ESO Provisioning Ingredients – Which Ones to Keep

eso provisioning ingredientsEvery 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.

Ingredient Level Consumable Type Alliance
Shornhelm Grains 1 Beverage Daggerfall Covenant
Capon Meat 1 Food Daggerfall Covenant
Aged Meat 1 Beverage Aldmeri Dominion
Pork 1 Food 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
Tangerine 10 Beverage Daggerfall Covenant
Bear Haunch 10 Food Daggerfall Covenant
Ripe Apple 10 Beverage Aldmeri Dominion
Sweetmeats 10 Food 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
Liver 15 Food Aldmeri Dominion
Dragon’s-Tongue Sap 15 Beverage Ebonheart Pact
Plump Worms 15 Food Ebonheart Pact
Dark Bile 20 Beverage Daggerfall Covenant
Combwort 20 Food 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
Venison 25 Food Daggerfall Covenant
Glitter Rock 25 Beverage Aldmeri Dominion
Moon Sugar 25 Food Aldmeri Dominion
Comberry 25 Beverage Ebonheart Pact
Plump Maggots 25 Food Ebonheart Pact
Desert Heather 30 Beverage Daggerfall Covenant
Horker Meat 30 Food Daggerfall Covenant
Molasses 30 Beverage Aldmeri Dominion
Crawdad 30 Food Aldmeri Dominion
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
Saltrice 35 Food Aldmeri Dominion
Ash Millet 35 Beverage Ebonheart Pact
Frog Legs 35 Food Ebonheart Pact
Crystal Berry 40 Beverage All Alliances
Beef 40 Food All Alliances
Kaveh Beans 45 Beverage All Alliances
Shank 45 Food 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

eso tier 2 provisioning recipe
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’.

Ingredient Consumable Type
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.

Conclusion

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.

  • Ezhar

    Excellent article, as usual. This has quickly become my favorite ESO news/reference site. Thanks!

  • http://guardiansofmaraya.enjin.com/ Shadowhorn

    So, basically, all foods boost either M/HP/S or its recovery? Are there no other food bonuses? Like weapon crit?

  • http://tamrieljournal.com Halmur

    Nope. This isn’t exactly a list of all the recipes (I’ll put one up at some point, just need to find a proper format), but foods only increase magicka/health/stamina, whilst drinks only increase the recovery rates for those stats.

    300+ magicka, stamina and health all at once is a very decent buff on its own. Wouldn’t say no for a bit more customization options, though.

  • http://guardiansofmaraya.enjin.com/ Shadowhorn

    Oh. I see. Well this practically lowers the number of ingredients by a ton – we only need to stack ingredients for the best food recipe and ingredients for the best drink recipe we have. Other are useless to us since the buff is either the same or lower (since there are only two types of buffs ).

  • x2phoenix

    Is there a specific area within the ebonheart pact to hunt for scuttle meat

  • http://tamrieljournal.com Halmur

    I’ve found lots by just looking in crates and barrels all around Stonefalls.

  • DiverKlein .

    How about red wheat? the best recipe i have atm needs that and i can never seem to find it. I probably past the area that its in, but i can’t recall where that is.

  • http://tamrieljournal.com Halmur

    I think red wheat (and all the other tier 2 ingredients) are found randomly from pretty much every zone. I’ve picked them up in what seems like almost every zone.

    Tier 2 and tier 3 ingredients are quite rare, and there doesn’t seem to be a reliable place to get them from. Hirelings are your best bet imo.

  • Fethdar

    Thank you for this list, now I can clear out some bank space by getting rid of the ingredients I can not use.

  • Carmelita

    The “Best” recipes don’t actually vary. A blue level recipe gives bonuses to 2 stats (max health/magicka/stam for food, regens for drink), and EVERY purple recipe boosts all 3 stats. So there is no “best” recipe, per say. Once you find a purple VR5 recipe, you will certainly spam produce that, but the other ingredients will remain relevant, if you can find their corresponding purple recipe.

  • Carmelita

    Also, one thing I’ve noticed about cross-faction ingredients. Coldharbour zones (as they are not faction-specific) hand out all faction ingredients seemingly equally. So, in the Wailing Prison tutorial zone, you can find Shornhelm Grains, Capon Meat, Aged Meat, Pork, Snake Slime and Goat Meat in the chests, urns etc., plus all the “secondary” ingredients as well.

    That’s why I started my own research into this – bag space squeeze, and deciding what to throw out. Once I found the patterns in faction-specific recipes, it made sense. Of course, this page renders my partially-complete spreadsheet moot now!

  • http://guardiansofmaraya.enjin.com/ Shadowhorn

    What I was trying to point out in my previous post was that once you get a beverage recipe and a food recipe with consummate prefix for V5 ( the best there is? ) you can only stack resources for these two recipes as other V5 recipes with consummate prefix would still only give the same bonus, which is kind of disappointing. Flooding players with tons of resources and recipes only to find out there are only two usable ones. What is the point of like six (?) V5 consummate food recipes if all give the same bonus? Wouldnt it make more sense to offer stats like weapon crit etc..

