Oblivion:Skill Books

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The first time you read a given Skill Book, your level in the associated Skill will be permanently increased by one point. If a major skill is increased, it will count towards leveling up; the skill increase will also contribute to the skill bonuses you receive next time you level up. Unlike Trainers, there is no limit to how many Skill Books you can read at one level (other than how many you are able to find).

You can open a Skill Book, read it, and acquire the skill bonus without it being considered theft. Theft occurs only if while reading it you choose to "Take" the book. If you just close the book (putting it back where you found it) no crime is committed.

If you find a second copy of a Skill Book that you have already read, you will not receive any skill bonus for reading the second copy.

When you have reached Mastery in a skill (100 points), reading an unread skill book will not produce any effect: it will not increase your skill above 100 points; it will not increase the Skill Books Read counter in your character statistics either, and you will not even be alerted of the skill book discovery. This also holds true if the skill in question is fortified past 100; you will not gain the relevant skill increase or be notified of the fact that you have found a skill book. Unlike with trainers, using a Drain Skill spell to decrease a skill level under 100 will not allow you to use the skill book to increase your skill level over 100.

A potential way to maximize skill books bonuses is to delay reading books located

  • in containers -- since you can transfer them in your inventory without reading them
  • outside containers, in a permanent, non-hostile, easily accessible location (such as a Mages Guild bookshelf or the Arcane University)

until you have reached Expert status (75 to 99 points) in the relevant skill, since one extra skill point is much harder to gain when you're an Expert than when you're still a Novice. However, this advice does not work for skill books found outside containers during quests, as it is not possible to take them without opening, thus reading them first.

There are 109 skill books in total: 5 for most skills; 6 for Conjuration, Destruction, Illusion, Mysticism, and Heavy Armor; and 4 for Speechcraft. (The four "extra" Magic books are the four Mythic Dawn Commentaries the player is supposed to read as part of The Path of Dawn, leaving the standard 5-per-skill to be discovered outside of the quest).

Twenty of the skill books (one in each skill, except for Speechcraft) can be found in random loot. This means that there is a small chance that one of these twenty books will appear in boss-level chests in dungeons with certain types of enemies. See this page for more specifics. There are also two quests from which you will receive a random skill book as your reward:

  • Bear Season: one of six Combat skill books (all the Combat books found in normal random loot, except for Armorer).
  • Two Sides of the Coin: one random Combat or Magic skill book, including those not normally found in random loot; plus one of the following 6 books: Purloined Shadows (Sneak), Mystery of Talara v1 (Acrobatics), Rislav The Righteous (Light Armor), The Black Arrow v2 (Marksman), A Dance in Fire v7 (Mercantile), or Surfeit of Thieves (Security).

Outside of Two Sides of the Coin, the remaining 89 books exist only in specific locations.

If you have Shivering Isles installed, there is an additional quest from which you will receive a random skill book as your reward:

Remember that floors are given using the American style; thus "first floor" in the list means "ground floor" if you're British.

