Skyrim's Level Cap 'Effectively' Removed On PC, Coming To Consoles Next Month

I've been looking for a decent excuse to fire up Skyrim again and it looks like I may have found it. Bethesda has now made some changes to the PC version of the game, effectively removing the level cap. The changes are coming to the console versions of the game later this month.

I'm a little bit confused as to how it all works, but Bethesda has essentially added a 'legendary' difficult setting to its 1.9 update and the ability to make skills 'legendary'. What does this mean? I'll let Bethesda explain...

"Skills of 100 can be made Legendary," explains Bethesda in its blog. "This will reset the skill to 15, return its Perks and allow the skill to affect leveling again. This effectively removes the overall level cap."

I'm not exactly sure how this whole thing works — surely resetting skills removes any incentive for levelling up? At best I suppose it gives players an incentive to continue playing.

The 1.9 patch also fixes a number of bugs in the Skyrim. For full details, and details on how to install the beta version of the update, head to the Bethesda Blog.


    So it's pretty much the same as 'prestiging' in COD, then? Fair enough. If it works, it works.

      But what does THAT mean?

        That boy needs therapy. Purely Psychosematic! That boy needs therapy.
        Lie down on the couch.... What does that mean!

        You're a NUT! .. You're crazy in da coconut!

          Arrrrrr...... A record?

            It's a reference to this song:

              And so was my comment.
              It's the lyric's before all the scratching comes in.

            Ranagazoo, let's have a tune!

              I checked lyrics sites and 4/5 said it was "Grab a kazoo, let's have a duel". Man that line is unclear as hell. I always thought it was "Ranagazoo, let's have at you"

    Sounds like it means people can make one character do everything eventually. Don't like your Mage? Max out their caster stats and refund them, turn them into a thief, warrior etc.

      Or you could just use console commands to do this anyway.

        Doesn't the black book in Dragonborn allow you to do something very similar??

          It allows you to respect, though that's the main quests black book. The others give you new abilities like summoning a smarty pants Dramora to trade with. It's not the same though.

    So, it's allowing them to build characters with broken HP/MP/STM... why?

    Why would you do this at all? I mean level cap on both skills and overall was removed months ago by modders (yay for PC gaming?). And there's mods that give you extra perks at 100+ in skills. Seriously no point in this for PC except possibly conflicting with all the level system mods that are currently out there.

    Last edited 05/03/13 11:16 am

      There may not be much point for PC players that use mods.

      But for the people that don't use mods (probably not many since Steam Workshop opened), or the people who are unfortunate enough to play the console versions, I bet this would be a welcome change

        The hardcore skyrim players are going to be using mods though surely? And they are likely the only people to hit the level cap anyway. My first playthrough had my character as the head of every faction and I hadn't hit the cap yet (I think, I deleted the save).

        True about the console thing though.

          You musn't have done as many side quests as I did, or upped as many skills, I hit the cap pretty easily.

    Great, like my wife needs another reason to kill an entire weekend playing Skyrim (Xbox). I'm interested to see the how it fares with the latest bug fixes for PC. I'd like to be able to be able to travel through towns without a dead elder dragon corpse spawning randomly and crushing houses, people... :S

    Hell, I'd even like to be able to pass through a town without a local spotting me and then instantly having the entire town suddenly try to lynch me! That one's come up a few times in the past few weeks.

    Still an awesome game though!

    Last edited 05/03/13 12:26 pm

    Awesome! I've been locked on Level 81.5 for ages (Xbox360).

    And Skyrim was supposed to have no level cap to begin with! You bastards Bethesda :P

    I remember Bethesda. I remember.

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