"The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim" (2011): How to Stop Running out of Magicka as a Pure Mage
A lot of people seem to struggle with playing pure mages in Skyrim. And I'll admit, it's not as simple or easy as being a super strong orc warrior and just bashing everything down that runs at you.
I've played orc warriors and it's hella fun, but to be honest, it gets boring after a while. That's precisely why I love playing a pure mage. Being a pure mage will always keep you on your toes because you're basically walking around without armor -- which is like walking around naked in Skyrim—and you can't use a weapon. So if you run out of juice, you're screwed.
A lot of people playing mages for the first time can't seem to avoid running out of juice. I'm going to give some tips on how.
What's A Pure Mage?
As the name suggests, a pure mage is a mage who never uses armor and never uses a weapon outside of magic. Not a dagger. Not a sword. Not even a damn butterknife.
The only weapon you use is your mind!
I know what you're thinking, but since staves aren't technically a weapon, they don't count. Staves are used to focus and redirect magical energy. They aren't a weapon in the sense that you would beat someone over the head with one.
Oh no. The pure mage wouldn't deign to lift a weapon. The pure mage is all about manipulating magicka and bending it to her will.
Put ALL Your Points Into Magicka
I honestly can't say this enough.
People who are used to playing warriors think that you're supposed to spread your stats out when playing the other classes, but you're not.
Thief characters are supposed to put all their points into stamina so they can carry loot and mages are supposed to put all their points into magicka so they can properly wreck shit without running out of power.
These two classes do not rely on health, the reason being that they are not supposed to get hit in the first place. A mage character is always supposed to have a follower or some sort of summoned minion distracting the enemy, while a thief isn't supposed to be noticed at all.
One more time, for the people in the back: put all your points into magicka!!!
When you're at a lower level, you aren't going to have a lot of magicka to rely on for spells, not even if you're playing an altmer or a Breton.
Just in case you find yourself alone, surrounded, and running low on magicka, you are going to need a backup plan. This plan will take place in the form of magicka potions to replenish your power and staves to use in moments of desperation.
In those lower levels, always having a stave will save your life. This also means always having soul gems, which are everywhere in the game, anyway.
And you should be learning alchemy because it's cheaper to just pick your own ingredients and make your own potions. You can even sell the extra ones and make extra coin.
You should always have soul gems, staves, and potions during those lower levels—and always have at least one staff, even when you're at a high level with an insane amount of magicka.
Upgrade Your Gear
You should be buying gear upgrades regularly. If you find yourself frequently running out of juice in the middle of battles, it's probably because you're still wearing novice robes when you're an adept mage.
The point of your robes is to give you more magicka and help you regenerate it faster. Keep them upgraded or continue to find yourself helplessly flapping your empty hands as you wonder why nothing is happening.
Enchant Like Mad
Learn to enchant.
Every little bit helps. Just wearing a ring or a necklace with a magicka enchantment can make a world of difference. The more enchanted items you're wearing, the easier it will be to play a pure mage—just like with a thief or a warrior.
Playing a pure mage isn't hard, it just requires you to do a bit more thinking and planning and preparing. You are supposed to get by on your wits, which is the entire point of being a mage.
Remember, your mind is the best weapon you have!— Farengar
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