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Elder Scrolls V, Skyrim: Official Game Guide [Paperback]

David S. J. Hodgson , Steve Stratton
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Book Description

11 Nov 2011
Large map Poster inside 
Labeled with important locations, major roads, and hold capitals

A Champion for Skyrim

Multiple character builds based on hundreds of hours of playtesting reveal exactly what Skills, Perks, equipment, and other items to pick, and how to advance through the game, no matter the type of character you want to be.
All Collectibles Gathered
If you’re searching Skyrim for Skill Books, Unique Items and Weapons, every single Shout, Dragon Priest Masks, Treasure Maps, Unusual Gems, or even Captured Critters, we show you where every rare item is.
The Atlas of Skyrim
A comprehensive tour of every single location, from the vast Hold Cities to the smallest woodland den. Every major exploration point receives a walkthrough flagging important items, with detailed maps throughout.
Prowess in Combat
Every weapon, piece of equipment, and spell is detailed so you know which blade, bow, or incantation to crush your enemies with. Every type of combat is tactically analyzed, so you can better any foe in battle.
Trainers and Traders
Skyrim is full of merchants to barter with, and trainers to further
increase your Skill, Crafting, and Bartering proficiencies. Every alchemist, blacksmith, innkeeper, trainer, Khajiit caravan, and other vendor revealed.
Followers and Friends
Build your friendships across Skyrim and locate every Follower with information inside this guide. Become a Thane. Own property. Marry your favorite Housecarl. Details inside.
Massive and Complete Index

Product details

  • Paperback: 655 pages
  • Publisher: Prima Games; Pap/Map edition (11 Nov 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307891372
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307891372
  • Product Dimensions: 27.2 x 20.1 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 334,197 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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74 of 76 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece game, masterpiece guide ... 12 Nov 2011
By dave.P
There is no point beating around the bush here: the Skyrim Prima Guide has to be one of the most thorough, helpful and comprehensive guides I have ever used.

For the sake of depth, I have broken down this review into components.

The Guide goes straight into the nitty gritty. It illustrates effectively the ten different races and the important strengths and weaknesses of each. Even better, the game provides a number of helpful archetype characters, demonstrating the various ways to create an effective and yet individual character. The Guide provides information on the various starting abilities, spells, skills and so on which each character can use.

Alongside each racial breakdown, there is a "Tip" breakdown, with a handy evaluation on whether the starting Skills and spells are truly worth going for.

The Guide follows this section with a breakdown of what the Skills and Perks are for each character and what they mean for you when you are playing the game. The Guide's thoroughness may be seen as a flaw for some- there is a hell of a lot of information here to be going on with- but it ensures that even a complete novice to RPG games will understand exactly what a "skill" is (not all players will!).

The Guide then goes on to provide over 50 pages of in-depth hints on how to get the most out of your character: from mining to enchanting, alchemy to the most complex battle tactics, and from buying a house to becoming a vampire, this ensures you really get the most out of your gaming experience.


Yet again, the game provides an extremely comprehensive list of all characters, potions, apparel, weapons, food items, enemies (and so on!) you will encounter in the game.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My first guide book 12 Feb 2012
To be honest, I am usually someone who's against cheating at games. I almost never use cheats and this is the first time I decided to buy a game guide. I believe that you should beat a game on your own.
However, in the case of Skyrim it is almost necessary to have some kind of help or guidance, because the game is so huge. If you really want to enjoy the whole Skyrim world, you really need this official game guide.
It's very detailed(which is why it's so fat), it covers pretty much everything and it warns you from spoilers.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AVAILABLE ON AMAZON.COM 26 Nov 2011
By Andy
When playing the ultimate sandbox RPG, you do need to look at a guide from time to time when playing at harder levels, or trying complete 'everything'. The GBP (£) is doing well against the USD ($) so pay a trip to and then wait a bit for the shipping (thats where you can get stung so be careful).

