As far as modding and console commands go, Skyrim is by far one of the most feature-rich games out there. If you own it on PC, then playing around with mods and commands is a must.
There are so many Skyrim console commands that we frankly can’t fit them all into a single article. So, instead, we’ll focus on mentioning some of the most useful/fun ones instead.
That being said, let’s get right into it!
How to Enable the Console on Skyrim
The console should be automatically enabled on Skyrim. If not, chances are that you’ll find an option on the general settings menu.
Once you’re in-game, all that you need to do is press the “~” key and that should bring the console up. If that doesn’t work, try out the @ or “ buttons.
Before we start, it’s highly recommended to keep a separate save file and backups – just in case you end up breaking the game. It’s actually a fairly recurring theme. So, do keep that in mind.
General Commands and Cheats
Just some general commands that are fun and/or useful to play with.
tgm: God Mode. Disables damage, gives you unlimited health, unlimited Magicka, etc
tcl: Disables clipping which essentially allows you to freely walk through walls, mountains, and pretty much everything
unlock: Unlocks every targeted door regardless of the circumstances
psb: Gives you all the spells
player.adlevel: Gives you a level
caqs: Completes the current primary quest
showracemenu: Allows you to customize your character from the very beginning (We wouldn’t recommend doing that on your main playthrough)
player.modav skill [amount]: Increases the skill level of the specified skill (Just input the standard skill names except from Archery which translates to “Marksman” and Speech which translates to “Speechcraft”
player.additem [Item ID] [Amount]: Adds the specified item to your inventory. More on that later
addshout [Shout]: Gives you the specified shout. More on that alter
player.setcrimegold [Bounty]: Allows you set or remove a wanted level
movetoqt: Teleports you to the quest target
help: Lists all console commands
player.modav carryweight [Amount]: Increases your maximum weight carry limit
player.seav health [Amount]: Gives you more health
coc qasmoke: Teleports you into a room that has every single item in the game (You can leave the room by teleporting to another place by using coc [Desired Location])
sexchange: Changes your character’s gender
placeatme [Character/Creature ID]: Spawns creatures and characters on your location
moveto [Character ID]: Teleports you to the specified character location
setownership: Makes you the owner of the targeted item
setstage: Allows you go back and forth in quest stages
setscale: Sets your size from 0 to 10
setgs fjumpheightmin: Sets your jump height. Enable god mode to avoid getting killed from the drop
qqq: Immediately closes the game
AI and NPC console commands
These commands allow you to customize and mess with the AI and NPCs in a number of different ways.
tai: Enables and disables AI – meaning that you won’t be able to interact with NPCs
tcai: Enables and disables combat AI – meaning that nobody is going to fight you (Including dragons)
tdetect: NPCs won’t be able to detect you (Unless you attempt to hit or pickpocket them)
kill: Kills the targeted NPC
moveto [Character ID]: Teleports you to the specified character location
setrelationshiprank: Sets the relationship level between two NPCs. 4 (Maximum) is for lovers and -4 (Lowest) is for sworn enemies
addtofaction: Adds an NPC to a faction. Apart from the Stormcloaks and the Imperials, you can also use “0005C84D” for turning a character into a potential follower and “00019809” for turning them into a potential spouse. Though, do keep in mind that this only seems to work with characters who shame the common voices – meaning that it won’t work on someone like Tullius
disable: Eradicates the NPC’s presence – even if they are still there. They are still there, but they can’t interact with the world – meaning that they’ll walk through walls, get ignored by other NPCs, etc
enable: Reverses the “disable” command. Do keep in mind that enabling and disabling a character resets them to your current level
setessential: Transforms any NPC into an essential character – meaning that they won’t be able to die
setscale [Size]: Can also be used on NPCs to make them smaller or bigger (Size is 0 to 10]
ressurect: Resurrects the targeted NPC – aka, bringing them back to life. I swear we didn’t mean to kill you Lydia
removeallitems: Removes everything that the targeted character has equipped; including clothes or armor, and gives them to you
Camera, UI, and Time Commands
These commands allow you to play with various different aspects of the game
tm: Disables every UI element, including the console. So, you’ll have to reverse the command blindly
tmm  or : Turns all markers on or off
tfc: Free cam mode (Flycam)
set timescale to [Amount]: Sets the flow of time (20 is the default value)
fov: Sets your field of view (FOV)
tfow: Turns off the fog of war on the local map
These commands allow you to turn off specific elements of Skyrim’s world. That’s perfect for people who are playing on a low-end PC and want to get a bit of extra performance quickly and easily.