Book Name (ID) Skill Author Description Where this book can be found
OB-icon-book-Book2.png The Black Arrow, v 1
000243cd
Acrobatics Gorgic Guine Volume one of a story of revenge, and a true master archer
OB-icon-book-Book12.png A Dance in Fire, v1
000243cb
Acrobatics Waughin Jarth Chapter 1 of a clerk's adventures in Valenwood
OB-icon-book-Book12.png A Dance in Fire, v4
000243cc
Acrobatics Waughin Jarth Chapter 4 of a clerk's adventures in Valenwood
OB-icon-book-Book7.png Mystery of Talara, v 1
000243ce
Acrobatics Mera Llykith Part one of the story of Princess Talara
OB-icon-book-Book9.png Thief
000243ca
Acrobatics Reven The second chapter of the adventures of Eslaf Erol
OB-icon-book-Book8.png Calcinator Treatise
00073a5f
Alchemy Argonian secrets of proper Calcinator positioning
OB-icon-book-Book8.png De Rerum Dirennis
000243d2
Alchemy Vorian Direnni Tales about a creator of Alchemy Science
OB-icon-book-Book1.png A Game at Dinner
000243cf
Alchemy An Anonymous Spy A spy's observations upon poison making and a dinner party
OB-icon-book-Book9.png Mannimarco, King of Worms
000243d0
Alchemy Horicles Biography of Mannimarco, the leader of Necromancers, in verse
OB-icon-book-Book8.png Song of the Alchemists
000243d1
Alchemy Marobar Sul Book 5 of an incomplete series of fictional stories about the Dwemer.
OB-icon-book-Book9.png Daughter of the Niben
000243d4
Alteration Sathyr Longleat The history of Bravil town and its famous statue of the Lucky Old Lady
OB-icon-book-Book11.png The Dragon Break
000243d5
Alteration Fal Droon Explanation of a historical error of timing
OB-icon-book-Book8.png The Lunar Lorkhan
000243d8
Alteration Fal Droon A theory about the moons Masser and Secunda
OB-icon-book-Book6.png Reality & Other Falsehoods
00073a69
Alteration Summary of the basic principles of Alteration magic
OB-icon-book-Book6.png Sithis
000243d6
Alteration Text detailing an apparent connection between Sithis and Lorkhan
OB-icon-book-Book7.png The Armorer's Challenge
000243d9
Armorer Mymophonus A competition between two skilled armorsmiths
OB-icon-book-Book9.png Cherim's Heart of Anequina
000243dc
Armorer Livillus Perus, Professor at the Imperial University Interview with Cherim, a master tapestry weaver
OB-icon-book-Book6.png Heavy Armor Repair
00073a68
Armorer Information on the best ways to repair various types of heavy armor
OB-icon-book-Book6.png Last Scabbard of Akrash
000243da
Armorer Tabar Vunqidh Story of a slaver's daughter and her Khajiit lover
OB-icon-book-Book6.png Light Armor Repair
00073a67
Armorer A guide to refurbishing light armor
OB-icon-book-Book9.png The Argonian Account, Book 1
000243e2
Athletics Waughin Jarth Decumus Scotti's continued adventures in Black Marsh, Volume 1
  • Found in random loot
  • Possible reward from the quest Bear Season
OB-icon-book-Book9.png Beggar
000243e1
Athletics Reven The first chapter in the adventures of Eslaf Erol
OB-icon-book-Book12.png A Dance in Fire, v3
000243df
Athletics Waughin Jarth Chapter 3 of a clerk's adventures in Valenwood
OB-icon-book-Book6.png The Ransom of Zarek
000243de
Athletics Marobar Sul How a boy escapes his kidnappers
OB-icon-book-Book9.png The Red Kitchen Reader
000243e0
Athletics Simocles Quo Autobiographical musings of how the Master of Cuisine came to adore viands
OB-icon-book-Book1.png 2920, Morning Star (v1)
000243e4
Blade Carlovac Townway Volume 1 of a historical series about Vivec and the Empire
OB-icon-book-Book9.png Battle of Sancre Tor
00073a61
Blade The story of how General Talos defeated the stronghold of Sancre Tor
OB-icon-book-Book9.png Fire and Darkness
000243e5
Blade Ynir Gorming The history of the Morag Tong assassin guild
OB-icon-book-Book9.png Song Of Hrormir
000243e6
Blade The epic narrative of Hrormir, one-time champion of Nocturnal
OB-icon-book-Book6.png Words and Philosophy
000243e3
Blade An interview with a Bosmer master swordsman about her life
OB-icon-book-Book12.png A Dance in Fire, v2
000243ea
Block Waughin Jarth Chapter 2 of a clerk's adventures in Valenwood
OB-icon-book-Book8.png Death Blow of Abernanit
000243e8
Block Anonymous (with notes by Geocrates Varnus) The death of Dagoth Thras
OB-icon-book-Book6.png The Mirror
000243e9
Block Berdier Wreans About a skilled fighter's showdown with his greatest enemy
  • Leyawiin City Watch Barracks, on a shelf in a downstairs storage room
OB-icon-book-Book9.png The Warp in the West
000243ec
Block Ulvius Tero Reports from Imperial Blades concerning the effects of the Dragon Break on the Iliac Bay region
OB-icon-book-Book9.png Warrior
