The Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion Training skills Written by: Sora448 This file is copyright (c)2007 Sora448. All rights reserved Version 1.00 First Faq I made, submitted on 8/15/07 and accepted by the next day. Table of Contents was incomplete Version 1.01 Table of Contents completed Version 1.02 Minor corrections made to several methods and one note as well as spelling corrections. Version 1.03 Sneak training method updated Version 1.13 Updated Light armor, Heavy armor and Alchemy based on e-mails I recieved Version 1.14 Added a new technique I recieved in an e-mail named the Everscamp Trick Version 1.34 Added many e-mails that contributed to many different methods Version 1.44 Added methods from 9 e-mails I recieved Version 1.64 Long overdue update, added 13 methods from e-mails and some major methods Version 1.66 Little update with some emails added, still some to be done though Version 1.70 Added the rest of the e-mails, still no methods from the SI expansion, I guess there aren't any? ------------ Table of Contents: 1-----Introduction 2-----Contact Info 3-----Skills and Important Notes 4-----Acrobatics 5-----Athletics 6-----Block 7-----Armorer 8-----Heavy Armor 9-----Blunt 10----Blade 11----Hand-to-Hand 12----Destruction 13----Alteration 14----Illusion 15----Conjuration 16----Mysticism 17----Restoration 18----Alchemy 19----Security 20----Sneak 21----Light Armor 22----Marksman 23----Mercantile 24----Speechcraft 25----Drain Skill Trick 26----Everscamp Trick 27----Horse Abuse 28----Duping 29----Arcane University 30----Arena 31----Umbra ------------ 1-Introduction: This faq is a list of ways to easily level certain skills. This faq has nothing to do with the trainers in the game, this is a way to level your skills without using trainers. Some will be as simple as casting a spell over and over again, while others will be more entertaining. Again this is a way to level skills without using trainers and could get boring. For a list of the trainers and locations see eldin2003's guide. It is made for the Xbox 360, but the locations and names are the same and good to use for the PS3. ------------ 2-Contact Info: My e-mail address is email@example.com if you find a mistake, or would like to suggest a method or report a method that doesn't work please send me an e-mail about it ------------ 3-Skills and Important notes: In TES four: Oblivion there are twentyone skills. They are Acrobatics, Athletics, Block, Armorer, Heavy Armor, Light Armor, Blunt, Blade, Hand to Hand, Destruction, Alteration, Illusion, Conjuration, Mysticism, Restoration, Alchemy, Security, Sneak, Marksman, Mercantile,and finally Speechcraft. Many people play through this game and tend to neglect some of their lesser skills because they never use them, but they can often be useful. Examples of this would be Restoration and Mercantile. Although many people use restoration a lot it is still annoying and very time consuming to level up. These methods can easily get you to master in the most annoying skills in a fraction of the time it would normally take. Note: Please do not waste your time making a strong spell in any magic school because you think it will level that skill quicker, it doesn't. Any cheap spell from the Imperial City discount spell shop will work just as well as your custom Instant-death-in-a-one-mile-radius spell that wastes all your Magicka Note 2: Please read the entire part about how to train a certain skill. Being such a huge and massive game TES four: Oblivion has it's share of glitches and problems. Some methods in this guide can cause your game to crash if you do not heed the warnings in this guide. Note 3: There is a way to increase the rate at which you can cast spells and it is very simple. Just put your shield up and continue to cast the spell, for some odd reason it makes you cast spells at a quicker rate which can help you level up quickly. Note 4: For the magic schools, if you are too low a level to cast the weakest spells in a school (like a skill of 12 in conjuration with no conjuration spells in your arsenal) you need a trainer, unless you have access to a novice level spell that you have/bought then you are fine. Once you hit a skill level of 25 in the said magic school any methods in this guide will help you level that skill further. ------------ 4-Acrobatics: Determines how high you can jump and how much damage you take from falls. Ways to train: A. Go to a building with low ceilings, The Lonely Suitor Lodge in Bravil works good. Jump onto a table and continue to jump up and down repeatedly. Being so close to the ceiling will make you fall faster allowing you to jump at a quicker rate. This is a good method and can let you increase your skill rather quickly. Credit for trick goes to Kevindrosario 1. Another good spot to do method A is the Bruma Mages Guild. to get to the spot follow these directions: Turn to the left and go upstairs. Walk along the wall to the railing. jump on the railing and start jumping. Turn a little right just past the beam so you don't fall off. Credit for this spot goes to Zach Schweska B. Another way to increase acrobatics while getting a jump on restoration too is to buy a minor respite spell, then follow the method described in