The Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion
This trick requires access to Arcane University, a Chameleon spell, two rings, a necklace/amulet, any two pieces of armor (preferably a helmet and shield; you could use any armor for this, but you may want to enchant them with defensive magic later), five Grand Soul Gems with Grand Souls in them, and 8,000 gold. Go to the Chironasium (enchanting section) in Arcane University. Go to an enchanting stand and enchant the necklace, rings, and armor with a Chameleon spell using the Grand Soul Gems. Each enchantment gives you 20% Chameleon effect, so all five enchantments will make you 100% Chameleon, which is not only invisible but also allows you to attack, steal, open, and pick-up without being revealed. You can now steal from a shop without the shopkeepers doing anything. Your enemies will also just stand still unable to attack, allowing you to go into Sneak mode and attack for 4x to 6x damage, and pickpocket without consequence (except on guards who can catch you if you fail, but still cannot attack you if you resist arrest).
Have two magic Scrolls of the same type; they cannot be stolen. Select the Scroll twice, then drop the item to be duplicated from your inventory. The item must not have any damage. If it is a magical item, it must be fully charged. Exit the inventory screen and collect the duplicated items. Note: Some armor and weapons cannot be duplicated. Additionally, when using this trick, instead of using just two Scrolls you can use any number of the same scroll to get that many more of the desired item. You still only have to select the spell twice. For example, 230 Scrolls results in 230 duplicates. The items can then be sold to make lots of money.
Use the following trick for duplication or a permanent enchantment. You can duplicate a drop-able item, and if that item is equipable with constant effect enchantments you can make them permanent. However, the item once made permanent cannot be re-equipped, but each enchanted item is different. You can use the “Duplicate items” trick to make as many as desired, then sell them. Use the “Duplicate items” trick with a bow an arrows to duplicate the items to make permanent. Equip one of the items you want to make permanent. There must be an unequipped version still in your inventory for this to work. Use the “Duplicate items” trick again; however, drop the unequipped version of the item you have equipped and want to make permanent. The equipped one and the others will drop and you will never be able to equip that item again, but if you check your stats the items bonuses will be permanent. You can duplicate anything that can be dropped, including Grand Soul Gems with Grand Souls captured.
This trick only works with wearable items. Take any wearable item with a magical enchantment that you wish to make permanent and use the “Duplicate items” trick to duplicate it twice so that you have two of that item. Pick up the item and equip one. While you are wearing that item, duplicate the one you are not wearing by at least four. Note: The number of arrows used determines how many copies are made. Both items will drop on the ground in stacks of two. You will now no longer be wearing that item, but will still have its effects. Note: These effects are permanent. Do not attempt this with any item with an effect you may want to remove later, such as Water Walking, Night Eye, etc.
Use the “Duplicate items” trick on a potion of strong health. Repeat the duplication to get the desired amount of potions. Open the inventory screen and go to the strong potion of health, then assign a hotkey to that potion. When you are low on health, just press the hotkey to use a potion. When running low on health potions, repeat the duplication process.
Use the “Duplicate items” trick on a Soul Gem. Pick them all up. When an item is on low charge you can recharge it back to full without wasting money on Soul Gems or having to bother with soul trapping.
Go to the Talos Plaza District of Imperial City and find a house owned by a man named Dorian (Dorian’s House) in the southeast section of the district. Break into his house and find him. When he tells you to leave, kill him. Do not press X to loot him and take all. Instead, take each item individually, finishing with the gold, which will not run out once it hits 8 pieces. Just keep selecting the gold he is carrying and take it. Do this repeatedly, and the number of gold pieces remaining will freeze when it gets down to 8 gold pieces. It will not go any lower, but will just keep giving you as much gold as desired. Note: After you break in and he tells you to get out, talk to him. Go to “Persuade” and bribe him a lot. After that, kill him. He will now have more money to loot, which makes it easier to get more faster.
Note: To get infinite gold from Dorian easier, use the following trick. First, bribe him until you cannot do so anymore. Then, hit him with your weakest weapon, preferably your fists. Then, quickly hold Block and press X to yield to him. Because he is your friend, he will stop fighting. Then, talk to him again. His relationship will have dropped because you hit him, allowing you to bribe him more. Make sure you do not hit him too much or he will run away. Once his health gets low, the guards will probably charge you. After spending your time or paying them, go back to his house. His health will still be low from your attacks. Wait exactly 24 hours and his health will be reset. Repeat the entire process to get the desired amount of gold. Once you select the money from his pocket it will not go away, leaving you with unlimited money.
Go to the Talos Plaza District of Imperial City and find Dorian in his house. Talk to him and select the Speechcraft icon to learn that he likes Boast and Coerce and dislikes Admire and Joke. Instead of making him like you, make him hate you. Bribe him until around 60, then make him hate you. Keep repeating this as long as desired. Note: The more you do this, the quicker it will be to increase your money. Kill him but do not let him run, etc. or he will contact the guards. Search him and take all his possessions except for his money. Exit the search screen and re-enter it. Then, keep pressing X on his money to retake it without it disappearing.
