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Legendary is the most challenging difficulty in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. It reduces the damage your character deals by 0.25x, and it increases the damage taken by 3x. This difficulty is not recommended if it’s your first playthrough. It will eliminate the enjoyment factor for newbie players. This difficulty is for diehard fans who know the ins and outs of the game and are looking for the most challenging experience.
If you’re having a hard time surviving on this difficulty, then you’re in the right place. This build will be called the entrepreneur build since you’ll be focusing on making a lot of gold.
The Most Important Perks
Basically, there are three main perks in the game that can make your character overpowered. They’re Enchanting, Alchemy, and Smithing. These perks let you create powerful weapons and armor by mastering and investing points in them.
But leveling these perks is not easy. You’ll need a lot of resources to afford mastering these perks. This means you need to make your character rich first. In other words, you’ll be needing a lot of gold.
Merchant as First Profession
The moment you escape from Helgen, you need to stand down and avoid combat as much as you can. You need to try to be a commoner and do jobs that don't require killing people. This ranges from running errands that don't require combat. This includes chopping wood, scavenging supplies, collecting ingredients, hunting animals, and mining ore. Then sell everything that you don’t need for gold.
You can also choose the darker path if you don’t have the patience. You can be a thief and steal items from other citizen’s. But I don’t recommend this path if you’re not powerful enough to take on the thugs that are hired by your victims.
Once you have enough gold (around 2000 will do), it’s time to setup your first startup.
Setup Your Alchemy Venture Business
Once you have enough gold for your startup, buy as many alchemy ingredients as you can from alchemy vendors. From those ingredients, create different kinds of potions that can be sold to merchants. This is the most profitable business in Skyrim. This business allows you to effectively multiply your gold since ingredients are usually cheap. Not to mention that you’re leveling up your Alchemy perk this way. Just don’t forget to get the Thief Stone blessing and some sleep so you can level up the Alchemy perk faster.
Of course, some ingredients are really hard to obtain. You don’t need to focus on only creating super expensive potions. Potions with a price range of 200–1000 gold are better to make since they are easier to sell.
Once your potion business is profitable and you have collected enough gold, it’s time to venture into a different industry.
Enchanted Iron Dagger Industry
Your next business venture will level up both your Smithing and Enchanting perk. However, it will require a higher investment. You’ll need a lot of gold for this startup because soul gems are expensive. Good thing you only need a single iron ingot and leather strip to craft an iron dagger, which is relatively cheap.
In order to level up fast, don’t forget to get the Warrior Stone blessing and some sleep. Then change to the Mage Stone blessing and sleep again when enchanting those items.
Another profitable endeavor can increase your smithing capability. You need to pickup the Transmute Spell Tome from the Halted Steam Camp or Ansilvund Burial Chambers. The challenge here is that enemies are present in these locations. So make sure you already have good equipment to face them. If you don't, just run and avoid their attacks.
Once you have learned Transmute, buy and collect as much iron ore as you can. Most smith NPCs sell iron ore. Repeatedly cast the Transmute spell until all your iron ore has become gold ore. You can use the wait command to quickly replenish your magicka when it runs out.
Smelt all your gold ore into gold ingot and craft rings from them. Include compatible stones if you have to make them more expensive.
Additionally, you can also enchant each ring to level up your Enchanting skill and make the ring more valuable.
Doing this technique will not only level up your Smithing, Alteration, and Enchanting skills, it will make you a lot of gold since rings are very profitable to sell.
Hire Trainers for Quicker Progress
Of course, we all want the quickest route to mastering our perks. The best way to do this is to get mentors who are more experienced than your character. This requires a lot of gold, but if you’re a hard working entrepreneur, gold should not be an issue.
Another advantage of paying trainers is that you’re giving them enough gold so that they can afford to buy your most expensive items to sell.
Below is a list of mentors you need and where you can find them:
- Lami – An adept trainer from Morthal.
- Arcadia – An expert trainer from Arcadia’s Cauldron in Whiterun.
- Milore Lenth – An expert trainer from Raven Rock. Milore Lenth is only available when you have the Dragonborn add-on.
- Babeth – A master trainer from the Dark Brotherhood Sanctuary. You must be a member of the Dark Brotherhood in order to be trained.
- Ghorza gra-Bagol – An adept trainer from Markath.
- Balimund – An expert trainer from Riften.
