Skyrim:River Betty

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River Betty
River Betty
Value 15 Weight 0.25
Alchemy Effects
1st Damage Health Damage Health (2.5×Magnitude)
2nd Fortify Alteration Fortify Alteration
3rd Slow Slow
4th Fortify Carry Weight Fortify Carry Weight
# Samples 6
Creature River Betty
Merchant Avail. Common
A river betty

River Betties are fish that can be caught in ponds, lakes, and other bodies of water. Despite their name, they are no more likely to be found in rivers than other fish in the game.

Damage Health poisons made with river betty are 150% stronger than (2.5x as strong as) those made with other alchemy ingredients with this effect; they are the strongest poison ingredient that can be obtained in unlimited quantities. See the effect page for details.

They are also one of only three ingredients with a Fortify Alteration effect in the base game. The Dragonborn add-on also adds Burnt Spriggan Wood.


In terms of combinations of two ingredients, River Betty can be combined with 51 other ingredients.

3 Effects[edit]

Desired Effect Combine with:
Damage Health Damage Health Fortify Carry Weight Fortify Carry Weight Slow Slow Poison BloomDG (1.5×Magnitude)

2 Effects[edit]

Desired Effect Combine with:
Damage Health Damage Health Fortify Carry Weight Fortify Carry Weight Coda FlowerCC (1.5×Magnitude,1.56×Value) (1.25×Magnitude,1.27×Value)
Damage Health Damage Health Slow Slow Deathbell (1.5×Magnitude)
Fortify Alteration Fortify Alteration Slow Slow Burnt Spriggan WoodDB
Fortify Carry Weight Fortify Carry Weight Slow Slow Trama RootDB, Worm's Head CapCC (1.25×Magnitude,1.27×Value) (2×Duration,2.14×Value)

1 Effect[edit]

Desired Effect Combine with:
Damage Health Damage Health ChokeberryCC (1.5×Magnitude,1.56×Value), Crimson Nirnroot (3.0×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), Jarrin Root (100×Magnitude), Imp Stool, Mort FleshCC, Nightshade, Nirnroot (12.6×Value), Red Mountain Flower, Redwort FlowerCC (1.5×Magnitude,1.56×Value), Scalon FinCC (1.5×Magnitude,1.56×Value), Skeever Tail, Small Antlers, Troll Fat, Void Salts, Wisp Stalk CapsCC (1.5×Magnitude,1.56×Value)
Fortify Alteration Fortify Alteration Blind Watcher's EyeCC (1.25×Magnitude,1.27×Value), Grass Pod, Screaming MawCC (1.25×Magnitude,1.27×Value), Sload SoapCC (1.25×Magnitude,1.27×Value), Spriggan Sap, Wild Grass PodCC
Slow Slow Bungler's BaneCC (2×Duration,2.14×Value), Elytra IchorCC (2×Duration,2.14×Value), Green Butterfly WingCC (6×Duration,0.57×Value), Kresh FiberCC (2×Duration,2.14×Value), Large Antlers, Rot ScaleCC (3×Duration,0.26×Value), Salt Pile
Fortify Carry Weight Fortify Carry Weight Creep Cluster, Giant's Toe, Hawk Beak, Juvenile MudcrabCC, Kagouti HideCC (1.25×Magnitude,1.27×Value), MarshmerrowCC (1.25×Magnitude,1.27×Value), Netch JellyDB, Scaly Pholiota, Steel-Blue EntolomaCC, Wisp Wrappings


5-6(DG) guaranteed samples can be found in 3-4(DG) different locations:

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:

  • Fish barrels have a 25% chance of containing river betties.


Fish appear at fish spawning sites. Dartwings hovering above water can often be a visual cue; indicating the location of an underwater spawning site. Each spawning site generates one to three fish, which are randomly selected from various types of fish. In ponds and shallow waters, betties have a 20% chance of appearing; in deeper water, betties have a 14% chance of appearing. There are 691 spawning sites in 128 different locations. Locations with the greatest numbers are: