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Game: Kingdom Come: Deliverance
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Kingdom Come’s attempts to replicate real-world 1400’s Bohemia for its players is what makes the game so unique and many of its “tried-and-true” systems – like potion-making – feel revamped and fresh. Warhorse’s dedication to base the game in history can be seen all throughout the game’s Alchemy and Herbalism systems. All the plants are real and could be found in Bohemia. In addition, the majority of the potion recipes have their basis in actual recipes folx would use to try to heal themselves back then. Even the system of boiling and distilling has its roots in what people were actually doing in 1400.

While this is all very cool, it can make the game’s Alchemy system more complicated than some of its peers. Luckily, we have compiled everything you need to know about brewing potions, sorting out recipes, and finding the herbs you’ll need.

Learning to brew potions in KC:D is a multistep process. Messing up one step of the brewing process can render your entire batch useless.

Before you even get started with your alchemist training, it is highly recommended that you learn to read.  While you can still brew without being literate, it makes it a heck of a lot easier. This means a trip to visit the Scribe in Uzhitz to learn how to read. The quest to do so can be started by talking to the Apothecary in Rattay.

After you can read, simply talk to any Apothecary. They will offer to train you for a small amount of groschen. After their training, you will have access to the many alchemy benches that are sprinkled across the map. *Pro-tip make sure to always use benches in public places so you don’t get a surprise visit from a guard coming to arrest you for trespassing during the middle of your brewing process.

While brewing potions in KC:D can seem intimidating, it is as simple as following a few clear directions after you have a recipe. Each recipe features some combination of timing when you put herbs in, controlling temperature, grinding, and distilling.

The hardest part about alchemy in KC:D is finding all of the potion recipes. Luckily, we have compiled them all here so you do not need to spend hours of trial and error just to learn how to make Savior Schnapps.

Potion Name
What it does
Recipe Ingredients
Recipe Instructions
Aesop Potion
Increase your Horsemanship by 5 for 10 minutes. Also makes dogs ignore you.
*Spirits

*Wild Boar’s Tusk

*Wormwood

*Belladonna

*Comfrey

  1. Drop the wormwood and tusk in the cauldron.
  2. Boil the wormwood and tusk for two turns.
  3. Leave the cauldron to cool.
  4. Grind the comfrey.
  5. Drop the belladonna and comfrey in the cauldron, but do not boil.
  6. Distill.
Amor Potion
Charisma increased by 5 for 10 minutes.
*Wine

*Marigold

*Chamomile

*Wormwood

*Antlers

  1. First drop in the ground antlers, boil for one turn.
  2. Drop in the marigold and chamomile and boil for one more turn.
  3. Grind the wormwood and add it, but do not boil
Artemisia Potion
Strength and Warfare are increased by 5 for 10 minutes.
*Spirits

*Wormwood X 2

*Sage

  1. Drop in the sage and boil for one turn.
  2. Grind the wormwood.
  3. Drop the wormwood in the cauldron and cook for two turns.
Antidote
Cures poisoning
*Water

*Thistle X 2

*Nettle

*Charcoal

  1. Drop the thistle in the cauldron and boil for two turns.
  2. Then add the nettles and boil for one turn.
  3. Leave to cool.
  4. Finally, add the charcoal, but do not boil!
Aqua Vitalis
For 5 minutes attacks will do 50% less damage.
*Water

*Marigold

*Dandelion X 2

  1. Boil the dandelions for one turn.
  2. Grind the marigold.
  3. Add the marigold and boil for one more turn.
  4. Distill.
Bane Potion
Poison that gradually depletes 110 Health points.
*Wine

*Wormwood

*Belladonna X 2

*Fly Agaric

  1. Boil the wormwood for two turns.
  2. Leave the wormwood to cool
  3. Grind the belladonna.
  4. Drop the belladonna in the cauldron, but do not boil!
  5. Finally, add the fly agaric.
  6. Distill.
Bard Potion
Increases Speech by 5 for 10 minutes
*Oil

*Belladonna

*St. John’s Wort

*Nettle

*Charcoal

  1. Grind the St. John’s wort.
  2. Grind the nettles.
  3. Throw all the herbs in the pot.
  4. Simmer for two turns!
  5. Add charcoal so the potion is not poisonous.
Bivoj’s Rage Potion
Increases Strength – increases your damage output by 50%
*Wine

