You can access the crafting menu as soon as you can access your inventory. You can use the default shortcut (H) to get to it, or after opening your inventory select the little potion bottle on the top. From there you will be able to craft any potion you know and have the right ingredients for.
You discover a recipe the moment you have the available components for it (and sometimes from books). So make sure you Extract All Ingredients, by clicking the button in the Alchemy menu, from time to time.
Each potion is created by combining a specific extract with any extract from a specific category. For example a Potion of Healing is crafted from Salt of Rogue’s Morsel combined with any extract from the suspension category (e.g. Mergrass, Spider Silk, etc.).
Until you craft the potion, elixir, coating, or grenade, you will not know what it does. If you do not want to be spoilers on what all potions do, and want to find out for yourself, skip the next sections. I will try to spoiler tag mysterious potions that the game obviously wants you to try out. They will be in the ‘Others’ section.
Use the find function (CTRL + F) to find the potion you are interested in.
(Note: Gives you Feather Fall for 10 turns. Drink before you jump.)
(Note: Gives you Jump for 10 turns)
(Note: Gives you Invisibility for 10 turns)
(Note: Gives you Detect Thought until Long Rest)
(Note: Grants Hastened for 3 turns. Lethargic makes you skip a turn.)
(Note: You can throw these at people to cure them, as they can’t drink while Paralyzed.)
(Note: It doesn’t reveal invisible creatures immediately, it makes invisible creatures roll to keep their invisibility)
* Go to Conditions for more information
* Go to Conditions for more information
When it comes to obtaining them I will not list them here, because they are not farmable. Mobs don’t ‘respawn’ in Baldur’s Gate 3, like they do in other games, so ‘farming spots’ are not a thing. The best way to obtain any ingredient and stock up is through vendors.
(The lists are WIP)
- Derryth Bonecloak
- Blurg – Location: Society of Brilliance (The Lodge) near Baldur’s Gate Waypoint
- Derryth Bonecloak – Location: Blonecloak Apothecary near Lower City Central Wall Waypoint
- Helsik – Location: Devil’s Fee
Have an alchemical pouch with every single character.
This way when you pick up ingredients they will automatically go inside the pouch and not clog your inventory. On top of that, when you want to combine your ingredients, you can simply pick up all the pouches on one character, making it easier to manage. Note that ingredients you buy or give you characters do not go in the bag. (Hopefully they will change this soon).
Don’t sell ingredients
Do not sell any ingredients. They are not worth a lot and you might need them. Once you have a better understanding of what potions you want and need, feel free to ignore this tip.
Use Extract All Ingredients.
Get into the habit after a long rest and shopping to extract all ingredients. It keeps your inventory light and compact, ready to brew the potions you need!
Visit your local ingredient NPC
After a long rest the NPC vendors restock. If you are looking for any particular ingredient or want to discover all the recipes as soon as possible.
Use Elixirs after Long Rest
Most elixirs last until Long Rest, so try to remember to use an Elixir after every long rest. Spellcasters can heavily benefit from Arcane Cultivation, while martial classes may want to use Elixir of Viciousness. Find the one that best fits your build and make sure to keep it in stock. But remember – only one elixir can be active at the same time!
If you feel like your damage is not high enough, want to avoid resistances, or it’s a long tough fight, make sure you use a bonus action to coat your active weapon. A well used Arsonist’s Oil or Diluted Oil of Sharpness can be the edge you need.
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