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Elder Scrolls

For other uses, see Sparks.

Sparks is a Novice-level Destruction spell in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.


When cast, Sparks shoots a continuous stream of electricity at a target, dealing shock damage per second to the target's Health, and half of that to Magicka.

Lightning Bolt and Lightning Storm are Sparks' bigger cousins.

Spell tome[]

Destruction Skill Book


  • Weight: 1 WeightIcon.png
  • Value: 46 Gold
  • See Spell Tome for a complete table of spell tomes, their descriptions, and their values.



  • The Augmented Shock perk boosts the damage by 25% at first rank, and 50% the second.
  • The Disintegrate perk will turn a target to ash if they are at 10% health or below.
  • The Novice Destruction perk lowers the magicka cost by half.



  • Dunmer characters start the game with Sparks. The tome encountered in "Unbound" does not change to another spell despite this.
  • The Caller can dual wield Sparks during the battle with her at Fellglow Keep if the player is a low level when encountering her.
  • Thalmor wizards, Novice Shock Mages, and Electromancers commonly use this spell.


This section contains bugs related to Sparks (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   Players may not be able to deselect spells, Sparks being one of them. It shows up as either R. One possible solution is listed below:
  1. Tab-open the magic index and assign a couple of spells as favorites (using the F key)
  2. Go back to the game and open the favorites index (key Q)
  3. Assign numbers from 1–9 to each spell
  4. Go back to the game and double tap the number of a spell (i.e. Flames) so it will be assigned to the both hands. Notice how the glitched spell has been substituted by the double-tapped spell
  5. Tap a different number to assign a different spell to the left hand (ie Lesser Ward). You can see that your right hand has Flames and the left has Lesser Ward.
  • Dragons may not attack if under the effect of Sparks.
  • This may be used while holding an object that can be held and used on it to create the effect that Telekinesis has objects.