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This page provides hints related to Morrowind.

See also:
  • Cheats — Various cheats to modify and manipulate your game.
  • Containers — Places to find, collect and store items, and how they work.
  • Glitches — A list of known glitches that appear in Morrowind.
  • Houses — Places to call home in Vvardenfell.
  • Level — Managing skill increases and leveling are important in this game.
  • Making Money — Tips on how to earn a few extra coins on your travels.
  • Myths — Dispelling some of the more popular myths regarding the game.
  • Quest Timing — Suggestions on what quests to do early, and which to save for later.
  • Starting Out — A list of hints to help you start your adventures in Vvardenfell on a good note.

General hints[edit]

  • The game tends to crash, use quicksave regularly to minimize backtracking.
  • Some actions and choices can lead to unpredictable consequences in future quests. To prevent future problems it is advisable to create multiple save files and to check the wiki before:
    • Killing an NPC
    • Entering a new dungeon
    • Selling unique items (particularly books and staves)
  • Saving after each level up can help with the leveling process and provides regular backups.

Melee Combat Hints[edit]

  • If you're facing a group or a powerful enemy beyond your level, a few swigs of Sujamma will raise your Strength and the damage you deal. Other drinks are helpful as well, but nothing offers the bang-for-the-buck of Sujamma. Every bottle will increase your strength by 50 points for 1 minute and drinking a lot of them at the same time will increase your strength so much that you can easily kill anyone in just a few hits. You can buy a lot of bottles from Fara in Sadrith Mora or even from the Mudcrab merchant (but they will be more expensive from him, since you can't use your Disposition or Mercantile to lower the price). They will both have an infinite restock of Sujamma and you just need to close and reopen the exchange window to reset the stock levels.
  • Try to isolate enemies when dealing with groups, use the terrain to your advantage, and any superior reach or speed your weapon might have.
  • If you're facing a group of melee enemies (enemies that don't use ranged attacks), cast custom spell Levitate 1 pt for 60 secs in 50 ft on target—they will move very slowly and you'll be able to finish them with your spells or ranged weapon.

For a detailed description of mechanics and tactics, see Combat.


Magic Items with negative Constant Effect[edit]

Certain magical items have negative effects which can be resisted, if you drink a potion of magic resistance or use other means to get Resist Magicka and then immediately put on the item, you will not be affected by the negative effects but will retain the positive ones. Creating a custom 100% Resist Magicka spell that lasts 1 second costs around 140 gold. Opening the inventory immediately after casting this spell will allow time to equip constant effect items and resist their negative effects for the remaining time the items are equipped. This trick is most popular to use with the Boots of Blinding Speed. If the character has a Weakness to Magicka 100% Resistance to Magicka will not be enough to neutralize the effect.

Finding Odd, Unique Items[edit]

If you come across an item that has a name you've never seen before, there is a chance the item may be used in a later quest. Some quests in the game require you to acquire a particular item. If you have already acquired that item, usually by visiting the dungeon where it is located before you did its related quest, then there is a pretty good chance you have also sold it or otherwise gotten rid of it. It is wise to store such possible quest items somewhere for later instead.

Such quest items usually have special names and little value. You can then check the article on the item you've just obtained to see whether it is related to a quest, or you can search the Quest Items page to see if the item is listed there.

Managing Loot[edit]

Moving Lots of Loot[edit]

Even if you can't move due to being overencumbered, you can still use teleportation spells like Almsivi Intervention, Divine Intervention, and Mark/Recall. This can be used to transfer large amounts of loot to a nearby town in one quick trip. It is especially useful to use Mark near a permanent corpse, such as Ralen Hlaalo, as this will allow you to drop as much as you need to in one place and be sure that it won't disappear.

