Illusion | Skills

This page of TES V: Skyrim World Atlas provides information about Illusion skills, which are related to the magician archetype. Our guide not only describes these skills, but also explains how to develop them and which perks are worth unlocking.

How to increase this skill: Cast spells from the illusion school of magic. Skill growth will only occur if the spell has achieved its intended result, such as injuring others or changing their attitude towards the main character.

Main purpose of developing this skill: Lowering mana costs for casting illusion spells.

Available perks: 13.

Best perks: Illusion Dual Casting, Expert Illusion, Master of the Mind.

Comments:

  1. Illusion shares a common trait with other schools of magic: casting even basic spells can quickly drain your mana bar. Additionally, some advanced spells may be blocked at the beginning of the game due to requiring more mana points than the main character has. This leads to the obvious conclusion that one must constantly work on increasing their mana pool and improving mana regeneration rate.
  2. The most important concept of illusion spells is the ability to take control of opponents’ minds. Consider spells that allow you to convince enemies to stop fighting or turn on each other. Illusion school also has several other interesting spells that are useful for a thief or assassin.
  3. Some illusion spells have limits to their effectiveness. For example, an illusion spell may only work on opponents that are level nine or lower. Certain perks can increase these limits and should be unlocked to keep the illusion spells useful later in the game.

  • NOVICE ILLUSION
  • ILLUSION DUAL CASTING
  • APPRENTICE ILLUSION
  • ADEPT ILLUSION
  • EXPERT ILLUSION
  • MASTER ILLUSION
  • HYPNOTIC GAZE
  • ASPECT OF TERROR
  • RAGE
  • ANIMAGE
  • KINDRED MAGE
  • QUIET CASTING
  • MASTER OF THE MIND

NOVICE ILLUSION

Requirements: None.

Description: Ability to cast novice illusion spells for half the mana cost.

Comments: This perk is necessary to unlock all remaining perks in this skill tree, and it also improves the use of basic illusion spells.

ILLUSION DUAL CASTING

Requirements: Illusion skill increased to at least 20 points. Novice Illusion perk unlocked.

Description: Ability to dual cast illusion spells, increasing their effectiveness.

Comments: The dual casting perk is very interesting, but it only works if you’re playing as a character with two free hands. It provides many benefits, such as longer-lasting spells and the ability to affect higher-level enemies, which can be very helpful in later stages of the game. It’s recommended to unlock this perk as soon as you have a skill point available.

APPRENTICE ILLUSION

Requirements: Increase Illusion skill to at least 25 points and unlock the Novice Illusion perk.

Description: This perk allows you to cast apprentice-level illusion spells for half the mana cost.

Comments: This is a great investment because the illusion school has many interesting and useful apprentice spells.

ADEPT ILLUSION

Requirements: Increase Illusion skill to at least 50 points and unlock the Apprentice Illusion perk.

Description: This perk allows you to cast adept-level illusion spells for half the mana cost.

Comments: It’s highly recommended to unlock this perk to reduce the mana cost of useful adept spells.

EXPERT ILLUSION

Requirements: Increase Illusion skill to at least 75 points and unlock the Adept Illusion perk.

Description: This perk allows you to cast expert-level illusion spells for half the mana cost.

Comments: It’s crucial to unlock this perk as soon as your Illusion skill reaches 75 points because the expert-level spells are some of the best in the illusion school, including an invisibility spell.

MASTER ILLUSION

Requirements: Increase Illusion skill to 100 points and unlock the Expert Illusion perk.

Description: This perk allows you to cast master-level illusion spells for half the mana cost.

Comments: This perk is also very useful, especially because master-level spells require a large amount of mana to cast.

HYPNOTIC GAZE

Requirements: Increase Illusion skill to at least 30 points and unlock the Novice Illusion perk.

Description: This perk allows you to cast calm spells on high-level opponents.

Comments: If you like to cast spells that control the minds of your opponents to calm them down, then you should consider unlocking this perk. It raises the limit of their experience level by up to eight levels and doesn’t interfere with the bonuses of other perks.

ASPECT OF TERROR

Requirements: Increase Illusion skill to at least 50 points and unlock the Hypnotic Gaze perk.

Description: This perk allows you to cast fear spells on high-level opponents.

Comments: If you like to cast spells that control the minds of your opponents to cause fear, then you should consider unlocking this perk. It raises the limit of their experience level by up to ten levels and doesn’t interfere with the bonuses of other perks.

RAGE

Requirements: Increase Illusion skill to at least 70 points and unlock the Aspect of Terror perk.

Description: This perk allows you to cast rage spells on high-level opponents.

Comments: If you like to cast spells that control the minds of your opponents to make them go into a rage, then you should consider unlocking this perk. It raises the limit of their experience level by up to twelve levels and doesn’t interfere with the bonuses of other perks.

ANIMAGE

To unlock this perk, you need to increase your Illusion skill to at least 20 points and have the Novice Illusion perk. Once obtained, it allows you to affect high-level animals with your illusion spells.

Many players find this perk useful, especially since it can be unlocked early in the game. With this perk, you can control most animals that are up to eight experience levels higher than your character. It’s worth noting that obtaining this perk won’t interfere with any other bonuses granted by other perks.

KINDRED MAGE

To unlock this perk, you need to increase your Illusion skill to at least 40 points and have the Animage perk. Once obtained, it allows you to affect high-level people with your illusion spells.

What makes this perk great is that it doesn’t limit you to certain types of illusion spells to receive the bonus. With this perk, you can control most people that are up to ten experience levels higher than your character. Like the Animage perk, obtaining this one won’t interfere with any other bonuses granted by other perks.

QUIET CASTING

To unlock this perk, you need to increase your Illusion skill to at least 50 points and have the Kindred Mage perk. Once obtained, it allows you to cast all spells without making any noise.

While this perk may not be as useful as the others, it can come in handy if you want to remain hidden while casting spells, especially if you’re playing as a thief or an assassin. However, it’s worth noting that you’ll have to spend several skill points on perks that you may not find useful.

MASTER OF THE MIND

To unlock this perk, you need to increase your Illusion skill to at least 90 points and have either the Rage or Quiet Casting perk. Once obtained, it allows you to affect the undead, daedra, and automatons with your illusion spells.

If you use illusion spells to control other beings, then this is a perk you should definitely consider. With it, you can affect undead creatures like draugrs and skeletons, which you’ll encounter often while exploring crypts, dungeons, and caves.

FAQ

1. What is an illusion?

An illusion is a perception that is different from reality. It can be created by the brain, senses, or by external stimuli such as magic tricks or optical illusions. Illusions can be visual, auditory, or tactile, and they can be intentional or unintentional. They are often used in entertainment, art, and psychology to create a sense of wonder, mystery, or confusion.

2. How can we improve our skills?

Improving our skills requires dedication, practice, and feedback. We need to identify the skills we want to improve, set achievable goals, and create a plan to reach those goals. Practice is essential, and we should try to practice regularly, focusing on the areas that need the most improvement. Feedback is also crucial, as it helps us identify our strengths and weaknesses and adjust our approach accordingly. We can seek feedback from mentors, peers, or experts in our field, and use their insights to refine our skills.

3. Can illusions be used to improve our skills?

Yes, illusions can be used to improve our skills in various ways. For example, visual illusions can help us develop our spatial reasoning and perception skills, while auditory illusions can enhance our ability to distinguish and analyze different sounds. Illusions can also be used in training and education, as they can help us learn new concepts and ideas in a more engaging and memorable way. Additionally, illusions can be used to challenge our assumptions and biases, prompting us to think more critically and creatively.

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