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In the Witcher 3, there are alchemy ingredients littered all over the map. From the in game tutorials though, it states you only need to create a potion once, and then after that, when you meditate, alcohol will refill your potions automatically. So what am I supposed to do with all the extra alchemy ingredients?

  • I hope there is a real purpose for those. I really don't like the fact that I only need to brew a potion once. – Exa May 20 '15 at 9:01
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    You could always sell them for extra cash – Pyritie May 20 '15 at 9:46
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From here

If you meditate with hard alcohol, then any potion, oil, or bomb (basically most quick-action consumables) you've previously crafted will refill. This doesn't work obviously for mutagens and components Just be sure to meditate in a safe spot. Wine doesn't work, it has to be hard liquor.

If you craft a mutagen potion, it will forever refill in this way. This is a direct response to Dragon Age: Inquisitions need to have you gather herbs endlessly to keep making health potions. You only have to craft a potion once.

Well there are tons and tons of diagrams for new potions so all those ingredients can go for those new potions. And now you need a lot more ingredients to make a potion so it isn't bad gathering ingredients.

If you don't need them go ahead and sell them for some extra orens.

  • In my opinion this makes alchemy too easy. When I want to go into battle I don't have to "prepare" e.g prepare potions any more. I just have to sit down for one our and I have all my potions ready. For me personally this takes a lot of fun from alchemy. Do you know if this is different in higher difficulties? Only played difficulty 2 so far. – Exa May 20 '15 at 11:24
  • in the guides there is no mention of difficulty. But basically you need alcohol and the potions will refill. – João Cunha May 20 '15 at 11:28
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    I think in the previous game you only really had to find herbs that matched one of 6 or so colors to use in potions, whereas in this game, ingredients are much more specific to craft. Anyways, good to know. – tarun713 May 20 '15 at 12:31

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