Resetting Random Loot[edit]

One trick that helps with random loot is to know that the random items in a crate or barrel in a bandit cave are re-assigned every time you leave the cell and re-enter, provided that you've taken nothing out of that container yet (and it actually contains random loot, not special items, and not just ingredients).[verification needed]

To get loads of Grand Soul Gems, or Skooma bottles, or whatever random loot you happen to be after, it is merely a matter of entering the cave, finding and taking the Grand Soul Gems out of the crates that have them, and then exiting the cave. The easiest and fastest way to do this is to cast Mark just outside the cave, loot the Grand Soul Gems, cast Recall back to your Mark, and re-enter the cave. When you return, any random-loot container you didn't take stuff out of will have new stuff in it, and sometimes they'll have Grand Soul Gems that they didn't have before. To avoid wasting your time checking in a container you've already taken something out of, it helps to set something useless, like a bottle of Greef, on top to mark it.

Permanent Corpses as Containers[edit]

One of the biggest problems for the advanced player is the limits on container space. Each container can only hold around 100 pounds, so you will need quite a few to store all of your items. The Dunmer strongholds help, but they're not close to Mages Guild rapid transit (unless you install the Master Index plugin) or Silt Strider stations. This can be circumvented by not using containers, but by using bodies that do not disappear. There are two of them in Balmora: Ralen Hlaalo in Hlaalo Manor and Balyn Omavel after Mephala's quest, and many others throughout the game, including numerous skeletal remains, dead adventurers, and even the tax collector in Seyda Neen.

For a complete list, see Permanent Corpses.

Dropped Items don't disappear[edit]

Unlike other games in the series, when you drop loot in Morrowind, it doesn't disappear after a certain amount of time. You can drop your loot anywhere and return to it later. Having a loot stash near a transport location can be helpful when you need to quickly access, sell, move or just know where your loot is.

Simple Training Tricks[edit]

Easy ways to level up, if you're too poor for Trainers or want to earn your stripes.

Acrobatics Training[edit]

If you jump everywhere you go, your Acrobatics skill will increase quickly. Jumping while moving up staircases or hillsides allows for more frequent jumps than on flat terrain. PC players can bind the mouse wheel or other convenient key to jump. On the other hand, jumping downhill gives greater bonuses per jump; the skill bonus increases along with the distance fallen. A minimal duration and minimum magnitude levitate spell or similarly minimal Jump spell can, before it wears off, allow a player to achieve just enough height (10-30 feet off the ground, as is safe) to only take a small amount of damage but raise the Acrobatics skill very rapidly. Obviously Alteration is raised, more slowly, at the same time.

Characters with both Acrobatics and Athletics at 100 move faster by jumping than by running.

It is recommended to avoid jumping while running. Jumping prevents you from receiving experience towards Athletics up until several feet of running after you have landed.

A good place to train Acrobatics is Vivec. The outdoor ramps between the floors of the cantons are long enough to do at least 20 jumps when climbing up, and lets you fall a long distance when you jump down it. Be wary of taking fall damage when your Acrobatics is medium-high, such that you can jump far enough down to hurt yourself; a constant effect Restore Health item will make your work much easier. At higher skill levels of Acrobatics, the ceiling in the Vivec ramp tunnels constricts your jumps down the ramp, slowing the Acrobatics-raising process. Alternative options include the Silt Strider ramp in Ald'ruhn, which is practically the same as Vivec but without the ceiling drawback, as well as the double stairwell in the back of Wolverine Hall in Sadrith Mora. The latter is located one floor below the Fighters Guild and provides a convenient falling height for Acrobatics above about 55 skill, the vertical drop being fine tuned by either running or jumping off the edge. Various hillsides also work well. Also in Sadrith Mora, you can use a Divine Intervention spell or (better) amulet to teleport yourself outside the door above the Wolverine Hall courtyard. Keep running off the edge and teleporting back, periodically Waiting to recharge your amulet.

