Skyrim: How to Earn Legendary Skills

Harcore Dragonborn aren’t stuck at level 81 anymore thanks to Skyrim’s new Legendary skills, and we’ll explain how to earn these prestigious titles below. As of patch 1.9, anyone can reset their stats and continue to level up, replacing perks as they see fit.

Previously, the only way to respec in Skyrim was by completing the Dragonborn DLC’s main quest. Now, anyone can do it — but there’s a twist. Leveling beyond 81 isn’t so easy. It requires a sacrifice.

See how to earn Legendary skills, what their benefits are, and how to farm for more below. If you enjoy our guide, there’s way more to explore in Skyrim. Check out the Skyrim Survival Guide, featuring every cheat, how-to, secret, extra, and unlockable on Game Front. Or, get help exploring this open-world RPG on the Skyrim walkthrough, Dawnguard guide, or the Dragonborn DLC Let’s Play.

How to Earn Legendary Skills

When a skill has been raised to 100, it can be reset into a “Legendary” skill.

Setting a skill to “Legendary” will revert it to novice level (15). A dragon symbol will appear beneath the skill, with a number to the right showing how many times it been reset.

Legendary skills have no additional benefits. They can be raised, as normal, from 15 to 100 and will allow the Dragonborn to continue to level up with no restrictions.

Skills can be maximized, then reset an infinite number of times.

All previously used perk points are refunded, and new skill points can be earned. Following this method, all perks can be purchased in all skills — if you’ve got the patience.

The Benefits of Legendary Skills

  • Legendary skills have no special bonuses, but there are benefits to resetting skills. Perk points are redistributed, allowing the Dragonborn to explore new paths for their Legendary skill.
  • Unwanted skills can be ignored. Previously, once a skill was maxed-out, Dragonborn would need to focus on other skills to continue to gain levels. That is no long the case.
  • Primary skills can now be leveled exclusively, increasing the Dragonborn’s overall level.
  • There is a downside. Resetting important skills for combat can result in very difficult patches while the Dragonborn earns back their skill from Novice to Master.

Farming Legendary Skills

Want to rapidly boost your levels? Check out some of our methods.

WARNING: Use these methods at your own risk!

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6 Comments on Skyrim: How to Earn Legendary Skills


On June 4, 2013 at 5:10 pm

If you level up past 81 do you still get new perk points?

Kevin Thielenhaus

On June 4, 2013 at 5:20 pm


Yep! All previous perk points are refunded, and new perk points can be gained by leveling up as normal.


On June 4, 2013 at 6:39 pm


Good times, thanks!

Jessica H.

On March 10, 2014 at 11:09 am

How do you reset the skill? I have multiple skills at 100 and no matter what I do, they don’t reset. Is this just for PC players. I’m on PS3

Kevin Thielenhaus

On March 10, 2014 at 1:26 pm

@Jessica H.:

Hmm, PS3 players should be able to reset their skills just like PC people. Have you downloaded patch 1.9 on your system?


On April 24, 2015 at 10:12 am

i use ps3 to it usaully has it on my option bar on the bottom of the screen to reset the skill