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Cheats to Add Perk Points and Perks

Perk up!

Perk points are a valuable asset in Skyrim, they can be used to buy perks for your character. Usually, a perk point is only granted when you character levels up, but using console commands (cheats), you can give your character perk points, or even specific perks - this article will show you how.

In order to use console commands to cheat perk points, you'll need to know how to open and use the console. You can open the console with either of the following hot keys: ~ (tilde) or ` (grave). If you need more help with opening or using this console, check out this console guide.

This guide shows you two things (click either to jump to that part of the page):

  1. How to add perk points
  2. How to add specific perks

How to Add Perk Points with Commands

There is no command to directly add perk points, but there is a work around. The work around involves leveling up a skill with commands, claiming perk points, and then setting the skill back to the level it was at originally. Here's how to do it:

Before proceeding, please save your game. The below work around can cause bugs for some players (e.g. levels becoming stuck at 100).

Step 1: use cheats to get a high level in any skill (e.g. smithing) and claim perk points

Take note of your health and smithing level, then run these two commands:

player.SetLevel 1
player.AdvSkill Smithing 100000

Press TAB, click Skills and advance the health attribute until you are no longer asked to select an attribute.

Step 2: set your skill back to the level it was before

After doing the above, exit the Skills menu. you will now need to set your skill and health level back to the way they were before:

Change 13 to your original smithing level and 120 to your original health level in these two commands and then run them:

player.SetAV Smithing 13
player.SetAV Health 120

Finally, run this command to update your character's level to the level it should be:


After doing so, you should have lots of perk points to spend for your character!

How to Add Perks with Commands

This method of adding perks is much safer than adding perk points (above). To add perks, you use the following command (AddPerk command):

player.AddPerk [Perk ID]

The [Perk ID] argument should be replaced with the ID of the perk you wish to add to your character. You can find perk IDs on our perk ID list. For the below example, we've used the perk ID 000CB419, which is for Atromancy:

player.AddPerk 000CB419

As you might've guessed, the above command would add the Atromancy perk to your character.

IMPORTANT: When you are adding perks with multiple ranks/levels, for example Armsman (which has 5 different ranks/levels), you should add all of the perks in order of their rank. Say you were rank 1 Armsman and wanted to reach rank 4, you'd first have to add ranks 2 and 3. The commands you'd have to run would be:

  1. player.AddPerk 00079343 - this command adds the Armsman rank 2 perk (perk ID 00079343)
  2. player.AddPerk 00079342 - this command adds the Armsman rank 3 perk (perk ID 00079342)
  3. player.AddPerk 00079344 - this command adds the Armsman rank 4 perk (meaning you'd now be Armsman rank 4)

Not adding all the lower ranked perks in order can result in problems and bugs, so it is highly recommended that you do so.

That's all there is to this guide. If you need more help or information about Skyrim perks, check out our perk list, the AddPerk console command and the RemovePerk console command. If you're looking for more resources for the Skyrim console, check out these pages:

  • Skyrim Console Commands - a searchable list of all Skyrim console commands.
  • Carry Weight Cheats - a simple guide that shows you how to use cheats to make infinite, increase or decrease your carry weight.
  • Skyrim Commands Blog - our blog, on which we post informative articles about Skyrim and commands for the game.

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