For other uses, see Detect Life.

Detect Life is a Mysticism magic effect in The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion that creates a purple mist around anything alive within the spell radius. Only the caster can see the purple mist, and enemies do not notice the light around the player when the spell is being cast.


Detect Life is very useful for thieves, as it can identify anything alive regardless of how dark the locale. The mist is visible through walls, trees, and other obstacles as long as the subject is in the same "cell."




This section contains bugs related to Detect Life (Oblivion). 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.
  • Detect Life works on the undead.

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  • Oblivion pink gas glitch

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    • You have a Detect Life effect on, probably due to an Enchantment on a piece of armour, so remove the armour with the Enchantment.
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