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Dwarven Sphere
Basic Info
Level 16
Health-icon 315
MagickaIcon 0
Stamina 170
Soul Size None
Npc dwarvensphere scan
For other uses, see Dwarven Sphere.

Dwarven Spheres are slightly humanoid machines that serve as sentries or guards in Dwarven Ruins and other select areas.

Their loot consists of Dwarven metal parts and various level soul gems. They also drop dwarven bolts if Dawnguard has been installed.


These enemies roll around as a protected sphere. Once they sense a threat, they come out of their spheres, extend their sword, and search for nearby enemies.

Spheres may often reside within ports on walls found in in many Dwarven Ruins. If they detect hostile movement or are activated by a trap the Dwarven Sphere will roll out of the port and will start to attack.

If they find the threat they'll attack it with either Crossbow or Sword. However these items cannot be looted from them.


The Dwarven Spheres are fast, and will easily take down lower level players. They often charge as their main attack.

Dwarven Spheres are very stalwart opponents and cannot be frozen with the shout Ice Form. A fully charged Unrelenting Force will only stagger them, not send them flying. They can also be staggered with the Impact perk, albeit very briefly. They are resistant to all magic, and immune to poison, and frost.

They are also immune to Illusion magic until the Dragonborn obtains the Master of the Mind perk, from said perk tree.


Type Level Health Magicka Stamina Damage Resistance
Dwarven Sphere 16 315 0 170 55 Immune to Poison and Frost. Resist Magic 25%
Warped Dwarven Sphere DG 7 141 0 134 23 Immune to Poison and Frost. Resist Magic 25%
Broken Dwarven Sphere DG 16 315 0 170 [?] Immune to Poison and Frost. Resist Magic 25%
Malfunctioning Dwarven Sphere DG 16 365 0 160 [?] Immune to Poison and Frost. Resist Magic 25%
Dwarven Sphere Guardian 24 453 0 262 55 Immune to Poison and Frost. Resist Magic 25%
Dwarven Sphere Master 30 619 0 301 82 Immune to Poison and Frost. Resist Magic 25%
Tempered Sphere DR Varies  315 to 619       0 170 - 301 [?] Immune to Poison and Frost. Resist Magic 25%


AI AnalysisEdit

  •  PC   The transformation is triggered by Ready/Sheath Weapon action, animation is preset for Dwarven Sphere race.
  •  PC   The Crossbow on the left hand is triggered by an unobtainable weapon "Dwarven Sphere Crossbow" (0007f6df)


  • Dwarven Spheres are a smart source of energy for players who wield staves or enchanted weapons, as the Dwarven Sphere often contains filled Soul Gems.
  • They usually drop Dwarven Scraps.
  • A unique Dwarven Sphere can be acquired as a follower in the second of The Kagrumez Trials in Dragonborn. It is located in a small sealed room, and this particular sphere is named the Steadfast Dwarven Sphere. A second such Animunculi that can be acquired as a follower is the Steadfast Dwarven Spider, which is located in the room before the room containing the aforementioned sphere.
  • Models (or trophies) of Dwarven Spheres can be found decorating Understone Keep. However, these models appear to be much larger than the active ones encountered. 
  • If Dawnguard is installed, the Dragonborn can summon a Dwarven Sphere using the Aetherial Staff after completing the quest Lost to the Ages, or the unused Conjure Dwarven Sphere spell through Console Commands.
  • If The Elder Scrolls V: Hearthfire is installed, the Dragonborn can create trophies of Dwarven Spheres or Spiders in the trophy room addition of the player-built house, similar to those in Understone Keep,  but they must be crafted from specific dwarven parts. Although these trophies look as real and "lifelike" as the ones found in ruins, they are purely cosmetic replicas, as the processes required to build a functioning Animunculi was lost with the Dwemer themselves, sadly.
  • Strangely, Dwarven Spheres will sometimes drop Centurion Dynamo Cores.



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