WIP Character Builds

We understand making a great character build that others actually want to play is difficult. And while some are comfortable working on their build in private and releasing it when complete, others may desperately need a lot of guiddance along the way. Whats where this section comes in.

In this section you may post any half finished rough draft build your working if you're in need of guidance or just want a place for people to evaluate your work as you work on it. Here are some helpful guidelines to remember

-Ensure you include the term "WIP Build" to your title so it can be more readily distinguisable from completed character builds. Example - WIP Build: The Sneak Archer

-For those posting their WIPs here, please be open to constructive criticism. You wouldnt be posting your work here if you thought it was perfect to begin with, so please make an honest effort to take in criticism. 

-For those commenting, dont be an ass. It takes a bit of courage to share ones own creative ideas, so dont ruin it by trying to bring people down. Be mindful of how you critique. Focus on being constructive

-When your build is complete, feel free to move it yourself or let me or an admin know and we'll move it over to where the completed builds reside. 

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WIP: Death Squad Build

This is a build that can be done at a very low level even level one; as your character isn't the one that will be doing the majority of the damage. The damage is going to be done by your army of followers.  I really like idea of a low-level character that is using teamwork and gear to win the battles. This is mainly a how-to guide on how to build an army not using the ritual stone Aetherial Crown loophole.

This is also a non-crafting build as you don't really need any specialized equipment. This is all done in vanilla special edition skyrim.

Dagi-raht Mystic

"Blessings of the moons upon you, traveler."

You are a Dagi-raht Mystic from Elsweyr. As a true Khajiit you disdain weapons in favor of your claws. Armor is just going to slow you down. The teachings of the Dagi-raht teaches you that true strength comes from the pride. A rogue cat will starve and die alone in the wilderness. A strong pride will strive and flourish.

Dagi-raht Mystics are powerful staff users. They know that it wise to reserve one’s resources.

"Dagi-raht knows much, and tells some. Dagi-raht knows many things others do not."

Rid-Thar-ri'Datta the first Mane came to you a vision. He told you to travel to Skyrim and form the most powerful pride formed of all the races. Rid-Thar-ri’Datta promised that you would become a master of the Roar; an ancient form of Khajiit Magic.

"M'aiq loves the people of Skyrim. Many interesting things they say to each other."

4499613055?profile=RESIZE_180x180Race: Khajiit (You could also play as a Bosmer *Thalmor Secret Agent* command animal is a nice ability for this build)

Stone: The Tower Stone to help you unlock chest and doors without leveling your lockpicking.

Attributes:  Health

"Too much magic can be dangerous. M'aiq once had two spells and burned his sweetroll." - M’aig the Liar


Major Skills: (You fight with your claws) and use staves, scrolls, and potions

"If you provoke me, I will be forced to unsheathe my claws."

“A Khajiit carries two weapons their claws. Nords carry metal blades. What if one breaks? That would be most unlucky."

"Don't try blocking if you have two weapons. You will only get confused. Much better to hit twice anyway."

Minor Skills:

Major Quests: A lovely Letter, Dark Brotherhood Questline, Thieves Guild up to Speaking to Silence, Taste of Flesh, Laid to Rest, the Blessing of Nature, Lost to the Ages Waking Nightmare, First Lesson, The Book of Love. Dawnguard up to Bloodline, A Daedra’s Best Friend (level 10), A Night to Remember (level 14), Frostflow Abyss (level 20)

7168787090?profile=RESIZE_584xMaster of the Roar

Shout: Fire Breath, Marked for Death, Call Dragon, Animal Allegiance, Become Ethereal, Call of Valor

"Louder than the roar of the Mane that is!"


Your Claws

The staff of Flame Atronach (so your atronach doesn’t fight with Teldryn Sero’s atronach)

Staff of paralysis

Sanguine Rose (If you are high enough level)

Gloves of the Pugilist

Shrouded Shoes

Ring of health

Amulet of Talos


Hood / circlet



Building the Pride

4499613055?profile=RESIZE_180x180Chapter 1

4491736211?profile=RESIZE_710xLevel 1

Stone: The Tower stone

Followers: (3 +2) Faendal, Meeko or Viligence and a borrowed horse + 2 summoned beings

Quests: A Lovely Letter, First Lesson,

Staff of Flame Atronach

Help Faendal so he will be your follower.

You will need to get your paws on a broom, grand soul gem and Corundum Ingot. There will be fire salts at the Atronach Forge. To make your life easier double that! The easiest way to get your paws the components that you need is to go to Dawnstar and search the hidden chest by the mine entrance. “Khajiit look out for each other!”

