Skyrim Spell Books Guide

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You can acquire different Magic Spells in Skyrim by reading Spell Books, which are scattered throughout Skyrim and can be purchased from NPCs. They are pretty much random, only a few have set location.

So, we can’t really snipe the locations where you will find these spell books but what we can do is, tell you the set locations of the few and tell you about the NPCs who sell these books.

Don’t forget to read our Walkthrough, Tweak Guide, and Crashes Freezes Troubleshooting Tips.

Elder Scrolls V Skyrim Spell Books

I have explained all the Skyrim Spell Books below. For more help, read our Skill Books Locations and Daedric Artifacts Guide.

Alteration

Candlelight
Creates a hovering light that lasts for 60 seconds.

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Detect Dead
Nearby dead and undead can be seen through walls.

Dragonhide
Caster ignores 80% of all physical damage for 30 seconds.

Ebonyflesh
Improves the caster’s armor rating by 100 points for 60 seconds.

Equilibrium
Converts 25 points of health into magicka per second. Caster can be killed by this effect. You will find this Spell Book in Labyrinthian.

Ironflesh
Improves the caster’s armor rating by 80 points for 60 seconds.

Magelight
Ball of light that lasts 60 seconds and sticks where it strikes. Farengar Secret-Fire

Mass Paralysis
All targets in the area that fail to resist are paralyzed for 15 seconds.

Oakflesh
Improves the caster’s armor rating by 40 points for 60 seconds. Farengar Secret-Fire

Paralyze
Targets that fail to resist are paralyzed for 10 seconds.

Stoneflesh
Improves the caster’s armor rating by 60 points for 60 seconds. Farengar Secret-Fire

Telekinesis
Can pull an object to you from a distance. Add it to your inventory or throw it.

Transmute
Transmutes one piece of unrefined Iron ore to Silver, or Silver ore to Gold if the caster is carrying any. You will find this spell book in Halted Stream Camp.

Waterbreathing
Can breathe water for 60 seconds.

Conjuration

Banish Daedra
Weaker summoned daedra are sent back to Oblivion.

Bound Battleaxe
Creates a magic battle axe for 120 seconds. Sheathe it to dispel. You can buy this spell from Farengar Secret-Fire.

Bound Bow
Creates a magic bow for 120 seconds. Sheathe it to dispel.

Bound Sword
Creates a magic sword for 120 seconds. Sheathe it to dispel. You can buy this spell from Farengar Secret-Fire.

Command Daedr
Powerful summoned and raised creatures are put under your control.

Conjure Dragon Priest
Summons a Dragon Priest for 60 seconds.

Conjure Dremora Lord
Summons a Dremora Lord for 60 seconds. Phinis Gestor

Conjure Familiar
Summons a Familiar for 60 seconds wherever the caster is pointing. Bretons start with this spell. You can also buy this spell from Farengar Secret-Fire.

Conjure Flame Atronach
Summons a Flame Atronach for 60 seconds wherever the caster is pointing. You can buy this spell from Farengar Secret-Fire.

Conjure Frost Atronach
Summons a Frost Atronach for 60 seconds wherever the caster is pointing. You can buy this spell from Phinis Gestor.

Conjure Storm Atronach
Summons a Storm Atronach for 60 seconds wherever the caster is pointing. You can buy this spell from Phinis Gestor.

Dread Zombie
Reanimate a very powerful dead body to fight for you for 60 seconds. You can buy this spell from Phinis Gestor.

Expel Daedra
Powerful summoned daedra creatures are are sent back to Oblivion. You can buy this spell from Phinis Gestor.

Flame Thrall
Summons a Flame Atronach permanently.

Flaming Familiar
Summons a familiar that will charge the nearest enemy and explode.

Frost Thrall
Summons a Frost Atronach permanently.

Raise Zombie
Reanimate a weak dead body to fight for you for 60 seconds. You can buy this spell from Farengar Secret-Fire.

Reanimate Corpse
Reanimate a more powerful dead body to fight for you for 60 seconds. You can buy this spell from Farengar Secret-Fire.

Revenant
Reanimate a powerful dead body to fight for you for 60 seconds. You can buy this spell from Phinis Gestor.

Soul Trap
If target dies within 60 seconds, fills a soul gem. You can buy this spell from Farengar Secret-Fire.

Storm Thrall
Summons a Storm Atronach permanently.

Destruction

Flames
A gout of fire that does 8 points per second. Targets on fire take extra damage.

Firebolt
A blast of fire that does 25 points of damage. Targets on fire take extra damage. You can buy this spell from either Farengar Secret-Fire or Wuunferth the Unliving.

Firebolt Storm
A blast of fire that does 5 points. Targets on fire take extra damage.

Fire Rune
Cast on a nearby surface, it explodes for 50 points of fire damage when enemies come near.

Flame Cloak
For 60 seconds, opponents in melee range take 8 points fire damage per second. Targets on fire take extra damage. You can buy this spell from Wuunferth the Unliving.

Incinerate
A blast of fire that does 60 points of damage. Targets on fire take extra damage. Faralda

Wall of Flames
Sprayed on the ground, it creates a wall of fire that does 50 points of fire damage per second. You can buy this spell from Faralda.

Fire Storm
A 100 point fiery explosion centered on the caster. Does more damage to closer targets.

Frostbite
A blast of cold that does 8 points of damage per second to Health and Stamina. You can buy this spell from either Farengar Secret-Fire or Wuunferth the Unliving.

Ice Spike
A spike of ice that does 25 points of frost damage to Health and Stamina. You can buy this spell from Farengar Secret-Fire, Wuunferth the Unliving and Feralda.

