Useful Potions and Alchemy Reagents in ESO

alchemy potions in esoAlchemy is a versatile profession because it allows the player to craft the same potion in multiple different ways. This is mostly visible for alchemy potions with two alchemy reagents.

Once you take advantage of the Laboratory Use passive and start mixing potions using three alchemy reagents, you start getting very interesting results, and there’s only so many ways to craft a single, highly useful potion.

Here’s a list of the most useful ESO alchemy potions in each category, and also an overview of alchemy reagents; which are useful, which are not.

The following potions were discovered using our Alchemy Simulator, and they all take advantage of the Laboratory Use passive, meaning they’ve been created with three alchemy reagents.

There’s plenty of more useful potions out there, but these are probably the best potions you can have. Thanks to Tajin for providing us with a list for many of the potions in the comments!

Restoration Potions

These potions restore Health, Magicka and Stamina in a single sip. Very handy to have all around.

Potion Effects Alchemy Reagents Used
  • Restore Health (increased duration)
  • Restore Magicka
  • Restore Stamina
  • Bugloss
  • Columbine
  • Mountain Flower
  • Restore Health
  • Restore Magicka
  • Restore Stamina
  • Columbine
  • Lady’s Smock
  • Mountain Flower
  • Restore Health
  • Restore Magicka
  • Restore Stamina
  • Bugloss
  • Columbine
  • Dragonthorn

Bugloss, Columbine and Mountain Flower are your best friends if you’re looking for restoration potions.

Spell Damage and Spell Crit Potions

These potions focus on Spell Damage and Spell Crit, as well as Restore Magicka and Restore Health.

Great potions to have for almost anyone.

Potion Effects Alchemy Reagents Used
  • Restore Magicka
  • Increase Spell Damage
  • Increase Spell Crit
  • Cornflower
  • Lady’s Smock
  • Namira’s Rot
  • Restore Magicka
  • Increase Spell Damage
  • Increase Spell Crit
  • Cornflower
  • Lady’s Smock
  • Water Hyacinth
  • Restore Health
  • Restore Magicka
  • Increase Spell Crit
  • Columbine
  • Lady’s Smock
  • Water Hyacinth
  • Restore Health
  • Restore Magicka
  • Increase Spell Crit
  • Bugloss
  • Lady’s Smock
  • Water Hyacinth

Lady’s Smock and Water Hyacinth are both the most common reagents for spell potions.

Weapon Damage and Weapon Crit Potions

Weapon Damage and Weapon Crit potions also restore Stamina and/or Health.

These are very useful, but even more so for those who prefer physical weapon skills.

Potion Effects Alchemy Reagents Used
  • Restore Stamina
  • Increase Weapon Damage
  • Increase Movement Speed
  • Blessed Thistle
  • Dragonthorn
  • Namira’s Rot
  • Restore Stamina
  • Increase Weapon Damage
  • Increase Weapon Crit (increased duration)
  • Blessed Thistle
  • Dragonthorn
  • Water Hyacinth
  • Restore Stamina
  • Increase Weapon Damage
  • Increase Weapon Crit (increased duration)
  • Blessed Thistle
  • Dragonthorn
  • Wormwood
  • Restore Health
  • Restore Stamina
  • Increase Weapon Crit (increased duration)
  • Columbine
  • Dragonthorn
  • Water Hyacinth
  • Restore Health
  • Restore Stamina
  • Increase Weapon Crit (increased duration)
  • Dragonthorn
  • Mountain Flower
  • Water Hyacinth

Dragonthorn appears in all of the physical weapon potions. Enough said.

Utility Potions

These potions are situational, and provide immunities against crowd control, increase your movement speed, enhance your stealth detection and give you invisibility.

