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Kaziquek's Guide to Alchemy


These 34 pages provide a detailed guide to the trade of alchemy for D&D 5e, going well beyond rules on dice rolls and lists of potions. This is a textbook on the science of mixing ingredients containing the right essences, which allows improvisation in potionmaking, discovery of new ingredients and invention of brand new potions. We present 118 recipes for brews, lotions, gases, vapors and elixirs including their side effects, and more than 200 ingredients for you to pick from.

Whether you are a DM looking for cool potions, for exotic ingredients to base quests on, or a player whose character wants to dabble in alchemy, this book is for you!

Some sixty years ago, I was an apprentice alchemist in my village in Pangar, when I decided to leave home and enroll at the Great University of Malor to study alchemy. It was there, at the School of Sciences & Medicine, that I learned the art of alchemy, thanks to the amazing Master Zeexmo, who was like a father to me. But it was not until later, when I started adventuring around the world, that I learned the true secrets of the craft. I collected, analyzed and categorized countless new ingredients, I invented and tested many new potions of all kinds and I discovered a few new essence pairs. For some time, I was obsessed with the ultimate task - cheating death. It was the wise Professor Bronse, who showed me the true nature of immortality, which does not reside in the flesh, but in the text. My alchemist's notepad was not in any shape to be published, so I embarked on a lifelong project to write the first ever comprehensive guide to alchemy. Let this book serve you well, and I hope this knowledge will be used for good.

Example potions:

Time Warp elixir

Chameleon's Gift lotion

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Jordan V December 05, 2018 9:38 am UTC
Hello, with the difficulty. How does that translate into game mechanics? Is there a skill set that has to meet a standard or is it a roll?
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Andrew C December 09, 2018 6:20 pm UTC
Hello! It's a small footnote on page 16, but we imagined that it would be a skill check using one's intelligence modifier plus their proficiency bonus in alchemist's supplies, if they have it. Of course, DMs are free to switch it up, just like how the DMG advocates changing up the abilities associated with skills! Depending on what you're making and how, the DM could allow one's proficiency in herbalism kit or poisoner's kit to be used, and maybe use your wisdom modifier instead!
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Nisa S June 20, 2018 8:22 pm UTC
Does this guide show the rarity of each potion?
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Jan K August 20, 2018 7:22 am UTC
Hi Nisa, not explicitly, but each potion has a crafting difficulty. It would be logical to assume that the more difficult a potion is to make, the rarer. Additionally, the special potions made using exotic ingredients would be very rare.
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Hope M May 28, 2018 3:48 am UTC
I love this guide! Purchased as something for my players to do during downtime in Tomb of Annihilation. Great foundation and options for coming up with new potions. I like to pair this with random jungle foraging tables. My players and I have been having a lot of fun with this.
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Jan K August 20, 2018 7:28 am UTC
Hi Hope, we are excited to hear that, thanks for sharing!
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Christopher G L March 08, 2018 7:27 pm UTC
How do essences and making them active/ parasitic essences work? I'm thinking something more of a elder scrolls alchemy shindig. Something like needs the active essence to be in each ingredient, and the side effects are given by the essence that aren't canceled out by their opposite (parasitic essence). It would be a bit of restructuring but it could allow the user to mix and match more. So the pros and cons could be given by the essence/ combing essences.
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Jan K August 20, 2018 7:27 am UTC
Hi Christopher, it is in fact exactly as you say. For the potion recipes in the book, ingredients are matched in such a way that the active essence is added, and if possible, the parasitic essences are cancelled. The parasitic essences which are not cancelled are responsible for the side effects. For example, the Night Owl Potion has an unbalanced chaos essence from sulfur, which causes the side effect of scattered thoughts. This way, when you create your own potions, you can easily think of the potential side effects. Enjoy!
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Anthony A February 22, 2018 12:55 am UTC
Does this include a way to discover the ingredients? Or is through Roleplay that a character finds them?
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Jan K February 27, 2018 10:40 am UTC
Hi Anthony, to discover ingredients, the DM can offer them in an alchemy shop, or have the alchemist roll investigation with DC relevant to the ingredient and environment. Thanks for the feedback, we are working on an update that would list the chance of finding ingredients in a variety of biomes.
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