Frost Rune
Cast on a nearby surface, it explodes for 50 points of frost damage when enemies come near. You can buy this spell from either Farengar Secret-Fire or Wuunferth the Unliving.

Ice Storm
A freezing whirlwind that does 40 points of frost damage per second to Health and Stamina. You can buy this spell from Wuunferth the Unliving.

Frost Cloak
For 60 seconds, opponents in melee range take 8 points frost damage and Stamina damage per second. You can buy this spell from Wuunferth the Unliving.

Icy Spear
A spear of ice that does 60 points of frost damage to Health and Stamina. You can buy this spell from Faralda.

Wall of Frost
Sprayed on the ground, it creates a wall of frost that does 50 points of frost damage per second. You can buy this spell from Faralda.

Blizzard
Targets take 20 points of frost damage for 10 seconds, plus Stamina damage.

Sparks
Lightning that does 8 points of shock damage to Health and Magicka per second. You will learn this spell in Helgen or get it if you start as Dunmer. You can also buy it from Farengar Secret-Fire or Wuunferth the Unliving.

Lightning Bolt
A bolt of lightning that does 25 points of shock damage to Health and half that to Magicka. You can buy this spell from either Farengar Secret-Fire or Wuunferth the Unliving.

Lightning Rune
Cast on a nearby surface, it explodes for 50 points of shock damage when enemies come near. You can buy this spell from either Farengar Secret-Fire or Wuunferth the Unliving.

Lightning Cloak
For 60 seconds nearby opponents take 8 points of shock damage and half magicka damage. You can buy this spell from Wuunferth the Unliving.

Chain Lightning
Lightning bolt that does 40 points of shock damage to Health and half to Magicka, then leaps to a new target. You can buy this spell from Wuunferth the Unliving or Faralda.

Thunderbolt
A Thunderbolt that does 60 points of shock damage to Health and half that to Magicka. You can buy this spell from Faralda.

Wall of Storms
Sprayed on the ground, it creates a wall of lightning that does 50 points of shock damage per second. You can buy this spell from Faralda.

Lightning Storm
Target takes 75 points of shock damage per second to Health, and half that to Magicka.

Illusion

Calm
Creatures and people up to level 9 won’t fight for 30 seconds. You can buy this spell from Farengar Secret-Fire.

Clairvoyance
Shows the path to the current goal. You can buy this spell from Farengar Secret-Fire or get it ouside the town of Riverwood, in the embershard mine.

Courage
Target won’t flee for 60 seconds and gets some extra health and stamina. You can buy it from Farengar Secret-Fire.

Fade Other
Target is invisible for 30 seconds. Activating an object or attacking will break the spell.

Fear
Creatures and people up to level 9 flee from combat for 30 seconds. Farengar Secret-Fire, Faralda

Frenzy
Creatures and people up to level 14 will attack anyone nearby for 60 seconds.

Fury
Creatures and people up to level 6 will attack anything nearby for 30 seconds. You get this spell when you start as Altmer or you can buy it from Farengar Secret-Fire.

Harmony
Creatures and people up to level 25 nearby won’t fight for 60 seconds.

Hysteria
Creatures and people up to level 25 flee from combat for 60 seconds.

Invisibility
Caster is invisible for 30 seconds. Activating an object or attacking will break the spell.

Mayhem
Creatures and people up to level 25 will attack anyone nearby for 60 seconds.

Muffle
You move more quietly for 180 seconds. You can buy this spell from Farengar Secret-Fire.

Pacify
Creatures and people up to level 20 won’t fight for 60 seconds.

Rally
Targets won’t flee for 60 seconds and get extra health and stamina.

Rout
Creatures and people up to level 20 flee from combat for 30 seconds.

Restoration

Bane of the Undead
Sets undead up to level 30 on fire and makes them flee for 30 seconds.

Circle of Protection
Undead up to level 20 entering the circle will flee.

Close Wounds
Heals the caster 100 points.

College Practice Ward
Increases armor rating by 100 points and negates up to 100 points of spell damage or effects.

Fast Healing
Heals the caster 50 points. You can buy this spell from Farengar Secret-Fire.

Grand Healing
Heals everyone close to the caster 200 points.

Greater Ward
Increases armor rating by 80 points and negates up to 80 points of spell damage or effects.

Guardian Circle
Undead up to level 35 entering the circle will flee. Caster heals 20 health per second inside it.

Heal Other
Heals the target 75 points, but not undead, atronachs or machines.

Healing
Heals the caster 10 points per second. Farengar Secret-Fire

Healing Hands
Heals the target 10 points per second, but not undead, atronachs or machines. You will learn this spell during First Lessons or you can buy it from Farengar Secret-Fire.

Lesser Ward
Increases armor rating by 40 points and negates up to 40 points of spell damage or effects. First Lessons during Tolfdir’s lecture. You can buy this spell from Farengar Secret-Fire.

Meridia’s Light
Sets even powerful undead on fire and makes them flee for 30 seconds.

Repel Lesser Undead
All affected undead up to level 8 flee for 30 seconds.

Repel Undead
All affected undead up to level 16 flee for 30 seconds.

Steadfast Ward
Increases armor rating by 60 points and negates up to 60 points of spell damage or effects. You can buy this spell from Farengar Secret-Fire.

Turn Greater Undead
Undead up to level 21 flee for 30 seconds.

Turn Lesser Undead
Undead up to level 6 flee for 30 seconds. Farengar Secret-Fire

Turn Undead
Undead up to level 13 flee for 30 seconds.

Don’t forget to contribute to the guide by giving suggestions and spell tips in the comments below!. For more help on Spells, read our Skyrim Magic Guide.

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