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What I mean by my question is: how does Skyrim determine whether something is a potion or poison....or even what that Poison/Potion is based off?

Like say we have 2 ingredients that both have Fortify Strength and both have Damage Stamina for instance....How do we know what it's going to end up as?

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Both of the effects will be present in the potion, but the order of the effects in the ingredient list determines which will be stronger and will appear as the label. The effect that is higher in the list will be the dominant effect and serve as the label, if you have both potion and poison effects on your two ingredients. By "higher" I mean as you look at the screen, the effect closer to the top of the screen.

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yup, that's exactly how it works, For example, the 2 item poison potion of bear claws + hanging moss is always a poison since damage magicka regen is always the first effect listed. –  z ' Jan 8 '13 at 2:27
    
I thought it was maybe based on the effect "value" –  Mercfh Apr 25 '13 at 2:36
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