The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Wiki Guide
Here are the console commands that players might find most useful to have on-hand during their time in Skyrim. Remember to check the Item Codes list for the Add Item cheat.
|TGM|| Turn God Mode on / off|
(also adds infinite stamina / magicka)
|TCL|| Toggle clipping on / off|
|TDetect|| Toggle AI Detection|
(doesn't work during pickpocketing)
|TAI|| Toggles non-combat AI on / off|
|TCAI|| Toggles combat AI on / off|
(Can be used with TAI to
completely disable all NPCs)
|ModAV carryweight [#]|| Set carry weight to specified number|
|AddShout [Shoud ID]|| Add shout to player skill list.|
|Player.AddItem [item ID] [#]|| Add item to inventory. Example:|
"player.additem f 100" adds 100 gold
|Player.SetLevel [#]|| Sets the player level.|
Note: Does not grant
|Player.AddPerk [perk ID]|| Adds the specified perk.|
|AdvSkill [[[[[Skill|skill]]|skill]]] [#]|| Gives player the specified number of Skill-based experience points.|
Amounts vary from skill to skill.
[Item/NPC ID] [#]
| Spawns item / NPC near player.|
(Can be used with AI commands for hilarious effect)
To increase your abilities in any given skill tree, you can use the console commands to your advantage in two ways:
- Add individual perks to each skill tree
- Add experience to each skill tree
(This will also help you level up quickly)
TO ADD SKILL EXPERIENCE
AdvSkill [[[Skill|Skill]] ID] [#] to grant yourself a certain amount of experience in a given skill category. The value of experience points varies from skill to skill, so we suggest choosing a skill you want to become HIGHLY proficient in (maybe... all of them?) and starting there.
The table below indicates how many experience points will increase each skill by one level. In terms of overall player level, it takes an increasing and variable amount of XP to level up, so feel free to use the player.setlevel [#] command.
TO ADD INDIVIDUAL PERKS
To add individual perks, use the console command player.addperk [perk ID]
(Consult our list of Perk IDs on the Item Codes page).
For example, to add the Sneaking perk 'Silent Roll,' enter
player.addperk 105F23 into the command console. While the skill will turn gray in the skills menu (normally indicating that you are under-level for the desired perk), you will still be able to utilize it's abilities. Alternatively, you could pre-empt this process by using the player.setlevel ##
Skyrim console commands, cheats for PC
Despite how long it's been out, Skyrim still enjoys a dedicated audience thanks to a thriving modding scene, as well as Bethesda's fair hand for designing an eminently replayable game. At this point though, it's safe to say that you've probably played a fair chunk of the game legitimately, and might fancy spicing up your next playthrough with a few overpowered abilities, or at least removing some of the duller elements altogether.
For this reason, we've compiled a round-up of some of the most useful console commands you can use for the PC version of the game. To get started with any of these cheats, all you have to do is hit the tilde key (which looks like this ~), then enter your cheat of choice. Leave the console window using the tilde button once more, and you'll see the change reflected in the game immediately.
Player console commands
Here are some of our favourite commands for granting your character godlike status, and unlimited funds - to name just a couple:
addshout - Type the name of your desired Dragon Shout after this command to add it to your repertoire immediately.
AdvSkill [SKILL ID] # - If you want to level up a particular skill, simply enter this command. SKILL ID is simply the name of the skill in question. After that, just add the number you wish to level it up by.
player.advlevel - Keep entering this command repeatedly to advance your character one level each time, without having to do anything resembling actual effort.
player.modav carryweight # - Enter this command to increase the amount of random crap you're able to stuff into your backpack.
player.setav speedmult ### - The higher the number you use here, the faster your character will move throughout the world. Warning: max level is really, really fast...
player.setcrimegold ### - Use this command to change your wanted level. At 000 you're clean as a whistle, while at 999 it's time to start legging it.
player.setlevel ## - Change the number to whatever level you'd like your decidedly unheroic hero to be.
psb - If you want to unlock every single spell in the game, just tap this command in.
sexchange - This command will change the sex of your hero or heroine.
showracemenu - Starting to regret some of the decisions you made during the character creation phase of the game? Use this command to revisit your starting choices.
tgm - Activates god mode, making you completely invincible.
tcl - Turns off clipping, allowing you to walk anywhere, in any direction, through any thing.
tim - In immortal mode, you can still take damage but you can't actually be killed.
rm - Use to activate and deactivate run mode.
unlock - Make sure you've highlighted the chest, or door, or case that you want to unlock, then enter this simple command to open it.
