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'''{{PAGENAME}}''' is an adept [[Alteration (Skyrim)|Alteration]] spell in {{Skyrim}} that enables the caster to see nearby living creatures, but not [[undead]], machines, or [[daedra]], through walls.
 
'''{{PAGENAME}}''' is an adept [[Alteration (Skyrim)|Alteration]] spell in {{Skyrim}} that enables the caster to see nearby living creatures, but not [[undead]], machines, or [[daedra]], through walls.
 
==Usefulness==
 
==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.
 
*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 player approaches and the character/creature becomes hostile.
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**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.
*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 and it should increase your Alteration in 1-2 magicka burnouts.
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*Useful for [[The Thief (Skyrim)|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.
*Extremely useful for stealth oriented classes, so you know how many foes are in the next room and calculate an efficient plan of attack.
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*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==
 
==Spell tome==

Revision as of 22:33, April 29, 2013

For the Oblivion spell, see Detect Life.

Detect Life (Skyrim) is an adept Alteration spell in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim that enables the caster to see nearby living creatures, but not undead, 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 Labrynthian in the first chamber.
  • May appear as random loot, and might randomly appear available for purchase from the following:


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