20 Best Skyrim Builds in 2024

Adiba Chowdhury
By Adiba Chowdhury
35 Min Read
Credit: Bethesda Game Studios

Keep reading to learn about the best builds you can use in Skyrim Special Edition in 2024.

Despite being around for over a literal decade, The Elder Scrolls V continues to garner a massive player base even today. All Skyrim fans will agree that The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Special Edition stands at the pinnacle of providing the ultimate RPG experience.

One of the best things about Skyrim is that you can build your character based on your playstyle preference. And over the years, players worldwide have come up with hundreds and thousands of unique builds to enjoy their gameplay experience to the fullest.

No matter which combat class you choose, a perfect build can help your character reach its full potential. So, we’ve got you covered whether you are just starting out in Skyrim or a seasoned fan who wants to try out all the best builds in the game.

Below are our picks for the 20 best character builds in Skyrim’s Special Edition that you can use in 2024.

20. Bare-Fisted Khajiit

To start off our list, we have the Bare-Fisted Khajiit – also known as the Khajiit Bruiser or the Unarmed Khajiit. This build focuses on relying on your own strength and fighting with your fist and Shouts instead of weapons.

The great thing about this build is that you don’t have to set out on a wild goose chase to find the best weapons in the game. Instead, you can work on your defense by equipping the best armor and increasing attack power through enchantments and shouts.

Below is a breakdown of what you need for this build:

  • Race: Khajiit
  • Skills:
    • Heavy Armor
    • Enchanting
  • Gear:
    • Enchanted Gear (Fortify Unarmed, Fortify Stamina Regen)
  • Shouts:
    • Marked for Death
    • Unrelenting Force
    • Whirlwind Sprint

You must upgrade your Heavy Armor and Enchanting skill trees for this build. Investing in your Heavy Armor skill tree will allow you to equip the best heavy armor in the game to withstand even the hardest-hitting attacks from enemies. As for Enchanting, you must invest in Fortify Unarmed enhancements to boost the damage dealt from your punches and Fortify Stamina Regen to increase the rate at which your stamina regenerates.

As for Shouts, Marked for Death increases damage output, making defeating tougher enemies with your fists easier. Moreover, having the Unrelenting Force will allow you to knock enemies off balance. Lastly, you will need the Whirlwind Sprint to quickly close the distance between you and your opponents. It’s the best shout to pair with a fistfight.

19. Elemental Fury (Orc Berserker)

Next, we have the Elemental Fury build focused on creating an Orc Berserker. This build will utilize dual-wielding weapons and the Elemental Fury shout to ensure you can inflict the highest level of melee damage on your opponents.

Below is a breakdown of what you need for this build:

  • Race: Orc
  • Skills:
    • Heavy Armor
    • Enchanting
    • One-Handed
    • Alchemy
    • Alteration
  • Gear:
    • Dual Swords
    • Enchanted Armor
  • Shouts:
    • Elemental Fury

Orcs have the Berserker Rage innate ability, which allows them to double the damage dealt to enemies and lower their damage intake by half for one minute. By learning the One-Handed skill, you can wield two weapons simultaneously.

This way, the damage you can inflict on your opponents is doubled since you learn to use both of your hands proficiently. Moreover, you can maximize the speed of your hits with the Elemental Fury shout. This will make you a deadly melee combatant.

18. Chaos Trickster

This chaotic build focuses on wreaking havoc on the battlefield by always keeping your enemies on their toes and playing illusions to confuse them. It is perfect for those of you who don’t like engaging in direct battles. By playing tricks on enemies, you can sneak up on them without them ever knowing what hit them.

Below is a breakdown of what you need for this build:

  • Race: Any
  • Core Skills:
    • Illusion
    • Destruction
    • Sneak
  • Secondary Skills:
    • Speech
    • One Handed
    • Alchemy
  • Gear:
    • Dual Daggers
    • Light Armor
  • Shouts:
    • Aura Whisper
    • Throw Voice

For this build, you must invest in the Illusion skill tree and unlock skills such as Fury, Muffle, and Invisibility. Moreover, you’ll also need to learn Sneak skills such as Shadowstep, Backstab, and Assinate.

