Most people think of alchemists as old wizards who try to turn common things into gold, but that’s not true in Skyrim.
Alchemy is a must-have skill in Skyrim, no matter what class you play. It will help you get through some of the hardest parts of the game.
Find out how to make potions that will help you in any situation you can think of by reading on.
- 18. Warrior Drink
- 17. Poison Resistant
- 16. Cure-all
- 15. Fortify Enchanting
- 14. Potion Of Invisibility
- 13. Potion Of Lockpicking
- 12. Potion Of Smithing
- 11. The Five-Effect
- 10. Potion Of Bartering
- 9. Potion Of Fortify Carry Weight
- 8. Potion Of Fortify Archery
- 7. The DPS Potion
- 6. Faster Regeneration Brew
- 5. The Wizard’s Friend
- 4. The Protector
- 3. The Armored Dragonborn Potion
- 2. The Quick-Thinker
- 1. The Ultimate Healing Potion
18. Warrior Drink
Players who love wielding deadly two-handed weapons will have an easier adventure with this potion on hand.
Slaughterfish scales, thistle branches, and tundra cotton are simple to find and easy to combine, making a potion that fortifies block and two-handed while also resisting frost.
Players should stock up on this potion before heading for the coldest holds, as the strength enhancing option will make the journey much easier.
17. Poison Resistant
When exploring some of Skyrim’s best side quests or even the Dwarven ruins, this potion will save the Dragonborn a lot of poisoning and pain.
Combining Namira’s Rot, garlic and a slaughterfish egg at the alchemy table will create a potion that resists poison, regenerates health, and fortifies stamina.
These three useful effects can be a lifesaver while players are stuck in the middle of a dungeon surrounded by poisonous foes whose attacks can drain the players HP.
Players will be ready to take on frost spiders, wolves, and even the rattles with this potent potion that will have the Dragonborn feeling better than ever through the combination of charred skeever hide, eye of Sabre cat, and mud crab chitin.
Though it takes three ingredients, players can begin finding them as soon as they leave Helgen and the foraging is well worth the four health-boosting effects of this potion which include curing disease, restoring health, restoring stamina, and resisting poison.
Perfect for drinking during battle or even while fleeing, crafting some of these potions is an important choice for players in Skyrim.
15. Fortify Enchanting
Sure, you can go on with your enchanting business without drinking a potion first, but you won’t be getting the best out of it.
The potion of enchanting will stop your enchanting skills momentarily, allowing you to embed stronger spells in your weapons than you would without the effects of this brew.
Recipe: Snowberries + Spawn Ash
14. Potion Of Invisibility
Although the regular potion of invisibility doesn’t have any extra effects, this useful brew will help you sneak past any enemy or foe without having to worry about being noticed.
The effect usually doesn’t last for too long, but if you make the best of your time, you’ll surely find a lot of use in this potion if you’re a thief or an assassin!
Recipe: Vampire Dust + Chaurus Egg
13. Potion Of Lockpicking
Getting those pesky locks open can prove to be quite troublesome, especially when trying to get your hands on the most precious of stones.
Thankfully, that’s what the potion of lockpicking is for. Drink this mysterious substance to open a closed door or chest, and watch your skills suddenly become much better.
No lock is too hard to pick if you create one of these potions beforehand!
Recipe: Snowberries + Hagraven Claw
12. Potion Of Smithing
Smithers might not be seen as the craftiest in Skyrim when it comes to potions, but there are many rewards for those smiths who take the time to level up their alchemy skill.
You can use the potion of smithing to get your hands on Daedric and Dragonbone armor many levels before they can actually be crafted.
Use this to your advantage!
Recipe: Sabercat Tooth + Spriggan Sap
11. The Five-Effect
Let’s get one thing straight before you craft one of these potions: you’re not supposed to drink it!
Most multi-effect potions that have more than four effects will usually give you at least one damaging debuff in the mix.
But crafting potions with many effects will greatly increase your alchemy level, so be sure to craft these if you want to level up quickly!
There are many recipes that can be used to create this potion, so be sure to combine as many materials as possible to provide various effects!
10. Potion Of Bartering
The potion of bartering is one of the best ways to make a larger profit on your sales without having to level up so much.