000243eb
Block Reven The third chapter of the adventures of Eslaf Erol
OB-icon-book-Book7.png The Importance of Where
000243ee
Blunt Marobar Sul Book 3 of an incomplete series of fictional stories about the Dwemer
OB-icon-book-Book9.png King
000243f0
Blunt Reven The final chapter in the adventures of Eslaf Erol
  • Anvil Castle Royal Quarters, on a shelf
  • Battlehorn Castle after buying the bedroom area upgrade (mod-specific)
OB-icon-book-Book7.png The Legendary Sancre Tor
00073a62
Blunt Matera Chapel An attempt to chronicle the rise and fall of Sancre Tor
OB-icon-book-Book6.png Mace Etiquette
00073a66
Blunt A warrior's instruction pamphlet on proper mace tactics
  • Found in random loot
  • Possible reward from Bear Season
OB-icon-book-Book8.png Night Falls on Sentinel
000243ef
Blunt Boali How a knight weeds out an enemy of the king
OB-icon-book-Book1.png 2920, Frostfall (v10)
000243f5
Conjuration Carlovac Townway Volume 10 of a historical series about Vivec and the Empire
  • Anvil Chapel Hall, on a desk
OB-icon-book-Book1.png 2920, Hearth Fire (v9)
000243f4
Conjuration Carlovac Townway Volume 9 of a historical series about Vivec and the Empire
  • Bruma Chapel Hall, on a shelf
OB-icon-book-Book9.png The Doors of Oblivion
000243f2
Conjuration Seif-ij Hidja The chronicles of Morian Zenas' journey through the realms of Oblivion, penned by his apprentice
OB-icon-book-Book9.png Liminal Bridges
00073a60
Conjuration Camilonwe of Alinor A Discourse On The Theory and Praxis of Traveling Between Mundus and Oblivion
  • Arcane University Mystic Archive, in a second-floor display case against the west wall (look for a brown book)
OB-icon-book-Book1.png Mythic Dawn Commentaries 1
00022b04
Conjuration Mankar Camoran The first book read by initiates to the Mythic Dawn cult
OB-icon-book-Book7.png The Warrior's Charge
000243f6
Conjuration An old poem of the Redguards that deals with the constellations
  • Only found in random loot
OB-icon-book-Book6.png The Art of War Magic
000243fa
Destruction Zurin Arctus, with Commentary By Other Learned Masters Mastering the art of winning
OB-icon-book-Book5.png The Horrors of Castle Xyr
000243f7
Destruction Baloth-Kul A One Act Play
OB-icon-book-Book8.png A Hypothetical Treachery
000243f9
Destruction Anthil Morvir A One Act Play
  • Skingrad Castle Lords Manor, on a shelf in the northwest corner of Hassildor's room.
OB-icon-book-Book10.png Mystery of Talara, v 3
000243fb
Destruction Mera Llykith Part three of the story of Princess Talara
  • Only found in random loot
OB-icon-book-Book1.png Mythic Dawn Commentaries 2
00022b05
Destruction Mankar Camoran The second book read by initiates to the Mythic Dawn cult
OB-icon-book-Book7.png Response to Bero's Speech
000243f8
Destruction Malviser, Battlemage Commentaries of "Bero's Speech to the Battlemages" book
  • Arcane University Mystic Archives, on a ground-floor bookshelf against the east wall (look for a small blue book on the middle shelf)
OB-icon-book-Book9.png Ahzirr Traajijazeri
000243fe
Hand to Hand Anonymous The public manifesto of the Khajiit organization Renrijra Krin
OB-icon-book-Book9.png Immortal Blood
000243fc
Hand to Hand Anonymous Dialogues about fighting with vampires
OB-icon-book-Book7.png Master Zoaraym's Tale
00024400
Hand to Hand Gi'Nanth About the Temple of the Two Moons in Elsweyr and its students
  • Found in random loot
  • Possible reward from Bear Season
OB-icon-book-Book9.png Way of the Exposed Palm
00073a6a
Hand to Hand Explanation of the key towards mastery of open-handed combat
  • Black Balconies of Fieldhouse in Fieldhouse Cave, on the ground (hiding under a Cairn Bolete)
OB-icon-book-Book9.png The Wolf Queen, v 2
000243fd
Hand to Hand Waughin Jarth Life of Queen Potema, Book Two
OB-icon-book-Book1.png 2920, MidYear (v6)
00024402
Heavy Armor Carlovac Townway Volume 6 of a historical series about Vivec and the Empire
OB-icon-book-Book8.png Chimarvamidium
00024403
Heavy Armor Marobar Sul Book 6 of a series of fictional stories about the Dwemer.
OB-icon-book-Book5.png Fighters Guild History, 1st Ed.
000a915c
Heavy Armor Detailing the events leading up to the foundation of the Syffim, now known as the Fighters Guild
OB-icon-book-Book7.png Hallgerd's Tale
00024401
Heavy Armor Tavi Dromio Squabbling over the greatest warrior ever leads to a tale of heavy-armor-master Hlaalu Pasoroth
OB-icon-book-Book9.png History of the Fighters Guild
00024405
Heavy Armor Detailing the events leading up to the foundation of the Syffim, now known as the Fighters Guild

