Potions is a dreadfully tricky and time consuming subject, and here I’ve put together some tips and tricks to help you master the art of potion making. Now if only I could figure out how to brew glory …
- Collectible Ingredient Table
- Apothecary Ingredient Costs Table
- Potion Costs/Time/Point Table
- Getting Started with Potions
- Advanced Potions Tips
Now, before I get started, I want to tell you something very important about Pottermore that you might not realize.
ANYTHING YOU FIND IN THE CHAPTERS THROUGH OUT POTTERMORE REGENERATES IF YOUR INVENTORY OF THAT ITEM IS AT ZERO.
I’m gonna let that sink in for a second.
Now what does this mean? Well, lets say you have one prefect badge you found on Platform 9 3/4 and you decide you want to give it to someone as a gift. Bet you wouldn’t have considered doing that, because how would you get it back? Turns out, you’d return to the scene you found it in originally to find that it has respawned for you to discover.
Awesome news right? I thought so. So here is a list of potion ingredients that you should DO NOT NEED TO PURCHASE because you can get them for free and where to find them. (UPDATED 7/13/2012 to add Horklump and links)
|Regenerating Ingredients Found In The Story|
|Dried Billywig Stings||1||8||Hagrid’s Wooden House|
|Wolfsbane||1||8||Hagrid’s Wooden House|
|Horned Slugs||1||10||The Mountain Troll|
|Mistletoe Berries||1||12||Christmas at Hogwarts|
|Bezoar||1||17||The Hospital Wing|
|Horklump Juice||2||3||The Weasleys’|
There are other things classified as potion ingredients in the chapters, but currently aren’t used in any of the potions, so I left them off of this list for now.
Any other ingredients for a potion will have to be purchased from Diagon Alley in order for you to use them in a potion. Here is a list of the ingredients, how much they cost, and how many you get when you buy them. (UPDATED 7/13/2012 now includes ALL ingredient costs for ingredients currently usable in potions. In case you want to maybe buy a collectible ingredient to save you time.)
Cost per Unit
|Bezoar||10 g||1||10 g|
|Dried Billywig Stings||7 g||39||.18 g|
|Flobberworm Mucus||1 g||8||.13 g|
|Horklump Juice||3 g||8||.38 g|
|Horned Slugs||1 g||24||.04 g|
|Lavender||1 g||22||.05 g|
|Lethe River Water||4 g||16||.25 g|
|Mistletoe Berries||1 g||20||.05 g|
|Porcupine Quills||2 g||36||.06 g|
|Snake Fangs||2 g||36||.06 g|
|Spines of Lionfish||2 g||16||.13 g|
|Unicorn Horn||21 g||55||.38 g|
|Valerian Sprigs||1 g||19||.05 g|
|Wolfsbane||1 g||39||.03 g|
Head spinning with information yet? Sorry about that, mine was too at first. And not that I want to cause more spinning, but this next table will show how much each potion costs (assuming you aren’t paying for ingredients you could find) , how long they take, and how many points you get for each. In the latest Potions update they finally made it so that different cauldrons really do brew at different rates, making the higher cost cauldron finally worth the investment. (Unless you still blow up cauldrons, in which case WAIT until you are no longer destroying them.)
The below table shows the cost and time requirements for each potion and how many points you will earn for completing it. This costs assumes you are not paying for ingredients you can collect for free. (UPDATED 7/13/2012 to adjust cost of Herbicide now that Horklump Juice is collectible.)
Potions Cost, Time (by cauldron), and Points
|Antidote to Common Poisons||.38 g||40 min||34 min||30 min||7|
|Cure for Boils||.12 g||45 min||39 min||34 min||3|
|Forgetfulness Potion||.30 g||60 min||51 min||45 min||9|
|Herbicide||.26 g||60 min||51 min||46 min||9|
|Sleeping Draught||.23 g||70 min||60 min||53 min||11|
|Wideye or Awakening Potion||.06 g||55 min||47 min||42 min||9|
Now, you can use this information to decide for yourself which potions you think is most worth while to brew.
