ESO Alchemy Recipes Guide

Alchemy in Elder Scrolls Online is quite complicated, but we've broken it down for you.

Alchemy in Elder Scrolls Online is a profession that allows players to make an incredible number of potions and poisons, with varying effects. Memorizing every recipe is virtually impossible. Instead, we're aiming to provide you with a detailed explanation of what every ingredient does and how they work with each other, so you can make whatever concoction you need.

How to do Alchemy in Elder Scrolls Online

In order to brew a potion in Elder Scrolls Online, you will need to find an Alchemy Station. At the Alchemy Station, you will need to input two ingredients plus a solvent, such as water.

An Alchemy Station can be purchased for 3000 crowns from the Crowns Store, and for 35 Writ Vouchers from Rolis Hlaalu in Elden Root, Mournhold, and Wayrest. 

Once you have an Alchemy Station, you can begin your brewing. The way potions traits are decided is as follows: Each reagent has four traits, and if two reagents with a similar trait are combined into a potion, then the potion will have that trait. If two reagents don't have any similar traits, then the potion will fail and you will waste your ingredients.

You can use up to three reagents in the potion, so if all three of the reagents share a trait, you will receive an enhanced version of the potion that has either increased duration, or affects you by an increased amount. Similarly, you can get better, higher-level potions by using higher-level solvents, which require you to put some skill points into Solvent Proficiency.

There are also what are known as anti-traits, which counter the regular traits. For example, an ingredient that has the "Restore Health" trait will cancel with an ingredient with the "Ravage Health" trait.

This means that if you have two "Restore Health" traits in your potion, and one "Ravage Health" trait, you will have only one "Restore Health" trait after cancellation. As you require two "Restore Health" traits to get that effect, your potion will not have it.

Poisons work in the exact same way, however they use oil-based solvents. You can apply them to your weapon, which will then have cause you to have a 20% change of inflicting the poison effects on enemies you attack for a limited time. 

Potion Solvents

Level Name Use Cost Location
3 Natural Water Level 3 Potions 1500 Inspiration Level 0-10 Zones
10 Clear Water Level 10 Potions 5000 Inspiration Level 10-20 Zones
20 Pristine Water Level 20 Potions 8000 Inspiration Level 20-30 Zones
30 Cleansed Water Level 30 Potions 16000 Inspiration Level 30-40 Zones
40 Filtered Water Level 40 Potions 20000 Inspiration Level 40-50 Zones
Champion 10 Purified Water Champion Level Potions 20000 Inspiration Champion 10-50 Zones
Champion 50 Cloud Mist Champion Level Potions 20000 Inspiration Champion 50-100 Zones
Champion 100 Star Dew Champion Level Potions 20000 Inspiration Champion 100-150 Zones
Champion 150 Lorkhan's Tears Champion Level Potions 20000 Inspiration Tel Var Stones Merchant in Imperial City

 

Poison Solvents

Level Name Use Cost Location
3 Grease Level 3 Poisons 1500 Inspiration Level 0-10 Zones
10 Ichor Level 10 Poisons 5000 Inspiration Level 10-20 Zones
20 Slime Level 20 Poisons 8000 Inspiration Level 20-30 Zones
30 Cleansed Water Level 30 Poisons 16000 Inspiration Level 30-40 Zones
40 Terebinthine Level 40 Poisons 20000 Inspiration Level 40-50 Zones
Champion 10 Pitch-Bile Champion Level Poisons 20000 Inspiration Champion 10-50 Zones
Champion 50 Tarblack Champion Level Poisons 20000 Inspiration Champion 50-100 Zones
Champion 100 Night-Oil Champion Level Poisons 20000 Inspiration Champion 100-150 Zones
Champion 150 Alkahest Champion Level Poisons 20000 Inspiration Tel Var Stones Merchant in Imperial City

 

