How To Get One Million Damage in Skyrim

Muhibul Alam Chowdhury
By Muhibul Alam Chowdhury
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Finding combat in Skyrim hard? Here’s how you can your weapon to deal one million damage

Skyrim is an open-world action RPG and has remained massively popular since its initial release in 2011 and subsequent rereleases. Throughout its lifecycle, the player base has continuously come up with ways to break the game and its systems.

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Skyrim’s combat focuses less on your actual skill with the game and more on your gear and stats. There are a myriad of ways to acquire weapons and enchant and upgrade them to maximize your damage output. Furthermore, the game has a number of items, such as potions, that can further increase your damage output.

You can make potions stronger than what the game offers through the alchemy skill. As a matter of fact, to maximize your character’s potential, you will have to do a substantial amount of smithing and alchemy, rather than relying on shopkeepers and loot drops. You can push your damage to One Million through the enchantment and alchemy system.

This guide focuses on creating a weapon that deals One Million Damage, and what items and skills you’ll need for it.

The Potions

To make a weapon that deals One Million Damage, you’ll need to make a number of potions;

  • 30 Potions of Fortify Restoration,
  • 6 or 7 Potions of Fortify Enchanting
  • 6 or 7 Potions of Fortify Alchemy

Below is a list of all the ingredients you’ll need to make this potion.

Potion of Fortify Restoration

Salt Pile
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  • Salt Piles
    • Salt Piles can be found pretty easily throughout the game in dungeons, the pockets of dead mages, and whatnot. The most reliable way is simply buying them from an alchemy vendor. However, most vendors will carry substantially less than the amount you need. Instead of going to multiple vendors, you can try this exploit:
      • Buy all the salt piles from a vendor’s inventory
      • Save your game
      • Kill the vendor
      • Immediately load your game
      • This will reset the vendor’s inventory.
  • Cyrodilic Spadetail / Abecean Longfin
    • These can be found in most bodies of water throughout Skyrim. Here are some locations where they can be commonly found:
      • The barrels in the kitchen of the Bannered Mare
      • The lake west of Riverwood
      • The barrels on the Riften docks
      • The Lake west of Riften

Potion of Fortify Enchanting

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  • Snowberries
    • These can be commonly found in snowy areas such as the area around Dawnstar or Winterhold. Look for bushes containing these red berries.
  • Blue Butterfly Wings
    • They can be found in grassy areas, especially in the farms outside Whiterun.

Potion of Fortify Alchemy

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  • Blisterworts
    • These mushrooms can be found in most caves and can also be bought from alchemy vendors
  • Glowing Mushroom / Spriggan Sap
    • You can find the mushrooms in the areas outside Bleak Falls Barrow. Spriggan Sap can be bought from alchemy merchants. You can use either to make Fortify Alchemy Potions.

Grand Soul Gems

Grand Soul Gem
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You can buy filled Grand Soul Gems from court wizards, you’ll need 6-7 of these. Alternatively, you can also fill Empty Grand Soul Gems. To do this, you’ll need to kill NPCs of level 38+ after casting the Soul Trap spell on them. Below is a list of NPCs that can fill an Empty Grand Soul Gem:

  • Ash Spawn Immolator
  • Dragon Priest
  • Draugr Death Overlord
  • Draugr Deathlord
  • Falmer Warmonger
  • Falmer Shadowmaster
  • Frost Giant
  • Mammoth
  • Riekling Charger

You will use the soul gems to enchant your gear.

Fortify Alchemy and Fortify Smithing Enchantments

First, you’ll need at least 50 Alchemy, as well as the Benefactor Perk. To level your Alchemy skill, simply combine ingredients to make potions. It doesn’t matter what potions you’re making, just keep combining random ingredients. You can also go to an alchemy trainer.

Next, you’ll need to learn the Fortify Alchemy and Fortify Smithing enchantments. Simply buy any gear containing these enchantments. They can be commonly found in shops, and disenchant them to learn the enchantment.

You’ll also need some gear that you can enchant, at least four equippable items. These can be helmets, gauntlets, shoes, armor, rings, etc. Using your Grand Soul Gems, enchant your gear with Fortify Alchemy and Fortify Smithing.

Using the potions

Using the Potions
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Equip the enchanted gear and make a Fortify Restoration potion. Drink the potion, unequip and equip your enchanted gear. This will make the enchantment stronger. Repeat the process again until your Alchemy reaches the million range.

Fortify Enchanting Potion
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While your Alchemy is fortified, make a Fortify Enchanting potion. Drink the potion and enchant some gear with Fortify Smithing. Also, enchant a gear with Fortify Alchemy, this will allow you to make these potions without going through the entire process again.

Finally, craft a Fortify Smithing potion.

Making the Weapon

Equip the gear enchanted with Fortify Smithing, drink the Fortify Smithing potion, and improve your weapon of choice at a grindstone. This can be any weapon, whether one that you crafted or one that is bought or looted. However, it cannot be a unique weapon such as the Mehrune’s Razor, Nettlebane, etc.

Alternatively, you can forgo the Smithing, enchant your gear with Fortify Enchanting, drink a Fortify Enchanting Potion, and simply enchant your weapon to have elemental damage of the same game-breaking numbers.

Enchanting Weapon
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Muhibul Alam Chowdhury is a Guide writer at GameRiv.