Welcome to our ESO Alchemy Guide. Here you will find the basics about alchemy, leveling the skill line, how your character can benefit from it and some powerful potions combinations. As I write this (May 4, 2016), Alchemy is becoming more and more important due to the Dark Brotherhood release at the end of the month. Therefore it’s time to learn all about alchemy and how it can help you.
Table of Contents
Simply put, Alchemy is a crafting skill line that allows one to make potions and poisons. You’ll need only three things, Reagents (plants/mushrooms found in the world), waters (AKA solvents) and a crafting station. Reagents are found around the world, in delves, and there individual level doesn’t change (a columbine flower is always a columbine regardless if you find it on starter island or end game). The waters, however, determine the level of the potion or poison you can craft. Additionally, like previous The Elder Scrolls games, you do not innately know the ingredients effects. Only by mixing and trying different combinations will you unlock all the effects. Don’t worry, we’ll show you how to do this and more later on. In summary, you need water, two or more reagents, and an alchemy crafting station to get started making potions or poisons.
Alchemy Skill Line
ESO Alchemy Skill Line Table
Only by leveling up the skill line can you learn higher level potions, which have a greater effect (more resources back, longer duration, etc). Additionally, Alchemy is the only crafting skill that provides a performance boost via Medicinal Uses. Longer lasting potions give more regeneration and with a cool down time of 45 seconds, VR 15 potions (or CP 150) will last longer than 45 seconds and can be used on cool down for massive regeneration or other effects. Below is a side-by-side comparison of a Tri-Potion and take note of the last effects.
|Tri-Pot w/ Medicinal Use||Tri-Pot w/o Medicinal Use|
Luckily leveling alchemy is a breeze which I’ll show you in a video below, but first we need to understand how waters work.
|Solvents for Potions||Oils for Poisons|
Above you see the list of waters and I’ve added the list of waters to make poisons as well. So where do you find these waters? The answer is just about anywhere. The easiest place I’ve found is in backpacks or down by a body of water. The Keen Eye passive will help you greatly if you’re new to looking for waters so I recommend investing in it after you’ve gained enough skill points. Remember that waters, unlike Reagents will be found based on the level of the mobs in your area. You will not find end game waters in a lowbie zone (some exceptions). When in doubt, go to an area with mobs at or around the level in which you seek to collect them.
Reagents Prior to Dark Brotherhood
Reagents Added on Dark Brotherhood
These alchemy materials can be found throughout Tamriel pretty much everywhere. Eight reagents were added to the ESO Patch 2.4 Dark Brotherhood and are mainly useful for poison combinations. Below is a recipe to unlock every effect of all the pre-DB reagents. Simple mix two at a time working top to bottom, left to right and you’ll get plenty of achievements. And now you’re ready to level the Alchemy Skill line.
Blessed Thistle + Stinkthorn
Blue Entoloma + Bugloss
Blue Entoloma + White Cap
Bugloss + Columbine
Columbine + Mountain Flower
Corn Flower + Lady Smock
Corn Flower + Violet Coprinus
Emetic Russula + Stinkthorn
Emetic Russula + Violet Coprinus
Imp Stool + Mountain Flower
Lady Smock + Violet Coprinus
Luminous Russula + Mountain Flower
Blue Entoloma + Namira’s Rot
Bugloss + White Cap
Columbine + Wormwood
Corn Flower + Wormwood
Dragonthorn + Stinkthorn
Dragonthorn + Water Hyacinth
Emetic Russula + Water Hyacinth
Imp Stool + Luminous Russula
Imp Stool + Nirnroot
Lady Smock + Namira’s Rot
Luminous Russula + Wormwood
Nirnroot + Bugloss
Namira’s Rot + Nirnroot
Namira’s Rot + Water Hyacinth
Namira’s Rot + Wormwood
Nirnroot + Violet Coprinus
Water Hyacinth + Wormwood
Below Courtesy of Qweezark
New reagent traits Unlock
- Nightshade + Fleshfly Larva + Stinkhorn
- Nightshade + Mudcrab Chitin + Whitecap
- Beetle Scuttle + Mudcrab Chitin
- Beetle Scuttle + Torchbug Thorax + Violet Coprinus
- Spider Egg + Butterfly Wing + Blue Entoloma
- Spider Egg + Mudcrab Chitin + Luminous Russula
- Scrib Jelly + Fleshfly Larva + Emetic Russula
- Scrib Jelly + Butterfly Wing + Blessed Thistle
- Butterfly Wing + Torchbug Thorax + Nirnroot
- Torchbug Thorax + Fleshfly Larva + Stinkhorn
- Torchbug Thorax + Corn Flower
Reagents needed for the 11 pots:
New Reagents: Old Reagents:
- 2 Beetle Scuttle 1 Blessed Thistle
- 3 Butterfly Wing 1 Blue Entoloma
- 3 Fleshfly Larva 1 Cornflower
- 3 Mudcrab Chitin 1 Emetic Russula
- 2 Nightshade 1 Luminous Russula
- 2 Scrib Jelly 1 Nirnroot
- 2 Spider Egg 2 Stinkhorn
- 4 Torchbug Thorax 1 Violet Coprinus
- 1 Whitecap
Where to get new reagents:
- Beetle Scuttle – Thunder Bug, Shalk, Assassin Beetle, Beetle (insect)
- Butterfly Wing – Butterfly (insect)
- Fleshfly Larva – Fleshfly (insect), Zombie
- Mudcrab Chitin – Mudcrab
- Nightshade – Plant, get from harvestable nodes
- Scrib Jelly – Kwama(scrib, worker, warrior), Scrib (insect)
- Spider Egg – All Spiders
- Torchbug Thorax – Torchbug (insect)
Where to get Oils:
- Haj Mota (beast in Hew’s Bane)
All Mats (materials) are not created equal and this is no exception with alchemy. Columbine, Namira’s Rot and Mountain Flower are highly sought after due to there usefulness. I suggest collecting as many as you can early on.
Power Leveling Alchemy
The above video shows you how to power level alchemy in 50 in a matter of minutes. All you’ll need is a few hundred flowers or mushrooms and roughly 50 waters at each level. Once completed, you can respec your points and only use the Medicinal Use passive for a performance gain.
Powerful Potion Combinations
These are not the only useful potions, but a good start to help you maintain those helpful buffs.
That’s it for our ESO Alchemy Guide and one of the simpler yet very important crafting in the game. It will only get more important with the additions of poisons as I will be creating a separate guide on that in a future post.