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This is a guide to how to use Alchemy, and a list of items which can be created through Alchemy in the game The Witcher 3. Read on for information about how to brew these items and the formulae required.

What is Alchemy?

Basic Explanation of Alchemy

Alchemy is a process by which Geralt can make new items to assist him in combat, such as Oils, Potions and Bombs. Unlike Crafting items, Geralt can brew these items himself, without needing to visit a skilled craftsman to do the job.

How to make Alchemy Items

In order to brew an Alchemy Item, Geralt will need an item called a Formula to learn the necessary ingredients. Then, he will need to collect the required ingredients, either by finding them in nature, looting, or buying them from a shopkeeper. Once these tasks are accomplished, Geralt can make the given Alchemy Item from the Alchemy tab on the menu.

Number of Uses of Alchemy Items

After creating an Alchemy item, that item will never disappear completely, unlike consumable items like Foods. Instead, each item has a set number of charges, and are restored to the maximum number of charges whenever Geralt uses Meditation, in exchange for an alcohol item such as Alcohest.

List of Alchemy Items

Potions

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List of Potions

Name Description Price
Bear pheromones Bears will not attack the witcher. 300
Black Blood Witcher's blood injures vampires and necrophages when they wound him. 100
Blizzard Slows target movement by 50%. 100
Cat Grants sight in total darkness. 100
Drowner pheromones Drowners will not attack the witcher. 150
Enhanced Black Blood Witcher's blood injures and knocks back vampires and necrophages when they wound him. 150
Enhanced Blizzard Slows target movement. Duration and doses extended. 150
Enhanced Cat Grants sight in total darkness and immunity to hypnosis. Extended duration. 150
Enhanced Full Moon Increases maximum Vitality. Extended duration. 150
Enhanced Golden Oriole Grants immunity to poisons, neutralizes the effects of poisons already in bloodstream. Extended duration. 150
Enhanced Maribor Forest Accelerates the generation of Adrenaline Points. Extended duration. 150
Enhanced Petri's Philter Increases Sign intensity. Extended duration. 150
Enhanced Swallow Accelerates Vitality regeneration. Extended duration. Vitality regeneration pauses for 2 seconds upon receiving damage. 150
Enhanced Tawny Owl Accelerates Stamina regeneration. Extended duration. 150
Enhanced Thunderbolt Increases Attack Power. Extended duration. 150
Enhanced White Honey Clears Toxicity and cancels all active potion effects. 300
Enhanced White Raffard's Decoction Immediately restores a large portion of Vitality. 150
Full Moon Increases maximum Vitality. 100
Golden Oriole Grants immunity to poisons, neutralizes the effects of poisons already in bloodstream. 100
Killer Whale Increases breath supply while underwater by 50% and improves vision while diving. 100
Maribor Forest Accelerates the generation of Adrenaline Points. 100
Nekker pheromones Nekkers will not attack the witcher. 100
Petri's Philter Increases Sign intensity. 100
Potion of Clearance Returns all spent Ability Points to the available pool so that you can redistribute them.
Restoring Potion Returns all spent Mutation Points to the available pool so that you can redistribute them. 1000
Superior Black Blood Vampires and necrophages start Bleeding when near the witcher. In addition, the witcher's blood injures and knocks them back when they wound him. 300
Superior Blizzard Slows target movement. Duration and doses doubled. 300
Superior Cat Grants sight in total darkness and immunity to hypnosis. Extended duration. 300
Superior Full Moon Increases maximum Vitality. Extended duration. Heals Vitality by an amount equal to current Toxicity. 300
Superior Golden Oriole Grants immunity to poisons, neutralizes the effects of poisons already in bloodstream. Extended duration. Poisons now heal instead of doing damage. 300
Superior Maribor Forest Accelerates the generation of Adrenaline Points. Extended duration. Grants 1 Adrenaline Point upon consumption. 300
Superior Petri's Philter Increases Sign intensity. Extended duration. Signs always apply their special effects. 300
Superior Swallow Accelerates Vitality regeneration. Extended duration. Vitality regenerates during combat. 300
Superior Tawny Owl Accelerates Stamina regeneration. Extended duration. Never expires at night. 300
Superior Thunderbolt Extended duration. Grants 100% critical hit chance during storms. 300
Superior White Honey Clears Toxicity and cancels all active potion effects. 100
Superior White Raffard's Decoction Restores Vitality immediately and fully. Grants immunity to damage for a short duration. 300
Swallow Accelerates Vitality regeneration. Vitality regeneration pauses for 2 seconds upon receiving damage. 100
Tawny Owl Accelerates Stamina regeneration. 100
Thunderbolt Increases Attack Power. 100
White Honey Clears Toxicity and cancels all active potion effects. 150
White Raffard's Decoction Immediately restores a portion of Vitality. 100

