In Oblivion, one could train sneak by sneaking into a corner next to a sleeping person, stamina and jump using the same idea.

Is it possible in Skyrim to advance certain skills safely while being afk? Which?

Preferably without using external programs (clickers), but holding down a button is acceptable.

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    "Your Real Life skill has increased by 1" – Doozer Blake Nov 14 '11 at 16:45

I would imagine that if you stood in a town and went into sneak mode, you would continually go up in sneak levels...

Technically, this is cheating isn't it? :/

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    A mans gotta take a leak! – Neil Knight Nov 14 '11 at 15:41
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    Cheating? There is even an auto-move-forward key (C, if I remember correctly). Is that cheating too? Seriously, everyone draws the line at cheating where they want too - abusing load/save could be seen as cheating too, but it is one of the best ways to experiment and learn the game. – Konerak Nov 14 '11 at 15:42
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    In a single-player game, everyone can have their own standard for cheating and nobody suffers. Whatever makes for the best game for that person! – SevenSidedDie Nov 14 '11 at 15:53
  • @both of you two, I never said I was moaning about someone cheating... just saying that "you're only cheating yourself!" :P – Barrie Reader Nov 14 '11 at 16:14

All Armor skills and block using... Slaughter fish!

Stand in water, equip armor type you want to raise, go afk.

I highly recommend you drink a health regeneration potion, as slaughter fish CAN hurt.

I will admit I have yet to test this, but it worked in other elder scrolls games, and in this one, armor has no durability... so afk seems fine. I have encountered slaughter fish in lakes, and they didn't do anything but startle me when they attacked. No real damage, but that could just be luck. I was wearing leather armor (fine) and had under 20 light armor skill at the time though, so I assume it is save as ever.

Confirmation will come tonight, unless someone else verifies before then. But I've used this in other ES games, and their damage in this one seemed low enough to do it in this one.

  • Armor has no durability? I seem to remember having to "repair" stuff. – Konerak Aug 14 '14 at 6:38
  • @Konerak Perhaps you had an addon? Items have no decay/durability in Skyrim. – JClaspill Aug 21 '14 at 5:11
  • Oh? That must have been Oblivion then? – Konerak Aug 21 '14 at 15:04
  • @Konerak Oblivion has repairs/hammers yes. Skyrim has the hammers, they just don't serve any purpose beyond minor gold sell value. – JClaspill Aug 23 '14 at 0:46
  • 'Course there's still the problem of a random Dragon attack or a Vampire/Dawnguard ambush or that one time with the Dark Brotherhood or random thug hired to rough you up – IG_42 Dec 8 '15 at 16:50

Restoration: If you have a 100% less majicka enchantment for restoration, and use an elastic band to hold down dual-casting healing, you can just stand in front of low-level enemies to level up. The enemies will slowly chip away at your health, and you will continue healing/levelling restoration. Alternatively, cast equilibrium opinion in one hand, and healing in the other.

Sneak: Go to Dragonsreach, go upstairs, turn right, and go through doorway on to the balcony above the main area. Sneak, and use an elastic band to keep your character running against a pillar.

Block + Armors: For block, use an elastic band to hold down the block key, and for armor, just equip the armor type you want to level. Stand somewhere where you can only be attacked from one direction, ensure this is the direction you are blocking and wait for enemies to attack you and level you up.

These may take a while, so just leave them on overnight.


You can level Sneak, One handed and Two handed AFK/AFC before you leave Helgen at the beginning of the game.

Sneak -

One and Two Handed -

You can also level Pickpocketing to 100 before leaving Helgen

The guy with you won't stop you, just save after successful steals.

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    While videos are a great supplement to an answer, please consider adding text summaries for each video in case they're taken down. This is considered good practice for any sort of external resource. – two bugs Dec 8 '15 at 17:28
  • @twobugs IMO it's fine as is. The videos are just demonstrations of the first paragraph. They enhance the answer, but even if they're taken down the answer would still stand. – Schism Dec 8 '15 at 17:43
  • True, I was intending to make more of a general statement about best practices. I do think some of these videos could benefit from a short one or two line summary of the technique involved, though. – two bugs Dec 8 '15 at 17:46

From The unofficial Elder Scrolls Pages:

"You are also able to level up by increasing any skill, not only those you are focused on, so > accidentally power leveling to beyond your means in terms of gameplay is possible."[1]

So this way of increasing your skills might not be the best idea. You decide.

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    So you might end up with a character that is amazing at smithing, stealing, sneaking, talking and bartering but hurts himself with everything that even remotely resembles a weapon? – Konerak Nov 14 '11 at 16:04
  • Yeah, pretty much :P – benregn Nov 14 '11 at 17:04
  • Is there a mod to prevent that? – NiteCyper Jan 14 '14 at 11:21

I know in Bleak Falls Barrow (one of the first caves in the game, where you get the Dragonstone), there's a waterfall leading from a room overlooking a path, and a Draugr patrols that path and the room overlooking it. If you jump down into the waterfall and land on the stones beneath it, you're out of the draugr's reach, so it can never find you. If you crouch and sit there, you can get sneaking to level 100 over night. I'm planning on creating a new character so I can exploit this and get all my leveling out of the way by resetting Sneak a few times.

I know Sneak has a lot of other exploitable gain options, but this one is 100% automatic and doesn't need anyone to be asleep

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