This trick requires a horse and an expensive weapon, the more expensive the better. Get on your horse and fast travel to Kvatch. Once there, equip your most expensive weapon and travel until you find a little camp with citizens around on the road to Kvatch. Talk to the female Orc merchant while on your horse and sell her your equipped sword. The message “You cannot unequip this item” will appear, but it will still give you the money. You can do this as many times as desired for 200 GP each time. This only works with your equipped sword; any other items will be sold as usual.
Become a vampire, then seek the Mages Guild help in Arcane University. You will be sent to Skingard to talk to the count. The count will tell you who to seek out in order to get the cure. Complete this quest, and after giving the Counts’ wife the potion, he will want to wait a day before he will talk to you again. After that day, when you talk to him he will reward you with 500 gold. However, you can keep talking to him and selecting “Reward” each time. You will be given 500 gold each time you talk to him, even if you leave and come back. Repeat this as many times as desired to get an unlimited amount of gold. Note: When you do go back make sure you select his room lock and bribe him fully so that the guards do not get called. Also, complete this task before the mage’s second or third task because after that the Count of Skingard will not talk to you.
When a woman approaches you in the Imperial City and asks you to see a man, go to this house. He will tell you that he and his group are vampire hunters. Follow the Virtuous Order quest line and you will find out the man you are hunting is not a vampire. Do not kill him. Talk to him and he will say that the man that sent you is actually the vampire. Go to the bookstore. The man will tell you about a cave. Travel there and kill all the vampires and take their vampire dust. Once you have killed the main vampire, return to the Imperial City. You will be rewarded with a ring, but he will also tell you that the order will compensate you for every vampire that you kill. All you need for proof is vampire dust. Use the “Duplicate items” trick on the vampire dust to get as many as desired. Keep talking to the man about vampires and he will keep rewarding you as long as you have enough vampire dust. This results in 250 gold for each vampire dust you have.
Use the “Duplicate items” trick inside a store. Make sure the item you duplicate is worth a lot of gold. Sell all but one of the item that was duplicated, then repeat the process as many times as desired. It is possible to make up to 50,000 gold in a few minutes.
This trick requires a Black Bow, a Bow, and two different kinds of Bows (for example Steel and Iron). Also, the “Knight Of The White Stallion” quest must have been successfully completed by talking to the male in the castle of Leyawijn. After completing the quest, you can sell your Black Bow to the male in the castle of Leyawijn. He is one of the court. Every bow will give you 100 gold. Save your game because if you hit the male by accident the guards will attack you. Stand next to the male so that you can speak with him. Use the “Duplicate items” trick to duplicate your bow next to the male (when he is sitting in his throne). Pick up all the duplicated bows. When he says that you are over numbered you can continue picking up more bows. After picking up every bow, throw one on the ground (to make sure you do not sell all of your bows). Speak with the male and sell your bows. When you choose one time for yes, you can continue by pressing X. It is possible to sell 125 bows for 12,500 gold in five minutes.
Go to the Bloodworks in the arena and find the gladiator that is practicing with his bow on a target. Stand close by him and when there are five to ten arrows in the target, take them before he does. He will just continue shooting when you move out of the way. This is an unlimited source of iron arrows, which can be sold to almost any merchant and therefore also makes an unlimited source of gold.
Go outside of the Inn Of Ill Omen where the man is practicing his archery. He is using steel arrows. Go in front of him and pick up the arrows. He will not hit you and just wait until you move out of his way. You will not get into trouble with the guards. Repeat this as many times as desired.
A quick way to get gold without stealing or fighting for it is to join a guild. When you join a guild you will have access to a number of guild halls all over Tamriel. You can pick up nearly any item in the various guilds without making it a crime, and without labeling your items as stolen. By doing this you can just loot the guild halls and sell them to the closest merchant for an easy profit.
Defeat Caminalda on the Anvil Recommendation quest for the mages guild, then search her body for gold and her room key for the inn. Use her room key on the upper door in the inn. You will find a treasure chest in the back of the room. Open the unlocked chest to get all the gold inside.
This trick requires that your character has a major skill of Sneak and either Destruction or Alteration. If your skills are Sneak and Destruction, gain access to Arcane University. Go to the area to make spells. Make a Drain Health spell that is set to “Self” and only uses 1 Magicka. Then, go upstairs. Go into Sneak mode and just run into the wall without stopping. Activate the magic spell repeatedly to gain levels quickly. Note: When you activate the magic spell it will seem as if it is hurting you, but it is not. If your skills are Sneak and Alteration, go into a room with a container (for example, cupboard, drawers, etc.). Run into the container in Sneak mode and use a “open very easy lock” repeatedly on the container.
Use the following trick for easy experience in Leyawiin (Blade, Blunt, Destruction, Hand-To-Hand, Marksman, and Sneak). Go to Leyawiin and find Rosentia Gallenus’ House. She has four Scamps. You can kill them and more will respawn. Sneak attack with a blade, mace, or hand-to-hand. Then, use a bow and cast fire. Note: If you use your bow, the arrows are hard to get back. If you finish the quest you cannot do this anymore.
