Long time ago, crossing the “Getting Started” section I noticed that there was no alchemy guide up, so I said I would make one, although, in the same day, a guildie of mine told me he was about to post his, so I left it there.
Today, I went back to that thread and noticed that there was still nothing up, so, here is the guide I had once promised but never wrote. Sorry for not bringing it up sooner
- Alchemy, what is it?
Alchemy is a crafting profession with which you create potions that have multiple functions:
- > Improve one of your stats:
~ Inteligence (Stargazer)
~ Strenght (Barbarian)
~ Luck (Gypsy)
~ Faith (Wiseman)
~ Perception (Augur)
~ Agility (Illusionist)
~ Stamina (Bodyguard)
~ Expertise (Acrobat)
~ Rage (Butcher)
> Improve your resistances:
> Miscellaneous potions:
~ Glue Bomb (reduces speed)
~ Antidote (removes poison effects)
~ Speed potions (increases your movement speed)
~ Poisonous Grenade (inflicts damage)
~ Restoration Potions (restore mana, health or both)
~Invisibility Potions (makes you invisible)
~ Sparkling Powder (shows invisible enemies)
~Astral Potions (never made them due to the expensive cost so I don’t know what they do. If anyone knows please post and I’ll update with your name on it)
~Astral Potions 2: These potions are used in other crafting professions to make ship gear (again, I’m not 100% sure of this, so any information would be good)
- How do I become an Alchemist?
Well, first of all, you need to talk to the Alchemy trainer. Alchemy Trainer can be found in Novograd for the League, Sivoyar Zablosky, and in Yasker’s Tower for the Empire, Sarbaz Losash. When you first interact with them, they will have a quest line for you.
- ~ An Alchemist’s Carreer: This quest asks you to buy the Alchemist Training Manual and read it. Interact with the Alchemy Trainer, but the book and use the book.
~ The Basics of Alchemy: In this quest you’ll be asked to make Stain Removers. Interact with the Alchemy Trainer, buy a Shoddy Mortar. Right click on it and the interface will pop up. Go to your Crafting tab of your bag, and right click on Basic Solvent. You’ll need two of them. After you do that, simply click on boil, and it starts making the potions. Make 10 of them and the quest is complete.
You don’t need to complete these quests, although they help you to understand how to do things.
- I am now an Alchemist, what do I need to level up my profession?
To start, you need gold... Lots of gold.
After you get your flask (depending on the level you are, you’ll need better flasks, with more places to put more reagents), you’ll also need a solvent (varies with the potion you want to make, can be Basic Solvent, Distillate, Advanced Solvent, Catalyst, Astral Extract and Inhibitor), that can be obtained throw the Alchemy Trainer and you’ll need herbs (you can obtain herbs at the Auction House or from a friend that’s an herbalist. You can also have 2 professions and get herbalism as a second one). The higher your level is, the higher the number of reagents you’ll need (can go up to 4 reagents+ 1/ 2 solvents, depending on the potion) and the higher ammount of gold you’ll spend.
- ~ Minor Potions (+6 stat points): 1 Basic Solvent + 1 Herb
~ Lesser Potions (+12 stat points): 1 Distillate + 2 herbs
~ Ordinary Potions (+23 stat points): 1 Advanced Solvent + 3 herbs
~ Greater Potions (+45 stat points): 1 Catalyst + 4 herbs
~ Superior Potions (+60 stat points): 2 Catalyst + 3 herbs
~Astral Potions: 1 Astral Extract/Inhibitor + 4 herbs
* Please note that that is the standard type, although some potions change, even in the same cathegory.
- How to make potions?
Now that you are an alchemist, you’ll need 3 things:
- ~ Flask (buyable from alchemy trainer)
~ Solvent (buyable from alchmey trainer)
~ Reagents (herbs: buyable from AH/other players or gather it if you have herbalism as second profession)
- 1 - First, right click on your flask. Depending on your alchemy level, you’ll have a better flask and more places to put reagents on. remember, it goes up to 5 spots.
This will be your interface:
- ~ Please note that I used the interface of the biggest flask you can get. The very first flask you get only has 2 spots for reagents, seconds has 3, third has 4 and fourth has 5. As you level up you’ll need to buy the upgraded versions of your flask.
2 - After that, click on recipes and look for the potion you want to make. Check the reagents you need, you can cross your mouse over them to see what they are called. Find the herbs and buy the solvent that the recipe requires.
3 - Go to your Crafting tab on your bag and right click on the herbs/solvents you need. Follow the recipe order of reagents, or you’ll get one less potion. For example if it is “herb/solvent/solvent/herb/herb” and you do “solvent/herb/solvent/herb/herb” you’ll get 5 potions instead of 6 (if you are making 5 reagents potions)
- 4 - Click where it says “Boil” and you’ll see that your reagents will change places. When it is done, you’ll be able to randomize the ingredients until you have the recipe in a straight line.
Just click on the potion that shows up on the right side bar, loot it and it will pop up on your bag.
Congratulations, you are now a fully informed alchemist .
- Some tips:
- ~ Always use either Damaged or Wilted herbs to make your potions, that have the reagents on the recipe on the first or second line. It will make your life easier than if you use Mature or Potent ones with the reagent you need on third and fourth row, since the chance of getting the last two reagents is lower.
~Leveling Alchemy can get expensive. I strongly advise you to only get alchemy when you are at higher levels. For leveling, get a gathering profession. If you want, you can always max out your reputation with the Gatherer’s and later on get a second profession.
~ You can find a full list of herbs here and a full list of recipes here . Please note that those website are not up to date, but they have everything you need until you get level 43, and by the time you get level 430 alchemy, you’ll know what and where to find it.
~ The levels you an start using the potions vary from potion to potion, so check the minimum level at the Auction House if you are not sure you can use it. Usually, you can use upgraded potions each 10/12 levels, although, it may change depending on the potion
Please check Drakamond's guide for herbs and solvents viewtopic.php?f=40&t=38800
Final Note: This guide may be improved or sufer some changes later