In some areas there are traps that I can clearly see on the ground.

a bear trap
Yep, I see you...

I want to disarm or set them off safely but I can't (that way I don't accidentally walk into them the next time I'm in the area).

All of these I've tried does nothing and provides no options and usually just hurts me:

  • Sneaking up to it
  • Walking up to it
  • Running onto it
  • Moving around with a shield
  • Attacking it
  • Using spells/abilities on it

I figure I could probably lure enemies onto it but I usually kill them off before I ever encounter these.

Is there anything I can do to disarm or set these off safely?

2 Answers 2


You can disarm traps once you get your Detect Hidden skill to rank 4.

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Note that if you get it all the way up to rank 8, not only can you disarm the traps, but you can salvage components from them.


The ability to disable traps becomes available at level 4 in Detect Hidden.

Until then, you need to either trigger and escape (most magic rune traps) or simply avoid (bear traps).

  • Ah figures, I've been spending my points mostly in Stealth, Blacksmithing and Alchemy. I haven't even really looked at the other descriptions yet. Commented Feb 11, 2012 at 21:24

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