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Enchanting (Skyrim)

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"Don't suppose you'd enchant my sword? Dull old blade can barely cut butter."
Hold Guard[src]

Enchanting is a skill in Skyrim and is one of the six skills that falls under the Mage category. Enchanting is a type of arcane crafting and is one of the three crafting skills of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Enchantments allow certain improvements and buffs to be made to weapons and armors of a magical nature.


The act of enchanting requires an item with no existing enchantments, a filled soul gem, knowledge of an enchantment, and the use of an arcane enchanter. The Law of the Firsts was a magical law which stated that once an item was enchanted, it could not be enchanted again and could not accept another enchantment. [1] Arcane Enchanters can be found in all major cities, typically in the palace or longhouse, in the court wizard's quarters. They are also found in many locations that feature humanoid, magic-using enemies such as necromancers and mages. All houses the Dragonborn can own (except Breezehome in Whiterun) can be equipped with an arcane enchanter. There is even one in Sinderion's Field Laboratory in Blackreach.

In Dawnguard, the Amulet of the Gargoyle can be enchanted even though it already has an effect. The same is true of the unique weapon Horksbane from Dragonborn, as it has an effect, but can also accept an enchantment.

Racial bonusesEdit

Altmer, Imperial, and Orsimer characters gain a + 5 bonus to enchanting at the start of the game.

Enchantment typesEdit

Enchantments fall into two categories based on type of item:

  • Weapons have charged enchantments that cast a spell on the weapon's target when it strikes. Larger soul gems result in more charges on the enchantment allowing for more strikes before the charge is depleted. Soul Gems can be used to restore depleted charge as well as the perk Soul Siphon.
  • Armor and other apparel items cast a constant effect on the wearer as long as the item is worn. Larger soul gems create greater magnitude effects. Muffle and Waterbreathing, being all or nothing effects, are not dependent on the size of soul gem used, a petty soul will do as well as a grand.

Obtaining enchantmentsEdit

The Dragonborn initially has no knowledge of enchantments. To learn an enchantment, a magic item with the enchantment that the Dragonborn wants to learn must be disenchanted at an arcane enchanter. The strength of the enchantment on the item does not matter as all enchantments of the same type will yield the same learned enchantment with the exception of those marked with an asterisk (*) below. Disenchanting destroys the item but grants permanent knowledge of the base enchantment allowing its use when enchanting. Some items cannot be disenchanted to learn their effects such as quest items, daedric artifacts, Amulets of the Nine Divines, and many, but not all, items with unique names. Staves also cannot be disenchanted.

Staff enchantingEdit

With Dragonborn, the Dragonborn can buy non-enchanted staves and enchant them with a staff enchanter. There is only one staff enchanter on the island of Solstheim and none exists in Skyrim. The staff enchanter in Solstheim is locked in a room that is only accessible after completing the quest Reluctant Steward for Master Neloth. It can be found in Tel Mithryn, in the southeast part of the island. Enchanting staves increases the enchanting skill but enchanting perks are not applied. For example, the perk storm enchanter does not increase the amount of damage a storm staff (shock damage staff) will do.


The following actions raise the enchanting skill:

  • Disenchanting items yields enchanting experience as well as the ability to use that enchantment on other items, disenchanting an item destroys it in the process. Skill gain increases with the value of the item. Each enchantment may only be learned once.
  • Enchanting items that do not currently possess an enchantment. Experience is gained by the value of the item made. The more valuable the item, the more experience is earned.
  • Using a soul gem to recharge weapons (soul siphon does not count but casting it improves enchanting like any other low level spell). Skill gains from recharging weapons are based on size of soul used, regardless of actual charge gained. 


Books that raise the Enchanting skill:



Main article: Trainer (Skyrim)
Trainer Skill Level Location
Sergius Turrianus Expert The College of Winterhold
Hamal Master (cap of skill level 90) After completing The Heart of Dibella quest, Temple of Dibella, Markarth.
Neloth DB Master Tel Mithryn


The following are the perks that become available to select as the skill is leveled up. 

Perk (Ranks) Requirements Description
Enchanter (5) Enchanting 0/20/40/60/80 New enchantments are 20/40/60/80/100% stronger (+20% per rank)
Soul Squeezer Enchanting 20
Soul gems provide extra magicka for recharging
Fire Enchanter Enchanting 30
Fire enchantments on weapons and armor are 25% stronger
Soul Siphon Enchanting 40
Soul Squeezer
Death blows to creatures, but not people, trap 5% of the victim's soul, recharging the weapon
Frost Enchanter Enchanting 40
Fire Enchanter
Frost enchantments on weapons and armor are 25% stronger
Insightful Enchanter Enchanting 50
Skill enchantments on armor are 25% stronger
Storm Enchanter Enchanting 50
Frost Enchanter
Shock enchantments on weapons and armor are 25% stronger
Corpus Enchanter Enchanting 70
Insightful Enchanter
Health, magicka and stamina enchantments on armor are 25% stronger
Extra Effect Enchanting 100
Storm Enchanter or Corpus Enchanter
Can put two enchantments on the same item
Enchanting tree
Enchanting perks tree
Terraviper-5Added by Terraviper-5

In addition to perks increasing enchanting powers, leveling enchanting increases them. For every 10 levels, enchantments will be 1% stronger.


