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MW-icon-effect-Burden.jpg Burden
School Alteration
Type Offensive
Base Cost 1.0
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Built-In Potions
Black Jinx
Spear of the Hunter BM

Burden M points for D seconds

Increases the target's encumbrance by M points for D seconds. If Burden pushes the encumbrance level past its maximum value, the target becomes immobile, and will be an easy target for pounding with ranged weapons, spells, or high-reach melee weapons.


  • An alternative to the Burden effect is the use of spells, scrolls, or enchantments to lower an adversary's Strength, i.e. with Drain Strength or Damage Strength effects. This will lower their maximum encumbrance, rendering them immobile if it goes beneath their load level. Combining the Strength drop with Burden will give maximum flexibility.
  • The Burden effect can be resisted with a Resist Magicka effect. Conversely, the effects of Burden can be amplified by a Weakness to Magicka effect.
  • Burden can be found in single-effect potions, which has no practical use as potions are only usable on yourself.

Related EffectsEdit

Alchemy IngredientsEdit

The following ingredients will make a potion of Burden:

*This is a first-effect, so consuming it raw will give this effect without making a potion.