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My current character in Skyrim has got essentially zero Smithing and Enchanting skill. It would still be great to be able to upgrade or enchant items, or even create some items, like dragon armour. In particular, I would really like to upgrade some magical daggers I use but I can't because I don't have the right perk. Non-enchanted daggers I can at least upgrade a little bit.

I haven't found anyone who can smith or enchant on demand, but are there any such characters in Skyrim anywhere? It's a big world and I could have missed them. I wouldn't mind paying handsomely for such items (e.g. it would make sense that I wouldn't be able to sell it for more than I paid for it).

If the answer is negative (boo) then are there any mods that provide this mechanic?

Note that I'm not sure if mods go against the 'no game recommendations' rule. If so, I (or you!) can edit my question to remove this.

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    I am on my fifth playthrough and haven't found a single NPC who will enchant or smith gear for you. The closest is the guy in Winterhold College whom you have the dialog option to ask "Can you enchant something for me?". However, he basically tells you to go suck an egg. – oscilatingcretin Aug 24 '12 at 15:15
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No, there are no items or characters that allow you to smith gear you do not have perks for. If you wish, you can add the relevant perks free of charge by looking up the perk code and adding it with the console like this:

help "daedric smithing" 4

This will output a list of all things in the game that have "daedric smithing" in the name, look for the 8-number ID (In this case, the ID is 000CB413), then

player.addperk <ID>
  • I wasn't looking for items - rather NPCs that can do my smithing for me. Still, it doesn't sound like that is available either. This may be my best bet (or just, you know, live in smithing ignorance...). – Alex Aug 24 '12 at 11:00
  • I chose this as it provides a direct (if negative) answer while also suggesting a workaround. @Ender's answer also provides a decent workaround, though his is more time-consuming to do. – Alex Aug 28 '12 at 15:18
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Actually there is something very similar to this in the form of certain followers. Some followers can TRAIN you in said skills, and then you can open their inventory (since they are your follower) and take you money back. Rinse, and repeat. I'm on my lunchbreak at this moment, and havent the time to look them up but I will include them in my answer as soon as I get off work.

You can find the followers yourself at the Wiki.

  • This is... sort of useful, but not quite what I'm looking for. It's not that I can't be bothered to level the skills up, it's just that I'd rather have that experience and perks go elsewhere and use my ridiculous amounts of (mostly stolen) gold for something useful rather than hoarding it like a very small dragon. – Alex Aug 24 '12 at 10:42
  • Well if I train to improve skills then that'll cause me to level up,gain perks, etc, right? I know I can save the perks for later but I could spend that same time levelling up, say, light armour or archery – Alex Aug 24 '12 at 19:55
  • @alex I dont think it levels you up. – Ender Aug 24 '12 at 20:01
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While it's true you can't hire an npc to create an item for you(smithing) or improve an item for you(smithing or enchanting), there are merchant trainers. In vanilla Skyrim, there are several smiths you can pay for training and then sell them stuff to get your gold back. These include Gorza in Markarth(common trainer up to level 50), Balimund in Riften(expert up to level 75) and Eorlund in Whiterun(master up to level 90). The Dawnguard adds Galmar(master at Fort Dawnguard) and incidentally Sorine is a master archery trainer and merchant(same location). That isn't so relevant but it adds to getting free training with Faendal at the start of the game and with members of the circle once you are harbinger. If you have high alchemy skill and perks, it helps to sell potions and poisons to merchant trainers to get your money back.

For Enchanting, only Sergius Turrianus of the College(expert) and Hamal in the Markarth Temple of Dibella(master) are enchanting trainers in vanilla Skyrim, but neither one is a merchant(and Hamal requires a potentially dangerous quest be completed before becoming available). If you have the Dragonborn DLC, Neloth at Tel Mithryn on Solstheim is a master enchanting trainer and a merchant. On a side note, his apprentice Talvas is a master conjuration trainer and merchant who can also be your follower as well.

With patch 1.9, you can make any level 100 skill legendary, resetting the skill to 15 and refunding the perk points you spent in it. You can level the skill again for more xp to raise your character level, get more perks and more attribute increases. A skill can be made legendary as much as you want, removing the previous level cap of 81 and allowing you to get all perks in every tree if you want to. The easiest without exploits are either Alteration(telekinesis fast travel between Riften and Markarth) or Illusion(cast Harmony in a crowded place like the Riften market during the day. May help to be thane wherever you try this so guards don't get on your case). Both methods benefit from having a set of gear making spells free to cast(totally doable with 100 enchanting, relevant perks and grand soul gems). You can even freely cast 2 spell schools with one set of gear with the level 100 enchanting perk Extra Effect. Hope this helps.

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