Armor Training[edit]

Equip the armor type of your choice and find one or more low-damage creatures. Mudcrabs are ideal for this purpose due to their low melee damage (Diseased Mudcrabs and those found on the Bitter Coast have higher damage than others, which have one point melee damage). Allow the creature(s) to attack you but do not retaliate; tweak the difficulty slider, if necessary. If you wear a shield, a successful Block will raise both the block skill and the skill governing the shield's armor type. Otherwise, if you wish to avoid raising the Block skill, omit the shield (you can also look away from your attacker, as the game takes player orientation into account, but you might block the attacks anyway, and it wouldn't work if two enemies were attacking you from different directions). Bear in mind that if you don't wear a shield the game will count the empty shield slot as an unarmored slot, so while your block skill won't be raised, your Unarmored skill will, albeit slowly. If you want to raise neither Block nor Unarmored equip a shield, then equip a two-handed weapon, or a Hand-to-Hand stance (0 key by default). Do not forget to Restore Health as necessary. You can also jump/run in place to increase Acrobatics/Athletics; this will also Drain Stamina, making you easier to hit and thus raise armor skill faster. You can train multiple armor types at once (more slowly) by wearing mixed armor of different classes. Train Hand-to-Hand simultaneously by punching your opponent until knocked down, then let it recover and attack you for a while; repeat. Accelerate the entire process by using multiple enemies, e.g. attracting the attention of multiple Mudcrabs and leading them around slowly to find some more in the area, then standing in the middle of a circle of them.

A good place for a higher-level character to train your Armor skills is Drarayne Thelas' storage in Balmora. If you don't kill the Cave Rats for the Fighters Guild, they will gladly serve you as your free personal master trainers.

If the Cave Rats are dead or bite too hard for you, another option is Foryn Gilnith, if you have not killed him for the Death of a Taxman quest. Being unarmed, he has fairly low damage but a decent attack speed. Even better, there's a door you can use to escape to heal or tune up your armor, and if you leave through it he does not follow you outside, and you can use the door even when knocked down due to Fatigue loss and are close to death. You only gain armor skill when you could possibly take damage, thus only when your Fatigue is depleted and you are on the ground. Auto-run can be used to avoid recovering Fatigue and thus getting back up and slowing skill gains.

Athletics Training[edit]

Simply find a flat wall in a river (such as the ones in Balmora) and swim into it. Then find a way to continue swimming into the wall, like pressing the Q key.

Cheap Training[edit]

Cast a short duration, high magnitude Fortify Personality or Charm spell immediately before opening dialogue with a trainer to boost your Disposition for lower prices. If you have the Fortify Skill effect, you can also fortify your Mercantile before interacting with the trainer. Doing both can lower the cost of training to less than 100 gold even at high skill levels. You may be able to further lower your training costs by casting a Drain Skill spell to reduce the level of the skill you are trying to train. This last exploit does not work in some versions of the game.

Create Your Own Master Trainers[edit]

You must have Fortify Skill. Trainers are set to teach you their three highest skills, up to their own skill level, so all you have to do is fortify anything up to 100 and they will suddenly become master trainers of that skill. Combine this spell with the cheap training trick and you can train any skill up from 5 to 100 at any trainer without spending more than a few thousand gold.

Enchant Training[edit]

The Enchant skill is also raised by activating enchanted items. All you have to do is create a few trinkets with high charges yet very weak enchantments (e.g. restore health 1 point for 1 second on self). Simply activate them repeatedly until they are empty and rest or wait to fill them up again.

This is very similar to training magic skills, but much easier and quicker.

Enchant will level 50 times faster, however, if you use soul gems to recharge items. Stock up on Common Soul Gems and fill them up with summoned Ancestor Ghosts and any pest animals you encounter. Pick an item with a large charge capacity that burns its charge very quickly, like the Staff of Magnus. Put the filled soul gems in a quick item slot and use them repeatedly to recharge the item.

Alternatively, if you have acquired Azura's Star, you can enchant a weapon of your choice with Soul Trap, then assign Azura's Star to a quick item slot. Just go out and kill some creatures with your enchanted weapon, trap the soul and use Azura's Star to recharge your weapon. Try it on Slaughterfish; this way you will also be training your weapon skill, Athletics skill by swimming, and maybe even earn a place among the Saints for ridding Vvardenfell of Slaughterfishes, for a time anyway.

Magic Training[edit]

To receive experience points for spells, all you must do is successfully cast the spell. That means that you can practice spells over and over again instead of paying for training. Since spells can be cast on the run, it is not necessary to stand in one place to cast repeatedly. Spells can be cast while engaging in many of the activities described on this page.

