Skyrim has been a popular game ever since its initial release in 2011. Part of why it has remained so popular is the sheer variety of playstyles offered by the 18 different skills that can be learned. Once "Legendary Skills" were added to the game, any skill that reached 100 could be reset to 15, while the player keeps all the levels and perk points that had been collected.
This effectively removes the level cap of 81 that Skyrim had at launch and allows players to learn every ability in the game. That being said, levels do get much harder to get later on, but the benefits don't go away. Therefore, whether a new player or a returning veteran, here are 10 ways to make leveling in Skyrim a piece of sweet roll.
Updated on May 16th, 2020 by Anastasia Maillot: After almost ten years of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Bethesda gave fans exactly what they'd wished for with a cryptic and short trailer at the 2018 E3. While there isn't much information about the upcoming The Elder Scrolls VI, revisiting Skyrim might be a great idea to quench one's need for an open-world fantasy RPG.
If leveling up a new character slowly doesn't sound like an ideal time, there are thankfully many ways to speed up the process efficiently, some of which have been perfected by fans over the years. Here are five more tricks to make a beastly character in no time.
Transmutation is one of the more niche spells out there, but incredibly useful for experience. This spell can be found only in a few select places: the Halted Stream Camp or Ansilvund Burial Chambers. Essentially, it allows players to turn iron into silver and silver into gold.
The best way to use this spell is to turn iron ore into gold, and then turn those into ingots, and finally turn them into gold rings. The rings can also be enchanted for extra experience, and then sold off for a nice price. It's a fantastic way to make a profit while also leveling up.
14 Use The Harmony Spell
The Harmony spell is a much more difficult spell to acquire and cast, as it requires the player to power level with the Muffle spell first. However, if the player's already a Master level mage, all they need is to get this spell from the College of Winterhold.
Go to a crowded area such as the Whiterun marketplace and begin casting Harmony. To replenish Magicka, simply wait until the meter has returned to normal. Since Harmony has a high cost, using potions to reduce the spell cost and having Magicka boosting gear is a must.
13 Sneak Attack Essentials
Within the game there's a multitude of characters which are marked as essentials, which means they're practically unkillable due to an insane health pool. This makes them great targets for power leveling combat abilities and stealth.
One of the best places to do this is High Hrothgar. Find a lone Greybeard that's in the process of meditating and sneak behind them. Make sure to quick save in case something goes wrong. Then, start whacking them as much as possible, and watch the levels climb up.
12 Whack A Horse
If attacking essentials sounds like too much of a risk or insanely tedious, there's another way to do pretty much the same thing. It'll still be tedious, but the player won't risk the hostility of random NPCs while doing it.
Get a horse. Any will do, but Shadowmere is the best option. He's given by Astrid during the Dark Brotherhood questline. Turn up the difficulty to Legendary and then start whacking away at your horse. Spells can also be used on it to level up quickly. Just make sure not to kill the horse by accident!
11 Get The Amulet Of Articulation
Speech is one of the best skills to use for leveling up quickly, but it can be annoying if it isn't always successful. Luckily, upon completion of the Thieves Guild questline will be gifted the Amulet of Articulation.
This amulet is one of the best speech boosting items in the game, as it essentially allows almost any speech check to pass automatically. Equip it and any speech check should grant the player hefty experience points.
10 Use The Guardian Stones
The Guardian Stones are found immediately after you escape Helgen and being your adventure. Once leaving the cave, follow the path down the hill to come across three ornate stones. Each represents a different subset of skills: Mage, Thief, and Warrior. Each of these grants a 20% boost to how fast those skills can be increased.
Pick the one that aligns most with how you want to play and you will naturally gain levels faster while playing the game. There is always the option to switch to another subset later on.
Do not neglect your beauty sleep while running around Skyrim because resting up provides an experience bonus. A 5% bonus is given for sleeping in someone else's bed, 10% for sleeping in the protagonist's own bed, and 15% for sleeping with an in-game husband or wife. This bonus lasts for 8 in-game hours.
