For other uses, see Paralyze.

Paralyze is a magic effect that renders a target unable to move or perform most actions. This includes, but is not limited to: walking, running, jumping, swimming, evading attacks, blocking with a shield, and the use of weapons, spells, scrolls, and enchanted items. Ingredients and potions can be consumed while paralyzed, and items may be equipped. This effect does not have a magnitude; if successfully cast or inflicted by other means it is always one-hundred percent effective. Paralyze is a member of the Illusion school of magic, governed by Personality. Its base Magicka cost is 40 points.

If stricken by paralysis during hand-to-hand combat, an opponent becomes prone to health damage rather than losing Fatigue when attacked for the effect's duration.

Resistance and immunityEdit

Paralyze is not affected by Resist Magicka. It is subject to the Resist Paralysis effect, and can also be resisted with sufficient Willpower. Paralyze is not affected by Weakness to Magicka, and there is no weakness to paralysis effect, making it impossible to break an adversary's immunity.

Vampires have an innate immunity to paralysis. Karrod, the Champion of King Helseth who may be dueled in Tribunal, and Gaea Artoria of the Imperial Legion in Bloodmoon are also immune to paralysis. A number of creatures added in expansion packs also have an innate resistance or immunity to the Paralyze effect:

Resistance to Paralyze
Hulking Fabricant TRVerminous Fabricant TR
Advanced Steam Centurion TRAlmalexia TRBarilzar TRBonewolf BM
Centurion Archer TRDragur BMGrahl BMHircine BM
Imperfect TRKarstaag BMRiekling Rider BMTusked Bristleback BM


This effect can be cured by consuming a Potion of Cure Paralyzation or eating Corkbulb Root, the only ingredient that has Cure Paralyzation as a first effect. Free Action is available from a handful of spell merchants and consists of a Cure Paralyzation effect on self, but like all spells, cannot be cast while paralyzed.


Paralyze is one of several effects that can be used to quickly disable spellcasters. Other effects have both advantages and disadvantages compared to Paralyze.

Effect Comparison
School IllusionIllusionIllusion
Base Magicka Cost 40403
Weakness NoNoWeakness to Magicka
Resistance Resist Paralysis or
WillpowerResist Magicka
Immunity YesNoNo *
Curable YesNoNo
Victim Can Flee NoYesYes
Actions Forbidden All, except equip item, consume potions & ingredientsSpellcasting (Victim does not attempt to cast spells)None (Victim may drain Magicka failing to cast spells)
* No creatures or people are immune to this effect, but the Nerevarine can boost Resist Magicka to 100% for immunity.


The following creatures have the ability to paralyze opponents:

Creatures that can Inflict Paralysis
Ascended Sleeper Dagoth Ash Vampires Hircine BM Hunger Scrib

Creatures inflicted with paralysis behave as if they were unconscious or dead; underwater creatures float to the surface and airborne creatures fall from the sky.


The following spells consist of a Paralyze effect. They may include additional effects. See articles for details.

Paralyze Spells
Name Type Cost
Range GoldIcon Base ID
Force Bolt Spell12540Target force bolt
Ghost Snake Spell930Target ghost_snake
Gothren's Gout Spell2350Touch Gothren_gout
Hunter's Venom BM Spell46101Touch BM_paralyze_hirc
Lover's Kiss * Power0600Target lover's kiss
Medusa's Gaze Spell45150Targetmedusa's gaze
Paralysis Spell1050Touchparalysis
Paralysis Spell1260Touch scrib_paralysis
Paralysis Trap Spell13101Touch trap_paralyze00
Spider Touch Spell1230Touch spider touch
Witchwither Disease0Constant0Self witchwither
Wizard Rend Spell3940Target wizard rend
*Granted to those born under The Lover birthsign. GoldIcon = Available for purchase from a spell merchant.


The following spell merchants are purveyors of a spell consisting of a Paralyze effect:

Paralyze Merchants
Arielle Phiencel Mages Guild10 Sadrith Mora, Wolverine Hall: Mages GuildParalysis
Bratheru Oran Hlaalu10 Vivec City, Hlaalu Canton: Edryno Arethi's HouseParalysis
Erer Darothril None40 Sadrith Mora: Dirty Muriel's CornerclubMedusa's Gaze
Estirdalin Mages Guild10 Balmora: Mages GuildParalysis
Ethasi Rilvayn * Morag Tong10 Balmora: Morag Tong GuildMedusa's Gaze
Llaalam Madalas * Telvanni10 Sadrith Mora: Llaalam Madalas: MageMedusa's Gaze
Llaros Uvayn Hlaalu10 Caldera: Governor's HallMedusa's Gaze
Malven Romori Mages Guild10 Vivec City, Foreign Quarter: Mages GuildParalysis
Namanian Facian Morag Tong10 Sadrith Mora: Morag Tong GuildParalysis
Nerile Andaren TR  Tribunal Temple 8 Mournhold: Temple: Hall of Ministry Medusa's Gaze 
Orrent Geontene Mages Guild10 Ald'ruhn: Mages GuildParalysis
Salyni Nelvayn Morag Tong10 Ald'ruhn: Morag Tong GuildhallParalysis
* This person's services are available to faction members of a sufficient rank only.


