Skyrim: ProTips

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1: Don't buy the house in Solitude. The house in Windhelm is twice as cheap and much better, with more mannequins and weapon stands if fully upgraded and IMO its much more homely. It also has a nice quest related to it.

2: Fastest way to get good armour: Fast travel on a cart to riften, then travel south west to Lagrabshur, accept the daedric quest - doesn't matter if you do it or not and then steal the armour on the makeshift shrine - full set of Orcish armor at level 1.

3: If you want to offload a lot of stuff, finish all the side jobs for the thieves guild in Riften, after this the fence Tonilia will have 4K gold to trade with. The easiest way to do these side jobs is take a numbers job from Delvin and a regular steal job from Vex. Do 5 in each city(Windhelm, Solitude, Whiterun and Markarth) and then do a special quest for each city. You must do at least one job from Vex and Delvin in each city. Once they are all done, you will also get 4 extra traders in the Ragged Flagon.

4: If your running low on lock picks, Tonilia sells about 40 of them, which restocks every 48hrs. This way you don't have to put ANY points into lockpicking.

5: Money Tips; Loot every corpse and chest you come across, hoard scrolls and potions and sell them if you don't intend on using them. Also, visit Falkreatj and ask the Blacksmith about his dog and then walk out of the town, you will start the quest "A Daedras Best Friend" - finish the quest and save Barbas to be awarded the Masque of Claucius Vile - which give you 20% better prices.

6: Train in restoration; really, you have NO idea how usefull this skill is. For one, you don't use health or stamina potions, which you can sell to make more money and it's invaluable when you have no potions to use.

7: For easy smithing, go to all the blacksmiths you know and buy all the iron ingots/iron ore and leather strips you can buy and then go to Whiterun, use the smelter to make the iron ores into ingots. Then, craft as many iron daggers as possible and rinse and repeat until you have attained your desired smithing skill.

8: For easy enchanting, enchant these daggers with your best enchantment (one that's worth the most) and sell them to the various blacksmiths around the world...or Tonilia from the thieves guild.

9: Save often and use more than one save slot, just incase a quest bugs or the world explodes or something. Sounds obvious, but you have no idea how often I have bullrushed through a dungeon only to have a companion die on me -_-.

10: Try enchant your boots/shield with elemental resistance, my Nord has 100% frost resistance - which is quite nice. Also, you can have two enchantments on one item with the Extra Effect perk, which can be unlocked if you have 100 enchanting.

11: GET A F*CKING COMPANION; when your a low level, don't bitch about not being able to kill the Frost Troll on the way up The Throat of The World...get your companion to charge in and aggro them, then hit them from behind as your companions takes the beating.

That's about it.

Thanks on the tip with Tonalia getting about 4k gold on her to trade. I'm hoarding too much loot.

Kyle1527:

9: Save often; Sounds obvious, but you have no idea how often I have bullrushed through a dungeon only to have a companion die on me -_-.

I'd add "Save in different save slots" in case a quest bugs out on you or something and you need to reload from before you started said quest or something. Or simply to help prevent save corruption. I generally have 10+ save slots alongside auto-save and quicksave, and even then that's sometimes not enough.

Amnestic:

Kyle1527:

9: Save often; Sounds obvious, but you have no idea how often I have bullrushed through a dungeon only to have a companion die on me -_-.

I'd add "Save in different save slots" in case a quest bugs out on you or something and you need to reload from before you started said quest or something. Or simply to help prevent save corruption. I generally have 10+ save slots alongside auto-save and quicksave, and even then that's sometimes not enough.

*checks Skyrim save game folder*

749 different save games. Huh.

Though, I plan to do a lot of video work and so easy access to parts of content on demand is important to me.

i would add: try out magic, it isnt shit this time.

1. Agreed about the house in Solitude. It's arguably the fanciest looking, but both Windhelm and Markarth give significantly better "bang for the buck".

2. At least on the PC, Lockpicking is an utterly worthless skill. Picks cost little and weigh nothing, and while you'll break a lot getting into Master chests, you'll seldom use more than 1-3 on anything up to Expert.

3. The trade skills, particularly Smithing and Enchanting, will very quickly destroy the game's balance and trivialize the content. I highly, highly recommend NOT using them, or using them in extreme moderation, for this reason.

