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Oblivion:Skill Books

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The first time you read a given Skill Book, your level in the associated Skill will be permanently increased by one point. If a major skill is increased, it will count towards leveling up; the skill increase will also contribute to the skill bonuses you receive next time you level up. Unlike Trainers, there is no limit to how many Skill Books you can read at one level (other than how many you are able to find).

You can open a Skill Book, read it, and acquire the skill bonus without it being considered theft. Theft occurs only if while reading it you choose to "Take" the book. If you just close the book (putting it back where you found it) no crime is committed.

If you find a second copy of a Skill Book that you have already read, you will not receive any skill bonus for reading the second copy.

When you have reached Mastery in a skill (100 pts), reading an unread skill book will not produce any effect: it will not increase your skill above 100 pts; it will not increase the Skill Books Read counter in your character statistics either, and you will not even be alerted of the skill book discovery. This also holds true if the skill in question is fortified past 100; you will not gain the relevant skill increase or be notified of the fact that you have found a skill book. Unlike with trainers, using a Drain Skill spell to decrease a skill level under 100 will not allow you to use the skill book to increase your skill level over 100. However, you can decrease your Master skill back down to Expert by serving jail time, allowing you to read the book and get the skill point as normal.

A potential way to maximize skill books bonuses is to delay reading books located

  • in containers -- since you can transfer them in your inventory without reading them
  • outside containers, in a permanent, non-hostile, easily accessible location (such as a Mages Guild bookshelf or the Arcane University)

until you have reached Expert status (75 to 99 pts) in the relevant skill, since one extra skill point is much harder to gain when you're an Expert than when you're still a Novice. However, this advice does not work for skill books found outside containers during quests, as it is not possible to take them without opening, thus reading them first.

There are 109 skill books in total: 5 for most skills; 6 for Conjuration, Destruction, Illusion, Mysticism, and Heavy Armor; and 4 for Speechcraft. (The four "extra" Magic books are the four Mythic Dawn Commentaries the player is supposed to read as part of The Path of Dawn, leaving the standard 5-per-skill to be discovered outside of the quest).

Twenty of the skill books (one in each skill, except for Speechcraft) can be found in random loot. This means that there is a small chance that one of these twenty books will appear in boss-level chests in dungeons with certain types of enemies. The remaining 89 books exist only in specific locations. The following dungeons (in descending order) are the best sources to acquire the three different types of skill books found in random loot:

There are also two quests from which you will receive a random skill book as your reward:

  • Bear Season: one of six Combat skill books (all the Combat books found in normal random loot, except for Armorer).
  • Two Sides of the Coin: one random Combat or Magic skill book, including those not normally found in random loot; plus one of the following 6 books: Purloined Shadows (Sneak), Mystery of Talara v1 (Acrobatics), Rislav The Righteous (Light Armor), The Black Arrow v2 (Marksman), A Dance in Fire v7 (Mercantile), or Surfeit of Thieves (Security).

If you have Shivering Isles installed, there is an additional quest from which you will receive a random skill book as your reward:

AcrobaticsEdit

Book Name (ID) Author Description Where this book can be found
The Black Arrow, v 1
000243cd
Gorgic Guine Volume one of a story of revenge, and a true master archer
A Dance in Fire, v1
000243cb
Waughin Jarth Chapter 1 of a clerk's adventures in Valenwood
A Dance in Fire, v4
000243cc
Waughin Jarth Chapter 4 of a clerk's adventures in Valenwood
Mystery of Talara, v 1
000243ce
Mera Llykith Part one of the story of Princess Talara
Thief
000243ca
Reven The second chapter of the adventures of Eslaf Erol

AlchemyEdit

Book Name (ID) Author Description Where this book can be found
Calcinator Treatise
00073a5f
Argonian secrets of proper Calcinator positioning
De Rerum Dirennis
000243d2
Vorian Direnni Tales about a creator of Alchemy Science
A Game at Dinner
000243cf
An Anonymous Spy A spy's observations upon poison making and a dinner party
Mannimarco, King of Worms 1
000243d0
Horicles Biography of Mannimarco, the leader of Necromancers, in verse
Song of the Alchemists 1
000243d1
Marobar Sul Book 5 of an incomplete series of fictional stories about the Dwemer

AlterationEdit

Book Name (ID) Author Description Where this book can be found
Daughter of the Niben
000243d4
Sathyr Longleat The history of Bravil and its famous statue of the Lucky Old Lady
The Dragon Break 3
000243d5
Fal Droon Explanation of a historical error of timing
The Lunar Lorkhan
000243d8
Fal Droon A theory about the moons Masser and Secunda
Reality & Other Falsehoods
00073a69
Summary of the basic principles of Alteration magic
Sithis
000243d6
Text detailing an apparent connection between Sithis and Lorkhan

