Few things in Skyrim are as frustrating as being over-encumbered with gear and tressure and having no merchants with enough gold around to sell it. Wealth in Skyrim is relatively easy to acquire if you invest your time wisely and if you know the right people to visit after those trips through Falmer-infested dwarven ruins.
In today’s post were going to bring you a list of merchants with the most gold in Skyrim. We’re aware that there are several ways through which you can increase the base gold of a merchant, but we’re not taking that into account since not all players wish to raise their speechcraft skill to 100 or even invest precious perk points in the speechcraft skill tree. We’re going to rank merchants based on their base gold only from lowest to highest.
Let’s see which merchant has the most gold in Skyrim.
5. Eorlund Gray-Mane
Eorlund Gray-Mane is a Nord blacksmith currently residing in Whiterun. He can be found most of the time near the legendary Skyforge which he tends to. Since Eorlund is a blacksmith his inventory is filled with standard blacksmith merchandise.
His base bartering gold is 1000, that’s the usual amount the blacksmiths have. The reason why he is on this list is due to his status as a trainer as well. Since the merchant’s inventory is shared with his personal inventory when it comes to gold, you can purchase training from Eorlund for x amount of gold, and that gold will be added to his base bartering gold as well.
I could have put any other trainer and merchant on this list but I picked Eorlund since he is in Whiterun, which you will visit often. Eorlund is master level smithing trainer so if you visit him later in the game for some late-game smithing training there’s potentially a lot of gold involved.
4. Ghorza gra-Bago
One more blacksmith on our list. Ghorza gra-Bago is located near Hag’s Cure in Markarth. She tends to her forge with the help of her “useless” apprentice Tacitus Sallustius. Like Eorlund, Ghorza has 1000 base gold available for bartering which can be further added to if you go to her for some journeyman-level training.
The reason Ghorza is on this list is similar to Eorlund’s, she is located in Markarth which is a large city you will be visiting often after pillaging the nearby ruins. It’s just convenient.
3. Fethis Alor
Fethis Alor is a dark elf general merchant living in Raven Rock, Solstheim. You might run into Fethis Alor during the quest “Pain in the Necklace” during which he tasks you with finding East Empire pendants. If Fethis is not in his store, he can be found in the Retching Netch where he drinks till late hours.
When it comes to his goods, he will buy almost anything from you and also has a selection of general merchandise covering potions, gear, books, and miscellaneous items. Fethis’ base amount of gold is 1500 which makes him the third richest merchant in Skyrim. It’s important to note that Fethis is added with Dragonborn DLC and can be approached only after you’ve made your way to Solstheim as a part of a quest titled “Dragonborn”.
2. Glover Mallory
Glover Malloy is a blacksmith currently residing in Raven Rock, Solstheim. Glover is a brother of the infamous Delvin Mallory, a member of Thieves Guild with whom you crossed paths in the past if you’ve played through the Thieves Guild quest line. Glover Mallory is involved with 2 quests on Solstheim. An “Axe to Find” and “Paid in Full”. Both of those quests involve fetching items for him.
Glover Mallory has a standard assortment of blacksmith merchandise. Even though he is a part of a thieves guild, he will not buy stolen goods from you. He has 2000 gold to barter with you and is the best choice when it comes to selling your expensive gear.
The only catch is, that Glover, like Fethis Alor, is a part of Dragonborn DLC and is available only after doing the “Dragonborn” quest which enables you to go to Solstheim.
1. Dremora Merchant
The best choice to sell your goods quickly is Dremora Merchant. This Merchant is not available as a part of a base game. He is added through Dragonborn expansion as well. Dremora Merchant is added through “Black Market” power, one of the reward options from the quest Black Book: Untold Legends.
Dremora Merchant can be summoned from anywhere, anytime even if you’re not on Solstheim making him a great choice to sell off your loot quickly in various situations. Even though there’s a lengthy questline involved in acquiring Dremora Merchant, he is totally worth it. He has a standard assortment of Leveled Weapons, Armor, and Arrows.
What merchant has the best items in Skyrim?
The answer to this question depends on what you’re looking for. All merchants in Skyrim have more or less the same inventory that scales with your level. Dremora Merchant has objectively the best items in Skyrim since he is a stable and reliable source of Daedric items. Dremora Merchant can be a source of Dragonplate armor as well.
Where can I find merchants in Skyrim?
Merchants can be found all over Skyrim, depending on what you’re looking for. All big cities such as Whiterun, Windhelm, Solitude, Riften, and Markarth have a plethora of merchants available covering everything from potions, food, and other supplies to weapons and armor.
Merchants can also be found in smaller towns and outposts (such as Orc Strongholds) and as a part of various guilds (College of Winterhold, Thieves Guild, Dark Brotherhood). Each shop in Skyrim has a wooden sign with the shop’s name so you can use this to orient yourself.
And that’s it, we’ve covered the best merchants in Skyrim and given you a quick rundown on what to expect while bartering with them. Don’t forget you can always squeeze out a couple of septims more if you invest in a store with Investor perk and Master Trader perk. Both of which raise the merchant’s base gold for a hefty sum.