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For trainers in other games, see Trainer.

Trainers are NPCs who help increase proficiency in skills in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Most trainers offer their services from the start of the game, but some require certain tasks to be performed first. Skills can only be trained five times per level, until the skill level exceeds the level of the trainer. All training requires that a fee be paid. Gold is automatically subtracted from the inventory when a training session is accepted.

Changes from previous games

Unlike The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion and The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind, trainers in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim only offer skill leveling from Adept upwards. In previous games, trainers offered Apprentice-level and Novice-level training. There are skill trainers in Skyrim labeled as "Common" trainers; this is incorrectly labeled, as the trainers offer their services up to the Adept level. Unlike Oblivion, there are no means to be trained all the way to level 100 in a skill.

Cost

The more advanced the training session is, the higher it will cost. The cost of training a skill up to level 51 can be calculated by:

10 * [skill level] + 50, but from level 51 onwards the training cost triples to 30*[skill level]+50

Trainers that are also merchants, such as Arcadia in Whiterun, add the gold paid to them for training into their inventory. One can easily recover gold spent on training by selling them items. The gold can also be pickpocketed back from the trainer, albeit difficult if its a large amount.

Proficiencies

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The proficiency of trainers varies:
  • Adept trainers can train up to level 50.
  • Expert trainers can train up to level 75.
  • Master trainers can train up to level 90.

Once the Dragonborn's skill level reaches higher than the trainer's level, the option for training disappears as there is no more that can be learned from this person.

Free training

Main article: Free Skill Training (Skyrim)

There are several quests or tasks available that grant free skill increases as a reward. They function much like skill books and are treated in the same way as regular skill increases.

Exploits

Free training can be exploited if a follower is also a trainer. Upon completion of a training session, the option to trade items with a follower can be selected to access their inventory and take back the money that was just spent on training.

There are only six trainers who are followers:

Additionally, gold can be pickpocketed back after training sessions, but this becomes impossible at higher levels (even with maximum Pickpocket and Sneak skills) as the amount of gold paid is often in the thousands.  This can be surmounted by reverse-pickpocketing paralysis poison in their inventory, making a successful pickpocket guaranteed.

Trainers

Alchemy

  Trainer Location Notes
Adept Lami Morthal  
Expert Arcadia Arcadia's Cauldron in Whiterun  
Master Babette Dark Brotherhood Sanctuary Must be a member of the Dark Brotherhood

Alteration

  Trainer Location Notes
Expert Dravynea Kynesgrove  
Master Tolfdir College of Winterhold Must have joined the College

Archery

  Trainer Location Notes
Adept Faendal Riverwood Potential follower
Expert Aela the Huntress Jorrvaskr in Whiterun Must be part of Companions, Potential follower
Master Niruin The Ragged Flagon in Riften

Must have joined the Thieves Guild

Master Sorine Jurard Fort Dawnguard after completing A New Order Only available with The Elder Scrolls V: Dawnguard

Block

  Trainer Location Notes
Expert Njada Stonearm Jorrvaskr in Whiterun Potential follower
Master Larak Mor Khazgur  

Conjuration

  Trainer Location Notes
Adept Runil Falkreath  
Expert Phinis Gestor College of Winterhold Must have joined the College
Master Falion Morthal  
Master Talvas Fathryon Tel Mithryn Only available with The Elder Scrolls V: Dragonborn

Destruction

  Trainer Location Notes
Adept Wuunferth the Unliving Windhelm  
Expert Sybille Stentor Blue Palace in Solitude  
Master Faralda College of Winterhold Must have joined the College

Enchanting

  Trainer Location Notes
Expert Sergius Turrianus College of Winterhold Must have joined the College
Master Hamal Markarth  
Master Neloth Tel Mithryn Only available with The Elder Scrolls V: Dragonborn

