Crimson Nirnroot is an ingredient in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. It can be used to make potions at an alchemy lab as part of alchemy.


Overall appearance

As the name implies, they are crimson in color, contrasting their green cousin, the Nirnroot. Nirnroot is distinguishable from other plants due to its aural glow and the chiming sounds heard when in close proximity to a patch. Crimson Nirnroot also possess this property, although the chiming sound emitted from them is slightly off-key.


According to the last paragraph of Sinderion's Field Journal, Crimson Nirnroot is attracted to water just like Nirnroot is. The Crimson Nirnroot often grows near fungi in Blackreach, which sustains the Nirnroot and allows it to grow away from an open water source.


Crimson Nirnroot Locations

A map of all the locations in Blackreach where Crimson Nirnroot can be found

In Blackreach, there are at least 44 known locations where Crimson Nirnroot grow, including Sinderion's Field LaboratorySilent Ruin and the Derelict Pumphouse. Out of the 44, 35 of them can be found in the terrain, and buildings around the edge of the playable area or very close to the edge. They respawn after 10 in-game days, and are not affected by the Alchemy perk Green Thumb, as they only have one root. They can be easily located if their chiming is followed. One piece requires Whirlwind Sprint.


A Return To Your Roots

Bring 30 Crimson Nirnroots to Avrusa Sarethi at the Sarethi Farm. Started after reading the journal found in Sinderion's Field Laboratory, or finding one of the Crimson Nirnroot. This quest mirrors the Oblivion quest, "Seeking Your Roots."

Few and Far Between

Ingun Black-Briar requests 20 Nirnroots, but she will also accept Crimson Nirnroot in their place.


Main article: Potions (Skyrim)

When mixed with ordinary Nirnroot, the Crimson variant creates a potion with four effects, since both roots have all their properties in common; however, this precludes any further effects from being added.

Damage Health Damage Stamina Invisibility (Skyrim) Resist Magic

† Multiple effects


Crimson Nirnroot Online

Crimson Nirnroot in The Elder Scrolls Online


Start a Discussion Discussions about Crimson Nirnroot

  • How many are Crimson Ninroot are there? I wanna complete the quest....

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    • I've collected at least 30 at once, although it's certainly not a fun time. You should be able to get the quest complete in one go....
    • *According to the UESP article, there should be AT LEAST 44 samples at any one time within Blackreach.  *1 in the Derelict Pumphouse (requi...
  • You missed one.

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    • There is another crimson spot North North East of VII ontop of the closest wall to the marked nirnroot almost exacly the same distance from 2 ...
    • That map might have been from one of the early guide books, those are usually written using unfinished versions of the game. And as the page ...
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