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September 28, 2018 Carefree Crafting 2 comments

Geralt of Rivia is already superhumanly fast and strong, and is one of the most skilled swordfighters in the world of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, but sometimes even a witcher needs an extra edge.

Thankfully, Geralt is able to use alchemy to make decoctions—essentially, potions that temporarily give him the physical powers of the monsters he’s defeated.

While decoctions become toxic if used too much, they can be a huge boost to Geralt’s combat abilities. These ten are some of the best in the game. Which ones are best for you will depend on your build, but all of these have the potential to be incredibly powerful.

10. Ekimmara Decoction

These grotesque, bat-like vampires can help Geralt regenerate health

Damage dealt to foes restores vitality.

  • Restores 10% of damage dealt +1
  • Toxicity: 70
  • Duration: 30 minutes

How to craft it:

  • 1 dwarven spirit
  • 1 ekimmara mutagen
  • 1 white myrtle petals
  • 1 mandrake root

This decoction gives a relatively simple buff, but one that is useful no matter what build you’re running. It’s also relatively easy to craft.

Find the recipe either in the ransacked village near White Orchard or in Drahim Castle just south of Novigrad. Ekimmara appear in several locations and quests throughout the game (including the quest Following the Thread, and in Dragonslayer’s Grotto), and all the other ingredients are common items found in loot throughout the world or at merchants.

9. Ekhidna Decoction

Witcher 3 ekhidna decoction gameplay

Performing actions that consume stamina restore vitality.

  • Instantly restores 10% of max vitality
  • Toxicity: 70
  • Duration: 30 minutes

How to craft it:

  • 1 dwarven spirit
  • 1 ekhidna mutagen
  • 1 ribleaf
  • 1 berbercane fruit

If you’ve unlocked the Whirl ability for Geralt, do yourself a favor and use this decoction. The healing you get from the ability is insane. Even without Whirl, though, this decoction is a great way to raise your chances of survival.

Dwarven spirit, ribleaf, and berbercane fruit are all common items. If you’re missing any, they all should be available for purchase in Novigrad. Ekhidnas are also very common (if anything, too common) monsters along the many coasts of Skellige. You can learn the recipe for this decoction through random loot or by reading the in-game book Journey to the End of the World.

8. Troll Decoction

Some trolls are just misunderstood

Regenerate vitality during and outside of combat.

  • Out of combat: +100 per second
  • In combat: +20 per second
  • Toxicity: 70
  • Duration: 30 minutes

How to craft it:

  • 1 dwarven spirit
  • 1 troll claw
  • 1 crow’s eye
  • 1 honeysuckle

Another great survivability decoction... if you can bring yourself to kill one of these lovable creatures to harvest its claws. If you’re looking for an aggressive troll you can kill guilt-free, try the rabid rock trolls in southeast Velen or the one near Yngvar’s Fang in Skellige.

The recipe can be bought from book shops in Novigrad (look for the book World Underground). As with other common crafting elements, crow’s eye and honeysuckle should also be available at shops in Novigrad.

7. Succubus Decoction

Choosing to kill these highly-intelligent creatures is controversial, but the power they can give is undeniable

Attack Power grows over the course of a fight until reaching a maximum threshold.

  • Grows 1% every 2 seconds to a maximum of 30% at 1 minute
  • Toxicity: 70
  • Duration: 30 minutes

How to craft it:

  • 1 dwarven spirit
  • 1 succubus mutagen
  • 1 green mold
  • 1 allspice

Okay, let me be clear: I have never crafted this mutagen, and I hope no one else will either because neither of the succubi in this game deserve to be killed. That said, the effect is quite strong, especially against tough monsters and bosses.

Buy the recipe from the herbalist in Kaer Trolde harbor or learn it from reading Journey to the End of the World. The only succubi in the game can be found in the quests Contract: Deadly Delight and Practicum in Advanced Alchemy. The other ingredients are all common and easily purchasable.

6. Nightwraith Decoction

These ghostly creatures have unfinished business 

Geralt’s maximum vitality is increased with each foe killed.

  • Increased by 50 per foe killed
  • Ends after meditation or fast travel
  • Toxicity: 70
  • Duration: 30 minutes

How to craft it:

  • 1 dwarven spirit
  • 1 nightwraith mutagen
  • 1 mistletoe
  • 1 sewant mushrooms

This decoction is useful any time you’re going up against a large number of human enemies or monsters that like to fight in groups. If you’re quick, you can also use it to farm vitality in the area around a tough boss fight before diving in.

Buy the recipe for this decoction at the refugee camp in Velen or by clearing out abandoned sites and visiting the herbalists that sometimes set up shop there afterward. The mutagen can be found in Contract: Jenny o’ the Woods (talk to the people of Midcopse in Velen).

5. Water Hag Decoction

Watch out for these bog monsters, their tongues are deadly...literally

Damage dealt is increased when vitality is at its maximum.

