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This article is about books which give skill increases. For the Eidetic Memory collection, see Skill Books (collection).

Skill Books are books that can be used to increase any of your skills instantly. The first time you read a given skill book, your level in the associated skill(s) will be permanently increased by one point. You do not actually have to read the entire book—simply opening the book and immediately closing it again is sufficient. Note that some of these books list a class rather than an individual skill tree. For these books, if you are a member of that class, it will raise all three of your skill ranks for that class. Otherwise, it will not raise any skills.

When you pick up a skill book, you automatically start to read it, and therefore you immediately obtain the skill bonus. If you find an additional copy of a skill book that you have already read, you will not receive any skill bonus for reading the additional copy.

94 skill books can be found all across Tamriel, covering all of the available skills. 83 of the skill books are also part of the Skill Books collection that make up part of the Eidetic Memory, while the others are spread among the other collections. Additionally all books in Shalidor's Library contribute towards the Mages Guild skill line, but through granting reputation points (which guild skill lines use to level).


Title Skill Author Description Location Collection
A World of Corpses
Grave Lord Mannimarco An aggressive guide on how to find corpses Skill Books
Achieving Harmony with Death
Bone Tyrant Ymirra, Master of Bone and Scythe Musings on Necromancy Skill Books
Advances in Lockpicking
Nightblade An experienced thief summarizes the intricacies of lockpicking Skill Books
Ahzidal's Descent
Enchanting Halund Greycloak The tale of a powerful enchanter's descent into madness Tales of Tamriel
Alchemy Practicum
Alchemy Defessus Lector A reminder on the proper way to create new potions Skill Books
Alchemy: Discovering Traits
Alchemy Defessus Lector A guide to basic alchemy Skill Books
Almalexia and the Mudcrab
Restoration Staff A traditional Dunmer homily Tales of Tamriel
Arboreal Architecture
Woodworking Cirantille A description of Bosmeri construction techniques The World and Its Creatures
An Archer's Archive
Bow Sabarid the Seeker The far-ranging travels of a student of archery Skill Books
Ardent Flame: Draconic or Endemic?
Dragonknight Gabrielle Benele A scholar's notes on meeting a so-called Dragonknight Skill Books
Armor of Myth and Legend
Heavy Armor Aurelienne Dulroi Famous (and possibly fictional) armors Skill Books
Aura of the Righteous
Templar Ptolus the Bright, Resolute of Stendarr Notes on the different forms of Stendarr's gift Skill Books
Azarrid's Race
Medium Armor The tale of a group of adventurers and their race to claim a priceless gemstone Skill Books
Baandari Mutton Stew
Provisioning A recipe for stew Skill Books
Benevolent Necromancy, it Exists
Living Death Yisareh of the Undaunted A different take on necromancy Skill Books
Bow A researcher's account of their harrowing journey to Dune Skill Books
The Book of Circles: Forging Maxims
Blacksmithing Frandar Hunding Proverbs on the creation and use of swords Skill Books
Bowyer and Fletcher
Woodworking Hoary Durotzel, the Wood Butcher of Ska'vyn A lesson on the various bow types Skill Books
Call to the Faithful
Light Armor Prudentia Blaesus A call to religious followers Skill Books
Cantillon's Correspondence
Restoration Staff Margaux Cantillon A letter from a renowned Restoration healer regarding a gifted staff Skill Books
Ceryolminwe's Translation
Two Handed Ceryolminwe A study of an ancient Ayleid text Skill Books
The Chopping Block
One Hand and Shield Kajuld Blackfox A Nord teaches his younger brother how to wield an axe Skill Books
Chronicles of Ehtelar, Vol. 1
Clothing The first part of a tale of two Alik'r caravaneers and their ill-fated trek into an Ayleid ruin Skill Books
Clothier: Light Armor Basics
Clothing Lady Eloisse, Fifth Countess Manteau A brief description of light armor Skill Books
Confessions of a Bold Alchemist
Alchemy Alchemist Aleeto The musings of an alchemist Tales of Tamriel
Cooking Mastery, The Easy Way
Provisioning the Malachite Chef A guide to easy cooking Skill Books
Crush, Slash, Bash, and Stab
Dual Wield Weapon-master Grutsug A warrior's musing on various combat styles Skill Books
Dark Magic: Three Pretexts
Sorcerer the Aureate Serpent A rebuttal addressing the criticism against Dark Magic Skill Books
Destruction or Distraction
Destruction Staff Humius Acidinus A criticism against the trend of excessive intellectualism in magical study Skill Books
Discomforts of War
Medium Armor Robier Douare, Alchemist Alchemical advice to protect against common health threats Skill Books
Enigma of the Runestones
Enchanting Telenger the Artificer On the runestones of Tamriel Skill Books
Exiled from Exile, Volume 7
Dual Wield Yasra al-Ash'abah The tale of a man and his daughter's encounter with a cult of Daedra worshippers Tales of Tamriel
Father of the Niben, Fragment One
Bow Florin Jaliil Fragment of a journal of Topal the Pilot Skill Books
Folly in Fixation
Heavy Armor Estiraamo An essay extolling the virtues of mastering both spell and sword Skill Books
Forged in the Heart of Mundus
Dragonknight the Dragonsmith of Bruma Notes on the abilities granted unto the Children of the Mundus Skill Books
The Four Abominations
Templar Vinicius Imbrex, Archbishop of Chorrol, 1E 10511087 A description of the unnatural enemies of mortals, which are hated by Stendarr Skill Books
The Friend of All Mortals
Templar the Resolute Templar of Ska'vyn On Stendarr, the God of Mercy and Justice Skill Books
