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Ancient Knowledge is an ability found in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.


It is a quest reward for completing the quest Unfathomable Depths.


Knowledge gained from the Lexicon confers a 25% bonus when wearing Dwarven armor and Smithing increases 15% faster.


  • With the 25% bonus, a fully-upgraded set of Dwarven Armor can give a slightly higher armor rating than fully-upgraded Dragonplate Armor, depending on the skill.


  •  PC   360   PS3   Ancient Knowledge gives 25% armor bonus to all armor types except Dwarven armor. This can happen even after the official patch that supposedly has the fix for the bug.
    • The Unofficial Skyrim Patch seems to fix this.
  •  PC   Even though the effect's description says it only improves how fast Smithing can level up, it may improve how far armor and weapons can be upgraded instead.

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  • Bug for ancient knowlage

    2 messages
    • Im currently at level 29 for smithing and don't have the perk for dwarven armor and have Ancient Knowlage.  The wiki says that I can o...
    • The thing still improves armor upgrading capabilities. So yeah, the "bug" works on X box as well. Also, you might have used fortify smith...
  • Ancient Knowledge Bug

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    • You have to unequip and requip the armor before it goes up.
    • I didn't unequip it I had daedric chest peice and ebony gauntlets and boots, my armour rating went up.

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