7 'Skyrim' Tips To Improve Your AdventureSkyrim is a huge game. That's not even the best way to describe it at all. It's a highly involved, customizable, and in-depth experience that should please any fan of the role playing game genre. However, big games can be daunting to start, especially if Skyrim is your first game in The Elder Scrolls series. So, we decided to put together a list of tips to keep in mind to help aid your quest to defeat the dragons as the Dovahkiin and bring some comfort and peace to the residents of the world. Before we get started with the tips, it should be said that Skyrim is worthy of a few playthroughs and experimentation with character building. Want to make a spell-sword who spends his off time as a thief? Sure, why not? Or how about an Orc who eschewed the barbaric ways of her people to be a mage? No matter what you decide to do, there's no wrong way to play the game. Hopefully, our Skyrim review was enough motivation to go out and purchase the game. Now, without further delay, let's get down to it.
Always carry a bow.
Yes, any character can be created thanks to the game's lack of specific classes, but that doesn't mean that characters should be without some kind of ranged weapon. In D&D games, it would be foolish to make any kind of character who didn't have the means to attack from range. Sometimes that distance advantage is all you need to deal some serious damage before getting the chance to use up close & personal weapons. That being said, there's no disadvantages to having a bow. Come across any enemies or wildlife abound in the world, crouch, aim, and shoot at them. If undetected, the arrow just got a free x2 damage multiplier from a sneak attack, which makes a world of difference in any combat scenario. The bow serves as a great way to soften up enemies for up close weapons and it also builds the skill pretty easily. Heck, even throw a little poison on the bow for that first sneak shot and you've gained the upper hand. Thieves who focus more on using a bow, rather than a dagger to sneak attack may find it a lot easier. There's also an Overdraw perk from the Archery tree or the Deadly Aim perk from the Sneak tree can create a very dangerous ranged character.Of course, it's just as important to keep Destruction or One/Two-Handed skills up as well for when things devolve into all out mortal combat.
Looting for value.As Skyrim is an RPG, looting is a very important component to making money and obtaining new items. However, nobody can carry absolutely everything. Carry load is determined by stamina and if that isn't pumped high enough, then there will be situations where Sophie's choice must be made and the player must decide what is ultimately worth adding to their inventory. Sometimes, you might end up looting... unusually. How can this problem be mitigated? First off, dungeons can be returned to after they have been cleared, and items that were left behind can be picked up. Dungeons remain empty for about three days in-game before they are repopulated by enemies. Should the time be available and money desirable, it's not a bad way to go. Barring that, examine all the items to be picked up and scrutinize their monetary value. For example, the Hide Bracers only weigh 1 and are worth 10 gold. That's not a bad pick up. On the other hand, the Ancient Nord Greatsword that weighs 14 and is worth only 20 gold? Not so much. Live by a simple ratio of value, like 1:10. A lot of the time, the items worth the most are the ones that weigh the least, like magic robes, gems, or jewelry. Inventory space is precious and can fill up rather quickly if you don't keep an eye on it.
Your follower is a pack mule.
Of course, being overburdened with massive amounts of loot isn't something that has be handled alone. Having a follower is like having a really good pack mule, except it also attacks and doesn't bray. The earliest follower available is Lydia, who is sworn to carry your burdens, so she won't mind holding 10 sets of Elven armor. Keep in mind, the follower also has a weight limit, so make sure looting efforts are maximized as much as possible. Depending on who your follower is and what they specialize in, equip him/her with some new equipment to increase their combat effectiveness. Lydia is actually a really good tank character, so back her up by giving her some better armor and maybe a better weapon. Followers also serve as warning signs occasionally while in dungeons, they'll make cliched comments, which might be a good idea to start saving.