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For the alternate version, see Experimental Subject (B).
Neloth will request you help him with an experiment. Agree and he will cast an experimental spell on you, instructing you to report to him any side effects. The spell will endow you with 25 additional points of health. You can observe the status of the effect through the Active Effects section of your magic menu. The effect is permanent until you submerge yourself up to arms length in water. Doing so will then cause a 25 point decrease to health permanently until you return to Neloth. Streams running through caves, and other shallow water regions should not affect this, nor should wading in shallow water for any period of time. It is therefore possible by carefully avoiding deep water to maintain this bonus for a significant period. By obtaining Ahzidal's Boots of Waterwalking during Unearthed this bonus can theoretically be maintained indefinitely, provided you manage to stay out of the rain (some players have reported that rain induces the negative effects). Returning to Neloth and reporting the negative effects will result in him removing the spell, which will set you back to normal. He will then reward you 250 gold regardless of your level.
- When Neloth asks if you are willing to be an experimental subject, the dialogue may end without presenting the option "What kind of experiment". This means the quest cannot be started.
- This bug is fixed by version 2.0.4 of the Unofficial Dragonborn Patch.
- It may also break the Research quest chain. Completing another quest for Neloth may restore the proper dialogue functions.
|Experimental Subject (DLC2TTR4a)|
|Stage||Finishes Quest||Journal Entry|
|100||I let Neloth cast an experimental spell on me. If I discover any side effects, I should tell him right away.
Objective 100: Watch for side effects
|200||I let Neloth cast an experimental spell on me. I've discovered a potentially dangerous side effect. Normally it boosts my health, but if I am in the rain or swim, it reduces my health.
Objective 200: Talk to Neloth
|400||Neloth asked me to be a test subject for one of his experiments. I refused.|