Skyrim's Smithing skill lets you play blacksmith and craft weapons and armor. As the skill progresses you will unlock perks that let you create and improve more types of weapons and armor. This crafting system is quite satisfying to use, as materials you find in the world's mines, acquired with coin or thievery from shops, or from killing wild game can be put to use at a forge and push your Dragonborn's attack and armor stats higher. This guide will teach you all you need to know about progressing the skill and making strong armor you can Enchant to gear your Dragonborn with the most powerful armor and weapons Skyrim has to offer.
How to Get Started Smithing in Skyrim
There are various things you need to create items in Skyrim. Most important is a smithy, where you will find the various equipment. I suggest Warmaiden's which is just to the right when you enter the city of Whiterun. There, you'll find not only the smithing equipment, but also two shopkeepers � one often outside, and one inside. They are very helpful when you need a few materials to finish an item, and Adrianne Avenicci will even give you a small tutorial quest on blacksmithing that will help you get a couple decent starting items and introduce you to the five things you need to smith:
Anvil and Forge: Using either the anvil or forge will let you make weapons, armor and jewelry from the materials in your inventory.
Workbench: The workbench is used to temper and improve the armor rating of gear.
Grindstone: This will let you improve weapons by sharpening them, raising their damage rating.
Smelter: Allows you to take raw metal ores and turn them into the ingots you need to craft items and improve weapons/armor. When fighting dwemer machines, you may also find scrap metal that can be smelted to make Dwarven Metal Ingots.
Tanning Rack: Lets you turn animal hides into leather, and cut leather down into leather strips. Strips are always used when making weapons and armor. You'll get 4 leather strips per leather you break down.
Getting Materials for Smithing
Mines are the primary source of materials for mining, unless you're a thief. The best thing I can do for a newbie player is introduce them to the mining page on UESP. There, you will see a list of materials under the Mine Locations heading. Follow the links to see a list for each type that has the number of veins available in various locales. Further, you will find maps to help you find the ores you need. The ore in mines will respawn after about 30 days game time. If you do a lot of traveling, that can pass faster than you think. Another option is to rob blacksmith shops � the best target by far is the Blacksmith in Solitude Overall, leather and leather strips are very cheap and factor little into your profits later on. Leather can be made from animal hides that you get from killing things like Elk, Wolves and Sabre Cats. Otherwise, just buy the leather directly from a smithing vendor.
Whenever you craft an item, you'll gain Smithing experience proportionate to the value of the item. So, focus on making more expensive gear that has a lower material cost, such as Helmets and War Axes. Improving items on the workbench or grindstone will also grant XP.
You can use the Transmute Mineral Ore Alteration spell found in Halted Stream Camp to make iron into silver, and silver into gold that can be crafted into gold necklaces, which you can then enchant. You'll raise four skills at once doing this though, and that may push your enemies' power higher while your gear lags behind.
Since Smithing is so resource-intensive to level, you should absolutely use the Warrior Stone from the Guardian Stones southwest of Riverwood � this will increase your Smithing and other Warrior Skill increases by 20%. Sleeping in a bed can also help, and those at the inn in town will work just fine.
Items can be improved to higher quality as you raise Smithing, using a workbench for armor and grindstone for weapons. If you've already improved an item, you can bump it up to the next grade when your Smithing level is high enough. You can improve items made of any material without that material's perk, but you will not be able to do it nearly as well. Items' quality ratings are unlocked at the following smithing levels WITH the material's relevant perk.
So, if you had the Glass Smithing Perk and a pair of Glass Boots and were level 54 in Smithing, you would make the boots Exquisite. Items continue to gain stats beyond level 91 in Smithing, Legendary is simply the last identifier. In order to push item stats to the max, we need Fortify Smithing.
Making Better Gear: Fortify Smithing
Fortify Smithing is an effect that can be enchanted to gear, allowing you to make your own set of Blacksmithing equipment that will make your armor and weapon improvements more potent. You can find it by disenchanting gear with the effect. Chest, Gauntlets, Rings, and Necklaces can all have this Fortify effect. You can push this further by using fortify enchanting potions to make the resulting fortify smithing enchantments more potent. To learn more, see the Enchanting Items and Boosting Strength section on the Enchanting guide. This effect can also be acquired by drinking a potion. Blisterwort, Glowing Mushroom, Sabre Cat Teeth and Spriggan Sap all offer the effect, allowing you to make your own.
