Elder Scrolls V Skyrim Character Builds Guide

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On this page, you will read detailed guide on Assassin, Mage, Battle Mage and Dual Wield character builds.


Khajiit and Wood Elf races can become good assassins with their racial abilities and unique powers. It’s not easy to play Assassin, you need a good understand of the skills and perks and should have experience fighting with least armor.

You should be good at spells, poisons, potions and equipment, if you are to survive as an Assassin. Assassin is stealth based character build so Illusion and Alteration come in handy.

Because you are relying more on magic than ever, you should probably wear magic boosting equipment. It’s a trade-off, it also makes you vulnerable against melee but you can use Alteration Magic to balance this vulnerability – by increasing your armor.

You can also level up Mage Armor perk to increase your armor rating when you cast Oakflesh spell. Again, you should be really good at these defensive spells and probably should set them as favorites so you can easily swap through these spells.

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As an Assassin, you should never engage in a head-on fight, instead opt for Stealth and sneak up on your target with a sword in one hand and a paralyze spell in the other.

Hit your target and then immediately cast paralyze spell to hinder their movement. If you are successful in sneaking up on your target, swap the spell with another weapon and dual attack the target. It’s a good offensive strategy and you can take most of the enemies you encounter in Skyrim using it.

Skills To Level Up
Alchemy, Alteration, Illusion, Lockpicking, One-Handed, Sneak

Perks To Level Up

Alchemy, Physician, Poisoner, Concentrated Poison, Snakeblood.

Level up all the perks under this skill except Alteration Dual Casting.

Animage, Kindred Mage, Quiet Casting

Quick Hands, Wax Keys, Locksmith, Unbreakable

Armsman, Bladesman, Dual Flurry, Dual Savagery

Stealth, Muffled Movement, Backstab, Silence


Breton and High Elf can become good Pure Mages. Playing as a Pure Mage gives you flexibility to level up your favorite perk trees fully and choose your own path to become a devastating Pure Mage. It gives you enough flexibility to play in any particular way and still be successful.

With the Destruction/Restoration perk build, you will be limited to few damage dealing spells and healing spells – which makes things easy really but if you like more options, go for Alteration/Conjuration. You can use Alteration spells to buff yourself and debuff your enemy and then call your creatures to attack your foes.

If you want to focus on Conjuration, limit yourself to summoning and raising spells and level up perks that boost your defense. Avoid Bond weapons as a Pure Mage because they are meant to be used by Battle Mage.

Skills To Level Up
Alchemy, Alteration, Conjuration, Destruction, Enchantment, Illusion, Restoration

Perks To Level Up

Level Up all perks.

Level Up all perks.

Note. Trick is to level up two of your favorite primary perk trees and then spend some time leveling up secondary perks.

Battle Mage

Breton, Dunmer, Imperial, and Redguard can become good Battle Mage with their racial abilities and powers. Battle Mage isn’t an easy character build to play.

You will need a lot of practice and patience if you want to become a lethal Battle Mage. You should be really good with micromanagement of spells and weapons, even the shields if you want to take maximum benefit being a Battle Mage.

As a Battle Mage, you can wield bound weapons and use them in combat effectively. Go for Mystic Binding for more damage. Most effective strategy in combat being a Battle Mage is to summon your creatures and enage in melee combat with your magic weapon and defensive shield up.

Skills To Level Up
Alteration, Block, Conjuration, Enchantment, Heavy Armor, One-Handed, Restoration

Perks To Level UP

Level up all perks but leave Dual Casting and Mage Armor.

Shield Wall, Deflect Arrows, Elemental Protection, Block Runner

Mystic Binding

Enchanter, Soul Squeezer, Soul Siphon, Corpus Enchanter, Extra Effect.

Heavy Armor
Level up all perks.

Armsman, Fighting Stance, Savage Strike, Critical Charge and weapon specific perks.

Recovery, Respite, Ward Absorb.


It’s the most difficult character build to play because using two weapons at once makes you vulnerable to every enemy. This is because, you have sacrificed most of your defense if not all for better offense, which isn’t even effective against most of the enemies.

Dual-Wield may help you finish off few enemies quickly but against tough enemies, you will suffer a lot of damage, which reduces your chances to survive that fight.

Simply put, you should never go for Dual-Wield as you constant fighting style. If you want to dual-wield (Let’s assume you can’t live without it), lock your enemy with a spell like Paralyze and then finish him with a dual wield attack.

As pointed out in comments: You still have a defense. It is known mainly as backpedaling and dodging. using this effectively, you can overtake enemies of a much higher level, like trolls for example, without even taking damage.

I have survived efficiently so far pure dual wielding and some bow use. Your opinion is simply false, as you probably haven’t even tried it. The ignorant can impress the ignorant, but those of knowledge continue laughing at the absurd nonsense you present. Thanks for the tips P1atypus.

Now, go kill the dragons and save Skyrim from the civil war!

Don’t forget to share your own favorite character builds and tips on character progression in the comments below!

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