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    ............|  The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion - Enchanting Guide   |............
    ............|                      Version 0.4                     |............
     ...........|  Written by Glenn Frazee (grfrazee[at]gmail[dot]com) |............
    ............|               GameFAQs s/n: Idiosyncrat              |..........--
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    |                               TABLE OF CONTENTS                              |
    +==============================================================================+
    |                 CHAPTER                                       | REFERENCE NO.|
    +==============================================================================+
    |  Version History......................................................01-00  |
    +==============================================================================+
    |  Legal Stuff..........................................................02-00  |
    +==============================================================================+
    |  Introduction.........................................................03-00  |
    |       Enchanting 101..................................................03-01  |
    +==============================================================================+
    |  Spell Effects........................................................04-00  |
    |       Alteration......................................................04-01  |
    |       Conjuration.....................................................04-02  |
    |       Destruction.....................................................04-03  |
    |       Illusion........................................................04-04  |
    |                                                                              |
    |       Mysticism.......................................................04-05  |
    |       Restoration.....................................................04-06  |
    +==============================================================================+
    |  Soul Gems............................................................05-00  |
    |       Petty...........................................................05-01  |
    |       Lesser..........................................................05-02  |
    |       Common..........................................................05-03  |
    |       Greater.........................................................05-04  |
    |                                                                              |
    |       Grand...........................................................05-05  |
    |       Black...........................................................05-06  |
    +==============================================================================+
    |  The Enchantment Process..............................................06-00  |
    |       Unenchantable Equipment.........................................06-01  |
    |       Spell Magnitudes................................................06-02  |
    +==============================================================================+
    |  FAQ..................................................................07-00  |
    +==============================================================================+
    |  Contact Information..................................................08-00  |
    +==============================================================================+
    |  Credits..............................................................09-00  |
    +==============================================================================+
    
    
    +==============================================================================+
    |  Version History......................................................01-00  |
    +==============================================================================+
    
    Version 0.41 (5-01-08)
       - A few small changes but nothing added
    
    Version 0.3 (9-14-06)
       - Added "Unenchantable Equipment"
               "FAQ"
    
    Version 0.2 (7-16-06)
       - Updated "Spell Effects" whole chapter formatting
                 "Petty" soul section
                 "Soul Gems"
    
    Version 0.1 (7-13-06)
       - Beginning
    
    
    +==============================================================================+
    |  Legal Stuff..........................................................02-00  |
    +==============================================================================+
    
            This document is copyrighted  2006-2010 by Glenn Frazee.  The Elder
    Scrolls IV: Oblivion is copyrighted by Bethesda Softworks.  I write this for 
    personal use only, not to be altered, printed, or distributed comercially.  This
    guide may be printed for personal use, but not for any other purpose.  No part 
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    |  Introduction.........................................................03-00  |
    +==============================================================================+
    
            Remember Morrowind?  Enchantment was a skill - practically useless, as
    it was almost impossible to level without training.  Besides the fact that you
    had a very good chance of failing at enchanting whatever it was you were
    attempting to enchant.  Very annoying to lose those Golden Saint grand souls.
    
            In any case, Bethesda enhanced enchantment in the newest release.  Now
    you can go to the Arcane University and use an altar to enchant items.  It also
    costs less than it did in Morrowind (though everything costs less compared to
    Morrowind anyway).  There are no NPCs that can do enchantment for you; you need
    to gain access to the Arcane University by getting all the Mages Guild
    Recommendations (see a Mages Guild guide for instructions).  Or if you bought
    the Wizard's Tower mod from Bethesda, you can purchase an upgrade that includes
    Spellmaking and Enchanting Altars.  (I think this is cheating a bit though).
    
            I have to say, Bethesda definitely did good in this aspect of the game.
    Enchantments become a more integral part of the game without breaking it.
    
    
    +==============================================================================+
    |  Enchanting 101.......................................................03-01  |
    +==============================================================================+
    
            At the basic level, to perform an enchantment, you need these four
    things:
    
    - A filled soul gem (sec. 05-00)
    - An equipable item without an existing enchantment
    - Ability to cast the spell you wish to enchant with (sec. 04-00)
    - Access to an Enchanting Altar
    
            Soul Gems and Spells are discussed later in this guide.  For the 
    equipment, it can be anything you wear or fight with - ie., a helm, sword, ring,
    amulet, cuirass, etc.  Unlike in Morrowind, the quality of the item doesn't 
    affect the magnitude of enchantment you can apply to the item.  Like in 
    Morrowind, an Exquisite Amulet could hold more charge than a Common Amulet.  
    This is not the case in Oblivion; a half-rusted out iron cuirass can hold the 
    same charge as a Daedric cuirass.
    
