Here are some quick tips for playing The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind.
Free House in Balmora
If you are playing a warrior, it is very easy to get a free house in Balmora very early in the game. Join the Fighters Guild and start taking missions from Eydis Fire-Eye. After 5 relatively straightforward quests you will get one named Orc Dura gra-Bol Bounty. Dura gra-Bol lives in a big, multi lever house on the other side of the river. The easiest way to find it is to start at the Stilt Strider and head towards the river and take the first bridge. The house is the last one on your right.
Once you find it you simply need to kill the Orc and collect the bounty. There is no way to pass this quest without killing him so don’t worry about it. Just do your thing, and dispose of the body. The house is now vacant.
Sure the house is not technically yours, but you can squat in it as long as you please (ie. until you get your mansion constructed). You can legally sleep in the bed, and use the chests to store your loot.
The Creeper is a non hostile Scamp which has 5,000 gold, and will buy booze, weapons and armor for their full listed price. You can’t even haggle with him – he always gives you the exact price that is on the label – unless the item is damaged. He is also very easy to find, as opposed to the Talking Mudcrab Merchant. Here is his UESPWiki Entry.
Take the guild teleport to Caledra. Exit the guild house, and head straight till the small intersection. The house in front and to the right of you of you should have a small balcony. That’s the Ghorak Manor. Find the door, go inside. He is on the second floor.
Creepers cash regenerates every 24 hours. So if you have bunch of items to sell, just sleep for a day, and trade with him again.
Here is a video of how to locate him:
The Talking Mudcrab Merchant
This little critter is another easter egg just like the Creeper. He looks like an ordinary Mudcrab, but he will talk to you, and he has 10,000 gold. He also buys items at their full price and doesn’t haggle. You can read more about him in the UESPWiki Entry for Mudcrab Merchant.
Finding him however is notoriously difficult. The best guide I found is probably here. The way I find him is this:
- Start in Suran
- Head South/South East until you reach Mzahnch – some Dwemer ruins located on an island (see the linked map)
- Mudcrab is on the smaller island East of Mzahnch. You can see it’s location here.
Here is a video showing you how to find it starting in Balmora:
Using the Boots of Blinding Speed
At some point in the game you might meet Pemenie. She will ask you to escort her to Gnaar Mok and will give you Boots of Blinding Speed. These boots will literally blind you when you put them on but greatly increase your speed at the same time.
There is a way to counteract the blindness though. There are actually quite a few ways, but I will mention the simplest ones. The idea is to raise your resistance to Magicka to a high enough level. This will dispel the blindness and let you use the boots freely.
Method 1: Using a Spell
Probably the easiest way to use the boots comfortably is to make a 100% Resist Magicka spell that lasts 1-2 seconds and cast it just before you put the boots on. The Blindness effect is applied only when you put them on, which means the effect will last until you take them off.
You can buy Resist Magicka spell from Sharn gra-Muzgob in the Balmora Mages Guild. Then go to Estirdalin and pay her to make the appropriate spell for you. If you keep the duration short, it should not be very expensive.
Method 2: Using Items
Another obvious method is to find or enchant few items with the same spell. Or, you could find magical items that give you
high constant effect Magica resistance. There are few such items in the game. For example there is an excellent Light Armor called Cuirass of the Savior’s Hide located in a closet on the same level as Divayth Fyr in the tower of Tel Fyr which will give you a 60% resistance. It is easy to find, but you will need some sort of levitation spell and/or potion to get there.
Never Take Falling Damage
Enchant one of your items with Constant Effect Slowfall of 0 or 1. You will fall at normal speed, but you will never take falling damage taking risk out of levitation, or powerful Jump based spells. The enchantment takes very few points and may fit on low enchant value piece of clothing such as pants or a shirt.
Console Based Teleportation
If you have been wandering around for ages to find some stinking cave, or tomb that is not on the map, you will appreciate this. Note that this trick uses the developer console which makes it a “cheat” of sorts. Purists, stay away.
I will use Shallit as an example here because I remember spending countless hours looking for that stupid cave. At some point this stops being fun, and starts being frustrating. Shallit’s entrance is purposefully hidden, at the water level so it’s almost impossible to find unless you accidentally fall off a cliff and land right in front of it. Fortunately some helpful walkthroughs list these locations via coordinates. For example Shallit is at (68000, 157900, 230). How do you transport yourself to that location?
Hit ~ (tilde) to open the console, and then type:
player->Position 68000, 157900, 230, North
This will send you directly to the door facing North. How do you find these coordinates? You use another command called GetPos:
player->GetPos X player->GetPos Y player->GetPos Z player->GetAngle Z
These commands will give you the 4 coordinates you need for the Position command. Just write them down and use them when needed.
Here is some more information about the Position command.
Take me to the Mudcrab
Selling expensive items to Mudcrab merchant is a great way to make a quick buck. Unfortunately getting to the crab is quite a trip. If you want to visit Mr. Mudcrab immediately you can use the following console script:
This will transport you to the Mudcrab island facing the little guy.
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