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Alchemy Effects
1st Damage Health Damage Health (12.6×Value)
2nd Damage Stamina Damage Stamina
3rd Invisibility Invisibility
4th Resist Magic Resist Magic
# Samples 22
Plant Nirnroot
# Plants 161
Merchant Avail. Rare
A nirnroot plant

Nirnroot is a bright green plant normally found growing near water. They glow, making them easier to locate at night, and also emit a unique chiming sound. While in-game text claims that nirnroot does not regrow, it actually does regrow normally like other plants. A related plant is crimson nirnroot, which has nearly identical alchemical properties (only details of the Damage Health and Damage Stamina effects differ). They can be combined to make a four-effect potion.

Damage Health poisons made using nirnroot have the same strength as ones made using standard Damage Health ingredients. However, the gold value of such poisons is 12.6 times larger than standard ones. See the effect page for details.


In terms of combinations of two ingredients, Nirnroot can be combined with 63 other ingredients.

4 Effects[edit]

Desired Effect Combine with:
Damage Health Damage Health Damage Stamina Damage Stamina Invisibility Invisibility Resist Magic Resist Magic Crimson Nirnroot (3.0×Magnitude) (3.0×Magnitude)

2 Effects[edit]

Desired Effect Combine with:
Damage Health Damage Health Invisibility Invisibility Redwort FlowerCC (1.5×Magnitude,1.56×Value) (1.5×Duration,1.56×Value)
Damage Health Damage Health Resist Magic Resist Magic Void Salts
Damage Stamina Damage Stamina Invisibility Invisibility Ash Creep ClusterDB
Damage Health Damage Health Damage Stamina Damage Stamina Jarrin Root (100×Magnitude)

1 Effect[edit]

Desired Effect Combine with:
Damage Health Damage Health ChokeberryCC (1.5×Magnitude,1.56×Value), Coda FlowerCC (1.5×Magnitude,1.56×Value), Deathbell (1.5×Magnitude), Ectoplasm, Emperor Parasol MossDB, Falmer Ear, Fire PetalCC (1.5×Magnitude,1.56×Value), Gnarl BarkCC 1.5×Magnitude,1.56×Value, Human Flesh, Human Heart, Imp GallCC (1.5×Magnitude,1.56×Value), Imp Stool, Mort FleshCC, Nightshade, Poison BloomDG (1.5×Magnitude), Red Mountain Flower, River Betty (2.5×Magnitude), Scalon FinCC (1.5×Magnitude,1.56×Value), Skeever Tail, Small Antlers, Troll Fat, Wisp Stalk CapsCC (1.5×Magnitude,1.56×Value)
Damage Stamina Damage Stamina Ancestor Moth WingDG, Blisterwort, Blue Butterfly Wing, Bog BeaconCC (1.33×Magnitude,1.36×Value), Bone Meal, Canis Root, Chaurus Hunter AntennaeDG, ComberryCC (1.33×Magnitude,1.36×Value), Cyrodilic Spadetail, Giant's Toe, MarshmerrowCC (1.33×Magnitude,1.36×Value), Rock Warbler Egg, Spider Egg
Invisibility Invisibility Bittergreen PetalsCC (1.5×Duration,1.56×Value), Blister Pod CapCC (1.5×Duration,1.56×Value), Chaurus Eggs, Daedra SilkCC (1.5×Duration,1.56×Value), Elytra IchorCC (1.5×Duration,1.56×Value), Flame StalkCC (1.5×Duration,1.56×Value), Green Butterfly WingCC, Ice Wraith Teeth, Luna Moth Wing, Screaming MawCC (4×Duration,4.6×Value), Vampire Dust
Resist Magic Resist Magic Aster Bloom CoreCC (1.2×Magnitude,1.22×Value), Bleeding Crown, Bungler's BaneCC (1.2×Magnitude,1.22×Value), Chicken's Egg, Felsaad Tern FeathersDB, GleamblossomDG, Hagraven Claw, Hawk's EggHF, Hypha FaciaCC (1.2×Magnitude,1.22×Value), Lavender, Tundra Cotton, Wisp Wrappings


22 guaranteed samples can be found in 19 different locations. Locations with multiple samples are:

It is categorized as a rare ingredient, meaning that most apothecary merchants have a 21% chance of carrying 1-4 samples. In addition, it may be randomly found only in rare-type apothecary's satchels. Other possible locations for already-harvested samples include:


A map of all nirnroot plants in Skyrim's overworld.

166 nirnroot plants can be found in 85 different locations. Locations with the greatest numbers are:

Related Quests[edit]


  • Nirnroot can be sold to Avrusa Sarethi at Sarethi Farm for the quest Gather Wheat.
  • Nirnroot and crimson nirnroot are not affected by the Alchemy perk Green Thumb, and therefore even with the perk, you still only collect a single sample from each plant. However, with the Dragonborn expansion, there are several regular nirnroot plants that can be found in Solstheim which yield multiple samples of the ingredient.


  • An otherwise typical nirnroot plant within a hollow log on a small island east-southeast of the Wreck of The Pride of Tel Vos and due west of Winterhold cannot be harvested.
  • At times, the glow emitted by a nirnroot may not disappear.
  • Sometimes nirnroot becomes unharvestable; even though the sound of being picked will play, it will not be added to your inventory, nor will the plant disappear. Saving and then reloading the game will make it harvest-able again (sometimes).