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Location Nordic Ruins
Species Skeleton Soul Petty
Level 1 Type Undead
BaseID 0002D1DE
Other Information
Health 20 Magicka 0
Stamina 80
Faction(s) Creature Faction; Skeleton Faction
Bone Meal
A Skeleton

Skeletons are the reanimated bones of the dead. They are often found with draugr in crypts and ruins, and may also be summoned by necromancers in combat.

They are fully resistant to poison and paralysis and have a 25% resistance to frost, but, given their low health level and poor equipment, they are vulnerable to other types of attack, making them relatively easy opponents. Skeletons encountered around graveyards or in Nordic Ruins will use various Ancient Nord Weapons; one-handed, two-handed, and archer skeletons all exist.

Leveled Skeleton Mages appear in some locations. They have the same spell selection as draugr spellcasters.

The Dawnguard add-on features the Boneman and Mistman as skeleton variants in the Soul Cairn. They are similar to their regular counterparts in both abilities and appearance.


The Hearthfire add-on lets you build a skeleton statue on a small base in the trophy room addition of any homestead. The materials needed are:


Gallows Hall Creation[edit]

The Gallows Hall Creation lets you summon a permanent Skeleton follower by using the Bone Forge.

  • The Skeleton is summoned using 1 Bone Meal and 1 Greater Soul Gem.
  • The summoned minion does not count toward your maximum number of summons, making it a free permanent follower.
  • The minions do not regenerate health and are protected, being downed when their health is too low instead of being outright killed. You can heal them with Necromantic Healing and Heal Undead spells.


  • Skeletons do not have magicka, despite some being mages.