A. This way you won't lose fatigue as fast and you will increase your restoration skill by hitting the minor respite spell every X amount of jumps. (Depending on your level) Credit for this method goes to James (Inertia Kitty) C. An unconfirmed method for increasing this skill is to take damage from a high jump. This is unconfirmed so if someone can test this and send me an e-mail it would be much appreciated. Supposively taking damage from a high jump nets you more exp per jump. A good spot to do this is the two bridges by the exit and entrance to Skingrad, just remember to heal when needed. Credit for this method goes to Default Name This method has been confirmed by Coderedd@mac.com and Kevindrosario who adds: "However, it doesn't have to be a high jump. Any jump where you take damage will give you extra exp for acrobatics, but it's a fixed amount. Taking more damage will not give you more exp. So you should look for the smallest possible height where you will take damage so that you can heal easily and keep jumping. There is no one perfect spot for this because people with lower acrobatics will take damage from lower jumps and people with higher acrobatics will need higher jumps to take damage. Also, you gain extra experience if you cast a spell or swing your weapon while jumping." ------------ 5-Athletics: Determines how fast you can run and swim and determines how fast you regenerate your fatigue Ways to train: A. Swim around, look for Fin Gleam with a water breathing spell or item. Swimming is known to increase Athletics by thirtythree percent more than just running around. Or you can use the drain skill method that will be mentioned later on in this faq. Credit for how much better swimming is than walking goes to Kevindrosario B. By going to the far west side of the map in the water, one can "swim forever." By pointing directly west you can prop the controller up like in the sneak method and swim directly west, never hitting land and "forever swimming" levelling the skill quickly. Credit for this method to Kieran Johnson C. Instead of going all the way to the western side of the map you can go to the Imperial City Water Front. Where the walkway to the Imperial City meets the docks of the Waterfront there are corners you can swim into without going anywhere Credit for this method goes to Default Name ------------ 6-Block: Determines how much damage your shield takes with every hit and how much damage you take while hit with your shield up. Ways to train: A. One good way to get block up very early on is to turn the difficulty all the down. Yes make the game as easy as possible and find a crab(s) or rat(s) and put up your shield and let them attack away. Your block skill will increase normally and you will take the minimum amount of damage. Just remember to heal up when neeeded and you can be a master blocker quickly. B. Another way to increase block involves the sidequest Paranoia. When Glarthir is told no one is following him, he will attack you with either his bare hands or an axe (rarely) Now push him into a corner nearby and let him attack as you hold up your shield. As long as Glarthir is alive you will get exp. Once the guards kill him or you become bored and do it yourself another method is needed. C. A third way to level block is to find a cave with a bandit archer in it. Get in close so you cause the archer to pull out its weak dagger, now rally it The archer will continuously attack you now and, if you lower the difficulty, you can level this skill quickly. Credit for this method goes to MrAndersonmst3k ------------ 7-Armorer: Determines how quickly your repair hammers are broken, and to what degree you can repair your items (100-125%) to keep them to deal or protect from damage Ways to train: A. Just looting caves and getting involved in fighting with weapons and not magic should damage your armor and weapons enough to increase your skill by just playing this game normally. B. Another tactic you can use is to create a spell in the Arcane University (if you have access to it) and create a spell that will damage (disintegrate) your armor and weapons. Just cast the spell and repair your items until you feel happy with your level. Credit for this method goes to OpDDay2001 C. A supposively limitless source of armor training is to follow the Umbacano Ayleid Statue questline. At the end when you need to give Umbacano the crown give him the fake one called the Lindai crown offered to you by Herminia Cinna. When Umbacano wears this crown and eventually dies loot the crown off his corpse and break out your repair hammers. The crown doesn't have a status, but appears on the repair list without a number, so just keep repairing it until you are satisfied with your level. Credit to this method goes to Erich Frohlich NOTE: It has come to my attention that if you have a patched version of Oblivion this method will NOT work D. Another method for the rich or those completed the Ayleid Statue questline already there is another method. As an expert in this class you can repair all items to 125%. Do so to all your items except something like a cheap bow. It will reduce to 99%, now go to a blacksmith and have him repair all. This will reduce all your equipment to 100% and you can repair