By using these tactics, taking perks in Smithing, an armor specialization boosting your armor rating (light/heavy), and Enchanting, you can smith lower quality gear to have extreme armor as effective as Daedric or Dragonplate due to Skyrim's armor cap (80% damage reduction at 567 armor). Your weapons will also deal incredible damage, particularly with those specializations. Power-leveling smithing alone can push your gear far ahead of your enemies, outpacing their power without weapon skills � so long as you can acquire the high-grade materials you need to do this at an early level.
I decided to lump this section together, as Smithing perks only serve to unlock new recipes for the forge, aside from one: Arcane Blacksmith. Unlocked at level 60 Smithing, and only requiring the first perk, Arcane Blacksmith lets you improve magical weapons and armor � meaning gear you find with magical effects or had previously enchanted can be improved on the grindstone/workbench as you level Smithing.
All Arrow and Crossbow Crafting Requires the Elder Scrolls V: Dawnguard DLC. You can make arrows without doing anything special, but crafting Crossbows requires you to side with the Dawnguard and can only be done in Fort Dawnguard at Gunmar's Forge. Crossbows and Crossbow Bolts come only in Steel and Dwarven materials.
All players can start Smithing by making the following gear. You have light armor (leather and hide), iron heavy armor, and iron weapon recipes to start making your first gear. Hide Armor is also available to craft, but being weaker than Leather and requiring the same materials, I'm not bothering to list it. Leather items require 1 Leather to improve, Iron requires 1 Iron Ingot.
|Leather Armor||26||6||125||4x Leather, 3x Leather Strips|
|Leather Helmet||12||2||60||2x Leather, 1x Leather Strips|
|Leather Bracers||7||2||25||1x Leather, 2x Leather Strips|
|Leather Boots||7||2||25||2x Leather, 2x Leather Strips|
|Hide Shield||15||4||25||4x Leather, 2x Leather Strips|
|Iron Dagger||4||2||10||1x Iron Ingot, 1x Leather Strips|
|Iron Sword||7||9||25||2x Iron Ingot, 1x Leather Strips|
|Iron Mace||9||13||35||3x Iron Ingot, 2x Leather Strips|
|Iron War Axe||8||11||30||2x Iron Ingot, 2x Leather Strips|
|Iron Greatsword||15||16||50||4x Iron Ingot, 2x Leather Strips|
|Iron Warhammer||18||24||60||4x Iron Ingot, 3x Leather Strips|
|Iron Battleaxe||16||20||55||4x Iron Ingot, 2x Leather Strips|
|Iron Arrow||8||0||1||1x Iron Ingot, 1x Firewood makes 24|
|Iron Armor||25||30||125||5x Iron Ingot, 3x Leather Strips|
|Banded Iron Armor||28||35||200||5x Iron Ingot, 1x Corundum Ingot, 3x Leather Strips|
|Iron Helmet||15||5||60||3x Iron Ingot, 2x Leather Strips|
|Iron Gauntlets||10||5||25||2x Iron Ingot, 2x Leather Strips|
|Iron Boots||10||6||25||3x Iron Ingot, 2x Leather Strips|
|Iron Shield||20||12||60||4x Iron Ingot, 1x Leather Strips|
|Banded Iron Shield||22||12||100||4x Iron Ingot, 1x Corundum Ingot, 1x Leather Strips|
I'm not bothering to list Imperial Armor here, which is also unlocked with this Perk. It has similar material requirements to Steel armor, but the defense of Iron. You'd only want to use it for aesthetics, if you happen to like it. All Steel items require a Steel Ingot to improve.
|Steel Dagger||5||2.5||18||1x Steel Ingot, 1x Iron Ingot, 1x Leather Strips|
|Steel Sword||8||10||45||2x Steel Ingot, 1x Iron Ingot, 1x Leather Strips|
|Steel Mace||10||14||65||3x Steel Ingot, 1x Iron Ingot, 1x Leather Strips|
|Steel War Axe||9||12||55||2x Steel Ingot, 1x Iron Ingot, 2x Leather Strips|
|Steel Greatsword||17||17||90||4x Steel Ingot, 2x Iron Ingot, 3x Leather Strips|
|Steel Warhammer||20||25||110||4x Steel Ingot, 1x Iron Ingot, 3x Leather Strips|
|Steel Battleaxe||18||21||100||4x Steel Ingot, 1x Iron Ingot, 2x Leather Strips|
|Steel Arrow||10||0||2||1x Steel Ingot, 1x Firewood makes 24|
|Crossbow||19||14||120||3x Steel Ingot, 3x Firewood|
|Enhanced Crossbow||19||15||200||1x Crossbow, 2x Corundum Ingot|
|Steel Crossbow Bolt||10||0||1||1x Steel Ingot, 1x Firewood makes 10|
|Steel Armor||31||35||275||4x Steel Ingot, 1x Iron Ingot, 3x Leather Strips|
|Steel Helmet||17||5||125||2x Steel Ingot, 1x Iron Ingot, 2x Leather Strips|
|Steel Gauntlets||12||4||55||2x Steel Ingot, 1x Iron Ingot, 2x Leather Strips|
|Steel Boots||12||8||55||3x Steel Ingot, 1x Iron Ingot, 2x Leather Strips|
|Steel Shield||24||12||150||3x Steel Ingot, 1x Iron Ingot, 1x Leather Strips|
Elven Weapons and Armor require one Moonstone Ingot to improve.