World and environment console commands
There are several commands that will help you muck about with the world itself. Here are some of the most useful:
fov - Instead of messing around with. ini files, you can use this console command to set your field of view on the fly.
tai - If you enter this command, every AI character in the game will stop in their tracks. Run it again to get everyone back to business.
tcai - If, on the other hand, you simply want to take the sting out of a fight, use this code to render every inhabitant of the game completely placid.
tfc - Want to take to the skies and have a proper aerial view of Skyrim? Enter this code.
tfow - Removes all fog of war elements from your local map.
tm - Enter this into the console window to disable every menu element, making it easy to capture pristine screenshots. Note that this also disables the console itself, so you'll have to re-enter the code blind in order to reactivate the UI.
tmm - By adding 0 or 1 to the end of this command you'll be able to activate and deactivate every map marker in the game.
tg - Toggles grass on and off when entered.
tt - As above, but for trees.
tws - Disables the appearance of water.
Item console commands
Each item in Skyrim has a special code associated with it and you can find a comprehensive round-up of them at uesp.net. Enter the following command in - along with the appropriate Item ID - to get your hands on the goodies without any effort whatsoever.
player.additem ITEM NAME ###
Note that the number should be entered in three-digit format, so 015 for fifteen of the item in question, 009 for nine and so on.
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To get you started, here are some very common items you're likely to want to add to your stash.
player.additem 0000000f ### - This will allow you to add whatever chunk of change you want to your wallet.
player.additem 0000000a ### - You can never have too many lockpicks, so why not add a load to your backpack nice and quickly?
coc qasmoke - For the man or woman who doesn't have everything, use this command to access a special room housing all of Skyrim's items.
removeallitems - Want someone's stuff and can't even be bothered to ask for it? Enter this code to have them stripped bare, and then send everything they own to your backpack. Thanks!
Want more help with Skyrim? Find out how to join every guild and faction, how to earn Gold fast, learning about XP and levelling to 100, max Crafting skills, max Warrior skills, max Thief skills and max Mage skills, how to get married, where to buy a house, how to start Dawnguard, Hearthfire and Dragonborn DLC expansions. If you're on PC, we have a list of console commands and cheats, and you can learn about the remastered version and how to install mods with our Skyrim guide. Finally, with Switch owners, we have Skyrim amiibo support explained to help unlock special Zelda-themed items.
Quest console commands
You'll need to enter the quest ID for some of these commands. You can find all of these identifiers over at uesp.net
caqs - This will wrap up every single stage of the main quest. Warning: this can be a little buggy and has the potential to make a real mess of your save.
completequest QUEST ID - Finishes off the specified quest altogether. Hooray for no effort!
kill - Simply highlight your victim and then tap this command in to have them crash to the floor.
killall - When you need everyone around you to die fast, enter this genocidal console command to get the job done.
movetoqt - Picked up a quest and can't be bothered to walk to your victim? Simply tap this command in to head to them instantly.
player.sqs QUEST ID - Displays all of the stages of a given quest.
resurrect - If you're feeling no small amount of remorse for your senseless killing, target the corpse and then enter this command to bring them back to life.
setstage QUEST ID # - Advances a quest to a particular stage. Use this if you've bugged out somewhere and need a quick fix.
Skyrim cheats: all the Skyrim console commands you need to cheat your way across Tamriel
If you're growing accustomed to the usual surroundings in Tamriel after so many years of adventuring, then trying out some Skyrim cheats may be just what you need to freshen things up again. Fancy learning every spell, perk, and skill with a couple of easy commands? Or exploring an area of Skyrim that you could never get to through legitimate means? If you're a PC player then those options and many more are at your fingertips, as we've got all the Skyrim console commands you could need to become the ultimate Dragonborn, and these should help keep you occupied until the eventual arrival of Elder Scrolls 6. Unfortunately for those playing on console, there aren't any Skyrim cheats available for you, but at least if you visit these Skyrim hidden chest locations you can grab some decent loot.
How to use Skyrim console commands
As with many other PC games, entering Skyrim console commands is simply a case of pressing the tilde (~) key to open up the developer console, then typing in the command code in the correct format. You can enter multiple codes to stack up various different effects, then hit tilde once again to return to the game and reap the ill-gotten rewards you've given yourself. Unless otherwise stated, entering the same code a second time should turn it off again.
