The TES wiki says this about the 'Summon Durnehviir' shout:

The shout Summon Durnehviir functions as a conjuration spell unlike Call of Valor. Therefore, if there is already a creature summoned, the shout will replace the summoned creature, also, summoning something else while Durnheviir is still active will prematurely end him.

Also, summoning Durnehviir requires you to shout at (target) the ground unlike the other summoning dragon shouts, and like the Conjuration summoning spells.

Based on this, I'm wondering if summoning Durnehviir will also level up Conjuration like I used a Conjuration spell (assuming there are enemies around and I am in combat). Can anyone confirm or deny?

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    Don't see why it was downvoted either. Personally think it is a good question. Hope you get an answer. – Lyrical Jul 19 '13 at 12:29
  • @One-One Not really that trivial since summoning Durnehviir has a cooldown and it won't be easy to spam that shout. I asked here in case someone already knows about this or has experienced leveling up Conjuration from summoning Durnehviir. – galacticninja Jul 20 '13 at 1:45
  • Step 1: Make mod that removes the cooldown for the Durnehviir shout. Step 2: Spam Durnehviir shout. That said, I wouldn't think it would level conjuration; conjuration is a category of spells, and shouts aren't spells. – Oblivious Sage Jul 24 '13 at 23:00
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    As far as I know no other shout levels a skill (even those which closely mimic a skill ability), so I find it unlikely that this one does. – Philipp Jul 24 '13 at 23:57
  • @ObliviousSage "...conjuration is a category of spells, and shouts aren't spells" What made me ask the question is that 'Summon Durnehviir' is a quite unique shout, in that it functions like a Conjuration spell. Also, we all know how much Bethesda games are bugged (or has additional unnoted features). =) e.g. Remember the Necromage-Vampire bug/feature? – galacticninja Jul 25 '13 at 9:08

No. Summoning Durnehviir is not a conjuration spell - it simply functions in the same way as one, therefore obeying the same rules. Only casting conjuration spells on valid targets increases the skill.

How I can be so sure - I've got a variety (if I tell you exactly how many, that means admitting how much time I've spent in Tamriel) of high level characters. I've never summoned anyone with most of them, and the only places they have ever earned conjuration skill points has been books. I had a quick check before posting, and summoning Durnehviir didn't change the progress at all on the little bar which tracks progress in a skill.


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