|Elven Dagger||8||4||95||1x Moonstone Ingot, 1x Quicksilver Ingot, 1x Iron Ingot, 1x Leather Strips|
|Elven Sword||11||13||235||1x Moonstone Ingot, 1x Quicksilver Ingot, 1x Iron Ingot, 1x Leather Strips|
|Elven Mace||13||17||330||2x Moonstone Ingot, 1x Quicksilver Ingot, 1x Iron Ingot, 1x Leather Strips|
|Elven War Axe||12||15||280||1x Moonstone Ingot, 1x Quicksilver Ingot, 1x Iron Ingot, 2x Leather Strips|
|Elven Greatsword||20||20||470||2x Moonstone Ingot, 1x Quicksilver Ingot, 2x Iron Ingot, 3x Leather Strips|
|Elven Warhammer||23||28||565||2x Moonstone Ingot, 1x Quicksilver Ingot, 2x Iron Ingot, 3x Leather Strips|
|Elven Battleaxe||21||24||520||2x Moonstone Ingot, 1x Quicksilver Ingot, 2x Iron Ingot, 2x Leather Strips|
|Elven Bow||13||12||470||2x Moonstone Ingot, 1x Quicksilver Ingot|
|Elven Arrow||16||0||5||1x Moonstone Ingot, 1x Firewood makes 24|
|Elven Armor||29||4||225||4x Moonstone Ingot, 1x Iron Ingot, 1x Leather, 3x Leather Strips|
|Elven Gilded Armor||35||4||550||4x Moonstone Ingot, 1x Quicksilver Ingot, 1x Iron Ingot, 3x Leather Strips|
|Elven Helmet||13||1||110||2x Moonstone Ingot, 1x Iron Ingot, 1x Leather, 1x Leather Strips|
|Elven Gauntlets||8||1||45||1x Moonstone Ingot, 1x Iron Ingot, 1x Leather, 2x Leather Strips|
|Elven Boots||8||1||45||2x Moonstone Ingot, 1x Iron Ingot, 1x Leather, 2x Leather Strips|
|Elven Shield||21||4||115||4x Moonstone Ingot, 1x Iron Ingot, 2x Leather Strips|
Both light and heavy varieties require 1 Corundum Ingot to improve.
|Scaled Armor||32||6||350||3x Steel Ingot, 2x Corundum Ingot, 2x Leather, 3x Leather Strips|
|Scaled Helmet||9||2||70||2x Steel Ingot, 1x Corundum Ingot, 1x Leather, 1x Leather Strips|
|Scaled Bracers||9||2||70||1x Steel Ingot, 1x Corundum Ingot, 1x Leather, 2x Leather Strips|
|Scaled Boots||9||2||70||2x Steel Ingot, 1x Corundum Ingot, 1x Leather, 2x Leather Strips|
|Steel Plate Armor||40||38||625||3x Steel Ingot, 1x Corundum Ingot, 1x Iron Ingot, 3x Leather Strips|
|Steel Plate Boots||14||9||125||2x Steel Ingot, 1x Corundum Ingot, 1x Iron Ingot, 2x Leather Strips|
|Steel Plate Gauntlets||14||6||125||2x Steel Ingot, 1x Corundum Ingot, 1x Iron Ingot, 2x Leather Strips|
|Steel Plate Helmet||19||6||300||2x Steel Ingot, 1x Corundum Ingot, 1x Iron Ingot, 2x Leather Strips|
Glass Weapons and Armor require one Refined Malachite Ingot to improve.