Disagree about Hjerim, a few reasons, it's buggy as hell and it's in Windhelm. Also Proudspire has natural light, that feels far more homely to me.

When a vampire/if planning to become a vampire.

1 - If you need to feed or are a Level 4 vampire and cannot break into someone's house go to the Temple in Whiterun and feed on the injured NPC's at both night and daytime.

2 - Learn Alchemy you will need the Stamina and Health potions, trust me.

3 - You are now vulnerable to flame attacks remember this when fighting the low level dragons they flame attacks will waste you depending on your vampirism level. (I personally try to stay at level 2 Vampirism)

Kyle1527:
1: Don't buy the house in Solitude. The house in Windhelm is twice as cheap and much better, with more mannequins and weapon stands if fully upgraded and IMO its much more homely. It also has a nice quest related to it.

2: Fastest way to get good armour: Fast travel on a cart to riften, then travel south west to Lagrabshur, accept the daedric quest - doesn't matter if you do it or not and then steal the armour on the makeshift shrine - full set of Orcish armor at level 1.

3: If you want to offload a lot of stuff, finish all the side jobs for the thieves guild in Riften, after this the fence Tonilia will have 4K gold to trade with. The easiest way to do these side jobs is take a numbers job from Delvin and a regular steal job from Vex. Do 5 in each city(Windhelm, Solitude, Whiterun and Markarth) and then do a special quest for each city. You must do at least one job from Vex and Delvin in each city. Once they are all done, you will also get 4 extra traders in the Ragged Flagon.

4: If your running low on lock picks, Tonilia sells about 40 of them, which restocks every 48hrs. This way you don't have to put ANY points into lockpicking.

5: Money Tips; Loot every corpse and chest you come across, hoard scrolls and potions and sell them if you don't intend on using them. Also, visit Falkreatj and ask the Blacksmith about his dog and then walk out of the town, you will start the quest "A Daedras Best Friend" - finish the quest and save Barbas to be awarded the Masque of Claucius Vile - which give you 20% better prices.

6: Train in restoration; really, you have NO idea how usefull this skill is. For one, you don't use health or stamina potions, which you can sell to make more money and it's invaluable when you have no potions to use.

7: For easy smithing, go to all the blacksmiths you know and buy all the iron ingots/iron ore and leather strips you can buy and then go to Whiterun, use the smelter to make the iron ores into ingots. Then, craft as many iron daggers as possible and rinse and repeat until you have attained your desired smithing skill.

8: For easy enchanting, enchant these daggers with your best enchantment (one that's worth the most) and sell them to the various blacksmiths around the world...or Tonilia from the thieves guild.

9: Save often and use more than one save slot, just incase a quest bugs or the world explodes or something. Sounds obvious, but you have no idea how often I have bullrushed through a dungeon only to have a companion die on me -_-.

10: Try enchant your boots/shield with elemental resistance, my Nord has 100% frost resistance - which is quite nice. Also, you can have two enchantments on one item with the Extra Effect perk, which can be unlocked if you have 100 enchanting.

11: GET A F*CKING COMPANION; when your a low level, don't bitch about not being able to kill the Frost Troll on the way up The Throat of The World...get your companion to charge in and aggro them, then hit them from behind as your companions takes the beating.

That's about it.

What a samaritan! Thank you, these tips are great, I could probably look this up, but do you know where you get a cart from? I already have a horse, can I use that with a cart?

i'm doing that quest for the college where i have to find the staff of magnus. i walked past 6 ghosts and now i'm trapped in a dungeon full of skeletons and big ass skeleton DRAGON. level 17, brenton, bad choice for a race, i can conjure a flame antoranch, familiar (wolf), probably the undead, storm antoronch, call of valor, and that's about it. other than this, this is all the help i have available and this dragon is PISSING ME OFF, what should i do?

EDIT: nevermind, i cheated by hiding behind the gate, which for some reason blocks all attacks. then i shot the skeletons with arrows, kills most in 1 hit, conjured flame antorachs and call of valor on the other side so the could break shit, then i finished off the dragon with flames b/c apparently, undead things that shoot ice hate living things that shoot fire.

You can get total magic immunity and 1000ish armour with the right combination of smithing, enchanting, and alchemy. I am a walking fortress of pain.