Bombs

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List of Bombs

Name Description Price
Samum Blinds opponents within its explosion radius. Destroys monster nests. 10
Enhanced Samum Blinds opponents within its explosion radius. Extended duration. Destroys monster nests. 15
Superior Samum Blinds opponents within its explosion radius. Extended duration. The first hit landed on a blinded opponent is always critical. Destroys monster nests. 20
Superior Moon Dust Contains silver splinters that permanently prevent monsters from transforming. 20
Moon Dust Contains silver splinters that temporarily prevent monsters from transforming. 10
Enhanced Moon Dust Contains silver splinters that temporarily prevent monsters from transforming. Extended duration. 15
Northern Wind Freezes foes. Blows landed on frozen foes deal additional damage. 10
Enhanced Northern Wind Freezes foes. Blows landed on frozen foes deal additional damage. Extended duration. 15
Superior Northern Wind Freezes foes. Blows landed on frozen foes deal additional damage. Extended duration. Chance of instant kill. 20
Grapeshot Inflicts shrapnel damage to foes within its explosion radius. Deals a small amount of fire damage. Destroys monster nests. 20
Superior Grapeshot Inflicts shrapnel damage to foes within its explosion radius. Deals fire damage. Enhanced effect. Damage ignores enemy armor. Destroys monster nests. 40
Enhanced Grapeshot Inflicts shrapnel damage to foes within its explosion radius. Deals fire damage. Enhanced effect. Destroys monster nests. 30
Dancing Star Produces a fiery explosion that can cause nearby opponents to start burning. Destroys monster nests. 10
Enhanced Dancing Star Produces a fiery explosion that can cause nearby opponents to start burning. Enhanced effect. Destroys monster nests. 15
Superior Dancing Star Produces a fiery explosion that ignites the surrounding area. Enhanced and extended effect. Destroys monster nests. 20
Dimeritium bomb Releases a cloud of dimeritium slivers that block magic and monsters' magic abilities. 10
Enhanced Dimeritium bomb Releases a cloud of dimeritium slivers that block magic and monsters' magic abilities. 15
Superior Dimeritium bomb Releases a cloud of dimeritium slivers that block magic and monsters' magic abilities. The blockade survives for a short time after the cloud dissipates. 20
Dragon's Dream Releases a cloud of gas that explodes when ignited. 10
Enhanced Dragon's Dream Releases a cloud of gas that explodes when ignited. Enhanced effect and chance to apply Burning. 15
Superior Dragon's Dream Releases a cloud of gas that explodes when ignited. Enhanced effect and chance to apply Burning. Foes it kills explode, wounding others nearby. 20
Devil's Puffball Releases a cloud of poison when detonated. 10
Superior Devil's Puffball Releases a cloud of poison when detonated. Enhanced and extended effect. 20
Enhanced Devil's Puffball Releases a cloud of poison when detonated. Enhanced effect. 15

