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


"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[src]


Few and Far BetweenEdit

Cultural usesEdit


Nightshade are flowering plants that can be found throughout Skyrim, normally around cemeteries or graveyards.

  • At least eleven Nightshade plants can be found in Solitude.
  • A Nightshade plant grows in the garden of the Alchemist's Shack.
  • At least five Nightshade plants can be found in Hamvir's Rest.
  • Six Nightshade plants can be found in the Riften cemetery.
  • Ten Nightshade plants can be found in the Falkreath cemetery.
  • Four Nightshade plants can be found in Cold Rock Pass, just below the entrance to Cold Rock Pass.
  • One Nightshade can be found at Arcadia's Cauldron.
  • Herluin Lothaire, the alchemist at The Thieves Guild has one Nightshade present. He restocks his inventory every few days, which allows Nightshade to be purchased again.
  • A few Nightshade plants can be found in the garden of the Arch-Mage's Quarters inside the College of Winterhold.
  • The water reservoir at the Dark Brotherhood Sanctuary outside of Falkreath is ringed by three Nightshade plants.
  • Found beneath the corpse of Astrid after the quest To Kill an Empire.
  • The Black Sacrament effigies at Black-Briar Lodge, the home of Aventus Aretino, Volunruud, and the Falkreath Sanctuary.
  • Three Nightshade plants can be found behind Meeko's Shack.
  • There are several (more than 10) Nightshade plants, a word wall, and a dragon priest inside Labyrinthian. You travel through as part of a College of Winterhold quest.
  • Morthal, Alva's House; 3 can be found at the end table in the cellar.
  • One by a tree on the edge of the swampy area across from the Solitude harbor.
  • Three can be found at an intersection of the road leading to Markarth. Found at the south end of a large island located east of Markarth. There is a double bridge at that location.
  • There are about 3 or 4 outside of High Hrothgar, to the left of the chest.
  • Many Nightshade plants can be found within the Volkihar Great Hall and the Volkihar Courtyard.
  • One Nightshade can be found just outside of Dragon Bridge next to the road headed northeast toward Solitude.
  • Two Nightshade can be found outside The Dawnstar Sanctuary, right before you enter, one on each side of the door. North of Dawnstar.


Main article: Potions (Skyrim)
Damage Health Damage Magicka Regen Lingering Damage Stamina Fortify Destruction

† multiple effects



  • The real-life equivalent of Nightshade stems from a family of flowering plants known as Solanaceae, which blooms on plants which produce potatoes, tomatoes, and eggplants.
  • Atropa belladonna, commonly called "Deadly nightshade," is an herb which causes delirium and other hallucinogenic effects.

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