Alchemy in BDO allows you to make a large variety of elixirs and items that buff just about anything you can think of, giving everything from Combat to Life Skill buffs.
- Make millions of silver each day in Imperial Alchemy
- Craft Lightstones, vs paying Dalishain 20mil for 1.
- Earn Alchemy Byproducts:
- Contribution EXP + Alchemy EXP
- Alchemy Ingredients
Alchemy is a fun Life Skill that can be simple if you are ok with slowly leveling. It can also be complex, depending upon the difficulty of the recipe and how rare the mats are.
Alchemy for Beginners
Overall, Alchemy ingredients are more challenging than Cooking ingredients. This Life Skill is primarily active due to the rare ingredients that can’t be passively obtained via worker nodes. Even the most beginner alchemy recipe requires items that you will probably have to spend effort gathering yourself, unless you don’t mind relying on the marketplace or waiting for pre orders.
For this reason, Alchemy requires the Gathering and/or Farming Life Skills.
You can probably see why Alchemy is often called a veteran’s Life Skill and not beginner friendly. But, you can level Alchemy without too much trouble, if you are patient and stick to a few of the easier recipes.
Alchemy NPC Vendors
There are several NPC Vendors you can use in Alchemy.
The first vendor you’ll need, will probably be a General Goods Vendor, located in all major towns and cities.
General Goods Vendors:
- sell basic Alchemy Tools and an ingredient for crystal making.
- sometimes have different titles like Quartermaster, Miscellaneous Merchant, and Villa Manager, etc.
- Find the nearest one by clicking the Find NPC icon on the top right of your window (It looks like a magnifying glass)
- You can find other important Alchemy vendors this way as well, by typing into the search. For example, you can type, “Herb”, “Mushroom”, or “Seed”. If it is in their name or title, it will show.
Alchemy Vendor for Herbs
There are Herb Vendors located in capital cities starting at Calpheon City.
The following herbs are sold for about 500 silver each:
NOTE: NPC Alchemy vendors usually have more expensive pricing than the Marketplace. But NPC vendors have an unlimited supply. Fire Flake Flower and Sunrise Herb are probably the most difficult to find on the Marketplace from the list above.
Alchemy Vendor for Mushrooms
There is a Mushroom Vendor located in Calpheon City.
The following mushrooms are sold for 900 to 1,000 silver each:
- Arrow Mushroom
- Cloud Mushroom
- Dwarf Mushroom
- Emperor Mushroom
- Fortune Teller Mushroom
- Ghost Mushroom
- Sky Mushroom
- Tiger Mushroom
NOTE: Again, NPC Alchemy prices are more than the marketplace, but have an unlimited supply. Sky Mushroom and Ghost Mushroom are probably the most difficult to find on the Marketplace from the list above.
Alchemy Vendors for Magic Crystals
Certain green grade Magic Crystals can be purchased at an NPC for 30,000 Silver.
The NPCs often have a title of <Jeweler> or similar.
- Magic Crystal of Abundance – Healing
- Magic Crystal of Crimson Flame – Precision
- Magic Crystal of Enchantment – Agility
- Magic Crystal of Nature – Ascension
- Magic Crystal of the Sun – Valor
Magic Crystals required for Alchemy recipes have unique rules.
When a recipe calls for two green grade crystals in the crafting window, you can usually use an “Empty Crystal”, to replace one of them.
Empty Crystal costs 2.5k at a General Goods vendor instead of an expensive green grade crystal.
Substitutions are seen in recipe lists outside the game, such our Alchemy Recipe List.
Alchemy Vendor for Seeds
Ingredients can also be obtained via the Farming Life Skill.
- Seed Vendor: Ahr in Calpheon City
- buy Seeds to grow your own herbs and food.
- costs from 220 silver to 4.5k silver each
- Carrot Seed
Hot Pepper Seed
Withered Acacia Seed
Withered Grape Seed
Withered Sunrise Herb Seed
Withered Wheat Seed
Farming & Gathering for Alchemy
Seeds for Mushrooms (aka hypha) and herbs are obtained on the marketplace or as a rare drop by gathering its plant with a hoe.
