How To Add Perk Points With Console Commands in Skyrim

Skyrim changed more than meets the eye when it comes to what it means to be an open-world RPG. Skyrim is different from other open-world games because it has a developer console.

The game has a huge map that you can explore, and its stories are as big as they are different.

PC players of Skyrim can use console commands to change almost anything in the game engine whenever they want.

This includes changing things like the way physics work, how fast time moves, turning on or off god mode or no clip, and, of course, using “cheats” to level up a character.

There are more than one way to use console commands in Skyrim to get Perk Points.

Skyrim wouldn’t be as good if it didn’t have a very easy way to get to the developer console. Here, players can change many different parts of the game, but they can’t add Perk points directly without first levelling up something else.

Skyrim gives you two ways to get around this problem if you want to add Perk points: you can level up each skill to its maximum level, or you can cheat in Perks without levelling up at all.

The two ways described below are the easiest ways to get Perk points, but it’s worth noting that there are some mods for Skyrim that make it much easier to get the Perks you want in ways that don’t break the game.

How To Access Console Commands In Skyrim

Perk Points

Skyrim for PC is usually set up so that the developer console is on from the start. A player can pause the game and see a command line at the bottom left of the screen by pressing the “” key.

The “” key, also known as a “tilde,” is usually at the top left of every keyboard, right above the “Tab” key.

If pressing the tilde key doesn’t pause the game and bring up a flashing line where you can type, check your keybindings in the control settings.

There should be a keybinding in the Other section that says “Open Console.” Check that this is linked to the “” key, which is sometimes shown as a “left-facing apostrophe” (‘), and then use the keybinding.

It can be assigned to any key, but the tilde key is usually the easiest to reach and the least used.

Method One: Advancing Skills

In Skyrim, the first way to get Perk points is to get a lot of XP in a Skill Tree. This gives you experience in both the skill and your overall level.

This gives you Perk points, which you can then spend on the Skill Tree, which is now fully unlocked.

Open the console and type “player.AdvSkill,” followed by the name of the skill you want to improve, to add Perk points to Skyrim. Type the amount of XP you want to add to that skill, then press the Enter key.

Most of the time, 999999 will raise a skill to its maximum level. This raises the overall level by the number of Skill ups received.

For example, if you want to get better at archery, it will say “player.Advskill Archery 999999.” On Skyrim wikis like UESP, you can find the exact names of each skill.

Method Two: Direct Perk Assignment

The second choice is Direct Perk Assignment, which skips the whole levelling process. Find the console ID for the Perk you want to give your character directly.

Open the game’s console and type “player.AddPerk,” then the ID of the skill you want to add. To get the Impact Perk, for example, type “player.AddPerk 000153D2.” Look on Skyrim wikis or the UESP for lists of each Perk ID.

Unfortunately, there is no console command that gives players Perk points without levelling up a skill that goes with them.

Even though the direct Perk assignment method is a good workaround, it can still break your game if you take Perks that interfere with progression, like late-game mana reduction Perks without prerequisites.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition is available for PC, PlayStation 4 and 5, Xbox One, and Series X|S.

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