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A Piece of Malachite Ore

A Refined Malachite Ingot

A Malachite Ore Vein

Malachite is a rare, semi-translucent green volcanic crystal. It is used to create high-quality glass weapons and light armor. As mentioned in the book Light Armor Forging, this glass bears no relation to the common, brittle type of glass used in windows and ornaments, or in the construction(HF) of houses. See the lore article for general information. The only Malachite mine in Skyrim is located in Steamscorch Mine, outside of Kynesgrove in Eastmarch.


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  • 3 Malachite Ores are obtained by mining Malachite Ore Veins.
  • 1 Refined Malachite ingot is obtained by smelting 2 Malachite Ores.
  • Glass Smithing requires 70 Smithing skill.
  • Glass Armor is level 36 Light Armor, made from Refined Malachite, Refined Moonstone, Leather, and Leather Strips.
  • Glass weapons are level 27 weapons, made from Refined Malachite, Refined Moonstone, and Leather Strips.

Mineral SourcesEdit

In addition to the following guaranteed sources, the best random locations are:

  • Refined Malachite may be sold by blacksmiths starting at level 18 and general goods merchants starting at level 10.
  • Malachite Ore may be randomly found in Falmer loot starting at level 7.

These ore vein locations are also listed in the Malachite Veins category, and the exterior ore veins are shown on (map).

EastmarchSteamscorch Mine723The mine is immediately northeast of Kynesgrove; see Steamscorch Mine for details. One of the ores and all ingots are owned.
Whiterun HoldThroat of the World2Very top of the mountain (map)
HjaalmarchLabyrinthian74 ores are in Labyrinthian Thoroughfare and 3 are in Labyrinthian, Tribune
Whiterun HoldSwindler's Den2
WinterholdSaarthal1In Saarthal Excavation
MarkarthUnderstone Keep1Specifically ore veins are located in Nchuand-Zel.
The PaleWreck Of The Brinehammer1In The Brinehammer Below Deck
The PaleDimhollow Crypt (DG)8
The RiftRuunvald Excavation (DG)4

Glass SmithingEdit

Glass Smithing is the third perk in the "light armor" branch of the Smithing skill's perk tree; if you have both Dragonborn and Dawnguard, it is the only perk that does not apply to any sort of heavy armor. Unlocking it requires a Smithing skill of 70, and the Advanced Armors perk must have already been unlocked. Glass Smithing allows both Glass Armor and Glass Weapons to be crafted.

The Glass Smithing perk also causes tempering of Glass weapons and armor to be twice as effective. This perk applies to both unenchanted Glass gear and enchanted gear (generic armor, generic weapons, or custom), as long as the Arcane Blacksmith perk has been unlocked. Tempering of a couple other items is also improved by Glass Smithing, namely: Chillrend and Grimsever.

Glass ArmorEdit

Glass armor is a medium to high-quality light armor, behind armor types such as Dragonscale and StalhrimDB light armor, although it offers worse armor per weight than Elven armor. It appears in leveled lists starting at level 36 (enchanted varieties at level 37). All items can be tempered using Refined Malachite, and having the Glass Smithing perk doubles the quality improvement. Notably, the glass shield is the lightest shield in the game that will reach maximum damage reduction against non-power attacks when using unfortified Block.

The Fearsome Fists Creation adds a gauntlet variant. Enchanted gauntlets can be bought with a 14 point Fortify Unarmed, while unenchanted gauntlets are craftable and share their stats with regular gauntlets and merely differ in appearance.

A male Nord wearing glass armor

Name (ID)Raw MaterialsDeltaRatio
Malachite Moonstone Leather Strips
Glass Armor
Glass Boots
Glass Gauntlets
Brawler's Glass GauntletsCC
Glass Helmet
Glass Shield
Totals (with shield):192180103136410
Totals (without shield):131730769548
  • A female Imperial wearing glass armor

  • Brawler's glass gauntletsCC

Glass WeaponsEdit

Glass Weapons are the fifth best weapons, behind Dragonbone, Daedric, StalhrimDB, and Ebony weapons. They appear in leveled lists starting at level 27 (enchanted varieties at level 28). All items except ammunition can be tempered using 1 Refined Malachite, and having the Glass Smithing perk doubles the quality improvement. Arrows can only be smithed if the Dawnguard add-on has been installed. Glass Crossbows are only available with the Expanded Crossbow Pack creation installed.

One notable weakness with glass weapons is that several of them (dagger, mace, and warhammer) do not do any critical damage.

Name (ID)Crit.
SpeedReachRaw MaterialsDeltaRatio
Malachite Moonstone StripsOther
Glass Dagger
Glass Sword
Glass War Axe
Glass Mace
Glass Greatsword
Glass Battleaxe
Glass Warhammer
Glass Bow
Glass Arrow
0618N/A1001 Firewood
Makes 24 arrowsDG
Glass CrossbowCC
16800259112103 Firewood(?)(?)(?)(?)
Enhanced Glass CrossbowCC ¥
161000259111001 Glass Crossbow(?)(?)(?)(?)

¥The Enhanced Crossbow has an additional property: Attacks with this crossbow ignore 50% of armor.

The base gold value used for all generic enchanted versions of the Glass Bow is 287 instead of 820. Similarly, enchanted Glass Swords have a base value of 205 instead of 410. This means that the enchanted weapons are 533 (bow) or 205 (sword) gold cheaper than they should be, and in several cases are cheaper than the unenchanted version. This bug is shared by several types of bow in the game.

  • The Unofficial Skyrim Patch, version 1.3.1, fixes this bug.


  • Malachite Ore can be sold to Kjeld for the quest Mine Ore.
  • 1 Refined Malachite is needed to temper the dragon mask Otar.
  • 1 Refined Malachite is needed to temper the weapons Chillrend and Grimsever.
  • Ore veins (all types) sometimes do not respawn normally. See Mining (Bugs) and elsewhere on that article and its talk page.
  • The in-game material Malachite shares its name with the real life copper ore called malachite, Cu2CO3(OH)2. The Elder Scrolls' malachite was likely named after the real world material for the blue-green hue shared.


  • The armor's neck piece will briefly obscure part of the lower screen if you jump and look down while in first person. ?

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