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According to this page here I should be able to combine up to four ingredients for each potion/poison. However, when attempting to make a potion, I found I can only combine up to 3 in one mix. Is there a way to increase the amount of ingredients per mix that I make, or is that page wrong?

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The page you linked does not make the claim you assert. –  David B Nov 29 '11 at 14:09
    
@DavidB As you can see here: uesp.net/w/… at one point it did. They obviously removed it because it's not true, so my question is irrelevant anyway, but I just wanted to point out that I wasn't asking a question for no reason. –  Mr Smooth Nov 29 '11 at 17:16
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You can only use three different ingredients per potion. However, each ingredient has 4 potential effects. Any effect which is shared by at least 2 of the ingredients will exist on the potion. So you can end up with a number of effects if you have ingredients that share a lot, but you cannot exceed three ingredients.

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Does it only add additional effects, or is it possible to boost a single effect (ie using three restore health ingredients)? –  thegrinner Nov 29 '11 at 15:16
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The strength of the potion (ie how much it heals) seems to be based solely on your alchemy skill. –  Toast Nov 29 '11 at 16:16
    
So theoretically the most effects you can have on a potion is 6? –  Annan Nov 29 '11 at 17:29
    
@Annan Since you have 12 effects total, and you need at least 2 of each, yes. Although I doubt there are any ingredient sets that provide such a perfect matchup. You would need something like 2 from A match 2 from B and the others 2 from C, and then B's remaining 2 match C's remaining 2. –  bwarner Nov 29 '11 at 17:36
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6 effects does seem theoretically possible –  Gary.S Nov 29 '11 at 17:38
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6 effects is theoretically possible, but after running a java script to combine all possible sets of 3 ingredients, i found that there is no potion with 6 effects.

There are, however, 5 potions with 5 effects.

EDIT: Since you ask, Holger, here they are :) Theese are the 5 combinations, listed with value first (calculated by values from this site: http://www.uesp.net/wiki/Skyrim:Alchemy_Effects )

636 Glowing Mushroom, Hanging Moss, Glow Dust.

555 Creep Cluster, Scaly Pholiota, Mora Tapinella.

542 Eye of Sabre Cat, Hanging Moss, Bear Claws.

470 Blisterwort, Jarrin Root, Human Heart.

263 Daedra Heart, Eye of Sabre Cat, Silverside Perch.

As you can see, not all of them are great value in spite of having 5 effects. The first one is still the most valueable potion you can create, even considering the huge boost you get from creating a Fortify Health potion using Giant's toe.

The second most valuable potion is this one (which only has 3 effects):

614 Giant's Toe, River Betty, Large Antlers.

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Could you post the answers? :) –  Holger Jan 20 '12 at 11:44
    
Sweet answer. But potion with Jarrin root is only 470 septims? That is the rarest ingredient, and I sadly used it to poison the fake Emperor. +1 for your effort though. –  ヴァイシャリ Jan 20 '12 at 17:00
    
The potions can be much stronger and more valuable depending on your alchemy skill, perks and enchantments. Also, I think there is only one Jarrin root in the whole game, so it's not that relevant. –  Snasildur Jan 21 '12 at 10:11
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