it back to 125% except the bow again to continue this method. Credit for this method goes to Kaushik Goswami E. A fifth way to level armorer is to find a cave with a bandit archer in it. Get in close so you cause the archer to pull out its weak dagger, now rally it The archer will continuously attack you now and, if you lower the difficulty, you can level this skill quickly. Credit for this method goes to MrAndersonmst3k F. South East of the Imperial City is a small town called Cropsford, go there. There is a quest involved with this settlement, but does not need to be completed. Enter the cave north of the town. From here go forward then turn right, then left. Here you should come upon a big room that looks like a kitchen, and there should be a path to the left of where you entered. This path leads to an even bigger room where there should be another entrance to your left. This path splits a couple of times so at the first split stay to the right, and at the second, hang a left. Following this path should lead to a small fence with rats inside. You finally made it, jump in, lower the difficulty and let the rats pound on ya. Credit for this method goes to broderick ------------ 8-Heavy Armor: Determines how much damage you take in heavy armor and how encumbered you are by it. Ways to train: A. Very similar to the method to training block. Just do not put up your shield and allow the the rats or crabs to beat on you while set to the easiest difficulty. Again remember to heal and you can be master in a very short amount of time. B. If you don't mind murdering a town or possibly losing some NPC's you can also try this method. Just turn down the difficulty and commit a crime or attack someone. Get all the guards to follow you around and then allow them to beat on you which will raise your skill quickly. Credit for this method goes to Jai Pannu C. A third way to level block is to find a cave with a bandit archer in it. Get in close so you cause the archer to pull out its weak dagger, now rally it The archer will continuously attack you now and, if you lower the difficulty, you can level this skill quickly. Credit for this method goes to MrAndersonmst3k D. South East of the Imperial City is a small town called Cropsford, go there. There is a quest involved with this settlement, but does not need to be completed. Enter the cave north of the town. From here go forward then turn right, then left. Here you should come upon a big room that looks like a kitchen, and there should be a path to the left of where you entered. This path leads to an even bigger room where there should be another entrance to your left. This path splits a couple of times so at the first split stay to the right, and at the second, hang a left. Following this path should lead to a small fence with rats inside. You finally made it, jump in, lower the difficulty and let the rats pound on ya. Credit for this method goes to broderick ------------ 9-Blunt: Determines the base amount of damage (attack number listed with weapons) dealt with clubs, truncheons, axes, maces, and warhammers. Ways to train: A. Attacking things with blunt weapons like crazy as you play through the game will help to increase this skill over time. B. If you have any conjuration spells, summon the creature and beat on it. For a while it will not fight back allowing you to get in a lot of good swings. C. Or you can level this skill quickly by going to Peryite's deadric shrine and (if you have not done his quest yet) attack his followers. Since their souls are missing they will only go unconcious when they run out of health, then regain some health and stand up again. NOTE: There is a problem with this method. If it is overabused your game can crash because of unreported assaults. The only way to avoid this is to immeadiately walk (NO FAST TRAVEL, SAVING, or WAITING) to the nearest town. While there steal something like a quill, since the bounty for stealing is the price of the item you stole your bounty will be really small and you will be ok and not have to worry about the game crashing after paying off the bounty. Credit for the warning thanks to Kevindrosario ------------ 10-Blade: Determines the base damage you can do with any blade weapons, like daggers, swords, claymores, short swords, and long swords. Ways to train: A. An easy way to train blade is to use the same method as used to train blunt. Head over to peryite's shrine and beat on his followers, just take note of the warning already posted under the ways to train blunt. If you do not take note of this warning your game can crash and lead to an upset and frustrated gamer possibly throwing the contoller at the screen. Just steal a cheap item after levelling up your character and pay the bounty and you will be fine. B. You can summon another creature and beat on it to increase blade if you want to avoid the possibilities of glitches in your game. ------------ 11-Hand-to-Hand: Determines how much damage you can deal with your bare fists. Useful for when a dremora happens to disarm you in an oblivion gate. Ways to train: A. Again peryite's shrine is your best bet, just heed the warning mentioned now in both blade and blunt and when you are done and you will be the onwer of an awesome character. B. A