Smithing provides the ability to create and improve weapons and armor. Higher skill level can improve more weapons and armor. The Smithing skill tree has a total of 10 perks and it requires a total of 10 perk points to complete. The art of creating weapons and armor from raw materials, or improving non-magical weapons and armor.
Smithing Skill in Skyrim
Skyrim Smithing Guide
How to be a Blacksmith in Skyrim
As a blacksmith players can create weapons, armor and jewelry with the right materials and knowledge. Bring materials to a Forge and Anvil to start crafting weapons, armor and jewelry. At the Forge and Anvil all the items that the player can craft is shown with items greyed out if the player does not have enough materials to craft it. Selecting the item to craft will show the materials required to craft it and how many of each is needed. For armor and weapons the armor and damage values of the crafted piece are increased based on the smithing level but not from bonuses from sources such as a Fortify Smithing potion and Fortify Smithing enchantment effects.
Players have to increase their smithing levels to gain access to perks that would unlock weapon and armor recipes. This is the only way for players to learn to make new weapons and armors from new materials. The perk tree is split for light and heavy armor progressions with both paths ending at the Dragon Armor perk unlocking both light and heavy dragon armors and weapons.
Blacksmithing also allows players to improve armor and shields at a workbench, or improve your weapons at a grindstone. When selecting the item to improve, the required material is shown and only 1 is required for each improvement. The amount of improvement weapons and armor can get are influenced by Fortify Smithing potion effects and the Fortify Smithing enchantment effects.
Item qualities are shown in the name of the item, going from Fine, Superior, Exquisite, Flawless, Epic to Legendary. Items can be upgraded multiple times as long as the level of improvement is higher with the quality name based on the level of improvement.
Skyrim Smithing Materials
Blacksmithing typically requires ingots of metal and leather strips to craft armor and weapons. These materials can be gained by purchasing from vendors or alternatively you can find or mine ore in mines and bring them to a smelter to make metal ingots. Hide can be turned into leather at tanning racks, where you also turn leather into leather strips. Neither smelting or working the tanning rack benefit from nor add to the skill gain of Blacksmithing.
Most weapons and armor will require other materials as well to craft. These can be found around the world from various locations and enemies.
For improving items, weapons and armor will use a relevant, related ingot or other material to upgrade.
Check the specific weapons or armor or search on the full lists to look for the materials required to improve or craft them.
Skyrim Smithing Skill Leveling
Smithing levels are increased by crafting new equipment, or by improving weapons and armor. Levels can also be increased through the use of Trainers as well as finding and using Skill Books. There are also quest rewards specific to Blacksmithing such as the reward from Unfathomable Depths (Quest) that gives a 15% bonus.
The skill gain for Blacksmithing is based on the value of the equipment crafted. This is increased by the base value of the item being crafted, the smithing level as well as bonuses from sources such as a Fortify Smithing potion and Fortify Smithing enchantments in armor.
By repeatedly crafting something that has a low material cost with high value players can quickly increase their Blacksmithing level without too much difficulty. Typically this is done with Iron Dagger crafting or by crafting jewelry, or Dwarven bows.
Skyrim Smithing Tips
- Players can smelt Dwemer scrap metal to make Dwarven Metal Ingots used in crafting
- Iron dagger crafting is a good starting point but finding and crafting gems into Jewelry will give good experience as well
- Some houses can be installed with a Forge and Anvil so players can both store smithing materials as well as craft new weapons, armor and jewelry there.
- The strongest armor and weapons can be made through smithing with high levels of Fortify Smithing effects through enchanted armor and potion effects
Skyrim Smithing Recipes
Quick Search of All Smithing Recipes
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Skyrim Smithing skill Perks
Perk Points in Skyrim
Players gain 1 perk point every time they level up their character. A player will need 251 perk points to get every perk to the maximum level which is achieved at level 252.
Before spending perk points to get the bonuses from the perk, the player must first unlock the perk. Perks can be unlocked on their respective skill trees by having enough levels in the skill as well as the prerequisite perks leading to the perk. All skills have their base perks unlocked with perks further into the tree being unlocked as points are invested and levels gained.
Perks can have multiple levels to them giving increasing bonuses with more perk points invested in them. Different skill trees will need different number of perk points to fully unlock all the perks in each tree. Players may want to check and consider the number of perk points they need for their builds and at what level they will need to be to unlock everything they want to have.
Reclaiming Perk Points in Skyrim
There are 2 ways that players can reclaim the spent perk points in Skyrim that are quite difficult to get to so players do still want to be careful with their perk points. At level 100 players can set the skill to be Legendary. This will refund all perks invested into that tree as well as set the skill back to level 15. This will also allows players to increase the skill experience once again and gain new levels and more perk points.
Alternatively players who have completed the Dragonborn main questline will be able to reclaim points repeatedly by using the Black Book: Waking Dreams. This will require them to have a dragon's soul from hunting a dragon.
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|Perk||Rank||Skill LVL.||Perk Requirement||Description|
|Steel Smithing||-||-||-||Can create Steel armor and weapons at forges, and improve them twice as much.
Can also create Bonemold armor.
|Arcane Blacksmith||-||60||Steel Smithing||You can improve magical weapons and armor.|
|Dwarven Smithing||-||30||Steel Smithing||Can create Dwarven armor and weapons at forges, and improve them twice as much.|
|Orcish Smithing||-||50||Dwarven Smithing||Can create Orcish armor and weapons at forges, and improve them twice as much.|
|Ebony Smithing||-||80||Orcish Smithing||
Can create Ebony armor and weapons at forges, and improve them twice as much.
|Daedric Smithing||-||90||Ebony Smithing||Can create Daedric armor and weapons at forges, and improve them twice as much.|
|Elven Smithing||-||30||Steel Smithing||Can create Elven armor and weapons at forges, and improve them twice as much.
Can also create Chitin armor.
|Advanced Armors||-||50||Elven Smithing||Can create Scaled and Plate armor at forges, and improve them twice as much.
Can also create Nordic armor and weapons.
|Glass Smithing||-||70||Advanced Armors||Can create Glass armor and weapons at forges, and improve them twice as much.|
|Dragon Armor||-||100||Daedric Smithing
or Glass Smithing
|Can create Dragon armor at forges, and improve them twice as much.
Can also create Dragonbone weapons.