A sip of this mystical potion before talking to a vendor will allow you to buy items at a much lower price and then sell them at a much higher rate than you would without the effects of this magical brew.
Recipe: Dragon’s Tongue + Hagraven Claw
9. Potion Of Fortify Carry Weight
Did you happen to bring more than you should during your adventures?
Perhaps you killed a dragon and you need to carry its scales and bones, but you don’t want to drop anything from your inventory.
The Potion of Fortify Weight practically weighs nothing, so just keep it on you at all times if you want to avoid any potential loss of items while on your adventures!
Recipe: Trama Root + Wisp Wrappings
8. Potion Of Fortify Archery
This potion is a reminder of why it’s important to learn alchemy, even if you’re a bowman.
It will allow your shots to do far more damage than they would at your current level.
Be sure to learn the recipe for this brew if you plan to play as an archer (or if you’re one already).
Recipe: Elves’ Ear + Spider Egg
7. The DPS Potion
Effects: Fortify Two-Handed + Regenerate Stamina
This dual-effect potion is the ideal companion of every two-handed warrior in the game.
It doesn’t matter if you’re a mighty Nord looking to slash a horde of undead foes or if you’re an Orc on a mission to slay whatever’s in sight – this potion will allow you to kill as much as you want without having to worry about your stamina.
Recipe: Bee + Fly Amanita + Troll Fat
6. Faster Regeneration Brew
Effects: Regenerate Health + Regenerate Magicka
Have you ever been in one of those situations where your health is draining and you need your magicka to defend yourself without having to resort to Restoration spells?
Then this potion is exactly what you need! Quickly regenerate your health and magicka with this simple concoction!
Recipe: Garlic + Namira’s Rot + Salt Pile
5. The Wizard’s Friend
Effects: Fortify Magicka + Restore Magicka + Regenerate Magicka
Get more magicka, have it regenerated quicker, and increase the size of your blue bar for just a few moments with this powerful potion.
The Wizard’s Friend will allow you to get the best out of your magic without having to worry about running out of vital energy to cast your spells.
Recipe: Jazbay Grapes, Moon Sugar, Red Mountain Flower
4. The Protector
Effects: Fortify Health + Restore Health
Although this potion is very basic, its nature makes it one of the best alchemy potions that you can craft in Skyrim.
This potion will ensure that your health drops slower and restores quicker, which will allow you to go on fighting for longer without having to worry about experiencing sudden death.
What’s not to love about this brew?
Recipe: Blue Mountain Flower + Wheat
3. The Armored Dragonborn Potion
Effects: Resist Frost + Resist Shock + Restore Magicka + Restore Stamina
This is the one potion that will get you out of any trouble that you can imagine.
It doesn’t matter if you’re being bombarded with a hundred spells that slow you down; this combination of items will ensure that no one can stop you.
Be sure to try different combinations of resistance buffs, depending on the type of foe that you’re facing – you might want Resist Fire if you’re going against Flame Atronachs!
Recipe: Hawk Beak + Moon Sugar + Pearl
2. The Quick-Thinker
Effects: Regenerate Health + Invisibility
This potion will get you out of trouble in an instant.
Fight for as long as your body can resist, and then drink this potion quickly to get out of there and regenerate some health while you move away.
It’s easy to craft and always handy to keep around, so be sure to craft a stack of these potions to keep you healthy, regardless of where you are.
You may also use this potion if you’re infiltrating an area where you fear that you’ll eventually be found. Just chug it when you think you’re in danger and let its effects cover you in a veil of comfort.
Recipe: Luna Moth Wing + Vampire Dust
1. The Ultimate Healing Potion
Effects: Cure Disease + Restore Health + Restore Stamina + Resist Poison
This recipe will give you what’s arguably the best healing potion in the game.
This powerful potion will free you of any malicious effects that you might’ve picked up during your journeys.
It does take three different items to craft this potion, so be sure to get a decent supply of each before heading to your alchemy table.
This ultimate brew will serve you from the beginning of the game to even after beating Alduin.
Craft as many as you can; they’ll prove to be quite useful!
Recipe: Charred Skeever Hide + Eye of Sabre Cat + Mudcrab Chitin