Massive List of Tips and Tricks

#1why_notPosted 11/16/2011 3:22:57 PM(edited)
Let me start out by saying this is not my list. This list was made in a reddit post which can be found at the following link:

All credits go to the people who posted the individual tips and tricks which are listed in the comments on that post. Also credit to reddit user Ubaro for compiling and organizing everything.

Lately been seeing many posts asking/listing tips about the game. I decided to create this one so all of you could post them here for other to see. I will update the OP with each tip posted so people don't have to scroll through the whole thing. Hopefully as we get more tips and tricks in here I can put them in different categories for easier viewing
Here to start us off, some of the tips I saw posted.


-If you want to keep sprinting don't let your stamina run out fully as it takes a few seconds to starts regenerating
-By holding the "Use" key you can move items around.
-Resting in a bed will give you rested status, allowing for bonus XP gain, resting in your own bed (inside your house or one you purchased at the inn) will give you a well rested status allowing for even more bonus XP
-After serving time in jail/paying off the bounty you can go back in side the jail and retrieve your stolen items. They are usually in chests some where, marked as Prisoner Evidence.


-Every major city stables has a wagon which you can use to fastravel to other cities you've never been to
-In most major holds there is a map with little flags on it that you can use to mark new places on your map


-To discover new dragon shout words talk to the Argenier the Greybeard leader in the -----High Hrothgar and he will give you a small side quest and direct you to a new world wall one a time.
-Dragon claws, have the code to open doors on the back of the item look at it in your inventory by zooming in.
#2why_not(Topic Creator)Posted 11/16/2011 3:25:11 PM(edited)

-Sometimes if a dragon is not landing for a long time try moving to more clear surroundings
-When attacking with bow from far away press the sneak button to do double damage, even if you are not a sneaky character
-Using Unrelenting force will stop any enemy casting/channeling
-If you are completely outmatched against a mage (as in, an enemy that uses ONLY magic), try to get behind cover. If you can stay behind cover long enough while the enemy is shooting at you, their magicka will eventually drain, and you can then use a weapon/spell that drains magicka to finish them off while they sit there, helpless
-Summoned creatures ( through spells or scrolls) are very powerful and can be a great help in some of the tough boss fights, dragon priests come to mind.
-If you are being attacked by the guards you can yield by sheathing your weapon and they will stop attacking and try to arrest you instead
-If enemy preforms a summon while fighting you killing the summoner 1st will automatically kill off the summoned creature
-Swords swing faster then axes and axes swing faster then maces.


-You can equip a pickaxe and "hit" the ore vein to start mining, likewise you can dualweild them to mine faster
-Making Iron daggers and Leather Bracers is a quick way to level up early smithing, use them for enchanting skill ups or sell them to a vendor for speech skill ups
-Eating an ingredient will only unlock its first effect, to discover more effects you need to start crafting potions


-You can take keys from your companions to have access to their house
-If you give your companion a torch they will use it at night-(
-You can buy a dog form a breeder outside Markath for a small price
-When you trade armor to your companions they automatically equip it if its better then what they currently have.
-Your companion can carry an unlimited number and weight of stuff, but only if you tell them to pick them up in command mode.


-If you make a trainer your companion you can train from them and then take all of your gold right back
-You can pickpocket the gold back after you spent it on training
#3why_not(Topic Creator)Posted 11/16/2011 3:26:21 PM(edited)

-Fire does the most raw damage,Frost and Shock do the same amount of damage, but ice drains stamina and slows the enemy, and Lightning drains magicka.
-You can revive every living creature except dragons with the Reanimate spells in the Conjuration tree
-If you are a mage or archer who is outmatched by a melee-only enemy, you can use the terrain to your advantage. If you see a cliff, jump on top of it and your enemy usually won't be able to follow you, giving you precious time to deal damage while avoiding the enemy.
-If you are playing a mage character, make sure you check out the Mage College in Winterhold. Just be ready for a very challenging quest chain.
-Atronachs are completely immune to spells of their own type, so if you are mainly a fire spell user, the best atronach to use is the fire one, as you can use your spells without needing to worry about damaging your minion.
-Shooting a fireball directly at a mage with a active ward will render the fireball harmless, but a fireball to the ground close to the mage ignores the ward and does full damage.
-Mage Information ( Tons of great stuff on destruction, too long to post them all so just read through this. Thanks evilnight!


