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Value 8 Weight 0.1
Alchemy Effects
1st Damage Health Damage Health
2nd Damage Magicka Regen Damage Magicka Regen
3rd Lingering Damage Stamina Lingering Damage Stamina
4th Fortify Destruction Fortify Destruction (0.8×Magnitude)
# Samples 61
Plant Nightshade
# Plants 178
Garden HF 3
Merchant Avail. Rare
A nightshade plant

Nightshade as depicted in the Herbalist's Guide to Skyrim

Nightshade is a plant commonly found growing in graveyards. While it grows around death, it still needs light, preventing it from growing inside most crypts and barrows.

"The name and shape of this plant are known to all; long understood to be one of the more potent components in many poisons, the average Nord keeps his distance from the bright purple flowers nestled among dark leaves. It is exceedingly effective as a pure poison, but can also be combined with other compounds to stiffen joints as well. It is thus favored amongst those who wish to disable their opponents in battle, and can be found coating the blades of many of the more unsavory characters in Skyrim." —Agneta Falia in the Herbalist's Guide to Skyrim.


In terms of combinations of two ingredients, Nightshade can be combined with 52 other ingredients.

2 EffectsEdit

Desired Effect Combine with:
  Damage Health   Damage Magicka Regen Human Heart, Jarrin Root (100× ), Mort FleshCC, Scalon FinCC (1.5× ,1.56× ) (2× ,2.14× )
  Damage Health   Fortify Destruction Ectoplasm (0.8× )
  Damage Health   Lingering Damage Stamina Coda FlowerCC (1.5× ,1.56× ) (2× ,2.14× ), Small Antlers
  Damage Magicka Regen   Fortify Destruction Glow Dust
  Damage Magicka Regen   Lingering Damage Stamina Chicken's Egg, Hawk's EggHF

1 EffectEdit

Desired Effect Combine with:
  Damage Health ChokeberryCC (1.5× ,1.56× ), Crimson Nirnroot (3.0× ), Deathbell (1.5× ), Emperor Parasol MossDB, Falmer Ear, Fire PetalCC (1.5× ,1.56× ), Gnarl BarkCC (1.5× ,1.56× ), Human Flesh, Imp Stool, Imp GallCC (1.5× ,1.56× ), Nirnroot (12.6× ), Poison BloomDG (1.5× ), Red Mountain Flower, Redwort FlowerCC (1.5× ,1.56× ), River Betty (2.5× ), Skeever Tail, Troll Fat, Void Salts, Wisp Stalk CapsCC (1.5× ,1.56× )
  Damage Magicka Regen Ancestor Moth WingDG, Bear Claws, Blue Butterfly Wing, Blue Mountain Flower, Burnt Spriggan WoodDB, Chaurus Hunter AntennaeDG, Daedroth TeethCC (2× ,2.14× ), Hanging Moss, Minotaur HornCC (2× ,2.14× ), Spider Egg, Spriggan Sap
  Lingering Damage Stamina Bittergreen PetalsCC (2× ,2.14× ), Butterfly Wing, Daedra SilkCC (2× ,2.14× ), Kagouti HideCC (2× ,2.14× ), Luminous RussulaCC (2× ,2.14× )
  Fortify Destruction Ash Creep ClusterDB, Beehive Husk, ComberryCC (1.2× ,1.22× ), Daedra VeninCC (1.2× ,1.22× ), Glowing Mushroom, Steel-Blue EntolomaCC, Wisp Wrappings


57-61(DG) guaranteed samples can be found in 37-38(DG) different locations. Locations with the greatest numbers 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.


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

161-178(DG) nightshade plants can be found in 48-49(DG) different locations. Locations with the greatest numbers are:

Related QuestsEdit

Unique NightshadeCCEdit

  8   0.1
Alchemy Effects
1st   Damage Health
2nd   Damage Magicka Regen
3rd   Lingering Damage Stamina
4th   Fortify Destruction (0.8× )
# Samples 15
Merchant Avail. None

There is a second variety of nightshade in Bloodchill ManorCC that has the same alchemical properties as a regular nightshade. Because it's a different ingredient, it will stack separately from regular nightshade, and they can be brewed together to learn all four effects at once. In appearance, this nightshade is distinct in that it has one less leaf along its stem.

A Jug containing the unique nightshade variety.


  • 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.