Health potion = raspberry kool-aid
Mana potion = blueberry kool-aid
why would an alchemist make a potion that tastes terrible?
Most medicine tastes awful.
Old medicine tastes awful because it is primitive and its ingredients are bitter. New medicine tastes awful because
a) people in the modern era expect medicine to taste awful so they make it taste awful
b) to (generally unsuccessfully) prevent abuse of the medicine.
A fantasy medieval alchemist either has no way to make it taste better or they do it on purpose because they have a monopoly and are dicks.
In the Legend of Zelda at least, potions are made of either mushrooms or Chu jelly.
Mushroom juice sounds awful. And in nature, bright colors indicate bitter taste, so it makes sense Chu jelly would taste awful.
>A fantasy medieval alchemist either has no way to make it taste better or they do it on purpose because they have a monopoly and are dicks.
b-but magic and shit. surely the person brewing the potion could hire a wizard to make the potion taste good
>Spending gold for something as minor as taste
If they can make things taste good with magic, why not use magic to heal themselves?
While many sorcerers know alchemy, I don't think most alchemists are sorcerers.
when squeenix released a line of "potion flavored beverages" for FFXII(or was it XI?)'s LE, the potion flavors were all variants of mint and cherry flavorings.
The ether potions were all citrus-y fresca styled.
so i've always considered those an official take.
I imagine its less of a taste and more of a feeling.
That being said health tastes like the feeling of a getting a raging boner.
Mana tastes like being filled with radiant light and spirit energy.
This seems to be the sentiment from the thread:
>Healing Potions are like cough medicine, and have a sort of nasty medicinal cherry taste.
The cherry flavor comes from the fact its red and medicinal, while people say cough medicine because its a liquid that cures sickness.
>Mana Potions are like energy drinks, with most people giving it a blue raspberry taste.
It's blue raspberry because that is the main "blue" flavor (because there are no naturally occurring blue food or drink), and I imagine the caffeine, sugar, and other energy supplements are supposed to elevate concentration and brain function.
And as a bonus
>Stamina potions are sports drinks like gatorade with a green color.
Which makes sense.
Red - Cherry
Blue - Blue Cherry
There are no other answers.
It will sound pedantic, but blueberries are dark indigo bordering on purple.
Bright blue is synonymous with poison for food in the natural world.
You can actually use this to your advantage when going on a diet - using blue plates will, to a small but statistically significant degree, lower your appetite.
You serious nigga? That anon is right, pepto tastes like chalky viscera
Health pot tastes like cough syrup.
Mana pot tastes like curacao.
>went to Nintendo World store in NYC about three years ago
>notice behind the cashier a hand-carved wooden Deku shield, and blue and red potions inside jars
>ask the cashier if those are for sale, figured they'd make a cool souvenir from the trip instead of a gen5 Pokemon plush
>mfw he says unless I have a bottle to carry them in, they're not for sale
Nintendo World knows what's up. I'd assume nothing less, being the only one in the world, they'd get some real passionate people to work there
Wizards are always drunk off their ass from drinking potions, it's where their magic power comes from. The few dwarf wizards that do exist are the lightweights of the dwarven race.
Red tastes like a strong tonic made of mushrooms and herbs, the red color coming from the heat and air. Blue tastes a little more mild, the dark color coming from berries and mead. Basically medicine.
I had fun drinking them in Wind Waker, using green to settle my stomach in from the liver poisoning. Can't wait to do it again in HD.