Furthermore, you will also have to combine your Illusion spells with destructive runes such as Fire, Frost, and Lightning runes to take down enemies without exposing yourself. You can place the runes at various choke points and patiently wait for enemies to fall for your trap.

If you choose an Orc for this build, you can use its Berserker Rage ability to unleash deadly two-handed attacks on your enemies. Moreover, you can also use the Fury spell on the more troublesome enemies.

17. Tank Conjurer

Being powerful on your own is great, but having some backup really does help. The Tank Conjurer build is focused on making you the strongest warrior and conjurer who can absorb the hardest hits and summon two Atronachs to fight for you at will.

Below is a breakdown of what you need for this build:

  • Race: Any
  • Core Skills:
    • Heavy Armor
    • Block
    • Conjuration
  • Spells:
    • Dead Thrall
  • Gear:
    • Daedric Heavy Armor
    • Shield
  • Shouts:
    • Bend Will
    • Soul Tear

For this build, you must invest in your Conjuration, Block, and Heavy Armor skill trees. Equipping heavy armor and a shield will offer you the protection you need to withstand the toughest attacks. Moreover, investing in the Block skill tree will allow you to absorb damage greatly and help you win battles where sustainability is key.

As for the Conjuration skill tree, you must unlock the Twin Souls perk so that you are able to summon two Daedric creatures that will attack enemies on your command. Moreover, the type of elemental damage you inflict on enemies depends on the Atronachs you summon.

16. The Spellbreaking Paladin

This build focuses on creating the strongest paladin to obliterate enemies with his sword and destruction magic. Although you can use this build with any race, the ideal choice would still be Breton.

Below is a breakdown of what you need for this build:

  • Race: Any (Preferably Breton)
  • Core Skills:
    • Heavy Armor
    • Restoration
    • Destruction
  • Secondary Skills:
    • Block
    • Conjuration
    • One-Handed
  • Spells:
    • Bane of the Undead
    • Vampire’s Bane
    • Close Wounds
  • Gear:
    • Heavy Armor (Preferably Enchanted)
    • One-Handed Weapon (Preferably Dawnbreaker)
  • Shouts:
    • Dismay

The Spellbreaking Paladin build is perfect for those of you who want to inflict much damage by repelling enemy attacks with your Spellbreaker magic shield while slaying enemies with your sword. Moreover, you can wield your sword in one hand and cast magic with the other. 

For this build, you must invest in your Heavy armor skill tree to be able to equip the best heavy armor in the game. Secondly, you must unlock various perks from the Restoration and Destruction skill trees to cast restoration magic and elemental destruction magic like Flame.

Moreover, if you pick the Breton race, you can use their Dragonskin innate skill to absorb magic damage and replenish your Magicka. This will provide a constant source of mana required to cast expert-level destruction magic.

15. Shadow Blade

If you’re someone who loves fast-paced, swift combat, then this build is perfect for you. The Shadow Blade build focuses on creating a master assassin that uses dual daggers. Since Orcs have the Berserker Rage innate skill, they are the perfect choice for this build.

Below is a breakdown of what you need for this build:

  • Race: Orc
  • Core Skills:
    • Light Armor
    • One-Handed
    • Sneak
    • Illusion
  • Spells:
    • Frenzy
    • Invisibility
    • Muffle
  • Gear:
    • Light Armor (Preferably with Muffle enchantments)
    • Dual Daggers
  • Shouts:
    • Throw Voice
    • Aura Whisper

If you’re trying to create a master assassin that moves as swiftly as shadows, you must invest in the Light Armor skill tree. This will allow you to equip the best light armor in the game.

Moreover, unlocking the One-Handed skill tree allows you to use both of your hands proficiently. This will allow you to wield a dagger in each hand, with each hand being proficient enough to inflict the same level of damage. Furthermore, you can invest in the Illusion skill tree to confuse enemies and the Sneak skill tree to pass through enemy guards unnoticed.

