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You will find an overwhelming amount of items in Elder Scrolls V Skyrim. If that wasn’t enough you can craft different items by mastering different crafting skills.

Crafting is simple – level up perks for a crafting skill and find the much-needed ingredients and rest is self-explanatory. If you want to induce magical effects in your weapons and armor, master Enchanting.

If you want to create powerful potions and poisons, master Alchemy. Finally, if you want to create a good hand-made weapon to fight your foes, master Smithing.

Each crafting skill comes with its own set of benefits, which makes it harder to choose, which crafting skill you should master first. Anyway, Ingredients are of core importance in Crafting Items. Below you will find a mega-list of ingredients and can be used to craft different items in Skyrim.

You will get benefits with every crafting skill, so it is up to you to decide which benefits you should use. You need materials and ingredients to craft, we have a list down here for everything you would need.

You can craft or even buy Potions that would help you increase the skill of Smithing and Enchanting for about 30 seconds. If you crafting skills are already at 100 then it would work best and even better with max armor production and most of the skill trees filled in.

Another tip is to skip the poisons section in Alchemy but you should focus on getting the bonus from positive potions. Enchanting would be boosted by using Alchemy due to this process and with a boosted enchanting you would be able to boost your armor.

Please note that you cannot boost enchanting using enchanting but you can boost the enchanting skill by using potions for thirty seconds. For this purpose, you can use potions such as Spriggan Sap, Hagraven Claws, Blue Butterfly Wings, all boost Enchanting. For both Smithing and Alchemy you can also enchant jewelry with dual Enchantments. Alchemy can then Boosts your Enchantments in turn.

Potions with more than one effect are best for leveling up your alchemy and it works best you use multiple negative effect potions on your weapons

For more help on Skyrim, read our Leveling Guide, Guilds Guide, and Dragon Shouts.

Elder Scrolls V Skyrim Crafting



Induce magical characteristics in your weapons and armor. It may sound easy to say, it isn’t because it involves you learning the said magical effects because you can induce them in your equipment.

You also need a soul gem containing a soul. The size of the soul determines the strength of the enchantment that you create. Enchanting, like Smithing and Alchemy, can only be done at specified Enchanting Workbenches.

These workbenches also allow you to break down enchanted items that you have found and in turn, allow you to learn the new magical effects that were used in enchanting those items.

Enchantment Skill Perk Tree
You can read the full breakdown of Enchantment Skill Tree and Perk here.

How To Make an Enchanted Item
To make an enchanted item, you need to three things, an item, enchantment, and a soul gem. Once you have all three, go to any Enchanting Workbench and combine the three to create an enchanted item.

How To Get an Enchantment – Easiest way is to breakdown a magical item. When you will break it down, you will learn the enchantment that was used to create that item.

It’s worth noting that you can’t apply every enchantment on every item. Select an enchantment and see which items it supports – items in white can be enchanted by that enchantment but those items that are greyed out, can’t be enchanted with that enchantment.

Once you have all three items – Click Create to make an enchanted item. If you feel creative, you can even rename the name of the item.

Arkhane Enchanting Workbenches Locations
These are just few of the locations where you can enchant an item.

Dustman’s Cairn
It will unlock when you accept ‘Proving Honor’ quest from The Companions.

Orphan Rock
It is northeast of Helgen, south-east of Riverwood.

Near Farengar Secret-Fire.


The art of creating potions and poisons. To creation potions and poisons, you would need alchemical ingredients and then, you need ingredients that react positively and negatively with each other. Mixing positively reacting ingredients will create potion and mixing negatively reacting ingredients will create poison.

Each alchemical ingredient has four effects and you can check the first effect by tasting that ingredient. You can find the remaining three effects of the ingredient by testing and experimenting with these ingredients.

It is not finding ingredients that you should worry about but, the effects of these ingredients because Alchemy depends on that. Your goal is to find ingredients that have a common trait.

Mixing ingredients with common trait will create a potion and you can create a varied variety of these just by combing different ingredients with same basic properties.

You can even mix multiple ingredients at once, but they should be compatible. This way, you will a large varied number of potions, you can use under different circumstances.

Be careful though, you can easily mess it up – such as you can create a great health regeneration potion but it may also have a negative effect, damaging you at the same time.

To create potions and poisons, you will need to perform Alchemy at designated Alchemy Labs throughout Skyrim. I have pointed out several Alchemy Labs below, for when you can’t find one.

Alchemy Ingredient Effects
If you don’t believe in experimenting, these are the alchemical effects of all the ingredients that you can use to create potions and poisons. You can combine the two positive ingredients to create a potion and negative ingredients to create poison. You can apply the poison to your weapons to make them more lethal.

Positive or Negative Ingredient Effect
Ingredient (Primary, Secondary, Tertiary, Quaternary) – Each ingredient is followed by the () indicating whether the ingredient effect is primary (1), secondary (2), tertiary (3), or quaternary (4).

