I don't want to pay for magic spells or enchanted items. I haven't bought anything but a house. I'm happy playing like this and I don't want to change it. I know that sooner or later I'll have to buy the master spells, but I don't want to buy any others.

Is it possible to find every single magic spell and enchanted item? Or are there items and spells that can only be acquired by paying for them?

  • Are you role playing a lonely scavenger?
    – Paystey
    Feb 13, 2013 at 15:55
  • @Paystey: I just don't need the help of any follower. IMHO, they just obstruct or get killed (sometimes accidentally by me). They are good mules, but that's the only thing they're good for.
    – user26147
    Feb 13, 2013 at 17:19
  • I edited this to cut out the parts that are irrelevant to the actual question (we don't need to know about your stance on followers to answer this), and clarified the core question. Do revert part or all as necessary. Feb 13, 2013 at 19:03
  • @SevenSidedDie: thank you! English is not my native language. I appreciate your help editing the question.
    – user26147
    Feb 13, 2013 at 19:13
  • You say you don't want to buy any others. Who says you have to pay merchants to get hold of the spell books, sneak is your friend :)
    – Paystey
    Feb 13, 2013 at 19:35

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The primary means of acquiring spell books in the game is by purchasing them from vendors, especially the mages at the College of Winterhold.

Additionally, some are only available by taking quests from these mages, which requires a relatively high skill in the magic school from which they derive. If you have limited access to low- and mid-tier spells, getting enough skill experience to get to the level where these quests unlock is going to take forever.

Sometimes you can find a random spell book when looting a high-enough level object. Spell books are relatively rare loot, though - I can't remember finding very many random books in my travels.

Beyond random loot, there is also not a guaranteed complete set of spell books available by exploration. A few have guaranteed spawn locations, but it's far from complete.

Enchanted items are likewise not guaranteed loot. In fact, a considerable quantity of the guaranteed enchanted items can't be disenchanted. Quest rewards and unique items tend to have unique enchantments that can't be learned. Generally only loot you find randomly can be disenchanted.

You could theoretically avoid purchasing any spell books or enchanted items, but you're probably adding hours of grinding for a relatively slim chance of finding the items you need.

  • Thank you for your time. I guess I can use the already learnt enchantments in order to get what I want. I'll let you know whether I find all the spell books and echanted items this way or not (after I reach level 81). Yeah, I know I'm adding hours to the game but, what can I say?, I just love it!
    – user26147
    Feb 13, 2013 at 17:28
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    @user26147, glad it was useful :) If we managed to answer your question, don't forget to accept it (by clicking the gray checkmark under the score) so that others know it helped.
    – agent86
    Feb 13, 2013 at 17:53
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    I clarified the question some. Do you know if there are any items or spells that are impossible to acquire from the random loot lists, i.e., unique or static items/spellbooks that are only available by purchasing them? Feb 13, 2013 at 19:06
  • If you want a higher-than-normal chance of finding scrolls and spellbooks, get the Dragonborn DLC and do the Black Book quests.
    – Iszi
    Feb 13, 2013 at 22:13

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