Elder Scrolls
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For other uses, see Wraith.

A Wraith is essentially a more powerful Ghost. Most of their features are hidden by a large, tattered black cloak, showing only their face and hands. The skin of a Wraith is a pale, dirty green, and their face is usually contorted in a terrifying scream. Since no feet emerge from the bottom of the cloak and they move by hovering, it can be safe to assume that their body structure is the same as a Ghost - a head, a torso, and two arms.

Gloom Wraiths also seem to have a tiara-like structure of spikes upon their forehead like a crown with a beard, and Faded Wraiths are less visible and ghost-like than an ordinary Wraith. Unlike Ghosts, Wraiths appear to be fully or at least slightly solid, as they are able to wield weapons. Similarly to Trolls, Wraiths have a distinct, ear-piercing screech.

Wraiths cast a powerful spell called Silence of the Grave, which causes frost damage and silence. They can carry weapons, such as Elven swords or Glass swords.

Leveled wraiths[]

As the Hero attains higher levels, Wraiths completely replace Ghosts as the game adapts its difficulty to character level. Thus, Wraiths are mainly encountered in dungeons and in chapel basements.


Like their Ghost cousins, Wraiths are immune to most normal attacks, but are vulnerable to Silver, Daedric and Enchanted weapons, as well as magic. Additionally, if the Hero's Hand-to-Hand skill is high enough (Journeyman), Wraiths can be damaged by bare fists.

Conjuration magic[]

Main article: Conjuration Spells (Oblivion)

Wraiths can be summoned as an advanced Conjuration spell, as either a Faded Wraith or a Gloom Wraith. Gloom Wraiths have the highest health of any summon available, making them extremely useful for mages with low defense.

A summon faded Wraith spell requires a Conjuration skill level of at least 75 (Expert). The "Summon Faded Wraith" spell can be purchased from Raminus Polus at the Arcane University, or Athragar at the Chorrol Mages Guild.

A summon Gloom Wraith spell requires a Conjuration skill level of 100 (Master). The "Summon Gloom Wraith" spell can be purchased from Borissean at the Arcane University.

The ability to summon a Faded Wraith is needed for Conjuration Training. Casting it proves to the trainer that the Hero is worth training. Additionally, Caranya, at Fort Ontus, uses this spell after revealing herself as a lieutenant of Mannimarco.

General stats[]


  • Ectoplasm
  • Dwarven, Elven, or Glass Shortswords and Elven Longswords
  • Wrath of Sithis – Dagger of Discipline
  • Spectral Sailor – Sharpened Cutlass


  • Resistant to Frost Damage


  • Wraiths are vulnerable to the Turn Undead-line of spells.
  • Wraiths are vulnerable to Shock Damage (spells and staves)
  • Wraiths are vulnerable to Silver, Daedric, and enchanted weapons

Damage types[]

  • Magical
  • Physical

Soul level[]

  • Faded Wraith – Common (800)
  • Wraith – Greater (1200)
  • Gloom Wraith – Grand (1600)
  • Spectral Sailor
  • Gable the Traitor – Greater (1200)



Subtypes listed in order of strength, with weakest first:

  • Faded Wraith
  • Wraith
  • Gloom Wraith
  • Spectral Sailor
  • Sanctified Ancient Spectre




This section contains bugs related to Wraith (Oblivion). 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   PS3   In Sancre Tor there is a glitch in which sometimes after killing a Wraith it will be counted as dead and can be searched yet it still floats in place wailing (but doesn't attack).