  • Increased 50%
  • Toxicity: 70
  • Duration: 30 minutes

How to craft it:

  • 1 dwarven spirit
  • 1 water hag mutagen
  • 1 berbercane fruit

If you’ve been paying attention to the decoctions earlier on this list, your eyes might have just lit up. 50% bonus damage is an incredible buff, and while it may be hard to stay at full health under normal circumstances, there are several potions and decoctions which can keep Geralt perfectly healthy long into a fight. Try comboing this decoction with the ekimmara decoction.

To find the recipe for this decoction, you’ll have to clear out the abandoned site near Hangman’s Alley then come back and visit the herbalist. Water hags are common enemies in Velen’s bogs. They’re a bit annoying to fight, but definitely worth it for this decoction.

4. Chort Decoction

Don't kill too many cows in White Orchard or you'll have dangerous company

Provides complete resistance to the stagger effect and reduces the knock-down effect to stagger.

  • Toxicity: 70
  • Duration: 30 minutes

How to craft it:

  • 1 dwarven spirit
  • 1 chort mutagen
  • 1 puffball
  • 1 cortinarius

This decoction is great for fighting enemies that hit hard. A lot of attacks in Witcher 3 are so powerful that Geralt’s only option is to roll away and avoid being hit entirely. With a chort decoction, you can deflect these blows instead.

You can learn how to make this decoction and harvest the necessary mutagen by completing the quest Contract: Mysterious Tracks. The chort is one of the cooler monsters in the game, too, so be sure to finish this contract.

3. Reliever’s Decoction

If you think wraiths are annoying to fight, you'll love this decoction 

Increases damage dealt and decreases damage taken against wraiths.

  • +10% damage to wraiths
  • +15% damage resistance to slashing, piercing, bludgeoning, monster, and elemental damage from wraiths
  • Toxicity: 70
  • Duration: 30 minutes

How to craft it:

  • 5 dwarven spirit
  • 4 lesser red mutagens
  • 4 lesser green mutagens
  • 4 lesser blue mutagens
  • 1 essence of wraith

This is one of the more difficult decoctions to brew, but it gives a huge edge against wraith type enemies. With as tricky as wraiths can be, this is definitely worth breaking out any time you need to go up against either a large group or the boss of a wraith contract.

Essence of wraith is fairly easy to come by, as it drops from randomly from any wraiths you defeat. The mutagens are not specific, which helps because you’ll need a fairly large number of them to complete this decoction. You can find the recipe in a chest near the road southeast of Fyke Isle in Velen.

2. Archgriffin Decoction

Archgriffins are iconic, difficult monsters in Witcher 3, and their decoctions live up to their reputation

If any Stamina is available, strong strikes consume all of it and reduce the struck foe’s vitality.

  • Reduces vitality by 5% after damage is calculated
  • Toxicity: 70
  • Duration: 30 minutes

How to craft it:

  • 1 dwarven spirit
  • 1 archgriffin mutagen
  • 1 ribleaf
  • 1 blowball

This is just a solid damage buff, and is especially useful for players who like to prioritize dealing damage with heavy attacks. The recipe is randomly found in treasure chests.

The mutagen may be more of a challenge to gather, though. Archgriffins are tough enemies. Look for them in the quests Contract: The Griffin from the Highlands and Contract: The Creature from Oxenfurt Forest. If you’re up for a real challenge, a griffin on Snidhalll Isle in Skellige is one of the toughest monsters in the game.

1. Ancient Leshen Decoction

Leshen command the power of the forest against you. Defeat them and turn their magic to good use

Each sign cast increases stamina regeneration for the remainder of the fight.

  • Stamina generation +2
  • Toxicity: 70
  • Duration: 30 minutes

How to craft it:

  • 1 dwarven spirit
  • 1 ancient leshen mutagen
  • 1 mandrake root
  • 1 ginatia petals
  • 1 honeysuckle

Leshen might be the coolest monsters in Witcher 3, and they are certainly some of the eeriest and most terrifying. It’s fitting, then, that their decoction triggers off of signs. In reality, this decoction is probably best suited for hybrid builds that use both signs and melee attacks.

The recipe can be found randomly in the world, or in White Orchard northwest of Woesong Bridge. The mutagens can be found in the quest In the Heart of the Woods or from killing the leshen in Arnskrone Castle Ruins.

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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.