  • http://tamrieljournal.com Halmur

    Yeah it does seem a bit strange having three identical recipes if you look at the product – the mats are different, though. You can create the same food/drink by using slightly different ingredients, so you just have more ingredients to work with which results in more food/drinks overall.

    Agree that having a totally different end result for the recipe would make more sense.

  • DaGhostDS

    you can also kill Scuttles and loot it from them.

  • Organic

    All recipes must exist with the same bonuses across all 3 factions. That’s why there are duplicates. Your faction only has direct access to ingredients used by your faction’s zones while leveling. It’s not until 50+ that you gain access to other faction’s zones (excluding things like Coldharbour, which is completely random as to which faction’s ingredients you’ll loot).

    Also, since each faction has a different faction’s home land for their 50+ and 50++ areas, the mats readily available for level 1-49 in that native faction’s zones won’t be available until elder game for the other two factions.

    Finally, the reason provisioning is so limited in its buffable scope is because the foods last an incredibly long time (epic recipes last 2 hours; even longer with passives), last through death (awesome!!), AND offer two extremely useful and different attribute enhancers that Alchemy does not. I think it works as a perfect complement to Alchemy. Remember, you can also only consume one food or one beverage as they overwrite each other. So, it’s either a ~10%-15% boost in your attribute(s), or a ~10%-15% in your attribute(s) regen.

  • http://tamrieljournal.com Halmur

    All ingredients past level 40, Coldharbour included are universal to all alliances, so there really is no reason to have duplicate recipes (and if we’re strict, they’re not exactly duplicate — the mats are different, but still available to each faction.)

    You are correct that the recipes are different, but only for below level 40. All recipes above this level use ingredients which every faction has access to.

  • Robert Smith

    Great resource. Thanks for that clear, concise guide. Not sure I would care for the diet, personally, but if that’s all that’s available on Tamriel, well, so be it.

  • will

    I found carrots as a provisioning ingredient but it’s not on the list. do you know where it would fit in?

  • http://tamrieljournal.com Halmur

    I’ve been wondering the same thing. It doesn’t seem to be an ingredient for any recipe atm.

  • Brian

    Many of the Grocer NPC locations seem to be a well guarded secret. The Gorocers sell many ingredients, but so far, I have not seen Red Wheat for sale at any of them. Here is a list of the ones I know about:

    Almeri Dominion, Auridon, Vulkhsl Guard, Samardan,near docks by merchant stall

    ▪ Amber Malt

    ▪ Broth

    ▪ Brown Malt

    ▪ Cooking Fat

    ▪ Corn Mash

    ▪ Drippings

    ▪ Grasa Grapes

    ▪ Meal

    ▪ Milled Flour

    ▪ Pinguis

    ▪ Thin Broth

    ▪ Wheat Mash

    ▪ Wine Grapes

    Aldmeri Dominion, Grahtwood, Redfur Trading Post, Nenime

    ▪ Amber Malt

    ▪ Broth

    ▪ Cooking Fat

    ▪ Grasa Grapes

    ▪ Milled Flour

    ▪ Wheat Mash

    Aldmeri Dominion, Greenshade, Woodhearth, Araneth Food Finder

    ▪ Amber Malt

    ▪ Broth

    ▪ Caramalt

    ▪ Cooking Fat

    ▪ Grasa Grapes

    ▪ Lado Grapes

    ▪ Milled Flour

    ▪ Oat Mash

    ▪ Sifted Flour

    ▪ Stock

    ▪ Suet

    ▪ Wheat Mash

    Aldmeri Dominion, Reaper’s March, Dune wayshrine, Four Toes

    ▪ Barley Mash

    ▪ Cake Flour

    ▪ Caramalet Grapes

    ▪ Jus

    ▪ Lard

    ▪ Wheat Malt

    Coldharbour, Gulza, Cicero’s Food and General Goods (only after quest repopulates it)

    ▪ Baker’s Flour

    ▪ Barley Mash

    ▪ Cake Flour

    ▪ Camaralet Grapes

    ▪ Emperor Grapes

    ▪ Fatback

    ▪ Glace Viande

    ▪ Golden Malt

    ▪ Imperial Flour

    ▪ Imperial Mash

    ▪ Imperial Stock

    ▪ Jus

    ▪ Lard

    ▪ Pinguis

    ▪ Ribier Grapes

    ▪ Rice Mash

    ▪ Wheat Malt

    ▪ White Malt

    Daggerfall Covenant, Kerbal’s Hollow, Bangkorai, Grocer Korgha

    ▪ Barley Mash

    ▪ Cake Flour

    ▪ Caramalet Grapes

    ▪ Jus

    ▪ Lard

    ▪ Wheat Malt

    Daggerfall Covenant, south of Glenumbra, Betnikh, Jafrost Cold-Eye at the Dockside Trading Stalls

