For other uses, see Circle of Protection.

Circle of Protection is an Expert-level Restoration spell in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.


Circle of Protection creates a magical protective circle around the caster. Undead up to level 20 entering the circle flee.


This spell interacts with spell absorption effect causing the Dragonborn to regenerate considerable amounts of magicka while standing inside the circle. This interaction essentially turns the spell into a very powerful Magicka well.

Spell tomeEdit


Restoration books are yellow, depicting spread-winged birds.


  • Weight: 1 WeightIcon
  • Value: 650 GoldIcon
  • See Spell Tome for a complete table of spell tomes, their descriptions, and their values.




This section contains bugs related to Circle of Protection (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  , 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.
  • The magicka well effect gained from combining Circle of Protection with spell absorption will be lost when the player is caught in the radius of their own explosive spells. Such spells are not restricted to Destruction (e.g. FireballFire Storm, etc.). Most Master-level spells of whatever school (e.g. Bane of the UndeadMass Paralysis) as well as some lower-level spells such as Rally will destroy the effect. Spells such as Fireball and Rally can be cast without interrupting the magicka well effect so long as the caster is not caught in the spell's radius.
    • A confirmed solution is to receive explosive damage from an external source. One readily repeatable means of doing so is to summon a Storm Atronach, wait until it performs its explosive attack on the player, then destroy or banish it. The spell absorption from Circle of Protection will return indefinitely unless it is interrupted again by the player's own explosive effects. This solution can also be applied indefinitely.


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