Alteration

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School of Alteration

The School of Alteration focuses on the manipulation of the physical world, and is used to cast spells like Waterbreathing, Magical Armor and Magelight. Alteration magic's strengths lie outside of combat. The Alteration skill, like all magic skills, increases as Alteration spells are used, however some spells, such as Oakflesh, require the player to take damage after the spell is cast to gain experience, similar to the Light Armor skill and Heavy Armor skill, the experience gained is relative to the damage taken.

Alteration is different from Illusion in that it alters the rules of nature, changing reality so that is recognized by everyone, rather than just in the mind of the caster and the target. Alteration spells can also be augmented with potions that Fortify Alteration.

Spells[edit | edit source]

Novice[edit | edit source]

  • Candlelight - Creates a hovering light that lasts for 60 seconds
  • Equilibrium - Convert 25 points of health into magicka per second. Caster can be killed by this effect
  • Oakflesh - Improves the caster's armor rating by 40 points for 60 seconds

Apprentice[edit | edit source]

  • Magelight - Ball of light that lasts 60 seconds and sticks where it strikes
  • Stoneflesh - Improves the caster's armor rating by 60 points for 60 seconds

Adept[edit | edit source]

  • Detect Life - Nearby living creatures, but not undead, machines or daedra, can be seen through walls
  • Ironflesh - Improves the caster's armor rating by 80 points for 60 seconds
  • Telekinesis - Can pull an object to you from a distance. Add it to your inventory or throw it
  • Transmute - Transmutes one piece of unrefined Iron ore to Silver, or Silver ore to Gold if the caster is carrying any
  • Waterbreathing - Can breathe water for 60 seconds
  • Ash Shell - Targets that fail to resist are immobilized in hardened ash for 30 seconds [1]

Expert[edit | edit source]

  • Detect Dead - Nearby dead can be seen through walls
  • Ebonyflesh - Improves the caster's armor rating by 100 points for 60 seconds
  • Paralyze - Targets that fail to resist are paralyzed for 10 seconds
  • Ash Rune - Cast on a nearby surface, it explodes when enemies are nearby, immobilizing them in hardened ash for 30 seconds [1]

Master[edit | edit source]

  • Dragonhide - Caster ignores 80% of all physical damage for 30 seconds
  • Mass Paralysis - All targets in the area that fail to resist are paralyzed for 15 seconds

Perks[edit | edit source]

Perks Requirements Description (Ranks)
Novice Alteration None Cast Novice level Alterations spells for half magicka.
Alteration Dual Casting Alteration 20, Novice Alteration Dual casting an Alteration spell overcharges the effects into an even more powerful version.
Apprentice Alteration Alteration 25, Novice Alteration Cast Apprentice level Alteration spells for half magicka.
Mage Armor Alteration 30, Apprentice Alteration Protection spells like Stoneflesh are twice as strong if not wearing armor
Alteration 50, Apprentice Alteration Protection spells like Stoneflesh are 2.5 times as strong if not wearing armor
Alteration 70, Apprentice Alteration Protection spells like Stoneflesh are three times as strong if not wearing armor
Magic Resistance Alteration 30, Apprentice Alteration Blocks 10% of a spell's effects
Alteration 50, Apprentice Alteration Blocks 20% of a spell's effects
Alteration 70, Apprentice Alteration Blocks 30% of a spell's effects
Adept Alteration Alteration 50, Apprentice Alteration Cast Adept level Alteration spells for half magicka.
Stability Alteration 70, Adept Alteration Alteration spells have greater duration.
Expert Alteration Alteration 75, Adept Alteration Cast Expert level Alteration spells for half magicka.
Master Alteration Alteration 100, Expert Alteration Cast Master level Alteration spells for half magicka.
Atronach Alteration 100, Expert Alteration Absorb 30% of the magicka of any spells that hit you.

Trainers[edit | edit source]

Skillbooks[edit | edit source]

Apparel[edit | edit source]

Minor Alteration Alteration Major Alteration Eminent Alteration Exteme Alteration Peerless Alteration
+ Regenerate Magicka

Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Only with Dragonborn DLC