Many people claim that Skyrim is not only an incredibly cool game but maybe the best game of all time. For years now. people have been putting hundreds and maybe even thousands of hours into their characters and completing quests, and why not? When a game is cool, then it really is worth putting all of those hours into — if you’re a gamer, that is. Once, a very wise man said in the general chat of World of Warcraft, “Anyone who plays this game less than me is a noob, and anyone who plays it more than me has no life.” It certainly is hard to argue with logic like that, and the players of Skyrim come at it much the same way. But at some point, when you play a game like Skyrim a lot, you simply just run out of things to do, am I right? Well, no. In actuality, you don’t.
If you think that you’ve done all there is to do in this game, then think again. The developers at Bethesda may have been born at night, but it wasn’t last night. They have all sorts of unmarked quests for you to do to keep you busy at Skyrim. Just when you thought you might have to go back to school or get a job, you find out you have more to do. Your mom and your girlfriend can thank me later.
Here are 15 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do in Skyrim.
15. Marriage Speedrun
We know that so much of the point of this game is how long you play it, not how fast you are at it, but with that said, sometimes, a speedrun can get the juices flowing, and one of the most fun ways of doing that is the marriage speedrun. This could’ve changed since this writing, but from what I can find, “right now, the fastest anyone has ever gotten married in Skyrim is in 3:37, and the title is held by Twitch streamer 5exual_Tyrannosaurus. The lucky spouse is none other than Marcurio of Riften.” So there you go. What are you waiting for? If you don’t have anything to do, then get busy trying to get married as fast as you can. Lord knows that isn’t going to happen IRL (In Real Life for you nongamers) because of how much Skyrim you play.
14. Arcwind Point
When you play this game long enough, you soon realize that there are many different lands for you to explore, which is one of the reasons that this game is so awesome. It’s hard to get bored when you keep having new things to check out. Arcwind point is one of the coolest areas to find and to explore even though it can be a tad bit dangerous. But if you do go and check it out, you might want to wait until you hit level 78, as then, when you’re cruising around collecting dragon shouts, a rare and legendary dragon will appear, high up on the ruins. If you’re running out of things to do, you might want to go over and check him out. It’s really is a cool thing to see.
13. Angie’s Camp
Angie’s Camp is a fun thing to do if you’re looking to max out your archery. You’ll find Angie at a small camp in the mountains, and that’s where she’ll tell you a tearjerker of a story and then offers to train you in archery. Obviously, you could care less and go on your way. Just kidding! If you have an archery score of 94 or more, you can hit 100 level really quickly if you do this, which is really hard to do, as anyone who focuses on archery knows. So, it might be worth it to head on up to the mountains and listen to Angie’s tale of woe. Nothing in life is for free, so come on…. be nice to Angie when you visit her camp. I promise that it’ll be worth it.
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11. Frostflow Lighthouse
Well, this one is kind of a drag, but what would a game like this be if there wasn’t a lot of tragedy going on? It isn’t like you’re playing Candy Crush, for crying out loud. The backstory goes that a family bought a lighthouse because they wanted to retire in Skyrim. This probably sounded like a good idea at the time, but when you enter the lighthouse, you see that something pretty awful has gone down. There’s blood everywhere, and it seems that the Falmer has kidnapped and killed the family. Alright, so why the heck would someone want to retire in a secluded lighthouse near where the Falmer hang out? I just don’t get it. Well, at least, through the ensuing quest, you can get some measure of revenge. Maybe.
10. Dragon Bridge Hidden Cave
Now, why would you call something by the name “Dragon Bridge”? Everyone knows that dragons can fly. Is it just for lazy dragons or something? I digress. Near Dragon Bridge is an unmarked quest. You’ll find a car, a dead horse, a dead woman, and a dead man. Nearby, you’ll find some journals that explain what happens. This is what makes games like this so awesome. In the real world, if you were to come across a couple of dead bodies and a dead horse, you would run like crazy, but here, in Skyrim, you’re going to read the journals and find out what you’re supposed to do to set things right even if it doesn’t result in finishing up anything in your journal. Just do what’s right!
9. Forgotten Names
The College of Winterhold has had some disappearing students. If you’ve played this game at all, you may have already known that, but what you may not know about is that there’s an unmarked quest that has to do with it. You get the quest from Phinis Gestor. He’ll tell you about what went down, but he won’t actually give you a quest, so you can miss this one if you aren’t careful. He’ll give you the names of four players — Rundi, Borvir, Ilas-Tei, and Yisra — whom you then go look for. The results of what you find might not please you all that much unless you get a kick out of looting corpses. Wait, you don’t get a kick out of looting corpses, do you? Gross.
