After beating the main quest line on Elder Scrolls Oblivion: Shivering Isles you get the Staff of Sheogorath.

When used against hostile creatures it freezes them, but I can't kill them either with weapons or spells. Why?

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According to the wiki page on the Staff of Sheogorath:

Anything that is frozen by the Staff of Sheogorath cannot be attacked and will be regarded as "unconscious."

It appears that this is simply the effect of the staff - enemies will be frozen, but cannot be killed.

This is useful if you are trying to get through an area without actually having to kill any enemies (eg quickly trying to get through a dungeon to get a specific piece of loot). You can also use the staff to escape if you are low on health by freezing the enemies and running away.

  • Interesting, too bad I can't kill enemies while the are freezed. I guess I can use the Staff as you suggest, or in order to scape if mu health is too low and I can't heal myself.
    – Ethan
    Commented Jun 16, 2017 at 16:51
  • @Ethan Exactly, in fact, I'll add that to my answer since that is another perfectly reasonable and predictable instance where the staff is useful Commented Jun 16, 2017 at 16:53
  • @Ethan Because having a staff that simply functions like Paralyze would be boring? Maybe Sheogorath doesn't want you to kill all those poor blokes anyway. Commented Jun 17, 2017 at 2:25
  • @Ethan The past tense of "to freeze" is btw "frozen". ;) Commented Jun 17, 2017 at 18:53

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