summoned creature is a great punchingbag as well as any controlled/ reanimated npc or enemy ------------ 12-Destruction: Determines what level destruction spell you can use as well as the strength of those spells. These spells include fire ball, snowball, shocking touch and many others. Ways to train: One can go about this in more than one way, but a note any spell you cast MUST hit a target to gain you experience for it. A. The first has no warnings nor does it cause crashes or glitches with the game. If you have access to the Arcane University simply create a spell that creates either a fire damage 1 pt on self if you are really a low level in destruction, or, if you can create a spell that creates a weakness to fire damage on self for 1 second. Now just stand in place and cast over and over again, healing when needed. B. Again the next method is Peryite's shrine, just heed the warning mentioned in the skills, and blunt section and enjoy going on mass killing sprees! Or you can use your power for good, if you are into that type of thing... C. A summoned creature can be a good test subject for new spells or weak flare spells to help you increase your skill in destruction as well. D. Another method is to use a disentegrate armor and weapon on self spell and repair your items, increasing armorer and destruction. Credit to this trick goes to Kevindrosario ------------ 13-Alteration: Determines what level of alteration spells you can use as well as the magnitude of these spells. Alteration spells include water-walking, feather, shield, and open easy lock. Ways to train: A. The easiest way is to get a feather spell and go dungeon diving. Pick up all the equipment you can find and make sure you feather yourself. For the best results walk back to the nearest town and keep casting feather. This way you can make some money and level alteration. B. If you are really impatient (Much like me) get a cheap shield spell and constantly cast it on yourself as you walk around Cyrodiil. C. Another good way to increase this skill is to buy an open easy lock spell then go to a city jail and cast it on the lock. Your rate of magicka recharge should be graeter than the rate of casting so you shouldn't run out of mp points. Credit for this method goes to Josh Prater ------------ 14-Illusion: Determines what level of illusion spells you can cast as well as the magnitude of said spells. Illusion spells include charm, silence, command, and my two favorite's frenzy and rally. Ways to train: Stand in front of someone and cast a weak charm spell. That's it just keep doing that. The person's disposition does not need to be lowered constantly as long as the spell is hitting the person you will get the exp. for casting the spell and can raise you 10 levels in about a half hour for lower levelled characters. ------------ 15-Conjuration: Determines the strength of the creatures you can summon. Obviously the higher your level the stronger the creature. They range from scamps to Dremora lords. Ways to train: A. Just keep summoning the creature. That's really the simplest way you can do it. If you want to level other skills fight your creature in any way you see fit. If not just keep summoning the creature. You do not have to wait for the creature to disappear, just keep casting the spell. B. Another way is to use a bound anything spell. Helmet, Sword, Cuirass, anything. These all give you experience in conjuration and can increase your level pretty quickly. Credit for this method goes to Pop C. Another method is to buy a Summon Skeleton spell and a Turn Undead. Now go into the wild and summon the skeleton, then chase him around turning him for the duration of the spell. By doing this you use two conjuration spells at once to increase your level. Credit for this method goes to Edgaar Ragnarok ------------ 16-Mysticism: Determines the strength of mysticism spells you can cast. These spells include soul trap, detect life, and dispel. Ways to train: Keep casting a weak detect life spell. Most likely it has a low magicka cost and can be easily used to increase your skill fast. Like all magic the only way to level in that area is to continue using spells from that college, which is really annoying, but worth it once you hit master in the different colleges ------------ 17-Restoration: Determines the level of restoration spell you can cast as well as the strength of those spells. Ways to Train: A. By far one of the most annoying skills to level even though you will use it a lot, even as a warrior. To get experience for this skill you just need to to cast the spell. By just casting a spell over and over again you will be gaining .6 experience per cast. By using heal minor wounds you probably use the least amount of Magicka and can cast it pretty quickly. Credit for Correction goes to Chris Wicks Credit for Experience rate goes to Kevindrosario B. Or just play through the game, from fighting you will use these spells a lot and they will increase over a long time. C. Another shorter way to increase this skill is to head over to Peryite's shrine with a heal other spell. This will increase your restoration skill and eliminate the annoying unreported assault problem. Credit for this method goes to Muncey D. Something