Skyrim: How to Reset Perks?

How to reset your perks in Skyrim

Perks are an important part of leveling in Skyrim. They allow you to unlock powerful new effects that compliment your skills. A single perk point is earned every time you level up and you can use it to unlock a perk of your choice provided that your skill is high enough to unlock the said perk. It’s a convenient way to develop skills you deem most important, but what if you suddenly change your playstyle and decide to focus on different skills? It would be useful to be able to reset all your perk points and somehow start from scratch without worrying about leveling or starting a new game. It is possible, and in this guide, we’re going to tell you how. Let’s see how to reset perks in Skyrim.  

You can reset perks in Skyrim by using legendary skills or by using the Black Book “Waking Dreams”. Keep in mind that resetting your perks via Black Book requires Dragonborn DLC to be installed as well as completing the quest “At the Summit of Apocrypha”. Resetting your perks via Black Book consumers one Dragon Soul. 

Now that you know that you can reset your perks in Skyrim. Let’s see how it’s done. If you’re interested keep reading!

Can you get all perks in Skyrim? 

Yes, you can get all perks in Skyrim with the use of legendary skills. It wasn’t always like that though. Prior to patch 1.9 Skyrim still had leveling cap, it was set at 81. That meant that you could only acquire 81 perk points and as a result unlock 81 perks in Skyrim. After the patch 1.9 legendary skills were introduced.

Legendary skills allow you to reset certain skills after you’ve maxed them out (reached level 100). After you make a skill legendary, it’s set back to 15 and all perk points spent on that skill tree are refunded to you. 

Legendary skills allow you to level infinitely. But realistically you can stop leveling after you’ve reached level 252 as that’s the number of perk points needed to unlock them all. 


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As you can see, getting all perks in Skyrim is possible, but you will have to grind for it and reset your skills multiple times. 

Is there a way to reset your perks in Skyrim?

There are two ways to reset your perks in Skyrim. You can reset your perks by using legendary skills or by reading the Black Book “Waking Dreams”. Both ways require significant effort. Let’s see how to reset your perks. 

1. Making a skill legendary will reset your perks 

Once you’ve reached level 100 in a certain skill it is possible to make that skill “legendary”. Once you do that selected skill will be reverted back to level 15 and every perk point that you have invested into that skill will be refunded to you. You can make a skill legendary by following these steps:

  1. Open your skills menu 
  2. navigate to the skill you want to make legendary
  3. press space, a prompt should appear to confirm your choice
  4. Your skill should be reset, your perk points refunded and a tiny Imperial Dragon icon should be underneath the skill signaling that the skill has been made legendary. 

Keep in mind that if you make an important skill legendary, you might be significantly weaker and might not be able to deal with certain enemies in the game without the help of a follower. 

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Skill needs to be at level 100 before you can make it legendary

2. Reading Black Book “Waking Dreams” will reset your perk points in Dragonborn

The option to reset your perk points by reading the Black Book became available with Dragonborn DLC, it goes without saying that it needs to be installed to take advantage of this. Perk reset is one of the rewards for completing the Dragonborn storyline.

The option becomes available after the quest “At the Summit of Apocrypha” during which you are tasked with defeating Miraak. You need to keep the Black Book “Waking Dreams” to access this feature so don’t get rid of it. Any other black book will not work as they have their own rewards. 

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Each Black Book in Skyrim has its own rewards

Resetting perk points in Dragonborn will cost you one dragon soul and the process goes as follows: 

  1. The main prerequisite is to obviously complete the quest “At the Summit of Apocrypha”. 
  2. Locate the book in your inventory and activate it. 
  3. You should find yourself in Apocrypha once again, in front of you, there are various animations of different skills in Skyrim. 
  4. Locate the skill whose perk points you would like to reset.
  5. Press “E” and you should be prompted to confirm your selection. 
  6. Confirm the selection and the message should appear in the upper left corner of your screen that x perk points have been refunded back to you. 
  7. Read the Black Book “Waking Dreams” once again to leave Apocrypha. 

Keep in mind that you need to be in Solstheim in order to access this power. You can only get teleported via Black Books to areas associated with them if you are currently on Solstheim. Reading the book in Skyrim will do nothing.  

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Resetting your perk points via Black Book will not reset your skill

How to add and remove perks in Skyrim using commands?

You can remove perks by using removeperk <perk ID> command. This will not refund perk points to you, it will only deactivate a certain perk in your skill tree. You need to replace the perk ID with ID that you can find on this link. For example, if you want to remove the sneak perk Muffled Movement you should use removeperk 00058213. 

To add perks with console commands you need to use player.addperk <perk ID>command. Please keep in mind that while adding perks with console commands you need to add them in order. If you plan on adding, for example, Augmented Flames rank 2 from destruction school, first you need to use commands to add rank 1 perk, followed by rank 2. If you go straight to rank 2 it will not work. 


