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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Strategy Guide

Author(s): Greg Wright
First Published: 31-05-2012 / 00:00 GMT
Last Updated: 21-05-2020 / 19:11 GMT
Version: 1.2 (????) 24-05-2020 / 21:53 GMT

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Guide

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Quick Look: Destruction

Suggested Perks

Increasing your Destruction Skill Level reduces the amount of Magicka Destruction spells cost. Destruction spells come in a variety of forms; runes (magical traps), cloaks (close range damage per second) and good ol' direct damaging spells. These spells are split into the game's three elements; fire, shock and frost.

Perk Picks

Considering that Destruction is just far inferior in direct damage output to Archery, it's hard to recommend investing any perks into this tree. If you must invest, however, "Novice Destruction" is a mandatory waste of a perk. "Destruction Dual Casting" will make spells stronger, while "Impact" staggers them. Both are solid choices. If you have to specialize in any one element, pick shock, as few foes are resistant to it, and choking off an enemy's mage's Magicka reserves will effectively neutralize them.

Leveling Tips

Like Archery, Destruction can take time, as you just need to get out there and kill things with spells to improve the skill. Ranged skills are pains like that, and although it's technically possible to max this skill at Helgen, you'd have to have an insane amount of dedication and time on your hands to do so. On the plus side, using more potent spells quickens the process, so it's suggested that you switch up to higher spells whenever possible to keep the leveling process from stagnating.


Trainer Skill Level Location
Wuunferth the Unliving Adept (Lv. 15 - 50) Windhelm, Palace of the Kings (Upstairs)
Sybille Stentor Expert (Lv. 51 - 75) Solitude, Blue Palace
Faralda Master (Lv. 76 - 90) College of Winterhold

Guide Information

  • Publisher
    Bethesda Softworks
  • Platforms
    PC, Switch, PS3, PS4, 360, XB1
  • Genre
    Action Role-playing
  • Guide Release
    31 May 2012
  • Last Updated
    21 May 2020
  • Guide Author
    Greg Wright

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