|Creature||Dragon Priests, Draugr, Skeletons, WrathmenDG|
132 guaranteed samples can be found in 74 different locations. Locations with the greatest numbers are:
- 7 in the Hag's Cure (Markarth)
- 5 in Dustman's Cairn (Whiterun Hold)
- 5 in the White Hall (Dawnstar)
- 4 in Elgrim's Elixirs (Riften)
- 4 in Fellglow Keep (Whiterun Hold)
- 4 inside Labyrinthian Chasm (Hjaalmarch)
- 4 in Valthume (The Reach)
It is categorized as a common ingredient, meaning that all apothecary merchants have a 36% chance of carrying 1-5 samples. In addition, it may be randomly found in some barrels and in apothecary's satchels. Other possible locations for already-harvested samples include:
- The three dead skeletons found during the quest Unbound always carry bone meal.
- The burned corpses found at the Western Watchtower in the quest Dragon Rising always carry bone meal.
Bone meal is always dropped by dragon priests, including all of the named dragon priests who carry masks. Nearly all other types of undead have a 25% chance of dropping bone meal, with the exception of ghosts (who drop ectoplasm). This includes all varieties of draugr, skeleton, corrupted shade and wrathmenDG, as well as numerous named undead creatures and already-dead versions of the creatures.