Go to Cloud Ruler Temple northwest of Bruma. Walk up the big stairs and you will see two Blades sparing. Stand close to them for a minute and your Blade and Block skills will increase by 2. Note: This can only be done once.
Easy magic skills
Successfully complete all the Mage Guild Recommendation Quests to gain access to Arcane University. Then, buy the cheapest spell you can find for each of the magic based skills (Illusion, Conjuration, Alteration, Mysticism, Restoration, and Destruction). For Destruction, a Drain Spell is recommended. Go to where you make your own spells and select a spell. Make it so you only use up 1 Magicka and the spell is on “Self”. Name the spell and create it. Do this with all the other types of magic based skills then make them all on “Self”, including Destruction. If you used a Drain spell, when you use it on yourself it may appear you took damage but you do not, because you drain it from yourself to yourself. Cast the spells all the time when you are walking around or whenever possible. Your skills will increase quickly without having to wait between spellcastings. Note: This trick will only work if the spells are cast on “Self”. Spells do not count towards experience unless they have an effect on something.
Easy skill bonuses
Successfully complete all the Mage Guild Recommendation Quests to gain access to Arcane University. Then, create a Fortify Skill 100 spell that lasts for a few seconds on-self for Mercantile and/or Armorer. With the Mercantile spell, cast it in front of a merchant, activate them, and you will be able to invest 500 gold at their store without being a Master in Mercantile. In addition, you can drive harder bargains. For Armorer, cast the spell and then equip an Armorer’s Hammer. Your hammer can be used infinitely without being a Master Armorer. You cannot, however, repair magical items without having legitimately reached the Journeyman Armorer level. Similar spells can be created for other attributes and/or skills: Personality and Speechcraft for raising people’s dispositions, Security for picking any lock, etc.
Easy Acrobatics skill
While moving around on foot, just keep jumping instead of walking to your desired location to easily increase your Acrobatics skill.
Easy Alchemy skill
Steal a mortar and pestle. Steal a lot of food items and turn them into potions. It should not take too long to reach the Master level.
Use the “Duplicate items” trick to duplicate two different types of food (such as apples and lettuce or other fruits). Try to get over 100 of each food. Then, use a mortar and pestle to create potions from the food. Repeatedly make potions as quick as possible with the duplicated food. When you run out of food to make the potions, just duplicate some more and repeat the process. It is possible to get your Alchemy skill to Master in ten minutes or less.
Easy Alteration skill
To get quickly increase your Alteration skill, make sure you have these spells: Open Average Lock, Open Easy Lock, and Open Very Easy Lock. Then, find a chest that you would normaly need a key or have to lockpick. Use the opposite spell of the chest. For example, if the chest requires the easy spell, use the very easy spell on it. Make sure you have some Magicka potions or you can just wait an hour every time you exhaust your Magicka supply. In a short period of time you will have leveled your Alteration skill dramaticaly.
Easy Armor skill
There is a woman named Arvena Thelas in the town of Anvil who has four rats in her basement (the same as the first Fighter’s Guild quest). If your level is high enough that rats do not cause you significant damage, you can break into her house, annoy the rats by punching them (or casting drain fatigue spells if your punch is too strong), then letting all four rats attack you while occasionally casting a heal spell. This is also useful for raising your Block skill, and is much easier than repeatedly causing summoned monsters to attack you.
Easy Athletics skill
Get an enchanted amulet, ring, or other item you can enchant with Water Breathing. Make sure it is a constant effect. Equip the item with Water Breathing, then jump in some water. Swim to the bottom, then hold [Up] to keep swimming into the floor. Your Athletics skill will greatly increase in just five minutes.
Easy Conjuration skill
Near the town of Bruna, go east, then southeast. If you reach The Red Ruby Cave you went too far. You will need to go back west slightly. You should see a shrine, that once activated, will give you Conjuration points as well as a temporary bound weapon and/or greaves. You can keep activating the shrine every 24 hours. Wait in front of it for 24 hours, then activate it again. Repeat this as many times as desired.
Easy Hand-To-Hand skill
This trick requires that your character has 100% or more Invisibility or Chameleon. This is done by either enchanting a number of armor, rings, or amulets, or you can enter an Oblivion Gate and keep reloading the game until you find the Sigil Stone that offers Silence and Chameleon. After you get that stone, use the “Duplicate items” trick to instantly enchant your items without having to find Soul Gems and Souls. Once you have Invisibility, go up to a guard and start beating him up using hand-to-hand combat. When he dies, more guards will keep spawning. You can just keep beating on them. You can also find a character that is marked with a crown that will not die, and only becomes unconscious. Because they do not see you, it is not bad. Also, they never die, so you can endlessly beat on them until you master Hand-To-Hand. Your skill increases about every 20 seconds or more, depending on how high your skill level already is.
Go to the Arena district in the Imperial City. Look for two NPCs fighting. Stand close to them for a minute and your Hand-To-Hand skill will increase by 5. Note: This can only be done once.
