Skyrim - Top 5 Playstyles


In our latest Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim video we take you through our top 5 playstyles ranked in order of our personal preference.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is an open world action role-playing video game developed by Bethesda Game Studios and published by Bethesda Softworks. It is the fifth main installment in The Elder Scrolls series, following The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, and was released worldwide for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on November 11, 2011.

The game's main story revolves around the player character and their quest to defeat Alduin the World-Eater, a dragon who is prophesied to destroy the world. The videogame is set two hundred years after the events of Oblivion, and takes place in the fictional province of Skyrim. Over the course of the game, the player completes quests and develops the character by improving skills. The game continues the open world tradition of its predecessors by allowing the player to travel anywhere in the game world at any time, and to ignore or postpone the main storyline indefinitely.

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  • The Optimist

    The best playstyle is using conjuration and companions to amass an army that lives only to serve your will.

  • Xiablo

    me at the start of every new character: im sick and tired of playing a sneak archer/assassin i will try to play as a mage for a change.half an hour latersneaks around with a bow

  • Colton Fox

    I always find myself being a Nord heavy tank just because that fits the Dragonborn.

  • Blixen

    My playstyles: 1. Stealth archer2. Stealth archer3. Stealth archer4. Stealth archer5. Heavy armor, two handed.

  • Lesi 2309

    1. Conjuration Archer2. Conjuration Warrior3. Shield and Sword4. Stealth Archer5. Illusion Controller Someone still playing this game?

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  • Toreole 2

    5??? There is only one tho? I have completed 7 playthroughs as stealth archer as only style, and now youre trying to tell me that theres more than that? No way.

  • Drunk Penguin

    I love skyrim so much that every time I start a new character I want to do everything and can't decide lol

  • Poseidon

    I’m always a two-handed heavy warrior, I never die and I can walk into a group of bandits and not worry about damage. No blocking, I just keep slashing. I like to imagine it being like real life. You’re a bandit at his favorite outpost when out of nowhere one random dude shows up in some weird ass armor. You shoot him with a couple arrows, but he just keeps going. Arrows sticking out of his body everywhere, your buddies are whacking him with their swords and he doesn’t stop, nothing can stop him. And those beheading kills with a warhammer? 👌🏻


    Yo where all my telekinesis sweet roll launchers at doe Maybe inefficient as hell but I have the ability t say i killed the ebony warrior on master difficulty with that method so ya'll can suck it

  • Torbero

    6:13 half of the population in Nirn just cease to exist.

  • Neil Dodd

    Most of the time when I make new characters, I go with the classic 'Nazeem imposter build'. I create a redguard male character, I then go straight to Whiterun and assassinate Nazeem. I steal his clothes and items and live peacefully in the cloud district. It's always fun at the start, but I find it hard to level up, considering how Nazeem is someone who never engages in combat or crafts items. I was wondering if you had any tips on how to make this build more effective?

  • Skadi

    Yall know everyone starts off as the hero dovahkiin. Then they discover DB, thieves guild, sneak and archery...

  • Rudolf Kartoffel

    fist only khajiit? anyone?

  • Solar _

    My favorite playstyle is download so many mods the game is nearly unrecognizable and you can hardly take a step without your game crashing ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

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  • Diane IsMyName

    I love builds without crafting. Crafting is not only tedious to me, but it results in characters becoming OP, which is boring. Wish there were more no- crafting builds.

  • 1000 Subscribers With no videos

    Illusion assassins here!

  • Yeenosaur

    #1. Stealth Archer#2. Stealth Archer#3. Stealth Archer#4. Stealth Archer#5. Stealth Archer

  • Heydan Gain

    Class - Holy Paladin Race - Breton Major skills - Restoration, Alteration, Heavy armor, Enchanting, One handed, Smithing

  • imabeapirate

    conjure up the bow with silent casting, and snipe everthing like a sneaky ninja.

  • SpunChii

    You have got to love this game in all it's buggy glory

  • CT-8557

    Nordic Viking + Destructionaxe sheld and FIRE

  • Lios Stainer

    My playstyle right now is a pacifist merchant and it is hard as hell.

  • MDDG - Mitosis The Game

    2 one handed weapons + heavy armor, and just kill every enemy :D


    5. The Gravewalker, ripped straight out of Shadow of Mordor/War and it’s practically me raising dead and controlling every person possible so they betray one another. 4. Kratos, just keep using Heavy Armor and dual swords, axes, or maces with an orc. 3. Legolas, it’s an up-close archer build that uses the slow time shout to help out with killing people before they know what hit them2. The Nude-it, it’s a combination of Nudist and Unit. Using the Kajiit for a hand-to-hand build with nothing but Daedric Gauntlets to fist people to death with.1. The Arrow of the Eclipse, it’s a Conjuration-focused assassin that also uses illusion to mess with people. Using both bound dagger and bound bow with the occasional use of Mehrune’s Razor for that extra flair for the looks. This last one is my favorite when mixed with either the Nightingale armor set or the Ancient Shrouded Armor armor set. It’s my favorite.