Aether1 x Puffball, 1 x Han Fiber, 1 x Ergot SeedsCrafting
1 x Longrube, 1 x Verbena, 1 x White Gull
Albedo1 x Allspice, 1 x Beggartick Blossom, 1 x Crow's EyeCrafting
1 x Mistletoe, 1 x Pringrape, 1 x White Gull
Hydragenum1 x White Gull, 1 x Verbena, 1 x Ergot SeedsCrafting
1 x Ergot Seeds, 1 x Ranogrin, 1 x Green Mold
Nigredo1 x White Gull, 1 x Crow's Eye, 1 x Han FiberCrafting
1 x Hellebore Petal, 1 x Hornwort, 1 x Balisse fruit
Quebrith1 x White Gull, 1 x Verbena, 1 x PuffballCrafting
1 x Longrube, 1 x Nostrix, 1 x Pringrape
Rebis1 x White Gull, 1 x Verbena, 1 x Ergot SeedsCrafting
1 x Allspice, 1 x Misteltoe, 1 x Ranogrin
Rubedo1 x Crow's Eye, 1 x Green Mold, 1 x Han Fiber Crafting
1 x Mistletoe, 1 x Puffball, 1 x Whitegull
Vermillion1 x Beggartick Blossom, 1 x Bryonia, 1 x Ergot SeedsCrafting
1 x Han Fiber, 1 x Verbena, 1 x White Gull
Vitriol1 x White Gull, 1 x Bloodmoss, 1 x AllspiceCrafting
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 Star1 x Saltpeter+100 fire damage
2 x Sulfur
Devil's Puffball1 x SaltpeterPoison cloud
2 x Sewant Mushrooms
Dimeritium Bomb5 x SaltpeterMagic-blocking cloud
2 x Optima Mater
Dragon's Dream1 x SaltpeterReleases gas which deals 300 damage when ignited
2 x Phosphorous
Grapeshot2 x SaltpeterCauses fire damage and 350 silver shrapnel damage
2 x Calcium Equum
Moon Dust1 x SaltpeterPrevents monster transformations
2 x Quicksilver Solution
Northern Wind1 x Saltpeter, 1 x Ducal WaterFreezes enemies
1 x Powdered Pearl, 2 x Allspice
Samum1 x SaltpeterBlinds 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.

Alghoul1 x Dwarven Spirit, 1 x Lesser Red Mutagen, 1 x Alghoul Bone Marrow, 1 x BuckthornIncreased regeneration of Adrenaline Points
Ancient Leshen Decoction1 x Ancient Leshen Mutagen, 1 x Dwarven Spirit, 1 x Ginatia Petals, 1 x Honeysuckle, 1 x Mandrake RootEach sign cast increases stamina regen
Arachas Decoction1 x Dwarven Spirit, 1 x Arcahas Mutagen, 1 x White Myrtle PetalsLower weight means damage reduction
Archgriffin Decoction1 x Archgriffin Mutagen, 1 x Blowball, 1 x Dwarven Spirit, 1 x RibleafStrong attacks consume all stamina to reduce foe's vitality by 10% + damage
Chort Decoction1 x Dwarven Spirit, 1 x Chort Mutagen, 1 x Puffball, 1 x CortinariusResist Stagger
Cockatrice Decoction1 x Dwarven Spirit, 1 x Cockatrice Mutagen, 1 x Crow's EyeAlchemy items can be used an extra time
Doppler Decoction1 x Dwarven Spirit, 1 x Doppler Mutagen, 1 x Han Fiber, 1 x LongrubeIncreases Crit Chance of rear attacks
Earth Elemental Decoction1 x Dwarven Spirit, 1 x Ekimmara Mutagen, 1 x White Myrtle Petals, 1 x Mandrake RootDamage inflicted boosts Vitality
Ekimmara Decoction1 x Dwarven Spirit, 1 x Cockatrice Mutagen, 1 x Crow's EyeAlchemy items can be used an extra time.
Foglet Decoction1 x Dwarven Spirit, 1 x Foglet Mutagen, 1 x Fool's Parsley Leaf, 1 x BlowballSigns are more powerful in fog
Katakan Decoction1 x Dwarven Spirit, 1 x Katakan Mutagen, 1 x Verbena, 1 x ArenariaIncreased Critical Hit Chance
Leshen Decoction1 x Dwarven Spirit, 1 x Leshen Mutagen, 1 x Moleyarrow, 1 x PringrapeDamage is reflected back to attackers
Nightwraith Decoction1 x Dwarven Spirit, 1 x Mistletoe, 1 x Nightwraith Mutagen, 1 x Sewant MushroomsMax vitality is increased with each foe killed until fast travel or meditation
Troll Decoction1 x Dwarven Spirit, 1 x Troll Mutagen, 1 x Crow's Eye, 1 x HoneysuckleRegenerates Vitality
Noonwraith Decoction1 x Dwarven Spirit, 1 x Ergot Seeds, 1 x Ginatia Petals, 1 x Noonwraith MutagenProvides immunity to Knockdown, Hypnosis, Stun, and Blindness
Succubus Decoction1 x Dwarven Spirit, 1 x Succubus Mutagen, 1 x Green Mold, 1 x AllspiceAttack power increases during combat periods
Water Hag Decoction1 x Berbercane Fruit, 1 x Dwarven Spirit, 1 x Water Hag MutagenDamage dealt increases when Vitality is at max
Werewolf Decoction1 x Beggartick Blossoms, 1 x Dwarven Spirit, 1 x Hop Umbels, 1 x Lesser Red MutagenRunning, sprinting and jumping outside of combat does not drain stamina
Wyvern Decoction1 x Celandine, 1 x Dwarven Spirit, 1 x Moleyarrow, 1 x Wyvern MutagenEach 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 Oil1 x Dog Tallow, 2 x Wolf's LiverAttack Power vs Beastss + 10%
Cursed Oil1 x Dog Tallow, 3 x WolfsbaneAttack Power vs Cursed Ones + 10%
Draconid Oil1 x Dog Tallow, 4 x Ergot SeedsAttack Power vs Draconids + 10%
Elementa Oil1 x Dog Tallow, 4 x PuffballAttack Power vs Elementa + 10%
Hanged Man's Venom1 x Dog Tallow, 4 x ArenariaAttack Power vs Enemies + 10%
Hybrid Oil1 x Dog Tallow, 4 x White Myrtle PetalsAttack Power vs Hybrids + 10%
Insectoid Oil1 x Dog Tallow, 4 x RanogrinAttack Powervs Insectoids + 10%
Necrophage Oil1 x Dog Tallow, 4 x Beggartick BlossomsAttack Power vs Necrophages + 10%
Ogroid Oil1 x Ursine Fat, 4 x Ginatia PetalsAttack Power vs Ogroids + 10%
Relict Oil1 x Dog Tallow, 5 x MistletoeAttack Power vs Relicts + 10%
Specter Oil1 x Bear Fat, 4 x ArenariaAttack Power vs Specters + 10%
Vampire Oil1 x Bear Fat, 4 x Ducal WaterAttack 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 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 Blood1 x Dwarven Spirit, 2 x Sewant Mushrooms, 4 x Ghoul's BloodHarms Vampires and Necrophages
Blizzard1 x Dwarven Spirit, 5 x White Myrtle Petals, 1 x Golem's HeartSlows time for enemies
Cat1 x Dwarven Spirit, 4 x Berbercane, 2 x Water EssenceNight vision
Drowner Pheromones1 x Dwarven Spirit, 1 x Drowner Brain, 1 x Sewant Mushrooms, 1 x PuffballDrowners won't attack
Full Moon1 x Dwarven Spirit, 2 x Wolfsbane, 1 x Dark EssenceIncreases Max Vitality
Golden Oriole1 x Dwarven Spirit, 4 x Blowball, 1 x Light EssenceImmune to Poison
Killer Whale2 x Dwarven Spirit, 5 x Balisse, 6 x Buckthorn, 5 x Drowner Tongue+50% Breath Underwater
Maribor Forest1 x Dwarven Spirit, 3 x Berbacane, 1 x Alghoul Bone Marrow, 4 x Drowner Tongue+AP Regen
Nekker Pheromones1 x Dwarven Spirit, 1 x Drowner Brain, 1 x Green Mold, 1 x Moley ArrowNekkers won't attack
Petri's Philter1 x Dwarven Spirit, 5 x Arenaria, 4 x Specter DustIncreases Sign power
Swallow1 x Dwarven Spirit, 5 x Celandine, 4 x Drowner brainIncreased Vitality
Tawny Owl1 x Dwarven Spirit, 2 x Verbena, 1 x Arachas venomIncreased Stamina regen
Thunderbolt1 x Dwarven Spirit, 2 x Cortinarius, 1 x Endrega EmbryoIncreases Attack Power
Ursine Pheromones1 x Dwarven Spirit, 1 x Berbercane, 1 x Ergot Seeds, 1 x Hellebore PetalsUrsines won't attack
White Honey1 x Dwarven Spirit, 1 x HoneysuckleClears Toxicity + cancels potions