Get to the Tower Stone so you can open locked doors or chest up to expert level.

Get over to the College of Winterhold and down into the Midden so you can make a Staff of Flame Atronach. While in the College go to The Arcanaeum and read The Aetherium Wars. This will trigger Investigate the ruins of Arkngthamz.

Follower check, Staff check, pet?

Travel to Markarth and buy Vigilance. If you don’t have 500 gold you can walk to Dragon Bridge head east and get Meeko for free.

Follower check, Staff check, pet check, horse?

We need a horse. Go to Katla's Farm just outside of Solitude. Sell Katla a potato and she will let you borrow a horse for free.

Follower check, Staff check, pet check, horse check

 4499613055?profile=RESIZE_180x180Chapter 2

4491672522?profile=RESIZE_584xLevel 1-2

Stone: The Tower stone

Followers: (7 + 4) Lydia, Cicero, both Dark Brotherhood Initiates, Spectral Assassin, Meeko or Vigilance and Shadowmere + 4 summoned beings

Quests: Dark Brotherhood Questline

Gloves of the Pugilist

Shrouded Shoes

Okay, now we have to increase our total damage output. We need to increase our unarmed damage. We will need the Gloves of the Pugilist. They are worn by Gian the Fist, who can be found in The Ratway under Riften. He will attack upon sight, but once you kill him loot his dead corpse to receive the Gloves of the Pugilist.

Now you will be hitting like a truck.

Do the main questline up to Dragon Rising so you can get Lydia and have Dragons flying in the skies.

Okay run around and kill a bunch of people and line your pockets with gold as you can complete the Dark Brotherhood quest. So, you grow your pride with the additions of Cicero and both Dark Brotherhood Initiates. Here is video of me getting the DBI and Cicero glitch to work. It probably took me seven tries to get it to work.


Summon Spectral Assassin You get Lucien Lachance from doing the Dark Brotherhood questline. Lucien will hang around until he gets killed. Then all you have to do is wait 24 hours and you can summon him again. (counts as a summon slot so if you are using thralls don’t summon him)

Shadowmere: Be sure to ride Shadowmere everywhere that you go so he will fight for you in battles. You get Shadowmere from doing the Dark Brotherhood questline.

4499613055?profile=RESIZE_180x180Chapter 3

4491696942?profile=RESIZE_400xLevel 2-3

Stone: If you give the DBI lockpicks you can switch out The Tower stone for the Ritual stone

Followers: (9 + 1 + 5) Teldryn Sero, Serana, Cicero, both Dark Brotherhood Initiates, Brother Verulus, Spectral Assassin, Meeko or Vigilance and Shadowmere + 1 raised dead + 5 summoned beings

Quests: Dawnguard up to Bloodline, Taste of Flesh,

Staff of paralysis

Take a boat to Raven Rock and pay Teldryn Sero to join your pride.

Get over to Snapleg Cave kill some witches and claim the Staff of Paralysis for yourself.

Head back over to Markarth to complete the first half of Taste of Flesh so that Brother Verulus will join your pride.

Go to Riften and then travel east until you cross the bridge and get attacked by a pack of wolves. There you will find the secret entrance to the Dawnguard sanctuary. Take the quest to delve into another dark tomb. There you find Serana, she is a great addition to your pride.

 4499613055?profile=RESIZE_180x180 Chapter 4

4491688672?profile=RESIZE_400xLevel 2-3

Stone: If you give the DBI lockpicks you can switch out The Tower stone for the Ritual stone or the Steed stone

Followers: (10 + 1 + 5)  Teldryn Sero, Serana, Cicero, both Dark Brotherhood Initiates, Brother Verulus, Mercer Frey, Spectral Assassin, Meeko or Vigilance and Shadowmere + 1 raised dead + 5 summoned beings

Quests: Thieves Guild questline to Speaking with Silence.

Back to Riften, If, you have not already done it join the Thieves guild. Complete the first couple of quest and Mercer Frey will join your pride.


4499613055?profile=RESIZE_180x180Chapter 5

4491750457?profile=RESIZE_584xLevel 3 - 4

Stone: If you give the DBI lockpicks you can switch out The Tower stone for the Ritual stone or the Steed stone

Followers: (14 +1 +6) Teldryn Sero, Serana, Cicero, both Dark Brotherhood Initiates, Brother Verulus, Mercer Frey, Katria, Enmon, Thonnir, Maurice Jondrelle, Spectral Assassin, Meeko or Vigilance and Shadowmere + 1 raised dead + 6 summoned beings

Quests: The Heart of Dibella, Laid to Rest, The Blessing of Nature, Lost to the Ages

It is time to Investigate the ruins of Arkngthamz. A ghost named Katria will join your pride. Once you get to that big confusing lock give up and walk out of the cave. (Special note: Katria can be healed by healing hands.)

