Morrowind:Spell Absorption

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MW-icon-effect-Spell Absorption.jpg Spell Absorption
School Mysticism
Type Defensive
Base Cost 10
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Built-In Potions
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Spell Absorption M points for D seconds

Gives a M% chance that incoming spells will be absorbed, and their casting cost will be used to restore the subject's Magicka pool instead of taking effect. Spells that are not absorbed will behave normally, doing their full effect.


  • For each active source of this effect, a check is made to see if an incoming spell is absorbed. The check is done on a scale of 100, meaning 1 point equals 1 percent. If you are affected by two spells of 50 point Spell Absorption, the total chance to absorb spells is not 100%. After the initial check of 50%, another check of 50% makes the total chance 75% to absorb.
    • For the above example, this is 100% minus the probability neither Absorption spell succeeds, i.e. 1 - (1-0.5) * (1-0.5). For another example, two spells of 25 points and another spell of 50 points would together give a 1 - (1-0.5)*(1-0.25)*(1-0.25) = 0.7188 or 71.88% chance of absorption.
  • This effect is very useful to those born under the Atronach birthsign, since their Magicka does not regenerate with rest as normal due to Stunted Magicka. Fortunately, a 50% Spell Absorption is part of this birthsign's benefits.
  • Spell Absorption will work in combination with Reflect, whichever effect was applied first will take precedence. So if you have an absorption effect like Wombburn active, all Reflect applied afterwards can only work on spells not absorbed.
  • Spells which are not absorbed or reflected can still be Resisted by the appropriate Resist spell. Spells which are absorbed are absorbed at full strength. In the case of reflected spells, they are not first reduced by the original (pre-reflection) target's resistances. They are affected by the resistances of the new (post-reflection) target.
  • Spells with no magnitude such as Silence and Paralyze are not immune to Spell Absorption, since it is their casting cost, not their magnitude which is absorbed.
  • Tips for using Spell Absorption to regenerate Magicka include:
    • Summon a creature who attacks using spells, an Ancestor Ghost works especially well. Attack the summon three times so it turns on you, then absorb its spells.
    • Beneficial spells as well as attacks can be absorbed, including blessings and cures, such as those provided by Shrines, although constant absorption effects such as from The Atronach may prove detrimental if you need a shrine's blessing.
  • Two unique items provide Spell Absorption as a constant effect:
  • Other artifacts and unique items that provide this effect include:

Related Effects[edit]

Alchemy Ingredients[edit]

The following ingredients can be used to create a potion of Spell Absorption:

* This is a first-effect ingredient, so you will experience a small dose of the effect by eating it raw.