The best way to improve your weapons and armor is to enchant them. But how do you improve the enchantments themselves?
Training yourself to use better enchantments is important, but if you want to take your Enchanting to the next level, you’ll need some mods.
The following mods will give your enchanting table a new look and make changes to Skyrim’s magic system that are both small and big.
- 12. Bound Weapon Enchantments
- 11. Learn Backstab Enchantment
- 10. Passive Enchanting Experience
- 9. Passive Weapon Enchantment Recharging
- 8. Honed Metal – NPC Crafting & Enchantment Services
- 7. All Enchantments Unlocked
- 6. Enchanting Freedom
- 5. ElSopa’s New Enchantment Textures
- 4. Summermyst – Enchantments of Skyrim
- 3. Visual Animated Enchantments
- 2. Enchanted Arsenal
- 1. Thaumaturgy – An Enchanting Overhaul
12. Bound Weapon Enchantments
This mod aims to enhance the usefulness of bound weapons in the game by adding additional magical effects to them. Normally, bound weapons have a limited set of abilities.
However, with this mod, bound weapons gain new enchantments or magical effects that make them more powerful and versatile.
These additional effects could include things like elemental damage, increased critical hit chance, soul trapping, or other unique abilities.
The mod essentially expands the capabilities of bound weapons, making them a more appealing choice for players who enjoy wielding conjured weapons.
11. Learn Backstab Enchantment
This mod is a simple enhancement for the game that allows you to disenchant the Shrouded Gloves item. By disenchanting the gloves, you learn the unique enchantment they possess.
Once learned, you can apply this enchantment to any gloves or gauntlets of your choice, granting them the same special abilities as the Shrouded Gloves.
In essence, it gives you the flexibility to transfer and use that enchantment on different pieces of handwear in the game.
10. Passive Enchanting Experience
The only way to level your Enchanting skill in vanilla Skyrim is to produce a continuous stream of mediocre enchanted items, gaining a little bit of experience each time.
It’s a waste of time and resources – which, by the way, includes the souls of living beings. That’s plain disrespectful!
Passive Enchanting Experience makes leveling a lot easier by granting experience for the time spent wearing enchanted apparel in combat.
The more powerful the spell, the faster you gain experience. You need to keep updating your equipment if you wish to keep leveling!
Overall, it’s a lot more engaging than vanilla.
9. Passive Weapon Enchantment Recharging
Take even more work off your shoulders with the Passive Weapon Enchantment Recharging mod.
As its name suggests, this mod allows your enchanted weapons to slowly absorb magical energy from the environment over time.
This way, you don’t need to go into your inventory and recharge them manually every time. It’s especially crucial when wielding weapons that run out of energy in just a few uses.
Plus you won’t be spending as many Soul Gems. It’s spiritually eco-friendly!
8. Honed Metal – NPC Crafting & Enchantment Services
Enchanting is a vital part of building up your character in Skyrim.
Regrettably, every build needs a fair amount of perk points to go into Enchanting.
That’s fine if you’re playing a wizard or a high-born knight, but why would a street urchin from Riften know how to handle Soul Gems?
Honed Metal gives players an alternative: letting a mage enchant your items for you for a modicum price.
In addition, blacksmiths will provide a similar service for crafting and tempering gear.
7. All Enchantments Unlocked
Learning the really worthwhile enchantments in vanilla Skyrim takes a long time.
Moreover, you must sacrifice powerful items and can only get their bonuses back by spending large Soul Gems (assuming you have the required skill).
All Enchantments Unlocked gives you access to every enchantment right from the beginning of the game.
This way, you can start building the character you want a lot faster – and any powerful enchanted artifacts you find can be wielded or sold for a high price.
6. Enchanting Freedom
Most of the time, you can only put one spell on a thing.
If you work hard to get your Enchanting skill to Level 100, the Extra Effect perk lets you add up to two boosts to each item.
One thing stays the same, though: it’s not enough.
With Enchanting Freedom, you can stack any number of effects on your armor and weapons to make them into powerful relics.
This mod works well with the Unlimited Weapon Enchant mod, which makes it free to enchant weapons.
5. ElSopa’s New Enchantment Textures
We’ve talked about some cool mods that make magic better, but what about the spells themselves?
With ElSopa’s New Enchantment Textures, you can quickly and easily change the way your magic looks in a big way.
It changes the glow patterns on the surface of magical weapons, making them stand out and show what kind of enchantment was used.
Growing vines and decorative spirals are two things I’d like to see on all of my guns.
4. Summermyst – Enchantments of Skyrim
Summermyst is one of the most essential enchanting mods ever created, introducing 120 new enchantments to try on your weapons and armor.
Some of my favorites include Steal Weapons, which can disarm your opponent and put their weapon in your inventory, and Spurs, which makes mounts 30% faster.
These enchantments are correctly integrated into the game, meaning you’ll find them in looted items, and enemies might use them against you.
3. Visual Animated Enchantments
Vanilla enchantments have relatively basic visual effects that leave much to be desired in the “epic” department.
Sure, I can apply Frost or heal on hit, but why does it all look so… normal?
With Visual Animated Enchantments, enchanted weapons look like magical energy is just bursting out of them. Tongues of flame and gusts of wind wrap around your weapons for a genuinely awe-inspiring effect.
Tip: Make sure to get this third-party update for a truly polished look.
2. Enchanted Arsenal
Another incredible option to make your enchanted weapons flashy and cool is Enchanted Arsenal.
Enchanted Arsenal is unique because it lets you customize your enchantment effects through an in-game menu to create something truly different.
Not only do you control the effects on your weapon and surrounding it, but also on the victims you burn, freeze, electrocute, and poison.
This add-on features animations and effects from over a dozen Legendary Edition mods, so you’ll have plenty of material to play around with and create your perfect enchanted weapon.
1. Thaumaturgy – An Enchanting Overhaul
There are two ways to improve an aspect of your game: you either collect several minor mods or choose one comprehensive overhaul.
While the first option allows for greater control, you’ll often end up with a terribly unbalanced game.
Thaumaturgy offers a complete overhaul of Skyrim enchantments more focused on improving what’s already there than adding 100% new enchantments – though those are definitely present. It does this mainly through re-balancing damage, duration, and trigger conditions, among other things.
My favorite changes include a stable 25% trigger chance for Turn Undead, Banish, and other Illusion spells and the addition of Jump Boots that increase your jump height fivefold.