The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim (PC)
Press ~ during game play to display the console window. Then, enter one of the following codes to activate the corresponding cheat function. (Screenshot)
|Add levels to skills||advancepcskill <skill name> <number>|
|Add dragon's souls||player.modav dragonsouls <number>|
|Set field of view||fov <number>|
|Advance indicated skill||advskill <skill> <number>|
|Set player scale; "1" is default||player.setscale <number>|
|Set ownership of target; allows you to take it without stealing||setownership|
|Complete all Quest Stages||caqs|
|Duplicate items; click container or NPC and copy the RefID||duplicateallitems|
|Fast Travel to indicated location||coc <location>|
|Toggle God mode||tgm|
|Set Burden||player.modav burden <number>|
|Set Stamina||player.setav stamina <number>|
|increase movement speed by indicated percentage||player.setav speedmult <number>|
|Kill selected enemy||kill|
|Kill all nearby enemies||killall|
|List all commands||help|
|Remove all items from selected NPC||removeallitems|
|Resurrect targeted corpse||resurrect|
|Search by keyword||help keyword <mode number>|
|Set carry weight||player.modav carryweight <number>|
|Set character's fame||setpcfame|
|Set character's infamy||setpcinfamy|
|Set fatigue||player.setav fatigue <number>|
|Set health||player.setav health <number>|
|Set to high value to fight; "0" if you want to be free.||player.setcrimegold <number>|
|Set Magicka||player.setav magicka <number>|
|Set player level||player.setlevel <number>|
|Toggle all map markers||tmm <0 or 1>|
|Spawn NPC||player.placeatme <NPC ID>|
|Start all quests; may break storyline||saq|
|Teleport to quest target||movetoqt|
|Testing hall with all items||coc qasmoke|
|Enable controls during cinematics||enableplayercontrols|
|Toggle AI detection; allows easy stealing||tdetect|
|Toggle combat artificial intelligence||tcai|
|Unlock anything that may be locked||unlock|
|Increase level of a skill by one||player.incpcs <skill name>|
|Lock targeted chests, door, or person||lock <unlock value>'''|
|Add indicated perk||player.addperk <id number>|
|Add indicated spell||player.addspell <id number>|
|Add indicated item||player.additem <id number>|
|Gain gold||player.additem 0000000f <number>|
|Gain lockpicks||player.additem 0000000a <number>|
|Change your gender||sexchange|
|Gives ID for companion or NPC||help "<NPC name>" 4|
|Set the indicated NPC as essential||setessential <NPC ID> 1|
| Set refractive value of the target; "0.0" is normal,|
"0.000001" is invisible, "1.0" is full refraction
|Add item with one or two enchantments||playerenchantobject <object id> <mgef id #1> <mgef id #2>|
|Reset NPC to original inventory.||resetinventory|
|Restores targeted NPC HP to full||resethealth|
|Restores player's HP to Full||player.resethealth|
|Save game||savegame <filename>|
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Extra Perk Points
When you reach the maximum level of 81, enter the player.setav block 15 code followed by player.advskill 50000. Each time you do this, you will advance by two levels (adding 2 perk points and allowing you to choose 10 extra points for Magicka, Health, or Stamina). Repeat the process until you have the desired amount of Perk Points. Note: You can restore the maximum level (and difficulty range) afterwards with the player.setlevel 81 code or any other level or difficulty range.
Unlimited Perk Points
Go to the "Skills" screen, press ~ and enable the advskill code with a very high number. For example, use advskill onehanded 10000000000000. You will gain several levels. Once you have obtained all levels, enable the player.setlevel 1 to return to level 1. Then, use the legendary option on Smithing and Enchanting to set them back to level 15. Re-level Smithing and Enchanting, then return to level 1 again. You will gain more Perk Points each time this is done. Repeat the process until you have the desired amount of Perk Points. Note: The cheats for leveling Archery and Speech work differently than the others. Instead of typing "archery" and "speech", type Marksman for Archery and Speechcraft for Speech.
Follow the indicated steps to earn the corresponding Steam achievement. To view your achievement progress and stats, open the Steam client, select "Community", then search for the game hub for "The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim (PC)". Click the "View Stats" option in the drop down list, then select the option that displays the achievements for your account.
- Adept: Reach level 10.
- Alduin's Wall: Complete "Alduin's Wall".
- Apprentice: Reach level 5.
- Artificer: Make a smithed item, an enchanted item, and a potion.
- Bleak Falls Barrow: Complete "bleak falls barrow".
- Blessed: Select a Standing Stone blessing.
- Blood Oath: Become a member of the Circle.
- Bound Until Death: Complete "bound until death".
- Citizen: Buy a house.
- Daedric Influence: Acquire a Daedric Artifact.
- Darkness Returns: Complete "darkness returns".
- Delver: Clear 50 dungeons.
- Diplomatic Immunity: Complete "diplomatic immunity".
- Dragon Hunter: Absorb 20 dragon souls.
- Dragon Soul: Absorb a dragon soul.
- Dragonslayer: Complete "Dragonslayer".
- Elder Knowledge: Complete "elder knowledge".
- Expert: Reach level 25.
- Explorer: Discover 100 Locations.
- Gatekeeper: Join the College of Winterhold.
- Glory of the Dead: Complete "Glory of the Dead".
- Golden Touch: Have 100,000 gold.
- Hail Sithis!: Complete "hail sithis!".
- Hard Worker: Chop wood, mine ore, and cook food.
- Hero of Skyrim: Capture Solitude or Windhelm.
- Hero of the People: Complete 50 misc objectives.
- Married: Get married.
- Master: Reach level 50.
- Master Criminal: Bounty of 1000 gold in all nine holds.
- Oblivion Walker: Collect 15 daedric artifacts.
- One with the Shadows: Returned the Thieves Guild to its former glory.
- Reader: Read 50 skill books.
- Revealing the Unseen: Complete "Revealing the Unseen".
- Sideways: Complete 10 side quests.
- Skill Master: Get a skill to 100.
- Snake Tongue: Successfully persuade, bribe, and intimidate.
- Standing Stones: Find 13 standing stones.
- Take Up Arms: Join the Companions.
- Taking Care of Business: Join the Thieves Guild.
- Taking Sides: Join the Stormcloaks or the Imperial Army.
- The Eye of Magnus: Complete "The Eye of Magnus".
- The Fallen: Complete "the fallen".
- The Way of the Voice: Complete "The Way of the Voice".
- Thief: Pick 50 locks and 50 pockets.
- Thu'um Master: Learn 20 shouts.
- Unbound: Complete "Unbound".
- Wanted: Escape from jail.
- War Hero: Capture Fort Sungard or Fort Greenwall.
- With Friends Like These…: Join the Dark Brotherhood.
