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Ah, Skyrim, the neverending game. It’s quite fun to write about, this almost praeternatural everlasting force that seems to act like a tarpaulin strewn over all of gaming for the last ten years. But whatever, I’m not here to pontificate on Skyrim’s strange space in the gaming world, I’m here to tell you all about Skyrim’s enchanting mechanic.

So head below to find all you need in that realm. Alternatively, if you’re curious about romance, check out our Skyrim marriage guide. Or, if it’s cartography you love, check out our favourite Skyrim maps. Or, even better, if you got that wedding sorted and know your way around already, why not take your pick of the many Skyrim houses for you and your partner to settle down in?

Skyrim enchanting guide

Here you have it, the most enchanting guide to Skyrim’s enchanting system (or at least I hope that’s what this is).

A woman in a hood and fur armour stands in front of a man standing over a glowing countertop enchanting an item, for our Skyrim enchanting guide.

How do I enchant items in Skyrim?

To enchant an item in Skyrim you need the following:

  • Armour or a weapon with no enchantment
  • A filled soul gem
  • At least one known enchantment
  • An arcane enchanter

Nice and simple, right? Well, sort of. To enchant an item, do the following:

  • Have it in your inventory
  • Interact with an arcane enchanter
  • Choose the weapon or armour you want to enchant
  • Choose the enchantment you want to add
  • Choose the soul gem you want to fill it with
  • Finalise the enchantment

There you have it, one lovely enchanted item. But you may still have more questions…

A glowing countertop with skulls, candles and strange glyphs on it. It's an arcane enchanter, for our Skyrim enchanting guide.

How do I learn an enchantment in Skyrim?

To learn an enchantment in Skyrim, you need the following:

  • An enchanted weapon or piece of armour
  • An arcane enchanter

As you adventure through the world, you may find enchanted weapons. These can fetch a high price from time to time, so it’s easy to sell them. But, if you want to learn some enchantments, it’s best to hold on to them, take them to an arcane enchanter, and disenchant them to learn their secrets.

Be warned: learning a weapon’s enchantment destroys that weapon. If you want to get into enchanting items, this is a sensible sacrifice. But if you don’t, why bother? Just go sell ‘em.

A woman in a hood and fur armour standing over a glowing countertop enchanting an item, for our Skyrim enchanting guide.

How do I fill a soul gem in Skyrim?

Soul gems are a necessity when enchanting an item in Skyrim, but the ones you find are often empty. You can fill them with a soul by doing the following:

  • Learn the spell Soul Trap (or have a weapon enchanted with it)
  • Have an empty soul gem in your inventory
  • Cast the spell on an enemy before killing them (or just kill them with the enchanted weapon)
  • Voila! Their soul is now in your gem

Weird, I know, but now that you’ve trapped their immortal soul, it’s all yours to use. Lovely.

Skyrim enchanting menu showing a Golden War Axe with various other menu items littered about.

Skyrim enchanting skill tree

If you want to get super good at Skyrim enchanting, then you want to level up your enchanting skill. As you level up, you can unlock specific perks and bonuses, as follows:

Perk Level Description
Enchanter (1) 0 New enchantments are 20% stronger
Enchanter (2) 20 New enchantments are 40% stronger
Soul Squeezer 20 Soul gems provide extra magicka for recharging
Fire Enchanter 30 Fire enchantments on weapons and armour are 25% stronger
Enchanter (3) 40 New enchantments are 60% stronger
Soul Siphon 40 Death blows to creatures, but not people, trap 5% of the victim’s soul, recharging the weapon
Frost Enchanter 40 Frost enchantments on weapons and armour are 25% stronger
Insightful Enchanter 50 Skill enchantments on armour are 25% stronger
Storm Enchanter 50 Shock enchantments on weapons and armour are 25% stronger
Enchanter (4) 60 New enchantments are 80% stronger
Corpus Enchanter 70 Health, magicka and stamina enchantments on armour are 25% stronger
Enchanter (5) 80 New enchantments are 100% stronger
Extra Effect 100 Can put two enchantments on the same item

Skyrim enchanting menu showing a Common Soul Gem with various other menu items littered about.

How do I level up my enchanting quickly in Skyrim?

Here are the best ways to level up your Skyrim enchanting skill:

  • Disenchant – this gives you a bunch of XP
  • Use larger soul gems – the bigger the soul, the bigger XP
  • Enchant items with Fortify Sneak, Fortify Carry Weight, Paralyze, and Banish – these offer more XP than others

To absolutely maximise your XP gain, activate the Mage stone and gain the Well Rested perk prior to levelling by going to sleep. Better yet, if you are married, sleep in the same house as your partner to gain the Lover’s Comfort perk which pushes this boost further.

Skyrim enchanting menu showing the fear enchantment with various other menu items littered about.

