‘Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim’ Manual Appears Online

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If you’re the type of gamer that went googly-eyed over the recently revealed Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim world map and screenshots, boy do we have another treat for you. Hot on the heels of that reveal is a few screenshots of the game’s instruction manual. Yes, it’s not particularly revelatory stuff, but it does give gamers a good sense of the game.

Probably the most interesting tidbit that can be gleaned from the manual is the companion/follower controls. While most figured that after it worked so well in Fallout 3 that an advanced follower feature would be available in Skyrim, it’s great to see it confirmed.

On the other side of the spectrum, in the groan-worthy category, is the return of encumbrance in Skyrim. A long-standing annoyance of the Elder Scrolls and other Bethesda RPG genre, encumbrance essentially forces the player to decide what items are important and which must go the way of the drop. Why can’t we just keep it all?

Some of the other features and mechanics mentioned in the manual include the new skill trees which are actually mapped to the stars in Skyrim, as well as how to use the various spells and shouts in the game. Shouts are a powerful form of magic that comes from various walls found throughout the game and are unlocked with dragon souls as currency. Yes, it’s pretty epic stuff.

There’s also brief confirmation of those staples of the Skyrim universe like fast traveling and mapping your skills/abilities to various button faces. Not exactly riveting information, but important to the overall experience of the game.

Here’s a brief taste of the manual including some of the aforementioned features, but for a complete look head to the Reddit page here.

With so much to do in the world of Skyrim it’s hard to imagine what a comprehensive manual would look like, but this is a fine start. Players who are new to the world of Elder Scrolls (for shame, first of all) will find a perfect introduction to the core mechanics of the game as well as a brief explanation of the rich lore gamers have come to love seeing from Bethesda. We can’t wait to finally get our hands on the final product.

What do you think of the Skyrim instruction manual? Any surprises? Anything you curious to know more about and now finally do?

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim releases November 11, 2011 for the PS3, PC, and Xbox 360.

Source: Reddit

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  • Drew

    I for one like encumbrance, it would be terribly silly if you could just carry around EVERYTHING in the game. It forces you to make choices and to play to a character. As a mage I dont carry weapons and focus on carrying things that are essential to my character. A warrior would have the strength to carry his pack of weapons and any other things he wants to haul out of a dungeon. I was shocked that you didnt like encumbrance.

    • josh

      I agree. Having to travel back to my house to drop off goods after a dungeon or two isn’t much of an inconvience and it would be silly if I could carry like over 100 swords.

      Like you said characters that need to be able to carry heavier things will have more strength and be able to. There are also usually spells such as feather that you can cast to lighten your load.

  • Ops31337

    would love a “keyring” like in Fallout 3 so you don’t have to scroll through the keys to get to other items

  • Adam

    Will you guys have to pull this due to ‘copyright’ or something or rather? I heard Bethesda was forcing other sites to do this or something. But still, it looks BRILLIANT

  • Yuuchun

    Any word on system requirements?

    • Timmy

      The only answer I can think of is “pretty damn high”.

      • iDancethroughshadoWs

        it was developed for console and only uses dx9. i think that should answer your question. if it runs Oblivion itll run Skyrim with no problems. which is pretty damn sad

        • toolman


  • D.B.

    God I hate reading up on this game because it makes it so hard to contain my excitement.

  • brian churchyard

    wolfgang dittberner attended parktown boys high school in the mid 80s. he was big german lad, some two yrs older than the other lads. he was quick to mock anyone whom he found eating fishpaste sarmies. he would often carry an old piece of blood sausage in his top blazer pocket. he played the trumpet in the school marching band and wore xtra tight kakhi shorts

    • Mark

      @brian churchyard

      Umm… Thanks for sharing that brilliant and highly relevant bit of information with us! 😉

      • brandon

        Don’t feed the trolls mark

  • mrluketee

    Do know if this us known feature already, but I noticed in the manual it’s says we’ll be able to ‘furnish’ our horse once we’ve bought it from the stables.

    A small but cool little feature I thought.

  • Athan Mauk

    hmmm…. does thie guy know what a scanner is?

  • Randy

    haha clearly this writer isnt a fan of the elder scrolls series.