Last updated on October 22nd, 2018
Crafting Alchemy Guide for Elder Scrolls Online with details on how to best level this consumable profession dedicated to creating powerful Potions and Poisons. High level alchemy can be a very profitable craft, as both potions and poisons are highly sought in PvE and PvP. Unlike other vocations, Alchemy is fairly easy to max up if you have a discerning eye for the procurement of Reagents.
ESO Alchemy Guide: Basics
Alchemy mixes Solvents and Reagents to create Potions and Poisons. You will spot herbs and mushrooms, or loot certain special reagents from monsters even if you haven’t crafted a potion or poison yet. You can interact with the Alchemy Station and visit Daniel Telleno in the Mage’s Guild to begin your certification – which will allow you to craft special daily Writs.
Solvents are the base lubicrant used for Potions and Poisons and they dictate what level Potions and Poisons will be crafted at. Higher level gives better effects. For example, if you use Natural Water as Solvent, it will yield a level 3 potion. If Cleansed Water is used, the resulting potion will be level 30.
There are 2 types of Solvent. Water and Oil (Grease, Ichor, Slime…). Water is used for Potions and can be found in containers, urns, water skins and rivers. Oil is used for Poisons and drops from Monsters. Both Water and Oil are farmed easily by just doing Dungeons and looting everything there.
The level of Solvents that you find in the field is subject to the game’s Battle Leveled system. Meaning it will give you materials based on Character Level and Alchemy Rank. For example if you are a high-level character (CP 160) and have no ranks in Alchemy, you will find 50% of materials for max level, and 50% starter materials. If you have a high level character and maximum rank in Alchemy, only highest level Solvents will be found.
Reagents determine type of Potions and Poisons crafted. Every Reagent has 4 properties that are discovered by successfully combining them together. To mix things successfully, Reagents need to have one shared property.
Reagents can be found in nature (herbs and mushrooms) and by killing certain monsters and insects (animals parts) or completing Abyssal Geysers in Summerset. Regents are found at random and are not level-gated, but you can expect to find Water Hyacinth and Nirnroots by bodies of water, whilst mushrooms will grow in caves and the shaded crevices near rocks and tree trunks. Mountain Flowers and such leafy flora is likely to be found in grasslands and open spaces. The skill Keen Eye: Reagents will make these items glow in-game.
Crafting a Sip of Health Potion
To create a “Sip of Health” potion you need 2 Reagents with the Restore Health property. In this case Blue Enteloma and Mountain Flower will do the trick. The only thing that remains is to add a Water Solvent to determine what level the Potion will be. By changing the Solvent to any Oil Solvent, a Draining Health Poison is created in this instance because Oil is used for Poisons.
As with all crafting skills, you will need to earn and spend Skill Points to further your capacity within the craft. You can earn Skill Points by completing Quests, collecting Skyshards and ranking up in PvP.
Solvent Proficiency determines what level of Solvents you can use in crafting. These affect the level of your potions and poisons and of the Solvent materials you find in the field, so you will want to max it.
This is a very important Skill for Alchemy. It gives Herbs anice glow when near them so you can spot them easily. At least 1 point into Keen Eye is recommended since Herbscan be difficult to spot.
Medicinal Use extends the duration of Potions for up to 30% (only for yourself).
Produces more Potions and Poisons per crafting attempt to a maximum of 3 extra potions or 12 poisons.
Laboratory Use lets you add a third Reagent into the mix. This can be used to create powerful Potions and Poisons. Here is a list of Best Potions in the game you can craft with Laboratory Use passive.
Some of the most powerful Potions in the game have negative effects next to positive ones. To remove those negative effects you need Snakeblood. At Rank 3 all negative effects are removed, this isn’t the most necessary skill so you can leave it for later.