For example, one of the most in demand herbs, Fire Flake Flower, can be obtained by gathering Fire Flake Flowers in the forests with a hoe, until you obtain seeds. This is true for most herbs and mushrooms.
A cluster of Fireflake Flower can be gathered on a hill top, north of Quint Hill node and east of Port Epheria. These have the greatest chance to drop Fireflake Flower Seed. View on bdocodex.com.
Wild Herbs give seeds as well and also many rare Alchemy ingredients.
Below is an image obtained from bdolytics.com, showing 1 hour of gathering with 1000 Gathering Mastery.
Mushroom & Herb Seeds for Alchemy
Below is a list of all the mushrooms, herbs, and fruits you can obtain seeds for and grow in a farm.
|Mushroom||Fruit of *||Grow Time (Min)||Harvests/Day||Crop Price||Best Location|
|Emperor||Magic Power||4hr 35m||3.5||9,628||Velia|
|Hump||Magic Power||2hr 40m||4.0||26,327||Velia or hotter|
|Fortune Teller||Magic Power||4hr 45m||3.4||9,628||Velia|
|Tiger||Magic Power||5hr 12m||3.1||10,224||Velia|
|Amanita||Destruction||3hr 20m||4.0||32,120||Almost anywhere|
|Ancient||Destruction||3hr 44m||4.0||31,013||Almost Anywhere|
|Bouquet||Nature||3hr 1m||4.0||15,080||Velia or hotter|
|Leccinum||Nature||3hr 1m||4.0||17,807||Velia or hotter|
|Purple||Nature||2hr 46m||4.0||20,789||Velia or hotter|
|Pie||Nature||2hr 53m||4.0||21,726||Velia or hotter|
|Fog||Perfection||5hr 3m||3.2||27,946||Velia or hotter|
|Bluffer||Perfection||3hr 44m||4.0||31,439||Almost Anywhere|
|Herbs or Fruit||Fruit of *||Grow Time (Min)||Harvests/Day||Crop Price||Best Location|
|Fire Flake Flower||Enchantment||2hr 46m||4.0||8,435||Velia|
|Silver Azalea||Enchantment||3hr 55m||4.0||8,861||Velia|
|Dry Mane Grass||Enchantment||2hr 22m||4.0||7,157||Med/Val|
|Silk Honey Grass||Enchantment||3hr 20m||4.0||7,668||Velia|
Seeds and Hypha not available in-game:
Everlasting Herb, Frekah, Fig, Nutmeg, Star Anise, Teff, Truffle
(These will have to be obtained via the gathering Life Skill or other ways)
Herbs, mushrooms, and traces can be obtained by investing Contribution Points in worker nodes.
TIP: To begin, prioritize Alchemy nodes that give Sunrise Herb and Silver Azalea in Balenos and Serendia.
|Gavinya Coastal Cliff, Valencia
Gervish Mountains, Drieghan
Cron Castle Site, Balenos
Balenos Forest, Balenos
|Lynch Farm Ruins, Serendia
Northern Plain of Serendia, Serendia
|Karanda Ridge, Calpheon
Longleaf Tree Sentry Post, Calpheon
Ancient Fissure, Mediah
Silk Honey Grass
|Tshira Ruins, Drieghan||
Dry Mane Grass
|Ehwaz Hill, Balenos
Coastal Cliff, Balenos
Fortune Teller Mushroom
|Elric Shrine, Mediah
Epheria Valley, Calpheon
|Glish Swamp, Serendia
Southern Cienaga, Serendia
|Glutoni Cave, Calpheon||
|Ivero Cliff, Valencia (T1 to T3)
Forest Of Plunder, Balenos
|Kamasilve Temple, Mediah
Bree Tree Ruins, Calpheon
|Marie Cave, Calpheon||
|Northern Cienaga, Serendia||
|Polly’s Forest, Kamasylvia||
Blue Umbrella Mushroom
Pink Trumpet Mushroom
|Rhua Tree Stub, Calpheon||
|Weenie Cabin, Kamasylvia||
Volcanic Umbrella Mushroom
Green Pendulous Mushroom
Traces via Nodes and Grinding Spots
Traces are a rare drop from Excavation nodes and grinding spots. These are used to make tier 2 bloods like Wise Man’s Blood.