All spells within a skill will give you the same experience when cast. It is best to train a magic skill by casting the spell with the lowest Magicka cost. The best way to do this is to create custom spells that only cost 1 point of Magicka to cast.

Remember that while you can cast spells on the run, the chance of each cast succeeding is less if your fatigue is low. With the lowest possible starting Willpower of 30, and with a standard Luck level of 40 or above, it takes a level of 62 in any of the spellcasting Magic skills to have a 100% chance of successfully casting a 1-point spell with 0 Fatigue.

Mercantile Training[edit]

Find a nice, cheap, and easy-to-find item, such as a standard potion. Determine the lowest price you can buy the item for from a given NPC without too many "Your offer was refused" messages. Determine the highest price you can sell the item for as well. Buy it from a merchant over and over again and resell it over and over again, always for those prices. It should only take 8-12 interactions to net a level in Mercantile. A more general and less exploit-ish technique is to always conduct transactions with merchants one item at a time and haggle on all of them (except when it would be too tedious to do so, e.g. when buying 100 arrows).

If you use spells and enchanted items to Fortify Mercantile skill to 500 or above, this makes training much easier, because merchants will always accept your offers no matter what. The better the deal you make, the faster the skill levels up. Try purchasing an expensive item for 1 gold, and then selling a cheap item for all of the merchant's gold. Two to three deals like this are usually enough to gain a level in Mercantile. This level of merchant exploitation is widely regarded as a cheat, however, and seriously unbalances the already poor economics in the game. A less absurd approach is a Fortify Mercantile 100 spell (or whatever you can reliably cast), which still requires some haggling and doesn't make merchants out to be insane.

Security Training[edit]

First, make sure you have about 15 to 20 journeyman's lockpicks. Then go to Medila Indaren at the Caldera Mages Guild. Buy Fenrick's Doorjam, a 10 point Lock spell. Now go to any container or any place that has two or more containers reachable from the same spot. If the containers are locked, unlock them first. Finally, lock them with the spell and unlock them with your lockpicks. Repeat the process over and over to train your skill, making sure that nobody sees you if the containers are owned, since unlocking them is a crime even if you locked them.

This method will also raise your Alteration skill quickly, since the spell's base cost is 1 Magicka. A stronger lock spell is useless since the strength of the lock does not affect how much experience you get. Also, making a Lock 1 point spell in spellmaking will allow you to more easily open the lock. To save time you might also enchant an item with Lock instead of casting the spell yourself.

Sneak Training[edit]

A safe and easy way to train Sneak to 100 is to close yourself into a room with an NPC. Hide behind an obstacle or wait until their back is turned and go into Sneak mode. Get back into the NPC's line of sight and just stand there. To hurry things along, you can walk about or open and close doors, but standing works just as well. As with the training Athletics hint, you can pursue other activities at the same time, if you make use of a weight to hold down the sneak key on PC or a rubber band on Xbox, or just toggle Sneak mode.

Another way, though best used in combination to the above method, is to get into Sneak mode and cast an Invisibility spell repeatedly. You'll find that each cast will put you one or two points (depending on your Luck level) on your character's training progress level bar.

  • On Xbox There is an option on the Xbox console to automatically shut off after a set period of time. If you plan to do this trick for a long time, you must make sure that your Xbox is not set to automatically shut off. To do this, you must access the Xbox options by turning on the system without a disc in the tray. It is off by default.

A third way is to find archers and pickpocket their arrows one at a time. The same works for gold and any other highly stacked items. For convenience, you can give an NPC a sizable bribe and then pickpocket the gold back piece by piece. This method works better if you have the Morrowind Code Patch, which makes pickpocketing easier.

A fourth way is to sneak up to a Cliff Racer, hit it with a weak ranged attack, then wait until it comes up to melee range. The key here is to hold the Sneak button down the entire time (or use toggle Sneak mode) and to never, even for a second, lose the yellow marker that tells you you're currently Sneaking. This means your character must be well away from any NPCs that could see you or other monsters in range. Each successful attempt will net you about 30 points towards your next Sneak stat increase and, given the amount of Cliff Racers in the game, this can make leveling it quite fast.