Leveling Alchemy in ESO
Leveling Alchemy is done by discovering the properties of Reagents, and simply creating Potions and Poisons and doing Alchemy Writs. Writs can be problematic to accomplish sometimes because of specific Herb required to complete the quest. While creating necessary Potion or Poison to complete the quest is easy, finding 3 Blessed Thistle, for example could be a challenge.
This page contains more information on where to farm these Herbs, but you can also find them in Guild Stores and obtain reagents as a reward for completing special Cyrodiil PvP quests.
A great way to level Alchemy quickly is complete an easy-to-farm potion or poison over and over again with the highest possible Solvent.
- Use the highest level solvent your character’s level allows as this will greatly increase the experience gained, even if your character can’t use the crafted potions.
- Make sure to always use reagents that will make a potion or poison, unknown traits that fail to match will yield minimal experience gains.
- Discovering new traits results in slightly more experience gain.
- To gain inspiration experience and special materials, craft the daily writs.
- To make Master Writs, mix 3 ingredients from the reagents list, ensuring 2 of each buff/debuff desired is there.
All Reagents have four traits that must be discovered by usage. Combining the same trait from two or three reagents in a potion will produce that effect, the potion’s magical quality. Many reagents have both positive and negative traits and a specific negative trait will “cancel out” the positive form of that trait.
A list of possible combinations is provided for your convenience
|Ingredient 1||Ingredient 2||Effect 1||Effect 2|
|Blessed Thistle||Columbine||Restore Stamina|
|Blessed Thistle||Cornflower||Ravage Health|
|Blessed Thistle||Emetic Russula||Ravage Health|
|Blessed Thistle||Mountain Flower||Restore Stamina|
|Blessed Thistle||Namira’s Rot||Increase Speed|
|Blessed Thistle||Nirnroot||Ravage Health|
|Blessed Thistle||Violet Coprinus||Ravage Health|
|Blue Entoloma||Columbine||Restore Health|
|Blue Entoloma||Emetic Russula||Ravage Magicka|
|Blue Entoloma||Luminous Russula||Restore Health|
|Blue Entoloma||Mountain Flower||Restore Health|
|Blue Entoloma||Namira’s Rot||Invisibility|
|Blue Entoloma||Violet Coprinus||Ravage Magicka|
|Blue Entoloma||Water Hyacinth||Restore Health|
|Bugloss||Lady’s Smock||Restore Magicka|
|Bugloss||Luminous Russula||Restore Health|
|Bugloss||Mountain Flower||Restore Health|
|Bugloss||Water Hyacinth||Restore Health|
|Columbine||Blessed Thistle||Restore Stamina|
|Columbine||Blue Entoloma||Restore Health|
|Columbine||Lady’s Smock||Restore Magicka|
|Columbine||Luminous Russula||Restore Health|
|Columbine||Water Hyacinth||Restore Health|
|Cornflower||Blessed Thistle||Ravage Health|
|Cornflower||Emetic Russula||Ravage Health|
|Dragonthorn||Mountain Flower||Restore Stamina|
|Dragonthorn||Water Hyacinth||Increase Weapon Crit|
|Dragonthorn||Wormwood||Increase Weapon Crit|
|Emetic Russula||Blessed Thistle||Ravage Health|
|Emetic Russula||Blue Entoloma||Ravage Magicka|
|Emetic Russula||Cornflower||Ravage Health|
|Emetic Russula||Imp Stool||Ravage Stamina|
|Emetic Russula||Luminous Russula||Ravage Stamina|