Cure Disease

  • Charred Skeever Hide (2)
  • Hawk Feathers (1)
  • Mudcrab Chitin (2)
  • Vampire Dust (4)

Damage Health

  • Crimson Nirnroot (1)
  • Deathbell (1)
  • Ectoplasm (4)
  • Falmer Ear (1)
  • Human Flesh (1)
  • Human Heart (1)
  • Imp Stool (1)
  • Jarrin Root (1)
  • Nightshade (1)
  • Nirnroot (1)
  • Red Mountain Flower (4)
  • River Betty (1)
  • Skeever Tail (3)
  • Small Antlers (4)
  • Troll Fat (4)
  • Void Salts (3)

Damage Magicka

  • Butterfly Wing (4)
  • Chaurus Eggs (3)
  • Daedra Heart (3)
  • Eye of Sabre Cat (3)
  • Glow Dust (1)
  • Hagraven Feathers (1)
  • Hanging Moss (1)
  • Human Heart (2)
  • Jarrin Root (2)
  • Luna Moth Wing (1)
  • Namira’s Rot (1)
  • Nordic Barnacle (1)

Damage Magicka Regen

  • Bear Claws (4)
  • Blue Butterfly Wing (3)
  • Blue Mountain Flower (4)
  • Chicken’s Egg (2)
  • Glow Dust (2)
  • Hanging Moss (3)
  • Human Heart (3)
  • Jarrin Root (4)
  • Nightshade (2)
  • Spider Egg (2)
  • Spriggan Sap (1)

Damage Stamina
Berit’s Ashes (1)

  • Blisterwort (1)
  • Blue Butterfly Wing (1)
  • Bone Meal (1)
  • Canis Root (1)
  • Crimson Nirnroot (2)
  • Cyrodilic Spadetail (1)
  • Giant’s Toe (1)
  • Jarrin Root (3)
  • Nirnroot (2)
  • Rock Warbler Egg (3)
  • Spider Egg (1)

Damage Stamina Regen

  • Creep Cluster (2)
  • Daedra Heart (2)
  • Frost Mirriam (4)
  • Giant’s Toe (4)
  • Histcarp (3)
  • Juniper Berries (4)
  • Large Antlers (4)
  • Silverside Perch (2)
  • Skeever Tail (1)
  • Wheat (3)


  • Blue Dartwing (4)
  • Cyrodilic Spadetail (3)
  • Daedra Heart (4)
  • Namira’s Rot (3)
  • Powdered Mammoth Tusk (4)

Fortify Alteration

  • Grass Pod (3)
  • River Betty (2)
  • Spriggan Sap (4)

Fortify Barter

  • Butterfly Wing (2)
  • Dragon’s Tongue (2)
  • Hagraven Claw (4)
  • Tundra Cotton (4)

Fortify Block

  • Bleeding Crown (2)
  • Briar Heart (2)
  • Honeycomb (2)
  • Pearl (2)
  • Slaughterfish Scales (4)
  • Tundra Cotton (3)

Fortify Carry Weight

  • Creep Cluster (3)
  • Giant’s Toe (3)
  • Hawk Beak (3)
  • River Betty (4)
  • Scaly Pholiota (4)
  • Wisp Wrappings (3)

Fortify Conjuration

  • Berit’s Ashes (3)
  • Blue Butterfly Wing (2)
  • Blue Mountain Flower (2)
  • Bone Meal (3)
  • Frost Salts (4)
  • Hagraven Feathers (2)
  • Lavender (4)

Fortify Destruction

  • Beehive Husk (4)
  • Ectoplasm (2)
  • Glow Dust (3)
  • Glowing Mushroom (2)
  • Nightshade (4)
  • Wisp Wrappings (2)

Fortify Enchanting

  • Blue Butterfly Wing (4)
  • Hagraven Claw (3)
  • Snowberries (2)
  • Spriggan Sap (2)

Fortify Health

  • Bear Claws (2)
  • Blue Mountain Flower (3)
  • Giant’s Toe (2)
  • Glowing Mushroom (4)
  • Hanging Moss (2)
  • Wheat (2)

Fortify Heavy Armor

  • Ice Wraith Teeth (2)
  • Sabre Cat Tooth (2)
  • Slaughterfish Scales (3)
  • Thistle Branch (4)
  • White Cap (2

Fortify Illusion

  • Beehive Husk (2)
  • Hawk Feathers (2)
  • Honeycomb (3)
  • Luna Moth Wing (2)
  • Skeever Tail (4)

Fortify Light Armor

  • Beehive Husk (2)
  • Hawk Feathers (2)
  • Honeycomb (3)
  • Luna Moth Wing (2)
  • Skeever Tail (4)

Fortify Lockpicking

  • Falmer Ear (4)
  • Namira’s Rot (2)
  • Pine Thrush Egg (2)
  • Spider Egg (3)

Fortify Magicka

  • Briar Heart (4)
  • Ectoplasm (3)
  • Histcarp (2)
  • Jazbay Grapes (2)
  • Red Mountain Flower (3)
  • Tundra Cotton (2)
  • Void Salts (4)

Fortify Marksman

  • Canis Root (3)
  • Elves Ear (2)
  • Juniper Berries (2)
  • Spider Egg (4)

Fortify One-handed

  • Bear Claws (3)
  • Canis Root (2)
  • Hanging Moss (4)
  • Hawk Feathers (3)
  • Rock Warbler Egg (2)
  • Small Pearl (2)

Fortify Pickpocket

  • Blue Dartwing (2)
  • Nordic Barnacle (4)
  • Orange Dartwing (3)
  • Slaughterfish Egg (2)

Fortify Restoration

  • Abecean Longfin (4)
  • Cyrodilic Spadetail (2)
  • Salt Pile (2)
  • Salt Pile (2)
  • Small Antlers (2)
  • Small Pearl (3)

Fortify Smithing

  • Blisterwort (4)
  • Glowing Mushroom (3)
  • Sabre Cat Tooth (3)
  • Spriggan Sap (3)