Easy Sneak skill
An easy way to increase your Sneak skill is to find someone who is sleeping. Find a wall that they are near, then run against the wall while sneaking. As long as no one can see you, your skill will increase until the person wakes. If this happens, wait until night and allow them go back to sleep.
When you have the option to join the Thieves Guild by meeting Armand Christope at the Imperial Water Front garden around 11 p.m., accept his task. He will offer you the option to buy lockpicks, but do not buy any. Go into Sneak mode and get behind him. Not only will you get the lockpicks from him, you can also repeatedly pickpocket him to build up your Sneak skill. He will just tell you to go ahead, and that he does not need it anyway.
After the assassination of Emperor Uriel Septim (during the opening mission), leave the Emperor’s body with one of his guards, Baurus. Walk down the newly revealed “secret” passage, then turn around. You should still be able to see Emperor Septim’s body and part of Baurus. Walk to the nearest corner (to your left), go into Sneak mode, then walk forward to quickly increase your Sneak level.
Join the Dark Brotherhood. When you recieve your first quest to kill Rufio, enter his room and go into Sneak mode. Rufio sleeps for 20 hours a day. Walk around in his room to gain very easy Sneak levels.
Successfully complete the Fighting Arena in the Imperial City and become Grand Champion. Once you collect all your money from the Bloodworks person, go outside. There will be a kid that runs up to you and says that he is your biggest fan and ask if he can follow you around. Select “Yes you may follow me around” and he will go wherever you go. Go to any place that is away from guards and people. Go into Sneak mode and select “Pickpocket” on the kid. You will be brought into his inventory. Exit out of his inventory and do not steal anything. Repeat this by selecting pick pocket and exiting. You will gain Sneak experience very quickly. He does not care if you pickpocket him because he is your “biggest fan”.
While in jail, go into Sneak mode. Move around for awhile to increase your sneak level.
Easy Ebony and Umbra Sword
Go to the Arena and get a few claymores. Then, go directly south of the Imperial Waterfront to a place called the Old Bridge. Move west and follow the road until you reach a ruin that starts with a “V”. Go inside and get past the minor creatures. You will find a girl named Umbra. There is one broken pillar in the room. Use the bench next to it to jump on top of it, then stand at the edge. Use a ranged attack to have her start attacking you. Then, take out the claymore and just start hitting her. She has a lot of health and does a lot of damage — do not fall off the pillar. If done correctly, you will have full Ebony and a great sword without getting touched.
Easy Imperial Arena
Get a bow or some decent spells. Make sure you have at least 30 in Acrobatics. Immediately after the gate drops, run to your right, to where the right gate meets the fence. Jump onto the stone piece that juts out, then jump again to get on top of the little piece sticking out above it. Once on top, turn and fire on your helpless victims. When you have to fight mages or archers, stay on the ground and strafe behind the four central pillars for easy kills.
Once you are a Champion in the Arena, talk to the Grand Champion about his nobility and how he needs proof of his nobility. He will send you on a quest to Crowhaven and give you a key. Use the fast travel system to get to Anvil. You will then need to travel northwest to get to the Crowhaven ruin. Beware of the skeleton archer and skeleton guardian. The archer is easy, but the guardian is not. Just block and strike and you will eventually kill the guardian. Once you get inside the ruin, watch out for wolves. There will be one to the right as you enter. Just follow the path through the ruin, killing the wolves and skeleton archers. When you get to the gate that needs a key, use the key the Grand Champ gave you to unlock it. Walk through the gate and the only monster will be a half naked man with an Elven dagger. Take your time and block and strike twice. Do not underestimate the little dagger. Once he is dead, find the journal and your quest will be updated. When you go out of the gate that you unlocked with the key, there is a door down to your left. Beware, as there are three vampires and one wolf. The vampires will give you a disease. There is not anything special down here, and is an optional area . Exit the ruin and fast travel back to the Arena. Talk to the Grand Championand he will become extremely depressed and not want to live. Challenge him in the arena. Talk to Ysabela about the challenge. Go up to the Arena. Once the gates drop he will charge at you. However, he will not attack you. He will tell you to kill him to put him out of his misery. Hack away at him. Once he dies you will get an Elven longsword and Dwarven shield (heavy). Bring back his Raiment Of Valor to get your own.
Easy lockpick use
While unlocking a door, press Up on a key, then immediately pause the game afterwards. Look at the tab you raised up. If it is mostly up and about to reach the top, resume the game and do it again. If it is mostly half-way or mostly down, resume the game and immediately press X. You should have that tab done. Continue on with the next tab. This might require a few attempts, but after you have done it once it should be easy.
Get the Gray Fox’s mask and put it on. Steal something and wait for the guards to tell you, “Oh, you are the Gray Fox. I’m going to kill you” (or something similar). Select “Resist Arrest”. Then, go to your inventory and take off the mask. Exit the menu, then yield to the guard by holding Block and pressing X to talk to him at the same time. He should walk away. You will not have a bounty, and you will still have the stolen item.
