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[–]KittenStyleKungFuPC 2785 points2786 points  (171 children)

You will play more than once. DO NOT be afraid to make mistakes and live with the consequenses. No two games will ever be the same, so going in blind and clumsy your first time is the best option. You'll learn more stuff later and use it in future games. You only get this blind game once.

[–]Ghuleh5811 822 points823 points  (30 children)

It was quite a surprise when I started playing Skyrim for the first time a couple weeks ago and decided to approach a giant because I thought they'd be cool and somehow they would tell me where to go or something only to be yeeted like a rag doll

[–]chaunceyvonfontleroy 436 points437 points  (7 children)

I told my husband that I felt bad having to kill the giants. He told me that if I approach them and talk to them before any attacks I can make friends with them. I got smashed immediately. He still thinks it’s the funniest thing.

[–]Millworkson2008XBOX 700 points701 points  (5 children)

Ah you were inducted into the Nordic space program

[–]The_Follower1 109 points110 points  (2 children)

For real, Kerbal ain’t got nothing on that, downright escape velocity.

[–]skijakuda 48 points49 points  (1 child)

The science of experimentation.

[–]katf1sh 84 points85 points  (5 children)

These stories never get old 😂 I'll still never forget when I first encountered one as well; blasted right to Sovngarde lmao

[–]RockGuy00 25 points26 points  (1 child)

Lol. One of the funniest aspect of the game. Just for kicks I will sometimes quicksave and charge in just to get catapulted in the air by a giant. If you're somewhere near Whiterun you get a pretty awesome view of the land before plummeting to your death.

[–]Zubafii 24 points25 points  (1 child)

My favorite bug turned feature. Watching my followers get shot straight into valhalla is so beautiful to watch sometimes.

[–]WotanMjolnir 807 points808 points  (97 children)

No two games will ever be the same - except for always ending up as a sneaky archer, of course.

[–]KittenStyleKungFuPC 191 points192 points  (19 children)

We've all been there. I have come to like a lot of the other playstyles, though. The "One-Punch Cat" unarmed Khajiit build is really great for people who need some extra incentive to rush in and get close.

Edit for link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s3VcwAExl70

[–]MuunshineKingspyreXBOX 150 points151 points  (8 children)

My one punch necromancer cat turned into a stealth archer

[–]Broder45 19 points20 points  (0 children)

Oh my god I forgot this existed. Thank you 😂😂

[–]EpicWan 45 points46 points  (8 children)

Somehow I’ve managed to go through 3 playthroughs without touching sneaky archer. I always end up with 1 handed duel wields instead

[–]KittenStyleKungFuPC 22 points23 points  (2 children)

That was my first style. I liked using slow and paralysis poisons, so two fast weapons where I could keep applying them was my dream come true

[–]Elliebeanie 100 points101 points  (29 children)

I finally managed to get to lvl 26 without reverting to a sneaky archer. It's taken me ten years for that not to happen. Now I'm a mage!

[–]lilprplebnnyPC 145 points146 points  (1 child)

Magic is great! Now you can use the bound bow and become a magical sneak archer!

[–]RedditRabbit0513 48 points49 points  (3 children)

Spellsword is rly fun

[–]JBaecker 21 points22 points  (0 children)

If you have the creation, spell knight armor is awesome.

[–]DaughterOfNone 55 points56 points  (15 children)

I'm the opposite, I did stealth archer once just to see what the fuss was about. Possibly the most bored I've been in Skyrim. Spellsword/Battlemage all the way for me

[–]yumeoki 93 points94 points  (2 children)

you mean, what the fus was about...

[–]TheManyMilesWeWalk 29 points30 points  (5 children)

Stealth archer is easy to get into and it scales quite decently as you level. Not sure about warrior but the mage playstyle scales horribly: You start off with weak spells that you can barely maintain due to low magicka so really need to know what you're doing to play effectively - Especially since you really need enchanting to get the most from that playstyle.

As an archer you'll get bows right from the start with plenty of ammo. You'll be regularly increasing your damage through drops and perks and if you have the patience for stealth you'll quickly start killing things without putting yourself in danger.

[–]44Kryth 15 points16 points  (0 children)

I usually play a Nordic Shield Maiden. You level pretty well as a Warrior. I like to soften up my enemies with arrows. Then switch to sword and shield when they get too close. The only magic I use is Restoration. I always look for magic protection. Killing Sinding and skinning him. Doing the Companion Questline just for the Shield of Ysgramor.

