I'm a lvl 40ish mage with no smithing...

#1 Posted by sickVisionz (1268 posts) -

... is there a point to keeping Dragon Scales and Bones? My companion is a mage and neither of use or will ever use any type of physical weapon outside of her using a staff. I've got a cupboard in my house with like 50 of each. Is there any point to keeping them?

#2 Posted by PeasantAbuse (5120 posts) -

As far as I know, you only use them to craft armor. So I guess there isn't really any reason for you to keep them.

#3 Posted by jking47 (1190 posts) -

You can make dragon scale armor, which is light armor class not heavy. The dragon plate is the heavy version. But I don't think its worth it to take the time to level smithing all the way to 100, so if I were you I would sell em all.

#4 Posted by Starfishhunter9 (367 posts) -

Level that smithing later? I managed to get to level 55 so you should still have enough perks.

#5 Posted by BraveToaster (12590 posts) -

Sell them if you don't plan on filling up the perk tree.

#6 Posted by Ulain (315 posts) -

@sickVisionz: Considering there are no dragonbone or dragonscale weapons to be made, it is entirely useless no matter what.

If you plan on wearing armor though, you might want to hold onto it. Or maybe you'll switch companions. Who knows?

#7 Posted by confinedbread (98 posts) -

I'm playing a mage, and I have a wicked set of legendary dragonscale armor that makes destruction and conjuration spells free. I'm able to cut through enemies like butter on master, it's awesome. I'd hold on to them and level smithing up later on.

#8 Posted by RobotHamster (4155 posts) -

If you need the money I'd say sell them, if not maybe they'll come in handy one day if you want to make maybe some light armor or just gain some xp by leveling up smithing.

#9 Posted by AlisterCat (5396 posts) -

There is no loss of magic potency by wearing armour, so it is in your best interest to max out both smithing and enchanting, as well as their perk trees. That way you can enchant real armour with better buffs than on robes you find. There is no advantage that I know of to robes.

So do it. Or sell for money, there are infinite dragons if you ever need more.

#10 Posted by MonkeyKing1969 (2253 posts) -

How much bone and scale do you even need to make armor? Could most people get rid of most of their supply and still make armor?

#11 Posted by jasonefmonk (336 posts) -

@AlisterCat said:

There is no advantage that I know of to robes.

What about keeping it classy?

#12 Posted by lusence (345 posts) -

well, if you lvl up smithing and enchanting your char is going to gain a bunch of lvls. thus making enemies that scale that much harder because you had to lvl up a bunch for those skills as where a mage can hang just fine in his arch robes and a mask rings etc, plenty of mana and mana regain.

#13 Edited by pweidman (2215 posts) -

Just sell 'em. Unless you wanna power lvl smithing and spend the 5 perks to get back to Dragon Armor in the tree. Plenty of good armor you can find so it seems like just something to do if you're bored.

#14 Posted by zudthespud (3275 posts) -
@confinedbread: Is there a quest where you got that or did you craft it? 
 
Smithing is super easy to level up, just buy a bunch of leather or iron ingots and leather strips and go made with Iron daggers and hide armour. I found that the xp you get from crafting an item is the same no matter what it is, so just spam the items with the smallest resource cost.
#15 Posted by TorMasturba (1095 posts) -

@zudthespud said:

@confinedbread: Is there a quest where you got that or did you craft it? Smithing is super easy to level up, just buy a bunch of leather or iron ingots and leather strips and go made with Iron daggers and hide armour. I found that the xp you get from crafting an item is the same no matter what it is, so just spam the items with the smallest resource cost.

Useful tip, thanks very much. I was buying resources to build steel armour for a short while, now I will just do the smarter thing that you did. Shouldn't take too long at this point I'm currently at lvl 80 for smithing and I have a largish collection of Dragon scales by this point. :-)

#16 Posted by Phoenix778m (233 posts) -

If your using ironskin and the alteration perks like I am, then there is no reason to hold on to dragon bones. It is frustrating to see people say robes serve no purpose. Armor serves no purpose to a mage when iron flesh with my perk makes me invincible.

#17 Posted by EightBitShik (1333 posts) -

I am liking the smithing in this game so far though I have spent a lot of money on it. I did just create my first glass axe and bow though and they look dope :)

#18 Posted by fetchfox (1156 posts) -

If you're never going to delve into smithing, sell the bones. Dragons spawn randomly and respawn at Dragon walls, so getting more bones for smithing (if you change your mind) shouldn't be a problem.

#19 Posted by Linkhyrule (9 posts) -

You can throw them at a beggar.

#20 Posted by TheDudeOfGaming (6077 posts) -

The dragons respawn, so if you need them you can just kill dragons.

#21 Posted by Tomkang (251 posts) -

Smithing 15 -> 100 levels you. You don't need any perks, just spam iron daggers

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