- Words of Power: Learn all three words of a shout.
Joining the Dark Brotherhood
After making your way to Riverwood, speak to the bartender inside the inn. Ask him if he has heard any rumors. He will eventually tell you about a boy that is trying to summon the Dark Brotherhood. Follow the subquest to Windhelm. When entering Windhelm, make an immediate right and travel up the path until you encounter a Dark Elf and child talking. Enter the door to their left and find the child inside. He will ask you to kill Grinelda The Kind in Riften. Go to Riften, enter the orphanage, and murder Grinelda. Fast Travel back to Windhelm and speak to the child again to get your reward. Next, go outside of the city and wait for twenty four hours. A courier will approach and give you a note with a black handprint on it, with the words "We Know". Go to the nearest inn, rent a room, and sleep for twenty four hours. When you awake you will have been kidnapped by one of the Dark Brotherhood. They will tell you that if you kill one of the other three people in the room they will release you. Choose a person and kill them. Speak to the Dark Brotherhood again and they will tell you to meet them at their lair in the pine forest in the far southwest corner of Skyrim. Fast Travel to the western watchtower outside of Whiterun then travel west towards the marker. When you reach the door, answer the question asked with "Silence, My Brother" to enter the sanctuary. Speak to the first person you find inside the lair, and you are now part of the Dark Brotherhood.
Dragon tomb location
Use a shout in front of a guard (not a dangerous one). A courier will deliver a letter from a "friend", giving you the location of another dragon tomb.
Dragonreach cave puzzles
Inside the cave during your first mission for Dragonreach, you are faced with a combination puzzle. Look to the wall above the closed gate. You will see two heads with a gap in the middle. Each one holds a picture of a creature (snake and dolphin). On the floor by the lever is the third creature (snake). The combination is Snake, Snake, Dolphine. The second combination is found deeper in the chambers. It is a turntable combination, which is more difficult. This one is Bear, Owl, Bird. Insert the claw and the door will open.
Become a werewolf
Go to the city of Whiterun. Move through the town until you reach Dragonsreach, which is the castle. While standing on the steps looking at the doors to Dragonsreach, look to your right. There should be a building that resembles a ship's hull. This is where the Companions are located. Go and join them. After a few quests you are given the chance to become a werewolf. To use your new ability, go to "Magic", then "Powers", then "Beast Form". Beast Form can be used once a day. You will turn into a werewolf and friendly humans will attack you. You will have increased speed, health, damage, and stamina. You cannot pick up objects. If you kill a human you can "Feed" on the corpse to regain some health and extend the duration of Beast Form. This is also useful for traveling great distances on foot. When the werewolf sprints, it runs on all fours, and moves much faster than a horse. The werewolf's stamina also regenerates very quickly.
Fight against Vulthuryol
Vulthuryol is an ancient dragon found in Blackreach. Use your Unrelenting Force shout on the orb inside Blackreach to summon it.
Words of power
If you are having a difficult time finding words of power, go to High Hrothgar and find Arngeir. The first talk selection will be "Have you found a new word of power?". He will place a new quest in the "Misc." category for it. He will only give you one at a time, but he will give them to you until there are no more.
Unlimited steel arrows
Upon becoming a full member of the Thieves Guild, the other recruits train often. There is a recruit named Niruin. He can give you training in archery and often wastes his arrows on a target dummy with his infinite arrows. You can continually pick up the steel arrows and either use them for yourself, or sell a mass quantity of them.
Unlimited arrows of any type
Find someone whom you can trade with, or someone who sleeps and uses an archery practice target. For example, use Delphine at Sky Haven temple while sleeping. Check his or her inventory and take all of their arrows. Place one arrow of the type you want duplicated back on them (Daedric, Ebony, Glass). Wait a day and watch them practice again. They will be shooting the arrow type you placed on them. If you used someone you can trade with, look in their inventory for more arrows. If not, wait for them to sit down or sleep to take more arrows.
At the beginning of the game, when you reach to the first town of Riverwood start chopping wood and find the man named Hod. He usually stands at the top of the sawmill during the day. He will pay you for "all the wood you can carry" as he puts it. However, there is no limit to how much you can make buy chopping wood and selling it to him. He never runs out of gold like the merchants. Chop and sell wood to him until you have as much gold as desired.
Easy armor, spells, and general leveling
Set the difficulty to "Novice" and have a weak one-handed attack enemy hit you while healing. This will level the armor you are wearing, restoration, also may level up illusion.
Easy Blocking experience
Xbox 360 Use the following trick to level up your blocking or just save a few spare perks. Find a weak enemy that does not like to enter water (for example, a wolf). Pin yourself between the enemy and the water, and use a rubber band to hold the trigger button that controls your shield. Note: Make sure the enemy will not move from where he is attacking you. Allow the game to idle in that state.
Easy Conjuration experience
- To do this, it is best to have the Bound Sword spell, because you are able to conjure two of these at the same time to gain experience faster. This works best when there is an enemy that is trying to fight you, but you are at an area that they cannot reach you (for example, fighting a troll or bear while you are too high for them to actually hit you). Use the Bound Sword spell, put the sword(s) away, then repeat the process. Doing this will increase your conjuration levels very quickly.
- This trick requires dragons roaming around and being far enough in the Dark Brotherhood to have Shadowmere. When you find where a dragon is located, Fast Travel there so Shadowmere can be with you. Start the battle with the dragon. Do not worry when the dragon goes after Shadowmere, as Shadowmere is invincible and will fight and eventually will kill the dragon for you. Use the Bound Swords spell as described above and it will have the same outcome.
Easy money, Smithing and Enchanting experience
Note: this requires a Soul Trap weapon and access to a smithy and arcane enchanter. First, purchase equal amounts of Iron Ingots, Leather Strips and Petty Soul Gems. Fill the Petty Soul Gems (by killing with the Soul Trap weapon), then go to a smithy. Create as many Iron Daggers as possible, then go to an arcane enchanter (there is one in Dragonsreach). Enchant all the daggers with the Petty Soul Gems (disenchant the Soul Trap weapon if reqiored). Go to a shop and sell the daggers. Depending on your barter skill, you will get about 170 gold per dagger in profit, and should level up a fair amount. Note: Smithy every three or four daggers; enchant every one or two daggers early on.
Easy money, Speech, and Alchemy experience
- This takes a bit of time to set up, but once done provides as much gold as desired. It requires the following:
- 1. Five Grand Soul Gems filled with Grand Souls. Grand Souls can be taken from mammoths or bought.
- 2. Fortify Alchemy Enchantment.
- 3. Helmet, gloves/bracers, two rings, and a necklace
- 4. The ingredients for Fortify Restoration potions: Abecean Longfins, Cyrodilic Spadetails, Salt Piles. The fish can be obtained easily by swimming around Goldenglow Estate near Riften. Collect as many of these as you can, at least ten to fifteen of each ingredient.