Oh, and free cast on any one type of spell. Two if you sacrifice some magic defense.

mega48man:
i'm doing that quest for the college where i have to find the staff of magnus. i walked past 6 ghosts and now i'm trapped in a dungeon full of skeletons and big ass skeleton DRAGON. level 17, brenton, bad choice for a race, i can conjure a flame antoranch, familiar (wolf), probably the undead, storm antoronch, call of valor, and that's about it. other than this, this is all the help i have available and this dragon is PISSING ME OFF, what should i do?

Smash it with a hammer!

err, wait, your a mage-ish person....

I did that quest at level 10 or 14, I had already perked pretty high in Destruction-Fire, and as such already had Firebolt [my damage- 75pts. in 15ft], my magicka was pretty high also, and all I did was spam the hell out of Fire Rune and Firebolt.

I would say grab a companion like Lydia to get some aggro, then use your flame Antornoch as your damage.

you should grab some decent destruction spells also, like lightning bolt or some various kinds of lighting magic, because trust me, for that quest, you will need it

Uhm, Don't put points in Illusion if you're making a sneaky character. The entire Sneak tree will make Illusion pretty much useless ... fucking waste of 4 perks.

1. Giants are bad, very bad.
2. winterhold college is fun. (If your a mage)
3. Dicking around is fun
4. Two handed weapons are unwieldy at best
5. Magic is amazing
6. Go for destruction if your going to duel wield spells otherwise you will have to either buy a one handed weapon or die, a lot.
7. Use dragon attacks to your advantage whenever you can especially when your fighting a troll or giant.
8. Don't get cocky

A tip for Conjuration users: Reanimating bodies and using bound weapons levels up the skill WAY faster than summoning daedra. Just throwing that out there in case you find that it's leveling up slow. Alteration is the same way; for some reason the spells that add to your armor rating (such as oakflesh) level it up way faster than the others. Also there are a few items that are leveled in this game and they're all related to the Thieves Guild. Unlike Oblivion, these leveled items don't cap out at 20, 25, or 30. I believe they cap out at 50.

Get the black star(a reuseable black soul gem)not Azuras normal star. They say in game you can't capture animal souls with the black star but that's not true.

You have that and you will never have to fight with an uncharged magic weapon again!

Something I do:

Hoard any and all ingrdients you find along your travels. Flowers, bug etc etc. They weight very little and with good Alchemy you can make some pretty expensive potions which you can sell for a lot of money.

Good ingredients to use are the ones for "Damage Magica Regen". THey usually make potions worth over 200 each.

Become Ethereal is one of the most useful shouts if you're a melee character, especially if you don't have dragonrend yet. It also makes jumping off cliffs really fun.

For training your smithing don't bother with the daggers, make hide bracers. Takes 1 leather and 2 straps, you get the exact same experience with anything you make so this ends up being the cheapest. You can still take those to train your enchanting as well.

1. Enchanting, Alchemy and Blacksmithing are completely imbalanced and broken overpowered.

You can loop the percentages of extra effects, resulting in weapons that do thousands of damage per hit.
(Like: Take Enchanting potion -> enchant better Alchemy on something -> brew better Enchanting potion -> Rinse and repeat -> you get the idea.)
elderscrolls.wikia.com/wiki/Enchanting_(Skyrim)#Exploit_For_Extremely_Powerful_Weapons_And_Armor

2. If you're going to play on Master difficulty, avoid leveling up too quickly early. You leveling up means enemies become stronger. Which can be really bad.

3. The only real threat you will ever face are enemy magicians. I played on Master difficulty and every magic boss could onehit me. I needed 60% lightning damage reduction to survive one spell. Best way to avoid dying there is to exploit the bad AI, your companions and line of sight.

4. If you are using the computer, you can use the console in case quests are bugging/get stuck or something like that.

My Protips:

1. Play the way you want.

I'm playing a pure hunter-type character. I've used magic once: to gain entry into the Mage's College so I could question someone there for a quest I was on. I eschew factions that don't fit my character (Dark Brotherhood), knowing I can always make a different character who it will make sense for them to join.

