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Apothecary is a complete overhaul of Skyrim’s alchemy, food, and alcohol systems designed to balance existing options while adding powerful new effects to the game.

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Apothecary - An Alchemy Overhaul 

Apothecary is a complete overhaul of Skyrim’s alchemy, food, and alcohol systems designed to balance existing potions, poisons, foods, and alcohols while adding powerful new effects to the game. The mod normalizes the magnitude of all alchemical ingredients in order to eliminate the gameplay loop of checking UESP to see which effects have slightly higher potencies, or chasing Salmon Roe to level up. It also significantly reduces the gold value of both player-created potions and generic potions while ensuring that the player still levels at a faster rate than Vanilla. In addition, the mod rebalances generic potions so that their strongest and weakest variants match the potency of player-created potions. Finally, Apothecary removes several useless or poorly implemented effects in order to make room for more interesting new effects without adding new ingredients. 

Apothecary does not require my other mods, but it is designed to be consistent with them. For instance, Apothecary adds poisons for each of the new Illusion archetypes and several of the new Alteration archetypes added by Mysticism - A Magic Overhaul.

The Apothecary Food and Drink Addon is offered as a separate ESP with no dependencies on the main file of Apothecary to allow users the freedom to mix and match Apothecary with other mods.


The magnitudes in the following list reflect the strength of a potion created by a character with 100 Alchemy and all of the Vanilla perks. Generic potions have been reworked to be consistent with player-created potions at all levels.



  • Restore Health, Magicka, or Stamina Potions work over 10 seconds. They do not stack, but they are affected by abilities that increase potion duration.
  • Potions such as Fortify One-handed and Resist Fire have high potencies (50%) and short (60s) durations.
  • Potions such as Fortify Health, Fortify Magicka Regeneration, and Fortify Armor Rating have lower effective potencies and extended durations.
  • New utility potions allow the player to experiment with effects that were much rarer in the Vanilla game, such as Become Ethereal and Waterwalking.


The magnitudes in the following list reflect the strength of a poison created by a character with 100 Alchemy and all of the Vanilla perks. Generic poisons have been reworked to be consistent with player-created poisons at all levels.



  • Damage Health, Magicka, and Stamina poisons deal (stacking) damage over time.
  • Lingering damage poisons are still clearly differentiated from other poisons.
  • Poisons replicate all of Illusion’s influence effects, including new archetypes added by Mysticism, allowing poison-focused characters to manipulate the battlefield. 
  • Poisons replicate all the new debuff effects added to Alteration by Mysticism, with higher potencies to compensate for their one-time-use nature.
  • All Poisons benefit from Weakness to Poison, allowing you to increase the strength of poisons such as Damage Armor, Fear, and Weakness to Magic.

Scrambled Bugs - Poison Resistance Patch 

In Skyrim, all poisons are automatically resisted by Poison Resistance, no matter what value is placed in the "Resisted By" field in their Magic Effects. This means that poisons such as Burden and Weakness to Fire are weaker against targets with high Poison Resistance, and stronger against targets with low Poison Resistance. It also means that Poisons of Weakness to Poison can be stacked infinitely, leading to ridiculous effects. Because of this, in earlier versions of Apothecary, debuff poisons were quite weak, because we had to assume the player was using Weakness to Poison effects to buff their strength considerably. 

However, Scrambled Bugs now comes with a "Poison Resistance" patch that allows us to create poisons that aren't resisted by Poison Resistance. This allows us to balance debuff poisons such as Damage Armor and Weakness to Frost in much the same way that we balance similar spells in Mysticism. It also allows the Weakness to Poison effect to exist without stacking with itself infinitely.

We strongly recommend that you download Scrambled Bugs and turn the "Poison Resistance" patch on. With the patch activated, poisons of Burden, Damage Weapon, Damage Armor, Weakness to Fire, Weakness to Frost, and Weakness to Shock will be fully resisted by an enemy with 100% Poison Resistance, since they are considered "immune" to Poisons. However, once you reduce an enemy's Poison Resistance to any value below 100%, debuff poisons will produce their full effect (this is similar to how Mysticism balances debuff spells). In addition, poisons of Weakness to Poison will work on targets even with 100% Poison Resistance, allowing alchemists to affect highly resistant enemies without resorting to other skills such as Enchanting or Alteration. This also solves the problem where poisons of Weakness to Poison are ineffective on the very enemies you'd most like to use them on.

With the Poison Resistance patch activated, Poisons of Damage Health, Damage Magicka, Damage Stamina, Lingering Damage Health, Lingering Damage Magicka, Lingering Damage Stamina, Calm, Frenzy, Silence, Fear, Paralysis, and Command continue to scale on Poison Resistance, meaning these poisons will be less effective against an enemy with high Poison Resistance and more effective against an enemy with low Poison Resistance.