-You can place baskets on peoples head and then steal their stuff without them noticing -(
-You can take torches off the wall to make the room more dark if you are trying to sneak
-If you are playing a stealthy character, ask your nearest innkeeper about rumors..
-Best way to skill up Sneak is preforming sneak attacks
-Grelka appears in Riften after joining the thieves guild. She has over 3300 gold and will buy everything you want to sell
-Instead of stealing things directly and risk getting caught, pick them up and move them to a secluded room. Then steal the item, hidden from sight.
-When you break a pick or turn the lock when it's in the wrong position, the pick will "flick" towards the correct position. Paying attention to that should save a lot of picks.
#4why_not(Topic Creator)Posted 11/16/2011 3:28:04 PM(edited)

-Try reading every book you see, the bigger the value of it, the more likely it has a free skill up or a quest inside waiting for you
-Don't sell all of your magical weapons since you can disenchant them and level up your enchanting skill that way
-When you increase your stamina you also increase your maximum carry capacity by 5
-Saving enchanted weapons and disenchanting them will let you level enchanting extremely fast and make good profit out of it since enchanted items are worth more
-A good way to level up alteration and rake in some gold coin is by buying/mining iron ore and using the transmute spell to silver and then gold, smelting into bars crafting into jewelry and selling them to vendors
-The experience towards speechcraft you gain from trading with merchants is based on the value. However, you only gain experience for that one unit.


-You can fast travel while over encumbered with a horse
-You can dismount a horse in the water and then mount it again to have regular speed-(
-Your horse can climb up mountains that you couldn't on foot.


-Most items that you put inside your home will stay there, so you can safely decorate it however you like
-If the NPCs are asking you about your health ("feeling sick?" or "You feeling alright?") that means you have a disease, use a shrine to cleanse it, or craft a disease curing potion and drink it
-If you see oil on the ground there is usually a lamp you can knock on the ground to set the oil on fire
-By wearing Amulet of Mara (which you can buy in Riften for 200g) you have an option to marry people, marriage provides all sorts of benefits for you. For more info on marriage and list of spouses (
-Giving gold to a beggar will put a blessing on you that increases your speech skill by 10
#5why_not(Topic Creator)Posted 11/16/2011 3:31:13 PM(edited)

(I know some of these only refer to the PC version, sorry.)

-THE SPRINT BUTTONS ARE: PC=Alt, Xbox=LB, PS3=L2, you can also sprint on a horse
-You can rebind all of your keys in the control menu
-Waiting (Press T) will fill up your Magika/Health/Stamina bar instantly
-To hide your UI while taking screenshots type in tm in console (~), then type it again to bring it back
-You can hotkey your favorite items by opening the favorite menu (Q), highlighting the item and click 1-8 buttons on your keyboard
-To see locations of quests on your map select them in your journal and hit M
-You can hotkey spells and equipment on the Xbox (and probably the PS3, someone will have to check) by favoriting an item/spell, then holding left or right on the d-pad in the favorites menu with the item/spell you want to hotkey selected. After you close the favorites menu, you will then be able to switch to whatever you hotkeyed by hitting left or right

#6Moe_FugginPosted 11/16/2011 2:59:25 PM
thank you for sharing this. I didn't know you could hotkey, but I'm pumped i can now switch between a bow and sword much easier.
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#7sonofkorolPosted 11/16/2011 3:05:54 PM
Can you hotkey on 360?
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#8AxCUNNINGxSTUNTPosted 11/16/2011 3:11:05 PM
Good list, so I'll bump and ask for sticky.
#9Moe_FugginPosted 11/16/2011 3:12:41 PM
sonofkorol posted...
Can you hotkey on 360?

-You can hotkey spells and equipment on the Xbox (and probably the PS3, someone will have to check) by favoriting an item/spell, then holding left or right on the d-pad in the favorites menu with the item/spell you want to hotkey selected. After you close the favorites menu, you will then be able to switch to whatever you hotkeyed by hitting left or right
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#10TheeKingOsirisPosted 11/16/2011 3:30:21 PM
why not posted...
When you break a pick or turn the lock when it's in the wrong position, the pick will "flick" towards the correct position...

Good info all around. Can't wait to look for this.

Sticky requested.
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