Elder Scrolls
Elder Scrolls

For other uses, see Frostbite.

Frostbite is a Novice-level destruction spell.


Casting it projects a continuous stream of frost. It slows enemies down while doing a base damage of 8 points per second to the target's health and stamina. It costs 16 magicka per second.


Revealing the Unseen[]

Frostbite must be used during the quest, Revealing the Unseen, to focus the Oculory. Aim the spell at the Dwarven apparatus to move the beams of light onto the ceiling.

Spell tome[]

Destruction Spell Tome


  • Weight: 1 WeightIcon.png
  • Value: 47 Gold
  • See Spell Tome for a complete table of spell tomes, their descriptions, and their values.




  • Frostbite creates harmless "ice shards" if cast on an object or on ground.
  • Despite the majority of the population of Skyrim being frost-resistant Nords, frostbite is a very commonly used spell by hostile characters in the game.
  • Mage-type Draugr commonly use this spell in battle. It is also used by Novice Ice Mages, Cryomancers, and some Vampires.
  • Casting it at the ground at an approaching enemy will cause minor damage to them when they walk over it, as well as some damage over time. Ice Storm and the Frost Breath shout also have this effect.


This section contains bugs related to Frostbite (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  , 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.
  •  360   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.