Fortify Sneak

  • Abecean Longfin (2)
  • Beehive Husk (3)
  • Frost Mirriam (2)
  • Hawk Feathers (4)
  • Human Flesh (4)
  • Powdered Mammoth Tusk (2)
  • Purple Mountain Flower (2)

Fortify Stamina

  • Chaurus Eggs (2)
  • Garlic (2)
  • Large Antlers (2)
  • Lavender (2)
  • Slaughterfish Egg (4)
  • Torchbug Thorax (4)

Fortify Two-handed

  • Dragon’s Tongue (4)
  • Fly Amanita (2)
  • Troll Fat (2)


  • Blisterwort (2)
  • Falmer Ear (2)
  • Fly Amanita (3)
  • Hagraven Feathers (3)
  • Human Heart (4)
  • Troll Fat (3


  • Chaurus Eggs (4)
  • Crimson Nirnroot (3)
  • Ice Wraith Teeth (3)
  • Luna Moth Wing (4)
  • Nirnroot (3)
  • Vampire Dust (1)

Lingering Damage Health

  • Imp Stool (2)
  • Mora Tapinella (2)
  • Orange Dartwing (4)
  • Slaughterfish Egg (3)
  • Slaughterfish Scales (2)

Lingering Damage Magicka

  • Hagraven Claw (2)
  • Purple Mountain Flower (3)
  • Swamp Fungal Pod (2)
  • Torchbug Thorax (2)
  • Wheat (4)

Lingering Damage Stamina

  • Butterfly Wing (3)
  • Chicken’s Egg (4)
  • Nightshade (3)
  • Small Antlers (3)


  • Briar Heart (3)
  • Canis Root (4)
  • Human Flesh (2)
  • Imp Stool (3)
  • Swamp Fungal Pod (3)

Ravage Health

  • Cyrodilic Spadetail (4)
  • Eye of Sabre Cat (2)
  • Giant Lichen (2)
  • Jazbay Grapes (4)
  • Silverside Perch (3)
  • Skeever Tail (2)

Ravage Magicka

  • Frost Mirriam (3)
  • Grass Pod (2)
  • Lavender (3)
  • Orange Dartwing (2)
  • Red Mountain Flower (2)
  • White Cap (4)

Ravage Stamina

  • Bee (2)
  • Berit’s Ashes (4)
  • Bone Meal (4)
  • Deathbell (2)
  • Honeycomb (4)
  • Thistle Branch (2)

Regenerate Health

  • Garlic (4)
  • Juniper Berries (3)
  • Luna Moth Wing (3)
  • Namira’s Rot (4)
  • Nordic Barnacle (3)
  • Vampire Dust (3)

Regenerate Magicka

  • Dwarven Oil (3)
  • Fire Salts (4)
  • Garlic (3)
  • Jazbay Grapes (3)
  • Moon Sugar (4)
  • Salt Pile (4)
  • Salt Pile (4)
  • Taproot (3)

Regenerate Stamina

  • Bee (3)
  • Fly Amanita (4)
  • Mora Tapinella (3)
  • Scaly Pholiota (3)

Resist Fire

  • Berit’s Ashes (2)
  • Bone Meal (2)
  • Dragon’s Tongue (1)
  • Elves Ear (4)
  • Fire Salts (2)
  • Fly Amanita (1)
  • Mudcrab Chitin (4)
  • Snowberries (1)

Resist Frost

  • Frost Mirriam (1)
  • Frost Salts (2)
  • Hawk Beak (2)
  • Moon Sugar (2)
  • Purple Mountain Flower (4)
  • Silverside Perch (4)
  • Slaughterfish Scales (1)
  • Small Pearl (4)
  • Snowberries (3)
  • Thistle Branch (1)

Resist Magic

  • Bleeding Crown (4)
  • Chicken’s Egg (1)
  • Crimson Nirnroot (4)
  • Hagraven Claw (1)
  • Lavender (1)
  • Nirnroot (4)
  • Tundra Cotton (1)
  • Void Salts (2)
  • Wisp Wrappings (4)

Resist Poison

  • Beehive Husk (1)
  • Charred Skeever Hide (3)
  • Falmer Ear (3)
  • Garlic (1)
  • Grass Pod (1)
  • Mudcrab Chitin (3)
  • Slaughterfish Egg (1)
  • Thistle Branch (3)
  • Troll Fat (1)

Resist Shock

  • Blue Dartwing (1)
  • Glow Dust (4)
  • Glowing Mushroom (1)
  • Hawk Beak (4)
  • Pearl (4)
  • Pine Thrush Egg (4)
  • Snowberries (4)
  • Swamp Fungal Pod (1)

Restore Health

  • Blisterwort (3)
  • Blue Dartwing (3)
  • Blue Mountain Flower (1)
  • Butterfly Wing (1)
  • Charred Skeever Hide (4)
  • Daedra Heart (1)
  • Eye of Sabre Cat (4)
  • Imp Stool (4)
  • Rock Warbler Egg (1)
  • Swamp Fungal Pod (4)
  • Wheat (1)

Restore Magicka

  • Briar Heart (1)
  • Creep Cluster (1)
  • Dwarven Oil (4)
  • Ectoplasm (1)
  • Elves Ear (1)
  • Fire Salts (3)
  • Frost Salts (3)
  • Giant Lichen (4)
  • Grass Pod (4)
  • Human Flesh (3)
  • Moon Sugar (3)
  • Mora Tapinella (1)
  • Pearl (3)
  • Red Mountain Flower (1)
  • Taproot (4)
  • Vampire Dust (2)
  • White Cap (3)

