Skyrim Alchemy Guide – Potions and Recipes


To make a good potion in Skyrim, you will have to test every ingredient and its effect by consuming it from the inventory menu. Make sure that you have tried every item once or you won’t be able to use it.

Once you know the properties of each ingredient you can simply go to the Alchemy table and create your items/potions. When you get to the table and access it, a list will appear that will show you every possible potion you can make.

The list is dependent on the ingredients you have in your inventory. If you select a name from there then you will be shown the ingredients for making that potion.

Usually, it takes 2 ingredients to create a potion. You can create potions with up to four ingredients but for that you will have to try different ingredients.

Don’t hesitate to try different ingredients, the more properties you know, more options you will have, and more effective your potions will be. You can read our Crafting Guide for more.

For more help on Skyrim, you can read our Archetypes, Character Builds, and Tweak Guide.

Skyrim Potions and Recipes

Key
Effect
Ingredient 1 + Ingredient 2 / + Ingredient 3

Health Potion Recipes

Restore Health
Blue Mountain Flower + Butterfly Wing

Fortify Health
Giant’s Toe + Hanging Moss

Regenerate Health
Juniper Berries + Nordic Barnacle

Magicka Potion Recipes

Restore Magicka
Creep Cluster + Red Mountain Flower

Fortify Magicka
Tundra Cotton + Red Mountain Flower

Regenerate Magica
Garlic + Salt Pie

Stamina Potion Recipes

Restore Stamina
Pine Thrush Egg + Purple Mountain Flower

Fortify Stamina
Garlic + Lavender

Regenerate Stamina
Bee + Mora Tapinella

Resistance Potion Recipes

Resist Fire
Fly Amanita + Snowberries

Resist Frost
Snowberries + Thistle Branch

Resist Shock
Glow Dust + Snowberries

Utility Potion Recipes

Invisibility
Chaurus Eggs + Nirnroot

Waterbreathing
Chicken’s Egg + Nordic Barnacle

Poison Recipes

Damage Health (Weak Effect)
Falmer Ear + Imp Stool

Damage Health (Strong Effect)
Falmer Ear + River Betty

Damage Magicka
Butterfly Wing + Hanging Moss

Paralysis
Canis Root + Imp Stool

Two Effect Potions

Some of these need three ingredients.

Fortifies Heavy Armor & Block, Resists Frost
Briar Heart + Slaughterfish Scales + Thistle Branch

Fortifies One Handed & Sneak & Light Armor
Beehive Husk + Hawk Feathers + Rock Warbler Egg

Fortifies Magicka & Destruction, Restores Magicka
Briar Heart + Ectoplasm + Glowdust

Fortifies Magicka, Regen Magicka , Restore Magicka
Briar Heart + Jazbay Grapes + Moon Sugar

Four – Effect Potions

Regen Magicka, Restore Magicka , Resists Rost and Fire
Fire Salts + Moon Sugar + Snowberries

Regen Health, Fortifies Light Armor, Cures Disease, Invisibility
Hawk Feathers + Luna Moth Wing + Vampire Dust

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    • Jimmy

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      • Quinton

        If you combine imp stool and swamp fungal pod insted u get paralysed for 9 sec and restore 59 heath also.

        • poo

          parylising regular is swamp pod thingy and canis root