Elder Scrolls

Transmute Mineral Ore

41,018pages on
this wiki

Transmute Mineral Ore (or Transmute), is an Adept-level Alteration spell. 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 the Dragonborn has, enchanted apparel that may be equipped or fortify alteration potions can decrease the amount needed. 


  • This spell cannot be overcharged and will only transmute ore. The spell makes silver ore to gold ore first, and then iron ore to silver ore if there is no silver ore in inventory.
  • Cast this spell four times to transform two pieces of iron ore (2 GoldIcon) to gold ore (50 GoldIcon), then refine the two gold ore into a gold ingot, which may be sold for 100 GoldIcon.
  • For easy gold, mine iron, as it is more readily available than silver or gold, and transmute it into gold to make jewelry. Then, enchant and sell it. This has the benefit of boosting the Alteration, Smithing, Enchanting and Speech skills while 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 may be made 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 can be sold.

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  , 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. If this is the case try staggering the casts by about a quarter to a third of a second, just enough so the sound effects are not merged. Depending on reflexes and consistency, the result may be a few gold and a few silver ingots, so to ensure reliability transmute silver ores and drop them, although this takes longer.
  •  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

  • Iron-steel-gold spelltome

    4 messages
    • There's the possibility that you knocked down the fire lanterns strewn across the ceilings, the resulting explosion sent the spell tome fly...
    • I'm not sure the tome will respawn (i don't think it does if you take it) but it could definitely have been knocked off the table by a shout...
  • Best magic EVUUUUR

    3 messages
    • Combine that with the three Khajiit merchant chests for gems and're looking at some serious profit. Just take all their enchan...
    • Found this spell 200 hours into my playthrough, never knowing of it's existance beforehand (even cleared the camp, just missed it). Now, I'm ...

Around Wikia's network

Random Wiki