|Glass Dagger||9||4.5||165||1x Refined Malachite, 1x Refined Moonstone, 1x Leather Strips|
|Glass Sword||12||14||210||1x Refined Malachite, 1x Refined Moonstone, 1x Leather Strips|
|Glass Mace||14||18||575||2x Refined Malachite, 1x Refined Moonstone, 1x Leather Strips|
|Glass War Axe||13||16||490||1x Refined Malachite, 1x Refined Moonstone, 2x Leather Strips|
|Glass Greatsword||21||22||820||2x Refined Malachite, 2x Refined Moonstone, 3x Leather Strips|
|Glass Warhammer||24||29||985||3x Refined Malachite, 2x Refined Moonstone, 3x Leather Strips|
|Glass Battleaxe||22||25||900||2x Refined Malachite, 2x Refined Moonstone, 2x Leather Strips|
|Glass Bow||15||14||820||2x Refined Malachite, 1x Refined Moonstone|
|Glass Arrow||18||0||6||1x Refined Malachite, 1x Firewood makes 24|
|Glass Armor||38||7||900||4x Refined Malachite, 2x Refined Moonstone, 1x Leather, 3x Leather Strips|
|Glass Helmet||16||2||450||2x Refined Malachite, 1x Refined Moonstone, 1x Leather, 1x Leather Strips|
|Glass Gauntlets||11||2||190||1x Refined Malachite, 1x Refined Moonstone, 1x Leather, 2x Leather Strips|
|Glass Boots||11||2||190||2x Refined Malachite, 1x Refined Moonstone, 1x Leather, 2x Leather Strips|
|Glass Shield||27||6||450||4x Refined Malachite, 1x Refined Moonstone, 2 Leather Strips|
All Dwarven gear requires 1 Dwarven Metal Ingot to Improve.
|Dwarven Dagger||7||3.5||55||1x Dwarven Metal Ingot, 1x Steel Ingot, 1x Iron Ingot, 1x Leather Strips|
|Dwarven Sword||10||12||135||1x Dwarven Metal Ingot, 1x Steel Ingot, 1x Iron Ingot, 1x Leather Strips|
|Dwarven Mace||12||16||190||2x Dwarven Metal Ingot, 1x Steel Ingot, 1x Iron Ingot, 1x Leather Strips|
|Dwarven War Axe||12||16||190||1x Dwarven Metal Ingot, 1x Steel Ingot, 1x Iron Ingot, 2x Leather Strips|
|Dwarven Greatsword||19||19||270||2x Dwarven Metal Ingot, 2x Steel Ingot, 2x Iron Ingot, 3x Leather Strips|
|Dwarven Warhammer||22||27||325||2x Dwarven Metal Ingot, 2x Steel Ingot, 1x Iron Ingot, 3x Leather Strips|
|Dwarven Battleaxe||20||23||300||2x Dwarven Metal Ingot, 2x Steel Ingot, 1x Iron Ingot, 2x Leather Strips|
|Dwarven Bow||12||10||270||2x Dwarven Metal Ingot, 1x Iron Ingot|
|Dwarven Arrow||14||0||4||1x Dwarven Metal Ingot, 1x Firewood makes 24|
|Dwarven Crossbow||22||20||350||5x Dwarven Metal Ingot|
|Enhanced Dwarven Crossbow||22||21||550||1x Dwarven Crossbow, 2x Quicksilver Ingot|
|Dwarven Bolt||14||0||3||1x Dwarven Metal Ingot, 1x Firewood makes 10|
|Dwarven Armor||34||45||400||3x Dwarven Metal Ingot, 1x Steel Ingot, 1x Iron Ingot, 3x Leather Strips|
|Dwarven Helmet||18||12||200||2x Dwarven Metal Ingot, 1x Steel Ingot, 1x Iron Ingot, 2x Leather Strips|
|Dwarven Gauntlets||13||8||85||1x Dwarven Metal Ingot, 1x Steel Ingot, 1x Iron Ingot, 2x Leather Strips|
|Dwarven Boots||13||10||85||2x Dwarven Metal Ingot, 1x Steel Ingot, 1x Iron Ingot, 2x Leather Strips|
|Dwarven Shield||26||12||225||2x Dwarven Metal Ingot, 1x Steel Ingot, 1x Iron Ingot, 1x Leather Strips|
All Orcish Armor and Weapons require an Orichalcum Ingot to improve.
