Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Achievements


Reach Level 50  

How you level up in Skyrim is simple, yet complicated. Unlike most RPGs you don’t get experience for quests or kills, so levelling up the conventional way is out of the question, in fact, it’s all about levelling up sub-skills, which in turn levels up your character level. Every time you level up you get chance to whack 10 points on magika, stamina or health, as well as applying a perk.

There are 18 skills in the game which range from combat orientated skills like archery, one-handed weapons and blocking; and magic use like restoration, destruction and conjuration; all the way through to more deceptive tasks like sneaking, pickpocketing and lock-picking; and your general working jobs, like smithing, alchemy and enchanting.

In order to hit 50 you’ll have to do a wide range of tasks and level them up as far as possible. The truth is that you’ll never be able to stick with one discipline if you want to get to level 50 – I reached level 100 on my archery skill by about level 35. That means you’ll have to mix things up… use magic, use archery, use one-handed weapons, use two-handed weapons, smith weapons, enchant weapons, pick-pocket people, pick locks… the more you do, the quicker you’ll level up – so when you reach that level 100 on a skill, it’s time to move onto something else. It is worth nothing that a level 10 in a skill isn’t going to raise you character level as much as a level 90 would.

There are 3 ways though to level up skills and for tips on how to raise the individual skill levels, see the “Skill Master” achievement description where there are tons of tips that will help raise skill subsets across the board, getting you closer to that level 50 achievement quicker than usual.

Rate this achievementAverage Rating (Based on 26 votes)
User Comments
Comment #1 by Gamerdude5448
Monday, October 03, 2011 @ 07:10:46 PM

This means its gonna have a big level cap!

Comment #2 by FPS GLIMMER
Monday, October 03, 2011 @ 07:14:00 PM

oblivion didnt have a level cap.

Comment #3 by vuong7777
Monday, October 03, 2011 @ 07:45:08 PM

whow, thats a big level cap :)

Comment #4 by Spartan C37
Monday, October 03, 2011 @ 07:50:07 PM

It may not be a cap. It may just become very much harder to level once level 50 is reached, much like Oblivion.
Then again, Fallout had a level cap.

Can't wait for this game though

Comment #5 by American shooter
Monday, October 03, 2011 @ 07:51:13 PM

omg i cant wait

Comment #6 by jobesjo
Monday, October 03, 2011 @ 07:54:27 PM

@2 Your major skills determined your level in Oblivion and those sort of had a cap of 100 (you could get past 100 with certain quest rewards like skill bonuses). Oblivion did have a level cap because at a certain point you couldn't keep gaining levels (without some sort of exploit/hack/cheat). On another note why do people think 50 is so big of a level cap? It seems pretty standard for an Elder Scrolls game. Can't wait for this.

Comment #7 by xTenebrous
Monday, October 03, 2011 @ 08:07:20 PM

#6 Technically it didn't have a cap, they didn't define a maximum level it was just possible to keep going due to jail and other skill deteriorating effects.

Comment #8 by Armor42
Monday, October 03, 2011 @ 08:26:58 PM

#6 Technically we are both GREEN MAN

Comment #9 by Phantom Knight
Monday, October 03, 2011 @ 08:37:10 PM

good to see that

Comment #10 by ChaseBelmont
Monday, October 03, 2011 @ 08:56:00 PM

lol at #8

Comment #11 by daardu
Monday, October 03, 2011 @ 08:57:10 PM

I hope it pays off to get to that much of a level like an awesome sword

Comment #12 by ColicLionHeart
Monday, October 03, 2011 @ 09:01:32 PM

Need more quests.

Comment #13 by credible
Monday, October 03, 2011 @ 09:18:03 PM

Looks like this is going to be the hardest of the achievements. Or if not the hardest, the most time consuming. Looks like Bethesda has made good achievements, something for everyone and an overall appealing list.

Comment #14 by d0ct0rscarecr0w
Monday, October 03, 2011 @ 09:26:10 PM

@13 agreed it's a very varied list definitely better than Oblivion. Looking
forward to getting the 1k. ^.^

Comment #15 by Fang Ma Guo Lai
Monday, October 03, 2011 @ 09:39:07 PM

50 is not the level cap. It's when xp slows waaaaayyyyy down. You can get to 51 and so on, it'll just take a lot longer per level.

Comment #16 by x864x doug
Monday, October 03, 2011 @ 09:47:26 PM

Can't want for this game going to be awesome.

Comment #17 by brandonator14
Monday, October 03, 2011 @ 10:09:50 PM

@15 how do you know?..
@16 this game is going to be EPIC

Comment #18 by lprulez
Monday, October 03, 2011 @ 10:15:36 PM

Level 50 is a soft level cap. Todd Howard said in an interview you can get to about level 75 in the game.

Comment #19 by xmanglerx
Monday, October 03, 2011 @ 11:58:41 PM

@15 there is no xp in the TES series, and everyone else there is no level cap levels are based on raising your major skills through using them or buying them from trainers and you can go to jail to lower your skill allowing you to further raise
your levels

Comment #20 by xmanglerx
Tuesday, October 04, 2011 @ 12:03:45 AM

sorry forget i said anything my bad, i suck :(

Comment #21 by Sigmund666
Tuesday, October 04, 2011 @ 02:52:58 AM

Not getting anxious at all. I bet this will come with DLC which will make this more easy :)

Comment #22 by Riskbreaker XYZ
Tuesday, October 04, 2011 @ 02:56:07 AM

@ #8 - Watched the 3-part game demo on LIVE, and the dude said there's gonna
be 150 dungeons. One of them might have a Skeleton surrounded by plungers...

