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Misc. Items[edit]

There are many items in Daggerfall which either appear to have a purpose but don't, or don't appear to have a purpose but do.

  • Light type objects, candles, lanterns, torches etc... are useless and can be sold at a general store or pawn shop.
  • Holy tomes, holy daggers, and other objects don't appear to have any value other than for selling.

These items, although they cannot be equipped, will sometimes carry enchantments. When this is the case, they can be used directly from your inventory.

  • Bandages don't appear to have any real use, but apparently if you sleep with one in your inventory when you wake up it will be gone. Not sure if it actually helps heal you or not.
  • Paintings don't appear to have any other use than aesthetics, and when you click on one with info selected, you will see a random image with a random title rather than information.

Some quests require finding a particular object in a dungeon.

  • Auriels Shield - A dull metal plate floating in air.
  • Finger - A large object which looks more like a bed roll. Was evidence in a missing persons case.
  • Ingredients - These will look just like they do in your inventory except perhaps a bit bigger and brighter. Usually hard to miss.
  • Small Statue Sitting on Dungeon Floor: If you click on it it makes a strange noise and opens one of the red teleport doors.

Shields and Helms[edit]

Shields and helms in Daggerfall aren't labeled with their component materials. For example, an Adamantium helm will appear as just a "Helm"; shields are the same way.

Some types of helms always use the same color regardless of the material they are crafted from (for example, the gold Roman-style helm). Other types of helms use the proper color of their component material (a Daedric helm is red). When it comes to shields, leather, chain, silver and elven all appear the same, though their weights can differ. Other types use their proper colors (a dwarven shield is yellow). This is an assured way of determining these shield's material type.

When you check the statistics of a piece of armor, you can determine its material by the armor bonus. An exception are shields, because their armor bonus is independent of the shield's material. While this means that any shield of a given type offers the same protection as another shield of that type, keep in mind that shields made out of higher quality materials will generally be able to hold more enchantment points than shields made out of lower quality materials.

The most confident way to check the material of a piece of armor is by checking its price when you try to sell it. The better the material, the higher the price.

Cheap Items[edit]

Several people have noticed that the magical items bought in the mages guild are much cheaper than usual. For example, the list price of a daedric longsword of oblivion is around 7,000 gold, compared with a price of around 40k-50k gold for a regular daedric longsword in a normal shop. That said, these items are already enchanted; if you wish to create a custom enchantment for a daedric longsword, you will have to spend the time (in a dungeon or thieving) or money (purchasing in a store) to get a normal one.

Nonmagical items are valued by item type and material. Magical items are valued by the enchantment (the base item and material doesn't matter) - so if you purchase an expensive base item that has a very weak enchantment, it makes for quite a bargain. This is very easy to verify if you have access to a magic item maker (like with the Mage's Guild Enchanter) - get, say, two daggers: One iron, the other, daedric. Check them (individually) at a shop to see how much that particular shopkeeper will give you for those items, and note it down. Go to your magic item maker, and enchant them the same way (what you put on them doesn't matter - Feather Weight works). Go to the same shop keeper where you priced them before, and check what he'll pay for them.

Good Places to Sell Items[edit]

Alik'r desert[edit]

A general comment about making money. I've discovered that no matter what I have to sell, I get more money for it by taking it to the Alik'r desert somewhere (such Alik'ra City) and selling it. For instance, a holy tome worth 2500 gp may net you about 1000 - 1200 gp somewhere else, but in the desert it's value is almost double and you'll get 2300 - 2400 gp for it. I've actually sold some things in the desert for more than they were worth elsewhere. Especially good are any holy tomes, holy candles, stuff like that. Some of the better ingredients are worth a bunch there too.

It appears that items sold in the desert give you around 78% more retail value than elsewhere.

  • The specific region can vary from game to game (for this editor it's Anticlere), but it is true that some regions can offer significantly greater prices than others. You just have to search a bit to find out which ones.

Rusty relics[edit]

There are several kinds of shops in Daggerfall from the items' quality point of view. You recognize them thanks to the short description which popups when your character enters the place.

When you want to sell, try to find the worse shop, the one with mice running on the floor:

Rusty relics lie wherever they were last tossed. All the wares show the cracks and chips of shoddy workmanship. A mouse scampers over your feet before burrowing into a nearby sack.

