A guide on how to build a useful class for your Morrowind playthrough.
This build guide is not perfect. I have not played every combination of skills and attributes; these are simply my suggestions based on what I have played. These are all suggestions, and nothing more. It is perfectly okay to experiment with skills other than what was listed here. There is no “right” or “wrong” way to build your character. What’s most important is making a character that is tailored to how you want to play, and making sure it is a character you’ll have fun with.
The attributes all influence your stats. Here is a list of how each attribute effects you:
Strength: Attack damage, carry weight, starting health, starting fatigue
Intelligence: Amount of magicka, potion potency
Willpower: Spell success/fail chance, paralysis and silence resistance, maximum fatigue
Agility: Hit success/fail chance, dodge chance, ability to use sneak, ability to use security, ability to block, maximum fatigue, staggering resistance
Speed: Movement speed
Endurance: Maximum health, maximum fatigue, fatigue regeneration speed
Personality: NPC opinion of you, persuasion ability, bargaining ability
Luck: General higher success chance on most success/fail chance rolls
For your “Favorite Attributes,” you do not want to pick anything other than Strength, Agility, and Endurance.
For your “Major Skills,” always add Heavy Armor and Long Blade, as most of the powerful gear in the game fall into these categories. Security is a necessity, as with your low magicka, Alteration magic will be of little use. Mysticism is heavily recommended as well, as it will allow you to teleport.
For your “Minor Skills,” you can pretty much add anything that sounds interesting to you. I would recommend taking an extra armour type, extra weapon type, Athletics, Acrobatics, Speechcraft, or Mysticism (if you didn’t take it for a Major Skill), but these won’t have a large impact on your character.
For your “Favorite Attributes,” always take Intelligence and Willpower.
For your “Major Skills,” always take Destruction, Alteration, Mysticism, and any weapon type. I recommend using your last slot for Alchemy, as potions are required to regenerate magicka. If you choose to use it for something else, then I recommend Illusion, Conjuration, Restoration, or an armour type.
For your “Minor Skills,” always take the remaining schools of magic that you didn’t pick as Major Skills. If you didn’t pick an armour type as a major, then select one as a minor. Your last slot doesn’t matter as much, and can be anything that sounds appealing. Some skills I would recommend would be Acrobatics, Athletics, Enchanting, or Speechcraft, but these won’t have a large impact on your character.
For your “Favorite Attributes,” Agility is a necessity, and I would also recommend either Strength, Luck, Personality, Endurance or Speed, depending on your preference.
For your “Major Skills,” always take Sneak, Security, Short Blade, and Light Armor. For your last slot, I would recommend either Acrobatics or Athletics.
For your “Minor Skills,” I would recommend either Acrobatics or Athletics (if not taken as a Major Skill), Personality, Marksman, Mysticism, or Restoration.
The last build I have to suggest is meant to be a sort of jack-of-all-trades build, and is meant to dabble in different areas from each of the classes, as to show how someone might decide to blend different aspects of each class to fit their playstyle. For that purpose, I will provide my reasoning for each of these as well.
For your “Specialization,” I recommend Magic.
For your “Favorite Attributes,” I recommend Strength and Willpower. Strength will give you good health, carry weight, fatigue, and hit damage, as I highly recommend using physical weapons in a jack-of-all-trades build. Willpower grants some resistances and increased fatigue, but most importantly allows you to have decent spell success chance.
For your “Major Skills,” I recommend Alteration, Alchemy, Long Blade, Mysticism, and Heavy Armor. Alteration will allow you to use magic to get around things like locks, or the need to use Alchemy to make potions for levitation, water walking, and water breathing. Alteration is better for locks than Security is, as Security you need to level to be able to unlock high level locks, while Alteration spells will work as soon as you have the ability to cast them. Alchemy will allow you to craft potions to keep your health, magicka, and fatigue bars full. Long Blade will give you a large variety of weapons to choose from, and access to some of the strongest in the game. Mysticism will allow you to teleport easily, among other things. Finally, Heavy Armor will give you access to the best armour in the game, and your high Strength will allow you to carry it without issues.
For your “Minor Skills,” I recommend Speechcraft, Acrobatics, Athletics, Block, and Enchanting. A high Speechcraft will negate the need for Illusion to gain high disposition with an NPC, and can save you from spending gold to bribe them. Acrobatics and Athletics together will significantly increase your mobility, as your running and jumping will make you travel much faster than you would otherwise. Block will let you use shields to reduce chance of being hit. Lastly, Enchanting will allow you to enchant gear that can boost all of your other skills and stats.