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A Herb is an item used to make potions through the Herblore skill. There are many herbs, each of which having a "clean" and "grimy" form. Herbs must be clean to be used in potions. Players can clean grimy herbs, provided that they have the minimum required Herblore level. The required Herblore level to clean herbs varies from one type of herb to another.

When making potions, players must combine a herb with a vial of water (or coconut milk for a few high-level potions). They must then add a secondary ingredient. Some herbs can be used to make more than one type of potion.



An "unidentified herb"

Before the Herbal Remedies update on the 10 September 2007, herbs were divided into "unidentified" and "identified" instead of grimy and clean. Unidentified herbs could not be used in potions, and had to be identified (equivalent to cleaning in the current system) by a player with the requisite Herblore level.

Each type of herb, identified or not, was placed in a separate stack in the bank or inventory; for example, all unidentified ranarr weeds would be in one stack, and all unidentified tarromins would be in another. They all had the same name: "Herb" and the same icon, nonetheless by identifying one off a stack a player could know what it contained.

This became a scamming issue, as player selling unidentified herbs could claim that the herbs were higher level (and therefore more valuable) than they actually were. At that time, the trade window did not give any indication at all of the value of items being traded; this was not introduced until the Trade and Drop Changes update of 10 December 2007. The "unids" as they were sometimes called were often sold at 1,000 coins, and sometimes up to 5,000 coins per herb.

The buyer could only determine which herb they were buying by identifying it themselves after they had bought it or by carrying a full inventory with one slot being filled with noted unids that they knew were of a certain type (and no other unids). This way, they could only accept the type of unids they needed. To remove this scam, Jagex replaced unidentified herbs with grimy herbs, and identified herbs with clean herbs. They also changed the herb graphics, providing a number of different shades of green.

Clean versus grimy

See the herb cleaning calculator for coins-per-experience-point analysis of herb-cleaning using live data from the Grand Exchange Market Watch.

Players will normally obtain herbs as grimy (except when buying clean herbs from other players). Players can clean grimy herbs by left-clicking on them (gaining a small amount of Herblore experience points), but each type of herb has a minimum Herblore level requirement that players must have to do so. Players who do not have the required Herblore level to clean a herb can take it to Zahur, the herbalist in Nardah, who will clean it for 200 coins. Alternatively, they can use the Assist System to borrow another player's Herblore level so they can clean the herb. However, if a player's Herblore level is high enough to use the herb in potions then it is high enough to clean the herb.

Players can buy and sell both clean and grimy herbs at the Grand Exchange. The graphical differences between them are fairly small. Against the inventory background, the herbs are somewhat more grey and there is a small shape change. When cleaning a full inventory of grimy herbs, it is possible to click ahead of the clean herb animation for speedy herb cleaning. Some herbs will be left grimy. Either clean the grimy ones again, or simply put the clean herbs back in the bank and obtain a new inventory of grimy herbs for cleaning. Herb cleaning is a 'lean forward' activity with lots of clicking and banking.

Grimy herbs may be worth more on the Grand Exchange than clean herbs, especially lower-level herbs. Therefore, players who are trying to grow them for money may be better off selling them grimy, even if they have a high enough Herblore level to clean them.

Herb table

Herb Grimy Clean Clean XP Level Prices
Guam leaf Grimy guam Clean guam 2.5 3 Grimy:659
Marrentill Grimy marrentill Clean marrentill 3.8 5 Grimy:563
Tarromin Grimy tarromin Clean tarromin 5 11 Grimy:809
Harralander Grimy harralander Clean harralander 6.3 20 Grimy:1,233
Ranarr weed Grimy ranarr Clean ranarr 7.5 25 Grimy:10,700
Toadflax Grimy toadflax Clean toadflax 8 30 Grimy:4,632
Spirit weed Grimy spirit weed Clean spirit weed 7.8 35 Grimy:3,426
Irit leaf Grimy irit Clean irit 8.8 40 Grimy:3,574
Wergali Grimy wergali Clean wergali 9.5 41 Grimy:4,655
Avantoe Grimy avantoe Clean avantoe 10 48 Grimy:5,425
Kwuarm Grimy kwuarm Clean kwuarm 11.3 54 Grimy:6,544
Snapdragon Grimy snapdragon Clean snapdragon 11.8 59 Grimy:19,772
Cadantine Grimy cadantine Clean cadantine 12.5 65 Grimy:3,636
Lantadyme Grimy lantadyme Clean lantadyme 13.1 67 Grimy:7,746
Dwarf weed Grimy dwarf weed Clean dwarf weed 13.8 70 Grimy:8,252
Torstol Grimy torstol Clean torstol 15 75 Grimy:17,500

