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Value 25 Weight 0.1
Alchemy Effects
1st Restore Magicka Restore Magicka
2nd Fortify Destruction Fortify Destruction (0.8×Magnitude)
3rd Fortify Magicka Fortify Magicka
4th Damage Health Damage Health
# Samples 40
Creature Ghosts
Merchant Avail. Uncommon
A bowl of ectoplasm
A ghost

Ectoplasm is an uncommon ingredient obtained from ghosts.


3 Effects[edit]

Desired Effect Combine with:
Damage Health Damage Health Fortify Magicka Fortify Magicka Restore Magicka Restore Magicka Red Mountain Flower

2 Effects[edit]

Desired Effect Combine with:
Restore Magicka Restore Magicka Fortify Destruction Fortify Destruction Steel-Blue EntolomaCC
Restore Magicka Restore Magicka Fortify Magicka Fortify Magicka Briar Heart
Damage Health Damage Health Fortify Destruction Fortify Destruction Nightshade (0.8×Magnitude)
Damage Health Damage Health Fortify Magicka Fortify Magicka Emperor Parasol MossDB, Void Salts
Damage Health Damage Health Restore Magicka Restore Magicka Human Flesh

1 Effect[edit]

Desired Effect Combine with:
Restore Magicka Restore Magicka Creep Cluster, Dwarven Oil, Elves Ear, Fire Salts, Frost Salts, Giant Lichen, Grass Pod, Moon Sugar, Mora Tapinella, Pearl, Taproot, Vampire Dust, White Cap, Wild Grass PodCC
Fortify Destruction Fortify Destruction Ash Creep ClusterDB, Beehive Husk, Glow Dust, Glowing Mushroom, Wisp Wrappings
Fortify Magicka Fortify Magicka Histcarp, Jazbay Grapes, Salmon RoeHF (12.5×Magnitude, 1.05×Value), Tundra Cotton
Damage Health Damage Health Crimson Nirnroot (3.0×Magnitude), Deathbell (1.5×Magnitude), Falmer Ear, Human Heart, Imp Stool, Mort FleshCC, Nirnroot (12.6×Value), Poison BloomDG (1.5×Magnitude), River Betty (2.5×Magnitude), Skeever Tail, Small Antlers, Troll Fat


40 guaranteed samples can be found in 27 different locations. Locations with multiple samples are:

It is categorized as an uncommon ingredient, meaning that all apothecary merchants have a 15% chance of carrying 1-5 samples. In addition, it may be randomly found in uncommon- and rare-type apothecary's satchels.


Ectoplasm is dropped by all varieties of ghosts and other ethereal undead, including dragon cultists, sanctuary guardians, and spectral warhounds.


  • Ectoplasm is frequently confused with glow dust, which comes from wispmothers, and has completely different alchemical properties.
  • 3 bowls of ectoplasm are needed at grindstones to improve the Ghostblade (requires the Arcane Blacksmith perk).
  • It is one of 3 items needed at the Atronach Forge to create a conjurer's elixir.
  • The base magnitude of the Fortify Destruction effect for this ingredient is 4 instead of 5. This is only relevant if ectoplasm and nightshade are combined, in which case the resulting potion will have a 20% smaller magnitude than a typical custom Fortify Destruction potion.