How to Get a Free Horse in Skyrim

From IGN - November 18, 2017

Whether it's your first time in the land of Skyrim or you have come back from a long break - it's easy to get overwhelmed with so many things to do the moment you escape from Helgen.

Since it's so important not to get lost in the wide world, here's a few things you should do first in Skyrim to make the most of your arrival.

EditPlan Your Character

There's nothing worse than leveling up and not knowing where you want to put your next skill point. It's important to have a good understanding of the type of person you want your character to be when setting out on your adventure. Will you be a Warrior, Mage, or Thief? Or maybe something in between? Will you focus on secondary crafting skills, or go all in on combat?

Generally, it's good to pick a handful of Skills you want to build on, rather than spreading your skill points between every skill tree - or only focusing on one. Pick skills that best augment your playstyle: For example, someone wanting to be a thief should look to Stealth, Pickpocket, Lockpicking, and a weapon skill like Archery or One-Handed.

Be sure to take advantage of IGN's Skill Builder to experiment with different builds to map out your chosen character as they level up!

EditPick a Standing Stone

Standing Stones are large magical stones scattered across Skyrim. In previous games, you would pick a sign to be born under as part of the character creation process - but in Skyrim you have the option to go out and choose that sign, and even swap to other signs.

A Standing Stone, once interacted with, will provide a free bonus at all times that range from a once-per-day free spell, to increases to stats or even an experience gain. The effect will never go away until the player picks another standing stone to swap effects.

Be sure to check IGN's Interactive Map of Skyrim to find Standing Stones near your location - and pick the one that best suits your playstyle to get a buff from.

EditGet a Free Horse

Fast traveling is fun, but when you need to get to a new area, sometimes your legs just are not good enough.

EditFind a Free Place to Stay

EditLearn Some Easy Shouts

EditFind a Follower

EditRead a Book


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