions easier.