Why has never had this guide listed other that through vendors I dont know, but it clearly is out there
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really Professional Piece of Work 7 May 2012
I bought this strategy guide when the game first came out. It is remarkable. Full walkthroughs of all quests, lists of items and excellent maps. A fascinating book to read in its own right. Buy it !
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Tome. 19 May 2012
By G Reece
This is positively Skyrim-based geek galore. The quests in Skyrim are pretty straight forward most of the time, but this guide comes into its own with the extra information it can give you, such as where to find all of the Birthstones; how to get the additional and free perks; the locations of all the Thu'ums and their increasing effects etc.

However, the guide does appear to be based on what the game will become when it no longer needs to be patched (i.e. it doesn't inform you if there are any glitches and sometimes doesn't seem aware that not all of the content was released with the original game). If you're currently in possession of a Skyrim that you haven't got round to patching yet then I suggest you do that whilst waiting for this to be delivered.

Also, the big map that comes with it is extremely useful. Every location has been plotted out and it is of more than satisfactory size. I'm gutted that I lost mine.

Hope this helped :)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great guide! 29 Jan 2012
By Andrew
Brilliant guide but, if you want the hardback edition, get it from Amazon US. Don't pay rip off crazy UK seond hand prices, get it brand new from Amazon US. Brand new and well packaged, came a week after ordering for about £23
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Got this day of release with the game. 21 Nov 2013
Never bought a guide before but I got this day of release with the game and I was so grateful that I did. It literally has every little detail in here and helpful tick lists of worthwhile items to find in each dungeon. I could not have master the vanilla game without this and I didn't have to sit with my laptop waiting for the game wiki to get updates. I will definitely be buying their guide for Fallout 4 when that comes!

If you're just getting into Skyrim you should get the Legendary Edition guide instead as it will have all of the dragonborn content in there which is a massive expansion.
Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim: Legendary Edition (Prima Official Game Guides)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Astonishing but lacking 24 Jan 2012
By Mr. B. Trotter VINE VOICE
I bought this guide on eBay and paid about 3 times the retail, and it was well worth the price. If by chance you see a copy in a boot sale or charity shop grab it, and wrap it up, in a few years you will be "quids in" I moved a year ago and threw my Oblivion guide in the bin. Check the prices now !
Anyway back to the review, the amount of information in the guide is amazing. Everything you need just about. The game IMHO is amazing. Downside of the manual is the index. It's a mere eight pages out of a massive Six Hundred and sixty five.
On the absolute basic level of the game, if you want to know what your Quest entails, you would like to see the details?
There are hundreds of quests in the game, you would like to go to the index look up the quest name and go to the beginning of the quest, it is certainly " cheating " but we are not all the uber rpg player, we need help.
If you look in the index for your quest , forget it, not there. The quest is in the guide and in perfect detail, you just have to thumb through the 200 pages of detailed quests in the guide
Would not be without it, wish the author had been given the time to index it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Missing Map
The book itself is a great help when you feel a bit overwhelmed with the sheer size of the game, though it's size alone might add to that feeling at times! Read more
Published 29 days ago by RegencyAddict
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Published 1 month ago by D. W. Mcdiarmid
5.0 out of 5 stars beautifully illustrated and full of info especially when you get ...
This guide is must for Skyrim players....beautifully illustrated and full of info especially when you get stuck...highly recommended.
Published 1 month ago by Geoffrey J Lockwood
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent guide - value for money
Published 2 months ago by Pen Name
5.0 out of 5 stars Great :)
Great just what i needed :) ive used this book so many times when getting stuck on missions on this game, It shows you different options you can do as well, if i get stuck too much... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Georgina
5.0 out of 5 stars You will not be disappointed
I am not really a fan of giving reviews unless I strongly feel the products deserve it, this product fits whole heartidly. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Christopher Ridyard
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
This product is whaat I had hoped for and so much more! It has everything one could possiblly want. An excellent product. 10/10.
Published 4 months ago by Samuel Devey
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is so useful
This book is amazing. I found it so useful because it goes over basically everything about the game. Full quest line details. Enemies. Spells and weapons. Read more
Published 6 months ago by alex
5.0 out of 5 stars Good and informative
I bought this for my husband It is a very good reference book to assist him in this complicated but enjoyable game. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Coffee lover
5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what is says on the tin
This book is absolutely essential for casual players and hardcore fans alike, covering every aspect of the world of Skyrim. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Robbie
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