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Skyrim Alchemy guide - Quick leveling walkthrough

Conjurers and Illusionists have it easy. They can just fling spells into empty space, willy-nilly, until they’ve maxed out their skills. Smug bastards. Alchemists, on the other hand, are the hard-working nerds of Skyrim. Like their reality-based counterparts, they have to do more work for less glory. Thankfully, we’ve put this guide together to help you increase your Alchemy skill as quickly as possible.

There are four ways to level your Alchemy Skill: Crafting potions (experience is granted based on the value of the potion you create), paying skill trainers, reading skill books, or completing specific miscellaneous quests.

Before you start intentionally boosting your Alchemy skill, however, you should at least seek out The Thief Stone, which is found among the Guardian Stones, southwest of Riverwood. Activating this stone makes leveling Alchemy (among other skills) 20% faster. You should also make sure you have the Well Rested buff for an additional 10% boost or the Lover’s Comfort buff (gained by sleeping with your spouse) for 15%.

Depending on how much you want to boost your skill, you may want to first increase your Enchanting skill as to create Alchemy-boosting gear. We have an Enchanter's Guide for those looking to quickly increase their Enchanting skill.

IMPORTANT: As you are boosting, make sure to add skill points to the following Alchemy perks to further increase your leveling speed: Alchemist, Physician, Benefactor, and Poisoner.


Table of Contents

Leveling Methods

Using Enchanting to Improve Alchemy

Alchemy Trainers, Book Locations and Quests

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  • PensiveGoat - June 26, 2014 11:45 a.m.

    Thank you to Mr. Hughes for an informative and damn funny guide! I look forward to robbing the poor, snowbound farmers of their wheat.
  • Fuzunga - July 2, 2012 10:17 p.m.

    Blacksmithing guide. Make it happen!
  • SentientSquidMachine - July 3, 2012 12:09 a.m.

    You probably have a ton of jewels. (ruby, sapphire diamonds, etc) activate the warrior's stone (one of the guardian stones) and create jewlry. Mine gold and silver ores, or buy the ingots. You level the fastest smithing jewlry. Then enchant it, and sell it to buy more ingots and jewels. This should all be done in Whiterun because the little smith corner has everything you need including a physical person and an adjacent shop to sell all of your enchanted rings and necklaces to , so you can buy the materials you need. plus a quick travel to dragonsearch and then up to the skyforge to get in your 5 level traing session before you level up, speeds things up even more. You need level 100 speech (like 20mins using an exploit) the mask of clavicus vile, jester clothes, and the necklace of haggling, so that you get the full value of the things you sell, to make things easier. And having the ring of minor smithing or something else enchanted with a smithing perk helps too.