Oblivion Tips and Hints
The following tips and hints have been submitted from various Oblivion players from around the world. Many of them are quite useful and can help you in the PC or Xbox 360 version of the game.
This is the second set of Oblivion hints, see the first set here.
How to Pick a Lock the Best Way!
This is a FAQ of many friends of mine, and a Hint to those that need to know the best way to pick a lock in the world of Oblivion!
Now, picking a lock successfully on your own without using the auto-pick button does not depend on your security skill! It depends on what you know and how fast your fingers are.
To successfully snap a tumbler into place, keep pushing the tumbler up with the lockpick until the tumbler moves upward then down slowly, then back down. After you see that, the next time you push up will be a sure-fire snap into place, if of course your fingers are are fast enough. Just push it that one last time and click the left mouse button as soon as possible and it will snap into place. This allows you to avoid relying on the sound patterns all the time, which also comes in handy.
One last tip, DO NOT BECOME IMPATIENT! If you are impatient you will break MANY lockpicks on just a 2 or 3 tumbler lock. However, expect to break about 1-3 lockpicks on locks that qualify as average or higher, normally the chests you lockpick have 1 or 2 lockpicks in them anyway, so you are good to go. I hope this helps all you thieves!
Submitted by: Joshua Aldenburg
Let the NPCs Protect You early on
After you finish the Kvatch mission, clearing the city near the beginning of the game Brother Martin follows you. Take him to the city to meet the other preist / monk / blade member. When you arrive you have to fight some Mythic Dawn. After the attack, Brother Martin and anothor Preist follows you to hide brother Martin in the Blade HQ.
These characters cannot die. Let them follow you around, visit every cave and let them kill the enemies. They will kill anything before you can even swing your sword. This way you can get all the goodies in the beginning of the game.
Submitted by: Michael Miller
Infinite Gold from Dorian
Kill Dorian in the Imperial City after bribing him and making him dislike you. Then bribing more... this may take a couple of minutes.
Now kill him, quietly, too much racket attracts guards. When you go to collect his gold it does not go away - infinite gold!
Submitted by: Johann Fultz
Try to Include Athletics as Major Skill
When selecting major skills, no matter your specialization, always try to include the athletics skill because you will most certainly want to run for a majority of your foot journeys. While mastering this skill doesn't have the greatest benifit to all classes, it provides a skill that can easily be leveled up - so your character will level up faster too.
Submitted by: Mitchell J.
If you can enter the Arcane University (if you have all recommendations of all guild halls of the mages guild), buy a Frenzy Spell (anywhere) so that you can upgrade it to a better one while in the university.
Then while in the university, target a Mage Apprentice only to see him attack others and not you. He will certainly die, but don't worry, he will respawn in a matter of days. He will have a nice Dagger attached to him (or it is thrown out of his hands so that you may need to search for it).
However, you will gain no bounty and if you do it by daytime when the apprentices meet together the guards will interfere if you just put the doors open. They won't attack you, and you have a chance to get a very good weapon of disintegrate if the guards get a chance at fighting a scholar. Sell these items and receive a lot of gold for it or use them as weapons.
Submitted by: Lennart Bruggink
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