8. Darklight Tower
Another cool place for you to check out when you’re playing Skyrim is Darklight Tower. Upon entering the tower, you soon find one of your allies fighting a witch who’s threatening to turn her mother into a Hagraven, which is a cross between an old crone and a bird. Obviously, you don’t want that to happen, so you join the fight. This is a very fun and short dungeon to do and is another thing in Skyrim that a lot of people don’t know about, but now, you do. So, the next time someone calls you a noob, a newb, or even a nub, you can break this little quest out for them and ask them if they’ve done it. It’s a super fun quest worth doing if you haven’t checked it out.
7. The Abandoned Prison
The abandoned prison is, well, a prison that was abandoned, but you probably guessed that from the title. This is an unmarked quest and one that you’ll totally enjoy if you go to check it out. The quest involves a whole slew of ghosts and a plot involving the former guards and prisoners that were at the prison. If you like solving mysteries and doing quests that not everyone knows about, I would suggest going over to Eastmarch and checking out the Abandoned Prison — unless, of course, you’re afraid of ghosts. Then, maybe, you want to just go around collecting alchemy ingredients and avoiding this hidden quest. I’m just kidding; check it out. You won’t be disappointed.
6. Ironbind Barrow
Ironbind Barrow is a dungeon that’s between Dawnstar and Winterhold. Inside it resides a boss called “Warlord Gathrik,” who happens to be the most powerful Draugr in all of the land. It takes a while to get here, and you do want to wait until you level up a bit as the area around it can be treacherous, but this is truly a fun quest to do if you have the time and the inclination. Wait a minute. Who am I kidding? You play Skyrim, and to top it all off, you’re actually now reading an article about Skyrim. Of course you have the time and the inclination. Just take my word for it, and check this one out. You won’t be sorry that you did.
5. Ebony Warrior
Everyone who plays Skyrim knows about The Ebony Warrior, but the thing is, not a lot of players actually see him because the requirements are so high. But once you do get the requirements down, “a warrior encased in ebony armor will approach you in any of the major cities and challenge you to a duel to the death. He will await you at his Last Vigil, a camp located on the slopes of the Velothi Mountains in the Rift region of Skyrim, far to the east, just above Fallowstone Cave.” The Ebony Warrior isn’t a piece of cake, so don’t get too discouraged if he wipes the floor with you over and over. And hey, if he does, at least you have something to keep you busy for a while.
4. The Treasure Hunt
There’s treasure everywhere in Skyrim. Pretty much every time you’re cruising around in a cave or a dungeon, there will be something for you to loot, which really brings us to the question: is everyone in Skyrim a thief? Well, that’s probably an issue to bring up another day, but while you’re kicking around looking for things of value, don’t forget The Great Skyrim Treasure Hunt. There are eleven different maps that are all around that you can find that can lead you to treasure. So, what are you waiting for? Go find those maps, and start looking for things to loot because what fun is it being an adventurer if you aren’t going through someone else’s stuff and taking it?
3. Collect Unique Items
Okay, so now, it’s time to let your freak flag fly. Are you a total Skyrim nerd, or aren’t you? Because if you are, there are just a whole lot of unique items that you can find to deck out your character or your character’s home. You could be out there collecting everything from armor, to a war horn, to a really funky spoon. Again, this is where you really start to figure out who’s totally into it and who’s just rolling around having fun. Some people will play for hours, days — I don’t know — maybe even months trying to find that one rare and unique item that hasn’t been within their grasp, and those are the people who really make gaming go around. If you want to collect things like this, you’ll never get bored.
2. Bugs in Jars
Bugs in jars might not sound like something that’ll make you particularly excited, but I’m here to tell you that you’re wrong. These have caused many players to lose their minds trying to figure out what the deal is with them. There are five different types of bugs in jars that you can collect (Butterfly, Dartwing, Moth, Bee, and Torchbug), and players of the game have long spent hours and days trying to figure out the significance of them. There are all sorts of conspiracy theories as to what these bugs in jars actually mean, and of course, there are some people who say they don’t mean anything at all. If you’re done with a lot of other things in the game, go get these bugs, and try to figure them out for yourself.
1. And More Forgotten Names
We’ve already mentioned one unmarked quest that was about forgotten names. How about another? In this one, once again, you have to try and find out what happened to a bunch of College of Winterhold students who’ve gone missing. When you find their rings, they summon up Dremora pirate Velehk Sain, who tries to bargain with you around a treasure. There are two options here: kill him or go along with his bargain. In one way, you get the treasure, and in another, you don’t. What should you do? Kill a pirate, or trust his deal and see if he gives you the treasure? Check it out for yourself in this unmarked quest that’s sure to be a good time.
Sources: kotaku.com; elderscrolls.wikia.com; ign.com