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Maxing out gear with maxed out smithing, enchanting and alchemy

With 4 pieces of +28% fortify alchemy gear, I was able to create a +32% fortify enchantment potion. I was then able to use that potion to create 4 pieces of +29% fortify alchemy gear. However, using the new gear, I was still only to create another +32% fortify enchantment potion.

At first, I thought that it was just rounding down to the nearest whole number for display purposes and that it was actually 32.xx% behind the scenes. However, I don't think this is the case. Usually, when items are distinctly different in any way, they group separately in the inventory screen, but the +32% potion I created with the +29% alchemy gear groups in with the other fortify enchantment potions that I previously created with the +28% gear, so I am assuming there's no change.

I hear there's a fortify restoration exploit, but I don't want to use that. Basically, I just want to know if +32% is the most I am going to get from a fortify enchantment potion.


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The game has a built-in max to prevent infinitely high bonuses to equipment.

Here's a great post on maxing damage in Skyrim: http://forums.bethsoft.com/topic/1266212-2469-armor-3199-damage-using-smithing-alchemy-enchanting-only-31-perks/

  • I am right where that guy is at the "33 Perks Total" section with Daedric 2H sword at 210. However, I can't figure out how he got to 605 at the next section. Do you know what is meant by "4 X Weapon Enchants and 4 X Armor Enchants"? Commented Jul 29, 2012 at 22:36
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    I just verified my above comment. He was most likely referring to using the dual enchanting perk to enchant 4 pieces of gear with fortify 1H/2H and 4 pieces of gear with fortify light/heavy armor. I did this and the only thing I can't kill in one hit right now are dragons, drauger death lords and their ilk, and Forsworn Briarhearts. Commented Jul 31, 2012 at 15:13

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