I'm an avid "Skyrim" player that enjoys building unique characters.
1. The Puncher or the Swiper? (Unarmed Build)
As the most viable unarmed options in the game, Khajiits naturally have claws that do 15 points of unarmed damage. There’s a perk in the Heavy Armor tree that is only useful to 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 the 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) have 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 in 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 . . .
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Nat Zen on November 17, 2018:
Awesome article, thank you for sharing these great ideas! I usually like playing as Khajiit, so I will probably try the first first :)
Roxas the 13th on November 11, 2018:
Nothing can be more OP than the Sneak/Illusion assassin build. Master Sneak to take x15 to dagger backstab damage, quiet cast and other perks that lower the noise , and master Illusion to use Invisibility spell.
Plus the assassin glove that doubles your sneak damage, to a total of 30x sneak damage with daggers.
Dagger on the main hand, invisibility spell on the other. And now ur ready to 1 hit ko every enemy in the game, and their friends won't even notice
Ohh dear on December 27, 2017:
Daniel on August 06, 2017:
Read over them and think the unarmed is an awesome build gonna give it a shot thanks for the advice.
qqq on May 17, 2017:
"you can permanently (until it dies) an antronach"
You just an aNtronach.
Random person on May 27, 2015:
100 blocking and your enemies won't be able to stand your op awesomeness.
LolWat on June 08, 2013:
I'm level 126 Breton Mage warrior *no armor tho*
100 in ALL MAGIC SCHOOLS
100 sneak *avoid combat yo*
100 archery *bound bow*
100 1h w/out shield *bound sword*
100 smithing *for the follower, and some sword for fun*
1326 in magicka tho health is too low and standing in 360 with my follower carries all my stuff stamina only 270
it's fun decapitating random bandit in the way with at least my Blades Sword standing at 115 and the enchantment at 120 *combined extra effect*
and it's real
Capgras on March 04, 2013:
I have four different characters that maybe aren't quite unique but that make the game fun in their own way.
1 - Orc Tank - Specialized in heavy armor, two-handed (warhammers to be specific, since they deal the most damage), and smithing. By the time you get to Daedric weapons and Dragonplate armor, there isn't a single thing that can challenge you. Perhaps not as fun/challenging, but it's always nice to be able to be a juggernaut when you feel like it.
2 - Dark Elf Assassin - Specialized in sneak, archery, and light armor. Makes the Thieves Guild/Dark Brotherhood questlines a bit more interesting.
3 - Nord Warrior - Specialized in heavy armor, one handed, and block. I never really liked using a shield until I made a concerted effort to get good at it. There's nothing quite a satisfying as being able to disarm an enemy and have enough time to laugh at them as they try to punch you in Stalhrim armor before you hack them to pieces with a war axe.
4 - Altmer Wizard - I intended to make a necromancer, but chose to go down the atronauch path instead of zombies, as there aren't always dead bodies to resurrect. Specialized in conjuration, alteration, and destruction (lightning focus, to aid in fighting other mages). This is what I'm working on right now, and I've found it to be the most difficult yet since I'm not using any armor other than that offered by alteration spells.
nick123 on January 28, 2013:
Another great build is the Silver tounged puppet master or the NO COMBAT/Limited combat build.
imperials work great
build up speech lvl 100(most perks will help)
sneak lvl 50+(only perks that do not deal with combat)
Illusion lvl 50+(all but the nearly useless quite cast perk)
use fury and calm and the brain between your ears to make enemies kill each other then calm when only one enemy blocks your path and enjoy the fun of playing the game in a way it was not intended
rpg1234 on October 10, 2012:
i am on level 100 and my guy is so sick i love it
Siffiz on August 16, 2012:
I have a kajiit battlemage with heavy armor conjuration and one handed as main. I use my atronachs as dps or tanks, whatever fits the moment. Very fun playstyle, can be a little hard in the beginning since you have to have high stamina, health and magicka and perk in many things to be effective but it's worth it. Plus, hoods look awesome on kajiit and with heavy armor. :)
Cave on June 09, 2012:
Since Morrowind had to deal with worse hardware in the Xbox 1, its graphics and animations are nowhere near as good obviously. But that game had a story which was much more enthralling and epic in scope than both oblivion and skyrim. There was so much prophecy surrounding the main character in morrowind, and you were such a controversial figure in that land. Having the main character be dragon born in skyrim was kinda like that but the Nerevarine was way cooler. Also enchanted weapons that recharge themselves over time was a nice game mechanic as well as the fact that you needed special armor to wield some enchanted weapons since they were too freaking epic.
