Alchemy in Skyrim can be a little scary for people who are just starting to learn it. Since each ingredient in a potion has four effects, it can be hard to figure out how to make the best one.
The best recipes are the ones that can give more than one buff, but sometimes a bad effect gets mixed in by accident.
Here is a list of some of the best potion recipes players can make in Skyrim to help them get started. Each of these mixtures has multiple effects that work well together, no bad effects, and can help the Dragonborn in a wide range of situations.
All of the below mixtures are good for the person who drinks them. If you want to use alchemy to hurt your enemies, check out this guide to deadly poisons in Skyrim.
In Skyrim, it can take a lot of trial and error to learn how to make potions. Many players know how boring it is to try as many different combinations as possible, wasting ingredients as they try to find all the effects.
Even though it’s fun to figure out the recipes on your own, it’s never a bad idea to get some help. This list helps the Dragonborn get started on their alchemy journey by giving them a head start.
This list has been updated to include more recipes and more information about where to find ingredients for Skyrim’s budding potion masters.
- 12. Snowberries + Spriggan Sap + Blisterwort
- 11. Ashen Grass Pod + Pine Thrush Egg + Purple Mountain Flower
- 10. Briar Heart + Ectoplasm + Glow Dust
- 9. Garlic + Slaughterfish Egg + Namira’s Rot
- 8. Snowberries + Bone Meal + Frost Salts
- 7. Slaughterfish Scales + Thistle Branch + Tundra Cotton
- 6. Juniper Berries + Elves Ear + Vampire Dust
- 5. Scaly Pholiota + Giant’s Toe + Mora Tapinella
- 4. Blue Mountain Flower + Wheat + Rock Warbler Egg
- 3. Luna Moth Wing + Vampire Dust + Skeever Tail
- 2. Charred Skeever Hide + Mudcrab Chitin + Swamp Fungal Pod
- 1. Dwarven Oil + Snowberries + Fire Salts/Moon Sugar
12. Snowberries + Spriggan Sap + Blisterwort
Effects: Boost Spellcasting and Smithing
Want to spend some time making something?
Drink this potion first, because it will help the Dragonborn improve two useful crafting skills. Both of these effects are quite useful, and they also complement each other well.
Enchantments that are used will be stronger, and weapons and armour will be better in a bigger way.
This will let the player make stronger, more powerful gear to help them survive in Skyrim’s harsh environment or to sell for a few extra gold.
11. Ashen Grass Pod + Pine Thrush Egg + Purple Mountain Flower
Improve Lockpicking, Improve Sneaking, and Restore Stamina.
This recipe is the perfect potion for thieves because it improves important stealth skills. This makes it easier for Dragonborn to break into houses and steal valuables.
Also, if the player’s Stamina is low, this mixture will bring it back up as well.
The Ashen Grass Pod is a DLC-only ingredient that can only be found in Dragonborn. Those who have the DLC, on the other hand, should go to Solstheim to get this potion.
10. Briar Heart + Ectoplasm + Glow Dust
Restore Magicka, Strengthen Magicka, and Strengthen Destruction.
This potion is a great mix for destruction mages because it gives the player a lot of Magicka and makes their spells do more damage.
No matter if the player uses fire, frost, or shock, this potion gives them enough Magicka to cast their highest-level spells and makes those spells do more damage.
Every time they go into a fight, battlemages should bring a few with them.
9. Garlic + Slaughterfish Egg + Namira’s Rot
Effects: Immune to poison, heals health, and boosts stamina.
When going into Dwarven ruins or other Falmer hideouts, every Dragonborn should bring this mix with them.
These corrupted elves and their Chaurus pets use poison attacks that weaken the player, so a potion like this is a must-have here because it reduces the damage poison attacks do to the player.
Also, even if the player takes damage, Regenerate Health makes sure they get better quickly. Last but not least, with more stamina, they’ll be able to use more powerful attacks to beat their enemies.
8. Snowberries + Bone Meal + Frost Salts
Resist Fire, Resist Frost, and Strengthen Conjuration are the effects.
Snowberries are on this list more than once because they are so useful for protecting against the elements.
Whether the Dragonborn’s enemy likes to roast or freeze their opponents, this potion will protect the player, thanks to the Snowberries and how they work with the other two ingredients.
On the other hand, the Fortify Conjuration effect is made possible by Bone Meal and Frost Salts working together.
