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Setting Skyrim
Time Period 4E 201
Developer Bethesda Softworks
Release Date
11 Nov 2011
8 Dec 2011 (JPN)
Legendary Edition
Release Date
4 Jun 2013
Special Edition
Release Date
28 Oct 2016
Nintendo Switch and
PlayStation VR

Release Date
17 Nov 2017
Release Date
3 Apr 2018
Anniversary Edition
Release Date
11 Nov 2021
Collector's Edition box art
Legendary Edition box art
Skyrim VR box art

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, the fifth game in the Elder Scrolls series, takes place in the province of Skyrim 200 years after the Oblivion Crisis. Dragon Shouts play an integral role in the story as you discover your fate as the Last Dragonborn. Skyrim is available on PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch.

Skyrim Legendary Edition is a bundled release of the game with the three major add-ons for PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3. Skyrim Special Edition is a remastered version of the game for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. It includes the three major add-ons, uses an upgraded engine with many visual improvements, and has several important technical differences from the classic version of the game. A virtual reality version, Skyrim VR, is available on PlayStation VR and as a standalone game on PC. The Switch and VR releases are based off of the Special Edition. The Anniversary Edition is a Special Edition bundle that includes all DLC and Creation Club content.

The ancient home of the Nords, Skyrim, teeters at the brink of destruction. With the death of High King Torygg, a civil war breaks out, with brothers slaying brothers across the province's frozen tundras and rocky crags. Many, especially the rebel Stormcloaks led by Ulfric Stormcloak, wish to secede from the Empire, which has been in decline since the Oblivion Crisis. Many loyalists, on the other hand, prefer the unity and security provided by the Empire.

The Elder Scrolls foretell the return of Tamriel's primeval darkness, the Dragons, and the coming of a mortal born with the soul of a dragon, the Dovahkiin or "Dragonborn"—one who will have the power to permanently defeat his greatest foe and end the dark reign of the consumer of worlds: Alduin.

Your journey will be beset with peril. Just as remnants of the kingdom's shadow guardians, the Blades, will offer their aid, crafty agents of the Thalmor, seeking to advance their own cause, will impede your quest. Acquire knowledge and prove yourself Dragonborn, and the revered Greybeards will grant you an audience to learn of their ancient Draconic arts.

Now great adventurer, free yourself from bondage; take up blade or spell, bow or axe; fulfill your destiny or postpone it indefinitely.

Additional general game information can be found here.

Quest Information

  • Quests — All the quests upon which you can embark
  • Add-ons — List of all the official add-ons for Skyrim
    • Dawnguard — The first major official add-on, revolving around the Dawnguard and Volkihar vampires
    • Hearthfire — The second major official add-on, which introduces house construction
    • Dragonborn — The third major official add-on, taking place on Solstheim
    • Creation Club — List of all official microtransactional content available for Skyrim Special Edition, also included in the Anniversary Edition

Character Information

  • Attributes — What are the basic stats?
  • Character Creation — A guide to the character creation process
  • First Time Players — A guide to help new players come to grips with Skyrim
  • Leveling — Understanding the character leveling system
  • Races — The defining characteristics of the playable races
  • Skills — And what can you do?

Gameplay Information

  • Activities — Miscellaneous activities available during the game
  • Artifacts — Unique and powerful items that can be found throughout Skyrim
  • Combat — Information about combat in Skyrim
  • Controls — A table of the various controls used to interact with the game, for all game platforms
  • Crime — Information about the laws of Skyrim and how to stay on the right side of the authorities
  • Disease — Diseases you can catch in Skyrim
    • Lycanthropy — Information about living as a werewolf and related quests
    • Vampirism — Information about vampirism and related quests
  • Items — Where to find specific items and their related attributes
  • Magic — All you need to know about the arcane arts in Skyrim
  • Making Money — Some tips and tricks aimed at helping you earn a few more septims
  • Stealth — Information on the art of stealth and its uses
  • Differences Between Morrowind, Oblivion, and Skyrim — A guide containing the main differences between the three games, and useful tips for adapting

World Information

  • Creatures — A bestiary of all the friendly and hostile creatures found in the game
  • Factions — Listing of all the guilds and factions in the game, including the factions you can join
  • Maps — Are you familiar with your whereabouts?
  • NPCs — Listing of all non-player characters in the game
    • People — Listing of all the named people in the game
  • Places — Listing of all the places found in the game
  • Services — A listing of all the services (general merchants, horse merchants, houses, trainers, etc.) provided in the game

Guides and Secrets

  • Game Manual — The official game manual
  • Prima Official Game Guide — The official Skyrim strategy guide
  • In-Depth Guides — Various walkthroughs and tutorials to help get the most out of the game
  • Hints — All sorts of gameplay hints to let you play the game in a more comprehensive way
  • Easter Eggs — Funny, out of place, or reference-related non-bug findings

Technical Information

  • Special Edition — A remastered version of Skyrim available on PC, Xbox One, and PS4.
  • Technical Support — Hardware and system software issues and their practical solutions
Console Versions
  • PlayStation — Information specific to the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 5 versions of the game
  • Xbox — Information specific to the Xbox 360 and Xbox One versions of the game
  • Kinect Commands — Information specific to the Kinect, for the Xbox 360 version of the game
  • Switch — Information specific to the Nintendo Switch version of the game
Game Updates
PC Version
  • PC System Requirements — Minimum and recommended system requirements for the PC version of the game
  • Console — Information and list of commands for the in-game console

Mods and Modding

  • Mods — Content and gameplay information about player-created mods for Skyrim
    • Beyond Skyrim — A massive multi-team mod project to complete the majority of Tamriel and several other lands
    • Verified Creations — Paid mods from Bethesda-verified creators that are available for purchase in-game for Special Edition
    • Paid Mods — A now-removed feature for the Steam version of Skyrim that had paid mods on the Steam Workshop
  • Modification — Information about installation and management of player-created mods
  • Modding — Technical information about creating your own mods for Skyrim
    • Creation Kit — The official Skyrim modding application
    • File Formats — Information on the file formats used for game data and save files
    • SkyEdit — An alternate mod file editor in early development
    • SkyProc — A Java programming library for dynamically importing, manipulating, and exporting mods

Previews and Reviews

Miscellaneous Information

  • Achievements — Awards you can receive for your efforts
  • Credits — Details on exactly who did what to create the game
    • Development Team — A list of the developers who created the game
    • Voice Actors — List of the actors who provided voices for Skyrim's NPCs
  • Glitches — Different things you may have noticed about Skyrim that just weren't right
  • Historical References — References to people, places and events from previous Elder Scrolls games
  • Loading Screens — Information that appears while the game loads
  • Music — Information about Skyrim's soundtrack
  • Trading Cards — Steam Trading Cards you can obtain by playing the PC version
  • Unused Content — Content that is unreleased, scrapped, or unavailable to the player through normal gameplay
  • Wallpapers — Official wallpapers, available in various sizes

See Also