Regarding spells, Frenzy, Invisibility, and Muffle are the perfect choice to get around unnoticed. Moreover, you can use shouts such as Throw Voice and Aura Whisper to detect and distract enemies faster.

14. Destruction Mage

The next build is for those wanting to become Skyrim’s most powerful magician. The Destruction Mage build focuses on creating an OP mage that can devastate enemies with their elemental destruction magic.

Below is a breakdown of what you need for this build:

  • Race: Dunmer (Dark Elf)
  • Core Skills:
    • Light Armor
    • Destruction
    • Alteration
    • Conjuration
  • Spells:
    • Summon
    • Fireball
    • Ice Storm
    • Lightning Storm
  • Gear:
    • Light Armor (Preferably with Fortify Destruction enchantments)
    • Any weapon (as backup)
  • Shouts:
    • Slow Time
    • Dragon Aspect
    • Drain Vitality
    • Fire Breath
    • Unrelenting Force

The Dark Elf is the perfect race for this build, as their innate ability includes boosting attack damage when their health is below 50%. As for skills, you’ll need to invest in the Light Armor skill tree to have the flexibility to move around freely. In addition, you will need to unlock various perks from the Destruction skill tree to cast elemental magic.

Moreover, you will also need to invest in the Alteration magic skill tree enough to unlock the Atronarch perk. Furthermore, you will also need to unlock the Atromancy perk from the Conjuration magic skill tree.

To get the most damage output from this build, you must use various elemental magic and summoning spells while your health is below 50%. In addition, using Shouts like Drain Vitality, which drains Magicka from enemies, and Unrelenting Force, which pushes enemies and objects out of your way, are great to have at your disposal.

13. Death Knight

Do you want to become an unholy knight who can slay enemies with their greatswords and perform Necromancy? If so, then this build may be perfect for you. To get this build, you must combine your knowledge of Conjuration, Destruction, and Alteration magic with the use of two-handed weapons.

Below is a breakdown of what you need for this build:

  • Race: Any
  • Core Skills:
    • Heavy Armor
    • Two-Handed
    • Destruction
    • Alteration
    • Conjuration
  • Secondary Skills:
    • Smithing
    • Enchanting
    • Restoration
  • Spells:
    • Dead Thrall
    • Volendrung
  • Gear:
    • Heavy Armor (Preferably with Magicka enchantments)
    • Greatsword
  • Shouts:
    • Bend Will
    • Dismay

This build is designed for those of you who want a tanky warrior with Necromancy magic. You can slay enemies with your two-handed sword and summon the fallen to fight alongside you. Since summoning the dead will deplete your Magicka, it is important to build up your defenses, so you’re not handicapped without magic.

That’s why you need to focus on your heavy armor skill tree, along with the two-handed skill tree, to be able to equip the strongest heavy armor and two-handed swords in the game. Moreover, you’ll also need to upgrade your Conjuration, Destruction, and Alteration skill trees to become a deadly magic user.

12. Bound Warrior

If you want your character to have a head start in the early game, then this build is for you. The Bound Warrior can summon Bound Weapons that deal devastating damage to enemies for one whole minute before losing effectiveness. In addition to the Daedric level gear, you can summon Dremora Lords to fight for you.

Below is a breakdown of what you need for this build:

  • Race: Any
  • Core Skills:
    • Light Armor
    • One-Handed
    • Conjuration
  • Secondary Skills:
    • Alchemy
    • Enchanting
    • Speech
  • Spells:
    • Bound Sword
    • Bound Bow
  • Gear:
    • Fortified Magicka Gear
    • Bound Weapons
  • Shouts:
    • Slow Time

Although short-lived, the Bound Weapons pack immense power. For instance, the Bound Sword is capable of slaying even the mightiest of foes. Moreover, the Bound Bow will also come with unlimited arrows and hit enemies over large distances.

