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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Anniversary Edition

Leveling Up

Scott Peers

Basics of Leveling in Skyrim

Skill Levels and Character Levels

In Skyrim, leveling up has been significantly changed from the convoluted system in Oblivion to a more intuitive, simple system, albeit at the unfortunate loss of diversity, but that’s an argument for another time. In essence, when you level up skills in Skyrim (which is done by using said skill) you’ll gain experience towards your overall level. Skill level and overall level can be distinguished by referring to the former as skill levels and the latter as character levels. Swing a sword and you’ll level up the One-Handed skill. Cast a spell from a specific school and you’ll level up that spell school. Brew potions and you’ll level up Alchemy. As skills level up, your character levels up. The higher your skill level, the more experience you’ll get towards your character level, and the higher your character level, the more experience you’ll need.

Attribute and Perk Points

Each time your character level increases you’ll be able to distribute one Attribute point (you’ll be forced to do this upon opening the skills menu) between Magicka, Health, or Stamina. You’ll also be able to distribute one perk point, although you’re not forced to do this and you can save perk points to invest at a later time if you wish. You can see our Attributes and Perks pages to learn more about these in greater detail.

(1 of 2) You can distribute attribute points between Magicka, Health, and Stamina each time you level up.

You can distribute attribute points between Magicka, Health, and Stamina each time you level up. (left), You’ll earn experience with a specific skill the more you use it, thereby leveling it and gaining access to more skill-specific perks. (right)

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Guide Information
  • Publisher
    Bethesda Softworks
  • Platforms,
    PC, PS3, PS4, Switch, XB 360, XB One
  • Genre
    Action RPG
  • Guide Release
    11 November 2021
  • Last Updated
    7 November 2021
    Version History
  • Guide Author
    Greg Wright

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Skyrim is the homeland of the Nords, a fierce and proud warrior people who are well suited for the bitter cold and mountainous terrain which defines the land. Now scarred by civil war, Skyrim faces its darkest days with the return of the legendary dragons and their leader, the World-Eater Alduin. The future of Skyrim and even the lands beyond hangs in the balance, as the people await the prophesized Dragonborn, a hero born with the power of The Voice and the only one who can contend with the dragons. You are that Dragonborn; your task is to investigate why the dragons are returning, and discover a way to defeat them. At the same time, you’re free to explore Skyrim at your own pace, uncovering its many wonders along the way.

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