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Torch (Skyrim)

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TESV Torch
0.5 WeightIcon
Base Value:
2 GoldIcon
Type: Miscellaneous Item
FormID: 0001D4EC
For this item in other games, see Torch.

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.

Locations where torches can be found: (note that the list is incomplete)


  • If bashing whilst blocking, enemies will catch fire, much like a fire enchantment on a weapon. This will increase the Block skill.
  • 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.
  • While sneaking and blocking with a torch, the Dragonborn will move significantly faster.
  • 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 or blizzard.
  • 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.


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's 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)

  • Zero Weight Torch Variant

    5 messages
    • I just wanted to ask... Why would you want to have the zero weight one?
    • There might be one under Hrodulf's House in the cellar.
  • torch limit time?

    5 messages
    • however, it never states how long they last for, do anyone have any idea as to how long it does? Also i think it should be stated someone ot...
    • They last for 240 seconds (4 minutes) by default, if anyone is curious.

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