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A Torch is an item in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.


Torches can be purchased, pickpocketed, looted from dead bodies, found in containers (rarely), or removed from walls. Only torches with brown handles can be removed from a wall - those with black handles cannot be taken. They are most commonly found in caves, grottoes, and mines populated with people (bandits, mages/witches, Forsworn, etc.), but can occasionally be found in other locations.

Some locations where torches can be found:


  • If bashing whilst blocking, enemies will catch fire, much like a fire enchantment on a weapon. This will increase the Block skill. When bashing, a torch deals 3 additional fire damage over a 1-second duration. Also, some followers who will use a torch (if one was given to them) as a shield, when they "bash" with the torch, the enemy attacked in this way does not start on fire like when bashed by the player in this manner.
  • Torches cannot be sold to any merchants, regardless of merchant type or perks.
  • Torches cannot be zoomed into or rotated like other objects in order to be looked at more closely.
  • If dropped into a stream or other body of water, a lit torch's flame will not be extinguished.
  • Unequipping a torch once in a while will prevent it from going out, so it can be used continuously.
  • Removing a torch from its sconce can help darken an area to prevent detection if enemies are nearby; however, care must be taken to not be exposed while doing so.
  • There is a very rare variant that has zero weight and zero value.
  • Dropped torches will not be lit, but will be lit upon returning to the area, permanently emitting light on their surroundings. Torches can therefore be used to light a house, but while purchased lighting sources have predetermined locations, torches can be placed anywhere, allowing control over the brightness, direction of light, and mood set in previously dark areas.
  • Torches can be given to followers, who will then use them to lighten dark areas, or during a rain, blizzard, or heavy fog. Torches can also be given to Dead Thralls, who will use it in the same manner as followers.
  • While torches held by the player will go out after a while, torches given to followers will never go out, thus giving an infinite source of light.
  • The base duration of a torch is 240 seconds. Sheathing and taking the torch back out again will reset this duration. Otherwise, the torch will be removed from your inventory.


This section contains bugs related to Torch (Skyrim). 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.
  •  PS3   Upon pickpocketing six guards' torches, then going into Warmaiden's and dropping all of them, the torches were seen to hover in midair. Once bumped, they will fall to the floor. While floating, the torches also seem to glow much brighter than usual. 
  •  360   PS3   It is possible for torches to multiply while in inventory after several days.
  •  360   Torches can also duplicate when dropping multiples. For example, if the Dragonborn has 20 torches and drops 18, after picking all of the torches up, there will now be 21 in inventory.


Start a Discussion Discussions about Torch (Skyrim)

  • While sneaking and blocking with a torch...

    3 messages
    • I tried it thinking maybe it was note worthy because it was faster than normal speed but didn't take up stamina like sprinting would, but...
    • You mean.. The perk that makes you move faster when you have a shield out?
  • Buffing the torch?

    7 messages
    • I use torches so that I can avoid casting spells.
    • there is a mod that makes skeletons and such spwan at night in super high levels and number if you arent carrying a torch and are far away fr...

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