Comment #23 by a dying animal
Tuesday, October 04, 2011 @ 04:09:49 AM

As long as there is still new stuff to do and places to go up until level 50 i'll be happy.

Comment #24 by O0mix0O
Tuesday, October 04, 2011 @ 06:47:42 AM

I hope this isn't a level cap :D

Comment #25 by Cocoabine
Tuesday, October 04, 2011 @ 06:52:01 AM

I'm glad the achievements are similar to Oblivion and are quite easy to obtain; none of that search around for collectibles crap!

Comment #26 by Sadams x T10D
Tuesday, October 04, 2011 @ 07:08:04 AM

@13 Yeah I have over 100hrs on each of my multiple Oblivion saves and I can't remember leveling past 20. Minotaurs suck in ES4!

Comment #27 by Warlegend
Tuesday, October 04, 2011 @ 07:44:58 AM

This is going to be so much fun! CanĀ“t wait anymore...

Comment #28 by apples828
Tuesday, October 04, 2011 @ 09:05:56 AM

there is no level cap in skyrim. the level up speed drastically decreases after you hit level 50. Todd Howard said the mathematical level cap is somewhere around 70.

Comment #29 by Sny Pelican
Tuesday, October 04, 2011 @ 09:28:58 AM

Meh, if I know them right I'll get this by making my controller walk into a stone and leave it over night, lol

Comment #30 by Lord of Rage
Tuesday, October 04, 2011 @ 11:10:22 AM

Hell yeah!!!. Lvl 50!!!

Comment #31 by Frankie Godskin
Tuesday, October 04, 2011 @ 11:42:55 AM

I got my second character to level 50 in Oblivion and it was a blast. The trick was to choose a race that didn't have any bonuses in your specializations, i.e. a thief dark elf. This kept my starting stats in my major skills low, allowing me to level more and get to 50.

Hopefully it's simpler in Skyrim.

Comment #32 by Godly Martyr
Tuesday, October 04, 2011 @ 01:34:14 PM

I plan on losing my tan for this.

Comment #33 by ChosenOne
Tuesday, October 04, 2011 @ 07:10:07 PM

Level 50, first day. jk. but i will be playing for about 3 days straight.

Comment #34 by Juxtoposeium
Tuesday, October 04, 2011 @ 07:42:01 PM

aka time waster achievement, my Assassin in Oblivion is like 43 and I have almost 400 hrs into her.

Comment #35 by Fang Ma Guo Lai
Tuesday, October 04, 2011 @ 08:13:29 PM

@29... There are no athletics skills anymore. No more leveling by jumping or running.

Comment #36 by American shooter
Tuesday, October 04, 2011 @ 08:23:48 PM

i am going to have no life when this comes out

Comment #37 by brentrlopez
Tuesday, October 04, 2011 @ 09:58:57 PM

Oh dear crap, If they are going to force me to level up in this game I hope they fixed the enemies auto scaling from oblivion. I never leveled up in that game, because whenever I was higher than level 5 it would take hours to fight a single scamp.

Comment #38 by ServbotNamedSxE
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 @ 08:23:57 AM

@25: Amen to that!

All story-based achievements! No collect-a-thons, no online ranked crap, no beat it on hardest difficulty. Play the game and have fun and you'll get 1000 gamerscore before you know it! :D

Comment #39 by LeoTheHamster
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 @ 09:39:17 AM

Second that #37, levelling seemed to handicap my character every time rather than make him better :( Fingers crossed it will be more like the Fallout system

Comment #40 by EricDC
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 @ 09:50:57 AM

There is no level cap, you can research online on how to get max level in oblivion and morrowind, but it is all determined by your skills.

Comment #41 by ViperX700
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 @ 01:18:58 PM

Yes it is true, but you are limited in the skill perks you can get, i hope the full list is released before the game so i can somewhat plan ahead.

Comment #42 by General Redland
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 @ 04:04:31 PM

There will be nothing more satisfying than reaching level 50, learning the game's most powerful spells, and earning the most powerful weapons in existence, all for the great honor of hunting mudcrabs!

Comment #43 by craig2007
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 @ 04:48:26 PM

after level 50 you stop getting perks

Comment #44 by American shooter
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 @ 08:50:40 PM

it doesnt matter how long it takes,gonna be one of the greatest games ever

Comment #45 by Wooly x360a
Thursday, October 06, 2011 @ 12:20:42 AM

i Dont think level 50 is the cap.

Comment #46 by hythloday
Thursday, October 06, 2011 @ 05:06:40 PM

i hope this will take a long loong time to get!

Comment #47 by Aven garr
Thursday, October 06, 2011 @ 11:08:35 PM

I have about a thousand hours on my all-rounda Dark Elf. Im level 40, im still playin oblivion yeah!! such a well done game and i absolutley cant wait till Skyrim, i have no doubt that it will be way better :)

Comment #48 by GetNikolaiVodka
Friday, October 07, 2011 @ 12:27:34 AM

Level 50??? OMG haha I'm only level 27 on my oblivion file with nearing 200 hours haha this is gonna take forever!!!