Reagents

Name Traits Anti-traits Location
Beetle Scuttle Increase Armor, Protection, Increase Vitality Decrease Spell Resistance Dropped by Assassin Beetles and Thunderbugs
Blessed Thistle Increase Weapon, Power, Restore Stamina, Speed Ravage Health Found in the landscape
Blue Entoloma Invisible, Restore Health Decrease Spell Power, Ravage Magicka Found in the landscape
Bugloss Increase Spell Resistance, Restore Health, Restore Magicka  Decrease Spell Power Found in the landscape
Butterfly Wing Increase Vitality, Lingering Health, Restore Health Decrease Spell Critical Dropped by Butterflies
Chaurus Egg Restore Stamina Detection, Ravage Magicka, Timidity Dropped by large insect creatures in Western Skyrim and Blackreach Caverns
Clam Gall Increase Spell Resistance Decrease Vitality, Reduce Speed, Vulnerability Found in Giant Clams on the Summerset Isle
Columbine Restore Health, Restore Magicka, Restore Stamina, Unstoppable None Found in the landscape
Corn Flower Increase Spell Power, Restore Magicka Detection, Ravage Health Found in the landscape
Crimson Nirnroot Increase Spell Critical, Restore Health Gradual Ravage Health, Timidity Found near water
Dragon Rheum Heroism, Restore Magicka, Speed Decrease Weapon Critical Dropped by Dragons in Elsweyr after completing "The Good Bits"
Dragon's Bile Heroism, Increase Vitality, Invisible Vulnerability Dropped by Dragons in Elsweyr
Dragon's Blood Heroism, Lingering Health, Restore Stamina Decrease Vitality Dropped by Dragons in Elsweyr
Dragonthorn Increase Weapon Critical, Increase Weapon Power, Restore Stamina Decrease Armor Found in the landscape
Emetic Russula None Entrapment, Ravage Health, Ravage Magicka, Ravage Stamina Found in the landscape
Fleshfly Larva Increase Vitality Gradual Ravage Health, Ravage Stamina, Vulnerability Dropped by Zombies and Fleshflies
Imp Stool Increase Armor Decrease Weapon Critical, Decrease Weapon Power, Ravage Stamina Found in the landscape
Lady's Smock Increase Spell Critical, Encrease Spell Power, Restore Magicka Decrease Spell Resistance Found in the landscape
Luminous Rusula Restore Health Decrease Weapon Power, Ravage Stamina, Reduce Speed Found in the landscape
Mountain Flower Increase Armor, Restore Health, Restore Stamina Decrease Weapon Power Found in the landscape
Mudcrab Chitin Increase Armor, Increase Spell Resistance, Protection Decrease Vitality Dropped by Mudcrabs
Namira's Rot Invisible, Speed, Spell Critical, Unstoppable None Found in the landscape
Nightshade Protection Decrease Vitality, Gradual Ravage Health, Ravage Health Found in the landscape
Nirnroot Invisible Decrease Spell Critical, Decrease Weapon Critical, Ravage Health Found in the landscape
Powdered Mother of Pearl Increase Vitality, Lingering Health, Protection, Speed None Found in Giant Clams on the Summerset Isle
Scrib Jelly Lingering Health, Speed Ravage Magicka, Vulnerability Dropped by Scribs
Spider Egg Invisible, Lingering Health Decrease Vitality, Reduce Speed Dropped by Spiders
Stinkhorn Increase Weapon Power Decrease Armor, Ravage Health, Ravage Stamina Found in the landscape
Torchbug Thorax Increase Vitality Decrease Armor, Decrease Weapon Critical, Detection Dropped by Torchbugs
Vile Coagulant Protection, Restore Magicka Ravage Health, Timidity Dropped from Harrowstorm encounters in Greymoor areas
Violet Coprinus Increase Spell Power Decrease Spell Resistance, Ravage Health, Ravage Magicka Found in the landscape
Water Hyacinth Increase Spell Critical, Increase Weapon Critical, Restore Health Entrapment Found in the landscape
White Cap Increase Spell Resistance Decrease Spell Power, Detection, Ravage Magicka Found in the landscape
Wormwood Increase Weapon Critical, Unstoppable Detection, Reduce Speed Found in the landscape

 

With all of that, you should be able to piece together the recipes for all sorts of poisons and potions in Elder Scrolls Online.

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Published Feb. 14th 2022

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