Skyrim: BEST Armor Enchantments [Top 7]

Learn about the Skyrim Armor Enchantments that could help you in a tricky situation regardless of your playstyle or build.

Skyrim is filled with amazing loot and various enchantment options. Making sure you are comfortable with the loot and armor you have is important since your life in Skyrim depends on it. Since there are numerous enchantments one can go for, it can get quite difficult to know which ones are the best. Therefore, players must know a few of the best armor enchantments.

Key Takeaways
  • In Skyrim, players will have to experiment with the 18 enchantments at some point to get stronger.
  • One of the best pieces to enchant in Skyrim is the armor pieces, as players can apply 1 enchantment on each of them.
  • However, players can only place two enchantments on a single piece if they have the twin perk from the enchanting tree.
  • Therefore, this lack of freedom to combine forces to make tough decisions on which enchantments to apply.
  • Furthermore, there are some enchantments that work best with every type of playstyle and build in Skyrim.

Best Armor Enchantments In Skyrim

Here are the Top 7 Best Armor Enchantments in Skyrim:

EnchantmentEffect
Resist PoisonReduces The Effect Of Poison Damage.
Fortify SmithingIncreases The Smithing Skill To Build Better Quality Equipment.
Resist MagicReduces The Effect Of Magic Damage.
Fortify Heavy ArmorIncreases The Heavy Armor Skill To Provide You With More Protection.
Fortify Healing RateIncreases The Healing Rate Of Your Character.
Fortify DestructionDecreases The Magicka Cost Required To Cast A Destruction Spell.
Fortify ArcheryIncreases The Damage Dealt Through Archery.

1. Resist Poison – Best Against Enemies With DOT

Resist Poison
The Ancient Shrouded Armor With 100% Resistance To Poison [Image Taken By Me]
  • Why I Chose This: A Strong all-rounder and especially helpful against enemies with DOT.

Poison isn’t that much of an issue in Skyrim, but in my experience, it can turn out to be a real headache if you are attacked by spiders, Falmer, and other poisonous enemies. The ancient shrouded armor provides you with 100% resistance to poison. However, all the other sets of armor provide you with almost none. Therefore, it is a must that you utilize the enchantment and protect yourself from poisonous attacks.

A good example of the enchantment would be a unique armor, in which you get an Olvas token while doing dark brotherhood quests. That leads you to the Hag’s End crypt. However, this enchantment will not do much for the Bosmer or Wood elf races as they have 50% resistance to poison damage right off the bat.

2. Fortify Smithing – For Every Playstyle

Fortify Smithing
Fortify Smithing [Screenshot Taken By Me]
  • Why I Chose This: Used by every playstyle and is a must if you need to build OP weapons and armor.

If you are into smithing in Skyrim, the Fortify Smithing enchantment is for you. Any item that you smith while having this enchantment will turn out to be better quality and more powerful. Fortify smithing is an amazing way to level up quicker, too. If you like to use items that are made by yourself, you should definitely go for the fortify smithing enchantment.

Fortify smithing can be found at the blacksmith, in solitude, and from the guy inside the shop next to the house in Whiterun.

3. Resist Magic – Best Against Mages

Resist Magic
Resist Magic [Screengrab Taken By Me]
  • Why I Chose This: It is effective against mages, and Skyrim features a lot of mage enemies.

A lot of enemies use magic as a way to weaken and defeat you. Therefore, having this enchantment is a must-have. Resist magic works well with any sort of magic and can be found on armor sold by blacksmiths. The enchantment works perfectly well with any character and is one of the most powerful enchantments one can have. It is worth your time to get it. Resist magic can also be found in any shops selling armor or clothing.

4. Fortify Heavy Armor – For Warrior Builds

Fortify Heavy Armor
Juggernaut Skill / Perk [Image Taken By Me]
  • Why I Chose This: Many players use warrior builds, and to protect their character effectively, Heavy Armor is required.

Having strong armor that can withstand whatever the enemy throws is a must-have. Heavy armor is an amazing choice for all those who like to fight up close and personal. They do not want to receive a lot of damage at close range. It is an amazing addition to every player’s arsenal and, therefore, should be one of your first choices. Fortify heavy armor can be found in chests and different set stores.

The enchantment works just like the juggernaut skill of the heavy armor skill tree. It increases your armor rating.

5. Fortify Healing Rate – For Melee Builds

Fortify Healing Rate
Fortify Healing Rate [Screenshot Taken By Me]
  • Why I Chose This: Melee builds take a lot of damage, so they need to heal back that damage.

Fortify healing rate enchantment can be applied to any character and can massively help you during your fights. This enchantment is quite rare and hard to get your hands on, so you will have to check shops and dungeons constantly.

Stamina and strength aside, the most vital thing should be your health. There are multiple foods one can consume to regain some health, and there are magic potions that can help you with your low health, but having the fortified healing rate enchantment is so much better in my experience.

6. Fortify Destruction – For Battle Mage Builds

Fortify Destruction
Fortify Destruction [Screengrab Taken By Me]
  • Why I Chose This: Most battle mages use destruction magic to deal damage, so the more destructions spells they cast, the better.

The best way to increase the amount of damage you imply on your enemy is having the Fortify Destruction enchantment. It drastically decreases the amount of Magicka needed to cast a destruction spell, thus increasing the number of spells you can cast.

The more spells you cast, the more damage you do. The more damage you end up doing, the faster you increase the destruction magic skill tree. Therefore, the fortify destruction enchantment should be one of your main choices. It can be found in any dealer that deals magic goods.

7. Fortify Archery – For Archery Builds

Fortify Archery
Fortify Archery Enchantment On My Ancient Shrouded Cowl [Image Taken By Me]
  • Why I Chose This: Archery builds need to buff up their archery damage to build an effective archery build.

Using the Fortify Archery enchantment, you get a massive boost on the bow damage you do, and you rapidly level up your archery skills. Many players like using an archer build in Skyrim. They are pretty fun to use, and you can do damage from long-range. The arrows do a lot of damage, and you can always use poisonous arrows to mix it up, which is why the Fortify Archery enchantment is exceptionally good, in my opinion.

It is an amazing enchantment to have, even when you are not keen on using a bow and arrow. It is just a powerful choice that one must have in his arsenal. Some unique items have this entrenchment, such as the gauntlets of the old gods and the dragon priest mask. Another way to locate this enchantment is by joining the dark brotherhood.

My Experience Using These Enchantments In Skyrim

My Save
My Skyrim Save With Around 24 Hours Of Gameplay. [Screenshot Taken By Me]
After spending weeks in Skyrim, I concluded that these are the most vital enchantments that all players must have. These enchantments turned out to be extremely important for me and helped me massively when I was in trouble. For me personally, the Fortify Archery enchantment was a game changer, along with the smithing enchantment as I was playing as a Khajit stealth archer.

Furthermore, to learn more about Skyrim, you can check Asad Ahmed’s Skyrim Review. Also, check out this Steam Community post on best follower armor enchantments to map out the plan for your followers as well.

And with that, my guide on Skyrim Best Armor Enchantments comes to an end. Here, you were informed about the Top 7 Skyrim Best Armor Enchantments. Other than that, if you have something to add, you can do so through the comment section down below.

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