(Note that this the standard edition of this book; there is also a more expensive first edition, see above)

OB-icon-book-Book6.png How Orsinium Passed to Orcs
00024404
Heavy Armor Menyna Gsost The story of how Gortwog won the land to the north of Wayrest
  • Bruma Castle Lords Manor, on a desk
OB-icon-book-Book9.png The Argonian Account, Book 3
00024407
Illusion Waughin Jarth Decumus Scotti's continued adventures in Black Marsh, Volume 3
  • Arcane University Mystic Archives, upstairs, south wall, right bookshelf, above the Novice Alembic
OB-icon-book-Book6.png Incident in Necrom
00024408
Illusion Jonquilla Bothe A story about an illusionist
OB-icon-book-Book10.png Mystery of Talara, v 4
0002440a
Illusion Mera Llykith Part four of the story of Princess Talara
OB-icon-book-Book1.png Mythic Dawn Commentaries 3
00022b06
Illusion Mankar Camoran The third book read by initiates to the Mythic Dawn cult
OB-icon-book-Book7.png Palla, volume 1
00024409
Illusion Vojne Mierstyyd A conjurer's tragic infatuation with a dead woman (volume 1 of 2)
  • Arkved's Tower, on a table next to Vaermina's Orb in the final room (available during Vaermina's Daedric quest)
OB-icon-book-Book9.png The Wolf Queen, v 3
00024406
Illusion Waughin Jarth Life of Queen Potema, Book Three
  • Bruma Mages Guild, on a desk in the southeast basement room (look for an orange book)
OB-icon-book-Book7.png Ice and Chitin
0002440C
Light Armor Pletius Spatec A tale of the manipulation of chitin armor
OB-icon-book-Book6.png Lord Jornibret's Last Dance
0002440d
Light Armor Song involving men and women's parts
OB-icon-book-Book8.png The Rear Guard
0002440b
Light Armor Tenace Mourl How a lone man guards a besieged castle and how he obtains his food
OB-icon-book-Book9.png The Refugees
0002440e
Light Armor Geros Albreigh History of refugees fleeing the Camoran Usurper
OB-icon-book-Book9.png Rislav The Righteous
0002440f
Light Armor Heroic tales of Rislav Larich, ancient King of Skingrad
  • Deepscorn Hollow after buying the study area upgrade (mod-specific)
  • May also be found in random loot
OB-icon-book-Book9.png The Black Arrow, v 2
00024531
Marksman Gorgic Guine Volume two of a story of revenge, and a true master archer
OB-icon-book-Book12.png A Dance in Fire, v5
00024411
Marksman Waughin Jarth Chapter 5 of a clerk's adventures in Valenwood
OB-icon-book-Book9.png Father Of The Niben
00024530
Marksman Florin Jaliil Translation of the fragmented journal of Topal the Pilot
OB-icon-book-Book6.png The Gold Ribbon of Merit
00024410
Marksman Ampyrian Brum A man tutors his old friend in marksmanship
OB-icon-book-Book7.png Vernaccus and Bourlor
0002452f
Marksman Tavi Dromio How a short-tempered Daedra tries to make something of himself
OB-icon-book-Book1.png 2920, Sun's Height (v7)
00024534
Mercantile Carlovac Townway Volume 7 of a historical series about Vivec and the Empire
OB-icon-book-Book8.png The Buying Game
00024532
Mercantile Adabael Timsar-Dadisun Tips on buying and selling
OB-icon-book-Book12.png A Dance in Fire, v6
00024535
Mercantile Waughin Jarth Chapter 6 of a clerk's adventures in Valenwood
OB-icon-book-Book12.png A Dance in Fire, v 7
00024536
Mercantile Waughin Jarth Chapter 7 of a clerk's adventures in Valenwood
  • Only found in random loot
OB-icon-book-Book9.png The Wolf Queen, v 4
00024533
Mercantile Waughin Jarth Life of Queen Potema, Book Four
OB-icon-book-Book1.png 2920, Sun's Dawn (v2)
00024538
Mysticism Carlovac Townway Volume 2 of a historical series about Vivec and the Empire
  • Skingrad Chapel Hall, on a desk in a side room (look for a purple book)
OB-icon-book-Book9.png Before the Ages of Man
00073a63
Mysticism Aicantar of Shimerene Chronicles the major events of the Dawn and Merethic Eras