You will sell at high prices here. That is somewhat logical: the shop is that bad because the shopkeeper is not an efficient merchant. But there is little hope for you to find daedric dai katanas inside.

Computing Item Prices[edit]

I've long been wanting to figure out how DF computes its item prices, mostly armor and weapons so I can figure out exactly how much all my magical items are worth (there seems to some bug in the game such that all magical items can only be sold for _much_ less than their worth, a daedric cuirass of force bolt for 4000 gold, I don't think so).

Material Price Modifiers[edit]

First, the price modifications of the various materials for armor and weapons. It works like this:

Non-Magical Item Price = (Base Item Price) * (Material Modifier)

The (Base Item Price) here would be the price of the leather version of the item (for weapons the leather and chain versions obviously don't exist but for the sake of simplicity we'll assume they do). The material modifiers are as follows.

Material Price Multiplier Color
Leather 1 Brown
Chain 2 Textured Silver
Iron 3 Dark Grey
Steel 6 Medium Grey
Silver 12 Bright Silver
Elven 24 Cold Silver
Dwarven 48 Yellow
Mithril 96 Dark Blue
Adamantium 192 Very Dark Grey
Ebony 384 Black
Orcish 768 Green
Daedric 1536 Red

Notes on Material Multipliers:[edit]

These values computed by basic trial method by selling/buying various items at a variety of stores. Prices used are the ones displayed in the upper left corner above your character portrait.

The prices of items vary by as much as 20% depending on an unknown variable (reputation relative to storekeeper?). The price fluctuates independently of store quality (stores of same quality can have vastly different prices) and item quality. One can assume this is a random fluctuation and not worry about it too much (ex: the range of the daedric multiplier could actually range anywhere from around 1000-2000). Take the above values to be the average multiplier.

Base Item Prices[edit]

In order for one to calculated the price of any armor/weapon one needs to know not only the material multiplier (above), but the base price of the item. This base price is simply the price of the leather item. For weapons, which don't have a leather material we take the price of the iron weapon and divide by three to get the base price.

Notes on Base Prices:[edit]

The base price of items fluctuates as much as 20% from store to store. The price also fluctuates according to which region you're in. As such, the above values are _mostly_ average item prices from a large variety of stores (where possible). They probably won't be 100% the same as the prices you get with your character since the price most likely depends on the mercantile skill (mine's at around 70%) and reputation with merchants.

The prices here are the ones seen above your character's picture at the left when you're selling/buying. The actual selling price will of course be much less but with a good reputation, the worst quality store, personality and mercantile skill you can get up to 70% of this price when you sell items. On the contrary, if you pick your store poorly the selling price may drop to as little as 25% (or so).

Magical Properties Modifiers[edit]

The cost of a magical item will be the sum of all magical properties on the item, the object's base price is not considered. For example, an enchanted daedric cuirass will only cost the price of its enchantment divided by 10.

Magical Item Price = (Bound Souls) + (Magic #1) + (Magic #2) + ....

The price of bound souls can be found above on this page. The magical properties prices can be found below and are deduced from visiting the mages guilds a few times. The values appear to remain constant and are not affected by rep, Personality, etc... There are no prices for adding any of the disadvantages to an item (other than the cost of buying a bound soul). One may also note that the required enchantment points for a spell/effect is equal to the price of the enchantment divided by 10.

Spell Enchanting Costs

Spell Name Enchant
Cost (gp)
Spell Name Enchant
Cost (gp)
Balyna's Antidote 9300 Chameleon 2100
Charisma 12000 Cure Poison 10200
Energy Leech 12600 Far Silence 22900
Fireball 4700 Fire Storm 8400
Force Bolt 30300 Fortitude 12000
Free Action 16500 God's Fire 17500
Hand of Decay 18300 Hand of Sleep 7800
Heal 3600 Ice Bolt 9900
Ice Storm 14200 Invisibility 5400
Iron Will 12000 Jack of Trades 12000
Levitate 3300 Light 2500
Lightning 7600 Magica Leech 9300
Medusa's Gaze 21400 Nimbleness 12000
Open 9000 Orc Strength 12000
Paralysis 16200 Recall 4800
Resist Cold 15600 Resist Fire 15600
Resist Poison 16500 Resist Shock 15600
Shadow Form 1500 Shalidor's Mirror 19300
Shield 10400 Shock 3800
Silence 15300 Slowfalling 2400
Spell Drain 13000 Spell Reflection 17200
Spell Resistance 12300 Spell Shield 19800
Sphere of Negation 42300 Stamina 1300
Strength Leech 4800 Tongues 15900
Toxic Cloud 10200 Troll's Blood 9200
Vampiric Touch 13800 Water Breathing 1700
Water Walking 1700 Wildfire 10200
Wisdom 12000 Wizard's Fire 4800
Wizard Lock 17400 Wizard Rend 16100

