I am currently saving my perk points until I meet the skill requirements for the perk I want. Let's say I am at level 16 and have enough XP to get to level 20. Are the enemies scaled as though I am at level 20?

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    When leveling up, you can go to the perks screen, choose between magicka/health/stamina and stop there, keeping your points until you reach the level you want in a given skill to spend your points.
    – LudoMC
    Jan 8, 2012 at 10:07

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Once you reach the next level, you do not gain a level for scaling purposes until you have taken that extra boost to Health/Magicka/Stamina. However, since you said "saving my perk points," keep in mind that you are not required to pick a new perk every time you level up; you can save them until you meet a particular requirement. In fact, it's actually quite common for perk points to exceed desirable perks if you have a particular build in mind.

In my opinion, it's generally not worth saving a level up for a few levels just so you can, say, take four perks you want all at once. The exception I can think of is if the intermediate perks are really awful and you're struggling with difficulty. Barring that, I prefer either taking the level up at once or using it opportunistically (you get a complete refill of health, magicka and stamina), especially early game.

  • +1, my immediate reaction when reading this question was "Saving level ups for what?" This isn't Oblivion, and there should be no reason to bank them. Jan 8, 2012 at 14:32

I do not think so.

Although they continue to accrue through more skill use, the level ups are only applied when you open your char menu and assign the compulsory stat point. Before that point you have not levelled. Assigning the perk point is not necessary for a level-up.

All level related things are on hold until this point including your level, training points and level-dependent quests.

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