Geralt is already extremely strong in 'The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt' - but with with the proper decoction – can make a seemingly impossible battle.

The Witcher series puts the player in the mud-stained boots of the grim and gritty Geralt of Rivia: A ladies’ man, a cunning hunter, and a master swordsman. As such, when it comes to combat and allocating perk points, a lot of players will gravitate towards increasing Geralt’s skill with his blades or the potency of his combat signs like Quen or Igni.

The game mechanic and corresponding skill tree that’s often overlooked is alchemy, as is the case in so many fantasy RPGs. But is it deserving of this treatment in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt?

Let’s find out.

Oh, and if you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t gotten around to playing Witcher 3 yet, here’s a download link for you:

Unlike other famed video game protagonists, Geralt of Rivia is not a one-man army. He’s not Dragonborn, he’s not Starkiller, he’s not Kratos. He’s not immortal, he’s not blessed by the gods. Geralt is defined by his witcher training and by his years of experience, and he bears the scars from both.

It’s one of the things we love about him the most – Geralt has made it this far largely because he’s resourceful, knows his quarry, and plans meticulously. This is precisely why alchemy goes hand in hand so well with being a witcher.

Use oils for a leg up

Your swords can cut down humans and monsters alike, but the longer the skirmish takes, the longer you’re at risk of getting walloped by a golem, or blinded by a water hag. Trust us – neither is a situation you want to find yourself in. In this way Geralt is like the Batman of fantasy RPGs:

He’s brooding, he’s somber, and he knows to strike when he has the best chance of coming out on top. Proper planning is key when going up against harder creatures – particularly on the game’s higher difficulties.

