The transmute spell allows you to convert any iron ore in your inventory into silver ore and any silver ore into gold ore. This is pretty useful for turning a quick profit crafting jewellery.
However as it converts them in that order (1 iron –> 1 silver –> 1 gold) rather than repeating the conversion of iron to silver until you have no iron left than starting converting silver to gold, it is therefore awkward to make a large quality of silver.
Like everyone else, I’ve been forced to drop the silver ore crafted after each transmute, however as I’m on PS3 this is very clunky (requiring several button presses) and not entirely reliable (sometimes dropping random items instead of the silver when the menu position has changed for reasons unknown).
Has anyone found a more efficient way to do this? I’d imagine on PC you could set up some kind of macro, is there anything similar I can do on PS3 to stop me going insane?
Cast two copies of the spell at a time, one in each hand (not dual-casting with the perk; two separate casts). If both casts occur at the same time, you should only see one “Silver Ore Added” message, but two Iron from your inventory will have been turned into Silver. It doesn’t seem like a huge improvement, but it does effectively double the rate at which you can convert from Iron to Silver.