The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Easy way to earn cash?

Asked about The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim on Nov. 28, 2011, 5:08 a.m. by Prima_Andrew

So I'm playing Skyrim at the moment, and I just forked over 5000 gold coins for my first house, after hours of questing to earn it all. I know there are exploits/bugs in the game that let you get infinite cash, but I wanted to know if any of you knew of legitimate ways to easily earn a fair amount of cash? My house in Whiterun is looking quite barren on the inside...

8 answers to this The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim question

  • Answer by Odinironfist1

    I currently have over 60,000 gold, I got it by making potions and weapons and armor and selling them. In order to make enough money to get what you want you have to spend alot of time farming and then making things to sell. It is also a good idea to work on your speechcraft and use anything that boosts your merchantile skill, like potions, rings, amulets, necklaces etc. There is no "easy way" to make money as most of the items you pick up do not sell for very much. I probably spent at least 40 hours smithing and doing alchemy and another 10 hours or so traveling between merchants to sell everything.

    Oct. 22, 2013, 10:31 a.m.
  • Answer by patric.holt

    If you don't mind the boring way, you can just stand and chop wood. It actually pays a decent amount, and requires no looking around for ingredients. Just find a chopping stump, and every 3 cuttings, instruct your character to chop some more.
    Like I said, it's boring, but it's simple and you can make thousands of gold in a relatively small amount of time, especially when you consider your chopping out the ingredient hunting time.
    The only thing that would make it any easier, would be if we could instruct the character to keep chopping wood until his inventory weight limit was reached so as to avoid having to re-instruct him every 3 bundles, but alas the developers knew better than to allow that and have people set it and go to bed. LOL
    I spent maybe an hour chopping wood, and had a very large amount of gold when I was done,certainly it was faster than doing the quests for the rewards and picking through urns for their paltry small amounts of gold.

    Oct. 22, 2013, 10:31 a.m.
  • Answer by InquisitorDraco

    fill your bags like a santa boss with free stuff from companions hall in whiterun. Also, dont forget that when you take out a dragon(which are increasingly numerous the higher your lvl) the body has some very valuable remains to loot! Enjoy.

    Oct. 22, 2013, 10:31 a.m.
  • Answer by snathanjuice

    Finish out the Dark Brotherhood, and start doing Dark Brother Hood Forever quests, I am not entirely sure as to what extent, but the amount of money earned per kill has been growing (starting at 800 a kill, and now at 1200). Each kill might take 10 minutes, which multiplied by 6 kills per hour, is a low ball minimum or 7200 in an hour, porbably gonna be closer to 10k per hour.

    Oct. 22, 2013, 10:31 a.m.
  • Answer by ErlendNyg√•rd

    Making cash in skyrim is not easy and it will take you hours. You will need to grind a lot to make good amounts of money. The way i made a lot of cash was with enchanting, smithing and alchemy. What really gave made me lots of cash was going for 100 alchemy. In total i had a profit of over 200k cash, but in order to get that kind of profit you will need some other skills maxed out first. What I did before i did alchemy was getting 100 speech and 100 enchanting. If you do that the shops will have loads of cash and you will get good prices for your items. For the 100 enchating you should make iron daggers and buy soul gems(use the common, lesser and petty). It will take some time though. But when you get 100 enchanting you can get the fortify alchemy enchant on armor and jewellery. Now this will make your potions a lot more worth and you will get much more exp. Now you can start the alchemy. For this I bought ingredients from Whiterun and Winterhold. To find the recepies for potions you can either try for yourself or just search for them on google.... A potion that gives a lot of cash+xp is made with giant's toe and wheat. You will not need to have too much cash to start with. I worked my way up from 900 gold to 200k+ in around 10 hours. All in these methodes will take you around 13 hours. You can of course keep on going on after 100 alchemy if you want to, but there's no point in doing that with over 200k.

    When you have gotten these skills you can also make maxed out armor and weapon :D I myself have over 300 dmg one-hand and almost 1100 armor rating, just need the heavy armor skill and the one-handed skill maxed and i have max gear :D.

    Oct. 22, 2013, 10:31 a.m.
  • Answer by WISEBEAST

    There is no easy way per-Se, but the fastest way that I have found is to get your smithing up to dwarven level, the hit all the dwarven ruins you can find. But even that is being a little too vague. When you do get into the dwarven ruins, be selective about what you pick up, leave the solid dwemer metal (25 lbs. for 5 dwarven ingots), the large decrotive struts ( 20 lbs. for 3 dwarven ingots) and the large dwermer struts ( 15 lbs for 2 dwarven ingots) alone. instead focus on the large and small dwemer plate metal, and the bent dwemer scrap metal, all are 2 lbs. and yield 3 dwarven ingots a peice ( remember that the standard dwemer scrap metal is NOT smeltable so only pick up the bent variety). Doing this can easily net you between 75 and 150 ingots (depending on the dungeon). Now there are 2 options:

    1) (Quick, lazy, and less profitable way) once you smelt all of your plate/bent scrap metal, you can sell the ingots to any blacksmith or general goods store, while this can get you a few thousand gold after a few trips, it is a drop in the bucket compared to what you could be making.

