A few words before we start: Now let me start off by explaining why I wrote this. I do not believe someone should ever truly 100% follow another person’s “build guide” in ANY RPG and definitely not in one that gives you the freedom which a game like Skyrim gives you. I do suggest reading all of them you can if you think it may help and take what you find useful from them. Just remember three things about them: 1)Another person’s build is what works for them, not necessary for you.2)They are only that person’s opinion, and opinions are neither right nor wrong.3)There is no such thing as the “best build”. In time if you keep at it you will develop a build that can handle any situation. Now with that said let us get to down to business. This guide is meant to help you make a build that works for you and to develop a play style that feels right to you. Throughout this guide I will use myself for an example. however I DO NOT expect you to imitate my build in anyway because it’s “better”, because in anyone’s hands but my own it won’t be as useful as it is for me due to how it has developed with me as I have played through the game. You are of course welcome to take from it anything that feels right for you. Getting started: Let’s start at square one, character creation. Try out the different races until you find one whose racial abilities work for you. My character is a Khajiit, not for the starting stats (those quickly disappear later on in the game) but because what it always has that makes it unique: claw attacks, which I make good use of if my weapon is lost or in brawls, and the “Night Eye” power which can be used unlimitedly at no magicka cost as well as silently and instantly which helps with my particular style of play. Now don’t be afraid to make six thousand new characters while trying to settle. There is no best race only the best race for you. If you want a quick summary of the different races and their personal powers and abilities there are many available on different wikis and web-sites, I did not see one on this forum but I may have looked over it. However one is available here at the UESP wiki. Once you find the right race for you then you are ready to play the game and start developing a proper play-style. Next is to develop a play-style. Let me explain what that means. Your play-style is independent of your skills, perks, or exact equipment stats but rather how you use them together as you quest and explore the land of Skyrim. Your style began development the moment you began testing out different races but now it is time to really start developing your style. Try different weapons and tactics such as sneak attacks, rushing in, duel wielding, using different weapon and spell combinations, attacking from a distance or up close, luring targets into traps, and other tactics until you find what works for you. Sometime's you'll need to swap out Guardian Stones a few times for the early game boost. If you end up using skills from multiple Guardian Stones try the Lover Stone (found here map by UESP), it gives 15% leveling boost to every skill unlike the more restricted Guardian Stones 20% leveling boost to certain skills ignoring the others. My personal tactic involves a “thief/assassin” approach, I always explore and approach dangerous areas and dungeons stealthily sticking to the high ground moving slowly and deliberately, as I spot my first enemy I notch an arrow take careful aim watching his patrol route for the perfect moment, and then I fire my arrow and, due to practice and patience, kill my target with that single shot if possible, normally by adding any required poisons or by using one of my less numerous higher quality arrows which I typically don’t use due to expense reasons. Then I sneak down taking out my targets quickly and precisely. If one gets close enough I use my dagger and I have my flames spell in the other hand. When necessary I use shouts to take down my enemies as well. But only if I am detected or they get close enough to be a threat. I also use backstabs if I can get close enough with my dagger. That is my play-style. It stays the same independent of what my perks, my skill levels, the quality of my weapons and armour or their enchantments are. Mid-late game development: Now by now you have begun to gain a few levels and raised your skills. So start to get perks that you would use or ones that actually would further increase that which you already do. Sometimes you need to get a prerequisite perk for the ones you would actually make use of. Also note that while some perks look nice they aren’t worth having or you just wouldn’t use them enough to make them worth the perk point(s) to get. So really think about if you should really spend that point. Also sometimes enchantments, spells, shouts, standing stone or faction-related effects will make a perk 100% unnecessary, and vice versa. Take everything into account before you spend a point on a perk, but remember just as your play-style should dictate where to spend those precious perk points so should your perks help your play-style grow. Let us move on to armour and weapons. I am not going to go on about comparing different weapon types and armours here. I am not going to be comparing two-handed to one-handed to bows to magic. Nor am I going to compare light armour to heavy armour to robes. By now if you have been comparing as I have suggested you do I would expect you to have decided which of what you prefer. Nor will I go on about quality and what is the best quality armour and what is the best quality weapon. But it is time to think about enchantments. Different enchantments have different uses. Also there are many unique weapons and armours that have exceptionally powerful and useful enchantments and abilities that are available nowhere else. Some require quests to get others just require taking the time to get them. There are plenty of guides on where to find them and how to get them so go read those. It is not my job to tell you where they are so go out and find them yourself. But what is my job is to tell you how to pick the ones you want. Aim for enchantments that will help you. If you don’t need a rare one of a kind item to get that enchantment then it is most likely more easily found elsewhere. However if the enchantment is only on that rare item then take the time to recover it because it will be invaluable. I personally use a bow of the best quality I can get with a very simple one second soul trap enchanted using a grand soul. This makes soul collecting very easy and the number of charges is extremely high so it doesn’t run out very often. I also use Mehrunes' Razor, a unique daedric artifact that does base-damage of 11 and has a 1.98% chance to one hit kill anything including bosses or dragons. I also wear light armour; more specifically I wear the nightingale armour, which gives 30 extra points to stamina and 30% frost resistance, nightingale boots, which gives me a muffled enchantment, nightingale gloves, which makes lock picking 20% easier and a 20% damage boost to one-handed weapons, and Krosis, a dragon priest mask that gives me a 20% boost to lock picking, archery, and alchemy. As well I wear an amulet of Talos, which makes my shouts recharge 20% faster, and a ring that gives my bows a 16% damage boost. I make use of all those effects, for the most part. For a rather well done mostly complete list of unique items you can go here, for non-unique enchantments you can go here. Both lists are courtesy of UESP. Finally I will make a brief note on shouts. Every shout in Skyrim has a use. I suggest collecting at least the first word of them all and trying them out. Depending on your play-style some may be more useful than others. I personally use fire breath the most since it lets me clear large groups of enemies. Now go out and find them! And as for a nice tidy list of them all let us thank UESP once again for this link. Before I go: Now then I am absolutely sure you found that absolutely useless. But this guide was only meant to help guide you to making a character that works best for you and not something that works for others. But if you have any suggestions just say so. Also if you want to donate an example of your own unique play-style then do so. Now happy thieving, hunting, exploring, murderous rampage, or whatever else you do. And remember if you didn't develop the style then it isn't the best one for you.