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I've been avoiding using any weapons that banish "Summoned Daedra up to level XX" back to Oblivion, because I want the fire / frost / void salts they drop. I have been assuming that when they are banished, they just disappear - is this correct, or do they leave behind the same pile of ashes (with loot) that you get when killing them the regular way?

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Summoned daedra disappear anyway when they die. You can't get fire salts from a summoned fire atronach, only from wild atronachs that leave a corpse.

So banishing summoned creatures does cause them to disappear, but they wouldn't have been able to drop anything anyway, so there's no reason to avoid doing so.

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Thanks, I had forgotten that distinction. That said, I'll stick with other enchantments on my weapons that will affect more creatures than "banish" would. –  wavsite Dec 22 '11 at 19:33
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