Complete the following achievements to unlock the indicated number of Xbox Live Gamerscore points:
Escaped the Imperial Sewers (50 points) - Escaped the Imperial Sewers, Main Quest Beginning.
Closed an Oblivion Gate (50 points) - Closed an Oblivion Gate, Main Quest.
Located the Shrine of Dagon (50 points) - Located the Shrine of Dagon, Main Quest.
Delivered Daedric Artifact (50 points) - Delivered Daedric Artifact, Main Quest.
Destroyed the Great Gate (50 points) - Destroyed the Great Gate, Main Quest.
Champion of Cyrodiil (110 points) - Completed the Main Questline.
Murderer, Dark Brotherhood (10 points) - Join the Dark Brotherhood.
Slayer, Dark Brotherhood (10 points) - Reached Slayer rank in the Dark Brotherhood.
Eliminator, Dark Brotherhood (10 points) - Reached Eliminator rank in the Dark Brotherhood.
Assassin, Dark Brotherhood (10 points) - Reached Assassin rank in the Dark Brotherhood.
Silencer, Dark Brotherhood (10 points) - Reached Silencer rank in the Dark Brotherhood.
Speaker, Dark Brotherhood (10 points) - Reached Speaker rank in the Dark Brotherhood.
Listener, Dark Brotherhood (50 points) - Completed the Dark Brotherhood Questline.
Pit Dog, Arena (10 points) - Joined the Arena in the Imperial City.
Brawler, Arena (10 points) - Reached Brawler rank in the Arena.
Bloodletter, Arena (10 points) - Reached Bloodletter rank in the Arena.
Myrmidon, Arena (10 points) - Reached Myrmidon rank in the Arena.
Warrior, Arena (10 points) - Reached Warrior rank in the Arena.
Gladiator, Arena (10 points) - Reached Gladiator rank in the Arena.
Hero, Arena (10 points) - Reached Hero rank in the Arena.
Champion, Arena (10 points) - Reached Champion rank in the Arena.
Grand Champion, Arena (50 points) - Completed the Arena Questline.
Pickpocket, Thieves Guild (10 points) - Joined the Thieves Guild.
Footpad, Thieves Guild (10 points) - Reached Footpad rank in the Thieves Guild.
Bandit, Thieves Guild (10 points) - Reached Bandit rank in the Thieves Guild.
Prowler, Thieves Guild (10 points) - Reached Prowler rank in the Thieves Guild.
Cat Burglar, Thieves Guild (10 points) - Reached Cat Burglar rank in the Thieves Guild.
Shadowfoot, Thieves Guild (10 points) - Reached Shadowfoot rank in the Thieves Guild.
Master Thief, Thieves Guild (10 points) - Reached Master Thief rank in the Thieves Guild.
Guildmaster, Thieves Guild (50 points) - Completed the Thieves Guild Questline.
Associate, Mages Guild (10 points) - Joined the Mages Guild.
Apprentice, Mages Guild (10 points) - Reached Apprentice rank in the Mages Guild.
Journeyman, Mages Guild (10 points) - Reached Journeyman rank in the Mages Guild.
Evoker, Mages Guild (10 points) - Reached Evoker rank in the Mages Guild.
Conjurer, Mages Guild (10 points) - Reached Conjurer rank in the Mages Guild.
Magician, Mages Guild (10 points) - Reached Magician rank in the Mages Guild.
Warlock, Mages Guild (10 points) - Reached Warlock rank in the Mages Guild.
Wizard, Mages Guild (10 points) - Reached Wizard rank in the Mages Guild.
Master-Wizard, Mages Guild (10 points) - Reached Master-Wizard rank in the Mages Guild.
Arch-Mage, Mages Guild (50 points) - Completed the Mages Guild Questline.
Associate, Fighters Guild (10 points) - Joined the Fighters Guild.
Apprentice, Fighters Guild (10 points) - Reached Apprentice rank in the Fighters Guild.
Journeyman, Fighters Guild (10 points) - Reached Journeyman rank in the Fighters Guild.
Swordsman, Fighters Guild (10 points) - Reached Swordsman rank in the Fighters Guild.
Protector, Fighters Guild (10 points) - Reached Protector rank in the Fighters Guild.
Defender, Fighters Guild (10 points) - Reached Defender rank in the Fighters Guild.
Warder, Fighters Guild (10 points) - Reached Warder rank in the Fighters Guild.
Guardian, Fighters Guild (10 points) - Reached Guardian rank in the Fighters Guild.
Champion, Fighters Guild (10 points) - Reached Champion rank in the Fighters Guild.
Master, Fighters Guild (50 points) - Completed the Fighters Guild Questline.
Easy Imperial Arena
Get a bow or some decent spells. Make sure you have at least 30 in Acrobatics. As soon as the gate drops, run to your right, to where the right gate meets the fence. Kump onto the stone piece that juts out. Then, jump again to get on top of the little piece sticking out above it. Once on top, turn and fire on your helpless victims. When you have to fight mages or archers, stay on the ground and strafe behind the four central pillars for easy kills.
Easy Speech level
Find a person whom you do not care about them liking you (preferably a guard). Go into persuade mode. Rapidly rotate the [Left Analog-stick] and tap [A]. It does not matter what you pick; just rotate and tap. In about five minutes you can go over level 40 Speech.