*Sage x 2

*Wormwood

*Save Mushroom

  1. Throw the sage in the cauldron and boil for two turns.
  2. Leave to cool. Grind the wormwood.
  3. Add the wormwood, but do not boil.
  4. For better effect add the cave mushroom.
  5. Distill.
Bowman’s Brew
Increases Bow skill by 5 for 10 minutes
*Spirits

*Eyebright X 2

*St. John’s Wort

  1. Drop the Eyebright in the cauldron and boil for three turns.
  2. Let the cauldron with the Eyebright cool.
  3. Grind the St. John’s wort.
  4. Drop the St. John’s wort in the cauldron, but do not boil.
Buck’s Blood Potion
Stamina increases by 50% for 10 minutes.
*Oil

*St John’s Wort

*Comfrey

*Dandelion

  1. Grind the St. John’s wort.
  2. Drop the St. John’s wort and comfrey into the cauldron and boil for one turn.
  3. Leave to cool.
  4. Add the dandelions, but do not boil.
Cockerel Potion
Increases Energy by 20
*Spirits

*Valerian

*Mint x 2

  1. Grind the mint.
  2. Boil the mint for one turn.
  3. Add the valerian and boil for two more turns.
  4. Distill.
Digestive Potion
Reduces Overstuffing by 20 and cures food-poisoning
*Spirits

*Mint

*Chamomile X 2

  1. Grind the chamomile.
  2. Drop everything in the cauldron and simmer for one turn.
Dollmaker Potion
Combat Skills are reduced by 5 for 10 minutes and your stamina is lowered by 50%.
*Spirits

*Herb Paris X 2

*Valerian

  1. Drop in the Herb Paris and boil for three turns.
  2. Grind the valerian.
  3. Leave to cool.
  4. Drop the valerian in the cauldron, but do not simmer or boil any longer.
  5. Distill.
Embrocation
Increases Agility and Defense by 5 for 10 minutes
*Oil

*Eyebright

*Poppy

*Valerian

*Wild Boar’s Tusk

  1. Drop the poppy and valerian into the cauldron and simmer for two turns.
  2. Grind the eyebright.
  3. Drop the eyebright into the cauldron, but do not boil!
  4. Finally, drop in the boar’s tusk.
Hair o’ the Dog Potion
Cures drunkenness and hangovers but your Charisma is reduced by 2 for an hour.
*Water

*Mint

*St. John’s Wort

*Sage

  1. Boil the St. John’s wort and sage for three turns.
  2. Leave to cool.
  3. Grind the mint.
  4. Put the mint in the cauldron.
  5. Distill
Lazarus Potion
In 5 minutes it adds 100 health and dispels hangovers.
*Water

*Comfrey X 2

*Valerian

  1. Boil the valerian for one turn.
  2. Grind the comfrey.
  3. Add the comfrey to the valerian and boil for one turn.
  4. Distill.
Lethean Water
Resets Perk Points.
*Spirits

*Wormwood X 2

*Belladonna

*Fly Agaric

  1. Grind the wormwood.
  2. Put the wormwood and belladonna in the cauldron.
  3. Brew the wormwood and belladonna for three turns.
  4. Add the fly agaric.
  5. Distil.
Lullaby Potion
Makes the user fall asleep.
*Oil

*Poppy

*Thistle

*Herb Paris

  1. Drop the poppy in the cauldron and boil for one turn.
  2. Add the thistle and boil for one more turn.
  3. Leave to cool and then add the herb paris.
Marigold Decoction
Within 1 minute it will add 30 health and dispel hangover effects
*Water

*Nettle

*Marigold X 2

  1. Drop the nettle in the water and cook for one turn.
  2. Leave to cool.
  3. Drop in the marigold, but don’t boil it anymore.
Padfoot Potion
Lockpicking, Pickpocketing, and Stealth are increased by 5 for 10 minutes.
*Water