Oils

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List of Oils

Name Description Price
Beast oil 10% Attack power versus Beasts 10
Cursed oil 10% Attack power versus Cursed Ones 10
Draconid oil 10% Attack power versus Draconids 10
Elementa oil 10% Attack power versus Elementa 10
Enhanced beast oil 25% Attack power versus Beasts 15
Enhanced cursed oil 25% Attack power versus Cursed Ones 15
Enhanced draconid oil 25% Attack power versus Draconids 15
Enhanced elementa oil 25% Attack power versus Elementa 15
Enhanced Hanged Man's Venom 25% Attack power versus humans and nonhumans 15
Enhanced hybrid oil 25% Attack power versus Hybrids 15
Enhanced insectoid oil 25% Attack power versus Insectoids 15
Enhanced necrophage oil 25% Attack power versus Necrophages 15
Enhanced ogroid oil 25% Attack power versus Ogroids 15
Enhanced relict oil 25% Attack power versus Relicts 15
Enhanced specter oil 25% Attack power versus Specters 15
Enhanced vampire oil 25% Attack power versus Vampires 15
Hanged Man's Venom 10% Attack power versus humans and nonhumans 10
Hybrid oil 10% Attack power versus Hybrids 10
Insectoid oil 10% Attack power versus Insectoids 10
Necrophage oil 10% Attack power versus Necrophages 10
Ogroid oil 10% Attack power versus Ogroids 10
Relict oil 10% Attack power versus Relicts 10
Specter oil 10% Attack power versus Specters 10
Superior beast oil 50% Attack power versus Beasts 30
Superior cursed oil 50% Attack power versus Cursed Ones 30
Superior draconid oil 50% Attack power versus Draconids 30
Superior elementa oil 50% Attack power versus Elementa 30
Superior Hanged Man's Venom 50% Attack power versus humans and nonhumans 30
Superior hybrid oil 50% Attack power versus Hybrids 30
Superior insectoid oil 50% Attack power versus Insectoids 30
Superior necrophage oil 50% Attack power versus Necrophages 30
Superior ogroid oil 50% Attack power versus Ogroids 30
Superior relict oil 50% Attack power versus Relicts 30
Superior specter oil 50% Attack power versus Specters 30
Superior vampire oil 50% Attack power versus Vampires 30
Vampire oil 10% Attack power versus Vampires 10

Decoctions

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List of Decoctions

Name Description Price
Alghoul decoction Adrenaline Points are generated more quickly than normal until the first successful enemy attack. 15
Ancient leshen decoction Each Sign cast increases Stamina regeneration for the remainder of the fight. 17
Arachas decoction Reduces damage received based on armor and inventory weight: less weight carried and lighter armor means less damage is taken. 10
Archgriffin decoction If any Stamina is available, strong strikes consume all of it and reduce the struck foe's Vitality by 10% after their normal damage is calculated. 11
Basilisk decoction Applies a random beneficial effect at dusk and dawn. The effect lasts for six hours. 18
Chort decoction Provides complete resistance to the Stagger effect and reduces the Knock-down effect to Stagger. 12
Cockatrice decoction All alchemy creations can be used one additional time. 10
Doppler decoction Increases critical hit damage when attacking from behind. 13
Earth elemental decoction Increases resistance to Vitality-depleting critical effects applied during combat. The resistance level rises the longer the critical effect is applied. 17
Ekhidna decoction Performing actions that consume Stamina regenerates Vitality. 17
Ekimmara decoction Damage dealt to foes regenerates Vitality. 12
Fiend decoction Increases the amount of weight the witcher can carry without being overburdened. 15
Foglet decoction Increases Sign Intensity during cloudy weather. 13
Forktail decoction Combining fast and strong attacks with Sign abilities increases Attack Power for melee attacks and Sign Intensity when casting. 15
Grave hag decoction Each foe slain accelerates Vitality regeneration for the duration of the battle. 16
Griffin decoction Taking damage raises damage resistance (up to an upper limit) for the remainder of the fight. 19
Katakan decoction Increases critical hit chance. 10
Leshen decoction A portion of the damage dealt by enemies is reflected back on the attacker. 19
Nekker warrior decoction Mounts never panic. 50% increase to mounted combat damage. 18
Nightwraith decoction Geralt's maximum Vitality is increased with each foe killed. This increase lasts until he meditates or fast travels. 11
Noonwraith decoction Provides complete immunity to the Knockdown, Hypnosis, Stun and Blindness effects. 14
Succubus decoction Attack Power grows over the course of a fight until reaching a maximum threshold. 14
Troll decoction Regenerates Vitality during and outside of combat. 14
Water hag decoction Damage dealt is increased when Vitality is at its maximum. 11
Werewolf decoction Running, sprinting and jumping outside combat does not use Stamina. 18
Wraith decoction Whenever a single hit drains more than a third of Vitality, a Quen shield is activated which protects against the next attack. 16
Wyvern decoction Each blow landed increases Attack Power until either the fight ends or damage (other than that from potion Toxicity) is taken. 13

