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


It is a 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 Ebony Armor, depending on the skill.confirmation needed


This section contains bugs related to Ancient Knowledge (Skyrim). 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  , 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.
  •  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.
  •  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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  • Spotting the bug?

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    • Theres a unofficial patch for Skyrim and each dlc (even the texture one) they basically do what the official patches do but are still gett...
    • Thank you, I'll download it it so.
  • Bug for ancient knowlage

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    • 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...

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