Easy Magic Skills Increase
Complete all the Mage Guild Recommendation Quests to gain access to the Arcane University. Buy the cheapest spell you can find for each of the magic based skills (Illusion, Conjuration, Alteration, Mysticism, Restoration and Destruction). For Destruction, a Drain Spell is recommended. Go to where you make your own spells and select a spell. Make it so you only use up 1 Magicka and the spell is on "Self". Name the spell and create it. Do this with all the other types of magic based skills then make them all on "Self", including Destruction. If you used a Drain spell, when you use it on yourself it may appear you took damage but you do not, because you drain it from yourself to yourself. Cast the spells all the time when you are walking around or whenever possible. Your skills will increase quickly without having to wait between spellcastings. Note: This trick will only work if the spells are cast on "Self". Spells do not count towards experience unless they have an effect on something.
Easy Alchemy experience
Steal a mortar and pestle. Steal a lot of food items and turn them into potions. It should not take too long before you reach the Master Of Alchemy level.
Get two ingredients that form to make a potion. Use the "Duplicate items" glitch on the ingredients to create a large number of them. Then continually, make potions and your Alchemy will increase extremely fast. Note: Only duplicate about 100 of each ingredient at a time or the game will freeze.
Easy Alteration experience
To get quick levels in the Alteration skill, make sure you have these spells: Open Average Lock, Open Easy Lock, and Open Very Easy Lock. Then, find a chest that you would have to normaly need a key or have to lock pick. Use the opposite spell of the chest. For example, if the chest requires the easy spell, use the very easy spell on it. Make sure you have some Magicka potions or you can just wait an hour every time you exhaust you Magicka supply. In no time you will have leveled your Alteration skill dramatically.
When you get the Open Very Easy Lock spell, keep using it on all boxes, barrels, and doors even if they are not locked. This will quickly level up your Alteration skill.
Easy Armorer experience
There is a woman named Arvena Thelas in the town of Anvil who has four rats in her basement (the same as the first Fighter's Guild quest). If your level is high enough that rats do not cause you significant damage, you can break into her house, annoy the rats by punching them (or casting drain fatigue spells if your punch is too strong), then letting all four rats attack you while you just cast an occasional heal spell. This is also useful for raising your Block skill, and is much easier than repeatedly causing summoned monsters to attack you.
Gain access to the Arcane University. Go to where you make spells and make a spell that damages armor and put it on "self." Use the "Duplicate items" glitch on repair hammers then just cast and repair to get the skill up.
Easy Athletics experience
Get an enchanted amulet, ring, or other item you can enchant with Water Breathing. Make sure it is a constant effect. Equip the item with Water Breathing then jump in some water. Swim to the bottom and just hold the [Analog-stick Up] to keep swimming into the floor. Your Athletics will greatly increase in five minutes.
Easy Conjuration experience
Near the town of Bruna, go east, southeast. If you reach The Red Ruby Cave you went too far. You will need to go back west slightly. You should see a shrine, that will once activated, will give you Conjuration points as well as a temporary bound weapon and/or greaves. You can keep activating the shrine every 24 hours. Wait in front of it for 24 hours, then activate it again. Repeat this as many times as desired.
Easy Hand-To-Hand experience
In order to make this work, you must have 100% or more Invisibility or Chameleon. This is done by either enchanting a number of armor, rings, or amulets, or you can enter an Oblivion Gate and keep reloading the game until you find the Sigil Stone that offers Silence and Chameleon. After you get that stone, use the "Duplicate item" glitch and you can now instantly enchant your items without the trouble of finding Soul Gems and Souls. Now that you have Invisibility, go up to a guard and start beating him up using hand-to-hand combat. When he dies, more guards will keep spawning. You can just keep beating on them. You can also find a character that is marked with a crown that will not die, and only becomes unconscious. Because they do not see you, it is not bad. Also, they never die, so you can endlessly beat on them until you master Hand-To-Hand. Your skill increases about every 20 seconds or more, depending on how high your skill level already is.
Go to the Arena district in the Imperial City. You will see two NPCs (an Argonian and an Imperial woman) fighting. Stand close to them for a minute. Your Hand-To-Hand skill will increase by 5. Note: This can only be done once.
If you are in the Fighting Guild, you can watch to people training and your blade and block will increase.
Easy Mercantile experience
Join a guild that has a building, like the Mages or Fighting Guild. Go in and take as much as you can. Sell it for profit and raise your Mercantile skill.
Easy Restoration experience
To do this, you must be far enough into the Mages Guild quests so you can make your own spells. Go there and make a Fortify Health, Fatigue or Magika. You can make it target or self, but make sure it is only for one second. Then, repeatedly use it.
Easy Sneak experience
A very easy way to increase your Sneak skill is to find someone who is sleeping. Find a wall that they are near, then run against the wall while sneaking. As long as no one can see you, your skill will go increase until the person wakes. If this happens, wait until night and allow them go back to sleep.
When you have the option to join the Thieves Guild by meeting Armand Christope at the Imperial Water Front garden around 11 p.m., accept his task. He will offer you the option to buy lockpicks. Do not buy any. Go into sneak mode and get behind him. Not only will you get the lockpicks from him, you can also repeatedly pickpocket him to build up your Sneak skill. He will just tell you to go ahead, and that he does not need it anyway.
Whenever you get in jail, go into sneak mode. Move around for awhile and your Sneak level will rise.
After the assassination of Emperor Uriel Septim (during the opening mission), leave the Emperor's body with one of his guards, Baurus. After walking down the newly revealed "secret" passage, turn around. You should still be able to see Emperor Septim's body and part of Baurus. Walk to the nearest corner (to your left), put yourself in sneak mode, then walk forward. Your Sneak level will increase quickly from here. If you have a wired controller, you can keep the [Analog-stick] held [Forward] and allow the game to idle. Check back every fifteen minutes, as the game will pause as you reach achieve Apprentice, Journeyman, Expert or Master classifications. If you done correctly, you should be at 100 Sneak within ninety minutes.
