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For other uses, see Flames.

Flames is a novice-level Destruction spell in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.


When using Flames, they shoot fire from one or both hands, depending if the spell is dual-wielded or not. The flame has a short range, but passes through enemies, so it's possible to hit several enemies at once. When enemies are on fire, they take extra damage from other weapons, which makes Flames a good spell to wield alongside a one-handed weapon, though the bonus added is minor, and targets do not stay on fire for very long.


  • Flames, like other fire spells, are very effective against creatures with weakness to fire, such as vampires, draugr and trolls.
  • The Flames spell may provide the best damage per magicka ratio.
  • Targets on fire receive additional burning damage.
  • When combined with the perk Augmented Flames, the damage dealt per second to a target's health increases from eight to ten (1/2) or twelve (2/2).
  • Can be cast on the ground to damage enemies similar to the Wall of Flames spell, but to a lesser damage extent.


These are the perks which affect this spell.

  • The "Augmented Flames" perk increases the fire damage done by this spell by 25% on the first point, to 10 damage and 50% on the second point to 12.
  • The "Intense Flames" perk causes targets to flee when health is lowered by fire damage.
  • "Impact" causes this spell to stagger an opponent when dual casting.
  • The "Destruction Dual Casting" perk will allow you dual this spell for an even greater effect.

Spell tome[]

Destruction Spell Tome


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  • Value: 50 Gold
  • See Spell Tome for a complete table of spell tomes, their descriptions, and their values.


  • A spell tome containing Flames is in the Labyrinthian Chasm.
  • Faralda sells the Flames spell tome, as well as other Destruction magic tomes.
  • Court mages sell these tomes.
  • It is found as random loot on mages.
  • A Flames spell tome can be found in Mzulft.



  • From the beginning, the Dragonborn already knows this spell regardless of race chosen.
  • The spell cannot be removed via the console, as is true of Healing.
  • Places with traces of oil, gas or even lanterns can be exploited with a flame spell to create an area of effect-like spell. As with any area of effect, this can hit the Dragonborn, followers, bystanders, and foes alike.
  • If used directly on running water, bubbles will appear, as if the water is boiling. However, no bubbles can be seen if it is used on still water.


This section contains bugs related to Flames (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 casting Flames with the left hand, and then moving away from the place it was originally cast (all while casting Flames) the spell's audio will stay at the original casting location.
  •  360   PS3   If the attack button is just barely tapped while the spell is equipped it may lock the animation in the hand to that of casting the spell, rather than the inactive animation.
    • Tapping again or casting the spell corrects this.