Your Comprehensive Alchemy Guide

Alchemy is used for creating beneficial consumable items and potions. They can increase how long positive effects last, replenish stats and provide your character with abilities that it might not have had before (for example, an increase in invisibility detection).

Potions provide a rapid bonus burst and complement the longer term Provisioning buffs very well to provide tactical and precise battlefield applications. Some of the potions do have some negative side effects also, so when mixing you do need to be careful.

Very High Profitability

Everybody needs to have numerous potions! When it comes to PvP and PvE, there is an abundance of great potions, and players always need to have them. If you have the right alchemy skills maxed out, it will be possible for you to make several different potions at the same time.


To create options, reagent plants are used. They are found throughout the Tamriel zones. You can find reagent plants in all of the zones and they are unique. What that means is you will able to locate the exact same reagent plants in the higher level zones as you in the low level zones. They can be put into two main categories: Fungal (mostly found near water sources, in caves and on rocks) and Leafy (mostly found around trees, hilly areas and grassy areas).
Alchemy Crafting Guide in ESO

The Current List of Reagents

  • Blessed Thistle (leafy)
  • Blue Entoloma (fungal)
  • Bugloss (leafy)
  • Columbine (leafy)
  • Corn Flower (leafy)
  • Dragonthorn (leafy
  • Emetic Russula (fungal)
  • Imp Stool (fungal)
  • Lady’s Smock (leafy)
  • Luminous Russula (fungal)
  • Mountain Flower (leafy)
  • Namira’s Rot (fungal)
  • Nirnroot (leafy)
  • Stinkhorn (fungal)
  • Violet Coprinus (fungal)
  • Water Hyacinth (leafy)
  • White Cap (fungal)
  • Wormwood (leafy)
Below you will find complied lists of the various properties for all of the plants. Those 3 lists can be used for determining what reagents combinations you will need for maximizing your build.
Alchemy Plant Properties List #1
Restores HealthRestores StaminaRestores MagickaIncreases ArmorIncreases Spell ResistantUnstoppable (Immune to CC)Increases Weapon PowerIncreases Spell Power
Blessesed ThistleX X
Blue Entoloma X
Bugloss X XX
ColumbineXX X X
Corn FlowerXX
Dragonthorn XX
Emetic Russula
Imp StoolX
Lady’s SmockXX
Luminous Russula X
Mountain FlowerXX X
Namira’s RotX
Stinkhorn X
Violet CoprinusX
Water Hyacinth X
White CapX
Alchemy Plant Properties List #2
Increases Weapon CriticalIncreases Spell CriticalDetectionSpeedInvisibilityRavage HealthRavage StaminaRavage Magical
Blessesed Thistle XX
Blue EntolomaXX
Corn FlowerXX
Emetic Russula X XX
Imp Stool
Lady’s SmockX
Luminous RussulaX
Mountain Flower
Namira’s RotX X X
Nirnroot X X
Stinkhorn XX
Violet CoprinusXX
Water Hyacinth X X
White CapX
Wormwood XX
Alchemy Plant Properties List #3
Lower Weapon PowerLower Spell PowerLower Weapon CriticalLower Spell CriticalLower ArmorLower Spell ResistanceStunLower Run Speed
Blessesed Thistle
Blue Entoloma X
Corn Flower
Dragonthorn X
Emetic RussulaX
Imp Stool XX
Lady’s SmockX
Luminous Russula X X
Mountain Flower X
Namira’s Rot
Nirnroot XX
Stinkhorn X
Violet Coprinus X
Water Hyacinth X
White CapXX
Solvents are the waters that are mixed together with herbs in order to make potions. They distinguish the potions from one another and determine potency and level. Solvents are specific to zones and a lot more rare than the plants that you need to have.

The current list of water (in order of alchemy level)

  • Natural Water
  • Clear Water
  • Pristine Water
  • Cleansed Water
  • Filtered Water
  • Purified Water
  • Cloud Mist

Locating A Station

You can find Alchemy Stations in cities and towns that are identified using a plant-like symbol on the map and on flags on the outside part of the station.

The station looks like a wooden bench with empty vials needing to be filled, potions brewing and liquids separating. To access the crafting interface you just need to walk to the station and then press on the interact key.

Alchemy Crafting Guide in ESO

Creating Potions

To create a potion you need a solvent and a minimum of two reagent plants. The plants control the type of potion you are creating and the Solvent controls its potency and level. Not every combination of solvent and herbs works together. You will need to determine what the properties are of each of the reagents and which combinations create a potion.