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As you can see, resetting your perks in Skyrim requires quite a lot of work no matter which option you choose. But at least it’s possible. Of course, adding specific perks with console commands is always an option if you are still far away from maxing any of your skills or if you’re far from finishing Dragonborn Storyline. 

Starfield Beats Skyrim’s “Concurrent Players Record,” but the Numbers Don’t Tell the Whole Story

Starfield surpasses Skyrims concurrent player count

Bethesda’s most recent launch of Starfield promised to be the largest in the company’s history, just like the massive game itself. Even though the developers were criticized for some exploration aspects of the game, to put it plainly, lack of things to do on some planets and lack of diversity on the planets in general, the launch did manage to surpass another legendary game from Bethesda’s repertoire, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Skyrim turns 12 years old in just a few short months, and around 12 years ago, it registered the peak concurrent players count of 287,411, according to SteamDB. Starfield managed to surpass that number a few times now, as 13 hours ago, the game registered a peak concurrent player count of 330,723 players in the game. 

Starfield playercount

Although the peak seems humble when compared to some other games, it’s important to note that Steam is not the only platform on which the game was released on. Due to lucrative deals, many players instead opted out to try out the game on Microsoft’s Game Pass, so what we’re seeing on Steam is a far cry from the real number of players. 

Starfield also hadn’t managed to dethrone Bethesda’s other giant, Fallout 4. At one point 8 years ago, the game registered an all-time peak of 472,962 concurrent players, as the interest in the game was enormous.

Starfield’s number look humble, at least on Steam, but it’s important to take into account that the franchise is also rather new, and players really don’t know what to expect considering an overwhelming amount of both positive reviews and criticism of some of the game aspect’s that were supposedly overhyped. 


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In any case, we don’t expect Starfield to fall off the radar anytime soon. The developers have announced the release of modding tools, scheduled to launch sometime in 2024. Even in the absence of official modding tools, its modding community is thriving, with thousands of mods already uploaded and ready to improve the game in several aspects that the players found lacking.

One thing that ensures the longevity of most Bethesda games is its modding fanbase, and we have no doubt that Starfield will see some drastic unofficial upgrades in the next several months and, due to them, perhaps even dethrone Fallout 4. 

The Elder Scrolls VI Is Still 5+ Years Away & Might Not Be Available on PlayStation, Says Microsoft’s Mike Spencer

The Elder Scrolls VI Is Still 5 Years Away Might Not Be Available on PlayStation Says Microsofots Mike Spencer

It’s been 11 and a half years since The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim was released, and despite the game being re-released numerous times and content being added both officially and through the modding community, fans are eagerly awaiting tidbits of news regarding the so-far unnamed sixth installment in the franchise.

Bad news came last week when during the Activision Blizzard FTC Trial, Microsoft’s Mike Spencer announced that the game might still be 5+ years away. 

In December of last year, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced its intention to block Microsoft’s proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard, a deal worth $68.7 billion. Recently, a federal court in California issued a temporary restraining order, as requested by the FTC, which effectively halts the Microsoft-Activision Blizzard deal for the time being.

Last week, the FTC was seeking a preliminary injunction against Microsoft and Activision Blizzard. If successful, it would prevent the completion of the acquisition while the FTC conducts its review of the transaction’s compliance with U.S. antitrust laws.


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The granting of a preliminary injunction would have a significant impact on Microsoft and Activision Blizzard’s plans, potentially even jeopardizing the deal. The acquisition was initially expected to close by July 18, 2023. If the injunction is imposed, the parties would either have to renegotiate or face the possibility of the deal falling through.

An evidentiary hearing between Microsoft, Activision Blizzard, and the FTC is scheduled for August 2, which is after the upcoming deadline in July.

During the hearing, Mike Spencer mentioned the probable Elder Scrolls VI release window 

“It’s many years away, but it’s a game we have announced we would begin working on. “I think we’ve been a little unclear on what platforms it will launch on, given how far out the game is. It’s difficult for us right now to nail down exactly what platforms that game will launch on.”


“As I said with Elder Scrolls 6, it’s so far out it’s hard to understand what the platforms will even be at this point. It’s the same team that’s finishing Starfield, which comes out this September. So we’re talking about it being likely five-plus years away.”

Spencer’s words did little to quell the worry that Bethesda’s most famous franchise won’t be available on Play Station, and the fans that once welcomed healthy competition in the form of PS exclusives are now calling for fairer release practices. 

In any case, considering everything we’ve heard, there’s going to be quite some time before we hear & see anything solid related to Elder Scrolls VI. 

Bethesda is usually delaying its flagship IP as long as possible to ensure the best experience possible for fans, and considering the probable scope of the game and technologies involved in making it; it’s not surprising that the game is taking so long. 

How Do You Use the Investor Perk in Skyrim?

how to use investor perk in Skyrim

A significant part of Skyrim’s gameplay revolves around its economy, and economy, in turn, is mostly influenced by your speech skill that can, when raised enough, help you accumulate quite the wealth. One of the most important speechcraft perks you can acquire is the so-called “Investor” perk, but some players have trouble utilizing this perk to the fullest due to the various bugs. So, we created this guide to explain how to use the “Investor” perk effectively in Skyrim. 

Investor perk will allow you to invest 500 gold in merchants to raise their overall gold available for bartering by 500 gold. All you need to do is navigate to the “I want to invest in your business” option while you are navigating through the dialogue options. However, You should consider that some merchants are affected by a bug that allows you to invest in their store for an infinite amount of times without ever remembering that you already invested in them. Their overall gold, however, will never increase. 

Now that we’ve covered how to use the investor perks, it’s time to analyze it in a bit more detail. If you’re interested in how to unlock the perk and how to utilize it the best, stay with us and keep reading!

What speech level do you need to be to unlock Investor perk? 

Generally, you will level speech every time you trade with the merchants or interact with other NPCs via special dialogue options such as bribe, threaten, etc., and it shouldn’t be too hard to max out speech in the mid-game, as there are various effective guides on how to do it. But luckily for you, you don’t have to be a master level in speech to unlock the Investor Perk. You just need to spend a lot of points in the skill tree and be fairly proficient at it. 

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You can unlock the Investor perk as soon as you hit level 70 in speech, and if you’ve previously unlocked the “Merchant” perk, that allows you to sell any type of item to any kind of merchant. This is among the most useful perks in the tree, so generally, everybody who decides to orient their character to, well, the speech will strive to get this perk as soon as possible. It makes flipping goods faster than usual, but it also causes your “go-to” merchants to be drained of funds relatively quickly, and this is where the Investor perk comes on. 

What does Investor perk do & how to use it? 

Investor perk allows you to invest 500 gold in merchants that can be found all over Skyrim. The perk is not limited to a type of merchant since you can invest in alchemists, smiths, or general merchants. It really doesn’t matter as long as the merchant in question is not affected by a bug. You can find a list of all investable merchants here, but keep in mind that the bugs that affect various merchants can be fixed with the Unofficial Skyrim Patch at any given time.

As soon as you activate the perk, the first time you wander into a shop and activate the dialogue with the merchant, you will get the following choice “I would like to invest in your business.” As soon as you click on that line, the money will be subtracted from your inventory immediately, and the merchant’s gold will be raised by that amount (500 gold). 

It’s a pretty useful perk to have, but most people are just not willing to invest in it early on in the game. Luckily the legendary skills allow you to acquire all perks eventually if you’re persistent enough and willing to grind. 

You can invest only once in any given merchant.

Bugs that affect the Investor perk 

Most of the players get confused by the perk since the option to invest is not present for at least 1/3 of the game’s merchants, and it’s mostly due to random bugs affecting them. So if the option to invest is missing, there is a really large chance that the merchant in question is simply “un-investable” due to a bug and not by design. You can resolve most of those issues by using various unofficial patches. 

Some bugs are more bizarre in nature, like the one affecting Angeline Morrard in Angeline’s Aromatics. This apothecary will allow you to invest in its store endlessly; as long as you have the funds, the merchant seemingly forgets about it, but, there’s a catch, her base gold will never rise. It will always stay at the pre-investment levels, which results in all your investments being lost forever.


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It’s probably best to avoid investing in Angeline if you don’t plan on installing the Unofficial Patch. 

Ghorza gra-Bagol, an orc smith that can be found near Understone Keep, has the option to invest in her, but the only dialogue option is to refuse the investment making it impossible to raise her standard gold by 500. 

You can install Unofficial Skyrim Legendary Edition Patch to fix this bug, or you can simply “dispose” of Ghorza and wait for her apprentice, Tacitus Sallustius, to take over the store. In this case, you should be able to invest in the store without any issues. 

What is the difference between the Investor perk and Master Trader perk? 

Both the Investor perk and Master Trader perk allow you to raise the standard gold of merchants in Skyrim by 500 and 1000 gold, respectively, but there are some differences between the two perks. Namely, the Master Trader perk is significantly harder to acquire because it requires you to be level 100 in speech and it requires you to have almost all other prior perks activated. 

master trader perk skyrim

Master Trader perk will also add 1000 gold to all merchants, but it doesn’t require you to invest your own gold in traders. The game does it automatically, meaning it doesn’t cost you anything. It’s a useful perk to have, and it will allow you to accumulate wealth rapidly, but it might take some time for you to get there, and most players don’t want to prioritize speech in early or mid-game.

And by the time you are ready to invest all those points in speech, you might already be rich beyond your wildest dreams, so the perk might appear to be useless.