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Oblivion: Magic: Magical Effects
OB-icon-Silence.png Silence
School Illusion
Type Offensive
Effect ID SLNC
Base Cost 60.0
Barter Factor 0
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Silence for D seconds

The bane of all spellcasters. You cannot cast spells while silenced. It is still possible to use potions, staves, and scrolls. A spell is not interrupted if the silence hits after casting is begun. Silence effects from spells can be cancelled using the Dispel effect (e.g., from a potion or scroll). While if the Silence effect comes from a Poison, can only be cancelled through the Cure Poison effect.


  • This effect can be gained for spell making and enchanting via spells or achieving 75% Vampirism which bestows the ability Reign of Terror.
  • Silence is one of the enchantments available for making a custom mage's staff (it is also found on random generic staves).
  • Silence has no magnitude, only a duration. Therefore, Weakness to Magic and Resist Magic or Weakness to Poison and Resist Poison effects respectively, change the duration of a Silence effect; casting a 100% Weakness to Magic spell causes the duration of a subsequent Silence spell to be doubled. Similarly, Spell Effectiveness decreases the Silence duration.
  • Despite its name, Silence does not prevent you or NPCs from engaging in dialogue, nor does it stop them from groaning or screaming in combat.
  • Silence is considered hostile, even though it causes no damage.

See also

Related effects:

Alchemy Ingredients

The following alchemy ingredients can be used to create a poison of Silence:


Note: Since Vampire Dust has two varieties, it is actually possible to make a poison of Silence at Novice level using one of each type. However, one of the Vampire Dust varieties is of limited supply and some is needed for a quest, so you should be careful not to waste it all.