  • Andy Shroom

    I chose the death to the dark brotherhood questline then made them murder each other

  • The Fisting Tree

    All heavy armour, deul weild a hammer or axe, high health, high stamina, low to mid magika (for atronochs incase you get in a pinch), also have your archery skill tree really high along with duel weild and heavy armour in skill tree,(optional: upgrade sneak) get a heavy armour with bows doing +20% at least also have chest plate enchanted or wahtever it is I found mine in a dungeon wich gives you +50 health the other armours can be whatever. And the get the best bow and just any armour that is better use it

  • Venneroth

    Why does Ysgramor have a shield and a battleaxe? Did he use Wuuthrad one handed? Probably. No wonder the Snow Elves were toast.

  • obliviousoblivion HD

    maybe there should be a new one of a kind build like a illusion archer?

  • Stormbladekiin

    Stealth archer - The RKO of Skyrim. Agreed lol

  • Jonenoh Spencer

    🔴 REDGUARD (Best one-handed race - with their own mini-preview for every stealth and unsteath action ) - ONE HANDED, STEALTH ASSASIN (NO-SHEILDS) VAMPIRE - LORD - MASTER MAGICIAN (illusion, restoration & alteration*) - all light clothing no armour used - and no Destruction an Conguration perks (these are never upgraded) - I focus on illusion and alteration spells to use my own enemies against themselves - with a few shouts from the DLC Dragonborn...I used to love conjugation the most but i realized it took a lot of time just trying to cast arch-figures...unless am fight dragons..

  • Fierce Mushroom

    I tend to play a solid mage character, only invest in magic perks. No armor, no weapons, no non-magical perks, no sneaking, and most importantly no followers.

  • Singed

    REAL RUN CHALLENGE. The game becomes very interesting. Play on Legendary difficulty obeying these 10 rules:1- You only can carry one type of equipment (one 1 hand-weapon, one two-hand weapon, 1 armor, 1 ring, 1 shield, etc).2- Companions can't carry your shit.3- No potions can be picked, nor created. You can only carry ingredients if you wish, and eat them. The cure is only with food or the spell restoration that you gain in the beginning of the game.4- No upgrades in sorceries like conjuration or destruction: you can only use scrolls.5- Forbidden to steal anything, unless if it is a mission or required for something.6- Don't kill any innocent people or pacific animals, only those that are a treat to you, like wolves for example.7- Don't farm levels, for example: sneak or lockpick. Just play as normal.8- Build your house, not buy one.10- You can save anytime, and can fast travel. Without this is boring.

  • Dloin

    i call the heavy armor + conjuring build "the debt collector" :D

  • Sickle Ogle

    late to the party, but I'll throw my two havoritss in here. 1 Is the forge mage, you ficuse on knowing and maxing all the weapon types, use bound weapons, enchanted light ir heavy armor, and take a few other perks like quiet casting. Its a very fun and inyeresting change of pace2 the artificer, this us a build themed around dwemer tech and the artificer dnd class, you will use maxed out dwemer weaoons, the aetherium staff, light armor, and a little magic here and there. The build plays similar to a ranger as you use bows, and melee combat, but it has the twist of dwemer tech. You spend the game either hunting down, or creating your own high end gear, and try to go for a steam punk feel with it, for example you dont use heavy armor, but you might use the visage as a weapon in combat. You can also side with the dawnguard and use some if their relics like the run shield as it fits the theme as well.

  • Apresa resa

    5. Sneak archer4. Sneak archer3. Sneak archer2. Sneak archer1. Sneak archer

  • thomas neal

    Enchanting is best playstyle can literally do anything I want and be awesome at it immediately with a simple enchantment