Comment #49 by Inconsistently
Friday, October 07, 2011 @ 01:26:30 AM

Can't wait to 1000 this game :)

Comment #50 by xbox360fan91
Friday, October 07, 2011 @ 10:09:11 AM

I cant wait for Skyrim its going to be the best game ever!!! and i took a week off work so ill be playing this game all week.

Comment #51 by ODHN
Friday, October 07, 2011 @ 10:17:42 AM

This game looks so good im considering buying the ridiculously expensive edition! where do I even put a dragon figurine?

Comment #52 by Ajex
Saturday, October 08, 2011 @ 09:42:46 AM

@#51 put it right next to you while ur playing so u get more into the game lol i cant wait for this game its gonna be so good!

Comment #53 by mitcho2013
Sunday, October 09, 2011 @ 01:23:36 PM

This'll defintly be my last trophy in Skyrim (either that or Married)

Comment #54 by rightousawesome
Monday, October 10, 2011 @ 12:30:01 AM

@53 dont you meen achievment

Comment #55 by rightousawesome
Monday, October 10, 2011 @ 12:31:17 AM

50G for 50lvl sounds about right lol

Comment #56 by Annalie
Monday, October 10, 2011 @ 11:58:08 AM

@54 i know right. that word is so annoying. he seems to think this is someone please redirect him.

Hopefully if its anything like fallout then leveling will go by fairly quickly. hoping its not like oblivion, since they made this an achievement and i dont want to worry about it to much. i want to enjoy the game.

Comment #57 by Reiner 32
Monday, October 10, 2011 @ 08:07:57 PM

SKYRIM FTW (for the win) at least i hope .

Comment #58 by Championfister
Monday, October 10, 2011 @ 11:01:56 PM

hell yeah

Comment #59 by lancmanc
Tuesday, October 11, 2011 @ 07:05:20 AM

lookin forward to getin 100% on this, oblivion + DLC is still my greatest achievment

Comment #60 by ViperX700
Tuesday, October 11, 2011 @ 01:19:37 PM

According to the leaked manual pics you get 1 perk when you level up, and levelling is faster when you level up higher value skills. Ex. 80-90 counts towards more when levelling as compared to 70-80.

Comment #61 by GOTHAMGiRL
Wednesday, October 12, 2011 @ 07:27:53 PM

At least the levelling achievements are kind of forcing you to level up, Oblivion was too easy, you could complete the main story and hardly level up at all. I can't wait for this!!

Comment #62 by reymarkable
Sunday, October 16, 2011 @ 05:29:27 PM

this will definately be the hardest achievement. Reaching level 50 in oblivion was a huge grind and a pain

Comment #63 by EIDOLON
Sunday, October 16, 2011 @ 05:40:06 PM

i read that after level 50 u can still level up , but very very slow, like 10 times more slow, but this it's gonna make this game amazing.

Comment #64 by EIDOLON
Tuesday, October 18, 2011 @ 04:35:24 PM

#53 what trophy man? here we talk about achievements for Xbox 360 !

Comment #65 by Interfector DEI
Tuesday, October 18, 2011 @ 05:32:01 PM

Todd Howard said leveling goes quicker in Skyrim because power comes from perks not skill level he also said the game has a hard cap in the 70's and that's if you max all 18 skills.

Comment #66 by Tobiasrocks
Wednesday, October 19, 2011 @ 04:55:05 AM

this is not saying this is the MAX lvl cap. just because its a achievement ;)
in Dragon Age 2 was the achievement level 20 but the cap lvl 50. so maybe
its just a achievement ;)

Comment #67 by Arawos
Sunday, October 23, 2011 @ 05:27:40 AM

There is no lvl cap. Lvl 50 is the smooth lvl cap, then lvl 75 is the very hard one. After 75 there will be very very very hard to lvl up, I think he said

Comment #68 by Sharik
Sunday, October 23, 2011 @ 03:18:43 PM

It is true thah we will be able to get only 50 perks?

Comment #69 by OneBgBdArtemis
Tuesday, October 25, 2011 @ 12:03:58 PM

So funny everyone on here goin' on bout Oblivion's level ca, or nonexistence thereof, and not one of you have said anything about Morrowind or Daggerfall...I had over 500 hours into Morrowind and was still going at level 74 and Daggerfall was over a level 60, I think the only thing I don't like about Skyrim is them including the "perk" system from Fallout 3...dunno, never needed it before, but hey, I'm looking for another 500 hour game, since Oblivion maxed out at 350 for me...

Comment #70 by WorthyJimbo22
Tuesday, October 25, 2011 @ 12:56:26 PM

The level cap for Oblivion was 50 everyone... yep. It's probably the same for Skyrim, why do you think this achieve is called Master?

Comment #71 by Grohlvana
Wednesday, October 26, 2011 @ 07:46:39 PM

You guys aren't taking into account that you will level up a ton more faster than in Oblivion since all skills count towards increasing your level, not like in Oblivion where if you put up skills that you didn't pick as your main ones it was almost for nothing.

