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Silver Ingot
Silver Ore
Silver Ore Vein

Silver is a valuable metal that can be used to forge silver jewelry. It is also notable as the primary source of Markarth's wealth, due to the infamous Cidhna Mine, owned by the influential Silver-Blood clan. As a result, a popular saying is:

Blood and silver are what flows through Markarth....

Large amounts of silver can be found in Markarth, both in the mine and in various homes and businesses in the city itself.

Two silver weapons are available in the game (Silver Swords and Silver Greatswords), which do extra damage to undead, including werewolves and vampires. You cannot forge these silver weapons; the only way to obtain them is by looting from Silver Hand members and lairs.


Name ID Weight Value
SR-icon-ore-Silver Ore.png Silver Ore 0005acdf 1 25
SR-icon-ingot-Silver Ingot.png Silver Ingot 0005ace3 1 50
  • 3 Silver Ores are obtained by mining Silver Ore Veins. Can be purchased at level >=3.
  • 1 Silver Ingot is obtained by smelting 2 Silver Ores.

Mineral Sources

In addition to the following guaranteed sources, the best random locations are:

  • Silver Ore may be sold by blacksmiths and general goods merchants starting at level 3.
  • Silver Ingots may be sold by Moth gro-Bagol at all levels.

Silver Ore can also be created by transmuting Iron Ore (and can in turn be transmuted into Gold Ore).

There are a total of 95 veins, 30 ores, and 119 ingots available in the game. Only notable locations are included in the following list, including places where large amount of the mineral may be found and places that are particularly easy to access. The Silver Veins category contains a more complete list of places containing single veins. All exterior ore veins are shown on (map). Note, however, that only 50 veins are shown on the map at one time; to see the rest of the veins, click on "Next" at the bottom of the list of results.

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Region Location Veins Ores Ingots Details (see place pages for full information)
The Reach Sanuarach Mine 7 4 2 Nearby Fenn's Gulch Mine also has one vein; multiple ores and ingots are also found in adjacent Karthwasten.
Markarth Cidhna Mine 6 4 To access the silver veins you must be on the quest No One Escapes Cidhna Mine; just being a regular prisoner in the jail gives no access to ore.
Whiterun Hold Lund's Hut 12 As part of the Stormcloak quest Compelling Tribute, you ambush a wagon along the road 740 ft north of Lund's Hut (map). This wagon is carrying a chest containing 12 Silver Ingots.
The Pale Forsaken Cave 10
Whiterun Dragonsreach 9
Solitude Solitude Blacksmith 8 6 ingots inside and 2 outside.
Markarth The Treasury House 1 6
Markarth Endon's House 6 4
The Reach Enmon's House 3 5
Winterhold Alftand 5 4
Whiterun Jorrvaskr 6
Falkreath Hold Sunderstone Gorge 4
Markarth Smelter Overseer's House 3 4
Markarth Nepos's House 5
The Reach Karthwasten Hall 5
The Rift Fallowstone Cave 3
Whiterun House of Clan Battle-Born 4
Whiterun Hold Honningbrew Meadery 3
Whiterun Hold Silent Moons Camp 2 (map)
The Pale Wreck Of The Brinehammer 2 2
Markarth Markarth Ruins 2
Markarth Ghorza's Blacksmith 2
Riften Blacksmith 2
Solitude Solitude Stables 2

Silver Smithing

Silver items can be forged from the start of the game, without the need to unlock any Smithing perks. The gemstones not listed here can instead be used to create Gold jewelry.

Note that although your in-game inventory shows the weight of a ring as 0.3, the true weight is 0.25. Therefore the two Silver Rings crafted out of one Silver Ingot have the exact same weight and value as the Silver Necklace that could instead be crafted.

Name (ID) Weight Value Rating Raw Materials Delta Ratio
SR-icon-ingot-Silver Ingot.png Silver Gem Weight Value Weight Value
SR-icon-jewelry-SilverRing.png Silver Ring (×2)
0.25 30 0 1 -0.5 10 0.50 1.20
SR-icon-jewelry-SilverGarnetRing.png Silver Garnet Ring
0.25 160 0 1 SR-icon-misc-Garnet.png Garnet -0.85 10 0.23 1.07
SR-icon-jewelry-SilverAmethystRing.png Silver Amethyst Ring
0.25 180 0 1 SR-icon-misc-Amethyst.png Amethyst -0.85 10 0.23 1.06
SR-icon-jewelry-SilverRubyRing.png Silver Ruby Ring
0.25 260 0 1 SR-icon-misc-Ruby.png Ruby -0.85 10 0.23 1.04
SR-icon-jewelry-SilverNecklace.png Silver Necklace
0.5 60 0 1 -0.5 10 0.50 1.20
SR-icon-jewelry-SilverJeweledNecklace.png Silver Jeweled Necklace
0.5 380 0 1 SR-icon-misc-FlawlessGarnet.png Flawless Garnet ×2 -0.7 30 0.42 1.09
SR-icon-jewelry-SilverSapphireNecklace.png Silver Sapphire Necklace
0.5 580 0 1 SR-icon-misc-FlawlessSapphire.png Flawless Sapphire -0.6 30 0.45 1.05
SR-icon-jewelry-SilverEmeraldNecklace.png Silver Emerald Necklace
0.5 830 0 1 SR-icon-misc-FlawlessEmerald.png Flawless Emerald -0.6 30 0.45 1.04


  • 1 Silver Ingot is needed for the quest The Only Cure.
  • Ore veins of all types sometimes do not respawn normally. See Mining bugs.


  • Silver weapons cannot be improved at grindstones.