I tested this and my initial observation was that it doesn't.

However, I only used the starting destruction spell flames as I didnt want to progress too far before finding out my Orc Mage was not viable. Using flames made it difficult to see if a 2x bonus was occurring.

Am I correct in assuming the berserker ability does not affect spells?

  • It would surprise me. Magic is traditionally not an Orc's forte, and berserking shouldn't improve magic (nor damage dealt with magic).
    – Konerak
    Nov 15, 2011 at 13:52

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The strategy guide confirms that it does not affect spells (emphasis mine):

Berserk: For 60 seconds, you take half damage, and inflict double damage in melee combat.

Melee combat consisting of one-handed and two-handed weapons, not spells or bows.


Berserk works with bows. I just tested it with a plain old not enchanted bow and a bear.

I do not know about berserk with magic, summon, or enchanted weapons.

  • This isn't really an answer to the question, which was about spells, not bows.
    – fredley
    Nov 5, 2012 at 17:12

It works for Bows and any Melee Damage (Including Conjuration Weapons). It increases your Physical Defense, but Magic resistance does not apply

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