Shivering: Traps

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Like the dungeons in Cyrodiil and Oblivion, the Shivering Isles are littered with traps. Although a few traps are familiar from the vanilla game (see notes), the dangers found in dungeons on the Isles are generally unique in appearance or function.

Most traps are tripped if you activate a certain "trigger," which may be a physical object or an invisible proximity trigger. Traps are usually hidden in dark areas or are blended into their environment, making them harder to avoid. After an activated trap resets, there is usually a small time period where it is safe to pass. They are returned to their original state altogether during a cell reset. (When you have not visited a particular cell for 72 in-game hours, everything in it respawns.)

Triggers[edit]

Button, Dementia variant.
Button, Mania variant.

Button[edit]

Found in: Ruins
Description: Two varieties exist; you will see a small slab sticking out of a wall or pillar carved with either a red laughing face or a green angry face.
Effect: Activating the button will activate the object it is connected to.
Notes: Buttons can activate a wide array of objects, including traps.

Buttons will often only open a gate, but can sometimes trigger a trap instead. If the button next to a gate triggers a trap, you will have to look elsewhere for a mechanism to open the gate. Always be careful when pushing a button and look around first to see if there are signs of traps or other buttons.

Physical Traps[edit]

Physical traps usually damage their victims and push them backwards. The damage cannot be avoided by magical means; the only way to reduce damage from these traps is the Resist Normal Weapons effect. The damage dealt by physical traps is leveled, and is calculated for each actor individually by using its own level. The amount of damage dealt is not affected by the difficulty slider. As with trigger traps, physical traps can be used to a player's advantage to kill groups of enemies.

Ceiling Cave In
Column Cave In

Cave In[edit]

Found in: Ruins
Description: Cave ins may appear as rocks falling from the ceiling or as a free-standing column that crumbles. There are no visible traits to distinguish either variety.
Effect: When the player enters a certain trigger zone, rocks will fall down and deal damage to any actor they hit. The damage is typically (3 to 5) + 0.75 × level damage, but several ceiling cave ins will deal 8 + 1 × level damage. Notes: The rocks will only fall once, but will remain on the ground and can still cause damage if moved too quickly by grabbing or area of effect spells.

Although it is impossible to actually recognize a column or ceiling that is about to cave in, there is a pattern in their placement. For example, when you see several columns in a row, there is a good chance that one will crumble (but usually not more than one per row). Some ruins may have no cave in traps at all, while some others are full with them. If you encounter one cave in, there is a good chance there are more in the area. Xeddefen is notable as the ruin with the most cave in traps.

Root Spikes

Root Spikes[edit]

Found in: Aichan, Dire Warren, Dunroot Burrow, Fain, Fetid Grove, Gardens of Flesh and Bone, Knotty Bramble, Milchar, Rotten Den, and Xaselm
Description: Look on the ground for a plant similar in appearance to root stalks, only smaller and surrounded by a cluster of circular growths with red markings. Holes can be found on the walls next to this plant.
Effect: When the player steps on the plant, spikes will shoot out of the wall. Every actor hit by spikes will receive 5 + 1 × level damage.
Notes: This trap will always remain active and cannot be disabled. [verification needed]

The area targeted by the spikes is a narrow area perpendicular to the tunnel. Either avoid the trigger to avoid the trap, or move quickly over it.

Root Worm

Root Worm[edit]

Found in: Aichan, Dunroot Burrow, Fetid Grove, Knifepoint Hollow, and Rotten Den
Description: Look for small, slightly bent pipes sticking out of the wall.
Effect: When an actor comes too close, the root will grow very quickly, damaging anything it touches. Every actor hit by the root will receive 5 + 1 × level damage.

This trap will not physically move you, and can actually swiftly kill actors who wander into this trap by repeatedly damaging them.

Secret Wall

Secret Wall[edit]

Found in: Ruins
Description: The secret wall looks similar to normal walls, but a few traits may betray it: the wall has no decorations, and there may be a small stair leading up to it.
Effect: When you pass nearby, the wall opens.
Notes: An enemy can usually be found behind a secret wall, and will immediately attack when the wall opens.

Some walls may not reveal an enemy, but instead hide treasure or even passages to other areas.

Trapped Floor

Trapped Floor[edit]

Found in: Ruins
Description: The trapped floor looks similar to normal floor tiles, but never has any static objects placed on it. Looking at the dungeon map may reveal a passage running underneath the passage. A trapped floor over a lower passage is likely.
Effect: When you come near the edge of the floor tile, the floor will open. The trap may also be activated by a button. Any actor who falls into the trap will receive standard falling damage.