Easy kills with Nord race
Select the Nord as your race and choose The Lover as you star pattern. Get an enemy down a little bit in health, then use The Lover’s star pattern ability to stun them. While they are stunned, hit them with Nordic Frost. This will kill almost all enemies and works well as a finisher.
Enter any store, but do not break in. Find a location where it is dark enough so that when you crouch down, the eye becomes transparent. Then, find items laying around the store (weapons and armor shop) and punch them into the dark corner. Crouch down and pick it up undetected. This is usefull for advancing in the Theives Guild.
If you try and kill important people (for example, counts and leaders of guilds), instead of dying they will become unconscious. There is a way to use this to your advantage. Find someone important in the game and try to kill that person in one shot (a power attack with a sword is recommended). When they fall unconscious, immediately go into Sneak mode and keep trying to steal from them. Eventually it will work. Note: Try to steal from them as fast as possible because if you do it while they are getting up you can get caught. You will have no bounty on your head and no one disliking you any more than they did before.
Easy lockpicks and Sneak level
When you are at Imperial Water Front Garden to join the Thieves Guild, you can steal lockpicks from Armand Christope. After you steal all his lockpicks, if you go to diologue and buy lockpicks that he does not have they will still appear in your inventory. Then, go into Sneak mode and steal back your money. Repeat as many times as desired for free lockpicks and to increase your Sneak level.
When you go on a mission for the Theives Guild, it is much easier to steal keys for all the doors from immobile gaurds or the owner(s) of the place you are robbing after you have leveled up your Sneak skill with the “Easy Sneak level” trick. After you steal the keys you can open nearly every door for the building you are in.
Successfully complete all fifteen of the Daedric quests to get a large stat boost. You can choose any of the three major skill sets; Combat, Guile, or Magic. Each gives you a ten point permanent boost to the related stats and some of the related skills. It is extremely worth it to do the Daedric quests considering all the other good items you will get while doing the quests. You can activate up to fourteen at once if you are at a high enough level. The final quest requires level 21+, and you must have completed all of the other Daedric quests.
Take any desired Sigil Stone and either an already enchanted item or regular item and enchant the item with a Sigil Stone. Then, use the “Duplicate items” trick on it to get a permanent stat boost for whatever the item was meant to increase. Repeat this with the same or different enchantment to continuously get stat boosts in that category. You can then sell the extra copies for extra gold.
Making stolen items authentic
When you steal items, most of the merchants will not buy them. Use the following trick to authenticate them. Get in the jail and escape. Take your items authenticated or pay for your days in jail and you will have the items authenticated again.
Making Black Soul Gems
Take an empty Grand Soul Gem and a Soultrap spell to any of the four Necromancer lairs. There will be an altar which will only be active one day of the week. You may need to wait up to six game days. Place your Gem on the altar when it is active and cast Soultrap on it to make a Black Soul Gem. These are used for capturing the souls of NPCs. One is also required for one of the Daedric Quests as a tribute to the shrine.
Use the following trick to get a Katana and also easily join the Brotherhood Of Evil. When you get out of the sewers after the emperor’s assassination, go west to reach his heir. When you get there, talk to him. Give him the necklace, then talk to him again and select “Assistance”. He will then unlock his chest so you can take what you want. Make sure you get the new iron armor instead of the old things, Steel Claymore, Steel Bow, and some potions. Also, make sure you are healed and your Magika is full. Then, start to beat up the monk climbing up and down the stairs with your Claymore. Run outside immediately after that. Take out your bow and wait until he comes out. Repeatedly shoot and slash him while healing and he will fall to his death. A message will appear stating than an unknown force has spotted your kill (or something similar to that effect). Pick up the monk’s weapon, which happens to be a strong Katana. Then, go back into the building, and go to sleep. You should awake to a man in a black hood. He is part of the Brotherhood Of Evil. Talk to him, and he will eventually give you an initiation mission to become part of the Brotherhood. He will also give you a nice dagger.
Successfully complete all quests in the Thieves Guild and the Gray Fox will give you the promotion of Guild Master, and the Nocternal’s Cown. Nocternal’s Cown will let you see living things as energy even through walls. Note: When you equip Nocternal’s Cown, you are the Gray Fox — when guards see you they will try to arrest you. Nocternal’s Cown also lets you carry more items and increases your Sneaking skill.
Once you reach level 10, you can do the Weird Shrines. This shrine gives you a lockpick key that never breaks and sets your Security to “Expert”. To get it, you must go to Leyawiin south of Imperial City. Then, travel north using the right road (that does not lead to Bravil). Find the shrine called Nocturne, where there will be some people praying. Go up and activate the shrine. The statue will talk about some thieves who stole her eye. Go back to Leyawiin and talk to the guard. He will tell you about Webaa-Na. You may have have encountered him before if you did the quest to become a knight-errant. Talk to both Webaa-Na and his friend. They will admit nothing. Walk away and in a little while they will start talking about trolls or something. They will stop because you are in the room. Hide and listen to them talk about it. Once you have heard them talking, they will tell you the location of the eye. It is in a cave. Go to the cave, retrieve the eye, and go back to the Nocturne Shrine. You will get the Skeleton Key, which greatly helps lockpicking because it does not break.