Apothecary Food and Drink Addon

In addition to overhauling alchemy, Apothecary also offers an optional plugin that tweaks food, alcohol, and drugs.


In Apothecary, food items provide long-lasting buffs to Health Regeneration, Magicka Regeneration, and Stamina Regeneration. The type of buff a food item provides, and the magnitude of that buff, are based on the items used to create the food. Meats, stews, and breads provide Health Regeneration; desserts and cheeses provide Magicka Regeneration; vegetables, and soups provide Stamina Regeneration. Since players can have one source of each buff active at a time, Apothecary encourages the consumption of a wide variety of food items. 

By default, all food items last for 30 minutes. If you are using a survival mod and would like to reduce the duration of food items, I have provided an optional patch which reduces the duration of these items to 10 minutes. You can also use the patch as a model for creating your own custom duration for food items.

10% Foods

These foods are raw or uncooked items. They are not intended to be eaten in their current state.


25% Foods

These foods represent the basic components of a full meal. Most of these recipes simply require combining salt with one additional ingredient.


50% Foods

These foods represent the highest quality meals you can create. Most of them require additional ingredients such as Garlic or Lavender. Some of them require the specialized crafting stations found in Hearthfire kitchens.


Homecooked Meal

The homecooked meal represents a “super food” that grants you 50% Health, Magicka, and Stamina Regeneration, essentially rolling three of the best food items into one. You can only acquire a homecooked meal through marriage, and you are limited to one such meal per day.


In Vanilla, alcoholic drinks are largely forgettable, since they often restore small amounts of Stamina, while subsequently reducing the player’s Stamina Regeneration. In Apothecary, ales, meads, whiskeys, and rums buff the player’s Stamina and reduce their Magicka, while wines and brandies buff the player’s Magicka and reduce their Stamina. All alcoholic drinks last for ten minutes.



Apothecary also edits Skooma and Sleeping Tree Sap. Skooma has a buff that is similar to that of ales and meads, while Sleeping Tree Sap has a buff that is similar to that of wines and brandies. Redwater Skooma also has a unique effect. Most drug items last for five minutes. The buffs from Skooma and Sleeping Tree Sap do not stack with the buffs from alcohol.


General Changes and Removed Effects

Apothecary removes several potion effects from the game. Sometimes, these potion effects were removed for balance reasons (Fortify Smithing and Fortify Enchanting); sometimes, they were only removed because they were redundant with a new or existing effect (Damage Magicka Regeneration, Fortify Light Armor). Removing these effects allowed us to add our new effects with minimizing changes to existing recipes, so most of the combinations you remember will still work fine. However, in a few places, we did make changes to existing effects, and we do welcome feedback as to whether some effects feel rarer than they should be. We also changed the rarity of a few ingredients. Now that we’ve normalized the magnitude of all potion archetypes, it simply doesn’t make sense for items like Salmon Roe to be as rare as they are. Finally, we tweaked Sinderion's Serendipity (it's called Sinderion's Legacy now) to be a little more desirable and to work better with perk overhauls.

A list of removed effects can be found below.


The Apothecary Food and Drink Addon adds several new foods and changes the recipes for existing food items. It also adds new alcohols and adds them to the appropriate leveled lists.


Apothecary is not compatible with other alchemy overhauls. You will need a patch for any mod that adds new ingredients, in order to adjust their magnitudes, durations, and gold values to be in line with Apothecary. Apothecary may also have some minor compatibility issues with mods that add new player-crafted enchantments. This is because both alchemy and enchanting mods need to make use of the same “Unused Actor Values” to implement their effects. The incompatibility should be limited to specific enchantments that use the same actor values as Apothecary.

The Apothecary Food and Drink Addon is not compatible with other mods that change food and alcohol. It should be compatible with Sunhelm out of the box.

Simon's Mods

Aetherius - A Race Overhaul
Mundus - A Standing Stone Overhaul
Mysticism - A Magic Overhaul
Adamant - A Perk Overhaul
Arena - An Encounter Zone Overhaul
Blade and Blunt - A Combat Overhaul
Scion - A Vampire Overhaul
Manbeast - A Werewolf Overhaul
Apothecary - An Alchemy Overhaul
Pilgrim - A Religion Overhaul 
Thaumaturgy - An Enchanting Overhaul
Hand to Hand - An Adamant Addon

DeltaRider's Mods

Forceful Tongue - Shouts Overhaul
Dragonborn - Shouts Perk Tree
True Teacher Durnehviir
Sil Gahrot - Improved Shout Learning
Dragon War - A Dragon Overhaul
Arachnomancy - A Spider Scrolls Overhaul
Oblivion - An Atronach Forge Overhaul