The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Character Building Guide: Destruction

With so many customization option given by the game, creating your character is not going to be too hard. We have taken a good look at each of the races available and understood that each one of them comes with its own strengths and weaknesses: some are better suited at being warriors while others are better at magic or stealth.

In creating your character and getting him or her ready for battle and adventure you’ll probably need some good understanding on how skills work. Skills determine your proficiency at everything that can be done in the world of Skyrim. Unlike previous The Elder Scrolls game, skills aren’t determined by the character class: the specialization of skills comes with the Perks system.

All Skills improve depending on the action you do: improving some of them can be somewhat tedious. There are other ways to improve skills without having to repeat some actions over and over: you can improve them by getting your hand on a Skill Book or find some Trainers who will help you improve specific skills.

Trainers can only train you five times per level: to get them to train you again you will have to raise you level. This limit doesn’t apply to a single trainer but to all: if you have already trained three times with a single trainer, you can only train two more times with another trainer. To start training again you will have to level up.

Some followers will also be able to train you: this actually comes with an advantage since you can get your money back by going through their inventory.

There’s also another trick to earn some good XP if you have the horse Shadowmere: this horse cannot be damaged by magic, direct and ranged attacks. Keep attacking him to earn some easy XP.

  • Destruction

Destruction magic is mostly used to destroy substance and matter. As you would expect, this is the perfect skill tree for all those who want to specialize in offensive magic. Together with the usual ice and fire spells you also get a lightning spell. All the three types also come with extra affects: fire also caused the enemy to suffer from burns, ice also damages Stamina while lightning also causes damage to magicka. If you combine these special effects with some of the perks of the skill tree you’ll truly become a devastating wizard.


  • Novice Destruction

Cast Novice level Destruction spells for half magicka.

  • Augmented Flames
  • LV 30

Fire spells do 25% more damage.(50% for second level)

  • Intense Flames
  • LV 50

Fire damage causes targets to flee if their health is low.

  • Augmented Frost
  • LV 30

Frost spells do 25% more damage.(50% for second level)

  • Deep Freeze
  • LV 60

Frost damage paralyzes targets if their health is low.

  • Augmented Shock
  • LV 30

Shock spells do 25% more damage.(50% for second level)

  • Disintegrate
  • LV 70

Shock damage disintegrates target if their health is low.

  • Apprentice Destruction
  • LV 25

Cast Apprentice level Destruction spells for half magicka.

  • Adept Destruction
  • LV 50

Cast Adept level Destruction spells for half magicka.

  • Expert Destruction
  • LV 75

Cast Expert level Destruction spells for half magicka.

  • Master Destruction
  • LV 100

Cast Master level Destruction spells for half magicka.

  • Rune Master
  • LV 40

Can place runes five times farther away.

  • Destruction Dual Casting
  • LV 20

Dual casting a Destruction spell overcharges the effects into an even more powerful version.

  • Impact
  • LV 40

Most Destruction spells will stagger an opponent when dual cast.

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