Buy the house in Skingrad, then go to the top floor and look for the room with the deer mantle. Jump on top of the mantle, then jump again onto the loft design in the back corner. You will find an old note that has a riddle on it which leads to a treasure.
Good cheap house
Go to the city of Anvil, then go to the inn. Inside is a man whose name starts with a “B”. He is selling his grandfather’s old manor. You can purchase it for 5,000 gold, which is very cheap considering that most houses are 15,000 gold and are not as good. The house (at first) is ugly and haunted. However, after completing the quick quest the house will be fixed up without any additional payment.
Fill a Black Soul Gem with a Human Soul. Take a weapon that is not already enchanted and give it fire, frost, or shock damage. Then, give a weakness to whatever damage you just gave it. When you swing it the first time, it will do the fire, frost, or shock damage, then give a weakness to it. The second swing will do a lot more damage.
At the beginning of the game after the King’s convoy is attacked, quickly take the dead guard’s katana and armor. This will make defeating the rats and trolls much easier.
Getting desired Sigil Stones
While in Sigillum Sanguis (the Sigil Keep at the top of an Oblivion Citadel), save the game while standing in front of the Sigil Stone, before grabbing it. If you do not get the desired effects from the stone, load from the point before you grabbed it and try again. The Sigil Stone you get is chosen at random upon removing it.
Glass and enchanted weapons and armor in Border Watch
There is a city called Border Watch, northwest of Leyawiin. Everyone there has nice Glass weapons, some of which are enchanted. You cannot steal them while they are sleeping, but can steal their armor (mithril). Go to the Sheregoth Shrine to do a quest. The Daedric will ask you to fulfill a prophesy. Do the quest, which includes three tasks. After this, go to one of the people’s houses. You should be about level 15. Have a good sword ready, then go into Sneak mode and hit the person with a Sneak Attack x6. Do not stop and they will appear dazed. Once they are dead you can get their items, which are worth a lot of gold. Do this repeatedly to any house desired. Do not do it to the Shaman unless you are at a higher level. Some houses have two people inside. You can sometimes kill one person without the other waking up, then kill the other person.
Glass weapons and armor in Rockmilk Cave
It is recommended that you are at level 15 or higher before attempting this, as there will be better armor and weapons inside. Travel on the west road from Leyawiin and keep walking on the trail until you get to Waters Edge (a small town). From Waters Edge, walk northwest until you reach Rockmilk Cave. This cave is very close to Waters Edge. Go inside and follow the trails. You will encounter some thieves inside the cave. If they do not notice you they will fight each other. You can let them fight or join in. They are not difficult to defeat if you are leveled up. Go through the cave and you will find at least fifteen people inside. Each of them has their own set of Glass, Orcish, Daedric, or Elven armor and weapons. You can fill up with items and sell them for a good profit.
You can buy various types of horses. You can also get a free Paint Horse just after the beggining of the game at Weynon Priory. This is the weakest and slowest type of horse. Do not buy any other horse because they can be expensive when you are starting out. You can get Shadowmere, the best horse in the game, for free. You can get him after completing the Dark Brotherhood quest “The Purification”, which is the first quest you get when you start working for Lachance. Just kill an innocent person (preferably a beggar if you are not part of the Thieves Guild) and sleep so that you may begin the Dark Brotherhood quests. After a few you will get Shadowmere. He is very fast and has a good amount of HP. Shadowmere is black/purple, wears a skull on his forehead, has a bloody handprint on the sides of his sadle, and red eyes that glow occasionally at night. He also helps you in battle if you fight near him. Best of all, he cannot die or run away. He is considered an important character and will just fall unconcious if defeated then will rise again in a few seconds to join the fray. If you happen to lose him, you can go to Fort Farragut and he will be there waiting for you.
The Unicorn can be found northeast of Inn Of III Omen and east of Mingo Cave at a place called Harcane’s Grove. It is protected by four Minotaurs. The easiest way to reach this area is to move west/southwest from Fort Variela, which is on the coast of the upper Niben River. By doing this, you will see the Unicorn before the Minotaurs see you. Note: If you do encounter the Minotaurs, do not start fighting them close to the Unicorn or the Unicorn will join with them against you, and you will not be able to mount it. Just run up to the Unicorn, mount it, and run away. The Unicorn is both fast and immune to regular weapons. Note: The Unicorn cannot be tamed or captured. Once you find it in the Harcane Grove, you can ride it. However, once you ride a distance from the grove and you get off the horse, it will start walking away and return to the Harcane Grove. It does not matter if you approach it without a weapon or kill the minotaurs guarding it.
There is a broken down fort that is the base for some relatively weak vampires directly south of Chorrol. The fort is called Fort Carmala, and it is located near Hackdirt, very close to northeast of Weatherleah. To reach it, if you have not done the Hackdirt or Weatherleah quests, go to Chorrol. Leave from the south gate and move directly south. If you reach the city of Hackdirt, you are near it. Look for a group of white rocky ruins. The door to the cave is among the ruins.