As you start mixing solvents and reagents together, the potions that are successfully crafted will yield each of the reagant’s properties, and they will be recorded in the crafting interface. Every reagent might have as many as four properties that can be combined for different effects.

Below you will find the compiled a list of working potions that can be used to level. Keep in mind, that when you are leveling (unless you prefer specific potions), the same reagents can be used in all of your potions. What really matters is the waters.

List of working potions that can be used to level
Potion NameEffectReagent #1Reagent #2
Elixir of HealthRestore Health Immediately and Overtime, Restore Magicka Immediately and Over time.BuglossColumbine
Elixir of HealthRestore Health Immediately and Overtime, Restore Stamina Immediately and Over time.Mountain FlowerColumbine
Elixir of DetectionIncrease Stealth Detection 24 meters (10 sec)Corn FlowerWormwood
Elixir of InvisibleVanish (3 sec)Blue EntolomaNamira’s Rot
Elixir of Weapon PowerIncrease Weapon Damage (10 sec), Restore Stamina Immediately and Over time.Blessed ThistleDragonthorn
Elixir of Spell PowerIncrease Spell Damage (10 sec), Restore Magicka Immediately and Over time.Corn FlowerLady’s Smock
Elixir of Weapon CriticalIncrease Weapon Critical (10 sec)DragonthornWormwood
Elixir of Spell CriticalIncrease Spell Critical (10 sec)Lady’s SmockNamira’s Rot
Elixir of UnstoppableBecome Immune to Knockback and Disabling effects (3 sec)ColumbineNamira’s Rot
Elixir of SpeedIncrease Movement Speed by 31% (10 sec)Blessed ThistleNamira’s Rot


Solvent Proficient is one of the Alchemy skills that you can put points in for enhancing the craft. It is the only skill that is required in order to raise alchemy to its maximum level. That being said, there are numerous other skills that can be used for enhancing and improving the profession.

There isn’t any “Best Order” for the skills really for allocating to alchemy like there are with the armor professions. For gathering, Keen Eye is quite important. I recommend that you focus there to start.

Skills You Can Allocate Points Into

Solvent Proficiency

  • Rank 1: Allows the Alchemist to use Natural Water to make level 3 potions and Clear Water to make level 10 potions.
  • Rank 2: Allows the Alchemist to use Pristine Water to make level 20 potions.
  • Rank 3: Allows the Alchemist to use Cleansed Water to make level 30 potions.
  • Rank 4: Allows the Alchemist to use Filtered Water to make level 40 potions.
  • Rank 5: Allows the Alchemist to use Purified Water to make level CP 10 potions.
  • Rank 6: Allows the Alchemist to use Cloud Mist to make level CP 50 potions.

Keen Eye

  • Rank 1: Reagents in the world will be easier to see when you are 20 meters or closer.
  • Rank 2: Reagents in the world will be easier to see when you are 30 meters or closer.
  • Rank 3: Reagents in the world will be easier to see when you are 40 meters or closer.

Medicinal Use

  • Rank 1: When using potions, resulting effects last 10% longer.
  • Rank 2: When using potions, resulting effects last 20% longer.
  • Rank 3: When using potions, resulting effects last 30% longer.


  • Rank 1: Produces 1 extra potion per crafting attempt.
  • Rank 2: Produces 2 extra potion per crafting attempt.
  • Rank 3: Produces 3 extra potion per crafting attempt.

Laboratory Use

  • Rank 1: Allows the use of up to 3 Reagents while mixing Potions.


  • Rank 1: Reduces negative effects in potions by 50%.
  • Rank 2: Reduces negative effects in potions by 80%.
  • Rank 3: Reduces negative effects in potions by 100%.
Best Practices And Tips
  • Eat Your Reagents- Using reagents from inventory (eating) will enable you to uncover that reagent’s first trait and gain inspiration. It is only necessary for you to eat one of them.
  • Discover ALL traits- When you discover traits you gain insight about the potions you are going to make, and it also provides you with quite a lot of experience. This should be done before you spam-manufacture the same potion repeatedly for leveling.
  • Keep making the same potions- When you are leveling, when you are searching for inspiration, two of the same reagent plants level you from 1-50. These can be found in the lower level zone. Upgrading your waters is all you have to do.
  • Gather at Night- When you have an opportunity to gather at night and your Keen Eye ability is all set, you’ll be able to see the reagent plants from great distances. In the dark, it is quite bright.