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Skyrim cheats and console commands to Godmode your way across Tamriel

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By using Skyrim console commands you can bring some new flair and energy to The Elder Scrolls 5. The same can be said of the best Skyrim cheats too, which are designed to let you tailor the RPG experience to your liking. There's a good chance that you've seen much of what Skyrim has to offer over the last 10 years, so this is a good way to keep the game feeling fresh. You can use Skyrim console commands to level up skills, spawn items, and so much more. 

Whether you're playing an older version of the game or the new Skyrim Anniversary Edition, it's worth noting that you can only use Skyrim cheats via PC console commands. You PlayStation, Xbox, and Switch owners won't be able to get in on the action – however, some of the best Skyrim mods will change up the game, so you might want to take a look into those instead. 

For now, The Elder Scrolls 5 players on PC should check out this breakdown on the best Skyrim console commands and cheats, and how you can use them. 

How to use Skyrim console commands

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As with most PC games, you can enter a Skyrim console command by pressing the tilde (~). That will open up the developer console, where you can type in the various  command codes we've got below, then hit tilde once again to close the console and  return to the game to see what you've got. And, unless otherwise stated, entering the same code a second time should turn it off again.

You can enter multiple codes at a time and stack up various effects, just be wary of breaking things - using some of these codes (especially in combination) can cause glitches, mess up ongoing storylines or saves, or crash your game entirely, so make sure you create a back up save and keep it separate before you start playing around - otherwise you may find you've permanently broken your progress, and nobody wants to deal with that in a game the size of Skyrim. Achievements will also  be disabled as soon as you start entering these codes, so unfortunately you won't be able to cheat your way to completing any challenges.

Skyrim console commands to level up skills 

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  • tgm - God mode: Full invincibility, infinite stamina and magicka.
  • tim - Immortal mode: Similar to God mode, you can take damage but can't be killed.
  • tcl - No-clip mode: Walk through walls, fly.
  • showracemenu - Access the character creator to change appearance (this will reset your level and skill progress).
  • player.resethealth - Immediately refills your health.
  • psb - Learn every magic spell.
  • player.advlevel - Increase player level by one, though you won't get a perk point.
  • player.setlevel # - Replace # with the level to set your player to.
  • player.setscale # - Replace # with the height for your character, between 0.1 and 10.
  • advskill SkillID # - Replace SkillID with the skill you're modifying and # with the .amount you are modifying it by. A list of SkillIDs is here.
  • addshout ShoutID - Replace ShoutID with the shout you want to add. A list of ShoutIDs is here.
  • player.addperk PerkID - Replace PerkID with the perk you want to add. A list of PerkIDs is here.
  • player.additem ItemID # - Replace ItemID with the item you want to add to your inventory, and # with the amount of that item to add. A list of ItemIDs is here.
  • unlock - Point at a door or chest then use this code to unlock it.

World Skyrim console commands and cheats

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  • tm - Turns off all GUI display.
  • tmm # - Toggle map markers, replace # with 0 to disable all or 1 to enable all.
  • tfc - Free camera mode, add 1 to pause the game.
  • sucsm # - Replace # to change the speed of the free camera i.e. 0.5 for half speed or 2. for double speed.
  • tfow - Remove fog from the world map.
  • tg - Turn off grass.
  • ts - Turn off skybox and fog.
  • tt - Turn off trees.
  • tws - Turn off water (when not underwater).
  • set timescale to # - Replace # to set the rate time passes at, 1 is realtime and 20 is default.
  • sgtm # - Replace # to set the game speed i.e. 0.5 for half speed or 2 for double speed.
  • fw WeatherID - Replace WeatherID with the type of weather you want to instantly activate. A list of WeatherIDs is here.
  • sw WeatherID - Replace WeatherID with the type of weather you want to gradually activate.

Skyrim quest cheats and console commands

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  • caqs - Completes all primary quest stages (may cause crashes)
  • saq - Starts all quests (may cause crashes)
  • sqo - Shows all objectives for ongoing quests
  • sqt - Shows all targets for ongoing quests
  • showquesttargets - Displays the QuestID for all current quests
  • player.sqs QuestID - Shows all stages for the entered QuestID
  • movetoqt QuestID - Move to the target of the entered QuestID
  • completequest QuestID - Completes quest with the entered QuestID
  • resetquest QuestID - Resets quest with the entered QuestID

NPC Skyrim console commands 

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  • tdetect - Turn off AI detection while stealing, doesn't work for pickpocketing
  • tai Turns off non-combat AI for NPCs
  • tcai Turns off combat AI for NPCs
  • sexchange Changes gender of targeted NPC (or yourself if not targeting)
  • tc Allows you to take control of the targeted NPC
  • kill Kill the targeted NPC
  • killall Kills all non-essential NPCs in the area
  • resurrect Bring a dead targeted NPC back to life, add 1 to keep their current items intact
  • player.placeatme NPCID Places the stated NPC next to you. A list of NPCIDs is here

With all those Skyrim cheats and console commands you should have plenty to new things to experiment with, or completely new ways to experience things. Maybe you just want to get through parts of the game you might have played multiple times before. Whatever you want to do there's a command here somewhere to do it. If you have any trouble with any of these cheats, or just want to see what else you can do, just type help in the console command screen and follow the instructions.


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Iain Wilson
Iain Wilson

Iain originally joined Future in 2012 to write guides for CVG, PSM3, and Xbox World, before moving on to join GamesRadar in 2013 as Guides Editor. His words have also appeared in OPM, OXM, PC Gamer, GamesMaster, and SFX. He is better known to many as ‘Mr Trophy’, due to his slightly unhealthy obsession with amassing intangible PlayStation silverware, and he now has over 450 Platinum pots weighing down the shelves of his virtual award cabinet. He does not care for Xbox Achievements.

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