Easily Max Out Sneak and Athletics
You can easily gain many skill ups for these two skills using a simple exploit. Sneak will increase as long as these conditions are met: There is at least one NPC near you, you remain unseen (the eye icon will be dark) and you are mobile. Meeting these requirements is easy enough. You only have to find a wall or corner close to an NPC that isn't in your direct line of sight.
Find one that doesn't all that much, such as a guard or a goblin in a cave. Once you've found a good spot, enter sneak mode, face the wall or corner, and then activate auto-run. Your character will continue to walk into the wall, and providing you remain hidden, you can sit back and watch your sneak skill rise. NOTE: Turn off any light source (torches, light spells, etc) before you start. And, keep in mind that if your sneak skill is below 50, take off your boots or you will be detected.
Athletics, although not a crucial skill, is even easier to max out. You only have to be walking or running to increase this skill. Simlpy face a wall (preferably a corner), and activate the auto-run function. Once again you will be "walking" into the wall, but your athletics will increase just as though you were adventuring. This is a great way to ensure that the next time you level up, you get a +5 multiplier in your SPEED attributes!
Submitted by: Rocque Beaupre
Finish the Main Quest First
Make sure to beat the story line first and then come back to side quests and dungeons because (this might be a bit of a spoiler.) In the end the enemys will be the same level as you. So if your a high level (by doing side quests) all your gaurds will die because they are a low level and it will be nearly impossible to beat the game.
Submitted by: Andrew G.
Become 100% Invisible
First off you need to have completed the Mage quest(s) to gain access to the university, and have 5 grand soul gems. Enchant 5 pieces of armor for chameleon. You are now 100% invisible.
Enemies will no longer attack you at all! You can steal right infront of guards. Try it out, and see for yourself.
Submitted by: Shawn B.
Is This a Threat?
If you are unsure about whether or not you are under threat by an attacker, quickly enter sneak mode. If the crosshair is bright yellow, start looking around.
Submitted by: Mitchell J.
Storing Loot in Bones
One of the most disheartening aspects of Oblivion is parting with valuable loot due to over-encumbrance. You can solve that problem by killing an enemy that falls to pieces, like skeletons or storm atronachs.
Pick up a fragment of your fallen foe's corpse using the 'Z' button. You can store as much loot as you like in the tiny bone or whatever. Just carry the piece with you back to town, where you can sell or store it.
Submitted by: Nikolai S.
Seek Cover when Under Fire
When you are heavily under fire in an abandoned tower, run up the flights of stairs to the very top level. On the top level, you will usually find that there is a ledge onto which you can jump to put you out of reach of your enemies. From there you can take the time to heal yourself and prepare for a second attack. This also provides a good vantage point to gauge numbers of enemies who oppose you.
Always keep a keen eye on potential safe locations (high rocks with limited access, wall ruins that rise high, even the tops of buildings can sometimes lend themselves to protection).
Submitted by: Matt Kidd
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