This may sound obvious, but it's worth reinforcing that using some of these codes (especially in combination with others) can cause glitches, mess up ongoing storylines, or crash your game entirely, so make sure you create a back up save and keep it separate before you start playing around - otherwise you may find you've permanently broken your progress, and nobody wants to deal with that in a game the size of Skyrim. Also, achievements will be disabled as soon as you start entering these codes, so unfortunately you won't be able to cheat your way to completing any challenges.
Player Skyrim console commands
God mode: Full invincibility, infinite stamina and magicka
Immortal mode: Similar to God mode, you can take damage but can't be killed
No-clip mode: Walk through walls, fly
Access the character creator to change appearance (this will reset your level and skill progress)
Immediately refills your health
Learn every magic spell
Increase player level by one, though you won't get a perk point
Replace # with the level to set your player to
Replace # with the height for your character, between 0.1 and 10
advskill SkillID #
Replace SkillID with the skill you're modifying and # with the amount you are modifying it by. A list of SkillIDs is here
Replace ShoutID with the shout you want to add. A list of ShoutIDs is here
Replace PerkID with the perk you want to add. A list of PerkIDs is here
player.additem ItemID #
Replace ItemID with the item you want to add to your inventory, and # with the amount of that item to add. A list of ItemIDs is here
Point at a door or chest then use this code to unlock it
World Skyrim console commands
Turns off all GUI display
Toggle map markers, replace # with 0 to disable all or 1 to enable all
Free camera mode, add 1 to pause the game
Replace # to change the speed of the free camera i.e. 0.5 for half speed or 2 for double speed
Remove fog from the world map
Turn off grass
Turn off skybox and fog
Turn off trees
Turn off water (when not underwater)
set timescale to #
Replace # to set the rate time passes at, 1 is realtime and 20 is default
Replace # to set the game speed i.e. 0.5 for half speed or 2 for double speed
Replace WeatherID with the type of weather you want to instantly activate. A list of WeatherIDs is here
Replace WeatherID with the type of weather you want to gradually activate
Quest Skyrim console commands
Completes all primary quest stages (may cause crashes)
Starts all quests (may cause crashes)
Shows all objectives for ongoing quests
Shows all targets for ongoing quests
Displays the QuestID for all current quests
Shows all stages for the entered QuestID
Move to the target of the entered QuestID
Completes quest with the entered QuestID
Resets quest with the entered QuestID
NPC Skyrim console commands
Turn off AI detection while stealing, doesn't work for pickpocketing
Turns off non-combat AI for NPCs
Turns off combat AI for NPCs
Changes gender of targeted NPC (or yourself if not targeting)
Allows you to take control of the targeted NPC
Kill the targeted NPC
Kills all non-essential NPCs in the area
Bring a dead targeted NPC back to life, add 1 to keep their current items intact
Places the stated NPC next to you. A list of NPCIDs is here
And there you have it, more Skyrim console commands than you can shake a stick at! If you're having trouble with using any of them, or want to investigate even more options, then simply type help in the console command screen and follow the instructions.
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Skyrim console commands: become a giant, a ghost, or a living god
By PC Gamer
Skyrim console commands can be used in Skyrim Special Edition too, allowing for just as much cheating as the original.
If you're on your 100th save file, you may be looking for some Skyrim console commands to skip past the peskier parts of your Tamriel adventures. You know Bleak Falls Barrow like the back of your hand. You know all the words to Ragnar the Red, and The Dragonborn Comes.
But have you made yourself a giant and fought against actual giants? Have you flown through the air from Riften to Solitude just to take in the sights? Have you spawned in one hundred wheels of cheese? You can do all that, and more practical things, with the help of Skyrim console commands.
This list of Skyrim's many, many console commands can help you line up the perfect screenshots, level your character to test out a new combat build you'd been planning, and instantly unlock doors if you've run out of lockpicks and just do not want to go find more. Sometimes a good thief bends the rules, right?
Want to see what Skyrim console codes can do? We used them (along with some mods) to turn our Skyrim character into Santa Claus and deliver presents to every NPC in the game. Read about it in A Very Skyrim Christmas.
For other ways to change, improve, and break Skyrim, try our list of Skyrim Special Edition mods, best Skyrim mods (the original), and mods for playing Skyrim as another character.
Here's how it's done:
How to use Skyrim console commands
To enable the console, just hit the tilde (~) key and enter one of the appropriate codes, which are listed below. You can turn on more than one in a row, so you can become invincible, fly, and teleport all at the same time.
