Skyrim: What Level Should You Be to Defeat Alduin?

what level should you be to fight alduin

Alduin is the primary antagonist in Skyrim, and when the game first got released, before additional expansion packs, it was supposed to be the toughest fight in the game. Many players, however, considered the fight too difficult, and on the other spectrum, we have the players who considered the encounter too easy and unrewarding. Considering that Skyrim’s gameplay is open-ended and most quests don’t have level requirements, it can be difficult to estimate the best time to deal with Alduin and conclude the main storyline. This is why we’ve decided to create this guide. Let’s see what level you should be to defeat Alduin. 

The recommended level to defeat Alduin is level 24, according to the official Skyrim guide. You will be strong enough and geared enough to fight Alduin on equal terms at this level. However, for players that plan on putting off the main story longer, the official Skyrim guide likewise recommends that you deal with Alduin before you hit level 36, as the fight could be too easy and underwhelming if you are too strong. 

Now that we’ve covered what level you should be to conclude the main story, it’s time to analyze this in more detail and give you some tips. If you’re interested in more, stay with us and keep reading!

Technically, there are two fights against Alduin in Skyrim 

Skyrim’s main story is not that long and not that complicated. It’s divided into 3 acts and consists of 19 quests. It should take around 30 hours to complete it, although the time decreases exponentially if you’re on your second or more replay. 

During the course of the main story, you will face Alduin two times. The first time you get to fight him is atop the Throat of the World during the quest Alduin’s Bane when you are tasked with learning Dragonrend shout, the only shout capable of downing Dragons. 

This fight against Alduin is nothing special in terms of its complexity, and he will not attack you with his full might. You will likewise not be able to defeat Alduin completely as he escapes to Sovngarde. 

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The second time you face Alduin is during the quest Dragonslayer in Sovnguarde. Sovngarde is the place where Alduin feeds on the souls of dead Nordic heroes, which means that he is at his full might. Luckily, you will not be fighting Alduin alone since there are three other deceased Dragonborn with you, Gormlaith Golden-Hilt, Hakon One-Eye, and Felldir the Old.

Even though the fight is generally considered unexciting and Alduin is (by subjective opinion) the worst boss The Elder Scroll’s franchise ever gave us, some players found the encounter difficult, sometimes even impossible to complete. Let’s see why and how to deal with this. 

You should be at least level 24 to defeat Alduin 

Skyrim’s gameplay is open-ended, meaning you can start the main story first without delaying or side-questing and finish it in a single breath by burning through the main quests. If you start and complete the main storyline too quickly, you might fall into a trap; Alduin might be too difficult to deal with because you are under-leveled or under-geared. 

By focusing on the main story first and ignoring exploration in general, you’re missing out on valuable experience and gear that can greatly improve your odds when facing Alduin. Always take your time and explore every location you find yourself at. 

No Alduin doesnt drop any loot

The official Skyrim guide recommends that you be at least level 24 to defeat Alduin. However, players below this level will still be able to deal with him as long as they have quality and sufficient gear.


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There’s one piece of gear you can easily miss if you’re not exploring the ruins enough, and it can greatly help your odds against any dragon, not just Alduin. I’m talking about Dragonbane, which can be found at Sky Haven Temple during the quest Alduin’s Wall. Dragonbane deals 20–40 points of extra damage to dragons, which can really turn the tide of battle in your favor. 

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Always make sure to explore the quest locations sufficiently since they are the primary source of premium loot at every level. Don’t rely on merchants too much. You will not be able to buy powerful artifacts like Dragonbane from them. 

What to do if you are too weak and you keep losing to Alduin? 

If you are not high enough level or don’t have good enough gear at the end of the main story, you will struggle against Alduin. No matter what lame mechanics he has, he will simply deal too much damage for you to tank. You can do several things to defeat Alduin, even when the numbers are not in your favor. 

  1. Let Gormlaith Golden-Hilt, Hakon One-Eye, and Felldir the Old do all the work for you. Kite Alduin as long as you can and let them drain his health. You will still have to be the one to deal the killing blow to Alduin, as you are the only one that can kill him. 
  2. Engage Tsun in battle by kiting Alduin near him and causing him to attack Tsun. Tsun will engage with Alduin if he is damaged, and he can be a valuable asset in terms of both tanking and dealing damage. 

You shouldn’t delay the fight against Alduin too long

Some players like to delay the fight with Alduin too long, which leads to the fight being generally unrewarding and boring, and this is the worst thing that can happen in almost any game. The Official Skyrim guide recommends that you fight against Alduin no later than level 35. 

Alduin scales up to level 100, but his mechanics do not. His level pretty much means that only his health gets higher. Even at level 100, Alduin is not difficult to deal with. He is simply boring to deal with, you will have to shave off a lot of health with no reward, and the fight will be terrible and too long. 


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As you can see from what we stated above, the ideal time to defeat Alduin is between levels 24 and 35. This leaves you plenty of time to explore, gear yourself and enjoy the story without getting too strong for Alduin. 

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. 

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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.