Comment #72 by Metalmanrob
Thursday, October 27, 2011 @ 09:40:13 AM

The level cap in Skyrim is not 50. This is just an achievement. Like other people have said, you just level up waaaay slower. Todd Howard said that the mathematical level cap is 75-80, but it will take a long time to get there!
Cannot wait for this game!!!!!

Comment #73 by Dangerous Brian
Thursday, October 27, 2011 @ 10:53:39 AM

Level 50? Easy! I'm guessing that like all the other Bethesda games enemies will become harder the more you level up. This will be fun.

Comment #74 by Danthology24
Saturday, October 29, 2011 @ 10:26:04 AM

When this game comes out everything else in my life stops for atleast 3 days O.o

Comment #75 by powerlesscheese
Sunday, October 30, 2011 @ 12:37:53 AM


Comment #76 by Falloutsider
Sunday, October 30, 2011 @ 12:37:35 PM

cant wait 4 this game only just finished playing oblivion,
still play fallout 3 even though i got all achievements,
i found myself makin another xbox account so i can play bethesda games
again to get the achievements, cant say that about any other games

Comment #77 by nopecakoo
Sunday, October 30, 2011 @ 12:48:49 PM

Yay! I get to be a hermit for 5 months!

Comment #78 by Rave138
Monday, October 31, 2011 @ 09:39:15 AM

I've got the game on my offline xbox and level 50 is too easy I done it in around 44 hours and I got all 1k in 3days but I'm still playing it's such a good game

Comment #79 by TormenterofPa
Monday, October 31, 2011 @ 04:21:35 PM

Getting to 50 should be a hell of a fun time. Especially with all the perks and how the whole world is dynamic.

Comment #80 by ThePrince
Monday, October 31, 2011 @ 05:08:07 PM

This is gonna be hella fun.

Comment #81 by Tyhon
Wednesday, November 02, 2011 @ 05:05:04 AM

@2 and 6. Oblivion's level cap was 255. Because 256 was a binary number. You could actually just keep going to jail and drop in skill levels to just increase them again to 100. No exploit in my opinion. Just a logical sequence of events.

@Everyone: I think reaching level 50 won't be THAT hard to reach. By natural gameplay you can at least get to level 40 by Bethesda standards (fallout 3 and oblivion speaking)

@69: dude it's gonna be fine. The perk system is more of a perktree this time. So you upgrade one then you can get it to the next level. Besides they said they were more like shouts. Also I believe the perks aren't gained by just choosing when leveling up but more earned after usage.

Comment #82 by Nutty Scouser
Wednesday, November 02, 2011 @ 06:06:32 AM

dammmm to many games to play with each top game gona take a while

Comment #83 by TOMIT2112
Wednesday, November 02, 2011 @ 03:28:56 PM

I took off of work thurs, fri, and mon...shadow hide me

Comment #84 by Interfector DEI
Thursday, November 03, 2011 @ 01:26:45 PM

@81 perks are chose upon leveling up or you can save them for later most perks require certain skill levels to get tho an example is the third one handed damage upgrade requires a 30 one handed skill

Comment #85 by rightousawesome
Thursday, November 03, 2011 @ 10:41:09 PM

Gonna try for this level 50 achievement by the 6th or 7th day of owning this game

Comment #86 by Predalien90
Saturday, November 05, 2011 @ 09:52:17 AM

LOL I was level 93 when I stopped played Oblivion. Leveling went FAST for me if I remember correctly.

Comment #87 by B5dog
Sunday, November 06, 2011 @ 05:33:46 PM

@85 wouldn't that sort of suck? I'd rather take my time with skyrim

Comment #88 by NightRaven999
Sunday, November 06, 2011 @ 09:59:10 PM

It makes sense if there is a level 50 level cap.... i mean there are perks this time around and i bet they don't want you to 1 hit K.O. a dragon......

Comment #89 by kinhammer
Monday, November 07, 2011 @ 10:41:03 AM

The lvl cap is 70. It will take approx. 1000hrs to reach it, according to

Comment #90 by Acky316
Monday, November 07, 2011 @ 10:46:41 AM

Does anyone know if we will be able to get all achievements on 1 file? Also, are there any that seems to be miss-able? Or maybe have to do a save, then backtrack and pick another option?

Comment #91 by Acky316
Monday, November 07, 2011 @ 10:58:33 AM

Also, @78 - you're yanking us, right? You beat the game that quickly??

Comment #92 by grantandsherri
Monday, November 07, 2011 @ 12:11:18 PM

I guess people forget about Morrowind. I had a character that was over level 50. If if my original xbox still worked i would jump back in and play it for the memories and 800 plus hours of my life that is gone :-p

Comment #93 by Breejuh
Wednesday, November 09, 2011 @ 06:17:08 AM

I hate lvl caps. I want to get all the perks, damnit XD

Comment #94 by theNomad
Wednesday, November 09, 2011 @ 03:33:31 PM

I didn't forget Morrowind grantandsherri, played both the xbox and pc versions truly epic but for the repetitive landscapes. I'd love an anniversary of Morrowind like Halo CE got. You could spend hours just wandering around in the same city. Outside of say something like Warcraft Morrowind must have had the biggest open playing area. Come on 11-11-11

Comment #95 by xYxXavierxYx
Thursday, November 10, 2011 @ 01:09:00 AM

i capped an oblivion character at level 54, only problem is its not good to full cap because then everyone around you is way way better in the one thing they do rather then all of your skills being spreadout, like you having 100 in destruction,illusion and conjuration, and one guy having 300 blunt, that axe is gonna come done way harder then your game even though you both trained the same, so really its best to only cap in your favorite catagories

Comment #96 by Und3rC0verJesus
Thursday, November 10, 2011 @ 02:37:40 PM

There's gotta be a way to 100 all skills, or at least the majority

Comment #97 by JarOfOmens
Thursday, November 10, 2011 @ 08:39:34 PM

There isn't supposed to be a level cap. Its just difficult to progress past 50. At least that Bethesda said..

