It goes without saying that The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim is one of the most legendary games of all time, and one need only look at its legacy to understand why this is the case. Bethesda Studios definitely met the hype — and more — after releasing a title that is widely considered by many to be one of the greatest open-world games of all time.

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The game has been released on pretty much every system imaginable, so more and more gamers are able to try out a game that has attained such critical and commercial acclaim over the past decade. That being said, people who are just trying out an Elder Scrolls game could possibly be overwhelmed with the sheer number of options at their disposal. So, keeping this in mind, here are a few tips for these beginners, so that their start isn't all that rocky.

Updated November 30, 2021, by Ritwik Mitra: Skyrim is one of the most popular open-world games of all time. The game has been re-released over and over again, with people still embarking on some amazing journeys through this brilliant game. Given the sheer number of people who might be trying out this game for the first time, it's obvious that these beginners might make some mistakes at some point. Here are some tips to help beginners get the most out of their first playthrough.

20 Form A Unique Story

skyrim helgen bound hands

Most players in Skyrim might be obsessed with following the most optimum path to their quest, regardless of what their personal preferences are. This can prove to be a detriment to enjoying the game, however.

Instead of worrying about external pressure, players should just play the game as they see fit. Everything from the quests they accomplish to the route they take on the world map should be decided by them only, and anybody else who says otherwise should be ignored.


19 Read Books To Increase Skills

shelves with books from the elder scrolls 5

There are several books present across the world of Skyrim that add to the lore of the game. However, some of these books are more than just entertaining side stories or history lessons.

Some books can go so far as to increase a player's skill as well, which can prove to be a huge help in increasing stats with little to no input. These books are few and far between in the world of Skyrim, and players should try and find as many of these books as possible in order to increase their overall skill levels.

18 Make The Most Of Standing Stones

Thief Stone Skyrim Standing Stones Ranked

There are several Standing Stones present across the world of Skyrim that offer a wide variety of buffs and benefits. It goes without saying that utilizing these stones can be a huge help for players who are just starting out.

Some stones offer passive buffs, while others help players learn skills faster. Each and every one of these perks is useful for beginners who want to ease themselves into the game instead of being constantly killed by the threats they see traversing the lands of Skyrim.

17 Don't Ignore The Main Plot For Too Long

Alduin Flying In The Night Sky

While Skyrim's story might not be its biggest draw at all, that doesn't mean that beginners should ignore it outright. Regardless of the quality of the quest, there's no denying that it allows for some of the more memorable moments in the game.

This makes it important to focus on the main plot whenever possible so that players don't lose sight of what's important. Of course, players have full liberty to do whatever they want, but completely the main questline is recommended so that there's some purpose present in the actions of the player.

16 There's No Need To Abuse The Leveling System

A close-up of a very dark looking Skyrim dragon.

Most beginners might notice tips urging them absolutely destroy the leveling system of Skyrim through Smithing or any other exploit. However, given how the player is bound to increase their levels over time, this act isn't recommended in the slightest.

After all, players should brave the dangers of Skyrim for themselves before gradually leveling up their skills. Slowly putting up a fight against creatures that were absolutely destroying them otherwise is an extremely satisfying moment that shows how far the player has come... and that too on their own merit!

15 Getting Gold Is Top Priority

Skyrim Character in a house of money

The first and foremost thing to be noted in Skyrim is that the player can take and sell pretty much anything at their disposal. Near the start of the game when money is a pressing requirement, it becomes imperative to abuse this system and clear out merchants so that monetary problems don't come in the way of the player's enjoyment.

Whether this is done by looting bandit caves or stealing from innocents, rest assured that the end result will more than makeup for the moral ramifications of the player's actions.

14 Don't Be Reckless

Giant and some Mammoths in Skyrim PS4

That being said, raiding and stealing can only be done to an extent. After a point, the player needs to ensure that they don't end up falling prey to their own greed.

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A great example of this are the Giants. While it might seem tantalizing to take on these massive enemies and loot everything they possess, keep in mind that lower-level players will be wiped out in one shot from these imposing foes.

13 Quicksave Regularly

Draugr Death Overlord in Skyrim

That being said, there's no denying the fact that people should definitely experience everything in Skyrim at least once before settling upon the safest course of action. That is part of the magic, after all.

Make sure to quicksave before heading towards certain doom. This can even include exploring dangerous locations in general, especially at lower levels. There's no greater frustration than losing progress because of a poorly thought-out decision, or a highly challenging enemy ambush that came out of nowhere.

12 Stealth Is One Of The Best Skills

Stealth in Skyrim

Thankfully, not every combat encounter needs to be faced head-on — a player who wants to be silent but deadly can do the same by abusing Skyrim's stealth system.

The fact that most people end up becoming a stealth archer a few hours into their playthrough is a meme for all the right reasons. It's just way easier to wipe out scores of enemies without even revealing oneself.

