Fun with Skyrim console commands

I ruined Skyrim for myself. I peered into its tangled innards and recklessly mucked with its data files and console commands, and the mystery and wonder all crumbled away. It's just a toy to me now... just a vast, majestic, hilarious toy which makes me giggle until I forget all about the fate of Skyrim and dragons or whatever the game is about. So clearly I don't regret my decision to tinker, but if you'd prefer to keep your experience pure, I've prepared a little video to show you what I've been up to.

Below are the console commands I use in the video. There are, of course, many more commands to play with, and you can find a good list at The Elder Scrolls Wiki. Remember that once you start down this path, it's nearly impossible to turn back. I suggest you get everything you want out of vanilla Skyrim before you start poking around in its guts.

  • pushactoraway [actor ID] [value] - The actor ID is obtained by clicking on an NPC or creature. The value determines the force of the push. 10-20 is a strong nudge, and anything from 50-100 will fling them into the air...sometimes never to be seen again.
  • TFC - Toggle freefly cam.
  • player.placeatme [actor ID] - Spawns anything where you're standing. To retrieve the hex IDs of things you may want to spawn, try using help [search term, such as "cow"] 0. Use Page Up and Page Down to scroll through the results until you find the creature, item, or NPC you're looking for.
  • killall - Kills everything in your immediate vicinity. Results are often hilarious.
  • player.setav [property] [value] - Sets a skill or attribute to the desired amount. I used this to give myself a surplus of Magicka.
  • psb - The "Populate Spell Book" command teaches your character every spell.


  • Crabhand - November 29, 2011 4:18 p.m.

    The console sure is a handle tool. I had to use it during the last leg of the Thieves Guild questline when two important npcs decided to traverse Skyrim rather than follow me.
  • TheFabricOfTime - November 29, 2011 1:13 p.m.

  • thingfish36 - November 28, 2011 7:49 p.m.

    I zoomed out to 3rd person and got my own ID so I can fling myself into the air xD
  • Scammeleon - November 28, 2011 4:57 p.m.

    How charmingly sadistic.
  • taokaka - November 28, 2011 4:39 p.m.

    You're a big meanie. I am so telling on you and then you'll be grounded and have no skyrim to make hilarious stuff happen.
  • Lovelost - November 28, 2011 12:32 p.m.

    Too bad Skyrim doesn't have ridiculous gore. I think it would have been awesome if all those bodies splattered and exploded. Great video I was laughing alot
  • lilspooky - November 28, 2011 12:31 p.m.

    New extreme sports sponsored by red bull: up next Bear cliff diving.
  • xheartcorex - November 28, 2011 12:30 p.m.

    Also is the far better elder scrolls wiki
  • xheartcorex - November 28, 2011 12:28 p.m.

    Only console command ive used is to increase carry weight so i dont have to play the infuriating game of inventory juggling and droppping
  • TheHalfanese - November 28, 2011 12:27 p.m.

    A hearty chuckle has been had.
  • augdog - November 28, 2011 11:52 a.m.

  • flabslapper - November 28, 2011 11:19 a.m.


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