Elder Scrolls
Elder Scrolls

For this spell in other games, see Telekinesis.

Telekinesis is an Adept-level Alteration spell. Telekinesis allows objects to be manipulated and maneuvered without touching them. Grabbed objects may be pulled closer, thrust away, or added to the inventory. Multiple objects may be grabbed if dual-casting; however, these objects must be close together.


  • Using telekinesis to throw objects at characters causes a small amount of damage, turning them hostile.
  • Throwing objects at some characters will only cause them to threaten violence, but they never attack.
  • A thief can hide from view and use Telekinesis to pull in an owned item, such as a merchant's goods, then steal it.
  • Telekinesis is also good for countering the missing note glitch in Shalidor's Maze. See article page for details.
  • Telekinesis can be used to level the Alteration skill quite quickly, using it to grab and hold an object and then fast travelling whilst still holding said object will result in a massive skill boost

Spell tome[]

Alteration spell tome.


  • Weight: 0.5 WeightIcon.png
  • Value: 326 Gold
  • See Spell Tome for a complete table of spell tomes, their descriptions, and their values.




  • Telekinesis increases the Alteration skill very quickly, and is among the fastest possible ways to level that skill normally.
  • Telekinesis can be used to level alteration skill from 15 to 100 in minutes. Simply have -100% Alteration Cost (Secret of Arcana is a great alternative because it negates the cost of any spell), go outdoors, drop an item (preferably an unwanted item), use the spell in both hands, one after the other, so that dual casting is not in effect, but still using both hands to hold the object. Then initiate fast travel while still using the spell (the more distance traveled the higher it increases). The item will be left behind where you travel from, but may be found and recovered when you return to that location.
  • If the Alteration skill is made legendary and this process repeated, it can be utilized to level a character numerous times very rapidly.
  • The Archery perk Eagle Eye influences the range from which items can be detected and manipulated with Telekinesis.
  • Dual casting greatly increases the range objects can be thrown.
  • In previous titles, this spell was in the Mysticism school of magic, but since it was removed it was made an Alteration spell
  • Telekinesis cannot take items that are on weapon racks or plaques.
  •  PC   360   PS3   There are some items that this spell does not work on.


This section contains bugs related to Telekinesis (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.
  •  360   The tome may sometimes be sold by Adrianne Avenicci, even if alteration has not been increased past starting level.
  • If one uses the Secret of Arcana before casting this spell, one can cast this spell for as long as you want. This can be used to level up to level 100 in Alteration at any time.
  • After picking the Adept Alteration perk the spell may not do anything with the objects, only draining magicka.
    • Reload a save before buying the perk and it should work.
  • If one is wearing the Archmage's Robes and cast this spell, their magicka will drain to 9 and stay there, allowing maximum alteration leveling.
  •  360   A chicken may be killed by throwing an object at it. This is a way to avoid obtaining a bounty from killing a chicken.