The Dovahkiin's key thing is their ability to harness the Thu’um, or Shouts. To find these abilities in Skyrim you have to visit word wall locations and learn what's written there. By speaking the ancient language of the dragons you can unleash numerous effects onto your foes. However, you’re going to have to work for these abilities as only a few are earned in the main storyline and you'll need three words in total to max out any give shout.
Learning to use your Shouts is the key to excelling in Skyrim. A level one Shout isn’t much to write home about effect wise but it recharges rapidly enough for you to reuse it in the same fight. The higher level Shouts are more effective but they recharge significantly slower the more words you use. This means that any time you use a Shout it’s important to judge just how much power you need behind that Shout. With that said be sure to experiment with the various abilities these Shouts can confer. Finding a few that really resonate with your playing style and using them when the situation calls for it is a large part of the power the Dovahkiin possesses.
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