The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Guide

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Walkthrough and Guide

by Chris Boots-Faubert  

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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Walkthrough

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The massive popularity of Skyrim with the critics in its first days of release and the massive number of perfect 10 scores it received made it seem as if another perfect game had arrived.  But like the Fallout series and,  if we are being candid, some of the previous games in the Elder Scrolls series, the shining praise was a bit premature...  Even though the game had been declared Gold weeks before launch, the reality is anything but that.

To put it simply, this is one of the most bug-filled releases every to emerge from Bethesda Studios.  It was clearly not fully tested before it was release -- or it was fully tested and released in what can only kindly be called a late-beta stage simply to get it in stores in time for the holidays.

If I make that sound bad well, in a way it is.  Don't take this wrong -- the game is playable -- there are only a few really game-breaking bugs and if you are lucky those can be avoided or at least you can revert to a save before the bug messed everything up and then not do the thing that triggers it.

I learned these lessons the hard way, being forced to restart twice and revert the game countless times and that, combined with personal life issues, made this guide two weeks late.  That is never a good thing.  But it is here now, and that is a good thing, because you are going to need it.


Welcome to Skyrim


Even though I found Skyrim to be perhaps the most buggy major title release I have ever seen, I also found it to be an intense and interesting adventure that in every way lives up to the reputation and the entertainment levels that have long been part of this series.  In an even-handed way I would even go so far as to say that this is the best Elder Scrolls game... Ever.

One of the major points in its favor is that it was built with the same engine that the Fallout games used, which means that anyone who has played those has a zero learning curve for the controls and the play style of this one!  Lockpicking is just like it was in Fallout, and having the ability to fast travel is simply awesome.

Magic and Shouts in the game are intuitive, interesting, and strategically critical, but where this game really shines is in its crafting system, which if you gather the correct materials allows you to craft weapons and armor that are far superior to ANYTHING you can get as loot, including the Daedric Artifacts!  It is always a good thing when a game developer puts the focus upon the player, and they do that in Skyrim to the Nth degree!

I very much enjoyed writing this guide, and I hope that you will enjoy using it!  Merry Christmas!



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how to manipulate the resonators in fahlbthartz

Added 16th Sep 2015, ID #608976

thanks you helped too

Added 31st Jul 2015, ID #591874

Skyrim is easy but I can not beat aldian the dragon guy.

Added 9th Feb 2015, ID #513865

If you kill your spouse can you remarry,and can you have sex and a baby.omg

Added 27th Dec 2014, ID #491043

I need help collecting the deadric artifacts, I acquired and sold a few . Can anyone help me please!?

Added 13th Dec 2014, ID #484273

Doe anyone know how to get the skeleton key in skyrim Xbox 360 because I suck at lock picking

Added 29th Nov 2014, ID #477913

the thief guild has it.

Added 15th Nov 2015, ID #625494

You half to play the thieves guild quest almost to the end to get it

Added 16th Sep 2015, ID #608977


Added 11th Oct 2014, ID #457204

can anyone tell me where the key to the thalmor embassy is please

Added 5th Oct 2014, ID #455083

I am playing Skyrim and I have the dragonborn DLC I can't pass the Quest Escape Bloodskal Barrow? Can someone help PLEASE!!

Added 24th Aug 2014, ID #440458

Were are the claws located?

Added 7th Jul 2014, ID #413807

Best game ever I could pay it all day

Added 10th Nov 2013, ID #318788

Best Game Ever

Added 30th Oct 2013, ID #317067

How do you get to the smoke editors test hall (or whatever) on xbox?

Added 4th Aug 2013, ID #302536

how do i get the door open at seprents Bluff rains the door near the book of spell sparks

Added 16th Jul 2013, ID #297902

Help me with dragonborn dlc

Added 29th Jun 2013, ID #293568

Where can I find the ebony claw for the jagged crown mission inside of Korvanjund but can't find it anywhere

Added 24th Jun 2013, ID #292460

What is the best way to get dragon armor??

Added 26th Mar 2013, ID #267358

where do I get quarried stone and clay to build my own house

Added 3rd Mar 2013, ID #260323

They shoud be around the building area.

Added 10th Oct 2015, ID #615320

I have hearthfires for ps3 how do I get the houses?The one I have in whiterun only gives me a childs room.....

Added 2nd Mar 2013, ID #260068

[b][/b] ok how do you get up the throat of the earth its impossible

Added 12th Feb 2013, ID #253555

if you are a level 4 vampire you will have to go to Morthal and find Falion, who will explain how you can go about curing it. you have to find a black soul gem, fill it and return to Falion and he will complete the ritual. if you are less than a level 1 vampire a simple cure disease potion or the shrine of talos should work. it won't work if you are past level 1 vampire.