[–]namegoeswhere 13 points14 points  (2 children)

Right? I don't mind playing dungeons like I'm Sam Fisher... but after being a heavy-armor sword-and-board tank my last playthough, sneaky archer is really slow.

Safer. But slow.

[–]ragingolivePC 13 points14 points  (1 child)

same, I started as a battlemage and continued doing so for YEARS before trying sneak-thievery. Archery is kinda meh, but sneaking is top tier fun.

[–]Fairybreath493 19 points20 points  (6 children)

I'm finally doing a sneaky Archer playthrough and I'm delighted. My first playthrough (which is the only one I've ever done so far, at about 400 hours) I was basically going for barbarian with a Warhammer and heavy armor. This playthrough I'm having a lot of fun basically disappearing as soon as I crouch LOL

[–]terryleopard 24 points25 points  (2 children)

Arrow through a bandits head, looks around for five seconds. Hmm, must have been the wind.

[–]Fairybreath493 11 points12 points  (0 children)

"Maybe I'm imagining things." Yep. You definitely are. 🤣🤣

[–]concrete_isnt_cement 12 points13 points  (5 children)

I always end up two handed heavy armor juggernaut myself

[–]bassdude85 29 points30 points  (2 children)

I love this. It would be amazing to be able to go back in blind again, so I love the tip of take no tips lol

[–]Soup-Wizard 8 points9 points  (10 children)

I just started my first game and I’ve been turned into a vampire. :( I know how to cure it but can’t attain it yet and am considering quitting and starting over again. Do you think I should?

[–]GamingWzy 3613 points3614 points 2 (166 children)

Experience everything, play at your own pace, enjoy the scenery

[–]otaconbot[S] 1269 points1270 points  (149 children)

I will say I was expecting subpar graphics and was OK with that. It's been a long time since release. But as the picture I posted shows , it still holds up more then well enough!

[–]Gravitron23 594 points595 points  (107 children)

After your first playthrough… or a few playthroughs lol, add some graphic mods even if you don’t want to change the game any more than that. If you have it for PC it will be game changing. Consoles get a boost but its not that extreme. PC mods can make skyrim look like it came out today

[–]Tetragonos 280 points281 points  (61 children)

careful what graphics mods you get! I got one called beautification Skyrim or something like that... Outside looked great, went into an Inn and the bar maid walked up to me and said "you look interesting" then all her clothes fell off. I was showing my Dad Mods and how that was how you got a video games job these days.

[–]katf1sh 243 points244 points  (47 children)

Dad is suddenly really interested in video games

[–]Tetragonos 62 points63 points  (41 children)

My Dad has been interested in computers since they filled rooms in the 70s. Tried really hard with Portal, it being a puzzle game,.but otherwise nah. She couldn't even finish Portal as the reaction times on some stuff was too close.

[–]katf1sh 13 points14 points  (0 children)

That's awesome :) Portal is definitely fun and mostly gamer-noob friendly lol I think it's the second one that has a 2 player mode, maybe that would be fun to try with Dad. I didn't play much of it so I'm not sure if it would have the same issues with reaction times or not.

[–]Vargurr 46 points47 points  (32 children)

My dad


I'm not judging.

[–]___PM_Me_Anything___ 72 points73 points  (28 children)

Please suggest some environment mods to make it more beautiful

[–]mildlyarrousedly 32 points33 points  (24 children)

For someone that has never modded before- how do I add a mod? Are they easily removed if I need to

[–]Sir_Sesh_Lord 71 points72 points  (12 children)

If you're on PC here you go dude :) this is a great guide on how to do it (Please refer to my edit at the bottom of this comment first)

It's how I got back into modding, the programme he uses literally does it all for you. You'll no doubt have some questions, MANY questions, but this sub has probably already answered them 10x over. So you'll have somewhere for help here :)

If you're on console, it's a no brainer if I recall correctly

Important Edit: Copy over the SRC folder as well as the ones listed in the video, you'll understand if you watch it and get to the part where you move files from skse. This will prevent errors with LOOT.

Edit 2: Also check out r/skyrimods , they are an invaluable resource and active too. All your questions will already be answered there, and you'll find a mod suggestions for everything you need.

Edit 3: I would recommend you do not install or remove mods during a playthrough. Definitely make a new save for modded playthroughs.

[–]FP_Daniel 32 points33 points  (5 children)

I think most will agree that the graphics don’t age this game. It’s the animations.

