ESO Alchemy Guide
Alchemy, like Enchanting, in Elder Scrolls Online, is unique from the other crafting professions in that it involves discovering the traits of the ingredients used in order to successfully craft an item.
...and there are a lot of traits; each Alchemy ingredient has four of them. Scroll down to see our difinitive list of all alchemy ingredients and the traits of each one.
Just like all other skills in The Elder Scrolls Online, you gotta use it to get better at it.
The ingredients for Alchemy come from plants that you can harvest while you are adventuring, and you also need water to go with them. You'll find water in barrels, glasses, mugs, cabinets, etc., so be sure to search everywhere when you're out questing and in dungeons!
For most professions you would just go and start combining ingredients to see what happens, but you don't want to do that in Alchemy. You see, some ingredients do not work with one another, so it's important that you combine the right ingredients (see the table at the bottom of this page to see what each ingredient does).
- When you're looking at the table below, keep in mind that for an attempt at a potion to be successful you must combine ingredients that share at least one common trait. EG: Blue Entoloma and Bugloss both share Restore Health.
- If more than one trait is shared between ingredients, then the potion will contain each shared trait.
- Another thing to be aware of: traits can also counteract one another. In our example of Blue Entoloma and Bugloss, one has Ravage Magicka and one has Restore Magicka, so these traits will be nullified.
- Alchemy allows you to create potions that have positive effects (for the most part, with perhaps some negative side-effects), but you can also make poisons.
- Poisons are equipped to your weapon and take precedence over any weapon enchantment you may have on it. Poisons have a 20% chance of using a charge when you attack with any weapon skill (light/heavy attacks, and weapon-specific skills).
- When creating poisons, any trait that would normally be considered positive in a potion, becomes an effect applied against the target that is hit by the poison. Eg: Restore Health in a potion becomes Ravage Health in a poison.
So, once you have consulted the table below, find an Alchemy Station in town (there are also some found in special hidden areas in the world), and use it.
After you use the station, you'll be given a screen to place the ingredients in. Combine the appropriate ingredients, based on traits, and you're good to go.
Alchemy Skills and Maxing Out
To max out your alchemy level, you'll need to put skill points into Solvent Proficiency in order to get to the highest level. The only other skill that will really help you level up your alchemy is Keen Eye: Reagents, which will make it easier for you to spot plants as you're questing out in the world.
Speaking of profit, the profitibility of Alchemy should be quite high, as potions are always in demand for both PVE and PVP!
Alchemy Ingredients and Traits
The level and potency of the potions that you craft is determined by the type of solvent that you use. Here is the list of solvents, and the level of potions that they result in.