Morrowind:Skill Books

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Throughout Vvardenfell, there are books designed to enhance various skill levels through academic study of them. Basically, when you open one of these skill books, you receive a one-point increase in its associated skill. Unlike training, this skill increase occurs without regard to the level of the skill's governing attribute; however, once a particular skill reaches 100 points, skill books don't raise that skill above 100, but you still get a skill increase message, and if the skill raised is in major/minor groups, the raise counts towards leveling up. Note that reading a book does not count as theft even if it happens to belong to somebody. Thus you can read a book (and get your skill bonus) right in front of its owner without being accused of stealing. Unless you click the "Take" button on the bottom, it's not illegal.

A particular book only improves a skill once, when you first read it; repeat readings have no additional effect on your skill level. An exception to this is a few books which exist in both opened and closed varieties. You can read one of each and gain a skill point each time.

Acrobatics, Alchemy, Alteration, Armorer, Athletics, Axe, Block, Blunt Weapon, Conjuration, Destruction, Enchant, Hand-to-hand, Heavy Armor, Illusion, Light Armor, Long Blade, Marksman, Medium Armor, Mercantile, Mysticism, Restoration, Security, Short Blade, Sneak, Spear, Speechcraft, Unarmored

Note: Locations are not all-inclusive, but only list places you are guaranteed to find a book. All of these books can also be found as random loot in other places.

Book Name Weight Value Locations
Acrobatics
Realizations of Acrobacy
bookskill_acrobatics1
4.0 200
A Dance in Fire, Chapter 1
BookSkill_Acrobatics2
3.0 150
A Dance in Fire, Chapter 4
BookSkill_Acrobatics3
3.0 150
The Black Arrow, Volume 1
BookSkill_Acrobatics4
2.0 400
Mystery of Talara, Part 1
BookSkill_Acrobatics5
3.0 250
Alchemy
A Game at Dinner
BookSkill_Alchemy1
3.0 200
The Cake and the Diamond
BookSkill_Alchemy2
3.0 200
Song of the Alchemists
BookSkill_Alchemy3
3.0 200
36 Lessons of Vivec, Sermon 2
BookSkill_Alchemy4
3.0 200
36 Lessons of Vivec, Sermon 18
BookSkill_Alchemy5
3.0 200
Alteration
Breathing Water
BookSkill_Alteration1
2.0 400
The Dragon Break Re-Examined
BookSkill_Alteration2
3.0 250
Sithis
BookSkill_Alteration3
3.0 275
36 Lessons of Vivec, Sermon 13
BookSkill_Alteration4
3.0 200
The Lunar Lorkhan
BookSkill_Alteration5
4.0 350
Armorer
36 Lessons of Vivec, Sermon 6
BookSkill_Armorer3
3.0 200
36 Lessons of Vivec, Sermon 25
BookSkill_Armorer4
3.0 200
36 Lessons of Vivec, Sermon 29
BookSkill_Armorer5
3.0 200
The Armorer's Challenge
BookSkill_Armorer1
4.0 325
Last Scabbard of Akrash
BookSkill_Armorer2
3.0 250
Athletics
The Ransom of Zarek
BookSkill_Athletics1
3.0 200
A Dance in Fire, Chapter 3
BookSkill_Athletics2
3.0 150
36 Lessons of Vivec, Sermon 1
BookSkill_Athletics3
3.0 200
36 Lessons of Vivec, Sermon 8
BookSkill_Athletics4
3.0 200
36 Lessons of Vivec, Sermon 31
BookSkill_Athletics5
3.0 200
Axe
The Axe Man
bookskill_axe2
3.0 225
The Seed
BookSkill_Axe3
3.0 200
The Third Door
BookSkill_Axe1
4.0 250
36 Lessons of Vivec, Sermon 5
BookSkill_Axe4
3.0 200
36 Lessons of Vivec, Sermon 16
BookSkill_Axe5

