Skyrim Alchemy guide - Quick leveling walkthrough

Alchemy Skill Trainer Locations

You can also pay coin to have your skill leveled up for you. There are three Alchemy trainers in Skyrim, each of whom also sells ingredients:


Lami runs Thaumaturgist’s Hut in Morthal. She is an Adept level trainer.


Arcadia runs Arcadia’s Cauldron in Whiterun. She is an Expert level trainer.


Babette can be found in the Dark Brotherhood Sanctuary. She is a Master level trainer.

Alchemy Book Locations

Above: If only reading books taught you stuff in real life...

There are five books to be found throughout Skyrim that enhance your Alchemy skill upon reading. Below you’ll find the locations for said books, though you only get the boost upon your first read.

A Game at Dinner

  • The second floor of New Gnisis Cornerclub in Windhelm, on a table
  • On a bookshelf found behind an expert locked door in Harmugstahl, a dungeon in The Reach
  • In the second floor bedroom of Honningbrew Meadery in Whiterun, on a table
  • In the lower level of Forsaken Cave in The Pale, found near the White Phial during the “White Phial” quest
  • Near a lever in Dead Crone Rock, found west of Markarth

Song of the Alchemists

  • On a table in Anise’s Cabin in Falkreath
  • On the counter to your right as you enter Bard’s College

De Rerum Dirennis

  • On a tree stump in an alchemist’s camp just north of Evergreen Grove (northwest of Falkreath)
  • In the corner of Grave Concoctions in Falkreath
  • On the corpse of an alchemist at Clearpine Pond (found west of Solitude)
  • In the lab in The Midden (a dungeon under the College of Winterhold)
  • At Sinderion’s Field Laboratory (in Blackreach, southwest of Winterhold)

Herbalist’s Guide to Skyrim

  • Just beyond the door next to the Alchemy Lab in Arcadia’s Cauldron of Whiterun
  • On a shelf behind the counter of the Hag’s Cure in Markarth
  • In a chest in Journeyman’s Nook, located southeast of Winterhold
  • On a shelf in Boulderfall Cave, a location just west of Shor’s Stone (which is north of Riften)

Mannimarco, King of Worms

  • On an altar at Evergreen Grove (northwest of Falkreath)
  • On the Alchemy Lab in Nightcaller Temple (east of Dawnstar)
  • On the Alchemy Lab found just east of Dragon Bridge (southwest of Solitude)
  • In an apothecary’s satchel near the water east-southeast of Winterhold, next to two skeletons
  • At an altar southeast of Winterhold, next to Rundi’s corpse

Alchemy Quests

There are a small number of quests that, upon completion, boost your Alchemy skill. They are as follows:

Discerning the Transmundane (+5 to Alchemy upon completion)

To begin this quest, seek out Septimus Signus in his outpost north of the College of Winterhold (pictured above). The quest is lengthy, but at the end, choose the ‘path of the thief’ for your stat boost.

Lami’s Misc. Quest (+1 to Alchemy upon completion)

Lami (she runs Thaumaturgist’s Hut in Morthal) is looking for a book called “Song of the Alchemists.” See the previous section for this book’s possible locations. Giving her the book, boost your stat, but don’t forget to read the book first for an additional alchemy boost!

Arcadia’s Misc. Quest (+1 to Alchemy upon completion)

Arcadia (she runs Arcadia’s Cauldron in Whiterun) is looking for some frost salts, which are dropped by Frost Antronachs.

Frida’s Misc Quest (+1 to Alchemy upon completion)

Frida (found at The Mortar and Pestle in Dawnstar) is looking for the Ring of Pure Mixtures. You can find it inside the Forsaken Cave (pictured above).

Inge Six Fingers’ Misc Quest (+1 to all stealth skills, including Alchemy)

Inge, who can be found at the Bards College, is looking for Finn’s Lute. You can accept the quest to find it from her directly, or find the lute first and present it to her. The Lute can be found in a chest inside Stony Creek Cave (location pictured above).


  • 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.

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