Sometimes spikes may be found under the trapped floor. In Ebrocca, some floors open and close after set time intervals. Some remote areas can only be reached by purposely falling through one of these traps.

Magical Traps[edit]

Magical traps fire spells at their victims. Depending on the spell cast, the effect can be absorbed, reflected, or resisted through magical means. Unlike physical traps, magical traps always aim directly at you, rather than at a fixed location. Magical traps will always "see" you, regardless of any Chameleon or Invisibility effects you may have.

Hunger Statue
The strange Sheogorath statue trap in Ebrocca, Masse

Hunger Statue[edit]

Found in: Ruins
Description: These large statues in the shape of a Hunger are generally indistinguishable from a normal statue.
Effect: When the trap is triggered (by entering a trapped zone or pushing a button), the statue will fire a Damage Health or Shock Damage projectile aimed at you or at a particular spot. Notes: This trap will always remain active and cannot be disabled. [verification needed] Statues found outside are never traps.

Level Effect
1-5 Shock Damage 5pts in 12ft
6-10 Shock Damage 10pts in 6ft
11-15 Shock Damage 15pts in 8ft
16-20 Shock Damage 20pts in 8ft
21+ Shock Damage 35pts in 10ft
Level Effect
1-6
(1-10)
Damage Health 6pts in 12ft
7-12
(11-20)
Damage Health 12pts in 12ft
13-18
(21+)
Damage Health 18pts in 12ft
19-25 Damage Health 24pts in 12ft
26+ Damage Health 30pts in 12ft

There are two main varieties of this trap: a normal version and a weaker version (with a reduced Damage Health effect). The weaker version is usually found in groups, and their combined effect is actually more dangerous than the standalone version. Effects for the weaker version of this trap are indicated by the levels shown in parentheses on the table.

A third, much less common variety employs an area Shock Damage spell with slightly lower stats than the standard Damage Health effect. This variety is found in only three places: two fallen hunger statues in Xeddefen, Felles and Xeddefen, Fales and a Sheogorath statue in Ebrocca, Masse.

The spell effect can be absorbed and resisted, but it cannot be reflected.

Scalon Statue

Scalon Statue[edit]

Level Effect
1-6 Damage Health 6pts in 12ft
7-12 Damage Health 12pts in 12ft
13-18 Damage Health 18pts in 12ft
19-25 Damage Health 24pts in 12ft
26+ Damage Health 30pts in 12ft

Found in: Rotten Den, Ruins
Description: This large statue of a Scalon is generally indistinguishable from a normal statue.
Effect: When the trap is triggered (by entering a trapped zone or pushing a button), the statue will fire a Damage Health projectile at you or at a certain spot. Notes: This trap will always remain active and cannot be disabled. [verification needed] Statues found outside are never traps.

The spell effect can be absorbed and resisted, but it cannot be reflected.

Spore Pod

Spore Pod[edit]

Level Effects
1-7 Drain Agility 5pts in 10ft for 15sec

Fortify Speed 5pts in 10ft for 15sec
Paralyze in 10ft for 2sec

8-15 Drain Agility 5pts in 12ft for 20sec

Fortify Speed 5pts in 12ft for 20sec
Paralyze in 12ft for 2sec

16-23 Drain Agility 10pts in 14ft for 25sec

Fortify Speed 10pts in 14ft for 25sec
Paralyze in 14ft for 3sec

24+ Drain Agility 10pts in 16ft for 30sec

Fortify Speed 10pts in 16ft for 30sec
Paralyze in 16ft for 3sec

Found in: Aichan, Blackroot Lair, Corpserot Passage, Dire Warren, Dunroot Burrow, Fetid Grove, Knifepoint Hollow, Knotty Bramble, Rotten Den, and Swampgas Hole
Description: Look on the ground for a balloon-shaped plant with little spikes on top. They can usually be found close to a wall.
Effect: When the player comes too close to the spore pod, or if it is attacked with an arrow or a spell, it will cast an area of effect spell. The traps casts Drain Agility, Fortify Speed, and Paralyze on everyone in a certain area (see table for magnitude).

If you set off the trap by firing an arrow or spell at it, the trap may be used to hurt other actors. After the trap has been set off, it takes 15 seconds to recharge.

The spell effects can be absorbed and resisted, but not reflected.

Notes[edit]

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