The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim offers an endless amount of replayability thanks to its flexible character customization and near-endless number of quests. Some of that customization comes from Skyrim’s crafting skills that allow you to make, refine, and enchant gear.
Unlike most games, crafting items in Skyrim is absurdly strong and is the pathway to obtaining the strongest gear possible. Enchanting is a big contributor to this, providing magical effects to your gear. As long as you have an Arcane Enchanter and a filled soul gem, you can turn any mundane weapon into a fire-infused tool of death. Here is a complete guide to Skyrim’s Enchanting skill including leveling tips and unique enchantments to look out for.
Why Level Enchanting?
Enchanting is one of Skyrim’s crafting skills that allows you to imbue weapons, armor, and jewelry with magical properties such as elemental damage or waterwalking. For the purposes of the Guardian Standing Stones, Enchanting is part of the Mage archetype of skills.
Crafted gear in Skyrim is leagues above any unique items you can find throughout your adventures, partly due to the sheer strength of Enchanting. With Enchanting at rank 100 and all of its perks active, you can make a weapon that deals an extra 100 points of elemental damage or become nigh-immune to elemental damage with a few magic resistance enchantments on your gear. Every build in Skyrim can benefit from enchanting their gear, hence why many consider this skill one of the strongest in the game.
Leveling Basics And Tips
There are four ways to level your Enchanting skill:
- Enchant a non-magical piece of gear at an Arcane Enchanter.
- Disenchant a magical piece of gear at an Arcane Enchanter, destroying the item in the process. Note that once you know a given enchantment, you cannot disenchant an item with that effect again.
- Purchase levels from an Enchanting trainer.
- Reading certain books increases your Enchanting skill.
The first two options will be your main means of increasing your Enchanting skill. To speed up the leveling process, enchant items with as large of a soul as you can. Grand souls grant the most experience while Petty souls grant the least; the enchantment you apply to your gear is irrelevant. Disenchanting gear uses this same principle, granting additional experience based on the strength of the enchantment. The stronger the enchantment, the more experience you will receive upon destroying the item.
As for leveling the skill faster, the Mage Standing Stone near Riverwood will increase all Enchanting experience gains by 20%. You can also sleep in an owned bed to gain the Well Rested buff, granting an additional 10% experience bonus for eight in-game hours. If you are married and your spouse lives in the same house as you, the Lover’s Comfort buff will be given instead—granting 15% more experience for eight in-game hours.
Those that own the Dawnguard DLC can also obtain the Aetherial Crown and attune to both the Lover and the Mage Standing Stones simultaneously, granting 35% more experience to the Enchanting skill while the circlet is equipped. You can create this item by completing the “Lost to the Ages” quest.
The Fastest Way To Level Enchanting
We highly recommend that you level the Enchanting skill alongside the Smithing skill, yet another crafting profession that is necessary to create the strongest items in Skyrim. As you create weapons and armor with your Smithing skill, take those items to an Arcane Enchanter and imbue them with magical properties. Try to use the largest souls you can to maximize your experience gains.
The leveling process will look something like this:
- Obtain as many increased XP effects as you can. Sleep in an owned bed, attune to the Mage Standing Stone, and equip the Aetherial Crown if you have it.
- Craft Iron Daggers at a Smithing Station until you unlock the Dwarven Specialization perk. Craft Dwarven Bows until you run out of materials. If you aren’t leveling Smithing, purchase unenchanted gear from vendors instead.
- Run to an Arcane Enchanter and enchant every item you just crafted or bought.
- Bankrupt a town by selling all of your enchanted gear to the town’s vendors. Don’t worry, their inventories will reset after 48 in-game hours.
- Use your newfound wealth to purchase more crafting supplies. Repeat the process until your skills are level 100 or all nearby towns are out of supplies.
To start this process, make sure you have a large sum of charged soul gems at the ready. Soul gems can be found as loot in dungeons or purchased from court wizards in each Hold capital. The College of Winterhold also has NPCs that frequently sell soul gems. Once you have a large number of soul gems, use a weapon with the Soul Trap enchantment to fill them. If you lack a weapon with this enchantment, the Mace of Molag Bal is easy to obtain and can Soul Trap enemies.
All Enchanting Books
If you are a few levels shy of reaching level 100 for Enchanting, keep an eye out for books that increase your Enchanting level. There are six in total to look out for:
- A Tragedy in Black: Atop an Arcane Enchanting table in Glenmoril Coven.
- Catalogue of Armor Enchantments: Near the Shrine of Mehrunes Dagon east of Morthal.
- Catalogue of Weapon Enchantments: On a table in the Emperor’s Tower wing of Castle Dour in Solitude.
- Enchanter’s Primer: Between a bed and an end table in Carlotta Valentia’s house in Whiterun.
- Twin Secrets: On Calcelmo’s Arcane Enchanter in Markarth’s Dwemer Museum. He is in the western wing of the museum.
- Oghma Infinium: Earned by completing the “Discerning the Transmundane” quest. This book grants +5 to all stats in an archetype.
All Enchanting Trainers
Three NPCs can increase your Enchanting skill for a moderate Gold fee. You can only level Enchanting this way five times per level. Trainers cannot raise your Enchanting level beyond their own proficiency.
- Sergius Turrianus (Enchanting skill of 75): Found at the College of Winterhold. He resides in the Hall of the Elements.
- Hamal (Enchanting skill of 90): Located at the Temple of Dibella in Markarth.
- Neloth (Enchanting skill of 90): Located at Tel Mithryn on Solstheim.
How To Maximize Enchanting
Besides Enchanting perks, the best way to improve your Enchanting effect is to drink potions with the Fortify Enchanting effect. These potions can be crafted by using a combination of the following ingredients:
- Ancestor Moth Wings
- Blue Butterfly Wings
- Chaurus Hunter Antennae
- Hagraven Claws
- Spawn Ash
- Spriggan Sap
Wear armor pieces with the Fortify Alchemy enchantment to make these potions even stronger.
There is also a buff named “Seeker of Sorcery” that increases the effect of your enchantments by 10%. You can obtain this buff from the Sallow Regent Black Book, acquired during Solstheim’s main quest.
Unique Enchantments To Look Out For
Some of Skyrim’s Enchantments can only be obtained by disenchanting one-of-a-kind items. While they’re far from the best, these enchantments offer benefits that are difficult to replicate. Here are a few of them:
- Fiery Soul Trap: A combination of the Fire Damage and Soul Trap enchantments. Obtain the Steel Battleaxe of Fiery Souls in Ironbind Barrow to learn this effect.
- Huntsman’s Prowess: Grants x points of extra damage to animals. Disenchant the Poacher’s Axe to learn this effect. The item is on a bandit at Halted Stream Camp.
- Notched Pickaxe: Weapons deal shock damage and increase your Smithing skill. Disenchant the Notched Pickaxe atop the Throat of the World to learn this enchantment.
- Silent Moons Enchant: From 9 pm to 5 am, your weapons burn targets for x points of damage. Disenchant Lunar weapons from Silent Moons Camp to learn this effect. Note that this enchantment is bugged and doesn’t deal bonus damage as it should. Install the Unofficial Skyrim Patch mod to fix this issue.
For a list of the game’s best enchantments, consult this article.
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