If you’re using the Bound Bow together with the Slow Time shout, you’ll have an easier time landing hits on enemies. Not to mention, whenever you summon a bound weapon, your Conjuration skill also increases.

So, you can summon and control your Daedric warriors with ease. Moreover, you can upgrade your Bound Weapons to increase their effectiveness further. Having said that, this build is excellent at easily getting you through early and mid-game.

11. Vampire Nightblade

Both Nightblade build and Vampire builds are popular choices in Skyrim. But combining the two can elevate your gameplay experience to the next level. Nightblades are magic-using assassins with skills such as Destruction, Alteration, Alchemy, and Sneaking at their disposal. You can choose to become a vampire through Sanguinare Vampiris or be granted the ability by Harkon or Serana in the Bloodline quest from Dragonborn.

Below is a breakdown of what you need for this build:

  • Race: Any (Preferably High Elf)
  • Core Skills:
    • Illusion
    • One-Handed
    • Destruction
  • Secondary Skills:
    • Alchemy
    • Sneak
    • Light Armor
    • Pickpocket
  • Spells:
    • Invisibility
    • Frenzy
  • Gear:
    • Light Armor
    • Dagger
  • Shouts:
    • Aura Whisper

Although Vampires are typically weak to sunlight, there are several benefits to becoming a nocturnal lurker. The vampire race can replenish its health by drinking its enemies’ blood.

Moreover, the Vampire Nightblade is a fantastic combination of class and race because of the vampire’s Nightstalker’s Footsteps innate skill, which reduces the sound of your footsteps by 25%. Moreover, your illusion spells are also 25% more powerful due to the vampire’s Champion of the Night skill.

Furthermore, you can also close the distance between you and the enemy for a swift assassination with the invisibility spell. You can also throw your enemies in a chaotic rampage with the Frenzy spells so that they fight one other instead of attacking you.

10. Stealth Archer

If you are a ranged combat lover, this build is for you. The Stealth Archer has gained the reputation of being one of the most popular builds in Skyrim thanks to its high-level archery with stackable stealth damage.

Below is a breakdown of what you need for this build:

  • Race: Any (Preferably Bosmer, aka Wood Elf)
  • Core Skills:
    • Archery
    • Illusion
    • Sneak
  • Spells:
    • Invisibility
    • Bound Bow
    • Muffle
    • Calm
  • Gear:
    • Light Armor (Preferably with Fortified Sneak enchants)
    • Bows:
      • Bow of Shadows
      • Nightingale Bow
      • Dragonbone Bow
      • Muffled Boots
  • Shouts:
    • Aura Whisper
    • Throw Voice

To get this build, you must invest heavily in the Sneak and Archery skill tree, unlocking essential perks like Critical Shot, Overdraw, Deadly Aim, Stealth, Assassin’s Blade, and Backstab. This will allow you to become a master assassin who takes down enemies unnoticed.

Moreover, you can trick them into attacking each other using skills such as Illusion. Not to mention, having shouts like Aura Whisper and Throw Voice will alert you about possible enemy encounters and push them off to gain some distance. This will be especially handy for a build that’s not made for close-range fights.

9. The Necromancer

This is a mage build that’s focused on defeating enemies with dark magic. This build is entirely based on summoning the undead to fight your battles. So it’s only best for passive players that do not like directly engaging in battle.

Below is a breakdown of what you need for this build:

  • Race: Dunmer (Dark Elf) / Breton
  • Core Skills:
    • Conjuration
    • Alteration
    • Destruction
  • Spells:
    • Flaming Familiar
    • Summon Frost Atronach
    • Dead Thrall
    • Ice Storm
  • Gear:
    • Necromancer Robe (Preferably with Magicka enchantments)
    • Ice Staff / Raise Zombie Staff
  • Shouts:
    • Bend Will
    • Dismay

Although Necromancy cannot be learned directly, you can get this build by investing in your Conjuration, Destruction, and Alteration skill trees. Since this is a summoner build, you must try to maximize the damage output of your spells. That’s why we recommend using the Dark Elf race, as its innate ability boosts attack damage when health drops below 50%. However, the Breton will do as well.

