Transmute Mineral Ore, commonly shortened Transmute, is an adept-level alteration spell in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Casting it converts one piece of unrefined iron ore in the inventory to silver ore, or silver ore to gold ore at the base cost of 88 magicka.

Magicka CostEdit

Magicka costs vary depending on the alteration skill level of the caster, as well as the amount of magicka points that the Dragonborn has. Equipping enchanted apparel or drinking Fortify Alteration potions can decrease the amount needed. 


  • Transmute cannot be overcharged, and will only transmute ore. The spell makes silver ore into gold ore first, and then iron ore to silver ore if there is no silver ore in the Dragonborn's inventory.
  • It is used to generate expensive metals from inexpensive ones, thus giving the player a substantial amount of gold if they sell the ores.
  • This has the benefit of boosting the Alteration, Smithing, Enchanting and Speech skills, whilst making a profit. Two iron ore (4 GoldIcon) → two gold ore (100 GoldIcon) → one gold ingot (100 GoldIcon) → two gold rings (150 GoldIcon) + enchantments.
  • Transmuting iron ore to silver ore, but not gold, may be preferable due to the higher availability of gems used in silver jewelry. This requires emptying the inventory of silver ore between each cast.
  • Silver ingots are forgeable at a smelter by casting Transmute with both hands simultaneously (see Bugs below). This transforms two iron ore into silver ore, which can then be smelted into a silver ingot at the smelter.
  • Stolen ore, once transmuted, will lose its stolen tag, and thus can be sold without issue.

Spell TomeEdit


Alteration Spell Book


  • Weight: 1 WeightIcon
  • Value: 200 GoldIcon
  • See Spell Tome for a complete table of spell tomes, their descriptions, and their values.




  • This spell may be a reference to the common representation of magic users in folklore as items capable of turning objects into gold such as the philosopher's stone.


This section contains bugs related to Transmute Mineral Ore. 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  ,  NX  , 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   Dual-casting this spell may result in only a single transmuting, or multiple transmutations.
  •  PC   360   Sometimes casting this spell will not turn iron ore into silver ore. Instead, it will only remove an iron ore from inventory.


Start a Discussion Discussions about Transmute Mineral Ore

  • I seem to be having the opposite of what is reported in the bugs section

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    • so, i noticed that as i was duel casting my transmute, my carry weight went up. i had 300 carry weight, and was around 295. when i star...
    • The numbers do tend to be thrown off. I suppose it could work either way. I updated the bugs article to reflect that, thanks for mentioning it.
  • Best magic EVUUUUR

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    • wrote: I hope AZURAKNIGHT dosent find this page he tends to be a bit jerky and shuts down conversations for no good reason....
    • I wonder how this does not cause inflation or at least force Tamriel to abandon the gold standard.