- 5. Ingredients for a Fortify Enchanting potion: Snowberries, Spriggan Sap, Hagraven Claw, Blue Butterfly Wing.
- Start by enchanting your helmet, gloves, one of the rings, and the necklace with Fortify Alchemy using the Grand Soul Gems. It works best if your Enchanting is at 100 with five perks in Enchanter. Equip the newly fortified equipment. Go to an alchemy lab and create a potion of Fortify Restoration. Exit and drink the potion. Without exiting the menu, go to "Apparel", unequip, then re-equip the gear. Then, create another Fortify Restoration potion. Drink it, unequip, and re-equip the gear until you can craft very strong Fortify Restorations (in the millions of percent). If you go too high the potions will start getting negative numbers. Do not drink those or the game will glitch. When you are satisfied with the strength of your potions, drink one, then craft a Fortify Enchanting potion. Go to an Arcane Enchanter, drink your Fortify Enchanting potion, and enchant the remaining ring with Fortify Alchemy. This negates the need to repeat this process. Then, go to any apothecary and buy a Giants Toe and some Wheat. Wearing your ring craft, a potion using these two ingredients. You should get a massive increase in Alchemy. It will be worth hundreds of thousands of Septim. No merchant has that kind of money, however sell it for whatever they have and your Speech will rise to 100. If not, make another potion and repeat. After your Speech is leveled, add perks until you get to the "Invest" perk. Go to the Riverwood trader and invest in him. Go outside and wait 48 hours. Return, and he will have 10,000 Septim. Sell him a potion to get all his gold. Go outside, and wait 48 hours. Return and sell him a potion to get all his gold. Repeat this as many times as desired. It is possible to make over 100,000 Septim in ten minutes work in exchange for the cost of making the potions.
- Note: When you get the Ring of Alchemy at its highest, make several potions of Enchantment Fortification You can now create a set of bracers with Fortify Smithing. You use these to make your already legendary or just typical mundane armor and weapons into "Godly" armor and weapons. Then, drink more potions of Fortify Enchantment and put the following enchantments into your new gear: Armor Fortify Health, Health Regen, Increased Carrying Weight, Fortify Magic, Magic Regen, Fortify Stamina, and others of your choice. Also give your weapons proper enchantments.
Easy Restoration experience
Go to High Hrothgar. Go out the door to the area where you are taught the Whirlwind Sprint. Once you get outside, go to the right. You will soon find a small staircase that goes up to show that looks like a blizzard of some kind. Go forward just enough to start getting hurt by it and begin using the Healing spell. Your health will go down slowly because you are using the healing spell, but you will also gain experience. This is better than fighting an enemy and leveling up your experience because you can control how much danger you are taking by simply walking backwards.
Easy Smithing experience
- This process will require a bit of coinage, and the more money you have the better. Once you have a vast fortune, go to every town and visit each blacksmith. Buy all their Iron Ignots and Leather. Once you visit the last blacksmith, turn your leather into Leather Strips and make Iron Daggers at the forge. Continuously make Iron Daggers and your Blacksmithing will eventually reach 100. You can also try the dagger process with steel, but iron is cheaper. If you do not want to waste more money on iron, just make Leather Bracers. It is a slower process, but is still effective.
- With about 5,000 gold, start in Whiterun and buy all of the Leather Strips and Iron Ingots from both blacksmiths (the one at the entrance and one at Skyforge if joined the companions). Forge Iron Daggers until you run out of materials. Fast Travel to Solitude (or Carriage Ride if not discovered) and do the same thing there with the Solitude blacksmith. Fast Travel back to Whiterun and both blacksmiths will have replenished their supplies of Iron Ingots and Leather Strips. With about 5,000 gold and selling the daggers, you can upgrade Smithing from level 26 to level 100 in about one or two hours and have full dragon gear. You do not have to worry about not increasing your other stats, as you can just save perks and use them whenever.
Easy Sneak experience
- At the beginning in Helgen's Keep, you will encounter a sleeping bear. Your guide states that you can either sneak past it or kill it. Just off to the left of where your guide stops is a small rock pile. Go to the back side of it, and you can sneak in the crevice there and remain hidden from the bear. Keep sneaking at the rock and your skill will increase. You can do this for as desired, because the bear only moves if it detects you. To make sure you are in a good location, sneak for a short time, then check your Sneak skill to see if it is rising. If not, move slightly closer to the bear and keep trying.
- Note: This trick will also help you gain weapon experience. While doing the Molag Bal quest, and after you save the priest, go to the shrine. When he gets trapped in the cage, crouch behind him and hit him with the weapon of your choice. Note: Spells may also work too. He will heal quite fast, and he is invincible until he submits and you are forced to kill him for the Daedric lord. Note: Using spells will turn it into a real fight and your follower may become aggressive. However, it can still raise your Destruction level.
- Note: This trick will also help you gain one handed weapon experience. When you reach the part in the tutorial where you choose to enter the keep with either Hadvar or Ralof, choose Hadvar. When you are told to take the armor from the chest, do not. Instead, take one of the swords hanging from the wall and sneak up behind Hadvar, who should be facing the gate blocking your way. While in sneak mode and undetected, hit him with your sword. This should grant a 3x bonus to your damage as it is a sneak attack, and will add a great deal to your sneaking skill. Walk away, then creep back up on him to perform another attack. After reaching about level 30 in Sneak, you can simply remain crouched behind him and hit him about every 7 seconds for a sneak attack bonus. In a relatively short time you can maximize your Sneak skill, while also increasing your one handed weapon skill. To raise your one handed weapon skill faster, stand behind him while not in sneak mode and constantly bash him. When his health runs out and he falls to the floor, allow him to stand up before hitting him again. You could, after maxing both sneak and one handed, exit the tutorial near level 40. Note: Wait until your armor and weapons are of a higher grade before entering the level up menu or the enemies will be much tougher than you.
- When at the bear in the cave, repeatedly walk over while sneaking.
Easy Speechcraft experience
Go to the town of Riften and locate the Black Briar Meadery. Ask the Dark Elf at the counter about the Black Briar women, and choose the "Persuade" option. He will answer your question, and you should receive a level in Speechcraft. Note: You must have Speechcraft at about 25 in order to persuade him, and it may require several attempts to receive a level as your Speechcraft increases. There is no limit to the number of times you may do this.
Easy weapon experience
- When the Blades ask you to kill Parthanax, approach him to check if he is on the stone wall perfectly. Attack him with any weapon (destruction magic also works) you wish to increase. If he dies, restart and try again. If done correctly, he will just take the hits then fly up and back down. He never dies and you will not get any bounties for attacking him.