11 Try Different Combat Styles

Combat in Skyrim

That being said, being a stealth archer isn't the only skill that should be at a player's disposal. Skyrim's combat isn't exactly its most engaging part, so players should try to maximize their fun by utilizing everything in their arsenal.

There are plenty of ways to fight whether it be in the form of dual-wielding weapons or a mix of magic and melee. There's enough diversity in Skyrim to satisfy fans who are hard to please in this department.

10 Explore Every Part Of The Map

Skyrim Official Map Of The Province

Some might argue that exploring Skyrim early on might not be the greatest idea in the world, due to dangerous enemies. However, only by doing this will the player actually grow and fall in love with Skyrim.

Even if there is anything in the world that is level-gated, rest assured that the player will have ample time to come back to these spots. In doing so, they'll discover what they couldn't before.

9 Use Horses To Climb Steep Cliffs

Horse in Skyrim

There are times when players will be exploring the map, only to stumble upon a rather steep terrain. Such areas may simply not be traversable, regardless of how hard people try to jump their way through it.

In these moments, it's better to bring a horse that can traverse these cliffs with greater ease. Just keep in mind that one mistimed jump can lead to the player's doom. This is is why players are better off quicksaving frequently while trying to cross these treacherous steep cliffs.

8 Use (But Don't Abuse) The Fast Travel Mechanic

some dwarven ruins above ground in a rocky hill

Exploring the map can be exhilarating. However, there are times when walking around can prove quite boring after a while.

Thankfully, this boredom can be averted by using the fast travel mechanic to quicken the pace of any main or side quests that the player might be in the middle of. Just remember that Skyrim is still a game that focuses on exploration. Abusing the fast travel mechanic can definitely take away from the overall experience.

7 Be Careful With Sprinting

Player sprinting down a road in Skyrim

While it's great to travel on a horse, most people would be traveling on foot in Skyrim. This makes it imperative to optimize foot travel and avoid getting frustrated with the limited speed of this movement.

There's a simple solution here — sprinting. However, this doesn't mean players should sprint mindlessly. Instead, players should stop their sprints right before the stamina bar depletes so that players can recover their stamina quickly. This allows them to start another sprint without wasting too much time.

6 Use Potions

many different potions on a table.

Potions are the unsung hero of Skyrim. Glugging down one of these concoctions can provide a huge array of useful benefits.

While players might be more than familiar with the restorative Potions, one shouldn't ignore the wealth of other potions. These can help turn the tide of battle or get rid of any other pesky blockades in the player's way.

5 Always Wear The Best Equipment

Guild Masters Armor Set - Skyrim Best Rare Armor

As is the case with any RPG, the loot that the player gets can prove to be infinitely valuable in the world of Skyrim. It vastly improves their chances of surviving a particularly tough encounter.

So, it only goes without saying that players should ideally ensure that they never fall behind the equipment curve and are always decked out for any possible situation. Plus, the player often looks way cooler with upgraded pieces of equipment.

4 Don't Pick Up Everything In Sight

Double Dawnbreakers in Skyrim

As is the case with most RPGs, Skyrim features a weight limit. This can get rather annoying to manage at times. For people who don't want their loot to slow them down at inopportune moments, there's a simple solution.

Players should carefully pick and choose the items that they want to carry around. Not only will this prevent the player from carrying useless items, but it'll also allow them to loot more items in their journeys before getting over-encumbered.

3 Talk To Maramal At The Temple Of Mara To Marry Someone

How To Marry in Skyrim

Skyrim is a place full of opportunities. The Dragonborn can even get married if they wish. However, the process can be slightly confusing for new players. Simply go to the Temple of Mara in Riften and talk to the priest Maramal. After a brief conversation, the player can ask how to get married. Maramal will disclose the details before offering an Amulet of Mara to the player. While wearing this amulet, players can approach certain characters with whom they have a positive disposition, to ask for their hand in marriage.

Players can secure the Amulet of Mara through other means. However, they must have a conversation with Maramal in order to unlock the option for marriage.

2 Complete Every Single Questline Possible

Waking Nightmare Quest from Skyrim

A big part of what makes Skyrim so special is the sheer number of quests the player can get lost in. So, it only goes without saying that the main quest — while important — should not be the priority all the time.

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This is why it's important for players to discover as many side quests as possible to freshen up the overall experience and make it actually seem like they're adventuring across these Nordic lands.

1 Get Mods That Fit In With A Vanilla Experience

Skyrim Mod Nakahara

But of course, it would be impossible to talk about Skyrim without mentioning the whole host of mods that elevate the overall experience to quite an extent.

That being said, keep in mind that some mods can certainly end up changing the overall game just a tad too much for most people's liking. If the player is trying out Skyrim for the first time, it's imperative to not fall off the deep end. Don't download so many mods that the game becomes utterly unrecognizable from what it used to be.

The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim was released on November 11, 2011, and is available on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, and Nintendo Switch.

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