Restore Stamina

  • Bear Claws (1)
  • Bee (1)
  • Charred Skeever Hide (1)
  • Eye of Sabre Cat (1)
  • Hawk Beak (1)
  • Histcarp (1)
  • Honeycomb (1)
  • Large Antlers (1)
  • Mudcrab Chitin (1)
  • Orange Dartwing (1)
  • Pearl (1)
  • Pine Thrush Egg (1)
  • Powdered Mammoth Tusk (1)
  • Purple Mountain Flower (1)
  • Sabre Cat Tooth (1)
  • Silverside Perch (1)
  • Small Pearl (1)
  • Torchbug Thorax (1)
  • Wisp Wrappings (1)


  • Deathbell (3)
  • Large Antlers (3)
  • River Betty (3)
  • Salt Pile (3)
  • Salt Pile (3)


  • Chicken’s Egg (3)
  • Histcarp (4)
  • Nordic Barnacle (2)

Weakness to Fire

  • Bleeding Crown (1)
  • Frost Salts (1)
  • Ice Wraith Teeth (4)
  • Juniper Berries (1)
  • Moon Sugar (1)
  • Powdered Mammoth Tusk

Weakness to Frost

  • Abecean Longfin (1)
  • Elves Ear (3)
  • Fire Salts (1)
  • Ice Wraith Teeth (1)
  • White Cap (1)

Weakness to Magic

  • Creep Cluster (4)
  • Dwarven Oil (1)
  • Jazbay Grapes (1)
  • Rock Warbler Egg (4)
  • Salt Pile (1)
  • Salt Pile (1)
  • Scaly Pholiota (1)
  • Taproot (1)
  • Torchbug Thorax (3)

Weakness to Poison

  • Abecean Longfin (3)
  • Bleeding Crown (3)
  • Chaurus Eggs (1)
  • Deathbell (4)
  • Giant Lichen (3)
  • Pine Thrush Egg (3)
  • Sabre Cat Tooth (4)
  • Small Antlers (1)

Weakness to Shock

  • Bee (4)
  • Giant Lichen (1)
  • Hagraven Feathers (4)
  • Void Salts (1)

Potion making

  • Alchemist**
  • Physician (20 skill)**
  • Benefactor (30 skill)
  • Experimenter (50 skill)
  • Snakeblood (80 skill)*
  • Purity (100 skill)*

Poison making

  • Alchemist**
  • Physician (20 skill)**
  • Poisoner (30 skill)
  • Concentrated Poison (60 skill)
  • Snakeblood (80 skill)*
  • Purity (100 skill)*

Alchemy Skill Perk Tree
You can read full break down of Alchemy Skill and Perk Tree here.

How To Make a Potion, Poison
First you will need to find a perfect recipe to create a potion or a poison and there is only one way to find out – Experiment in the Alchemy Lab with different ingredients.

Once you have found a recipe, go find its ingredients – which should be found throughout Skyrim or purchased from Merchants. When you have the ingredients, visit your nearest Alchemy Lab and mix these ingredients to create the potion/poison.

For example, mix blue mountain flower (common ingredient) with Sabre Cat Eyeball (Can be picked up off the carcass of a dead Sabre Cat – Which are found around Honeystrand Cave area, south of Iverstead) to create a restoration potion.

Alchemy Lab Locations

  • Arcadia’s in Whiterun.
  • Inside Rannveig’s Fast’s Dungeon.
  • Dustman’s Cairn


It’s crafting skill for combat. You can craft your favorite armor, weapon, and even jewelry using this crafting skill. You can perform Smithing at set locations and will need raw ingredients like Ingots and Leather, which can be bought from Merchants or by Mining Nodes and Animal Skins. Higher your skill level, the more you can improve your weapon or armor.

Branches of Smithing

Smithing has two branches i.e. for light armor and heavy armor separately. These are:

Light Armor Smithing

  • Elven Smithing (30 skill)
  • Advanced Armors (50 skill)
  • Glass Smithing (70 skill)
  • Dragon armor (100 skill)*

Heavy Armor Smithing

  • Steel Smithing**
  • Dwarven Smithing (30 skill)
  • Orcish Smithing (50 skill)
  • Ebony Smithing (80 skill)
  • Daedric Smithing (90 skill)

Smithing Tools

Just as you can perform Alchemy at Alchemy Labs, you can perform Smithing at designated Smithing locations. In these locations, you will find different tools that serve different purposes. Following is the complete rundown of these tools:

You can sharpen your weapons at Grindstone for extra damage. Higher your Smithing Skill, more you can improve the damage of your weapon.

It allows you to improve your armor. High your Smithing Skill, more effective will be the armor.

You can create new weapons and armor by combining raw materials at the Forge.

Tanning Rack
You can process hides into Leather and Leather Strips at the Tanning Rack.

You can create Ingots (Crafting Ingredient) from raw ores – Iron and Gold.

How To Obtain Raw Materials For Smithing
You can get raw materials for Smithing by mining ores and smelting them at Smelter. You can get Hides by killing animals and then process them at Tanning Rock to create Leather Strips – which in turn, help you customize your items.

Mine/Vein Locations
Ore veins can be found mostly at higher elevations in mines – which can be mined to extract all types of ores. These Veins are represented by a crossed hammer and pickaxe symbol on your compass and map. They typically yield two pieces of ore – but can yield more than that. You may also receive a random gem when you mine veins.