Be warned, some of these console commands may cause glitches, problems, or crashes, so it's definitely worth saving your game first. You don't want to make some change and get stuck with it.
Many of these console commands require specifying an NPC or item or place with a reference number. If you're specifying an item or NPC in front of you, click on them while you've brought up the console to get their code immediately. Otherwise, here's a quick cheat sheet of reference pages where you can find those codes. Remember, CTRL+F is your friend!
Skyrim toggle console commands
Toggle commands for Skyrim turn various game features off or on. You can turn off the UI for taking great screenshots or turn off detection from NPCs to make yourself the perfect thief.
|tgm||Good ol' God Mode means you're completely invulnerable to everything.|
|tcl||No clipping lets you walk through walls, ceilings, and mountains like some sort of ghost. Use the code again to return to normal.|
|tm||Toggles all in-game menus, perfect if you want to take some screenshots to convince elderly relatives that Skyrim is where you went on your holidays. Note that this also hides the console commands menu, meaning you'll have to type it again without being able to see the console.|
|tmm [0/1]||Followed by 0 or 1 turns all map markers on or off.|
|tfc||Not Team Fortress Classic, but toggle flycam, essentially leaving your body and sailing through the air. Great for screenshots. Follow it with a 1 to pause.|
|tai||Toggles AI on and off, which means NPCs won't interact with you, or do anything at all.|
|tcai||Turns combat AI on or off, turning dragons into placid beasts who act like you aren't there. A bit like cats.|
|tdetect||This one lets you behave like a little rapscallion, as it turns naughty business detection (stealing, murdering, doing a poo in the woods, etc.) on or off. You'll still get caught if you try pickpocketing, though.|
|tfow||Turns off the fog of war on your local map, filling it in completely.|
Skyrim player console commands
Skyrim player cheats can set different values for your Dragonborn. You can change your level, your face, your carry weight, and a bunch of other things.
|psb||Every single spell and shout in Skyrim is now yours! Including a bunch of test ones leftover from the design stage that will clog your spellbook.|
|player.advlevel||Advance one level without gaining a perk.|
|showracemenu||Bring up the character creation menu to adjust the way your character looks. If you a;ter your race this will reset your level and skills, but any other change is safe.|
|player.modav skill [#]||Where "skill" is the skill you want to modify, and # is the amount you want to modify it by. Skills are input via their in-game names without spaces, apart from Archery which is "Marksman", and Speech, which is known as "Speechcraft".|
|player.additem [Item ID] [#]||Every single item in Skyrim has a code. You'll find them in our list of Skyrim item codes. Now your dreams of owning 47 cabbage potato soups can come true.|
|player.additem 0000000f [#]||A simple way to get some free gold.|
|player.additem 0000000a [#]||Running low on lockpicks? Enter the number you require here and they'll magically appear.|
|addshout [Shout ID]||Use the reference page of Shout IDs above to give yourself any Dragonborn ability you like.|
|player.setcrimegold [#]||Adjust your wanted level with this handy command. Setting it to zero resets removes your wanted level completely.|
|player.setlevel [#]||Up or down your player level as you see fit.|
|player.setav speedmult [#]||Want to run like The Flash? Set this number to anything more than 100 to speed up movement.|
|player.modav carryweight [#]||Tired of getting tired? Up your carryweight and you'll be able to transport more goodies. Toggling god mode (tgm) also lets you carry as much as you like.|
|player.setav health [#]||Up your health here.|
|sexchange||Change your character's gender.|
|player.placeatme [Item/NPC ID] [#]||Use this to spawn NPCs and monsters at your location. Just replace actor/object ID with a Base ID (not a Ref ID) from our list of Skyrim NPC codes. This is the command we used to crank out a horde of dragons around Whiterun. Note that this command spawns new creatures, rather than moving old ones, so if you use it on an NPC, you'll clone them.|
|player.moveto [NPC Ref ID]||Use this to move yourself next to an NPC, useful for Kharjo, the nomadic Khajit, who can be hard to find as he follows the caravans around Skyrim. In this case you use the Ref ID (not the Base ID), the opposite of placeatme. You can find the ID in our list of Skyrim NPC codes.|
|setrelationshiprank [ID] [#]||Select two NPCs and set the relationship between them, the values range from 4 (lover) to -4 (archnemesis). Use it to make NPCs fight or do other er... more worrying things.|
|player.setscale [#]||Changes the size of the player or NPC. You start out at level one, which is normal sized, while zero is small. It goes all the way up to an absurdly huge ten.|
|player.drop [Item ID] [#]||Forces the player to drop items, even usually undroppable quest items. Try just 'drop' to drop absolutely everything you're carrying.|
|coc [Cell ID]||Teleports you to any specified cell in the world.|
Targeted Skyrim console commands
Targeted Skyrim commands will have an effect on an NPC or item that you select. They're perfect for unlocking chests, instakilling enemies, and bringing them back to life again.
