Even after over a decade since its release, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim still ranks among the most reputed titles to play for gaming aficionados worldwide. Among these gamers, however, one can spot two easily perceptible types. The first is those who like to keep things basic and forge weapons and armor at a conventional forge. The second type is those who strive for advanced enchanted goods.
If you belong to the latter category, we have good news for you. The game is home to the Atronach Forge – an enormously powerful magical device shrouded in mystery. Below, we will inform you about this furtive apparatus and how you can utilize it to craft numerous magical equipment with it.
What is the Atronach Forge, and Where to Find it?
The Atronach Forge is a hidden, mysterious magical device that can help players create Spell Tomes, staves, hostile Atronachs, elemental salts, and even potions. It is situated deep within the Midden – a dungeon beneath the College of Winterhold.
Provided that you have the Sigil Stone, you can use the forge to conjure Daedric gear. But even without the Sigil Stone, you are capable of conjuring hostile Atronachs, Spell Tomes, and so on.
Players can find a book called ‘Atronach Forge Manual’ near the forge. The book contains Atronach recipes and the ingredients essential to create them. It also informs them about other Atronach Forge recipes scattered across the game world.
The Atronach Forge comes with an Offering Box and a lever. Players have to put the necessary ingredients for each summoning right in this box and pull the lever.
Note: Antagonistic creatures like ice wraiths, frostbite spiders, and draugr have made the Midden their residence. Therefore, players must proceed with caution and go in there combat-ready. While these creatures may not seem much of a threat to a higher-level Dragonborn, those at lower levels may feel overwhelmed without proper preparations.
➡️ How to Obtain the Sigil Stone?
As mentioned earlier, the Sigil Stone is mandatory if the players want to create Daedric recipes. In the case of such recipes, placing the ingredients in the Offering Box is not enough. Along with the required ingredients, Players must place the Sigil Stone in the receptacle before pulling the lever.
For those who do not know, Sigil Stones are enchanted objects capable of opening portals between Nirn and Oblivion.
To obtain a Sigil Stone, a Dragonborn must first attain the Conjuration level of at least 90. Then, they have to find Phinis Gestor – a skilled conjurer of the College of Winterhold, to start the ‘Conjuration Ritual Spell’. Phinis will then give the Dragonborn a summoning spell to summon an unbound Dremora.
After obtaining the spell, players have to navigate to the Hall of Attainment’s roof and cast the spell in a circle of candles. Upon appearing, the Dremora will be hellbent on not obeying orders from a mortal.
To make him bow down to their orders, the Dragonborn must battle and defeat the Dremora not once but twice. Once defeated, he will fulfill the Dragonborn’s demand to return to Oblivion and come back with a Sigil Stone.
By giving Phinis Gestor the Sigil Stone, players can convince him to teach them Flame Thrall and sell them other Master-level Conjuration spells.
After learning the Flame Thrall spell, they will get back the Sigil Stone that they can later use at the Atronach Forge.
What are Spell Tomes, and How to Craft them?
In the world of Skyrim, Spell Tomes are books that contain spells in them. When players read the content of a specific Tome, they learn the spell contained within. But this brings about the destruction of the said tome too, making them readable only one time.
Players can find Spell Merchants, Court Wizards, and College of Winterhold members trading most of such tomes. However, they don’t sell everything.
Some spell tomes are obtainable as random dungeon loot, from inimical spell casters, and also through crafting at the Atronach Forge, using ruined books. Based on the player’s skill level, merchants sell different tomes.
At level 15, they sell Apprentice-level tomes. At level 40, they sell Adept-level tomes. And at level 90 or higher, a Dragonborn can get their hands on Master-level tomes through different quests.
Depending on the type of magic they teach, one can categorize the spell tomes available in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim in five distinct schools. These are Conjuration, Illusion, Destruction, Restoration, and Alteration.
The tomes also come with specific symbols indicative of their belonging to a particular school. For instance, Conjuration spell tomes have an Oblivion symbol on them.
