Elder Scrolls
Elder Scrolls

For other uses, see Embrace of Shadows.

Embrace of Shadows is an exclusive power in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim for stage four Vampires. It grants invisibility and improved night vision for 180 seconds.


This power can only be obtained by reaching stage 4 vampirism, unless added by using console commands.


It is commonly used to work around some restrictions gained when the Dragonborn reaches stage 4 vampirism and becomes hated by everyone (with some exceptions, such as followers, the Thieves Guild, if the Dragonborn is a member, and other vampires) because it makes it exceptionally easy to break into someone's house to drink their blood and revert to stage 1.

Anything that requires the use of the action key, including looting bodies and lockpicking, and successfully attacking someone will remove the Dragonborn's invisibility.


This section contains bugs related to Embrace of Shadows (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  /  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.
  • When Embrace of Shadows expires, the night vision effect will remain. To disable it one is forced to use the power Vampire's Sight or, if a Khajiit, the Night Eye power.