Weapon enchantmentsEdit

There are 18 weapon enchantments available. The enchantments wear out after successive use, and to keep the enchantment in effect, it has to be "refilled" by using soul gems to add more uses. The larger the soul used, the more uses given via recharging.

Apparel enchantmentsEdit

Enchantment and item combinations that can be created at Arcane Enchanter
Enchantment Helmet Cuirass Gloves Boots Shield Amulet Ring
Fortify Alchemy Yes Yes Yes Yes
Fortify Alteration Yes Yes Yes Yes
Fortify Alteration and Magicka Regen Yes
Fortify Archery Yes Yes Yes Yes
Fortify Barter Yes
Fortify Block Yes Yes Yes Yes
Fortify Carry Weight Yes Yes Yes Yes
Fortify Conjuration Yes Yes Yes Yes
Fortify Conjuration and Magicka Regen Yes
Fortify Destruction Yes Yes Yes Yes
Fortify Destruction and Magicka Regen Yes
Fortify Healing Rate Yes Yes Yes
Fortify Health Yes Yes Yes Yes
Fortify Heavy Armor Yes Yes Yes Yes
Fortify Illusion Yes Yes Yes Yes
Fortify Illusion and Magicka Regen Yes
Fortify Light Armor Yes Yes Yes Yes
Fortify Lockpicking Yes Yes Yes Yes
Fortify Magicka Yes Yes Yes Yes
Fortify Magicka Regen Yes Yes Yes
Fortify One-Handed Yes Yes Yes Yes
Fortify Pickpocket Yes Yes Yes Yes
Fortify Restoration Yes Yes Yes Yes
Fortify Restoration and Magicka Regen Yes
Fortify Smithing Yes Yes Yes Yes
Fortify Sneak Yes Yes Yes Yes
Fortify Stamina Yes Yes Yes Yes
Fortify Stamina Regen Yes Yes Yes
Fortify Two-Handed Yes Yes Yes Yes
Fortify Unarmed Yes Yes
Muffle* Yes
Resist Disease Yes Yes Yes Yes
Resist Fire Yes Yes Yes Yes
Resist Frost Yes Yes Yes Yes
Resist Magic Yes Yes Yes
Resist Poison Yes Yes Yes Yes
Resist Shock Yes Yes Yes


Water Breathing* Yes Yes


* This enchantment's magnitude is not affected by the size of the soul used.

Only certain items can be enchanted with certain enchantments. This is determined by what part of the body the apparel is covering. Unlike weapon enchantments, apparel enchantments do not require recharging and stay enchanted indefinitely. The strength of the enchantment is dependent on the size of soul used to enchant it, except in the case of muffle and water breathing.


Method for maximum strength potions and enchantmentsEdit

  • Prerequisites: Level 100 in alchemy and enchanting, five perks in alchemist, one perk in Benefactor, five perks in enchanter, one perk in insightful enchanter, three pieces each head and hand apparel with no enchantments, three rings with no enchantments, three amulets with no enchantments, and twelve grand souls.
  • Craft a set of fortify alchemy gear.
  • Craft several potions of fortify enchanting at 30% boost.
  • Craft a new set of fortify alchemy gear at 28% boost with the aid of the potions.
  • Craft several potions of fortify enchanting at 32% boost using the new set of gear.
  • Craft a final set of Fortify Alchemy gear at 29% boost with the aid of the potions.
  • Vampires that have the restoration perk necromage, can reach up to 33% alchemy gear boost and 46% enchanting potion boost. Vampires that have the Restoration perk Necromage and while Enchanting wear Ahzidal's Boots and any three other Relics of Ahzidal, can reach up to 35% alchemy gear boost and 49% enchanting potion boost. (Using Falmer helmets worn over circlets.)

The final set of gear will not improve the results of a fortify enchanting potion but will improve the results for other potions. Additional potions can be brewed to improve enchantments of all types. One common application is to enchant a set of Fortify Smithing gear and combine it with a maximum strength fortify smithing potion to improve weapons and armor.