Personally, I stick with Wideye or Awakening potion for a couple reasons. First, it is the cheapest potion to brew provided you are gathering your wolfsbane and billywig stings instead of purchasing them. Second, it takes less time to brew than the other high point potions. Finally, in my experience, Sleeping Draught is incredibly glitchy and often gives irrational container errors that cause failure of the potion.
Now that you have a rundown on ingredients and potions, lets talk about the actual brewing process.
Getting Started with Potions
- Practice! Brew that nice safe practice potion a bunch of times before you get started with the real ones. In the practice potion you can blow up your cauldron and never lose it, or lose house points for it. Do this until you can do it three times in a row with out boffing it up.
- Read the instructions! When you fist enter a potion, the potion book pops up showing you your ingredients and instructions. The timer does not start until you put down the book for the first time, so feel free to sit there with the book up and really read what you are about to do.
- Refer to the instructions! As you go step by step the instructions will cross themselves off of the book, so check it if you aren’t sure if you’ve done all the steps right.
- Use your back button! If you are brewing your potion, and you already know you’ve made a mistake, hit back. Then you can go back in and start from the beginning of that phase.
- Use your meters correctly! There are two different potion meters, one for crushing ingredients and one for cauldron temperature. Whenever these come up you will see two golden lines across to indicate the range you are aiming for. In crushing just crush till it reaches it and turns green. For heating you want to KEEP THE TEMPERATURE in between the two golden lines until the timer is done.
- Mind your temperature! Whenever you have to heat your potion, keep a close eye on your temperature gauge, if it turns red because you’ve gotten it too hot, hit back immediately or you’ll blow up your cauldron.
- Practice stirring! It works best with nice big mouse circles, and is easier with an actual mouse than on a laptop touch pad.
- Where’s the wand? The wand is laying on the counter in front of your potions book. To wave it all you have to do is click on it, the wand will do the rest.
It took me a while to really get the hang of potions, but I found mastering ONE before trying the others was a real help. I have brewed one of each even if they weren’t all the most cost effective. Now after you have the basics, lets talk about cauldrons.
Now, some advanced potion tips for you:
- How to use jugs: Anything in a jug is tricky to handle, they like to pour everywhere and can kill your time trying to get them to behave. Grab the jug from the very tippy top and take your time moving it around. I like to lift it up, catch the bottom on the edge of the cauldron, and use that to tip it sideways. Then I hold it there dripping in, and lift it right before it reaches the unit count I’m after. Then it’s easy to move it back up right and lower it back to the table. DO NOT LEAVE IT SIDEWAYS ON THE TABLE: for some reason this causes glitchiness and will fail the potion even though you’ve done nothing wrong.
- How to stir anti-clockwise: At first I simply couldn’t get it to stir any way but clockwise, then I figure out I should move the spoon to the other side of the cauldron first, and then pick it up and stir counter clockwise.
- How to use the heat settings: There are three settings under your cauldron when you need to heat it, the one on the left is NO HEAT, the one in the middle is MEDIUM, and the one on the right is HIGH. Now what I’ve found works is to hit high immediately, then right as it hits the bottom of the two golden bars and turns green, I hit medium. Then I will watch it rise, making sure not to let it go higher than the top bar. Just before it hits that top bar, I cut the heat off entirely and allow it to fall returning to medium heat before it breeches the bottom bar. Repeat as many times as necessary to reach the end of the time required for heating. HEATING A CAULDRON IS NOT SOMETHING YOU CAN DO WITH YOUR ATTENTION ON YOUR DINNER. You need to watch it and adjust throughout the time it is heating to make sure you don’t blow up your cauldron.
That’s all I have for now, but I’ll probably add things as I discover them or as people ask things I realize I haven’t included.
Hope this helps!!