Originally posted by owlsight
Sort of off topic. Question about the alchemy skill. I've gotten my character trained in alchemy up to a skill of 18, but she still fails at all the potions she makes. At what skill level do you start to make successful potions? Does intelligence count towards the skill as well? She's pretty dumb, with an intelligence of 45. Does she need to be smarter as well?
Yeah. I didn't start making potions til I was up around level 40 cuz your level is roughly your percentage chance of successfully making the spell (I trained a lot under that Kajiit in the mage's guild you work for, and a few other kind alchemists around Balmora)
The real successes in potion making seem to me to come at higher levels. Your potions start coming out better than the stuff you can buy, and they weigh a lot less. I can carry dozens of potions around cuz they 'most all weigh 0.0!
Intelligence helps. If you down a potion to fortify your intelligence right before you start mixing potions, it'll help make them better.
There's some constant effect fortify intelligence ring (Mentor's Ring?) I wear when I'm brewing too.
If you decide not to pursue alchemy, don't feel you've wasted 18 levels. At level 15 you know the first effect of a reagent, which is something you can benefit from just by eating the herb or skin or whatever. There's a mushroom you can eat to breathe underwater, marshmarrow (or whatever) restores health; I'm sure there's lots of other reagents that are useful right off the vine.
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