I am attempting to complete the "On Death's Bed" quest, and need to create the Swallow potion. However, I don't have that potion receipe listed in my Alchemy screen. I only have two formulas - Tawnty Owl and Thunderbolt.

This shows my available potions (with all the filters enabled).

My filters

How do I get the Swallow potion when I'm already several hours into the game (I've beaten the griffin in White Orchard)?

I have already seen this question, but it doesn't seem to answer my problem. It says that I should already have it.

When talking when the herbalist again, the only options I've given are the check what herbs she's selling, find out her story or leave.

  • Potions you've already created aren't listed on the Alchemy screen, I believe. Maybe you've actually created it? Try meditating (with strong alcohol in your inventory), and see if you then have some? Jul 6, 2016 at 15:32
  • @BryanPendleton, my screenshot shows the potions that I've already created.
    – user153250
    Jul 6, 2016 at 15:56
  • Thanks for confirming. My old eyes weren't quite good enough to see that, but I see it now. Jul 6, 2016 at 21:46
  • I had the same thing happen to me. I had to just play through the game until I got the Swallow recipe (I don't remember where I found it) and then I went back to White Orchard to continue this quest.
    – Tom Church
    Jul 28, 2016 at 18:45

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Check the "already crafted" under filters to see swallow under the alchemy tab again

  • This is a life saver, for some reason the "Already Crafted" option was checked out by default under the filters Jun 28 at 18:27

This is really strange. Swallow is a starting recipe, I can confirm this from my personal experience as well as from the information on other sites.

Witcher 3 wiki

Swallow is a potion in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Geralt of Rivia has the ability to brew this potion from the moment he reaches White Orchard

IGN guide

Looks like quite a severe bug to me.

The best workaround would be to cheat.

  1. Get the Console enabler
  2. Follow the instructions on how to use it.
  3. The code additem(Swallow 1) should add the basic Swallow to your inventory.

As an aside. Could you try starting a new game and check whether the recipe is missing again, once you reach White Orchard?

  • 2
    I just went through a new game to test this and I got Cat, Swallow and White Honey at the start.
    – greg-449
    Jul 6, 2016 at 13:34
  • For me, it was a filter on the ps4 version. See Maremaldor's answer below. Mar 28, 2020 at 17:26
  • additem(Swallow 1) didnt work for me (syntax should be additem('item', count) as seen here) I fixed it in my game with addrecipespotions and addrecipespotions2
    – Pronox
    Oct 9, 2021 at 13:56

All of the alchemy items in your inventory replenish with meditation + 1 alcohol item. It's like recharging a battery.

If you don't have alcohol items, you can drop the empty potion vial that's in your inventory and the potion recipe will show up again under alchemy.

  • It took two years for the correct answer to be posted, and two more years later it's still at the bottom. +1! Dec 2, 2020 at 22:25

actually, if you craft any type of potion it makes 3 of it, it therefore will not allow you to make more until youve used up those 3. swallow wouldnt show up for me, but thats because i had 3 sitting in my inventory, same with thunderbolt


I had the same problem as you. I discovered that as long as you have the empty swollow potion bottle in your inventory you cant brew a new swollow potion, so in order no brew a new one you have to drop the empty bottle. Its the same for every potion! Hope this helps!

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