[HowTo] Crafting the best possible weapons/Armor after the Legendary Patch 1.9
Hello there :D
I did a lot of research from many sources and was a bit confused how less actual information I found, so I investet many hours finding the way to the strongest weapons (max. Damage).
I'll explain everything about it. :)
Very important note:
I don't use any exploits here, that's cheating in my opinion. The part with the necromage has never been fixed by the developers (while a lot of other stuff has changed) and in my opinion, it's nothing false about it.
I'll give you a little step-by-step here. You'll find optional information at the end. Note that I did this with Level 74 so I'm looking to keep this guide as small in perk-wasting as possible (without any loss!). For me, I always leveled the whole perk-trees.
Feel free to share this Guide or to turn it into a video. It would be nice, if you'd name me there, but it's ok, if you don't. :)
Another note: This guide bases on the complete Skyrim edition (Dawnguard, Heartfire and Dragonborn).
Minimum of 22 free Perks [if some of them aren't already invested in the following points].
Restoration Level 70
Alchemy Level 80
Smithing Level 100 [At least 91, if you don't want to make a weapon out of dragonbone! But it'll be the strongest ones!]
Enchanting Level 80 [100 highly recommended because of the "Extra Effect" Perk!]
You need multiple unenchanted Helmets, Gauntlets, Necklages, Rings (random stuff, value/material is not important!)
As much as you have of the following ingredients [see part 6 + 10 for details]
Craft the weapon(s)/Armor(s) of your confidence using a "Blacksmith Forge" (Important: Crafting the weapons doesn't need a potion or some enchanted gear! At this point, this does absolutely nothing!). The best/strongest weapons are the one from the Dragonbones/Dragonscales! The best Heavy Armor is the Daedric.
Become a vampire.
Goto an "Enchanting Table".
Enchant the following stuff with "Fortify Alchemy":
Equip theese and goto an "Alchemy Table"
Put 2 of the following items together (your choice) to craft a "Fortify Enchanting Potion":
Ancestor Moth Wing
Blue Butterfly Wing
Chaurus Hunter Antennae
Craft the potion, go to an enchanting table, drink it and repeat this from part 4 until you have this item-stats:
Fortify Enchanting Potion: 38%
Craft as many possible "Fortify Enchanting Potions"! [Look at part 6]
Craft as many possible "Fortify Smithing" Potions using again 2 of the following ingredients:
Sabre Cat Tooth
Go to the "Enchanting Table" and drink one of the "Fortify Enchanting Potions" [remember the timelimit of the potion].
Enchant the following items with "Fortify Smithing":
Grab the weapon of your confidence and search a gridstone
Drink one of the "Fortify Smithing" Potions [remember the timelimit of the potion] and improve your weapon/armor! :)
You now have the strongest possible weapon, but don't forget: By improving other Armor with enchants like "Fortify One-Handed", etc. you can take out a lot more Damage! But the weapon itself is now on the highest possible level! Enchant other gear with your "Fortify Enchanting Potions".
How to cure from vampirism and turn back to normality
Go to Morthal and talk to the mage called Falion. He will cure you, if you bring him a filled "Black Sould Gem" (if you have an empty one, the easiest way would be to cast a weapon, "Bound Bow" for example, and shoot a Human to death! This will capture his soul in the Soul Gem).
I'm already cured! Help! I wanna turn back into a vampire!
Easy, just go to "Castle Volkihar" and talk to "Serana", she'll help you.
Where can I find "Daedra Hearts"?
Go to Winterhold and talk to "Enthir" (he's somewhere in the college). He will sell you 2. After you bought them, wait 2 days or safe the game and restart it, to refill his stock. You can repeat this until you die.
For what's the Necromage-Perk?!
It improves the spells on undeads. Now if you turn into a vampire, you also turn into an undead, so this point also counts on you. Potions ans gear are also in the category "Spells", which improves them also. :)
Nobody seems to be sure if this is a bug or if it's wanted like this by the developers. It doesn't sound to me like this was a planned feature at the beginning, but it make sense and it also gives you a reason to play as vampire. Vampires are generally underpowered in Skyrim.
Tell me everyting about crafting and improvement!
Workbench: Imrpove Armor
Grindstone: Improve Weapons
Tanning Rack: Turn pelts into Leather
Smelter: Turn ores into ingots (2 ores = 1 ingot)
Blacksmith Forge: Craft weapons, armor, jewellry, building materials
Alchemy Table: For Alchemy-Potions (hoho...srsly?)
Adding DLC, 44% enchant, 174% smithing potions are possible. (Ahzidal armor set, path of socery for enchanting, path of shadow for potions etc). This is without exploits. This is even without your necromage exploit. Necromage was never intended to be an enchanting buff.
If you use the Falmer helm + circlet combo (which you could argue is not an exploit since the developers made no attempts at fixing it and it persisted between patches), it's possible to go up to +35 Alchemy Gear. (that includes Ahzidal set, Seeker of Sorcey, it doesn't include: Necromage)
I cannot enchant my helmets with "Fortify smithing" I have tried with a leather, iron, and daedric helmet it says "This enchantment cannot be applied to this item" so what should I do...