Potion Effects Alchemy Reagents Used
  • Restore Stamina
  • Increase Weapon Crit
  • Become Immune to knockback and disabling effects
  • Columbine
  • Dragonthorn
  • Wormwood
  • Restore Stamina
  • Increase Weapon Damage
  • Increase Movement Speed
  • Blessed Thistle
  • Dragonthorn
  • Namira’s Rot
  • Restore Health
  • Restore Stamina
  • Become Immune to knockback and disabling effects
  • Columbine
  • Mountain Flower
  • Namira’s Rot
  • Restore Health
  • Restore Stamina
  • Become Immune to knockback and disabling effects
  • Columbine
  • Mountain Flower
  • Wormwood
  • Restore Health
  • Restore Magicka
  • Become immune to knockback and disabling effects
  • Bugloss
  • Columbine
  • Namira’s Rot
  • Restore Health
  • Restore Magicka
  • Become immune to knockback and disabling effects
  • Bugloss
  • Columbine
  • Wormwood
  • Restore Magicka
  • Increase Spell Crit
  • Become immune to knockback and disabling effects
  • Columbine
  • Lady’s Smock
  • Namira’s Rot
  • Restore Magicka
  • Increase Spell Damage
  • Increase your Stealth Detection
  • Cornflower
  • Lady’s Smock
  • Wormwood
  • Restore Stamina
  • Become immune to knockback and disabling effects
  • Increase Movement Speed
  • Blessed Thistle
  • Columbine
  • Namira’s Rot
  • Restore Health
  • Become immune to knockback and disabling effects
  • Vanish
  • Blue Entoloma
  • Columbine
  • Namira’s Rot
  • Increase Movement Speed
  • Vanish
  • Blessed Thistle
  • Blue Entoloma
  • Namira’s Rot

 Useful Alchemy Reagents

Based on the above lists, you can draw some conclusions about the usefulness of the different herbs, plants and mushrooms in ESO. Here’s how many times each single alchemy reagent occured in the potions above:

  • Columbine: 14
  • Dragonthorn: 9
  • Namira’s Rot: 9
  • Lady’s Smock: 8
  • Blessed Thistle: 7
  • Water Hyacinth: 7
  • Bugloss: 6
  • Wormwood: 6
  • Mountain Flower: 5
  • Blue Entoloma: 2
  • Cornflower: 2

Now, slapping a value on a reagent based on the number of occurances on this list isn’t very accurate, but it does give you a rough idea of how many different potions you can craft with it, and because of that, it should be in high demand.

Needless to say, Columbine is a great alchemy reagent to have. It restores health, stamina, magicka and provides immunity against CC effects.

Dragonthorn is another awesome ingredient. It is the only alchemy reagent which increases both Weapon Damage and Weapon Crit, so if you need a potion which does this, you absolutely need Dragonthorn.

Lady’s Smock is basically the Spell Damage and Spell Crit version of Dragonthorn. If you want a potion with Spell Crit and Spell Damage, you need Lady’s Smock.

Namira’s Rot (Spell Crit, Invisibility, Speed, Unstoppable) is a very useful ingredient for utility potions.

Less Useful Alchemy Reagents

Now there’s a whole bunch of alchemy reagents which didn’t even appear on the list above. Does it mean they are bad? Not necessarily.

In order to create an invisibility potion, for example, your options are very limited. Only Blue Entoloma, Namira’s Rot and Nirnroot have the Vanish trait. Nirnroot can be combined with either of them to create a simple Vanish potion.

Movement Speed potions are even more difficult to create, because there’s only two alchemy ingredients with the Speed trait: Blessed Thistle and Namira’s Rot.

There are some reagents which are simply useless, though. Emetic Russula (Ravage Health, Ravage Stamina, Ravage Magicka, Stun) only has negative traits. For as long as ESO does not allow you to craft poisons, the negative traits should be avoided, and the reagents with negative traits are only useful for alchemy experience.

  • Tom

    Thanks again for the wonderful info. Your website has been great for the ESO community. These alchemy posts really help. Would it be possible to expand on the ingredients in another post? Info for how to obtain, best ways to obtain, and where to obtain these ingredients would be very helpful! Thanks.

  • Thanks, it’s always nice to read messages such as yours 🙂

    I have been gathering info on the best locations to pick up alchemy reagents but I’m still progressing in the veteran ranks, and am yet to see all of the areas, so there’s still some work to do.

    However, so far the best place to farm pretty much all of the alchemy reagents mentioned above, plus Nirnroot, is the Hollow City in Coldharbour. It’s the main and the only friendly town in there. That place is full of ingredients, and they’re all safe to pick up, too.

    Another great spot is the central Bal Foyen. It’s lacking mushrooms, Nirnroot and Water Hyacinth but has pretty much everything else.

