Poison Making

You can now use the Alchemy system to create a wide array of dangerous poisons! Poison Making is a crafting and combat mechanic which was released with the Dark Brotherhood DLC in May/June of 2016.

Poison Making was mentioned in the Dark Brotherhood: First Look article as part of the base game improvements coming alongside the Dark Brotherhood DLC. It is a free addition to the game and no DLC or subscription is required to use it.

At Alchemy stations around Tamriel you can now use new and existing reagents mixed together in a new type of solvent (called oils). These poisons can be equipped alongside wielded weapons and have a chance to be applied to your enemy during each Heavy or Light Attack of the associated weapons.

  • Poisons, unlike other equipped items, are consumed as they are applied.
  • Poisons are also subject to dilution, with each effect becoming less potent as more effects are added.
  • The new oils are sourced from various deadly monsters throughout Tamriel.
  • The new reagents have been added to many critters and monsters throughout Tamriel, and create multiple new effects for both potions and poisons.
  • While a weapon set has a poison equipped, any weapon enchantments on that weapon set are temporarily suppressed. Note that Master’s Weapons and Maelstrom Weapons have their unique-ability modifying effect suppressed, while their stat bonus is not suppressed.
  • When a poison is equipped, the weapon enchant and charge will be suppressed and replaced by the poison description and count in the tooltip.


ESO Poison Solvents (Oils)


ESO Alchemy Reagents


  • jackie
    Jun 20, 2016

    what ingredients do you mix together to make poison potions

  • Nexus
    Jun 23, 2016

    Right, we know what they are but witch ingredients go together? that’s what we want to know.

  • Lexifer452
    Jun 24, 2016

    hey thanks for the effects of the new reagents. could use a list of locations where they grow/what enemy beasts will drop them. ive found a few, which ill put down here but havent had any luck with the rest. ive found nightshade growing in wrothgar but havent checked elsewhere. its picked like a regular reagent. torchbugs, butterflies drop their related reagents, torchbug thorax and butterfly wings. have looted fleshfly larvae from zombies and the like but not from fleshflies themselves. beetle scuttle from assassin beetles and thunderbugs only so far, there could be others. have yet to find any mudcrab chitin drop from mudcrabs yet though ive killed around 50 or 60 so far. maybe im just rng-unlucky but they could be found elsewhere for all i know. scrib jelly ive found on scribs and their kin in stonefalls havent tried anywhere else yet. spider eggs drop from spiders, obiviously. haha and now that ive gone through tem it seems that mudcrab chitin is the only one i havent found yet. if anyone can confirm whether they do in fact drop from mudcrabs id appreciate it. have tried wrothgar, gold coast, hews bane, and a couple base game areas of varying levels but have not found a single one yet. thanks in advance and good work on the poison-making breakdown.

    • The 5alty One
      Jun 26, 2016

      I’ve been able to get mudcrab chitin in the argonian quater in Ebonheart. I have no idea where I’m supposed to be getting grease/ichor/slime etc from though.

  • lexifer452
    Jun 29, 2016

    the various poison solvents will drop from various enemies dpending on what level your at in the dlc areas, ie. wrothgar, hews bane and gold coast. they will drop from mammoths, giants, trolls and pretty much any animal or beast type enemy.

  • Will Smile
    Jul 2, 2016

    I have found mud crab chitin in a couple places. I’m thinking it is a really rare drop.

  • Jason
    Jul 3, 2016

    Most of the new reagents are all right where you’ve been the whole time..right in front of you. The hardest might be scrib jelly since there are just a few places that have scribs, but still there are more than a few. Awesome breakdown of reagent reactions. Thank you for the grid.

  • idc
    Sep 28, 2016

    run darkshade cavern dungeon once and you will get all the scrib jelly you could possibly want

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