Investing in the Conjuration skill tree will allow you to summon various Daedric beings, such as Atronachs, who will fight enemies on your behalf. The type of elemental damage dealt on enemies depends on the type of Atronach you are summoning.

Moreover, you can also use Destruction magic that allows you to cast various elemental spells, such as fire spells, to burn down hordes of enemies at once. Lastly, you can use the Flaming Familiar spell to summon a Flaming Thrall that will swoop down on your enemies and explode, causing fire damage across a large area of effect.

8. The Master Artisan

The Master Artisan build is perfect for those with no particular preference regarding class or race. With this build, you can become a master of weapons by crafting the very best gear on your own.

Below is a breakdown of what you need for this build:

  • Race: Any
  • Core Skills:
    • Smithing
    • Alchemy
    • Enchanting
  • Gear:
    • Fortified Smithing Gear/Fortified Alchemy Gear
    • Any weapon of choice (With appropriate enchantments)
  • Shouts:
    • Any

Searching for the perfect weapons can be a struggle of their own. However, if you become a Crafter or Artisan, there is no need to go out of your way to hunt for the strongest weapons. Investing in the Smithing and Alchemy skill trees allows one to craft any weapon and potion in the game, as long as it is not a quest-exclusive item.

Moreover, if you become a master alchemist, you can craft your own potions with the best stat boosts in the game. The rest of the build is up to you, as you can choose any of the shouts or weapon types you feel comfortable using.

7. The Nordic Dual Wielder

The Nordic Dual Wielder build focuses on maximizing damage output and attack speed. You can create this build to become a Nordic warrior using Alchemy, Conjuration, Restoration, and Alteration magic.

Below is a breakdown of what you need for this build:

  • Race: Nord
  • Core Skills:
    • Light Armor
    • Alchemy
    • Enchanting
    • One-Handed
  • Secondary Skills:
    • Conjuration
    • Restoration
    • Alteration
  • Spells:
    • Necromage
    • Summon Daedric Horse
  • Gear:
    • Fortified Alchemy Gear/Fortify One-Handed Gear
    • Dual-Swords
  • Shouts:
    • Any

You must invest in your Light Armor skill tree and the One-Handed skill tree for this build. Doing so will let you equip the best light armor in the game and be proficient with dual-wielding weapons.

Moreover, you will become a warrior who can cast Necromage magic and summon a Daedric Horse to travel around freely. Furthermore, you can use your Enchantment skills to cast enchantments on your armor and weapons. Lastly, you can also use Nord’s naturally bestowed archery abilities.

6. The Imperial Emperor

If you like the idea of making the undead do your bidding in battles, then this build might be perfect for you. This build focuses on becoming a “ruler” of the undead and changing the course of the battle with your strategies and tactics.

Below is a breakdown of what you need for this build:

  • Race: Any
  • Core Skills:
    • Heavy Armor
    • Conjuration
    • Enchanting
    • One-Handed
  • Secondary Skills:
    • Illusion
  • Stone:
    • Ritual Stone
  • Spells:
    • Necromage
    • Summon Daedric Horse
  • Gear:
    • Heavy Armor (fortified with enchantments)
    • Bound Sword
  • Shouts:
    • Soul Tear
    • Battle Fury

First, you must invest in the Conjuration skill tree to summon Daedric allies who will fight on your behalf. Moreover, you can also use the Ritual Stone to summon the undead and command them at your will.

You will also need to unlock the Heavy Armor and One-Handed skill trees. Doing so will allow you to wear the best heavy armor in the game and protect you against hard-hitting enemies. Make sure to use enchantments to strengthen your defenses.

Moreover, you can also become proficient at using both hands individually so that you can use dual-wield weapons. This will allow you to switch between commanding your minions and engaging in the battle directly.

