Ah, at last, my grand project begins. Here I go again with my guides. This time I intend to do a complete guide of Oblivion, Knights of the Nine, and Shivering Isles. Now that my time is free up, I can do this. Let’s begin with the first full expansion for one of the best games ever made.
The Shivering Isles expansion is something special. It is almost as if you play a new game, a completely new game within the same universe. If you dare step into the mouth of Madness, be prepared to succumb to the strange new world. There’s little to say about the game if you’ve played Oblivion. It’s the same gameplay and the same graphics, only the setting has changed to what can either be a lush landscape of color, or a macabre swampland, you will play in both. That is the main theme of the game, light or dark, but in the case of the Isles, it is which form of insanity you hail from. Do you prefer to torture someone with images of their death until they go mad, or do you wish that they take the plunge through eternal and never ending bliss? It’s your choice, all I’m here to do is help you either way. Great game, a must play, now let’s jump in.
See you on the otherside,
Kinda pointless, but it’s traditions ’round here.
+++++++++++ PC Controls +++++++++++
Well, for the PC you can’t go wrong with any kind of setup.
To make hotkeys, have your mouse over the item in your menu and then press the number.
Caps Lock switches slow and fast moving.
General Starter Tips
Some advice for playing Oblivion in general, and some helpful tips for entering the Isles.
I like to have Armorer, Blade, Conjuration, Destruction, (your favorite) Armor, Marksman, and Sneak, all as my major skills.
Armorer because as you progress through the game you will pick up magic items, and until you reach 50 skill points for Armorer you will not be able to repair them on your own; you can just take them to a local smith, but the Isles tend to send you on long quests.
Blade, Heavy/Light Armor, and Marksman because all three are skills you need.
Conjuration and Destruction because those are tools you must take advantage of in this game. Conjuration gives you an extra buddy in every fight, and Destruction because you will always want magic as a weapon.
I am always partial to Sneak, mainly because it will often get you a free attack worth X3 the damage; and then you stand up and start fighting with your sword and whatever. Also, you can avoid some encounters and you need to sneak in some quests anyway.
You level up by furthering these (or whatever) major skills you choose.
Each time you level up, your health increase is relative to your Endurance stat. Basically, get your Endurance high early and the health will rise faster.
Intelligence and Willpower contribute to your Magicka, so increase those as well.
Breton is a good starter race, and The Lady is a solid starter birthsign; whatever you do as a new player, don’t choose the Atronach!
It matters a little which gender you choose, but don’t worry, it’s okay if you want to watch a little girl run around fighting orcs, at least someone’s years of fantasy fiction will come to life…
When taking on any of the numerous dungeons, you don’t really want to explore the whole thing, there is little need to. You only need to get the quest done as quickly as possible and retreat. The rewards for all the time and fighting you spend will be small. Just finish quests as quickly as possible if you want to move onto more, and this game is pumped full of plenty of quests.
Make sure to repair your things with Repair Hammers often, and consider making it a habit after every decent battle.
Save often no matter what. The computer game glitches up a lot for me, and the only solution I’ve found is to save often and when a save doesn’t load, I just keep going back in my saves until one works. Also, I find it best to save in four blocks for each game, and just overwrite the oldest ones first. If you run into the game freezing up a lot, start using about ten or so saves and save after you complete quests.
You can (by default) press the T button to fast-forward time.
For you PC players out there, don’t play for too long or you might run into crashes like I did. Learn to limit gameplay to avoid messups.
Pressing F5 after completing missions is a good habit, but be sure to save in normal slots as well.
Expansion Tips ————–
It would be a good idea to save your game right before you step into the door, and then never overwrite it; just in case something happens with glitches and what not.
It may be best to work your character up to at least level ten or so before you take on the Isles. Run around the cities, take on the main quest, and then enter the door when you have the ability to repair your equipment and whatnot. There is no perfect level, and you can enter the Isles at level one, but it’s all on you.
Whatever you do, do not enter the Isles with magic equipment and not have a 50 Armorer rating (so don’t do the Knights of the Nine quest first).
Basically, I played the KotN quest and then went into the door, and it was not fun having to rely on the smiths to repair all my stuff.
If you play it safe and you ever run into Flawless Pearls along the way, keep them for one side quest.
Not much sense in stealing stuff in the Isles, unless you want to constantly leave and come back. Or, go ahead so long as you don’t commit any crimes (crimes are when you get caught), or you don’t mind the dead weight.
Don’t forget to visit the magic shop of Crucible to get some stuff that you can’t find anywhere else. Like some unique spells and some summons.
When you get Dawnfang/Duskfang, kill 12 creatures to power the thing up.
This is for the main quest only, on default difficulty settings.
I can’t stress it enough, you need to get some meat on your bones, get some dirt on your shoes, break in that new couch… whatever you call it, just don’t say I didn’t warn you if you have no fun while visiting the Shivering Isles.
For all the quests, I will assume you have the quest selected as your active quest. Those arrows pointing you along makes my job possible.
It’s not my intention to spoil the game, and if I can I’ll try to avoid it altogether, but I might slip up here and there.
For now, the first draft will be my only known way to get through the main story quests. I don’t give proper attention to the differences in the two sides to choose from, but I did pretty good.