Despite how long it's been out, Skyrim still enjoys a dedicated audience thanks to a thriving modding scene, as well as Bethesda's fair hand for designing an eminently replayable game. At this point though, it's safe to say that you've probably played a fair chunk of the game legitimately, and might fancy spicing up your next playthrough with a few overpowered abilities, or at least removing some of the duller elements altogether.
For this reason, we've compiled a round-up of some of the most useful console commands you can use for the PC version of the game. To get started with any of these cheats, all you have to do is hit the tilde key (which looks like this ~), then enter your cheat of choice. Leave the console window using the tilde button once more, and you'll see the change reflected in the game immediately.
Player console commands
Here are some of our favourite commands for granting your character godlike status, and unlimited funds - to name just a couple:
addshout - Type the name of your desired Dragon Shout after this command to add it to your repertoire immediately.
AdvSkill [SKILL ID] # - If you want to level up a particular skill, simply enter this command. SKILL ID is simply the name of the skill in question. After that, just add the number you wish to level it up by.
player.advlevel - Keep entering this command repeatedly to advance your character one level each time, without having to do anything resembling actual effort.
player.modav carryweight # - Enter this command to increase the amount of random crap you're able to stuff into your backpack.
player.setav speedmult ### - The higher the number you use here, the faster your character will move throughout the world. Warning: max level is really, really fast...
player.setcrimegold ### - Use this command to change your wanted level. At 000 you're clean as a whistle, while at 999 it's time to start legging it.
player.setlevel ## - Change the number to whatever level you'd like your decidedly unheroic hero to be.
psb - If you want to unlock every single spell in the game, just tap this command in.
sexchange - This command will change the sex of your hero or heroine.
showracemenu - Starting to regret some of the decisions you made during the character creation phase of the game? Use this command to revisit your starting choices.
tgm - Activates god mode, making you completely invincible.
tcl - Turns off clipping, allowing you to walk anywhere, in any direction, through any thing.
tim - In immortal mode, you can still take damage but you can't actually be killed.
rm - Use to activate and deactivate run mode.
unlock - Make sure you've highlighted the chest, or door, or case that you want to unlock, then enter this simple command to open it.
World and environment console commands
There are several commands that will help you muck about with the world itself. Here are some of the most useful:
fov - Instead of messing around with. ini files, you can use this console command to set your field of view on the fly.
tai - If you enter this command, every AI character in the game will stop in their tracks. Run it again to get everyone back to business.
tcai - If, on the other hand, you simply want to take the sting out of a fight, use this code to render every inhabitant of the game completely placid.
tfc - Want to take to the skies and have a proper aerial view of Skyrim? Enter this code.
tfow - Removes all fog of war elements from your local map.
tm - Enter this into the console window to disable every menu element, making it easy to capture pristine screenshots. Note that this also disables the console itself, so you'll have to re-enter the code blind in order to reactivate the UI.
tmm - By adding 0 or 1 to the end of this command you'll be able to activate and deactivate every map marker in the game.
tg - Toggles grass on and off when entered.
tt - As above, but for trees.
tws - Disables the appearance of water.
Item console commands
Each item in Skyrim has a special code associated with it and you can find a comprehensive round-up of them at uesp.net. Enter the following command in - along with the appropriate Item ID - to get your hands on the goodies without any effort whatsoever.
player.additem ITEM NAME ###
Note that the number should be entered in three-digit format, so 015 for fifteen of the item in question, 009 for nine and so on.
To get you started, here are some very common items you're likely to want to add to your stash.
player.additem 0000000f ### - This will allow you to add whatever chunk of change you want to your wallet.
player.additem 0000000a ### - You can never have too many lockpicks, so why not add a load to your backpack nice and quickly?
coc qasmoke - For the man or woman who doesn't have everything, use this command to access a special room housing all of Skyrim's items.
removeallitems - Want someone's stuff and can't even be bothered to ask for it? Enter this code to have them stripped bare, and then send everything they own to your backpack. Thanks!
Want more help with Skyrim? Find out how to join every guild and faction, how to earn Gold fast, learning about XP and levelling to 100, max Crafting skills, max Warrior skills, max Thief skills and max Mage skills, how to get married, where to buy a house, how to start Dawnguard, Hearthfire and Dragonborn DLC expansions. If you're on PC, we have a list of console commands and cheats, and you can learn about the remastered version and how to install mods with our Skyrim guide. Finally, with Switch owners, we have Skyrim amiibo support explained to help unlock special Zelda-themed items.
Quest console commands
You'll need to enter the quest ID for some of these commands. You can find all of these identifiers over at uesp.net
caqs - This will wrap up every single stage of the main quest. Warning: this can be a little buggy and has the potential to make a real mess of your save.
completequest QUEST ID - Finishes off the specified quest altogether. Hooray for no effort!
kill - Simply highlight your victim and then tap this command in to have them crash to the floor.
killall - When you need everyone around you to die fast, enter this genocidal console command to get the job done.
movetoqt - Picked up a quest and can't be bothered to walk to your victim? Simply tap this command in to head to them instantly.
player.sqs QUEST ID - Displays all of the stages of a given quest.
resurrect - If you're feeling no small amount of remorse for your senseless killing, target the corpse and then enter this command to bring them back to life.
setstage QUEST ID # - Advances a quest to a particular stage. Use this if you've bugged out somewhere and need a quick fix.