Potions are useful to any Runescape player, be them combat or skill oriented, and with the new Potion Flask update, they are even more useful. Every player has 28 inventory spaces. Those 28, as anyone can tell you, is often not enough space. Like the gem or coal bags, these potion flasks allow for a player to carry more potions. Since potions are most commonly used for combat, you can expect many players to take advantage of this new item in the God Wars Dungeon, Slayer tasks, dragon hunting, and most probably, PvP scenarios. Being able to carry more doses means you can spend less time going back to your bank and more time killing. Of course if combat doesn’t fit your fancy, you could use these flasks to store energy potions, after all everyone needs to run at some point in the game, and being able to run longer just means that you have more time actually playing the game and less time staring at the scenery.
I think that this will be a very welcomed update, and what makes this unique is the limit that has been set on this item.
With a Mining level of 81, you can mine the non-tradable red sandstone north of Oo’glog (south of the Feldip Hills). You can mine a maximum of 50 red sandstone per day.
Because of this limit in resource gathering this makes these flasks unable to be mass produced. This means that if bots were to come back into play as much as before (which are very likely cheaters always find a way), we might see an increase in potion flasks, but we definitely will not see a vast surge in flask availability. This means that these flasks should remain at a pretty market value. The fact that these flasks are also only good for one usage also means that they will be in constant demand.
What I don’t like about the one use aspect of these potions flasks though is that it will inevitably cause the rift between the rich and the poor to continue to widen. When gathering items for combat, it is simply much easier and quicker to just buy it than actually crafting or smithing them. Because flasks will allow the rich to hunt monsters longer and more efficiently, they will continue to get richer and as such will be able to buy these flasks in bulk therefore allowing the cycle to repeat itself. Furthermore because the rich have money they can afford to drive the prices upward, making it more difficult for the poor to gather items needed to do go on God Wars raids or hunt other monsters as efficiently.
The potion flask is nonetheless going to be a very useful update that Jagex has decided to give us, and we can expect to see an evolution in gameplay as now potions potentially take up 50% less inventory space, which could allow for any number of inventory combinations. (insert advertisement for website here)