The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is a great game, but one issue many players have when trekking through the epic wilderness is that it quickly become too easy. When the majority of deaths come from falling 30 feet off a ledge as opposed to being burnt beyond recognition by dangerous, fire-breathing dragons, the game becomes less of a challenge, and more of an unsafe stroll through the woods. Fortunately, the Skyrim title update 1.9 on Steam helps fix this by adding a Legendary Difficulty setting.
Along with bumping up the difficulty level, the patch also allows for “Legendary Skills.” With this feature, you can make any skill that is rated at 100 “Legendary.” By doing so, the skill itself will reset to 15, return its perks, and enable the skill to begin leveling again. In a way, this effectively removes the overall level cap so you can continue to build you character.
In addition to the legendary features, there are also general bug fixes included in the patch that resolve major and minor issues. Some of the highlight include:
- Memory and stability improvements
- Companions will equip better weapons and armor if given to them
- The white phial is no longer consumed if given to a follower
- If player marries Aela, the “Totem of Hircine” quest will be available
- Thieves Guild caches are now properly enabled in the appropriate cities
- Adjusted dialogue priority to improve chances of hearing more combat dialogue from certain NPC enemies
- Reduce percentage chance of getting a werewolf loading screen while player is a werewolf
- The Palace of Kings now has patrolling guards on upper floors
- Imperial Light Armor can now be crafted
- Reduced the instance of random dragon attacks after fast traveling post main quest
- Gharol can now properly train up to level 75
- The Nord Hero Bow can now be improved
- Fixed issue with quest scripts that were not shutting down properly
Since this is a beta patch, you will want to take the following steps to opt in:
- Within your Steam Library, right click on The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
- Select Properties
- Select the Beta tabe and opt in using the drop box
If you opt into the Beta, be sure to back up your saved games or simply be careful not to overwrite your existing saves. If you decide to opt out of the beta program, your old saves will still work with the current release of Skyrim on Steam (v 1.8).
To see the full listing of patch 1.9 fixes, check out the Bethesda blog.
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