|Orcish Dagger||6||3||30||1x Orichalcum Ingot, 1x Iron Ingot, 1x Leather Strips|
|Orcish Sword||9||11||75||2x Orichalcum Ingot, 1x Iron Ingot, 1x Leather Strips|
|Orcish Mace||11||15||105||3x Orichalcum Ingot, 1x Iron Ingot, 1x Leather Strips|
|Orcish War Axe||10||13||90||2x Orichalcum Ingot, 1x Iron Ingot, 2x Leather Strips|
|Orcish Greatsword||18||18||75||4x Orichalcum Ingot, 2x Iron Ingot, 3x Leather Strips|
|Orcish Warhammer||21||26||180||4x Orichalcum Ingot, 1x Iron Ingot, 3x Leather Strips|
|Orcish Battleaxe||19||25||165||4x Orichalcum Ingot, 1x Iron Ingot, 2x Leather Strips|
|Orcish Bow||10||9||150||2x Orichalcum Ingot, 1x Iron Ingot|
|Orcish Arrow||12||0||3||1x Orichalcum Ingot, 1x Firewood makes 24|
|Orcish Armor||40||35||1000||4x Orichalcum Ingot, 1x Iron Ingot, 3x Leather Strips|
|Orcish Helmet||20||8||500||2x Orichalcum Ingot, 1x Iron Ingot, 2x Leather Strips|
|Orcish Gauntlets||15||7||200||2x Orichalcum Ingot, 1x Iron Ingot, 2x Leather Strips|
|Orcish Boots||15||7||200||3x Orichalcum Ingot, 1x Iron Ingot, 2x Leather Strips|
|Orcish Shield||30||14||500||3x Orichalcum Ingot, 1x Iron Ingot, 1x Leather Strips|
|Ebony Dagger||10||5||290||1x Ebony Ingot, 1x Leather Strips|
|Ebony Sword||13||15||720||2x Ebony Ingot, 1x Leather Strips|
|Ebony Mace||16||19||1000||3x Ebony Ingot, 1x Leather Strips|
|Ebony War Axe||15||17||865||2x Ebony Ingot, 2x Leather Strips|
|Ebony Greatsword||22||22||1440||5x Ebony Ingot, 3x Leather Strips|
|Ebony Warhammer||25||30||1725||5x Ebony Ingot, 3x Leather Strips|
|Ebony Battleaxe||23||26||1585||5x Ebony Ingot, 2x Leather Strips|
|Ebony Bow||17||16||1440||3x Ebony Ingot|
|Ebony Arrow||20||0||7||1x Ebony Ingot, 1x Firewood makes 24|
|Ebony Armor||43||38||1500||5x Ebony Ingot, 3x Leather Strips|
|Ebony Helmet||21||10||750||3x Ebony Ingot, 2x Leather Strips|
|Ebony Gauntlets||16||7||275||2x Ebony Ingot, 2x Leather Strips|
|Ebony Boots||16||7||275||3x Ebony Ingot, 2x Leather Strips|
|Ebony Shield||32||14||750||4x Ebony Ingot, 1x Leather Strips|
Daedra Hearts are used to craft Daedric armor and weapons. A guaranteed way to be able to farm Daedra Hearts is to get to level 20 and do the Pieces of the Past quest. Toward the end are a few Dremora who, after the quest's completion, will respawn once every few days. The trouble is, there aren't many of this enemy type in Skyrim other than those. What few hearts are out there are scattered around the world. As the expensive option, Daedra Hearts can be bought from Enthir as well as Babette of the Dark Brotherhood. Otherwise, most alchemist merchants have a chance to sell them once in a while, though they are expensive. Thankfully, improving Daedric weapons and armor does not require another heart, instead only one Ebony Ingot is needed.
|Daedric Dagger||11||6||500||1x Ebony Ingot, 1x Daedra Heart, 1x Leather Strips|
|Daedric Sword||14||16||1250||2x Ebony Ingot, 1x Daedra Heart, 1x Leather Strips|
|Daedric Mace||16||20||1750||3x Ebony Ingot, 1x Daedra Heart, 1x Leather Strips|
|Daedric War Axe||15||18||1500||2x Ebony Ingot, 1x Daedra Heart, 2x Leather Strips|
|Daedric Greatsword||24||23||2500||5x Ebony Ingot, 1x Daedra Heart, 3x Leather Strips|
|Daedric Warhammer||27||31||4000||5x Ebony Ingot, 1x Daedra Heart, 3x Leather Strips|
|Daedric Battleaxe||25||27||2750||5x Ebony Ingot, 1x Daedra Heart, 2x Leather Strips|
|Daedric Bow||19||18||2500||3x Ebony Ingot, 1x Daedra Heart|
|Daedric Arrow||24||0||8||1x Ebony Ingot, 1x Firewood makes 24|
|Daedric Armor||49||50||3200||x Ebony Ingot, 1x Daedra Heart, x Leather Strips|
|Daedric Helmet||23||15||1600||3x Ebony Ingot, 1x Daedra Heart, 2x Leather Strips|
|Daedric Gauntlets||18||6||625||2x Ebony Ingot, 1x Daedra Heart, 2x Leather Strips|
|Daedric Boots||18||10||625||3x Ebony Ingot, 1x Daedra Heart, 2x Leather Strips|
|Daedric Shield||36||15||1600||4x Ebony Ingot, 1x Daedra Heart, 1x Leather Strips|
Dragonscale requires Dragon Scales to improve, Dragonplate requires either Dragon Bones or Scales, while Dragon Weapons all require Dragon Bones. While Dragonplate offers less armor than Daedric, it is easier to obtain. Dragon Weapons are the most powerful in the game.
