Great Role-Playing Ideas For Playthroughs

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There are a lot of different ways that you can play through Skyrim. Thanks to how massive the world is, all the different character build you can try, and all the unique questing you can accomplish, you can create a character to fit any kind of mold that you want.

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While there are plenty of people who will simply pick up the game and play it like any other, you might be someone more interested in a little bit of role-play. Understanding your character inside and out, while also providing some unique character flaws you must abide by can make you think creatively about the challenges Skyrim throws at you.

10 The Human Torch

Skyrim Character Casting A Fire Spell On Enemies

While you can’t run around Skyrim with your entire body on fire for very long, you can create one of the most devastating fire mage builds around. Take your armor of choice, but only ever engage foes and solve problems using fire magic.

You can play heroic or dark, that just decides whether or not you’ll be torching random NPCs on your journey. You can throw in a few other quirks like you can’t touch or be near water, can’t drink alcohol, and can only ever munch on cooked foods.

9 The Cowardly Warrior

Lydia in Whiterun from The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim

If you haven’t tried a cowardly warrior build for Skyrim, you are missing out. The whole point of this one is that your character is terrified of any sort of conflict, even though destiny is calling on them to become the world’s greatest hero.

Rather than solving problems yourself, you’ll rely on followers to engage in all your combat while you try to sprint through terrifying dark caves that you’ve lit as brightly as possible. The more you get into the scaredy-cat zone, the more fun this kind of playthrough can be.

8 The Unforgiving Assassin

Skyrim Sneak Character Crouching Holding Elven Sword

This build is self-explanatory, anyone who even slightly gets on your nerves gets added to your list. This is a fairly dynamic way to role-play because the way you create your character will result in different reactions from different NPCs.

You can make this all the more fun if you consider your character to be a master assassin. Since a true master assassin can never be caught, it becomes your goal to crawl through the world, never to be seen by your targets before it’s too late.

7 The Pompous Bard

Nazeem in Skyrim

Everyone loves a good spoony bard! Okay, maybe not everyone, but the fact that so many people dislike bards is exactly why you should give this a shot. You can be as insufferable as you want as you adventure through Skyrim.

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You’ll always have to be dressed to the nines while also mastering your speech skills to make the most of this build. The world revolves around money, and you already know that bards love themselves heaps and heaps of money, so don’t forget to hire some muscle to do the adventuring for you.

6 The Sub-Zero

A guard from Skyrim encased in ice

Much like the fiery build from earlier, you could opt for becoming a mage-warrior of ice. Saying puns to yourself as often as possible is optional for this role-play, but it really does seem like the ice character thing to do.

Using as much ice magic as possible, you should avoid any kind of cooked food, and realistically, you should avoid being in the sun as often as possible. If in the sun and not in snowy areas, you should limit what attacks you can use to simulate weakness from heat.

5 The Adventurer Who Just Can’t Stop Stealing

Skyrim Pickpocket Skill Khajiit Sneaking Up On Villager

Some adventurers just can’t help themselves from having the stickiest fingers since the Sticky Bandits, and that could be you the next time you play Skyrim. The idea here is that your character has the compulsion to steal everything from everywhere you go and everyone you see.

Obviously, this is bound to cause a ton of turmoil in your adventurer’s life, but with all the options available, you have plenty of different ways to try to mitigate the issue. This build can be even funnier if you’re running a wannabe lawful good version of the character due to the inner struggle of not being able to stop their compulsion.

4 The Person Who Can’t Stop Punching Things

Nirya looks at the dragonborn with her arms crossed in the Arcanium

Builds like this are often seen as a challenge for you to undertake, and maybe it is, but it sure can become a fun way to live. You don’t need to be a dedicated boxer, instead, you could role-play as a karate master, but the point is, you’re only using your fists the entire time.

This role-play is great for ambitious adventurers because then you have to figure out how to impress your assassin friends with just your bare hands. The Companions might think you’re one of the coolest guys around, but the Mage’s College might feel a bit different.

3 The Deadly Force

Skyrim - giant mudcrab corpse
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Once again, you can play this role-play as either a good or an evil character because both are wonderful for different reasons. The point here is that you simply can’t quell the urge to kill everyone you see.

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If you’re good, you’ll have to strategize to visit towns with the least fatalities possible, and if you’re evil, you can just enjoy always having the entire world against you. This type of role-play will put you in some seriously unique positions that you’ve probably never experienced before in Skyrim.

2 The Batman

the Dragonborn aims their bow and arrow at a sleeping Elisif in her royal quarters

Since superheroes are as popular as they’ve ever been, it only makes sense that so many people are interested in role-playing as them in games. One of the best heroes to roleplay as is the caped-crusader himself, Batman.

Basically, this involves you becoming a rich mogul, free of violence during the day, but at night, you wander the streets of Skyrim’s cities, ready to deliver justice at a moment’s notice. You don’t have to literally try to replicate Batman, but you can take aspects of the character and give it a fantasy twist.

1 Be Yourself

A player holding a staff casts greater ward to protect themself against a dragon in Skyrim.

A really underrated aspect of role-playing is simply inserting yourself into the game. It’s okay to acknowledge that you aren’t necessarily the world-saving type, so if you play the game true to who you are, a lot of interesting things can occur.

Maybe you don’t like someone’s attitude, so you don’t help them. Maybe you think a particular dungeon or cave is a bit too creepy to wander around, so you don’t. There are so many options and so much depth because you are being unapologetically you.

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