            Also note that any enchantment applied to a wearable item is always 
    going to have a Constant Effect.  You don't need to fill up a Grand Soul Gem
    (like in Morrowind) to perform this.  Heck, you can use a Petty Soul to enchant
    something with a Constant Effect; it just won't have the magnitude of a Grand
    Soul.
    
            And, no, YOU CANNOT ENCHANT SOMETHING WITH MORE THAN 1600 CHARGE.
    
    
    +==============================================================================+
    |  Spell Effects........................................................04-00  |
    +==============================================================================+
    
            Like in Morrowind, you need to know how to cast a spell before you can
    enchant an item with it.  Even if you bought the spell, you need to be able to
    cast it to enchant an item with it.  Generally this is not such a problem.  For
    example, you don't need to know an uber powerful fire spell to enchant a weapon
    with a high fire damage.  Because you know the basic fire spell from the very
    beginning of the game, you can enchant your weapon with Fire.  Therefore, it is
    in your advantage to buy inexpensive spells of every magical effect that you
    can find.  A very good site for that is here:
    
    http://www.gamebanshee.com/oblivion/searchspells.php
    
            Also, unlike in Morrowind, there are certain spell effects that you
    cannot transfer to an item, much to my dismay.  I definitely liked having my
    amulet that restored 2 health a second.  Can't do that here.  Some spells that
    you can't use are Restore Health, Restore Fatigue, Spell Absorption, and
    Invisibility.
    
            But for the spells you can use, I have compiled a list:
    
    
    +==============================================================================+
    |  Alteration...........................................................04-01  |
    +==============================================================================+
    
            +==============================================================+
            |                            BURDEN                            |
            +==============================================================+
            |             | Increases an enemy's encumberance, meaning     |
            | Description | they can carry less for as long as the spell   |
            |             | lasts.  If you increas their encumberance      |
            |             | enough, it is possible for them to become      |
            |             | overencumbered and not be able to move.        |
            +-------------+------------------------------------------------+
            |             | This spell generally has limited offensive     |
            |    Notes    | capabilities.  Draining their strength has the |
            |             | same effect, costs less, and also takes away   |
            |             | from their melee damage.                       |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
            | Works on:   [X] Weapons    [X] Armor                         |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
    
            +==============================================================+
            |                            FEATHER                           |
            +==============================================================+
            | Description | Does the opposite of Burden.  You want to use  |
            |             | this on yourself or an ally though             |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
            |             | I find this to be a very helpful spell.  Once  |
            |    Notes    | you start getting good drops from enemies,     |
            |             | you'll want to take them back to your stash.   |
            |             | Also, it makes you able to run faster.         |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
            | Works on:   [ ] Weapons    [X] Armor                         |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
    
            +==============================================================+
            |                       ELEMENTAL SHIELD                       |
            +==============================================================+
            | Description | Forms a protective shield on the target to     |
            |             | ward off Fire/Frost/Shock.                     |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
            |             | Costs less to cast than a normal Shield and    |
            |    Notes    | useful when you know your enemy uses only a    |
            |             | certain elemental damage.                      |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
            | Works on:   [ ] Weapons    [X] Armor                         |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
    
            +==============================================================+
            |                             OPEN                             |
            +==============================================================+
            | Description | Opens a locked door or chest.                  |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
            |    Notes    | Unless you have a very high Alteration skill,  |
            |             | lockpicks are more effective.                  |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
            | Works on:   [X] Weapons    [ ] Armor                         |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
    
            +==============================================================+
            |                            SHIELD                            |
            +==============================================================+
            | Description | Creates a shield about the target that adds to |
            |             | their armor rating.                            |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
            |    Notes    | I don't use this much, so no comment.          |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
            | Works on:   [ ] Weapons    [X] Armor                         |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
    
            +==============================================================+
            |                        WATER BREATHING                       |
            +==============================================================+
            | Description | Allows the target to swim underwater without   |
            |             | drowning.                                      |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
            |    Notes    | Enchant yourself a ring with this and never    |
            |             | again worry about drowning.                    |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
            | Works on:   [ ] Weapons    [X] Armor                         |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
    
