Skyrim console commands let you cheat. And do other stuff
Nov 16, 2011
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There's nothing quite like accessing the console to remind you that you're a PC gamer. It makes me feel like a man. Except when I press ` accidentally and end up typing something like wwwwdwwwwddwdwdwdwwwdwwwwdws. Now, thanks to the Skyrim Wikia we have a full list of Skyrim console commands, ranging from invincibility to unlimited cash. It's possible to completely break the game, if you're into that kind of thing. Click through for the full list of Skyrim console commands.
Or do you like the idea of creating your own mod? Thanks to the Skyrim Creation Kit it's a lot easier than you think. Our
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To enable these, just hit the Tilde (`) key and enter the appropriate codes. You can turn on more than one at once, too, so you can be invincible, fly and teleport all at the same time. In the game, of course.
Some of these may cause glitches and/or you to fall out of the gameworld. It's definitely worth saving your game, and turning off autosave so you don't get indefinitely stuck in the non-space underneath Windhelm.
Good ol' God Mode means you're completely invulnerable to everything, and pretty damn god-like. And no one needs to write a book about you or anything.
No clipping lets you go literally anywhere in the game world, from the top of the sky to the bottom of the, er, sky. Fascinating if you want to witness the game world.
Can't find that vital key? Lockpicking skill too low? Simply highlight the door or chest you want to unlock, and type "unlock" into the console. If only this worked in real life.
Every single spell in Skyrim is now yours!
Automatically level up - perfect if you hate playing games.
Automatically complete all the stages of your primary quest - perfect if you hate playing games.
Unhappy with your blind, inbred-looking Bosmer chap? You can adjust the way your character looks just like you did at the start of Skyrim - but this will reset your level and skills.
player.modav skill X
Where "skill" is the skill you want to modify, and X is the amount you want to modify it by. Skills are inputted via their in-game names without spaces, apart from Archery which is "Marksman", and Speech, which is known as "Speechcraft".
player.additem ITEM ###
Every single item in Skyrim has a code, a bit like an Argos catalogue of fantasy objects. You'll find them in our list of Skyrim item codes (link pending) - replace "ITEM" with the item's code, and "###" with the number of items you want. Now your dreams of owning 47 cabbage potato soups can come true. You can find the codes in our
Skyrim item codes
player.additem 0000000f ###
A simple way to get some free gold - any number between 001 and 999 will do.
player.additem 0000000a “###”
Running low on lockpicks? Enter the number you require here and they'll magically appear.
Toggles all in-game menus - perfect if you want to take some screenshots to convince elderly relatives that Skyrim is where you went on your holidays. Note that this also turns off the Console commands menu, meaning you'll have to type it again invisibly to be able to see what you're doing.
Followed by 0 or 1 turns map markers on or off.
Not Team Fortress Classic, unfortunately. However, you will be able to access the flycam and pretend to be a dragon. This is how everyone gets all those amazing Skyrim shots you've seen.
Toggles AI, which means people won't interact with you, or do anything at all.
Turns combat AI on or off, turning dragons into placid beasts who act like you aren't there. A bit like cats.
This one lets you behave like a little rapscallion, as it turns naughty business detection (stealing, murdering, doing a poo in the woods etc) on or off. You'll still get caught if you try pickpocketing, though.
Adjust your wanted level with this handy command - setting it to zero resets your current amount of wantedness.
Up or down your player level as you see fit. Perfect if you hate playing games.
player.setav speedmult ###
Want to run like Uwe Boll after a night on the vindaloo? Set this number to anything more than 100 to speed up movement.
Go straight to your quest target.
Target the thing you want to kill, type this command and they'll fall over in a very dead manner. We wish the command was "Laputan Machine", though.
Kills everything in the vicinity. Literally everything.
Lists every single console command. We've put this further down the list because we want you to actually read this article.
Target the thing you want to bring back to life, and they'll get up in a very alive manner. You can also use this on live people to respawn them, which can fix awkward problems like Lydia taking off all her clothes for no reason.
player.modav carryweight #
Tired of getting tired? Up your carryweight and you'll be able to transport more goodies.
When will I, will I be famous? When you up your fame number.
He's not just famous, he's in-famous! Up it here.
player.setav fatigue #
Up this to stop feeling so tired all the time.
player.setav health #
Up your health here.
