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Telekinesis (Skyrim)

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School Alteration
Skill Level Adept (50)
Magicka Cost 170/second
Effect Can pull an object from a distance. Add it to the inventory or throw it.
Spell Tome Purchase
Tome ID 000A26E5
Spell ID 0001A4CC
For this spell in other games, see Telekinesis.

Telekinesis is an Adept-level Alteration spell. Telekinesis allows objects to be manipulated and maneuvered without touching them. Grabbed objects may be pulled closer, thrust away, or added to the inventory. Multiple objects may be grabbed if dual-casting; however, these objects must be close together.


  • Using telekinesis to throw objects at characters causes a small amount of damage, turning them hostile.
  • Throwing objects at some characters will only cause them to threaten violence, but they never attack.
  • A thief can hide from view and use Telekinesis to pull in an owned item, such as a merchant's goods, then steal it.
  • Telekinesis is also good for countering the missing note glitch in Shalidor's Maze. See article page for details.

Spell tomeEdit


Alteration spell tome.


  • Weight: 0.5 WeightIcon
  • Value: 326 GoldIcon
  • See Spell Tome for a complete table of spell tomes, their descriptions, and their values.

Known locationsEdit



  • Telekinesis increases the Alteration skill very quickly, and is among the fastest possible ways to level that skill normally.
  • Telekinesis can be used to level alteration skill from 15 to 100 in minutes. Simply have -100% Alteration Cost (Secret of Arcana is a great alternative because it negates the cost of any spell), go outdoors, drop an item (preferably an unwanted item), use the spell in both hands, one after the other, so that dual casting is not in effect, but still using both hands to hold the object. Then initiate fast travel while still using the spell (the more distance traveled the higher it increases).
  • If the Alteration skill is made legendary and this process repeated, it can be utilized to level a character numerous times very rapidly.
  • The Archery perk Eagle Eye influences the range from which items can be detected and manipulated with Telekinesis.
  • Dual casting greatly increases the range objects can be thrown.
  • Telekinesis cannot take items that are on weapon racks or plaques.
  • A chicken may be killed by throwing an object at it. This is a way to avoid obtaining a bounty from killing a chicken.


This section contains bugs related to Telekinesis (Skyrim). Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:

  1. Confirm all bugs with other editors on the talk page before adding them below.
  2. Always try reloading an old save first, before asking for assistance.
  3. Do not discuss possible bug fixes or origins. Leave those and all other first-person-anecdotes on the talk page, not the article.
  4. Always add  360  ,  PS3  , or  PC   to clarify which system the bug appears on.
  • If one uses the Secret of Arcana before casting this spell, one can cast this spell for as long as you want. This can be used to level up to level 100 in Alteration at any time.
  • After picking the Adept Alteration perk the spell may not do anything with the objects, only draining magicka.
    • Reload a save before buying the perk and it should work.


Start a Discussion Discussions about Telekinesis (Skyrim)

  • Telekinesis is a very glitched spell

    3 messages
    • Telekinesis adds a small amount of damage to the item you move with it so i guess the item was still counted as moving and did damage to the Guard.
    • Thats the thing, it was a piece of venison in Whiterun from one of the stalls. It was on the ground in front of the home there. A guard wal...
  • Alternation lvl 100

    8 messages
    • MetallicaNLC wrote: wrote:MetallicaNLC wrote:If you have armor that makes alteration cost 0 magicka you can go to whiterun, h...
    • wrote:MetallicaNLC wrote: wrote:MetallicaNLC wrote:If you have armor that makes alteration cost 0 magicka you can...

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