When you first arrive in the city of Kyovashad in Diablo 4, you might be tempted to set out on your grand adventure in Sanctuary. Lilith is waiting and she is not wasting any time infecting the citizens of the region. However, before you head out of the city, you might want to stop by the various shops that Kyovashad is home to. One of the more important shopkeepers who you may want to visit straight away is The Alchemist.
The Alchemist’s shop is not one that is exclusive to Kyovashad, but it’s the first one that you will encounter in Diablo 4. The Kyovashad location is run by a woman named Veroka, and you will eventually receive a Priority Quest to go and see her. That quest won’t tell you everything you need to know about The Alchemist, though. For that, you can check out the guide below.
The Alchemist in Diablo 4
To start, The Alchemist is your one-stop shop to increase the potency of your healing potions. By default in Diablo 4, you start off with the least-potent healing potion. However, after you reach level 10, you can visit The Alchemist’s shop and upgrade your potion to the next level. You will need the required ingredients to do so, but those aren’t hard to come by at all. You can either find your own ingredients by picking bushes in the world and opening Herb Caches, which are sometimes given to you as quest rewards.
As you continue to level up in Diablo 4, you can keep coming back to the shop to continually upgrade your healing potions. Here are the levels at which you will be able to increase the potency of your healing potions (as per the Diablo 4 beta):
- Weak Healing Potion – Level 1
- Tiny Healing Potion – Level 10
- Minor Healing Potion – Level 20
- Light Healing Potion – Level 30
- Moderate Healing Potion – Level 45
- Strong Healing Potion – Level 60
- Greater Healing Potion – Level 70
- Major Healing Potion – Level 80
- Superior Healing Potion – Level 90
The Alchemist can do several things for your character in Diablo 4.
You should note that The Alchemist will only increase the potency of your potions. The number of potion charges you have available is only increased by earning Renown in the various regions of Sanctuary. As you increase your Renown level in each region, some of the rewards you receive will be extra healing potion charges. It’s presumed you can have up to 10 healing potions at a time, but we’ll have to wait for the full game’s release in June to confirm that.
Creating Elixirs with The Alchemist
The other major feature of The Alchemist in Diablo 4 is the crafting of Elixirs. At the start of Diablo 4, you won’t have access to any Elixirs. However, as you progress, complete more quests, and find new ingredients, the Elixirs tab at the shop will begin to fill with several concoctions you can craft to aid you in combat or exploration. In the beta, we had access to nine different Elixirs, which you can see below.
- Weak Crushing Elixir
- Weak Assault Elixir
- Weak Elixir of Cold Resistance
- Weak Elixir of Fire Resistance
- Weak Elixir of Lightning Resistance
- Weak Elixir of Poison Resistance
- Weak Elixir of Shadow Resistance
- Weak Third Eye Elixir
- Weak Iron Barb Elixir
There were a total of 9 Elixirs available in Diablo 4 beta.
Most of the Elixirs require two ingredients to craft, but some of the more advanced ones will call for more. You will also have to pay a fee when crafting an Elixir, so make sure you’re not going overboard solely based on the number of ingredients you have. When looking at the Elixirs, you will see a number in parentheses beside each one. This tells you many of the Elixir you can craft based on your current ingredient supply and gold. By hovering over any one of the Elixirs, you can see the ingredients required to make it and what buffs it gives your character.
Elixirs can only be consumed one at a time, so once you have taken one, you can’t have another active. Also, all of the Elixirs last for 30 minutes, as far as we could tell from the beta. To view all of your Elixirs, you can press “C” to open your character menu. On the bottom inventory window, press the “Consumables” tab and you can see every Elixir you currently have. While most of the Elixirs will be used for specific combat purposes, such as boss fights and dungeons, you can also use them to boost your XP. An Elixir such as the Weak Iron Barb Elixir offers a 5% boost to XP, which can be quite useful on your journey to reach max level in Diablo 4. For a full XP leveling guide in Diablo 4, you can read our previous guide.
Finally, if you want to extract some ingredients in order to craft certain Elixirs, The Alchemist allows you to do so by scrolling over to the far-right tab of the shop. Here, you can see what ingredients you currently have and which ones can be used to create additional resources. There will likely be other uses for The Alchemist in the full build of Diablo 4, but we’ll have to wait and see what those uses could be.