  • Arcane University's Chironasium, on a first floor Altar of Enchanting, against the southwest wall
OB-icon-book-Book9.png The Black Arts On Trial
00024539
Mysticism Hannibal Traven, Archmagister of the Mages Guild A summary of the salient points of the debate which led to the resolution of the Mages Guild on the subject of Necromancy
OB-icon-book-Book6.png The Firsthold Revolt
00024537
Mysticism Maveus Cie The story of how Hlaalu Helseth's sister kept the Summerset Isle city of Firsthold
OB-icon-book-Book1.png Mythic Dawn Commentaries 4
00022b07
Mysticism Mankar Camoran The fourth and final book read by initiates to the Mythic Dawn cult
OB-icon-book-Book9.png Souls, Black and White
00073a6b
Mysticism A scholar's look at the souls of man and beast
  • Fort Cuptor Battlemains, on the stone slab next to a bed, slightly under a coffin leaning against the slab
  • May also be found in random loot
OB-icon-book-Book1.png 2920, Rain's Hand (v4)
0002453f
Restoration Carlovac Townway Volume 4 of a historical series about Vivec and the Empire
  • Bravil Chapel Hall, on a shelf
OB-icon-book-Book9.png The Exodus
0002453e
Restoration Waughin Jarth The tale of a parent's desperate bid to save their only child
  • Skingrad Chapel Hall, on a bookshelf in the southwest room (look for a brown book)
OB-icon-book-Book10.png Mystery of Talara, v 2
00024540
Restoration Mera Llykith Part two of the story of Princess Talara
  • Only found in random loot
OB-icon-book-Book8.png Notes on Racial Phylogeny
0002453d
Restoration Council of Healers, Imperial University
Withershins
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OB-icon-book-Book9.png Advances in Lock Picking
00073a65
Security A Skill Book in Security, providing tips on how to pick locks
OB-icon-book-Book7.png The Locked Room
00024541
Security Porbert Lyttumly How a pupil outlocks her cruel picklock instructor
OB-icon-book-Book9.png Proper Lock Design
00073a64
Security Written as a manual for lock designers, unintentionally helpful to thieves
OB-icon-book-Book6.png Surfeit of Thieves
00024545
Security Aniis Noru How a busted robbery gets even worse
  • Only found in random loot
OB-icon-book-Book9.png The Wolf Queen, v 1
00024542
Security Waughin Jarth Life of Queen Potema, Book One
OB-icon-book-Book1.png 2920, Last Seed (v8)
00024547
Sneak Carlovac Townway Volume 8 of a historical series about Vivec and the Empire
OB-icon-book-Book9.png Legend of Krately House
00024549
Sneak Baloth-Kul A play about the ghostly Krately family and how they died
OB-icon-book-Book9.png Purloined Shadows
0002454a
Sneak Waughin Jarth A chill tale recounting the theft of Nocturnal's cowl
  • Only found in random loot
OB-icon-book-Book9.png Sacred Witness
00024548
Sneak Enric Milnes
OB-icon-book-Book9.png The Wolf Queen, v 6
00024546
Sneak Waughin Jarth Life of Queen Potema, Book Six
OB-icon-book-Book1.png 2920, Second Seed (v5)
0002454d
Speechcraft Carlovac Townway Volume 5 of a historical series about Vivec and the Empire
  • Imperial Palace, on a bookshelf in the Imperial Battlemage's Chambers, top shelf (only available during The Ultimate Heist)
OB-icon-book-Book9.png Biography of the Wolf Queen
0002454b
Speechcraft Katar Eriphanes A history of the unambiguously evil Queen Potema, the so-called Wolf Queen of Solitude
OB-icon-book-Book9.png The Wolf Queen, v 5
0002454c
Speechcraft Waughin Jarth Life of Queen Potema, Book Five
OB-icon-book-Book9.png The Wolf Queen, v 7
0002454e
Speechcraft Waughin Jarth Life of Queen Potema, Book Seven

1 You need to complete the Mages Guild Recommendation Quests to reach this location.
2 If someone sees you here you are Trespassing.
3 Taking this book is theft.


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