- Use the following trick to increase a one-handed weapon skill. When you are in Helgen Keep, have a Sword Of Imperial and Ralofs asks you to open the gate, just hit him with any one-handed weapon.
Vendor with a lot of money
When you start in Riverwood, make sure to not talk to the miscellaneous goods store owner and sister. Instead, go out and increase your Speech and take the perk to invest in other stores. At that time, make your first investment with the miscellaneous goods store owner. From now on, every time you make an investment in another store his available money increases. Added with the perk of all venders have an extra 1,000 gold available, he can have over 10,000 gold available, which makes him the richest vendor in the game. That also makes finding and selling things easier, instead of running around to all the vendors in all the different towns.
Keep selling to the same vendor
Find a vendor that has what you want mostly, while having an inventory of items you do not want and wish to sell (for example, ingredients). Ok, go to vendor in Whitehall, buy the ingredients, and sell your items. Save the game after exiting the conversation. Immedialy hit the vendor with your bare hands once. Then, load the last saved game. The vendor should have money back in their wallet. This can be done to any vendor.
Moving when over encumbered
If you are over encumbered and are far away from a city, the fastest way to move is through the Whirlwind Sprint Shout. It can be used continuously and will get you to the nearest city quickly so you can sell. This also works when exiting caves and dungeons.
Creating Daedric armor
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Creating Dragonplate armor
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If you can get a skill trainer as your follower, then you can get any training for free. Train your skills, then ask them to trade and take the gold back.
Fast travel while over-encumbered
Purchase a horse from any stable. Carry as many things as desired. Ride your horse and go to any desired city via Fast Travel or riding your horse. Your horse will still be with you when you Fast Travel to different places.
Three man team
- Use the following trick to get a three person team with a five person squad. Have your main character ask Brelyan Maryon to join you (after doing her side quest). Give her the staff of conjure flame Atronach. Next, do the "Taste Of Death" quest and convince Verulus to follow. You should now have a total of three characters. When in combat, summon your familiar and have Maryon summon hers. There are now five of you in battle. This makes the game easier when doing almost all side quests. In some side quests other characters will also join you, increasing your squad.
- Note: If you complete Mercer Frey's "Scoundrel's Folly" quest, he asks you to join him in another quest. When you accept it you will now have four members in your team. You can travel to do quests with all four members, and when in battle your squad increases to seven with conjuration abilities.
Get the Elder Scroll, then go to Paarthurnax and use the "Throw Voice" shout at him. A new voice will shout insults such as "Hey, ugly!", "Hey, skeever butt!", "Hey, melon head!", "Hey, melon nose!", "Hey, troll bait!", "Hey, slug-breath!", and "Hey, cheese brain!"
Easy "Bound Until Death" and "Hail Sithis!" achievements or trophies
Both are earned by progressing through the Dark Brotherhood quest line, which starts by joining the Dark Brotherhood after visiting Aventus Arentino in Windhelm and following his orders.
Easy "Daedric Influence" or "Oblivion Walker" achievements or trophie
Obtain any Daedric artifact for "Daedric Influence" or fifteen of the sixteen total Daedric artifacts for "Oblivion Walker". The Skeleton Key does not count. Complete the indicated quests to receive the corresponding artifact.
- Azura's Star (or the Black Star): Speak with the innkeeper at Riverwood about rumors. He will mention visiting the Shrine of Azura. Travel there and speak with Aranea Ienith to get "The Black Star" quest.
- Dawnbreaker: Either visit the Statue to Meridia or find Meridia's Beacon in a random chest after reaching level 12. This will give you the "The Break of Dawn" quest.
- Ebony Blade: Reach level 20 then speak with Hulda at The Bannered Mare in Whiterun about rumors she has heard. Note: You must have already completed the "Dragon Rising" quest. She will give you a quest to speak with the Jarl, after which you will receive "The Whispering Door" quest.
- Ebony Mail: Reach level 30, and the book "Boethiah's Proving" will appear at various locations around Skyrim. Reading it to get the "Boethiah's Proving" quest. It can appear at Septimus Signus's Outpost, on the bodies of Boethiah Cultists, the Abandoned House in Markarth, Hob's Fall Cave, and Apocrypha.
- Mace of Molag Bal: Travel to the Abandoned House in Markarth and speak with Tyranus, a Vigilant of Stendarr. Search the house to get "The House of Horrors" quest. Note: You must allow Logrolf the Willful to return to the Abandoned House in Markarth; do not kill him.
- Masque of Clavicus Vile: Go to Falkreath. A guard will ask if you have seen a lost dog. Afterwards, speak with Lod to start toward the "A Daedra's Best Friend" quest which is granted by Barbas. Note: If you kill Barbus, the reward will not qualify.
- Mehrunes' Razor: Reach level 20 and will be approached by a courier with a letter asking you to visit the museum in Dawnstar. Travel there and speak with Silus Vesuius. Agree to collect the artifacts to start the "Pieces of the Past" quest. Note: You must kill Silus to obtain the artifact.
- Oghma Infinium: Note: Do not start this quest until reaching level 15. Speak with Septimus Signus at the outpost of the same name, located north of Winterhold. He will ask for your help to obtain a lexicon, which starts the "Discerning the Transmundane" quest.
- Ring of Hircine: Speak with Sinding at the Falkreath Jail, located beneath the Barracks, to get the "Ill Met by Moonlight" quest. Note: If Sinding is killed before obtaining the quest (while he is in beast form), you will not be able to start it.
- Ring of Namira: Go to Markarth and speak with Klepper at the Silver-Blood Inn to learn about the closing of the Hall of the Dead. After the argument between Thongvor and Brother Verulus, you can choose to persuade, intimidate, or bribe Verulus to gain entry into the Hall. Once inside, speak with Eola to begin "The Taste of Death" quest. Note: You must cooperate with Eola.
- Sanguine Rose: After reaching level 15, you can encounter Sam Guevenne at any tavern. Join him in a drinking contest to get the "A Night to Remember" quest.
- Savior's Hide: This artifact is an alternate reward for the "Ill Met by Moonlight" quest. Note: If Sinding is killed before obtaining the quest (while he is in beast form), you cannot start it.
- Skull of Corruption: Speak with Erandur at the Windpeak Inn in Dawnstar to begin the "Waking Nightmare" quest. Note: You must kill Erandur.
- Spellbreaker: After reaching level 12, speak with Kesh at the Shrine to Peryite and gather the required items to eventually get "The Only Cure" quest.
- Volendrung: Travel to Largashbur, an Orcish stronghold in the Rift region. A giant attack is occurring. Mure that Ugor survives the assault to get easy entry to the stronghold. If Ugor dies, it will be much more difficult to enter. Speak with Atub, to start the process to get "The Cursed Tribe" quest. Note: You cannot attack any of the Orcs unless in self-defense.