  • Sam White

    I wanted to be a sniper but ur useless in a dungeon😭😭😭

  • Blake Bauman

    I have a question for all you guys out there.I see everyone listing there different play-styles, different builds, etc.From my perspective, creating a specific build, let's say, stealth mage, then starting again after playing that for awhile as something different, let's say, stealth archer, seems a bit purposeful...if you get what I mean. Why would you play awhile as a character only to leave that one and start another? It just seems like you're building up something only to leave it a little after. For example, it seems as though to me that getting maybe 2, at the absolute MAX 3 characters, exploring all of Skyrim, doing everything there is to do, etc. seems good, because you're not saying to yourself "Okay I'll play a bit in this guy then I'm out to start again." You're not leaving all your hard earned progress by the road.So, in question form, what I'm trying to say is this, why is everyone doing that? Starting as one thing then leaving that and starting again as something different a little bit after? Isn't that rather pointless?Just for a little background, I played Skyrim once, for 60 hours, that save got deleted, so for about two months I did my best to get it back, gave up on that, then started to prep my next play-through with tons of mods, then, through a strange turn of events, my old save came back, but I didn't want to play it, I wanted to start fresh, so I did, with tons of mods that messed with my game, plenty of lag, and soon after that I realized I didn't have enough time to play Skyrim like I did in my first playthrough. In however long it is, I'm going to start again. And I'm starting to prep what I'm going to do. I might to one playthough as my classic character, a tank, heavy armor, two handed, block, bow for med range and for damage only, not stealth, you get the idea, then after that, do a very different playthrough, maybe a pickpocketing stealth bow mage.I'm having somewhat of a dilemma choosing what to do though, because I feel like if I do that, for the first playthough If I do everything, all the guilds, everything in Skyrim basically, I will be doing the mage guild as something I'm not really supposed to be, a heavy armored warrior, but I feel like If I don't do everything on that playthrough, than that one is meaningless for the most part because I'm saving alot of Skyrim for my next playthrough, so this one is just a means to an end.I think I'll end up just doing everything, the mage guild, the thieves guild, everything on both the first and the second, so that way I won't be thinking to myself, "Okay, I'll do that later on my second playthough." thus downgrading this one and what I can and cannot do in it; I don't want to turn it into a grind, a "Okay, once Im done with this playthrough I'll move onto this one..." Kind of thing. I want to be able to take my time, where I'm at, and enjoy.Your guys thoughts? Have you been in a similar situation? How did it work out, is what I'm thinking about really not a problem?Thanks.

  • Anthony Doyle

    Iron armour or fur armour with only iron weapons.

  • netherrealmshero

    The real best playstyle is finding Nazeem, saving the game, killing him, and then loading the game so you can kill him again.

  • Mr. DynamonRuler

    Top plays:MageTheifArcherConjuration masterJust a sword no shield

  • Helaric

    I'm a bit of everything. I use all magic except illusion and when it runs out I use either a 2H weapons or 1H + Shield, if at distance I use bow while crouching then switch to magic and so forth.

  • Tim Huffman

    Thanks for this video. I haven't played Skyrim since 2011/2012, and now with the recent media hype at E3, I'm going to install it again but play it vanilla version (no mods). Seems like it's been forever, so this video (along with the comments below) really gave me a lot of good options to consider different play styles to think about. Thumbs up

  • A Frederick

    I'm always an imperial, be it light or heavy, I use a sword and a bow. Maybe a shield now n then

  • Vijeo_ GamerMC

    I'm currently playing an all-out (just do something!!! Sort of playthrough lol) playthrough. But, my next playthrough I'ma do a Ranger playthrough (idk if a 'Ranger' playthrough exists yet ('-') ). I'm gonna try and base it around the rangers from the book series: Ranger's Apprentice by John Flanagan. If melee, dual wielding daggers. At ranged, I'ma use a bow. Or maybe (haven't decided yet) instead of dual daggers for close-range, I'll go for a sword and dagger (my dad's preference). Plus, my armour will be light armour.Main Perks: Sneak and archery.Side Perks (like side projects): One-handed and light armour.And, I know, I know, it's very similar to the sneak-archer playthrough, buuuuut... WHATEVER.Please reply if there are any flaws in this build up!

  • Tommy Kotowski

    The True NordLight armor two handed and are not allowed to use any spells or potions. You must look out only for the good of skyrim and act within the best interest of all native nords. The only healing you can do is through living off the land and crafting food. A little tedious, but considering I only play evil, stealing, manipulating, demon type characters, it is a good change and fairly difficult if done correctly. Highly suggest that or...Light armor shield bearing treasure hunter. Your only goal is to delve into as many dungeons as possible and steal loot from everybody. Try saving dungeons/delves until after you complete No Stones Unturned... where you get all the Stone of Barenziah. The Catch is only using the torch as your shield. Level it up through destruction and complete the stones of barenziah quest line asap (This is incredibly tedious but so goddamn rewarding). ALso restore the thieves guild to its original glory by completing all the side mission in the thieves guild. This also gives you some of the best vendors in the game. The ragged flagon becomes fulfilled with traffic and I promise you WILL NEVER RUN OUT OF MONEY.