Endrega nest giving you trouble? Try putting insectoid oil on your silver sword. Superior insectoid oil will add a mighty 50 percent increase to your damage every time you hit an insectoid monster, and will last for 60 hits. Could you defeat the monsters without using it? Probably, but the fight will take longer and every time you get hit your equipment will degrade. Why make things harder on yourself and on your wallet?

Alchemy is best used in tandem with the in-game bestiary. What’s so cool about the Witcher’s monsters is that every creature has its resistances and its weaknesses. Exploiting an enemy’s weakness is what witchers were trained to do. Approach a fight with the proper oils applied and you’ll see why they treat preparation so importantly.

Decoctions are more than just trophies

There are two types of potions you can use in Witcher 3: Potions and decoctions. Potions are more run-of-the-mill and primarily serve as temporary buffs: Full Moon increases your maximum vitality for a full minute; Black Blood damages vampires and necrophages whenever they wound Geralt. Useful for sure, and definitely not to be underutilized. Decoctions, however, take it to the next level.

Decoctions are created with rare ingredients, some of which you’ll only come across once in a playthrough. These are things like mutagens found on unique earth elementals, forktails, leshens, or werewolves. In other words, it’s not stuff you’ll find a street peddler selling! You can, however, buy formulae. Learn the formula to make a decoction for one such creature, and once you acquire the proper ingredients you’ll be able to craft it.

Decoctions can do a variety of things, ranging from increasing Geralt’s vitality per kill, to growing attack power over the course of a fight, to even things like unlimited sprint or jump outside of combat. Each decoction is completely unique, and every one you get adds another tool to your arsenal. By mid-late game you’ll want every bit of help you can get.

Are bombs even useful?

Yes. Oh, yes they are.

If you’re uninspired by a lackluster grapeshot or dancing star, remember that these, too, need to be upgraded as you progress further in the game! A superior Devil’s Puffball will last 20 seconds longer than a regular one, and in the heat of combat, that difference is huge. Additionally, much like the oils, certain monsters will have vulnerabilities to different bombs. Learn how to craft each one and keep them upgraded as often as your budget will allow.

Don’t be afraid of running out of supplies

This is a big one. To players who are leery of using bombs, oils, and potions because it’s a finite resource, we hear you. You’ll be thrilled to know that this is not the case! When we saw that our griffin decoction had only one use, we were prepared to horde it until the final boss. Imagine our excitement when we learned that decoctions, potions, bombs, and oils can all be resupplied very easily.

Any time you meditate (accessible from both the RPG menu and from the combat wheel (LB on controller)) it will replenish all of your used supplies, provided you have strong alcohol on your person. This means items like alcohest, dwarven spirit, or mahakaman spirit.

If Geralt has even one of these in his inventory all your stuff will be capped off for immediate reuse. Strong alcohol can be found practically anywhere, too. Just open a barrel in the nearest city or talk to a traveling merchant. There’s no reason to be shy about using your supplies!

How does this toxicity meter work?

Witcher or not, the potions and decoctions Geralt imbibes are still toxic and would kill lesser men. Check out this description of the trial of the grasses to see what we mean.

Every potion and decoction has a toxicity level and will fill up that much of the green bar you can see on either the HUD or from the inventory screen. As long as your combined potions fall within Geralt’s limit, you can use varying combinations of effects. Use this to stack buffs like increased damage or vitality regen.

Is it worth your points or your mutagens?

It really depends on your build. For those who are unfamiliar with how to use mutagens, the short explanation is that they can give you an increased buff if they’re put next to corresponding skills you have equipped. For example, red mutagens increase Geralt’s attack power. The more powerful the mutagen, the higher the bonus. Likewise, if that mutagen is modifying three equipped abilities the overall bonus it gives is stronger than if it was just modifying one or two.

Complicated? A little bit. Check out this picture:

The green mutagens you harvest are buffed by your equipped alchemy perks. As you can see, our Geralt has an extra 450 vitality just from two equipped alchemy perks. That can make a surprising difference in a fight. Obviously, this isn’t even doable unless you have the alchemy perks to begin with, so yeah you’ll have to equip a couple. Again, it’s all about the build you want. If you’re trying to tank, wear heavy witcher gear and stack your alchemy mutagens for a truly massive vitality bonus.

As for the alchemy perks themselves, we found they were all quite useful, especially when stacked. Fixative, for example, gives blade oils more charges before wearing off. Pyrotechnics adds or increases damage to all your bombs. The question wasn’t so much whether we liked the perks, but more whether we valued them over our martial skills. That much is up to you to decide. If you’re interested in seeing what a full-out alchemy build would look like in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, check out this video:

We hope this guide will help players feel a little love for alchemy in The Witcher 3, and that you’ll consider its perks and gameplay on your playthrough! Now harvest some pringrapes and get back on the trail!

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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt isn't just a huge game, it's an incredibly deep game. There are so many different systems and mechanics for players to wrap their heads around... not all of which are explained very well. Understanding spells and swords is easy enough, but it can quickly become confusing once you really delve into the game's crafting mechanics.