Kyle1527:
7: For easy smithing, go to all the blacksmiths you know and buy all the iron ingots/iron ore and leather strips you can buy and then go to Whiterun, use the smelter to make the iron ores into ingots. Then, craft as many iron daggers as possible and rinse and repeat until you have attained your desired smithing skill.

8: For easy enchanting, enchant these daggers with your best enchantment (one that's worth the most) and sell them to the various blacksmiths around the world...or Tonilia from the thieves guild.

Good tips but you should add that this is a fantastic way to make money especially when you get an absorb health or, better yet, banish enchantment for those daggers. Each one will go for a few hundred gold easily at a cost of about 50 per. Plus I'd say just pick whichever city you like best for a house, you can go to an enchanter or alchemist for the tables and stuff so just pick the nicest one.

Also don't be scared to spend time in jail. Your skill levels aren't reduced, they just lose what progress they have to the next level so especially at low levels it really doesn't matter.

Protip: go straight Archery with Sneak and Restoration. Congratulations, you can now beat everything.

The only tip you REALLY need is: Stay the hell away from the giants.

Everything is nice, but not essential.

Oh, and liches/dragon priests. If you see a locked sarcophagus, you might want to just run, no amount of loot/dragon shouts are worth dealing with those bastards.

Kyle1527:
1: Don't buy the house in Solitude. The house in Windhelm is twice as cheap and much better, with more mannequins and weapon stands if fully upgraded and IMO its much more homely. It also has a nice quest related to it.

7: For easy smithing, go to all the blacksmiths you know and buy all the iron ingots/iron ore and leather strips you can buy and then go to Whiterun, use the smelter to make the iron ores into ingots. Then, craft as many iron daggers as possible and rinse and repeat until you have attained your desired smithing skill.

8: For easy enchanting, enchant these daggers with your best enchantment (one that's worth the most) and sell them to the various blacksmiths around the world...or Tonilia from the thieves guild.

11: GET A F*CKING COMPANION; when your a low level, don't bitch about not being able to kill the Frost Troll on the way up The Throat of The World...get your companion to charge in and aggro them, then hit them from behind as your companions takes the beating.

That's about it.

1) That's actually really nice. I've been chillin' in my Whiterun house, and it turns out there's a lot more to house.
7) If you don't mind carrying around a TON of pelts and furs, I find that making leather bracers from all the animals you find and kill throughout the game is a lot more effective. You also don't have pay for your materials.
11) How do you keep them from dying?
8) And how do you get all the soul gems for that?

OT:
Anytimes on how to easily raise Speechcraft/barter? Do they still give you points for each transaction, like they did in Oblivion?

EDIT:
My own tip: The fully upgraded Unrelenting Force is crazy strong. Use it to punt things off cliffs as often as possible.
I've cleared over 100 yards with a spider. I launched a bear over a hill, off a cliff, and nailed a pack of wolves. I launched a briar heart off a gaint cliff just because I got tired of dealling with god damn Briar hearts, and there were Hagravens shooting at me.

Kalezian:

mega48man:
i'm doing that quest for the college where i have to find the staff of magnus. i walked past 6 ghosts and now i'm trapped in a dungeon full of skeletons and big ass skeleton DRAGON. level 17, brenton, bad choice for a race, i can conjure a flame antoranch, familiar (wolf), probably the undead, storm antoronch, call of valor, and that's about it. other than this, this is all the help i have available and this dragon is PISSING ME OFF, what should i do?

Smash it with a hammer!

err, wait, your a mage-ish person....

I did that quest at level 10 or 14, I had already perked pretty high in Destruction-Fire, and as such already had Firebolt [my damage- 75pts. in 15ft], my magicka was pretty high also, and all I did was spam the hell out of Fire Rune and Firebolt.

I would say grab a companion like Lydia to get some aggro, then use your flame Antornoch as your damage.

you should grab some decent destruction spells also, like lightning bolt or some various kinds of lighting magic, because trust me, for that quest, you will need it

Is it wrong that i used my level 25 Nord Sword/Shield Warrior to do this quest? I don't think i was supposed to...

triggrhappy94:

Kyle1527:
1: Don't buy the house in Solitude. The house in Windhelm is twice as cheap and much better, with more mannequins and weapon stands if fully upgraded and IMO its much more homely. It also has a nice quest related to it.

