The Witcher 3 Alchemy ingredients play into the game's survival elements and its crafting system.
While you can only craft equipment if you've got a blacksmith, you can create fantastical concoctions, oils, and even bombs, wherever you are - you just need to know how.
The Alchemy system allows you to create a huge variety of different things by finding the recipes scattered throughout the world.
If you're looking for more assistance, our Witcher 3 walkthrough can help.
Witcher 3 Alchemy Substances list
The substances in The Witcher 3 are often the basic components of the more complicated items. They're no use on their own, but once you start mixing them all together you can end up with something incredible.
They usually require a different mix of the herbs and plants you find as you adventure through the world. So never be afraid to take some time to pick the flowers.
|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|
Witcher 3 Alchemy Bombs list
Among the many tools that a witcher can utilise, bombs are perhaps the most flashy. Each one has some kind of incredible effect, ranging from simply creating a fiery explosion, to more impressive things like stopping a monster transforming.
Learning how to use them in combat can be the difference between life and death, especially against groups of enemies.
|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|
Witcher 3 Alchemy Decoctions list
Decoctions are effectively more powerful potions. As a result, they require rarer ingredients and carry a higher toxicity.
They are, however, incredibly worth the effort to make and use, as they grant you even more superhuman abilities.
|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|
Witcher 3 Oils Decoctions list
Oils allow you to enhance your weapons by making them more effective against specific enemy types. Each one improves the damage dealt to its namesake, with basic versions increasing damage by 10%, ehanched 25%, and superior 50%.
They are far more useful in the harder difficulties, but can also help you cut through higher level enemies if you're feeling ambitious.
|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%|
Our Witcher 3 walkthrough and guide can help you with the main story, including the Wandering in the Dark and Family Matters missions, and eventually, one of several Witcher 3 endings. There's plenty of side content, too, including Witcher 3 Contracts, White Orchard quests, Velen quests, Novigrad quests and Skellige Isles quests. Elsewhere, learn about the best Witcher 3 builds, the best Witcher 3 mods, how to make money in Witcher 3, find Places of Power locations, and learn how to do Witcher 3 crafting and Witcher 3 Alchemy And when you're done with all those - we can help you through expansions with our Hearts of Stone walkthrough and Blood and Wine walkthrough.
Witcher 3 Alchemy Potions list
Potions in The Witcher 3 are often the key to your survival, especially on harder difficulties. Each one has a different effect, and they often have multiple different versions with increasing potency.
Once you've made one, you only need to have alcohol on you to restore them, so it's always worth crafting them.
|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|