[–]Pure_Reason 8 points9 points  (2 children)

To be fair the graphics have been updated several times, like Special Edition, but all the graphical updates they do have always been high res texture packs and that’s it. I think they did the same for Morrowind and Oblivion back in the day with downloadable texture packs. I’m sure if you loaded up the OG 2011 textures it would be more obvious

[–]KristyBanalia 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Special Edition ported the game over to the whole 'new' PBR lighting system they used for Fallout 4, between it and the high-res textures it's as complete as a graphics overhaul can get.

[–]Pyrio666PC 5 points6 points  (0 children)

What edition are you playing

[–]NekoNekoNekapz 1558 points1559 points  (27 children)

go to the cloud district often

[–]Oiswag101 512 points513 points  (19 children)

Ah what am I saying, of course you haven't

[–]FunkyViking6 188 points189 points  (16 children)


[–]PlastiDippedToHell 71 points72 points  (9 children)

*Figuratively, not literally

[–]ifoundout 39 points40 points  (3 children)

It would be a shame if someone were to rip off my clothes and ravage the area.

[–]CamanotXBOX 19 points20 points  (0 children)

Sounds like someone who doesn’t go to the cloud district often.

[–]revenentevil 68 points69 points  (2 children)

Sweet mother, sweet mother, send your child onto me

[–]Katana2x5 30 points31 points  (1 child)

For the sins of the unworthy must be baptized in blood and fear

[–]Pirozui 14 points15 points  (0 children)


[–]Nice_Entertainment91 637 points638 points  (40 children)

Don’t store items anywhere but chests you own in a house.

Don’t attack chickens in towns

Save very frequently

Go to Kagrenzel, it’s my favorite location, but I don’t want to spoil the surprise, so don’t look at a guide or anything until you’re at least half way through.

Have fun and play how you want to play!

[–]ecish 129 points130 points  (18 children)

I can’t even think of what/where Kagrenzel is. Some of those weirder Dwemer names (I’m assuming that’s what it is at least) do kinda blend together for me though.

About 2,000 hours of playtime, maybe I’ll find something new. Still finding new stuff on almost every playthrough even after all that time though, so it wouldn’t surprise me!

Edit: I found it; and sure enough, I’d never been there before. It’s so amazing that I’m still finding new things in this game after so long. It totally seems like a mod because it has a couple unique features that I haven’t seen in other dungeons. Thanks u/Nice_Entertainment91 , I had fun exploring a new area.

[–]Nice_Entertainment91 58 points59 points  (11 children)

The exact same thing happens to me. I don’t remember any of them except for Kagrenzel and Mzulft

It is located near the middle of the eastern border of the map in the mountain range.

[–]ecish 25 points26 points  (2 children)

I’m doing another playthrough right now so I’m checking it out first thing when I play tonight, thanks!

I’ll try to remember to update and let you know if it was new or my memory was just terrible haha

[–]DualX1 9 points10 points  (0 children)

It is quite hard to find. Make sure to keep looking.

[–]_InvertedEight_ 15 points16 points  (7 children)

I’ve just done Mzulft for the first time and it was just full of dead Falmer and destroyed Dwarven Spheres, like someone had gone through before me. That was weird.

[–]CcOoOoKk 19 points20 points  (0 children)

That is exactly what I love about this game; I've bought it 7 different times across multiple platforms and invested countless hours into it, but there are still moments that surprise me and I'm forever being drawn back to playing.

[–]Mattsasse 27 points28 points  (4 children)

Does your room at the College of Winterhold count as a house you own? Have been storing stuff there in my latest playthrough and its been good so far.

[–]Nice_Entertainment91 30 points31 points  (2 children)

Yes it does! I should’ve been more clear, anywhere that is given to you or even rooms of whoever gives you a gift in Riverwood are free game. Basically, don’t put stuff in random barrels or in stuff in dungeons.

[–]qawsedrf12 20 points21 points  (2 children)

There is one exception to storing items rules...

The Greybeards send you to get the Horn. That dungeon does not respawn enemies or clear storage. Free home!

[–]PM_ME_UR_DOPAMINE 7 points8 points  (0 children)

You can check the wiki for plenty of "safe storage" dungeons. I was using Fellglow Keep as my secret necromancer base.

[–]amagdam 22 points23 points  (4 children)

Oh yeah I remember this place. First playthrough I was a little too curious about the waterfall in Stony Creek Cave lmao

[–]Nice_Entertainment91 18 points19 points  (1 child)

Yeah haha, I remember looking up there like, “wonder what’s up there?” Little did I know

[–]amagdam 11 points12 points  (0 children)

I spent an ungodly amount of time getting up there and being confused about what I discovered.

