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Crimson Nirnroot is an ingredient in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. It can be used to make potions at an alchemy lab as part of alchemy.

As the name implies, they are crimson in color, contrasting their green cousin, the Nirnroot. More than thirty samples can be collected from Blackreach, including those found in the abandoned laboratory of the renowned alchemist, Sinderion. After reading the journal found in Sinderion's Field Laboratory, or finding one of the Crimson Nirnroot, the quest, "A Return To Your Roots" begins. The quest mirrors the Oblivion quest, "Seeking Your Roots". Crimson Nirnroots glow and emanate a unique sound.


Glow and chime

Nirnroot is distinguished from other plants due to their aural glow and the chiming sounds heard when in close proximity to a patch. Crimson Nirnroot also possess this property, although the chiming sound emitted from them is slightly off-key. The Crimson Nirnroot saplings that grow back, while unable to be harvested, do emit a small glow.


According to the last paragraph of Sinderion's Field Journal, Crimson Nirnroot is attracted to water just like Nirnroot is. The Crimson Nirnroot often grows near fungi in Blackreach, which sustains the Nirnroot and allows it to grow away from an open water source. Crimson Nirnroot also regrows, unlike its common counterpart.


Crimson Nirnroot Locations

A map of all the locations in Blackreach where Crimson Nirnroot can be found

In Blackreach, there are at least 44 known locations where Crimson Nirnroot grow, including Sinderion's Field LaboratorySilent Ruin and the Derelict Pumphouse. They respawn after 10 in-game days, and are not affected by the Alchemy perk Green Thumb, as they only have one root. A Crimson Nirnroot can be easily located if its chiming is followed.


A Return To Your Roots

Bring 30 Crimson Nirnroots to Avrusa Sarethi at the Sarethi Farm

Few and Far Between

Ingun Black-Briar requests 20 Nirnroots, but she will also accept Crimson Nirnroots in their place.


Main article: Potions (Skyrim)

When mixed with ordinary Nirnroot, the Crimson variant creates a potion with four effects, since both roots have all their properties in common; however, this precludes any further effects from being added.

Damage Health Damage Stamina Invisibility (Skyrim) Resist Magic

† Multiple effects


Crimson Nirnroot Online

Crimson Nirnroot in The Elder Scrolls Online


Start a Discussion Discussions about Crimson Nirnroot

  • You missed one.

    2 messages
    • There is another crimson spot North North East of VII ontop of the closest wall to the marked nirnroot almost exacly the same distance from 2 ...
    • That map might have been from one of the early guide books, those are usually written using unfinished versions of the game. And as the page ...
  • Crimson Nirnroot

    5 messages
    • This quest is a callback to Oblivion. If you haven't played Oblivion, there's a quest for Sinderion (the corpse you found) to find him ...
    • at least in this game they respawn unlike the oblivion version, i always disliked that about the game. :(

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