Becoming a vampire
Before becoming a vampire, it is recomended that you become a member of the Mages Guild, have access to the Arcane University, and either a member of the Dark Brotherhood or started the Order of Virtuous Blood quest.
Dark Brotherhood Story: Become a member of the Dark Brotherhood by killing an innocent person, going to sleep in an inn, traveling to the Inn of Ill Omen, and killing Rufio. Travel to the Sanctuary and talk to Vicente and finish all of his contracts. He will then ask if you wish to become a vampire. Say “Yes”, then sleep on the slab. When you wake up, sleep again for twenty four hours three times. You are now a full-fledged vampire.
Order Of Virtuous Blood Story: It is not required to begin the quest, but if you do the vampires will be easier to kill. If you have not, travel along the river just to the east of Imperial City until you find a cave. Go in and you should find lots of vampires. Attack one and let it hit you a few times. Kill it, then go back to Imperial City. Get a room in an inn and sleep for twenty four hours three times. You are now a full-fledged vampire.
Benefits and weaknesses of being a vampire
Vampires get a boost in many of their stats and abilities. The increase in abilities of a vampire is not determined by how much he sleeps but by how much he goes without feeding. Not exactly, but for each day a vampire goes without feeding, he will get a 5 point increase to his vampire stats and skills. To recieve these increases the vampire must sleep or wait. The game will notify you of these stat boosts. If the vampire is well fed, light will not harm him, but he will have 25% weakness to fire. After the first stat boost (which boosts vampire stats from 5 to 10), he will loose this weakness to fire. By looking under the magic tab, then the last of the five tabs in the magic section, one can see all the current effects on his character. The first thing is a “vampire meter” that has a percentage of how much one is a vampire (25% increments, starting at 25% going up to 100 in four stages). Depending on how high that percentage is, the sun will do more or less damage to you, from Sun Damage 1 all the way to 8. Furthermore, the time of the day is also important for sun damage. At dusk and dawn the damage dealt is very small, even to a 100% vampire. However, noon is a very dangerous time for a full vampire as he will have just enough time to run from one house on one side of the street to the other (depending on how much life he has). The stats that being a vampire increases are: Vampire Stats, Strength, Speed, Willpower, Sneak, Mysticism, Illusion, Hand to Hand, Destruction, Athletics, Acrobatics, and Resist Normal Weapons. Depending on which stage of the vampire you are in, you will get from 5 to 20 points in each of these stats (25% vampire = 5 points; 25% vampire = base vampire, fully fed). Other special stats or skills get added depending on the vampire level. Vampire Skills that are always present are: Hunter’s Sight (Nighteye and Detect Life), Resist Disease 100%, and Resist Paralysis 100%.
- Vampire 25%
- Weakness to Fire: 20
- +5 to all of the vampire stats
- Vamipre 50%
- Vampiric Seduction (charm on touch)
- +10 to all of the vampire stats
- Vampire 75%
- Reign of Terror (fear)
- +15 to all of the vampire stats
- Vampire 100%
- Embrace of Shadows (Invisibility + Night Eye)
- +20 to all of the vampire stats Note: Most people and merchants will not talk to you in this form.
At base level you get +5 to Strength, Willpower, Speed, Acrobatics, Athletics, Destruction, Hand 2 Hand, Illusion, Mysticism, and Sneak. You also get a resistance to disease and paralysis, and a small resistance to normal weapons. For every day you go without feeding (up to a maximum of four days), your boosted skills will go up by an additional 5, as will your resistance to normal weapons. You also get a spell for each of the four days; on day one Hunter’s Sight (Night Eye/Detect life), on day two Vampire’s Seduction (Charm), on day three Reign of Terror (silence/demoralise area), and finally on day four Embrace of the Shadows (180 seconds Invisibliity, 90 seconds Night Eye). The weaknesses are, on day one (within 24 hours of last feeding) weakness to fire, you are safe from the sun; on day two (48 hours from last feeding), burn in sunlight; on day three (72 hours from last feeding), increased damage from sun; and on day four (over 96 hours from last feeding), everyone will recognize you as a vampire and most will not interact with you and there will be another increase in sun damage.
Feeding as a vampire
If you have a good Sneak skill you can feed from a sleeping person without waking them.
Cure for vampiricy
You must first have acceess to Arcane University. Go in and talk to the mage and he will tell you to talk to a man in Skingrad. Do as he says and run errands for whoever you need to talk to. Eventually you will be allowed to get rid of your vampiricy.