|Emetic Russula||Nirnroot||Ravage Health|
|Emetic Russula||Water Hyacinth||Stun|
|Emetic Russula||Whitecap||Ravage Magicka|
|Imp Stool||Emetic Russula||Ravage Stamina|
|Imp Stool||Nirnroot||Lower Weapon Crit|
|Imp Stool||Stinkhorn||Ravage Stamina|
|Lady’s Smock||Bugloss||Restore Magicka|
|Lady’s Smock||Columbine||Restore Magicka|
|Lady’s Smock||Namira’s Rot||Increase Spell Crit|
|Lady’s Smock||Water Hyacinth||Increase Spell Crit|
|Luminous Russula||Blue Entoloma||Restore Health|
|Luminous Russula||Bugloss||Restore Health|
|Luminous Russula||Columbine||Restore Health|
|Luminous Russula||Emetic Russula||Ravage Stamina|
|Luminous Russula||Stinkhorn||Ravage Stamina|
|Luminous Russula||Water Hyacinth||Restore Health|
|Luminous Russula||Wormwood||Lower Speed|
|Mountain Flower||Blessed Thistle||Restore Stamina|
|Mountain Flower||Blue Entoloma||Restore Health|
|Mountain Flower||Bugloss||Restore Health|
|Mountain Flower||Dragonthorn||Restore Stamina|
|Mountain Flower||Water Hyacinth||Restore Health|
|Namira’s Rot||Blessed Thistle||Increase Speed|
|Namira’s Rot||Blue Entoloma||Invisibility|
|Namira’s Rot||Lady’s Smock||Increase Spell Crit|
|Namira’s Rot||Water Hyacinth||Increase Spell Crit|
|Nirnroot||Blessed Thistle||Ravage Health|
|Nirnroot||Emetic Russula||Ravage Health|
|Nirnroot||Imp Stool||Lower Weapon Crit|
|Nirnroot||Violet Coprinus||Ravage Health|
|Nirnroot||Whitecap||Lower Spell Crit|
|Stinkhorn||Imp Stool||Ravage Stamina|
|Stinkhorn||Luminous Russula||Ravage Stamina|
|Stinkhorn||Violet Coprinus||Ravage Health|
|Violet Coprinus||Blessed Thistle||Ravage Health|
|Violet Coprinus||Blue Entoloma||Ravage Magicka|
|Violet Coprinus||Nirnroot||Ravage Health|
|Violet Coprinus||Stinkhorn||Ravage Health|
|Violet Coprinus||Whitecap||Ravage Magicka|
|Water Hyacinth||Blue Entoloma||Restore Health|
|Water Hyacinth||Bugloss||Restore Health|
|Water Hyacinth||Columbine||Restore Health|
|Water Hyacinth||Dragonthorn||Increase Weapon Crit|
|Water Hyacinth||Emetic Russula||Stun|
|Water Hyacinth||Lady’s Smock||Increase Spell Crit|
|Water Hyacinth||Luminous Russula||Restore Health|
|Water Hyacinth||Mountain Flower||Restore Health|
|Water Hyacinth||Namira’s Rot||Increase Spell Crit|
|Water Hyacinth||Wormwood||Increase Weapon Crit|
|Whitecap||Emetic Russula||Ravage Magicka|
|Whitecap||Nirnroot||Lower Spell Crit|
|Whitecap||Violet Coprinus||Ravage Magicka|
|Wormwood||Dragonthorn||Increase Weapon Crit|
|Wormwood||Luminous Russula||Lower Speed|
|Wormwood||Water Hyacinth||Increase Weapon Crit|
|Blessed Thistle||Dragonthorn||Increase Weapon Power||Restore Stamina|
|Blessed Thistle||Stinkhorn||Increase Weapon Power||Ravage Health|
|Blue Entoloma||Bugloss||Lower Spell Power||Restore Health|
|Blue Entoloma||Whitecap||Lower Spell Power||Ravage Magicka|
|Bugloss||Blue Entoloma||Restore Health||Lower Spell Power|
|Bugloss||Columbine||Restore Health||Restore Magicka|
|Bugloss||Whitecap||Lower Spell Power||Increase Spell Resist|
|Columbine||Bugloss||Restore Health||Restore Magicka|
|Columbine||Mountain Flower||Restore Health||Restore Stamina|
|Cornflower||Lady’s Smock||Increase Spell Power||Restore Magicka|
|Cornflower||Violet Coprinus||Increase Spell Power||Ravage Health|
|Dragonthorn||Blessed Thistle||Restore Stamina||Increase Weapon Power|