Smithing Skill Perk Tree
You can read full rundown of Smithing Skill and Perk Tree here.

How To Make Smithed Item
There is a Forging place in Whiterun in the main town area, by the first building. It also has a Smelter so it would be easy to make a Smithed item. To get the first ingredients to make a Smithed Item, talk to Adrianne Avenicci outside Warmaiden Shop, by Smithing area. Offer to help him and you will get first ingredients to make Smithed Item as a reward.

Use these ingredients to create your first Smithed item. It’s easy to make Smithed Items, you just need the required raw ingredients. Let’s say you want to create an Iron Helmet, you need 3 Iron Ingots and 2 Leather Strips for that.

Once you have these items, click on the item and select create. If you haven’t, then find these items. You can loot, purchase or steal these items for NPCs. Follow any path you want and everything else is self explanatory.

How To Create Iron Ingots – Mine some iron ore and then smelt that at any Smelter location and you should have Iron Ingots.
How To Create Leather Strips – Kill animals and get Hides. Process Hides in Tanning Rock to create Leather Stripes.

Workbench, Grindstones, Tanning Rack, Smelter, Forge Locations

  • Workbench, Grindstone, Forge and Tanning Rack can be found in Riverwood.
  • There is a Grindstone, Tanning Rack and Forge in Orotheim.
  • There is a Forge, Smelter, Grindstone, Tanning Rack and Workbench in Whiterun.

If you have tips and suggestions on how to go about crafting in Elder Scrolls V Skyrim, recommend them in comments, and we will improve this guide with your suggestions. I will definitely like more crafting locations.

This step is down to you really, as there are many variations on the dragon priest masks and you can paint it however you like. Going for the authentic Krosis look, I first coated it with a couple of coats of primer then moved on to a very golden and shiny paint. If it’s anything like the one I got, it looks stunning but in order for it to stay nice it needs to take its time with drying. For this reason, it is important to apply VERY THIN coats and not to touch the surface until you are 100% sure it is dry. Too thick a coat will make a horrible, runny mess and a week on it will still get covered in fingerprints at the slightest touch, as I discovered the first time around.

If you do get fingerprints on it, don't worry, they can come out. Just get a soft piece of cloth and rub very lightly and they will eventually fade.

Now it’s time to age it. It took me a while to figure out how far I should go, and the first time around it was a horrible black mess with random golden scratches, and I was too ashamed to take a photo. When it is dry, you may want to rub the surface VERY gently with a soft rag just to polish it up and also to get rid of any remaining moisture.

You should use matt black paint to paint in the crevices (Don't worry about it being messy yet) and then use a sponge to move it around. Wipe along the crease and when you are satisfied with the coverage, dab a dry part of your sponge on the paint to make it look more natural. It should dry very quickly as your coats should be very thin. On my first go I went really overboard, so it’s important to know when to stop. Unless you know what you're doing, I would advise that you stick to the crevices and avoid the large, flat surfaces. If the paint goes on too thick, consider watering it down.

You are finished! Now you can guard ancient Word Walls, kill Savos' students or just enjoy your 20% bonus to Lockpicking, Archery, and Alchemy. Have fun making this mask, and please post any pictures of your own!

Unlocking it requires a Smithing skill of and all of the perks in either the All items can be tempered using 1 sample of Dragon Scales, and.

Essential for just about any playthrough, it's well worth keeping track of the best Light Armor, Heavy Armor, and Shields in Skyrim.

Generally, your armor of choice will be dependent on your playstyle. Classes which require a decent ability to sneak past enemies, and swiftly escape oncoming attackers will benefit from Light Armor. Those who expect to be getting up close and personal, taking plenty of hits but caring less for the stealthy approach will prefer Heavy Armor.

Shields, meanwhile, work as an option for those who prefer Light Armor's benefits, but still want to fight in open melee combat, and thus help to boost the defensive stats of Light Armor wearers, whilst being a tad superfluous for those already wearing a Heavy set.

Before we dive into the specifics of the best sets and individual pieces of kit, there are a couple points to bear in mind:

  • If you're looking to craft or enchant your armor, be sure to check out our detailed guide to power-levelling Smithing and Enchanting skills to hit that level cap and craft the best gear in the game as quickly as possible.
  • Whilst still an important factor for affecting movement speed, weight is generally less crucial for armor as it is for weaponry, particularly with the weight-removing Perks for the Light and Heavy armor skill trees unlocked. Generally, our rankings are based on the defenses provided, with weight a secondary factor.
  • We've ordered the below by full set stats, rather than individual stats, with items that don't belong to a specific set being included in a separate list. Occasionally one item of a set might rank higher than another for defense, but we're only considering items from a set as part of that overall group.
  • Unique sets are marked with an asterisk *, whereby we'll note where to find them. All other sets can be acquired through the standard measures of crafting or random loot in the wild.
  • When the "Upgraded With" colum contains "N/A" for the required perk, this means that you must boost your Smithing Skill over 100 with potions of Fortify Smithing in order to improve the item beyond Flawless quality. If no upgrade material is noted however, (e.g. for the Masque of Clavicus Vile) then the item cannot be improved at all, regardless of Smithing skill boosts and Perks.

The best Heavy Armor sets in Skyrim ranked

Heavy Armor is your go-to for duel-wielding berserkers, two-handed tanks, and even battlemages who prefer to avoid the Alteration school's Stoneflesh and Ironflesh spells.

