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For other uses, see The White Phial.

The White Phial is an ancient relic in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, said to contain the first snow to fall from the Throat of the World. Any liquid dropped within the phial is instantly amplified and purified.

Acquiring the artifact[]

Main article: The White Phial (Quest)
"A legendary bottle, forged in the days when Skyrim was just starting its turn to ice. A small container, made of the magically-imbuzed snow that first fell on the Throat of the World. It is said that the Phial will replenish whatever fluid is placed inside of it."

Nurelion, proprietor of The White Phial sends the Dragonborn to seek the item and bring it back to him. Nurelion spent the majority of his life searching for the phial. During the quest, the Dragonborn locates the White Phial in the Forsaken Cave, as well as a Word Wall containing a part of the dragon shout Marked for Death. After recovering the item, they discover that it is cracked, but return it to Nurelion anyway. Upset, Nurelion only pays the Dragonborn 5 Gold for recovering the artifact, although after talking to Quintus, the Dragonborn receives a further 500 Gold making the total, 505 septims.


Main article: Repairing the Phial

After the Dragonborn completes The Throat of the World quest, a courier arrives with a message from Nurelion's apprentice, Quintus, telling you to go talk to him. After that he tells you the necessary ingredients for repairing the phial.


Recovering these ingredients, Quintus successfully reconstructs the phial. Nurelion dies shortly after. As a reward, the Dragonborn receives the phial, which contains an unlimited potion of their choice, that refills itself once per day.

  • "I'd like it to have the power of healing." (Restore 100 points of health). ID: 0010201E
  • "I want to resist the forces of magic." (Resist 20% of magic for 60 seconds). ID: 00102019
  • "I want to be tougher in battle." (Stamina is increased by 20 points for 300 seconds). ID: 0010201A
  • "I want to strengthen my magical skills." (Magicka is increased by 20 points for 300 seconds). ID: 0010201C
  • "I want to deal more damage in battle." (One-handed weapons deal 50% more damage for 60 seconds). ID: 0010201D
  • "I want to be better hidden in the shadows." (You are 20% harder to detect for 60 seconds). ID: 0010201B


  • The lasting effects chosen for the White Phial do not overwrite the same effects that are carried by other potions, the bonuses will stack instead.


This section contains bugs related to The White Phial (Item). Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:

  1. Please reload an old save to confirm if the bug is still happening.
  2. If the bug is still occurring, please post the bug report with the appropriate system template  360  /  XB1  ,  PS3  /  PS4  ,  PC  /  MAC  ,  NX  /  PS5  ,  XS  , depending on which platform(s) the bug has been encountered on.
  3. Be descriptive when listing the bug and fixes, but avoid having conversations in the description and/or using first-person anecdotes: such discussions belong on the appropriate forum board.
  • Attempting to use the White Phial in the Character Menu when it is empty will cause the empty phial to duplicate itself. The Original Phial will continue to refill as usual, but duplicates will not. This may also occur when the Phial refills itself normally.
    • Duplicated Phials have weight, and can be dropped, sold, or stored in containers.
  • Attempting to place the phial on cupboards, wardrobes and other surfaces as decoration may result in the White Phial disappearing.
  • If, after being given the 5 septims by Nurelion, you can tell Quintus that you were only paid 5 septims, you will receive an additional 500. Afterwards, you may also be able to tell him that you were happy to help, after which you will receive another 500.
  • After Nurelion dies, and Quintus asks you which properties you would like the phial to have, selecting an option and immediately exiting dialogue with him will cause him to reinitiate conversation and reward you with another phial of your choosing.
  • Extremely rarely, the White Phial might be sold by a random merchant, even if the player already has the White Phial and never sold it. It can be purchased and will function just as the "real" phial does from the quest, depending on which potion it is filled with.
  • If one exits the conversation with Quintus without choosing what potion to be in the phial, there is a chance that the Dragonborn will not receive it and can no longer open the dialogue option to acquire the phial.