Fundaments of Alchemy
Alchemy Alyandon Mathierry A fundamental primer on Alchemy Skill Books
Glinting Talons
Dual Wield Ablahar at-Tanul An essay surrounding Ra Gada fighting styles and philosophy Skill Books
Glyphs and Enchantment
Enchanting Sanessalmo of Glister Vale A brief overview of enchanting glyphs and runestones Skill Books
A Grifter's Apology
One Hand and Shield Anonymous A former con-artist's advice Skill Books
Harvest's End
Enchanting Tal Marog Ker On the exploits and studies of Chimere Graegyn Lore and Culture
Heavy Armor Forging
Heavy Armor Sven Two-Hammers A guide to creating Heavy Armor Skill Books
Heavy Armor: A Forge-Wife's Advice
Blacksmithing Garshag gra-Sharkub How to get started smithing Skill Books
A Hero's Weapon
Two Handed Lizabet Delrusc A panegyric to the greatsword Skill Books
How to Win a Fight
Two Handed Caelius Imbrex A concise, but primitive, guide on effective fighting techniques Skill Books
Husks and Bones
Medium Armor Sorexius Lentulus The journal of an enterprising merchant and his experiences in Valenwood Skill Books
A Hypothetical Treachery, Part 1
Destruction Staff Anthil Morvir A One Act Play Skill Books
Jornibret's Last Dance
Light Armor Song involving men and women's parts Skill Books
Journal of Thracius Mento
Restoration Staff Thracius Mento A priest of the Divines' account of the Knahaten Flu Skill Books
Khajiiti Arms and Armor
Clothing A treatise on Khajiiti armaments and armor Lore and Culture
Legacy of the Dragonguard
Dragonknight Kiasa-Veda, the Chronicler of Blades A history of the Dragonguard Skill Books
The Legendary Sancre Tor, 1st Ed.
Two Handed Matera Chapel An attempt to chronicle the rise and fall of Sancre Tor Skill Books
Mace Etiquette
One Hand and Shield A warrior's instruction pamphlet on proper mace tactics Skill Books
The Masters' Hall
Heavy Armor Unknown Young and optimistic adventurers seek out a lost ruin in the Jerall Mountains Skill Books
Mazubar-do's Advice
Dual Wield Mazubar-do An essay on fighting and its relationship with dance Skill Books
Medium Armor: Tannins and Leather
Clothing Defessus Lector A clothier's guide to using tannins to improve armor Skill Books
Mora'at's Theory of Lightning
Sorcerer Mora'at the Lesser, Wizard of Corinthe A Mages Guild theory on the inner workings of shock spells Skill Books
Mythical Beast, Real Powers
Dragonknight Drusus Ovicula, Proctor of the Imperial Library An Imperial scholar's notes on his experience with Dragonknights Skill Books
A New Recipe?
Provisioning A controversial culinary experiment Skill Books
Nord Armorers and Armsmen
Blacksmithing Notes on Nordic blacksmithing culture and techniques Skill Books
Notes on Racial Phylogeny
Restoration Staff the Council of Healers, Imperial University About the similarities and differences between the races of Tamriel Skill Books
On the Utility of Shock Magic
Sorcerer Vanus Galerion Archmage Galerion's notes on the flexibility of shock magic Skill Books
One Staff, Many Staves
Woodworking Hoary Durotzel, the Wood Butcher of Ska'vyn A children's guide to staff making Skill Books
Oshgura's Destruction Journal
Destruction Staff Oshgura An Orcish sorcerer's journal recounting his difficulty learning spells Skill Books
The Philosophy of Stealth
Nightblade the Red Asp, Hallin's Stand How not to be seen Skill Books
Precepts of Stendarr
Restoration Staff Ptolus the Bright, Resolute of Stendarr Evangelical doctrine for the God of Mercy and Charity Skill Books
Principles of Conjuration
Sorcerer Corvus Direnni A brief introduction to the basics of Conjuration magic Skill Books
Prudence in Practice
Destruction Staff Elleraame of Sunhold Proper magical practice technique Skill Books
Quotes from the Greats
Dual Wield Scaporius Pulex Words of advice from arena champions Skill Books
Redoran Cooking Secrets
Provisioning How to cook "Crab Meat Stew" and "Frog Muffin" Skill Books
Report: Quality of Recruits
Light Armor Captain Lampronius A military report on the training of new recruits Skill Books
A Request for Relief
Enchanting Defessus Magister An enchanter's plea regarding manufactured glyphs and the collapse of the enchanting market Skill Books
Rislav the Righteous, Part 1
Medium Armor Sinjin Heroic tales of Rislav Larich, ancient King of Skingrad Skill Books
Rituals of the Harmonious Masters
Templar Aritanwe of Lillandril Religious doctrine surrounding Stendarr and the promotion of his healing magic Skill Books
The Rotwood Enigma
Heavy Armor The mystery of a benevolent, silent adventurer Skill Books
Saving Your Hide
One Hand and Shield Lieutenant Anders Gemane On the finer points of dagger use Skill Books
Settling the Debate
Medium Armor Ralevyn Nerano On what type of leather armor to use Skill Books
Seafood Supper
Provisioning A few simple recipes for a family Houses, Shops, and Trade
Sep's Kiss
Alchemy Instructions on brewing a poison Rituals and Revelations
Shadow Draining: A Hypothesis
Nightblade the Glimmering Foxbat On the magical effect of absorbing another's life force Skill Books
Smithing: A Worthy Endeavor
Blacksmithing Cuinaamo, Great Sage of the Forge On the merits of smithing Skill Books
Sorcery is Not Necromancy!
Sorcerer Divayth Fyr A famed wizard's objections to being labeled a necromancer Skill Books
The Source of the Bone
Bow Selalleth The Death Stories of the Bosmer Skill Books
Sporting Chance
Bow Skill Books
Stendarr's Divine Spear
Templar Ptolus the Bright, Resolute of Stendarr A poem extolling the power of Stendarr's magic
  • Various bookshelves around Tamriel
Skill Books
Stepping through Shadows
Nightblade the Glimmering Foxbat On teleportation magic Skill Books
Strakes and Futtocks
Woodworking Curly Lainlyn, Master Shipwright New standardized instructions for boat building Alik'r Desert:

Isle of Balfiera:

  • Keywright's Gallery

Clockwork City:

Houses, Shops, and Trade
Sword-Wisdom of Saikhalar
One Hand and Shield Advice from a sword master Skill Books
To Smite with Dragon Claws
Dragonknight Battle Chant of the Intrepid Two Hundred Skill Books
Treatise on Metallurgical Anomalies
Blacksmithing Ovuld, Master Metallurgist Introduction to a scholarly treatise on strange metals Skill Books
Undeniable Truths of Attire
Light Armor Elenuume the Impeccable On proper mage attire Skill Books
The Vanishing Crux
Destruction Staff Masura-dra, Sentinel Magister On the Osseous Crux Skill Books
Who Are the Wardens?
Warden Lady Cinnabar of Taneth A description of the Wardens
  • Note: Book is a RANDOM SPAWN ITEM, i found it in: Vivec City,Hall of Justice, Lower Temple Canton, Belerul Omoril (Daily Job Broker) sitting next to an uncommonly packed Bookshelf (look carefully through all fields, there are 6 partitions of different books in it - next day it were completely different ones in the same spot) [May 2024, - by Kuhn] Vvardenfell
Skill Books
Wulfmare's Guide to Better Thieving
Nightblade Wulfmare Shadow-Cloak A boastful thief discusses the tricks of the trade Skill Books
Wuunding and Tumult
Two Handed Vothel Bethalas The legend of a Nord hero and his hammer Skill Books
Xil-Go's Spell
Light Armor Adzi-Kahz How an Argonian village fought off slavers from House Dres Skill Books
The Year 2920, Vol. 3
Clothing Carlovac Townway Volume 3 of a historical series about Vivec and the Empire Tales of Tamriel
The Year 2920, Vol. 7
Woodworking Carlovac Townway Volume 7 of a historical series about Vivec and the Empire Tales of Tamriel
The Pretension of High Elf Jewelry
Jewelry Crafting Elredith, Elden Root Jewelry Crafter A Bosmer's observations on Altmeri jewelry crafting Skill Books
Jewels of Yokuda
Jewelry Crafting Master-Jeweler Donielle Geonette Notes on ancient Yokudan jewelry crafting
  • Randomly found in bookcases across Summerset
Skill Books