Skyrim In-Depth…

Following on from Eurogamer 2011 last week a number of The Elder Scrolls fans have come together and created a breakdown of some of the things learnt about the Racial Abilities and Perks in the game from their playthroughs;

Racial Abilities;

Argonians: Histskin (regenerate health quickly), resist disease 50%, breathe underwater
Breton: “Dragonskin” absorb spell’s magika and resist shock.
Dark Elves: “Ancestor’s Wrath”; Surround yourself in fire and resist fire.
High Elves: Regenerate Magicka more quickly.
Imperial: “Voice of the Emperor”; Find more coins when looting.
Khajiit: Night vision and claw attacks.
Nord: Battlecry.
Orc: Beserker.
Redguard: Adrenaline Rush.
Wood Elves: Resist poison & disease and command animals.

So no real surprises here, but nice to see the different “recommended” play-styles starting to emerge.


– Potions 20% stronger (5 ranks)
– Potions for restore health, magicka or stamina are 25% more powerful (maybe ranked)
– Poisons 25% more effective (maybe ranked)
– Poisons last for twice as many hits
– Two ingredients are gathered from plants
– 50% resistance to all poisons
– All negative effects removed from potions and all positive removed from poisons
– 2 effects of an ingredient are revealed when testing it for the first time (instead of just one)

– Novice for 50% less etc
– Alteration spells have greater duration (probably ranked)
– Absorb 30% magicka that hits you

– Bows do 25% more damage
– Zoom in
– Zooming slows time
– 10% crit chance
– Move faster with drawn bow
– Recover twice as many arrows from dead bodies
– Chance of paralysing for few seconds
– Draw bow 30% faster

– Novice for 50% magicka etc (up to Master)
– Dual casting overcharges –> greater spell effect
– Bound weapons do more damage
– Bound weapons cast Soul Trap on target
– Bound weapons banish certain creatures
– Reanimate undead with 100 more health
– Summon 2 Atronachs or reanimated zombies
– Summon Atronachs at twice the distance
– Summoned Atronachs twice as strong

– More damage for each school (fire, frost and shock) – ranked
– Novice for 50% magicka etc.
– Shock damage chance to disintegrate targets if their health is under 10%
– Frost damage chance to paralyse targets if health low
– Fire damage chance to make low health enemies flee
– Place runes 5x farther away

– Enchants are 20% stronger (ranked)
– Enchanted armour 25% stronger
– Soul gems provide magicka for recharge
– Death blows to creatures but not people trap souls for weapon recharge
– Health, magicka and stamina enchants stronger
– Extra effect on already-enchanted weapon can be applied
– Shock, Frost and Fire enchants 25% stronger (individual perks for each element) (probably ranked)

Heavy Armour
– Increase armour rating 20% (5 ranks)
– Unarmed attacks with heavy armour gauntlets – damage increased by gauntlets’ armour rating
– Half fall damage if all in heavy armour
– Heavy armour weighs nothing and doesn’t slow you at all
– Additional 25% armour if in matching set
– 25% armour bonus if all in heavy armour (not necessarily matching)
– 50% less stagger if all in heavy armour
– 10% damage reflected back to enemy if all in heavy armour

– Dual casting overcharges effect for more powerful spell
– Cast Novice spells for 50% less magicka
– Cast Apprentice spells for 50% less magicka
– Cast Adept, Expert, Master etc spells for 50% less magicka (more levels this time around)
– Spells work on higher level animals
– Spells work on higher level people
– All spellcasting (from ANY school) is done silently
– Spells work on undead, daedra and automatons
– Fear spells work on higher level enemies

– Healing spells also restore stamina
– Novice for 50% less magicka (ranked)
– Healing spells do 50% more healing
– Magicka is partially recharged with each healing spells
– Spells more effective against undead
– Once a day chance to autocast 250HP restoration when health drops low
– Magicka regenerates 25% faster

– 20% harder to detect (ranked)
– Sneak attacks do 6x damage with 1h weapons
– Sneak attacks with bows do 3x damage
– Sneak attacks with daggers do 15x damage (end perk on skill tree)
– Noise from armour reduced 50%
– No longer activate pressure plates
– Sprinting while sneaking performs silent forward roll
– Running does not affect detection chance
– Crouching can make hostile enemies lose sight of you and search for a target

– Buying and selling price 10% better (5 ranks)
– 10% price buying from opposite sex
– Invest in shops and increase available gold permanently in invested stores
– Master Trader – every merchant in world gains 1000 gold for bartering
– Buy and sell from any merchant regardless of what they normally buy and sell
– Intimidation attempts twice as successful
– Persuasion attempts more likely successful

Two-Handed Weapons
– 2h weapons do 20% more damage (5 ranks)
– Attacks with warhammers ignore 25% armour (ranked)
– Attacks with battleaxes do extra bleeding damage (ranked)
– Attacks with greatswords do extra critical damage (ranked)
– Power attacks cost 25% less stamina
– Standing power attacks do 25% bonus damage, chance to decapitate
– Sprinting power attacks do double (critical) damage
– Sideways power attacks hit all targets
– Backwards power attacks have 25% chance of paralysis

Here we have real depth of detail and so we all have enough to really start thinking about which way to go with our characters when the game releases later this year.

What will you choose? How will you play?

– Richard “Rax” Burley

(The credit for all this must go to Sammuthegreat on the official Bethesda Skyrim forums for all their hard work in collating this info!)