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The Witcher 3 - Alchemy: potions, bombs, decoctions, oils, substances, ingredients

A complete list of all of the potions, bombs, decoctions, oils and substances available to craft in The Witcher 3, with ingredient locations.

There's a generous selection of of consumable items to craft in The Witcher 3, from bombs which give you an explosive advantage in combat, to potions which help you fight just a little longer when you're getting all up in a monster's face. Want to increase your raw damage output against a particular kind of creature? Well, you can always coat your blades in a special oil before running it through your enemy's head.

Editor's note: We're in the process of cataloguing all of the different consumable items you can create in the game, and we'll be updating this list rapidly in the coming days.

Alchemy Substances

The first category in our breakdown of all the known Alchemy items in The Witcher 3 concerns the Alchemy Substance class. You can't actually scoff these yourselves, but instead they're used as secondary ingredients of other materials produced by the Alchemy profession.

NameIngredientsUse
Aether 1 x Puffball, 1 x Han Fiber, 1 x Ergot Seeds Crafting
1 x Longrube, 1 x Verbena, 1 x White Gull
Albedo 1 x Allspice, 1 x Beggartick Blossom, 1 x Crow's Eye Crafting
1 x Mistletoe, 1 x Pringrape, 1 x White Gull
Hydragenum 1 x White Gull, 1 x Verbena, 1 x Ergot Seeds Crafting
1 x Ergot Seeds, 1 x Ranogrin, 1 x Green Mold
Nigredo 1 x White Gull, 1 x Crow's Eye, 1 x Han Fiber Crafting
1 x Hellebore Petal, 1 x Hornwort, 1 x Balisse fruit
Quebrith 1 x White Gull, 1 x Verbena, 1 x Puffball Crafting
1 x Longrube, 1 x Nostrix, 1 x Pringrape
Rebis 1 x White Gull, 1 x Verbena, 1 x Ergot Seeds Crafting
1 x Allspice, 1 x Misteltoe, 1 x Ranogrin
Rubedo 1 x Crow's Eye, 1 x Green Mold, 1 x Han Fiber Crafting
1 x Mistletoe, 1 x Puffball, 1 x Whitegull
Vermillion 1 x Beggartick Blossom, 1 x Bryonia, 1 x Ergot Seeds Crafting
1 x Han Fiber, 1 x Verbena, 1 x White Gull
Vitriol 1 x White Gull, 1 x Bloodmoss, 1 x Allspice Crafting
1 x Ranogrin, 1 x Hellebore Petals, Hornwort

The best bombs in the game

Making use of bombs in combat isn't to everyone's taste - particularly if you're more comfortable charging into battle and delivering deft justice with your blades - but they can be very handy in certain combat scenarios. You can replenish your bomb supply by meditating - you'll also need to have pure alcohol in your inventory while you're zoning out though.

NameIngredientsUse
Dancing Star 1 x Saltpeter +100 fire damage
2 x Sulfur
Devil's Puffball 1 x Saltpeter Poison cloud
2 x Sewant Mushrooms
Dimeritium Bomb 5 x Saltpeter Magic-blocking cloud
2 x Optima Mater
Dragon's Dream 1 x Saltpeter Releases gas which deals 300 damage when ignited
2 x Phosphorous
Grapeshot 2 x Saltpeter Causes fire damage and 350 silver shrapnel damage
2 x Calcium Equum
Moon Dust 1 x Saltpeter Prevents monster transformations
2 x Quicksilver Solution
Northern Wind 1 x Saltpeter, 1 x Ducal Water Freezes enemies
1 x Powdered Pearl, 2 x Allspice
Samum 1 x Saltpeter Blinds opponents and destroys monster nests
2 x Celandine

The different decoctions you can craft

These mighty potions provide Geralt with some powerful attribute bonuses, but your use of other potions is restricted while the effect is active.