ArmorerEdit

Book Name (ID) Author Description Where this book can be found
The Armorer's Challenge
000243d9
Mymophonus A competition between two skilled armorsmiths
Cherim's Heart of Anequina
000243dc
Livillus Perus, Professor at the Imperial University Interview with Cherim, a master tapestry weaver
Heavy Armor Repair
00073a68
Information on the best ways to repair various types of heavy armor
Last Scabbard of Akrash 3
000243da
Tabar Vunqidh Story of a slaver's daughter and her Khajiit lover
Light Armor Repair
00073a67
A guide to refurbishing light armor

AthleticsEdit

Book Name (ID) Author Description Where this book can be found
The Argonian Account, Book 1
000243e2
Waughin Jarth Decumus Scotti's continued adventures in Black Marsh, Volume 1
  • Found in random loot
  • Possible reward from the quest Bear Season
Beggar
000243e1
Reven The first chapter in the adventures of Eslaf Erol
A Dance in Fire, v3
000243df
Waughin Jarth Chapter 3 of a clerk's adventures in Valenwood
The Ransom of Zarek
000243de
Marobar Sul How a boy escapes his kidnappers
The Red Kitchen Reader
000243e0
Simocles Quo Autobiographical musings of how the Master of Cuisine came to adore viands

BladeEdit

Book Name (ID) Author Description Where this book can be found
2920, Morning Star
000243e4
Carlovac Townway Volume 1 of a historical series about Vivec and the Empire
Battle of Sancre Tor
00073a61
The story of how General Talos defeated the stronghold of Sancre Tor
Fire and Darkness
000243e5
Ynir Gorming The history of the Morag Tong assassin guild
Song Of Hrormir 3
000243e6
The epic narrative of Hrormir, one-time champion of Nocturnal
Words and Philosophy
000243e3
An interview with a Bosmer master swordsman about her life

BlockEdit

Book Name (ID) Author Description Where this book can be found
A Dance in Fire, v2
000243ea
Waughin Jarth Chapter 2 of a clerk's adventures in Valenwood
Death Blow of Abernanit
000243e8
Anonymous (with notes by Geocrates Varnus) The death of Dagoth Thras
The Mirror
000243e9
Berdier Wreans About a skilled fighter's showdown with his greatest enemy
  • Leyawiin City Watch Barracks, on a shelf in a downstairs storage room
The Warp in the West
000243ec
Ulvius Tero Reports from Imperial Blades concerning the effects of the Dragon Break on the Iliac Bay region
Warrior 2
000243eb
Reven The third chapter of the adventures of Eslaf Erol

BluntEdit

Book Name (ID) Author Description Where this book can be found
The Importance of Where
000243ee
Marobar Sul Book 3 of an incomplete series of fictional stories about the Dwemer
King 2
000243f0
Reven The final chapter in the adventures of Eslaf Erol
  • Anvil Castle Royal Quarters, on a shelf
  • Battlehorn Castle after buying the bedroom area upgrade (mod-specific)
The Legendary Sancre Tor
00073a62
Matera Chapel An attempt to chronicle the rise and fall of Sancre Tor
Mace Etiquette
00073a66
A warrior's instruction pamphlet on proper mace tactics
Night Falls on Sentinel
000243ef
Boali How a knight weeds out an enemy of the king

ConjurationEdit

Book Name (ID) Author Description Where this book can be found
2920, Frostfall
000243f5
Carlovac Townway Volume 10 of a historical series about Vivec and the Empire
  • Anvil Chapel Hall, on a desk
2920, Hearth Fire
000243f4
Carlovac Townway Volume 9 of a historical series about Vivec and the Empire
  • Bruma Chapel Hall, on a shelf
The Doors of Oblivion
000243f2
Seif-ij Hidja The chronicles of Morian Zenas' journey through the realms of Oblivion, penned by his apprentice
Liminal Bridges 1
00073a60
Camilonwe of Alinor A Discourse On The Theory and Praxis of Traveling Between Mundus and Oblivion
  • Arcane University Mystic Archives, in a second-floor display case against the west wall (look for a brown book)
Mythic Dawn Commentaries 1
00022b04
Mankar Camoran The first book read by initiates to the Mythic Dawn cult
The Warrior's Charge
000243f6
An old poem of the Redguards that deals with the constellations
  • Only found in random loot

