Elder Scrolls
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For other uses, see Ataxia.

Ataxia is a disease contracted from slaughterfish, frostbite spiders, skeevers, and traps, such as swinging axes. It causes lockpicking and pickpocketing to become 25% harder until cured. Shrines, which can be found around Skyrim, can be used to cure the Dragonborn when interacted with.




  • Arcadia suggests the Dragonborn has it, but she tells this every time she is spoken to, regardless of the Dragonborn's condition.
  • Ataxia exists as a real-world medical condition. It is a Greek word meaning "without order" or "lack of order."


This section contains bugs related to Ataxia (Skyrim). Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:

  1. Please reload an old save to confirm if the bug is still happening.
  2. If the bug is still occurring, please post the bug report with the appropriate system template  360  /  XB1  ,  PS3  /  PS4  ,  PC  /  MAC  ,  NX  /  PS5  ,  XS  , depending on which platform(s) the bug has been encountered on.
  3. Be descriptive when listing the bug and fixes, but avoid having conversations in the description and/or using first-person anecdotes: such discussions belong on the appropriate forum board.
  •  PC   360   PS3   Characters may mention the Dragonborn has Ataxia even after it is cured.