Workbench is a crafting station available in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, often found near blacksmiths' shops, but also in some caves, Nordic Tombs, and forts.


Similar to how grindstones upgrade weapons, workbenches are used to increase the effectiveness of armor, improving its armor rating. Upgradable armors in the inventory of the Dragonborn are listed in the workbench list, along with the material required to upgrade them. The effectiveness of an upgrade is dependent on the Smithing skill level (including any Fortify Smithing enchantment boost) as well as the Smithing perks the armor falls under (if any).




  • Smithing perks can significantly increase the armor improvements. With the relevant perk and a Smithing level of 100 or above, it is possible to improve a piece of armor to Legendary quality. The armor rating of Legendary quality armor continues to increase past level 100, hence it is worth to use Fortify Smithing enchantments even if the base skill is at the maximum.
  • Enchanted armor can only be improved with the Smithing perk Arcane Blacksmith.
  • When a blacksmith works at a workbench, clicking on the workbench will result in a message "someone else is using this item." However, the user gives way to the Dragonborn in a couple of seconds.


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