ESO Alchemy Reagents, Solvents, and Recipes

When discussing the topic of Alchemy, the old phrase “what does not kill you, makes you stronger” comes to mind.  After downing a dreadfully tasting potion and feeling it burn your innards on the way down, a powerful effect is required to make it worth it.

Summary

Alchemy plant
Unlock the power of plants and mushrooms.

This tome reveals the mysteries of alchemy. Alchemy can save money by crafting your own and bypassing the middleman, potions can last longer by unlocking the “Medicinal Use” passive. Ability slots can be freed up by replacing ability effects with potion equivalents. Completionist can unlock more achievement points by completing the alchemy achievement points. Selling potions can be profitable. The solvent determines the level of the potion and reagents can be found all over Tamriel and Obilivion. The intial trait can be determined by using the raw reagent but making potions with other reagents will identify those with compatible traits.  Finally, a list of popular beginner recipes is also provided.

Tip: Looking for 3-Trait Potion Recipe List?

Contents

  1. Why Alchemy?
  2. How to Craft Alchemy Potions?
  3. Where to Get Materials?
  4. Solvents
    1. Potions
    2. Poisons
  5. Reagents
  6. Popular Recipes

Why Alchemy?

There are a few good reasons to learn alchemy.

  • Alchemy can reduce the cost of potions by making your own.
  • Potions can last longer if you unlock the “Medicinal Use” passive in the alchemy skill line.
  • Free up slots on your ability bar by using the effects on potions instead of ability ones (eg. weapon/spell critical, weapon damage, detection).
  • Unlock alchemy achievement points
  • Selling high level potions can be profitable.

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How to Craft Alchemy Potions?

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In order to make potions, crafter need only have access to an Alchemy table, the skill to handle the solvent(s, and ) some compatible reagents. The tables are found in most towns in the Alchemy shop and/or often in the Mages’ Guilds.

All inhabitants of Tamriel have knowledge of the most basic solvents (Natural Water and Clear Water) but the more advanced ones can be unlocked with some training (Solvent Proficiency). The solvents determine the “level” of the potion.

Each reagents have four effects (traits).  However, a successful potion can only be made from at least two reagents with a minimum of one compatible effect (trait).  Some reagents have side effects that may negate a positive effect of another. For example, ravage health effect will eliminate a restore heal effect.

A more experience crafter will be able to make batches of up to four potions at a time by perfecting their chemistry knowledge. Three reagent potions can be unlocked with becoming more familiar with laboratory use.

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Where to Get Materials?

Reagents and solvents can be found all over Tamriel and on some planes of Oblivion. They often blend into their surrounding, but a special skill can be learned to heighten your awareness of the presence of materials nearby (Keen Eye: Reagents). Most reagents appear as plants and mushrooms. Other reagents are harvested from the corpses of various creatures.  Solvents are found in bodies of water at sources of “pure water” and in various containers located in camps, ruins, and inhabited areas (backpacks , urns, vases, and water skins). Oils are found off the bodies of creatures. For example, I found some on some daedra at a random spawn.

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Solvents

Solvents determine the level of the potion. When doing Alchemy Writs, the following tables will help determining the solvent required. Eg. Sip of Health would require a Natural Water as a solvent.  The first table is for potions, the other poisons.

Alchemy Solvents

Standard Solvents Solvent Potency Level Potion Prefix
 Natural Water  1 3  Sip
 Clear Water  1 10  Tincture
 Pristine Water  2 20  Dram
 Cleansed Water  3 30  Potion
 Filtered Water  4 40  Solution
 Purified Water  5 50  Elixir
Cloud Mist  6 CP50  Panacea
Star Dew  7 CP100 Distillate
Lorkhan’s Tears 8 CP150 Essence

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Poison-Making Oils

Poison Solvents Solvent Potency Level Poison Rank
 Grease 1 3 I
 Ichor 1 10 II
 Slime 2 20 III
 Gall 3 30 IV
 Terebinthine 4 40 v
 Pitch-Bile 5 50 VI
 Tarblack 6 CP50 VII
 Night-Oil 7 CP100 VIII
Alkahest 8 CP150 IX
Tip: Interested in poisons? Check out Poison-Making For The Savvy Assassin

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Reagents

The following is a list of known reagents and their traits.  The reagent’s basic trait can be learned by tasting the item.  The other three traits can only be revealed through trial and error by identify reagents with similar traits.  For example, combining Blessed Thistle with Columbine will reveal the Restore Stamina on both reagents.

