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Do the type of potions I make have any effect on how much experience I gain towards leveling my Alchemy skill? Are there any ways to level my Alchemy skill aside from making potions? How effective are the methods for leveling compared to leveling by making potions?

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Why has this question received a down vote? There have been two similiar questions posted already. If you feel the issue is "fastest way", then edit the question to fix it. – Wipqozn Dec 17 '11 at 0:36
Hit tilde (~), type player.modav alchemy 50? – Fake Name Dec 17 '11 at 7:10
@FakeName Wouldn't that command just provide a buff? I believe you'd want to use player.advskill alchemy 5000000 to actually level it. – Fambida Jul 26 '13 at 14:31

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I'm fairly sure discovering new effects gives you the biggest boost to your alchemy skill, but throwing together your own potions is gonna be effective, of course.

My strategy has been to go out and collect too many ingredients and then head to an alchemy table and just start throwing stuff together. Generally, I try to put ingredients that I know a lot of effects with ingredients that I know zero or one effects. This way, I have a better chance of matching something.

Eating ingredients will uncover the first effect.

Oh, and you could always train from a specialist and then kill them and recollect your gold. But that's limited to fives times per level.

This wiki is a great source:

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Grats on the Hat! Thanks for helping us find another one of The Secret Hats – LessPop_MoreFizz Dec 17 '11 at 0:34
I prefer to try ingredients for which I know as few effects as possible, makes it more likely to discover completely new effects. – jwaddell Dec 17 '11 at 6:54
@jwaddell: Sounds good to me too. I also match ingredients by "common sense." Two frosty plants probably have similar effects, etc. There are loads of strategies! Alchemy is one of my favorite parts of the game. – Alex Dec 17 '11 at 7:15
The most efficient way is take two ingredients you know work together, and then add a third one that you want to discover effects on. That way, you still create a potion and get the larger amount of EXP and have a good chance of discovering an effect (since there are up to 7 effects on the two that do match). – agf Dec 17 '11 at 15:00
You don't have to be as drastic and kill the specialist, you can just steal the gold :) – Timo Huovinen Jul 23 '12 at 14:23
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My Potion recipe finder generates all possible 2 and 3 ingredient recipes and lets you filter by effect and purity. You can remove items you don't have and it adjust the possibilities. It also sorts by price so the post expensive ones are first.

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This is the fourth recipe-generator I've tried and it's easily the best, thanks a lot for making it :) – victoriah Jan 13 '12 at 21:44
+1 Agreed this one is too good. Plus neat tips on that page as well. Thank you. – ヴァイシャリ Jan 14 '12 at 5:39
This calculator really helps level alchemy as you can always make the best use of your ingredients on hand! – James Jan 21 '12 at 1:04

The amount of exp you receive is directly related to the amount of gold that the potion is worth.

Potions are worth more if they have more effects on them, and the effects have a larger magnitude.

For this reason, even creating a potion that has 1 positive effect and two negative effects will be worth more than a potion with just one positive effect.

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Similar to the potion recommender but with a better interface is Andrew's Skyrim Max Potion Tool which starts out assuming you have all ingredients and shows the potions ranked by cost (same as the experience benefit). However, management of ingredients is much easier: Just click on any instance of an ingredient you don't have and the whole list is updated.

This way you just prepare everything you can, clicking on ingredients as you run out.

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I am a huge fan of magic regen and health regen (And any other effects I can get in) multi-effect potions, they are about 400g+ each at a minimum to sell, and they're great for leveling. Garlic and salt piles are godsends for ease of gathering and mixing with most other common ingredients.

A secret if you want to grab lots of ingredients and gold is not a major issue, fast travel between towns and hit each apothecary, do it in a circle from town to town and by the time you get back to your starting point- fresh ingredients in the first apothecary.

If you have higher level enchanting you can toss + Alchemy enchants on ring, Necklace and Circlet. I have +27 alch on all three and went from level 71- maxed alchemy in one huge batch of potion making... And I now don't bother looting most enemies because every potion sells for so much.