Weapons Training[edit]

Consider using low-damage weapons on easier fights (and using a weapon's least effective attack: chop with spears, thrust with axes and blunt weapons, fire bows with only a tap of the trigger). The more hits you land, the more you train. And if you can withstand the damage they inflict, you can even attack Daedra and undead – including ones you summon, though they don't last all that long – with normal weapons that don't affect them, and still receive experience for each hit.

It's also best to keep Strength somewhat low at first to avoid your weapons breaking too quickly for more efficient training.

Boosting your Agility will help you connect a blow. You can also consider healing creatures before they die.

Hoarding Skill Books for Later[edit]

By default, the games makes you skill-up "on contact" with a skill book's content. But you don't have to, and can take it for later use, both for when you've tapped out most of the readily available trainers, and to avoid inefficient leveling. Most books with a list value of about 150 septims or higher are skill books. To grab one without triggering it:

  1. Enter inventory mode.
  2. If the Stats, Magic, or Map window is in the way, between the pointer and the book you want to grab, pick up any inventory item and hold it over the intervening window (other than the inventory one itself), and that menu will go transparent. Drop your item back in your inventory.
  3. You can now interact through the barely visible menu with what is in front of you, including grabbing the skill book (with left-click, as if attacking it) without reading it, and just drag it to your inventory.

This even works remotely through Telekinesis. If it's not working in your version of the game, move or resize the intervening menu window manually, so you can see the desired book directly while in inventory mode. (Aside: This interaction mode is also used for carefully placing items in the environment, like arranging things on a shelf, including your skill book loot. It's also good for quickly stealing multiple books or other items for lower risk – game time is frozen while the menu is open, so if you got away with stealing the first item you can reach, you can steal all others you can see and reach with impunity while still in inventory view. It can also be used mid-fight to temporarily drop inventory items, out of realtime, if you've been hit with a Drain Strength or a Burden effect and can't otherwise compensate.)

Once you've picked up a skill book, you can level up your skill by opening it the normal way.

Tips on Trading[edit]

Find the right merchants[edit]

Different merchants offer different prices depending on their Mercantile skill and their disposition towards you. Try selling the same item to various merchants and note their initial offer to get an idea of which ones give the best prices. Merchants who like you typically give better bargains; these include merchants who share the same faction as you or those for whom you have completed quests.

You can also temporarily increase a merchant's disposition simply by buying or selling items. Their disposition increases slightly with each successful transaction. Note that it also decreases each time you make an offer that they find unacceptable. These disposition changes last only as long as you do not exit the current conversation; once you do, their disposition returns to its pre-barter level.

If you wish to permanently increase a merchant's disposition, you can try using persuasion, but be aware that most merchants have a high Speechcraft skill of their own, making success more difficult.

Stick to a few merchants[edit]

Try to sell your loot to as few merchants as possible. For example, stick to merchants in easily-accessible locations like Balmora or Vivec. On the off chance that you mistakenly sell an item, you do not have to search too many shops to recover it. Of course, refrain from stealing from those merchants you have chosen.

How to sell expensive items[edit]

During the course of your adventures, it is not uncommon to come across items whose base values exceed the buying capacity of even the wealthiest merchants in Vvardenfell. If you want to get a fairer price for such items, consider increasing merchants' gold.

See the Commerce page for more tips on trading with merchants.


Identifying Diseased Creatures[edit]

Contracting a disease can often be very irritating, especially in the early game or if you are far from a settlement and lack the means to cure it. However, in a small number of cases (usually mudcrabs), it is easy to tell whether a creature you have encountered is diseased. Since diseases affect creatures in the same ways they affect you, some diseases will lower a creature's Strength attribute to the point at which they are over-encumbered and cannot move. This is easy to differentiate from a creature which has become stuck on a piece of terrain. A stuck creature will appear to run on the spot, whereas a diseased creature will turn to face you but remain standing where it is. If you are in a situation in which you cannot risk catching a disease, make sure to stay away from any creatures which are rooted to the spot.

