The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim Special Edition Guides

Skyrim best weapons ranked - best bow, sword, dagger and more

The best, highest-DPS weapons in Skyrim ranked for each weapon type.

For almost all character builds, knowing the best weapons in Skyrim for each type is going to be worthwhile. Some are available early on, too, through side quests or otherwise, which can be a massive help for playthroughs on harder difficulties, or for those with a burning desire to power through to Skyrim's late-game content.

Skyrim Mage Skills - how to max Destruction, Conjuration, Restoration, Illusion, and Alteration

The best, fastest ways to level 100 in Skyrim's Magicka-based Mage skills.

Mage Skills in Skyrim, despite being utterly essential to Magicka-based classes and character builds, are some of the hardest to level up. For the most part, that's because they simply aren't used often enough: one Alteration skill use for some Mage Armor before combat, when Alteration doesn't level any faster than a multi-use school like, say, Destruction, means your level's going to increase at an absolute crawl.

Skyrim Thief Skills - how to max Sneak, Speech, Pickpocket and Lockpicking

The best, fastest ways to level 100 in Skyrim's stealth-based Thief skills.

Always seen as the dark arts of Elder Scrolls games, Thief skills are, in fact, surprisingly applicable to most playthroughs in Skryim, and maxing your Lockpicking, Pickpocket, Sneak and Speech skills - or at least quickly levelling them to a certain perk you have your eye on, like Extra Pockets, can be massivley helpful.

Skyrim Levelling and XP - how to power-level every Skill to Level 100

The best methods for Levelling Up, power-levelling, and maxing skills in Skyrim explained in our levelling hub.

The concepts of power-levelling, grinding, and min-maxing your character have been an essential part of the Elder Scrolls series since its earliest days - and the inevitable streamlining we saw with Skyrim's release was never going to stamp it out. Much of the game's extraordinary longevity can be attributed to the fun that can be had at the higher levels, with the more interesting or outlandish skill perks unlocked.

Skyrim Houses - Where to buy and how to build a house

When you're ready for home ownership, here's how and where to get your own domicile (or three).

In a game where you can get accumulate countless trinkets, get married and adopt children, it only makes sense you can dabble in home ownership too. Skyrim Houses unlock when you complete certain quests and hand over a sizeable amount of gold, allowing you to have a base in some of the game's biggest cities.

Skyrim DLC starting locations - How to start Dawnguard, Hearthfire and Dragonborn expansions

As with many of Bethesda's huge adventures, Skyrim was treated to a series of hefty expansions that introduced new questlines, weapons, factions, locations and even the ability to build your own house.

If you're playing the original versions of the game and have bought the DLC, it'll show up on the game's main menu to signify it's available. If you have bought the PS4, Xbox One or PC version of the Special Edition, it'll automatically be included too.

How to start Dawnguard DLC in Skyrim

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Skyrim guide: Everything you need to know about the remastered PS4, Xbox, PC Special Edition upgrade

Skyrim guide: Everything you need to know about the remastered PS4, Xbox, PC Special Edition upgrade

Special Edition Visual upgrades, console mods and DLC explained, and game guides for all versions.

Fans have been asking about it for years, and at E3 2016 Bethesda finally confirmed that Skyrim remastered is on the way to PS4, Xbox One and PC later this year.

The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim Special Edition packages the original game and its add-on content with new visuals and mod support. It'll also be free on PC for existing Skyrim players, allowing them to continue their adventures with revamped visuals and Bethesda's own mod suite.

As well as a Skyrim guide for certain aspects of the game regardless of what version you're playing on - old or new - we'll explain how the new Special Edition features work and how they size up to the 2011 release.

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