Join the Dark Brotherhood. When you recieve your first quest to kill Rufio, enter his room and go into sneak mode. Rufio sleeps for 20 hours a day. Walk around in his room or use a rubber band to hold the [Analog-stick] so that you are running directly into the wall to gain very easy Sneak levels.
Complete the Fighting Arena in the Imperial City and become Grand Champion. Once you collect all your money from the Bloodworks person, go outside. There will be a kid that runs up to you and say that he is your biggest fan. He will ask if he can follow you around. Select "Yes you may follow me around" and he will go wherever you go. Go to a place away from any guards or people. Crouch into sneak mode. Select "Pickpocket" on the kid. You will be brought into his inventory. Press [B] to exit out of his inventory. Do not steal anything. Repeat this by pressing [A] to pick pocket and [B] to exit. You will gain Sneak experience very quickly. He does not care if you pickpocket him because he is your "biggest fan".
When you are doing the arena and are about to fight the Grand Champion, do his side quest first so that during the fight he does not try. When you are about to actually fight him, go into game options and set the difficulty to "Very Hard". This give everyone you fight more health. When you are attacking the Grand Champion, you can get a lot more free hits in without worrying about him trying to fight back. This works even better if you are using a very weak weapon. It is not about how much damage you do that increases your levels, but how much you attack.
Your character must have a major skill of Sneak and either Destruction or Alteration. If your skills are Sneak and Destruction, gain access to the Arcane University. Go to the place to make spells. Make a Drain Health spell and make sure that it is set to "Self"and it only uses 1 Magicka. Then, go upstairs. Go into Sneak mode and just run into the wall without stopping. Activate magic ([RB]) repeatedly. You will soon gain levels quickly. Note: When you activate the magic it will seem as if it is hurting you, but it is not. If your skills are Sneak and Alteration, go into a room with a container (for example, cupboard, drawers, etc.). Run into the container in Sneak mode and use a "open very easy lock"repeatedly on the container.
Make your character a Dark Elf with the birthsign Warrior, and create a class with the following attributes: Athletics, Acrobatics, Blade, Block, Blunt, Heavy Armor, and Marksman. Next complete the arena to get leveled up. Then, get a horse and go to the lady in Kvatch. Note: You may have to shut the Oblivion Gate. Once on your horse, talk to the Orc woman at Kvatch and sell your most expensive equipped weapon until you have 55,000 gold. Then, join the Fighters Guild and complete your first mission. Then, go directly south of Imperial City and find a bridge. Cross the bridge to find a place called Vindisel. Kill a lady named Umbra and take her armor, shield, and blade. Next, go to Imperial City and mess with the guards. Every now and then when you are about to die, run from Imperial City before the guards kill you, or pay the fine using the gold from Kvatch. After you level up, go to any Fighters Guild and train your major skills. Then, attack the Imperial Guards and repeat.
Use the following trcik for easy experience in Leyawiin (Blade, Blunt, Hand to Hand, Destruction, Marksman and Sneak). Go to Leyawiin find Rosentia Gallenus' House. She has four Scamps. You can kill them and more will respawn. Sneak attack with a blade, mace, or hand to hand. Then, use a bow and cast fire. Note: If you use your bow, the arrows are hard to get back. Note: If you finish the quest you cannot do this anymore.
Go to Cloud Ruler Temple northwest of Bruma. Walk up the big stairs. You will see two Blades sparing. Stand close to them for a minute and your Blade and Block skills will increase by 2. Note: This can only be done once.
A quick way to make money without going to the trouble of stealing or fighting for it is to join a guild. When you join a guild you will have access to a number of guild halls all over Tamriel. It seems that the guild has no problem sharing their wealth. You can pick up nearly any item in the various guilds without making it a crime, and without labeling your items as stolen. By doing this you can just loot the guild halls and sell them to the closest merchant for an easy profit. It is not very ethical but quite effective.
When you defeat Caminalda on the Anvil Recommendation quest for the mages guild, search her body for gold and her room key for the inn. Use her room key on the upper door in the inn. You will find a treasure chest in the back of the room. Open the unlocked chest to get all of the gold that is inside.
Use the following trick to easily complete the "independent thievery" requirements and get easy gold. Get a very valuable item such as the skeleton key (from the Nocturnal Daedric Shrine quest). Use the "Duplicate items" glitch. Go to any merchant and sell the duplicates. If you sell the items to a Thieves Guild fence, you should have the required amount for most of the remaining quests in no time.
Put on the Gray Fox's mask. Steal something and wait for the guards to tell you, "Oh, you are the Gray Fox. I'm going to kill you" (or something similar. Select "Resist Arrest". Then, go to your inventory and take off the mask. Exit the menu, then yield to the guard by holding [Block] and pressing [A] to talk to him at the same time. He should walk away. You will not have a bounty, and you will still have the stolen item.
Get into the Arcane University. Get some decent Soul Gems with decent souls and enchant something constant effected fortify Magika/Intelligence. With enchanted items (each roughly 20 points), it is useful. Use the duplicate item cheat to get many Soul Gems.
Perform the "Duplicate items" glitch on a Soul Gem. Pick them all up. When an item is on low charge you can recharge it back to full without wasting money on Soul Gems or going through the bother of soul trapping.
Complete all the Mage Guild Recommendation Quests so that you can enter the Arcane University. Get five or more Grand Soul Gems and fill them with Grand Souls. Buy a Chameleon spell such as Shroudwalk from a mage. Go to the place where you enchant weapons with the following: two rings, one necklace or amulet, and any two pieces of armor. Enchant the rings, amulet and armor with the Chameleon effect using the Grand Soul Gems. You will get 20% Chameleon for each of the equipment, for a total of 100%. Equip them all at once and you will be invisible to everyone. You can now steal directly from people and attack anything without fear of retaliation because they cannot see you. Use this to cause mischief around towns, finish quests or dungeons without getting in battles, or to defeat an enemy without getting hurt. Note: You must wear all the pieces at once to be 100% invisible. You can use any other type of equipment as long as there are at least five pieces and all have been enchanted using Grand Soul Gems. Some enemies may hit you once, but they will not do so again.