- Wabbajack: At The Winking Skeever, you will learn about a strange man wandering the streets near the Blue Palace. Note: You can also speak to him directly. After doing so, the man (Dervenin) will seek entry into the Pelagius Wing of the Blue Palace. You will eventually get "The Mind of Madness" quest.
Easy "Auriel's Bow" achievement or trophy
Complete the "Touching the Sky" quest to get Auriel's Bow. Then, complete the "Kindred Judgment" quest to unlock the bow's special power ability. After obtaining Elven arrows, talk to Serana and ask her for some arrows with her blood. Equip Auriel's Bow with the Bloodcursed Elven Arrows and shoot one towards the sun.
Easy "Beyond Death" achievement or trophy
Join the Soul Cairn during the Dawnquard quest line. You will find someone who talks about a Skull to start the quests.
Easy "Bleak Falls Barrow" achievement or trophy
This quest is given by Farengar at Dragonsreach in Whiterun. You can complete it early by going to Bleak Falls Barrow before visiting Whiterun. Clear the dungeon and get the Dragonstone. Give it to Farengar as he is asking you to complete this quest to get a new dialogue option. However doing this will cause you to miss the conversation he has with his "reliable source".
Easy "Blessed" achievement or trophy
After the Helgen prologue, you will find Guardian Stones on your way to Riverwood. You will be asked by your companion to choose one.
Easy "Blood Oath" achievement or trophy
The senior members of The Companions are part of The Circle. To become a member of the Circle, progress through the Companions quest line, starting in Jorrvaskr/Whiterun.
Easy "Citizen" achievement or trophy
Defeat the dragon in the "Dragon Rising" quest . You will need at least 5,000 gold septims to purchase the cheapest house, which is Breezehome in Whiterun next to the Warmaidens and The Drunken Huntsman. Enter Dragonsreach and find Proventus Avenicci between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. He usually stands next to the Jarl or eats at the tables. However, he may also be in the Jarl's quarters on the second floor in his bed or sitting on a bench near some display cases. Speak to him and select "I'd like to purchase a house in the city (5000 gold)" then select "I'll take it." 5,000 gold will be removed from your inventory and he will give you a key to your new house as well as a book explaining how to add decorations to your home.
Easy "Darkness Returns" achievement or trophy
This is earned by progressing through the the Thieves Guild quest line, which starts when you arrive at Riften.
Easy "The Eye of Magnus" achievement or trophy
Complete the "The Eye of Magnus" quest, which ends the Winterhold quest line (Mage quild).
Easy "Gatekeeper" achievement or trophy
Speak with the innkeeper in Riverwood, Orgnar about receiving training in magic and he will direct you to the college. Travel north toward Whiterun and speak to the carriage driver at the Whiterun Stables. Select "Winterhold" (for a nominal cost). Otherwise, speak to any innkeeper or spell merchant for the same dialogue option in other towns or cities. You can use any Stable to reach Winterhold. After arriving in Winterhold, travel north toward the College. When you get there, you will be stopped by an elven mage called Faralda and receive the "First Lessons" quest. She will direct you to cast a specific spell (which depends on how you responded to her initial inquiry). If you do not know the required spell, she will offer to sell it to you; however the cost may be more than Farengar at Dragonsreach in Whitehold). Once you cast the requested spell, she will speak for a short period of time and earn "Gatekeeper". Note: There are two alternate ways for you to get in without casting a spell for Faralda. Either persuade her to let you in (requires 100 Speech skill, 70 Speech skill with the Persuasion Perk (a 50-Speech perk), or the Amulet of Articulation from the Thieves' Guild quest line); or completing the required Dragonborn quests which opens a new dialogue option where Faralda asks you to perform a shout.
Easy "Glory of the Dead" achievement or trophy
Complete the "Glory of the Dead" quest, which ends the Companions quest line, which starts in Whiterun.
Easy "Golden Touch" achievement or trophy
- While doing the quests to complete the "One With The Shadows" achievement or trophy, you will have a special request for Windhelm called "Summerset Shadows". When you have completed this quest, Niranye will have 4,000 gold on her every two days. This makes earning the "Golden Touch" achievement or trophy easy. It is possible to seel almost 145,000 gold in thirty minutes.
- Note: Perks within the Speech tree will allow you to get higher selling prices at merchants. Use Alchemy, to create potions for invisibility, paralyze, slow, waterbreathing, and damage Magicka regeneration. When you are strong enough take down Giants, combine Giant's Toe and Wheat for an very profitable potion (and also speed up your Alchemy skill leveling). To boost the potency of your potions, spend perk points in Alchemist, Physician, Poisoner, and Benefactor. Also consider spending three perk points in Speech to increase Merchant (requires 50 Speech)to sell your potions to any kind of merchant. You can also use enchanting gear that will boost your alchemy crafting.
Easy "Hard Worker" achievement or trophy
This can be earned after you complete the Helgen prologue. In Riverwood, take one cabbage from the cart in front of the trader in Riverwood and either purchase a Salt Pile from the innkeeper or find one in the barrels around town. Enter the house you were invited to after Helgen (Alvor and Sigrid, or Hod and Gerdur). Use the Cooking Pot to create Cabbage Soup. Fast travel to the Guardian Stones, then move east to Embershard Mine. Kill the single bandit outside, then find a Woodcutter's Axe across from the Wood Chopping Block (near the rock wall). Select the block to get credit for this step. Finally, enter the mine. Remain on the right due to traps along the left side heading down the slope. You will eventually enter a small cavern. Kill the two bandits to your right then go to the woodpile by the fire to find a Pickaxe. Take it and mine the Iron Ore Vein located directly in front of you.
Easy "Hero of Skyrim" achievement or tropy
This is earned by progressing through the civil war quest line, which starts by joining the Stormcloaks or the Legion.
Easy "Married" achievement or trophy
Go to Riften at the lower right corner of the map. If necessary, you can travel there by spending about 50 gold for a carriage at any of the city stables. Once there, go to Temple of Mara and talk to Maramal. Ask him how marriage works in Skyrim, then purchase an Amulet of Mara from him for 200 gold. Equip the amulet, then find someone interested in marrying you. Good places to search are Riverwood or Whiterun. Return to Maramal and tell him you are ready to marry. You will be married the next day.