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You may also find The Potion Recommender useful -- it allows you to put in a list of the ingredients you have and it will recommend potions with those ingredients that provide the most XP and money.

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If you're going at it from a role playing point of view (i.e. not using forums or calculators to help you find potions) the first thing you need to do is experiment. Do this by making combinations of three different ingredients and hope they work. The game will turn the names of ingredients that can not be combined grey to make it a little easier on you. The usefulness of this, however, is limited to the fact that if they share one attribute and can make a viable potion the game will not keep track and tell you that you have combined them already. Try and keep track of recipes you've tried so that you wont keep testing the same ingredients.

Once you feel you have found enough affects from different ingredients and are ready to bust out the gold/skill gain - just look for the potion that sells for the most. The value of the potion is directly proportionate to the amount of skill that you will gain from making it. From my experience (I haven't actually done the math but visually it appears to be accurate) even if you use the alchemy perks or enchanted armor to get a stronger potion the skill gain will be faster. That means that you gain just as fast or close to it in later levels as opposed to in early levels. On a side note - make sure the Thief Stone is activated to increase skill gain by 20%. I thought it was under the Wizard Stone but it is not.

To procure the ingredients I just fast travelled from town to town and bought them from the vendors and sold them my potions. This happens to be a fantastic way to increase speech as well.

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Blue mountain flower, giant toe, and bear claws. Best potion I've seen. Mine currently sells for 1400

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Is this potion good for gaining experience, or only for getting money? Can you answer the original questions? A more detailed answer would help. – Paul Marshall Feb 6 '13 at 22:46
It boosts experience better than any potion I have made. Also vampire dust and luna moth wings boosts experience fast and are worth good money. – Kaospersonified Feb 7 '13 at 4:39

Agreed with experience being proportional to potion value. I've found that making poisons out of blue mountain flowers and blue butterfly wings brings high returns, in terms of gold and alchemy skill increase.

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Dragons Tongue and Fly Amanita! Holy crap just fill your house gardens and greenhouse with the stuff and you get a boatload of them and they make potions that rake in exp. I'm level 55 alchemy and have like +30% alchemy effects atm and my potions are worth about 510 each.

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as most NPCs trainers trade in the items of their respective part, just sell them back the stuffs you make to recover the gold spent in training. As you progress in the skill level of making the stuff you will be able to make higher value stuffs to sell back to them, this goes up to even 90 points of mastery which is quite costly.

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I found out that mixing giants toe, glow dust and glowing mushrooms generate a lot of xp and sells for a heap amount of gold it creates a fortify health potion and has other effects as well give it a try it maxed out my alchemy very quick !

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If you have good Pickpocket you can pay for Alchemy training. Each time you pay, you raise your level by one. Then you can steal the gold back, but around level 70 it gets hard.

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How is this related to increasing the alchemy skill? Can you expand your answer? – Paul Marshall Mar 26 '13 at 17:06
@Paul I think I see what they mean. Better? – SevenSidedDie Mar 26 '13 at 18:08
after level 70 place paralysis poison on them with that one perk and then pick pocket it always works – user47333 Apr 21 '13 at 4:08

In skyrim the best potion you can make is a fortify health concoction. You put giants toe, creep cluster, and wheat. This causes your level to jump a full level till about forty, and it takes two to level once you reach level 40 alchemy. You do this and you will level as fast as possible. If you have enchanting you should make alchemy gear to improve your potions and gain even more experience.

Once your alchemy is about lvl 40 your potions will be worth at least a 1000 a piece

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I use blue mountain flower and wheat grow both in the garden when you can add giant toes levels you quickly.

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The xp gotten from potions is linked to its worth. I leveled up fast by mixing giants toe, wheat, and scaliy pholita (however you spell it). The scaliy pholita can be found on fallen trees near riften.Fi

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