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Substances are the active components in the main ingredients used to create potions, oils, and bombs. The ingredients can come from plants, minerals or animals. There are two kinds of substances: basic and additional.

In The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt[]

In The Witcher 3 there has been a return to the same ingredients as the first game. The former "secondary" substances, albedo, nigredo and rubedo are now of equal importance to the "primary" substances and mutagens are included as well. Additionally, all substances can now be brewed from more basic alchemical ingredients.


Tw3 aether.png Tw3 albedo.png Tw3 hydragenum.png Tw3 nigredo.png Tw3 quebrith.png Tw3 rebis.png Tw3 rubedo.png Tw3 vermilion.png Tw3 vitriol.png
Aether Albedo Hydragenum Nigredo Quebrith Rebis Rubedo Vermilion Vitriol


Blue mutagens Green mutagens Red mutagens
Tw3 mutagen blue lesser.png Tw3 mutagen blue.png Tw3 mutagen blue greater.png Tw3 mutagen green lesser.png Tw3 mutagen green.png Tw3 mutagen green greater.png Tw3 mutagen red lesser.png Tw3 mutagen red.png Tw3 mutagen red greater.png
Lesser Normal Greater Lesser Normal Greater Lesser Normal Greater

In The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings[]

There are no secondary alchemical substances in The Witcher 2.

Basic substances[]

Vitriol tw2.svg Rebis tw2.svg Aether tw2.svg Quebrith tw2.svg Hydragenum tw2.svg Vermilion tw2.svg Sol tw2.svg Caelum tw2.svg Fulgur tw2.svg
Vitriol Rebis Aether Quebrith Hydragenum Vermilion Sol Caelum Fulgur

In The Witcher computer game[]

Basic substances[]

The basic (or primary) substances include Vitriol, Rebis, Aether, Quebrith, Hydragenum and Vermilion. They are the basic building blocks of all bombs, oils and potions. For more specific information, just click on any of the icons below.

Substances Small Vitriol.png Substances Small Rebis.png Substances Small Aether.png Substances Small Quebrith.png Substances Small Hydragenum.png Substances Small Vermilion.png
Vitriol Rebis Aether Quebrith Hydragenum Vermilion

Additional substances[]

Additional (or secondary) substances include Albedo, Nigredo and Rubedo. Having all the ingredients in a single potion containing the same additional substance provides additional benefits not present in basic potions. For more specific information, just click on any of the icons below:

Substances Small Albedo.png Substances Small Nigredo.png Substances Small Rubedo.png
Albedo Nigredo Rubedo

Note: There is no benefit to leveraging these additional substances for oils, bombs or mutagenic potions. They are only of use in regular potions which Geralt takes to enhance his fighting and/or healing abilities. There is also no benefit derived from making White Gull with a dominant additional substance as its effects do not transfer to the resulting potion.