Skyrim:Enchanting

The UESPWiki – Your source for The Elder Scrolls since 1995
Jump to: navigation, search
Skill: Enchanting
Enchanting
Specialization:
Magic

Enchanting is the ability to add magical effects to weapons, armor, and clothes. Increasing this skill increases the amount of charges available when creating an enchanted item and the quality of the enchantment that can be placed on that item. The Enchanting skill tree has a total of 9 perks, requiring a total of 13 perk points to fill.

In-game Description: The more powerful the enchanter, the stronger the magic he can bind to his weapons and armor.

Contents

[edit] Skill Perks

Enchanting Perk Tree
Enchanter (5 ranks): 0/20/40/60/80 Enchanting. New enchantments are 20/40/60/80/100% stronger.
Enchanter
Fire Enchanter: 30 Enchanting. Fire enchantments on weapons and armor are 25% stronger.
Fire Enchanter
Frost Enchanter: 40 Enchanting. Frost enchantments on weapons and armor are 25% stronger.
Frost Enchanter
Storm Enchanter: 50 Enchanting. Shock enchantments on weapons and armor are 25% stronger.
Storm Enchanter
Extra Effect: 100 Enchanting. Can put two enchantments on the same item.
Extra Effect
Insightful Enchanter: 50 Enchanting. Skill enchantments on armor are 25% stronger.
Insightful Enchanter
Corpus Enchanter: 70 Enchanting. Health, magicka, and stamina enchantments on armor are stronger.
Corpus Enchanter
Soul Squeezer: 20 Enchanting. Soul gems provide extra magicka when recharging.
Soul Squeezer
Soul Siphon: 40 Enchanting. Death blows to creatures, but not people, trap 5% of the victim's soul, recharging the weapon.
Soul Siphon
Enchanting Perk Tree
Perk Rank Description ID Skill Req. Perk Req.
Enchanter 1 New enchantments are 20% stronger. 000bee97
2 New enchantments are 40% stronger. 000c367c 20 Enchanting
3 New enchantments are 60% stronger. 000c367d 40 Enchanting
4 New enchantments are 80% stronger. 000c367e 60 Enchanting
5 New enchantments are 100% stronger. 000c367f 0 80 Enchanting
Fire Enchanter Fire enchantments on weapons and armor are 25% stronger.[1] 00058f80 30 Enchanting Enchanter
Frost Enchanter Frost enchantments on weapons and armor are 25% stronger.[1] 00058f81 40 Enchanting Fire Enchanter
Storm Enchanter Shock enchantments on weapons and armor are 25% stronger.[1] 00058f82 50 Enchanting Frost Enchanter
Insightful Enchanter Skill enchantments on armor are 25% stronger.[1] 00058f7e 50 Enchanting Enchanter
Corpus Enchanter Health, magicka, and stamina enchantments on armor are 25% stronger.[1][2] 00058f7d 70 Enchanting Insightful Enchanter
Extra Effect Can put two enchantments on the same item.[3] 00058f7f 100 Enchanting Corpus Enchanter or Storm Enchanter
Soul Squeezer Soul gems provide extra magicka for recharging.[4] 00058f7c 20 Enchanting Enchanter
Soul Siphon Death blows to creatures, but not people, trap 5% of the victim's soul, recharging the weapon.[5] 00108a44 40 Enchanting Soul Squeezer
^1  Only affects new enchantments. Also affects new enchantments on clothing and jewelry despite only specifying armor in the description.
^2  Specifically, this affects Fortify Health, Regenerate Health, Fortify Magicka, Regenerate Magicka, Fortify Stamina, and Regenerate Stamina.
^3  Allows you to add a second enchantment to an item only at the time of enchanting and for a single soul gem. Already enchanted items cannot be given a second enchantment.
^4  This treats all Soul Gems as having 250 greater capacity when used for recharging.
^5  Does not apply to kills made with staves.

[edit] Skill Usage

Enchanting Interface

To use the enchanting skill, you will first need access to an arcane enchanter. These stations enable you to both disenchant weapons that you already have in order to learn their enchantments and create newly enchanted weapons using the enchantments you currently know.

