Skyrim:Enchanting Effects

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This page documents the Magical Effects that can be used for Enchanting items.

Enchantment Effects

Enchantment effects can only be put on items that are equipped to certain locations.

Apparel Effects

Apparel enchantments improve the player's attributes, or provide the player with useful new abilities or resistances. An enchantment's base magnitude is the number shown when you hover over that enchantment (in the enchanting menu) without selecting it. This number specifies the magnitude of the enchantment when a Grand soul is used by a player with level 0 enchanting skill and no enchanting perks.

Apparel Effect Body Area Base Magnitude Base Cost[1] Disenchant
Head Neck Chest Hands Finger Feet Shield
Fortify Skill SR-icon-spell-Magic Hat.png Alchemy 1Yes 1Yes 1Yes 1Yes +8% potion strength 167
SR-icon-spell-Magic Hat.png Alteration 1Yes 1Yes 1Yes 1Yes -8% casting cost 206
SR-icon-spell-Magic Hat.png Archery 1Yes 1Yes 1Yes 1Yes +13% damage 352
SR-icon-spell-Magic Hat.png Barter 1Yes Prices improved by 8% 206
SR-icon-spell-Magic Hat.png Block 1Yes 1Yes 1Yes 1Yes +13% damage blocked 235
SR-icon-spell-Magic Hat.png Conjuration 1Yes 1Yes 1Yes 1Yes -8% casting cost 246
SR-icon-spell-Magic Hat.png Destruction 1Yes 1Yes 1Yes 1Yes -8% casting cost 256
SR-icon-spell-Magic Hat.png Heavy Armor 1Yes 1Yes 1Yes 1Yes +8 skill 157
SR-icon-spell-Magic Hat.png Illusion 1Yes 1Yes 1Yes 1Yes -8% casting cost 226
SR-icon-spell-Magic Hat.png Light Armor 1Yes 1Yes 1Yes 1Yes +8 skill 137
SR-icon-spell-Magic Hat.png Lockpicking 1Yes 1Yes 1Yes 1Yes +13% 168
SR-icon-spell-Magic Hat.png One-Handed 1Yes 1Yes 1Yes 1Yes +13% damage 369
SR-icon-spell-Magic Hat.png Pickpocket 1Yes 1Yes 1Yes 1Yes +13% multiplier to success chance 184
SR-icon-spell-Magic Hat.png Restoration 1Yes 1Yes 1Yes 1Yes -8% casting cost 231
SR-icon-spell-Magic Hat.png Smithing 1Yes 1Yes 1Yes 1Yes +8% tempering strength 236
SR-icon-spell-Magic Hat.png Sneak 1Yes 1Yes 1Yes 1Yes +13% 672
SR-icon-spell-Magic Hat.png Two-Handed 1Yes 1Yes 1Yes 1Yes +13% damage 369
Fortify Attribute SR-icon-spell-Magic Hat.png Healing Rate 1Yes 1Yes 1Yes +10% 251
SR-icon-spell-Magic Hat.png Health 1Yes 1Yes 1Yes 1Yes +20 202
SR-icon-spell-Magic Hat.png Magicka 1Yes 1Yes 1Yes 1Yes +20 188
SR-icon-spell-Magic Hat.png Magicka Regen 1Yes 1Yes 1Yes +20% 53
SR-icon-spell-Magic Hat.png Stamina 1Yes 1Yes 1Yes 1Yes +20 161
SR-icon-spell-Magic Hat.png Stamina Regen[2] 1Yes 1Yes 1Yes[2] 1Yes[2] +10% 125
Fortify Other SR-icon-spell-Magic Hat.png Carry Weight 1Yes 1Yes 1Yes 1Yes +15 393
SR-icon-spell-Magic Hat.png Alteration &
Magicka Regen
1Yes -5% casting cost
10% Magicka Regen[3]
SR-icon-spell-Magic Hat.png Conjuration &
Magicka Regen
1Yes -5% casting cost
10% Magicka Regen[3]
SR-icon-spell-Magic Hat.png Destruction &
Magicka Regen
1Yes -5% casting cost
10% Magicka Regen[3]
SR-icon-spell-Magic Hat.png Illusion &
Magicka Regen
1Yes -5% casting cost
10% Magicka Regen[3]
SR-icon-spell-Magic Hat.png Restoration &
Magica [sic] Regen
1Yes -5% casting cost
10% Magicka Regen[3]
SR-icon-spell-Magic Hat.png Unarmed 1Yes 1Yes +5 damage 88
Resist SR-icon-spell-Magic Hat.png Disease 1Yes 1Yes 1Yes 1Yes +25% 55
SR-icon-spell-Fire.png Fire 1Yes 1Yes 1Yes 1Yes +15% 176
SR-icon-spell-Ice.png Frost 1Yes 1Yes 1Yes 1Yes +15% 186
SR-icon-spell-Magic Hat.png Magic[4] 1Yes 1Yes 1Yes +8% 187
SR-icon-spell-Magic Hat.png Poison 1Yes 1Yes 1Yes 1Yes +15% 39
SR-icon-spell-Shock.png Shock 1Yes 1Yes 1Yes 1Yes +15% 196
Other SR-icon-spell-Magic Hat.png Muffle 1Yes n/a 105
SR-icon-spell-Alteration.png Waterbreathing 1Yes 1Yes 1Yes n/a 100
Apparel Effect Head Neck Chest Hands Finger Feet Shield Base Magnitude Base Cost Disenchant
  1. ^ Rounded down.
  2. ^ a b c Although armors, necklaces and rings can be disenchanted in order to gain the enchantment, armors, necklaces and foot apparel can be enchanted. Therefore you can equip four items (neck, chest, finger, feet) with that enchantment.
  3. ^ a b c d e The magnitude of this part of the effect is fixed regardless of skill, soul used, or perks.
  4. ^ There are two versions of this effect, allowing it to be applied twice. The second version is from the Shield of Solitude and has a base magnitude of 10%. This bug is fixed by the Unofficial Skyrim Patch.