- Eorlund Gray-Mane – A master trainer from Skyforge in Whiterun.
- Gunmar – A master trainer from Fort Dawnguard. Gunmar is only available when you have the Dawnguard add-on, and A New Order quest must be completed as well.
- Sergius Turrianus – An expert trainer from College of Winterhold.
- Hamal – A master trainer from Malkarth. You need to complete The Heart of Dibella first to unlock this.
- Neloth – A master trainer from Tel Mithryn. Neloth is only available when you have the Dragonborn add-on.
Note: In case you’re not aware, you can only be trained five times for each level. This means you need to level up in order to be trained again.
Once you reach level 100 on the required perks, the next action you need to do is learn specific perks.
Congratulations on reaching level 100 in Enchanting, Smithing, and Alchemy. The next step is to carefully place your points on perks that will help create powerful weapons and armor.
- Five points in Alchemist
- Five points on Enchanter
- Insightful Enchanter
- Corpus Enchanter
- Fire Enchanter
- Frost Enchanter
- Storm Enchanter
- Extra Effect
Put points here based on what kind of weapons and armor you want to forge.
Time to Craft the Best
Once you max your level and learn all the important perks you need, it’s time to reap the rewards and craft powerful weapons and armor. Follow the below steps in order.
Note: Be mindful of the time. Potions wear off even when you’re on the enchanting and smithing window.
Step 1: Craft any kind of headgear, necklace, armor, gauntlet, and ring.
Step 2: Get an Enchanter’s Elixir that increases enchanted items by 25%. This potion can be bought from an alchemist merchant. The challenge here is that there’s no guarantee that the potion is always available. So you may need to check each potion seller that you know to see if they’re selling one.
Step 3: Use your Enchanter’s Elixir and enchant your forged items with the following enchantment:
- Headgear – Fortify Alchemy
- Necklace – Fortify Alchemy and Fortify Smithing
- Armor – Fortify Smithing
- Gauntlet – Fortify Smithing and Fortify Alchemy
- Ring – Fortify Smithing and Fortify Alchemy
Use Grand Soul Gem only to get the maximum possible stats. You should get a minimum of a 28% increase in created potions, including weapon and armor improvement.
Step 4: Equip all of your newly enchanted gears.
Step 5: Create Potion of Fortify Smithing.
Step 6: Craft your desired equipment that you’ll be using to fight enemies.
Step 7: Use your created Potion of Fortify Smithing. Then upgrade your desired equipment that you’ll be using to fight enemies.
Step 8: Create Potion of Fortify Enchanting.
Step 9: Use your created Potion of Fortify Enchanting. Then enchant your desired equipment that you’ll be using to fight enemies.
Below are the best enchantments for your armor and accessories that can heavily multiply your weapon’s damage.
- Fortify Archery – For bows and crossbows
- Fortify One-handed – For one-handed weapons
- Fortify Two-handed – For two-handed weapons
Take It Further
If you’re not satisfied with the attributes of your items, you can still take them further. Below are the extra things that you can do.
If you’re enchanting your weapon with elements, you can increase its damage further by placing two points each for the following perks from Destruction: Augmented Flames, Augmented Frost, and Augmented Shock.
Forge a Stalhrim weapon, which can be obtained after the quest “A New Source of Stalhrim” from the Dragonborn add-on and by learning Ebony Smithing. Then enchant it with chaos damage and frost damage. The challenge here is finding and disenchanting a weapon with chaos damage. The best way of acquiring one is by defeating General Falx Carius from the “March of the Dead” quest from the Dragonborn add-on.
Wearing four relics of Ahzidal will grant your character Ahzidal’s Genius, which increases your Fortify Enchanting by 10 points.
You can become a vampire and learn the necromage perk from Restoration. This will increase your Fortify Enchanting by another 25%.
Playstyle Is Still Up to You
Now that you know how to make overpowered equipment, below are some example builds that you can play with:
- Sword and Shield (or any one-handed weapon) wearing heavy armor
- Two-handed melee weapon wearing heavy or light armor
- Stealth Archer
- Combat Archer
- Dual wield
- Stealth Assassin using dagger
It’s up to you on what kind of combination you’ll be playing or what weapon you’ll be wielding. The important thing is that you have the edge and a fighting chance in surviving Legendary difficulty in Skyrim.
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