To disenchant an item, all that is necessary is the item that you wish to learn the enchantment of. Open up the enchanting interface at an arcane enchanter, select the option for Disenchant, and select the item you wish to disenchant. Items available to be disenchanted will appear white, while items with enchantments that you already know will appear greyed out. Note that many items, such as artifacts and even most unique items, cannot be disenchanted and their enchantments cannot be learned; they will not even appear on the disenchanting list. A list of all available enchanting effects as well as which item types can be enchanted with which effects can be found here. Keep in mind that when you disenchant an item, it will be destroyed and you will only learn the type of enchantment that it contained; the magnitude is irrelevant for purposes of disenchanting.

Three components are necessary for enchanting an item with a new effect:

  1. An item to apply the enchantment(s) to.
  2. A learned enchantment (through disenchanting other items) to apply to the item.
  3. A filled soul gem.

To enchant an item, begin by opening up the enchanting interface at the arcane enchanter. Then choose the Item menu option and select the item that you wish to enchant. Note that the type of item you select, be it a piece of armor or a weapon, will determine what effects can be placed upon it. Next, select the enchantment (or enchantments if you have the Extra Effect perk) that you wish to place on the item. If the item you selected is a weapon, then when you choose an enchantment you will also be able to tune a slider before confirming the enchantment. Moving the slider to the left will increase the number of charges that your item has, but decrease the magnitude of the effect applied. Once you have chosen your enchantment(s), you will then select a soul gem for use. When you pick a soul gem to use, the magnitude of the enchantment(s) you placed on the item will be scaled by the magnitude of the soul gem's soul. If the soul gem you wish to use is greyed out, then it is not strong enough to enchant the item with your selected enchantment with at least one charge at your selected magnitude; reduce the magnitude, or if you deselect the enchantment, then you can reselect the same enchantment and the magnitude slider will start at the minimum magnitude.

When enchanting an item, you can rename the item. Note that while the name you choose appears in all capital letters in the enchanting interface, it will use the capitalization you specify in the inventory and favorites menus.

  1. Pc22.png Type F to enter a name. This may be different if you changed your keybinds.
  2. PS22.png Press Triangle to enter a name.
  3. Xbox360.png Press the Y button to enter a name.

Once you have confirmed all of the features of the item you wish to create, select the Enchant option from the menu to complete the process.

[edit] Maximizing Enchantment Power

Arcane Enchanter

To create the most powerful enchantments for your items without taking advantage of glitches, the user will need to have a skill level of 100 in Alchemy in addition to a skill level of 100 in Enchanting. In base Skyrim, no powers or items exist that Fortify Enchanting, but with the Dragonborn add-on, there are two very important powers to acquire before attempting to maximize the potency of your enchantments:

Once you have these powers, utilize the following procedure to improve the quality of the enchantments you can apply:

  1. Wear four pieces of apparel enchanted with Fortify Alchemy (head, necklace, ring, arms).
  2. Craft a potion of Fortify Enchanting at an alchemy lab.
  3. Drink the potion you just made.
  4. If you have Ahzidal's armor set, reequip it now.
  5. Enchant gear with improved Fortify Alchemy effects more powerful than those you started with.
  6. Repeat from step 1 with the new gear.

This process has diminishing returns, however, and the most powerful potion of Fortify Enchanting that can be made factoring in all possible boosts is +38%. Once these potions are made, drink one, ensure that you have all necessary powers, and then enchant your gear and you will be creating the strongest enchantments possible without glitches.

[edit] Skill Increases

[edit] Character Creation

The following races have an initial skill bonus in Enchanting:

[edit] Trainers

[edit] Skill Books

[edit] Free Skill Boosts

[edit] Gaining Skill XP

A few basic tips to increasing your Enchanting skill are as follows:

  • Crafting enchanted items gives the biggest overall skill increases.
    • The most cost-effective approach to doing this is to enchant armor pieces with either the Muffle or Waterbreathing effect, as these effects use their maximum power even when using petty soul gems.
  • Disenchanting items gives highly variable skill increases, dependent on the effect learned and the magnitude on the item, with apparel effects generally giving larger increases than weapon effects. Only one item per effect may ever be disenchanted, however.
  • Recharging enchanted weapons using Soul Gems gives small-to-moderate skill increases, based on the size of the soul used. It does not matter how many charges there are left on the weapon. Using Azura's Star or the Black Star and a weapon with a Soul Trap effect, you can train by recharging the weapon after every kill without having to worry about soul gems.
  • Using The Mage Stone and a sleeping bonus (such as Well Rested) will increase the experience you gain per enchantment.