Comment #98 by Boxylyric
Friday, November 11, 2011 @ 02:57:10 AM

i find skyrims level system awesome! for all those worried, im barely into the campaign and im already level 9

Comment #99 by GamerGill7x77
Saturday, November 12, 2011 @ 03:44:32 PM

@93 i definitely agree. they need to do away with level caps! i want
keep playing forever.

Comment #100 by bozie69
Saturday, November 12, 2011 @ 09:43:57 PM

love this game its massive and lots to do money well spent thou would have liked to play with m8s online or coop something other than that 10/10

Comment #101 by doubledragon666
Sunday, November 13, 2011 @ 07:08:25 AM

there isnt a level cap, you still level up after, this is just for the achievement

Comment #102 by OAKYYGRIFFITHS
Monday, November 14, 2011 @ 02:24:29 PM

whats a level cap :'( aahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. suicide awaits :'(

Comment #103 by Sidewind3r A7X
Monday, November 14, 2011 @ 07:52:58 PM

its not that hard to get 50 i'm already lv 37 gained a lot of lvls going for 100 smithing and 100 enchanting the rest of my skills are still pretty low so i've no doubt i'll get 50 in no time

Comment #104 by tscheetz1324
Tuesday, November 15, 2011 @ 08:16:04 AM

i read that the actual level cap is 70

Comment #105 by Skreamskril
Tuesday, November 15, 2011 @ 04:09:20 PM

Took me 3 days and I didn't even play more than 20 hours, just level up smithing to 100 by making daggers that took me an hour and got me to level 21

Comment #106 by Pyrodranox
Tuesday, November 15, 2011 @ 08:27:22 PM

Goodbye social life!

Hello Skyrim!

Comment #107 by Sidewind3r A7X
Wednesday, November 16, 2011 @ 05:39:34 AM

i can confirm that you DO get perks after lv 50...
i just got to lv 51 and received a skillpoint

Comment #108 by julian3101
Wednesday, November 16, 2011 @ 09:47:32 PM

wow this game came out like 5 days ago and you people are already that far up in lvl? thats insane ! you people have no lives lol :D

Comment #109 by Wounds 2011
Thursday, November 17, 2011 @ 11:42:55 AM

Just got this game today but on oblivion you could 'cheat' levelling by making your guy a Mage and just pressing RB constantly to up your major skills....

Comment #110 by Wounds 2011
Thursday, November 17, 2011 @ 12:37:19 PM

Just got this game today but on oblivion you could 'cheat' levelling by making your guy a Mage and just pressing RB constantly to up your major skills....

Comment #111 by Velcro Zippers
Thursday, November 17, 2011 @ 11:22:11 PM

Just to make some things clear for all these "level cap people"...

...After you reach level 50 you can no longer build your magic, health, and
stamina. You can keep obtaining perks from smithing, spells, combat, etc.

So in a way the highest level you can have is simply having all your skills and
perks maxed out =)

Comment #112 by Runner
Friday, November 18, 2011 @ 08:26:31 AM

This was one of the first things I got in this game haha.

Comment #113 by acesarehere111
Friday, November 18, 2011 @ 08:42:52 AM

A good tip for leveling the block skill up to 100, go out into a wooded area, not hard to find. When you come across a pack of wolves, kill however many there are until there is only one left, back up against a rock so that the wold is facing you and either tape your trigger or put a plastic band around it, now do your shopping or watch some t.v. can also be used to level up light & heavy armour.

Comment #114 by Auron Surmount
Sunday, November 20, 2011 @ 06:37:52 PM

I am doing this achievement as one of the first.

I am level 36 right now. (Speach 100, Sneak 71, Light Armor 75, Restoration 74, Destruction 55.) I reccomend Block, Speach, Sneak. those are the easiest (at least for me) to get to 100s.) If you do the thieves guild, lockpicking will also be really easy.

This takes a little while, but well worth it. I will have 1000gs by 7 days of purchase date.

Comment #115 by QYB xAtlasx
Monday, November 21, 2011 @ 02:03:36 AM

The level cap is 81

Comment #116 by Corrison
Monday, November 21, 2011 @ 03:52:02 PM

Hit level 53 last night. Still add to mag/health/stam and still getting perk points, just to clear up things...