    Daggerfall Covenant, Stros M’Kai, Port Hunting, Lagarg

    Daggerfall Covenant, Daggerfall City, Christoph Lamont (quest Blood and Crescent Moon)

    Daggerfall Covenant, High Rock, Stromhaven, Wayrest Tavern

    Daggerfall Covenant, High Rock, Shornhelm, Torg in the Fighter’s Guild

    Ebonheart, Stonefalls, Davon’s Watch, Black Silk Earth, Argonian by a cart in the northern part of the Market District (not a vendor stall)

    ▪ Baker’s Flour

    ▪ Emperor Grapes

    ▪ Fatback

    ▪ Glace Viande

    ▪ Golden Malt

    ▪ Imperial Flour

    ▪ Imperial Mash

    ▪ Imperial Stock

    ▪ Pinguis

    ▪ Ribier Grapes

    ▪ Rice Mash

    ▪ White Malt

    Ebonheart, Riften, Alskar in Marketplace

    ▪ Barley Mash

    ▪ Cake Flour

    ▪ Camaralet Grapes

    ▪ Jus

    ▪ Lard

    ▪ Wheat Malt

    Ebonheart, Eastmarch, Windhelm, Oaken-Hull Emporium (Upstairs), Makes No Soup

    ▪ Barley Mash

    ▪ Cake Flour

    ▪ Camaralet Grapes

    ▪ Caramalt

    ▪ Jus

    ▪ Lado Grapes

    ▪ Lard

    ▪ Oat Mash

    ▪ Sifted Flour

    ▪ Stock

    ▪ Suet

    ▪ Wheat Malt

  • Gray Avatar

    posted in wrong place

  • Gray Avatar

    Are Jazbay Grapes a Tier 3 ingredient or a VR5 primary ingredient? Did they accidentally name 2 items in the game with the same name?

  • http://tamrieljournal.com Halmur

    Yes they did. There’s two types of Jazbay Grapes with the same name & icon, but they are a different item.

  • brent

    carrots are not an ingredient they are an energy food

  • Elija Firebrand

    Where can I find a list of purple V5 recipes?

  • oli

    It is both. I have 9 carrots in my bank that are listed as an “ingredient” in their tooltip.

  • oli

    All I know is I am gonna keep those mofos around til I know what they’re for. I’d feel an idiot if they were for some uber-tier vet recipe and got rid of them!

  • http://guardiansofmaraya.enjin.com/ Shadowhorn

    Wish you could buy Honey Comb, Salt and Red Wheat somewhere.

  • http://guardiansofmaraya.enjin.com/ Shadowhorn

    Esohead.

  • Revelation Knight

    Thanks, no V12 recipes and the purple recipes are underwhelming, unfinished game strikes again.

  • http://guardiansofmaraya.enjin.com/ Shadowhorn

    Yes, just like blue recipes, purple recipes come in V5 as the highest possible quality and lot of lower level versions. Still dont underestimate these V5 purple recipes. The buffs they offer to all stats, either raw stats or recovery rates, are the alpha and omega for min-maxers. Sadly, they are almost impossible to find and therefore cost a fortune if you decide to buy one from another player who is willing to sell his. Remember, unlike blue recipes where you need 6 recipes in total to cover all possible buff combinations – with purple recipes you only need two -> one for raw stats and one for recovery rates ( since they boost all 3 stats ). Sorry, if I went longer than I should have on this post, but I wanted to bring some light on why are these recipes so sought after by some players.

  • Lifsteinn

    Anyone knows a good spot to farm Honey Comb and Red Wheat, if not a good place to farm Ingredients in general? Thank you!

  • http://tamrieljournal.com Halmur

    Dune in northeastern Reaper’s March is great for blue/purple ingredients and general, and 45+ primary/secondary ingredients.

    Just do rounds in the town looting crates, barrels, baskets and sacks. I haven’t found a better place myself.

  • Lifsteinn

    I just rounded Dune, it is amazin! Thank you so much! I haven’t finished the quest here, do you think would be even better if i do it?

  • http://tamrieljournal.com Halmur

    I think Dune is basically under siege by Daedra, right? Once you finish the quest chain in that area, the Daedra disappear, making it easier to go about your own business.

    A bit late reply, sorry.

  • Ailsa Nordstrom

    Is it just my imagination, or are Oats and Tomato the only T3 ingredients NOT found in the world? You can only get them from your hireling. It seems like an oversight or bug that they aren’t in the loot tables, as a rare drop (like pepper).

  • http://tamrieljournal.com Halmur

    Not just you. The only tomatoes and oats i’ve come across have been from my hirelings. And I keep all of my ingredients!

  • Ailsa Nordstrom

    It is worth noting that the items for sale at these vendors changes as you level. I needed Milled Flour and took my VR5 character to get some at a couple of the places listed. I did not see Milled Flour at all, though I did see Imperial Flour and Baker’s Flour.