List of Skyrim enchantments

Here are all the Skyrim enchantments. Any values like level or time period increase as you move up the enchantment skill tree.

Weapon enchantments

Enchantment Description
Absorb Health Absorb health from target enemy
Absorb Magicka Absorbs ten points of magicka
Absorb Stamina Absorb ten points of stamina
Banish Summoned Daedra are sent back to Oblivion
Chaos Damage 50% chance for each element of Fire Damage, Frost Damage and Shock Damage to do 25 points of damage
Fear Creatures and people up to level nine flee from combat for 30 seconds
Fiery Soul Trap If the target dies within five seconds, fills a soul gem, and burns the target for ten points. Targets on fire take extra damage.
Fire Damage Burns the target for ten points. Targets on fire take extra damage.
Frost Damage Target takes ten points of frost damage to health and stamina
Huntsman’s Prowess Three points of extra damage to animals
Magicka Damage Does ten points of magicka damage
Notched Pickaxe Raises the wielder’s Smithing abilities, and does five shock damage to enemies on hit
Paralyze Targets that fail to resist are paralyzed for ten seconds
Shock Damage Target takes ten points of shock damage, and half as much magicka damage
Silent Moons Enchant While the moons are out, burn the target for ten points
Soul Trap If the target dies within five seconds, fills a soul gem
Stamina Damage Does ten points of stamina damage
Turn Undead Undead up to level ten flee

Armour enchantments

Enchantment Description Equipment
Fortify Alchemy Increases the potency of created potions and poisons Head, hands, amulet, ring
Fortify Alteration Alteration spells cost less to cast Head, chest, amulet, ring
Fortify Alteration and Magicka Regen Alteration spells cost less to cast. Magicka regenerates faster. Chest
Fortify Archery Bows do more damage Head, hands, amulet, ring
Fortify Barter Prices are better Amulet
Fortify Block Block more damage with your shield Hands, shield, amulet, ring
Fortify Carry Weight Carrying capacity increased Hands, feet, amulet, ring
Fortify Conjuration Conjuration spells cost less to cast Head, chest, amulet, ring
Fortify Conjuration and Magicka Regen Conjuration spells cost less to cast. Magicka regenerates faster. Chest
Fortify Destruction Destruction spells cost less to cast Head, chest, amulet, ring
Fortify Destruction and Magicka Regen Destruction spells cost less to cast. Magica regenerates faster. Chest
Fortify Healing Rate Health regenerates faster Chest, amulet, ring
Fortify Health Increases your health Chest, shield, amulet, ring
Fortify Heavy Armor Increases Heavy Armor skill Chest, hands, amulet, ring
Fortify Illusion Illusion spells cost less to cast Head, chest, amulet, ring
Fortify Illusion and Magicka Regen Illusion spells cost less to cast. Magicka regenerates faster. Chest
Fortify Light Armor Increases Light Armor skill Chest, hands, amulet, ring
Fortify Lockpicking Increases Lockpicking skill Head, hands, amulet ring
Fortify Magicka Increases your magicka Head, hands, amulet, ring
Fortify Magicka Regen Magicka regenerates faster Head, chest, ring
Fortify One-Handed Increases One-Handed skill Hands, feet, amulet, ring
Fortify Pickpocket Increases Pickpocket skill Hands, feet, amulet, ring
Fortify Restoration Restoration spells cost less to cast Head, chest, amulet, ring
Fortify Restoration and Magicka Regen Restoration spells cost less to cast. Magicka regenerates faster. Chest
Fortify Smithing Increases your Smithing skill Chest, hands, amulet, ring
Fortify Sneak Increases Sneak skill Hands, feet, amulet, ring
Fortify Stamina Increases your stamina Chest, feet, amulet, ring
Fortify Stamina Regen Stamina regenerates faster Chest, feet, amulet
Fortify Two-Handed Increases Two-Handed skill Hands, feet, amulet, ring
Fortify Unarmed Unarmed strikes do additional damage / Hands, ring
Muffle The wearer is muffled and moves silently Feet
Resist Disease Increases disease resistance Chest, shield, amulet, ring
Resist Fire Increases Fire resistance Feet, shield, amulet, ring
Resist Frost Increases Frost resistance Feet, shield, amulet, ring
Resist Magic Increases Magic resistance Shield, amulet, ring
Resist Poison Increases Poison resistance Chest, shield, amulet, ring
Resist Shock Increases Shock resistance Feet, shield, amulet, ring
Water Breathing Can swim underwater without drowning Head, amulet, ring

There it is, folks, an exhaustive and exhausting guide to Skyrim enchanting. But wait, there’s more! Check out our Skyrim Lydia, Skyrim Serana, Skyrim cure vampirism, Skyrim logo, Skyrim wallpaper, and Skyrim memes. More than enough for an adventurer like you.

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