The Atronach Forge allows a Dragonborn to conjure Flame Atronach, Frost Atronach, Storm Atronach, and Soul Trap Spell Tomes. Here are the ingredients required to craft each Tome:
- Flame Atronach Spell Tome: 1 Ruined Book, 1 Bear Pelt, 1 Dragon’s Tongue, and 1 Fire Salts
- Frost Atronach Spell Tome: 1 Ruined Book, 1 Ice Wolf Pelt, 1 Frost Mirriam, and 1 Frost Salts
- Storm Atronach Spell Tome: 1 Ruined Book, 1 Mammoth Tusk, 1 Deathbell, and 1 Void Salts
- Soul Trap Atronach Spell Tome: 1 Ruined Book, 1 Salt Pile, 1 Soul Gem (Any), and 1 Torchbug Thorax
What are Scrolls, and How to Craft them?
In Skyrim, scrolls are enchanted documents that help players cast spells, no matter what their magic skill is.
Unlike Spell Tomes, scrolls do not empower players to learn the magic and cast it in the future. The magic contained in each scroll is usable only once and does not consume any Magicka.
Once used, the scroll faces instant destruction. Spell Merchants sell random scrolls that players can buy.
Users can also find random scrolls scattered across dungeons. In case you do not need a purchased scroll anymore and want to resell it, you can approach a Spell Merchant or general goods merchant.
For your info, certain scrolls are only available to players when they craft them at the Atronach Forge. These are Scroll of Conjure Flame Atronach, Scroll of Conjure Frost Atronach, and Scroll of Conjure Storm Atronach. By using the following ingredients, players can craft each Tome:
- Scroll of Conjure Flame Atronach: 1 Roll of Paper, 1 Charcoal, and 1 Fire Salts
- Scroll of Conjure Frost Atronach: 1 Roll of Paper, 1 Charcoal, and 1 Frost Salts
- Scroll of Conjure Storm Atronach: 1 Roll of Paper, 1 Charcoal, and 1 Void Salts
What are Staves, and How to Craft them?
Staves are specialized weapons in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim that users can wield in either of their hands. Players can use the staves a set number of times before their power drops. Nevertheless, players can utilize soul gems to replenish them.
One can also categorize the effects of staves in different magic schools. Usage costs decrease when players’ skill level in the respective school sees a boost.
The majority of staves from a particular school look the same.
Players who wish to preserve their Magicka while summoning Atronachs can utilize the Atronach Forge to craft a staff to summon them. These staves are Staff of the Flame Atronach, Staff of the Frost Atronach, and Staff of the Storm Atronach. The ingredients needed to create each staff are as follows:
- Staff of the Flame Atronach: 1 Broom, 1 Soul Gem (Greater or above), 1 Fire Salt, and 1 Corundrum Ore/Ingot
- Staff of the Frost Atronach: 1 Broom, 1 Soul Gem (Greater or above), 1 Frost Salt, and 1 Refined Moonstone/Ore
- Staff of the Storm Atronach: 1 Broom, 1 Soul Gem (Greater or above), 1 Frost Salts, 1 Orichalcum Ore/Ingot
What is Daedric Gear, and How to Craft it?
Daedric gear is a specifically crafted piece of gear that a Dragonborn can imbue with mystic powers. Using the Atronach Forge, players can transform a basic Ebony item into a Daedric one by placing the below items in the Offering Box:
- 1 Daedra Heart
- 1 Black Soul Gem (empty or filled)
- 1 Centurion Dynamo Core
- 1 piece of unenchanted Ebony gear
Remember that Daedric gear crafted from this process will be unenchanted. For example, an unenchanted Ebony Helmet will become an unenchanted Daedric helmet.
However, if players want to create a random enchanted Daedric gear, they have to place these items in the Offering Box:
- The Sigil Stone
- 1 Daedra Heart
- 1 Soul Gem (Greater or above)
- 1 Ebony Ingot
- 1 Void Salt (For Armor) or 1 Silver Sword/Greatsword (For Weapon)
As you can see, the Atronach Forge in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is a treasure trove for those who are fond of magical items. Making use of the forge, players can summon hostile Atronachs, craft certain Spell Tomes, Scrolls, staves, Daedric gear, and more.
This post was an attempt to provide you with information regarding how to acquire the Sigil stone and craft several magical equipment by offering the compulsory ingredients at the Offering Box of the Atronach Forge. Hope this helps in your pursuit of magic and get a better Skyrim experience. Best of luck!
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