07 Apr 12

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Snake Tongue

Successfully persuade, bribe, and intimidate

Snake Tongue0
30 June 2012 - 3 guides

How to unlock the Snake Tongue achievement

  • slam123slam123706,141
    04 Jan 2012 04 Jan 2012 09 Jan 2012
    44 0 3
    My speech wasn't very high, but i found it very easy to do each of the three requirements during The Foresworn Conspiracy Side Quest in the hold of Markarth. You have to investigate the murder of a lady in the market and it is very easy to do each of the three requirements during the quest when talking to the inn keeper as well as the man in slums. I was able to persuade the innkeeper, intimidate the guy in the slums, and bribe the secretary in the Treasury. Bribing is obviously the easiest one as it doesn't really require any speech skill and these NPCs in this game are all greedy! My speech skill was only at 23 when I completed this quest.

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    FailedSeppukuWorked a treat, this has to be the easiest Persuasion. +1

    i'd take that bottom comment about negative votes off, it encourages trolls to downvote. Also it's Forsworn Conspiracy, not Forsaken.
    Posted by FailedSeppuku on 08 Jan 12 at 22:49
    slam123Thanks a lot! Fixed the quest name and deleted the last sentences. I appreciate the help!
    Posted by slam123 on 09 Jan 12 at 04:01
    Mr PhyziXWorked like a charm!
    Posted by Mr PhyziX on 18 Jan 12 at 03:28
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  • SlayingADragonSlayingADragon111,939
    15 Nov 2011 19 Nov 2011 19 Nov 2011
    14 2 2
    Video credits go to ClaytonKills.

    These achievement requires you to complete three components:

    Persuading someone to tell you something or to step down.
    Bribing someone for information
    Intimidating someone into releasing information about the topic or stepping down.

    The persuading and intimidating parts are based upon your Speech skill. The actual persuasion and intimidation parts show up during a conversation with an NPC. Most likely, you will not obtain this achievement very early on, but it is certainly possible at the lower levels.

    To improve your speech skill:
    1. Sell a large number of items.
    2. Buy a large number of items.
    3. Attempt persuading/intimidating because I believe unsuccessful tries do improve your speech skill.
    4. Run through a lot of the miscellaneous/side quests where speech parts are heavily prevalent.

    That part takes care of the persuading/intimidating. Now onto bribing. Just as mentioned in the other parts, bribing will show up as an option in the dialogue with an NPC. The money options usually are in the range of 150-400 gold for the bribe.

    I believe you can check your progress in each category in the stats portion of the pause menu. After you have completed all three parts, the achievement will unlock.

    For more information on the speech skill, go here:


    Here is a video showing examples of all three components of the achievement:

    If there are any mistakes here, please let me know. I will fix them. If anything needs to be added, please message me.

    Video credits go to ClaytonKills.
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    SpieludicaIt seems that actually, intimidation has little to do with speech and a lot more to do with who you intimidate and what your level is (how scary you are I guess). I read someone tried to intimidate the guard in Whiterun to let them in with 100 speech and it did nothing.
    Posted by Spieludica on 11 Jan 12 at 10:06
    SlayingADragonReally? I will look into that then.
    Posted by SlayingADragon on 11 Jan 12 at 14:43
  • Jammy32Jammy32175,181
    16 Nov 2011 19 Nov 2011
    9 1 3
    This is just to add onto R4iLRO4D D3AGL3 's guide.

    There is also the Amulet of Articulation which has the effect "Persuade checks in dialogue will almost always suceed and Speechcraft is 10% better".
    It is received when you finish the thieve's guild quest line and become the guild leader. This is not when you complete "Darkness Returns" achievement but the "One with the shadows" achievement.
    Just as an FYI in case persuade is the harder one for you, which i found almost never worked for me while intimidating almost always worked.

    Also in the speech tree, there are the perks:
    Bribery - Can bribe guards to ignore crimes.
    - This just gives you extra opportunities to get the bribe finished.
    Persuasion - Persuasion attempts are 30% easier.
    Intimidation - Intimidation is twice as successful.
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    SlayingADragonThanks for the addition!
    Posted by SlayingADragon on 19 Nov 11 at 05:21
    Sir Stratsavvythe intimidation perk doesnt become available til level 70 in the speech skill...id certainly hope you have this achievement before then. unfortunately the intimidate option is my last one to get. have yet to be badass enough yet evidently
    Posted by Sir Stratsavvy on 06 Dec 11 at 09:58
    Spieludica@Sir I think it has to do with your level and person you intimate. It worked for me on Sapphire, a lady on the bridge in Riften when you first arrive, when I was level 17 (but SO NOT on the guards or Maul :P). This is where I bribed a guard to let me go in the keep to see a prisoner too.
    Posted by Spieludica on 11 Jan 12 at 10:02
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