Elder Scrolls
Elder Scrolls

The "wait" screen in The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion.

Waiting is an act that can be used to pass time. It is used to wait for shops to open, to complete certain quests, to switch from day to night, or to refill health, stamina, and magicka.

Display screen[]

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).


This section contains bugs related to Wait. 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   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.
  •  PS3   After clicking X to confirm, press the PS Button to speed up wait-time.


  • In Skyrim, waiting time is increased when autosave is disabled.


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