NameIngredientsUse
Alghoul 1 x Dwarven Spirit, 1 x Lesser Red Mutagen, 1 x Alghoul Bone Marrow, 1 x Buckthorn Increased regeneration of Adrenaline Points
Ancient Leshen Decoction 1 x Ancient Leshen Mutagen, 1 x Dwarven Spirit, 1 x Ginatia Petals, 1 x Honeysuckle, 1 x Mandrake Root Each sign cast increases stamina regen
Arachas Decoction 1 x Dwarven Spirit, 1 x Arcahas Mutagen, 1 x White Myrtle Petals Lower weight means damage reduction
Archgriffin Decoction 1 x Archgriffin Mutagen, 1 x Blowball, 1 x Dwarven Spirit, 1 x Ribleaf Strong attacks consume all stamina to reduce foe's vitality by 10% + damage
Chort Decoction 1 x Dwarven Spirit, 1 x Chort Mutagen, 1 x Puffball, 1 x Cortinarius Resist Stagger
Cockatrice Decoction 1 x Dwarven Spirit, 1 x Cockatrice Mutagen, 1 x Crow's Eye Alchemy items can be used an extra time
Doppler Decoction 1 x Dwarven Spirit, 1 x Doppler Mutagen, 1 x Han Fiber, 1 x Longrube Increases Crit Chance of rear attacks
Earth Elemental Decoction 1 x Dwarven Spirit, 1 x Ekimmara Mutagen, 1 x White Myrtle Petals, 1 x Mandrake Root Damage inflicted boosts Vitality
Ekimmara Decoction 1 x Dwarven Spirit, 1 x Cockatrice Mutagen, 1 x Crow's Eye Alchemy items can be used an extra time.
Foglet Decoction 1 x Dwarven Spirit, 1 x Foglet Mutagen, 1 x Fool's Parsley Leaf, 1 x Blowball Signs are more powerful in fog
Katakan Decoction 1 x Dwarven Spirit, 1 x Katakan Mutagen, 1 x Verbena, 1 x Arenaria Increased Critical Hit Chance
Leshen Decoction 1 x Dwarven Spirit, 1 x Leshen Mutagen, 1 x Moleyarrow, 1 x Pringrape Damage is reflected back to attackers
Nightwraith Decoction 1 x Dwarven Spirit, 1 x Mistletoe, 1 x Nightwraith Mutagen, 1 x Sewant Mushrooms Max vitality is increased with each foe killed until fast travel or meditation
Troll Decoction 1 x Dwarven Spirit, 1 x Troll Mutagen, 1 x Crow's Eye, 1 x Honeysuckle Regenerates Vitality
Noonwraith Decoction 1 x Dwarven Spirit, 1 x Ergot Seeds, 1 x Ginatia Petals, 1 x Noonwraith Mutagen Provides immunity to Knockdown, Hypnosis, Stun, and Blindness
Succubus Decoction 1 x Dwarven Spirit, 1 x Succubus Mutagen, 1 x Green Mold, 1 x Allspice Attack power increases during combat periods
Water Hag Decoction 1 x Berbercane Fruit, 1 x Dwarven Spirit, 1 x Water Hag Mutagen Damage dealt increases when Vitality is at max
Werewolf Decoction 1 x Beggartick Blossoms, 1 x Dwarven Spirit, 1 x Hop Umbels, 1 x Lesser Red Mutagen Running, sprinting and jumping outside of combat does not drain stamina
Wyvern Decoction 1 x Celandine, 1 x Dwarven Spirit, 1 x Moleyarrow, 1 x Wyvern Mutagen Each attack increases attack power until fight ends or damage is taken

Oils you can craft in The Witcher 3

If you want to give your blades a little more power in battle, there's an assortment of special oils that you can brew up and apply to your weapon. After making the oil, you can throw it on your blade whenever you want, and the damage-boosting effect should work for several attacks.