When you are going on a mission for the Theives Guild, it is much easier to steal keys for all the doors from immobile gaurds (or the owners of the building of the place you are robbing) after you have leveled up your Sneak skill with the "Easy Sneak level" trick. After you steal the keys you can open nearly every key for the building you are in.
Easy lockpick use
While unlocking a door, press [Up] on a key, then immediately pause game play afterwards. , Look at the tab you raised up. If it is mostly up and about to reach the top, resume the game and do it again. If it is mostly half-way or mostly down, resume the game and immediately press [A]. You should have that tab done. Continue on with the next tab. This might require a few attempts, but after you have done it once it should be easy.
To break into a house or chest easier, pay attention to the speed of the tumblers when they drop. If you try after the tumbler fell fast, you will have a much better chance of keeping the tumbler up.
Applicable only to Xbox 360s with the HDD. Cold boot (power on) while holding the [Green] button to clear the HDD's cache. This should reduce the game's choppiness for a while.
For an unlimited source of iron arrows, go to the Bloodworks in the arena. One of the gladiators is practicing with his bow on a target. Stand close by. When there are five to ten arrows in the target, take them before he does. He will just continue shooting when you move out of the way. This is an unlimited source of iron arrows, which can be sold to almost any merchant and therefore also makes an unlimited source of gold.
When you are at the Inn of Ill Omen, go outside where the man is practicing his archery.He is using steel arrows. Go in front of him and pick up the arrows. He will not hit you. He will wait until you move out of his way. You will not get into trouble with the guards. You can do this as many times as desired.
Go to Cheydinhal and break into Bazur gro-Gharz's house. When you kill him, search his body. He will have unlimited steel arrows.
Becoming a vampire
Before you become a vampire, it is recomended that you become a member of the Mages Guild, access to the Arcane University, and either a member of the Dark Brotherhood or started the Order of Virtuous Blood quest.
Dark Brotherhood Story: Become a member of the Dark Brotherhood by killing an innocent person, going to sleep in an inn, traveling to the Inn of Ill Omen, and killing Rufio. Travel to the Sanctuary and talk to Vicente and finish all of his contracts. He will then ask if you wish to become a vampire. Say "Yes", then sleep on the slab. When you wake up, sleep again for twenty four hours three times. You are now a full-fledged vampire.
Order Of Virtuous Blood Story: It is not required to begin the quest, but if you do the vampires will be easier to kill. If you have not, travel along the river just to the east of Imperial City until you find a cave. Go in and you should find lots of vampires. Attack one and let it hit you a few times. Kill it, then go back to Imperial City. Get a room in an inn and sleep for twenty four hours three times. You are now a full-fledged vampire.
Use the following trick to become a vampire without doing quests. When you sleep outside frequenly, eventually you will wake up and a message will state that you have had a strange dream. After this you will have very strange dreams and will have all the attributes of a vampire. Be careful of being outside during the day.
Skingrad: Hidden treasure
Buy the house in Skingrad and the upgrades for it. You should have a deer head mounted in the wall. Jump on it and retrieve the note. It should say that the man who is writing it is being sent to the prison, but left a clue to his treasure for his loved one. However she never found it. The answer to the riddle is an hourglass. Go in the basement of the house. The hourglass can be found at the top of a support beam with the garlic hanging from it. Pick it up and you should get about seven flawless gems and the Ring Of The Grey.
Skingrad: Song reference
When you go to Skingrad Castle (where the Lord is the Vampire), follow the lizard woman wearing a green tunic. After awhile she will stop and talk to a passerby in the castle. She will start talking about some wine she had drank from the nearest wine vender in town. The passerby replies "Yes he is a very good friend of mine. He let me drink his wine. It was a mighty fine wine!". These are lyrics to the song "Joy To The World" by Three Dog Night.
Nord: Easy kills
If you selected a Nord as your race, choose The Lover as you star pattern. This makes it extremely eay to kill someone. First, get them down a bit in health. Then use The Lover's star pattern ability to stun them. while they are stunned, hit them with Nordic Frost. This will kill almost all enemies and works well as a finisher.
Non-random Sigil Stones
While in Sigillum Sanguis (the Sigil Keep at the top of an Oblivion Citadel), save the game while standing in front of the Sigil Stone. If the effects of the stone you get are not to your liking, load from the point before you grabbed it. The Sigil Stone you get is chosen at random upon removing it.
Making Black Soul Gems
You need an empty Grand Soul Gem and a Soultrap spell. Take these to any of the four Necromancer lairs. There will be an altar which will only be active one day of the week. You may need to wait up to six game days. Place your gem on the altar when it is active and cast Soul Trap on it. You will now have a Black Soul Gem. These are used for capturing the souls of NPCs. One is also required for one of the Daedric Quests as a tribute to the shrine.
Keeping Boots of Springheel Jack.
During the last mission for the thieves guild, right before taking the drop, stop and head back down the tower the way you came. When you get to the original way you got into the tower (the fireplace in the Imperial Guardsmans sleeping quarters), activate the fireplace. It should give you the next part of the quest without dropping you into the hole. On this level of the tower, without going any higher, find an Imperial Guardsman and attack him, or be spotted by him. This should trigger the regular "Go to Jail, Resist Arrest, Pay Fines" dialog. Just pay your fines, and get teleported back out of the tower and in front of the castle. Both the Elder Scroll and the Boots should be in your inventory, and you should still be on the next part of the quest to head back to Gray Cowl. In my opinion, it's easier than trying to survive the fall.
