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This page lists all of the powers, both greater and lesser, in the Dragonborn expansion, as well as all of the abilities available to you. Powers and abilities are special magical capabilities that are innate to your character. Some are received by completing certain quests, or by activating All-Maker Stones. Greater powers have no magicka cost, but can only be used once per day. Lesser Powers may or may not use magicka, but they can be used as often as you like. Abilities are magical effects that are permanently active.
Dragon shouts are listed on a separate page.
Your available greater and lesser powers are listed in the magic menu under "Powers". To use a power you must first equip it, which assigns it to the Dragon Shout/Power button. Each greater power can only be used once per game day.
|Mora's Agony||xx031842||Summons a field of writhing tentacles that lasts 30 seconds and poisons foes who enter it.||Acquired from the Black Book The Hidden Twilight|
|Mora's Boon||xx01e7f7||Fully restores your Health, Magicka and Stamina.*||Acquired from the Black Book The Hidden Twilight|
|Mora's Grasp||xx031844||Targets are frozen between Oblivion and Tamriel for 30 seconds, and immune to all damage.||Acquired from the Black Book The Hidden Twilight|
|Omen of Warding||xx01e803||You take no falling damage for 15 seconds.||Only available via Console|
|Secret of Arcana†||xx01e7fd||Spells cost no magicka for 30 seconds.||Acquired from the Black Book Filament and Filigree|
|Secret of Protection||xx01e800||You take half damage for 30 seconds.||Acquired from the Black Book Filament and Filigree|
|Secret of Strength||xx01e7fa||Power attacks cost no stamina for 30 seconds.||Acquired from the Black Book Filament and Filigree|
|Stop Rune||xx01ed9a||Cast on a nearby surface, it explodesand freezes the target in place for 10 seconds.||Only available via Console|
|Summon Karstaag††||Summons Karstaag to fight for you for 120 seconds. You may only use this ability 3 times, and only while outdoors.||Reward from the quest Summoning Karstaag|
Single-use Greater Powers
Each power is acquired by activating a cleansed stone which grants a single use. Activate the stone again to reacquire the power.
|Bones of the Earth||xx01df9f||Caster ignores 80% of all physical damage for 30 seconds. Single use, then must be reacquired at the Earth Stone.||Acquired at the Earth Stone|
|Summons a Werebear for 60 seconds wherever the caster is pointing. Single use, then must be reacquired at the Beast Stone.||Acquired at the Beast Stone|
|North Wind||xx01dfa5||Targets take 20 points of frost damage for 10 seconds, plus Stamina damage. Single use, then must be reacquired at the Wind Stone.||Acquired at the Wind Stone|
|Root of Power||xx01dfab||All spells cost 75% less to cast for 60 seconds. Single use, then must be reacquired at the Tree Stone.||Acquired at the Tree Stone|
|Sun Flare||xx01df9c||A 100 point fiery explosion centered on the caster. Does more damage to closer targets. Single use, then must be reacquired at the Sun Stone.||Acquired at the Sun Stone|
|Waters of Life||xx01dfa7||Heals everyone close to the caster 200 points. Single use, then must be reacquired at the Water Stone.||Acquired at the Water Stone|
Note: All powers except Root of Power are affected by Destruction perks (Augmented Flames, Augmented Frost; possibly Intense Flames and Deep Freeze) and the Restoration boosting ability Sailor's Repose.
Your available lesser and greater powers are listed in the magic menu under "Powers". To use a power you must first equip it, which it assigns it to the Dragon Shout/Power button. Unlike greater powers, each lesser power can be used an unlimited number of times per day.