            +==============================================================+
            |                         WATER WALKING                        |
            +==============================================================+
            | Description | Be like Jesus and walk on water.               |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
            |    Notes    | Enchant yourself a ring and make traveling     |
            |             | across water easy.                             |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
            | Works on:   [ ] Weapons    [X] Armor                         |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
    
    
    +==============================================================================+
    |  Conjuration..........................................................04-02  |
    +==============================================================================+
    
            +==============================================================+
            |                          TURN UNDEAD                         |
            +==============================================================+
            | Description | Makes an undead creature fight for you up to   |
            |             | the level and time specified.                  |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
            |             | Sometimes this comes in handy when you have    |
            |    Notes    | two of the same undead in your path.  Cast it  |
            |             | on one and they should wipe eachother out,     |
            |             | making it an easy mopup.                       |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
            | Works on:   [X] Weapons    [ ] Armor                         |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
    
    
    +==============================================================================+
    |  Destruction..........................................................04-03  |
    +==============================================================================+
    
            +==============================================================+
            |                       DAMAGE ATTRIBUTE                       |
            +==============================================================+
            | Description | Damages target's attribute (strength, etc.).   |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
            |    Notes    | Sometimes you can drain an NPC or creature's   |
            |             | strength so much that they cannot stand.       |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
            | Works on:   [X] Weapons    [ ] Armor                         |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
    
            +==============================================================+
            |                        DAMAGE FATIGUE                        |
            +==============================================================+
            | Description | Damages target's fatigue.                      |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
            |             | Kinda pointless as this doesn't hurt your      |
            |    Notes    | enemy at all.  Maybe it makes his attacks do   |
            |             | less damage.  Big whoop.  However, if their    |
            |             | fatigue is low enough, you can knock them out. |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
            | Works on:   [X] Weapons    [ ] Armor                         |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
    
            +==============================================================+
            |                        DAMAGE HEALTH                         |
            +==============================================================+
            | Description | Damages target's health.                       |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
            |    Notes    | When used properly, this can be deadly.  See   |
            |             | sec. for more                                  |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
            | Works on:   [X] Weapons    [ ] Armor                         |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
    
            +==============================================================+
            |                        DAMAGE MAGICKA                        |
            +==============================================================+
            | Description | Damages target's magicka.                      |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
            |    Notes    | Useful against mages, I'd guess.               |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
            | Works on:   [X] Weapons    [ ] Armor                         |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
    
            +==============================================================+
            |                         DISINTEGRATE                         |
            +==============================================================+
            | Description | Wears on the target's armor or weapon, making  |
            |             | it less effective.                             |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
            |    Notes    | Really only useful for long, drawn out fights. |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
            | Works on:   [X] Weapons    [ ] Armor                         |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
    
            +==============================================================+
            |                       DRAIN ATTRIBUTE                        |
            +==============================================================+
            | Description | Temporarily damages target's attribute.        |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
            |    Notes    | Sometimes you can drain an NPC or creature's   |
            |             | strength so much that they cannot stand.       ||
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
            | Works on:   [X] Weapons    [ ] Armor                         |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
    
            +==============================================================+
            |                        DRAIN FATIGUE                         |
            +==============================================================+
            | Description | Temporarily damages target's fatigue.          |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
            |    Notes    | Not very useful.  However, if their fatigue is |
            |             | low enough, you can knock them out.            |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
            | Works on:   [X] Weapons    [ ] Armor                         |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
    
            +==============================================================+
            |                         DRAIN HEALTH                         |
            +==============================================================+
            | Description | Temporarily damages target's health.           |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
            |    Notes    | Might be useful against mages.                 |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
            | Works on:   [X] Weapons    [ ] Armor                         |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
    
            +==============================================================+
            |                         DRAIN SKILL                          |
            +==============================================================+
            | Description | Temporarily damages target's skill (Blade,etc.)|
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
            |    Notes    | Enchant yourself some armor with this for      |
            |             | easier training.                               |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
            | Works on:   [X] Weapons    [X] Armor                         |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
    
            +==============================================================+
            |                      ELEMENTAL DAMAGE                        |
            +==============================================================+
            | Description | Target takes Fire/Frost/Shock damage.          |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
            |    Notes    | Basic Destruction spells, yet very effective.  |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
            | Works on:   [X] Weapons    [X] Armor                         |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
    