Weapon Effects

Base magnitude is the number shown when you hover over an enchantment without selecting it, if you have no perks. It is equivalent to the magnitude with a Grand soul, 0 skill, and no perks. Base uses is defined the same way but cannot be seen directly without the use of the console.

Weapon Effect School Base Magnitude Base Cost[1] Disenchant
Absorb SR-icon-spell-Absorb.png Health Destruction 8 31
SR-icon-spell-Absorb.png Magicka[2] Destruction 10 21
SR-icon-spell-Absorb.png Stamina[2] Destruction 10 22
Damage SR-icon-spell-Magic Hat.png ChaosDB Destruction 10 19
SR-icon-spell-Fire.png Fire Destruction 10 11
SR-icon-spell-Ice.png Frost Destruction 10
50% slow for 2s[3]
SR-icon-spell-Magic Hat.png Magicka Destruction 15 15
SR-icon-spell-Shock.png Shock Destruction 10 14
SR-icon-spell-Magic Hat.png Stamina Destruction 15 29
Repel SR-icon-spell-Banish.png Banish Conjuration Level 10 113
SR-icon-spell-Illusion Dark.png Fear Illusion Level 10 16
SR-icon-spell-Turn Undead.png Turn Undead Restoration Level 10 29
Apply Effect SR-icon-spell-Paralyze.png Paralyze Alteration 25% chance for 2s[4] 34
SR-icon-spell-Banish.png Soul Trap Conjuration 4s 9
Special SR-icon-spell-Magic Hat.png Briarheart Geis[5] Destruction +5 damage vs. Nords 0
SR-icon-spell-Fire.png Fiery Soul Trap Conjuration 5s
10 fire damage[3]
SR-icon-spell-Magic Hat.png Huntsman's Prowess Destruction +3 damage vs. Animals 3
SR-icon-spell-Shock.png Notched Pickaxe Destruction 5 shock damage
+5 Smithing[3]
SR-icon-spell-Light.png Silent Moons Enchant Destruction +10 damage under moonlight 5
  1. ^ Rounded down.
  2. ^ a b There are two versions of this effect, allowing it to be applied twice.
  3. ^ a b c The magnitude of this part of the effect is fixed regardless of skill, soul used, or perks.
  4. ^ Only the duration is affected by Enchanting level and perks.
  5. ^ This effect is found on the Briarheart Geis, a weapon that cannot be found in game.

Skill and Perk Interaction

  • Elemental effects are affected by the appropriate Destruction perks. If you have an elemental effect and the corresponding Destruction perk(s), and a second effect, the perk(s) affect both effects. If you have two elemental effects and their corresponding Destruction perks, both perks apply multiplicatively to both effects, giving up to a x2.25 multiplier.
  • Stability affects the duration of Paralyze effects.
  • Kindred Mage affects the level of Fear effects against appropriate NPCs. Animage likewise boosts the effective level versus animals.
  • Aspect of Terror does NOT affect the level of Fear effects.
  • Necromage affects the magnitude (damage or level) of all effects used against undead targets. In particular, this allows Turn Undead effects of level 40 or higher to work on Dragon Priests (level 50).
  • Necromage also improves the enchantments on items by 25% if the player is a Vampire.
  • The total number of charges is increased by magicka cost reducing equipment and a high skill level in the respective magic school, but not by the Novice-Master perks.
  • Damage Stamina is affected by both Fire Enchanter and Augmented Flames.


