Alchemy: What is it?
Alchemy in Morrowind is the combining of multiple ingredients to
create potions. It's governed by the Magic skill set and is one of
the more complex and involved skills in the game. At start, the
aspiring Alchemist must boost his skill by performing Wortcraft, the
tasting of ingredients to judge their effects.
Alchemist becomes more skilled in his trade, he will be able to
glean knowledge of all effects on an ingredient and use various
apparatuses to brew his potions. Potions can have both good an bad
effects, and are rated on a five-point quality scale. Each potion
can have up to four effects placed on it, good or
Alchemy: How do I do it?
As stated above, Alchemy is, indeed, a skill just like Long Blades
or Acrobatics. Thus, the only way to increase your understanding of
the Alchemical way is to practice it. At the beginning this practice
usually comes in the form of the aforementioned Wortcraft. With
Wortcraft you are able to taste each ingredient and, if the
ingredient successfully effects you, you will gain in
When the Alchemist gains in skill, he will be able
to discover more of the effects (up to four) on the ingredients he
tastes. This, along with the quality of the Alchemist's apparatus,
will also determine just how successful he is at mixing the one to
four of the hundred (approximate) ingredients in the game. The
actual process of brewing a potion goes a little like this:
- Gather your four chosen ingredients. This is probably the most
important step, as each ingredient has four effects on it. When
the four ingredients are mixed, only the effects that match across
all ingredients will be applied to the
Example: Say I have four ingredients that I
know only one effect for (for each). These four effects are Drain
Intelligence, Detect Key, Drain Personality, and Cure Common
Disease. Well, if I were to combine these, the potion would fail
because none of the known effects match. But if I replaced the
ingredient with Drain Intelligence with another ingredient with
Detect Key, then the potion would succeed and, if imbibed, cast
the Detect Key effect on the person who drinks it.
- After you have gathered you're desired ingredients together,
you must select an apparatus to mix them with. Certain ingredients
require different apparatuses, though.
- Once the potion has been brewed, you should test it to make
sure the recipe is correct and to make sure you didn't
accidentally combine some undisireable effects (like making a
potion of Water Walking that also has the unpleasent - and
undocumented - sideffect of Paralyzation).
How many ingredients are there?
Around one hundred (100)
At what skill level can you use
At any level, though at the lower levels you're
more likely to fail in your brewing.
What are the quality
grades and what are they applied to?
The quality grades exist
for apparatuses and potions and are in place to judge the quality of
the item in question. The scale for potions is cheap, bargain,
standard, quality and exclusive. The quality of the potion is
determined by how many of the effects of the ingredients match and
the quality of the apparatus(es) used. The apparatus quality grades
are unknown at this time.
How many effects can a potion
They can have up to four. However, this is very
unlikely as all of the effects on all four ingredients must match,
and you can't put more than one of each type of ingredient in a
Is it possible to make explosive or poisonous
potions to throw at an enemy?
No, you can only simulate that
effect with the Enchant skill.
Do negative effects cross
into the potion if they match on the
Are some of the ingredients
Of all the ingredients, most are common, some are
uncommon, and even fewer than that are considered
Can you purchase all of the ingredients?
can buy most ingredients, but the rarest items you will have to find
yourself, either out in the wilderness or on
Are all of the ingredients
Most of the ingredients are some kind of
vegitation, while some items you get off dead creatures, and still
others are things like gems, ebony, and glass.
be an Alchemist guild out of the box?