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Elder Scrolls

Transmute Mineral Ore, commonly shortened Transmute, is an adept-level alteration spell in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Casting it converts one piece of unrefined iron ore in the inventory to silver ore, or silver ore to gold ore at the base cost of 88 magicka.

Magicka Cost[]

Magicka costs vary depending on the alteration skill level of the caster, as well as the amount of magicka points that the Dragonborn has. Equipping enchanted apparel or drinking Fortify Alteration potions can decrease the amount needed. 


  • Transmute cannot be overcharged, and will only transmute ore. The spell makes silver ore into gold ore first, and then iron ore to silver ore if there is no silver ore in the Dragonborn's inventory.
  • It is used to generate expensive metals from inexpensive ones, thus giving the player a substantial amount of gold if they sell the ores.
  • This has the benefit of boosting the Alteration, Smithing, Enchanting and Speech skills, whilst making a profit. Two iron ore (4 Gold) → two gold ore (100 Gold) → one gold ingot (100 Gold) → two gold rings (150 Gold) + enchantments. With various conditions, such as speech level, it can be more profitable.
  • Transmuting iron ore to silver ore, but not gold, may be preferable due to the higher availability of gems used in silver jewelry. This requires emptying the inventory of silver ore between each cast.
  • Silver ingots are forgeable at a smelter by casting Transmute with both hands simultaneously (see Bugs below). This transforms two iron ore into silver ore, which can then be smelted into a silver ingot at the smelter.
  • Stolen ore, once transmuted, will lose its stolen tag, and thus can be sold without issue.

Spell Tome[]

Alteration Spell Book


  • Weight: 1 WeightIcon.png
  • Value: 200 Gold
  • See Spell Tome for a complete table of spell tomes, their descriptions, and their values.



  • This spell may be a reference to the common representation of magic users in folklore as items capable of turning objects into gold such as the philosopher's stone.
  • If no iron or silver ore is present in the Dragonborn's inventory, a message saying "You have no ore that can be transmuted." will appear on the top left of the screen.


This section contains bugs related to Transmute Mineral Ore. Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:

  1. Please reload an old save to confirm if the bug is still happening.
  2. If the bug is still occurring, please post the bug report with the appropriate system template  360  /  XB1  ,  PS3  /  PS4  ,  PC  /  MAC  ,  NX  /  PS5  ,  XS  , depending on which platform(s) the bug has been encountered on.
  3. Be descriptive when listing the bug and fixes, but avoid having conversations in the description and/or using first-person anecdotes: such discussions belong on the appropriate forum board.
  •  PC   360   PS3   Dual-casting this spell may result in only a single transmuting, or multiple transmutations.
  •  PC   360   Sometimes casting this spell will not turn iron ore into silver ore. Instead, it will only remove one iron ore from inventory.