For example, one very helpful node located in Balenos, called Ancient Stone Chamber, gives 16 Trace of Ascension each day, using a level 30 Artisan Goblin worker from Velia.
This is one of two nodes that gives Trace of Ascension. But Trace of Ascension can also be obtained in a few grinding spots and by melting Yuria weapons.
Many Excavation nodes are hidden and have to be purchased in person at their Node Manager, even with a Value Pack buff on. This often requires you to purchase the main node first with CP, then you will see an option to spend Energy at the Node Manager NPC. Energy cost is usually 35… don’t be surprised if you pass out from utter exhaustion for speaking so effusively to your sneaky Node Manager. 😉
IMPORTANT: Be sure you have plenty of space in your worker’s storage location! Many Excavation nodes take up to 5 slots because they produce at least two vendor sell items along with Traces.
Highly Recommended Nodes:
- Ancient Stone Chamber, Balenos for Wise Man’s Blood
- Lynch Farm Ruins, Serendia: Tyrant’s Blood
Excavation Nodes & Grinding Spots Giving Traces
|Node||Trace||Grinding Spot Location|
Ancient Stone Chamber, Balenos
Trace of the Earth
Trace of Chaos
|Roud Sulfur Works|
Sherekhan Iron Mine, Everfrost
Trace of Ascension
Crypt of Resting Thoughts, O’dyllita
Trace of Battle
Glish Ruins, Serendia
Trace of Origin
Lynch Farm Ruins, Serendia
Trace of Hunting
Trace of Savagery
Desert Naga Temple
Blood Wolf Settlement
Rhua Tree Stub, Calpheon
Trace of Despair
Star’s End, West of Calpheon
Mansha Forest, Calpheon
Trace of Violence
Pila Ku Jail
Bernianto Farm, Calpheon
Tooth Fairy Forest, Kamasylvia
Trace of Forest
Pilgrim’s Sanctum, Valencia
Trace of Memory
Trace of Death
After obtaining your Alchemy Ingredients for your first recipe, you will need to choose an Alchemy Tool.
Get a Alchemy Tool:
- NPC General Goods Vendor (very limited selection)
- Marketplace (nice selection, but supply and demand pricing and availability)
- Craft one by purchasing a Tool Workshop type of housing and hiring a worker
- 1 time quest. (details below) and a daily alchemy quest from Liana to repair it. (Liana’s Life Skill Quests)
- Daily quests for Oxiterr Crystals in Everfrost
New Player Advice:
If you are new to the game with little Contribution, money, and resources, just purchase a cheap Alchemy Tool from the vendor for 5,000 silver. Lara is the General Goods Vendor in Heidel.
The Advanced Alchemy Tool on the Marketplace, is one of the best available, giving -1 second Alchemy time reduction and 900 Durability.
Alchemy Tool List
|Alchemy Tool||Durability||Alchemy Time||Tool Workshop||Recipe Ingredients|
Buy at General Goods Vendor:
|Balenos Traditional Alchemy Tool
||500||+5 seconds||Level 2||
Buy at General Goods Vendor:
|Intermediate Alchemy Tool
Quest details below.
|500||Level 3|| 40 – Rough Stone
25 – Log
20 – Melted Iron Shard
10 – Black Stone Powder
|Serendia Traditional Alchemy Tool
||1250||+6 seconds||Level 3|| 20 – Rough Stone
15 – Log
20 – Melted Iron Shard
20 – Black Stone Powder
|Advanced Alchemy Tool
Quest details below.
