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Guardian Circle
School Restoration
Skill Level Master (100)
Magicka Cost 716
Effect Undead up to level 35 entering the circle will flee. Caster heals 20 health per second inside it.
Spell Tome Purchase
Tome ID 000FDE7B
Spell ID 000E0CCF

Guardian Circle is a Master-level Restoration spell in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Casting it creates a circle around the caster that heals for 20 points every second while also repelling undead creatures up to level 35. It requires both hands to cast.



Guardian Circle creates a magical barrier near the caster. The effects are constant as a Master level spell, but duration is affected by the perks mentioned above.

The spell has a standard duration of 60 seconds, increased to 132 seconds if dual cast.  (Bugged in PS3, see bugs below)

As a vampire with the Necromage perk the spell has a standard duration of 90 seconds, increased to 198 seconds if dual cast.


Combined with magic absorb from either the Atronach perk or the Atronach Stone, the caster has a limitless supply of Magicka as long as he/she is within the circle.

As a Master level spell, the listed effects are not altered by any perks. This combined with the long casting animation means it is ultimately less effective than a combination of high level healing spells and Circle of Protection; the latter combination will repel higher level undead and heal much more than Guardian Circle.

Spell tomeEdit


Restoration Skill Book


  • Weight: 1 WeightIcon
  • Value: 1220 GoldIcon
  • See Spell Tome for a complete table of spell tomes, their descriptions, and their values.



  • Guardian Circle is one of only two Master level spells that can be dual cast. The other being Dragonhide.
  • Unlike other healing spells, Guardian Circle does not have effects with other perks in Restoration school like "Respite", "Regeneration", or others.  It is unknown if this is a bug or this is just designed like that.


This section contains bugs related to Guardian Circle. Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:

  1. Confirm all bugs with other editors on the talk page before adding them below.
  2. Always try reloading an old save first, before asking for assistance.
  3. Do not discuss possible bug fixes or origins. Leave those and all other first-person-anecdotes on the talk page, not the article.
  4. Always add  360  ,  PS3  , and  PC   to clarify which system the bug appears on.
  •  PC   360   PS3  Sometimes, after completing the Restoration Ritual Spell quest, Collette Marence will not sell this spell.
    • Possible fix: reload save before accepting quest, and complete Augur's task using only restoration spells.
    • Another possible fix: cast Bane of the Undead immediately after surviving the ghosts and after receiving the spell from the Augur.  Then go to Collette Marence. Worked for several people.
    • Casting Bane of the Undead in front of Collette Marcene may fix this bug.
    • Reloading a save, after the quest is finished but prior to speaking with Collette Marence to buy the tome for the first time, may fix this.
  •  PS3   Guardian Circle can be dual cast, however, the duration is still 60 seconds even though the Active Effects shows it is more than 2 minutes.

Start a Discussion Discussions about Guardian Circle

  • About master level Restoration Spells

    5 messages
    • You should go to Shrouded Hearth Barrow for leveling Restoration. Lots of low level draugr and skeletons there no matter what level you are. ...
    • Yes the Shroud Hearth Barrow is a good place, so is Dead Man's Respite.

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