What Is the Best Difficulty in Skyrim? Here’s What We Think

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Like most other action RPGs, Skyrim has several difficulty settings. And while difficulty does not drastically change how the game will behave, it changes how you will experience it and the level of enjoyment. Having said that, most people have individual approaches when it comes to choosing difficulty, as newbies will struggle when playing on “easy,” and sometimes veterans don’t feel challenged enough even on legendary difficulty. If you count yourself among the average players and don’t feel strongly toward any difficulty, you might wonder, what’s the best difficulty in Skyrim?

Adept difficulty in Skyrim seems to be the best and most optimal approach when balancing enjoyment and the overall challenge that the game delivers to you. Most players play on adept difficulty due to moderately strong enemies that keep them engaged during combat but provide just enough challenge to feel they accomplished something after taking down the enemy. The adept difficulty seems to be the “golden middle” when it comes to leveling as well, as it provides you with just enough experience so you can level at a reasonable pace. 

Now that we’ve covered the best difficulty in Skyrim, it’s time to analyze it in more detail. Before we go on to explain why an average player would want to give adept difficulty a try, we’re going to have to explain how difficulty works in Skyrim in the first place. If you’re interested, stay with us and keep reading!

Skyrim has five difficulties adjusted for different types of players

As we’ve mentioned, Skyrim doesn’t have a single approach toward all players. You’re welcome to choose between five difficulty levels starting with the novice (the easiest) and ending with the legendary (the hardest difficulty). 

Upgrading or downgrading difficulty in Skyrim will not add some drastic changes to the world, nor will it add some special moves or extra mechanics to the boss fights. It will simply adjust how much damage you can do to the enemies and how much damage they do to you. 

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Novice difficulty will turn the odds largely in your favor, and you will be, with appropriate gear, able to steamroll just about any NPC and boss that comes your way. Legendary difficulty turns the tables in favor of NPCs, as you will be significantly weaker than them, and you will need to resort to helping yourself out by using additional things at your disposal, such as enchantments, scrolls, and potions in general. These are a must if you plan on surviving the master difficulty. 

Easy difficulty is not challenging enough for the vast majority of players in Skyrim 

Skyrim is inherently not a difficult game, but sometimes players are not confident enough in their skills, so they go for the easiest difficulty in the game. Especially if they don’t have previous experience with action RPGs or games of similar settings and genres. However, the easiest difficulty proved to be far too boring and uneventful for my personal liking and many other players’ liking. 


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It’s not that interesting to be able to steamroll just about anything that comes your way. You’re also lacking the incentive to upgrade your gear and develop skills such as enchanting, alchemy, and smithing since there’s no real need to upgrade your gear further than what the game throws your way. 

You’re not going to put emphasis on building the perfect character, either. Enemies are far too easy to defeat and provide no real challenge. There are some exceptions, but usually, just about any boss fight ends in your favor relatively easily. 

Legendary difficulty delivers too much grind and not enough rewards 

Legendary difficulty makes all your encounters more difficult to overcome. Enemies hit harder, and you are able to soak up less damage. Enemies also have more health which means that your damage is going to scale differently. And you are going to have to hit them more times in order to defeat them. This can get repetitive after some time, and on higher levels, it gets especially boring because you are able to handle the damage better. It makes fights long but not a real danger to you.

Greater difficulty does not affect leveling in such a drastic way that we would have hoped as well. 

The only positive way when it comes to greater difficulties is the fact that you have to develop your character properly. You need to strategize when it comes to investing in your perks. You are also forced to explore alternative skills besides focusing mainly on combat skills.

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You need to craft potions, perfect your armor and rely on enchanting more often than you have to on easier difficulties. But still, it feels like too much grind for not enough rewards. 

With that said, what is the best difficulty in Skyrim? 

The adept difficulty seems to be the best and the most optimal choice for most players. It’s easy enough for most players to adapt quickly to how things work and hard enough for the average player to feel stimulated to strategize and develop alternative approaches to fights. 


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It’s also the most optimal difficulty to level up some offensive skills, such as destruction. You don’t have to spend most of your time crafting, but it’s recommended. You’re also not going to lose too much time on the boss fights because if you’re skilled enough, you’re going to be able to take on and defeat anything that the game throws your way in a reasonable time. 

If you are interested in some challenge and don’t like the way in which Skyrim’s difficulty system was designed, I strongly recommend Requiem mod. This mod aims to make Skyrim’s gameplay more difficult but not through regular means. It aims to force you to play with more immersion in mind and make the world overall more dangerous. You can download the mod for Skyrim: Special Edition from this link. And if you’re interested, here’s the mod description in the author’s own words. 

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

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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. 

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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?

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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. 

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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.