At the beginning of the game after the King's convoy is attacked, quickly take the dead guard's katana and armor. This will make slaughtering rats and defeat trolls a lot easier.
Fill a Black Soul Gem with a Human Soul. Take a weapon that is not already enchanted and give it shock damage, fire damage, or frost damage. Then, give it weaknes to whatever damage you just gave it. When you swing the first time, it will do the fire, frost, or shock damage then give them a weakness to it. The second swing will do a lot more damage.
After you complete the last quest of the Thieves Guild, the Gray Fox will give you the promotion of Guild Master, and the Nocternal's Cown. Nocternal's Cown will let you see living things as energy even through walls. Note: When you equip Nocternal's Cown, you are the Gray Fox -- when guards see you they will try to arrest you. Nocternal's Cown also lets you carry more items and increase your Sneaking skill.
Once you are level 10, you can do the Weird Shrines. This shrine gives you a lockpick key that never breaks and sets your Security to "Expert". To get it, you must go to Leyawiin south of Imperial City. Then, travel north using the right road (that does not lead to Bravil). You will find a shrine called Nocturne, where there will be some people praying. Go up and activate the shrine. The statue will talk about some thieves who stole her eye. From here you should be able to get it on your own. However if you are having some trouble, go back to Leyawiin and talk to the guard. He will tell you about Webaa-Na. You may have have encountered him before if you did the quest to become a knight-errant. Talk to both Webaa-Na and his friend. They will admit nothing. Walk away and in a little while they will start talking about trolls or something. They will stop because you are in the room. Hide and listen to them talk about it. Once you have heard them talking, they will tell you the location of the eye. It is in a cave. Go to the cave, retrieve the eye, and go back to the Nocturne Shrine. You will get the Skeleton Key, which greatly helps lockpicking because it does not break.
If you complete all fifteen of the Daedric quests, the final prize is a major stat boost. You can choose any of the three major skill sets; Combat, Guile, or Magic. Each gives you a 10 point permanent boost to the related stats and some of the related skills. It is extremely worth it considering all the other good items you will get while doing the Daedric quests. You can activate up to 14 at once if you are at a high enough level. The final quest requires level 21+, and you must have completed all of the other Daedric quests.
Get a Sigil Stone of your choice and either an already enchanted item or regular item. Enchant the item with a Sigil Stone. Then, use the "Duplicate items" glitch on it to get a permanent stat boost to whatever the item was meant to increase. Repeat this with the same or different enchantment to continuously get stat boosts in that category. You can then sell the extra copies for extra gold. Note: Do not try to duplicate more than 250 copies of an item or the game will freeze.
Enemy and item levels
Every enemy outside the cities and some inside will level as you level. For example, if your at level 10 and are fighting Boars outside the city, when you reach level 15 you will be fighting a Troll. The same goes for missions such the Forlorn Watchman. If you do the quest at level 10, you will fight Ghosts on the ship. If you do it at level 20, you will fight Wraiths. Do not waste time trying to level up just to beat one opponent in a quest because they could be set to always be three levels above you. This same style of progression also works with armor and weapons:
Fur/Iron: Level 1
Leather/Steel: Level 13
Chain/Dwarven: Level 16
Mithril/Orchish: Level 110
Elven/Ebony: Level 115
Glass/Daedric: Level 120
Iron: Level 11
Steel: Level 12
Silver: Level 14
Dwarven: Level 16
Elven: Level 19
Glass: Level 112
Ebony: Level 116
Daedric: Level 120
Note: The armor and weapons usually do not appear at traders until you are two levels above them, sometimes longer. Also, any "secret" weapons such as the Umbra and the NPCs with them or wearing the "secret" armor are level locked. They will not get any more difficult because usually their levels are already about 22 t o30. However, as you become better with a blade (in the Umbra's case), the better the attack will be.
Use the "Duplicate items" glitch on a potion of strong health (to get 90 potions). Repeat the duplication to get the desired amount of potions. Open your inventory and go to the strong potion of health. Press [Y] to quick link it to one of the [Analog-stick] directions. When you are low on health, just tap the quick link direction to use a potion. When running low on health potions, repeat the duplication process.
Avoid becoming over-encumbered
An easy way to lose weight to avoid being over-encumbered is to make potions.
The game uses the hard drive extensively to cache (copy and reuse) game data. This is done to optimize all loading the game does. It has been found in rare cases on some Xbox 360s that the cached data can get overly fragmented. This exhibits itself by the game taking a long time to load anything from menus, dialogue, sounds, objects, levels, and more. To solve this problem, reset your Xbox and hold [A] as the game is booting. If any button is held while the game is loading, it will clear its hard drive cache and create a new one. Once you see the Bethesda Softworks logo video, the game is already loaded, and the cache should have been cleared. Note: This does not effect your game in any way other than loading. You will not lose any saved data.
Since the game's original release, there was an Xbox Live update for The Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion
. If you wish to use the glitches, do not download it. It patches a lot of glitches, including the "Duplicate items" and "Unlimited gold" type glitches.
Glitch: Duplicate items
Equip any set of arrows. Draw your bow back. While it is drawn back, press [B] to go to your inventory screen. Select any other set of arrows you own and press [A]x2. Find an item to be duplicated and drop it. Return to your weapons screen and drop any set of arrows.
Equip a bow and a quiver of arrows. Hold the arrow back. As you are holding it back, press [B] to go to your inventory screen. Select the arrows that you are using and go to the item to be duplicated. Press [X] to drop the item and leave the equipment screen and resume the game. The item that you dropped will be duplicated. You can pick up all the duplicates and use or sell them. The amount of copies of an item you make depends on how many arrows you have equipped. For example, 10 arrows allows 10 copies. This works with most, but not all, items or weapons.
