Daggerfall:Leveling and Skills
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The skill system is the heart of the game's character creation system. This page will help you understand how to make the most of increasing skills and gaining levels.
Leveling in General
Only six skills count to leveling, they are:
- The three Primary Skills.
- The highest two Major Skills.
- The highest Minor Skill.
- Note: If a miscellaneous skill surpasses one of the highest Major or Minor skills, then it counts in replacement for that skill for the purpose of determining level.
You must raise the total of these skills by 15 points in order to get a level increase.
- Note: A new character only needs two skill increases to reach level 2.
In order to level, you must rest after the above conditions have been met.
After leveling, you will receive:
- Additional Hitpoints
- Between 1 and 6 attribute points
In order to increase a skill outside of training, you must:
- Use the skill enough.
- Must have been at least six in-game hours since the skill was last increased.
- Must either rest or fast-travel.
Level is determined by the following equation:
- L = floor((S − S0 + 28)/15)
- S = the sum of your three primary skills, two highest major skills, and highest minor skill
- S0 = the sum of the starting values of each of those skills.
Additional Skill Information
The number of skill uses required to increase skill level changes with:
- Skill Level
- Uses required increase on skill levels that are a multiple of 15
- This value acts as a direct multiplier
While level increases happen only after resting, skill increases can happen after resting, loitering, or fast-traveling. However, at least six hours (game time) must have passed since the last time an increase was awarded for that skill.
Once you reach 50% in a skill, you can no longer receive training and must increase your skill through use or magical means.
Maximizing Leveling Points
- Save your game before resting. If you gain a level, and got less than the maximum 6 bonus points to distribute, or less than your maximum HP/level, reload your game and rest again. This maximizes the benefits of leveling and allows you to get the most out of your character.
- The larger the range of possible HP/level, the less likely it is that both that maximum and the 6 bonus attribute points are gained. The attribute points are usually much more important, so how many reloads of that save game are worth the trouble to gain the maximum in both attributes and HP is an issue best left to the player.
- Practice everywhere. Try and make everything you do practice for one skill or another. i.e., always run in towns, sneak in dungeons, climb over city walls, use up all spell points casting spells before resting.
- Take advantage of training skills in guilds. Each training session is roughly equal to 15 uses of a skill and can increase skills up to 50%. The cost of training is 100 * your character's level, so it is more cost-effective to train at lower levels.
- Create practice spells. If you have access to the spell creator, create some low-cost custom spells to practice with. Casting a Restoration spell with a cost of 5 and casting a Restoration spell with a cost of 50 will advance your Restoration skill by the same amount.
- After training, loiter for 9 hours and you will be able to train again. When your stamina gets low, use spells or potions to restore it. This will allow you to train without even leaving the building.
Cheapest Spells to Make
List of the cheapest spells
The following is a list of the cheapest spells to create in each school. Please note that the spell's cost may vary depending on the character's level and his/her proficiency in each school of magic.
|1||Alteration||Water Breathing (tie)|
|?||Destruction||Minimal Damage Health Spell|
Much cheaper spells
To minimize spell cost, don't forget to change the per level value: instead of
1-1 + 1-1 per 1 level
create the spell like this:
1-1 + 1-1 per 2 levels
Spells that are x to x+1, where x is an odd number, will cost the same as an x-x spell. This applies to all variable fields. At low levels, this makes very little difference, but at higher levels it can be a significant advantage.
By creating spells with multiple effects, it is possible to train without spending any spell points.
Water walking Water breathing Damage health
- Cast the spell. The skills thaumaturgy, alteration and destruction are used and your MP decrease. Because Damage health awaits a target, the spell is cast but not triggered. Do not select any target.
- Cancel the spell (press e). Your MP returns to where it was before attempting to cast the spell.
- Recast the spell (press q to quick-cast the last spell cast).
- If not enough then go to 2.
However, this will only train the skill associated with the first spell effect.
Items and spells that allow you to Absorb Magic can also be used to gain free spell casts.
- First you have to be a member of the Mages Guild.
- Go to the Spell Maker. Once there, add the Soul Trap effect or a damage effect with '1-1 + 1-1 per 2/level' magnitude. Set to 'area around target'.
- Add in the next two effects from two other schools.
- Cast this near a wall or at your feet so you gain the magicka you just used.
The resulting spell might look something like these:
- Spells: Damage 1-1 + 1-1 per 2 levels (area around target), Light 1-1 + 1-1 per 2 levels, Free Action 1-1 + 1-1 per 2 levels
- Spells: Soul Trap 1-1 + 1-1 per 2 levels (area around target), Water Walking 1-1 + 1-1 per 2 levels, Water Breathing 1-1 + 1-1 per 2 levels
Guild Training Skills
The following is a list of all the skills along with which guild you can practice them in.
|Skill||Guilds Where Skill can be Trained|
|Alteration||Mages, Akatosh, Julianos|
|Archery||Fighters, Kynareth, Mara, Akatosh, Dark Brotherhood|
|Axe||Fighters, Arkay, Stendarr|
|Backstabbing||Arkay, Thieves, Dark Brotherhood|
|Blunt Weapon||Fighters, Stendarr, Thieves, Zenithar|
|Climbing||Kynareth, Arkay, Thieves, Dark Brotherhood|
|Critical Strike||Stendarr, Fighters, Mara, Arkay, Dark Brotherhood, Julianos|
|Daedric||Dibella, Mages, Kynareth, Stendarr, Akatosh, Mara, Dark Brotherhood, Zenithar, Julianos|
|Destruction||Kynareth, Mages, Akatosh, Arkay, Dark Brotherhood|
|Dodging||Kynareth, Stendarr, Thieves, Dark Brotherhood|
|Dragonish||Akatosh, Mages, Kynareth|
|Etiquette||Dibella, Mara, Zenithar|
|Harpy||Dibella, Mages, Mara, Kynareth, Zenithar|
|Illusion||Kynareth, Mages, Dibella, Mara|
|Lockpicking||Dibella, Thieves, Julianos|
|Long Blade||Dibella, Akatosh, Fighters|
|Medical||Arkay, Mara, Stendarr|
|Orcish||Stendarr, Dibella, Fighters, Mages, Zenithar|
|Restoration||Dibella, Mages, Stendarr, Arkay, Mara|
|Running||Akatosh, Fighters, Kynareth, Dark Brotherhood|
|Short Blade||Fighters, Arkay, Thieves, Dark Brotherhood, Julianos|
|Spriggan||Stendarr, Mages, Zenithar|
|Stealth||Kynareth, Akatosh, Thieves, Dark Brotherhood|
|Streetwise||Dibella, Mara, Thieves, Dark Brotherhood, Zenithar|
|Swimming||Fighters, Akatosh, Thieves, Dark Brotherhood|
|Thaumaturgy||Mages, Zenithar, Julianos|