Ever found yourself pining for that distant next perk in your warrior’s chosen skill tree? Then look no further, these strategy tips designed to maximize the Skyrim leveling experience are what you need.
The arts of war in Skyrim belong to a subgroup of skills all affected by The Warrior Stone. Needless to say, one of your first priorities in training them would be to change your astral sign to that of The Warrior, which confers a 20% bonus to all warcraft training bonuses. The standing stone for The Warrior may be found on the road just south of Riverwood, right next to its sister stones The Thief and The Mage.
Combat or warcraft skills are shaded a rusty shade of orange in your skill menu. They are Smithing, Heavy Armor, Block, Two Handed, and One Handed. Enchanting falls under Magic Skills, and Archery under Thief Skills despite being shaded a slightly orange hue.
Finally, before starting any training sessions make sure your character is Well Rested. This is a special status granted after spending time sleeping in a bed you own or have rented. It grants a temporary 10% bonus to all skill gains, bringing the total bonus up to 30% in conjunction with The Warrior Stone.
Smithing is simple, if rather tedious, to train. All around Skyrim, blacksmiths peddle their wares, often offering large quantities of basic crafting materials. Whenever you are capable of doing so, purchase as much Iron Ingots and Leather Strips as you can. One ingot and one strip will be enough to make one Iron Dagger. Though simple to make, the diminuitive weapon may be mass produced to effectively grind your Smithing skill to higher levels. Seemingly slow, it is in fact the fastest and most cost-efficient way to raise your Smithing. Simply sell off the daggers to the same blacksmith when you finish, making up for a part of your monetary losses.
Getting Heavy Armor to level up quickly is one of the easier things to do. Skill experience depends on how much damage you take in a hit. As such, it’s best to get a healing spell and some mana /health restore potions before starting a session. The fastest way would be to track down one of Skyrim’s giants, and bait it into combat. These large creatures hit for tremendous damage, so be sure your character can survive a few blows before even attempting to engage one. If the giant does his trademark ground smash, avoid it at all costs. Even characters in their high 30’s have a hard time surviving that attack.
If done well enough, you can get Heavy Armor to level up quickly to 50+ skill levels in under ten minutes. This method is incredibly risky and frequent saving and reloading is a must.
Very similar to Heavy Armor, Block depends on taking large amounts of damage with a shield to level up quickly. You’ll again need to find a giant to train Block, and you’ll also need to be prepared with as much healing spells and potions as you can carry. Bait the giant into combat, making sure it’s just the two of you with no extra mammoths or sabre cats jumping in to ruin your day. Wait for him to attack, and then block with your shield. You should survive the attack if you have at least 200 HP. Each blocked smack from the giant should get you one whole skill point, up to skill level 50. At that point the experience rate will start to slow down rapidly. If training using a Heavy Armor shield, your Heavy Armor skill will increase as well.
Again, this is a risky technique and should be used very cautiously to avoid wasting your time. Save often.
Two Handed and One Handed
Both melee weapon skills depend on the damage you deal and the rate that you deal it for their acquired experience. For both instances, it’s best to use the weapon capable of dealing the most amount of damage in the least amount of time. Once you’ve decided on what to use, it’s a simple matter of finding one of the many quest essential NPC’s that Skyrim does not allow you to completely kill. Although there are quite a number of them, only a handful may be attacked without provocation or bringing up criminal charges.
The most easily accessible for the low level player would be either Hadvar or Radolf, the military Nord men who accompany you for the duration of your tutorial. Any time during the tutorial, you may opt to wail on them with absolutely no negative consequences.
Outside of the tutorial, the wandering Khajiit M’aiq the Liar makes for a good (although quite difficult to find) punching bag. He can be found almost completely randomly on the roads, often nearby a major city like Whiterun or Solitude. If you do chance upon him while wandering Skyrim, listen to what he has to say before engaging him in combat. There are quite a few snippets of wisdom hidden amongst his lies.
Paarthunax at the Throat of the World may also be used, given that you have not yet started the quest related to hunting him down.
Beyond simply hitting immortal targets over and over, there is no real way to get One Handed and Two Handed to level up quickly. Unlike Heavy Armor and Block, there aren’t really any obvious shortcuts. You have to be prepared to invest an hour or more of simply standing still and hitting things. Given that, it may actually be far more fun to simply raid ruins and crypts, letting the skill increase naturally over time.
Warcraft skills are not so difficult to train, especially compared to the thief skills. Weapon skills in particular tend to lend themselves well to a natural and scaled progression. But if you ever need that extra push, these warcraft leveling tips are sure to help out.