Every provisioning recipe in ESO requires at least a primary and a secondary ingredient. There’s also special ingredients for blue and purple recipes.
What makes provisioning complicated as a profession, is knowing which ingredients are useful for you now and later on in the game & which ingredients are safe to throw away or sell.
Keeping all of your ingredients in your bank or inventory takes a ton of inventory space. There’s no point in hoarding level 5 ingredients when your character is level 40+, nor is there much point in having ingredients
from other alliance zones. This guide provides a complete list of provisioning ingredients in Elder Scrolls Online.
Provisioning Ingredient Types
Provisioning ingredients can be broken down to four categories:
- Primary ingredients (Tier 1)
- Secondary ingredients (Tier 1)
- Blue recipe ingredients (Tier 2)
- Purple recipe ingredients (Tier 3)
Every provisioning recipe requires at least a primary and a secondary ingredient.
The primary ingredients are only found either in specific alliance zones, or are looted from said alliance npcs (as an example you can get Daggerfall Covenant ingredients as an Ebonheart Pact player as loot when you kill Covenant humanoid mobs and such).
These alliance-specific primary ingredients are used only for lower level recipes. It seems that all level 1-35 recipes utilize alliance specific primary ingredients, whilst the recipes between level 40 and veteran rank 5 all use primary ingredients which are common for every alliance.
Secondary ingredients are common for all alliances, and there’s less of them in general.
On top of this, there’s ingredients for blue and purple provisioning recipes. Let’s divide these into tier 2 and tier 3 ingredients for clarity’s sake. Tier 2 ingredients are used for blue quality recipes and tier 3 ingredients are used for epic (purple) quality recipes.
These ingredients are found in ALL zones, and apart from looting containers, the best way to get them is having a provisioning Hireling. Blue & Purple provisioning recipes add ingredients on top of the base recipe, empowering the original recipe. If the original food added max Magicka, a blue version of that recipe could add max Magicka and max Health, whilst the purple version would increase all max Magicka, max Health and max Stamina.
Primary Provisioning Ingredients
The table below shows all primary provisioning ingredients. As you can see, for most of the recipe levels there’s six primary ingredients for that level, and many of the primary ingredients are alliance specific.
|Shornhelm Grains||1||Beverage||Daggerfall Covenant|
|Capon Meat||1||Food||Daggerfall Covenant|
|Aged Meat||1||Beverage||Aldmeri Dominion|
|Snake Slime||1||Beverage||Ebonheart Pact|
|Goat Meat||1||Food||Ebonheart Pact|
|Iron Peat||5||Beverage||Daggerfall Covenant|
|Battaglir Weeds||5||Food||Daggerfall Covenant|
|Dusk Beetle||5||Beverage||Aldmeri Dominion|
|Guar Egg||5||Food||Aldmeri Dominion|
|Snake Venom||5||Beverage||Ebonheart Pact|
|Kwama Egg||5||Food||Ebonheart Pact|
|Bear Haunch||10||Food||Daggerfall Covenant|
|Ripe Apple||10||Beverage||Aldmeri Dominion|
|Wild Honey||10||Beverage||Ebonheart Pact|
|Scuttle Meat||10||Food||Ebonheart Pact|
|Wasp Squeezings||15||Beverage||Daggerfall Covenant|
|Mutton Flank||15||Food||Daggerfall Covenant|
|Wisp Floss||15||Beverage||Aldmeri Dominion|
|Dragon’s-Tongue Sap||15||Beverage||Ebonheart Pact|
|Plump Worms||15||Food||Ebonheart Pact|
|Dark Bile||20||Beverage||Daggerfall Covenant|
|Pig’s Milk||20||Beverage||Aldmeri Dominion|
|Goat Bits||20||Food||Aldmeri Dominion|
|Sujamma Berries||20||Beverage||Ebonheart Pact|
|Plump Rodent Toes||20||Food||Ebonheart Pact|
|Orc Hops||25||Beverage||Daggerfall Covenant|
|Glitter Rock||25||Beverage||Aldmeri Dominion|
|Moon Sugar||25||Food||Aldmeri Dominion|
|Plump Maggots||25||Food||Ebonheart Pact|
|Desert Heather||30||Beverage||Daggerfall Covenant|
|Horker Meat||30||Food||Daggerfall Covenant|
|River Grapes||30||Beverage||Ebonheart Pact|
|Chaurus Meat||30||Food||Ebonheart Pact|
|Black Tea||35||Beverage||Daggerfall Covenant|