|unlock||Can't find that vital key? Lockpicking skill too low? Open the console, click on the door or chest you want to unlock, and type "unlock" into the console. If only this worked in real life.|
|lock [#]||For the opposite effect, you can set chests, doors (or NPCs?) to a locked state with a number from 1-100 representing the difficulty.|
|kill||Look at the thing you want to kill, open the console, click on the target, and type this command. They'll fall over in a very dead manner.|
|resurrect||Target the thing you want to bring back to life, and they'll get up in a very alive manner. Follow it with a 1 to resurrect them with all items intact.|
|removeallitems||Target a character and type this and you'll get all their items—including their clothes. Note: does not work in real life.|
|addtofaction [Faction ID] [#]||Click on an NPC and use this command to add them to a faction. It's not just about Stormcloaks and Imperials though. Using 0005C84D will add a character to the follower faction, giving them the necessary dialogue to join you, while 00019809 will add them to the 'potential spouse' faction, allowing you to marry them. This won't work on NPCs with unique voices however, so you won't be able to wed Esbern or General Tullius any time soon.|
|disable||Also known as the 'I have no mouth and I must scream' command. Disable banishes the selected NPC to some sort of weird coding limbo. They become invisible, have no collisions and AI won't interact with them, but they're still technically there. Horrifying.|
|enable||Undoes the effects of the Disable command. Disabling and then Enabling your follower will reset them to your current level, which is a handy way of making sure they stay useful in a fight.|
|setessential [NPC ID] [0/1]||It might be fun putting on god mode and becoming immortal, but don't you get a little lonely knowing that one day all the other characters you love will die? I know I do. Thankfully there's a solution: simply use this console command with a 1 to set characters to 'essential', which means they'll take damage until they fall on their knees, but then get up again. Using it with a 0 will turn essential characters mortal, but be careful with that, Bethesda probably made them immortal for a reason.|
|setownership [Item ID]||This command sets you as the owner of the targeted item, removing all those annoying 'stolen' tags from your ill gotten gains.|
|unequipitem [Item ID]||Click on an NPC and type this to force them to put the item they're holding away. Useful if they're holding a sword you want.|
|dispelallspells||Unsurprisingly, dispells all spells on the target NPC. This won't work on werewolves, as they technically become a different NPC when they transform.|
|MarkForDelete||Marking an item for deletion sends a contract to the Dark Brotherhood, ensuring it will never been seen or heard from again. It will be removed from the world the next time you load an area. A useful way to get rid of annoying things like ash piles that never seem to go away.|
Skyrim quest console commands
Skyrim quest commands can help you get around bugged issues in quests by automatically getting yourself to the next quest state or just let you cheat by moving directly to your next objective.
|caqs||Automatically complete all the stages of every quest. Perfect if you hate playing games.|
|movetoqt [Quest ID]||Go straight to your quest target.|
|setstage [Quest ID] [Stage #]||This allows you to move the quests you're playing back to a prior stage or forward to a new one. Useful if you've somehow broken it by murdering the wrong NPC. UESP.net has a useful list of quests, along with IDs and stages.|
Other Skyrim console commands
These are all of the odds and ends of Skyrim console commands. Do make sure you try out that secret developer room with all the toys.
|csb||Clears the annoying drops of blood that linger on the screen after fights.|
|help||Lists every single console command. We've put this further down the list because we want you to actually read this article.|
|coc qasmoke||Bethesda's handily included a room with every single in-game item in it—type this command to go straight there. It might take a while to load: there are thousands of items here. Type "coc Riverwood" (or any other location) to return to the game.|
|qqq||Quit the game without having to go through any of those pesky menus.|
|fov [#]||Sets your field of view. The maximum is 180.|
|set timescale to [#]||This defaults at 20. Drop it to 1 for real-time Skyrim, up it to experience crazy timelapse-style Skyrim.|
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