Mandrake root

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Mandrake is a poisonous plant whose humanoid-shaped roots have many magical properties. The necropolis of Fen Carn is said to have an unusually large "population" of female mandrake plants.

Encyclopaedia Maxima Mundi entry[edit | edit source]

Mandrake, or Love Apple, is a class of plant from the Mandragora or nightshade family, a group including herbaceous, stemless plants with parsnip-like roots, in which a similarity to the human form may be observed; the leaves are arranged in a rosette. M.autumnalis or officinalis, is cultivated on a small scale in Vicovaro, Rowan and Ymlac, rarely found in the wild. Its berries, which are green and later turn yellow, are eaten with vinegar and pepper, while its leaves are consumed raw. The root of the m., which is a valued ingredient in medicine and herb lore, long ago had great import in superstitions, particularly among the Nordlings; human effigies (called alruniks or alrunes) were carved from it and kept in homes as revered talismans. They were believed to offer protection from illnesses, to bring good fortune during trials, and to ensure fertility and uncomplicated births. The effigies were clad in dresses which were changed at each new moon. M. roots were bought and sold, with prices reaching as much as sixty florins. Bryony roots (q.v.) were used as substitutes. According to superstition, m. was used for making spells, magical philtres and poisons. This belief returned during the period of the witch hunts. The charge of the criminal use of m. was made, for example, during the trial of Lucretia Vigo (q.v) . The legendary Philippa Alhard (q.v) was also said to have used m. as a poison.

Effenberg and Talbot, Encyclopaedia Maxima Mundi,
Volume IX

— pg(s). 103, Baptism of Fire (UK edition)


In The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt[edit | edit source]

Mandrake root
Tw3 mandrake root.png
Used in alchemy
Description
Inventory/slot
Alchemy and crafting
Category
Common item
Type
Alchemy ingredient
Source
Plant Grows wild
Base price
15 crown(s)
Price to buy
34 – 38 crown(s)
Price to sell
3 – 5 crown(s)
Weight
0 weight

Mandrake root does not grow in many places. This ingredient is used in the following formulae:

In The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings[edit | edit source]

Mandrake root
Tw2 ingredient mandrakeroot.png
Alchemy ingredient. Contains quebrith
Description
Category
Common
Type
Alchemical ingredient
Contains
Quebrith
Source
Grows wild / purchase
Price to buy
1620 oren(s)
Price to sell
2 oren(s)
Weight
weight 0

While this plant grows wild and is quite abundant, it can also be purchased. Merchants who sell white myrtle include:

In The Witcher computer game[edit | edit source]

Mandrake root
Substances Mandrake root.png
Mandrake root
Description
Type
Plant extract
Contains
Quebrith Nigredo
Price to buy
15 oren(s)
Price to sell
3 oren(s)
ID
it_ingr_064

The root of the mandrake plant is poisonous, but exhibits magical properties.

Sources[edit | edit source]

  • After completing the Daily Bread quest, Geralt can give any meat food to the "Elf" NPCs in and around the cave. Any Elf inside the cave at night will unlock Han and Mandrake root in return. The Elf who stays outside of the cave even at night will give entries for Honeysuckle and Bryonia instead.
  • Ritual Plants

Notes[edit | edit source]

In The Witcher: Versus[edit | edit source]

Players could pay "real world" money to buy mandrake (mandrake), which could be used within the game to buy alchemical items like potions, etc. Players who participated in special Versus events could also win mandrake.