The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Trophies
Reach Level 50

How you level up in Skyrim is simple, yet complicated. Unlike most RPGs you don’t get experience for quests or kills, so levelling up the conventional way is out of the question, in fact, it’s all about leveling up sub-skills, which in turn levels up your character level. Every time you level up you get chance to whack 10 points on magika, stamina or health, as well as applying a perk.

There are 18 skills in the game which range from combat orientated skills like archery, one-handed weapons and blocking; and magic use like restoration, destruction and conjuration; all the way through to more deceptive tasks like sneaking, pickpocketing and lock-picking; and your general working jobs, like smithing, alchemy and enchanting.

In order to hit 50 you’ll have to do a wide range of tasks and level them up as far as possible. The truth is that you’ll never be able to stick with one discipline if you want to get to level 50 – I reached level 100 on my archery skill by about level 35. That means you’ll have to mix things up… use magic, use archery, use one-handed weapons, use two-handed weapons, smith weapons, enchant weapons, pick-pocket people, pick locks… the more you do, the quicker you’ll level up – so when you reach that level 100 on a skill, it’s time to move onto something else. It is worth nothing that a level 10 in a skill isn’t going to raise you character level as much as a level 90 would.

There are 3 ways though to level up skills and for tips on how to raise the individual skill levels, see the “Skill Master” trophy description where there are tons of tips that will help raise skill subsets across the board, getting you closer to that level 50 trophy quicker than usual.

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User Comments
 Comment #1 by J99FISH
Saturday, November 05, 2011 @ 12:05:40 PM

Sounds evil..

 Comment #2 by tylergarrett
Saturday, November 05, 2011 @ 12:59:46 PM

Sounds amazing! My file on Oblivion is a level 47 and it took forever getting there. I hope it's the same in Skyrim. I want to be playing this game for years.

 Comment #3 by darkrequiem7
Saturday, November 05, 2011 @ 03:15:37 PM

Hopefully as a Silver trophy it isn't wickedly horrible.

 Comment #4 by ODP
Saturday, November 05, 2011 @ 06:26:36 PM

I think the time will depend of difficulty and how the skill/lvling system works. In oblivion you earned more XP for playing on a higher difficulty. I'm hoping this will take aa while though. I think I put 120 hours into Oblivion across multiple playthroughs.

 Comment #5 by LIONS_EYE
Saturday, November 05, 2011 @ 06:33:01 PM

Wow, I played Oblivion for many hours, stopped on level 20 or something while having a few skills maxed and had no trouble with enemies... I hope this will take less time

 Comment #6 by Con818
Saturday, November 05, 2011 @ 06:36:13 PM

And so it begins... Goodbye social life.. hello happiness

 Comment #7 by xacuti
Sunday, November 06, 2011 @ 04:20:03 AM

great! hope it takes me long time for this! i really want the platinum but not
too soon! i want to play this game forever!

 Comment #8 by Butch
Sunday, November 06, 2011 @ 08:55:13 AM

Might take a while, but I think we're gonna have lots of stuff to do, so we'll forget about the time and be there in no time. :)

 Comment #9 by xacuti
Sunday, November 06, 2011 @ 09:10:43 AM

one other thing, if this is going to take a long time it should be gold trophy,
not silver.

 Comment #10 by GraniteFlight
Sunday, November 06, 2011 @ 10:07:41 AM

Beth said this was akin to maxing out in Fallout so it shouldn't be hard if you do all the sidequests.

 Comment #11 by mitcho2013
Sunday, November 06, 2011 @ 11:04:32 AM

too bad there's no acrobatics skill

 Comment #12 by Macthillien
Sunday, November 06, 2011 @ 01:35:58 PM

it will be easy here because evry skill you level up count towards your main level.

 Comment #13 by Britt
Sunday, November 06, 2011 @ 01:55:04 PM

I've already put 26:18:32:03 into this game and it's absolutely amazing.
You can actually write letters to other online players using the parchment paper.
Co-op is a bit on sided, though. If you marry and bring an acquaintance into battle with you, which ever one of you invited the other person gets the experience. Lame..but whatevs, still an awesome game!!

 Comment #14 by JackCarson09
Sunday, November 06, 2011 @ 02:52:27 PM

@13 Spastic.

 Comment #15 by Shika
Tuesday, November 08, 2011 @ 11:54:04 PM

The longer this trophy the better; I'm going to play every inch of this game regardless

 Comment #16 by thecleggster
Wednesday, November 09, 2011 @ 10:16:56 PM

I get this game this afternoon!!! been a long long wait since oblivion

 Comment #17 by hlindegar
Friday, November 11, 2011 @ 12:03:14 PM

This one's the killer. For those hunting the platinum, I think the rest should be pretty straightforward. The trophies in this game are just like Fallout trophies, which is good IMO.

 Comment #18 by BIGCAT
Friday, November 11, 2011 @ 12:28:43 PM

I played Oblivion for a solid 600 hours at least. I went to jail a bunch of times so that i could drop my major skills but still increase my attributes all the way to 100. I finally maxed out my character at level 94. That file alone was 350 hours. Oblivion was glorious, although it saddened me that it didn't have any trophies. When it comes to video games, I'm a completionist. That is why I am so happy that Skyrim has trophies and I look forward to putting at least 1000 hours into it. Hopefully I can learn as much from it as i did from Oblivion.
Amazing Games. They really are. Thank you to the Creators for thinking outside the box and making something so much better then anything else.