When it comes to The Witcher's version of alchemy, there's a lot to learn — and the game unfortunately takes a lot of time teaching players how the system works. In the early hours of the game, players are basically given a giant list of ingredients and components with no real idea of how to use them.

So, for those of you who are stuck wondering what to do with all those flower petals, this guide is for you — we'll go over the basics of alchemy, what it does and when to use it. Once you have the foundation down, it'll be easy to see just how much more powerful Geralt can be...

Why Use Alchemy?

At first, it may seem like alchemy isn't all that necessary. Geralt's a pretty powerful guy with just a sword and spells — so why bother with a confusing system that requires picking tons and tons of flowers?

Well, with the right potions and oils, Geralt can easily decimate entire crowds of enemies with just a couple attacks. Knowing when to use a particular concoction can turn the tide of battle in an instant. Using a bomb at just the precise moment – or starting a fight with the proper decoction – can make a seemingly impossible battle an absolute breeze. Plus, for those who are playing through on higher difficulties, alchemy is a necessity.

How to Use Alchemy

At its core, alchemy works the same as crafting armor or weapons, minus the trip to a merchant. Once you have the proper components, enter the menu and choose what you want to create — it's as simple as that.

What you can concoct depends on your ingredients, and figuring out where to find all of the individual items can be maddening — some are found through exploration, others must be bought, and still others can only be created by mixing different, smaller components together.

If you're having trouble finding a specific ingredient, head to the nearest herbalist: they're typically well-stocked with everything you could possibly need. Some of the rarer components will come at a higher cost, while others can be found out in the world for free. Either way, an herbalist will always be your most convenient source for alchemy.

That said, it doesn't make much sense to go out and pick all sorts of flowers without knowing what they can do...

Alchemy Substances

Considering it's the first thing you'll see when you go to craft something, it's a shame that Alchemy Substances aren't explained in more detail. Basically, these are the special materials you'll use to craft other, more complex solutions.

Think of it as an in-between step: you'll take raw ingredients and create an Alchemy Substance — which can then be used to craft more complex items. It's confusing, yes — but it's also an essential step in the alchemy system.


Out of all of the items players can create using alchemy, bombs are the most straightforward. If you've ever used a grenade in a video game, these are basically the same. There are, however, a number of different varieties players can craft. Sure — you have your standard incendiary bombs, but you can also make explosives that slowly poison opponents or prevent mages from using magic. Keeping a variety of bombs is always a good idea — you'll want them at hand in case Geralt gets in over his head.


Whereas bombs are all about their own damage, oils are used for boosting the power of Geralt's swords. Crafting an oil and applying it to one of Geralt's blades will give you a timed buff for that weapon.

Say a group of vampires is giving you a hard time. By crafting and applying Vampire Oil to Geralt's silver sword, you'll recieve a sizable damage boost. But remember to read up on your enemies — just because an oil works on one type of creature doesn't mean it'll work on all of them.


As oils are for boosting Geralt's sword, so decoctions are for boosting Geralt himself. Mechanically, they work in the exact same way: craft an item, apply it to Geralt, and you'll see a boost in power.

What separates decoctions from oils is the variety of different buffs: while oils are all about extra damage, decoctions can do everything from boosting Geralt's stamina recovery to reflecting damage back at attackers. Decoctions don't require quite as much homework, either, so using them should be a bit easier. Just make sure to watch Geralt's toxicity level: the higher it goes, the closer you are to Game Over.


Alchemy can produce some truly powerful items, but potions are the most useful concoctions players can create. Again, if you've ever used something similar in another game, you'll be familiar with how potions work. Of course, it's not just about standard healing and magic regeneration. Geralt can craft potions that allow for night vision, that extend breath underwater or slow enemies' movement to a crawl.

The best part about The Witcher 3's potions - and all other alchemy creations - is that restocking is far easier. Instead of hunting down materials every single time you want a dose of Swallow, Geralt only needs to craft the items once. After that, simply meditating with some alcohol in Geralt's inventory will allow for a full refill — basically, as long as Geralt's got some booze on him, you'll have access to all of your alchemy concoctions. Because of this, using alchemy is far easier and more streamlined than any other Witcher game...which is definitely a good thing, as alchemy can have a huge impact on how you play the game.

Yes, alchemy in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt can be confusing — especially if you're still new to the game. It will ask for materials you don't have and ask for recipes that you've yet to discover. In spite of all this, it's important to stick with it: alchemy is a powerful ally indeed, and learning to take advantage of the system can make playing through the game a much, much smoother experience.

If you've just started the game and need a few pointers, don't forget to check out our Beginner's Guide for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt!

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I'm currently at 15 Substances (6 mutagens and 9 ingredients) 3 Alcohol 24 Bombs 28 Decoctions 36 Oils 38 Potions 4 Quest Which adds up to.

The Witcher Amino

*For more chest locations, see the post on chest locations in Velen/Novigrad and in White Orchard. Chests contents are kinda random so you might get the recipes, diagrams or other items from those chests.

