Making Gold Ingots in Skyrim: Turn Iron into Glittering Gold!

In the vast, snow-covered landscapes of Skyrim, I once found myself in the quaint town of Riverwood, pickaxe in hand, staring at a vein of iron ore. Like many adventurers, I dreamt of gold, not just the coins, but shimmering gold ingots.

Yet, all I had was this dull iron ore. I’d heard whispers in the taverns about a spell that could turn this mundane metal into gold, but how? The uncertainty weighed on me like a Daedric armor in a sneak mission.

I knew there had to be others out there, fellow Dragonborns, who felt the same pang of frustration. Wouldn’t it be epic if there was a guide, a treasure map of sorts, to navigate this conundrum?

Here’s what we’re diving into:

  • What’s the Transmute Mineral Ore spell and where can you find it?
  • How do you gather the right ores?
  • The magical process of turning iron to gold: How does it work?
  • Once you’ve got that gold ore, how do you forge it into gleaming ingots?

Imagine having a Daedric sword of knowledge to cut through the confusion, turning you from a novice mage into a master alchemist of metals. Ready to embark on this quest? Grab your enchanted quill (or just keep scrolling) and let’s unlock this arcane secret together!

Gold Ingots in Skyrim: An Introduction

Ah, the world of Skyrim! A land filled with dragons, magic, and… gold? That’s right! If you’ve ever roamed the vast landscapes of Skyrim, you’ve probably come across a shiny gold ingot or two. But what are they, and why should you care? Let’s chat about it.

What are Gold Ingots?

Gold ingots are, quite simply, bars of gold. But in the world of Skyrim, they’re not just any bars of gold. They’re a valuable crafting material that can be used to make jewelry, which can then be enchanted or sold for a pretty septim (that’s Skyrim currency for the uninitiated).

Where Can You Find Them?

  1. Mines: The most straightforward way to get gold ingots is by mining gold ore and then smelting it at a forge to produce gold ingots. There are several mines throughout Skyrim where you can find gold ore. The most notable one is the Kolskeggr Mine, located southeast of Markarth.
  2. Dungeons and Caves: As you explore the nooks and crannies of Skyrim, you’ll often stumble upon gold ingots in chests, on tables, or even just lying around. Always keep an eye out!
  3. Purchase: If you’ve got septims burning a hole in your pocket, you can buy gold ingots from blacksmiths and general goods merchants.
  4. Loot: Sometimes, bandits and other enemies will have gold ingots on them. So, every time you defeat an enemy, make sure to check their pockets!

Crafting with Gold Ingots

Once you’ve got your hands on some gold ingots, it’s time to get crafty! Head over to a forge, and you can use those ingots to craft various types of jewelry like rings and necklaces. Not only is this a great way to level up your Smithing skill, but you can also enchant these jewelry pieces to make them even more valuable or to give yourself some nifty bonuses.

Pro Tip:

If you’re looking to make a quick profit, craft gold rings. They require the least amount of gold and can be sold or enchanted for a good price. Plus, crafting them is a fantastic way to quickly level up your Smithing skill.

Gold ingots in Skyrim aren’t just shiny bars of metal; they’re a ticket to becoming richer, more powerful, and more skilled. So, the next time you’re wandering the wilds of Skyrim, keep an eye out for that glint of gold. Who knows? It might just be the key to your next big adventure!

In the next section, I look what you can do with Gold ingots. Some of the uses might surprise you.

Uses for Gold Ingots in Skyrim

Gold ingots in Skyrim are primarily used for crafting and trading. Here’s a breakdown of their main uses:

