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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim


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This page details an overview of the Speech skill in Skyrim, including recommended perks, leveling tips, and where to find Speech trainers.

Speech, Skyrim.

Speech Overview

Speech determines the prices you get when buying and selling things, and determines your chances of success when attempting to persuade, bribe, or intimidate others. Speech perks also allow you to sell items to merchants who don’t peddle those wares, invest in a shop to increase their available gold, sell stolen items to merchants you’ve invested in, and even increase the money available to every merchant in the game.

Recommended Perks

As Speech is pretty much all about making more gold, you don’t necessarily need to spend any perks to increase combat effectiveness. But let’s not be hasty, I hear you say; what about the story and quest sides of Speech? Well… sadly even with a Speech score of 0 there was not a single situation where a Speech option was possible that couldn’t be overcome. Now, even with a score of 100 some characters will be unmoved by one attempt or another, but a character that isn’t moved by a Persuade attempt might be Intimidated, or failing that, Bribed. Since every quest can be done without spending any perks, why bother wasting perks? You’ll get enough gold without blowing perks in the Speech skill, and improving your Persuade/Bribe/Intimidate chances aren’t necessary.

Leveling Tips

There are really only two ways to level up Speech; succeed at Persuade/Intimidate/Bribe checks, or sell items. There are plenty of options to do the former throughout Skyrim, but aside from joining the Thieves Guild, committing minor crimes and getting caught, bribing your way out of trouble is the only somewhat reliable way to grind them, and even that’s limited.

Fortunately, you’ll generate tons of loot to sell when you’re performing the radiant quests for Vex and Delvin, and while leveling up the crafting skills. Just sell the items you steal or craft to Tonilia in the Thieves Guild (preferably after completing some of the quests to upgrade the Thieves Guild to increase her funds) to increase your Speech. Do so one item at a time, as this gets you more Speech experience than selling in bulk.

Speech Trainer Locations

Trainer Skill Level Location
Revyn Sadri Adept (Lv. 15 - 50) Windhelm, Sadri’s Used Wares
Dro’marash Adept (Lv. 15 - 50) Member of the wandering Khajiit caravan
Garvey Expert (Lv. 51 - 75) Markarth, The Warrens
Giraud Gemane Master (Lv. 76 - 90) Solitude, Bard’s College


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Guide Information

  • Publisher
    Bethesda Softworks
  • Platforms
    PC, PS3, PS4, Switch, XB 360, XB One
  • Genre
    Action RPG
  • Guide Release
    31 May 2012
  • Last Updated
    17 October 2021
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  • Guide Author
    Greg Wright

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Skyrim is the homeland of the Nords, a fierce and proud warrior people who are used to the bitter cold and mountanous terrain that mark the lands of Skyrim. Wracked by civil war, and threatened by the return of the legendary dragons, Skyrim faces its darkest hour. You must make sense of this maelstrom, explore the frozen tundra and bring hope to the people. The future of Skyrim, even the Empire itself, hangs in the balance as they wait for the prophesized Dragonborn to come; a hero born with the power of The Voice, and the only one who can stand amongst the dragons. You are that Dragonborn.

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