I have played Skyrim for some time as a magic user, and I have by no means visited the entire world yet.

But I'm puzzled that none of the characters I have met that sell spells have any spell to unlock locks.

Is there no such spell, or have I just not found it yet?

  • expert and master locks are hard as hell I think too. only gotten as far as unlock adept on the skill tree thingy. I had 50-55% better chance to picklock + lockpicking potion going on and I waste between 1-200 lockpicks to get one open maybe even more, just gotta save before you open it, so u can reload if you fail. it is really annyoing those heavy locks. – user15494 Nov 28 '11 at 17:07

As Mr. Smooth stated, there are no spells available to unlock chests or doors.

The Tower Stone effect does allow you to unlock one Expert level (or lower) lock per day.

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  • Wow, I completely forgot about that, coz my lockpicking is level 100 and I don't use it :P +1 for you. – Mr Smooth Nov 24 '11 at 4:33

There's no spell that I know of, but you should know that if you have a follower, they can pick any lock on a chest, regardless of difficulty. Just talk to them and tell them you need them to do something, and then direct them to unlock the chest. Here's a reference.

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  • I don't remember whether this works on doors or not. I'll try to check later today. – Jeff Burka Nov 23 '11 at 20:24
  • Useful to know! – AnnanFay Nov 23 '11 at 22:59

There is no spell in Skyrim that will unlock doors or chests for you (sadly).

I'm afraid if you want to unlock things then you're going to have to level your lockpicking (or have a lot of lockpicks).

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  • Or wait for the inevitable unlock spell mod. – SevenSidedDie Nov 23 '11 at 19:07
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    I don't think that mod will do me much good on the console version. – Pete Nov 23 '11 at 20:20
  • I tend to double up a lockpicking enchanted ring, with a [potion of locksmithing][1] to help me get locks open. [1]: uesp.net/wiki/… – David Yell Nov 24 '11 at 11:38
  • What about the Tower Stone? – Jim Oct 12 '15 at 2:55

Midas Magic mod adds these spells.

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  • Would you mind linking to this mod or providing some detail? The more detail, the better an answer is. – agent86 Jan 3 '13 at 19:50

The mod, Ancient Spells - Morrowind and Oblivion Spells, adds an "Open Easy/Average/Hard/Very Hard locks on target" spell under Alteration. Upon installation, you can buy these spells (given you have the skill required for them) from the usual merchants that sell spells.

The majority of the spells are on leveled spells merchants (this means that if a illusion spell needs a perk point on for example Master Illusion you will not see it untill you have that perk like the other spells on the game), beginner spells can be found regardless on Riverwood and Whiterun.

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There is a skills stone between downstar and winterhold that lets you automatically open locks up to master but not including it. it's on the top of a iceberg randomly I came across it while going over the map cross country. You can then upgrade you lock picking which increases this ability to include master as well.

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    Is this different from the accepted answer? – deutschZuid Mar 11 '13 at 2:16
  • I'm not 100% sure. It may not be. – Djs.near Mar 11 '13 at 2:42
  • Expert, not master. – Jim Jones Nov 25 '15 at 2:42
  • That's why your answer was disliked. – Jim Jones Dec 10 '15 at 4:18

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