BookSkill_Axe5_open

3.0 200
Block
A Dance in Fire, Chapter 2
BookSkill_Block3
3.0 150
Death Blow of Abernanit
BookSkill_Block1
3.0 300
The Mirror
bookskill_block2
2.0 225
36 Lessons of Vivec, Sermon 7
BookSkill_Block4
3.0 200
36 Lessons of Vivec, Sermon 32
BookSkill_Block5
3.0 200
Blunt Weapon
The Hope of the Redoran
bookskill_blunt weapon1
3.0 250
The Importance of Where
BookSkill_Blunt Weapon 2
3.0 200
Night Falls On Sentinel
bookskill_blunt weapon3
4.0 275
36 Lessons of Vivec, Sermon 3
BookSkill_Blunt Weapon4
3.0 200
36 Lessons of Vivec, Sermon 9
BookSkill_Blunt Weapon5
3.0 200
Conjuration
Feyfolken II
BookSkill_Conjuration1
4.0 300
Feyfolken III
BookSkill_Conjuration2
4.0 300
2920, Hearth Fire
BookSkill_Conjuration3
3.0 275
2920, FrostFall
BookSkill_Conjuration4
3.0 275
The Warrior's Charge
bookskill_conjuration5
3.0 325
Destruction
The Horror of Castle Xyr
bookskill_destruction1
3.0 250
Response to Bero's Speech
bookskill_destruction2
4.0 200
A Hypothetical Treachery
bookskill_destruction3
3.0 175
The Art of War Magic
bookskill_destruction4
3.0 225
Mystery of Talara, Part 3
BookSkill_Destruction5