7: For easy smithing, go to all the blacksmiths you know and buy all the iron ingots/iron ore and leather strips you can buy and then go to Whiterun, use the smelter to make the iron ores into ingots. Then, craft as many iron daggers as possible and rinse and repeat until you have attained your desired smithing skill.

8: For easy enchanting, enchant these daggers with your best enchantment (one that's worth the most) and sell them to the various blacksmiths around the world...or Tonilia from the thieves guild.

11: GET A F*CKING COMPANION; when your a low level, don't bitch about not being able to kill the Frost Troll on the way up The Throat of The World...get your companion to charge in and aggro them, then hit them from behind as your companions takes the beating.

That's about it.

1) That's actually really nice. I've been chillin' in my Whiterun house, and it turns out there's a lot more to house.
7) If you don't mind carrying around a TON of pelts and furs, I find that making leather bracers from all the animals you find and kill throughout the game is a lot more effective. You also don't have pay for your materials.
11) How do you keep them from dying?
8) And how do you get all the soul gems for that?

OT:
Anytimes on how to easily raise Speechcraft/barter? Do they still give you points for each transaction, like they did in Oblivion?

There's an exploit for speechcraft, somewhere in Riften. I don't remember where exactly, but if you look it up, you'll probably find it. Otherwise, you're probably going to have to spend days buying and selling the cheapest thing your friendly neighbourhood merchant has to offer.

As for the soul gems, every dwarven machine robot thing has one, so dungeon diving in dwemer ruins is the cheapest/easiest way to go.

get 100 smithing and enchanting. just buy a smithing and enchanting potion, dont worry about getting alchemy to 100 yet, it takes way longer then smithing and enchanting. make a ring, necklace, armor and gauntlet and enchant with +improving smithy bonus. put em on and then make yourself dragon armor and best weapon you can, doesnt matter if its light or heavy armor, both reach the resistance cap with only a couple perks. enchanct with health and resistance + whatever else you want. enchant weapon with + damage of your choice and paralyze. laugh as mobs of enemies lie on the ground paralyzed as you go around killing them all in a few hits

ok and now my serious tip. get the black star if you use enchanted weapons. its an unbreakable black soul gem, so basically free recharges for life.

if you cannot find that and need lots of soul gems on the cheap then find your way to blackreach. its an underground dwarf place thats huge, the guy in a cave north of winterhold will send you there for the elder scroll. anyway take a pickaxe and all around the place there is stuff called geodue mine ( i think thats right). it gives you all sorts of stuff, including 3 soul gems ranging from black to petty. you can easily collect yourself dozens of em in less then an hour.

triggrhappy94:

Anytimes on how to easily raise Speechcraft/barter? Do they still give you points for each transaction, like they did in Oblivion?

In Riften go to the Black Briar Meadery, talk to the dude behind the counter. He has a repeatable persuade check. Can very quickly raise it that way.

Kalezian:

mega48man:
i'm doing that quest for the college where i have to find the staff of magnus. i walked past 6 ghosts and now i'm trapped in a dungeon full of skeletons and big ass skeleton DRAGON. level 17, brenton, bad choice for a race, i can conjure a flame antoranch, familiar (wolf), probably the undead, storm antoronch, call of valor, and that's about it. other than this, this is all the help i have available and this dragon is PISSING ME OFF, what should i do?

Smash it with a hammer!

err, wait, your a mage-ish person....

I did that quest at level 10 or 14, I had already perked pretty high in Destruction-Fire, and as such already had Firebolt [my damage- 75pts. in 15ft], my magicka was pretty high also, and all I did was spam the hell out of Fire Rune and Firebolt.

I would say grab a companion like Lydia to get some aggro, then use your flame Antornoch as your damage.

you should grab some decent destruction spells also, like lightning bolt or some various kinds of lighting magic, because trust me, for that quest, you will need it

i got past that part (easier than i thought) but thank you! where do i go to get the lightning bolt destruction spell? i've found frostbite just a while ago, doesn't work well with fire apparently :\ too cheap to make it into a water spell, eh bethesda?

Best of the 3:
Something I do:

Hoard any and all ingrdients you find along your travels. Flowers, bug etc etc. They weight very little and with good Alchemy you can make some pretty expensive potions which you can sell for a lot of money.

