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Skyrim:Paralyze (effect)

Skyrim: Magic: Magical Effects(Redirected from Skyrim:Paralysis)
SR-icon-spell-Paralyze.png Paralyze
School Alteration
Type Offensive
ID 00073f30
Base Cost 500
Base Mag 0
Base Dur 1
ID 000acbb6
Base Cost 450
Items Weapons
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Built-In Potions

Alchemy description: Target is paralyzed for <dur> seconds.
Enchanting description: Chance to paralyze the target for <dur> seconds.
Paralyze (a.k.a. Paralysis) renders the target completely unable to move or attack until the spell wears off.


The following alchemy ingredients can be used to create a poison of Paralysis:


The following items use this effect. The base chance of paralyzing an opponent is 26%. You can learn how to enchant custom items with Paralyze if you find one of the following items and disenchant it:

  • All weapons of Immobilizing
  • All weapons of Petrifying
  • All weapons of Stunning

Artifacts and unique items that use the effect but cannot be disenchanted include:


The following spells use the Paralyze group of effects. Following each spell is the specific variant of the effect that it uses:


  • Unlike past Elder Scrolls games, in Skyrim there is no Cure Paralysis effect.
  • Finding merchants that sell items with this effect for disenchantment purposes is only possible when you are level 22 or higher.
  • The name of the alchemical version of this effect is actually "Paralysis" instead of "Paralyze".
  • Paralyze does not cause any direct damage to targets. However, because of the ragdoll effect, the victim might instead tumble off a cliff and receive fall damage, potentially killing them.[verification needed — see talk page]


  • Enemies killed while paralyzed or paralyzed by the killing blow may become unlootable.
    • Leaving and returning to the area makes the body lootable again.
  • If an opponent is paralyzed by the killing blow, their weapons might float in mid-air while their body falls to the ground.
  • The body of an opponent paralyzed by a killing blow may also remain in the paralyzed pose indefinitely, rather than falling to the ground in a normal death pose.
  • Enemies that are paralyzed and then knocked off a cliff may cause a glitch in the game's physics engine, where the body will rapidly dart around on the ground.
  • In the Civil War questline, paralyzing any of the NPCs whom you must force to surrender and then reducing their health to zero will prevent you from completing the objective, even after the effect should have worn off. These NPCs include Jarl Balgruuf and General Tullius if siding with the Stormcloaks, and Ulfric Stormcloak if siding with the Legion. ?
  • Reanimating a body that has died under the effects of paralysis will be unable to move from their position, possibly stuck in a walking animation, and are impervious to melee (though hitting them with weapons will provide XP). ?