Mutagen Decoctions give the witcher extra buffs when consumed. Like potions, they increase Geralt’s toxicity, but by a larger amount (80). However, they last longer than potions (30mins). In the alchemy skill tree there are skills you can learn to increase your toxicity level allowing you to imbibe more than 1 decoctions at a time.

Below is a list of decoctions, the recipe, and where I found the monster mutagen required for that decoction. Usually they are dropped from monsters during a contract quest. I mention the below the quest and its recommended level. However, if you do not want to be spoiled by what quest you need to do to get the monster mutagen, then just avoid looking at the last column.

There are decoction recipes which can be bought from merchants (mentioned below), and they can also be looted from chests throughout the game. It may be random, but I also list where I looted some of them.

Note that there is a slight chance that the mutagen might not drop from the said monster below.

NameDescriptionRecipeWhere To Get Recipe/Possible LocationMutagen Dropped by
Alghoul DecoctionAdrenaline Points are generated more quickly than normal until the first successful enemy attack.5x Lesser Red Mutagen
1x Buckthorn
1x Dwarven Spirit
1x Alghoul Bone Marrow
Ancient Leshen Decoction
Each Sign cast increases Stamina regeneration for the remainder of the fight.1x Ancient Leshen Mutagen
1x Ginatia Petals
1x Dwarven Spirit
1x Honeysuckle
1x Mandrake Root
Ancient Leshen quest - In The Heart of the Woods (You have to choose to kill the Leshen) (lv.22).
Arachas Decoction
Reduces damage received based on armor and inventory weight: less weight carried and lighter armor means less damage is taken.1x Arachas Mutagen
1x White Myrtle Petals
1x Dwarven Spirit
Herbalist in Hierarch Square in Novigrad.
You'll encounter an Arachas during the "Missing Brother" quest (lv.33).

Archgriffin DecoctionIf 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.1x Archgriffin Mutagen
1x Blowball
1x Dwarven Spirit
1x Ribleaf
I got this on an abandoned tower site. Just south east of the map in a swampy area.
You'll encounter an Archgriffin during the quest "Master Armorers" (lv.24)

There's also another Archgriffin you'll encounter from "The creature from the Oxenfurt forest" contract (lv35).
Basilisk DecoctionApplies a buff increasing the intensity of a randomly selected Sign at dusk and dawn. This effect lasts longer than other mutagen.1x Basilisk Mutagen
1x Blowball
1x Dwarven Spirit
1x Beggartick Blossoms
1x Fool's Parsley Leaves
There is a Basilisk located south of Velen. He's lv.32 when I fought him.
Chort DecoctionProvides complete resistance to the Stagger effect and reduces the Knock-down effect to Stagger.1x Chort Mutagen
1x Cortinarius
1x Dwarven Spirit
1x Puffball
Contract quest - "Mysterious Tracks" (lv.20)

Cockatrice DecoctionAll alchemy creations can be used one additional time.1x Cockatrice Mutagen
1x Dwarven Spirit
1x Crow's Eye
Contract quest: Shrieker (lv.8)
Doppler DecoctionIncreases critical hit damage when attacking from behind.1x Doppler Mutagen
1x Han Fiber
1x Dwarven Spirit
1x Longrube
Herbalist Hut outside Oxenfurt
Elusive thief contract. (You'll have to choose to kill the doppler). Might be the only doppler you can kill in the game.
Earth Elemental DecoctionIncreases resistance to Vitality-depleting critical effects applied during combat. The resistance level rises the longer the critical effect is applied.1x Earth Elemental Mutagen
1x Balisse Fruit
1x Dwarven Spirit
1x Pringrape
Herbalist near Lurtch

There is a lv24 Earth Elemental guarding this treasure here:
Ekhidna DecoctionPerforming actions that consume Stamina regenerates Vitality.1x Ekhidna Mutagen
1x Berbercane Fruit
1x Dwarven Spirit
1x Ribleaf
I got this from a body in a cave during the "Mysterious Tracks" contract.
Ekhidnas in Skellige Isle by the sea shore.
Ekimmara DecoctionDamage dealt to foes regenerates Vitality.1x Ekimmara Mutagen
1x Mandrake Root
1x Dwarven Spirit
1x White Myrtle Petals
There is an Ekimmara at the end of this cave. However, it isn't guaranteed he drops the Ekimmara Mutagen. So before engaging him, save your game.

Another Ekimmara you'll encounter is through the contract "The Mystery of the Byway Murders" (lv.22). During this contract you'll talk to villagers. Don't dismiss the conversation but choose to be very "nosy".
Fiend DecoctionIncreases the amount of weight the witcher can carry without being overburdened.1x Fiend Mutagen
1x Arenaria
1x Dwarven Spirit
1x Hellebore Petals
1x Fool's Parsley Leaves
In the quest "Return to Crookback Bog", you'll encounter a Fiend. (lv.9)

There's another Fiend you'll encounter in the Missing Son Contract in Skellige (lv29.)

