The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim offers endless replayability thanks to flexible character customization and an almost infinite number of quests. Some of these customizations come from Skyrim’s crafting skills, which allow you to craft, enhance, and enchant gear.

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Unlike most games, crafting in Skyrim is absurdly powerful and is the path to the strongest gear. Enchantment contributes greatly to this by giving magical effects to your gear. If you have an Arcane Enchanter and an imbued soul gem, you can turn any mundane weapon into a fiery instrument of death. Here’s a complete guide to Skyrim enchantment skills, including level tips and unique enchantments to look out for.


Updated May 18, 2023 by Charles Burgar: While Skyrim’s enchantment system hasn’t undergone any changes, crafting the best weapons can be a tedious and somewhat confusing process. To help you craft the strongest weapons and armor, we’ve updated this guide with improved leveling and enchantment tips, and reorganized several sections to make them easier to follow.

Why Level Enchanting?

Skyrim Enchanting Table Alt

Enchanting is one of Skyrim’s crafting skills that allows you to give weapons, armor, and jewelry magical properties, such as elemental damage or walking on water. For purposes Stones standing on guardCasting spells is part of the mage skill archetype.

Crafted gear in Skyrim is leagues above any unique items you might find on your adventures, thanks in part to the sheer power of Enchanting. With the enchantment at level 100 and all its benefits active, you can craft a weapon that deals an additional 100 points of elemental damage or become almost immune to elemental damage with a few resist magic charms on your gear. Every build in Skyrim can benefit from enchanting their geartherefore many consider Casting Enchantment to be one of Skyrim’s strongest skills.

A charming review

Skyrim The Mage Background

There are four ways to increase your enchantment skill:

  1. Enchant non-magical gear in Arcane Enchanter.
  2. Disenchant magical gear in Arcane Enchanter, destroying an item in the process.
  3. Buy levels from the Enchanting trainer.
  4. Reading certain books increases your enchantment skill.

Enchanting and disenchanting items is the best source of experience for enchantment. Since you will need a lot of unenchanted items to level this skill, it is recommended that you do so level of blacksmithing next to Enchanting.

Using Arcane Enchanter

Skyrim wizard using the spell table

To enchant an item in Skyrim, you need three things:

  1. Item without enchantments
  2. Filled soul stone
  3. The secret wizard

Most equipped items in Skyrim can be enchanted, including weapons, armor, and jewels. Items that are already enchanted cannot be enchanted, although these items can be disenchanted to unlock additional enchantment properties.

Make your way to the Arcane Enchanter, the name of the Enchanting table in Skyrim. In the enchantment menu, you’ll be able to choose the item you want to enchant, the enchantments you want to cast, and the type of soul gem you’ll use to enchant the item. Once you enchant an item, you will lose your chosen soul gem. This item will also not be able to be re-enchanted, so be careful what you apply to this item.

Disappointing an item is a similar process. Using the Arcane Enchanter, go to the unlock tab and select any item you want to unlock. Disenchanting an item will permanently destroy it, unlocking the item’s enchantments for future use. Once a recipe is unlocked, you cannot disassemble items with the same enchantment again. You cannot be disappointed Daedric artifacts or similar unique items.

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Magic tree of skills and perks

Skyrim magic tree

The Skyrim magic tree consists of nine unique bonuses, most of which have several ranks. The table below shows what each bonus does with each investment point.

Every ten levels in spellcasting increases the power of your spells by 1%.

The name of the bonus

Skill requirements




New spells are 20/40/60/80/100% stronger.

Soul squeezer

20 Magical, Magician

Soul Gems provide additional magic to recharge.

Charms of fire

30 Magical, Magician

Fire enchantments on weapons and armor are 25% stronger.

Frost wizard

40 Enchanting, enchanting fire

Frost enchantments on weapons and armor are 25% stronger.

Soul siphon

40 Charming, Soulful

Deathblows to creatures, but not humans, take 5% of the victim’s soul, reloading the weapon.

Storm Enchanter

50 Magical, Frost Wizard

Storm enchantments on weapons and armor are 25% stronger.

Insightful Wizard

50 Magical, Magician

Armor skill enchants are 25% stronger.

Corpus Enchanter

70 A charming, perceptive wizard

Health, Magic, and Stamina spells on armor are 25% stronger.

Additional effect

100 Enchantments, Storm Enchanter OR Corpus Enchanter

You can cast two enchantments on one item.

The fastest way to gain an enchantment level

Skyrim player using Enchanting Table

We strongly recommend that you level the Enchantment skill along with the Blacksmithing skill, another crafting profession required to create the strongest items in Skyrim. How do you craft weapons and armor with your blacksmithing skillstake these items to Arcane Enchanter and give them magical properties. Try to use the biggest souls to maximize your experience.