            +==============================================================+
            |                    WEAKNESS TO DISEASE                       |
            +==============================================================+
            | Description | Increases target's likelihood of contracting   |
            |             | a disease.                                     |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
            |    Notes    | Wow.  How incredibly useless.                  |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
            | Works on:   [X] Weapons    [ ] Armor                         |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
    
            +==============================================================+
            |                    WEAKNESS TO ELEMENT                       |
            +==============================================================+
            | Description | Makes target more vulnerable to Fire/Frost/    |
            |             | Shock damage                                   |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
            |    Notes    | When used properly, can be very effective.     |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
            | Works on:   [X] Weapons    [ ] Armor                         |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
    
            +==============================================================+
            |                    WEAKNESS TO MAGICKA                       |
            +==============================================================+
            | Description | Target is weaker to all forms of magicka.      |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
            |    Notes    | When used properly, can be very effective.     |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
            | Works on:   [X] Weapons    [ ] Armor                         |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
    
            +==============================================================+
            |                     WEAKNESS TO POISON                       |
            +==============================================================+
            | Description | Target is more vulnerable to poison damage.    |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
            |    Notes    | Don't use this much, so no comment.            |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
            | Works on:   [X] Weapons    [ ] Armor                         |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
    
            +==============================================================+
            |                 WEAKNESS TO NORMAL WEAPONS                   |
            +==============================================================+
            | Description | Target takes greater damage from regular       |
            |             | weapons.                                       |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
            |    Notes    | Useful against creatures not affected by       |
            |             | normal weapons (ghosts, etc.)                  |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
            | Works on:   [X] Weapons    [ ] Armor                         |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
    
    
    +==============================================================================+
    |  Illusion.............................................................04-04  |
    +==============================================================================+
    
            +==============================================================+
            |                           CHAMELEON                          |
            +==============================================================+
            | Description | Bends light around target, making it harder to |
            |             | see.                                           |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
            |    Notes    | Can be very helpful for sneaking and stealth   |
            |             | kills.  Pickpocketing too.                     |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
            | Works on:   [ ] Weapons    [X] Armor                         |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
    
            +==============================================================+
            |                            COMMAND                           |
            +==============================================================+
            | Description | Makes target fight for you.                    |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
            |    Notes    | You can also whack at the enthralled creature  |
            |             | and it won't attack back.                      |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
            | Works on:   [X] Weapons    [ ] Armor                         |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
    
            +==============================================================+
            |                          DEMORALIZE                          |
            +==============================================================+
            | Description | Makes target less willing to fight.            |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
            |    Notes    | Makes the target run away for a bit.  Helps if |
            |             | you need to heal quick during a battle.        |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
            | Works on:   [X] Weapons    [ ] Armor                         |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
    
            +==============================================================+
            |                            FRENZY                            |
            +==============================================================+
            | Description | Makes target more likely to fight.             |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
            |             | Can be great fun.  Make NPCs attack you and    |
            |    Notes    | you can kill them without repercussions        |
            |             | (unless the NPC is a guard).                   |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
            | Works on:   [X] Weapons    [ ] Armor                         |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
    
            +==============================================================+
            |                            LIGHT                             |
            +==============================================================+
            | Description | Creates a light source on the target, much     |
            |             | like a torch.                                  |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
            |    Notes    | Don't use while sneaking unless you want to be |
            |             | caught.                                        |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
            | Works on:   [ ] Weapons    [X] Armor                         |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
    
            +==============================================================+
            |                           NIGHT-EYE                          |
            +==============================================================+
            | Description | Gives target the ability to see well in the    |
            |             | dark.                                          |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
            |    Notes    | You can see perfectly in pitch blackness,      |
            |             | except everything is a shade of blue.          |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
            | Works on:   [ ] Weapons    [X] Armor                         |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
    
            +==============================================================+
            |                             RALLY                            |
            +==============================================================+
            | Description | Makes the target more willing to fight.        |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
            |             | Helps with NPCs or critters who run when they  |
            |    Notes    | start running low on life.  Then you don't     |
            |             | have to chase them down.                       |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
            | Works on:   [X] Weapons    [ ] Armor                         |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
    
            +==============================================================+
            |                            SILENCE                           |
            +==============================================================+
            | Description | Renders target unable to cast spells.          |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
            |    Notes    | Use this on a mage and watch him try to kill   |
            |             | you with his puny dagger.                      |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
            | Works on:   [X] Weapons    [ ] Armor                         |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
    
    
    +==============================================================================+
    |  Mysticism............................................................04-05  |
    +==============================================================================+
    
