For other uses, see Frenzy.

Frenzy is an Illusion spell in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.


Frenzy increases multiple targets' inclination to attack, in a relatively small area. Effectively, it has the opposite effect of Calm. The magnitude is the level affected; this spell only works on characters and creatures up to the level specified, unless it is dual-cast while having attained the Illusion Dual Casting perk, in addition to certain perks in the Illusion skill tree that increase the spell's effectiveness. Automatons, undead, and Daedra cannot be frenzied until the Perk, Master of the Mind, in the Illusion tree is achieved.


  • Frenzied targets become hostile to everything around them, and will attack the nearest or most threatening target (so if the player uses Frenzy on a target, then hits them with damaging spells, the target will most likely attack the player). Using an Invisibility spell or potion, or remaining undetected by other means, will cause the Frenzied character to seek out another target.
    • If the enemy happens to fight in groups (i.e. wolves or bandits), other members of their group will become hostile to them, and will attack them before attacking the player if they present a more available target.
    • It is important to note that Frenzy raises the inclination for the target to attack anything, not just the player or a specific enemy, which may cause strange effects with the Radiant AI (characters killing each other, etc.).
  • This spell is useful when the player needs to kill someone, for a quest or otherwise, but doesn't wish to be prosecuted for assault or murder, as killing someone in self-defense is not a crime. However, casting frenzy on a friendly character within sight of a guard might result in an arrest.
  • By raising the effectiveness of Illusion magic and using dual-handed spellcasting, it is possible to Frenzy just about any enemy (except Dragons). Even extremely high level enemies may be Frenzied, including Draugr Death Overlords, Dwarven Centurion Masters, Forsworn Briarhearts, Falmer Shadowmasters, etc. It will also prove to be much more effective than its Master level counterpart, Mayhem — but only against single targets.

Skill TrainingEdit

A frenzy spell may also be a good way to train weapon skills. The spell may be used to anger a character that can't die (a character needed to complete a quest), and once the character begins to attack, the player may then fight back without being arrested. About 20 seconds later, the character should get back up, and the player may resume the fight.

Also an effective way of hunting without Archery or a destruction spell, it can cause deer and elk to close to hand weapon range. This can level weapon skills, and provide leather for Smithing. One can alternate casting Pacify to quickly power level Illusion with large groups of NPCs such as Stormcloaks, Imperials, and Forsworn.

Spell tomeEdit


Illusion Tome


  • Weight: 1 WeightIcon
  • Value: 330 GoldIcon
  • See Spell Tome for a complete table of spell tomes, their descriptions, and their values.



The following ingredients may be used in any combination of two or three to create a Potion of Frenzy: