Alchemy is the art of brewing potions and poisons by combining ingredients with matching effects. Perks in this skill allow discovering more effects by eating; increase the effectiveness of created potions and poisons; remove the positive effects from poisons and the negative effects from potions; and allow you to gather twice as many ingredients from plants. The alchemy skill tree has 9 perks and it requires 15 perk points to complete.


An alchemist can create magical potions and deadly poisons.

Alchemy Skill Perk

Perk Rank Description Skill Req. Perk Req.
Alchemist 1 Potions and poisons you make are 20% stronger.  -  -
2 Potions and poisons you make are 40% stronger. 20 Alchemy  -
3 Potions and poisons you make are 60% stronger. 40 Alchemy  -
4 Potions and poisons you make are 80% stronger. 60 Alchemy  -
5 Potions and poisons you make are twice as strong. 80 Alchemy  -
Physician  - Potions you mix that restore Health, Magicka or Stamina are 25% more powerful. 20 Alchemy Alchemist
Benefactor  - Potions you mix with beneficial effects have an additional 25% greater magnitude. 30 Alchemy Physician
Experimenter 1 Eating an ingredient reveals first two effects. 50 Alchemy Benefactor
2 Eating an ingredient reveals first three effects. 70 Alchemy  -
3 Eating an ingredient reveals all its effects. 90 Alchemy  -
Poisoner  - Poisons you mix are 25% more effective. 30 Alchemy Physician
Concentrated Poison  - Poisons applied to weapons last for twice as many hits. 60 Alchemy Poisoner
Green Thumb  - Two ingredients are gathered from plants. 70 Alchemy Concentrated Poison
Snakeblood  - 50% resistance to all poisons. 80 Alchemy Experimenter or Concentrated Poison
Purity  - All negative effects are removed from created potions, and all positive effects are removed from created poisons. 100 Alchemy Snakeblood

Potions Creation

To create a potion (or poison), players need to mix two to three ingredients which share a magical effect. If the shared effect is a beneficial one (e.g., Restore Health), you create a potion; if the shared effect is a negative one (e.g., Damage Health), you create a poison. Combining ingredients which have more than one effect in common will create Multiple-effect potions 

Each ingredient has a total of four available effects. Eating the ingredient always allows you to discover an ingredient's first effect; the Experimenter perk causes additional effects to be discovered when you consume an ingredient. Additional effects can be discovered by experimenting to see what ingredient combinations successfully yield potions. When an ingredient is selected, it will grey out all other ingredients where a combination has previously been attempted and failed.


  • You can try various recipes found in-game, or you can simply mix ingredients together randomly. A more effective strategy is to notice commonalities between ingredients. Those that grow near each other often have similar effects . Insects that feed on flowers often have the same effects. Similarities between names also provide a hint. Placement of ingredients in kitchens and display shelves usually indicate they combine with nearby ingredients.
  • The Experimenter perk allows you to discover more effects each time you eat an ingredient.

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