  • Shannon Randolph

    Love the classic Sword/Shield Heavy Armor character focused on smithing. I also have a Destruction Magic Necromancer (Conjuration and Ritual Stone) and a greatsword weilding, Violent Murderer who kills everyone he comes in contact with (he's also a highly skilled pickpocket with 90k and an affinity for archery). Currently working on a Heavy Armor character that uses two-handed battleaxes exclusively, while utilizing Destruction spells for mid-long range combat and Restoration to keep him at his best. He is a Breton whose mother was drained by a vampire from Castle Volkihar, not far off the coast from their family farm in North-Eastern High Rock. He is a moral man with a taste for justice. He sides with the Imperials, but does not agree with everything they're doing so he's not too far off from Neutral really. Wish roleplay was focused on a bit more in these games. Oh well!

  • Saya Sakisaka

    My favorite playstyle is easily the Dovakiin, dragonbone battleaxe with dragonplate armor and the Jagged Crown (sneak drop it into ralof's inv and take it out later to complete quest and get to keep the crown!), play main questline and stormcloak faction mainly. Whirlwind, Cyclone, Fire Breath, Dragon Aspect primarily, chaos damage and absorb health on the axe! Resto and Alteratiton for buff and heal!

  • Supergirl Gamer

    Every time I start new game, I'm always a heavy armoured tank, with a sword and shield. I tell myself I should try something new, but I can't change my play style, it's engrained in me and it's a classic.

  • Shadowjc32

    My current build is the Sneak/Archer. I've tried other builds, but this one is still the one I like the best. With where I am now, finished with the Dark Brotherhood and Main quest and halfway through Dawnguard, I can crouch in the shadows two feet in front of someone and pick them off with arrows and they'll never see me. And somehow, it feels just as broken if not moreso with Ordinator installed.

  • Jerry Gonzales

    I always wind up being an Arch-Mage. Get it... Arch-Mage... I just can't help it... Lol

  • Jack

    My favorite is just the angriest looking nord with a really big sword and an even bigger voice. It's the Storm Cloaks' dream. With a mod or two, my dude's a master of the voice with abilities that vanilla players wish they had, and he's also a bard because a) it's funny, and b) it was in the same modded skill tree as the voice skills. In The rp, he's the meanest, truest son of Skyrim, a devoted student of the voice (because the voice mod adds repeatable quests that enhance voice powers), and his greatest desire to gain more power (with the exception of becoming a werewolf or a vampire, because he wants to go to sovergard), therefore, his lust for battle is, for a lack of better words, unquenchable, and because of that last one, banditry while traveling the roads isn't an uncommon behavior for this guy. To be honest, he's kinda just a straight forward murder hobo. He generally wears heavy armor (something that looks Norse as well), but at one point, the voice powers are powerful enough for him to wear anything and you can even fight with just the shouts. Needless to say, I find it pretty entertaining to just be the brute.

  • jose 123

    I am the best dual dagger assassin

  • Len VDL

    Am, I the only one who plays as a khajiit unarmed master?1. +15 unarmed damage for khajiit2. Get gloves of the pugilist3.Crank up your heavy armor, get iron fist perk,4.enchant your heaviest gauntlets with the pugilist' enchantment5. Murder every thing with your hands

  • Matt Gibson

    I usually do stealth archer and dagger assassin.

  • Biggest Fig

    1. Shield and Mace2. Sword and Magic3. Two handed tank4. Dual blades5. Stealth archer for the memes

  • Random Panzer

    Hello! Do you have time to talk about our lord and saviour, Talos?Why did I get likes wtf

  • Adam Xei

    I call my favorite playstyle "the loud assassin". An invisibility using battle axe wielding maniac. Paired with the weapon aspect shout and the whirlwind cloak spell, and you have a secret hurricane.

  • Killercoldice22

    How does he stay invisable and what the heck is night blade???

  • Jeremiah Fisher

    1. One handed weapon and restoration 2. Stealth archer3. Wizard assassin4. Over powered enchant/smith/alchemist (anything is possible)5. Dragon Lord

  • fuck off

    This list is pathetic. Styles 4 and are literally in the same style of play: Vampire Nightblade.

  • Ryder Nigga

    If you haven't played a two-handed Nord who fights for the Stormcloaks and hates all the elves, you don't even know what playing Skyrim is...

  • Lrd. Suckme

    The last one is a spellsword. That would be it, I think.

  • FuRy PeAcH

    Ive created my own its calledUriels Overgrown petYou play as a kajiit Main weapons Uriels bow and sheild with dragon sword with any enchant mentUriels full set of armor any helmetFeel free to do any questHelper to allConpanion recomended serana for the blood for bowSidded with vampireworship all godsObtain lots of artifacsHAVE FUN

  • joey dahl

    I usually do a shadow assassin with both bows and sneaking behind enemies but I also try to have my heavy armors and two handed leveled for those moments when you have to be armored and dealing a lot of damage

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