The alignment process will look something like this:

  1. Get as many XP boosts as possible.
  2. Craft Iron Daggers or Dwarven Bows at the Smithing Station.
  3. Run to the Arcane Enchanter and enchant every item you just crafted or bought.
  4. Bankrupt the town by selling all your enchanted gear to town vendors.
  5. Use your new riches to buy more items to craft.
  6. Repeat the process until your skills reach level 100 or all nearby cities run out of supplies.

Before starting this process, make sure you have plenty of charged soul gems ready. Soul Gems can be found as loot in dungeons or purchased from court wizards in the capital of each Hold. The College of Winterhold also has NPCs who often sell Soul Gems. When you have a large amount of soul gems, use a weapon with the Soul Trap enchantment to replenish them. If you run out of weapons with this spell, Mace Molag Bal easy to obtain and can capture the souls of enemies.

Leveling tips

Skyrim Starter Standing Stones

To speed up the leveling process, enchant items with as much soul as possible. Great souls give the most experience while small souls give the least; the enchantments you apply to your equipment are irrelevant. Disenchantment gear uses the same principle, granting additional experience based on the power of the enchantment. The stronger the enchantment, the more experience you will gain by destroying the item.

If you need even more XP, The mage’s standing stone near Riverwood will increase all experience charms received by 20%. You can also sleep in your bed for the Well Rested buff, giving an additional 10% experience bonus for eight hours of play. If you are married and your spouse lives in the same house as you, the Lover’s Comfort buff will be granted instead, giving 15% more experience for eight hours of play.

Those who own the Dawnguard DLC or any special/anniversary edition of Skyrim can also get the Ethereal Crown and attune to the lover and mage standing stones at the same time, granting 35% more experience to the Enchant skill while the Circle is equipped. You can create this item by executing “Lost in the ages“quest.

All magical books

Skyrim Oghma Infinium is open

If you’re a few levels short of level 100 for enchantment, keep an eye out for books that increase your enchantment level. There are six of them in total pay attention to:




Tragedy in black

Coven of Glenmoril

Found atop Arcane Enchanter

Catalog of armor enchantments

Temple of Mehrunes Dagon


Catalog of enchantments for weapons

Dor Castle, Solitude

On the table in the wing of the Imperial Tower

Wizard’s primer

Carlotta Valentia House, Whiterun

Between the bed and the end table

Secrets of twins

Dwemer Museum in Markart

About the wizard Calselmo

Ogma Infinium

Outpost of Septimus Cygnus

Received for performing “Recognition of the otherworldly“quest.

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All the coaches are adorable

Skyrim Neloth Mage

Three NPCs can upgrade your enchantment skill for a modest gold fee. You can only level Enchanting this way five times per level. Trainers cannot increase your enchantment level above their own skill level.


Skill level



Sergey Turrian


Collegium of Winterhold

Located in the Hall of Elements



Temple of Dibella, Markart

Appears after completing Dibella’s Heart



Tel Mithrin, Solstheim


How to maximize charm

Skyrim player using alchemy table

Aside from enchantment bonuses, the best way to improve your enchantment effect is to drink a potion with the effect of Enchantment Strengthening. These potions can be created using a combination of the following ingredients:

  • The wings of an ancestor moth
  • Blue butterfly wings
  • The antennae of the shell hunter
  • Hagraven’s Claws
  • Snowberries
  • Spawn Ash
  • Spriggan Sap

Equip armor items with the Fortify Alchemy charm to make these potions even stronger.

There is also a buff called “Witchcraft Seeker“, which increases the effect of your enchantments by 10%. You can get this buff from Regent Sallow’s Black Book obtained during Solstheim’s main quest.

Unique charms worth paying attention to

Skyrim A jagged pickaxe on a mountainside

Some Skyrim enchantments can only be obtained by frustrating one-of-a-kind items. While far from the best, these charms offer benefits that are difficult to replicate. Here are some of them:



Location of the object

The fiery trap of the soul

If target dies within 5 seconds, fills soul gem, burns target for X points. Targets on fire take additional damage.

Steel Battle Ax of Fire Souls (Mound with Iron Shackles)

Valor of the hunter

X points of bonus animal damage.

Poacher’s Ax (Halted Stream Camp)

A toothed pickaxe

Increases the wielder’s blacksmithing ability by 5 and deals X damage to enemies on hit

Serrated Pickaxe (Throat of the World)

Silent Moons Enchant

*While the moon is gone, burns the target for X points.

Lunar weapons (Silent Moons Camp)

*Note that this enchantment has a bug and doesn’t deal extra damage like it should. To solve this problem, install the Unofficial Skyrim Patch mod.

For even more powerful spells, check out our the best Skyrim enchantments article.

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