Tips for Playing Skyrim
This page is my collection of tips, cheats, and mods for Skyrim. Some for beginners, some for advanced.
I've not tested many of these tips yet, because I'm still pretty new to Skyrim.
I use PC, not console, but many of these tips will work on both.
There may be spoilers on this page.
Sleeping in a bed you own or a bed at an inn will give you a buff for 8 hours that increases ALL skill gains by 10%.
Use a torch while lockpicking and it becomes easier
When you break a pick or turn the lock when it's in the wrong position, the pick will "flick" towards the correct position.
Steal without being noticed, by placing a basket over someones head. They can't see you. Confirmed Dec2013.
In dungeons, turn off torches to help you sneak attack. When in complete darkness, enemies can not see you at all.
Getting off your horse in the middle of a big attack will likely lead to the horses death.
Heavy items are harder to pickpocket.
Shops and Merchants restock their gold and supplies every 48hours in game.
Followers, Companions, Wife, Kids
You can command your follower to pick a lock, pick something up, or even steal and etc.
You can fast travel while over encumbered with a horse.
Your horse can climb up mountains that you couldn't on foot.
Mammoths/Giants/Bears can't easily walk on rocky terrain or walk in deep water.
Dragons stop flying if you use Ice spells on them.
The "Impact" perk in the Destruction tree will stop a dragon from breathing fire/frost.
Mines and Dungeons respawn every month (30 in game days).
Giving gold to a beggar will put a blessing on you that increases your speech skill by
When you increase your stamina you also increase your maximum carry capacity.
When paying tutors to upgrade skills, you can pickpocket your cash back. It drops to 50-50 chance at about 2000septims.
Re-equipping any item with +## to Maximum Magicka on it, when your mana pool is depleted, will restore that amount.
Using Lvl 3 Unrelenting Force to knock people off of cliffs will insta-kill all non-flying enemies.
Fire = Damage + Dots (damage over time), Frost = Damage + half of that damage to Stamina, Lightning = Damage + Half of that damage to Magicka.
Lightning > Frost/Fire in regards to speed. (how fast it travels).
Arrows: Pickpocket someone who shoots target dummies with arrows, and take the arrows they were using (usually iron or steel). Then, give them one of the arrow type you want more of (daedric arrows). They will now shoot that type of arrow instead of the one they were shooting before. Collect the arrows as they hit the target dummy to get as many arrows as desired.
DO NOT KILL THAT CHICKEN. The people will hate you if you are seen.
To use hotkeys on PC, press 1 thru 8.
To kill a giant with melee, run around it in circles while hacking and slashing or just stay behind it.
Not only do fire spells do the most damage, they seem to also cost less than frost and shock spells.
Your companion can carry an unlimited number and weight of stuff, but only if you tell them to pick them up in command mode. You can skip the dialog and go straight to command mode by pointing your cursor at your companion from far enough away that the "talk" option doesn't appear, and holding the 'use' button.
Whirlwind Sprint can be used as a long-jump. There are some areas you can only reach this way.
Dragon fighting: Hide behind a tree, they are resistant to fire and ice breath of dragons.
If you cast various buff spells on yourself before turning into a Werewolf, you keep the buffs once you enter the form.
any companion you can train with u can simply take ur money off em and reuse it as u please.
if you dismount your horse while in water then mount it again, the horse will be able to run and sprint as if it was on land.
You can get the house in Solitude and it's upgrades for free. Once you have clicked the option to buy the house, and he says "Here's your key" or w/e, quickly turn round and put your gold in the cupboard.
You can shoot hawks to get their feathers, which have the ability to cure disease.
Skyforge weapons level up with you.
Marriage: Wives can cook.
If you are annoyed by a visual glitch or lag, save and exit to main game screen.
You can instantly kill Forsworn Briarhearts by pick-pocketing their heart.
You can jump up mountains by running back and forth while hitting the jump button.
If you want a trader to refresh their stock without having to wait for three in-game days, save while standing in close vicinity to the trader you want to refresh, kill them, and then load your previous save. Their stock will have been refreshed with new items.
The grindstone can be used to see if your weapon can be upgraded, or check upgrade status.
Numerous tips collected from: http://www.neoseeker.com/forums/52479/t1700690-list-of-1000-tips-tricks-secrets-in-skyrim/3.htm