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The Speech skill is used to get better prices from merchantes and persuade, intimidate, or even bribe others.

— Game description

Speech is one of the eighteen skills that is available in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Speech is used to haggle, barter, persuade and intimidate. Speech is a skill all characters will use, unless actions are taken to avoid buying/selling or persuading.

  • The Mercantile skill from the previous game was removed and combined with speechcraft, hence the skill speech.

Perks[ | ]

Perks Requirements Description (Ranks)
Haggling None Buying and selling prices are 10% better.
Speech 20 Buying and selling prices are 15% better.
Speech 40 Buying and selling prices are 20% better.
Speech 60 Buying and selling prices are 25% better.
Speech 80 Buying and selling prices are 30% better.
Allure Speech 30, Haggling 10% better prices from opposite sex
Bribery Speech 30, Haggling Can bribe guards to ignore crimes
Merchant Speech 50, Allure Buy and sell from any merchant regardless of what they normally buy and sell
Persuasion Speech 50, Bribery Persuasion attempts more likely successful
Investor Speech 70, Merchant Invest in shops and increase available gold permanently in invested stores
Intimidation Speech 70, Persuasion Intimidation attempts twice as successful
Fence Speech 90, Investor Can barter stolen goods with any merchant you have invested in
Master Trader Speech 100, Fence Every merchant in world gains 1000 gold for bartering

Trainers[ | ]

Skill books[ | ]

Apparel[ | ]

There is also apparel for Fortify Barter.

Exploits[ | ]

  • Talk to Ungrien, in Riften, in Black-Briar Meadery behind the front desk, say "Tell me about Maven Black-Briar." Then say "Come on, get the truth off your chest.(Persuade)" over and over until your speech is to 100. This has since been patched.