ESO Alchemy Guide

Quick & Basic Alchemy Guide

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I have updated my Quick & Basic Alchemy Guide for Elder Scrolls Online! In this quick video about alchemy in ESO I show you how to gather resources for the craft, as well how to actually create potions and poisons!

ESO Alchemy Guide - Quick Alchemy Guide for Elder Scrolls Online 2020

This guide is very short and basic, if you’d like to take a look at the skills in the Alchemy Skill Tree in ESO, or maybe find out about poisons, please check out my Extended Alchemy Guide!

Alchemy Guide

Alchemy Guide

The alchemy craft in ESO is how you can create potions to quickly recover stats, become invisible or more. You also use alchemy to create poisons to use against your enemies. If you prefer a video guide, you can check out my quick alchemy guide here, or my extended alchemy guide here.

First we will take a look at the alchemy skill tree.

Icon/Name Game Description Bizz Description
Alchemy Solvent ProficiencySolvent Proficiency Allows the Alchemist to use Natural Water and Grease to make Level 3 potions and poisons and Clear Water and Ichor to make Level 10 potions and poisons. This passive dictates what the highest level of potions or poisons you can craft. The highest level potion/poison you can craft will also dictate what half of the oils and waters you find are. (The other half matches your character level)
Keen EyeKeen Eye: Reagents Herbs and fungi in the world will be easier to see at 20/30/xy meters or closer. Adds a light/smoke effects to alchemy plants, solvent water spots and water skins.
Medicinal UseMedicinal Use When using potions, resulting effects last 30% longer. When you drink a potion, it lasts longer. This applies when drinking the potion, not when crafting it. Good passive to have on all characters.
ChemistryChemistry Produces 3 extra potions or 12 extra poisons per crafting attempt Using the same amount of materials, you make more potions and poisons!
Laboratory UseLaboratory Use Allows the use of up to 3 reagents while mixing Potions or Poisons. Initially you can only use 2 reagents in a potion/poison, this passive allows for a 3rd – to make better potions, or potions with more effects.
SnakebloodSnakeblood Reduces duration of negative effects in potions by 50% when consumed. The most useless passive in the entire game. It only reduces effects with a duration, it does NOT eliminate immediate negative effects. Don’t waste your skill points here – just don’t make bad potions.

To craft a potion you will need a solvent and at least 2 reagents – which are plants. If you use a water solvent you will create a potion. If you use oil as the solvent, you will create a poison.


Solvents are what will determine the level range of the potion. You can drink potions that are below your character level, although they will be less effective than a potion at your level – even with potion scaling. Solvents can be found in water skins, or harvested from bodies of water – where you will see a “bubbling” section of water, or purchased from other players in game. Oils drop from monsters such as trolls.
Solvents found will match either your crafting skill in alchemy (how high of level potion you can craft) or it will match your character level.

Solvent List

Reagents are plants, and the combination you use will determine what effect your potion or poison has. You get reagents by harvesting resource nodes, or by purchasing them from other players. Some reagents are harvested from mobs such as mudcrabs or torch bugs. Each reagent has 4 effects, or traits, that will help determine what the potion does.

Reagents List

Once you have gathered the necessary items to craft some potions, head to an alchemy station like this. You can find them on your map by this icon.

When you first start alchemy, your character will not know any of the effects or traits of each reagent, you will also not know the level range of the solvents. You will need to experiment (or google) to find out what each item does.
To craft an item you need to select a solvent, and at least 2 reagents. When starting out, you will only be able to use 2 reagents in a potion – but after levelling and investing a skill point, you will be able to use 3 reagents so you can craft better potions. Once you craft a potion, putting those same items together in the creation screen will actually show you what potion you are about to craft.

When first learning alchemy you will also start to learn the effects of each reagent – if the potion you crafted uses that effect. Not every combination of reagents work, and after you fail at making a potion the game will tell you if the reagents will not react. You can learn the first effect of a reagent by eating it (‘use’ when in your inventory).

Potion effects are determined by traits that are either shared by the reagents, or countered. If two reagents have the “restore magicka” effect, your potion will restore magicka.

If one reagent has “restore magicka” and the other has “ravage magicka” these will counter each other and no magicka effect will be in the potion. Once you start to know the effects of the reagents, the effect will light up on screen to show any matching or countered effects.

For poisons, you must use oil are your solvent instead of water. It also uses the same trait matching mechanic but any positive effects will create a drain poison, which harms your enemy and benefits you. Selecting reagents with matching negative effects will only cause harm to your enemy.

There is no deconstruction in alchemy, only creation.

If you have any questions about alchemy, be sure to leave a comment, or check out my alchemy video guides!

Furniture Crafting Guide

Homestead is live for ESO, and it’s an exciting time for crafters! Furniture crafting had come to ESO and it’s pretty awesome! In this guide I’ll show you how to get the new materials (bast, clean pelt, regulus, decorative wax and alchemical resin), how everything tie to our current crafts (woodworking, clothing, blacksmithing) and how it is different from our current crafts!

Furniture Crafting Guide ESO - Elder Scrolls Online Homestead How to make Furniture

Master writs are also tied to furniture crafting, as the items you can buy with writ vouchers are not available otherwise in game. So get crafting and be sure to pick a character to learn all the crafts on! This will help with furniture crafting!

Better get to finding all the blueprints, formulae, design, diagram and patterns for eso furniture crafting!

Master Writs Guide

Today’s guide in all about Master Crafting Writs which are coming in the ESO Homestead update! Master writs are a new type of crafting writ in ESO that ask for specific items, right not to set and item quality. These are much more expensive than normal crafting writs to craft, but if you do it you can gain writ vouchers used to buy some exciting and rare items from Rolis Hlaalu!

Beginner's Guide to Master Writs in Elder Scrolls Online - ESO Master Crafting Writs

Master writs are able to be sold and traded, so you are not stuck with what you get until you learn it! If you’re not sure what a eso crafing writ is at all, you may want to check out my previous guide, as that part is pretty important for how to get master crafting writs.

Crafting Writs Guide

ESO Crafting Writs guide will teach you all about the daily crafting quest in Elder Scrolls Online! There are crafting writs available for all the crafting professions in ESO (woodworking, clothing, blacksmithing, provisioning, alchemy and enchanting) that grant you inspiration (xp), XP, gold and a satchel of goodies each day!

ESO Crafting Writs Guide - Elder Scrolls Online Crafting Writs! Daily Crafting Quest

In order to start crafting writs you need to be level 6 and certified! Get on that so you can get yourself cool things liker Psiijic Ambrosia recipe fragments, glass motif fragments, gold (legendary) upgrade materials and survey reports!

Alchemy Guide – Extended

Another great video in my Beginner’s Guide series! This time we talk all about alchemy in ESO, and how to learn it. At first it may be a bit tough because you have no idea what your making, but we explain how it works, so once you learn a few of the effects of certain ingredients, you can make exactly what you need! We also go through the skill tree for alchemy in The Elder Scroll Online: Tamriel Unlimited. I cover poisons and potions, since they both use alchemy!

ESO Alchemy Guide - Poison Making, Potion Making in Elder Scrolls Online Alchemy - Extended


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