Get a bow and a decent amount of arrows (50 to 70). Equip them. Draw the bow back without firing. Press [B] and go to your inventory. Select your arrow set twice. Go to the item to be duplicated and drop it. Note The amount of arrows you have determines the number of items you can duplicate.
Use a melee weapon. Swing you weapon and in mid swing press [B]. Go to your arrows and equip them twice. Then, go to the item you wish to duplicate and drop it. Resume game play and it will be duplicated.
Note: If you have used this glitch to various items that you do not need and have left them laying around, you may experience slow gameplay. To solve this problem, pick up any of the items you tested with and drop them all together. All of the items will be stacked into one item. For example, pick up 30 shirts drop them all together to create one shirt that is described as ''Shirt(30)''.
Glitch: Permanent enchantment
Use the following trick for duplication or a permanent enchantment. You can duplicate a drop-able item, and if that item is equipable with constant effect enchantments you can make them permanent. However, the item once made permanent cannot be re-equipped . But each enchanted item is different. You can use the duplication glitch to make as many as you desired, then sell them. Use the "Duplicate items" cheat with a bow an arrows to duplicate the items to make permanent. Equip one of the items you want to make permanent. There must be an unequipped version still in your inventory for this to work. Use the "Duplicate items" glitch again. However, drop the unequipped version of the item you have equipped and want to make permanent. The equipped one and the others will drop and you will never be able to equip that item again. However if you check your stats the items bonuses will be permanent. You can duplicate anything that can be dropped, including Grand Soul Gems with Grand Souls captured.
Note: This glitch only works with wearable items. Take any wearable item with a magical enchantment that you wish to make permanent and duplicate it twice so that you have two of that item. Pick up the item and equip one. While you are wearing that item, duplicate the one you are not wearing by at least four. Note: the number of arrows used determines how many copies are made. Both items will drop on the ground in stacks of two. You are now no longer wearing that item, yet you still have its effects. Note: These effects are permanent. Do not attempt this with any item with an effect you may want to remove later, such as Water Walking, Night Eye, etc.
Glitch: Super character
There are three steps to get a super powerful character. You can even do this at the begining of the game. First, go into an Oblivion Gate and go to the top. Save the game in front if the Sigil Stone. Keep picking up the stone until you get one with Fortify Strength 7 points. Duplicate the stone eight times. If you have a rare piece of armor (for example, the Umbra Ebony) and do not want to get rid of it, duplicate every piece twice and take one set of armor. then, enchant a necklace or amulet, two rings, and a full set of clothing or armor (such as the Umbra Ebony as mentioned earlier) with the Sigil Stones that fortify strength. Your character should be very powerful and attacks against you should be very weak. However, you must have the armor equipped for this to work.
Glitch: Unlimited gold
Go to the Talos Plaza District of the Imperial City. Find a house owned by a men named Dorian (Dorian's House) in the southeast section of the district. Break into his house and find him. When he tells you to leave, kill him. To loot him, do not press [X] to take all. Instead, take each item individually, finishing with the gold, which will not run out once it hits 8 pieces. Just keep selecting the gold he is carrying and keep pressing [A] as usual. Do this repeatedly, and the number of gold pieces remaining will freeze when it gets down to 8 gold pieces. It will not go any lower, but will just keep giving you as much gold as desired. Note: After you break in and he tells you to get out, talk to him. Go to "Persuade" and bribe him a lot. After that, kill him. He will now have more money to loot, which makes it easier to get more faster. Note: To get unlimited gold from Dorian easier, use the following trick. First, bribe him until you cannot do so anymore. Then, hit him with your weakest weapon. preferably your fists. Then, quickly hold block and talk to yield to him. Because he is your friend, he will stop fighting. Then, talk to him again. His relationship will have dropped because you hit him, allowing you to bribe him more. Make sure you do not hit him too much or he will run away. Once his health gets low, the guards will probably charge you. After spending your time or paying them, go back to his house. Notice that his health is still low from your attacks. Wait exactly 24 hours and his health will be reset. repeat the entire process to get the desired amount of gold. Once you select the money from his pocket it will not go away, leaving you with unlimited money.
Visit the Talos Plaza in the Imperial District and find Dorian in his house. Talk to him and select the Speechcraft icon to learn that he likes-boast and coerce and dislikes-admire and joke. Instead of making him like you, make him hate you. Bribe him until around 60, then make him hate you. Keep repeating this as long as your patience lasts. Note: The more you do this, the quicker it will be to increase your money. Kill him but do not let him run, etc. or he will contact the guards. Search him and take all his possessions except for his money. Exit the search screen and re-enter it. Then, keep pressing [A] on his money. You will be allowed to retake it without it disappearing.
Go to Imperial City Talos Plaza. To the left of the Septim Hotel is a house belonging to Dorian. Go inside. He will probably be to the right of the staircase. Walk up to him, and bribe him as much as you can, giving him as much gold as possible. Then, kill him. Be careful, because he will run when close to death. Once he is dead, pick up each item individually by pressing [A]. Make sure to pick up his gold last. When you do, keep pressing [A] on it and you should get plenty of gold.
This trick allows you to earn free money extremely fast. Go to Kvatch where all the citizens are. While on horseback, talk to the female Orc and sell her your equipped sword. The message "You cannot unequip this item" will appear, but it will still give you the money. You can do this as many times as desired for 200 gp each time. This only works with your sword, and any other items will be sold as usual.