Comment #117 by My Meat Tickles
Tuesday, November 22, 2011 @ 02:47:31 PM

I reached 69 last night. :D

Comment #118 by MasterZ
Thursday, November 24, 2011 @ 07:59:08 PM

i feel like leveling up is too easy and quick and i am afraid i will be stuck without any level ups for like the second half of the game. i am level 25 and so far i havent even started the Way of teh Voice and still have like a third of side quests in whiterun left. not sure if this is partially because i am playing on master difficulty and thus have to heal/block/attack more in order to kill anything. also reason i am such a low level is bcause i only got the game 2 days ago

Comment #119 by XipwnUX99
Saturday, November 26, 2011 @ 10:38:56 PM

Well the game either will have a level cap of 100 or no level ca at all until all skills are at level 100 and by that time all perks will be unlocked for them

Comment #120 by Michael2k99
Sunday, November 27, 2011 @ 03:22:28 PM

it stops at 81 and you dont get all the perks:(

Comment #121 by noremac321
Tuesday, November 29, 2011 @ 06:50:04 PM

For people worrying that leveling is too easy/ too fast, just know that it slows WAY down the higher you go. I've been playing 70+ hours, and I'm at level 43, so while it will feel like you're flying through the ranks at first, it won't last

Comment #122 by Kallemall
Wednesday, November 30, 2011 @ 10:33:00 AM

Not a terribly hard achi to get actually, it managed 44 just leveling the skills I wanted to, after that it was a matter of finding the lowest ranked skill and power leveling that a little bit, mine was block so i found a dragon and just let it attack me for a while, also I know resto magic is good as you can power level that with equilibrium/fast healing very effectively

Comment #123 by uberman45
Thursday, December 01, 2011 @ 03:10:47 AM

Ign have a video on their website that shows an infinite xp glitch that levels up all your skills, but it does ruin the game if you do use it.

Comment #124 by alpha17
Saturday, December 03, 2011 @ 02:08:21 AM

Why did they choose to stop at 81 that's an odd choice instead of just 80. I got here and was like is that it. Though for the last few levels I did use the book to level still why stop at 81?

Comment #125 by AlexL225
Saturday, December 03, 2011 @ 02:39:10 AM

It stops at 81 because Each race starts out with thirteen skills at 15, four at 20 and one at 25. Level 81 is reach when all eighteen skills are leveled to 100.

Comment #126 by Space Marine 1A
Sunday, December 04, 2011 @ 08:50:57 PM

LVL 49

So close.

Comment #127 by danmare
Wednesday, December 07, 2011 @ 01:51:56 PM

I got to 59, after you reach level 50 it takes longer to level up so the previously stated cap of 81 is probably wrong :~)

Comment #128 by mikepaul
Wednesday, December 07, 2011 @ 09:56:41 PM

It may only take longer due to leveling up major skills first, which fill the meter faster.

With only minor skills left, the level-up speed will appear slower...

Comment #129 by deathknowz
Wednesday, December 14, 2011 @ 03:00:25 PM

81 is the level cap. Fact.

Comment #130 by Scott Ad Rock
Thursday, December 15, 2011 @ 11:08:16 AM

@128, wtf are you talking about, there are no major or minor skills in this game
Thats Oblivion son

Comment #131 by CloneNiNJA
Thursday, December 15, 2011 @ 11:15:23 PM

there should be an achievement fo level 81

Comment #132 by pablonemesis
Friday, December 16, 2011 @ 11:27:22 AM

I'm at level 73 getting there!, i agree with above u should get a achievement
4 it!

Comment #133 by Slade6alpha
Saturday, December 17, 2011 @ 01:00:53 PM

For those cheaters like myself the IGN glitch still works, with the book you get from the Daedric quest. Got my character from level 44 to 67 in 10 minutes. Cheap but it worked. You could always save before you cheat, get the level 50, and then load back previous save.

Comment #134 by CJL004
Sunday, December 18, 2011 @ 11:24:03 AM

not hard most you noobs probably cant do it, you see im already level 46

Comment #135 by gfmbhsmo
Sunday, December 18, 2011 @ 02:07:15 PM

i found this far to quick and easy to do
i hit lvl 79 by the time i had 100%ed the game
and because i mainly focussed on noncombat skills like smithing and alchemy (also the best way to make money)
i hit lvl 50 before i even did the main storyline past the raising dragons from the ded bit with the blades

Comment #136 by Valkyrie258
Monday, December 19, 2011 @ 12:28:39 PM

I'm one level away from hitting 50, and I've finished nearly all the major quests.

Comment #137 by AAcquisto
Thursday, December 22, 2011 @ 12:22:33 PM

Easiest skills to level up are Smithing, Enchanting, and Illusion (just keep casting Muffle)

Comment #138 by TheMrPib
Friday, December 23, 2011 @ 09:16:45 PM

if you have skyrim problems i feel bad for you son, i dodged 99 arrowes but my knee took 1

Comment #139 by keltdiasavere
Tuesday, December 27, 2011 @ 04:00:31 PM

@135 you 100% the game? you mean cheevos/main factions right? I'm still gettting new randoms from people all over the place and i finished all the factions....even the bards (nice rewards for finding all 3 instruments btw) and over 200 hours with one psycho nord.