that I and I think many would overlook are fortify stat spells. They fall under the Restoration college and can be used by spamming it like any other spell. Don't wait for it to wear off, just cast it as fast as possible to get experience for every cast. Credit for this method goes to XhaosSokein ------------ 18-Alchemy: Allows you to make powerful potions and poisons which can be used for a variety of things to heal or strengthen you or poison and weaken your enemy. Ways to Train: A. Buy up a lot of cheap alchemy ingredients and just go to town creating a lot of potions. After you cannot make anymore, one has two options. You can sell the potions/poisons for gold back to the alchemist, or keep them for your own uses. This is by far one of the most useful skills in the game. By abusing this early on, one can become very wealthy and increase their alchemy skill quickly. Credit to this method goes to Kevindrosario B. After buying the house in Skingrad (Rosethorn Hall) go to the Colovian Traders and talk to all the women in the house. One of them, Eyja (Thank you Default Name for the maid's name) will offer to be your maid for 150 gold. To get her you must also have bought the maid's quarters upgrade for your house. After she moves in you can ask her for food. Every time you do you will get a free shepherd's pie which you can use to make potions/poisons. Credit to this method goes to Jai Pannu C. If you do not want to drop the money for the house and upgrades or don't have the extra cash for the ingredients in the shops just find a farm in this massive world, one that has been brought to my attention is one that was found to be NE of Kvatch. This one has more than enough ingredients to get your level up and if you manage to find other farms you can just fast travel between them and get all the ingredients your heart desires. This is best done with all of the alchemical equipment. Credit to this method goes to Nzambi D. A simpler, but sometimes harmful method is to just eat all the ingredients you find. they all give you experience in alchemy, but be careful, some plants have damaging effects. In a tight spot this can be a major problem. Although you do not get the option of selling the potions it is an option for vamps or the notorious criminal of Cyrodiil Credit for this method goes to Default Name ------------ 19-Security: Allows you to keep tumblers from falling when you are picking locks, depending on your skill level. Ways to train: A. The most effective way to level this skill is to get the skeleton key by completing the Nocturnal's shrine quest. The skeleton key is a lock pick that never breaks. After attaining this special, awesome item, go to a very hard lock and start to pick it, when you are close to opening it, mess up on purpose. Some tumblers will fall (One, two, or three depending on your level) and you can begin to pick the lock again. Everytime a tumbler sticks you get exp. in security, so continue to pick the same lock and eventually you can be a master in security. B. Another way for those who do not want or cannot find the skeleton key would be to stock up on a lot, and I mean A LOT of lockpicks then find a lock that isn't very easy. Pick it until only one tumbler needs to be opened. Now exit the lockpicking screen then attempt to pick the lock again, all the tumblers should have dropped again, allowing you to net a lot of exp very quickly. Credit for this method goes to Default Name C. Another way to increase security for those who cannot anymore due to the cap of the skeleton key (once your natural skill reaches 60, the key makes your level 100 and you won't level anymore) is to get a ton of picks, by buying them from Armand or by duping, what ever, and following these directions: "Go to the Imperial City prison and enter the door to "The Bastion". Walk down the hall to the right and you will soon find a wooden door that is locked with a very hard lock. The door is far enough from the front desk, and therefore the guard sitting at it, so that you won't even need to sneak while picking the lock, but you should just to be safe because there is a guard that periodically goes down into the prison via this door. Just auto attempt it until you succeed which will raise your security skill. Close the door and exit the building. When you go back in and return to the door it will be locked again. If you do not close it before you leave it will still be open when you return, but you can just close it, leave again, and return for a very hard locked door." This is a glitch and, if it fails to work, try this to correct it: Note: After you pick the lock and exit the building it will autosave. Load the autosave and when you go back in the door will be locked again as long as you closed it before you left Credit for this method goes to Neosapien D. a simpler way to get around the glitch mentioned above, if it doesn't work, is to get the skeleton key, go to the Arcane University and make a spell that drops your security skill into the single digits for something like 2 seconds. Then find a very hard lock, cast your spell and quickly attempt to pick the before the spell ends. If you get into the mini game quick enough the spell countdown stops and you can mash the auto-attempt