Goutweed is a rare herb that plays a role in the Dream Mentor and Eadgar's Ruse quests. Sanfew will exchange them for other random herbs at a 1:1 ratio. It requires 29 Farming to plant in a herb patch.

Jungle Potion herbs

Some herbs can only be cleaned after a player starts the Jungle Potion quest. They are not tradeable.

Herb Grimy Clean Level Clean XP
Ardrigal File:Grimy ardrigal.png File:Clean ardrigal.png 3 2.5
Rogue's purse File:Grimy rogue's purse.png File:Clean rogue's purse.png 3 2.5
Sito foil File:Grimy sito foil.png File:Clean sito foil.png 3 2.5
Snake weed File:Grimy snake weed.png File:clean_snake weed.png 3 2.5
Volencia moss File:Grimy volencia moss.png File:Clean volencia moss.png 3 2.5

Obtaining herbs

Players can obtain grimy herbs via several methods, perhaps most notably by growing seeds via the Farming skill and as drops from monsters. They may also receive herbs from the Sorceress's Garden minigame, from their kingdom on Miscellania and Etceteria, from the sinister chest, or as a reward from the Pest Control minigame.

As drops

Grimy herbs are available as drops from various monsters, including very low-level opponents such as men in Lumbridge. Some monsters drop more herbs than others. No monsters except the Tree spirit and Prison Pete random events will drop toadflax, snapdragon or torstol; these herbs are obtained from either the Brimhaven agility arena (toadflax and snapdragon), or the herb chest in the Yanille Agility dungeon. Looting a nature impling jar may give the player a clean snapdragon. Using a macaw familiar will significantly improve the quality of herb drops from monsters.

From the sinister chest

Players can also kill Salarin the Twisted for the Sinister Key, which opens the sinister chest. Players will receive two harralanders, three ranarr weeds, one irit leaf, one kwuarm, and one torstol. Both Salarin the Twisted and the Sinister chest are found in the Yanille Agility dungeon, and players need an Agility level of 67 to reach him. He and the Magpie Impling are currently the only non-player characters that drop the Sinister Key.

It should be noted before setting out that Salarin the Twisted can only be injured by one of the four elemental strike spells: Wind Strike, Water Strike, Earth Strike, or Fire Strike. Chaos druids and Chaos Druid Warriors are also found in this area.

Via Farming

Players can also grow their own herbs from seeds via the Farming skill. They need to obtain the correct seeds for the type of herb they wish to grow, and plant them in a herb patch. At high Farming levels this can be a very effective method of obtaining experience in both the Herblore and Farming skills.

The herb patch used during My Arm's Big Adventure can be useful, as herbs grown in it cannot become diseased.

From the Miscellania kingdom

Players who have completed the Throne of Miscellania quest can receive grimy herbs from Miscellania (see Managing your kingdom). Players pay an average of 800 coins per herb collected using this method, and receive up to 80 grimy herbs per day, all tarromin or above, if they have enough money in the coffers and have herb-gathering set to maximum.

From Sorceress's Garden

Player can obtain herbs from the Sorceress's Garden minigame, in which players work their way through a maze to reach a herb patch. Having reached the end, players can pick two random herbs before being teleported back to the beginning of the maze. This takes approximately 50 seconds.

The lowest garden (Winter) can only yield herbs up to harralanders. The highest garden (Summer) can yield all herbs given normally as a drop.

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