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I have level 100 smithing, enchanting and alchemy. I also have some nice enchanted gear, fortify smithing and alchemy.

How high should I be able to get my fortified equipment? Currently I'm around 29% for alchemy and smithing.

How high can I get fortify smithing and fortify enchanting potions without using the console (cheating)? And how? Currently I get +147% and +32% respectively.

Is something like this possible without using the console(or photoshop)? Photoshop much?

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I can not comment on everything but I do recall the cap for %less was I think 25%, so you can achieve 100% reduction, but you need to put that enchantment on 4 pieces of gear. –  James Jan 6 '12 at 3:09
    
You can get to at least 29%. I have 3 items with a total of -106% destruction (I should be making magika when I can a fireball) –  Coomie Jan 6 '12 at 3:18
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29% is the max cap you can get per piece of armor via the in game fortify loop. I've tried using the falmer helmet glitch to see if I can boost my enchanting up some more, but it does not. The only way you can make that armor with a fully patched game is using the console.

However, there used to be a glitch with fortify restoration that can turbo boost your skills to insane levels, and with that it was possible to make armor as shown in the picture.

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You mention 'Used to be a glitch with fortify restoration'. This looks to be alive and well as of this date in the game to me. I do not think it could give you the stats on the armor of the question however as the parts do not add up to any enchantment set or pair I have seen as of yet. –  James Jan 19 '12 at 0:24
    
@James maybe that video didn't explain it properly and I picked a bad one as an example. There used to be a way (maybe its still not patched) to form a complete feedback loop via fortify restoration that can easily allow you to make 100% reduction armor. See here as an example: skyrimforums.org/threads/… –  z - Jan 20 '12 at 14:10
    
Oh, sorry miss-communication on my part. I just did not think those two stats looked right together. I know you could get it to 100% reduction, but I did not think you could do that and only have a 10% regeneration along side it. I used a Fortify Restoration potion to increase my smith skill just 3 days ago now so it is still active :) –  James Jan 20 '12 at 17:05
    
@James ah, I see. The enchantment on that armor is correct, its the one from robes and the magic regen is fixed at 10% (possibly a bug) –  z - Jan 20 '12 at 22:16
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Also do not forget the notched pickaxe. +5 to Smithing is better and you do not have a weapon with +Smithing. Good to carry it while you exploit the loop. :-) –  ヴァイシャリ Mar 25 at 16:28
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This Guide is for players who play with a patch bigger than 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).

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).

**Let's start:**

Pre-condition:

  • Minimum of 22 free Perks [if the 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]
    • Blisterwort
    • Glowing Mushroom
    • Sabre Cat Tooth
    • Spriggan Sap
    • Ancestor Moth Wing
    • Blue Butterfly Wing
    • Chaurus Hunter Antennae
    • Hagraven Claw
    • Snowberries
    • Spawn Ash

Must have-Perks:

  • Restoration: Necromage
  • Alchemy: Alchemist 5/5 + Benefactor
  • Enchanting: Enchanter 5/5 + Insightful Enchanter
  • Smithing: Daedric Smithing + Dragon Smithing (best Heavy Armor: Daedric, strongest Weapons: Dragon)

Process:

  1. 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.
  2. Become a vampire.
  3. Goto an "Enchanting Table".
  4. Enchant the following stuff with "Fortify Alchemy":
    • Helmet
    • Braces
    • Necklage
    • Ring
  5. Equip theese and goto an "Alchemy Table"
  6. Put 2 of the following items together (your choice) to craft a "Fortify Enchanting Potion":
    • Ancestor Moth Wing
    • Blue Butterfly Wing
    • Chaurus Hunter Antennae
    • Hagraven Claw
    • Snowberries
    • Spawn Ash
    • Spriggan Sap
  7. 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%
    • Fortify Alchemy Helmet/Gauntlets/Necklage/Ring: 31%
  8. Equip your 31% alchemy gear.
  9. Craft as many possible "Fortify Enchanting Potions"! [Look at part 6]
  10. Craft as many possible "Fortify Smithing" Potions using again 2 of the following ingredients:
    • Blisterwort
    • Glowing Mushroom
    • Sabre Cat Tooth
    • Spriggan Sap
  11. Go to the "Enchanting Table" and drink one of the "Fortify Enchanting Potions" [remember the timelimit of the potion].
  12. Enchant the following items with "Fortify Smithing":
    • Helmet
    • Braces
    • Necklage
    • Ring
  13. Grab the weapon of your confidence and search a gridstone
  14. Drink one of the "Fortify Smithing" Potions [remember the timelimit of the potion] and improve your weapon/armor! :)
  15. 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".

Serious tips:

Best equippment in each category:

  • Heavy Armor: Daedric
  • Light Armor: Dragonscale
  • Weapons: Dragonbone
  • Sneaking: Non-Armor clothes

Maximum possible stats for each stuff:

  • Fortify Enchanting Potion: 38%
  • Fortify Alchemy Gear: 31%
  • Fortify Smithing Gear: 31%
  • Fortify Smithing Potion: 153%

How to become a vampire?

Videos:

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eoXEf-oY1hY
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TRs-qlkhnmA

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?)
  • Enchanting Table: Enchanting gear
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Note that killing a human with a bound weapon will only capture his soul with the appropriate Perk in Conjuration. –  Nigralbus Jul 4 '13 at 12:09
    
In its current form, this answer doesn't make the answers to the specific questions asked easy to find. A more concise answer that covers just the basics and perhaps references an external guide would be preferable to a general guide. –  agent86 Jul 4 '13 at 14:32
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That glitch you used is still available and can be used...but what you should do is wear fortify alchemy equipment, make the fortify restoration potion, drink, unequip/equip clothing, repeat till your gear is ridiculously high, fortify alchemy, then make a fortify enchanting potion and set enchantments on other equipment.

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