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Not to be confused with Paralysis (Skyrim).
For other uses, see Paralyze.

Paralyze is an Expert-level Alteration spell in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.


Targets who fail to resist remain paralyzed for 10 seconds. With the stability perk in the alteration tree, duration increases to 15 seconds.

Spell Tome[]



  • Weight: 1 WeightIcon
  • Value: 685 Gold
  • See Spell Tome for a complete table of spell tomes, their descriptions, and their values.


As an Enchantment[]

On weapons, Paralyze has a chance on-hit to cause paralysis on the target. The duration of the effect is determined by the Dragonborn's Enchanting skill. Even a low-duration effect will force an affected enemy to fall to the ground and stand back up, providing a decent window to attack. It can be extremely useful at low levels when fighting higher-level enemies, as it prevents them from attacking briefly. However, certain enemies are immune to the effect entirely.

Weapons with this enchantment may be randomly acquired in dungeons, or sold by blacksmiths. It can be found on the sword Chillrend, which can be acquired during the Thieves Guild questline. A Daedric sword may spawn with the Paralyze enchantment in Glover Mallory's basement, along with Blackguard's Armor. A Bow of Petrifying may be found outside Syndus' stall in The Ragged Flagon after completing Under New Management, however this must be stolen. The player can also receive this as an enchantment from the leveled weapon received from completing the quest "Drowning Her Sorrows" from Bralsa Drel in Raven Rock.


  • Casting this spell makes enough sound to cause the Dragonborn to be detected within certain ranges.
  • If the spell is cast on the Dragonborn, such as from a follower with a staff, instead of being paralyzed, their vision will blur and the screen will shake, soon returning to normal.


This section contains bugs related to Paralyze (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.
  •  PC   On rare occasions, a paralyzed enemy can still take damage, die, and be looted, but the body will stay "alive" and paralyzed indefinitely.
  • Characters who die while paralyzed may remain frozen in that position instead of ragdolling. This is especially common when a killing blow is struck with a Paralyze-enchanted weapon or a bow with the Bullseye perk.
  • When cast on an enemy that is getting up from being knocked down, this spell causes the enemy to fly around in random directions until the spell wears off or they hit water. May also cause the game to crash.
  •  PS3   Often if a thrall is hit with Paralysis by a companion or the Dragonborn, they will be paralyzed indefinitely. They can take damage and sometimes even collapse, but they will not move and will be invincible and unusable. The best way to fix this is to use Unrelenting Force (all 3 words) on the thrall.
  •  360   PS4   When an animal is hit with a Paralyze spell, both Characters and other animals may treat it as though it were hostile and immediately attack it, which rarely gives the player time to cast Calm or another similar spell.