I see no harm in continuing the quest line if it won't cause any problems and I can control it. However, I'll be going through the line much quicker if I have no control over the transformation.

When you contract Lycanthropy, are you able to control it naturally? Like, will I turn into a wolf when I walk outside and it's night time? Do moon phases have any effect on it?

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Normally, you'll be able to use your Beast Form power whenever you want, once per day. This power lasts for 2 ½ minutes, but can be extended by feeding on dead things.

However, there is a quest that will affect your ability to control your power:

During Ill Met By Moonlight, you'll receive the Ring of Hircine. This cursed ring, once worn, can't be taken off and has a 10% chance every minute to cause you to transform against your will. Once the quest is complete, you'll get a non-cursed form (or lose the ring, depending on your choices).

  • once the ring is un-cursed, you gain free will of when the transformations take effect, giving you unlimited use of the werewolf transformation.
    – user106385
    Jul 22, 2015 at 13:07

You will be able voluntarily to turn into a werewolf once per day (This ring that lets you do it multiple times). Once in werewolf form, you will have to feed on corpses to stay in werewolf form.

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    And to clarify, using the transformation is strictly voluntary Nov 18, 2011 at 16:18
  • Thanks. I mostly just wanted to know if it was an involuntary transformation or not. This information makes it less of a problem for me.
    – Kyo
    Nov 18, 2011 at 16:29

From the Elder Scrolls Wikia

  • Beast Form: (Skyrim) The Werewolf can transform into beast form for up to 2.5 minutes, which increases by 30 seconds if the werewolf feeds. Note- you may only feed upon the corpses of playable races. Falmer, for example, are inedible. Use caution when using the Beast Form in certain dungeons.
  • Scent of Blood: (Skyrim 1st Totem) Detect life in a large area for 1 minute.
  • Howl of the Pack:(Skyrim 2nd Totem) summon Two Wolves to fight at your side.
  • Howl of Rage: (Skyrim 3rd Totem (default)) Causes nearby enemies up to level 25 to flee for 30 seconds.
  • The three totems above have to be unlocked and then you can pray at them in the undercroft in Whiterun, you can use one at a time to as werewolf power.


  • No bonus from being well rested (Skyrim).

I know how to be, and stay, a werewolf for as long as you want. All you have to do is hit the ~ key to bring up the console, then type tgm followed by player.setrace werewolfbeastrace, then you'll stay and be a werewolf. The guards wont attack you. I don't how to turn back so I'll have to look into that.

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    tgm toggles god mode, which is not needed. And to make sure you don't accidentally turn an NPC you clicked on in the console into a werewolf, you should use player.setrace instead of setrace alone. Here's the uesp entry, you just have to read through help race 0 in order to figure out your original race's name. But changing the race entirely is different from "not unwantedly becoming a werewolf", which the question actually asked though...
    – Zommuter
    Apr 9, 2013 at 5:02
  • @Zommuter on higher levels TGM is the only way to survive combat as a werewolf, that hide doesn't protect against swords as well as dragonscale.
    – kotekzot
    Apr 23, 2013 at 15:30
  • @kotekzot That may be then... Although in that case I prefer TCAI (toggle combat AI) to simply be left alone
    – Zommuter
    Apr 24, 2013 at 7:29

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