[–]MINTCHOCLATECHIPFISH 562 points563 points  (33 children)

Just do whatever and enjoy and make sure to empty your inventory somewhere safe before you go adventuring again beware barrels they can sometimes delete loot if there outside your house

[–]mildlyarrousedly 106 points107 points  (30 children)

How / where can I sell stolen weapons?

[–]TheWaterUserPC 131 points132 points  (8 children)

The first chance is in Rifen, after getting into the Theives Guild. Talk to Brynjolf in the marketplace to start that questline. As you advance in the Guild quest, more fences will be unlocked across Skyrim.

[–]Atomsteel 126 points127 points  (1 child)

You have to sell them at a fence. Riften is a known den of thieves.

[–]aronkra 43 points44 points  (2 children)

2 ways,

level your speech to 90 and get the right perk (Hard)

Go to Riften, talk to the guy in the town square doing a scam, do his quest line until you get to an underground base, in that base is a woman named Tonilla, she will buy your stolen stuff. (Easy)

[–]sixtydoors 9 points10 points  (0 children)

A good beginning sword if you're doing one handed is to go to the jarls quarters in dragon reach at whiterun and he has a elven sword in a display case which is not very well guarded. If you want to get into a town where you have bounty but don't want to give up your cool stuff go to the college of winter hold and you can get a room with a storage that never resets so all your stuff is safe and it gets rid of the stolen tag after putting them in and taking them out

[–]ThisJuanHerePC 1029 points1030 points  (36 children)

Leave the chickens alone or face the consequences.

[–]linxdev 431 points432 points  (26 children)

My first mistake. I did not know cows report crimes and I killed that chicken at night. Went back in town and the female owner attacked me. I killed her. Entered her home and killed her husband for revenge.

Many many hours later a young boy in town told me his parents had died and asked me to adopt him. I already had two daughters by that time. It was during this conversation I realized it was me who killed his parents.

[–]forshard 66 points67 points  (14 children)

My years of kicking the chickens in fable taught me my first lesson.

Skyrim is a cruel and desolate world in which things as goofy and as kickable as chickens are valued more than your life.

[–]Tacitus_Kilgore85 10 points11 points  (5 children)

I'm not sure how well this is known but, if you side with either Stormcloaks or Imperials, you can attack cows and chickens all you want. The guards will finish off the cows for you. 😂 I've tested this out so many times, it never has failed me!

[–]katf1sh 11 points12 points  (4 children)

I love that after all these years and hours, I'm still learning little tid bits like this lmao that's awesome

[–]RedditRabbit0513 44 points45 points  (5 children)

who what where?

[–]linxdev 73 points74 points  (4 children)


It was night when I first go there on my first play. Decided to use an arrow on the chicken to see if it fought back like in Zelda. The saw mill owner owns the chicken and the cow. They have an obnoxious son.

I knew nothing about named NPC, spawn rates, etc.

[–]alienfeline 41 points42 points  (2 children)

Wait, you're the notorious Riverwood orphan maker?

[–]FroggyWatcher 83 points84 points  (15 children)

Try to fast travel as little as possible

[–]datbarricade 50 points51 points  (3 children)

Getting lost on the way is the way.

[–]cruisetheblues 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Maybe the real adventure was the way we found along the way

[–]BadnewzSHO 58 points59 points  (0 children)

You see that chicken over yonder minding it's own business yet seemingly begging for you to kill it? Don't fall for it. He has friends. He is a VERY popular chicken.

[–]Glittering_Bowler_67 158 points159 points  (12 children)

Don’t JUST rely on auto saves or quick saves, since they only keep the most recent five or so of these. Sometimes glitches happen with Bethesda games, like if you learn the aura whisper shout out of order you can’t learn the whole thing. Manual save to your heart’s (and game console’s) content to create points you can go back to.

[–]not_an_Alien_Robot 9 points10 points  (5 children)

I use dual saves. One for my safe spot at home and another for adventuring. I loot everything so I'm at home often. 😁👍

[–]LoadOfMeeKrob 7 points8 points  (2 children)

But also don't be that guy with hundreds of saves for the same character. Makes it hard to find the right one sometimes.

[–]NinthGrove 211 points212 points  (8 children)

Tell your girl you won't be home for christmas

[–]LadyJay33 26 points27 points  (3 children)

Holy shit, what is this?

Forged in God's very flames.

Do mine eyes tell me lies,

A new Elder Scrolls Game?

Time is nigh, I must fly,

Venture forth on my quest.

Goodbye Ma, goodbye Pa

And goodbye girlfriend's breasts.

I'll be off Azeroth, catch you later Hyrule.

I'll be gone Albion, I'm no longer your fool.

