The release of Skyrim Anniversary Edition marks the ten-year birthday of one of the most celebrated RPGs of all time. A decade is a long time for any game to last, yet somehow Skyrim still feels as fresh as it did on its initial release all the way back on November 11, 2011. It's no wonder that Skyrim is also one of the most re-released RPGs of all time, too.
Over the last ten years, Skyrim has seen a lot of updates and additions which make it a very replayable game. This collection of Skyrim tips and guides covers almost everything in the game including crafting, quests, and builds ranging from beginner tutorials to tips that even the most knowledgable Skyrim experts might not know.
Updated November 24, 2021 by Erik Petrovich: This Complete Guide to Skyrim has been updated to include a variety of guides related to Creation Club and new Anniversary Edition addons. While Anniversary Edition contains a variety of its own completely unique never-before-seen addons, everything in the Creation Club is also included with the upgrade. Look for guides to the new unique Anniversary Edition and Creation Club content in a new section. A variety of other sections now include a number of additional guides not related to Anniversary Edition content, too.
Getting Started – Beginner Tips
Compared to many fantasy RPGs on the market (and certainly compared to previous Elder Scrolls titles), Skyrim is a relatively easy game to get into. Players stepping into the world of Tamriel for the first time get a basic introduction to the game and its mechanics after the cart ride to Helgen, but there's plenty of things the game doesn't fully explain when starting out.
- Things You Didn't Know You Could Do In Skyrim
- Skyrim: Tips To Get Off To A Good Start As A Beginner
- Mistakes Everyone Makes On Their First Playthrough Of Skyrim
- Things We Wish We Knew Before Playing Skyrim For The First Time
- The Best Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Quests To Do Early
- Skyrim Anniversary Edition: Beginner Tips For Survival Mode You Need To Know
New Skyrim Anniversary Edition Content
Skyrim Anniversary Edition, released on the 10th birthday of Skyrim, includes every single Creation Club element alongside 26 of its own unique addons, ranging from new questlines to new homes and much, much more. The following is a collection of guides for new content introduced with Anniversary Edition, including new unique items, new mechanics like Fishing and Horse Taming, and a few guides for new questlines and expansion-like addons included with the upgrade such as The Cause and Ghosts of the Tribunal.
- Skyrim: Every New Rare Curios Item (And What They Do)
- Skyrim: Every New Player Home in Anniversary Edition (And How To Get Them)
- Skyrim: How To Tame Wild Horses (And Where To Find Them)
- Skyrim: Complete Guide To Survival Mode and Camping
- Skyrim: Complete Guide To Fishing
- Skyrim: Everything You Should Know About The Cause
- Skyrim: Everything You Should Know About Forgotten Seasons
- Skyrim: Everything You Should Know About Saints And Seducers
- Skyrim: Everything You Should Know About Ghosts Of The Tribunal
- Skyrim: Every New Unique Armor In Anniversary Edition (And Where To Find Them)
- Skyrim: Every New Unique Weapon In Anniversary Edition (And Where To Find Them)
- Skyrim: Every Alternate Armor in Anniversary Edition (And How To Get Them)
Followers & Factions
Skyrim offers players a wide range of followers to accompany them on their travels, as well as factions to join that affect the story's progression. Followers can be combat-oriented, made to carry gear and fight for the player, or married, where they typically maintain the homestead and allow the player to have a family. While there is no Fighter's Guild or Mage's Guild in Skyrim, other similar factions take their place in addition to a variety of new causes the player can join.
- Skyrim: All Joinable Factions, Ranked From Worst To Best
- Skyrim: Best Followers In The Game, Ranked
- Skyrim's Most Memorable Companions
- Skyrim: Best Husbands In The Game (& How To Marry Them)
- Skyrim: Best Wives & How To Marry Them
Weapons, Armor, and Spells Guides
Weapons and armor in Skyrim are as varied as the races that inhabit it, with hundreds of pieces of gear available for players to find in their journeys across the Nord homeland. Some are found easily through the main questlines, while others require players to complete specific tasks to be acquired. The most unique weapons in the game are even more enigmatic.