Added 3rd Feb 2013, ID #249958

click to reveal

Added 24th Jan 2013, ID #245951

u get married by going to the bee and barb in riftin and there is a guy in a cloak talk to him and u can get the amulet of mara so u can ask people to marry u also the amulet is 200 gold coins

Added 3rd Jan 2013, ID #236186

What is the pillar combo for the brothers of darkness book quest

Added 2nd Jan 2013, ID #234400

How do get married??
Added 19th Nov 2012, ID #210365

hi all
i've got a question, i go to Yngal barrow, and it turns dark and i can't do anything inside! how do i get through this one. i've got the claw, but can't use it! Why?

Added 14th Nov 2012, ID #208692

Hey,how do I get the dragonbane???

Added 3rd Nov 2012, ID #204798

I have found 5 houses for sale. Markrath, Solitude, Riften, Whiterun, and Windhelm.

Added 3rd Sep 2012, ID #183105

amazing game one of my favourite ever! found a lot of helpful stuff on so i reccommend checking it out

Added 26th Aug 2012, ID #180209

the golden claw- what is the combo for the door it has a bear a owl and a dragon fly

Added 23rd Aug 2012, ID #179228

just look it up in YouTube. They have tons of walkthroughs/guides for everything.

Added 1st Jul 2015, ID #578315

how do you dualwield swords

Added 16th Jul 2012, ID #165029

When your in the weapon menu, and you have the weapon you want to equip. Just use left trigger for left hand and right trigger for right hand.

Added 1st Jul 2015, ID #578314

how many houses total can u buy. what i need to no is what towns have houses for sale,i have noticed some dont have houses you can buy, so which providences have houses for sale thank you

Added 16th Jul 2012, ID #164784

I want to quit and change my game. But my brothers also have different accounts and they say, that if I quit and change my game, that their's will restart too. Is that true? Can i change my game with out restarting other players games?

Added 9th Jul 2012, ID #162202

how do i cure vampirism

Added 23rd Jun 2012, ID #155797

]help me with the marriage thingy and 4 the guy wiv no wepens ill tell u if u tell me how to get married

Added 17th Jun 2012, ID #153708

Who knows the ingredients for invisability

Added 11th Jun 2012, ID #151425

im the guy above here and you can get the solitude house by doing the wolfskull cave quest and elisifs other errands and when she gives you the chance to buy itll cost 25000 gold+werwolves are part of the circle of the companions so if you finish kodlaks glenmoril witch head quest keep 1 for yourself so when you finish aelas quests and get wuuthrad(ysgramors axe)and go to his tomb throw two witch heads into the fire one for kodlaks soul and the other for youll be free .Vampires cant be cured sorry.

Added 4th Jun 2012, ID #148625

Keerava is either dead or missing. I take move on to the next quest without collecting her debt. I already tried talking to the quest giver in the ratway. But no luck there. How do I either get the debt owed or get around it. There isn't a save spot to go back to. I kept playing as ity would seem that I would never get it done. I giigled it and looked it up the best I know how dose anyone have answers

Added 16th Apr 2012, ID #133975

retrieve evette san s gold diamond ring from evette san in solitude .the lady when pickpocketed it is 0 persent for quest item 90 persent for the rest.i tried fallowing her home and tried when she was asleep and still 0 persent chanceis it a glitch or what

Added 9th Apr 2012, ID #131153

how do u buy the home in solitude?

Added 18th Mar 2012, ID #124144

To get into Mercer's house: first go to the fence and talk to the bodyguard guy. then go around the right side to the wooden stairs leading up. go on them to where you can see over the fence surrounding mercer's house. wait until the bodyguard is next to the fence and shoot him with your bow. he has a key to the house. select him and take the key. go into the estate. there is a wooden bridge you as you walk in. shoot below it and it should fall down. then enter through the second floor door with the key from mercer's bodyguard.

Added 6th Feb 2012, ID #112758

can anybody in skyrim make dragon armor for you

Added 22nd Jan 2012, ID #108464

Asidently did not lison to malborn and have not got any weapons so helP

Added 22nd Jan 2012, ID #108287

i have lost one of the dragon masks so i cant put all eight in to the lock thing to release the last mask is there any way you can fnd out where it is or does it go back after a certan amount of time

Added 16th Jan 2012, ID #106559

Good game, love it except... Is there any way to fletch your own arrows? I seem to be running out of moderate* arrows and have been reverted to Falmer or Ancient Nord arrows...

*Steel-Glass arrows

Spyder IV
Added 15th Jan 2012, ID #106316

Is three any way to get rid of your current spouse and then remarry?

Added 14th Jan 2012, ID #105754