What is the Conjure Familiar spell for?

Sure the familiar looks neato, but may I treat it as I would a familiar in another game? So far, it doesn't speak to me, it doesn't supply me with wishes, and it doesn't lead me on a quest.

Have I exhausted what I can do with a familiar after I've successfully conjured it, or is there more to it than meets the eye?


A familiar is just a minion. It's only purpose is to attack enemies, and will vanish after 60 seconds. It is possible to use a familiar to level up your combat skills by attacking it, but other than that, it just attacks enemies.

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    +1. To be fair, this is a poorly named spell since it goes entirely counter to fantasy tropes. – SevenSidedDie Nov 22 '11 at 1:50
  • In previous TES games, you could soul trap your familiars and kill them for easy soul gem fodder. I don't know if that's possible in this version or not though. – agent86 Nov 22 '11 at 2:20
  • Thanks! I tried it out this morning, and the little guy went to town on a skeever. I guess in all my previous summons of my familiar I hadn't been anywhere near an enemy. – Atreys Nov 22 '11 at 16:19
  • @agent86: soultrapping your own conjures was made impossible in Skyrim. It 'resists capture'. – Konerak Nov 23 '11 at 7:41

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