Main article: Diseases (Skyrim)
For other uses, see Ataxia.

Contracted from Slaughterfish, Frostbite Spiders, Skeevers, and Traps (such as swinging axes), Ataxia causes Lockpicking and Pickpocketing to become 25% harder until cured. Luckily, shrines are plentiful in Skyrim and will cure the Dragonborn when visited.


  • Pickpocket difficulty increased by 25% (25% harder)
  • Lockpicking difficulty increased by 25% (25% harder)



  • Arcadia suggests the Dragonborn has it, but she tells this every time she is spoken to, regardless of the Dragonborn's condition.


This section contains bugs related to Ataxia (Skyrim). Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:

  1. Please reload an old save to confirm if the bug is still happening.
  2. If the bug is still occurring, please post the bug report with the appropriate system template  360  / XB1  ,  PS3  / PS4  ,  PC  / MAC  ,  NX  , depending on which platform(s) the bug has been encountered on.
  3. Be descriptive when listing the bug and fixes, but avoid having conversations in the description and/or using first-person-anecdotes: such discussions belong on the appropriate forum board.
  •  PC   360   PS3   Characters may mention the Dragonborn has Ataxia even after it is cured.


Start a Discussion Discussions about Ataxia (Skyrim)

  • Ataxia effect

    2 messages
    • Am I the only one who thinks it's sad that you can pick a master level lock with no perks and only 15 lock picking with ataxia
    • So you're saying it's sad that a master lock can still be picked, despite unfathomable odds?
  • Werewolf contracting disease

    23 messages
    • I actually went ahead and cured myself of lycanthropy, then immediately talked to Aela to get it back. All my buffs were back. I believe it may...
    • Altering some things using the showracemenu command can remove some effects, and level out your health magicka and stamina stats.