Skyrim Cheats: Console Commands (2024)

Leveling, Gold, and Other Common Cheats

Skyrim includes a powerful command console that allows you to manipulate many aspects of the game. While this is a wonderful tool for power users, sorting through all the commands to find those traditional cheats you want can be a pain. The goal of this article is to provide a list of only the cheats used by average Skyrim players. Note the Xbox 360/PS3 versions of Skyrim cannot use the command console and may only 'cheat' by exploiting glitches in the game.

Opening the Command Console
To open Skyrim's Command Console for cheating, press the tilde~ key just below ESC. The screen will dim and you'll be prompted to type - there you will input commands and press the enter key. Pressing tilde again will close the console.

Level Up Cheats: Character and Skills
This one has to be knocked out first. There is no cheat that levels you directly in Skyrim. The player.advlevel cheat would seem right, but it doesn't give you the perk point or attribute increase you'd expect. Instead, use the incpcs skillname command. Skill names are one word, so incpcs onehanded would raise your One Handed weapon skill. This will use Skyrim's leveling system naturally so that you will get your perks!

Add Perk Points
There is no cheat to directly add a perk point. Use the leveling cheat method above or see Manually adding perk points. The former will keep your character in line with Skyrim's leveling system, while the latter can allow you to add as many perks as you want.

Cheats for Gold, Lockpicks and Any Item in Skyrim
The player.additem ID QTY cheat can be used to spawn copies of any item in Skyrim, including the oft-needed gold and lockpicks. Those two item ids are very easy to remember, 0000000f and 0000000a. Note you do not have to type the 0s at the beginning of an Item ID:

  • player.additem f 5000 - gives 5000 gold.
  • player.additem a 50 - 50 lockpicks
  • player.additem 139b5 1 - 1 Daedric Bow

Find Skyrim Item IDs on UESP and you can have any armor, weapon, or material your heart desires. This is the method you'd use to cheat to get smithing materials quickly.

God Mode
Use the command tgm to toggle God Mode, giving your Dragonborn infinite Health, Magicka, and Shouts.

Unlock all Spells and Shouts
To unlock all spells/shouts in Skyrim, use the psb (player spellbook) command. You'll still need dragon souls to unlock each stage of a Shout, but this cheat will act as though you have visited every Word Wall in Skyrim.

Kill or Unlock Anything
Open the console, click a target nearby to get them selected, and type kill. This same 'click' method can be used with the unlock console command to unlock any chest or door in Skyrim.

Advancing Time for Respawns
The set timescale to # cheat can be used to advance game time. This is used for doing things like forcing areas to respawn so that you can again farm the materials there. The default is 20, and you should avoid using low values for potential glitches can occur. Travel to another area, set timescale to 10000 and watch days fly by. Reloading an area after 10 days is enough to respawn most areas in Skyrim.

More Console Commands
To see a full list of commands in Skyrim, see UESP.

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moisesnake says...

here a more complete list it may be missing a few that this one has

Add levels to your skills.
Cheat code: AdvancePCSkill [skillname] #
See more specific skill codes here:

Add perk (ie Light fingers is 00018E6A).
Cheat code: player.addperk ########

Adds dragon's souls to your pool, allowing you to improve your shouts..
Cheat code: Player.modav Dragonsouls #

Adjust field of view (insert fov value as x ).
Cheat code: fov x

Advances the targeted skill by # amount.
Cheat code: advskill #
Note replace skill with skill name and number sign with point value you want increased.

All Spells.
Cheat code: psb

Change scale of player; 1 is normal.
Cheat code: player.setscale #

Changes ownership of target so you can safely take without stealing.
Select target first.
Cheat code: Setownership

Changes your gender.
Cheat code: SexChange

Complete all Quest Stages.
Cheat code: caqs

continued in part 2




31st January 2014 12:38pm

dubura says...

does anyone know the command line to unlock the dialog to buy your homes for all holds i beat the game and and all story's as well as did everything to become thane but still can get the dialog to appear if you have a fix for this i would greatly appreciated it

3rd December 2013 5:25pm

scott says...

i have skyrim on my ps3.. i need infinite weight or something.. i weigh 6000 pounds and i do not now how to type on the console or if u can


Research some reliable places to store things on the Console version. I don't own it or I'd lend a hand; there's little to do to raise your carry weight through cheating, as far as I know. You could invest tons in Stamina, but you have such a large weight there that there is little to be done.. m




6th August 2013 10:13am

Michelle says...

The command is player.setav carryweight (amount)




6th November 2013 8:09am

Ulfric says...

You can't open the console on a PS3 or XBox. THIS is one reason why I'm a PC gamer.


Same. The mods and cheats that come with many PC games extend the enjoyment I can get out of them. Most people can't really afford gaming PCs though, so it's a shame more developers don't give some form of access to these types of commands. A gaming PC's graphics card can cost more than an entire console, so it's not as accessible to be a PC gamer even in 2013, but things have improved and we're getting closer to that day!




23rd December 2013 7:25am

wilfredo says...



Happy the cheat list could help. Cheers.




16th August 2013 7:30am

dragonhacker says...

Player.incpcs <skill>
This really works iv tested it on every skill thanks so much :)




2nd August 2013 4:01pm

Elysian Fields says...

When playing one of the alternate or extra(?) quests, those that are "games within the game". e.g. Companions, Thieves Guild, Dark Brotherhood, Dragonborn, Dawnguard, etc. Is it advisable to complete each quest line and then move on to the next (or back to the main)? I've started Companions and Dark Brotherhood. As far as the main quest goes, I'm wandering around with Uflrics Axe, waiting to return it to start the civil war. At the moment, I'm juggling plates and forgetting where or who I am. Should I complete the main quest and then try the extras? I know you can play it anyway you want, but I'm looking for some advice about the best overall strategy.


The best rewards come at the end, so I would finish to get the rewards...for example Dark Brotherhood, so you can enjoy that reward while you work on other things - those bigger rewards will come in handy more in your adventuring. Thank goodness for the Quest log though, when I was playing I remember sometimes having 20+ quests in there.




25th February 2014 11:58am

pancakebunnz says...

So I have a question: I am running windows on a mac through Bootcamp: I tried running Skyrim and the problem I'm facing is my ~ key does not function as that key, but instead as | when I press it. Is there a way to access cheats without the ~ key?




6th November 2014 6:00pm

jacob says...

i play on ps3 and my carry weight is over 3 billion the easiest way is to exploit the alchemy glitch then once you exploit it make a fortify enchanting potion then enchant your boots to fortify carry wieght you can search this on youtube.




3rd June 2014 6:00pm

Cathy Minton says...

How can I use the magic from the greybeards about the dragon




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