|Dragonbone Dagger||12||6.5||600||1x Dragon Bone, 1x Leather Strips|
|Dragonbone Sword||15||19||1500||1x Dragon Bone, 1x Ebony, 1x Leather Strips|
|Dragonbone Mace||17||22||2000||2x Dragon Bone, 1x Ebony, 1x Leather Strips|
|Dragonbone War Axe||16||21||1700||1x Dragon Bone, 1x Ebony, 2x Leather Strips|
|Dragonbone Greatsword||25||27||2725||4x Dragon Bone, 1x Ebony, 3x Leather Strips|
|Dragonbone Warhammer||28||33||4275||3x Dragon Bone, 2x Ebony, 3x Leather Strips|
|Dragonbone Battleaxe||26||30||3000||3x Dragon Bone, 2x Ebony, 2x Leather Strips|
|Dragonbone Bow||20||20||2725||2x Dragon Bone, 1x Ebony|
|Dragonbone Arrow||x Dragon Bone, x Ebony, x Leather Strips|
|Dragonscale Armor||41||10||1500||4x Dragon Scales, 2x Iron, 1x Leather, 3x Leather Strips|
|Dragonscale Helmet||17||4||750||2x Dragon Scales, 1x Iron, 1x Leather, 1x Leather Strips|
|Dragonscale Gauntlets||12||3||300||2x Dragon Scales, 1x Iron, 1x Leather, 2x Leather Strips|
|Dragonscale Boots||12||3||300||2x Dragon Scales, 1x Iron, 1x Leather, 2x Leather Strips|
|Dragonscale Shield||29||6||750||4x Dragon Scales, 2x Iron, 2 Leather Strips|
|Dragonplate Armor||46||40||2125||3x Dragon Scales, 2x Dragon Bone, 3x Leather Strips|
|Dragonplate Helmet||22||8||1050||2x Dragon Scales, 1x Dragon Bone, 2x Leather Strips|
|Dragonplate Gauntlets||17||8||425||2x Dragon Scales, 1x Dragon Bone, 2x Leather Strips|
|Dragonplate Boots||17||8||425||3x Dragon Scales, 1x Dragon Bone, 2x Leather Strips|
|Dragonplate Shield||34||15||1050||3x Dragon Scales, 1x Dragon Bone, 1x Leather Strips|
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Which is better? Daedric or Dragonplate armor?
Last month, Skyrim Fansite contributor Par-Kajarl wrote an outstanding article on how to get Daedric armor in Skyrim (if you missed the article, check it out here). Not surprisingly, just publishing an article about Daedric gear raised some questions with some of our readers regarding heavy armor in Skyrim: namely which is better — Daedric or Dragonplate?
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On the surface, the answer to the question seems fairly obvious. Just looking at the stats, Daedric appears to be better:
Name, Armor, Weight, Value
Name, Armor, Weight, Value
Dragonplate Armor, 46,40,2125
Dragonplate Boots, 17,8,425
As a whole, a complete set of Daedric armor has a total armor rating of 144 compared to Dragonplate’s 136. Daedric is worth more too: a complete set of gear is valued at 7,650 as opposed to Dragonplate’s 5,075.
When it comes to Daedric or Dragonplate, it’s hard to argue against the numbers. Daedric clearly has higher stats when it comes to armor rating and value. That being said, some may argue against Daedric being “better.” Like many things in Skyrim it comes down to playing style and personal preference.