[edit] Achievements

One achievement is related to enchanting:

  • SR-achievement-Artificer.png Artificer (10 points/Bronze) — Make a smithed item, an enchanted item, and a potion
    • For the purposes of this achievement, disenchanting an item counts as "making" an enchanted item.

[edit] Notes

  • If your Enchanting skill is at 30 or higher, guards may randomly say, "Don't suppose you'd enchant my sword? Dull old blade can barely cut butter."
  • Items with enchantments that reduce the magicka cost of spells will also affect charge levels on weapons associated with that school of magic. For example, with an armor, helmet, ring, and amulet all enchanted with at least -25% skill cost in Destruction, Chillrend will have infinite uses.
    • If the enchanted weapon has two enchantments, it is only necessary to have cost reduction in the more powerful/expensive enchantment of two. For example, if you have Paralysis (Alteration) and Fire Damage (Destruction), you only need to have 100% cost reduction in Alteration in order to have infinite charges.
  • Use of the staff enchanterDB does not require the Enchanting skill, but still increases the skill when used.
  • Frost Damage, Resist Frost, and Chaos DamageDB enchantments placed on StalhrimDB weapons or armor are 25% stronger than the same enchantments placed on weapons or armor constructed of other materials.
  • A potion that increases Destruction magic by a percent will increase the magnitude of Fire, Frost, and Shock enchantments by the same percent.
  • An enchanted item's value is additive in the sense that it takes the base value of the item and simply adds the value of the enchantments to it. Since the value of powerful enchantments like Paralysis or Banish on weapons is significant compared to the value of the item itself, it's generally more profitable to use less expensive base items.
  • The Augmented Flames, Augmented Frost, and Augmented Shock perks directly affect elemental enchantment magnitudes on weapons wielded by actors with these perks.
    • The perks affect the item itself and not the enchantment placed on the item, which means that if you enchant a weapon with elemental enchantments and then acquire the perks later, you will still see an increase in the damage of that enchantment.
    • Because these perks affect the item itself, it will also benefit other secondary enchantments (such as those from having the Extra Effect perk) on the item that are not related to elemental damage. For instance, an item with Fire Damage and Absorb Health as its enchantments, when used by an actor with Augmented Flames, will also see a +50% increase in the effectiveness of the Absorb Health effect.
    • This also means that if you have these perks and then give them to a follower without the perks, the follower does not gain the benefit of the added damage.
  • Destruction perks that activate on elemental damage such as Intense Flames do not activate from elemental damage enchantments on weapons.
  • Illusion enchantments are increased by Vampirism's 25% power boost to Illusion magic. This also stacks with the Destruction perks if you make a Fire Damage / Fear or similar weapon.

[edit] Bugs

  • Renamed enchanted weapons (of the same type) that share the same effects but with different names will be named the same if you un-equip both.
  • The game may not recognize keystrokes from your keyboard when renaming an item you intend to enchant. It appears to occur when using the mouse during the process, so try to use only the arrow and Enter keys to name your items.
  • Sometimes you will get stuck when trying to exit from using an arcane enchanter and are unable to move or use the HUD. The problem may fix itself in a minute or two, but if not, it's best to save if you can and restart the game.
    • This bug is fixed by version 1.4.26 of the Official Skyrim Patch.
    • If you find yourself suddenly in first-person view while using an arcane enchanter, zoom out to third person and then exit the arcane enchanter.
  • If you enchant improved armor, the UI may show it reverted to its base specs and it will appear to lose any improved rating you have applied through smithing. However, after enchanting the item, the item will retain its improved rating.
  • The following items can be disenchanted, but their enchantments cannot be applied to any item:
  • Disenchanting Necromancer Robes gives the Fortify Magicka effect instead of Fortify Magicka Regen effect.
  • If an enchanted shield is automatically reequipped to the character by equipping a one-handed weapon after switching to a two-handed weapon or spell, the enchantments on the shield may not be applied to the character.

Personal tools
 What is this Ad?
Report Ad