 Comment #19 by Mysterytube91x
Monday, November 14, 2011 @ 02:11:51 PM

damn i want this game o.o

 Comment #20 by Elitedeathlord
Tuesday, November 15, 2011 @ 01:16:11 PM

I have played for four days about 8 hours each i am 40, kinda sad it went so fast but there is so much more content so there is much in game life to be had after level 50.

 Comment #21 by sansamb
Tuesday, November 15, 2011 @ 02:19:35 PM

according to the guide, if you max out every skill you will reach lvl 80, so this is nowhere near the end of things for this game :) :)

 Comment #22 by SabishiiRyuu
Tuesday, November 15, 2011 @ 10:49:50 PM

it takes about 30-40 hours of LEGIT power leveling to get this. Using a few glitches, you can get this in less than 20 hours.
I got to lvl 50 in 38 hours. Now begins the real fun with the game. I love the fact that now I get attacked only by ancient dragons.

 Comment #23 by DREADNAUT
Sunday, November 20, 2011 @ 08:14:15 PM

i got to 50 in 59 hours with no power leveling..

 Comment #24 by InfiniteRefrain
Monday, November 28, 2011 @ 09:26:01 AM

If you didn't block like I did, you can spam the blocking near the end of the game at the 'bridge guard'. By the time I got there I was around 47.5 and that took me to 50 with blocking and healing.

 Comment #25 by Technophobe
Thursday, December 22, 2011 @ 07:08:32 PM

If you don't like cheating, skip over this. there are also a few spoilers here too, just warning you. Once you've done a lot of the Dark Brotherhood quests, you get given the horse Shadowmere, which has a ton of health. if there is any offensive combat skill (i.e destruction, one handed, archery) then your best bet would be to train on Shadowmere. Sorry for spoiling it for some, it just helps if your trying to get this trophy, good luck :D

 Comment #26 by F1nash
Friday, December 30, 2011 @ 05:38:17 AM

I do not plan to get a platinum but I will be getting this trophy. I didn't relise how addictive this game is. I love it!!

 Comment #27 by bolotina
Tuesday, January 10, 2012 @ 05:43:50 AM

This is a very easy trophy actually, you have to try really hard not to get it while doing 6 main questlines.

 Comment #28 by jayray17
Monday, January 16, 2012 @ 07:31:48 PM

Easy if you do the Oghma Infinium glitch.

 Comment #29 by MechaNightmare
Wednesday, February 01, 2012 @ 05:39:10 PM

This doesnt take as long I thought it would. Level 42 by 82 hours of playing but the game is so addictive so you think less time has passed.

 Comment #30 by Ice884
Tuesday, February 21, 2012 @ 07:31:30 AM

I have to say, for as long as it is taking me to get level 50, this should be a gold trophy

 Comment #31 by Mangoes
Thursday, March 15, 2012 @ 10:16:29 PM

It's silver because of the Oghma Infinium glitch level 15 - 50 in 4 minutes (if you don't mess up). I personally think it's not a "glitch" but rather as an Easter Egg. If it was a glitch, then why is it still exploitable after 4 patches?

 Comment #32 by Rigoesbueno
Sunday, April 15, 2012 @ 12:14:33 PM

one of the last trophies i need =)so close!

 Comment #33 by curt3001
Monday, April 16, 2012 @ 10:58:19 PM

#32 this one my last trophies also

 Comment #34 by psfanboy123
Tuesday, May 01, 2012 @ 01:55:50 PM

just enjoy the game i am lvl 60 with 170+ hrs so yeah it is a grind but it is oh so satisfying seeing this one pop, all i have left now before platinum is daderic influence

 Comment #35 by Ryboutnowfunksoubrova
Monday, June 18, 2012 @ 05:28:47 PM

was easy enough

 Comment #36 by Nekron2789
Sunday, June 24, 2012 @ 05:31:40 PM All you gotta do is everymove in this video to increase conjuration ,destruction,restoration and two handed

 Comment #37 by pikavader
Tuesday, June 26, 2012 @ 03:11:19 PM

If you use glitches to level up then you shouldn't be playing such a brilliant game

 Comment #38 by Vitallin
Saturday, July 07, 2012 @ 01:00:00 PM

 Comment #39 by Reaper505
Thursday, November 08, 2012 @ 01:58:19 PM

I agree with #37. If you're not going to grind for the level, then why play this type of game? The fact that you can put hundreds of hours into it is part of why it is so awesome.

 Comment #40 by pikster82
Sunday, November 25, 2012 @ 05:17:57 AM

Took some hard graft but well worth it. Glitches am for bitches.

 Comment #41 by NemoEnleft
Tuesday, January 15, 2013 @ 09:48:31 AM

This was well worth it.

 Comment #42 by Ankshaft
Monday, January 21, 2013 @ 03:02:05 PM

Used glitch to get this fast but did it honestly with a second character. So many nights.....

 Comment #43 by darknath
Tuesday, February 18, 2014 @ 10:26:40 PM

goddamnit i hate this trophy... leveling is WAY too slow @ lvl 40+

finished all other trophies @ lvl 36.. 45 now several hours later, and have just been doing mindnumbing spamming of skills i need to raise :(

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Game Info


US November 11, 2011
Europe November 11, 2011
Japan December 08, 2011

Resolution: 480p, 720p, 1080i
Sound: Dolby Digital
Players: 1
ESRB: Mature
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