Easy "Master Architect" achievement or trophy
You must build three wings onto each of the three houses. Simply building a house on each of the three plots of land is not enough. Note: You do not need to fully furnish each house to qualify. All that is required are the "shells" for a house, including the basement. To prepare, stock up on iron ore and ingots, as well as a large amount of gold. The other materials to build the wings can be acquired by having a steward for each homestead. The stewards can be ordered to purchase building materials, which then get deposited into the lockbox next to the drafting tables. Lumber must be cut yourself or purchased from lumber mills. Having the steward saves you the trouble of carrying around excess material, allowing you to focus on getting the iron ore and ingots to smith into building materials (locks, hinges, iron fittings, nails). Iron ore is the only building material that you will have to actively search for. You can purchase iron ore and ingots regularly from the Solitude Blacksmith, Whiterun Warmaiden, and Whiterun Skyforge's Blacksmith. You can also steal some every few days from inside the Solitude Blacksmith's shop, on one of the shelves.
Easy "Outlander" achievement or trophy
Complete the "The Way of the Voice" quest and you will be approached randomly by two cultists. Kill them then search the bodies for Cultists' Orders. Read it, then travel to the Windhelm Docks and speak with Gjalund Salt-Sage to take a boat to Solstheim. Note: You will need to persuade, intimidate, or bribe him with 500 gold. After arriving at Raven Rock, you will earn "Outlander".
Easy "Proud Parent" achievement or trophy
- You can only adopt two children, and you must have a home with children's beds to adopt them. Grelod the Kind is the headmistress of the Honorhall Orphanage in Riften but does not want a child to be adopted. She must be killed after first visiting Aventus Arentino in Windhelm, who is trying to perform the Black Sacrament. His house is on the east side of Windhelm, and is parallel to the main road. To adopt the children, just speak with them. Note: Aventus Arentino cannot be adopted.
- With the Hearthfire DLC, there are four additional children you can potentially adopt.
- Lucia: A child that wanders the streets of Whiterun. She can usually be found around the Gildergreen during the day. To get the adoption option for her, donate one Septim to her.
- Sophia: A flowergirl in the streets of Windhelm. She can usually be found by the gates near the docks during the day, or sleeping in Niranye's courtyard at night. In get adoption option, purchase something from her.
- Alesan: A boy in Dawnstar. During the day he can be found in the city running from mine to mine. At night he sleeps against the wall on the Windpeak Inn.
- Blaise: A boy in Solitude. He can be found at Katla's farm.
Easy "Raven Rock Owner" achievement or trophy
Raven Rock is the capital of the island Solstheim. It is possible to get Severin Manor during the "Served Cold" quest.
Easy "Revealing the Unseen" achievement or trophy
This is earned as part of the main quest of the Mage Guild, which starts at the College of Winterhold.
Easy "Sideways" achievement or trophy
Ten of the following thirty three side quests will qualify for "Sideways".
- Ancestral Worship: Granted by Golldir at Hillgrund's Tomb.
- The White Phial: Granted by Nurelion at the Windhelm apothecary shop.
- Repairing the Phial: Complete "The White Phial" and "The Throat of the World" quests and a courier will arrive with a letter.
- Rise in the East: Granted by Orthus Endario in Windhelm (East Empire Company office).
- A Love Beyond Death: Automatically starts halfway through the Ansilvund Excavation.
- Blood on the Ice: Visit Windhelm around midnight and travel to the graveyard. You will be approached by a guard that grants the quest.
- Lights Out!: Speak with Jaree-Ra in Solitude.
- Tending the Flames: Granted by Viarmo at the Bard's College in Solitude.
- The Man Who Cried Wolf: Speak with Falk Firebeard, the Jarl's steward in Solitude (Blue Palace).
- The Wolf Queen Awakened: Finish "The Man Who Cried Wolf" quest and you will receive a letter from a courier.
- Laid to Rest: Speak with Jonna, Morthal's inkeeper, who will tell you about a burned-down house located nearby.
- The Pale
- A Scroll for Anska: Granted by Anska when entering High Gate Ruins.
- Silenced Tongues: Granted upon reading Heddic's Volunruud Notes just within Volunruud.
- The Pale Lady: Granted at Frostmere Crypt either by speaking with Eisa Blackthorn or reading her journal.
- The Reach
- Evil in Waiting: Granted by Valdar after entering Valthume.
- The Forsworn Conspiracy: Arrive at Markarth and witness the attack, then read the letter Eitrys gives you.
- No One Escapes Cidhna Mine: Complete "The Forsworn Conspiracy" quest.
- The Heart of Dibella: Granted by Degaine in Markarth, who will ask you to steal a statue.
- The Lost Expedition: Read Alethius's Notes at the end of the Nchuand-Zel Excavation Site (within Understone Keep in Markarth).
- The Rift
- Infiltration: Granted by Stalleo at a campsite outside Treva's Watch.
- Kyne's Sacred Trials: Granted by Froki Whetted-Blade at Froki's Shack.
- Promises to Keep: Granted by Louis Letrush at the Bee and Barb in Riften.
- Repentance: Enter Darklight Tower.
- Siege on the Dragon Cult: Granted by Captain Valmir in Forelhost's courtyard.
- The Book of Love: Granted when you ask for the Blessing of Mara at the Temple of Mara in Riften.
- Unfathomable Depths: Granted by From-Deepest-Fathoms in Windhelm, who is wandering the docks.
- In My Time of Need: Granted by the Alik'r warriors inside the Whiterun gate after completing the "Dragon Rising" quest.
- Missing in Action: Granted by Fralia Gray-Mane at her stall just outside The Bannered Mare. She will tell you about her missing son.
- The Blessings of Nature: Speak to the innkeeper at The Bannered Mare about rumors. You will then be directed to speak with Danica Pure-Spring. Note: You can also approach Danica directly in the Temple of Kynareth or around Whiterun.
- The Golden Claw: Enter the Riverwood Trader, witness the argument, then speak to Lucan Valerius.
- A Return To Your Roots: Read Sinderion's Field Journal (located in his field laboratory in Blackreach) or pick a Crimson Nirnroot.
- Forbidden Legend: Read the book "Lost Legends" or a Writ of Sealing at any burial location.
- Rising at Dawn: After you become a vampire, speak with any bartender in Skyrim to hear a rumor about Falion in Morthal.
Easy "Snake Tongue" achievement or trophy
Even with a low Speech skill, this can be earned during "The Forsworn Conspiracy" quest line. Each of the following three individuals encountered can be persuaded, intimidated, and bribed. Make sure to perform one of each type.
- Kleppr the innkeeper, when seeking entry to Margret's room (or Margret directly if you saved her when entering Markarth).
- Garvey in the Warrens.
- Rhiada at the Treasury House.
Easy "Soul Tear" achievement or trophy
During the Dragonborn's adventure in Soul Cairn, they will defeat the undead dragon, Durnehviir. He is later encountered again and teaches the shout called "Summon Durnehviir" to the Dragonborn. The first three times Durnehviir is summoned, he teaches the Dragonborn the words of Soul Tear, one at a time. Note: Dragon souls still must be spent to unlock the shout.