Beetle Scuttle

Found on Thunderbugs and other large beetles.

  • Lower Spell Resist
  • Increase Armor
  • Protection
  • Vitality

Blessed Thistle

  • Restore Stamina
  • Increase Weapon Power
  • Speed
  • Ravage Health

Blue Entoloma

  • Ravage Magicka
  • Lower Spell Power
  • Restore Health
  • Invisible

Bugloss

  • Increase Spell Resist
  • Restore Health
  • Lower Spell Power
  • Restore Magicka

Butterfly Wing

Found on butterflies.

  • Restore Health
  • Sustained Restore Health
  • Lower Spell Critical
  • Vitality

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Columbine

  • Restore Health
  • Restore Magicka
  • Restore Stamina
  • Unstoppable

Corn Flower

  • Restore Magicka
  • Increase Spell Power
  • Ravage Health
  • Detection

Dragonthorn

  • Increase Weapon Power
  • Restore Stamina
  • Lower Armor
  • Weapon Crit

Emetic Russula

  • Ravage Health
  • Ravage Magicka
  • Ravage Stamina
  • Stun

Fleshfly Larva

  • Ravage Stamina
  • Creeping Ravage Health
  • Vulnerability
  • Vitality

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Imp Stool

  • Lower Weapon Power
  • Ravage Stamina
  • Increase Armor
  • Lower Weapon Crit

Lady’s Smock

  • Increase Spell Power
  • Restore Magicka
  • Lower Spell Resist
  • Spell Crit

Luminous Russula

  • Ravage Stamina
  • Lower Weapon Power
  • Restore Health
  • Reduce Speed

Mountain Flower

  • Increase Armor
  • Restore Health
  • Lower Weapon Power
  • Restore Stamina

Mudcrab Chitin

Found on mudcrabs. Drop rate infrequent.

  • Increase Spell Resist
  • Protection
  • Increase Armor
  • Defile

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Namira’s Rot

  • Spell Crit
  • Speed
  • Invisible
  • Unstoppable

Nightshade

  • Ravage Health
  • Creeping Ravage Health
  • Protection
  • Defile

Nirnroot

  • Ravage Health
  • Lower Spell Crit
  • Lower Weapon Crit
  • Invisible

Scrib Jelly

Found on Kwarma and scribs. Stonefalls is home to many Kwarma. Drop rate is common.

  • Ravage Magicka
  • Vulnerability
  • Speed
  • Sustained Restore Health

Spider Egg

Found on spiders of all sizes including the passive little ones. Drop rate is common.

  • Reduce Speed
  • Sustained Restore Health
  • Invisible
  • Defile

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Stinkhorn

  • Lower Armor
  • Ravage Health
  • Increase Weapon Power
  • Ravage Stamina

Torchbug Thorax

  • Lower Armor
  • Detection
  • Lower Weapon Critical
  • Vitality

Violet Coprinus

  • Lower Spell Resist
  • Ravage Health
  • Increase Spell Power
  • Ravage Magicka

Water Hyacinth

  • Restore Health
  • Spell Crit
  • Weapon Crit
  • Stun

White Cap

  • Lower Spell Power
  • Increase Spell Resist
  • Ravage Magicka
  • Detection

Wormwood

  • Weapon Crit
  • Reduce Speed
  • Detection
  • Unstoppable

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Popular Recipes

Two Reagent Recipes

The following are a collection of popular recipes for two reagent recipes. Unless otherwise stated, any combination of the reagent provided with work without unpleasant side-effects.

Health

  • Bugloss ,Water Hyacinth, Luminous Russula, Blue Entoloma, Mountain Flower, Columbine

Note: The following combinations will produce undesirable side-effects

  • Bugloss / Blue Entoloma (Ravage Spell Power), Luminous Russula / Columbine (Ravage Weapon Power)

Magicka

  • Bugloss, Columbine, Corn Flower, Lady Smock

Stamina

  • Columbine, Mountain Flower, Blessed Thistle

Health + Magicka

  • Bugloss, Columbine

Health + Stamina

  • Columbine, Mountain Flower

Magicka + Stamina

  • none

Detection

  • Cornflower, Wormwood

Invisibility

  • Nirnroot, Blue Entoloma, Namira’s Rot

Immovability

  • Nirnroot, Namira’s Rot, Columbine

Speed

  • Blessed Thistle, Namira’s Rot

Spell Critical

  • Lady’s Smock, Water Hyacinth, Namira’s Rot

Spell Power + Magicka

  • Cornflower, Lady’s Smock

Weapon Critical

  • Dragonthorn, Water Hyacinth,  Wormwood

Weapon Power + Stamina

  • Blessed Thistle, Dragonthorn

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Three Reagent Recipes

The following are a collection of popular recipes for three reagent recipes. Unless otherwise stated, any combination of the reagent provided with work without unpleasant side-effects.

