I got pretty much all of my skills to level 100 on Skyrim, and now, I have the option to make them legendary.

I searched on the wiki and found that this will reset my level to the initial value i.e. 15.

I have also downloaded the skyrim community unlocker mod, which increases the level cap from 100.

So, my questions shortens to- Is it beneficial to turn a skill legendary and get all your perk points back, or continue with leveling up with the help of the aforementioned mod I have installed?

I want to level up fast (The character level), so which one of the above would help achieve my goal with better efficiency? Also, are there any special items you get once you make all your skills legendary?

  • This is more a question of personal preference, which is not appropriate for a SE site. Personally, I woulnd't use the mod. May 11, 2015 at 7:18
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    @YUNOWORK I am not asking for a personal opinion here, I am asking which of the two is actually beneficial in the long run. Many people have tried and tested both the methods, and may know which one is better in the long run.
    – Rajat Jain
    May 11, 2015 at 7:20
  • @YUNOWORK So, do you actually know which method is better for my player level?
    – Rajat Jain
    May 11, 2015 at 7:24
  • If you want faster levelling, then make a skill Legendary. Low level skills level pretty fast.
    – JonK
    May 11, 2015 at 8:28
  • @JonK Yes, Low level skills level fast, but will my player level up faster with them? Or will it require 3-5 times the levels of the same skill to get levelled up. I don't actually know much about the character levelling system in Skyrim.
    – Rajat Jain
    May 11, 2015 at 8:30

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Making skills legendary should be faster, unless the mod messes with the skill gain rates. If it takes you longer to get from 100 to 101 than 15 to 16, then legendary is the way to go.

The fastest, by far, skill to make legendary is Illusion. Getting to skill 90 is fairly fast with Muffle.

Casting Harmony in Whiterun will go from level 15 to about 55. 8 casts with the right bonuses (Well Rested, Mage Stone) will make it 100 again, and that will be about 2-3 levels.

As for the second question, legendary skills don't do anything other than letting you level it again, to gain more character levels.

  • Thank you. Bit I do not intend to use hacks to get levels faster. But still thank you.
    – Rajat Jain
    May 11, 2015 at 11:39
  • None of what I described is hacks. It is all legit and does not use any glitches.
    – Nelson
    May 11, 2015 at 15:46
  • I know, that the methods are legit, but I want to gain the skill by actually using the skill as I need them, not just randomly (That ruins the fun, doesn't it?). Thanks anyway.
    – Rajat Jain
    May 11, 2015 at 16:55
  • Hmm, not sure how else you would "level up fast" but also am "using the skill as I need them". I guess you are using the skill as you need them because you want to level up fast :)
    – Nelson
    May 11, 2015 at 16:57
  • If just standing in a town and casting Harmony seems like cheating, you can always switch to missions where it would make sense. For example, try stealing from bandit camps without killing anyone, just Muffle + Invisibility to get to good spots and Harmony to calm them down. If you want fast leveling, you are going to have to do some unusual things. May 11, 2015 at 18:30

The net benefit in the end is more magicka/health/stamina, because you'll have to choose either one when leveling up. Depending on your game-play style, this could increase the fun.

Spells you once learned, will always stay learned. When making a magicka depended skill legendary, you'll notice that spells will take more magicka to cast. If you are a higher level with, say, 600 magicka, you will be able to cast high end spells on a low skill level.


Making skill legendary benefits you in way, that you can get levels and perk points again by leveling the same skill again.

The best one is Alteration because of this (sort of) exploit. If you enchant your gear to have lowered alteration cost by 20% (you need grand soul gem with grand soul) and enchant 5 pieces of armor, the mana cost of your alteration spells is gone.

After that is done, get telekinesis spell and pick up some random item like plate, hold it in the air with telekinesis and fast travel across map. Boom, your alteration level is instantly 100.

Make it legendary, rinse and repeat until satisfied.

  • Interesting! I wonder what amount of level increase you'd get if you simply walked the full length of the map while levitating a plate, instead of fast travelling.
    – Wossname
    Nov 1, 2017 at 8:05

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