button as many times as you want. Doing this will constantly give you experience and will quickly get you to mastery level. Credit for this method goes to DirtBoy ------------ 20-Sneak: Allows you to pick others pockets and move in the shadows without being detected. Ways to train: A. Get the Adoring Fan and bring him to your house or a secluded area, then enter sneak mode and continue to pickpocket him. Since the Adoring Fan, well adores you he won't care that you are stealing stuff from him and let you get away with it. Credit for this method to Kevindrosario B. Whenever you enter a cave, fort, whatever, enter sneak mode. Try to sneak up on or past every enemy you encounter. For warriors this isn't too bad because they tend to be tanks in terms of taking damage anyway. For mages, this method is a little more tricky and requires that you have a strong or instant kill spell in your spell book. C. Another easy way to get sneak up rather quickly would be to go into a town, enter an inn, walk into a dark corner then sneak into the wall. By moving into the wall you will not have problems of being seen and can be safe knowing you didn't wander into an area where something can kill you. Now attach a rubber- band to your controller so that it has you walking into the wall without you having to do it yourself. Come back every 20 minutes or so to press [x] for the skill increase and you'll be master in about an hour Credit for this trick to Andrew who sent me an e-mail, Thanks D. Yet another way to get sneak increased at an early level is to sneak inside your jail cell, right when the game starts. Just walk behind the table in there and tape or prop your controller so that you are sneking into the wall. Now just leave the controller for however long you need to level for. Credit for this method goes to Russell Tarbox E. Another way to level sneak is to enter an arena match, when it is over and you need to return to the bloodworks, start sneaking then enter the area. Now sneak into the wall on the curved path to level this skill. If you leave the path someone (not sure who) sees you. Credit for this trick goes to Vyper1701@aol.com ------------ 21-Light Armor: Determines the amount of damage you will take while wearing light armor. Ways to train: A. Just like the Heavy Armor, set the game to the easiest difficulty find a mudcrab or rat and let them beat on you. This will increase your skill rather quickly. B. Another way to increase this skill rather quickly is to use a variation of method A. First lower the difficulty now go to the Imperial City. Attack a guard and purposely resist arrest. Now run around town getting as many guards as you can to follow you. When you are satisfied with the group following you stop and allow all of them to beat on you. Then just keep healing up and your skill will skyrocket very quickly. Credit for this method goes to Jai Pannu C. South East of the Imperial City is a small town called Cropsford, go there. There is a quest involved with this settlement, but does not need to be completed. Enter the cave north of the town. From here go forward then turn right, then left. Here you should come upon a big room that looks like a kitchen, and there should be a path to the left of where you entered. This path leads to an even bigger room where there should be another entrance to your left. This path splits a couple of times so at the first split stay to the right, and at the second, hang a left. Following this path should lead to a small fence with rats inside. You finally made it, jump in, lower the difficulty and let the rats pound on ya. Credit for this method goes to broderick ------------ 22-Marksman: Determines the amount of damage dealt with arrows. Ways to train: A. Peryite's shrine is your friend, go there and fire all your arrows at his frozen followers. If any go unconscious, be sure to walk back to the nearest city without fast travelling, saving or waiting and get caught stealing something cheap. Pay the bounty and then you are good to go. This will stop your game from crashing from thousands of unreported assualt charges going unreported from Peryite's followers. Again credit for the unreported assualts problem goes to Kevindrosario B. An easy way to increase marksman is to summon a skeleton then unload all of your arrows on it. since they have no flesh the arrows will bounce right off allowing you to collect the arrows without any chance of losing the arrows to the foe. This will save you time and money when arrows are scarce and you lose a lot of your arrows. ------------ 23-Mercantile: Allows you to sell items for more gold or buy them for less. Ways to train: A. Mercantile is easily trained by gathering all of the arrows you own and selling them one by one to anyone that will buy them. Each individual arrow will increase your mercantile and increase your skill level. B. Another great way to increase merchantile is to go to Hackdirt and haggle with the shopkeeper to buy all your arrows Credit for this method goes to Andrew R. C. Mercantile is another annoying skill to level up, and being so you can use the drain skill method that will be mentioned soon. ------------ 24-Speechcraft: Determines how much people like you and how quickly you can raise their