My conjuration is level 26 and I can't seem to figure out a quick way to level it. What's the quickest/most effective way to level it up?
- Buy the bound sword
- Find slaughterfish
- Stand at the edge of water so slaughterfish can't attack you, and so that you'll still be in combat
- Cast bound sword (don't dual sword it), sheath your weapon and repeat.
You can get the Apprentice Conjuration magic perk to make this process go by faster. This process is so quick you can have 100 conjuration in little over 1 and a half hour. OR repeatedly cast soul trap on any dead creature.
Your conjuration skill does not increase by conjuring anything out of combat, it only increases while you' in combat with something or someone. Conjuring up a creature and a weapon, and then entering combat does level up your conjuration skill.
So, try to just conjure a creature and use a bound weapon in all fights, this will level up your conjuration skill relatively quickly.
You can also cast Soultrap on dead enemies, so you could put on a lot of magicka regeneration gear and continuously cast Soultrap on dead enemies to level up the skill. Alternatively, cast it until you run out of magicka and wait an hour (using the wait feature) and repeat.
Least "boring" way I've found: keep two spells handy while exploring, something like Conjure Flame Atronach and Soul Trap, or Bound Sword and Soul Trap. Soul trap everything when you get the magicka, even while not in combat, even your companion (I don't know how many times Lydia's threatened to kill me) as you explore--animals, dead bodies, etc. Conjure Atronach or Sword to deal with low level baddies you are likely to encounter. Switch to a favorite damage dealing spell or weapon for dragons, giants, etc.