Easy "Stalhrim Crafter" achievement or trophy
Stalhrim is a new ore from the Dragonborn DLC, and can be found at Solstheim isle. A ship can bring you there from Windhelm. Stalhrim armor and weapons cannot be forged until the quest "A New Source of Stalhrim", obtained at the Skaal Village, is completed. The Ebony Smithing perk is also required to craft Stalhrim items.
Easy "Standing Stones" achievement or trophy
Search the indicated location to find the corresponding Standing Stone (Map: by Mottis86).
- 1. The Warrior Stone: Combat skills +20% faster.
- 2. The Thief Stone: Stealth skills +20% faster.
- 3. The Mage Stone: Magic skills +20% faster.
- 4. The Lover Stone: All skills +15% faster.
- 5. The Apprentice Stone: Recover Magicka twice as fast; twice as vulnerable to Magicka damage.
- 6. The Atronach Stone: 50 extra Magicka points, 50% Absorb spells, -50% Magicka regen.
- 7. The Lady Stone: Regenerate Health and Stamina +25% faster.
- 8. The Lord Stone: 50 points of damage resistance, +25% magic resistance.
- 9. The Ritual Stone: Raises all the dead around you to fight for you once per day.
- 10. The Serpent Stone: Paralyze the target for 5 seconds and do 25 points of poison damage once per day.
- 11. The Shadow Stone: Invisibility for 60 seconds once per day.
- 12. The Steed Stone: Carry weight +100, equipped armor has no weight and causes no movement penalty.
- 13. The Tower Stone: Unlock any Expert level lock (or lower) once per day.
Easy "Take Up Arms" achievement or trophy
The Companions is the warrior guild of Skyrim. You can join them at Jorrvaskr/Whiterun.
Easy "Taking Sides" achievement or trophy
Complete either of the following tasks.
- Join the Stormcloaks by going to Windhelm and speaking with Ulfric Stormcloak inside the Palace of the Kings about joining the rebellion. Then, complete Galmar Stone-Fists' test.
- Join the Legion by going to to Solitude and speaking with General Tullius at Castle Dour. He will send you to Legate Rikke for more information about a task to prove your worth.
Easy "The Temple of Miraak" achievement or trophy
"The Temple of Miraak" is part of the main storyline of the Dragonborn DLC. It starts at Solstheim island.
Easy "Thief" achievement or trophy
This is easy to earn, even if you have no perks spent in either tree or have special equipment to increase your chance of success. It will just require some time. Sneak is also helpful, but not required. For Lockpicking, you will find many chests while exploring dungeons. You can also open locks for people's houses in various cities at night. However, do this in sneak mode in case a guard passes by. Lock picks are relatively cheap (6 gold each with a low Speech skill). The more you practice, the more adept you will become. For Pickpocketing, target citizens of the nine major cities. You must be in sneak mode to have this option appear, and consider saving the game before each attempt. You can speed up the process if you pickpocket enemies before killing them.
Easy "Thu'um Master" achievement or trophy
Learn the first word of twenty different shouts. You do not need to learn all three words or activate it with a dragon soul to qualify. Each Dragon Shout word can be found at the following locations.
- Animal Allegiance (Animal, Allegiance, Pack): Angarvunde, Ancient's Ascent, Ysgramor's Tomb.
- Aura Whisper (Life, Seek, Hunt): Northwind Summit, Valthume, Volunruud.
- Battle Fury (Loyal, Valor, Inspire): All three are at Vahlok's Tomb during "Lost Legacy". Note: This requires the Dragonborn DLC.
- Become Ethereal (Fade, Spirit, Bind): Ironbind Barrow, Lost Valley Redoubt, Ustengrav (during "The Horn of Jurgen Windcaller").
- Bend Will (Earth, Mind, Dragon): Saering's Watch. Note: The last two words are learned from Hermaeus Mora. Note: This requires the Dragonborn DLC.
- Call Dragon (Snow, Hunter, Wing): All three words are at Sky Haven Temple or High Hrothgar during "The Fallen".
- Call of Valor (Hero, Champion, Legend): All three words are at Sovngarde during "Dragonslayer".
- Clear Skies (Sky, Spring, Summer): All three words are at High Hrothgar during "The Throat of the World".
- Cyclone (Wind, Unleash, Strike): Benkongerike, Kolbjorn Barrow, White Ridge Sanctum. Note: This requires the Dragonborn DLC.
- Disarm (Weapon, Hand, Defeat): Eldersblood Peak, Silverdrift Lair, Snow Veil Sanctum.
- Dismay (Fear, Run, Terror): Dead Crone Rock, Shalidor's Maze (Labyrinthian), Lost Tongue Overlook.
- Dragon Aspect (Strength, Armor, Wyrm): Temple of Miraak, Apocrypha (during "Waking Dreams"), Bloodskal Barrow. Note: This requires the Dragonborn DLC.
- Dragonrend (Mortal, Finite, Temporary): All three words at Throat of the World, during "Alduin's Bane".
- Drain Vitality (Stamina, Magicka, Health): Dimhollow Crypt, Forgotten Vale, Arcwind Point. Note: This requires the Dawnguard DLC.
- Elemental Fury (Air, Battle, Grace): Dragontooth Crater, Statue to Meridia, Shriekwind Bastion.
- Fire Breath (Fire, Inferno, Sun): Dustman's Cairn, Sunderstone Gorge, Throat of the World (during "The Throat of the World").
- Frost Breath (Frost, Cold, Freeze): Bonestrewn Crest, Folgunthur, Skyborn Altar.
- Ice Form (Ice, Flesh, Statue): Mount Anthor, Saarthal, Frostmere Crypt.
- Kyne's Peace (Kyne, Peace, Trust): Ragnvald, Rannveig's Fast, Shroud Hearth Barrow.
- Marked for Death (Kill, Leech, Suffer): Autumnwatch Tower, Dark Brotherhood Sanctuary, Forsaken Cave.
- Soul Tear (Essence, Tear, Zombie): Each word is learned from Durnehviir after he is summoned. Note: This requires the Dawnguard DLC.
- Slow Time (Time, Sand, Eternity): Hag's End, Korvanjund, Labyrinthian.
- Storm Call (Storm, Wrath, Lightning): Forelhost, High Gate Ruins, Skuldafn (during "The World-Eater's Eyrie").
- Summon Durnehviir (Curse, Never, Dying): All three words are learned from Durnehviir in Soul Cairn. Note: This requires the Dawnguard DLC.
- Throw Voice (Voice, Fool, Far): All three words are learned at once at Shearpoint.
- Unrelenting Force (Force, Balance, Push): Bleak Falls Barrow, High Hrothgar (during "The Way of the Voice"), High Hrothgar (during "The Horn of Jurgen Windcaller").