Heavy Armor

  Trainer Location Notes
Adept Hermir Strong-Heart Windhelm  
Expert Gharol Dushnikh Yal  
Master Farkas Jorrvaskr in Whiterun Only after Proving Honor. Potential follower
Master Isran Fort Dawnguard Only available with The Elder Scrolls V: Dawnguard
Master Kuvar Bujold's Retreat Only available with The Elder Scrolls V: Dragonborn

Illusion

  Trainer Location Notes
Expert Atub Largashbur  
Master Drevis Neloren College of Winterhold Must have joined the College

Light Armor

  Trainer Location Notes
Adept Scouts-Many-Marshes The docks outside of Windhelm  
Expert Grelka Riften Marketplace  
Master Nazir Dark Brotherhood Sanctuary Must be member of the Dark Brotherhood

Lockpicking

  Trainer Location Notes
Expert Ma'jhad Khajiit Caravans Travels between Windhelm and Solitude.
Master Vex The Ragged Flagon in Riften Must be a member of the Thieves Guild

One-Handed

  Trainer Location Notes
Adept Amren Whiterun  
Expert Athis Jorrvaskr in Whiterun Potential follower
Master Burguk Dushnikh Yal  

Pickpocket

  Trainer Location Notes
Adept Ahkari Khajiit Caravans Route includes Dawnstar, Whiterun, and Riften.
Expert Silda the Unseen Windhelm, outside of Candlehearth Hall  
Master Vipir the Fleet The Ragged Flagon in Riften Must be a member of the Thieves Guild

Restoration

  Trainer Location Notes
Adept Keeper Carcette Hall of the Vigilant Is killed if The Elder Scrolls V: Dawnguard is installed.
Adept Aphia Velothi Raven Rock Only available with The Elder Scrolls V: Dragonborn
Expert Colette Marence College of Winterhold Typically in The Arcanaeum and must have joined the College
Master Danica Pure-Spring Temple of Kynareth in Whiterun Only after The Blessings of Nature
Master Florentius Baenius Fort Dawnguard Only available with The Elder Scrolls V: Dawnguard

Smithing

  Trainer Location Notes
Adept Ghorza gra-Bagol Markarth  
Expert Balimund Riften  
Master Eorlund Gray-Mane The Skyforge in Whiterun Must be part of the Companions
Master Gunmar Fort Dawnguard after completing A New Order Only available with The Elder Scrolls V: Dawnguard

Sneak

  Trainer Location Notes
Adept Khayla Khajiit Caravans Travels between Whiterun and Markarth.
Expert Garvey Markarth  
Master Delvin Mallory The Ragged Flagon in Riften Must be a member of the Thieves Guild

Speech

  Trainer Location Notes
Adept Dro'marash Khajiit Caravans Travels between Riften and Dawnstar.
Adept Revyn Sadri Sadri's Used Wares in Windhelm  
Adept Ronthil Castle Volkihar Only available with The Elder Scrolls V: Dawnguard
Expert Ogmund Markarth Can be found in the Silver-Blood Inn
Master Giraud Gemane Bards College in Solitude  

Two-Handed

  Trainer Location Notes
Expert Torbjorn Shatter-Shield Windhelm  
Master Vilkas Jorrvaskr in Whiterun Potential follower
Master Fura Bloodmouth Castle Volkihar Only available with The Elder Scrolls V: Dawnguard
Master Wulf Wild-Blood Skaal Village Only available with The Elder Scrolls V: Dragonborn

Bugs

  • The Official Skyrim Game Guide incorrectly lists three NPCs as trainers, they are:
  • Trainer dialogue may disappear at random intervals, without explanation, making it impossible to train.

Start a Discussion Discussions about Trainer (Skyrim)

  • training glitch

    5 messages
    • try leveling up as you can only train 5 times per level (in vanilla skyrim)
    • thanks i leveled up and they all reset
  • Reset Time?

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    • I think a day maybe.
    • Probably the same time as it takes for anything else to reset, which is... Ten days, I think? Might be less. There are steam workshop items (...

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