  1. Crafting Jewelry: One of the primary uses of gold ingots is to craft jewelry. At a forge, players can use gold ingots to make various types of jewelry, including:
    • Rings: Gold rings can be crafted using just one gold ingot. They can be worn, enchanted, or sold.
    • Necklaces: These require a gold ingot and sometimes additional materials like gems. Like rings, necklaces can be enchanted or sold.
  2. Enchanting: Once you’ve crafted jewelry using gold ingots, you can enchant them at an arcane enchanter. Enchanted jewelry can provide the wearer with various benefits, such as increased Magicka, fortified skills, or resistance to certain types of damage. Enchanted jewelry also fetches a higher price when sold to merchants.
  3. Selling: Gold ingots and the jewelry crafted from them can be sold to various merchants throughout Skyrim for septims (the game’s currency). This can be a lucrative way to earn money, especially if the jewelry is enchanted.
  4. Building: In the “Hearthfire” DLC, gold ingots are used in the crafting of some decorative items for player-built homes, such as golden chandeliers.
  5. Quests: Occasionally, gold ingots might be required for certain quests or as items to be delivered to NPCs.
  6. Creating Gold: With the “Transmute Mineral Ore” spell, players can turn iron ore into silver ore and silver ore into gold ore. This gold ore can then be smelted to produce gold ingots. It’s a handy way for mages to increase their wealth!

In summary, gold ingots in Skyrim are versatile crafting materials that can lead to profit, enhanced abilities, and the completion of certain tasks or quests. Whether you’re crafting, enchanting, selling, or building, gold ingots are valuable commodities in the world of Skyrim.

Wondering how to create these shiny gold ingots in skyrim? Well, in th enext section, I’ll finally show you how. It’s amazing how easy it is to do.

Crafting Gold Ingots: A Step-by-Step Guide

Crafting gold ingots in the lands of Skyrim is a straightforward process, but for those unfamiliar, here’s a step-by-step guide to help you out:

Step-by-Step Guide to Crafting Gold Ingots in Skyrim:

1. Gather Gold Ore:

  • Mines: There are several mines throughout Skyrim that contain gold ore veins. One of the most notable is the Kolskeggr Mine, located southeast of Markarth. Mine these veins using a pickaxe.
  • Purchase: Some blacksmiths and general goods merchants sell gold ore.
  • Loot: Occasionally, you can find gold ore as loot from enemies or in chests.

2. Optional – Transmute Ore:

  • If you have the “Transmute Mineral Ore” spell (which can be found in the Halted Stream Camp, north of Whiterun), you can convert iron ore to silver ore and silver ore to gold ore.
  • To do this:
    • Equip the spell in one hand.
    • Use the spell to transmute iron ore to silver ore.
    • Use it again to transmute silver ore to gold ore.
    • Keep in mind that the spell will always transmute iron to silver before it transmutes silver to gold.
  • More on transmuting ore later

3. Go to a Smelter:

  • Smelters are large, furnace-like structures found in many towns and cities, often near blacksmiths. For instance, there’s one in Whiterun right next to the blacksmith.
  • You can reader more about how to smelt ore in my Ore Smelting guide.

4. Smelt the Gold Ore:

  • Approach the smelter and interact with it.
  • In the smelting menu, scroll down until you find the option to smelt gold ore.
  • It typically takes two gold ores to create one gold ingot. Select the option and watch as your character smelts the ore into a shiny gold ingot.

5. Store or Use the Gold Ingots:

  • Once you have your gold ingots, you can store them, use them to craft jewelry at a forge, or sell them to merchants.


  • Always carry a pickaxe with you. This way, you can mine gold ore veins whenever you come across them.
  • If you’re focused on making money, consider crafting gold rings with the ingots. They require the least amount of gold and can be sold or enchanted for a good price.

And there you have it! A simple guide to turning raw gold ore into gleaming gold ingots in Skyrim. Happy crafting, Dragonborn!

Remeber I said a littlebaout transmuting other ore in to gold ore? Well, in the next section, I’ll show you exactly how to do it.

Using the Transmute Mineral Ore Spell to Make Gold Ingots

The “Transmute Mineral Ore” spell, often simply referred to as “Transmute,” is a unique spell in “The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim” that allows you to magically alter the properties of ores, turning them into more valuable forms. Here’s a detailed step-by-step guide on how to use this spell to make gold ingots:

Step-by-Step Guide to Using Transmute Mineral Ore for Gold Ingots:

1. Acquire the Transmute Spell:

  • The spell tome for “Transmute Mineral Ore” can be found in the Halted Stream Camp, which is located north of Whiterun. Inside the camp’s mine, you’ll find the tome on a table next to a dead bandit.
  • Read the spell tome from your inventory to learn the spell.

