If you’re an aspiring mage having a bit of trouble dealing with all those stray bears running around, then look no further. This Skyrim Leveling Guide will help you get to grips quickly training the different schools of magic.
Magic and wizardry in Skyrim are centered on a core group of skills, all of which fall under the effect of The Mage Stone. In your skills menu, magic based skills are set against a blue astral background. Illusion, Conjuration, Destruction, Restoration, Alteration, and Enchanting all benefit from the 20% skill experience bonus granted by The Mage birthsign. The first order of business should be to have The Mage as your active stone, since this will make leveling skills far easier.
If you want to do a bout of magic training, it’s best to do so while being Well Rested. Sleeping in an inn (or in a bed of your own) will grant you this temporary status effect. You’ll get a 10% bonus to skill experience, bumping up the total to a 30% increase with the mage stone.
A final note before you begin: spells that cost more magicka will yield far more skill experience. As such, the spells recommended below usually work best when backed up with magicka potions and caster-specific equipment. All spellbooks are most often sold by each hold’s Court Wizard. The College of Winterhold has Masters of each specific school of magic, and they sell nearly every spell of their given school. Mage Leveling is far easier when you have equipment that boosts magicka regeneration, and reduces the cost of spells.
The most subtle magical school involves a rather obnoxious training regimen. There are quite a few ways to go about this, but the simplest would be to purchase a Courage spellbook. Once you’ve bought and learned the spell, find a guard in one of the major cities. Repeatedly cast Courage on the guard. He should make some nervous remarks, but otherwise won’t attack you. If you’re a low level mage leveling will be much faster, but hit the mid 50’s in Illusion and you may have to shift to the second technique.
For advanced training, purchase a Rally spellbook (most likely at the College), then find a crowded area like the marketplace in Riften. Cast the spell, and try to hit as many people as you can with the buff. This should be more appropriate to a higher level mage, and quickly levels up the skill.
The school of summoning has a strict requirement that makes training it a bit more complex
than in older Elder Scrolls games. There must be hostile enemies nearby for any of your casted spells to grant you experience. First off, grab a Bound Sword spellbook, as it will be your primary training spell. Then, if you’re lucky enough to find a slaughterfish, simply stand at the shore, out of reach, and recast Bound Sword over and over. Horkers, being incredibly slow, also make for good training dummies. Simply walk around avoiding them, casting as you go. This method will probably net you max points in Conjuration in about an hour and a half.
The fireball-flinging school requires a hit on a legal target to grant you any skill experience. If you need a quick boost of skill points, there are a few choice individuals in the game you can cast spells at with no fear of retaliation.
M’aiq the Liar is a slippery Khajiit that randomly wanders Skyrim. Granted that you can find him, you may cast spells at him at your leisure. Be sure to keep him at low health so he does not run away.
Paarthunax at The Throat of the World remains completely passive and invincible, as long as you don’t start the questline that will have you hunting him down.
Other than that, you may simply make more use of Rune Spells during dungeon runs. Runes are high damage, and high mana cost. This means they tend to level up your destruction much faster.
This holy school is a favorite of priests, and is quite easy to level up quickly given proper circumstances. All you need is a persistent source of damage, such as a blacksmith’s forge’s flames, or a resetting dungeon trap. Simply stand in the fire/spikes/poison needles and get damaged for a bit. Have the basic spell Healing on both hands, and cast it to keep yourself healthy as you go back to take more damage. Keep at this for an hour and a half, taking needed breaks to regenerate magicka, and you should be able to max out Restoration.
The metaphysical school of Alteration is probably the easiest to level up quickly. Simply acquire the spellbook Detect Life and make your way to
Riften. Stand in the center of the busy marketplace, and cast Detect Life, alternating with both hands. The high number of targets affected will significantly boost skill gains, and you should be able to max out Alteration in an hour or so.
The best way to train enchanting, to start out with, is to disenchant and destroy magical items. Early skill levels will give you a skill point for nearly each item you disenchant. As you gain more augmentations, it would be best to start collecting Petty Souls in Petty Soul Gems. Simply buy a whole bunch from enchanters, and then go into the wilds, soul trapping and killing the weak local fauna. Once you have a good stock of Petty Souls make dozens of Iron Daggers (1 Iron Ingot and 1 Leather Strip at the Blacksmith’s Forge).
Once you’ve finished the considerable prep, enchant each of your daggers with the highest value weapon enchantment you have. Use up all of your petty souls for this, until you run out. Thirty or so enchanted daggers will probably net you a good ten points in enchanting. It’s not at all fast, but it has the added bonus of being very, very lucrative. The enchanted daggers may sell for quite a profit to general stores, mages, and blacksmiths.
The path of magic is by no means a difficult one. Indeed, with clever utilization and much training, a pure mage will be able to easily tear through Skyrim, leaving dragons and draugr frozen and flaming in his wake. This mage leveling guide should help you get to that point just that much faster.