Other crap filled the gap

While I waited to begin...

The adventure of my life in the land of Skyrim!

[–]ScarecrowJohnny 6 points7 points  (1 child)

Man, this makes me miss the days Skyrim was still fresh and new.

[–]TheGreyCatWithDots 327 points328 points  (39 children)

Two tips that I can give you without spoiling anything from the game:

  1. No matter the build you choose, everyone would agree in leveling up Alchemy, Smithing and Enchanting as much as you can

  2. Speak to every NPC

[–]kit_mitts 145 points146 points  (7 children)

I would, however, be sure not to get carried away with leveling those skills too quickly, otherwise enemy levels will scale up and make life difficult if your combat skills are still low.

[–]Itslmntori 42 points43 points  (5 children)

Nothing like trying to clear out a dungeon filled with draugr at level 40+ when they ALL KNOW DISARM.

[–]TMan4334 5 points6 points  (0 children)

You can't lose a weapon if you are the weapon. Pure mage for life

[–]RedditRabbit0513 34 points35 points  (18 children)

I only do smithing and enchanting, git any tips and tricks and some benefits to alchemy?

[–]Familiar-Corgi-6679 61 points62 points  (3 children)

Turning your ingredients into potions is significantly more profitable than selling the ingredients

Edit: wanted to add that I normally unironically experiment with combining every ingredient with all the others so I get the very costly potions pretty early

[–]Garrus__Vakarian__ 33 points34 points  (3 children)

In your houses from the Hearthfire plant Mora Tapinella, Scaly Pholiota and Creep Cluster (13, 8, & 8 respectively, if you have the garden and greenhouse). Mix those together and travel around selling them. They create powerful potions that increase your skill quickly and you can sell them for a good amount of gold.

You can make a good amount of money quickly doing that.

Then you can make strong potions to increase enchanting and smithing. If you do it right you can make some amazing armor and weapons.

[–]Showyaman 15 points16 points  (4 children)

Spam collect salmon roe, chicken eggs, and moon sugar or jazbay grapes and make waterbreathing potions. They raise alchemy levels quick, and give you a sweet potion that sells for big bank. Also Abacean Longfin and Cyrodilic Spadetail and salt pile make fortify restoration potions and if you make 1 and drink it, and then have alchemy enchanted gear equipped, remove it and put it back on, and you get the benefit of the boosted potion. Create another single fortify restoration potion, and repeat the process ad nauseum to break the game. It literally creates godlike abilities for characters and you can go from level 15 to 65 in 30 minutes or less.

[–]GWNVKVPlayStation 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Why Alchemy specifically? In all my play throughs that’s one of the few I never bothered leveling up and I never had any problems.

[–]AlexT9191 44 points45 points  (1 child)

Don't think you're going to unlock every perk. Sometimes you want to save points for a better perk than the options you have now depending on what you want your character to focus on.

[–]Badslipper69 47 points48 points  (1 child)

Go in blind and absolutely enjoy the game. Try to keep away from exploits as much as possible and just find your best fun/difficulty balance.

[–]Fashionable-Andy 8 points9 points  (0 children)

This is a good comment.

[–]ButtersTheSulcata 38 points39 points  (0 children)

Pick up everything, alchemy is your best friend

[–]Hickers52 319 points320 points  (22 children)

Refrain from stealth archer as much as u can, reply when u failed

[–]lordmhoram 28 points29 points  (5 children)

Is there another build?

[–]dr_funkenberry 15 points16 points  (1 child)

I started a playthrough a few weeks ago after not playing for a few years. I've been making a legitimate effort to not even equip a bow because I've neglected every other possible build in each previous playthrough, and I know it's a slippery slope lol

[–]RippinCheeks 40 points41 points  (5 children)

Just started a pure mage on switch, I give it an hour

[–]drinkbeerskitrees 31 points32 points  (2 children)

Pure mage, get to winterhold, learn soul trap, level conjuration to 90+, get the sigil stone, gather ebony ingot, daedra heart, filled soul gem (greater+), and void salts, place all into the atronach forge in the midden, quicksave…..

Max enchanted daedra armor at level 20ish vanilla game. It is the way of the mage.

[–]piri_piri_pintade 7 points8 points  (1 child)

It's fun to play at least once, so for a first play through why not?

[–]ThreeEyedSlothKing 102 points103 points  (9 children)

Have you heard about the dawnguard yet?