|Flank Steak||35||Food||Daggerfall Covenant|
|Spring Essence||35||Beverage||Aldmeri Dominion|
|Ash Millet||35||Beverage||Ebonheart Pact|
|Frog Legs||35||Food||Ebonheart Pact|
|Crystal Berry||40||Beverage||All Alliances|
|Kaveh Beans||45||Beverage||All Alliances|
|Mountain Berries||50||Beverage||All Alliances|
|Mudcrab Meat||50||Food||All Alliances|
|Bervez Fruit||VR5||Beverage||All Alliances|
|Jazbay Grapes||VR5||Beverage||All Alliances|
|Honey Comb||VR5||Food||All Alliances|
Shornhelm Grains, for example, is a primary ingredient typically found in low level Daggerfall Covenant zones. Only Daggerfall Covenant players can find recipes which use Shornhelm Grains. You can use the recipe on another alliance, though, but it’s not very convenient.
Primary ingredients are more general than secondary ingredients – Shornhelm Grains is used for beverages, which includes beer, spirits and wine recipes. It’s used in all three of the level 1 beverage recipes. This applies to all the other primary ingredients as well. With that in mind, you’re safe to throw away the lower level primary ingredients once you no longer think they are useful for you.
Secondary Provisioning Ingredients
This table shows all the secondary provisioning ingredients, their recipe level, type of consumable they are used for and the base consumable effect. Secondary ingredients are not alliance specific – they are common for all three alliances.
Each secondary ingredient covers a range of recipe levels, and is used for very specific recipes. Drippings, for example, are used as a secondary ingredient for level 1-15 Grilled Food recipes, and the base consumable effect of these recipes increases max Stamina. Beverages increase stat recovery rates.
If you don’t find beverages useful, you can just outright ignore grapes, malt and mash, for example. Once you’re in the veteran ranks, you probably don’t want to keep very low level ingredients in your bank either.
|Ingredient||Level||Consumable Type||Consumable Effect|
|Drippings||1-15||Grilled||Increase Max Stamina|
|Meal||1-15||Bread and Pies||Increase Max Health|
|Thin Broth||1-15||Soups and Stews||Increase Max Magicka|
|Brown Malt||1-15||Beer||Increase Health Recovery|
|Corn Mash||1-15||Spirits||Increase Stamina Recovery|
|Wine Grapes||1-15||Wine||Increase Magicka Recovery|
|Cooking Fat||20-25||Grilled||Increase Max Stamina|
|Milled Flour||20-25||Bread and Pies||Increase Max Health|
|Broth||20-25||Soups and Stews||Increase Max Magicka|
|Amber Malt||20-25||Beer||Increase Health Recovery|
|Wheat Mash||20-25||Spirits||Increase Stamina Recovery|
|Grasa Grapes||20-25||Wine||Increase Magicka Recovery|
|Suet||30-35||Grilled||Increase Max Stamina|
|Sifted Flour||30-35||Bread and Pies||Increase Max Health|
|Stock||30-35||Soups and Stews||Increase Max Magicka|
|Caramalt||30-35||Beer||Increase Health Recovery|
|Oat Mash||30-35||Spirits||Increase Stamina Recovery|
|Lado Grapes||30-35||Wine||Increase Magicka Recovery|
|Lard||40-45||Grilled||Increase Max Stamina|
|Cake Flour||40-45||Bread and Pies||Increase Max Health|
|Jus||40-45||Soups and Stews||Increase Max Magicka|
|Wheat Malt||40-45||Beer||Increase Health Recovery|
|Barley Mash||40-45||Spirits||Increase Stamina Recovery|
|Camaralet Grapes||40-45||Wine||Increase Magicka Recovery|
|Fatback||50||Grilled||Increase Max Stamina|
|Baker’s Flour||50||Bread and Pies||Increase Max Health|
|Glace Viande||50||Soups and Stews||Increase Max Magicka|
|White Malt||50||Beer||Increase Health Recovery|
|Rice Mash||50||Spirits||Increase Stamina Recovery|
|Ribier Grapes||50||Wine||Increase Magicka Recovery|
|Pinguis||VR5||Grilled||Increase Max Stamina|
|Imperial Flour||VR5||Bread and Pies||Increase Max Health|
|Imperial Stock||VR5||Soups and Stews||Increase Max Magicka|
|Imperial Mash||VR5||Beer||Increase Health Recovery|
|Golden Malt||VR5||Spirits||Increase Stamina Recovery|
|Emperor Grapes||VR5||Wine||Increase Magicka Recovery|
Secondary provisioning ingredients are obtained from containers, as loot and from hirelings, but they can also be bought from Grocers.
