hi just wondered wether anyone has created a decent mage character? and whats the best equipment to use? i had a dark elf at lvl5 but decided to restart as was really bad....... was this due to the fact i branched out in too many areas? (restoration,archey,smithing,enchanting,destruction) what areas are worth focusing on? i know people keep mentioning the college at "winterfold" is this worth doing? cheers in advance
A low level Mage will also need at least one decent handed weapon, as you will run out of Magica too quickly to finish off most enemies. I'm level 22 and still have decent weapons for back up. Although I've branched out a lot with other skills, I have put a lot into destruction. The College is useful to meet other Mages who can boost magic skills through teaching. For a price!
I would work on Destruction and Alchemy. The trick I found was once I had dual casting perk and then the follow on perk that Stuns enemies after a dual hand hit I had all the time I needed to smack opponents silly with Lightening bolts (chosen because they fly quickest and therefore reduce how much you need to lead the target). I still regularly fire off ordinance and then drink loads of Magica potions to replenish. Quick stab with a soul trap weapon to finish them off and that's the ballgame. Smithing is good because it's easy to advance, as is Enchanting. And then you can manufacture some serious weaponry and armour which for me slightly spoiled my game because nothing could take a hit from a Daedric Sword with double enhancements that was also improved to Legendary status. Be aware that the weapons damages will improve as your skill improves. The trick is not to restart when you're bored, just change you kit and loadout and carry on. You'll be forever redoing things otherwise. I've been a Mage (completed the Questline) then a thief (half way through) and currently wading into things with a two handed hammer in Dwarf Armour. All with the same Dark Elf I had at the start. Seriously, just stick with what you've got and make whatever changes you like.
As for equipment, once you're good enough you can make your own. The Gaulder Amulet is quite handy though.
Well ive been trying out all the combinations really, working out the ebst class for each task. for example my main guy is a Woodelf Archer/rogue. the combination of duel weilding Daggers (well Nightingale Sword Right and Dagger of mehrunes dagon in left hand.)
Second guy i made was a Breton mage, combiantion of the breton perks and the sheer dustructive power of a mage makes this combination a complete winner!
Third guy is my Orc Barbarian, Weilding the mighty Volendrung and wearing Orcish armour at the moment (bear in mind he is only level 10!)
i find the creative mix of classes probably one of the best things about this game!
If you're a mage definitely go through the college of winterhold storyline, you get the best spells and magic trainers. I've got a level 47 Breton mage and for me the best skills to improve are Enchanting, Restoration, Destruction, Alteration, and Alchemy. Use a one-handed sword (no need for a bow really if you use long-range Destruction spells and get your Alchemy skill high for the potions and poisons (Shock spells for long range, a poisoned blade for melee). Light armour allows faster movement, and when you get the Mage Armor Alteration perk, maybe wear no armour, just clothes, and use Stoneflesh spells as I do. Build your Enchant and Smithing skills, make loads of cheap daggers, and enchant them for easy money and level-ups. Put perks in Restoration, Enchant and Alchemy. Get the Detect Life spell and repeatedly cast it to for very quick Alteration experience. Hope this helps!
Erm. I'm level 58. Possibly hitting the "400 hour" mark pretty soon. Took an embarrasingly long time to get around to killing Alduin. I'm basically an Imperial with bow, sneaking and light armour skills of 100. A bow at long range is amazingly powerful, especially with teh archery perks. My enchanting is also 100 hence all bows have double enchantments. I took Alduin out with 5 arrows. If you play for long anough - you will get pretty good at most things :) I'm currently taking up smithing more seriously and plan to make my own dragon armour soon. Whilst rampaging around the countryside killing stuff. Just. Can't. Stop....
I'm at level 47 with the High Elf , magica of 400 destruction 83 level - really if you want to use magic you need to concentrate on conjuration - add the damage perk of bound weapons and once you get to conjuration level 67 you can buy books to summon a Deadric lord and Storm Atronarch - with the slow time dragon shout you can use fire bolts ( damage 31 - and a lot less costly to magica than fireball @ damage 50 ) to wreak havoc