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*Obtained from [[Stalleo]] after completing the quest [[Infiltration (Skyrim)|Infiltration]] at [[Treva's Watch]].
 
*Obtained from [[Stalleo]] after completing the quest [[Infiltration (Skyrim)|Infiltration]] at [[Treva's Watch]].
*May be found in [[Labrynthian]]  in the first chamber.
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*May be found in [[Labyrinthian (Skyrim)|Labyrinthian]] in the first chamber.
 
*May appear as random loot, and might randomly appear available for purchase from the following:
 
*May appear as random loot, and might randomly appear available for purchase from the following:
 
:*[[Tolfdir]] at the [[College of Winterhold]]
 
:*[[Tolfdir]] at the [[College of Winterhold]]

Revision as of 22:44, April 20, 2014

For the Oblivion spell, see Detect Life (Oblivion).

Detect Life is an adept Alteration spell in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim that enables the caster to see nearby living creatures, but not undead, those that are invisible, machines, or daedra, through walls.

Usefulness

  • The Detect Life spell allows the user to distinguish between friendly and hostile characters through the color of the mist it uses to show their presence — hostile characters are red, and friendly characters are light blue.
    • Note that the blue mist surrounding what appears to be a friendly character/creature may become red mist as the Dragonborn approaches and the character/creature becomes hostile on sight.
  • Useful for stealth-oriented classes, as it can be used to find out how many foes are in the next room, then calculate an efficient plan of attack.
  • Can be extremely efficient at raising Alteration, as it increases the amount of experience gain the more targets it is able to see. For example, seeing one person may take a couple of minutes to increase, while seeing two people will cut that in half. So to get the most of this spell, cast it in a major city such as the Whiterun or Riften markets.

Spell tome

AlterationSkillBook

Attributes

  • Weight: 1 WeightIcon
  • Value: 332 GoldIcon
  • See Spell Tome for a complete table of spell tomes, their descriptions, and their values.

Acquisition

  • Obtained from Stalleo after completing the quest Infiltration at Treva's Watch.
  • May be found in Labyrinthian in the first chamber.
  • May appear as random loot, and might randomly appear available for purchase from the following:

Bugs

  •  PC   As a vampire, using Detect Life while out in the day will sometimes result in limitless use of the spell, thus providing unlimited experience.


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