  • Many Fortify Skill enchantments actually affect the action directly instead of increasing your skill.
  • Fortify Archery, One-Handed, and Two-Handed are the most powerful offensive enchantments. At 100 Enchanting and with the appropriate perks, if you have the maximum four items enchanted with these, you will do +160% damage. Drinking a "+32% Fortify Enchanting" potion while enchanting further increases this to +188%. For comparison, the difference between having zero perks for a weapon and having all perks for a weapon is +100% damage.
  • Resist Magic is probably the most powerful defensive enchantment, as it protects from a wide range of attacks. With the maximum of 85% Resist Magic you can ignore elemental traps and stand in a dragon's breath attack without taking significant damage.
  • If you are mass enchanting your items, weapons offer a greater profit per soul gem used. Weapon enchantment prices are calculated by base uses; the fewer base uses an enchantment has, the more expensive the enchantment will be. The Banish enchantment is by far the most profitable weapon enchantment, followed by Absorb Health and Paralyze.
  • If you wish to mass enchant armor, clothing or jewelry, the most profitable enchantments at the petty soul level are Waterbreathing and Muffle. Waterbreathing can be applied to helms, rings, and necklaces, while Muffle can be applied to boots, arm slot items and jewelry. (Waterbreathing and Muffle have no magnitude or duration, so they are just as effective and valuable with a petty soul as with a grand one.) If you use at least lesser souls, Fortify Sneak will surpass it. However, no wearable item enchantments are as profitable as the above-mentioned weapon ones per soul used.
  • Nearly all enchantments are available at level 1. Known exceptions are Banish and Paralyze (both at level 22).

Effect Charges and Strength


The net magnitude of the effect follows this formula:

<pre style="width:; white-space:-moz-pre-wrap; white-space:-pre-wrap; white-space:-o-pre-wrap; white-space:pre-wrap; word-wrap:break-word; ">net magnitude = base magnitude * soul multiplier * skill multiplier * (1 + Enchanter perk) * (1 + specific perk modifier)

Soul multiplier is as follows:

Class Multiplier
Grand x1
Greater x2/3
Common x1/3
Lesser x1/6
Petty x1/12

Skill multiplier is approximately 1 + (skill/100) * (skill/100 - 0.15) / 3.4. Overall, 100 skill points will grant 25% increase over the base magnitude. The potions will increase your skill in the formula by their given percentage. Maximum possible natural (without potions) multiplier with 100 Enchanting, 5 levels in Enchanter, appropriate +25% perk and Grand soul is 3.125x. With potions (without exploiting fortify restoration effect) the maximum is 4.21875x.


For weapons, you can select the magnitude of the effect up to a maximum. The maximum magnitude is similar to apparel, but not affected by the soul used:

<pre style="width:; white-space:-moz-pre-wrap; white-space:-pre-wrap; white-space:-o-pre-wrap; white-space:pre-wrap; word-wrap:break-word; ">Maximum Magnitude = base enchantment magnitude * skill multiplier * (1 + Enchanter perk modifier) * (1 + specific Enchanting perk modifier) * (1 + elemental Destruction perk modifier) + effect's base magnitude * skill multiplier * (1 + Enchanter perk) * (Potion effect)

The number of uses does depend on the soul used, but not on perks (assuming maximum magnitude is used).

<pre style="width:; white-space:-moz-pre-wrap; white-space:-pre-wrap; white-space:-o-pre-wrap; white-space:pre-wrap; word-wrap:break-word; "> Charges Per Use = 3 * (base enchantment cost * magnitude / maximum magnitude)^1.1 * (1 - sqrt(skill/200)) Net Number of Uses = soul charge capacity / charges per use

Note: base enchantment cost must be calculated according to the formula listed here when the enchantment is set to "Auto-Calculate"

Soul charge capacities are as follows:

Class Capacity
Grand 3000
Greater 2000
Common 1000
Lesser 500
Petty 250

If the weapon has two effects, the charges per use are added together, resulting in fewer uses.

The soul multiplier is the same as for apparel.

A graph of the net use multiplier by Enchanting skill level:

SR-graph-Enchantment Net Uses.png


  • The exponent of 1.1 in the number of charges consumed per use means that weapons are more efficient if a lower magnitude is picked. However, the effect is quite weak--halving the magnitude of an effect only improves the efficiency by about 7%. Therefore, for most enchantments it is best to use the maximum magnitude. Possible exceptions are enchantments which apply effects with a duration--since you can swing/fire your weapon fairly quickly, using a duration of more than a couple seconds is usually overkill and will drain your weapon much faster.
  • The number of uses formula has an asymptote at 200 skill. For example, if you could get up to 199 Enchanting, your weapon would have x399.5 charges.
  • The formula is based on the displayed number when enchanting the weapon. It is possible this does not work as advertised--see the talk page.
  • The number of uses and charges per use is not fixed at the time of the enchanting. If you use a Fortify Enchanting by 99% potion with 100 enchanting skill to enchant a weapon with a powerful enchant, and then use it later (while not under effect of said potion), it will run out of charges very fast, because number of charges per use is calculated at the moment of the usage.
  • Some enchantment effects cannot be applied to followers, or do not confer the expected benefits to them. See here.


  • If you equip a shield with magical effects and a one-handed weapon, then equip a two-handed weapon, and then switch back to the one-handed weapon, the shield will be automatically re-equipped but without the magical effects.
    • Unequipping and re-equipping the shield fixes this.