Notes on Spells:[edit]

The enchanting cost for spells is the same regardless of the type of spell, ie, whether cast when strikes, held, or used (although most spells are available only in one category).

Other Enchanting Costs

Enchantment Name Enchant
Cost (gp)
Extra Spell Points Per Season 5000
Per Moon Phase 2000
Near Undead 7000
Near Daedra 8000
Near Humanoids 9000
Near Animals 10000
Regenerate Health All the Time 40000
In Sunlight 30000
In Darkness 30000
Potent vs. Undead 9000
Daedra 9000
Humanoids 10000
Animals 12000
Vampiric Effect at Range 20000
When Strikes 10000
Increased Weight Allowance +25% 4000
+50% 6000
Improves Talents Hearing 5000
Athleticism 6000
Adrenaline Rush 6000
Good Rep With Each Groups 10000
All 50000
Repair - 9000
Absorbs Spells - 15000
Enhances Skill All Skills 9000
Feather Weight - 1000
Strengthens Armor - 7000

More Notes on Item Prices[edit]

Sometimes, you just have more items than you can carry, even if you have a wagon. This is especially true when you are fighting inside a big dungeon like castle Daggerfall, Wayrest, Sentinel, etc. You just can not go outside to unload stuff onto your ship. Then what items do you put on the wagon? Elven mace, leather pauldron, daedra's heart or a book. If you have space left for the wagon, pick up all loot by all means. But, when you have more than you can carry, which item should you take and which to discard? From a mathematics point of view, if all you care is to sell all these items, you should put items having the highest cost (in Gold Piece - GP ) per kilogram (kg) on your wagon. In other words, get the most expensive items pound-for-pound, on your wagon. You should take two 1 k.g. items, each having a cost of 15, instead of one 2 kg. item cost 20. Obviously, you must carry your Quest items, and powerful weapons. If you wish to use one item, always carry it. If you just wish to sell it for Gold, you can use the tables below for guidance. Books, clothes, and potion ingredients already have the weight and cost descriptions on them. But weapons and armors have only weight description. So how do you decide what to take ?


Armor Bonus Bonus to Damage Cost Weight Cost/Weight Ratio
Leather +3 - X 1 X 1 X 1 (X 1.4 ?)
Chain +6 - X 2 X 2 X 1 (X 1.4 ?)
Iron +7 -2 X 3 X 2 X 1.5
Steel +9 +0 X 6 X 3 X 2
Silver +9 +0 X 12 X 2 X 6
Elven +11 +2 X 24 X 2 X 12
Dwarven +13 +4 X 48 X 1.5 X 32
Mithril +15 +6 X 96 X 2 X 48
Adamantium +15 +6 X 192 X 2 X 96
Ebony +17 +8 X 384 X 1 X 384
Orcish +19 +10 X 768 X 2 X 384
Daedric +21 +12 X 1536 X 3 X 512

From math, it states the cost ratio of Leather and Chain are both X 1. But my personal experience indicates that, if you use X 1.4 instead of X 1 for the cost ratio of Leather and Chain, the items prices found using the formula below will be much closer to actual prices. The base price is based on iron items.