As for Shouts, you can use Battle Fury to boost your attack damage and speed. In addition to that, you can also use the Soul Tear shout to drain your opponent’s health.

5. The Enchanted Sword And Shield

This is another tanky build from this list that focuses on using enchantments to fortify your sword and armor and become truly unstoppable. While any race is fine, Orcs, High Elves, and Bretons work slightly better due to their innate skills and abilities.

Below is a breakdown of what you need for this build:

  • Race: Any
  • Core Skills:
    • Heavy Armor
    • Block
    • Enchanting
    • One-Handed
  • Secondary Skills:
    • Smithing
  • Spells:
    • Frenzy
    • Close Wound
    • Invisibility
  • Gear:
    • Heavy Armor (fortified with enchantments)
    • Dragonbone sword (Preferably with Soul Trap enchantment)
    • Peryite shield (Preferably with Health Absorb enchantment)
    • Other wearables (Preferably with Fortify One-Handed enchantments)
  • Shouts:
    • Aura Whisper
    • Throw Voice 

This build aims to maximize your attack and defenses with enchantments. Firstly, you must invest in the Heavy Armor skill tree and Block for this build to withstand and absorb all attacks. Then, you must unlock various enchantment perks from the Enhancement skill tree and fortify your gear.

Moreover, if you learn Smithing skills, you will be able to craft your own weapons and armor. If you pair your enchantments, skills, and shouts well, this build can become truly formidable.

4. The Windshear Stun Master

This build utilizes the rare “Windshear” scimitar that can only be obtained by completing the Hail Sithis quest for Dark Brotherhood. The first step to creating the Windshear Stun Master build is collecting the weapon from Katariah’s top deck. It is also important to note that Redguard is the best-suited race for this build.

Below is a breakdown of what you need for this build:

  • Race: Redguard
  • Core Skills:
    • Light Armor
    • Destruction
    • Enchanting
    • One-Handed
  • Secondary Skills:
    • Speech
    • Smithing
  • Passive Skills:
    • Force Without Effort
    •  Seeker of Sorcery
  • Spells:
    • Chain Lightning
    • Invisibility
  • Gear:
    • Light Armor (with Fortify Stamina Regen enchantments)
    • Chain Lightning Staff / Valdr’s Lucky Dagger
  • Shouts:
    • Elemental Fury
    • Storm Call
    • Unrelenting Force
    • Clear Skies

The Windshear is already famous for being one of the most overpowered weapons you can find in the game. That’s because this legendary weapon has a 100% chance of knocking down enemies.

With this build, you can create a character that specializes in rendering enemies defenseless. The battle technique for this build is first to stun enemies with your Chain Lightning staff, buying you time to close the distance between you and your opponent, and then finish them off with the Windshear.

Once you have stun-locked a target, you can unleash a chain of deadly attacks that can take down even the largest dragons like Alduin, Parthurnaax, and the Elder Dragon. However, using a dagger such as Valdr’s Lucky Dagger with Elemental Fury shout will be just as effective for smaller foes.

3. Shadow Master (Mage Assassin)

This build is perfect for those of you who like a combination of stealthy combat and elemental magic. The Shadow Master, or Mage Assassin, build utilizes destruction spells and Bound Daggers to finish off enemies without them ever knowing what hit them.

Below is a breakdown of what you need for this build:

  • Race: High Elf
  • Core Skills:
    • Illusion
    • Destruction
    • Sneak
    • One-Handed
  • Spells:
    • Frenzy
    • Calm
    • Invisibility
    • Pacify
    • Bound Dagger
  • Gear:
    • Fortify Sneak Armor
    • Muffled Boots
    • Daggers
  • Shouts:
    • Aura Whisper
    • Bend Will
    • Soul Tear

For this build, you must focus on your Illusion, Sneak, Destruction, and One-Handed Skill trees. By choosing the High Elf as your character’s race, you will get up to a +5 bonus on your Illusion and Destruction skills.

