Skyrim:Orcish

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Orichalcum Ingot
An Orichalcum Ore Vein

Orcish weapons and armor are made using the mineral Orichalcum with techniques developed by the Orcs. The armor is of medium-quality, but the weapons are relatively low-quality.

Overview[edit]

Name ID Weight Value
SR-icon-ore-Orichalcum Ore.png Orichalcum Ore 0005acdd 1 20
SR-icon-ingot-Orichalcum Ingot.png Orichalcum Ingot 0005ad99 1 45
  • 3 Orichalcum Ores are obtained by mining Orichalcum Ore Veins. Cannot be purchased.
  • 1 Orichalcum Ingot is obtained by smelting 2 Orichalcum Ores. Can be purchased at all levels.
  • Orcish Smithing requires 50 Smithing skill.
  • Orcish Armor is level 25 Heavy Armor, made from Orichalcum Ingots, Iron Ingots, and Leather Strips.
  • Orcish weapons are level 6 weapons, made from Orichalcum Ingots, Iron Ingots, and Leather Strips.

Mineral Sources[edit]

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

  • Orichalcum ingots may be sold by blacksmiths and general goods merchants at all levels.
  • Orichalcum ore may be randomly found in Falmer loot starting at level 3.

There are a total of 78 veins, 16 ores, and 12 ingots available in the game. Only locations containing multiple veins, ores, or ingots are included in the following list. The Orichalcum Veins category contains a more complete list of places containing single veins and all exterior ore veins are shown on (map).

Region Location Veins Ores Ingots Details
Falkreath Hold Bilegulch Mine 9 6
The Reach Dushnikh Yal Mine 7 6 2
The Reach Mor Khazgur Mine 7 1 5
The Rift Giant's Grove 4
Winterhold Blackreach 3
Hjaalmarch Skyborn Altar 3 (map)
The Rift Fallowstone Cave 2
Hjaalmarch Chillwind Depths 2
The Pale High Gate Ruins 2
SolstheimDB Haknir's Shoal 2
The Pale Nightgate Inn 2 (map)
Whiterun Hold Guldun Rock 2 (map)
The Rift Largashbur 1 2
Winterhold Saarthal 2

Orcish Smithing[edit]

Orcish Smithing is the second perk in the heavy armor branch of the Smithing skill's perk tree. Unlocking it requires a Smithing skill of 50, and the Dwarven Smithing perk must have already been unlocked. Orcish Smithing allows both Orcish armor and Orcish weapons to be crafted.

The Orcish Smithing perk also causes tempering of Orcish weapons and armor to be twice as effective. This perk applies to both unenchanted Orcish 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 Orcish Smithing, namely: Shagrol's Warhammer and The Longhammer.

Orcish Armor[edit]

Orcish armor is a variety of heavy armor that is better than Dwarven and Steel Plate, but inferior to Ebony. It appears in leveled lists starting at level 25 (enchanted varieties at level 26). All items can be tempered using 1 Orichalcum Ingot, and having the Orcish Smithing perk doubles the quality improvement.

The Fearsome Fists Creation adds the Brawler's orcish gauntlets, a new gauntlet variant. The base pair can be crafted and differ only in appearance, while a pair with a 14 point Fortify Unarmed enchantment can be bought from vendors and found in random loot.

A male Nord wearing orcish armor
Name (ID) Weight Value Rating Raw Materials Delta Ratio
SR-icon-ingot-Orichalcum Ingot.png Orichalcum SR-icon-ingot-Iron Ingot.png Iron SR-icon-misc-LeatherStrips.png Strips Weight Value Weight Value
SR-icon-armor-OrcishArmor.png Orcish Armor
(00013957)
35 1000 40 4 1 3 29.7 804 6.60 5.10
SR-icon-armor-OrcishBoots.png Orcish Boots
(00013956)
7 200 15 3 1 2 2.8 52 1.67 1.35
SR-icon-armor-OrcishGauntlets.png Orcish Gauntlets
(00013958)
7 200 15 2 1 2 3.8 97 2.19 1.94
SR-icon-armor-Brawler's Orcish Gauntlets.png Brawler's Orcish GauntletsCC
(FExxx857)
7 200 15 2 1 2 3.8 97 2.19 1.94
SR-icon-armor-OrcishHelmet.png Orcish Helmet
(00013959)
8 500 20 2 1 2 4.8 397 2.50 4.85
SR-icon-armor-OrcishShield.png Orcish Shield
(00013946)
14 500 30 3 1 1 9.9 355 3.41 3.45
Totals (with shield): 71 2400 120 14 5 10
Totals (without shield): 57 1900 90 11 4 9

Orcish Plate ArmorCC[edit]

Orcish Plate is a heavy armor variant added by the Alternative Armors - Orcish Plate creation.

Every piece has a higher valuer, and a slightly higher armor rating than their regular counterpart, except for the helmet, which retains the armor rating of the regular version (possibly due to an oversight). It also lacks a shield variant. Its total armor rating is a bit lower than ebony armor.

A female Imperial wearing orcish plate armor
Name (ID) Weight Value Rating Raw Materials Delta Ratio
SR-icon-ingot-Orichalcum Ingot.png Orichalcum SR-icon-ingot-Iron Ingot.png Iron SR-icon-misc-LeatherStrips.png Strips Weight Value Weight Value
SR-icon-armor-Orcish Plate Armor.png Orcish Plate Armor
(FExxx801)
35 1100 41 4 1 3 29.7 904 6.60 5.61
SR-icon-armor-Orcish Plate Boots.png Orcish Plate Boots
(FExxx800)
7 225 16 3 1 2 2.8 77 1.67 1.52
SR-icon-armor-Orcish Plate Gauntlets.png Orcish Plate Gauntlets
(FExxx802)
7 225 16 2 1 2 3.8 122 2.19 2.18
SR-icon-armor-Orcish Plate Helmet.png Orcish Plate Helmet
(FExxx803)
8 550 20 2 1 2 4.8 447 2.50 5.34
Totals (with regular shield): 71 2600 123 14 5 10
Totals: 57 2100 93 11 4 9

Orcish Scaled ArmorCC[edit]

Orcish Scaled is a light armor variant added by the Alternative Armors - Orcish Scaled creation.

