When the option to wait has been selected (through the key T on PC), a menu appears with a slider bar, which can be adjusted. Anywhere from 1 hour to 24 hours can be waited at one time. In The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, a time-lapse occurs behind the waiting screen, showing shifting shadows and the change of sky color. The slider counts down each hour as it passes. Hours are displayed from left to right. Below the hours, the current year, month, and day are displayed.
Waiting is different from resting as it does not raise level like resting does. It does, however, restore health, magicka, and fatigue for the player and their followers. Waiting can be interrupted by guards when the player has a bounty or when other characters need to interact with the player, such as with couriers who need to deliver messages.
Waiting does not require a bed and can also be used for passing time when a bed is not near. Players cannot wait when enemies are around, when suspended in mid-air (jumping, falling etc.), when trespassing, when underwater (or swimming), or when taking health damage (e.g. a high-level vampire taking sun damage).
- After clicking the "Back" button to wait, the Xbox menu can be pulled and the waiting time goes by faster. This also works for sleeping.
- After clicking X to confirm, press the PS Button to speed up wait-time.
- In Skyrim, waiting time is increased when autosave is disabled.
- The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall
- The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
- The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim