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What is the max level skills you can reach in skyrim?

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Some items raise your skill level (e.g. Necklace of the Major Squire raises Light Armor 17 points). Without equipment or potion modifiers, the maximum level is 100.

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Skill levels in Skyrim are your Base Skill (15-100) plus any Fortify Potions and Enchantments.

  • Most fortify skill enchantments may be applied to 4 equipment slots.
  • If you rely solely on drops, the maximum fortify skill enchantment will be +25. Skilled Enchanters can do significantly better.
  • If you rely solely on drops, the maximum fortify skill potion will be +25. Again, Skilled Alchemists can do significantly better.

As such, with some exceptions, a character who does no enchanting or alchemy can expect to be able to boost those skills that are fortified in this manner to about 225. Alchemist/Enchanters can do even better.


For completeness' sake, there are a few flavors of Fortify (Skill) effects in Skyrim.

  • Some, as discussed above, add to the character's numeric skill value.
  • Others, instead add a percentage to the the effect of your actions, specifically attack damage or armor value.
  • Fortify Enchantments for Spell Schools will generally reduce casting costs.
  • Fortify Potions for some spell schools will boost spell duration instead of effect.

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