The Illusion skill will allow you to play tricks on your enemies to turn them against each other. And because you have the Sneak ability, you can easily close up on enemies and take them out with your dagger. Moreover, you can also summon your Bound Daggers to deal devastating damage, even on armored enemies.

However, if you don’t want to get too close, you can also obliterate enemies over a large area with your Destruction Magic. Also, with the help of your Aura Whisper and Bend Will shouts, you can detect enemies from far away and manipulate their behavior.

2. The Werewolf

Since we have a Vampire build on this list, including one for the Werewolf also makes sense. The Werewolf is a powerful creature with incredible regenerative power. Although difficult to master, this can be one of the most powerful builds in Skyrim with a bit of practice.

Having said that, you can become a Werewolf by doing The Companions quests from Dragonborn and performing a ritual where you have to drink Aela the Huntress’s blood while she is in her beast form.

Below is a breakdown of what you need for this build:

  • Race: Any (preferably Orc)
  • Core Skills:
    • Alteration
    • Destruction
    • Conjuration
    • One-Handed
  • Secondary Skills:
    • Alchemy
    • Enchanting
    • Restoration
  • Werewolf Perks:
    • Savage Feeding
    • Totem of Ice Brothers
    • Totem of the Moon
  • Gear:
    • Ring of Hircine
    • Totem of Brotherhood
  • Spells:
    • Flame cloak
    • Ebony flesh
    • Berserker rage
  • Shouts:
    • Slow Time

The Werewolf is not a constant state but rather something you can transform into at will. That is why creating a character with skills and shouts best suited for your werewolf form is important.

In this build, you will be able to play as an Orc Berserker that can transform into a Werewolf with unparalleled melee attack power and constant stamina regeneration. Moreover, you can also summon two werewolves to fight alongside you while you are in your Werewolf form by using the Totem of Brotherhood.

Having said that, you can invest in the Werewolf skill tree to unlock the Totem of Ice Brothers perk to summon two ice wolves and the Totem of the Moon perk to summon two spectral wolves.

If you want to stick to your Werewolf form, then obtaining the Ring of Hircine is crucial, as it lets you switch to your Werewolf form at will. Overall, this build has no downsides, even if it takes time to curate.

1. Shadow Archer

Now, coming to the final and best build from this list, the Shadow Archer is an Archer-based build for long-range combat lovers. This build focuses on developing your archery skills while adding versatility to your long-range fighting abilities.

Below is a breakdown of what you need for this build:

  • Race: Nord (Preferably with Vampiric abilities)
  • Core Skills:
    • Archery
    • Illusion
    • Sneak
    • Conjuration
  • Secondary Skills:
    • Restoration
    • Alteration
  • Stones:
    • Ritual Stone
    • Atronach stone
  • Spells:
    • Invisibility
    • Bound Bow
    • Muffle
    • Calm
  • Gear:
    • Light Armor (Preferably with Fortified Sneak enchants)
    • Muffled Boots
  • Bows (Preferably with Damage enchantments):
    • Bound Bow
    • Bow of Shadows
    • Nightingale Bow
    • Dragonbone Bow
  • Shouts:
    • Slow Time
    • Become Ethereal
    • Marked for Death

This build focuses on creating an OP archer that can hit targets from a long range with their bows and use Conjuration skills to summon Daedric allies. In addition to the Archery and Conjuration skill tree, you must invest in the Restoration skill tree to unlock perks that can heal yourself and your party.

As for stones, you can use the Ritual Stone to summon the undead and command them at your will. This will come in especially handy in taking out tougher enemies. Moreover, you can also use the Atronach stone to regenerate your Magicka by 50%, which will allow you to use Conjuration and Restoration more freely.

Furthermore, you can also use the Bound Bow to inflict devastating damage to enemies, together with the Slow Time shout to increase its duration. Not only that, but you can also use the Become Ethereal Shout to give yourself an immunity to all types of damage for a few seconds. Lastly, you can use the Marked for Death to inflict constant damage to enemies across a large area of effect for a short duration.

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