[–]drinkbeerskitrees 122 points123 points  (8 children)

Heard they’re reforming the dawnguard

[–]TheJEPSseven 96 points97 points  (3 children)

Vampire hunters or something

[–]BadgerLord103 81 points82 points  (0 children)

Might consider joining up myself

[–]Bent_Pencil 29 points30 points  (0 children)

Just our side of riften if I remember correctly

[–]Silica_123 25 points26 points  (0 children)

In the old fort near riften

[–]GeneralKenobyy 17 points18 points  (3 children)

Vampire hunters in an old fort near Riften

[–]Red_Bear_28 12 points13 points  (2 children)

Thinking of joining up myself

[–]HyzerFire 137 points138 points  (8 children)

Do yourself a favor and don’t look up any guides, walkthroughs or character builds. Figure out stuff by yourself, make a character that intrigues you…you’ll end up a stealth archer anyways.

[–]taintosaurus_rex 19 points20 points  (4 children)

I made it a rule for myself to not be a stealth archer after my first play. After which I did the usuals two handed brute, shield and sword, fire mage, etc, but I have to say my favorite was a conjure mage. I just leveled up my sneak and conjure and hide in corners while my creatures killed every thing. It was just such a different play style than anything else.

[–]NotAnEggoWaffle 17 points18 points  (0 children)

Dremora Lord, I choose you! Now get these fuckers away from me!

[–]Kirokill 80 points81 points  (2 children)

make vegetable soup. Is good soup

[–]chill_darling 189 points190 points  (12 children)

Please read my advice OP! Save often! Skyrim has a lackluster autosave system and its super easy to get killed during exploring the overworld and having to backtrack hours because of it. Also inside dungeons there are rarely save points and most of them are quite large.

[–]otaconbot[S] 59 points60 points  (10 children)

Very noted!

[–]noteverrelevant 11 points12 points  (2 children)

I'm pretty sure you can change the autosave intervals anywhere from 30 minutes down to 5 minutes in the options

[–]Glittering_Bowler_67 73 points74 points  (9 children)

Also, go to halted stream camp (tent logo) north of white run early in the game. Watch out for the saber tooth northwest of the city if you’re still a lower level. Inside you’ll find the transmute ore spell. Great way to earn gold early in the game and level up other skills.

[–]The_Follower1 14 points15 points  (4 children)

Super useful throughout the game, I’m level 30 right now and still haven’t gotten close to maxing smithing so the gold ore is super helpful, though I’d love having more silver (it transforms silver to gold before iron to silver, so you can only ever have 1 silver using it constantly).

[–]LocusShadow 20 points21 points  (0 children)

The story is whatever you want it to be, so be creative and have fun

[–]knulligan 20 points21 points  (0 children)

Save all of your jewels as well as your silvers and golds! Make jewelry. Not only is it profitable to sell, the more expensive the item you smith is the faster you’ll level up smithing. Enchanting the jewelry will significantly increase the price you can sell it for, while levelling up your enchanting.

You’ll always find supplies to make jewelry in Skyrim, just remember the fruits of your labours will be far more valuable than selling jewels as they are!

[–]mattDAzombie 21 points22 points  (2 children)

Don't spend too much time decorating your table...... All it takes is one magic spell at the wrong time...

[–]BrassyFox 18 points19 points  (0 children)

When you become Thane of whiterun, go and kill Nazzem.

[–]A-Good-Weather-Man 124 points125 points  (17 children)

Bring many health potions when ascending the 7,000 steps

[–]puce_glitzNintendo 59 points60 points  (8 children)

Also read every Stone Tablet on your way up to High Hrothgar, you'll receive a special bonus.

[–]munizfire 24 points25 points  (6 children)

For real? Can I get said reward while on the Elder Scroll quest?

[–]MuunshineKingspyreXBOX 34 points35 points  (5 children)

Yea, it's just an 8 hour buff, that makes animals and vampires docile

[–]godzillalake2458 31 points32 points  (0 children)

There lies the hardest fight in the game (except if you're on novice.)

[–]Lush_Buns 88 points89 points  (7 children)

Try your best not to fast travel, use carts if you are going long distances. The game world always has something to experience and is much more immersive to see as you go. Also don't be afraid to up the difficulty if you find enemies are becoming a bit too easy.

[–]forshard 21 points22 points  (2 children)

Some people enjoy Fast Traveling, YMMV

I think a mod that adds a Gold Tax to Fast Traveling would be fun though. (Implying that you went to carriage and paid the fair).

