The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Survival Mode Announced

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim just got a lot harder

By Grayshadow, Posted 29 Sep 2017

After years Bethesda has updated a new mode for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim called Survival Mode. This mode will make the game much harder and is free until 10/10. After then you'll have to pay for it via Bethesda's Creation Club. There are mods which do the same thing but the Bethesda verison is the official one.


The update is currently available on Steam in its beta testing phase, but it'll come to Xbox One and PS4 next month. It'll add hunger, fatigue, and much more that the player will have to deal with in addition to everything the core game offers.


Hunger will kick in in a similar way to real life. When you don’t eat for a time you will get hungry. That hunger here will impact your total stamina as well as your ability to wield weapons. Cooking food the right way will grant more health than uncooked food and uncooked food can cause disease and food poisoning.


Fatigue affects adventurers who avoid sleep. Over time, fatigue will begin to decrease available magicka and decrease the effectiveness of potions and stamina regen. Sleeping outside though will not grant the well-rested bonus.


Skyrim has always looked like a cold place to live, and now it feels like it too. The cold will decrease your health and movement speed as well as your ability to pick both locks and pockets. If you stay out in the cold too long–you die. You can stay warm with fires, hot soup, or warmer locations. Warmth will also be provided by certain armor and clothing.

Freezing Water:

Freezing water will cause a lot of damage to your health, and taking too long of a dip could result in death. Flame Cloak or the Dunmer Ancestor’s wrath ability can allow you to be immune to the frigid water for a time.

Fast Travel:

Yeah, that’s not happening. You’ve got to go everywhere on horseback or by foot, so be sure to stack up all your quest turn-ins before venturing anywhere. You can also use carriages or boats but the other effects of the game, including cold, hunger, and fatigue, will still apply.

Health Regeneration:

You can’t regenerate health. You’ve got to rely on potions, restoration spells, and food to get that red bar back up.

Leveling Up:

You can’t just do this on the go anymore. To level up, the player must sleep in a bed.

Carry Weight:

You can’t carry as much as you used to be able to. If you try and carry too much you’ll start to notice fatigue kicking in. Sadly, arrows and lockpicks now have weight.


Aside from everything else, you now have to worry about the diseases that wandering animals carry, as well as being sure to cook meat before you eat it. Diseases can progress and may evolve over time.


With all of the above mentioned, staying unhealthy for too long can result in additional afflictions that can impact your strength, spellcasting, as agility skills.


This ain’t no charity. Shrines now require gold offerings in order to cure diseases, but you can craft a free one in your house.

Perks and Standing Stones:

The Extra Pocket perk and Steed Stone are half as effective as before, granting only 50 extra carry weight.

Vampires and Werewolves:

If you run out of food and happen to be one of these bloodthirsty creatures, you can opt for flesh. You will, however, become very cold and slower as a result.

This isn't the first time Bethesda introduced a survival mode into one of their games. Fallout: New Vegas had a Hardcore mode that required the player to sleep, drink, and eat to survive.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is now available for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, PS3, and PC. However, the survival mode will only come to the remastered versions of the game.

Adam Siddiqui, NoobFeed
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Platform(s): Xbox 360, PS3, PC
Publisher(s): Bethesda Softworks
Developer(s): Bethesda Game Studios
Genres: Role-Playing
Themes: Fantasy, Action
Release Date: 2011-11-11

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