Foglet DecoctionIncreases Sign Intensity during cloudy weather.1x Foglet Mutagen
1x Blowball
1x Dwarven Spirit
1x Fool's Parsley Leaves
Several lv.11 Foglets here:
Forktail DecoctionCombining fast and strong attacks with Sign abilities increases Attack Power for melee attacks and Sign Intensity when casting.1x Forktail Mutagen
1x Bryonia
1x Dwarven Spirit
1x Moleyarrow
Contract quest - "Dragon" (lv.20)

Grave Hag DecoctionEach foe slain accelerates Vitality regeneration for the duration of the battle.1x Grave Hag Mutagen
1x Cortinarius
1x Dwarven Spirit
1x Longrube
Herbalist near Lurtch
Contract quest - "The Merry Widow" (lv.10)

Griffin DecoctionTaking damage raises damage resistance (up to an upper limit) for the remainder of the fight.1x Griffin Mutagen
1x Bryonia
1x Dwarven Spirit
1x Oil
Herbalist in Hierarch Square in Novigrad.
You'll encounter a royal griffin from the Beast of White Orchard main quest (lv3).
Katakan DecoctionIncreases critical hit chance (by 5%).1x Katakan Mutagen
1x Arenaria
1x Dwarven Spirit
1x Verbena
Katakan in the sewers during quest "Now or Never" (lv.14).

There's a lv.29 Katakan in the rooftop room of this ruined building in Skellige.
Leshen DecoctionA portion of the damage dealt by enemies is reflected back on the attacker.1x Leshen Mutagen
1x Moleyarrow
1x Dwarven Spirit
1x Pringrape
Herbalist in Hierarch Square in Novigrad.
Contract - "Lord of the Wood" (lv.25)

There are also 2 other Leshens in the marked areas below in Velen, but mutagen drop is not guaranteed.
Nekker Warrior DecoctionMounts never panic. 50% increase to mounted combat damage.1x Nekker Warrior Mutagen
1x Dwarven Spirit
1x Fool's Parsley Leaves
1x Ranogrin
Herbalist in Hierarch Square in Novigrad.
Nekker Warriors inside Kaehr Morhen cave (lv12).

Or Strange Beast Contract on Larvik, Skellige (lv16)
Nightwraith DecoctionGeralt’s maximum Vitality is increased with each foe killed. This increase lasts until he meditates or fast travels.1x Nightwraith Mutagen
1x Mistletoe
1x Dwarven Spirit
1x Sewant Mushrooms
Herbalist near Lurtch
You will encounter a Nightwraith from the quest Jenny of the Woods (lv.10). Contract is at Midcopse.

Noonwraith DecoctionSignificantly reduces effects of Knockdown, Hypnosis, Stun and Blindness effects.1x Noonwraith Mutagen
1x Ergot Seeds
1x Dwarven Spirit
1x Ginatia Petals
From the Contract quest - "Devil by the well" (lv.2)

or "The White Lady" (lv16).
Reliever’s DecoctionIncreases damage dealt and decreases damage taken against wraiths.4x Lesser Red Mutagen
4x Lesser Green Mutagen
4x Lesser Blue Mutagen
5x Dwarven Spirit
1x Essence of Wraith
Herbalist in Hierarch Square in Novigrad.
Succubus DecoctionAttack Power grows over the course of a fight until reaching a maximum threshold.1x Succubus Mutagen
1x Allspice
1x Dwarven Spirit
1x Green Mold
Herbalist in Kaer Trolde Harbor, SKellige.

From a quest in Skellige - "Practicum in Advanced Alchemy (lv.24)". (You'll need to choose to kill the succubus.)
Troll DecoctionRegenerates Vitality during and outside of combat.1x Crow's Eye
1x Dwarven Spirit
1x Honeysuckle
1x Troll Claw
Can be bought from the herbalist in White Orchard
See here.
Water Hag DecoctionDamage dealt is increased when Vitality is at its maximum.1x Water Hag Mutagen
1x Berbercane Fruit
1x Dwarven Spirit

Water Hag (Swampy areas in Velen)
Werewolf DecoctionRunning, sprinting and jumping outside combat does not use Stamina.1x Werewolf Mutagen
1x Beggartick Blossoms
1x Dwarven Spirit
1x Hop Umbels
A werewolf you encounter during the "Ladies in the Woods" main quest (lv.6).
Wraith DecoctionWhenever a single hit drains more than a third of Vitality, a Quen shield is activated which protects against the next attack.1x Wraith Mutagen
1x Nostrix
1x Dwarven Spirit
1x Blowball
Herbalist near Lurtch.
From Wraiths
Wyvern DecoctionEach blow landed increases Attack Power until either the fight ends or damage (other than that from potion Toxicity) is taken.1x Wyvern Mutagen
1x Celandine
1x Dwarven Spirit
1x Moleyarrow
Contract - "Patrol Gone Missing" (lv.7)

There's also a level 14 Wyvern here in Skellige, but mutagen drop isn't a guarantee.



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