BookSkill_Destruction5_open

3.0 250
Enchant
Feyfolken I
BookSkill_Enchant1
4.0 300
The Wolf Queen, Book VIII
BookSkill_Enchant2
3.0 250
Palla, Book II
bookskill_enchant3
3.0 400
36 Lessons of Vivec, Sermon 19
bookskill_enchant4
3.0 200
The Final Lesson
bookskill_enchant5
3.0 350
Hand-to-hand
Charwich-Koniinge, Volume 2
bookskill_hand to hand3
3.0 300
Charwich-Koniinge, Volume 4
bookskill_hand to hand4
3.0 300
Master Zoaraym's Tale
bookskill_hand to hand5
3.0 300
The Prayers of Baranat
bookskill_hand to hand1
3.0 250
The Wolf Queen, Book II
bookskill_hand to hand2
3.0 250
Heavy Armor
Hallgerd's Tale
bookskill_heavy armor1
4.0 325
2920, MidYear
BookSkill_Heavy Armor2
3.0 275
Chimarvamidium
BookSkill_Heavy Armor3
4.0 225
  • Vivec, Guild of Mages (in Sirilonwe's Chest)
How Orsinium Passed to the Orcs
bookSkill_heavy armor4
2.0 200
36 Lessons of Vivec, Sermon 12
bookskill_heavy armor5
3.0 200
Illusion
Incident in Necrom
bookskill_illusion3
3.0 225
Mystery of Talara, Part 4
bookskill_illusion5
3.0 250
Palla, Book I
bookskill_illusion4
3.0 400
Silence
bookskill_illusion2
4.0 230
The Wolf Queen, Book III
bookskill_illusion1
3.0 250
Light Armor
Ice and Chitin
BookSkill_Light Armor2
3.0 325
Lord Jornibret's Last Dance
bookskill_light armor3
4.0 300
The Rear Guard
BookSkill_Light Armor1
4.0 200
36 Lessons of Vivec, Sermon 21
bookskill_light armor4
3.0 200
36 Lessons of Vivec, Sermon 28
bookskill_light armor5
3.0 200
Long Blade
2920, Morning Star
BookSkill_Long Blade2
3.0 275
36 Lessons of Vivec, Sermon 17
bookskill_long blade3
3.0 200
36 Lessons of Vivec, Sermon 20
bookskill_long blade4
3.0 200
36 Lessons of Vivec, Sermon 23
bookskill_long blade5
3.0 200
Words and Philosophy
BookSkill_Long Blade1
3.0 225
Marksman
The Black Arrow, Volume II
bookskill_marksman5
2.0 400
A Dance in Fire, Chapter 5
BookSkill_Marksman2
3.0 150
The Gold Ribbon of Merit
bookskill_marksman1
3.0 250
The Marksmanship Lesson
bookskill_marksman4
3.0 250
Vernaccus and Bourlor
bookskill_marksman3
4.0 250
Medium Armor
Bone, Part One
BookSkill_Medium Armor2
4.0 300
Bone, Part Two
BookSkill_Medium Armor3
4.0 300
Cherim's Heart of Anequina
bookskill_medium armor1
4.0 225
36 Lessons of Vivec, Sermon 22
bookskill_medium armor4
3.0 200
36 Lessons of Vivec, Sermon 33
bookskill_medium armor5
3.0 200
Mercantile
2920, Sun's Height
BookSkill_Mercantile3
3.0 275
The Buying Game
bookskill_mercantile1
4.0 200
A Dance in Fire, Chapter 6
bookskill_mercantile4
3.0 150
A Dance in Fire, Chapter 7
bookskill_mercantile5
3.0 150
The Wolf Queen, Book IV
bookskill_mercantile2
3.0 250
Mysticism
2920, Sun's Dawn
BookSkill_Mysticism2
3.0 275
Charwich-Koniinge, Volume 3
BookSkill_Mysticism5
3.0 300
The Firsthold Revolt
bookskill_mysticism1
4.0 200
36 Lessons of Vivec, Sermon 4
BookSkill_Mysticism3
3.0 200
36 Lessons of Vivec, Sermon 36
BookSkill_Mysticism4
3.0 200
Restoration
2920, Rain's Hand
BookSkill_Restoration4
3.0 275
The Four Suitors of Benitah
bookskill_restoration3
3.0 300
Mystery of Talara, Part 2
BookSkill_Restoration5
3.0 250
Notes on Racial Phylogeny
bookskill_restoration2
3.0 275
Withershins
bookskill_restoration1
3.0 250
Security
Chance's Folly
bookskill_security4
3.0 250
The Dowry
BookSkill_Security3
3.0 300
The Locked Room
bookskill_security1
4.0 200
Surfeit of Thieves
bookskill_security5
4.0 350
The Wolf Queen, Book I
bookskill_security2
3.0 250
Short Blade
2920, Sun's Dusk
BookSkill_Short Blade2
3.0 275
  • Ald'ruhn, Boldrisa Andrano's House
  • Suran, Garothmuk gro-Muzgub: Smith
2920, Evening Star
BookSkill_Short Blade3
3.0 275
  • Khuul, Helga's Shack
  • Vivec, Arena Fighters Training
36 Lessons of Vivec, Sermon 10
BookSkill_Short Blade4
3.0 200
36 Lessons of Vivec, Sermon 30
BookSkill_Short Blade5
3.0 200
Unnamed Book
bookskill_short blade1
4.0 225
Sneak
2920, Last Seed
BookSkill_Sneak2
3.0 275
Azura and the Box
BookSkill_Sneak3
3.0 200
36 Lessons of Vivec, Sermon 26
bookskill_sneak5
3.0 200
Trap
bookskill_sneak4
3.0 250
The Wolf Queen, Book VI
bookskill_sneak1
3.0 250
Spear
2920, First Seed
BookSkill_Spear2
3.0 275
Smuggler's Island
bookskill_spear1
3.0 250
36 Lessons of Vivec, Sermon 14
bookskill_spear3
3.0 200
36 Lessons of Vivec, Sermon 24
bookskill_spear4
3.0 200
36 Lessons of Vivec, Sermon 35
bookskill_spear5
3.0 200
Speechcraft
2920, Second Seed
BookSkill_Speechcraft3
3.0 275
  • Vivec, Hall of Justice Secret Library
  • Vivec, Saren Manor
Biography of the Wolf Queen
BookSkill_Speechcraft1
3.0 250
36 Lessons of Vivec, Sermon 27
bookskill_speechcraft5
3.0 200
The Wolf Queen, Book V
bookskill_speechcraft2
3.0 250
The Wolf Queen, Book VII
bookskill_speechcraft4
3.0 250
Unarmored
Charwich-Koniinge, Volume 1
bookskill_unarmored2
3.0 300
36 Lessons of Vivec, Sermon 11
bookskill_unarmored3
3.0 200
36 Lessons of Vivec, Sermon 15
bookskill_unarmored4
3.0 200
36 Lessons of Vivec, Sermon 34
bookskill_unarmored5
3.0 200
The Wraith's Wedding Dowry
bookskill_unarmored1
4.0 300

Acrobatics, Alchemy, Alteration, Armorer, Athletics, Axe, Block, Blunt Weapon, Conjuration, Destruction, Enchant, Hand-to-hand, Heavy Armor, Illusion, Light Armor, Long Blade, Marksman, Medium Armor, Mercantile, Mysticism, Restoration, Security, Short Blade, Sneak, Spear, Speechcraft, Unarmored