I am trying to level up my alchemy and it is taking a really long time. I just made it into the 40s but I am curious if there are faster methods to level up. What is the fastest way to level up alchemy?
P.S. this isnt for the glitch. I dont understand it but I want to play the game legitimately.
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As far as I remember, individual ingredients affect the end price of the potion. And yes, make sure you are well rested and have the proper stone activated for as much of a bonus as you can get. You'll be making a *lot* more potions, otherwise.
That's all good advice, but the fastest way I've found to level up Alchemy is to use the trainers!
There's a good one in Whiterun, right near Breezehome. Level up 5 times with her, go make new potions in the same shop, then sell them to her to recover the money you spent leveling. When you go up a level, go back to her and do the same thing again.
She has no quest or other requirements before you can train with her and I think she's capable of training you all the way to level 75.
^^ Usually the most expensive types of potions/poisons to make.
That restoration loop exploit can raise it real fast if you're going the exploit route. Make sure the loop isn't too strong though. I made it too strong one time and I made a creep cluster, large antlers, river betty potion and my alchemy went from 51 to 100 just making one potion.
Try to make multi-effect potions, using 3 ingredients instead of 2. As people have said, exp is tied to value of the potion, more effects = more value = more exp. Good base to start with is Invisbile, Slow, or Paralyze. Regenerate Stamina/Magicka are also pretty good.
Travel between 2-3 cities buying out all the alchemy ingredients, do this like a dozen times before starting so you can sit down and grind out a bunch of levels in one sitting.
Go to the underground dwarven city, whatever it's called, and harvest a ton of crimson nirnroot, it is one of the ingredients for invisibility potion so it is a good base ingredient for high exp.