Grocer NPCs who sell level 50+ provisioning ingredients are located in Veteran Rank zones. An Aldmeri Dominion player would have to go to the Ebonheart Pact or Daggerfall Covenant zones and so on.
Grocer NPC Locations
- Ebonheart Pact: Black-Silk-Earth in Davon’s Watch, Stonefalls. She’s at the northern part of the Market District.
- Aldmeri Dominion: Samardan in Vulkhel Guard, Auridon. He’s near the docks by the merchant stall.
- Daggerfall Covenant: Jafrost Cold-Eye in Betnikh. She’s at the Dockside Trading Stalls.
Tier 2 Ingredients
Tier 2 Ingredients are only needed for blue (and purple) quality provisioning recipes. Depending on the type of consumable, the blue recipe adds an ingredient on top of the primary and secondary ingredients, meaning every blue recipe will require a primary ingredient, a secondary ingredient and the tier 2 ingredient.
|Ingredient||Consumable Type||Effect on Recipe|
|Salt||Grilled||Increase Max Health|
|Red Wheat||Bread and Pies||Increase Max Magicka|
|Onion||Soup and Stews||Increase Max Stamina|
|Hallertau Hops||Beer||Increase Magicka Recovery|
|Snowberry||Spirits||Increase Health Recovery|
|Concord Grapes||Wine||Increase Stamina Recovery|
Tier 2 ingredients are needed for all blue recipes between levels 10 and VR5. Blue recipes get a new prefix: ‘Enriched’, ‘Fortified’ and ‘Invigorated’, and the recipe will add an extra stat/effect on top of the base recipe.
Tier 3 Ingredients
Tier 3 Provisioning ingredients are only needed for purple (epic) quality recipes. The final consumable will increase all three stats or recovery rates, and the tier 3 recipe names have the prefix ‘Consummate’.
|Garlic & Pepper||Grilled|
|Barley & Oats||Bread and Pies|
|Potato & Tomato||Soup and Stews|
|Hops & Saaz Hops||Beer|
|Juniper Berry & Canis Root||Spirits|
|White Grapes & Jazbay Grapes||Wine|
Tier 3 provisioning ingredients are needed for all purple recipes between levels 35 and VR5.
Note that every tier 3 recipe of a specific type requires both of the ingredients. That’s why I’ve listed garlic & pepper on the same row – you never use them separately. They are ONLY used together and for tier 3 recipes.
A tier 3 / epic provisioning recipe will always require the primary ingredient, secondary ingredient, tier 2 (blue) ingredient and the two tier 3 (epic) ingredients, meaning you always need five ingredients for a tier 3 recipe.
With so many different ingredients out there, it’s not feasible to keep all of them in your bank. The ingredients which will be very useful and valuable for higher level players are the ones you want to keep: the tier 2 and tier 3 ingredients.
Personally I prefer food over beverages because I find the flat buff to stats more useful than the recovery rates, but perhaps it’s a good idea to keep all of the tier 2 & tier 3 ingredients. You should probably get rid of the lower level primary & secondary ingredients as you level up.
The level 50 & Veteran Rank 5 ingredients will be in high demand for a long time, so they will be valuable and you should consider keeping them.