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How Leveling Up Works in Oblivion

by: Finn Orfano ; edited by: Michael Hartman ; updated: 4/18/2012 • Leave a comment

One of the many things that make Oblivion unique is the way in which your character gains levels. Once you understand how the system works, you'll be able to better maximize the benefit from each level gained.

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    Leveling Up in Oblivion

    The Elder Scrolls IV, also known as Oblivion, is a really wonderful role playing game with quite a few unique features that set it apart from other RPG's. Among those features is the way that your character levels up in the game. This article applies to both the PC and console (PS3 and Xbox 360) versions of the game.

    In most RPG's, you have a character who earns experience points, and after earning a certain number of those points you will gain a level. Increases in levels open up new powers and options for your character. It's a fairly straightforward process, but not in Oblivion. With this game, the developers created a leveling system with many different layers that can work for or against the player if you do not carefully manage your character's progression.

    One interesting part of Oblivion is that the level of your opponents will always be relative to your own. This helps to keep the game balanced from beginning to end. Given the nature of the game, and the fact that you can freely explore anywhere, this balance system is necessary. However, you must learn to hone those skills you need most, otherwise you would have a higher level characters whose individual stats don't measure up to your opponents, and that could make things really tough on down the line.

    Besides your level and amount of experience, your character in Oblivion is measured up by seven different statistics: Strength, Agility, Endurance, Speed, Personality, Intelligence, and Willpower. These seven main stats can be broken down even further depending on how you play the character. For example, lots of combat practice with blades or blunt weapons will help increase your Strength. If you jump or run around a lot, you'll increase your Athletic and Acrobatic ability, which falls under Speed.

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    Assigning Points to Attributes

    When it comes time to level up your character, you will be able to assign points to one of those seven attributes. What makes this game unique is that you will get bonus points depending on how much you've practiced those attributes. If you've focused a lot on swordplay, you may get a bonus to your Strength. If you spent a lot of time casting spells, you’ll get a bonus to your Intelligence or Willpower. The game will show you which attributes will get the largest boost depending on where you assign one of your three points whenever you gain a level.

    The purpose of all this is simple. If you focus your character on developing just a few different skills, then you will be much better at them. If you try to do a little bit of everything, but don't specialize, then you'll miss out on some good bonuses. In a way, this is true to life in that it's sometimes better to be really good at one or two things than to just know a little about everything.