The Elder Scrolls V – Skyrim: How to Level Enchanting Quickly

In The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim for the PC, PS3, and Xbox 360, just like in previous versions of the game, you can enchant items and weapons to make them much better and more useful than they would be otherwise.

Enchanting is quite a bit different in Skyrim, in that you now need to disenchant items to gain enchantments. Disenchanting, enchanting, and even recharging your weapons all increase your enchanting skill.

Enchant Cheap Items With Soul Gems

A good way to increase your enchanting skill quickly is to enchant cheap weapons and armor with petty soul gems. It seems that the size of the enchantment doesn’t effect the skill gained, so smaller soul gems are you best source of leveling.

Follow my guide to make a lot of Iron Daggers with smithing, or just keep your weapon loot from dungeons, and enchant them using filled soul gems. The best return for enchanting is the Banish enchant, which banishes Daedra. The Banish enchant can literally turn an iron dagger from being worth 10 gold, to well over 1000 gold depending on your bartering skills. Using this method, you can purchase all of the soul gems from the mages you encounter, and pretty much buy your way to high level enchanting.

To fill your soul gems naturally, use the Soul Trap spell, or enchant a weapon with the Soul Trap effect. You can find the Soul Trap spell from most spell book vendors, and the Soul Trap enchant can be found fairly easily on most weapon vendors. The mage at Dragonsreach in Whiterun typically sells the spell book.

Level Enchanting With Infinite Soul Gems

One method that will help with this process immensely is to get The Black Star item. The Black Star is a soul gem that can trap any size of creature, and it is never broken or consumed when you fill an item with it, essentially giving you infinite grand soul gems.

To get The Black Star, you need to start the quest by the same name. Speak to Araneas in the Shrine of Azura, which is in the mountains directly south of Winterhold. Once the quest is complete, you will have the choice to return the broken Azura’s Star to Araneas or to a man named Nelacar. Returning it to Nelacar will yield The Black Star.

Once you have The Black Star, it can be filled indefinitely with any sized soul. You can then use it to create and recharge any number of items, taking some of the burden off of buying soul gems.

The Black Star makes a perfect infinite recharge gem, since you can fill it, recharge your weapon, and fill it again multiple times all in the same dungeon.

Level Enchanting With Pickpocketing

If you’re ok using a rather “cheap” method to level Enchanting extremely fast, then check out the first tip in my skill trainer pickpocketing guide where you simply find an Enchanting skill trainer, buy a skill point, then pickpocket the money back. Hamal in the Temple of Dibella in Markath, and Sergius Turranius at The College of Winterhold are both Enchanting trainers.

This trick is only effective up to 51 skill points unless you have a pickpocketing skill of 100, since after 51 skill points the cost is increased by 1000 gold, making pickpocketing much more difficult.

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  1. Carey says

    Sorry but he’s right. The black star only takes humanoid souls. Not anything else tho. It just depends on your play style. I don’t kill alot of animals, so I would probably need the black star. But if you wanna capture mammoths, trolls, etc… you’ll want azura’s star. The Black Star taking both kinds of souls is actually a bug… it’s not supposed to do that, and doesn’t do that for all people. Maybe cause of the recent update. Just thought you’d wanna know… check out this link, it’s where I got my info, amongst other places:

    • says

      Even if it is/was a bug, I still feel that the Black Star is superior with the abundance of bandit and mage camps in the game. At upper levels it’s a moot point though, because you’ll end up with hundreds of grand soul gems laying around, and tens of thousands of gold pieces and nothing to buy with them.

  2. TJ says

    Side note for people using the trainer method, they only go up to lvl 90, so you’ll have to do the last ten yourself either way.

  3. Alec Hufford says

    Thanks but The black star can ONLY take in human souls, the Azura Star can take everything else but humans souls.

    • says

      That’s actually not true.. while the game notes say it only traps black souls, it indeed traps both, making it far superior to the Azura Star. It will always capture to a smaller gem if one is available, but if none are available then The Black Star will capture it.

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