"... only seems to function outdoors, where it reacts strongly to magic... terrible power, capable of striking a man dead on the spot..."
Imperial Legion Battlemage[src]

Finger of the Mountain is an offensive spell that can be acquired through the "Chorrol Recommendation" quest.

Finger of the Mountain deals Shock damage on a target. The spell's damage and radius is dependent on the Hero's level when acquired.

Spell effectEdit

Level Obtained Skill Level Magicka Cost Effect Spell ID
1–4 Novice 11 Shock Damage (6) 5 ft on Target 000C48A2
5–9 Journeyman 54 Shock Damage (20) 5 ft on Target 000C48A3
10–14 Expert 131 Shock Damage (40) 5 ft on Target 000C48A4
15–19 Master 371 Shock Damage (90) 5 ft on Target 000C48A5
20–25 Master 653 Shock Damage (140) 5ft on Target 000C48A6
26+ Master 1547 Shock Damage (200) 10ft on Target 000C48A7


Acquiring Finger of the Mountain requires the Hero to first gain Earana's notes from the quest (see Chorrol Recommendation). They must acquire a Welkynd Stone and a spell that deals Shock damage. Then they must travel to Cloud Top. Located at Cloud Top is an ornate shattered Ayleid pillar next to the charred corpse from which the Hero previously acquired the Fingers of the Mountain book. Attacking the pillar with the shock spell cause four lightning bolts to spring from the ruins to strike the pillar, creating a massive Shock blast in a decent radius around it. If the Hero survives, they will now possess the Finger of the Mountain spell. This action will not consume the Welkynd Stone.

It is recommended that one use a defensive buff of some sort to endure the damage successfully if still low level. Alternatively, one can activate the ruin from a distance with a ranged Shock spell and simply stand outside the blast radius.

It might be hard to trigger the stone with a touch based shock spell. In that case just buy a scroll of shock that can be used from afar.

The spell that hits the Hero:

Character Level Magnitude Effect Area
1–4 15 100
5–9 40
10–14 60
15–19 120
20+ 210

Spell statisticsEdit

Finger of the Mountain requires a Destruction skill relative to your level. It is a ranged Shock spell with variable damage and radius, depending on your level. It is also quite reliable as a standard attack spell for quite some time later. Higher levels of the spell may cost too much for most characters to cast through normal means. It is less tactically useful for those who use Conjuration as well, due to the lack of Shock-resistant summons in the early-to-middle game.


  • This spell is leveled, and the amount of magicka cost is very high at higher levels. It is more expensive than the equivalent cost at the spellmaking altar.
  • While a similar spell can be made at the spell making altar, the firepower offered by the actual spell is significantly higher than what the Hero can make.


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