Elder Scrolls
Elder Scrolls

Fortify Smithing is a property of alchemical ingredients and enchanted apparel. It only affects the improvement of weapons and armor at grindstones and workbenches, not the creation of these items at a forge.


The following ingredients also contain this effect:

Ingredient Primary Effect Secondary Effect Tertiary Effect Quaternary Effect
Pearlfish  Creation Club   Restore Stamina Resist Frost Fortify Smithing Fortify One-Handed
Dreugh Wax  Creation Club   Weakness to Magic Frenzy Fortify Enchanting Fortify Smithing
Gold Kanet  Creation Club   Paralysis Ravage Health Weakness to Frost Fortify Smithing
Glowing Mushroom Resist Shock Fortify Destruction Fortify Smithing Fortify Health
Spriggan Sap Damage Magicka Regen Fortify Enchanting Fortify Smithing Fortify Alteration
Sabre Cat Tooth Restore Stamina Fortify Heavy Armor Fortify Smithing Weakness to Poison
Blisterwort Damage Stamina Frenzy Restore Health Fortify Smithing


The following potions can be made, and are sold by Apothecary merchants. It should be noted that when using a potion, the 30 second timer will continue during the smithing process itself.

Name Effect Item ID
Blacksmith's Potion For 30 seconds, weapon and armor improving is 20% better. 0003EB2E
Blacksmith's Draught For 30 seconds, weapon and armor improving is 30% better. 0003995D
Blacksmith's Philter For 30 seconds, weapon and armor improving is 40% better. 00039962
Blacksmith's Elixir For 30 seconds, weapon and armor improving is 50% better. 00039967


The Fortify Smithing enchantment can be learned by finding one of the following items and disenchanting it: Artifacts and unique items that use the effect include:

The following types of items can be enchanted with Fortify Smithing:


  • Crafted potions of fortify smithing may not affect armor or weapon improvement if perks have not been placed in smithing. Perks allow armor and weapons to be improved beyond base improvement. A potion's percentage seems to affect this difference only.
  • To achieve the maximum percent increase for Fortify Smithing Potions of 174%, one must use four 41% enchanted armor pieces of Alchemy, and the Seeker of Shadows perk from Sallow Regent black book. Then, for the actual smithing, one must then combine this potion with four 41% enchanted armor pieces of smithing for maximum smithing upgrades to items (using smithing-specific items only). However, armor rating has a maximum and the ability to craft a maximum suit of armor requires smithing skills far below the maximum obtained with this method.
  • Using a workbench or grindstone does not stop time, so in order to obtain the benefits of a potion, the entire improvement process from activation of the workbench or grindstone to the pressing of the improve key must be done within the duration of the potion (typically 30 seconds). This generally means that one will need multiple potions to improve multiple pieces of equipment.