|900*||-1 second||Level 4|| 30 – Polished Stone
15 – Usable Scantling
24 – Melted Iron Shard
20 – Black Stone Powder
|Calpheon Traditional Alchemy Tool
||2000||+7 seconds||Level 4|| 20 – Polished Stone
5 – Birch Plywood
40 – Melted Iron Shard
40 – Black Stone Powder
|Supreme Alchemy Tool
||5000*||-1 second||can’t craft||Exchange any of the following:
40 Resplendent Medal of Honor
15 Dark Spirit’s Greed
100x Imperial Alchemy
RNG Black Market Vendor
25x Oxiterr Crystals
Advanced Alchemy Tool Quest
It will not take long for you to reach Apprentice 1 Alchemy. Once you do, you can complete a short questline to obtain one of the best Alchemy Tools in the game. Do NOT throw away the Advanced Alchemy Tool when the Durability is used up, because you will be able to repair its durability later via a daily quest.
Alchemy Tool Quest Line:
- – The Nervous Alchemist – make– Helix Elixir x5
- – Seiri’s New Draught – – make– Savage Draught x1
- Reward:– Advanced Alchemy Tool
- – [Repeat] Seiri’s Teacher – make– Savage Draught x5
- Reward: – Intermediate Alchemy Tool + Alchemy Exp
- – [Repeat] Helix Elixir (optional) – make– Helix Elixir x30 (rewards Alchemy Exp)
- Level 56+
- Alchemy Level: Apprentice 1 or higher
Seiri <General Goods Vendor>
Location: Duvencrune, Dreighan capital city
Alchemy Tool Durability & Repair
Alchemy Tool Durability: Each Alchemy recipe you make, will reduce the Durability on an Alchemy Tool by 1. (Higher Alchemy level and Alchemy Mastery will allow you to produce more using the same Durability.)
NOTE: Some higher durability Alchemy Tools have a penalty buff that slows your time and are best used for extended periods of AFK crafting.
Example: A Balenos Traditional Alchemy Tool has 500 durability, so you can make 500 recipes before the tool becomes useless and needs to be discarded, but it also adds 5 seconds to each recipe.
Which Alchemy Tools can be repaired?
Supreme Alchemy Tool and Advanced Alchemy Tool can be repaired.
You must have the appropriate repair tools in your inventory to repair their durability.
One tool will repair all the durability.
Approach your Alchemy Tool installed in your residence and press the “Repair” button.
Obtaining a Repair Tool
Exchange one Supreme/Advanced Alchemy Tool with max durability to NPC Dalishain in a major city to exchange it for one repair tool.
Obtain 1 Repair Tool via a daily Alchemy quest from Liana.
Repair Tools can be stacked, placed into Storage, and moved by Maids/Butlers.
|Alchemy Tools||Required Repair Tool||How to Obtain Repair Tool
Advanced Alchemy Tool
Lomerun’s Advanced Alchemy Repair Tool
[Wandering Alchemist] Dalishain located in any major city or Velia
Daily Alchemy quest from Liana.
Supreme Alchemy Tool
Lomerun’s Supreme Alchemy Repair Tool
|[Wandering Alchemist] Dalishain located in any major city or Velia|
Alchemy Basics: Obtain Residence
After you have gathered your Alchemy ingredients, you will need a Residence.
Many players choose Calpheon City for their Alchemy head quarters because of the Alchemy ingredient vendors located there. Sometimes ingredients can be hard to find on the Marketplace.
Another popular choice is Olvia due to the repeatable Alchemy quests there.
However, many use Heidel or Velia, because they are there most often fishing or enhancing.
For a detailed guide on how to purchase a home and the best Residence locations, please view our Residence Guide.
Alchemy Tool Installation
After you have purchased Residence housing and gathered your Alchemy ingredients, go inside your Residence and click “Place Mode” button at the top of the screen.
Look for your Alchemy Tool icon in the furniture inventory window. It will be at the top left, before the Pearl furniture options.
Click the Alchemy Tool icon then mouse over to the room and click again. Press the down arrow key (or spacebar) to place the tool. You may move or rotate the tool if you wish. Press Esc key to exit placement window.