- Skyrim: Most Powerful Weapons, Ranked
- Skyrim: Best Common Weapons For Players Who Don't Like Rare Items
- Skyrim: The Best One-Handed Weapons In The Game (& How To Obtain Them)
- Skyrim: The Best Two-Handed Weapons (& Where To Get Them)
- Skyrim: The Best Bows In The Game (& How To Obtain Them)
- Skyrim: The Best Daggers (& Where To Get Them)
- Skyrim: Ways To Never Run Out Of Stamina
- Skyrim: Best Common Armors That Aren't Legendary Items
- Skyrim: The Best Pieces Of Light Armor (& Where To Get Them)
- Skyrim: The Best Pieces Of Heavy Armor (& Where To Get Them)
- Skyrim: Must-Have Armors For Any Type Of Character
Spells and Shouts
- Skyrim: The Best Shouts In The Game, Ranked
- Skyrim: The Best Staves (& Where To Get Them)
- Skyrim: Best Destruction Spells, Ranked
- Skyrim: Ways To Never Run Out Of Magicka
Alchemy, Enchanting, Smithing, and Beyond
There are three main crafting skills in Skyrim: Alchemy, Enchanting, and Smithing. Each of these skills has an associated skill line to progress through, though there are other types of crafting skills in the game like Cooking, Tanning, Woodcutting, Mining, and Smelting. The Skyrim crafting system is robust, though very different from previous entries in the franchise.
- Skyrim: A Complete Guide To Alchemy
- Skyrim: Tips To Become A Master Of Alchemy
- Skyrim: The Health Potion Recipe & How To Craft It
- Skyrim: Devastating Poisons & How To Make Them
- Skyrim: How To Make An Invisibility Potion
- Skyrim: How To Make A Paralysis Poison
- Skyrim: How To Make A Restore Magicka Potion
- Skyrim: How To Make A Restore Stamina Potion
- Skyrim: Everything You Need To Know About Enchanting
- Skyrim: All Weapon Enchantments, Ranked
- Skyrim: The Best Armor Enchantments, Ranked
- Skyrim: How to Fill Soul Gems
- Skyrim: A Complete Guide To Smithing
- Skyrim - Armor Material Hierarchy Guide
- Skyrim - Weapon Material Hierarchy Guide
- Skyrim: Where To Farm Every Type Of Ore
- Skyrim: How to Get Netch Leather
- Skyrim: How to Get Stalhrim
Other Crafting Skills
- Skyrim: A Complete Guide To All Food
- Skyrim: The Ingredients & Crafting Items You Should Always Pick Up
- Skyrim: How to Get Sawn Logs
Skyrim Builds And Curses
Skyrim prides itself on letting players do just about everything in the game on a single character, though it can be fun to go for a specific build and roleplay in the universe of The Elder Scrolls. Builds in Skyrim vary from cosmetic-only to being utterly game-breaking, but sometimes the only way to get the skills and gear you want is by learning how to level effectively.
- Skyrim: Best Items For A Mage (And How To Get Them)
- Skyrim: Best Items For An Archer (And How To Get Them)
- Skyrim: Best Items For A Thief (And How To Get Them)
- Skyrim: Best Items For An Assassin (And How To Get Them)
- Skyrim: Best Items For A Fighter (And How To Get Them)
Unique Items Guides
There are dozens and dozens of unique items in Skyrim, most of which are given a name to differentiate them from more common equipment. Some unique items can only be acquired by serving a Daedric Prince, some are only found in the game's DLC packs, and others are hidden behind side quests or other out-of-the-way content out in the world.
