Skyrim Alchemy guide and walkthrough

A Skyrim alchemy guide is a handy thing to have considering just how much potential there is in the game for concocting things. Conjurers and Illusionists have it easy - they can just fling spells into empty space until they’ve maxed out their skills. Alchemists, on the other hand, the hard-working nerds of Skyrim, have to do more work for less glory. Thankfully, we’ve put this Skyrim alchemy 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 a Skyrim Enchanting guide for those looking to quickly increase their Enchanting skill as well.

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

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Table of Contents:

Levelling Methods
Using Enchanting to Improve Alchemy
Alchemy Trainers, Book Locations and Quests