Elder Scrolls
Elder Scrolls

Main article: Beverages (Skyrim)
For other uses, see Skooma.

Skooma is a potion produced from moon sugar. It is a highly addictive narcotic, and its users pass through bouts of euphoria followed by protracted lethargy. It is smoked in a special pipe; the crystals are placed in a small dish and heated. The gas produced is bubbled through water in the pipe to cool it as it is inhaled.[source?]

Ingredients and effects[]

Skooma cannot be made in an alchemy lab, but is manufactured out of Moon Sugar and Nightshade. All parts of this plant are poisonous but some contain an essence which enhances the potency of moon sugar. If improperly prepared, the Skooma user will experience loss of voice, minor fits, and possibly even death. The root of the nightshade plant contains most of the essence but the berries and flowers produce a much more fragrant Skooma.[source?]


Skooma can be found randomly throughout Skyrim, mostly at certain locations, but can appear in chests in bandit camps found throughout the world.



Skooma addicts[]

Skooma dealers[]

"Greetings, brother. You look weary. I have something to help you relax, if you're interested."

What are you talking about? "The finest skooma, the sweetest moon sugar. At a fair price, of course."
This doesn't seem legal. "Ah, a snitch, eh? Can't have you running to any guards now, can I?"
Just give me what you have and we both walk away from this. (Intimidate) "Yeah... That's not going to happen."
No thanks. "Each has their own way."


  • During the quest "No One Escapes Cidhna Mine" several prisoners have Skooma and can be heard saying, "I just need a little bit more of that skooma stuff," suggesting they may be Skooma addicts.
  • Khajiit are infamous for manufacturing and selling Skooma; they have a natural resistance to it and are affected less than the other races of Tamriel.
  • Septimus Signus has several Empty Skooma Bottles stashed in the cupboard of his outpost. Although he possibly consumed the Skooma, his eccentric behavior was caused by having read an Elder Scroll.