The armor bonus shown is in additional to the protection of the armor itself. All seven pieces ( helm, boot, gauntlet, cuirass, greaves, left/right pauldron) provides a protection of +1. The material bonus is in additional to that protection. So Elven greaves provides protection of +11, +1 from greaves itself, +10 from armor bonus. For weapons, the material bonus is in addition to the base damage mentioned on manual page 60-61. If you are careful, you can figure out most of the table above by yourself. Also, you can figure out the values for bows and axes on page 60-61 are incorrect. Shield is a total different animal. All shields of the same kind (Tower, Kite) provide the same protection. The armor bonus of material is not added to shield protection, though the weight modifier is. The largest differences in materials for shields are resiliency and enchantment points, which can be a major factor.

Below is a table listing the base price in cost (GP) per weight (kg) of all weapons and armors. Use it in conjunction with the table above to determine the cost per kg of items made from other material. The formula is :

item price (in GP/kg) = (Base price in GP/kg) * (material cost ratio) / (material weight ratio)

For example, you wish to know how much a Dwarven Saber is worth. You look up the table below, and found Iron Saber worth 9.6 GP/kg. You look up the weight modifier of Iron, which is 2 and that of Dwarven, which is 1.5, so you have 1.5 / 2 for the material weight ration. Next you look up the material cost modifiers, that are 3 for iron and 48 for Dwarven, so you have 48 / 3 = 16 for the material cost ratio. With that information you can calculate the cost for a Dwarven Saber as follow: 9.6 * 16 / (1.5 / 2) = 563.2 GP/kg. Then you look up for an Elven Helm. You get 96 * 8 / 1 = 768 GP/kg. So, you know, pound for pound, Elven Helm is worth much more than Dwarven Saber. Similarly, you will find that Leather Pauldron (90 * (1 / 3) / (1 / 2) = 60) is worth more than Elven Mace ( 6.7 * 8 / 1 = 53.6 ), pound for pound.

If you don't have the time to do all the tedious calculation, here is some rules of thumb :

  • Armors of one material, in general, are worth more than most weapons of the next two higher metal.
  • Cuirass is worth considerably less than other armor of similar material.
  • Katana and Bows are worth much more than other weapons of similar material.
  • Daggerfall has a classic Supply and Demand pricing structure. Very Rare Items (the only one found so far in the entire game, made from either silver or Orcish), sometimes can fetch up to 10 times their worth from this table. As you sell more items, the price of similar armors and weapons will drop. The table describes more or less the average price.
  • The money you get depends on a lot of factors (merchant skill, region, reputation, quality, etc.) but the relative cost between weapons change little.
  • Tower Shield and Kite Shield are the cheapest metal items pound-for-pound. Unless they are made from special material, take anything else to fill up your wagon. Round shield and Buckler fare slightly better. They are on the order of mace, and are not very cost effective either.
  • All price are estimate. Error of 50% on prices for each individual sale are common, considering all the conditions above. If you found more useful pricing formula, please inform me.

The following table shows the price GP per kilogram proportion for non-enchanted iron armors and iron weapons.

Item Value (GP/kg)
Boots 75
Buckler 15
Cuirass 24
Gauntlets 120
Greaves 96
Helm 96
Kite Shield 12.9
Pauldron 90
Round Shield 13.3
Tower Shield 12
Battle Axe 10
Broadsword 6
Claymore 12
Dagger 6
Dai-Katana 43
Flail 6.4
Katana 30
Longbow 40
Longsword 10
Mace 6.7
Saber 9.6
Shortbow 30
Shortsword 6
Staff 7.5
Tanto 12
Wakizashi 12
War Axe 8
Warhammer 8.6

Base Price of non-enchanted Armors and Weapons[edit]

All values are given in gold pieces.

Armors[edit]

Leather Chain Iron Steel Silver Elven Dwarven Mithril Adamantium Ebony Orcish Daedric
Boots 50 100 150 300 600 1200 2400 4800 9600 19200 38400 76800
Buckler 10 20 30 60 120 240 480 960 1920 3840 7680 15360
Cuirass 100 200 300 600 1200 2400 4800 9600 19200 38400 76800 153600
Gauntlets 50 100 150 300 600 1200 2400 4800 9600 19200 38400 76800
Greaves 80 160 240 480 960 1920 3840 7680 15360 30720 61440 122880
Helm 80 160 240 480 960 1920 3840 7680 15360 30720 61440 122880
Kite Shield 30 60 90 180 360 720 1440 2880 5760 11520 23040 46080
Pauldron 60 120 180 360 720 1440 2880 5760 11520 23040 46080 92160
Round Shield 20 40 60 120 240 480 960 1920 3840 7680 15360 30720
Tower Shield 50 100 150 300 600 1200 2400 4800 9600 19200 38400 76800

