Money troubles in skyrim


New member
May 26, 2010
I've actually had to only buy arrows twice throughout my entire game, and I'm roughly the same build as you. I've found enemies drop enough arrows to keep me going. I just dread having to eventually start using Iron Arrows again for a while, or worse, Falmer Arrows... But yeah, I have rarely even been to any of the stores, so I've horded money.

Rawne1980 said:
Get speech up, invest in shops and get the top perk that gives vendors more money.

Steal for the thieves guild and rob expensive shot.

Take bounties from various bars and clear out a few dungeons looting all you find.

Sell it all.

I've made ... a hell of a lot (won't post my cash count, don't want to see people cry) ... But thats because i've spent hours clearing out dungeons and travelling between the dungeon and my house to store all the loot and then travelling around selling it all.
This is a good strategy. The Thieves Guild pays in truckloads, and speech up you can buy for less, and sell for more.


New member
Mar 28, 2011
What the heck are you people spending your money on?

My guy has 40k... I am buying high priced gear just to give the vendors some money so I can sell my loot back to them. All I've been doing is quests and the odd bit of dungeon raiding - and I'm very early on in the main quest.


Sep 19, 2010
I'm finding raiding caves and killing vampires, zombies and such to be quite effective. I find gold, better weapons and armour just lying around... on the dead body I just happened to kill. :3

Seriously though, raid caves. Sometimes you'll have to turn back because of more powerful enemies like vampires or more than 2 trolls(early no in the game anyway), caves are actually quite fun to explore. :D Take care and have fun! :3

[sub]One-handed weapon, heavy armour and destruction specialist. :D[/sub]

Hop-along Nussbaum

New member
Mar 18, 2011
Just do a couple of random dungeon crawls, and you'll have the money in no time. I bought Breezehome in Whiterun on the same day I bought the game. Its not hard to make money in Skyrim. Just stop pissing your money away on crap you can find elsewhere.


New member
Apr 26, 2011
Yeah, your best bet with bows is to use the stealth bonus. I never buy arrows in Elder Scrolls games, aside form about 50 at the start.


snuggere mongool
Apr 3, 2010
There's so many different types of arrows that by the time you have depleted one type, i.e. iron arrows, your other types, i.e. ancient northern (or whatever they're called) will be over 150. Then you just alternate.

I'm having no problems, but maybe that's because I'm a sneaky archer, so one or two arrows usually do the job.

Also stealing stuff.


New member
Dec 9, 2010
I dont know about you people but i just conjure up my weapons...
Never ran out of arrows once and im already an expert archer.


New member
Oct 30, 2011
You REALLY shouldn't need to but that many arrows, I am 2-3 shotting people, no stealth.

The Lugz

New member
Apr 23, 2011
mParadox said:
[sub]One-handed weapon, heavy armour and destruction specialist. :D[/sub]
i intend to try shield bash spec mage next
i currently have a plain old sword and board lizard paladin.. which is fun but reeeealy easy
even on max difficulty

@ solo-wing
some of the npc's in towns give really nice quets that have alot of gold, and tend to reveal dragon shouts and side-quests that are fun too

just don't give up!

Sigmund Av Volsung

Hella noided
Dec 11, 2009
Can't sympathise with you, I never have money problems in Skyrim, because, I am a spellwarrior/blacksmith, so I make my own armor and swords, and just in case Im hurting for some gold, I make superior dwarwen armor sets and sell them to the nearest merchant.
'Nuff said.


New member
Jan 1, 2011
My only advice that's relevant is don't use the best arrows all the time; I made that mistake in Oblivion - sneak attack weaker enemies with the crappest you have and keep the best for big folk. Sadly I never found better than Arrows of Savage Frost (I think that's them; the ones that do a bit like +40 frost damage and are iron).


Pandamonium is at hand
Dec 3, 2008
Oddly enough,I make my money by looting every coin there is,everywhere I go and never spending anything.
I rarely use health potions,and the ones I use are replaced very fast by looting them in dungeons.I almost never sell anything,mostly because it's a hassle to find a merchant with enough money,and because I want an ingame chest with as much crap as I can fit inside.

I don't use a bow and arrow a whole lot,so I never buy any arrows.That might be a reason why I never spend anything.Nor do I buy ingredients for alchemy.I make due with what I have.

Also,it helps being a nord with a frost resist helm,fire resist boots, and being under the sign of the atronach.I can pretty much use magic to heal myself while my enemies are vainly trying to freeze a nord to death.


New member
May 5, 2009
As several people have already said, stop buying expensive ammo. Use the cheaper arrows you find on your enemies and you won't need to spend all your money just to blow it all on the next dragon.

Next, go out and loot some caves and bandit camps for good items. I recommend following the scavengers' "Rule of 10" when collecting loot. Compare the weight of the item to its value. Only keep the loot if its value is ten times the weight. So if a sword weights 8 pounds, it would need to have a value of 80 gold to be worth keeping. If a piece of armor weighs 14 pounds, only keep it if its value is 140 gold or more. Following this rule of thumb for any items you intend to keep for the purpose of selling will significantly improve the value of each dungeon haul so you will make more money faster.

You could also get a lot of money through crafting. Build up your smithing/enchanting skills, then sell the resulting improved items. Go to Movunskar and collect dwemer metals in the ruins - forge a ton of expensive dwemer armor, improve it and sell it for big bucks.

If you haven't already, put some more points into Speech so you get more money for your loot. You might also want to invest in a few shopkeepers, especially if you have high priced armor/weapons to sell.


New member
Jan 14, 2010
Solo-Wing said:
I have been playing Skyrim (Xbox 360 version) for a while now. I am now trying to get a house in the game but the only problem I got is getting the money for one. The most money I have had at one time is about 5000. I make money with a bit of ease what with killing so many dragons and unloading the bones and scales to merchants. My problem is that I tend to spend money as fast as I make it.

You see I am an archer in this game so far and as many of you know arrows can be used up pretty fast. And skyrim seems to be meaner to archers then Oblivion was becuase you rarely get your arrows back from dead bodies of those you killed, Especially from dragons. So i find that i am blazing all my money away on the arrows I need for combat. I need help finding a suffesent way of getting money in game.

has anybody found some good ways to make money?

I am an Woodelf who exceeds in archery, Sneak, light armor, and restoration. Can anybody help?
Really? I play and archer and I have way too many arrows. I have over 400 pretty much all the time. In fact, I sell off my iron arrows because I just don't need that many. I suppose I would suggest that you start going into more dungeons? The main quest really doesn't run into many enemy archers, now that I think about it, so just troll through dungeons on your own, archers are pretty common. Also, maybe think about killing some enemies with magic? to save on some ammo.


Lord Fancypants
Jul 18, 2010
Dungeon crawling should give you around a grand per crawl (or at least thats what I get using my level 19)