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Value 8 Weight 0.1
Alchemy Effects
1st Damage Health Damage Health
2nd Damage Magicka Regen Damage Magicka Regen
3rd Lingering Damage Stamina Lingering Damage Stamina
4th Fortify Destruction Fortify Destruction (0.8×Magnitude)
# Samples 61
Plant Nightshade
# Plants 178
Garden HF 3
Merchant Avail. Rare
A nightshade plant

Nightshade as depicted in the Herbalist's Guide to Skyrim

Nightshade is a plant commonly found growing in graveyards. While it grows around death, it still needs light, preventing it from growing inside most crypts and barrows.

"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 in the Herbalist's Guide to Skyrim.


61 guaranteed samples can be found in 38 different locations. Locations with the greatest numbers are:

It is categorized as a rare ingredient, meaning that most apothecary merchants have a 21% chance of carrying 1-4 samples. In addition, it may be randomly found only in rare-type apothecary's satchels.


178 nightshade plants can be found in 49 different locations. Locations with the greatest numbers are:

Related Quests


  • 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.