@138 thats cause theres no leg armor anymore....and that arrow was my bad...i just wanted to fill my black soul gem and you were @ wrong place and time

Comment #140 by BrendelBerries
Friday, December 30, 2011 @ 12:09:20 AM

just started playing and I'm curious do levels stop at 50 or can you go higher? because there is no way I can level up everything if I can only get to level 50

Comment #141 by a dying animal
Friday, December 30, 2011 @ 12:33:52 PM

@140- 50 is NOT the max level, it is just what the achievement requires.

Comment #142 by scrubs193
Sunday, January 01, 2012 @ 05:37:46 PM

im at 43 any suggestions

Comment #143 by oogingerboss
Wednesday, January 04, 2012 @ 05:53:40 PM

I'm at 56 and nothing can touch me. Getting boring now until dlc fingers crossed

Comment #144 by DPS lfg PST
Thursday, January 05, 2012 @ 01:00:10 AM

just as an aside to a previous post..if you have to cheat to get to level 81, that's kind of lame, sad, and ultimately trivial. Leveling isn't the easiest thing at higher stages, but..yeah. still lame.

@XxEl CaPiTaNoxX
Leveling isn't hard, and there are a guides for it...a simple google search will yield a few of those. has some general guides on things, but no real leveling guide. Without knowing what you have leveled so far, i've had decent luck with Enchanting items as a way to give a pretty fast boost at least up to about 60+ with the skill. soul gems are plentiful, easy to fill if they are found empty, and doing the quest The Black Star (thus netting the Azura's Star artifact) can help with this a bit as well. If you're REALLY industrious, you can also smith/br

Comment #145 by manmandoo
Sunday, January 15, 2012 @ 02:19:00 PM

I found a boosting strategy. Keep picking things up with telekinesis and letting your magicka regenerate before doing it again. Doing that over and over will quickly level up Alteration skill, which will add a lot to your overall experience.

Comment #146 by XBOX ISAAC82
Wednesday, January 18, 2012 @ 04:34:46 AM

I'm on level 10 already and I haven't even left the cave at the start of the game. Just sneaking and hitting Hadvar from behind. When you get to the bit with the bear and Hadvar tells you about sneaking, just go into sneak, get a Hadvar (he regenerates health and doesn't retaliate) against a wall and add rubber band = level up fast.

Comment #147 by Dragonlord 147
Tuesday, February 07, 2012 @ 10:56:11 PM

for me it was a grind towards the end.

Comment #148 by needtoboost
Sunday, February 12, 2012 @ 10:43:41 AM

bam! 1000 g in a week :)

Comment #149 by Ltsmark
Monday, February 13, 2012 @ 10:49:41 PM

Getting to 50 wasnt as hard as i thought, soooo many exploits

Comment #150 by II Yujo II
Wednesday, February 15, 2012 @ 10:20:55 AM

there are MANY ways to level up in this game, if i listed them all id probably be banned for flooding the thread xD, howard said the level cap is 75, he was wrong getting all the skills to 100 will get you a little farther (excluding jail time) max level is 80-82 reason why its over 3 levels as it depends on the numerous factors of the game like your stas negative and posative effects, armour enhancments potion buffs and blessings and sutch you may have been given and jail time.

Comment #151 by Specialpackage
Tuesday, February 21, 2012 @ 05:31:30 PM

This is gonna be a journey all in it's own >.

Comment #152 by SDHoneymonster
Friday, February 24, 2012 @ 06:24:06 AM

There's an infinite speech loop you can enter with a guy who works at the Black-Briar Meadery in Riften - look on the wiki for details (, you can boost your Speech up to 100 if you're that way inclined. As the wiki says, especially if you're at a low level, you run the risk of screwing yourself over with powerful enemies whilst you have crappy combat skills, so be careful! I'm at level 45 myself, mainly with combat skills - one handed, heavy armour, destruction... all fairly easy to level up quickly. If you have a few skills nearing level 100, I'd concentrate on getting them up to max - one level of a skill at level 80 is worth about 3 or 4 of a skill at about 50 or 60.

Comment #153 by Falcorpie
Monday, March 12, 2012 @ 05:17:41 PM

It seems the level cap is 81.5 that what i'm at and I have 100 in every skill.

Comment #154 by Lock
Tuesday, March 20, 2012 @ 09:22:25 AM for free microsoft points

Comment #155 by Silenhitman
Thursday, March 22, 2012 @ 09:43:25 AM

Comment #156 by SIMPLYMIDGET
Thursday, April 05, 2012 @ 08:38:06 AM

just play!

Comment #157 by JonSharpe1986
Thursday, April 12, 2012 @ 03:44:19 PM

For a fun way of getting a few level increases, try playing cabbage basketball as shown in this video (not mine):
Playing for a couple of hours will level you up several times :P

Comment #158 by zDooLeY
Wednesday, April 18, 2012 @ 11:11:08 AM

Got this game at the end of March, and im only level 16 with 22 hours clocked up already. I had no idea what I was doing at the start but getting to level 50 will come with time so this one doesnt bother me !

Comment #159 by GH786
Monday, April 30, 2012 @ 02:04:06 PM

are they ever going to raise the level cap

Comment #160 by DocRevolt
Saturday, May 26, 2012 @ 04:10:09 PM

@160 There are rumors that Dawnguard will raise the skill caps, so that you'd be able to raise your skills to, say, 120, allowing you to increase your character level as well.

