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When you come up from out of the water to get air so that you do not take damage, are you instantly able to stay underwater for the maximum amount of time before you start taking damage when you go back under water? Or do you have to stay above water for a certain amount of time?

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Down-voting because this is trivially testable. – Iszi Aug 4 '12 at 2:44
@Iszi I wouldn't consider that a valid reason for a downvote. This question falls perfectly into the bounds set by the FAQ. If a question is easy to answer, then you should answer it instead of bashing it. – Koviko Aug 4 '12 at 2:54
@Koviko The down-vote tooltip gives, as the first reason for down-voting, "This question does not show any research effort...". Why don't I answer it now? 'Cause I'm not in the mood to play Skyrim just now, and the desire to pursue an answer to this particular question isn't burning quite so much - especially when there are so many ways to gain Waterbreathing, or just plain avoid having to spend long amounts of time underwater until you can get Waterbreathing. Therefore, the question also borderlines on "not useful" - another justification for down-vote, given in the tooltip. – Iszi Aug 4 '12 at 2:59
@Iszi I found it hard to figure out since it seemed to just refill really quick, but I actually think it refills instantly like with casting/drinking for water breathing effect. – Assile Aug 4 '12 at 8:32
@Iszi I think this is a valid question. We do not discourage people because play testing is too trivial. IMO this question can be answered. And someone below did answer. – ヴァイシャリ Aug 4 '12 at 17:07
up vote 8 down vote accepted

No, it does not matter, the bar instantly refills. It also will completely refill when casting a waterbreathing spell under water or taking a potion having that same effect. So just come up to the surface until the bar disappears and you're good to go back down.

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Thanks for the play test. +1 – ヴァイシャリ Aug 4 '12 at 17:03
Thank you very much! – Kecoey Aug 4 '12 at 18:46

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