Enemy and item levels
All enemies outside the cities and some inside will level as you level. For example, if you are at level 10 and are fighting Boars outside the city, when you reach level 15 you will be fighting a Troll. The same goes for missions such as the Forlorn Watchman. If you do the quest at level 10, you will fight Ghosts on the ship. If you do it at level 20, you will fight Wraiths. Do not waste time trying to level up just to beat one opponent in a quest because they could be set to always be three levels above you. This same style of progression also works with armor and weapons:
- Fur/Iron: Level 1
- Leather/Steel: Level 13
- Chain/Dwarven: Level 16
- Mithril/Orchish: Level 110
- Elven/Ebony: Level 115
- Glass/Daedric: Level 120
- Iron: Level 11
- Steel: Level 12
- Silver: Level 14
- Dwarven: Level 16
- Elven: Level 19
- Glass: Level 112
- Ebony: Level 116
- Daedric: Level 120
Note: The armor and weapons usually do not appear at traders until you are two levels above them, sometimes longer. Also, any “secret” weapons such as the Umbra and the NPCs with them or wearing the “secret” armor are level locked. They will not get any more difficult because usually their levels are already about 22 to 30. However, as you become better with a blade (in the Umbra’s case), the better the attack will be.
Keeping quest items after theft
If you steal a quest item, for example the Ahdarji’s Heirloom (a ring of a countess), and get caught, you will lose all the stolen items except for the quest item because quest items cannot be taken out of your inventory except to further the quest.
Bonuses from quest items retained
There is a quest in the Mage Guild that requires you to enter a Mage’s dream name “Through A Nightmare, Darkly” for Henantier. As soon as you enter, the text states that you lost all your items but will keep your skill levels. However, if you have a quest item such as the Ring Of The Vipereye or Boots Of Springheel Jack, you will keep the bonuses, even after you get out of the dream and get your items back. The items will not be equipped but the skill bonus will still be there. You cannot re-equip the items, but you can equip other rings or boots and get their bonuses as well.
Easily completion of Independent Thievery requirements
Use the following trick to easily complete the “Independent Thievery” requirements and get easy gold. Take a very valuable item such as the Skeleton Key (from the Nocturnal Daedric Shrine quest) and use the “Duplicate items” trick. Go to any merchant and sell the duplicates. If you sell the items to a Thieves Guild fence, you should have the required amount for most of the remaining quests in no time.
Completing the Brother Good Betrayed quest
When you are in Bruma, the house on the right behind the temple (coming from the east gate) will have a guard in front of it. The guard will tell you that someone has been murdered. Later when you go in, there will be a woman and two guards. One of the guards will allow you to have a dialogue menu so you can choose a response. You may have to bribe the guard to let you conduct your own investigation. After you talk to the woman, she will tell you that her husband was murdered by a vampire hunter (though she does not think he was a vampire). She will tell you to find out more by locating the vampire hunter. To find where he is you can just talk to innkeepers, but he will always be in the Sac And Tap to the left of the east gate. Do not bribe the owner of the Sac And Tap because he will never tell you where he is. To get him to give you the key to the vampire hunter’s room, get the Charm spell in the basement of the house of the widow. Use it on the Sac And Tap owner and he will happily give you the key. When you go into his room in the back, there is a book behind a table. Take the book to the guard you talked to at the widow’s house. He will then tell you to meet him outside the Sac And Tap. Once you do this, he will tell you that the vampire hunter has made a break for a cave beyond the town. You may find three guards in the fields killing each other. If you see this happening, you may want to wait it out and take their armor. There also may be one or two bandits on the way that are relatively easy to defeat. You will need a very high Acrobatic or Agility skill for the next part. Immediately after you see the vampire hunter stepping out of the side cave, shoot a fireball or snowball at him then run out of the cave. He should follow you. Keep running all the way back to Bruma. If you go in, he will follow and the guards will take him out. It is easier to get away from the vampire hunter if you jump as much as you can and quickly run in a zig-zag pattern. It will also be helpful if you cast healing or protecting spells on yourself during the sprint back to Bruma. If done correctly, you can finish the mission with very little skill or strength.
Different weapons in Taking Care Of Lex quest
While doing the ”Taking Care Of Lex” quest for the Thieves Guild, you must scald the paper with Lex’s seal. Just beside the desk where the seal is, you will see a chest. If you come in the door directly behind the chest, you will get an Elven longsword, Glass longsword, Orcish helmet, and a Mythril sheild. If you come in from the door upstairs, you will get an Elven longsword and Dwarven greaves. If you come in the exact entrance, you will not be able to open the chest.
Easy kills in The Purification quest
While doing the “The Purification” quest for the Dark Brotherhood, use the following trick to easily kill some of the members in the santuary such as Ocheeva and Vincent. First, get your Disposition with them as high as possible, then sneak attack them with a dagger. Before they have a time to retaliate, propose a yeild. You can attack and yeild repetedly until they are killed.
There are paintbrushes stored in random containers at various locations. If you take one out and drop it, it will not fall. It will just float in the location you were looking at when you dropped it. You can drop them in sets of two or more and use them as steps to reach high places. You can also use them as barriers between you and enemies.
Use the ”Duplicate items” trick on a paintbrush. After getting at least twenty paint brushes, go outside of ”A Fighting Chance” in the Imperial City Market District at midnight. Drop a paintbrush. Notice that it will float. Get on top of the brush and repeat the process to form a set of stairs. Once you get high enough to reach the top of the A Fighting Chance store, get on top of the building and look for a chest that is locked. The lockpick level is very difficult. Lockpick it and look inside to find an odd sword without a name. The sword has no attack, breaks easily, and cannot be sold.