Skyrim – How to Maximize The Skill Tree

December 26, 2014 - Skyrim / Video Games

For playing on higher difficulties like Legendary, maximizing your use of skills is essential to survival.  Because opponents become more difficult as you advance in levels, you need to be careful which skills you use, especially early in the game.  For example, you may wish to take some time to craft a few potions of healing, but if you gain ranks in Alchemy and thus gain a level, you run the risk of facing tougher monsters without the benefit of better combat skills.


For lower difficulties this function of the leveling system won’t make a lot of difference, but for Master and especially Legendary, ever skill placement is important early in the game.  Skills such as Smithing, Alchemy, and Pickpocket, which can be a lot of fun to use, and which advance fairly quickly can actually become a detriment by causing you to level up faster than your combat skills can keep up with the monsters.


Of course, once your combat skills have reached a reasonable level – about rank 60, then you will find yourself in need of additional perks in order to keep increasing your combat prowess.  This is a good time to go ahead and exploit the easy training of skills you don’t need in order to survive.

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