Bethesda's handily included a room with every single in-game item in it - type this command to go straight there. It might take a while to load - there are thousands of items here. Type "
" to return to the game.
Quit the game without having to go through any of those pesky menus.
Target a character and type this and you'll get all their items - including their clothes. Note: does not work in real life.
Change your character's gender. Note: does not work in real life.
set timescale to #
This defaults at 16 - 1 is realtime. Up it to experience crazy timelapse-style Skyrim.
There are undoubtedly more codes to come. Skyrim may be built on Bethesda's new Creation engine, but these commands are very similar to Fallout 3 and Oblivion's. Let us know what you've found in the comments.
for NPC spawning, making people fight and becoming a giant.
Use this to spawn NPCs and monsters at your location. Just replace actor/object ID with a Base ID (not a Ref ID) from our list of
Skyrim NPC codes. This is the command we used to crank out a horde of dragons around Whiterun. Note that this command spawns new creatures, rather than moving old ones, if you use it on an NPC, you'll clone them.
Use this to move yourself next to an NPC, useful for Kharjo, the nomadic Khajit, who can be hard to find as he follows the caravans around Skyrim. In this case you replace the words 'actor ID' with the Ref ID (not the Base ID), the opposite of placeatme. You can find the ID in our list of
Skyrim NPC codes.
Select two NPCs and set the relationship between them, the values range from 4 (lover) to -4 (archnemesis). Use it to make NPCs fight or do other er... more worrying things.
Click on an NPC and use this command to add them to a faction. It's not just about Stormcloaks and Imperials though, using 0005C84D will add a character to the follower faction, giving them the necessary dialogue to join you, while 00019809 will add them to the 'potential spouse' faction, allowing you to marry them. This won't work on NPCs with unique voices however, so you won't be able to wed Esbern or General Tullius any time soon.
Also known as the 'I have no mouth and I must scream' command. Disable banishes the selected NPC to some sort of weird coding limbo. They become invisible, have no collisions and AI won't interact with them, but they're still technically there. Horrifying.
Undoes the effects of the Disable command. Disabling and then Enabling your follower will reset them to your current level, which is a handy way of making sure they stay useful in a fight.
It might be fun putting on god mode and becoming immortal, but don't you get a little lonely knowing that one day all the other characters you loved will die? I know I do. Thankfully there's a solution, simply use this console command with a 1 to set characters to 'essential', which means they'll take damage until they fall on their knees, but then get up again. Using it with a 0 will turn essential characters mortal, but be careful with that, Bethesda probably made them immortal for a reason.
This command sets you as the owner of the targeted item, removing all those annoying 'stolen' tags from your ill gotten gains.
This allows you to move the quests you're back to a prior stage or forward to a new one. Useful if you've somehow broken it by murdering the wrong NPC.
has a useful list of quests, along with IDs and stages.
Changes the size of the player or NPC. You start out at level one, which is normal sized, while zero is small. It goes all the way up to an absurdly huge ten, as pictured in the thumbnail.
Click on an NPC and type this to force them to put the item they're holding away. Useful if they're holding a sword you want.
Sets your field of view. You can also do this through the ini file, but this way lets you see the effects right away, for easier adjusting.
Turns off the fog of war on your local map, filling it in completely. This doesn't do anything to the world map. or to the actual fog.
This usual command toggles the first person arms in the third person view. So you see your arms behind you, performing the same actions. Finally the chance to play Skyrim by pretending you're an diabolical puppet master!
Forces the player to drop items, even usually undroppable quest items. Try just 'drop' to drop absolutely everything you're carrying.
Unsurprisingly, dispells all spells on the target NPC. This won't work on werewolves, as they technically become a different NPC when they transform.
Tells you the level of the target NPC. Useful to check if your follower is levelling up with you. If they aren't, use the disable and enable commands to reset them to your level.
Marking an item for deletion sends a contract to the Dark Brotherhood, ensuring it will never been seen or heard from again. It will be removed from the world the next time you load an area. A useful way to get rid of annoying things like ash piles that never seem to go away.
Pushes an actor away in a random direction. The number represents the force, set it high for maximum fus doh rah.
Sets the player's jump height. A high value means enormous moon hops.
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