Skyrim Enchanting Guide – How To Enchant Items

Skyrim – Enchanting is used to integrate your items (weapons) with special magical skills; they will increase the properties/skills of your items so their powers will last longer and more effectively.

For more help on Skyrim, you can read our Blacksmithing, Alchemy and Tanning Guide.

How To Enchant Items
You can simply disenchant an enchanted item by accessing any Arcane Enchanter, and you will memorize the skill. The item which you will disenchant is destroyed.


  • You must already know an enchantment skill or have an item to test on.
  • The item which you wish to enchanted (un-enchanted item)
  • A soul+soul gem.

How To

  • Access an Arcane Enchanter and select the item you want to enchant.
  • Select the enchantment type.
  • The quality of the weapon or the enchanted item is dependent on your enchanting skills and the type of soul gem you use. So choose the gem wisely and proceed.
  • You can name your item now.

What To Consider When Enchanting

  • The armor rating is shown as default (not improved if you have via smithing) while enchanting but it is added up after you enchant an item.
  • Use the Extra Effect perk to dual enchant an item with only one gem.
  • The Black Star and the Azura’s Star are not destroyed by enchanting.
  • Artificer is an achievement which requires Enchanting.

Skyrim Enchanting Perks

The enchantments newly made will be 20% stronger from onwards.

Fire Enchanter (30 LEVEL)
The fire enchantments on your weapons and armor are stronger by 25%.

Frost Enchanter (40 LEVEL)
The frost enchantments on weapons and armor are stronger by 25%.

Storm Enchanter (50 LEVEL)
The frost enchantments on weapons and armor are stronger by 25%.

Extra Effect (100 LEVEL)
You can put 2 enchantments on the same item.

Insightful Enchanter (50)
The skill enchantments on the armor are stronger by 25%.

Corpus Enchanter (LEVEL 70)
The enchantments (Health, Magicka, Stamina) on the armor are 25% stronger.

Soul Squeezer (Level 20)
The soul gems will provide more recharging magicka.

Soul Siphon (Level 40)

Skyrim Enchanting Tips

Enchanting will help you grab lots of gold and make your medium ranged weapons do a massive amount of damage. The base of melee and ranged weapons can be altered, also the rate of your mana/health regeneration.

You could go to the College of Winterhold and buy weapons/armor/gems from the Destruction trainer there, enchant them and then sell them to make a profit. You can repeat the process to earn more and increase your level.

Soul Harvester
You can get your followers to act as a soul harvester for you. Give your follower any sort of a Soul Trap and empty gems.

How To Empty A Filled Gem
If you accidently fill a gem with a wrong type of soul then you can simply empty it by dropping it and then grabbing it again.