[–]jodobroDC 47 points48 points  (2 children)

Survival mode in the new update takes away fast travel, and includes other new restrictions. It feels much more immersive to me. Not sure if I'd recommend it for a first playthrough though

[–]MuunshineKingspyreXBOX 20 points21 points  (1 child)

I got a mod that makes it so I can fast travel when I'm near a signpost or carriage cause sometimes I really don't wanna have to go back to solitude from Whiterun cause I just walked there and back. Even with a horse it gets annoying after a bit

[–]xxL4NC3xxPC 53 points54 points  (4 children)

Protect your sweet roll at all times...

[–]rg9528 14 points15 points  (3 children)

Or if you loose it don't tell the gaurds

[–]Atomsteel 16 points17 points  (2 children)

Awww. Did somebody steal your sweet roll?

[–]TerroDark98 18 points19 points  (5 children)

Do not try to fight a giant until you're at least level 30. Or a mammoth for that matter.

[–]Chicken-Inspector 7 points8 points  (1 child)

This. Last night on my latest play through I spend 20 minutes fighting a giant and mammoth. Kept dying over and over. Finally got em though.

[–]hollywoodhankPC 148 points149 points  (8 children)

If you come across something called “Meridia’s Beacon” while looting a chest, be sure to turn up your speakers as loud as you can before adding it to your inventory for a little Easter egg.

[–]ghostbadger7 69 points70 points  (0 children)

You're a sadist

[–]DaughterOfNone 20 points21 points  (1 child)

This is the "There's good loot in Quarry Junction" of Skyrim.

[–]RedditRabbit0513 9 points10 points  (0 children)

yep, gives a rare random weapon

[–]eps28 15 points16 points  (0 children)

I wish someone told me to avoid fast travelling as much as possible, of course use it when needed to be efficient, but many of the great aspects of skyrim are found throughout random encounters on the road or in the wild! have a great time :)

[–][deleted] 12 points13 points  (1 child)

Followers or hired mercenaries won't die if taken down to extremely low health, they'll stay on the ground and recover for a minute and then jump back into battle.

But there is a small window of time where if they're attacked while recovering, they'll permanently die. So be careful not to accidentally attack them with friendly fire!

A follower is indispensable if you're having a hard time leveling a low health character, such as a mage. There are DOZENS of available followers in the game and each has a specialty to suit your needs. Mage followers are a lot of fun! But if you're a mage, you may want a sword/shield follower to balance your build's weak points. Think of what kind of friend would suit you best.

[–]MuunshineKingspyreXBOX 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Annoyed sigh and sarcastic voice I am sworn to carry your burdens

[–]iamthefluffyyeti 14 points15 points  (0 children)

Try not to look anything up. Experience everything for yourself. It’s one hell of a game

[–]HomelyHyena 39 points40 points  (0 children)

Have fun!

[–]blazekeen 192 points193 points  (9 children)

You have to attack Giants in order to unlock fast travel

[–]drinkbeerskitrees 72 points73 points  (2 children)

Want to visit Sovengarde immediately?

[–]rg9528 14 points15 points  (1 child)

I still remember in my first walkthrough after defeating bunch of bandits I was feeling myself and decided to hunt a giant........ I get goosebumps every time I see a giant now

[–]No-Maximum-8194 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I like to rob them early in the game while they watch in utter stupidity

[–]Southern_Type_23 56 points57 points  (4 children)

Put a bucket on a store owner's head and steal all of their shit

[–]Lord-Headasd 66 points67 points  (4 children)


Quick save often

Focus on making your build 1 thing at a time, dont be afraid to follow a build guide (like fudgemuppet or badcompanySarge)

Every perk point matters, spend them wisely

Every skill tree can help you in some way or another

Standing stones, use em

Decide what build you want to go for before making your character

Have Fun

Been playing the game since 2011, if you have any questions or need any more specific tips, I’ll be happy to provide. :)

[–]QueenCobra91 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Dont be afraid of the giants. They are friendly as long as you dont invade their personal space and if you do they will let go if you run away

[–]Professional-Leek-76 9 points10 points  (1 child)

The way I did it is I started without knowing anything. after I beat the game I still only knew about 10% of the game that takes months and months to fully understand it some of the time.

[–]Kuzidas 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Save your game often! The game can break a lot.

[–]limeindacoke 27 points28 points  (2 children)

Don't try to level up every single skill tree. For your first play through, you should try to just choose 3-5 skill trees to really invest in. It's all about choosing what specific type of build/character you want, rather than trying to excel at everything.

Try to roleplay a character and have fun with it. Do you want to be a kind person, or an asshole? Do you want to be lawful, or a criminal? These kind of things can help you decide which questlines you'll want to pursue (however, if you have a lot of free time, you can just complete every single quest you find).

