April 25, 2015

My Pure Mage Strategy Worked: Level 100 Conjuration, Level 100 Destruction, and Level 100 Enchantment

Azrah Gestahl Joshua Kennon's Pure Skyrim Mage in Lord Ganon Enchanted Armor and Weapons

Moments after crafting my Lord Ganon crown, pendant, and ring ... to behold the awesome power and beauty of unlimited destruction magic, click for enlargement.

I have done it!  My champion in Elder Scrolls: Skyrim, Azrah Gestahl, has reached Level 100 Conjuration, Level 100 Destruction, and Level 100 Enchantment.  My overall Level is 47, so I’m about to hit the soft cap of 51 that the gaming forums say is in place.

I’m in the process of creating a set of ultimate weapons and armor, upgrading my old “Ganon’s” series to a new, “Lord Ganon’s” series en homage to the legendary villain of The Legend of Zelda series.  This allowed me to create a situation that got the mathematical cost of all destruction spells, regardless of their power, to zero.  Infinite power.  Unlimited magic.  

This means I can now unleash destructive fury on the enemies of Skyrim without ever running out of Magicka, as my two minions, conjured from Oblivion with double overcast power, go forth and fight on the front lines.  Meanwhile, my companion (right now, it happens to be J’Zhargo in an all glass armor suit) fights from another angle.  I can destroy most dragons in a matter of seconds.  

The only disappointment thus far is my relatively mediocre fortune.  I mean, sure I can make 10,000 to 15,000 Septims rather quickly by smithing and then enchanting a mass produced line of Gestahl brand daggers.  But I need to own businesses like Fable so I don’t have to be involved in production.  The dividends, interest, and rents should roll in while I am out in the field adventuring or trawling dungeons.  Plus, the accoutrements, such as the boulle style furniture in Fable, were more my taste.  The whole medieval poverty look doesn’t really do it for me.   

Here is the current apparel selection for my pure mage:

Super Powerful Double Enchanted Items

  • Lord Ganon’s Crown: -28% destruction spells + 70 Magicka
  • Lord Ganon’s Ring: -25% destruction spells +62 Magicka
  • Lord Ganon’s Pendant: -25% destruction spells +62 Magicka
  • Master Robes of Destruction: -22% destruction spells +150% Magicka Regeneration

Powerful Single Enchanted Items from Earlier In the Game

  • Ganon’s Gloves: +57 Magicka
  • Fine Boots of Strength: +34 carrying capacity

I probably won’t play for a week or so because the recent Playstation 3 patch nearly destroyed my game, even with the auto save turned off.  It freezes the console completely, the Waking Nightmare quest glitched so I can’t continue it, and running through a town slows the system down to a single frame rate.  Besides, I’m too busy to keep this up.  Strike that.  I have still been working, just fitting Skyrim in by staying up between midnight and 4 in the morning.  I can’t do that anymore.  I need to get back on a regular schedule.  

  • agentshags

    A regular schedule?  With Skyrim around? Good luck!

  • bored

    wow dude. Have you tried getting a life?

  • Codyblaser

    hey look up the potion glich you can make a weapon or jewl to be so powerfull it can sell for mil’s

    • Joshua Kennon

      Thanks for the tip!

  • Frostycloud

    You seem like such an insidious and subversive little prick to me, but I do applaud your efforts on Skyrim.

    • Joshua Kennon

      Skyrim unites all peoples.

      • Cllelf

        Hey, how did you get so good enchantments on your items?

        • http://www.joshuakennon.com/ Joshua Kennon

          I leveled up my enchantments and my alchemy. Then I created a potion that let me make better enchantments. Then I drank it and quickly created an enchanted alchemy set of clothing to make my alchemy more powerful. I repeated this to the max. Then, I quickly made a potion to level up my enchantment ability, ran over and enchanted the most powerful items I could. It took a lot of preparation and math.

  • Curcia

    Just a quick question, if you will never run out of magicka because of your enchantments, why is your second enchantment +X amount of magicka?

    Wouldn’t it be more useful to apply a different fortification, such as resistance, carry capacity, or +X armour rating?

    • http://www.joshuakennon.com/ Joshua Kennon

      I have unlimited destruction magic. I constantly dual cast the most powerful summons so I have two minions running around with me, and that takes a huge amount of magic. Were it not for my entourage, which must be summoned from oblivion, and my penchant for casting powerful protection spells on myself, the other strategy would make more sense.

      • David

        You could also do the conjuration ritual spell quest and you won’t have to keep summoning unless they die which doesn’t happen too often in my experience

  • Eladan

    i just started a battle mage build. why are there not more spells or at least a grand spell that you get at lv 100 of any magic skill? also good job on the character it is hard to build an elf that doesn’t look weird.