The spell "Lesser Ward" is stuck on my right hand in Skyrim. I can no longer replace it with another spell by using the GUI, and I can't unequip it either. Using the "favorites" hotkey, I can equip both hands to a spell and then equip another to my left hand to get a wanted spell on my right, but this is a bit cumbersome. Since I'm a Khajiit mage, I like to have a spell in my left hand and my right hand free for attacking.

If I try to use the console to remove the spell, my right hand simply doesn't do anything. I then can't attack, but I can't use the offending ward either.

This problem persists through saves - if I load a save from before the problem, I still have the spell in my right hand.

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    have you tried reinstalling?
    – Rapitor
    Commented Jun 4, 2013 at 13:14
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    Should I? If there's a way to avoid it I'd like to find it. Reinstalling seems a little heavy-handed (though I guess it would be a solution). Commented Jun 4, 2013 at 13:17
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    your save files will remain, and this problem does sound like corrupted game data if its even happening in different saves. When did this issue start happening?
    – Rapitor
    Commented Jun 4, 2013 at 14:18
  • It's happened before on different installs on different computers, but this instance began yesterday. It's well-documented occurring, but nowhere have I found an actual solution. Commented Jun 4, 2013 at 14:47
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    Try validating Steam files - Verify integrity of game cache
    – shanodin
    Commented Jun 5, 2013 at 17:37

2 Answers 2


I've found a solution! After I created a character ("Test Orc", the ugliest mug known to man) to see if the glitch persisted to new characters, I loaded an old save from before the problem occurred. Lo and behold, the glitch was gone! It's probably because of some cache nonsense (like Alice Rees said in the comments).


I have this problem a lot and it seems to persist... if it continues, you can try equipping a sword or something in your right hand and then unequipping it, then choose a new spell.

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