Tip: Full list of three reagent recipes

Health + Magicka + Stamina

  1. Bugloss, Columbine, Mountain Flower
  2. Columbine, Lady’s Smock, Mountain Flower
  3. Bugloss, Columbine, Dragonthorn

Magicka Users

  1. Bugloss, Lady’s Smock, Water Hyacinth (Health, Magicka, Spell Crit)
  2. Cornflower, Lady’s Smock, Water Hyacinth (Magicka, Spell Damage, Spell Crit)
  3. Cornflower, Lady’s Smock, Namira’s Rot (Magicka, Spell Damage, Spell Crit)
  4. Columbine, Lady’s Smock, Water Hyacinth (Health, Magicka, Spell Crit)

Stamina Users

  1. Blessed Thistle, Dragonthorn, Namira’s Rot (Stamina, Weapon Damage, Speed)
  2. Blessed Thistle, Dragonthorn, Water Hyacinth (Stamina, Weapon Damage, Weapon Crit)
  3. Blessed Thistle, Dragonthorn, Wormwood (Stamina, Weapon Damage, Weapon Crit)
  4. Columbine, Dragonthorn, Water Hyacinth (Health, Stamina, Weapon Crit)
  5. Dragonthorn, Mountain Flower, Water Hyacinth (Health, Stamina, Weapon Crit)

Crowd Control Immunity

  1. Columbine, Dragonthorn, Wormwood (Stamina, Weapon Crit, Immune to knockback and disabling effects)
  2. Columbine, Mountain Flower, Namira’s Rot (Health, Stamina, Immune to knockback and disabling effects)
  3. Columbine, Mountain Flower, Wormwood (Health, Stamina, Immune to knockback and disabling effects)
  4. Bugloss, Columbine, Namira’s Rot (Health, Magicka, Immune to knockback and disabling effects)
  5. Bugloss, Columbine, Wormwood (Health, Magicka, Immune to knockback and disabling effects)
  6. Columbine, Lady’s Smock, Namira’s Rot (Magicka, Spell Crit,  Immune to knockback and disabling effects)
  7. Blessed Thistle, Columbine, Namira’s Rot (Stamina, Speed,  Immune to knockback and disabling effects)
  8. Blue Entoloma, Columbine, Narmira’s Rot (Health,  Immune to knockback and disabling effects, Invisibility)

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Related

References

  1. Official Feedback Thread for Poison-Making, Official Forums

8 thoughts on “ESO Alchemy Reagents, Solvents, and Recipes”

  1. This is awesome – many thanks. Quick question – do you know how to make the better version of “Essence of Lingering Health”? It last for 47 seconds but I can only make one that lasts for 37 secs. My alchemy is maxed out.

    1. Thanks for the question. Lingering Health potions are created with items with the Sustained Restore Health trait: Butterfly Wings, Scrib Jelly, and Spider Eggs. If you have the alchemy passive Medicinal Use, the maximum duration is 41.6 seconds. You might be able to extend this duration up to a maximum of 52.4 seconds if you add Truly Superb Glyphs of Potion Boost (Repora, Oru, Kuta)to your jewelry. I haven’t personally tested Alchemical Amplication Enchantments before.

  2. Howdy. Question for you – does Lingering Health stack with Vitality?
    Example:

    Torchbug Thorax + Butterfly Wing + Scrib Jelly
    Essence of Lingering Health
    Restores 887 health for 47.6 Seconds
    Increases Healing taken for 47.6 Seconds

    Does the restored health benefit from the increased healing?

    1. Just tested it by jumping off a bridge and watching the ticks when I take a potion with Vitality vs. one taken without Vitality.

      With: 887 healing per tick
      Without: 1153 healing per tick

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