DestructionEdit

Book Name (ID) Author Description Where this book can be found
The Art of War Magic
000243fa
Zurin Arctus, with Commentary By Other Learned Masters Mastering the art of winning
The Horrors of Castle Xyr
000243f7
Baloth-Kul A One Act Play
A Hypothetical Treachery
000243f9
Anthil Morvir A One Act Play
  • Skingrad Castle Lords Manor, on a shelf in the northwest corner of Hassildor's room.
Mystery of Talara, v 3
000243fb
Mera Llykith Part three of the story of Princess Talara
  • Only found in random loot
Mythic Dawn Commentaries 2
00022b05
Mankar Camoran The second book read by initiates to the Mythic Dawn cult
Response to Bero's Speech 1
000243f8
Malviser, Battlemage Commentaries of "Bero's Speech to the Battlemages" book
  • Arcane University Mystic Archives, on a ground-floor bookshelf against the east wall (look for a small blue book on the middle shelf)

Hand to HandEdit

Book Name (ID) Author Description Where this book can be found
Ahzirr Traajijazeri
000243fe
Anonymous The public manifesto of the Khajiit organization Renrijra Krin
Immortal Blood
000243fc
Anonymous Dialogues about fighting with vampires
Master Zoaraym's Tale
00024400
Gi'Nanth About the Temple of the Two Moons in Elsweyr and its students
Way of the Exposed Palm
00073a6a
Explanation of the key towards mastery of open-handed combat
  • Black Balconies of Fieldhouse in Fieldhouse Cave, on the ground (hiding under a Cairn Bolete)
The Wolf Queen, v 2
000243fd
Waughin Jarth Life of Queen Potema, Book Two

Heavy ArmorEdit

Book Name (ID) Author Description Where this book can be found
2920, MidYear
00024402
Carlovac Townway Volume 6 of a historical series about Vivec and the Empire
Chimarvamidium 3
00024403
Marobar Sul Book 6 of a series of fictional stories about the Dwemer
Fighters Guild History, 1st Ed. 1
000a915c
Detailing the events leading up to the foundation of the Syffim, now known as the Fighters Guild
Hallgerd's Tale
00024401
Tavi Dromio Squabbling over the greatest warrior ever leads to a tale of heavy-armor-master Hlaalu Pasoroth
History of the Fighters Guild
00024405
Detailing the events leading up to the foundation of the Syffim, now known as the Fighters Guild

(Note that this is the standard edition of this book; there is also a more expensive first edition, see above)

How Orsinium Passed to Orcs
00024404
Menyna Gsost The story of how Gortwog won the land to the north of Wayrest
  • Bruma Castle Lords Manor, on a desk

IllusionEdit

Book Name (ID) Author Description Where this book can be found
The Argonian Account, Book 3 1
00024407
Waughin Jarth Decumus Scotti's continued adventures in Black Marsh, Volume 3
  • Arcane University Mystic Archives, upstairs, south wall, right bookshelf, above the Novice Alembic
Incident in Necrom
00024408
Jonquilla Bothe A story about an illusionist
Mystery of Talara, v 4
0002440a
Mera Llykith Part four of the story of Princess Talara
Mythic Dawn Commentaries 3
00022b06
Mankar Camoran The third book read by initiates to the Mythic Dawn cult
Palla, volume 1
00024409
Vojne Mierstyyd A conjurer's tragic infatuation with a dead woman (volume 1 of 2)
  • Arkved's Tower, on a table next to Vaermina's Orb in the final room (available during Vaermina's Daedric quest)
The Wolf Queen, v 3
00024406
Waughin Jarth Life of Queen Potema, Book Three
  • Bruma Mages Guild, on a desk in the southeast basement room (look for an orange book)

Light ArmorEdit

Book Name (ID) Author Description Where this book can be found
Ice and Chitin
0002440C
Pletius Spatec A tale of the manipulation of chitin armor
Lord Jornibret's Last Dance
0002440d
Song involving men and women's parts
The Rear Guard
0002440b
Tenace Mourl How a lone man guards a besieged castle and how he obtains his food
The Refugees
0002440e
Geros Albreigh History of refugees fleeing the Camoran Usurper
Rislav The Righteous
0002440f
Sinjin Heroic tales of Rislav Larich, ancient King of Skingrad
  • Deepscorn Hollow after buying the study area upgrade (mod-specific)
  • May also be found in random loot

MarksmanEdit

Book Name (ID) Author Description Where this book can be found
The Black Arrow, v 2
00024531
Gorgic Guine Volume two of a story of revenge, and a true master archer
A Dance in Fire, v5
00024411
Waughin Jarth Chapter 5 of a clerk's adventures in Valenwood
Father Of The Niben
00024530
Florin Jaliil Translation of the fragmented journal of Topal the Pilot
The Gold Ribbon of Merit
00024410
Ampyrian Brum A man tutors his old friend in marksmanship
Vernaccus and Bourlor
0002452f
Tavi Dromio How a short-tempered Daedra tries to make something of himself

