Beginner question

#1 Posted by GenghisJohn (256 posts) -

Quick question guys,

I bought a bow that does additional fire damage, it had a meter on it and when the meter ran out it no longer set dudes on fire.

My question is, will this recharge over time or should I ditch it?

#2 Posted by SpacePenguin (472 posts) -

You recharge it using soul gems, with trapped souls in them.

#3 Posted by Jerr (531 posts) -

Go to the weapon in the menu, press RB/equivalent, and pick a gem, guy.

#4 Posted by Still_I_Cry (2494 posts) -

@SpacePenguin said:

You recharge it using soul gems, with trapped souls in them.

Do you have to go to an enchanting bench or something to do this or can you do it right from your inventory?

#5 Posted by ModernAlkemie (356 posts) -

All magical enchantments are powered by souls, which are held in soul gems.

Soul gems come in several grades (petty, lesser, common, greater, grand) depending on the "size" or "quality" of the soul they can hold. Generally, lower tier enemies will grant lower tier souls. Higher grade souls will refill more magic meter on enchanted weapons when used, and they will also produce more powerful effects when used for item enchanting.

Soul gems can either be found as loot or bought from magic dealers. These will often be empty, and you will have to fill them with a soul yourself. This can be done in two ways: 1) kill an enemy with a weapon that has the soul trap enchantment or 2) cast soul trap on an enemy and kill them before the spell wears off. If you kill them while the soul trap effect is still on and you have a large enough empty soul gem, the enemy's soul will instantly be transferred to the gem with an accompanying animation similar to when you absorb a dragon soul after killing a dragon. You can now use the filled gem to recharge your weapon. Be careful to not waste your soul gems by using a higher grade soul than is necessary to fill your weapon's meter.

#6 Posted by GenghisJohn (256 posts) -

Thanks guys! I must've missed where they explained this. I'm back setting dudes on fire!

#7 Posted by Marnox (325 posts) -
@GenghisJohn: Don't think it's ever explained in a tutorial. The only tip a beginner has is the "refill" or whatever icon that your weapon has in the weapons menu
#8 Posted by natetodamax (19140 posts) -

@Still_I_Cry said:

@SpacePenguin said:

You recharge it using soul gems, with trapped souls in them.

Do you have to go to an enchanting bench or something to do this or can you do it right from your inventory?

You can do it in your inventory

#9 Posted by project343 (2808 posts) -

@GenghisJohn: They don't really explain this system outside of their quick little tutorial screens during the loading, and when you find an enchanted item for the first time. It's sort of a feature carried over from past games that I think they expect users to already know.

#10 Posted by dirtyharry (60 posts) -

Do it.

#11 Posted by AhmadMetallic (18955 posts) -
@ModernAlkemie said:

All magical enchantments are powered by souls, which are held in soul gems.

Soul gems come in several grades (petty, lesser, common, greater, grand) depending on the "size" or "quality" of the soul they can hold. Generally, lower tier enemies will grant lower tier souls. Higher grade souls will refill more magic meter on enchanted weapons when used, and they will also produce more powerful effects when used for item enchanting.

Soul gems can either be found as loot or bought from magic dealers. These will often be empty, and you will have to fill them with a soul yourself. This can be done in two ways: 1) kill an enemy with a weapon that has the soul trap enchantment or 2) cast soul trap on an enemy and kill them before the spell wears off. If you kill them while the soul trap effect is still on and you have a large enough empty soul gem, the enemy's soul will instantly be transferred to the gem with an accompanying animation similar to when you absorb a dragon soul after killing a dragon. You can now use the filled gem to recharge your weapon. Be careful to not waste your soul gems by using a higher grade soul than is necessary to fill your weapon's meter.

Awesome post, thank you. 
 
However, it's still a very confusing system. The variety of soul sizes and gem sizes make me unsure what kind of gem I need to match the soul I need etc..
#12 Posted by Sitoxity (551 posts) -

@AhmadMetallic: Very confusing for the newcomer but it hasn't changed for a number of the games, thankfully. It's a nice system, I like it.

#13 Posted by anypti (88 posts) -

Im on the "The horn of jorgen windcaller" quest, and i have come to the Sleeping Giant Inn in Riverwood where im supposed to rent a room and meet the one who has the horn. The problem is that at the start of the game, when i was moving through Riverwood for the first time, i accidentally punched some kid in the face. Now when i enter the Sleeping Giant Inn the ladie that im supposed to speak with, goes on a rampage, and wants to kill me. How can i fix this? Don't tell me i have to start all over..?

#14 Edited by Sayishere (1838 posts) -

nevermind.

#15 Posted by Raakill (870 posts) -

@anypti: Go talk to a guard in that town to pay your bounty.

#16 Posted by anypti (88 posts) -

nevermind! i played tag with the kid i punched, then it was all forgiven!

#17 Posted by anypti (88 posts) -

@Raakill: yeah, i did pay the fine, but it wasn't ok before i played tag with the kid that i punched in the face. Maybe the game took several minutes to register that i had paid the fine..

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