Here are four reasons why Dragonplate may be considered better than Daedric:
1. Dragonplate is lighter than Daedric armor (88 vs. 108), thus taking up less of a player’s available carry weight.
2. Dragonplate takes more skill to craft (Smithing Level 100) as opposed to Daedric (Smithing Level 90).
2. Some like the look and feel of Dragonplate more than the dark, sinister look of Daedric for their character.
3. The acquisition of Dragonplate is more “story friendly” in the sense that the Dragonborn spends a good deal of time killing Dragons and absorbing their souls. It only seems fitting (no pun intended) that the Dragonborn is ultimately decked out in gear fashioned from Dragon Bone as opposed to Daedra hearts and black soul gems.
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One of the great things about Skyrim is the openess of the game. Players are given a lot of freedom to build a character and explore Skyrim as they best see fit. In that spirit, the question of “better” boils down to personal preference when contemplating Daedric or Dragonplate. Stats be danged.
So fellow travelers, what’s your opinion? Do you prefer Daedric or Dragonplate? Is armor rating and value the best gauge of determining which is better, or do other factors need to be taken into consideration? Share your opinions in the Speak Your Mind section below.
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is there a point to keeping Dragon Scales and Bones? My companion is a As far as I know, you only use them to craft armor. So I guess there.
This crafting guide will cover the various Dragonplate Armor pieces that can be crafted using the Smithing skill in the Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Within you will find a list of relevant information for each piece of equipment that can be crafted including weight, base damage, gold value, value per pound ratio for each item, cost to craft and the profit margin that results, keeping in mind your actual profit in crafting Dragon Armor will vary depending on your speech skill.
Dragonplate Armor is considered Heavy Armor as opposed to the Dragonscale Light Armor which is part of the same group. Unfortunately, even though Dragonplate is harder to craft with heavier ingredients and a more expensive overall cost, Daedra Armor is actually stronger, however can be harder to craft considering the limited availability of Daedra Hearts versus the relatively commonplace Dragons which drop the ingredients you need for this armor set. One counter to this is that Dragonplate Armor is a bout 20% lighter than Daedra. It can be a bit of a tossup however whether it is easier to take out Daedra versus Dragons, since it will depend on your skills and abilities, plus the methods you must learn to fight Dragons effectively.
Whichever path you choose, it is worth considering the benefits of each before spending a valuable perk point if you are only interested in the heavy Dragon armor, whereas the light version is the strongest craft-able light armor in the game. Finally all Dragon pieces require a single Dragon Scale to upgrade at a Workbench.
Protip: The profit margin for crafting Dragonplate versus selling the base ingredients by themselves is particularly weak. Most items will sell for a loss, the chest piece being the only one actually worthwhile for doing this with.
Early on, the best thing to do with dragon scales and bones is to sell them to a general goods merchant. They're too heavy to consider hoarding (without exploits) until you've purchased a house, and it's likely you'll get more scales and bones than you'll need for crafting armor (if you decide to spend the perks in smithing to unlock dragon armor).
While you can make more money by saving up your dragon scales and making armor after you've mastered smithing, money is usually more of an object early on in the game, so there's no real harm in selling them until your smithing skill is getting close to maxed out.
The bones especially are something to sell frequently, as you'll get just as many bones as scales, but the light "dragon scale" armor requires only scales (14 for a full improved armor, plus 5 for the shield), and even the heavy "dragon bone" armor requires more scales than bones (13 scales and 6 bones for full improved armor, plus 3 scales and 2 bones for an improved shield).
For The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim on the PlayStation 3, a GameFAQs Answers The Dragon Bones are used to make the heavy armor set and the Dragon Scales .
There are plenty of different options when it comes to Skyrim armor, as you can find protective items everywhere while you plunder your way through the mysterious mausoleums and dwarven dungeons of Skyrim. As well as finding useful trinkets and treasures, you also have the option of crafting and enchanting Skyrim armor, opening up more options to increase your endurance. However, if you want to kit yourself out in the best Skyrim armor then you're going to need to put in some work, so read on and we'll explain all.
It’s well-known that the best armor in Skyrim, in terms of base armor rating, is Dragon armor. There are two types of Dragon armor - Dragonplate and Dragonscale - which correspond to the two kinds of armor in the game: Heavy and Light. Dragon armor has the highest defense value, but other worthwhile armor sets are Daedric, Ebony, and Glass, all of which you’ll be able to craft yourself once your Smithing is sufficiently levelled up.
To be honest, I always wear Daedric armor because I think it looks the coolest, plus its values are so close to the Dragon sets that the difference is almost negligible. Once you start to experiment with the most valuable sets in the game, choosing your armor becomes more a matter of preference than anything else.