Approach the Alchemy Tool and press the R key to open up the alchemy window. All Alchemy recipes are shown. There is also a crafting database in game (F2 button).
Pearl shop items have a P for Pearl Shop. Feel free to place Pearl Items to see what they look like. You won’t buy them unless you click the purchase all button at the right of the screen.
Place ingredients for 1 batch only in the alchemy window, then choose the Batch Production button to make more than 1 batch.
For previous recipes, select the Alchemy recipe in the list. It will also show all the variations you have made. Select which batch you want to duplicate. Hit the Select button to add those ingredients to the alchemy window.
Alchemy Skill Benefits
Crits on Recipes:
Alchemy Skill determines which recipes you can craft, but also when their critical versions start to occur. Elixir of Time can be crafted by a beginner alchemist immediately. After Professional 1 or higher is obtained, the crit of the recipe, Elixir of Flowing Time, will have chance to occur.
Alchemy Skill Impacts Alchemy Mastery:
The higher your Alchemy skill, the more Alchemy Mastery you will obtain. This gives many different beneficial Alchemy buffs. Alchemy Mastery Guide.
Max Procs on Recipes:
You need to be 10 levels above the Alchemy Level minimum requirement listed on the recipe in order to get max procs.
The proc rate starts at 0.15 and increases up to a maximum of 0.3, 10 levels after the requirement for the recipe. For example if a recipe requires Master 1 then you will require Master 11 to max out rare procs.
You can make a crit version of an elixir by using 3 green grade elixirs.
Processing (L) → Simple Alchemy:
3- Elixir of Time
+ – Blue Reagent
= – Elixir of Flowing Time
Alchemy Mastery Buffs
Alchemy Mastery buffs begin early on. You will start to see benefits starting at 50 mastery.
Alchemy Mastery gives a better chance to obtain the max amount of products per craft. It also increases your Imperial Alchemy profits.
Below is just the first few levels. For more details, please visit our Alchemy Mastery Guide.
|Alchemy Mastery||+Chance for Max||Rare Byproduct||Special Byproduct||Regular Byproduct||Imperial Profit|
Alchemy Ingredient Grades:
Normal > T2 Green Grade > T3 Blue Grade > T4 > T5
Ingredient amounts in recipes can be changed based upon the grade of the ingredient.
- 1 green = 3-4 white
- 1 blue = up to 8 white.
|Ingredient Category||Ingredient Substitutions|
OR any green grade crystal
|3x white grade
3x Fire Flake
|1x Pile or Bunch of *
1x Bunch of Fire Flake
Alchemy Recipes with 2 “Gemstones” in it, require at least 1 specific Green Grade crystal listed in the crafting window.
|Ingredient Category||Ingredient Substitutions|
|Blood Group 1|
|Blood Group 2||
– Ox Blood
|Blood Group 3|
|Blood Group 4||
– Lion Blood *2
|Blood Group 5|
While crating Alchemy recipes, you will proc an extra dish, called Mysterious Catalyst. It is turned into Bofin of Olvia for the following:
- Exchange 10: Clear Liquid Reagent x200
- Exchange 10: Powder of Darkness x200
- Exchange 10: Contribution EXP 900 and Alchemy EXP 30,000
To easily find the NPC, right click Mysterious Catalyst and select NPC Location. Autopath (T button) and done.
Mysterious Catalyst has about 2% chance to be acquired each craft. (source) That means every 500 crafts, you can get 200 of your choice of rare alchemy ingredient or Exp.
Alchemy Quests for Beginners
There is an Alchemy quest line for beginners that will help you learn the basics and gives Alchemy Exp and other rewards.
Where to Begin: Glish, SW of Heidel
Gathering Level Requirement: Apprentice 2+
- Gathering Guide
- To obtain Beginner 5, you can gather with a tool or complete the [Gathering] quest line under “Sugested” tab in the Quest (O) window.
Daily Alchemy Quests
There are also repeatable quests you can do that give Alchemy Exp and Alchemy materials.
For more info, please see Alchemy Quest Guide.
