I have recently started playing Morrowind, and despite having Athletics as one of my minor skills, I still move very sluggishly, and also quite literally can't jump an inch of the ground.

Is there any way to boost this skill so I am not tip toeing all along Vvardenfell?

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    If you literally can't jump, you might be carrying too much. One of the limiting factors on your jump height is your encumbrance.
    – Mark
    Mar 1, 2018 at 9:18
  • @Mark no, because when I only had my prisoner clothes I still couldn't jump Mar 1, 2018 at 12:58
  • "Speed is the governing Attribute for Athletics [...] It affects: How fast you move in the game world."
    – Mazura
    Mar 2, 2018 at 0:21

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According to the Notes on the Unofficial Elder Scrolls Pages - Morrowind:Athletics

You can quickly train Athletics with minimal effort by toggling on Autowalk while facing a wall. This will passively increase Athletics skill without your character accidentally walking into trouble. A more effective way to do this is to swim towards a wall; a well-suited place for this is the river running through Balmora.

also can't jump quite literally an inch of the ground

this is actually your Acrobatics skill which is separate from Athletics

The Acrobatics skill involves jumping, climbing, and avoiding damage from falls


  • With an extremely excessively high acrobatics skill it is possible to jump from one end of the map to the other.

a quick way to increase this skill is to jump while running up a slope. i tend to find the slopes for going up level on the outside of Vivec's Cantons are great places because each jump will help improve the skill no matter how high you jump, jumping up against a slope as you go up it mean you do lots of tiny jumps. i believe i've counted 10-20 jumps from one slope in the Foreign Quarter

  • Thank you for the quick and helpful response. I will try these techniques out later! Mar 1, 2018 at 3:11
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    Just leave the game running through the night while walking/swimming in the wall. Does wonders.
    – Mixxiphoid
    Mar 1, 2018 at 9:19
  • This tactic works well. I literally just went into a corner and taped my joystick up. Now gaining skill levels. Mar 3, 2018 at 23:06
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    You also gain more Acrobatics experience if you take falling damage. However... don't kill yourself
    – mmatthews
    Mar 6, 2018 at 16:01

In the console (accessed by default using backtick, `) you can set your athletics (which influences speed) and acrobatics (which influences jump height) to a reasonable value between 1 and 999 like this:

player->setathletics 200
player->setacrobatics 200

This might be unpopular with some people, but you could think of it as avoiding mindless drudgery and wasting many hours of computing resources to get to a reasonable set of movement parameters.

  • And the question did ask for the fastest way, and this probably is the fastest way. :-) Apr 11, 2020 at 6:30
  • Unless your on Xbox, where the console is not available.
    – user228576
    Jun 21, 2021 at 3:24

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