2. Gather Iron Ore:

  • Mines: Iron ore can be mined from various mines throughout Skyrim. One notable location is the aforementioned Halted Stream Camp.
  • Purchase: Iron ore can also be bought from blacksmiths.
  • Loot: Sometimes, you can find iron ore as loot from enemies or in chests.

3. Equip the Transmute Spell:

  • Open your magic menu and navigate to the “Alteration” section.
  • Find “Transmute Mineral Ore” and equip it to one (or both) of your hands.

4. Cast the Spell:

  • With the spell equipped, cast it. The spell will transmute iron ore in your inventory into silver ore. If you have no iron ore but have silver ore, the spell will transmute the silver ore into gold ore.
  • Note: The spell will always prioritize turning iron ore into silver ore before it turns silver ore into gold ore. So, if you have both iron and silver ores in your inventory and you want to make gold ore, you’ll need to keep casting until all the iron ore is turned into silver, and then the silver is turned into gold.

5. Gather the Transmuted Gold Ore:

  • After casting the spell multiple times, check your inventory. You should now have gold ore, either from directly transmuting silver ore or from the two-step process of turning iron ore into silver, then into gold.

6. Smelt the Gold Ore into Gold Ingots:

  • Head to a smelter. These can be found in most major cities, often near blacksmiths.
  • Interact with the smelter and choose to smelt your gold ore. Typically, two gold ores are required to produce one gold ingot.

7. Craft, Sell, or Store Your Gold Ingots:

  • With your newly smelted gold ingots, you can craft jewelry at a forge, sell them for a profit, or store them for future use.


  • Magicka Management: The Transmute spell consumes a fair amount of magicka. Make sure to manage your magicka, use potions, or wait for it to regenerate between casts if needed.
  • If you’re aiming to produce a lot of gold ingots, consider investing in perks that reduce the magicka cost of Alteration spells or increase your overall magicka pool.

And that’s how you turn humble iron ore into precious gold ingots using the magic of transmutation in Skyrim! Happy casting and crafting, Dragonborn!


Ah, fellow Dragonborn, our journey through the mystical lands of Skyrim has been one for the ages! From the humble town of Riverwood with just a pickaxe and dreams of gold, to mastering the arcane arts of transmutation, we’ve truly come full circle. Let’s take a moment to reflect on the treasures we’ve unearthed:

  • The Transmute Mineral Ore spell: Skyrim’s best-kept secret for turning metal to gold.
  • Gathering ores: From mines to merchants, the many paths to acquiring the right metals.
  • The magic of transmutation: The step-by-step guide to casting and converting ores.
  • Forging gold ingots: The art of turning gold ore into gleaming bars of wealth.
  • Crafting and enchanting: Using gold ingots to create valuable jewelry.
  • Selling and profiting: Making the most of your hard-earned gold.

As our tale concludes, remember that every adventurer, no matter how seasoned, can always learn a new trick or two. So, what’s next on your quest log? Dive into the “What Next?” section and keep the adventure going!

What Next?

I always believe that knowledge is most valuable when put into action. So, here are some actionable steps to take your Skyrim experience to the next level:

  • Practice Casting: Spend some time daily practicing the Transmute spell to boost your Alteration skill.
  • Visit Blacksmiths: Engage with blacksmiths across Skyrim to learn more crafting recipes.
  • Experiment with Enchanting: Try enchanting different jewelry pieces for varied effects.
  • Trade Routes: Establish a trading route to sell your crafted items across various cities.
  • Join the Mages’ Guild: Enhance your magical prowess by joining the College of Winterhold.


Nick Sinclair

Nick Sinclair, a gaming aficionado since the Commodore 64 era, studied Creative Computer Games Design in university before founding his own gaming company. Discovering a passion for content creation, Nick now helps gamers squeeze every drop of fun out of their favorite gaming hardware

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