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For other uses, see Sanctuary.

Sanctuary is a magical effect and a spell that increases the target's chance of dodging attacks. It impacts hand-to-hand combat, and evading attacks made with melee or ranged weapons, but has no effect on magic. Sanctuary is a member of the Illusion school of magic, governed by Personality. Its base Magicka cost is 1 point.

This effect's magnitude is added directly to the target's percent chance of evading physical attacks. For example, a person with a 15% chance who uses a 10-point effect will have a 25% chance for the duration. The portion added by the effect is not influenced by Fatigue. Sanctuary has a greater impact on the chance of evasion than fortifying Agility or Luck attributes by the same amount (even when fully rested) for the same Magicka base cost.

Character creationEdit

There are three ways to acquire a Sanctuary spell during character creation:


The following spells consist of a Sanctuary effect. They may include additional effects. See articles for details.

Sanctuary Spells
Name Type Cost
Range GoldIcon Base ID
Akaviri Danger-Sense Ability01010Constant0Self akaviri danger-sense
Ancestor Guardian Power05050600Self ancestor guardian
Baleful Glower Spell11087200Self baleful glower
Father's Hand Spell514050Selffather's hand
Her Mirror TR Ability04050Constant0Self Her_Mirror
Hrothmund's Blessing BM Spell1551800Touch hrothmund blessing
Maar Gan Blessings Spell1237575300Touch shrine_maargan_npc_sp
Sanctuary * Spell151010300Selfsanctuary
Shadow Weave Spell202020100Selfshadow weave
Sotha's Grace Spell312050Selfsotha's grace
* The Nerevarine starts the game with this spell if Illusion is a major skill. GoldIcon = Available for purchase from a spell merchant.


The following spell merchants are purveyors of a spell consisting of a Sanctuary effect:

Sanctuary Merchants
Arielle Phiencel Mages Guild10Sadrith Mora, Wolverine Hall: Mages GuildShadow Weave
Arrille None 20 Seyda Neen: Arrille's TradehouseFather's Hand
Bratheru Oran Hlaalu10Vivec, Hlaalu Canton: Edryno Arethi's HouseSotha's Grace
Bronrod the Roarer BM Skaal8Skaal Village: Bronrod the Roarer's HouseShadow Weave
Ethasi Rilvayn * Morag Tong10Balmora: Morag Tong GuildhallFather's Hand
Fanildil Imperial Legion10Ebonheart: Hawkmoth Legion GarrisonShadow Weave
Folvys Andalor  Tribunal Temple10Ald'ruhn: TempleSotha's Grace
Llaalam Madalas * Telvanni10Sadrith Mora: Llaalam Madalas: MageShadow Weave
Llaros Uvayn Hlaalu10Caldera: Governor's HallShadow Weave
Nilvyn Drothan Tribunal Temple10Ghostgate: Ghostgate TempleFather's Hand
Orrent Geontene Mages Guild10Ald'ruhn: Mages GuildSotha's Grace
Salama Andrethi Telvanni10Tel Mora: Tower ServicesShadow Weave
Salyni Nelvayn Morag Tong10Ald'ruhn: Morag Tong GuildhallShadow Weave
Zanmulk Sammalamus Tribunal Temple10Gnisis: TempleSanctuary

* This person's services are available to faction members of a sufficient rank only.


The following items consist of a Sanctuary effect. They may include additional effects. See articles for details.

Enchanted Items
Item Type Mag.
Range Item ID
Amulet of Heartrime Amulet1020300Selfartifact_amulet of heartrime
Belt of the Armor of God Belt2020300Selfbelt of the armor of god
Clanbringer BM Long Blade 1H151200SelfBM nordic silver longsword_cft
Father's Belt Belt14050Selffather's belt
Shadowweave Ring Ring2020100Selfshadowweave ring
Watcher's Belt Belt202050Selfwatcher's belt

See alsoEdit


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