The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Character Building Guide: Restoration

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.

  • Restoration

If you have been playing Skyrim for a good while you already know that investing in Restoration is not too useful unless you’re looking to create a specific character build. With the exception of Close Wounds, you probably won’t be using any of the Restoration spells since they’re quite situational and mostly useful against the undead. If you want to heal quickly without taking a risk, using Potions is the true way to go.


  • Novice Restoration

Cast Novice level Restoration spells for half magicka.

  • Respite
  • LV 40

Healing spells also restore Stamina.

  • Regeneration
  • LV 20

Healing spells cure 50% more.

  • Necromage
  • LV 70

All spells are more effective against undead.

  • Ward Absorb
  • 60

LV Wards recharge your magicka when hit with spells.

  • Apprentice Restoration
  • LV 25

Cast Apprentice level Restoration spells for half magicka.

  • Adept Restoration
  • LV 50

Cast Adept level Restoration spells for half magicka.

Expert Restoration

  • LV 75
  • Cast Expert level Restoration spells for half magicka.
  • Master Restoration
  • LV 100

Cast Master level Restoration spells for half magicka.

  • Recovery
  • LV 30

Magicka regenerates 25% faster.

  • Avoid Death
  • LV 90

Once a day, heals 250 points automatically if you fall below 10% health.

  • Restoration Dual Casting
  • LV 20

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

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