The following items consist of a Paralyze effect. They may include additional effects. See articles for details.


Enchanted Clothing and Jewelry
Item Type Duration
Range Item ID
Adusamsi's Robe Robe50TargetAdusamsi's_robe
Amulet of Admonition Amulet300Targetamulet of admonition
Ring of Medusa's Gaze Ring50Targetring of medusa's gaze
Shashev's Ring Ring150Targetring_shashev_unique


First effect ingredients can be consumed raw for the effect. Otherwise they must be combined using Alchemy.

Alchemy Ingredients
IngredientWeightIconGoldIconFirst EffectItem ID
Ampoule Pod 0.102 ingred_bc_ampoule_pod
Daedra Skin  0.20  200  ingred_daedra_skin_01
Fire Petal 0.102 ingred_fire_petal_01
Ghoul Heart 0.50150ingred_ghoul_heart_01
Hackle-Lo Leaf 0.1030 ingred_hackle-lo_leaf_01
Large Kwama Egg 2.002 ingred_kwama_egg_02
Rat Meat 1.001 ingred_rat_meat_01
Raw Stalhrim BM 5.00300ingred_raw_Stalhrim_01
Spore Pod 0.101 ingred_bc_spore_pod
Sweetpulp TR 1.001 ingred_sweetpulp_01
Void Salts 0.10100 ingred_void_salts_01
Wickwheat 0.101 ingred_wickwheat_01


Potion WeightIcon GoldIcon Duration
Range Item ID
Bargain Potion of Paralyze 1.50580Selfp_paralyze_b
Cheap Potion of Paralyze 1.0015150Selfp_paralyze_c
Standard Potion of Paralyze 0.7535300Selfp_paralyze_s
Quality Potion of Paralyze 0.5080450Selfp_paralyze_q
Exclusive Potion of Paralyze 0.25175600Selfp_paralyze_e


Enchanted Scrolls
Scroll WeightIcon GoldIcon Duration
Range Item ID
Scroll of Drathis' Soulrot 0.2016250Touchsc_drathissoulrot
Scroll of Illnea's Breath 0.20158610Targetsc_illneasbreath
Scroll of Psychic Prison 0.20261300Targetsc_psychicprison
Scroll of Sertises' Porphyry 0.20125150Targetsc_sertisesporphyry


The tables below contain a base damage value for the corresponding weapon. Because weapon damage varies by attack type (chop, slash, or thrust), the values indicated below are intended as a quick means of item comparison only. For detailed information refer to individual weapon articles.


Enchanted One-Handed Weapons
Weapon Type Dmg.
Range Item ID
Adamantium Jinkblade of Wounds TR Short Blade72050Touchadamantium_shortsword_db
Dwemer Jinksword Short Blade914100Touchdwemer jinksword
Flawed Dwemer Jinksword Short Blade1225150Selfdwe_jinksword_curse_Unique
Glass Jinkblade Short Blade79100Touchglass jinksword
Nordic Axe of Paralysis BM Axe842100TouchBM nordic silver axe_spurius
Silver Axe of Paralysis BM Axe1540100Touchsilver axe of paralysis
Silver Sword of Paralysis BM Long Blade2045100Touchsilver sword of paralysis
Steel Jinkblade Short Blade45100Touchsteel jinkblade
Steel Jinkblade of the Aegis Short Blade45200Touchsteel jinkblade of the aegis
Steel Jinksword Short Blade612100Touchsteel jinksword


Enchanted Two-Handed Weapons
Weapon Type Dmg.
Range Item ID
Daedric Crescent Long Blade2050100Touchdaedric_crescent_unique
Gravedigger TR Long Blade17030TouchGravedigger
Herder's Crook Blunt3750Touchherder_crook
King's Oath TR Long Blade16030TouchKing's_Oath_pc
Peacemaker Blunt37100Touchpeacemaker
Rammekald BM Blunt132100Touchwarhammer_rammekald_unique
Silver Staff of Paralysis BM Blunt2045100Touchsilver staff of paralysis
Silver Staff of Peace Blunt37100Touchsilver staff of peace
Silver Staff of Reckoning Blunt3750Targetsilver staff of reckoning
Spear of the Hunter BM Spear4060100TouchBM_hunterspear_unique
Steel Staff of Peace Blunt37100Touchsteel staff of peace
Wooden Staff of Peace Blunt36100Touchwooden staff of peace


Enchanted Marksman Weapons
Weapon Type Dmg.
Range Item ID
Dart of Judgment * Arrow1310Selfiron_arrow_uniq_judgement [sic]
Grey Shaft of Holding Arrow14100Touchgrey shaft of holding
PoisonGrip Arrow TR Arrow15302020Touchebony arrow_sadri

*There are two distinct weapons named Dart of Judgment. This version is an arrow instead of a dart, and has a cast on self effect.


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