This article is about the item used primarily in Herblore. For other uses, see Vial (disambiguation).
Vial detail

A vial is a glass container that players generally use in Herblore to make and store potions. They can fill a vial of water by using it on a water source (all the vials in their inventory will fill automatically). Players can also use the lunar spell Humidify to fill vials with water.

The ability to throw away vials when finishing a potion can be toggled with Bob Barter (herbs). This ability may also be toggled in Gameplay Settings under the "Miscellaneous Settings" tab.

Obtaining vials for free


Two vials spawn in Frincos's Fabulous Herb Store in south-west Entrana as well as a house in Mort'ton. The respawn rate is two every two minutes. A vial is also obtained through the Swept Away quest.


Even though vials are mostly used in Herblore (a members-only skill past level 5), they are not a members-only item. Non-members can purchase vials from Poletax's Herblore Shop which carries 10 of them in stock. The shop also carries 21 vials of water (one of which is a free sample) which can be emptied to obtain empty vials.

Another way to obtain a vial is having the apothecary make a strength potion for the player. The player needs to supply him with a limpwurt root and red spiders' eggs, and pay him 5 coins. The player can empty this vial or drink all the doses of the potion to obtain an empty vial. However, the potion itself is worth more than the empty vial.

Before it was removed, players could obtain a good number of vials simply by waiting outside Bounty Hunter, as player-killers used potions and then dropped the vials because they could not be taken into the craters.

Vials were also an incredibly common low value drop in PVP worlds and many can be collected in a short period of time.

Making vials

Using the Crafting skill, members can make their own vials. This requires a glassblowing pipe, and molten glass. 33 Crafting is required to make the vial.

Since the introduction of vial sets, the price of vials dropped from 181 gp to 1 gp because vials are now easier to buy.


Vial Vial
Crafting-Make-X GE icon
35 XP-2
Crafting Crafting level33
P2P icon Members onlyYes
Molten glassMolten glass1613613


Item Skill Materials
Augmentation dissolver Augmentation dissolver16 Invention
Coconut milk Coconut milk1 Herblore
Equipment dissolver Equipment dissolver16 Invention
Gizmo dissolver Gizmo dissolver8 Invention

Drop sources

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Source Combat level Quantity Rarity
Druid (historical)331Common
Serum 207N/A1Common
Giant spider2; 33; 391Rare
Lensa (Rellekka)391Uncommon
Druidess (historical)261Unknown

Store locations

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Seller Location Cost Currency Base stock Members?
Frincos's Fabulous Herb StoreEntrana5Coins 5Coins 10Yes
Grud's Herblore StallGu'Tanoth5Coins 5Coins 10Yes
Gunslik's Assorted ItemsKeldagrim5Coins 5Coins 300Yes
Jatix's Herblore ShopTaverley5Coins 5Coins 10No
Jiminua's Jungle StoreKaramja5Coins 5Coins 300Yes
The Lighthouse StoreLighthouse5Coins 5Coins 10Yes
Meilyr Clan StorePrifddinas5Coins 5Coins 10Yes
Moon Clan General StoreLunar Isle5Coins 5Coins 10Yes
New Varrock General StoreNew Varrock5Zemomark10Yes
Obli's General StoreShilo Village (location)5Coins 5Coins 10Yes
Poletax's Herblore ShopTaverley5Coins 5Coins 10No
Polypore Dungeon SuppliesPolypore Dungeon, first level5Coins 5Coins 20Yes
Sigmund the MerchantRellekka5Coins 5Coins 10Yes


[FAQ] • [doc]


  • In real life a vial would be cylindrical, whereas in RuneScape it has a wide bottom and tapered top. This makes it more like an Erlenmeyer flask.
  • Vials with nothing in them used to be named empty vial.
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