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Summon Arniel's Shade

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Summon Arniel's Shade is an Apprentice-level Conjuration spell in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Casting it summons the Shade of Arniel Gane for 60 seconds. He will support the Dragonborn in a similar way an Atronach would, unleashing ranged shock and fire spells on opponents. This spell requires both hands to cast instead of just one. In addition, casting the spell with both hands will double its duration if the Dragonborn has the Conjuration Dual Casting perk.


One of the best features of Arniel's Shade is that it is immune to most physical attacks and poisons, most likely due to its nature being a ghost. This attribute makes it extremely useful against powerful physical enemies like the Dwarven centurion and giants.


  • Summon Arniel's Shade is obtained as a reward at the end of the Arniel's Endeavor quest chain.



This section contains bugs related to Summon Arniel's Shade. Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:

  1. Please reload an old save to confirm if the bug is still happening.
  2. If the bug is still occurring, please post the bug report with the appropriate system template  360  / XB1  ,  PS3  / PS4  ,  PC  / MAC  , depending on which platform(s) the bug has been encountered on.
  3. Be descriptive when listing the bug and fixes, but avoid having conversations in the description and/or using first-person-anecdotes: such discussions belong on the appropriate forum board.
  • If the player has the Conjuration skill perk Twin Souls, summoning an atronach while Arniel's Shade is active makes the atronach transparent, just as Arniel is.
  • The atronach may be made transparent in another way, if Arniel's Shade is active when the player summons an atronach. Arniel will disappear and the atronach will replace him as well as be transparent (this effect will only last until the player either fast travels, go into a building/cave, or reloads the game).
  •  360  When having a permanent conjuring spell, (I.E. Flame Thrall) conjuring Arniel's Shade seems to banish it for no apparent reason, even if the twin souls perk is accquired.
  •  360   PC  Sometimes the spell may cost no magicka. (This may be the result of a high Conjuration skill)
  • Sometimes the shade will not disappear after the 60 second time limit has expired with the shade essentially taking the place of Arniel at the college.
  •  360  Occasionally, after completing the quest, conjuring the shade will take both of the dragonborn's hands to do, ( I.E. Flame thrall). This will result in a glitchy animation, although there are currently no known effects to the actual spell itself.


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