However, before deciding what the best Skyrim armor is for you, you’ll need to commit to a playstyle. Are you an assassin-type, silently scouring the dimly-lit oubliettes buried far beneath dubious embassies? Or are you the kind of person to leap headfirst into the fray, wielding a walloping warhammer with wicked wisdom? If you tend to lean towards the former, you’ll want light armor, which will make your sneaking more effective and your stamina more manageable. However, if you see yourself as the latter, you’ll want to charge into battle wearing the most elephantine hunks of metal you can find.
The one outlier in this situation is mages. Although combat with swords, axes, warhammers, maces, shields, daggers, and bows is well-suited to standard armor, magic is a different kettle of fish. If you want to run a Battlemage set, perhaps wielding a sword in one hand and ferocious firebolts in the other, you can enchant it for buffs to Magicka regeneration and spell costs. However, a lot of mages simply wear robes, which aren’t the most protective clothing in the world, but have some incredible enchantment potential. In fact, the Archmage’s Robes, which you’re awarded after completing the College of Winterhold storyline, are kitted out with fantastic enchantments. Even on the hardest difficulty, wearing these with the right ensemble of buffed bling can make even the most vulnerable mages devastatingly powerful.
Despite how valuable these particular robes are, armor gained from completing quests isn’t always inherently good. As a rule of thumb, most of the pre-enchanted armor pieces you find are strong, but far from the best. This is because of a perk called “Arcane Blacksmith,“ which you can unlock once your Smithing reaches level 60. With Arcane Blacksmith, you can upgrade magical weapons and armor at a grindstone and workbench, respectively. As a result, you can drastically improve your armor rating while simultaneously retaining the fortifications afforded to you by your enchantments.
Smithing is quite an easy perk to level up, so reaching level 60 won’t take long at all. If you craft daggers in Whiterun and enchant them at the Enchanting Table in Dragonsreach, you can sell them for more than you spent on the materials, which enables you to turn a profit while effectively grinding Smithing and Enchanting. Once your enchanting hits level 100, you can actually place two enchantments on any piece of armor and weaponry you want, provided it’s currently disenchanted. If you’ve spent skill points getting enchanting perks, such as the ones that increase the buffs you’re placing on your weapons, you can reap massive benefits from wearing a full suit of enchanted armor. Perhaps you’ll have an extra 100 points of carry weight, or maybe your Magicka will regenerate 50% faster. Either way, two weapons and a full set of armor, as well as a ring and a necklace, gives you access to a whopping 16 enchantments. If you used Greater, Grand, or Black Soul gems and have your Enchanting skill tree maxed out, even an Iron helmet could be worth more than a Daedric breastplate.
So in order to get the best armor in Skyrim, you need to craft it yourself. First you need to check what materials you’ll need; for example, an Iron dagger only requires an iron ingot and some leather strips, whereas you’ll need three dragon scales, two dragon bones, and three pairs of leather strips to craft a Dragonplate breastplate.
For ingots, you’ll need to buy them or smelt ore in a Smelter. These are scattered all across Skyrim, but perhaps the most accessible one is outside Warmaiden’s in Whiterun. Once you’ve got ingots, you can buy leather strips from any blacksmith, as well as fletchers, general stores, and random merchants. For most armor sets, leather strips and ingots are all you’ll need, but for the late-game variants, you’ll often have to jump through some extra hoops to net yourself a full set. For Daedric armor, you’ll need Daedra hearts, which you can buy from an alchemist or get after defeating a Daedra, whereas for Dragon armor you’ll need to take down several colossal dragons.
Once you’ve smithed yourself a set you’re happy with, taking it to an enchanting table and applying a plethora of buffs to it can really turn it into something special. Because you’ll have chosen your set based on your own playstyle, you can apply buffs that correspond to that. Maybe you want to benefit from increased Stamina, or perhaps you want to make yourself resistant to fire and frost. Either way, once you’ve enchanted your set, you’ll essentially have a customized build that’s even better than the likes of Nightingale Armor and Thieves’ Guild Armor - and that’s before you upgrade it at the workbench! Thanks to the aforementioned Arcane Enchanter, you can upgrade all of your armor until its labeled “Exquisite,” at which point it will have its highest possible defense rating.
So if you want the best armor, smith it yourself and work your magic on it. Afterwards, head back to the forge and reinforce it at the workbench. By the time you’re finished, you’ll be walking around Skyrim like the Dragonborn should be - kitted out in magical armor crafted with demon hearts and dragon scales.
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For The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim on the PlayStation 3, a GameFAQs message is unchanged) the moment I gained the ability to craft dragon armor. So far all I've found is a Dragonscale Shield and Dragonscale Gauntlets.
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