NameIngredientsUse
Beast Oil 1 x Dog Tallow, 2 x Wolf's Liver Attack Power vs Beastss + 10%
Cursed Oil 1 x Dog Tallow, 3 x Wolfsbane Attack Power vs Cursed Ones + 10%
Draconid Oil 1 x Dog Tallow, 4 x Ergot Seeds Attack Power vs Draconids + 10%
Elementa Oil 1 x Dog Tallow, 4 x Puffball Attack Power vs Elementa + 10%
Hanged Man's Venom 1 x Dog Tallow, 4 x Arenaria Attack Power vs Enemies + 10%
Hybrid Oil 1 x Dog Tallow, 4 x White Myrtle Petals Attack Power vs Hybrids + 10%
Insectoid Oil 1 x Dog Tallow, 4 x Ranogrin Attack Powervs Insectoids + 10%
Necrophage Oil 1 x Dog Tallow, 4 x Beggartick Blossoms Attack Power vs Necrophages + 10%
Ogroid Oil 1 x Ursine Fat, 4 x Ginatia Petals Attack Power vs Ogroids + 10%
Relict Oil 1 x Dog Tallow, 5 x Mistletoe Attack Power vs Relicts + 10%
Specter Oil 1 x Bear Fat, 4 x Arenaria Attack Power vs Specters + 10%
Vampire Oil 1 x Bear Fat, 4 x Ducal Water Attack Power vs Vampires + 10%

A list of potions in the game

There are loads of potions you can brew up from the various herbs you see littered all over the game world. Some provide abilities that would otherwise be unavailable, while others enhance traits like your stamina. Once you've created your potion of choice, you can top it back up by entering the Witcher's meditative state - assuming you have some pure alcohol on you at the time, that is.

NameIngredientsEffect
Black Blood 1 x Dwarven Spirit, 2 x Sewant Mushrooms, 4 x Ghoul's Blood Harms Vampires and Necrophages
Blizzard 1 x Dwarven Spirit, 5 x White Myrtle Petals, 1 x Golem's Heart Slows time for enemies
Cat 1 x Dwarven Spirit, 4 x Berbercane, 2 x Water Essence Night vision
Drowner Pheromones 1 x Dwarven Spirit, 1 x Drowner Brain, 1 x Sewant Mushrooms, 1 x Puffball Drowners won't attack
Full Moon 1 x Dwarven Spirit, 2 x Wolfsbane, 1 x Dark Essence Increases Max Vitality
Golden Oriole 1 x Dwarven Spirit, 4 x Blowball, 1 x Light Essence Immune to Poison
Killer Whale 2 x Dwarven Spirit, 5 x Balisse, 6 x Buckthorn, 5 x Drowner Tongue +50% Breath Underwater
Maribor Forest 1 x Dwarven Spirit, 3 x Berbacane, 1 x Alghoul Bone Marrow, 4 x Drowner Tongue +AP Regen
Nekker Pheromones 1 x Dwarven Spirit, 1 x Drowner Brain, 1 x Green Mold, 1 x Moley Arrow Nekkers won't attack
Petri's Philter 1 x Dwarven Spirit, 5 x Arenaria, 4 x Specter Dust Increases Sign power
Swallow 1 x Dwarven Spirit, 5 x Celandine, 4 x Drowner brain Increased Vitality
Tawny Owl 1 x Dwarven Spirit, 2 x Verbena, 1 x Arachas venom Increased Stamina regen
Thunderbolt 1 x Dwarven Spirit, 2 x Cortinarius, 1 x Endrega Embryo Increases Attack Power
Ursine Pheromones 1 x Dwarven Spirit, 1 x Berbercane, 1 x Ergot Seeds, 1 x Hellebore Petals Ursines won't attack
White Honey 1 x Dwarven Spirit, 1 x Honeysuckle Clears Toxicity + cancels potions

- Keep reading for our guide to every Witcher 3 herb location in the game.

- Head back to the first page for the rest of our Witcher 3 guide.

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