Weapons[edit]

Iron Steel Silver Elven Dwarven Mithril Adamantium Ebony Orcish Daedric
Battle Axe 60 120 240 480 960 1920 3840 7680 15360 30720
Broadsword 30 60 120 240 480 960 1920 3840 7680 15360
Claymore 90 180 360 720 1440 2880 5760 11520 23040 46080
Dagger 3 6 12 24 48 96 192 384 768 1536
Dai-Katana 150 300 600 1200 2400 4800 9600 19200 38400 76800
Flail 45 90 180 360 720 1440 2880 5760 11520 23040
Katana 75 150 300 600 1200 2400 4800 9600 19200 38400
Longbow 60 120 240 480 960 1920 3840 7680 15360 30720
Longsword 45 90 180 360 720 1440 2880 5760 11520 23040
Mace 30 60 120 240 480 960 1920 3840 7680 15360
Saber 36 72 144 288 576 1152 2304 4608 9216 18432
Shortbow 30 60 120 240 480 960 1920 3840 7680 15360
Shortsword 15 30 60 120 240 480 960 1920 3840 7680
Staff 15 30 60 120 240 480 960 1920 3840 7680
Tanto 9 18 36 72 144 288 576 1152 2304 4608
Wakizashi 24 48 96 192 384 768 1536 3072 6144 12288
War Axe 60 120 240 480 960 1920 3840 7680 15360 30720
Warhammer 60 120 240 480 960 1920 3840 7680 15360 30720

Weight of non-enchanted Armor and Weapons[edit]

All values are given in kg.

Armor[edit]

Leather Chain Iron Steel Silver Elven Dwarven Mithril Adamantium Ebony Orcish Daedric
Boots 1.00 2.00 2.00 2.50 2.00 2.00 1.50 2.00 2.00 1.00 2.00 2.50
Buckler 1.00 2.00 2.00 2.50 2.00 2.00 1.50 2.00 2.00 1.00 2.00 2.50
Cuirass 6.25 12.50 12.50 15.50 12.50 12.50 9.25 12.50 12.50 6.25 12.50 15.50
Gauntlets 0.50 1.25 1.25 1.50 1.25 1.25 0.75 1.25 1.25 0.50 1.25 1.50
Greaves 1.25 2.50 2.50 3.00 2.50 2.50 1.50 2.50 2.50 1.25 2.50 3.00
Helm 1.25 2.50 2.50 3.00 2.50 2.50 1.50 2.50 2.50 1.25 2.50 3.00
Kite Shield 3.75 7.50 7.50 9.25 7.50 7.50 5.50 7.50 7.50 3.75 7.50 9.25
Pauldron 1.00 2.00 2.00 2.50 2.00 2.00 1.50 2.00 2.00 1.00 2.00 2.50
Round Shield 2.25 4.50 4.50 5.50 4.50 4.50 3.25 4.50 4.50 2.25 4.50 5.50
Tower Shield 6.25 12.50 12.50 15.50 12.50 12.50 9.25 12.50 12.50 6.25 12.50 15.50

Weapons[edit]

