geoforsy May 15 @ 7:06am
Difficulty Levels..
Has anyone been playing the game on the Legendary difficulty level? I'm currently playing at the Adept level ( 3 of 6) and at level 33 character, I am really getting whomped by some of the deathlords who are not even the bosses. Took me near forever to clean out Merida's temple and couldn't have done that without using about 30 healing potions. Can't hardly imagine what the Legendary level would be like.

One thing I have noticed, lots of stealth and archery lets me pot-shot some of the guys over-and-over till they die. I don't mind being a sneaky coward if it works.

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Redrum May 15 @ 7:13am 
Deathlords are the strongest Draugr, so expect it. =p

I always end up going Light armor, Stealth, Dagger and do my darnest to go Splinter Cell lol

Edit: Also yeah, Legendary basically gives enemies a lot more health and makes them deal more damage as well, so really it's just for people who have gone the extra mile to buff themselves with really, really good armor and weapons. Or if you're a masochist and like getting whomped pretty often, can do it for that reason, too.
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gnewna May 15 @ 7:17am 
Second strongest, I'm pretty sure Death Overlords are in vanilla, and they're stronger than Deathlords/Overlords. (Imaginatively named, too...)
Redrum May 15 @ 7:31am 
Originally posted by gnewna:
Second strongest, I'm pretty sure Death Overlords are in vanilla, and they're stronger than Deathlords/Overlords. (Imaginatively named, too...)
Maybe that's a one-off monster? I can't remember WHERE...... But I know I've seen a Draugr named like... Something synonymous with Giant. I remember he was weaker than the Deathlord.
gnewna May 15 @ 7:44am 
Apparently their level is 34 or 45 as compared to Deathlords which are between 30-40, you might be thinking of the Hulking Draugr? http://www.uesp.net/wiki/Skyrim:Draugr#Hulking_DraugrDB They're quite entertaining.
Redrum May 15 @ 7:47am 
Originally posted by gnewna:
Apparently their level is 34 or 45 as compared to Deathlords which are between 30-40, you might be thinking of the Hulking Draugr? http://www.uesp.net/wiki/Skyrim:Draugr#Hulking_DraugrDB They're quite entertaining.
Yeah Hulking was it! First time I saw it I crapped my pants thinking it was going to kick my ♥♥♥, i mean c'mon, the Hulk is scary! Lol

Yeah the Hulking Draugr was pretty anti-climatic, it turned out.
Trigger May 15 @ 8:36am 
Wait until you go up against the level 81 Ebony Warrior or Karstaag from the Dragonborn DLC
Savick May 15 @ 8:53am 
Once I get my character up to about 30 or 40 I switch over to Expert and keep it there until I get to 79 or so. Then I move over to Legendary. One of the many nice things about Skyrim is you can move your level up or down on the fly.
Vito³ May 15 @ 9:07am 
i tried to play on novice but the game just said f you and it putted me on master difficulty, i almost couldnt escape helgen at the beggining of the game so... if you want to play on legendary your character has to be atleast level 85
Ilja May 15 @ 9:51am 
Originally posted by Vito³:
i tried to play on novice but the game just said f you and it putted me on master difficulty, i almost couldnt escape helgen at the beggining of the game so... if you want to play on legendary your character has to be atleast level 85

I am playing the game with highes difficulty right now, with a brand new character. She killed two bandits with an iron dagger, in open contatct!!!

Difficulty levels only adjust how much damage PC does to other character. Unfortunately it does absolutely nothing to fix their combat AI. Bandits still stand in front of you and bang their damn shields, instead of attacking you. That gives plenty enough time to hit them with a power attack, jump away from their next attack, back a little bit and - AARHGH!!! - repeat the whole process again.

Archers are another pain. 4/5 of their attacks come in the same rythum. Just wait for it, dogde the arrow and shoot them with your own arrow.

Only close combat characters that actually give any challenge are those carrying two-handed weapons. While their AI is restricted to attack, attack, attack and attack; backing up and hitting them with whatever you might have will kill them soon enough.

I swear, that whoever in Bethesda decided that most bandits don't actually ever want to attack you should be forecd to actually play this game.

I can't wait to meet some high level draugr and dragons... or find an enemy AI pack that does not conflict with my favorite mods.
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☢☣ Harichi ☣☢ May 15 @ 10:28am 
Deathlords are easy, level 18 here, play on Adept, so easy!
Shelt May 15 @ 11:47am 
Without looking at how you're set up, I couldn't tell you why you're having a tuff time. Make use of followers, give them good equipment and train up smithing and enchanting. Also remember to use your shouts. Poison can give you an edge too. Keep any summon scrolls you find and use them too.
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Murwaz May 15 @ 12:14pm 
Anything is easy unless you play master. But I have played 1100 hours so I guess I know how to prepare well, when I level a character. :) I feel bad when I go lower then master so I just cant bring my self to play at any lower difficulty... xD That said, nothing wrong with playing on adept, you do what you think is fun, thats why we play games after all. :)
Zefram Cochrane May 15 @ 3:56pm 
Originally posted by geoforsy:
Has anyone been playing the game on the Legendary difficulty level? I'm currently playing at the Adept level ( 3 of 6) and at level 33 character, I am really getting whomped by some of the deathlords who are not even the bosses. Took me near forever to clean out Merida's temple and couldn't have done that without using about 30 healing potions. Can't hardly imagine what the Legendary level would be like.

One thing I have noticed, lots of stealth and archery lets me pot-shot some of the guys over-and-over till they die. I don't mind being a sneaky coward if it works.

It really depends on what level you are. It gets much easier as you get higher, at level 60 I can wipe out the entire town guard in Whiterun while playing on Master without much trouble. It also helps that by then you've gotten your weapons, armour and tactics thoroughly figured out.

Went back to a level 7 save recently to try out a new mod, was dead within 3 sword swings.

Having said that Meridia beacon, is that the one with Malkoran? He's easiest the hardest single boss in the game IMO. I had to leave that for weeks because i just couldn't beat him until I had levelled up quite a bit.

Stealth tactics are a great way of dealing with tough enemies I can wipe out entire forts like Morvunskar without scarcely taking a hit.
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moho !!! May 16 @ 2:39am 
Originally posted by geoforsy:
Has anyone been playing the game on the Legendary difficulty level?

Playing on this level means that (compared to the default "adept") you deal only quarter damage, but take triple (for example, an ice wolf can kill a low level character with two bites). It does not affect followers, however, so they become relatively more useful. It is possible to start the game on this difficulty and build a strong character without dying, but it is mostly about improving skills and equipment while avoiding combat with tougher opponents until being ready to deal with them, and it can be tedious and boring initially. It is probably more fun to start on adept or expert and do quests straight away, and increase the difficulty later as needed.
Uncle64[SwE] May 16 @ 3:14am 
Lvl 77, Legendary Female, and using several of mods for higher then legendary and better Ai.
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