Back to Markarth, break into the temple of Dibella and piss off a lot of women. They will tell to go find some brat. When you get Karthwasten, you can talk to Enmon and he will join your pride in the hopes that you will get around to find his little girl.

Go to Mothal run around the village talk to a ghost and kill a vampire. You will get asked to delve into a cave and go kill more vampires. Outside the cave, the Vampire Hunter Thonnir joins your pride. Walk away.

Back to Whiterun. Do the first half of the blessing of Nature, Maurice Jondrelle will beg to join your pride. Jokes on him you aren’t going to that tree.



Other Quests:

First lesson so that you can gain access to the Atronach Forge. (Winterhold)

A Night to Remember: Sanguine Rose use to summon a Dremora. Extra melee team member(s). You can summon two, once your conjuration is to 100. (Level 14)

The Book of Love: Free Amulet of Mara (marriage, Restoration spells cost 10% less magicka to cast), Agent of Mara (+15% Resist Magic) (Riften)

The House of Horrors; Free Apprentice, Robes of Restoration (Regen Magicka 75%, Fortify Restoration 15%), Apprentice Hood (+40 Magicka), Amulet of Stendarr (+10 Block), access to a free house (Markarth)

The Forsworn Conspiracy and No One Escapes Cidhna Mine (If you are looking to do more damage with a bow for one of your followers) (Markarth)

Frostflow Abyss: 10% bonus to healing spells. (Level 20)

Black Book: The Winds of Change It is also recommended to acquire the companion's insight perk to stop the Dragonborn from accidentally hurting or killing the followers.

Notes on even more team members

A Daedra's Best Friend: Get Barbas as an extra animal follower. Immortal dog, thank you. (Falkreath) (Level 10)

Black Book: Epistolary Acumen - Dragonborn Flame will create a Fire Wyrm from the corpse of a foe killed by the Fire Breath shout.

Conjuration leveled to 100, you will be able to summon 2 beings or 2 dead thralls (Necromancers and conjurers can also summon more teammates) If you use the ritual stone your thralls will fall/die.

The Conjure Ash Guardian spell is not affected by the Twin Souls perk, meaning you can only have one Ash Guardian out at once. But it is also bound to a rune, so you can have two summons plus an Ash Guardian

If you are near a city you can sprint back to the entrance and allow the guards to help you fight.

You can summon a werebear after cleansing the beast stone. You will have to go back to the beast stone to get the power again after casting it.

Summon Karstaag to fight for you for 120 seconds. You may only use this ability 3 times, and only while outdoors.



Like most Khajiit, the general tendency of humans and mer will be to look down on you as a "beast," you will not be welcomed in most of the settlements in Skyrim. So, you will not be interacting with any of the merchants inside of the cities. (You don’t want to level your speech by selling things)

Try to avoid quick traveling to walled cities as some of your followers will end up at the stables first and then have to run into the city and catch up to you. If you have maxed out conjuration, dead thralls can glitch and disappear if you fast travel to a walled city.

"May your road lead you to warm sands."

 Your pride is at it's most powerful when you are out in the open so riding your horse everywhere plays to your favor. Shadowmere has a lot of hit points and charges into battle as soon as you dismount him.

4499613055?profile=RESIZE_180x180Special Combos

The Roar of Lion: Amulet of Talos + 2 Potions of the healer(Philter or Elixir are the best if you can get them)

1) Get Potions of Fortify Restoration (Potion of the healer 20%, Draught of the Healer 30%, Philter of the Healer 40% or Elixir of the Healer 50%)
2) Drink two potions, but don't leave the menus
3) Unequip, then re-equip your Amulet of Talos without leaving the menus

You are now good until you unequip the amulet.



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  • I would love to see a follower based build! Not sure your character roleplay or overall approach but that would be sick. If you have the means to record gameplay and post a video that would be awesome.

    I have seen modded gameplay of this and it is hilariouly overpowered but a character built around this might be fun! You could go healer, illusionist to buff everyone, purely a shout user who commands the group.

    Sounds like fun!

    • I'll see what I can do about getting some video to go along with it.

  • A good follower build would be great to see, especially in vanilla. And I agree with Henson that some gameplay footage would be awesome. 

  • Been awhile since I seen a build of this sort, looking good so far

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