Below, we've ranked the best Heavy Armor sets in Skyrim, taking into account not only total defenses but also the sets' weight and their various enchantments and effects.

  • Defense and weight values given below are without the shield, as with Heavy Armor you'll rarely be using a shield too.
  • Ebony Armor below is listed with the alternative unique Cuirass, Ebony Mail. The Ebony Mail is acquired from the Daedric quest Boethiah's Calling, by looting the body of the Champion of Boethiah. Note that only this part of the standard Ebony Armor set carries the enchantments noted below.
Armor SetTotal DefenseWeightUpgrade withEffectEnchantable
Daedric Armor10896Ebony Ingot, Daedric SmithingNoneYes
Stalhrim Armor10259Stalhrim, Ebony Smithing25% stronger Resist Frost enchantmentsYes
Dragonplate Armor10264Dragon Bone, Dragon ArmorNoneYes
Ebony Armor*9662Ebony Ingot, Ebony Smithing5 Poison damage per second to nearby enemies, Muffle - Ebony Mail part onlyYes, excluding Ebony Mail
Falmer Heavy Armor9655Chaurus Chitin, Advanced ArmorsNoneYes

The best Light Armor sets in Skyrim ranked

As we've mentioned, Light Armor functions best for sword 'n' shield players, archers, and stealthy players. That being said, the addition of Deathbrand Armor in the Dragonborn DLC has introduced the 'Deathbrand' playstyle for Light Armor wearers, meaning duel-wielding is finally a very valid option without requiring Heavy Armor for protection.

  • Deathbrand Armor is arguably the best armor in the game - certainly if you don't have max-level Smithing and Enchanting skills. It can be found one piece at a time as part of the "Deathbrand" Dragonborn quest.
  • Guild Masters Armor is granted when you become the head of the Thieves Guild, during the quest "Under New Management".
  • Nightingale Armor is acquired during the Thieves Guild quest "Trinity Restored".
Armor SetTotal DefenseWeightUpgrade withEffectEnchantable
Deathbrand Armor*78.513Stalhrim, Ebony Smithing+100 Armor when full set worn; +15 Stamina (cuirass) and +10 Carrying Capacity (boots) for each Deathbrand item worn; Waterbreathing (Helmet); +10% damage from one-handed attacks for each Deathbrand item worn when dueal-wielding (gauntlets)No
Ancient Shrouded Armor727.5Leather, N/A+25 Armor when full set worn; Immune to Poison (cuirass); Muffle (boots); +35% Bow damage (cowl); 2x Sneak attack damage from one-handed weapons (gloves)No
Dragonscale Armor82 (111 with shield)20 (26 with shield)Dragon Sclaes, Dragon ArmorNoneYes
Guild Master's Armor*7617Leather, N/A+50 Carrying capacity (cuirass); +35% Pickpocket success (boots); +35% Lockpicking (gloves); 20% better prices (hood)No
Nightingale Armor*6918Void Salts, N/A+25 Armor when full set worn; +20 Stamina, +15% Resist Frost (cuirass); Muffle (boots); 15% Lockpicking, +15% One-handed damage (gloves); -12% Illusion spell cost (hood)No

The best Shields in Skyrim

Shields are an entirely optional choice, and only suited to one-handed combatants, particularly those with Light Armor sets, or high-difficulty playthroughs. A couple points to note:

  • Spellbreaker is acquired by completing the Daedric quest "The Only Cure".
  • Auriel's Shield is acquired by killing the Falmer Warmonger inside the Forgotten Vale Forest location within the Forgotten Vale, in the Dawnguard questline.
  • The Shield of Solitude is acquired by completing the quest "The Wolf Queen Awakened"
  • The Shield of Ysgramor is acquired from the final chest in Ysgramor's Tomb, as part of the Companions quest "Glory of the Dead".
  • The Dawnguard Rune Shield is acquired from the radient Dawnguard quest "Lost Relic".
  • The Aetherial Shield is acquired from crafting it at the Aetherium Forge as part of the quest "Lost to the Ages"
ShieldArmor TypeDefenseWeightEffect
Spellbreaker*3812Dwarven Metal Ingot, N/AWards, protecting you from 50 Magic damage whilst blocking
Auriel's Shield*3214Refined Moonstone, Elven SmithingStores the energy of blocked attacks, releases the energy when power bashing
Shield of Solitude*3212N/A+30% Magic resist, +35% damage blocked
Shield of Ysgramor*3012N/A+20% Magic resist, +20 Health
Dawnguard Rune Shield*276Steel Ingot, Advanced Armors+10 Bash damage vs Vampires, blocking for a period of time creates a sun shield, causing 10 damage to nearby enemies
Aetherial Shield*2612Dwarven Metal Ingot, N/ABashing enemies causes thm to become ethereal for 15 seconds, and thus unable to attack or be attacked

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The best individual armor pieces in Skyrim

Funnily enough, because we've included the Ebony Mail in our Ebony Armor Set, all of the best unique, individual armor pieces are headwear of one kind or another, functioning in the same way as helmets. A couple points to bear in mind:

  • All of the Dragon Piest Masks below (everything except the Masque of Clavicus Vile and the Helm of Yngol) are available from looting the Dragon Priests of the same name as the mask in question.
  • The Masque of Clavicus Vile is acquired through the Daedric Quest "A Daedra's Best Friend", but only if you refrain from killing Barbas.
  • The Helm of Yngol is acquired from Yngol's skeleton in Yngol Barrow after defeating Yngol's Shade. It's significant due to the Frost Resistance spell, which is one of the only ones available on headgear in the game.
NamePieceArmor TypeDefenseWeightUpgrade withEffect
Konahrik*MaskHeavy247Gold Ingot, Daedric SmithingRandomly summons a Dragon Priest; chance to knock back enemies, heal you and nearby allies, and grant a fire cloak when on low health
Hevnoraak*MaskHeavy239Iron Ingot, Daedric SmithingImmune to disease and poison
Otar*MaskHeavy239Refined Malachite, Daedric Smithing30% Resist Fire, Frost, and Shock
Masque of Clavicus Vile*MaskHeavy237N/A20% better prices, +10 Speech, +5% Magicka regen
Nakriin*MaskHeavy239Ebony Ingont, Daedric Smithing+50 Magicka, Destruction and Restoration spells cost 20% less
Rahgot*MaskHeavy239Orichalcum Ingont, Daedric SmithingFortify Stamina 70 points
Vokun*MaskHeavy239Steel Ingot, Daedric SmithingConjuration, Illusion and Alteration spells cost 20% less
Helm of Yngol*HelmetHeavy218Steel Ingot, Advanced Smithing30% Frost Resistance
Krosis*MaskLight215Iron Ingot, Daedric SmithingLockpicking, Alchemy and Archery 20% better
Volsung*MaskLight215Corundum Ingot, Daedric SmithingPrices 20% better +20 Carry Capacity, Waterbreathing

Skyrim Crafting Guide – Alchemy, Smithing, and Enchantment

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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.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Wiki Guide. Table of Dragonplate type of armor requires maxed out skill in Smithing, as well as the bones and scales of slain dragons. Dragonplate Armor - requires Dragon Bone and Dragon Scales The Dark Brotherhood Quests · Innocence Lost · With Friends Like These.

Skyrim Smithing Guide


Part 1

Completing Prerequisite Criteria

  1. 1

    Gather as much money as you can. Crafting mass amounts of items is an expensive endeavor; in practice, your total cost will end up totaling close to 10,000 gold. To offset this intimidating figure:
    • Complete early-game story quests and side quests. Not only do these have cash rewards, but they also afford the opportunity to pick up sellable items.
    • Spend as little money as possible. You shouldn't have to buy anything during the early stages of the game; enemies will provide the bulk of your weaponry and armor options.
    • Pick up every moderately valuable item you can carry. This includes extra weapons, armor, gems, and so on. If you get close to reaching your maximum carry weight, you can always fast travel back to town to get rid of your surplus items.
    • Sell anything you don't absolutely need. You can do this at any General Store, or you can sell style-specific items at relevant stores (for example, weapons and armor at armory shops).
  2. 2

    Kill every dragon you see. As your character levels up, dragons will become harder to fight; in order to make gathering dragon bones and scales--the crafting components of Dragon armor--less of a challenge, kill as many dragons as you need to as early as possible in the game while the dragons are still at a lower level.
    • To craft Dragon armor (including a shield), you'll need a total of 12 dragon scales and 6 dragon bones; this figure goes up if you decide you want to make weapons or scaled armor as well. Dragons drop 1 to 3 of both scales and bones when they die.
    • Since one of the early story missions entails killing a dragon, do the first few story quests.
    • Dragons tend to appear as you wander through the world, so refrain from fast-traveling to distant objectives.
    • Provoke every dragon you see.
    • Use sporadic ranged attacks to weaken dragons; attacking them head-on early in the game will get you killed.
  3. 3

    Refrain from spending perk points. While perk points will obviously help you in combat, your primary objective is to level up your Smithing as quickly as possible. To that end, you'll want to spend what precious perk points you have on the Smithing tree alone until you obtain the Dragon Smithing perk.

  4. 4

    Save your game often. You're bound to die a few times as you progress; having multiple saves you can load will make trying to complete the prerequisites here far less frustrating.
    • You can also set the game's difficulty to "Novice" in the "Gameplay" tab of the Settings menu to make it easier.

Part 2

Leveling Smithing up to 100

  1. 1

    Learn about quickly leveling up Smithing. To level up your Smithing attribute quickly, you will need to craft multiple items. The cheapest (and quickest) way to do this is by crafting iron daggers; each dagger requires the following components:
    • One iron ingot
    • One leather strip
  2. 2

    Travel to Whiterun. If you haven't done this due to the story yet, do so now. Whiterun has several distinct advantages over the other early-game establishments:
    • It has an easily-accessible smithing and crafting station.
    • You can purchase a home right next to the smithing area for 5000 gold.
    • Whiterun is relatively safe from dragon attacks (especially early in the game).
    • Your smithing station is part of an armor and weapons store that stocks new iron and leather every 48 in-game hours.
    • You can purchase a pickaxe and use it to gather iron ore from deposits scattered around Whiterun's outer wall.
  3. 3