Good ingredients to use are the ones for "Damage Magica Regen". THey usually make potions worth over 200 each.

Garlic and Salt Piles. These are my bread and butter.

mega48man:

Kalezian:

mega48man:
i'm doing that quest for the college where i have to find the staff of magnus. i walked past 6 ghosts and now i'm trapped in a dungeon full of skeletons and big ass skeleton DRAGON. level 17, brenton, bad choice for a race, i can conjure a flame antoranch, familiar (wolf), probably the undead, storm antoronch, call of valor, and that's about it. other than this, this is all the help i have available and this dragon is PISSING ME OFF, what should i do?

Smash it with a hammer!

err, wait, your a mage-ish person....

I did that quest at level 10 or 14, I had already perked pretty high in Destruction-Fire, and as such already had Firebolt [my damage- 75pts. in 15ft], my magicka was pretty high also, and all I did was spam the hell out of Fire Rune and Firebolt.

I would say grab a companion like Lydia to get some aggro, then use your flame Antornoch as your damage.

you should grab some decent destruction spells also, like lightning bolt or some various kinds of lighting magic, because trust me, for that quest, you will need it

i got past that part (easier than i thought) but thank you! where do i go to get the lightning bolt destruction spell? i've found frostbite just a while ago, doesn't work well with fire apparently :\ too cheap to make it into a water spell, eh bethesda?

you are in luck, the Mages College has two people that specialize in destruction spells, at least my playthrough did.

Enthir sells some various spells, I found him on the second floor of the rooming area.

then there is Faralda who is also the Master Destruction Trainer, who not only should have almost every destruction spell for sale, but also has a quest that gives you Fire Storm/Lightning Storm/Blizzard. Sadly due to their cast times, Expert spells do more damage than the master ones, but damn if they aren't hilarious to use.

Also, Frost is great to use against Melee NPC's, stops them from using power attacks as often, Lighting is of course useful against mages, and Fire is more useful for mages that use a melee weapon in addition to spells.

Fire is supposed to increase damage taken to the person on fire, but Im not sure if it doubles for magic based attacks.

Kalezian:

mega48man:

Kalezian:

Smash it with a hammer!

err, wait, your a mage-ish person....

I did that quest at level 10 or 14, I had already perked pretty high in Destruction-Fire, and as such already had Firebolt [my damage- 75pts. in 15ft], my magicka was pretty high also, and all I did was spam the hell out of Fire Rune and Firebolt.

I would say grab a companion like Lydia to get some aggro, then use your flame Antornoch as your damage.

you should grab some decent destruction spells also, like lightning bolt or some various kinds of lighting magic, because trust me, for that quest, you will need it

i got past that part (easier than i thought) but thank you! where do i go to get the lightning bolt destruction spell? i've found frostbite just a while ago, doesn't work well with fire apparently :\ too cheap to make it into a water spell, eh bethesda?

you are in luck, the Mages College has two people that specialize in destruction spells, at least my playthrough did.

Enthir sells some various spells, I found him on the second floor of the rooming area.

then there is Faralda who is also the Master Destruction Trainer, who not only should have almost every destruction spell for sale, but also has a quest that gives you Fire Storm/Lightning Storm/Blizzard. Sadly due to their cast times, Expert spells do more damage than the master ones, but damn if they aren't hilarious to use.

Also, Frost is great to use against Melee NPC's, stops them from using power attacks as often, Lighting is of course useful against mages, and Fire is more useful for mages that use a melee weapon in addition to spells.

Fire is supposed to increase damage taken to the person on fire, but Im not sure if it doubles for magic based attacks.

thanks a ton! i now know what i must do, after i get staff of magnus of course.

Kyle1527:
1: Don't buy the house in Solitude. The house in Windhelm is twice as cheap and much better, with more mannequins and weapon stands if fully upgraded and IMO its much more homely. It also has a nice quest related to it.

I just bought this last night.

You you you stormcloak

If you're starting out with a sneaky archer/daggers style character, you can pretty much nullify your shitty early game by outright stealing an elven dagger and orcish bow from Delphine in the Riverwood tavern.

From there, when you get to Whiterun and providing you have a half decent number of lockpicks, you can swap out that orcish bow for an elven one by picking the lock of a display case in the lower level of the Companion's guild.

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