|Dragonthorn||Stinkhorn||Lower Armor||Increase Weapon Power|
|Emetic Russula||Stinkhorn||Ravage Health||Ravage Stamina|
|Emetic Russula||Violet Coprinus||Ravage Health||Ravage Magicka|
|Imp Stool||Luminous Russula||Ravage Stamina||Lower Weapon Power|
|Imp Stool||Mountain Flower||Increase Armor||Lower Weapon Power|
|Lady’s Smock||Cornflower||Restore Magicka||Increase Spell Power|
|Lady’s Smock||Violet Coprinus||Lower Spell Resist||Increase Spell Power|
|Luminous Russula||Imp Stool||Lower Weapon Power||Ravage Stamina|
|Luminous Russula||Mountain Flower||Lower Weapon Power||Restore Health|
|Mountain Flower||Columbine||Restore Health||Restore Stamina|
|Mountain Flower||Imp Stool||Lower Weapon Power||Increase Armor|
|Mountain Flower||Luminous Russula||Restore Health||Lower Weapon Power|
|Stinkhorn||Blessed Thistle||Ravage Health||Increase Weapon Power|
|Stinkhorn||Dragonthorn||Increase Weapon Power||Lower Armor|
|Stinkhorn||Emetic Russula||Ravage Health||Ravage Stamina|
|Violet Coprinus||Cornflower||Ravage Health||Increase Spell Power|
|Violet Coprinus||Emetic Russula||Ravage Health||Ravage Magicka|
|Violet Coprinus||Lady’s Smock||Increase Spell Power||Lower Spell Resist|
|Whitecap||Blue Entoloma||Ravage Magicka||Lower spell Power|
|Whitecap||Bugloss||Increase Spell Resist||Lower spell Power|
Crafting an Easy Potion For Fast XP
Animal Parts are easier to come by then Herbs because they are predictable. Running Dungeons such as Spindleclutch can net you a lot of Spider Eggs. A second ingredient that is easy to farm and works with Spider Eggs is either Mudcrab Chitin or Scrib Jelly. To farm Mudcrab Chitin just go to any beach and have at it. Scrib Jelly drops from Kwama Scribs, Workers and little Scribs with 1 HP. One of the best spots for farming Scrib Jelly is in Stonefalls between Vivec’s Antlers and Sulfur Pools Wayshrine.
Oil Solvents are really easy to come by in any Dungeon where enemies are Animals of any sort. Now keep combining Grease, Spider Eggs and Mudcrab Chitin/Scrib Jelly until Rank 10 has been achieved.
After reaching Rank 10, upgrade the Solvent Proficiency passive and now you can substitute Grease for Ichor as the Solvent to increase Inspiration gain per crafted Poison. After reaching Rank 20, upgrade Solvent Proficiency again and substitute Ichor for Slime. Keep doing this until max rank is achieved.
ESO Alchemy Guide: Final Tips
Alchemy in ESO is an easy vocation to take that will pay off at end game. Crafting high level Potions and Poisons and selling them at Guild Traders is great way of making money.
Farm easy monster materials and craft the same potion over and over while leveling Solvent Proficiency when needed. 1 more point into Keen Eye: Reagents is recommended for easier Herb gathering. Herb gathering is optional until you hit high ranks because crafting with Animal Parts and Oil Solvents is much faster, but it will pay off to collect everything you find as you level up. Don’t forget about other passives as well when high rank has been achieved.
If you want to find out more about the upcoming changes with Update 19 read about them in Elder Scrolls Online Wolfhunter Changes: The Age Of The Werewolf. You can also check out the upcoming dungeons in The Elder Scrolls Online: Wolfhunter Dungeons Preview.