Illusion is one of the six skills that fall under The Mage play-style. Targeted Illusion spells include Calm, Frenzy, Fear, or Courage and spells cast on one's self such as Invisibility. Casting Illusion spells raise the corresponding skill. Casting Illusion spells consumes Magicka. The effectiveness of Illusion spells depends on the caster's skill and the foe's resistance to the spells or spells in general. Some beings are entirely immune to Illusion magic. Only one race begins the game with an Illusion spell; an Altmer Dragonborn, with the rage-inducing spell Fury. Those of meri blood excel at Illusion and begin the game with increased ranks in the skill. Altmer begin with 25, while Bretons and Dunmeri individuals begin with 20.
Illusion can be advanced by casting spells governed by the school, by reading books associated with the topic, performing certain quests or services for others, or by employing a teacher proficient in the field such as Drevis Neloren, a professor of Illusion at the College of Winterhold. Illusion is used to avoid confrontations with law enforcement or hostile beings, evade battles, and also buy time in battle for further maneuvering. This magic group is more commonly used by the stealthy characters in Skyrim.
Light (Magelight and Candlelight) and Paralyze have been moved to the Alteration school. Command Daedra is now the only command type spell and is in the conjuration school. Fear has replaced Demoralize but both have the same effect.
Books and questsEdit
- 2920, Sun's Dawn, v.2
- Before the Ages of Man
- Incident at Necrom
- Mystery of Talara, Part 4
- The Black Arts on Trial
- Defeat the Master Vampire for Sybille Stentor in Solitude
- Find Pantea's Flute for Pantea Ateia in the Bards College in Solitude to raise Illusion and all other magicka-based skills.
The following is a complete list of Illusion spells:
|Rank||Spell Name||Description||Magicka Base Cost|
(Skill level 0)
|Clairvoyance||Shows the path to the current goal.||25 per second|
|Courage||Target won't flee for 60 seconds, and gets some extra health and stamina.||39|
|Fury||Creatures and people up to level 6 will attack anything nearby for 30 seconds.||67|
(Skill level 25)
|Calm||Creatures and people up to level 9 won't fight for 30 seconds.||146|
|Fear||Creatures and people up to level 9 flee from combat for 30 seconds.||153|
|Muffle||Move more quietly for 180 seconds.||144|
(Skill level 50)
|Frenzy||Creatures and people up to level 14 will attack anyone nearby for 60 seconds.||209|
|Frenzy Rune DB||Creatures and people up to level 20 will attack anyone nearby for 60 seconds.||165|
|Rally||Targets won't flee for 60 seconds and get extra health and stamina.||113|
(Skill level 75)
|Invisibility||Caster is invisible for 30 seconds. Activating an object or attacking will break the spell.||334|
|Pacify||Creatures and people up to level 20 won't fight for 60 seconds.||290|
|Rout||Creatures and people up to level 20 flee from combat for 30 seconds.||316|
(Skill level 100)
|Call to Arms||Targets have improved combat skills, health, and stamina for 10 minutes.||655|
|Harmony||Creatures and people up to level 25 nearby won't fight for 60 seconds.||1052|
|Hysteria||Creatures and people up to level 25 flee from combat for 60 seconds.||866|
|Mayhem||Creatures and people up to level 25 will attack anyone nearby for 60 seconds.||990|
Master spells cannot be purchased initially. To unlock Master Illusion spells, the Illusion Ritual Spell quest must be completed upon reaching level 100 Illusion.
The following are Illusion spells that the character can start with if the appropriate race is selected:
The following are the perks that become available to select as the skill is leveled up:
|Novice Illusion||None||Cast Novice level Illusion spells for half magicka.|
|Illusion Dual Casting||Illusion 20, Novice Illusion||Dual casting an Illusion spell overcharges the effects into an even more powerful version.|
|Animage||Illusion 20, Novice Illusion||Illusion spells now work on higher level animals (+8 levels).|
|Apprentice Illusion||Illusion 25, Novice Illusion||Cast Apprentice level Illusion spells for half magicka.|
|Hypnotic Gaze||Illusion 30, Novice Illusion||Calm spells now work on higher level opponents (+8 levels).|
|Kindred Mage||Illusion 40, Animage||All Illusion spells work on higher level people (+10 levels).|
|Adept Illusion||Illusion 50, Apprentice Illusion||Cast Adept level Illusion spells for half magicka.|
|Aspect of Terror||Illusion 50, Hypnotic Gaze||
Fear spells work on higher level opponents (+10 levels).
Bug: adds 10 points of damage to all fire spells except Fire Rune.
|Quiet Casting||Illusion 50, Kindred Mage||All spells cast from any school of magic are silent to others.|
|Rage||Illusion 70, Aspect of Terror||Frenzy spells work on higher level opponents (+12 levels).|
|Expert Illusion||Illusion 75, Adept Illusion||Cast Expert level Illusion spells for half magicka.|
|Master of the Mind||Illusion 90, Rage, Quiet Casting||Illusion spells work on undead, daedra and automatons.|
|Master Illusion||Illusion 100, Expert Illusion||Cast Master level Illusion spells for half magicka.|
Where to practiceEdit
- The Muffle spell, which can be obtained at the beginning of the game from Farengar Secret-Fire, can be continually cast to level up the Illusion skill. This allows for extremely fast leveling, with minimal effort required.
- Once Animage is obtained, the player can just cast buffs like Calm and Courage on the Cow that's sitting in the pen in Whiterun. This technique works in the Labyrinthian Tribune, using the Infinite Magicka Trick after the fight with Morokei.
- Calm can be cast alternately with Fear or Fury to level up Illusion.