- Whirlwind (Whirlwind, Fury, Tempest): High Hrothgar (during "The Way of the Voice"), Dead Men's Respite, Volskygge.
Easy "War Hero" achievement or trophy
This is earned by capturing one of the named forts during progression of the civil war quest line, which starts by joining the Stormcloaks or the Legion.
Easy "Werewolf Mastered" achievement or trophy
- Become a werewolf by progressing through The Companions quest line, starting in Jorrvaskr/Whiterun). To get all the perks, bite dead opponents. Each new perk requires additional feedings than the last one. A total of 164 corpses need to be fed upon to complete the entire tree. Note: You can save the game before starting your murder spree. Afterwards, load the saved game file and all the NPCs that were killed will be available again.
- Consider earning this earlier in the game, before level 30 or 40. Being a werewolf during the Companions quest line may be tempting because of your high attack skills, but you will lose your armor stats. After a certain level after your enemies have also leveled, you can get very vulnerable. Arrows can begin to do significant damage, and as a werewolf you will not be able to have ranged attacks to counter them.
Easy "With Friends Like These…" achievement or trophy
Visit Aventus Arentino in Windhelm, who is trying to perform the Black Sacrament. His house is on the east site of Windhelm, parallel to the main road. He will ask you to kill the headmistress of the Honorhall Orphanage in Riften, Grelod the Kind. After killing her, a courier will contact you after 24 in-game hours have passed. He will give you a note stating "We know". When you go to sleep, you will be interrupted by Astrid of the Dark Brotherhood.
Easy "Words of Power" achievement or trophy
This is earned during progression of the storyline. The Words are found as follows.
- Fus: At Bleak Falls Barrow from a Word Wall.
- Ro: Obtained during the "The Way of the Voice" quest at High Hrothgar.
- Dah: Return the Horn of Jurgen Windcaller to the Greybeards to receive it as a reward.
The Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion reference
Search inside the museum of Dawnstar to find a display case containing a yellowing piece of paper with the symbol for Oblivion. Pick the lock and use a spell for a few seconds on the paper to turn it into a bucket.
King Arthur references
Between Sundered Towers and Blackwind Bluff, you will find a cave called "Rebels Cairn" Inside this cave you must put a magic sword in a stone to open a door outside the cave to the left. You will find another sword in a stone.
- Created by Robbaz.
- At any time, make your way to Dawnstar. Once there, find the entrance to the Iron-Breaker Mine but do not enter it. To the left of the entrance you will see some rocks around a tree. Walk under the tree and aim your crosshairs around the edges of the rocks until "Search Chest" appears. Open it to find a massive amount of free loot, including crafting supplies, weapons, armor, enchanted items, gold, and more. Note: The chest is invisible as it sits under the ground, but it is still lootable. Loot everything and sell the items for a large sum of gold. It is best to bring your horse, as you will quickly become over encumbered and be unable to move quickly or Fast Travel. To reset the chest and take more loot, return to the entrance to Dawnstar. You will see a Khajiit trader caravan. If the caravan is not there, wait a few of days for it to return. Look for the Khajiit named "Ahkari". Save the game while looking at her. Attack her after saving. It is not necessary to kill her; just damaging her should be enough. Then, reload the saved game file and talk to her. Ask to see her wares, then exit the "Trade" menu and return to the invisible chest by the mine. Repeat the process as many times as desired.
Increasing One-Handed, Two-Handed, Block, and Destruction skills
Created by sjcboarder13.
- Go to the village named "Riverwood" and find a house called "Alvor & Sigrid's House". Inside is a man named Hadvar. Rest until it is after 8 a.m. so that Alvor leaves the house. Sigrid and the young girl should remain downstairs and Hadvar will be upstairs. If he is not, just wait and he will come upstairs. Save the game before the next part in case something goes wrong. Equip your strongest sword or weapon that you want improved skill for, and sneak behind him until he cannot see you. Do a heavy strike and he will stumble to the floor. When he gets up will have no knowledge that you hit him. He also never dies, so it can be done indefinitely. Repeat the process to level up as much as desired. This will also maximize your Sneak skill, and whatever weapon type you are using.
- Use the following trick to get easy Conjuration, Destruction, weapons, and general experience. Have is the novice level spell, Raise Zombie. This can be found in dungeons (from a spell tome) or can be purchased. On any enemy you kill, for example a wolf or bandit that comes across your path, cast the spell on the dead body. The corpse will become one of your followers (like a summoned creature) for a limited amount of time. The "zombie" will have all their health back. You can then kill the zombie (who will if damaged enough, fight back momentarily) for weapons or Destruction magic experience. The creature will disintegrate once killed however, but you can still get their possessions. This is useful if you are fighting in, for example, an ancestral tomb, and wish to reanimate the Draughs you have slain for more experience. You will gain Conjuration experience for using the spell, weapon or Destruction magic experience for killing the "zombie" and general experience for both these actions.
This trick requires that you own a house with an alchemy lab. Activate the bookshelf and place the desired book on it. Leave the menu and immediately activate the bookshelf again. If your book has not yet physically appeared on the shelf, wait at the menu screen where you can loot the bookshelf. Once you see the book in front of you (it will hover in front of the shelf while the menu is open), loot the book from the shelf in the menu. Immediately close the menu, and you can click on the book itself to read and then take it. You have effectively looted the book twice, putting two of them in your inventory. This trick can be repeated as many times as desired, and is especially useful with expensive books such as the Oghma Infinium.
Find someone that is shooting at a target for practice. Stand near the target and collect all the arrows. This becomes very useful if you are an archer.
Travel faster while over encumbered
When over encumbered, and if there is not a strength potion or horse nearby, open your "Items" menu and find the heaviest item you are carrying. Drop that item and center the crosshair over the dropped item. Make sure to be within reach or sight so that the item's name appears on-screen. Hold [Action] until the item's name is removed from the screen. The item will now levitate and move in correspondence with the camera. Note: This is easier to do in first-person view. Thus the item can be "carried" in real time while not adding to your overall carry weight. This is useful if you have an item that, if removed, would unhinder your movement but cannot be parted with. Fast travelling, jumping or running over rough terrain, and sudden camera interactions will disrupt the "levitation".
While in third-person view, empty your left hand and have a one-handed sword in you right hand. Note: This can also be done with a two-handed weapon, a bow, or with both hands empty. Crouch, then start moving forward. After one or two steps, draw your sword (or raise your fists or other weapon). You will now be moving at a speed equivalent to running normally, but remaining crouched, therefore "sneaking quickly". Note: This trick does not seem to work if a spell or staff is equipped in either hand. Also, if your consistent "flow" of movement is ceased or if you attack or jump/fall (even slightly), regular sneaking speed will resume and the technique will have to be repeated to re-attain faster sneaking.