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Transmute Mineral Ore
School Alteration
Skill Level Adept (50)
Magicka Cost 88
Effect Transmutes one piece of iron ore to silver ore, or silver ore to gold ore, if the caster is carrying any.
Spell Tome Halted Stream Camp
Ansilvund Burial Chambers
Tome ID 00109112
Spell ID 00109111

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 section contains bugs related to Transmute Mineral Ore. Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:

  1. Confirm all bugs with other editors on the talk page before adding them below.
  2. Always try reloading an old save first, before asking for assistance.
  3. Do not discuss possible bug fixes or origins. Leave those and all other first-person-anecdotes on the talk page, not the article.
  4. Always add  360  ,  PS3  , or  PC   to clarify which system the bug appears on.
  •  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.


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