Dyes

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List of Dyes

Name Price Rarity
Blue Armor Dye 45 Magic
Brown Armor Dye 44 Magic
Dye remover 38 Magic
Gray Armor Dye 44 Magic
Green Armor Dye 41 Magic
Orange Armor Dye 42 Magic
Pink Armor Dye 43 Magic
Turquoise Armor Dye 44 Magic
Yellow Armor Dye 34 Magic
Black Armor Dye 38 Relic
Purple Armor Dye 33 Relic
Red Armor Dye 42 Relic
White Armor Dye 34 Relic

Alchemy Ingredients

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List of Alchemy Ingredients

Name Price Rarity
Alchemists' powder 25 Common
Alchemy paste 30 Common
Alcohest 10 Common
Bear fat 20 Common
Calcium equum 16 Common
Cherry cordial 25 Common
Dog tallow 10 Common
Ducal Water 14 Common
Dwarven spirit 20 Common
Empty bottle 1 Common
Homemade pepper vodka 2 Common
Mahakaman spirit 8 Common
Mandrake cordial 45 Common
Nilfgaardian lemon 40 Common
Phosphorus 15 Common
Quicksilver solution 27 Common
Redanian herbal 36 Common
Saltpeter 10 Common
Stammelford's Dust 14 Common
Sulfur 8 Common
Temerian rye 32 Common
White Gull 100 Common
Aether 23 Magic
Albedo 13 Magic
Alghoul claw 60 Magic
Arachas eyes 45 Magic
Archespore juice 30 Magic
Archespore tendril 45 Magic
Barghest essence 30 Magic
Basilisk hide 544 Magic
Basilisk venom 45 Magic
Berserker hide 309 Magic
Centipede discharge 45 Magic
Centipede mandible 60 Magic
Chort hide 324 Magic
Cockatrice egg 55 Magic
Crystalized essence 75 Magic
Cyclops' eye 60 Magic
Dark Essence 45 Magic
Devourer's blood 60 Magic
Dracolizard plate 480 Magic
Ekimmara hide 294 Magic
Elemental essence 75 Magic
Endrega embryo 45 Magic
Erynia eye 45 Magic
Essence of wraith 45 Magic
Fiend's eye 75 Magic
Fifth Essence 60 Magic
Foglet teeth 45 Magic
Forktail hide 564 Magic
Gargoyle dust 45 Magic
Gargoyle heart 45 Magic
Golem's heart 45 Magic
Griffin feathers 60 Magic
Griffin's egg 60 Magic
Hag tooth 60 Magic
Harpy talons 45 Magic
Hydragenum 34 Magic
Kikimore discharge 45 Magic
Leshen resin 51 Magic
Lock of lamia hair 60 Magic
Lunar shards 40 Magic
Necrophage hide 162 Magic
Nekker warrior's liver 45 Magic
Nightwraith hair 45 Magic
Nigredo 35 Magic
Optima mater 50 Magic
Quebrith 18 Magic
Rebis 26 Magic
Rotfiend blood 45 Magic
Rubedo 27 Magic
Sharley dust 45 Magic
Sharley heart 45 Magic
Troll hide 177 Magic
Vampire blood 45 Magic
Vampire fang 105 Magic
Vermilion 30 Magic
Vitriol 23 Magic
Water essence 60 Magic
Water hag tooth 75 Magic
Werewolf hide 192 Magic
Werewolf saliva 60 Magic
Wight ear 30 Magic
Wight hair 60 Magic
Wight stomach 45 Magic
Wine Stone 38 Magic
Wyvern egg 70 Magic
Alghoul bone marrow 30 Master
Arachas venom 30 Master
Cave troll liver 30 Master
Cockatrice stomach 45 Master
Drowner brain 30 Master
Drowner tongue 30 Master
Endrega heart 30 Master
Ghoul's blood 30 Master
Grave hag's ear 30 Master
Harpy eggs 30 Master
Harpy feathers 30 Master
Light Essence 30 Master
Nekker blood 30 Master
Nekker claw 30 Master
Nekker eye 30 Master
Nekker heart 30 Master
Specter Dust 30 Master
Vampire saliva 30 Master

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