Skyrim Dragonborn: Stalhrim Crafter Achievement Guide

A rare metal called Stalhrim can be collected and crafted with in the Dragonborn add-on for Skyrim. Fans of Morrowind might recognize it from the Bloodmoon expansion pack, and it returns here to provide some icey powers to your crafted weapons. Just like in Bloodmoon, you won’t be able to mine or craft this material right away. Two special quests are required to begin crafting. Get all the details with our guide below.

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Achievement / Trophy Unlocked

  • Stalhrim Crafter (40 points):
    Craft an item out of Stalhrim

Stalhrim Crafter Achievement Guide

  • Crafting with Stalhrim has two major requirements, in addition to the required amount of rare Stalhrim ore. You won’t be able to mine without a special item, and you won’t be able to forge without first completing a quest.
  • Once you unlock the ability to forge Stalhrim, you’ll also need the Ebony Smithing perk to have the skill to work with this ore.

Step 1: Getting the Nordic Pickaxe

  • Complete the quest for the Blacksmith in Raven Rock to obtain the Nordic Pickaxe.
  • Deliver the Pickaxe to the Blacksmith, but he will let you keep it. You can now mine for Stalhrim ore.

Step 2: Unlocking the ability to forge Stalhrim

  • Stalhrim ore is useless until you can begin forging it.
  • Travel to Skaal Village. An NPC will ask for your help in rescuing the local Blacksmith. Complete this quest, and you’ll be able to forge this material.

Step 3: Gaining Stalhrim and Crafting

  • Stalhrim can be found in large blocks of what appears to be thick blue ice. It can only be mined with the Nordic Axe.
  • Stalhrim deposits can be found in Raven Rock Mine, the northface of the small island at the northeastern shore of Sothstheim, and northeast of Northshore Landing. There are many more Stalhrim locations, so keep looking and leave a comment below if you’ve found more.
  • Stalhrim is also prevalent in the dungeons and caves of Solstheim. Whenever you go exploring, check every corner to spot the deposits.
  • Next, simply craft the items the same way you would craft other weapons and armor. Find a Forge at a Blacksmith and use it. If your Blacksmith skill is high, you should find a new menu for Stahlrim weapons.
  • Craft any weapon or piece of armor to unlock this achievement.

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6 Comments on Skyrim Dragonborn: Stalhrim Crafter Achievement Guide


On December 4, 2012 at 8:00 pm

I have used all of my upgrades and never learned how to forge heavy armor, is there any way to get this achievement without making a new character??? What a crap achievement.

Kevin Thielenhaus

On December 5, 2012 at 1:10 am


At the end of the DLC’s main quest chain, you’ll actually have the opportunity to reset your Perk points. It isn’t an ideal solution, but it might help save some time. You can always change your points back to how you had them, at the cost of a Dragon Soul.

Tim Carpenter

On December 5, 2012 at 8:19 am

Stalhrim is not too rare among the dungeons, you just have to make sure to check all doors and areas, as sometimes they are just out of sight!


On December 6, 2012 at 12:50 am

Apparently if you kill some of the Skaal NPCs by accident (this happened when they turned hostile on me by accident), you’ll never get the quest to save the blacksmith and thus never learn how to craft this gear… which is really screwed up.


On December 8, 2012 at 1:03 pm

There’s a place called Stalhrim Source near White Ride Barrow in the East.


On December 8, 2012 at 2:40 pm

The Lurker from the main questline killed most of my town. Stupid achievement