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Paarthurnax at the Throat of the World can help the Dragonborn meditate on three Words of Power: Fus, Feim and Yol. There can be only one attribute at a time, though the Dragonborn can repeatedly change the attribute by meditating again as needed. Asking Paarthurnax if others visit him to train unlocks the option to decide on which Word to apply.


  • Fus (force) will apply the effect Force Without Effort, giving a 25% increase in stability against staggering and a 25% chance of opponents being staggered (most recommended, as by the time one reaches Paarthurnax, one will have learned all words of power for Unrelenting Force).
    • Applies to most attacks with a stagger effect, such as Power Shot, Power Bash, regular power attacks, Unrelenting Force and Shield Charge (when the enemy is not knocked down).
    • It does not function with the Destruction school perk Impact. It achieves its stagger effect through damage inflicted by a particular spell.
    • Stacks with the Heavy Armor perk, Tower of Strength for 75% less stagger. This reduced stagger applies to Dragons landing/crashing near the player, resurrected dragons bursting from a burial mound, regular power attacks by foes, some traps and enemies who use shouts.
  • Feim (fade) will apply the effect Ethereal Spirit, increasing health regeneration while ethereal by 25%.
    • Only applies to the Become Ethereal shout.
    • Can be used by those with vampirism as a means of regenerating health, even in sunlight.
  • Yol (fire) will apply the effect The Fire Within, increasing the damage dealt by Fire Breath by 25%.
    • This increase is questionable against higher level opponents or at higher difficulties where the damage is still minimal when facing enemies with sizable health bars.
    • Weakness to Fire poisons can be applied to an enemy or placed in their pockets to drastically increase the viability of this choice.



This section contains bugs related to Meditations on the Words of Power. 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.
  •  PC   360   PS3   Selecting "Feim" may not add the Ethereal Spirit perk and instead have no effect. The ability may only show in active effects while Ethereal.
  • Sometimes selecting "Yol" adds a 25% bonus to all fire damage done by the Dragonborn, not just from the Fire Breath shout. This can be combined with Augment Fire perks, the Vampire/Necromage perk bonus, and Ahzidal's mask to gain huge bonuses to fire spells, with the Flames spell dealing up to 20 fire damage per second.
  •  PC   Often, when "Yol" is selected the health regeneration effect of "Feim" is active.

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