Comment #161 by ForeverHeavy
Wednesday, June 27, 2012 @ 05:00:39 PM

Finally managed to get this today. Took a little while.

Comment #162 by Lord Drauglin
Sunday, July 08, 2012 @ 01:25:34 AM

@ 161 Sorry, i can confirm you that the lvl cap wasnt raised with Dawnguard. Its a shame because you need to be at least 70 to be able to kill a legendary dragon for anther achievement

Comment #163 by Mc Raymond NL
Monday, August 06, 2012 @ 12:15:59 PM

I like this game!

Comment #164 by mikekerr247
Wednesday, August 08, 2012 @ 04:16:00 PM

Not as hard as it sounds. Actual lvl cap is 81. If you don't have this plus 10 lvls by the end of the game then you clearly havent seen all of skyrim....maybe not even 50%

Comment #165 by DeceptiSean
Thursday, August 09, 2012 @ 10:42:46 PM

^ agreed, although I've spent about 160 hours in this game and still have more to do.

Comment #166 by nemonobody
Sunday, August 26, 2012 @ 03:46:52 PM

Just use the spell muffle and telekinesis at the same time wearing an arch mage robe so your magicka will recharge faster, There is no shortcut this one takes a while.

Comment #167 by M O N N K R
Tuesday, September 11, 2012 @ 09:06:28 AM

this is taking forever

Comment #168 by Lauranthala
Friday, September 28, 2012 @ 01:23:53 PM

Love Skyrim and all of the elder scrolls games. the only downfall on the xbox is the long as loading screens. hate it when I walk into somewhere then realise its the wrong place and have to load again to get back out lol

Comment #169 by CSPape
Friday, November 02, 2012 @ 07:05:19 AM

Hmm.... Waiting for the GOTY edition come out with all the DLC before I decide to dive into this

Comment #170 by HXP
Tuesday, November 13, 2012 @ 02:55:11 AM

Damn this takes a lot of Time.. I have seen some Guys who are Level 81.
This will take forever..

Comment #171 by Courage Ina Can
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 @ 12:17:42 PM

You guys know about the glitch right? With the oghma Infinium or whatever it's called? Look it up. Go from rank 15 - 81 in an hour... Lol it's not patched.

Comment #172 by CQCKwhisperer1
Saturday, December 01, 2012 @ 11:25:06 AM

Deleted my save file...this is gonna take awhile now. Ugh!

Comment #173 by M1ndgam3z
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 @ 02:18:27 PM

How long does it take?

Comment #174 by kevinjr
Wednesday, March 27, 2013 @ 11:58:39 PM

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Comment #175 by Illusen
Thursday, March 28, 2013 @ 03:22:34 PM

The trainers /really/ help with the last 10 levels.

Comment #176 by RainbowSkittle
Sunday, June 02, 2013 @ 02:09:46 PM

This didn't take nearly as long as I thought it would... The leveling system in Skyrim is much better than the one in Oblivion.

Comment #177 by Courage Ina Can
Thursday, September 12, 2013 @ 04:17:32 AM

I levelled a couple of my characters into the 70s legitimately. Then I find the Oghma Infinium glitch and built a couple of profiles to level 81.. Now that they removed the level cap and enabled a prestige ability for your ranks to continue ranking up, the patched the oghma glitch. Sucks to be anyone that waited for the legendary edition lol.

Comment #178 by LostLegend2015
Sunday, December 15, 2013 @ 02:24:20 PM

The achievement says you can't level up for killing people when you can. The levelling works by sub skills being improved which includes the use of weaponry such as swords and bows the only way to level up in these skills is to perform valid strikes against valid opponents IE kill someone valid. Which in turn improves that skill and further more improves the level of your character. Obviously don't rely solely on combat levelling as you'll be at it for months.

Comment #179 by CDestr0yer
Tuesday, January 07, 2014 @ 03:49:08 PM

Yeah, after level 50, its gets harder.

Comment #180 by briwanderz
Saturday, February 22, 2014 @ 06:34:08 AM

you don't technically get xp for killing enemies.
you get one handed skill xp for doing damage with a one handed weapon, which may in fact kill something.
but you can kill enemies in multiple ways that will get you no xp, such as using a trap to hit them, if your follower gets the kill.

probably the easiest skills to level are probably enchanting, you gain a skill level for almost every item you create at least up to skill 70 or so, granted depends on the items and enchantments, and light armor / block can be really easy, just let a mudcrab or two hit you for a while and heal up.
there is also some cheap ways to level alteration and conjuration.

Comment #181 by The Gandalf Fan
Wednesday, March 05, 2014 @ 12:29:50 AM

Another way is to buy Iron Ingots and level your smiting by making iron daggers, get some soul gems to enhance the iron daggers to level your enchanting skill (one item = a level from lvl 20 to 60 or so) and then sell them to gain some gold and level your speech skill. Doing this in Whiterun really helps. Took me 1 hour to reach lvl 50 from 43.

Comment #182 by Faerie Tear
Sunday, September 07, 2014 @ 01:29:01 AM

You feel like such a boss reaching this until you realize you need 28 more levels for the legendary dragon achievement. Haha

Comment #183 by Gamerkid24315
Sunday, July 17, 2016 @ 10:06:42 PM

It takes about 100 hours

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