cav3manBishop on June 06, 2012:
i just figured out that what i thought was my really unique playstyle has been an exact replica of the ConjurationArcher this whole time.....still, two dead thralls atacking an enemy that's taking arrows to the face can never go wrong.thanks 4 putting this site out, tho
sc on June 05, 2012:
Ttocs dude, you are awesome.You gave me so many ideas on how to create an awesome character that suites me and my style of play. Thanks.
person on June 02, 2012:
how would i make the Assassin’s Creed: Dovahkiin (Dual Dagger Sneak build. how would i train it and what should i put my stuff on when i level up and where would i train them
Savvy on May 30, 2012:
What other skills can I get besides conjur and archer like could I add destruction and maybe even one handed and just be everything and be able to conjur all my weapons?
Brosparkles on April 29, 2012:
With the assassin one, get the gloves from the dark brotherhood and you'll have X30 bonus instead of X15
Cosmo on April 27, 2012:
The Assassin's Creed Dovahkiin is very close as a concept to what I am playing right now. In addition to what you mentioned, I can recommend a combination of 5/5 Armsman for 100% extra dagger damage (dual Flurry and Savagery for dual speed and damage are optional), and a double backstab damage enchantment on the gauntlets (like the assassin gloves), plus one handed fortify enchantments and legendary daedric daggers.
The resulting damage should bring down any monster on any difficulty in one sneak attack - and also deal massive damage for regular and/or dual power attacks (the decapitation perk savage strike should add to the damage and fun of the build)
Dude on February 15, 2012:
Breton, 25 starting conjuration and 25% resist to magic. Also you can get the bound bow at Fort amol early in game. It's in the prison section in a bucket under a lantern.
Forfender on January 19, 2012:
My first playthrough i basically just ran in and tried everything out. does anybody have any recommendations for a race that would suit the conjur/archer? thanks
Forfender on January 19, 2012:
I'm am going to definitely use the conjuration archer, but i might also use a bound sword/axe to make it funner. i still haven't finished my first playthrough, so i still might change my idea
Ttocs L (author) on January 09, 2012:
thankyou, vgv! yep, sitting back and just watching your summons wreck everything is rather fun :)
videogameviking from California on January 06, 2012:
Nice build ideas, and names! I love watching my minions pillage, but the dual daggers build sounds fun too.
damon on January 04, 2012:
I'm making a pure mage warrior and my talent trees are alteration and conjuration. The conjuration let's me summon my own weapon plus a minnion and alteration gives me my armor
Ttocs L (author) on December 24, 2011:
"best" doesn't always equal fun/unique
Hawk on December 23, 2011:
Best archer is wood elf with max bow, max smithing, max enchant. Best bow with best fire/frost etc enchants, with +% bow damage enchants to as many items wearing.
Ttocs L (author) on December 09, 2011:
Good luck on the build, Jpeezy, hope you enjoy it!
Jpeezy on December 09, 2011:
I agree. The archer I have been working on doesn't use any other weapons. I have been looking for a new place to start spending perk points and Conjuration sounds like a fun concept. Definitely gonna start working on this tonight. P.S. Khajiit in dragonsclae armor look awesome
Ttocs L (author) on December 03, 2011:
I love that one, you don't feel too lazy, gimped, or anything. Thanks :)
John Roberts from South Yorkshire, England on December 03, 2011:
I didn't think the Conjuration Archer would be a good one, until I read about it. Seems like a good idea, and one that I'm willing to experiment with. Well done on the works, you've got a new follower! ^_^