There is an alternative, that is the exploit of the use of Fortify Restoration potions, which improves several status, including Fortify Enchanting.



  • Some enchantment and item combinations that cannot be created at the arcane enchanter can be found in enchanted loot.
  •  PC  A space or special character (e.g. !@#$%^&*) in front of the item's name will sort it at the top of the appropriate inventory list. Likewise, starting an item with lower case letters puts it at the bottom of the list.
  • Once an enchantment is selected for an item, it will remain in place until the enchanter is exited or the item is enchanted.
  • For single enchantments that have a pair of effects, e.g. Fiery Soul Trap or fortify <spell school> and magicka regeneration, the second effect is constant and the number of charges, if applicable, is based on the first effect.
  • Enchantments are affected by perks from their relevant magic school e.g. shock damage is affected by enhanced shock including enchantments with damage effects that are secondary. Drain and damage effects are all destruction school effects.
  • Having a higher enchantment level slightly raises the Dragonborn's defense against enchanted weaponry. This can be anywhere from 1%-15% and does not show as an active effect.
  • Guards may ask to have their weapons enchanted. This cannot actually be done as it is simply a line spoken by the guard when the Dragonborn's enchanting skill is high enough.
  • Even with the extra effect perk, an enchantment cannot be added to an already enchanted item. Any enchantments must be placed the first time an item is enchanted.
  • To recharge an enchanted weapon, select the weapon in the items menu and press RB/R2 and select a filled soul gem. The larger the soul, the more a weapon is recharged. The soul gem will be destroyed.
  • Vampires, with the necromage perk from restoration, and the extra effect perk can get 50% spell cost reduction on a single piece of clothing by enchanting it with the "fortify (school)" and "fortify (school) and Magicka Regen".
  • The shout, Elemental Fury, can be glitched to become a permanent enchantment that the Dragonborn is able to dis-enchant and enchant other weapons with. This does not replicate the effect of the shout, however, only the visual effects and the sounds.
  • One could get a single school of magic to have no Magicka Cost if one has 100 Enchanting, and Enchanter  max'd out to 5, the deduction of magicka will be 25% less on a single piece of attire. You can put this enchantment on gauntlents, a chestplate, a ring, and a necklace. For a total of 100% less magicka used from a spell, therefore your spells don't cost any magicka.
  • A great way to increase enchanting while you're increasing smithing is to enchant the items you make and sell them for money.


