ESO Alchemy Guide: Potions, Reagents and Fast Leveling

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.

Alchemy Component: Solvents

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.

Water from a river or lake.

Water Skins also provide water.


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.

Alchemy Component: Reagents

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.

ESO Alchemy Skills

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

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.

Keen Eye: Reagents

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

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

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

Show Reagent Combinations

Ingredient 1Ingredient 2Effect 1Effect 2
Blessed ThistleColumbineRestore Stamina
Blessed ThistleCornflowerRavage Health
Blessed ThistleEmetic RussulaRavage Health
Blessed ThistleMountain FlowerRestore Stamina
Blessed ThistleNamira’s RotIncrease Speed
Blessed ThistleNirnrootRavage Health
Blessed ThistleViolet CoprinusRavage Health
Blue EntolomaColumbineRestore Health
Blue EntolomaEmetic RussulaRavage Magicka
Blue EntolomaLuminous RussulaRestore Health
Blue EntolomaMountain FlowerRestore Health
Blue EntolomaNamira’s RotInvisibility
Blue EntolomaNirnrootInvisibility
Blue EntolomaViolet CoprinusRavage Magicka
Blue EntolomaWater HyacinthRestore Health
BuglossCornflowerRestore Magicka
BuglossLady’s SmockRestore Magicka
BuglossLuminous RussulaRestore Health
BuglossMountain FlowerRestore Health
BuglossWater HyacinthRestore Health
ColumbineBlessed ThistleRestore Stamina
ColumbineBlue EntolomaRestore Health
ColumbineCornflowerRestore Magicka
ColumbineDragonthornRestore Stamina
ColumbineLady’s SmockRestore Magicka
ColumbineLuminous RussulaRestore Health
ColumbineNamira’s RotUnstoppable
ColumbineWater HyacinthRestore Health
CornflowerBlessed ThistleRavage Health
CornflowerBuglossRestore Magicka
CornflowerColumbineRestore Magicka
CornflowerEmetic RussulaRavage Health
CornflowerNirnrootRavage Health
CornflowerStinkhornRavage Health
DragonthornColumbineRestore Stamina
DragonthornMountain FlowerRestore Stamina
DragonthornWater HyacinthIncrease Weapon Crit
DragonthornWormwoodIncrease Weapon Crit
Emetic RussulaBlessed ThistleRavage Health
Emetic RussulaBlue EntolomaRavage Magicka
Emetic RussulaCornflowerRavage Health
Emetic RussulaImp StoolRavage Stamina
Emetic RussulaLuminous RussulaRavage Stamina
Emetic RussulaNirnrootRavage Health
Emetic RussulaWater HyacinthStun
Emetic RussulaWhitecapRavage Magicka
Imp StoolEmetic RussulaRavage Stamina
Imp StoolNirnrootLower Weapon Crit
Imp StoolStinkhornRavage Stamina
Lady’s SmockBuglossRestore Magicka
Lady’s SmockColumbineRestore Magicka
Lady’s SmockNamira’s RotIncrease Spell Crit
Lady’s SmockWater HyacinthIncrease Spell Crit
Luminous RussulaBlue EntolomaRestore Health
Luminous RussulaBuglossRestore Health
Luminous RussulaColumbineRestore Health
Luminous RussulaEmetic RussulaRavage Stamina
Luminous RussulaStinkhornRavage Stamina
Luminous RussulaWater HyacinthRestore Health
Luminous RussulaWormwoodLower Speed
Mountain FlowerBlessed ThistleRestore Stamina
Mountain FlowerBlue EntolomaRestore Health
Mountain FlowerBuglossRestore Health
Mountain FlowerDragonthornRestore Stamina
Mountain FlowerWater HyacinthRestore Health
Namira’s RotBlessed ThistleIncrease Speed
Namira’s RotBlue EntolomaInvisibility
Namira’s RotColumbineUnstoppable
Namira’s RotLady’s SmockIncrease Spell Crit
Namira’s RotNirnrootInvisibility
Namira’s RotWater HyacinthIncrease Spell Crit
Namira’s RotWormwoodUnstoppable
