Skyrim: 4 Fun and Unique Character Builds
1. The Puncher or the Swiper? (Unarmed Build)
As the most viable unarmed options in the game, Khajiit’s naturally have claws that do 15 points of unarmed damage. There’s a perk in the Heavy Armor tree that’s only use is to help out people who want to go on this build-path – Fists of Steel (Heavy Armor 30). The perk makes unarmed attacks with Heavy Armor gauntlets do their armor rating in damage, which stacks with the base 15 damage for khajiits. Since you won’t have to invest in any other weapon perk trees, invest in Smithing so you can make the best gauntlets you can, as well as Enchanting, to add unarmed bonuses to those gauntlets. You’ll also have very high armor ratings, so you won’t have to worry about healing very much.
2. Assassin’s Creed: Dovahkiin (Dual Dagger Sneak Build)
This build is for those who want to never take damage. The main perk to get is Assassin’s Blade (Sneak 50), which adds 15x sneak damage with daggers. FIFTEEN times damage is nothing to scoff at. And combining that with Shadow Warrior (Sneak 100), which stops combat whenever you crouch, for even more sneak attacks, is just ridiculous. This build can even be played without fully relying on the sneak aspect – with the Elemental Fury Dragon Shout (at max level, it DOUBLES your weapon attack speed), you’ll have probably killed everything before the 15 second time limit on the shout has passed. Add on some of the most awesome finishing-blow-cams in the game and you’ve got one of the most powerful melee builds in the game.
3. Can’t Touch This (Conjuration Archer Build)
My personal favorite, the conjuration archer build is, in my opinion, the perfect mix of not taking damage while dealing lots of it – low risk and high reward. The build revolves around the Bound Bow skill (Conjuration 50), which you can buy from Farengar in Dragonsreach. This spell basically gives you unlimited arrows, along with damage modifiers from both the Archery and Conjuration skill trees (The higher the conjuration level, the stronger the bow. And your archery perks all apply). The conjuration tree also conveniently gives you some of the best tanks in the game – Antronachs. With the spell Flame/Frost/Storm Thrall, you can permanently (until it dies) an antronach, and coupled with Twin Souls (Conjuration 100), you can summon two at a time. To get the spell, have level 90 Conjuration, and go to Phinis Gestor in the College of Winterhold. The strategy behind this build is self-explanatory, and oh so fun.
4. The Haley Joel Osment (Necromancer Build)
This build is quite similar to the Conjuration Archer build in that you raise your Conjuration level for tanks. The difference is that instead of investing into archery, you go purely defensive, so you really don’t have to do anything at all. It’s quite the lazy man’s build – you basically follow your minions around and watch them pillage whatever you wish. You get the unlimited zombie skill, Dead Thrall, identically to the other thralls – by talking to Phinis Gestor at level 90 Conjuration. Invest in wards and Magic Resistance (Alteration 30) to keep adding to all aspects of your defense, and have fun with the perfect sadistic evil character. Note that people around Skyrim may not take too kindly to your zombie followers…