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Fortify Smithing is a property of alchemical ingredients and enchanted apparel. It only affects the improvement of weapons and armor at grindstones and workbenches, not the creation of these items at a forge.


The following ingredients also contain this effect:


The following potions cannot be made, but are sold by Apothecary merchants. It should be noted that when using a potion, the 30 second timer will continue during the smithing process itself.

NameEffectItem ID
Blacksmith's PotionFor 30 seconds, weapon and armor improving is 20% better.0003EB2E
Blacksmith's DraughtFor 30 seconds, weapon and armor improving is 30% better.0003995D
Blacksmith's PhilterFor 30 seconds, weapon and armor improving is 40% better.00039962
Blacksmith's ElixirFor 30 seconds, weapon and armor improving is 50% better.00039967


The Fortify Smithing enchantment can be learned by finding one of the following items and disenchanting it: Artifacts and unique items that use the effect include:

The following types of items can be enchanted with Fortify Smithing:



  • Crafted potions of fortify smithing may not affect armor or weapon improvement if perks have not been placed in smithing. Perks allow armor and weapons to be improved beyond base improvement. A potion's percentage seems to affect this difference only.
  • To achieve the maximum percent increase for Fortify Smithing Potions of 132%, one must use four 30% enchanted armor pieces of Alchemy to craft the potion. Then, for the actual smithing, one must then combine this potion with four 30% enchanted armor pieces of smithing for maximum smithing upgrades to items (using smithing-specific items only).confirmation needed


Start a Discussion Discussions about Fortify Smithing

  • fortify smithing and armor cap

    8 messages
    • You could also just look in the smithing section of the wikia.
    • Any armor rating over 676 (Keep in mind that each piece of armor has a hidden 25 bonus) is gonna be overkill unless you happen to be fight...
  • Problem with Fortify Smithing

    3 messages
    • Make sure the buffing apparel is actually equipped. I used to equip straight out of the storage and often the apparel showed as equipped, but ...
    • Knew about that already, but thanks anyway. the strange thing was that i even re-Equiped the items but i couldn't improve either the daed...

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