    Gather resources for a power-leveling session. Depending on your character's starting Smithing level, you will have to craft between 500 and 550 daggers. This means you'll need to purchase as much iron and leather as possible:
    • Assuming you exclusively purchase iron ingots and leather, the wholesale value of the resources needed to craft 550 daggers comes out to about 9,763 gold. You can lower this number by purchasing/smelting ore as often as possible and mining when ore veins replenish.
    • Economically-speaking, it's better to purchase leather in its whole form, not strips. You can use the tanning station next to the smithing station to convert leather into large quantities of strips.
    • When buying iron, purchase both ingots and ore; you can smelt one iron ore (using the smelting station right next to the smithing station) to create an iron ingot.
    • The bulk of the iron and leather you purchase will probably come from the store next to the smithing station; however, Belethor's General Store occasionally stocks iron and leather.
    • To get stores to refresh their inventory, you'll need to wait (or sleep) for 48 hours in-game. To do this, press your designated "Wait" button and move the slider to "24 hours", allow the timer to count down, and then repeat the process again.
    • There are iron ore deposits all around Whiterun's outer walls; taking a pickaxe to these will afford you some ore that you can smelt. Keep in mind that iron ore veins only replenish themselves once every 30 in-game days.
    • If you encountered the Embershard Mine when emerging from Skyrim's opening act (it's a ways to your right as you leave the cave), you can fast travel there to mine ore and pick up leather. Doing so will also kill some in-game time, meaning stores will refresh sooner.
  4. 4

    Walk over to the smithing station. This is to your immediate left when standing a few feet from the Whiterun gate; when fast-traveling to Whiterun, you need only walk a few paces forward and then take a right.

  5. 5

    Tap your action button. Make sure you're standing in front of the smithing station when you do this; you should see an option entitled "[Action Button] Use Blacksmith Forge".
    • The action on Xbox 360, for example, is .
    • If you bought leather, you'll want to use the tanning rack to create leather strips before using the forge; this is located to the left of the forge, closest to the street.
  6. 6

    Select "Iron".

  7. 7

    Select "Iron Dagger".

  8. 8

    Tap your action button. This will craft one iron dagger; repeat this step for as many iron ingots as you have in your inventory.
    • After you've depleted your iron supply, you'll need to wait for 48 in-game hours to resupply from shops in the area.
    • You can sell your crafted iron daggers to the owner of the store next to the smithing area.
  9. 9

    Repeat the smithing process. You'll need to do this until you reach Smithing level 100; keep in mind that this may take several hours of real-life time.
    • As your Smithing level increases, your overall level will gradually increase--thereby earning you a perk point for every level gained. Do not spend these points until you reach Smithing level 100, since you'll likely need all of them to reach the Dragon Smithing perk.

Part 3

Unlocking the Dragon Smithing Perk

  1. 1

    Make sure you've reached Smithing level 100. To do this, open your Character Menu and select the "Skills" section, then navigate to the "Smithing" perk tree. This tree should say "Smithing 100".

  2. 2

    Unlock the "Steel Smithing" perk. Press your action button while Steel Smithing is selected to do so. To reach Dragon Smithing, you will need to have 5 or 6 perk points available, the first of which goes to Steel Smithing.
    • If you go up the left side of the perk tree (which covers light armor and weapons rather than heaver armor and weapons), you will only need 5 perk points.
  3. 3

    Unlock the next perk. On the left side of the perk tree, this is "Elven Smithing"; on the right, "Dwarven Smithing".
    • While being able to craft the heavier armors on the right might cater to your playing style, the "Advanced Armors" perk on the left will allow you to make heavier versions of any armor.
  4. 4

    Unlock any following perks. These include:
    • Orcish, Ebony, and Daedric Smithing (right side of the tree)
    • Advanced Armors and Glass Smithing (left side of the tree)
  5. 5

    Unlock the "Dragon Armor" perk. Once you do so, you will be able to craft the basic Dragon Armor.

Part 4

Creating Dragon Armor

  1. 1

    Access the forge in Whiterun. You'll need to press your action button while facing it.

  2. 2

    Select the "Dragon" tab.

  3. 3

    Select "Dragonplate Armor". This is the default style of Dragon armor, though you can scroll through the "-bone" armor to get to the lighter "-plate" armor if you like.

  4. 4

    Press your action button. This will craft a set of Dragon armor for your character's torso.

  5. 5

    Craft the rest of the Dragon set. Doing so includes crafting the Dragonplate (or Dragonbone) Boots, Gauntlets, Helmet, and Shield (optional), all of which are beneath the Dragonplate Armor entry.
    • If you're crafting Dragonplate armor, you'll need to have iron ingots in addition to the other prerequisites.
  6. 6

    Exit the forge.

  7. 7

    Open your Character Menu. Now that you've created Dragon armor, it's time to equip it!

  8. 8

    Select "Items". This is the option to the right.

  9. 9

    Select "Apparel".

  10. 10

    Select a piece of Dragon armor.

  11. 11

    Tap the action button. This will equip your selected piece of armor. You have successfully created and equipped Dragon armor! Feel free to repeat this process for the rest of the armor pieces.


  • Make sure you're saving often! You can even save in the middle of a fight, if you like, but be sure to create multiple saves so that if you get stuck on one, you can load one from a different time.
  • While doing this early in the game will be challenging due to a lack of resources and fast travel locations, leveling Smithing early on will afford you more perk points (due to your character leveling up quicker at the beginning of the game), thereby increasing the likelihood that you will have enough perk points to activate the Dragon Smithing perk.
  • Making enough money to be able to afford everything entailed in the leveling and crafting processes will be the biggest sticking point for most players, especially early on in the game; fortunately, there are some quick and easy ways to make money.


  • Enemies' levels scale with your own, meaning that--in some cases--they become more difficult to kill as your level increases. This becomes a problem when leveling Smithing up to 100, since your character's overall level will likely increase several times during the process; because Smithing is a non-combative skill, your character's damage output will remain stagnant while your enemies' damage output increases.

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