How does the coc command work? When I type in for example coc Whiterun, it works. But when I type in coc Dawnstar, nothing happens. Did I miss anything here?

Also, how do I enter names with multiple words?

  • Why not use the map to fast travel to Whiterun? Does this command work when fast traveling is not possible? Nov 15, 2011 at 16:40
  • And it causes no time to pass. Nov 15, 2011 at 16:47
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    Well, I'm using it for locations I haven't discovered yet. Nov 15, 2011 at 17:06
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    For most console commands, when entering an argument with multiple words, you can use double quotes. e.g. "deadly aim"
    – Arkive
    Nov 15, 2011 at 17:51

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There are two main console commands for quick teleport:

  • coc (Center-on-Cell) expects one argument (the cell name) and teleports you there. Obviously, "Whiterun" is a cell, while "Dawnstar" isn't. This is for named (mostly interior) cells, and expects the name as defined in the Creation Kit. The UESP lists those - where known - as "Console Location Code(s)" in their location descriptions (see: overview of the Skyrim locations).
  • cow (Center-on-World) expects three arguments: The world name (as defined in the Creation Kit) and the X- and Y-coordinate of the cell in question. Tip for orientation: the highest point in Skyrim is in the worldspace "Tamriel", along with most of Skyrim, at the coordinates 13, -13, so you can get there using cow Tamriel 13 -13. The UESP lists those as the exterior location coordinates, where known and applicable.

(Version 1.1)

  • Are you sure you have to reload from an earlier save? In FO:NV, you just had to save, quit, and reload to re-enable achievements. Bethesda may have considered that a bug and fixed it with Skyrim, though Nov 15, 2011 at 19:20
  • @DaveMcClelland: They "fixed" it. Nov 15, 2011 at 19:22
  • Sad news, indeed Nov 15, 2011 at 19:24
  • "earlier save" as in, before you entered any console commands? Nov 15, 2011 at 20:25
  • @SimonVerbeke: Yes. Potentially even before you opened the console, but I couldn't verify it either way. People report slightly different sightings, but it wouldn't be the first time with Bethesda that a bugfix introduces even more strange behaviour ... See the "Steam Achievements not working?" thread on the official forums for all the different problems people have with them. Nov 15, 2011 at 20:54

You can view a complete, searchable list (that is faster and easier to use than UESP) of all the COC cell names in Skyrim here.

The list also has filters (that combine with the search) according to Skyrim's holds, including all the developer's testing cells.

The site also has easy-to-use lists for NPCs, items, books (including full text of every book) and more, with more searchable lists coming soon.

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