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Nirnroot (Skyrim)

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Base Value:
Alchemical Effects
Damage Health Damage Stamina
2 pts for 0 sec 3 pts for 0 sec
Invisibility Resist Magic
for 4 sec 1% for 60 sec
Form ID: 00059B86

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.


Herbalist Chivius Regelliam noted that a solar event known as the Sun's Death severely depleted the presence of Nirnoot in Tamriel, as Nirnroot was a surface dwelling plant and needed the sun's rays in order to survive. One theory on how the plant survived is that the explosion of Red Mountain, mixed with the fertile soil of Cyrodiil, gave the soil healing properties, allowing the plant to "preserve itself" during the event and survive without light. The Dunmer used the volcanic ash mixed with soil as a cure for Blight, further supporting this theory. It is still unknown why Nirnroot radiates a bluish-white glow, and is still today largely unstudied.[1]

"Nirnroot" is named because it is a root of Nirn, the planet The Elder Scrolls is set on.

Cultural usesEdit

The Gourmet's recipe for Potage le Magnifique in his book, Uncommon Taste does not call for a Nirnoot, but if the Dragonborn impersonates the cook at Castle Dour, during the Dark Brotherhood questline, a Nirnroot can be added to the casserole as a secret ingredient. Gianna, the Castle's chief cook comments that nirnroot is a common spice in stews and other dishes.


"Nirnroot is the easiest. It grows only by the water and makes a unique chiming noise. The only drawback is it won't regrow after harvesting."
―Ingun Black-Briar[src]

Nirnroot can be found throughout Skyrim, usually along lake and river banks. The plant makes a sound somewhat akin to chimes and emits a white glow. The glow is faint in daylight, but very bright—even from a distance—after dark. Crimson Nirnroot, a cousin to Nirnroot, also grows abundantly in Skyrim's Blackreach. A variety of giant nirnroot can be found on Giant Nirnroot Island, in the The Elder Scrolls V: Dragonborn.


Natural growthsEdit

On displayEdit

Regrowing patchesEdit

Unlike Nirnroot in Cyrodiil, it does eventually grow back once harvested, despite in-game claims that it does not. Also unlike Nirnroot in Cyrodiil, this ingredient can also be bought from Alchemy merchants and sometimes looted from enemies that are mages or Falmer.


Few and Far BetweenEdit

Ingun Black-Briar, an Apprentice alchemist, asks the Dragonborn to obtain 20 Nirnroot to help replenish the diminishing supply of her mentor and teacher. She also asks for 20 Deathbell and 20 Nightshade.


Main article: Potions (Skyrim)
Damage Health Damage Stamina Invisibility Resist Magic

† multiple effects



  • In The Elder Scrolls V: Hearthfire add-on, nirnroots cannot be planted in a garden.
  • A good way to find the effects of nirnroot is to combine it with Crimson Nirnroot in a potion as they both have the same effects but are considered different ingredients, making a potion with all four ingredient effects.


This section contains bugs related to Nirnroot (Skyrim). Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:

  1. Please reload an old save to confirm if the bug is still happening.
  2. If the bug is still occurring, please post the bug report with the appropriate system template  360  / XB1  ,  PS3  / PS4  ,  PC  / MAC  , depending on which platform(s) the bug has been encountered on.
  3. Be descriptive when listing the bug and fixes, but avoid having conversations in the description and/or using first-person-anecdotes: such discussions belong on the appropriate forum board.
  •  PC   360   Even after harvesting, there is a faint glow where the Nirnroot plant used to be. This can mislead the Dragonborn into thinking it has regrown.
  •  PS3   360   If not harvested immediately, after some -hundred- of hours of gameplay, the glow around the Nirnroot can increase in brightness reaching a very intense white that does not clear even if the Nirnroot is harvested.
    •  PC   All the layers of the white light can be erased, one by one, with the console command "MarkForDelete" and selecting each layer with the cursor. Caution is advised because it is easy to delete important textures using this method.
  •  PS3   360   North and slightly west of Bleakcoast Cave, and (far) east of the city of Winterhold, there is a nirnroot located inside a fallen tree trunk on a small island that cannot be picked up, no matter how it is approached.


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