Iron Steel Silver Elven Dwarven Mithril Adamantium Ebony Orcish Daedric
Battle Axe 6.00 7.50 6.00 6.00 4.50 6.00 6.00 3.00 6.00 7.50
Broadsword 5.00 6.25 5.00 5.00 3.75 5.00 5.00 2.50 5.00 6.25
Claymore 7.50 9.25 7.50 7.50 5.75 7.50 7.50 3.75 7.50 9.25
Dagger 0.50 0.50 0.50 0.50 0.25 0.50 0.50 0.25 0.50 0.50
Dai-Katana 3.50 4.25 3.50 3.50 2.75 3.50 3.50 1.75 3.50 4.25
Flail 7.00 8.75 7.00 7.00 5.25 7.00 7.00 3.50 7.00 8.75
Katana 2.50 3.00 2.50 2.50 1.75 2.50 2.50 1.25 2.50 3.00
Longbow 1.50 1.75 1.50 1.50 1.00 1.50 1.50 0.75 1.50 1.75
Longsword 4.50 5.50 4.50 4.50 3.25 4.50 4.50 2.25 4.50 5.50
Mace 4.50 5.50 4.50 4.50 3.25 4.50 4.50 2.25 4.50 5.50
Saber 3.75 4.50 3.75 3.75 2.75 3.75 3.75 1.75 3.75 4.50
Shortbow 1.00 1.25 1.00 1.00 0.75 1.00 1.00 0.50 1.00 1.25
Shortsword 2.50 3.00 2.50 2.50 1.75 2.50 2.50 1.25 2.50 3.00
Staff 2.00 2.50 2.00 2.00 1.50 2.00 2.00 1.00 2.00 2.50
Tanto 0.75 0.75 0.75 0.75 0.50 0.75 0.75 0.50 0.75 0.75
Wakizashi 2.00 2.50 2.00 2.00 1.50 2.00 2.00 1.00 2.00 2.50
War Axe 7.50 9.25 7.50 7.50 5.75 7.50 7.50 3.75 7.50 9.25
Warhammer 7.00 8.75 7.00 7.00 5.25 7.00 7.00 3.50 7.00 8.75

Value to Weight Ratios of non-enchanted Weapons and Armor[edit]

All values are given in gold pieces per kilogram. (Gold itself is 400 pieces per kilogram.)

Leather Chain Iron Steel Silver Elven Dwarven Mithril Adamantium Ebony Orcish Daedric
Boots 50 50 75 120 300 600 1600 2400 4800 19200 19200 30720
Buckler 10 10 15 24 60 120 320 480 960 3840 3840 6144
Cuirass 16 16 24 38.7 96 192 518.9 768 1536 6144 6144 9909.7
Gauntlets 100 80 120 200 480 960 3200 3840 7680 38400 30720 51200
Greaves 64 64 96 160 384 768 2560 3072 6144 24576 24576 40960
Helm 64 64 96 160 384 768 2560 3072 6144 24576 24576 40960
Kite Shield 8.6 8.6 12.9 19.5 51.4 102.9 274.3 411.4 822.9 3291.4 3291.4 4981.6
Pauldron 60 60 90 144 360 720 1920 2880 5760 23040 23040 36864
Round Shield 8.9 8.9 13.3 17.8 53.3 106.7 295.4 426.7 853.3 3413.3 3413.3 4551.1
Tower Shield 8 8 12 19.4 48 96 259.5 384 768 3072 3072 4954.8
Battle Axe 10 16 40 80 213.3 320 640 2560 2560 4096
Broadsword 6 9.6 24 48 128 192 384 1536 1536 2457.6
Claymore 12 19.5 48 96 250.4 384 768 3072 3072 4981.6
Dagger 6 12 24 48 192 192 384 1536 1536 3072
Dai-Katana 42.9 70.6 171.4 342.9 872.7 1371.4 2742.9 10971.4 10971.4 18070.6
Flail 6.4 10.3 25.7 51.4 137.1 205.7 411.4 1645.7 1645.7 2633.1
Katana 30 50 120 240 685.7 960 1920 7680 7680 12800
Longbow 40 68.6 160 320 960 1280 2560 10240 10240 17554.3
Longsword 10 16.4 40 80 221.5 320 640 2560 2560 4189.1
Mace 6.7 10.9 26.7 53.3 147.7 213.3 426.7 1706.7 1706.7 2792.7
Saber 9.6 16 38.4 76.8 209.5 307.2 614.4 2633.1 2457.6 4096
Shortbow 30 48 120 240 640 960 1920 7680 7680 12288
Shortsword 6 10 24 48 137.1 192 384 1536 1536 2560
Staff 7.5 12 30 60 160 240 480 1920 1920 3072
Tanto 12 24 48 96 288 384 768 2304 3072 6144
Wakizashi 12 19.2 48 96 256 384 768 3072 3072 4915.2
War Axe 8 13 32 64 167 256 512 2048 2048 3321.1
Warhammer 8.6 13.7 34.3 68.6 182.9 274.3 548.6 2194.3 2194.3 3510.9