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Conjure Familiar is a Novice-level Conjuration spell in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.


Conjure Familiar summons a ghostly wolf to fight for the Dragonborn for 60 seconds. No corpse is required. Conjured Familiars cannot be soul trapped, nor are they affected by banishing spells. Conjure Flaming Familiar is another version of this spell.


  • "Novice Conjuration" cuts the magicka cost of Conjure Familiar by half.
  • "Oblivion Binding" dispels both ally and enemy Conjured Familiars when struck with bound weaponry.
  • "Summoner" - Conjured Familiar can be summoned at a greater distance. An additional allocation in this perks multiplies casting distance by 3.
  • "Twin Souls" allows two familiars to be summoned at once.

Spell tome[]



  • Weight: 1 WeightIcon.png
  • Value: 49–152 Gold
  • See Spell Tome for a complete table of spell tomes, their descriptions, and their values.



  • This spell appears to be based on entities in European folklore called familiars. They are said to be supernatural beings, often appearing as animals or humanoid figures, that are summoned to assist those who practice magic.
  • It is possible to contract Rockjoint from a familiar if it engages you in combat.
  • Breton characters begin the game with this spell already learned.
  • Conjure Familiar is one of two creature-summoning spells (the other Conjure Flaming Familiar) where the summoned creatures' health isn't able to be upgraded, like undead and atronachs.
  • The werewolf power, Howl of the Pack, acts like this spell, though it summons two Familiars and has a cool-down period, like a dragon shout.


This section contains bugs related to Conjure Familiar. 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.

Familiar model glitch upon death (alpha Wolf)

  •  360   When casting the spell and walking forwards the player will vanish, the conjuration sound effect plays but there is no graphic and no magic cost. The player vanishes for a few seconds and reappears.
  • On some occasions, the transparent "ghost" effect of the familiar will be removed upon killing one, and it will appear as a normal wolf but with an amber coat, identical to the alpha wolf, a variant of wolf that was removed from the game.
  • When walking forward while casting the spell next to the woodcutters, sometimes the water in the river disappears and all you can see is the top sparkling.