|Bardic Knowledge||xx029f12||Summons a spectral drum that plays for 300 seconds, improving Stamina Regen for you and nearby allies.||Acquired from the Black Book Untold Legends|
|Black Market||xx01eec6||Summons a Dremora merchant for 15 seconds.||Acquired from the Black Book Untold Legends. Has 2000 gold, unaffected by Speech perks.|
|Breath of Nchuak||xx03b00d||Draws upon stamina to release a scorching blast of steam that deals 15 points of damage per second.||Acquired by wearing the Visage of Mzund|
|Frostmoon Instinct||xx035b1b||Slows time for 20 seconds.||Activated when entering beast form while wearing the Ring of Instinct|
|Secret Servant||xx01ff21||Summons a Dremora butler for 15 seconds to carry your excess items.||Acquired from the Black Book Untold Legends. Can carry up to 148 units in weight.|
Abilities are constant-effect characteristics, which are listed in the magic menu under "Active Effects" (along with enchantments, diseases, and other active effects). Some of these abilities are gained from reading Hermaeus Mora's Black Books and completing the associated quests. Only one ability can be selected at a time, per book.
Blessings are similar to abilities, but are listed on a separate page.
|Ahzidal's Genius||xx027332||Increases your Enchanting skill by 10 points.||Acquired from wearing any four relics of Ahzidal|
|Companion's Insight||xx01e7f5||Your attacks, shouts, and destruction spells do no damage to your followers when in combat.||Acquired from the Black Book The Winds of Change|
|Detect Ash Source||xx01961a||When close enough, identifies the source of the ash spawn attacks on Tel Mithryn.||Acquired from wearing Neloth's Ring of Tracking during the quest Old Friends|
|Dragonborn Flame||xx02647d||When your Fire Breath Shout kills an enemy, a fire wyrm emerges from their corpse to fight for you for 60 seconds.||Acquired from the Black Book Epistolary Acumen|
|Dragonborn Force||xx02647b||Your Unrelenting Force shout does more damage and using all three words may disintegrate enemies.||Acquired from the Black Book Epistolary Acumen|
|Dragonborn Frost||xx02647e||Your Frost Breath Shout encases foes in ice for 15 seconds.||Acquired from the Black Book Epistolary Acumen|
|Lover's Insight||xx01e7f3||Do 10% more damage and get 10% better prices from people of the opposite sex.||Acquired from the Black Book The Winds of Change|
|Neloth's Health Boost||xx01bd0a||Neloth's 25 point health boost. Health is permanently lowered 25 points after swimming or being in the rain.||Acquired during the quest Experimental Subject|
|Neloth's Memory Spell||xx01c066
|Records memories of your experiences for Neloth.||Acquired during the quest Briarheart Necropsy|
|Scholar's Insight||xx01e7ef||Reading Skill Books gives you an extra Skill Point.||Acquired from the Black Book The Winds of Change
|Seeker of Might||xx034834||Combat skills are all 10% more effective.||Acquired from the Black Book The Sallow Regent
|Seeker of Shadows||xx034838||Stealth skills are all 10% more effective.||Acquired from the Black Book The Sallow Regent
|Seeker of Sorcery||xx034837||All spells cost 10% less magicka. Enchantments are 10% more powerful.||Acquired from the Black Book The Sallow Regent
- The Seeker of Shadows reward from The Sallow Regent only gives a 9% bonus to prices instead of the listed 10%.
- This bug is fixed by version 1.0.3 of the Unofficial Dragonborn Patch.
- In rare instances, the Scholar's Insight reward will fail to work, and you will only receive the usual one point from the skill book.
- Hold off on reading the book until you've advanced a level in that skill.
- The Secret of Arcana power lasts indefinitely as long as a single concentration spell (without the relevant Dual Casting perks) or any combination of concentration spells is dual-cast.
- This can be used to cast the Master level Destruction spell Lightning Storm indefinitely with no magicka cost.
- Certain shouts may continue to damage followers even with the Companion's Insight ability.
- Mora's Boon restores 1000 points to each ability, which may not "fully restore" abilities for high-level characters.
- Wearing more than four relics of Ahzidal won't grant the Ahzidal's Genius bonus.
- Wearing exactly four of the relics will re-activate the effect.
- If Ahzidal's Genius is active when acquiring Seeker of Sorcery, Seeker of Sorcery will not give you a 10% enchanting bonus.
- Vampire followers are not protected by Companion's Insight. This applies to Serana as well as any spouse follower you have turned into a vampire through The Gift.