            +==============================================================+
            |                          DETECT LIFE                         |
            +==============================================================+
            | Description | Displays a purple halo around any living       |
            |             | creature within the specified radius.          |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
            |    Notes    | One of the most useful spells in the game.     |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
            | Works on:   [ ] Weapons    [X] Armor                         |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
    
            +==============================================================+
            |                            DISPEL                            |
            +==============================================================+
            | Description | Removes spell effects from target.             |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
            |    Notes    | Haven't used this much, if at all.             |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
            | Works on:   [X] Weapons    [ ] Armor                         |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
    
            +==============================================================+
            |                          SOUL TRAP                           |
            +==============================================================+
            |             | Cast on a target and it will bind the soul of  |
            | Description | the target to a soul gem once you kill the     |
            |             | target (if killed within the alotted time).    |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
            |    Notes    | If you want to enchant, you better know this.  |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
            | Works on:   [X] Weapons    [ ] Armor                         |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
    
    
    +==============================================================================+
    |  Restoration..........................................................04-06  |
    +==============================================================================+
    
            +==============================================================+
            |                       ABSORB ATTRIBUTE                       |
            +==============================================================+
            | Description | Steals target's attribute (strength, etc.) and |
            |             | applies it to player character.                |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
            |    Notes    | Helpful if you really want to piss off your    |
            |             | enemy.                                         |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
            | Works on:   [X] Weapons    [ ] Armor                         |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
    
            +==============================================================+
            |                        ABSORB FATIGUE                        |
            +==============================================================+
            | Description | Steals target's fatigue and applies it to      |
            |             | player character.                              |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
            |    Notes    | Helps if your fatigue is running low during    |
            |             | battle.                                        |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
            | Works on:   [X] Weapons    [ ] Armor                         |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
    
            +==============================================================+
            |                         ABSORB HEALTH                        |
            +==============================================================+
            | Description | Steals target's health and applies it to       |
            |             | player character.                              |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
            |    Notes    | Helps if your health is running low.           |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
            | Works on:   [X] Weapons    [ ] Armor                         |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
    
            +==============================================================+
            |                         ABSORB SKILL                         |
            +==============================================================+
            | Description | Steals target's skill (Blade, etc.) and        |
            |             | applies it to player character.                |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
            |    Notes    | Only useful if something else drained your own |
            |             | skill.                                         |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
            | Works on:   [X] Weapons    [ ] Armor                         |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
    
            +==============================================================+
            |                       FORTIFY ATTRIBUTE                      |
            +==============================================================+
            | Description | Temporarily boosts target's attribute          |
            |             | (stregth, etc.)                                |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
            |    Notes    | Quite useful if bound to armor.                |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
            | Works on:   [ ] Weapons    [X] Armor                         |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
    
            +==============================================================+
            |                        FORTIFY FATIGUE                       |
            +==============================================================+
            | Description | Temporarily boosts target's fatigue.           |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
            |    Notes    | Useful if bound to armor.                      |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
            | Works on:   [ ] Weapons    [X] Armor                         |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
    
            +==============================================================+
            |                        FORTIFY HEALTH                        |
            +==============================================================+
            | Description | Temporarily boosts target's health.            |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
            |    Notes    | Useful if bound to armor.                      |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
            | Works on:   [ ] Weapons    [X] Armor                         |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
    
            +==============================================================+
            |                        FORTIFY MAGICKA                       |
            +==============================================================+
            | Description | Temporarily boosts target's magicka.           |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
            |    Notes    | USeful if bound to armor or clothing.          |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
            | Works on:   [ ] Weapons    [X] Armor                         |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
    
            +==============================================================+
            |                         FORTIFY SKILL                        |
            +==============================================================+
            | Description | Temoporarily boosts target's skill (Blade,etc.)|
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
            |    Notes    | Useful if bound to armor.                      |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
            | Works on:   [ ] Weapons    [X] Armor                         |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
    
            +==============================================================+
            |                        RESIST DISEASE                        |
            +==============================================================+
            | Description | Boosts player character's disease immunity.    |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
            |    Notes    | Really only useful when fighting vampires.     |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
            | Works on:   [ ] Weapons    [X] Armor                         |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
    
            +==============================================================+
            |                        RESIST ELEMENT                        |
            +==============================================================+
            | Description | Boosts player character's resistance to Fire/  |
            |             | Frost/Shock.                                   |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
            |    Notes    | Useful against magical attacks.                |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
            | Works on:   [ ] Weapons    [X] Armor                         |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
    