Seilane <General Goods Vendor>
Location: near Storage Keeper in Glish.
Alchemy Time Gear
Base Alchemy time is 10 seconds.
The goal is to eventually obtain 1 second Alchemy time.
Alchemy Mastery clothes give a bonus to Alchemy time, but don’t give Alchemy Exp. But there are many ways to boost Alchemy Exp. Please see my Life Exp Item List.
Any combination of the following:
- Pavilla Costume: -2s (2200 Pearls, )
- +3/+4 Silver Embroidered Alchemist’s Clothes OR TET Gorgath/TRI Manos Alchemist’s Clothes: -4s/-5s
- Life Spirit Stone/Khan’s Heart Life/Sharp Alchemy Stone of Life: -1.1/-1.3/-1.4s
- Seafood Cron Meal: -0.6s
- Verdure Draught: -1s
- Advanced Alchemy Tool: -1s
- Lightstone Combo: -2s
1 Second Alchemy Time Example:
- Advanced Alchemy Tool
- Pavilla Pearl Costume
- +3 Silver Embroidered Alchemist’s Clothes
- Cron Seafood Meal
- Sharp Alchemy Stone of Life
I do recommend you obtain the Advanced Alchemy Tool. It is expensive to make, but you can quest for it once and do Liana’s daily quest to repair it.
Alchemy Time Gear List
|Icon||Alchemy Time Reduction Item||Decreased by:||Acquired By:|
|Teff Bread||0.3 seconds||Cooking Utensil (Beginner Lv.6)
Teff Flour x5 + Mineral Water x3 + Leavening Agent x2 + Salt x2
|Teff Sandwich||0.5 seconds||Cooking Utensil (Professional Lv.1)
Teff Bread x1 + Freekeh Snake Stew x1 + Grilled Scorpion x1 + Red Sauce x3
|Seafood Cron Meal||0.6 seconds||Simple Cooking
Balenos Meal x3, Calpheon Meal x3, Margoria Seafood Meal x1, Ancient Cron Spice x1
||2 seconds||[A Fragment of a Star, a Spoonful of the Moon]
Alchemy Time -2 seconds
Alchemy EXP +13%
Alchemy Mastery +25
Max Carrying Weight +50LT
|Advanced Alchemy Tool
||1 second||Tool Workshop Level 3
30 Polished Stone, 15 Usable Scantling, 24 Melted Iron Shard, 20 Black Stone Powder
|Alchemy Stone of Life||0.5 – 2 seconds||Alchemy Tool (Skilled 5)
8x Shining Powder, 5x Blood of the Sinner, 6x Powder of Time, 9x Pure Powdered Reagent, 9x Clear Liquid Reagent
|Life Spirit Stone||1.1 seconds||RNG drop from Kamasylvia mobs|
|Verdure Draught||1 second||Simple Alchemy
Worker’s Elixir x3, Elixir of Swiftness x3, Elixir of Time x3, Tears of the Falling Moon x1
|+4 Silver Embroidered Alchemist’s Clothes||5 seconds||Costume Mill Lv.1
10x Wool, 10x Powder of Darkness, 15x Black Stone Powder
|TRI/TET: Manos Alchemist’s Clothes||5 seconds||Processing > Manufacture
200x Pure Gold Crystal, 5x Manos Stone 20x, Essence of Perfection, 15x Enlightened One’s Cotton Fabric,
|Pavilla Costume Set||2 seconds||Pearl Shop Costume (2200 Pearls)|
The Shai Alchemy Advantage
Shai is the only class that starts with Professional 1 Alchemy and Gathering. She also has a useful passive skill that gives her more LT than other classes per level.
See all of her Alchemy buffs below.
- Gathering & Alchemy starts at Professional 1.
- 10 Skills that give up to +5% Gathering/Alchemy XP.
- Skill that gives 300% Combat XP buff from Gathering/Alchemy
- Light Bag: Passive skill that increases the amount of Weight Limit you gain when you level up.
