Arena - Generic Key
For other uses, see Skeleton Key.

The Skeleton Key is an artifact in The Elder Scrolls: Arena.


The power of the Skeleton's Key is very simple, indeed. With it, any non-magically locked door or chest is instantly accessible to even the clumsiest of lockpickers. A particularly skillful lockpicker may even open some magically barred doors with the Key. The two limitations placed on the Key by wizards who sought to protect their storehouses were that the Key could only be used once a day and it would never be the property of one thief for too long. Some of those who have possessed the Key have made themselves rich before it disappeared, others have broken into places they never should have entered...


  • The Skeleton Key can be used to open any non-magical lock instantly, though it has a high chance of opening magical locks as well.
  • Can only be used once per day.


The Skeleton Key acts like a spell in the Champion's inventory. Choose the Skeleton Key from the item menu and "cast" it upon a door or container in order to use it.




  • The Skeleton Key is especially useful for traversing quest dungeons, since it allows the Champion to access magically-sealed doors that normally would require finding a special key or answering a riddle (e.g. The Halls of Colossus).
  • According to "general rumors," the original owner of the Skeleton Key was a thief named Arrovan.


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