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Value 25 Weight 0.1
Alchemy Effects
1st Restore Magicka Restore Magicka
2nd Fortify Destruction Fortify Destruction (0.8×Magnitude)
3rd Fortify Magicka Fortify Magicka
4th Damage Health Damage Health
# Samples 40
Creature Ghosts
Merchant Avail. Uncommon
A bowl of ectoplasm
A ghost

Ectoplasm is an uncommon ingredient obtained from ghosts.


40 guaranteed samples can be found in 27 different locations. Locations with multiple samples are:

It is categorized as an uncommon ingredient, meaning that all apothecary merchants have a 15% chance of carrying 1-5 samples. In addition, it may be randomly found in uncommon- and rare-type apothecary's satchels.


Ectoplasm is dropped by all varieties of ghosts and other ethereal undead, including dragon cultists, sanctuary guardians, and spectral warhounds.


  • Ectoplasm is frequently confused with glow dust, which comes from wispmothers, and has completely different alchemical properties.
  • 3 bowls of ectoplasm are needed at grindstones to improve the Ghostblade (requires the Arcane Blacksmith perk).
  • It is one of 3 items needed at the Atronach Forge to create a conjurer's elixir.
  • 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.