  • The sale value of items enchanted drops each time an additional item with the same enchantment is made. This makes mass enchanting for profit gradually less profitable. This bug can be circumvented by using the following method: Save the game when first learning the enchantment intended for use for profit (usually a high cost weapon enchant such as banish) but before enchanting any items with it. It helps to save next to an enchanting table with materials for at least one enchantment. Keep this save. When mass enchanting in the future, when finished with the batch, save, then load the save from above, enchant once *only* with the enchantment being used for profit and then reload the more recent "mass-enchantent" save. The items will have returned to their correct, full value.
  •  360   The Amulet of the Gargoyle in Dawnguard can be enchanted regardless of its initial enchantment. The effects put on the amulet will not appear when viewing it in the inventory. However the effects will appear in the "Active Effects" menu. The bonus to "Summon Gargoyle" will still work in Vampire Lord form, but the custom enchantments won't.
  • Enchanting any equipped items may make all of the Dragonborn's weapons appear enchanted, even if they aren't (confirmed Xbox 360).
  • Soul Siphon does not appear to work with certain Daedric weapons (ex., Dawnbreaker).
  • Enchanting bonuses from perks may not always function properly e.g. only allowing enchantments of 22% in alchemy and/or blacksmithing as opposed to 25%
    • PS3 solution was to delete Skyrim Game Data and Game Update and reinstall again from fresh.
  • Several enchantments exist that cannot be placed on anything or are duplicates of existing enchantments. These have been marked above with an *. The Shadowsight, Shadowstrength, Shadowstrike, and Shadowthrive enchantments are learned from disenchanting Linwe's Armor, Linwe's Boots, Linwe's Gloves, and Linwe's Hood. The Blessing of Mara is obtained by disenchanting The Bond of Matrimony. Known items that cause duplicate enchantments are the Drainheart weapons and the Shield of Solitude.
    •  PC   Apparel with two identical enchantments, will correctly have these two enchantments, but the figures shown in active list may be incorrect. Weapons with two identical enchantments on the other hand will only have one of the two effects.
  • With the Extra Effect perk, both a weapon and an armor enchantment can be selected before selecting an item to enchant. If a weapon is chosen as the item and enchanted it will appear as an enchantment. However, the 'armor' enchant on the weapon will have no effect and is not listed on the Active Effects section of the Magic Menu.
  • The value of enchanted items may go down as enchanting skill increases; however, sometimes after restarting the game, it may register a higher value; also, using a dead thrall, store these items in them, resurrect, kill and then loot the items, they may be of higher value, (only worked on apparel).
  • Weapon charge count may be bugged after exiting and relaunching Skyrim and loading a save.
  • Two items of the same type with the same enchantment but different names may eventually both have one of the two names. With the Extra Effect perk, switching the order of enchantments can prevent this.
  • Movement glitches can occur when exiting an enchanting table. On the PC they appear to be related to using the mouse wheel to scroll through lists when the game incorrectly adjusts the camera perspective at the same time. Reloading a previous save will fix this issue but is not always necessary as the glitch is often temporary. If the camera is being controlled by the mouse wheel while in the menu, switch to third person view when exiting the table menu. Then the camera controls normally, no reload needed.
  • If a companion uses a Soul Trap enchanted weapon with (x) soul gems in their inventory to capture a (x) soul and the Dragonborn then uses fast travel every (x) Soul Gems in the companion's inventory may be filled, x = petty, etc.
  • The destruction perks that improve damage for a specific magic damage type exhibit odd stacking behavior when applying these damage types to weapons as enchantments. The bonus can apply to affects it should not apply to based on the damage specific description as well as stack with other bonuses from the other damage perks.
  • Fortify school enchantments do not interact with weapon enchantments in the same way across all platforms. On the PC weapons appear to always drain charges when used. On the PS3 and 360, 100% or more fortification in any school will reduce the charge cost of a weapon enchantment to zero. It is unknown which situation is a bug and which is the intended mechanic.
  • Fortify restoration potions improve the results of alchemy. This can be exploited to create stronger sets of fortify alchemy and/or smithing equipment by creating stronger fortify enchanting potions. Additionally, weapons can be made that aren't linked to an improve twice as much perk such as a Falmer sword having the same end result damage a Dwarven sword, (which is the Falmer swords equivalent damage wise), would have with a four piece 29% fortify smithing set and a 130% potion using this restoration method effectively making it as if it had a perk. This could also make Daedric artifacts with no perk linked to them such as Mace of Molag Bal (higher Base Damage than a Daedric mace).
    •  360  Fortify restoration potions can be stacked using two sets of increased alchemy armors one at 29 pct and one at 34 percent to create two different strength potions. Use the two potions alternating in a set of three (seems to reset/drop after three potions).
  • Fortify Restoration potions improve the strength of enchantments when they are equipped. If a potion is taken immediately before equipping armor the effects will be permanently improved until the equipment is taken off again. This can also be exploited to create stronger fortify smithing and/or alchemy effects.
  •  PC   Fortify Conjuration potions or some perks in this school may have an effect on Banish, making it a prolonged effect. With absorb health/stamina/magicka put together with Banish, these effects may also become prolonged.
  •  PS3   Sometimes dropping items enchanted by the Dragonborn will cause them to lose their enchantment(s) permanently, as if they were partially filled soul gems being dropped.
  • Characters with Vampirism and the restoration perk Necromage will see improved strength of enchantments when they are equipped—the fortify alchemy gear can be maxed at 33%, the enchanting potion at 46%, and smithing potion at 184% (in conjunction with the Falmer helmet + circlet exploit.) With Necromage, the bonuses from the 33% gear will show up as 41% in the active effects.
  • Fortify one-handed has no effect on daggers. Fortify one-handed on daggers does work with the PS3 version.
  • Sometimes, enchanting with the "Fortify Magicka" enchantment will cause the item to give infinite magicka when their magicka shows as empty.
  •  360   Sometimes when enchanting an improved weapon, the improvement disappears in the enchanting menu, but will be there when it is crafted or enchanting is exited. The issue can appears on the PC version on some armors/weapons.
  • Combination Fortify X + Magicka Regeneration enchants (X=school of magic) do not improve the magicka regeneration rate.
  •  PS3  Enchanting certain weapons may get rid of any smithing improvements. For example, if a Blades sword is improved via smithing and then enchanted, the base damage may be the same as the unimproved Blades sword.
  • If a weapon is renamed, placing it on a a weapon rack may cause it to go back to it's default name. Enchantments, however, remain on the weapon (Confirmed on PS3).
  •  PS3   The Absorb Magicka (Skyrim) enchantment can be obtained more than once. (Needs confirmation)
  •  PS3   An enchanted weapon may suddenly have their name reset to the name before enchanting, may be due to weapon being dropped by the disarm shout


Artificer (Achievement)
Make a smithed item, an enchanted item, and a potion
Points 10 Game points
Bronze trophy

See alsoEdit



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