tg: Disables or enables grass
tt: Disables or enables trees
twf: Framework border
ts: Skybox and fog effects
tll: Level of detail
teofis: Image settings/effects such as blur
tscr: Script processing
Skyrim offers a ton of different weapons. Some of them are much better than others, but they are also much harder to find. Thankfully, you can use console commands to add any weapon you want to your inventory.
player.additem 00079B1D: Blade of Sacrifice
player.additem 000240D2: Mehrune’s Razor
player.additem 0009CCDC: Blade of Woe
player.additem 000139AE: Ebony Dagger
player.additem 0003B0BD: Lunar Steel Sword
player.additem 000AB703: Red Eagle’s Bane
player.additem 000F5D2D: The Pale Blade
player.additem 0004E4EE: Dawnbreaker
player.additem 000F6527: Nightingale Blade
player.additem 0009FD50: Red Eagle’s Fury
player.additem 000139AF: Ebony Greatsword
player.additem 94A2B: Ghostblade
player.additem 8ADFC: Ceremonial Sword
If you need the full list, check out the Wiki page that contains all of the codes for every weapon in the game.
Defense is just as important as offense. And while we’ve got plenty of access to armor in the base game, some pieces are extremely hard to find. Here are some of them.
player.additem 0001393E: Dragonscale Armor
player.additem 0001393D: Dragonscale Boots
player.additem 0001393F: Dragonscale Gauntlets
player.additem 00013940: Dragonscale Helmets
player.additem 00013941: Dragonscale Shield
player.additem 000FCC0F: Nightingale Armor
player.additem 000FCC0D: Nightingale Boots
player.additem 000FCC11: Nightingale Gloves
player.additem 000FCC12: Nightingale Hood
player.additem 000D3EA0: Penitus Oculatus Armor
player.additem 000D3EA7: Penitus Oculatus Boots
player.additem 000D3EAB: Penitus Oculatus Bracers
player.additem 000D3EAA: Penitus Oculatus Helmet
player.additem 00061CB9: Krosis Mask
player.additem 00061C8B: Morokei Mask
player.additem 00061CAB: Volsung Mask
player.additem 00061CCA: Wooden Mask
player.additem 00061CC1: Hevnoraak’s Mask
player.additem 00061CD6: Konahrik’s Mask
player.additem 00061CA5: Nahkriin’s Mask
player.additem 00061CC2: Otar’s Mask
player.additem 00061CC0: Rahgot’s Mask
player.additem 00061CC9: Vokun’s Mask
player.additem 00013961: Ebony Armor
player.additem 00013960: Ebony Boots
player.additem 00013962: Ebony Gauntlets
player.additem 00013963: Ebony Helmet
player.additem 00013964: Ebony Shield
player.additem 00013966: Dragonplate Armor
player.additem 00013965: Dragonplate Boots
player.additem 00013967: Dragonplate Gauntlets
player.additem 00013969: Dragonplate Helmet
player.additem 00013968: Dragonplate Shield
player.additem 0005CBFE: General Tullius’ Armor
If you want the full list, check out the Skyrim wiki page for all the armor codes.
That’s about it for now. Again, if you want the full list of item IDs, it can easily be found on Fandom or by using Skyrim’s help command.
If you think that we forgot to mention an important command, then you can let us know about it in the comments section.
And seriously, do keep a separate backup of the game. There was a time when we completely broke it and lots of things wouldn’t work because of some sort of conflict between mods and certain commands. That eradicated 120 hours of progress, so, yeah – keep backups.