    2) (takes longer, requires some investment, yields substantially more profit in the long term) once you have smelted your metal into ingots, either go mining for iron and corundum, or buy iron and steel ingots from your local blacksmith(s) and general goods store(s), go hunting deer, wolves, bear, saber-tooth cats, etc., and collect their hides to be made into leather and leather straps, or as with the ingots, buy them from your local blacksmiths and general goods stores. Make sure to pick up some soul gems along the way, filled or if you have the spell or a weapon with soul trap, empty. now here is the important part, find the piece of armor or weapon to smith that has the best weight to worth ratio and make as many as you can carry. before you sell them be sure to improve them at the workbench or grinding stone. you're not done yet though, take them to the nearest arcane enchanter and using your filled soul gems, enchant every piece with the enchantment that increases the items value the most. If you don't have most of your gear enchanted already, then I would recommend saving any grand soul gems for your own gear, furthermore the petty and lesser gems don't provide much (if any) value increase, so stick to common and above for enchantments, and save your lesser and petty for recharging your enchanted weapons.

    On a side note, if you are using a weapon with soul trap, I would recommend carrying an identical weapon without or with a different enchantment (I prefer absorb health myself). once you have all the armor improved and enchanted, then you sell it to anyone and everyone that will buy it. granted this method does require some investment of time and gold, and loss of potentially very valuable enchanted items to learn the enchantments you need, but the long term gains of this are well worth the initial sacrifice, IMHO. On that note, when you do find enchanted items, don't hit the salesman first, instead head to the arcane enchanter to see if you can learn any new enchantments from them.

    The big thing I would say, is be picky about what you pick up.

    Improve and enchant all weapons and armor before you sell them. if you don't have the arcane blacksmith perk, be sure to improve BEFORE enchanting.

    Always take into account the weight to worth ratio; for example, an steel warhammer may go for 75-100g, but it weighs 25 lbs. whereas a similarly priced orcish mace only weighs in at only 15 lbs., thereby allowing for an extra 10 lbs. to throw around. Also while you are exploring the dwarven ruins, you are likely to find weapons and armor laying about that are of dwarven metal, while its nice to bring everything you can find back with you, remember, the bent scrap and large and small plate metals should be your primary target, so if dropping that 45 lb. dwarven armor means you can pick up 22 more pieces of metal for smelting, leave that armor to rot and grab the metal!

    Be sure you check with vendors for armor or clothes that have enchantments you need, and be sure that you have jewelry and armor enchanted with fortify barter and fortify smithing (fortify carry weight is nice to have as well) as early as you can get them with as high an enchant as you can give them, and update them on a fairly regular basis. If you can find enough pieces to go together for those two (or three) enchantments, you will see a dramatic increase in your item values. I carry probably around 20 different enchanted rings and necklaces so I'm ready for whatever the world throws at me.

    The most valuable enchantments that I have found thus fare are fortify archery, fortify destruction, and fortify sneak for armor (depending on the piece), and absorb health for weapons.

    Remember if you are carrying around a few different rings and necklaces to change them before trading/smithing. And most importantly, improve and enchant ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING you bring back from dungons and quests, this also gives you a massive edge in the weapon and armor department, and basically power-levels both your enchanting and your smithing skills, giving you better weapons and armor with better enchantments much earlier in the game then when these Items would be dropped form baddies and treasure chests normally.

    While alchemy can also be a big money maker, I find the collection of ingredients tiresome, and the process of discovering potions and poisons even more so.

    One last tidbit, for the rings and necklaces that you intend to use or carry around with you, I recommend using the cheapest you can find, but at the same time not smithing them yourself (like finding silver rings and neclaces as loot, hang on to them for your own use). and when you have the materials for the more expensive jewelery, make and enchant them with the best money making enchantments that you have to sell, this makes those items worth the most, and not hung up in your inventory waiting to upgrade them before you sell them.

    Oct. 22, 2013, 10:31 a.m.
  • Answer by gladiusisback

    I made substantial cash by mammoths - Giants - Bandits - Forsworn - Smithing all the gear i acquired before selling (provided cost was less then worth) and I have not even scratched the deep tombs but I have plenty of cash :D

    west or Rorikstead you will find many forsworn loot the hell outta them being a follower and start farming! :D

    Oct. 22, 2013, 10:31 a.m.
  • Answer by CraigSimas

    Level up your smithing skill to allow you to create Dwarven Armor. Hit as many Dwemer ruins as you can. The one in Markarth is a good start. Collect the Bent Dwemer Scrap Metal, Large Dwemer Plate Metal, Small Dwemer Plate Metal, Solid Dwemer Metal, Large Dwemer Strut, Large Dwemer Decorative. The rest of the junk does not melt down in the smelters, so don't waste precious carrying weight. You may have to take a few trips back and forth. Melt down all the Dwemer metal I listed, and craft Dwarven Armor. It is worth 400 gold each. Take them, improve them if you have the skills, and sell them for a good profit. Thats the way I did it, and it also leveled up my smithing rather quickly.

    Oct. 22, 2013, 10:31 a.m.