Prima Official Skyrim Strategy Guide

Unlike most other game guides I’ve come across Skyrim actually has a pretty decent official game strategy guide. It’s published by Prima and is in fact over 650 pages long, which is quite a lot.

Unlike most unofficial strategy guides this one unfortunately doesn’t contain too much in-depth game mechanic analysis or pro secrets that would give you a significant edge in this game. However, despite that it’s fairly comprehensive and as already mentioned, quite large. 650 pages of content do in fact contain some useful information. Here’s a quick checklist of what you can find in Prima Skyrim strategy guide:

FREE ACCESS to the interactive world map – Code inside

The interactive world map includes over 150 location maps covering all 9 Hold cities. Each map shows the locations of every vendor, trainer, skill book, NPC, and unique item in the realm. You can toggle points of interest on and off and zoom in and out.

Large map Poster inside

Labeled with important locations, major roads, and hold capitals

A Champion for Skyrim

Multiple character builds based on hundreds of hours of playtesting reveal exactly what Skills, Perks, equipment, and other items to pick, and how to advance through the game, no matter the type of character you want to be.

All Collectibles Gathered

If you’re searching Skyrim for Skill Books, Unique Items and Weapons, every single Shout, Dragon Priest Masks, Treasure Maps, Unusual Gems, or even Captured Critters, we show you where every rare item is.

The Atlas of Skyrim

A comprehensive tour of every single location, from the vast Hold Cities to the smallest woodland den. Every major exploration point receives a walkthrough flagging important items, with detailed maps throughout.

Prowess in Combat

Every weapon, piece of equipment, and spell is detailed so you know which blade, bow, or incantation to crush your enemies with. Every type of combat is tactically analyzed, so you can better any foe in battle.

Trainers and Traders

Skyrim is full of merchants to barter with, and trainers to further increase your Skill, Crafting, and Bartering proficiencies. Every alchemist, blacksmith, innkeeper, trainer, Khajiit caravan, and other vendor revealed.

Followers and Friends

Build your friendships across Skyrim and locate every Follower with information inside this guide. Become a Thane. Own property. Marry your favorite Housecarl. Details inside.


In all honesty I’d much rather have an unofficial guide as they tend to be a lot more detailed, but Prima guide is quite serious still and the contents are useful, especially for those players who really hate to miss anything in games. This Elder Scrolls V guide will tell you the locations of great weapons and equipment, crafting vendors, collectibles and more. It’ll also help you plan your character by giving you its overview before you waste time with leveling.

The interactive map you gain access to is also very useful, and as mentioned it includes locations of vendors, trainers, skill books and more. With over 150 areas covered and 9 cities, it’s definitely better than any wiki or fansite, at least currently.

You can get Prima Skyrim Guide as a paperback or a hardcover edition — my recommendation is hardcover. You’ll be using it plenty and there’s hardly much difference in price. It costs less than $24 which is definitely a bargain.

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