- Skyrim Guide: How To Get Unique Weapons
- Skyrim: Every Unique Sword In The Game, Ranked Worst To Best
- Skyrim: Every Unique Two-Handed Hammer In The Game, Ranked Worst To Best
- Skyrim: Every Unique Bow In The Game, Ranked Worst To Best
- Skyrim: Best Unique Pieces Of Armor (& Where To Find Them)
- Skyrim: How to Get Dragon Priest Masks & What They Do
Other Unique Items
- Skyrim: Every Black Book (& Where To Find Them)
- Skyrim: Most Useful Daedric Artifacts in the Game
- Skyrim: Best Non-Daedric Items With Unique Enchantments
- Skyrim: The Most Exceedingly Rare Items In The Game
Skyrim Mods and Addons
Skyrim would not have maintained its place in the cultural zeitgeist if not for its dedicated and talented modding community. In fact, almost everything in the Special Edition Creation Club being added officially to the Anniversary Edition was created by fans, not Bethesda. With tens of thousands of mods for Skyrim out there it can be hard to figure out which ones are worth downloading and which ones aren't. Keep in mind, too, that mods not downloaded through the Creation Club or the Steam Workshop must be installed manually.
- Skyrim: A Complete Beginner's Guide To Modding
- The Most Downloaded Skyrim Mods (According To Nexusmods)
- The Best Skyrim Mods, Ranked
- The Weirdest Skyrim Mods Ever
- Skyrim: Amazing Mods That Add Exciting New Areas To Explore
- Skyrim: Quality Of Life Mods We Can't Live Without
- Skyrim: Combat Mods That Make It More Challenging
- Skyrim: The Most Brutal Difficulty Mods, Ranked
Quests, Puzzles, And Locations
There are hundreds, if not thousands, of quests available for players to take on in Skyrim. Though the main questline feels short, the sheer volume of side content and explorable locations makes it one of the most fully realized open-world RPGs ever made. This section is dedicated to helping players figure out puzzles, find unmarked map locations, and decide the best way to take on complex quests.
Quest and Puzzle Guides
- The Toughest Decisions Players Have To Make In Skyrim (& What Happens When You Make Them)
- Skyrim: A Complete Guide To The No Stone Unturned Quest & The Crown Of Barenziah
- Skyrim: A Complete Guide To The Lost To The Ages Quest
- Skyrim: How To Complete "Forbidden Legend"
- Skyrim: Blood On The Ice - A Step By Step Quest Guide
- Skyrim: How To Complete "Arniel's Endeavor"
- Skyrim: Volskygge Puzzle Solution
- Skyrim: Saarthal Puzzle Solution
- Skyrim: Whiterun's Most Interesting Unmarked Locations (& Where To Find Them)
- Skyrim: The Rift's Most Interesting Unmarked Locations (& Where To Find Them)
- Skyrim: The Reach's Most Interesting Unmarked Locations (& Where To Find Them)
- Skyrim: Falkreath Hold's Most Interesting Unmarked Locations (& Where To Find Them)
- Skyrim: Hjaalmarch's Most Interesting Unmarked Locations (& Where To Find Them)
- Skyrim: Eastmarch's Most Interesting Unmarked Locations (& Where To Find Them)
- Skyrim: Winterhold's Most Interesting Unmarked Locations (& Where To Find Them)
- Skyrim: Solstheim's Most Interesting Unmarked Locations (& Where To Find Them)
Advanced Skyrim Tips And Exploits
Skyrim is by no means a new game – while the Anniversary Edition seeks to modernize it significantly, it doesn't change the fact that many have already played hundreds of hours exploring the game. For veteran players returning to Skyrim, it can be more fun to try playing the game in a completely new way – and there are lots of ways to totally break the game (and one's immersion), too.
- Skyrim Special Edition: How To Duplicate Any Item
- Skyrim Special Edition: How To Make One Million Gold At Level One
- Skyrim Special Edition: How To Get One Million Damage
- Skyrim Special Edition: How To Get One Million Armor Rating
- Skyrim Special Edition: How To Get Daedric Gear At Level One
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