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Staff of Magnus (Skyrim)
Base Damage:
0 DamageIcon
8 WeightIcon
Base Value:
2011 GoldIcon
Additional Effects:
Absorb 25 Magicka per second. If the target is out of Magicka, absorb Health instead.
Class: Staff
FormID: 00035369
For the quest, see Staff of Magnus (Quest).

The Staff of Magnus is an ancient powerful staff tied to the Eye of Magnus in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

According to Mirabelle Ervine, it was the only object adequate enough to contain the power of Magnus. A group of Mages called The Synod are believed to have stolen the staff. These mages hoard relics, hoping to consolidate power and exert it over the College of Winterhold.


Mirabelle Ervine, the late Master-Wizard of the College of Winterhold, sends the Dragonborn to recover the Staff from the Labyrinthian after members of The Synod discovered its location using the Mzulft Oculory. Upon arriving at Labyrinthian, the Dragonborn learns that Savos Aren, the Arch-Mage, accompanied several others on an expedition to retrieve the staff many years prior. During the expedition, several of the mages accompanying him were slain by the creatures in the ruin. The staff is found in the possession of a Dragon Priest named Morokei whom Savos Aren entombed with the staff by imprisoning two of the other students. The Dragonborn defeats Morokei and uses the staff to prevent Ancano, a Thalmor operative, from harnessing the power of the Eye of Magnus. After this expedition, the Dragonborn uses the staff to close ruptures opened by the Eye.




  • Tamrielic Lore mentions the staff as a "metaphysical battery of sorts for its creator, Magnus. When used, it absorbs an enemy's health and mystical energy." It is said that, "in time, the staff will abandon the mage who wields it before he becomes too powerful and upsets the mystical balance it is sworn to protect."
  • The staff has appeared in every Elder Scrolls title to date except The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion in which the Staff is only mentioned in the book Tamrielic Lore.
  • The staff may also be a reference to the Dragonlance Chronicles in which the group's young mage, Raistlin, owns a staff called the Staff of Magius to which the Staff of Magnus bares strong resemblance both in looks and legend.


  •  PC   360   PS3   Sometimes, the Dragonborn can end up with two Staffs of Magnus after defeating Morokei and maybe not get the mask of Morokei. (confirmed)
  • If placed in a vertical container and re-entering the space, the staff can disappear.
  •  PS3   If placed in a weapons rack or display case, the Staff cannot be reclaimed.
  • Staff weirdly transforms into a rusty mace upon placing in a weapon rack.
  •  PC   The magic that is being cast by enthralled ghost mages, to encase Morokei in a bubble while he holds the Staff of Magnus, sometimes remains after the ghost mages are killed. This prevents the final battle from commencing and keeps Morokei and the Staff of Magnus encased and out of reach. However, one might be able to hit him inside the bubble multiple times.
  •  PS3   The staff may be sucked into the wall, if put on the display in Breezehome.
  • If the Dragonborn is sent to jail while the staff is in the inventory, on very rare occasions when the Dragonborn gets caught by guards trying to escape, a guard might attack with the staff of Magnus and is unatainable after killing the guard and the staff does not appear in the evidence chest.


Start a Discussion Discussions about Staff of Magnus (Skyrim)

  • The Staff of Magnus

    19 messages
    • how did you lose it it can't disarm you...can it?
    • I think maybe 72.231 dropped it somewhere accidentally... Anyway, its weak, I use it only to punch faster for my other hand
  • Staff of Magnus

    3 messages
    • It'll work against any enemy, as most enemies will have magicka, regardless of whether or not they cast spells.
    • Exactly. After that it will damage health.

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