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Enchanting is a very important skill in Skyrim, and is therefore always worth training. A seemingly weak player can stand up to the sturdiest of bosses with good enchantments on weapons and armor. The only downside to enchanting is that it must be intentionally trained in order to rise to high levels. On the upside, enchanting is easily trained.
There are two ways to increase enchanting. The first is to break down a magical item to learn its magical properties. This is a necessity in order to enchant something, but can only be done once per effect of enchantment. For this reason, the second method must be used to train the enchantment skill, which is to enchant a non-magical item.
Although I would not advise it, you may alternatively use a skill trainer to train enchanting. Detailed information on how to do this will be included at the bottom of the article.
Step 1: Soul Gems
Before you can enchant any item, you need soul gems. Unfortunately, soul gems are expensive. In order to make training enchanting even the slightest bit practical, you will have to track down and loot a Dwemer ruin. These ruins can be found throughout Skyrim, and are loaded with many different soul gems, many of which are already filled. Pick up as many as you can find, and head on out. You may need to fill some of them, so get a soul trap spell and target every creature you happen by as you play the game. If you get the opportunity, enchant your weapon with a soul trap enchantment. This will make your task less tedious.
Step 2: Enchantment
Find an enchanting pedestal. I always use the pedestal in Whiterun castle. Use your soul gems to enchant every item you are willing to part with. In order to make more money, check to see which enchantments sell for the most and use those ones (fire enchantments and the like raise the price of an item significantly.) Once you are out of either soul gems or items to enchant, sell the items to make a little cash and also to lessen your burden. Your skill will increase this way, whether you use the items you enchant or not. Training smithing involves creating items, which may be used for binding enchantments. You will otherwise need to find a lot of enchant-able items, and that is a lot of extra work considering the advantage of training smithing in conjunction.
Training With a Trainer
I will now provide detailed information on how to locate trainers who will charge you to automatically level up a skill. Trainers can be used a maximum of five times per player level. This means that at any given level, you may only train any combination of skills five times. If you train smithing five times, you cannot train enchanting until you level. I will not provide all trainers, but instead provide the most efficient and easily accessible trainers only.
For enchanting, in particular, I do not advise you to use a trainer. It is costly and there are better skills to waste your money on considering how easily smithing is trained given the aforementioned method. Nonetheless, I will provide trainer information in case you decide not to heed my advice.
Train With Sergius Turrianus: Up to Level 75
Sergius is available at the College of Winterhelm. You may need to complete dialogue and/or missions before his training services are offered. You should only have to join the college before Sergius becomes available as a trainer. To do this, talk to anyone at the college and follow their directions to join. Please follow the red arrow in the following pictures to find the trainer.
Train With Hamal: Up to Level 90
Hamal is available at the Temple of Dibella in Markarth. You may need to complete dialogue and/or missions before his training services are offered. Please follow the red arrow in the following pictures to find the trainer. Be advised, the temple is a few levels up, past the Temple of Talos. Hamal is inside the inner Sanctum. I need to pick an expert level lock in order to get to her, and then I had to complete a quest before her services were offered.
What Is Your Method?
If you discover other methods to train enchanting, please feel free to comment below. I may have chosen to exclude certain tactics to train enchanting (e.g. skill books), because those methods require a lot of research or are more convoluted than this simple tutorial. I may choose to update this article with more advice in the future. In the meantime, please consider following some of my other Skyrim tutorials!
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Killjo on January 24, 2020:
I have a wonderous way to train four skills at once and still profit from it. It is a long term method and takes fullest form mid game. I play a mixed magic character, which is CRITICAL. The first thing I do when I start the game is immediately start collecting Iron, Silver, or Gold ore. I later head into a bandit camp north of Whiterun where the Transmute spell tome is located. This spell is stupid expensive to cast, so non magic characters find lots of problems with this tactic. During my down time between offloading loot or traveling between quests, I Transmute my iron into gold. I'm now training Alteration, which is great because i use lots of Magic Armor spells. After I run out of iron ore, I smelt all gold into ingots and turn every single ingot into gold RINGS. Jewellery gives more xp than iron daggers, the more widely known way to train Smithing. Much. More. XP. Then, I enchant all my gold rings with Fortify Carry Weight. I Sell them as I can, they're pricey, but light enough that i can still adventure with a few dozen left. Lots of soul gems used, but i also use Bound Weapons with the Soul Binding Perk, sooooo filling soul gems is literally as easy as one well aimed arrow. It takes a VERY specific character to effectively use this method, but it absolutely tramples all others I've seen, as it trains 4 skills actively, gifts you loads of spare septims, and leaves you at 100 Enchanting at lvl 25 (which skilled enchanters know that this practically makes you a god) Although, buying so many empty soul gems eventually weighs a t o n.