I dropped a torch in my house in whiterun and somehow it was lit. It was actually very helpful as it lit up dark areas of the house. Is there a way to make this happen again (on xbox)? I can't seem to make this happen again.

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    That sounds like a fire hazard. – Crashworks Jan 14 '12 at 13:13
  • I'm pretty sure you just go into your inventory, to the misc section, find the torch item (provided you have another one) and drop it. Not sure if that's exactly what you're asking though, so not posting this as an answer. – Mr Smooth Jan 14 '12 at 14:00
  • There are plenty of answers here that address your initial question, but may I suggest just using the "Candlelight" spell to provide 60 seconds of hovering light that follows you around. This could help light up other dark areas you come across if you don't like holding torches. – tiddy Jul 18 '12 at 18:10

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I've been experimenting with dropping torches (Don't ask), and it seems there is a bug. The first time I dropped them, 69 were in an unlit stack and two more were lit and not stacked. Picking them up and dropping them again caused them to consolidate into a stack of 71 unlit torches. Try gathering more torches and see if some of them end up being lit upon dropping is the only advice I can offer.

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There is a bug,

Have a living person holding a lit torch, then kill him while he is holding it lit. The torch will be lit when he drops it and when you drop it, but make sure to kill him in one hit or he will put the torch away and draw weapons.

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    That's your advice? Murder everyone? It's a good thing you're not in charge ;) – Alex Mar 26 '12 at 15:26
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    Guards respawn and carry torches at night :) – Novastar Mar 26 '12 at 17:44
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    They're a renewable energy source! The planet is saved! – Alex Mar 26 '12 at 21:25
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    Murder is always the answer – juan Apr 29 '12 at 16:01

If playing on the PC, there's a mod that allows you to drop lit lanterns and place them wherever you want - Wearable Lanterns:

Wearable Lanterns mod - skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/17416

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  • Unfortunately I am not on a PC, but this is an awesome bit of info! Thanks! I will keep an eye out to see if they do this for consoles. – Bryan Aug 26 '13 at 8:00

Highlight it in your inventory and then press (X) to drop it, it will automatically be lit.

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  • I've tried that, but it doesn't work. I've even dropped one while I was holding it. – Bryan Jan 18 '12 at 4:07

Mine works like this: collect a load of torches, then when your ready to light some place up drop all your torches except for 6, then equip a torch and drop the last 6 and those 6 torches will be lit as one, it wont work if you just equip a torch and drop 6 out of however many, because the torch in your hand wont count as one of the 6.

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Drop the unlit torches, leave your house for a period of time, and when you return they should be on the floor lit.

I dropped a ton in the Housecarl's bedroom and now it glows like the sun.

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Drop individual torches, (lit or unlit does not matter) Place them where you want them to be, leave the building your house whatever, save the game then load the save, enter the house and they should all be lit.

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Even though the topic is 2 years old i found an easier solution that you don't have to enter or leave areas (or kill someone lol).

The drawback on this one is that it you need 6 torches each time.

  1. Drop all your torches but 6. (should be unlit)
  2. Equip a torch
  3. Drop the remaining 6 torches as well. (Should be lit, and in a pack of 6 torches)
  4. Pick the rest of the unlit torches from the ground.
  5. Profit.


For some reason for this to work, when you have an equipped torch, it has to let you choose how many torches to drop in order to drop a lit one. That is why you need to have at least 6 to trigger it. Otherwise, (e.g. 5 or less torches in the inventory) you are going to drop each one individually.

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If you drop a torch on the ground, leave it for 5 real minutes, then use flames on it, it will put one or two ash spots before going away. Do this about three times, go outside of wherever you are, go in somewhere, and it will be lit.

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What I did on Xbox One is I dropped them where I wanted them then went outside and back in and they still were not lit. So I traveled to a different place, waited a day, and then went back, and they were lit. I'm not sure if the waiting is needed but I did it and it worked.

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