Powers in Skyrim are a unique type of spell with powerful effects. Each race is granted a unique power and additional powers can be acquired during the game through various means. Vampire and Werewolf powers are additional racial powers that players can obtain, there are also others such as those granted by Standing Stones and through membership of various factions or by cleansing the All-maker Stones. Most Powers will cost no Magicka to cast but can only be used once per in-game day, lesser powers are special in that they can be used multiple times a day but are still considered powers. Powers can be found listed in the magic menu under Powers.


Getting Powers in Skyrim

Lesser Racial Powers and Greater Racial Powers: Players can only get the Lesser and Greater Racial Powers from the race choices they make outside of a few lesser or greater powers that can be found. The Black Books from Solstheim are one such way to unlock more Powers for the player.

Faction powers: Factions powers can be found from participating in and following the story and quests from particular Factions in the world of Skyrim.

Standing Stone Powers: Standing Stone Powers share their exclusivity with Standing Stones Abilities where only 1 Standing Stone can be activated at a time so players have to choose the power or ability they want to use from the standing stones.  There are 13 Standing Stones in Skyrim, 9 grant the player a passive Standing Stone ABILITY, and 4 provide a Standing Stone POWER which must be activated. The Aetherial Crown can give players 1 more standing stone ability or power. 

All-maker Stones Powers: The All-maker stones are found on the island of Solstheim. Players can learn and use all the powers at the same time however each All-maker Stone power can only be used once before having to revisit the stone. 

Skyrim Powers Tips

  • Racial powers are exclusive to the characters race so players may choose to look to see what Powers races provide when creating their character
  • The Orc Race Power Berserker Rage is a very powerful combat ability for any type of playstyle reducing damage received for a duration but also increasing damage output
  • Standing Stones and All-maker stones will provide fast-travel locations after finding them for players to revisit quickly
  • Powers may be limited to one use per day but players should not feel the need to save their powers as they will replenish, use them when the time calls for it


All Powers in Skyrim



Quick Search of All Skyrim Powers

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Name Effects
Night Eye Improved night vision for 60 seconds.
Vampire's Sight Improved night vision for 60 seconds.
Totem of Brotherhood Summons two wolf spirits to aid in battle.
Totem of Fear Casts Fear against nearby enemies.
Totem of the Hunt Casts a Detect Life spell.
Bardic Knowledge Summons a spectral drum that plays for 300 seconds, improving Stamina Regen for you and nearby allies.
Black Market Summons a Dremora Merchant for 15 seconds
Secret Servant Summons a Dremora Butler for 15 seconds to carry your excess items
Bound Quiver (Power) Creates a magic quiver for 120 seconds
Breath of Nchuak Draws upon Stamina to release a scorching blast of steam that deals 15 damage per second
Highborn (Power) Regenerate 25% of your Magicka each second for 60 seconds.
Histskin Invoke the power of the Hist to recover Health 10 times faster for 60 seconds.
Command Animal Make an animal an ally for 60 seconds.
Dragonskin Absorb 50% of Magicka from hostile spells for 60 seconds.
Ancestor's Wrath Opponents that get too close take 8 points per second of fire damage for 60 seconds.
Voice of the Emperor Nearby people are Calmed for 60 seconds.
Battle Cry Nearby enemies are Afraid for 30 seconds.
Berserker Rage Take half damage and deal double damage for 60 seconds.
Adrenaline Rush Stamina Regenerates 10 times faster for 60 seconds.
Embrace of Shadows Vampire is invisible and has improved night vision for 180 seconds.
Vampire's Seduction (Power) Creatures and people up to level 10 won't fight for 30 seconds. Granted after one day of not feeding.
Vampire's Servant Reanimate a dead body to fight for you for 60 seconds. The strength of the body increases each day the Vampire goes without feeding, progressing from "weak", to "more powerful", to "powerful", and finally to "very powerful" after three full days of not feeding.
Beast Form Take on the Form of the Wolf.
Ring of Hircine (Power) Allows for unlimited Werewolf transformations per day; only active when you're wearing the Ring of Hircine (must be a Werewolf).
Secret of Arcana Spells cost 0 Magicka for 30 seconds
Secret of Protection Take half damage for 30 seconds
Secret of Strength Power attacks cos no Stamina for 90 seconds
Mora's Agony Summons a field of writhing tentacles that last 30 seconds and poisons foes who enter it
Mora's Boon Restore 1000 points of Health, Magicka and Stamina
Mora's Grasp Targets are frozen between Oblivion and Tamriel for 30 seconds and immune to all damage
Summon Karstaag Summons Karstaag to fight for your for 120 seconds. Can be used 3 times per day, only usable outdoors.
Nightingale Strife Instantly absorb 100 points of Health, can hit multiple foes but healing is capped at 100.
Nightingale Subterfuge People and creatures in the spell's area of effect will attack anyone nearby for 30 seconds.
Shadowcloak of Nocturnal For 120 seconds you automatically become invisible while sneaking.
Summon Arniel's Shade (Power) Summons the Shade of Arniel Gane for 60 seconds wherever the caster is pointing.
Summon Spectral Assassin Summons the ghost of the legendary assassin Lucien Lachance to fight by your side, until he's defeated.
The Ritual Stone Raise all nearby dead enemies to fight for you.
The Serpent Stone Paralyze target for 5 seconds.

+25 points damage.

The Shadow Stone Become invisible for 60 seconds.
The Tower Stone Unlock any Expert or lower-level lock.
Bones of the Earth Caster ignores 80% of all physical damage for 30 seconds
Conjure Werebear Summons a Werebear for 60 seconds wherever the faster is pointing. Duration affected by Conjuration Perks
North Wind Targets take points of damage to Health and Stamina for 10 seconds
Sun Flare A 100 points fiery explosion centered on the caster. Does more damage to targets closer to the explosion
Root of Power Spells temporarily cost 75% less Magicka
Waters of Life Heals everyone close to the caster 200 points

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