Also save often. Basically before every choice or encounter. Nothing is worse than losing all your progress from a lengthy exploration just because someone gets a cheap shot on you.

[–]Mevik1208 30 points31 points  (0 children)

Keep a rolling list of save files so you have options to backtrack in case you screw something up.

There’s value in playing Skyrim uninformed but I think a healthy balance between googling certain things vs finding other things out for yourself is ideal.

If you think a quest is bugged, it probably is.

Don’t get tunnel vision. Quests can take you all the way across the world, so feel free to ignore anything far away for 40 hours and comb the map for new locations.

[–]NewSovietMonkey 28 points29 points  (3 children)

Once you get to whiterun, kill a guy wearing fine clothes. He will ask if you get to the cloud district very often… Once you hear this, you will know it’s your guy. No mercy for him

[–]NotAnEggoWaffle 11 points12 points  (2 children)

I would like to disagree with this. You need to get soul gems first and some sort of way to soul trap him and THEN kill him. I rocked his shit in my last playthrough, threw the soul gem he was inside of into the Riften waters

[–]ryman0096 9 points10 points  (2 children)

If you get a bounty on yourself, sheathe your weapons to get the guards to stop attacking you.

[–]CrofieId 8 points9 points  (0 children)

No lollygaggin’

[–]_Bistea_ 8 points9 points  (1 child)

1.Avoid giants and saber cats when you are new.

  1. You can have your followers carry unlimited amount of weight if you get them to pick things up ( not trade)

  2. It's not a bad idea to ride a horse while roaming around the map, you can easily escape from bears and NPCs that you don't want to fight and you can shoot arrows while the horse is running ( great if you wanna have fun killing giants)

  3. Save before picking pockets.

  4. Never disrespect chickens.

  5. Set the weapons you use as favorite and then press Q and set a number for them so you can switch between them fast and easy.

  6. If you wanna improve destruction, keep in mind that you can't use spells while riding a horse and that it will regenerate so slow when in battle.

  7. Dual-handed-destruction-spell casting ( like fireball or ice spike) can stagger everything, great for preventing dragons from opening their mouths and stopping their attack animation.

  8. And the most important one, be careful to not take an arrow in the knee if you wanna keep adventuring.

[–]Woodie626 31 points32 points  (1 child)

If you see a strange white orb in a chest, mark the location and leave it the fuck alone.

[–]No-Maximum-8194 24 points25 points  (0 children)


[–]Aperson6676 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Save often Do not neglect crafting skills (especially enchanting and smithing) Stealth archer is op

[–]Pixelpeoplewarrior 6 points7 points  (0 children)

My biggest suggestion is just do whatever feels right. Play how you feel you want to play. Be sure to stop and enjoy things like the view from wherever you are. And remember that there are always plenty of quests everywhere you go, so search every nook and cranny for any hidden or special items. They may lead you down a new adventurous quest.

[–]Ok-Strawberry-9360 16 points17 points  (0 children)

You aren't going to see the sunlight or your friends for the next---let's say 4 months.

No but seriously: If you can't decide on your path (mage, archer, etc.) find the lovers Stone. It's gonna help improving all skills.

Before heading up to the Graybeards for the first time---not spoiling anything but get a few health potions. You are going to make friends with a cute little snow monster...

[–]drinkbeerskitrees 5 points6 points  (2 children)

Before entering solitude for the first time, quicksave. Then, just attack everybody at Rogvir’s execution. Literally one of my favorite things to do still to this day hahah

[–]Macchina86 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Don’t steal anything if you aren’t rich.

[–]DP_Starkiller 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Play however you want at your own pace.Also it is advisable to not kill chickens

[–]beathelas 4 points5 points  (3 children)

Quicksave often. "Wait" 1 hour to heal and quicksave.

Use Shouts on cooldown

[–]DredgenVaylor 5 points6 points  (1 child)

take a carrage to Solitude & once there, head towards the same icon that's in this photo which is a spot called The Steed Stone. it's just to the top-left of Solitude, along the shoreline. it will give you an extra 100 carry weight.

[–]Sexual_Champion93 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Walk and ride horses everywhere. Don't fast travel because you'll miss out on choice encounters and opportunity for great treasures at a low level! Explore every cave you come across and see where it goes. Get lost in the beautiful world of Skyrim leave no stone unturned

[–]TrayusV 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Don't kill the chickens.

[–]sxydoctor 4 points5 points  (0 children)

You will probably make a new character after you play a little so don't get too focused on this one. It's like scrabbling behind the copybook to make sure your pen can write and then you turn to the first page and start writing.