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Ancient Knowledge

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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.


This section contains bugs related to Ancient Knowledge. Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:

  1. Confirm all bugs with other editors on the talk page before adding them below.
  2. Always try reloading an old save first, before asking for assistance.
  3. Do not discuss possible bug fixes or origins. Leave those and all other first-person-anecdotes on the talk page, not the article.
  4. Always add  360  ,  PS3  , or  PC   to clarify which system the bug appears on.
  •  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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Start a Discussion Discussions about Ancient Knowledge

  • 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

    6 messages
    • 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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