    Namira’s Rot and other mushrooms seem to be quite rare, and apart from a few caves I haven’t yet found a reliable spot for them.

  • Tom

    Thanks for the update and info. You guys are great! The main potion I will be making is the spell crit-restore magicka-spellpower combo. The hardest ingredient to get (other than namira’s rot, but can use others instead) is lady’s smock. I’d love to find a great spot to gather this one. Water Hyacinth and the others seems to be more abundant.

  • Robert Smith

    That’s a useful post. Thanks.

  • Kahnee

    Just wanted you to know it is much appreciated by me for your wonderful description of alchemy crafting in ESO for those of us new to game and needing pointers to level up on that craft. Your post has helped me tremendously to level up my craft.

  • Kahnee

    BTW, until I read your post, I was paying like 120 for magicka pots from the npcs and now due to your explanation of what is needed to make specific types of pots, I can make Vet 1 Rank pots with all three (magicka, stamina, health) for free. Yay!

  • spek

    Thanks for all the info. Have you think about adding section for experience gain. A potion with 3 reagents you get a little more xp than with 2 reagents.

  • Dreddnawt Mettlehead

    Noticed a couple corrections for above:
    Blessed Thistle, Dragonthorn, and Namiras Rot make the potion listed under Utility Potions, the entry under Spell Potions is incorrect. Result = Restore Stamina, Increase Wpn Power, Increase Speed

    Columbine, Dragonthorn, and Wormwood listed under Weapon Pots and Utility Pots does NOT increase speed, rather it adds Unstoppable. Result = Restore Stamina, Increase Weapon Crit, Immune to Knockbacks and Disable.

    Otherwise a great guide and it has been extremely helpful. Thank you.

  • Well spotted. They should be fixed. Thanks!

  • Mahone Rale’ Vayato

    I am just going through your list here and see that the last one in both of these columns are the same ingredients: Restoration potions and spell damage and spell crit potions. both of these use Bugloss, lady smock, and water hyacinth. the correct result of these potions is the one listed under Spell damage and spell crit.

  • uwantSAM0A

    excellent guide that i refer to very often. thank you for taking the time to create it.

  • Grant Russel Szawejko

    Never buy regents from guild stores unless they are properly priced 100 coin per regent is fair, 1 guy I found was trying to sell 3 bugloss for 2000 coin clear rip off , however another was selling 200 level 20 solvents for 1299 dollars now that’s fair deal

  • fourv

    what alchemy ingredients are used for sip of health? I know one ingredient is natural water. What are the other two reagents?

  • fourv

    What we need are examples of how to use this information. I have the type of visual learning that requires very literal explanations. I got all As in college becase I answered all of the questions in the book and every other book I could find including test banks for the courses I took. I require very literal explanations and examples are part of that learning process.

  • Flash Bang

    Sip is level 3 right, that was a long time ago, lol, so any 2 reagents that have a health trait (e.g. Luminous Russula and Water Hyacinth) will make a health potion. To get a sip you just use natural water or whatever level 3 water is. Think of the process as 2 parts, 1st part, just water(determines level), 2nd part plant/shrooms)reagents combos so put down the water with the level u have in mind, the the 2 or 3 reagents with at least 2 matching symbols or traits. Ya bro I didnt see a chart that said what water makes a sip, what water makes a elixir just use any water then plants until u come up with what ur lookin for then switch waters until it say sip of health or keg of shine or whatever ur looking for. The water just determines the level and at 1st the only water u can use makes a sip so figuring it out shouldnt be too hard. It is confusing as 1st. Also addon’s help. Alchemist tells u what to combine to get unknown traits known. Potion Maker makes it really easy. The reagents dont change with different levels( sips vs. panacea’s) . Everything takes learning and practice and then it becomes so easy u cant understand how u struggled in the 1st place. Try enchanting with no addon’s, thats] one is crazy hard to remember all the crazy names and theres 2 for eachs set of levels and 2 tier 3 runes can be for levels 25-35 or one and 30-40 for the other. drives me nuts. Im reading that guide next

  • MerleApAmber

    Still knocking our socks off out here with the Potions information. PLEASE, I hope we can depend upon you and your interest when Zeni adds poison potions to the game plan!