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Resist Magic (Skyrim)

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Resist Magic is an effect found in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. It can be obtained from several different sources, such as abilities, potions and enchantments.

Resist Magic is capped at 85%, this includes all forms of elemental and dragon breath attacks. A further 85% on elemental resistance can be achieved which will grant a potential 97.75% magic damage reduction on one element.




The following ingredients provide the Resist Magic property for purposes of potions.


Gaining a resistance to magic can negate a percentage of all incoming spells. It is more versatile than elemental resistance as it covers all kinds of magical damage instead of just fire, frost, or shock individually.

An 80% passive resistance can be achieved by a vampire character if sleeping in a coffin to gain Vampiric Blood Rested in addition to obtaining Agent of Mara, The Lord Stone and all 3 levels of the Alteration perk Magic Resistance is taken.

A Breton character will receive a natural 25% resistance, so achieving the 85% cap will require fewer abilities.


  • This enchantment may be placed on shields, rings and necklaces.
  • Resist magic does not affect friendly spells, unlike the Spell Absorption ability.


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  • Magicka Resistance "Broken?"

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    • It sounds like they put in a cap meaning that while you could have a full set of 25% resistance to fire spells, it would only protect to 85%. T...
    • About a year ago it was completely broken on the PS3 but a update fixed it. Longdeads right though magic resistance is capped at 85% just like ...
  • Spell absorption

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    • People need to learn the difference between spell absorption and magic resistance. Magic resistance negates a portion of incoming spell dam...
    • Ok how about you find the page that says magic resistance and then find the page saying spell absorption, you haven't asked a question yo...

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