            +==============================================================+
            |                     RESIST NORMAL WEAPONS                    |
            +==============================================================+
            | Description | Boosts player character's resistance to        |
            |             | regular weapons (iron, steel, etc.)            |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
            |    Notes    | Only useful against lower level enemies.       |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
            | Works on:   [ ] Weapons    [X] Armor                         |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
    
            +==============================================================+
            |                       RESIST PARALYSIS                       |
            +==============================================================+
            | Description | Lessens chance of player character becoming    |
            |             | paralyzed.                                     |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
            |    Notes    | Not that many creatures/NPCs use paralysis, so |
            |             | effective use of this is limited.              |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
            | Works on:   [ ] Weapons    [X] Armor                         |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
    
            +==============================================================+
            |                        RESIST POISON                         |
            +==============================================================+
            | Description | Increases player character's resistance to     |
            |             | poison.                                        |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
            |    Notes    | Might help against hostile NPCs who use poison |
            |             | on their weapons.                              |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
            | Works on:   [ ] Weapons    [X] Armor                         |
            +--------------------------------------------------------------+
    
    
    +==============================================================================+
    |  Soul Gems............................................................05-00  |
    +==============================================================================+
    
            Also like in Morrowind, you need a Soul Gem filled with the soul of
    a dead creature (or even an NPC, see sec. 05-06).  What's different is that the
    values of the different souls are the same.  Let me explain.
    
            In Morrowind, you had different values for each soul, even if it filled
    the same type of soul gem.  For example, a Golden Saint had a value of 80,000
    while a Winged Twilight only has 60,000.  Both require a Grand Soul Gem.  In
    Oblivion, any creature that fills a Grand Soul Gem has a value of 1600.  Doesn't
    matter what it is; as long as it needs a Grand Soul Gem, it'll fill it to the
    top.
    
            I will now list the different Soul Gems, their values, and what 
    creatures fill the gems.  For more information on the creatures listed, see my
    Bestiary on GameFAQs.
    
    
    +==============================================================================+
    |  Petty................................................................05-01  |
    +==============================================================================+
    
    Value: 150
    
            Petty soul gems hold the lowliest of Cyrodiil's creatures:
    
    Deer
    Dog
    Goblin
    Mudcrab
    Rat
    Sheep
    Skeleton
    Slaughterfish
    Stunted Scamp
    Wolf
    
    
    +==============================================================================+
    |  Lesser...............................................................05-02  |
    +==============================================================================+
    
    Value: 300
    
    Boar
    Ghost
    Goblin Skirmisher
    Horse
    Imp
    Scamp
    Skeleton Guardian
    Timber Wolf
    Stunted Scamp
    Troll
    Zombie
    
    
    +==============================================================================+
    |  Common...............................................................05-03  |
    +==============================================================================+
    
    Value: 800
    
    Ancient Ghost
    Black Bear
    Clannfear
    Faded Wraith
    Flame Atronach
    Goblin Berserker
    Headless Zombie
    Minotaur
    Mountain Lion
    Skeleton Hero
    Spirggan
    Will-o-the-Wisp
    
    
    +==============================================================================+
    |  Greater..............................................................05-04  |
    +==============================================================================+
    
    Value: 1200
    
    Brown Bear
    Daedroth
    Dread Zombie
    Frost Atronach
    Goblin Shaman
    Land Dreugh
    Nether Lich
    Ogre
    Skeleton Champion
    Spider Daedra
    Storm Atronach
    Wraith
    
    
    +==============================================================================+
    |  Grand................................................................05-05  |
    +==============================================================================+
    
    Value: 1600
    
            In addition to the regular Grand Soul Gem, the artifact Azura's Star
    can also trap creatures with grand souls.  You get the Star after completing
    Azura's Shrine quest; check my Side Quests Guide for more information on that.
    
            Some grand souls are:
    
    Gloom Wraith
    Goblin Warlord
    Lich
    Minotaur Lord
    Savage Ogre
    Xivilai
    
    
    +==============================================================================+
    |  Black................................................................05-06  |
    +==============================================================================+
    
    Value: 1600
    
            Black Soul Gems are the tools of Necromancers.  They have the unique
    ability to trap an NPC soul.
    
            You can get a Black Soul Gem one of two ways - they can be looted 
    sometimes from necromancers (I haven't found one yet, but I know it happens) or 
    you can make them.  Easiest place to make them is at Dark Fissure, which you 
    will have the map marker to if you progressed past "The Necromancer's Moon" in 
    the Mage's Guild quests.  Otherwise, it's due east of Vaermina' Shrine, just to 
    the right of the "R" in "The Reed River."  Bring an empty Grand Soul Gem with 
    you and be sure you can perform a soul trap spell (not through use of a 
    weapon!).  Once you get to Dark Fissure, wait till it's between 1:00 and 3:00 
    AM.  The day seems to differ from game to game.  There should be a little 
    moonlight shining directly on the altar outside the entrance to Dark Fissure.  
    If not, keep waiting 24 hours until it does.  Put your Grand Soul Gem in the 
    altar and cast Soul Trap on it.  Reopen the altar and you should have a Black 
    Soul Gem.
    
            These NPCs can fill a Black Soul Gem:
    
    Any Dremora (in the Oblivion Planes)
    Any of the 10 humanoid NPCs, including vampires
    
    
    +==============================================================================+
    |  The Enchantment Process..............................................06-00  |
    +==============================================================================+
    
            Once you gain access to the Arcane University, head to the Chironasium.
    Inside will be several Enchanting Altars.  Activate one and it will display a
    screen similar to this:
    
    +$&&&&&&&P&&&&&&$P&P&$P$P&&$$&&$$&$&$&*&*$&&*&&$$$&$&~++~++&$+--....-....~+++&$$
    $*..*$+&&P&&&P&$&&&&&&&$&&&$*+P*$&$&&&*$+&$&*&$*$$&&&+*~~++*$+----..-....++$~~-+
    &.++~~+++++++                    ~+++~-~-        ~-          ++++++++**$*&$$~+$*
    $-+-~P+P$&PP*   Type/Charges     P&&&&-++  Cost  ~~ PC Gold  PP++*&&&~$&+*+*+$
    +-P~*P*++-*+&                    .......P        ..          -~~---~+&*+$++**&++
    $.P~$~&*-+-----------------------------------------------------------+...$~P-+-*
    +-P+P-$-.|   NAME ENCHANTED ITEM                                     |...+&++++~
    $.P~&&$-++-----------------------------------------------------------+...&P$$P~+
    &-&&+*P+-........~.~+$~.--.+--+-...~+.~ .-... .                  . .....~&P*++$~
    $-PP*P*..+----------------------------+.+----------------------------+..~+&$~-*~
    &-&P&P~..|   ITEM                     |.|   SOUL GEM                 |..-P&$&+*+
    $-+P&P&..+----------------------------+.+----------------------------+..~+P+&+&~
    &.&&*P~-.   Applicable Effects             Added Effects              ..--P$&P+~
    &-PPP&+-.+----------------------------+ +----------------------------+- .---*&&+
    &-&PP+&..|                            | |                            | ..&-.&+~+
    &-PP~*&..|                            | |                            | ..~$-*~+-
    &~++~$& .|                            | |                            |  .~*$~~~~
    P~&~P&&..|                            | |                            |  .~+&-+&+
    &~&P&&& .|                            | |                            |  .+$&&-&~
    &-*&$&&. |                            | |                            |..-+*&&*+-
    &-~$&&& .|                            | |                            |  -+$&$+-~
    &--&&P&..|                            | |                            |..-+*$&&--
    &-$&&&*-.|                            | |                            |...~**&&.~
    P+P&&$P+.|                            | |                            | .-*$&&&-~
    &**&&&&+.|                            | |                            |..-~~***-+
    &++P&&&$.|                            | |                            |..~***&*-$
    *&*P&P&$.|                            | |                            |  +**&$~&&
    &PPP&&$$.|                            | |                            |..+**&+-&&
    PP+-PP&&.|                            | |                            |  ~+&*.+$P
    &&*&.PP&.|                            | |                            |  $+&~+&+&
    &$P&&.P$.+----------------------------+ +----------------------------+..+&~-&&P&
    PPP$P+.&+.  .                                                           &..*$&*&
    P&&&&&~~-~..        +----------+                 +-------+            ~* +&&&P&P
    &&$P$+&P~.~+-..     | Create   |   .       .     | Exit  |          ~~--++*$++P*
    &RPPPP$$~--..+++-...+----------+      ..  --... .+-------+       ---.-&~++**$&PP
    PR&P&R-.$+++~---&PP+~~.............--- . ~--.++-. .....  . .~++-...~$~-~&-~P*$RP
    &&PPPP&&$~+*&$-*+---..-.......-.--~-+-.~-~+*&+++~-.---.........~+&-&&P.~*~P&P&P&
    +RPRRRRP&PP&PPRP&&&&P*$++&+&++P+&+&&~+*+~+$&PPP&+&$**+&+$++++&+*$*P$*P*&&PP&RRP&
    $PRPRPPP$PPPP&P&$P&&P$P&*P*P&$P$P$*&*&&&&&PPR&P$&P+&$&P*P&&&&R$P&&P&&&&P&P&PP&P&
    PP&&&&&P&&P$P&&PP&&&&&&P$&$&&*$&&~~$&$-$-**&&&&$+++*&&&$*&&&PP&&&&P$P*&*$~++*&+P
    
            The interface is simple.  Click on the box that says "Soul Gem" to
    choose which Gem you want to use.  Click on "Item" for the piece of equipment
    you want to enchant.
    
            After this is done, a list of applicable effects will appear in the box
    below the Item.  Scroll to find the effect you want to apply and choose the
    variables you want.  Once chosen, they will appear in the box titled "Added
    Effects."  Once you can add no more effects to the Item, the list of applicable
    effects will disappear.
    
            The Type/Charges label depicts whether the enchantment is Constant
    Effect or On Strike.  If it's On Strike, it will display the value of the soul
    and the number of charges the weapon will hold.  For example, a weapon that uses
    a Grand Soul and can be used 20 times would appear like so: 1600/20.
    
            Cost is simply how much it will cost you to enchant this item.  PC Gold
    is how much gold you have on your person (which, hopefully, is enough to
    enchant your item).
    
    
    +==============================================================================+
    |  Unenchantable Equipment..............................................06-01  |
    +==============================================================================+
    
            The following equipment (meaning stuff that your character can wear and
    use) cannot have a soul gem's power bound to it:
    
    - Arrows
    More coming
    
    
    +==============================================================================+
    |  Spell Effects........................................................06-02  |
    +==============================================================================+
    
    More soon.
    
    
    +==============================================================================+
    |  FAQ..................................................................07-00  |
    +==============================================================================+
    
    Q: Can I enchant more than one effect on X item?
    A: If that item is a weapon, then yes.  If it's wearable, such as armor or a
       ring, I don't believe you can.  At least, I haven't found out how to.
    
    Q: I can't enchant <insert object> with more than 1600 points!  What gives?
    A: See the sec. 03-01.
    
    
    +==============================================================================+
    |  Contact Information..................................................08-00  |
    +==============================================================================+
    
    GameFAQs s/n: Idiosyncrat
    Email: grfrazee [at] gmail [dot] com
    
    Please have "Enchanting Guide"  and the version number in the first part of the
    title so it sticks out for me.  You probably won't get a reply unless your email
    incites one, but I will give you credit where it's deserved :)  Just sign the 
    email with whatever name you want to be credited by.
    
    Don't ask me how to cheat.  I'll just ignore your email.
    
    LOOK ONLINE for a solution to your problem before you come running to me for
    help.  I'm getting tired of answering peoples' emails who ask questions a 30
    second Google search could find.  A good site is the Unofficial Elder Scrolls
    Wiki (http://www.uesp.net/wiki/Oblivion:Oblivion).  If I don't answer your
    email within a week, there's a good chance you asked a question that I feel you
    can find the answer to in less time than it'll take me to write.
    
    And for goodness sake make them intelligible.  If I have to think beyond the
    obvious to see what you're trying to say, I'll just delete it.  Nothing like:
    
    "yo bro, i wuz diong thsi kwest and the dood woodn't appeer.  i think my game si
     haXored.  wut shuld i do?"
    
    Dear God use actual words and punctuation!  Your English teachers should beat 
    you!  If English isn't your native language, then I can understand.  Otherwise,
    you should know better.  For those of you who do write well, I thank you.
    
    
    +==============================================================================+
    |  Credits..............................................................09-00  |
    +==============================================================================+
    
    Thanks to michelle for requesting this guide.
    
    Thanks to Alternates ASCII Artist v2.0.1 (http://alterlife.org/asciiartist/) for
      the great ASCII generation program.  A beatuiful, functional, open-source
      program that works great and produces great results.  Man, I love open-source.
    
    Thanks to Darkfirebird for some corrections and additions.
    Thanks to John Eagan for suggesting I mention unenchantable items.