Best Effect From Custom Fortify Attribute Constant Effect Items[edit]

To get the most effect from your homemade constant effect Fortify Attribute items, set the enchantment's minimum magnitude to one and maximum magnitude as high as the item to be enchanted will allow. When the newly enchanted item is equipped, the magnitude of the fortify attribute spell effect will be a random value between one and the maximum magnitude. Unequipping and reequipping the item will roll a different fortify attribute spell effect value. Do this until you get a spell effect value close to the maximum magnitude of the enchantment. Note that due to a glitch, the spell effect value can never equal the maximum enchantment magnitude.

Restore Strength Effects[edit]

The Greater Bonewalker, a creature you will frequently encounter in ancestral tombs and as a summon of hostile sorcerers, has a nasty spell which damages your Strength. This spell will often leave you over-encumbered, especially if your encumbrance was near your limit before you started fighting. Unlike Drain Strength or Burden, Damage effects do not wear off over time, so you will be stuck with a reduced Strength, and hence a reduced carrying capacity, until you find some means to restore it. Restore Strength potions can be bought from many alchemists, although you may prefer a spell or enchantment so you don't have to worry about carrying potions around. Whichever option you prefer, make sure you have some means of restoring your Strength when you go out adventuring, or you may find yourself unable to bring your loot back, or even being forced to drop some of your items on the ground in order to move again after (even while!) fighting a Greater Bonewalker.

Taking Screenshots[edit]

In order to enable the taking of screenshots within the game, you will have to open up the Morrowind.ini file with any text editor and change the line Screen Shot Enable=0 to Screen Shot Enable=1.

Then, once in the game, simply press the Print Screen key to save a BMP image in the Morrowind directory. Screenshots are not overwritten between game sessions.

This config file step is not needed with OpenMW. Also, it uses the F12 key to take the screenshot, in JPEG format, and saves in the openmw directory (it does not modify the original Morrowind directory for anything).

Talking to Belligerent NPCs[edit]

There are some NPCs who will refuse to talk to you. They will immediately end the conversation with their greeting, making it impossible to talk to them. This is a problem if you need to taunt them into attacking you so that you can kill them without incurring a bounty, or if they have special dialogues or training (such as Ash Zombies or Qorwynn). Remove all your armor and clothing or turn invisible, then initiate conversation. This will not work on Argonians or Khajiits, nor on some other NPCs, notably in the expansions.

Tips for the Atronach Birthsign[edit]

There are several ways to easily refill Magicka besides alchemy. These include:

  • Tribunal Temple Shrines offering Almsivi Restoration or Velothi Indwelling, or Imperial Cult altars offering Restore Attributes. These can refill your Magicka completely with 1–2 blessings, and a cheap Almsivi or Divine Intervention can take you there instantly.
  • Summon Ancestral Ghost for twenty seconds, as a custom-made. If you hit your summon a few times bare-handed, he will start to attack you with spells that refill your Magicka. This should only cost 6 points to cast.
  • In the same vein: pick a fight with a Scrib. It's unlikely to do you much harm, and every time it tries and fails to paralyze you, your Magicka is restored a bit. This alternative is comparatively slow, as the Scrib's paralyze will only restore about 8 points of Magicka, while a 20 second Ancestral Ghost might restore 40 to over 100. However, if the ghost only casts one spell before disappearing and you fail to absorb it, or you fail to summon the ghost due to low Conjuration skill, and you run out of Magicka before getting your refill, the Scrib will at least allow you the opportunity for another attempt.
  • The Bull Netch will usually retaliate with 2 Poisonbloom, each one could restore up to 39 points of Magicka.
  • Acquire Greed and/or the Necromancer's Amulet, which offer a spell absorption of 20% and 25%, respectively. Spell Absorption effects are checked separately and do not simply add together as one check, so in this case you get less than a 95% total chance; it actually results in only 70% total chance.
  • If you drain your own Intelligence to zero, (custom spell Drain Intelligence 100 on Self, Sujamma, Mazte, Shein...), your Magicka bar will be refilled to full when the effect ends. This can be especially useful, although some might consider it cheating.
  • The Mace of Molag Bal will provide a portable and potentially unlimited source of Magicka when recharged with Azura's Star.