After becoming a vampire in the Dark Brotherhood quest line, proceed to complete the "Cure For Vampirism" quest. After giving the Counts' wife the potion, he will want to wait a day before he will talk to you again. After that day, when you talk to him he will reward you with 500 gold. However, you can keep talking to him and select "Reward" each time. You will be given 500 gold each time you talk to him, even if you leave and come back. However, when you do go back make sure you select his room lock and bribe him fully so that the guards do not get called.
After you have completed the vampire quest, talk to Count Hassildor of Skingrad. When it is time to ask for your reward, he will give you a hefty 10,000 gp. If you continue to ask the Count for the reward, he will continue to give you your reward. Repeat this many times as desired. Note: You must have a horse and an expensive weapon, the more expensive the better. Get on your horse and fast travel to Kavcth. Once there, equip your most expensive weapon and get on your horse. Travel until you find a little camp on the road to Kavtch. Talk to the Orc merchant while on your horse. Barter with her and go to where you can sell items to her. Once there, you can sell your most expensive weapon and keep selling it repeatedly. It will never disappear, and you can get as much money as desired.
When you become a vampire, seek the Mages Guild help in the Arcane University. You are sent to Skingard to talk to the count. The count tells you who to seek out in order to get the cure. Complete this mission and the count will tell you to return in a day The cure is for his wife. She dies after she takes it. After a day he gives you a reward. In the conversation window that appears, select the reward Tab once it goes black, indicating that you have used it. Rapidly tap [A] repeatedly and he will keep giving you gold. Note: you must complete this task before the mage's second or third task because after that the Count of Skingard will not talk to you.
A woman will approach you in the Imperial City and ask you to see a man. Go to this house. He will tell you that he and his group are vampire hunters. Follow the the Virtuous Order quest line. You will find out the man you are hunting is not a vampire. Do not kill him. Talk to him and he will say that the man that sent you is actually the vampire. Go to the bookstore. The man will tell you about a cave. Travel there and wipe out all the vampires. Take their vampire dust. Once you have killed the main vampire, return to the Imperial City. You will be rewarded with a ring, but he also tells you that the order will compensate you for every vampire that you kill. All you need for proof is vampire dust. Use the "Duplicate items" glitch on the vampire dust to get as many as desired. Keep talking to the man about vampires and he will keep rewarding you as long as you have enough vampire dust. This results in 250 gold for each vampire dust you have.
Use the "Duplicate items" glitch inside a store. Make sure that the item you duplicate is worth alot. Sell all but one of the item that was duplicated then repeat the process as many times as desired. It is possible to make up to 50,000 gold in a few minutes.
This trick requires a Black Bow, a Bow, and two different kinds of Bows (for example Steel and Iron). Also the "Knight of the White Stallion" must have been successfully completed by talking to the male in the castle of Leyawijn). After completing the "Knight of the White Stallion" mission, you can sell your Black Bow to the male in the castle of Leyawijn. He is one of the court. Every bow will give you 100 gold. Save your game because if you hit the male by accident the guards will be all over you. Stand next to the male so that you can speak with him. Use the "Duplicate items" glitch to duplicate your bow next to the male (when he is sitting in his throne). Pick up every bow that you have (the more arrows the more bows). When he says that you are over numbered you can continue picking up more bows. After picking up every bow, throw one on the ground (to make sure you do not sell all of your bows). Speak with the male and sell your bows. When you choose one time for yes, you can continue by pressing [A]. It is possible to sell 125 bows for 12,500 gold in five minutes. The more arrows you use to duplicate, the more bows will drop. Note: Do not use too many or the game will freeze.
Buy a horse from anyone at Cyrodils Stables. The stables are located outside of any town. The marker looks like a cup. When you buy a horse, fast travel to the city of Kvatch and not to the Oblivion gate to the marker below that. Get off your horse and equip your most valuable weapon. Then, get back on the horse. Ride the horse and look to your left until you see an Orc with little black curls. Talk to her. Go to "Sell Items". She should have 200 gold, depending on your Mercantile. If your Mercantile is high, she will have 700 gold. Sell your equipped weapon repeatedly to get 700 gold each time. You gain up to 5,000 gold in five minutes.
Glitch: Unlimited steel arrows
Go to Bazur gro-Gharz's house in Cheydinhal. He sleeps about 5 a.m. to 6 a.m. Kill him while he is sleeping. Then, check his body. To get unlimited arrows you must take the arrows first, then keep taking them in quantities of twenty. The game will glitch and you will have unlimited arrows.
Glitch: Unlimited lockpicks
Note: This will work in the patched version of the game. This trick requires any weapon of your choice (for example, an Iron War Axe). Select and equip your weapon. Duck swing, but before the attack animation is over, enter your inventory and select any type of arrows (no more than 200). Then, drop the item of choice. Note that some items cannot be duplicated.
Glitch: Clavius Vile quest
When you play the Daedric quest "Clavius Vile" and you either give the Umbrea sword back or to Vile, the system sometimes freezes as soon as you make your choice. To counter this, fast travel anywhere, but do not move. After the hound is done talking, fast travel again, but do not move. After the second fast travel, the quest should be completed and you can continue. This may require a few attempts, but it should work.
To do the Deadric quest (Clavius Vile), you must be level 20. In the quest you must go to a ruin called Vindasel that is located southwest of the Imperial City's waterfront district and kill a girl named Umbra and retrieve a sword called the Umbra sword. If you have obtained the sword before the quest, you can still complete it even if you are not at level 20. If you talk to the statue after leaving its offering, you will get a journal entry stating that you must be level 20 to begin the quest. However if you have the sword with you, another entry will appear, stating that you have the Umbra sword and you should go back to the shrine and give it to Clavicus Vile. After you give him the sword, he will reward you with an enchanted helmet called the Masque Of Clavicus Vile.