disposition. Ways to train: Unfortunately there aren't many ways to train this. The only way that is obvious is to play the speechcraft game, a lot. The disposition of the person you are presauding does not need to increase to gain you exp for this skill. Just mash the [x] button in the game and you will increase your skill very fast. ------------ 25-Drain Skill trick Kevindrosario has found a trick which is very helpful when trying to level up the more annoying skills like restoration and mercantile. Once you have access to the Arcane University make a spell that drains the selected skill to 0. Yes purposely drain that skill. Now go to the lower level trainers and cast this spell. Since you have a skill of 0 in that area they will offer to train you again for very little gold. Once the spell wears off your skill will return to normal and will be increased by the amount of times you trained. For example if you wanted to train restoration and had a skill of 80 in it, then you cast a spell that drains restoration 100 pts on self went to a trainer and trained 5 times. When the spell's effects wear off you will have a restoration skill of 85. A note to, well, take note of: just because your skill is at 80 doesn't mean that it will level up slower than a skill at level 0 with this method. In the above example it means that you will reach level 81 in restoration as fast as you would reach level 1 when employing this method. This can be done with any skill and is very easy to do. Thanks to Kevindrosario for pointing this out to those on the Oblivion PS3 board. ------------ 26-Everscamp Trick Someone named John Keller who e-mailed me as well as Boxzorz who has told me of another useful and practical way to level up many of your skills. If you have not yet done the "Whom the Gods Annoy" quest go start the quest at Rosentia Gallenus' house and get the staff. While in your inventory four scamps will follow you around. Just lower the difficulty and go crazy on them. Blunt, Blade Light Armor, Heavy Armor, Marksmanship, Destruction, Hand to Hand, Armorer, and Block are all fair game for levelling with this method. Just remember the scamps will fight back if you hit them enough. Someone else, Andrew, also contirbuted to this method which is an easy way to level restoration while using the scamps. By using absorb health as a main offense spell one can heal themselves and obliterate the Everscamps. This is an infinite source of enemies that can be used to level restoration. Yet another person, Default Name, has informed me that the scamps are still usable after you complete the quest. By returning to Darkfathom Cave where you deposited the staff the scamps should still be there and respawn, allowing you to level pretty much whatever you want. ------------ 27-Horse Abuse Another all around method contributed from an e-mail. Weelittlerockfan has sent me a method dealing with horses. By taking your own horse (Shadowmare works as far as I know as well as Prior Maborel's horse, and others) out into the wild you can level up any offensive skill. Just crank up the difficulty and have fun levelling up Blunt, Blade, Hand-to-Hand, Marksman, Destruction, as well as target spells in Illusion, Restorastion, and Alteration. Sneak can also be leveled up by facing your horse towards a wall and then sneaking behind it. With offensive skills if your horse is dying just wait an hour and your horse will be back to perfect shape. ------------ 28-Duping Another way to increase all your magics is to use a duping method. To save time I'm not going to list the various duping methods, the forums on any game site can easily give you these answers. Anyway, dupe welkend (sp?) to a rediculous number, then just use spells until you run out of magicka then use one of the stones to refill it. Just keep doing this until your levels skyrocket. Credit for this method goes to John Doe ------------- 29-Arcane University An easy way to increase any magic skill is to make the shortest, weakest spell you can in that college. By spamming these spells you get the same amount of experience you would from a stronger spell and use less Magicka. Credit for this method goes to Mokey ------------- 30-Arena This requires you to do the sidequest for Gro-Malog before entering the grand champion battle. Have one heal other spell, a lot of repair hammers, one offensive spell from every college possible, a blunt and blade weapon as well as a bow and a lot of arrows (or just dupe them) Now turn up the difficulty and hit the grey prince as he stands there taking it, then heal him, then pound on him again, allowing you to level any skill you want. Credit for this method goes to Ollie ------------- 31-Umbra By going to Vindasil and finding Umbra in the bottom of the ruins, and by using paintbrushes, you can block Umbra's movement by surrounding her with the paintbrushes and use any offensive or healing magicks on her as well as any offensive skills your willing to try (Hand to hand, blunt, blade and even Marksman) Credit for this method goes to Ollie ------------- Once again please send me information on other methods and any mistakes you may see. And please ask me permission before using any of this material else where. Thanks for reading my first Faq!