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For the quest, see The Forgemaster's Fingers.

The Forgemaster's Fingers are a pair of unique Iron Gauntlets found in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. They are a Quest Item for the miscellaneous quest "The Forgemaster's Fingers", which bestows the title of Blood-kin to any Dragonborn not of Orsimer blood.


The Forgemaster's Fingers are a pair of enchanted heavy armor gauntlets that were once worn by a legendary Orsimer blacksmith.


The Forgemaster's Fingers will not appear until "The Forgemaster's Fingers" is initiated.


The Forgemaster's Fingers can be upgraded at a workbench with an iron ingot and the Arcane Blacksmith perk, however they do not benefit from any Smithing perks.

This means the armor cannot be improved past flawless quality without boosting the Smithing skill over 100. This can be achieved by using enchanted items and/or blacksmithing potions to fortify Smithing.


Wearing this piece of armor grants the following skill bonuses:


  • A smith strongly benefits from these gauntlets, as they allow the smith to improve items beyond what their skill currently allows. This benefit applies even if the Dragonborn has a Smithing skill of 100 and is best utilized in combination with a blacksmith draught or potion.
  • The Forgemaster, a unique Dwarven Centurion in the quest "Lost to the Ages,"DG shares a similar name with The Forgemaster's Fingers. It is, however, unknown whether there is a link between the two or not.
    • There is also a character from Oblivion called The Forgemaster. Again, it is not known if there is a link between the two.


This section contains bugs related to The Forgemaster's Fingers (Item). Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:

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  •  PC   360   PS3   Sometimes when the quest is given at Dushnikh Yal to find the Forgemaster's Fingers the quest fails to initiate and does not appear in the quests list, nor is there a map marker to find them. This makes it impossible to gain approved entry of Orc strongholds.
    • Solution: Visit a different stronghold first (Narzulbur confirmed to work).
    • Solution: It is possible to obtain blood-kin status from befriending an Orc aka doing a side-quest for them, like obtaining The Last Scabbard of Akrash for Ghorza gra-Bagol.
    •  PC   360   PS3   Solution: Dushnikh Yal Alternate Fix: Simply open the gate and talk to the quest-giver again. The map and quest log will sometimes update upon speaking to him a second time. If this doesn't work, saving, exiting the game, and speaking to the quest giver may also work.
      • It is possible to complete the Quest without the map mark. Just Press "Show on Map" to center the location. Then get in and search for a big chest. There you will find the item.
  •  360   If the quest "The Cursed Tribe" has been done beforehand, the Dragonborn will automatically become blood-kin (though it is not mentioned) and be unable to do this quest. Furthermore, though treated as blood-kin, the Dragonborn allowed into Orc settlements via the Malacath's quest cannot invest in Orc businesses.
  •  PC   360   PS3   It is possible that, when entering the building to give The Forgemaster's Fingers to the quest giver, it will be recognized as a trespassing. This can cause the Orcs to attack.
    • Solution: Completing the quest during the day time. The questgiver will most likely be sitting outside the building.
    • Solution: Paying the bounty to an Orc in any of the strongholds and then going back and speaking to the questgiver during the day.