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Ataxia (Skyrim)

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Ataxia in Skyrim

Acquired from

Slaughterfish, Frostbite Spiders, Skeevers


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

Main article: Diseases (Skyrim)
For this disease in other games, 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 function as a cure 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  ,  PS3  ,  PC  , 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.
  • Characters may mention the Dragonborn has Ataxia even after it is cured.


Start a Discussion Discussions about Ataxia (Skyrim)

  • Ataxia from axe trap

    3 messages
    • Yes. It's one of the methods for contracting it. Read more if you want. Diseases (Skyrim)
    • It's mentioned on the page for traps here they can carry diseases.
  • Ataxia is real

    4 messages
    • Yes but "You look rather pale. Could be Ataxia. It's quite a problem back home in Cyrodiil." Pale color have nothing to ataxia. "Ataxia is fa...
    • Yeah, real-life ataxia is a symptom, not a disease. It can be the result of a ton of different conditions, fatal or harmless. It literally j...

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