An artifact is a unique and unusually powerful magical item. Many of these artifacts in Skyrim have appeared in previous Elder Scrolls games, as listed on the Lore article on artifacts.
The definition used for artifacts on this article is that the item must meet all three of the following requirements:
- Be unique in appearance.
- Only appear once in the game.
- Have a unique and useful enchantment.
None of these artifacts can be disenchanted to learn the enchantment. Some of them may be improved by smithing. The material and perk relevant to each item is given below. Improving enchanted items requires the Arcane Blacksmith perk. However, many artifacts do not have an applicable perk that allows improvement past flawless quality without a Smithing skill of greater than 100.
Many of the artifacts are of Daedric origin. These items are formed from the essence of a Daedric Prince, providing the items with their power. Nineteen Daedric Artifacts are available in the game; most are rewards for the Daedric Quests.
In addition to the Daedric artifacts, there are also other unique relics such as the masks worn by the undead Dragon Priests. There are nine of these scattered across Skyrim, each with unique powers and enchantments.
Please see the following page for information about what items count as Daedric Artifacts for the following achievements/trophies:
- Daedric Influence (10 points/Bronze) — Acquire a Daedric Artifact
- Oblivion Walker (30 points/Silver) — Collect 15 Daedric Artifacts
This article only lists items that fit the definition of an artifact.
- For items that are leveled, see Leveled Items.
- For items that do not fit all of the requirements of an Artifact and are not leveled, see Unique Items.
- For unique items that are quest-related, see Quest Items.