- One way to quickly level Illusion is to exploit the Magicka Regen bonus instilled by the Mystic Tuning Gloves Drevis Neloren relinquishes for fixing the focal points at the College of Winterhold. With those, Muffle can be infinitely dual-cast due to the virtually instantaneous rate at which magicka regenerates. The bonus expires in two real-time hours.
- Casting spells like Pacify, Rally, and Courage on the Jarls in the basement of the Blue Palace, or any other group of essential characters.
- In The College of Winterhold, cast Illusion Spells like Pacify and Rally on Nirya. Almost all Illusion Spells can be cast on her because of her weak level.
- Use the spell Harmony, set the difficulty to Legendary, and have gear that reduces the cost of Illusion spells to 0. Cast Harmony in a heavily populated area and go from 15 skill to 100 from casting the spell about 9 times. 50 levels can be gained in approximately one hour using this method. Guards threaten the caster for using Harmony, but no authoritative action is taken and no bounty accrued.
- Casting Courage on any NPC repeatedly is a very fast way to level the skill.
Combination with other schoolsEdit
- Combine Illusion with Conjuration to let others do the fighting, instead. A player with decent levels in both skill trees can clear a dungeon without personally killing a single enemy. It is especially fun to observe the effect of Fear on the enemy attacked by conjured beings.
- A high level in Illusion can make a high level in Restoration obsolete. The use of powerful charm spells opens the opportunity to restore health using lower level spells. Turn undead spells are not as effective as Illusion with the right perks (i.e., Master of the Mind).
- Players using Invisibility and Muffle in conjunction with Sneak can become completely undetectable.
- Illusion and Sneak, with the right perks (i.e., Hypnotic Gaze, Kindred Mage, Quiet Casting), can permit those enemies not invulnerable to Illusion to be calmed. When an enemy is calmed, it returns to its original location, thus rendering it vulnerable to back-stabbing, charm, theft, or evasion.
- In addition to using Calm to sneak-attack enemies, the expert-level Illusion spell Invisibility, combined with the Sneak perk Shadow Warrior, can be used to escape almost any enemy temporarily. While in combat, cast Invisibility, flee, and crouch to activate Shadow Warrior just before leaving the enemy's line of sight. This works well when casting Frenzy spells or when accompanied by allies.
- Casting Frenzy automatically breaks stealth; detection goes from Hidden to fully Detected. The perk "Quiet Casting" does not prevent detection like it does for Fury.
- Any spell that generates light (i.e. Candlelight) increases the chance of detection, even while sneaking. Magelight may be less revealing, since it creates light but "attaches" to the ground rather than following the caster around and revealing their position.
- Vampirism synergizes with the Illusion school, as it grants both Stealth and Illusion bonuses. The Illusion bonus provided increases the power of Illusion spells by 25%; the stealth bonus is 25%.
Usefulness of Illusion spellsEdit
- Invisibility is invariably useful for thieves. Casting the spell will allow the player to steal any item at will. However, this causes the invisible effect to end, requiring the player to use the spell multiple times to steal more than one item. The spell can also help with pickpocketing, as being hidden allows for greater chances to successfully steal items.
- Calm, Fury, and Courage spells can be useful for hunting skittish prey.
- When cast on a horse, Rally and Courage increases their stamina, allowing them to sprint much longer.
- Wards block Illusion spells.
- Calm spells are useful for avoiding confrontations, as a stall tactics, or to perform back-stabs.
- Fury spells cause the target to attack friends and foes alike indiscriminately, potentially causing all actors within the area of the spell to attack each other -- sometimes until death. The caster can be damaged in the commotion. Casting Invisibility then retreating can prevent this.
- Courage spells can be used to prevent fleeing foes from fleeing and drawing additional allies into battle to assist it.
- Fear spells can be used to escape or buy time in a fight.
- Muffle allows silent-moving, regardless of whether the Sneaking skill is active.
- Invisibility renders to caster completely transparent to all beings not possessing magical sight enhancement such as Detect Life. Others can detect the caster if the caster is moving quickly, thus creating noise, if they are carrying a torch or using an illumination spell such as Candlelight, or if the caster comes in close proximity to another. Casting Muffle beforehand, or combining it with stealth, can help reduce the chances of being detected.
- When casting spells such as Courage or Calm, those that are affected may be heard saying, "Hey, I didn't ask you to magic me."
- Dual Casting can make most Illusion spells more powerful than Master Illusion spells.
- Despite not doing any actual damage, most Illusion spells can kill Hawks, Bone Hawks, Felsaad terns, Birds and Salmon in a single hit
- Using Illusion spells (such as Courage) on Roggvir before he is executed in Solitude may cause him to attack the guards who will in turn attack the player despite the action not generating hold bounty.
- Illusion spells are seen as the least used spell type in Skyrim (by NPCs).
|Call to Arms • Calm • Clairvoyance • Courage • Fear • Frenzy • Fury • Harmony • Hysteria • Invisibility |
Mayhem • Muffle • Pacify • Rally • Rout • Vision of the Tenth Eye
|Schools of Magic|
|Alteration • Conjuration • Destruction • Illusion • Restoration|
|Illusion Ritual Spell • Magicka • Perks • Magic • The College of Winterhold • Illusion trainers|
|Skills in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim|
|The Mage||Alteration · Conjuration · Destruction · Enchanting · Illusion · Restoration|
|The Thief||Alchemy · Light Armor · Lockpicking · Pickpocket · Sneak · Speech|
|The Warrior||Archery · Block · Heavy Armor · One-Handed · Smithing · Two-Handed|