How do I use Racial Powers in Skyrim? My Dark Elf quickly got ambushed by wolves after the tutorial dungeon, and as the three of them surrounded me, I thought it would be awesome to light myself with the fires of my Ancestors, burning the wolves around me!

I equipped the spell from the magic menu, but it didn't seem to go into either my left or right hand -- so how exactly are we supposed to use them?

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    (PS: I got those stinkin' wolves anyway, and am now wearing them as an awesome helmet) – Raven Dreamer Nov 11 '11 at 7:43

To unleash your awesome racial powers, first go to your magic menu. Then, select your power. Finally, unleash it with the Z key . The Z key is also the key that shouts are mapped to, so you can only have one shout or racial selected at a time.

Console equivalents are RB on the Xbox 360, and R2 on the PS3.

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    Note that on an Azerty keyboard, this is the W key. Fabian mentions the Y key on German keyboards. – Tamara Wijsman Nov 12 '11 at 16:01

When playing on an xbox with the Kinect you need to depress both the LB and RB.

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The shout is mapped to the Z key (on some keyboards like the german one, it's the Y key), you don't need to equip it onto a specific hand. You do however need to activate a shout by absorbing a dragon soul, if you haven't done so yet.

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  • the power he was referring to wasn't a shout. – Ender Mar 11 '12 at 4:38

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