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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

Unofficial The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Guide by CM Boots-Faubert for


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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Feb 16th 2016 Guest
is there a cheat code for increasing the vampire lord blood thrust
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Sep 16th 2015 Guest
how to manipulate the resonators in fahlbthartz
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Jul 31st 2015 Guest
thanks you helped too
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Feb 9th 2015 Guest
Skyrim is easy but I can not beat aldian the dragon guy.
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Dec 27th 2014 Guest
If you kill your spouse can you remarry,and can you have sex and a baby.omg
ID #491043
Dec 13th 2014 Guest
I need help collecting the deadric artifacts, I acquired and sold a few . Can anyone help me please!?
ID #484273
Nov 29th 2014 Guest
Doe anyone know how to get the skeleton key in skyrim Xbox 360 because I suck at lock picking
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Nov 15th 2015 Guest
the thief guild has it.
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Sep 16th 2015 Guest
You half to play the thieves guild quest almost to the end to get it
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Oct 11th 2014 Guest
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Oct 5th 2014 Fishman17
can anyone tell me where the key to the thalmor embassy is please
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Aug 24th 2014 Guest
I am playing Skyrim and I have the dragonborn DLC I can't pass the Quest Escape Bloodskal Barrow? Can someone help PLEASE!!
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Jul 7th 2014 Guest
Were are the claws located?
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Nov 10th 2013 Guest
Best game ever I could pay it all day
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Oct 30th 2013 Guest
Best Game Ever
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Aug 4th 2013 Guest
How do you get to the smoke editors test hall (or whatever) on xbox?
ID #302536
Jul 16th 2013 Guest
how do i get the door open at seprents Bluff rains the door near the book of spell sparks
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Jun 29th 2013 Guest
Help me with dragonborn dlc
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Jun 24th 2013 Guest
Where can I find the ebony claw for the jagged crown mission inside of Korvanjund but can't find it anywhere
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Mar 26th 2013 Guest
What is the best way to get dragon armor??
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Mar 3rd 2013 sweepy02
where do I get quarried stone and clay to build my own house
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Oct 10th 2015 Guest
They shoud be around the building area.
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Mar 2nd 2013 Guest
I have hearthfires for ps3 how do I get the houses?The one I have in whiterun only gives me a childs room.....
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Feb 12th 2013 Guest
[b][/b] ok how do you get up the throat of the earth its impossible
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Feb 3rd 2013 Guest
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.
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Jan 24th 2013 Guest
click to reveal
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Jan 3rd 2013 kfreeman123
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
ID #236186
Jan 2nd 2013 Guest
What is the pillar combo for the brothers of darkness book quest
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Nov 19th 2012 [email protected]
How do get married??
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Nov 14th 2012 mat7mil
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?
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Nov 3rd 2012 Guest
Hey,how do I get the dragonbane???

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Sep 3rd 2012 military_of_1
I have found 5 houses for sale. Markrath, Solitude, Riften, Whiterun, and Windhelm.
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Aug 26th 2012 jamesyd
amazing game one of my favourite ever! found a lot of helpful stuff on so i reccommend checking it out
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Aug 23rd 2012 jshark6605
the golden claw- what is the combo for the door it has a bear a owl and a dragon fly
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Jul 1st 2015 Guest
just look it up in YouTube. They have tons of walkthroughs/guides for everything.
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Jul 16th 2012 Guest
how do you dualwield swords
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Jul 1st 2015 Guest
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.
ID #578314
Jul 16th 2012 Guest
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
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Jul 9th 2012 Guest
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?
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Jun 23rd 2012 Guest
how do i cure vampirism
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Jun 17th 2012 Guest
]help me with the marriage thingy and 4 the guy wiv no wepens ill tell u if u tell me how to get married
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Jun 11th 2012 Guest
Who knows the ingredients for invisability
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Jun 4th 2012 Guest
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.
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Apr 15th 2012 DJDRJEM134
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
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Apr 8th 2012 Guest
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
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Mar 18th 2012 viperbabe25
how do u buy the home in solitude?
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Feb 6th 2012 Guest
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.
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Jan 22nd 2012 solidsnake6921
can anybody in skyrim make dragon armor for you
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Jan 22nd 2012 Guest
Asidently did not lison to malborn and have not got any weapons so helP
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Jan 16th 2012 Guest
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
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Jan 15th 2012 Spyder IV
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
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Jan 14th 2012 Guest
Is three any way to get rid of your current spouse and then remarry?
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