MercantileEdit

Book Name (ID) Author Description Where this book can be found
2920, Sun's Height 3
00024534
Carlovac Townway Volume 7 of a historical series about Vivec and the Empire
The Buying Game 3
00024532
Adabael Timsar-Dadisun Tips on buying and selling
A Dance in Fire, v6 3
00024535
Waughin Jarth Chapter 6 of a clerk's adventures in Valenwood
A Dance in Fire, v7
00024536
Waughin Jarth Chapter 7 of a clerk's adventures in Valenwood
  • Only found in random loot
The Wolf Queen, v 4 3
00024533
Waughin Jarth Life of Queen Potema, Book Four

MysticismEdit

Book Name (ID) Author Description Where this book can be found
2920, Sun's Dawn 2
00024538
Carlovac Townway Volume 2 of a historical series about Vivec and the Empire
  • Skingrad Chapel Hall, on a desk in a side room (look for a purple book)
Before the Ages of Man 1
00073a63
Aicantar of Shimerene Chronicles the major events of the Dawn and Merethic Eras
  • Arcane University's Chironasium, on a first floor Altar of Enchanting, against the southwest wall
The Black Arts On Trial
00024539
Hannibal Traven, Archmagister of the Mages Guild A summary of the debate which led to the Mages Guild resolution on Necromancy
The Firsthold Revolt
00024537
Maveus Cie The story of how Hlaalu Helseth's sister kept the Summerset Isle city of Firsthold
Mythic Dawn Commentaries 4
00022b07
Mankar Camoran The fourth and final book read by initiates to the Mythic Dawn cult
Souls, Black and White
00073a6b
A scholar's look at the souls of man and beast
  • Fort Cuptor Battlemains, on the stone slab next to a bed, slightly under a coffin leaning against the slab
  • May also be found in random loot

RestorationEdit

Book Name (ID) Author Description Where this book can be found
2920, Rain's Hand
0002453f
Carlovac Townway Volume 4 of a historical series about Vivec and the Empire
  • Bravil Chapel Hall, on a shelf
The Exodus 2
0002453e
Waughin Jarth The tale of a couple's desperate bid to save their only child
  • Skingrad Chapel Hall, on a bookshelf in the north room with a dining table. (look for a brown book)
Mystery of Talara, v 2
00024540
Mera Llykith Part two of the story of Princess Talara
  • Only found in random loot
Notes on Racial Phylogeny
0002453d
the Council of Healers, Imperial University About the similarities and differences between the races of Tamriel
Withershins
0002453c
Yaqut Tawashi A humorous tale of a man's ailment and cure
  • Leyawiin Mages Guild , on a second-floor bookshelf (northwest room), top shelf (southeast corner, look for a green book)

SecurityEdit

Book Name (ID) Author Description Where this book can be found
Advances in Lock Picking
00073a65
A Skill Book in Security, providing tips on how to pick locks
The Locked Room
00024541
Porbert Lyttumly How a pupil outlocks her cruel lockpick instructor
Proper Lock Design
00073a64
Written as a manual for lock designers, unintentionally helpful to thieves
Surfeit of Thieves
00024545
Aniis Noru How a busted robbery gets even worse
  • Only found in random loot
The Wolf Queen, v 1
00024542
Waughin Jarth Life of Queen Potema, Book One

SneakEdit

Book Name (ID) Author Description Where this book can be found
2920, Last Seed
00024547
Carlovac Townway Volume 8 of a historical series about Vivec and the Empire
Legend of Krately House
00024549
Baloth-Kul A play about the ghostly Krately family and how they died
Purloined Shadows
0002454a
Waughin Jarth A chill tale recounting the theft of Nocturnal's cloak
  • Only found in random loot
Sacred Witness
00024548
Enric Milnes Account of Enric's meeting with the Night Mother and career as an assassin
The Wolf Queen, v 6
00024546
Waughin Jarth Life of Queen Potema, Book Six

SpeechcraftEdit

Book Name (ID) Author Description Where this book can be found
2920, Second Seed
0002454d
Carlovac Townway Volume 5 of a historical series about Vivec and the Empire
  • Imperial Palace, on a bookshelf in the Imperial Battlemage's Chambers, top shelf (only available during The Ultimate Heist)
Biography of the Wolf Queen 3
0002454b
Katar Eriphanes A history of the unambiguously evil Queen Potema, the so-called Wolf Queen of Solitude
The Wolf Queen, v 5
0002454c
Waughin Jarth Life of Queen Potema, Book Five
The Wolf Queen, v 7
0002454e
Waughin Jarth Life of Queen Potema, Book Seven

1 You need to complete the Mages Guild Recommendation Quests to reach this location.
2 If someone sees you here you are Trespassing.
3 Taking this book is theft.