In addition to playing the game through "as intended", many players also enjoy pushing the game engine to its limits, or taking advantage of bugs or other unintended effects to play "outside the box".Besides outright cheating, there are also a number of ways to exploit the game's rules to speed up progress or gain a more powerful character.
The PC version of the game gives players access to the debugging console, which is typically used by employees when play testing the game.As such, the console allows the player to directly manipulate the game world in ways not normally intended.To access the console, press the tilde key, '~' (usually, next to the 1 key).Set Set Actor Value function (abbreviated setav), when called on the player object, allows you to directly set the value of an attribute or skill.(Note that Set Actor Value can also edit other information about your player, such as your bounty, chameleon level, magic resistances, etc.) The difference between the two methods for changing your skills involves the levelling process.Some strategies will seem "unrealistic" when compared to the theme of the game, but still be balanced within the abstract scope of the game mechanics.
Other exploits will make total perceivable sense, but undermine the balance of the game.
To gain an unfair advantage against an opponent in an Arena match , simply jump and toggle sneak mode while turning backwards toward the right wall, near the entrance.
If this is performed before or during the countdown, it will be possible to glitch through the wall and fall out of the Arena; then try to move forward while falling and it will spawn the player in the middle of the ring a few seconds ahead of the opponent, allowing extra time to prepare and hide.
Certain commands will automatically affect the targeted item, such as: Note that bugs are constantly being fixed by Bethesda, so these cheats may not always work on the latest patch. Exploits are degenerate strategies that tend to emerge from complex systems.
Whether or not a strategy can be considered an exploit can be a bit of a judgment call, since exploits are not, strictly speaking, cheats: they are part and parcel of the rules of the game.
Several commands exists that let you alter the skills and attributes of your character.