As a beginner Alchemist, you can start doing a daily quest from Liana for Imperial Alchemy. This will help you level and gives a nice repair tool. (Liana’s Life Skill Quests)
Imperial Alchemy is the process of taking Alchemy Items and putting them into a box.
Processing (L) → Imperial Alchemy
You deliver the boxes to an Imperial Crafting Delivery NPC located in major cities like Heidel and Calpheon City.
Equip Alchemy Mastery Gear before turning in any boxes to increase your silver.
For more details, see this Imperial Alchemy Guide.
Alchemy Power Leveling
Based upon Summer#8727 advice for leveling Alchemy with edits by me to include more resources. Thanks Summer! 🙂
MY NOTE: Liana’s Daily Life Skill quests are very helpful for leveling Alchemy, especially in the early levels.
Beginner 1 to Professional 1
Begin leveling Alchemy by crafting Clear Liquid Reagent and Pure Powder Reagent.
Reagents are low experience, but have ingredients that are the easiest for new Alchemists to obtain. The mats can usually be found on the marketplace, although buying them can get very expensive.
These reagents are also required in many later tier recipes.
Players have leveled to Guru on reagents, but as you grow in levels, it may be cheaper just to buy them on the marketplace and use them to craft higher tier recipes for better profit and more exp.
Professional 1 to Artisan 1
Clown’s Blood and Sinner’s Blood are the most common and will always find use. You can craft other T2 bloods as well, if you have a use for them.
Tier 2 Bloods List:
Artisan 1 to Master 1
Imperial Alchemy at Artisan level starts becoming decent EXP and a nice boost in income.
You can start crafting Oils, but make sure you have a use for them.
Master 1 and Higher
Clown’s Blood when wolf blood costs >5k. Decent EXP. Don’t stockpile more than 200k clown’s blood. Under certain circumstances it can be viable to make and vendor clown’s blood to recoup some of the costs. The viability heavily depends on the price of wolf blood.
Master and Guru Imperials: Great EXP and profit. Competes with cooking imperials for profit so choose wisely.
Draughts and supplier elixirs: to the market. Good EXP. Profit depends on the market so do the math beforehand (more on that below).
T3 elixirs: (elixirs that use oil of X) to the market. Great EXP. Profit depends on the market and is rather volatile.
Summer’s Advice on Reaching Guru 1 and higher:
In alchemy, there’s always a trade-off between EXP, profit and effort to make a recipe. Unlike cooking, there’s no single recipe that can be spammed out for good EXP without either throwing away money or running into bottlenecks. That’s just the current state of alchemy. Is spamming reagents to guru possible? Jup. Is it fast or efficient? Hell no. Therefore I recommend to mainly focus on profit and let EXP come naturally. Get familiar with any of the profit calculators like Bdodae/Google Sheets (there are cooking/alch sheets around that can be adapted) and figure out a wide array of potentially profitable recipes. At any time, a different set of recipes will be profitable in the current market. Figuring out the currently profitable recipes and making+selling them will not only yield the best profit but likely also the best EXP. Diversifying is key here, same as high-end market cooking really. The best EXP is also where the best profit is at. Draughts can be a good starting point cause they’re good EXP, have high turnover and tend to always be profitable with some combination of making/buying the sub-elixirs.
A wise player once said: Alchemy is a skill were you should not focus on crafts for XP but just crafts for $$. You can easily lose bills going for guru or make bills. I always recommend to people after master alchemy unless they have billions of silver they want to throw away just focus on making things that are profitable and the xp will come.
Summer’s Leveling Chart & Advice: Here’s a chart that adds some numbers to the info above. Don’t take the profit numbers for granted. Profit heavily depends on the current market prices. Ofc lots of the more nuanced info gets lost in a chart like this. For example the profit and EXP on draughts heavily depends on which parts you craft yourself and which ones you buy (for example some people like to skip the 400 EXP sub-elixirs of draughts at the cost of income).
Cooking/Alchemy profit calculators:
Imperial profit sheet: http://bit.ly/ImperialSheet
GrumpyG’s Alchemy Guides