It helps that most caves and dungeons will have some kind of bed in them. All that needs to be done is to nicely ask the previous occupants to leave, with your weapon of choice that is.
8 Use Muffle & Sneak Everywhere
Muffle is an Illusion spell that can be obtained early on in Skyrim. It can be used outside of combat as often as the character's Magicka will allow, and it's an easy and effective way to level the Illusion skill quickly. The Illusion spell also makes movement silent, so using it to sneak past enemies will improve both skills at once.
It's a great way to passively improve some skills and gain levels while exploring the world. Plus, it'll lead to damage bonuses in combat that will help throughout the campaign.
7 Pick A Fight With Giants
Once the player is strong enough where giants can't hit them into next week with a club as tall as a house, they'll have a relatively powerful enemy to boost their combat skills. Giants can be used to boost any fighting skill, whether it's archery, destruction, or one-handed/two-handed skills.
Since Giants are hard hitters, you can always stock up on potions and let them wail on you to improve your armor and block skills, just bring a shield and make sure to be dressed in more than simply underwear. Instead of potions, those who are magically inclined can take this opportunity to boost their Restoration skill as well.
6 Iron Daggers & More Iron Daggers
Back when Skyrim first came out, regardless of what was made while smithing, the same amount of experience would be gained. This meant an iron dagger granted the same experience gain as making a Daedric sword. That was patched since the game's original release but iron and leather straps are still a cheap and effective way to gain some levels early on. Use them to level up your smithing until crafting higher tier items, like Dwarven bows, becomes a viable option.
Also, making Ingots doesn't grant experience so it's best to just buy them and ore from blacksmiths. It's faster and easier than trying to find veins to mine.
5 Diversify Your Skills
Every improved skill contributes to the playable character's overall level. Consequently, a good way to maximize levels is to improve as many skills as possible, especially early on. Alternatively, once at a high level, look over the skills that still need to be improved and focus on them for a bit.
For those who had been focusing on one-handed all game, switch over to a two-handed weapon or a bow. As low-level combat skills will increase quickly on tough enemies, this is a great way to level up late in the game.
4 Steal Some Souls
For this method, you'll want to pick up every soul gem possible and a weapon with the Soul Trap effect. The Mace of Molag Bal which is obtained in Markarth after doing "The House of Horrors" Daedric Quest is a good choice.
With these weapons, anyone killed will have their soul stolen and put into an empty soul gem. These gems can be used to restore the mace's enchantment, which improves the player's enchanting skill.
3 Steal Some More Souls, But Not Really
This method can be done once the spell tome is acquired for the Soul Trap spell. All that needs to be done is to find a dead body in a safe place and continually cast Soul Trap on it. This allows the player's Conjuration skill to be increased accordingly.
Once out of Magicka, wait for an hour instead of waiting to let it refill. To make it go faster, don't forget to take advantage of the Mage Guardian stone, and feel free to use mage robes to increase how many times you can cast it before waiting.
2 Detect Life
Once you come across the Detect Life spell, you'll be able to easily improve the Alteration skill. It's a spell that, as the name implies, detects life. The amount of experience gained is linked to the actual number of people detected by the spell. Therefore, head to a populous city like Riften, Whiterun, or Solitude and start casting away.
While Detect Life can be cast in dungeons and caves, it'll be much more effective near a large gathering of non-hostile NPCs. This is one of the most effective ways to power-level.
1 Buy Them
Last but not least, wealthy adventurers who can't be bothered to level up the old fashioned way can just throw money at their problems. There are a variety of NPCs that can train players in a skill in exchange for a little of the gold "found" on those dead bodies scattered across Skyrim.
Each of them can train up to a certain level; common-level trainers up to 50, expert-level to 75, and master-level to 90. It's a great way to get those last few levels.
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