Spend enough time in Tamriel and you might wonder “what are the best potions to make in Skyrim?” as the game that just won’t die continues its status as one of the most beloved and open-ended RPGs to date. The vanilla experience can result in hundreds of hours of gameplay for players, while mods add hundreds of additional hours to that endeavor. As they traverse the mountains, plains, valleys, caves, and other dangerous places in Skyrim, Dragonborns will need beneficial items to supplement their weapons and armor (unless they use an outrageous build that allows them to decimate anything in their path with divine stamina – enchanted weapons and armor are really all anyone needs). One of the most underrated additions to a Dragonborn’s supplies are potions, which consist of several different beneficial concoctions.
Best Skyrim Potions
In this list, we’re going to take a look at the best potions in Skyrim for players with an alchemy bent in The Elder Scrolls.
Fortify the forge potion
Crafting weapons and armor is one of the main ways the Dragonborn gets their hands on some of the absolute best gear in Skyrim. For this, this potion applies the Fortify the forge buff to the player-character for 30 seconds, allowing players to greatly improve weapons on a grindstone and armor on a workbench. If you’re wearing armor imbued with the Fortify Smithing enchantment (which can be made even more powerful with the next potion in this list), this effect worsens. The result is gear that will make even Legendary or Kaarstag dragons look like on higher difficulties. Smithing Fortification is one of the best potions in Skyrim.
Fortify Enchantment Potion
This Fortify Enchantment potion improves the result of an enchantment. For players who make a point of maxing out the Enchanting skill and gaining all of its perks, this concoction will help players add ridiculously overpowered augments to weapons and armor. Players who like to enhance their Skyrim experience with mods, such as Enai Siaion’s Ordinator – Perks of Skyrim, crafting perks become even more useful, which pairs well with Fortified Enchantment Potion.
Fortified Archery Potion (Marksman)
Bows may be some of the most ridiculously overpowered weapons in Skyrim. For Dragonborns, especially sneaky ones, who want to take out their enemies from a distance, the Fortified Archery (Sniper) advantage is a must-have. In addition to armor and jewelry enchantments that apply this buff, potions that worsen the effect can be crafted at any alchemy station. When drunk, these potions will turn the deadliest archers into the proverbial gods at long range, downing most enemies with a single arrow. Even the toughest opponents can only withstand a few well-placed arrows, especially if the first is a sneak attack. Combine this potion with armor and enchantments that have been further enhanced by the potions mentioned above and bow masters are unstoppable with the Fortify Archery potion.
Fortified and Restored Health Potion
If using Restoration Magic isn’t on a Dragonborn’s list of must-have skills, Fortify and restore health potions become much more useful. On higher difficulties, even with very effective armor, stronger opponents can be irritatingly strong. Thus, potions that increase and recharge health are an important addition to the Dragonborn’s inventory. A substantial supply of this potion can aid players in their never-ending quest to rid Skyrim of all its evildoers (or two good shoes, depending on its moral compass.
Elemental Resistance Potion
Dragons are perpetual encounters in Skyrim, with the most difficult archetype emerging after players reach around level 78. resist fire, Resist frostand Resist shock go a long way towards making these fights much more manageable. The need for these potions assumes one is not using some of the best gear with high level enchantments or powerful magic that works better than most potions in the game. These concoctions are also useful against necromancers and mages .
At first glance, Invisibility potions don’t really seem necessary in Skyrim given how insanely effective the Sneak skill ends up being at higher levels. However, this potion is especially useful for certain moments in the game when you pass a guard looking straight at the door the Dragonborn must enter (hint: the quest to sneak into Goldenglow Estate unnoticed at the start in the history of the Thieves Guild) and refuses to budge. There are spells that provide invisibility or other illusory benefits, however, for those who don’t delve into the magic of Skyrim, invisibility potions work just as well. Be warned, however, that invisibility potions fade if players take any action other than moving, including something as simple as opening a door. A bonus perk is popping an invisibility potion when near death.
The Pickpocketing skill is one of the easiest to level in Skyrim. However, the early levels of the skill can cause some frustration when trying to pickpocket someone unnoticed. So the potions that Fortify Pickpocketing help players collect keys from NPCs or snatch gold. Getting a head start at the start of the journey with a little extra cash never hurt a young Dragonborn. That said, even the highest pickpocketing levels benefit from using this potion, as the chance of a successful pickpocketing is determined by the value of the target item and whether said item is equipped on the NPC in question. Even with a maxed out Pickpocket skill tree and Fortify Pickpocketing enchantment bonuses on armor, there’s still a chance of getting caught. So using this potion essentially increases the chance of a 100% pickpocketing success unless stealing gold from a mountain.
Stepping through locks is one of the most essential skills in the Elder Scrolls. In the early and mid-game of Skyrim, potions that Strengthen lock picking help players get through some of the toughest locks while collecting treasure from the crypts, whether it’s opening a master chest or going through a door blocking the way to valuable loot. More than that, picking certain doors makes exploring dungeons easier, as they often unlock shortcuts. If lockpicks are something one has a hard time accumulating and they want to keep as many as they can, lockpicking potions can help. A high lockpick skill with a maxed perk tree eliminates the need for this potion, but in the early game it’s valuable.
Magicka, Health, and Stamina are the three main stats in Skyrim. Whether it’s a sneaky archer, a two-handed battle ax wielder (Wuuthrad), or a daring battle mage, at least two of these three stats will always matter. As a result, potions that increase Magicka, Health, and/or Stamina Regeneration keep Dragonborns in the fight longer or allow them to sprint longer distances with faster recovery intervals. Combine these potions with the aforementioned Resist and Fortify potions and players will find themselves with seemingly endless pools of these three stats.
Cure Disease Potion
For players who don’t want to become a vampire or a werewolf, Skyrim is full of diseases. It seems that around every corner is a disease waiting to afflict the Dragonborn. Vampires and werewolves are immune to these small, deadly diseases, but for those who choose not to help companions or join Harkon’s family in the Dawnguard DLC, the Cure of a disease the potion is a godsend. Ensuring that one has plenty of this mixture in one’s inventory is crucial to keeping the Dragonborn healthy. So picking up every garlic bulb a gmaer encounters while traversing Skyrim’s many terrains is essential to maintaining a large supply of Cure Disease potions.
While potions can be incredibly useful in Skyrim, with the right build they become utterly useless. The only potions that really matter are the first two on this list (Fortify Smithing and Fortify Enchanting), as they allow players to craft some truly beautiful and powerful gear. Everything else is secondary and pretty useless unless you’re looking to get a head start on a character’s initial progression.
– This article was last updated on January 26, 2022