Glitch: Main quest
This trick requires ten to fifteen paintbrushes. they can be found anywhere in the game, particularly in boxes, shelves, etc. You can use this glitch even if you have not started the main quest yet. Once you acquire the of paintbrushes, go in front of the Temple Of The One in the Imperial City Temple District. Climb you way to the top using the "Floating paintbrushes" glitch. Once you are close to the top, jump on the roof. You will go through, landing inside The Temple Of The One. You can see everybody else but they cannot see you. Walk close to where the door would be if you were inside it normally. You will see the top half of the same door you are in front of. Select it to enter the real interior of The Temple Of The One. Notice the hole in the ceiling where the light comes down. You will see a red sky. Walk outside and and two Oblivion Gates will be opened. Your quest will be updated, stating that Dagon is here and that you should talk to Martin. Even if you are not close to completing the main quest this glitch will still work. Go inside both of the Oblivion Gates and get the Sigil Stones. Later you will end up crossing over Dagon. Kill him then talk to Martin in the Cloud Ruler temple.
Glitch: Unnamed sword
Use the ''Duplicate items'' glitch on a paint brush. After getting at least twenty paintbrushes, go outside of ''A Fighting Chance'' in the Imperial City market district at midnight. Drop a paintbrush. Notice that it will float. Get on top of the brush and repeat the process to form a set of stairs. After you get high enough to reach the top of the Fighting Chance store, get on top of the building. You will see a chest that is locked. The lockpick level is very difficult. Lockpick it and look inside to find an odd sword without a name. The sword has no attack and breaks easily. It cannot be sold.
Glitch: Walk through wall
In Imperial City waterfront, you can walk through a wall and run down it from one side to another. You can see out, but no one can see in.
Glitch: Get behind Arena gate
Get into third person view in the Arena. Go left when the gate drops and jump on the ledge where the other locked gate is, While pointing toward the gap look left and right a few times to wiggle through the gap to get behind the gate. You cannot get hit and can just conjure skeletons to do all the work. Do the same thing to get out.
Glitch: Berserk skulls
At the beginning of the game you must make your way through a series of caves. Toward the end of those caves (just before you get outside), there will be some ropes hanging from the ceiling with four skulls attached to them. Shoot the far top and far right skull with your bow. This should make that line of skulls go berserk.
Glitch: Staying in jail forever
Note: Save your game before attempting this. Do something bad so that the guards will go after you. When they catch you, chose go to jail. While in jail, stand next to the cell door while in sneak/crouch mode. The guard should walk by after a few minutes. When he does, press [A] to pickpocket him. Keep stealing from him until he catches you. This time the guard will not ask you to go to jail, pay the fine, etc. He will just try to kill you. The guard however cannot open the cell door. He will just keep running toward you, but cannot do anything. You cannot hurt him because you cannot punch through the cell door. If you go to your bed and select "Sleep your sentence", it will say that you cannot because enemies are nearby. You are now stuck in jail forever, or until you load another game.
Glitch: Lock pick
When picking a lock, there is a way to get it to automatically picked virtually every time, regardless of the lock's difficulty. Do the very first spring manually. Once it is in place, do the following. As you press the [Analog-stick] to go to the next spring, press [X] button a split second afterwards. The arrow should be in between the first and second springs as you press [X]. If done correctly, you will get the lock open on the very first try.
Glitch: Floating paintbrushes
There are paintbrushes stored in random containers at various locations. If you take one out and drop it, it will not fall. It will just float in the location you were looking at when you dropped it. You can drop them in sets of two or more and use them as steps to reach high places. You can also use them as barriers between you and enemies.
Glitch: Cannot fast travel anywhere
Make sure you are a part of the Thieves Guild first. This glitch will be easier to undo if you save your game beforehand so that it can be reloaded. Do something to where a guard chases you. When he confronts you, select "Resist Arrest". Run to any person in the Thieves Guild that can take your bounty away. When you get to that person, make sure that the guards are still by you and are chasing you. Before the guards can get to you, talk to that thief and select the "Take Off My Bounty" option. After he takes it off, the guards will still be chasing you. Go up to a guard, hold [Block], and select "Talk" to say that you surrender. This is in the game because if you hurt a friend and he starts hitting you, it allows you to tell the friend that you are sorry and he will stop. The guard will stop hitting you. Go to your map and try to fast travel anywhere. The game will say you cannot because guards are chasing you.
Glitch: Bonuses from quest items retained
There is a mission in the mage's guild that requires you to enter a mage's dream name "Through A Nightmare, Darkly" for Henantier. As soon as you enter, the text states that you lost all your items but will keep your skill levels. However if you have a quest item such as the Ring of the Vipereye or Boots of Springheel Jack, you will keep the bonuses, even after you get out of the dream and get your items back. The items will not be equipped but the skill bonus will still be there. You cannot re-equip the items, but you can equip other rings or boots and get their bonuses as well.
Glitch: Leave level boundary
Use the following trick to get outside the boundary in FrostFire Glade. When do the quest Tears of the Savior (finding Garridans Tears), go to where you must put the refined frost salts on the door (in the cave). Go through the door and go to your right. Go up the steep slope on the left side of the tree sitting in between two rocks. Keep tapping [Y] on the left side of the second rock (on the left side of the tree). Once you move a certain distance you will stop jumping. However if you quickly pull [Away] then [Forward] again (you may have to do this multiple times) you will eventually jump and do a little slide and go further up the slope, Do this multiple times while adjusting your character accordingly. You will eventually slide through a gap between the big rock and two little stones. You will then be outside the level. Be careful about dropping down the second level of the outside map, as you will not fall, but if you walk forward toi quickly it is a 90 degree downward angle. Try walking sideways slowly and you will eventually get down as if you are walking on a slant.