This makes sure that the player’s summoned creatures, like zombies and Storm Atronachs, stay around longer and do more damage to whatever is trying to kill Skyrim’s main character.
7. Slaughterfish Scales + Thistle Branch + Tundra Cotton
Effects: Strengthen Block, Strengthen Two-Handed, and Protect from Frost.
This is just what a proud Skyrim warrior needs. With the skills it improves, players can use their battleaxes and greatswords to deal more damage to enemies and block attacks more easily.
The effect “Resist Frost” will also be useful. This potion gives a Dragonborn more offensive power when fighting a Frost Dragon or Ice Wraith. It also lets players stay on their feet even if an ice spear goes through their chest.
6. Juniper Berries + Elves Ear + Vampire Dust
Effects: Makes a marksman better, restores magicka, and heals.
Archery is one of the most popular skills in Skyrim, especially for people who like to kill enemies from a distance.
With the extra damage this potion gives to bows and crossbows, the Dragonborn might even be able to kill a few guards with a single shot and sneak into an area that isn’t supposed to be accessible.
Also, some stealth builds use Illusion magic to make their footsteps quieter or make it so they can’t be seen.
This potion will make sure the Dragonborn has enough Magicka to cast those spells. And if they do get into a fight, the effect “Regenerate Health” will make it much harder to kill them.
5. Scaly Pholiota + Giant’s Toe + Mora Tapinella
Effects: Restores stamina, makes carrying weight stronger, and makes illusions stronger.
Whether a Dragonborn is looking for a place to go or just wandering around the world, they need this potion.
Regenerate Stamina lets players sprint more often (or use power attacks when fighting enemies), and Fortify Carry Weight lets them pick up every sword, ore chunk, or interesting mushroom they find.
Some people might think the last effect is out of place, but this school of magic can save your life when you’re exploring.
Use Clairvoyance to find a way out of that cave, Muffle to sneak past a group of bandits, or Calm to quickly get away from a sabre cat.
4. Blue Mountain Flower + Wheat + Rock Warbler Egg
Effects: Strengthens one hand, heals health, and strengthens health.
Warriors who get hurt in a fight can use this potion to help them get back on their feet and maybe even get the upper hand.
With it, the player’s swords, mace, and axes will do more damage, giving them an advantage.
The potion also helps the Dragonborn’s health and makes it stronger.
Together, these items heal damage that has already been done and make it possible for the player to take more hits while still doing damage.
3. Luna Moth Wing + Vampire Dust + Skeever Tail
Effects: Makes you invisible, heals you, and strengthens your light armour.
Potions that make you invisible are always useful, but this mixture is so much more than that.
As a thief or assassin sneaking through enemy territory, this potion makes sure that even if the player is seen, they will be ready for the fight that follows.
This potion is not only useful, but it is also very valuable. Players can make a lot of these jars to quickly level up their Alchemy skill or get a lot of Septims.
2. Charred Skeever Hide + Mudcrab Chitin + Swamp Fungal Pod
Effects: Protects from poison, heals disease, restores stamina, and heals health.
In Skyrim, potions with four effects are rare, and those with all positive effects are even more rare. No matter what’s got players down, this magic brew will help them get back on their feet.
With Resist Poison and Cure Disease, it’s great for going into places like Falmer hideouts, which are full of traps that cause diseases and Chauruses that shoot poison.
Also, no matter how the Dragonborn plays, a little more Health and Stamina is always a good thing.
This potion will bring the Dragonborn back from the brink of death stronger than before and give them the energy to do more powerful attacks (or sprint away from the enemy).
1. Dwarven Oil + Snowberries + Fire Salts/Moon Sugar
Effects: Restores and renews magicka, protects against fire and frost.
This potion is just what you need for a fight between two mages. With its first two effects, it makes sure that the Dragonborn doesn’t run out of Magicka when it’s needed most.
Players can refill their Magicka and make sure they get it back quickly after using it.
Since there are many different kinds of enemies in Skyrim, players can change this potion to counter their attacks.
Whether Resist Fire or Resist Frost is more useful to the player depends on the type of enemy they are facing.
Fighting Ahzidal or another Dragon priest who is good with fire?
Go with Fire Salts.
Want to be safe from the cold attacks of a Forsworn Briarheart?
The way to go is Moon Sugar.