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.

Name Effect Item ID
Blacksmith's Potion For 30 seconds, weapon and armor improving is 20% better. 0003EB2E
Blacksmith's Draught For 30 seconds, weapon and armor improving is 30% better. 0003995D
Blacksmith's Philter For 30 seconds, weapon and armor improving is 40% better. 00039962
Blacksmith's Elixir For 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 194%, one must use four 39% enchanted armor pieces of Alchemy to craft the potion. Then, for the actual smithing, one must then combine this potion with four 39% enchanted armor pieces of smithing for maximum smithing upgrades to items (using smithing-specific items only).


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  • Fortify smithing not working ? SSE

    3 messages
    • It's probably because theres no perk for leather. Have you tried upgrading any steel equipment with and without the smithing gear?
    • If it's a recurrent issue, you might just have to enchant different items and see if they work correctly.
  • fortify smithing and armor cap

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    • 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...