NirnrootBlessed ThistleRavage Health
NirnrootBlue EntolomaInvisibility
NirnrootCornflowerRavage Health
NirnrootEmetic RussulaRavage Health
NirnrootImp StoolLower Weapon Crit
NirnrootNamira’s RotInvisibility
NirnrootStinkhornRavage Health
NirnrootViolet CoprinusRavage Health
NirnrootWhitecapLower Spell Crit
StinkhornCornflowerRavage Health
StinkhornImp StoolRavage Stamina
StinkhornLuminous RussulaRavage Stamina
StinkhornNirnrootRavage Health
StinkhornViolet CoprinusRavage Health
Violet CoprinusBlessed ThistleRavage Health
Violet CoprinusBlue EntolomaRavage Magicka
Violet CoprinusNirnrootRavage Health
Violet CoprinusStinkhornRavage Health
Violet CoprinusWhitecapRavage Magicka
Water HyacinthBlue EntolomaRestore Health
Water HyacinthBuglossRestore Health
Water HyacinthColumbineRestore Health
Water HyacinthDragonthornIncrease Weapon Crit
Water HyacinthEmetic RussulaStun
Water HyacinthLady’s SmockIncrease Spell Crit
Water HyacinthLuminous RussulaRestore Health
Water HyacinthMountain FlowerRestore Health
Water HyacinthNamira’s RotIncrease Spell Crit
Water HyacinthWormwoodIncrease Weapon Crit
WhitecapEmetic RussulaRavage Magicka
WhitecapNirnrootLower Spell Crit
WhitecapViolet CoprinusRavage Magicka
WormwoodDragonthornIncrease Weapon Crit
WormwoodLuminous RussulaLower Speed
WormwoodNamira’s RotUnstoppable
WormwoodWater HyacinthIncrease Weapon Crit
Blessed ThistleDragonthornIncrease Weapon PowerRestore Stamina
Blessed ThistleStinkhornIncrease Weapon PowerRavage Health
Blue EntolomaBuglossLower Spell PowerRestore Health
Blue EntolomaWhitecapLower Spell PowerRavage Magicka
BuglossBlue EntolomaRestore HealthLower Spell Power
BuglossColumbineRestore HealthRestore Magicka
BuglossWhitecapLower Spell PowerIncrease Spell Resist
ColumbineBuglossRestore HealthRestore Magicka
ColumbineMountain FlowerRestore HealthRestore Stamina
CornflowerLady’s SmockIncrease Spell PowerRestore Magicka
CornflowerViolet CoprinusIncrease Spell PowerRavage Health
DragonthornBlessed ThistleRestore StaminaIncrease Weapon Power
DragonthornStinkhornLower ArmorIncrease Weapon Power
Emetic RussulaStinkhornRavage HealthRavage Stamina
Emetic RussulaViolet CoprinusRavage HealthRavage Magicka
Imp StoolLuminous RussulaRavage StaminaLower Weapon Power
Imp StoolMountain FlowerIncrease ArmorLower Weapon Power
Lady’s SmockCornflowerRestore MagickaIncrease Spell Power
Lady’s SmockViolet CoprinusLower Spell ResistIncrease Spell Power
Luminous RussulaImp StoolLower Weapon PowerRavage Stamina
Luminous RussulaMountain FlowerLower Weapon PowerRestore Health
Mountain FlowerColumbineRestore HealthRestore Stamina
Mountain FlowerImp StoolLower Weapon PowerIncrease Armor
Mountain FlowerLuminous RussulaRestore HealthLower Weapon Power
StinkhornBlessed ThistleRavage HealthIncrease Weapon Power
StinkhornDragonthornIncrease Weapon PowerLower Armor
StinkhornEmetic RussulaRavage HealthRavage Stamina
Violet CoprinusCornflowerRavage HealthIncrease Spell Power
Violet CoprinusEmetic RussulaRavage HealthRavage Magicka
Violet CoprinusLady’s SmockIncrease Spell PowerLower Spell Resist
WhitecapBlue EntolomaRavage MagickaLower spell Power
WhitecapBuglossIncrease Spell ResistLower 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.

As with any Crafting Vocation, Inspiration gain can be boosted by 10% from ESO Plus, 10% from Orc Race and 20% from Inspiration Boost Champion Skill.

Stay tuned for more ESO Guides as we take on Crafting, Dungeons, PvP and of course, Builds! Check out our Jewelry Crafting Guide and Leveling Guides.

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.

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