In terms of armor rating, it's only slightly worse than dragonscale armor, but it weighs considerably more, just 1 point shy of the heavy dwarven mailCC light armor. It also lacks a shield.

At a Blacksmith Forge, note that Orcish Scaled items do not appear under the Orcish category, but rather under Misc, which is possibly a bug.

A male Nord wearing orcish scaled armor
Name (ID) Weight Value Rating Raw Materials Delta Ratio
SR-icon-ingot-Orichalcum Ingot.png Orichalcum SR-icon-ingot-Iron Ingot.png Iron SR-icon-misc-LeatherStrips.png Strips Weight Value Weight Value
SR-icon-armor-Orcish Scaled Armor.png Orcish Scaled Armor
(FExxx801)
14 500 36 4 1 3 4.7 304 1.51 2.55
SR-icon-armor-Orcish Scaled Boots.png Orcish Scaled Boots
(FExxx800)
4 150 13 3 1 2 -0.3 2 0.93 1.01
SR-icon-armor-Orcish Scaled Gauntlets.png Orcish Scaled Gauntlets
(FExxx802)
4 100 13 2 1 2 -1.3 -3 0.61 0.97
SR-icon-armor-Orcish Scaled Helmet.png Orcish Scaled Helmet
(FExxx803)
6 200 18 2 1 2 2.7 97 1.82 1.94
Totals: 28 950 80 11 4 9

Orcish Weapons[edit]

Orcish weapons are relatively low-quality weapons, better than only Iron and Steel in quality. Notably, the weapons are lower quality than Dwarven weapons, even though Dwarven Smithing is a prerequisite for Orcish Smithing. They are lighter than Dwarven weapons, though. The weapons appear in leveled lists starting at level 6 (enchanted varieties at level 7) — with the exception of the Orcish Battleaxe which has been left out of the standard leveled lists, making it harder to find in random loot. All items except ammunition can be tempered using 1 Orichalcum Ingot, and having the Orcish Smithing perk doubles the quality improvement. Arrows can only be smithed if the Dawnguard add-on has been installed. Bolts are only available with the Rare Curios creation installed. Crossbows are only available with the Expanded Crossbow Pack creation installed.

Name (ID) Weight Value Damage Crit.
Critical Damage
Speed Reach Raw Materials Delta Ratio
SR-icon-ingot-Orichalcum Ingot.png Orichalcum SR-icon-ingot-Iron Ingot.png Iron SR-icon-misc-LeatherStrips.png Strips Other Weight Value Weight Value
SR-icon-weapon-OrcishDagger.png Orcish Dagger
(0001398e)
3 30 6 3 1.3 0.7 1 1 1 0.9 -25 1.43 0.55
SR-icon-weapon-OrcishSword.png Orcish Sword
(00013991)
11 75 9 4 1 1 2 1 1 7.9 -25 3.55 0.75
SR-icon-weapon-OrcishWarAxe.png Orcish War Axe
(0001398b)
13 90 10 5 1 1 2 1 2 9.8 -13 4.06 0.87
SR-icon-weapon-OrcishMace.png Orcish Mace
(00013990)
15 105 11 5 0.8 1 3 1 1 10.9 -40 3.66 0.72
SR-icon-weapon-OrcishGreatsword.png Orcish Greatsword
(0001398f)
18 75 18 9 0.7 1.3 4 2 3 11.7 -128 2.86 0.37
SR-icon-weapon-OrcishBattleaxe.png Orcish Battleaxe
(0001398c)
25 165 19 9 0.7 1.3 4 1 2 19.8 -28 4.81 0.85
SR-icon-weapon-OrcishWarhammer.png Orcish Warhammer
(00013992)
26 180 21 10 0.6 1.3 4 1 3 20.7 -16 4.91 0.92
SR-icon-weapon-OrcishBow.png Orcish Bow
(0001398d)
9 150 10 5 0.81 1 2 1 0 6 53 3.00 1.55
SR-icon-weapon-OrcishArrows.png Orcish Arrow
(000139bb)
0 3 12 N/A 1 0 0 1 Firewood
Makes 24 arrowsDG
-6 22 0.00 1.44
SR-icon-weapon-Orcish Bolt.png Orcish BoltCC ††
(FExxx841)
0 3 12 N/A 1 0 0 1 Firewood
Makes 10 bolts
(?) (?) (?) (?)
SR-icon-weapon-Orcish Crossbow.png Orcish CrossbowCC
(FExxx80D)
15 500 22 9 1 1 3 0 0 3 Firewood (?) (?) (?) (?)
SR-icon-weapon-Orcish Crossbow.png Enhanced Orcish CrossbowCC ¥
(FExxx819)
15 700 22 9 1 1 1 0 0 1 Orcish Crossbow (?) (?) (?) (?)
¥The Enhanced Crossbow has an additional property: Attacks with this crossbow ignore 50% of armor.
††This item can only be crafted by siding with the Dawnguard.

Orcish War Axes have a speed of 1 instead of 0.9. This bug also applies to all generic enchanted Orcish War Axes.

The gold value of the Orcish Greatsword is half of what it should be (75 instead of 150). Enchanted variations use the proper base gold value of 150.

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