*Valerian

*Eyebright

*Chamomile

*Cobweb

  1. Drop the cobweb and eyebright in the cauldron.
  2. Boil the mixture for three turns.
  3. Grind the valerian.
  4. Add the valerian to the cauldron and boil for one turn.
  5. Leave the cauldron to cool.
  6. Grind the chamomile.
  7. Add the chamomile to the cauldron, but do not boil.
Poison
Gradually depletes 50 health.
*Oil

*Herb Paris

*Thistle

  1. Drop the thistle in the cauldron and boil for one turn.
  2. Leave to cool.
  3. Add the paris, but do not boil!
Preserver
Keeps food fresh and turns spoiled food back into edible ones.
*Oil

*Nettle

*Mint

*St. John’s Wort

  1. Grind the mint.
  2. Grind the nettles.
  3. Drop the mint and nettles in the cauldron.
  4. Boil for one turn.
  5. Add the St. John’s wort, but do not boil it anymore.
  6. Distill.
Saviour Schnapps
Saves the game.
*Wine

*Belladonna X 2

*Nettles

  1. Prepare wine.
  2. Place one handful of nettles into wine.
  3. Boil for two turns.
  4. Grind two handfuls of belladonna.
  5. Place ground belladonna into the cauldron.
  6. Boil for one turn.
  7. Take phial and collect the schnapps!
Moonshine
Strong alcohol.
*Spirits

*St. John’s Wort

*Sage

*Mint

  1. Drop the St. John’s wort in the cauldron and boil for one turn.
  2. Grind the sage.
  3. Grind the mint.
  4. Drop the sage and mint in and boil for one more turn.
  5. Distill.

 

Herbs are spread all across Warhorse’s recreation of Bohemia. They grow as weeds in fields, as the lone survivors amidst rubble, and in lush forests. As a vital part of alchemy, it is critical for Henry to obtain a significant amount of herbs along his journey. Herbs can be purchased from vendors or found in the wild.

Almost every herb can be purchased from the following vendors:

  • Brother Nicodemus
  • Apothecary of Rattay – Konyash
  • Herbalist of Ledetchko – Kunhuta
  • Herbalist of Neuhof
  • Herbalist of Samopesh
  • Herbalist of Talmberg

While the cost of buying herbs might not seem like a lot at face value, it is important to remember that (1) you need a LOT of herbs and (2) money in KC:D is hard to come by. So buying herbs should often be treated only as a last resort or a quick fix when you just need that one last thistle to complete your poison.

Every herb in Kingdom Come is associated with a specific ecosystem (or two). If you are not always fast traveling, you will typically be able to find most herbs while just traveling between locations. However, if you are stuck on where to find them here is our guide for which ecosystem each herb belongs in and some notable locations where they grow.

Herb
Ecosystem
Sample Locations
Belladonna
Clearings in leafy woods
Between Rattay and Neuhof in a field.
Chamomile
Found in Fields
North of Rattay on the cliff-side slope between castle walls and the road east of the Miller.
Comfrey
Grows on banks of water and in ditches by fields
North of Merhojed there is a woodland garden next to the bandit camp.
Dandelion
Everywhere – its a weed.
South of Rovna in a series of fields.
Eyebright
Well lit pastures
Forest garden near Samopesh.
Herb Paris
Deep woods.
Forest garden norteast of Uzhitz.
Marigold
Rubble piles, near dung, and in pastures.
South of Ledetchko and on the roads in Talmberg
Mint
In gardens and alongside houses
Monastery in Sasau
Nettle
By water and on the edge of woods
Archery range in Rattay
Poppy
In fields – it is a weed
Field south of Rovna
Sage
Hillsides
Field west of Uzhitz
St. John’s Wort
Leafy woods
Uzhitz Stables
Thistle
Roadside ditches and in shade
Everywhere.
Valerian
Forest paths, marshes, and bogs.
Along the river from Rattay past the Miller
Wormwood
Roadsides and in fields
Fields near the stables in Neuhof

Grinding up your Alchemy and Herbalism can save you a lot of time and greatly improve your ability to be efficient with time. Here are our tips for how to level up these stats as quickly as possible!

  • Utilize Skill Books and Skill Tutors.
  • Brew a lot of Saviour Schnapps. You need them anyway and they are one of the easiest potions to make.
  • Go to the high-density locations for various herbs and pick as many of them in one go as you can.
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