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About this mod

Years in the making, Arcanum is a massive spell mod that aims to combine unique gameplay with visual effects of a quality never attempted before in Skyrim. With 100 spells complete, 300+ spells planned, and inspired by everything from Dragon's Dogma to Planescape, Arcanum may be the most ambitious magic mod ever made.

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Have you ever downloaded an exciting spell mod full of creative and interesting spells - only to find yourself spamming fireballs over and over again anyways? Or wished that all the amazing visuals from a mod like Colorful magic were actually incorporated into something lore-friendly and balanced?

Too often in Skyrim, magic turns into a chore. A finger-tapping exercise of using the same spells over and over again, with no room for creative combos or adaptation. Arcanum seeks to change that. Rather than being just a collection of overpowered lightning bolts, Arcanum is designed to be a journey of magical experimentation. Different schools of magic, and different styles within those schools, have been given unique identities and gameplay mechanics, that lend way to creative combos and synergy. As a mage player myself, the mod is made with full awareness of other popular magic mods in mind, and intended to be a lynchpin that can breathe new life into older spell mods, too. 

And, after years of experimentation, practice, and communication with some of the most prolific and talented artists and NIF wizards out there, Arcanum has some of the most unique and advanced visual effects of any Skyrim mod out there. Fully animated spinning tornadoes, giant crashing meteors and the ability to summon stars at will are only a handful of the powers at your disposal. Of course, powerful magic isn't easy - and many of these spells require arcane rituals or other setup to use effectively. It's up to you to figure out how to make the most of these spells. 

And here's a quick demo.


When designing the destruction spells, I split the school into three distinct styles along the elements. Each has a different playstyle, strengths, weaknesses, and players may choose either to focus and go all in on one element, or use the others to help mitigate their element's weaknesses. All playstyles will be rewarded with unique combos and payoffs. 


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How to Obtain

34 of the 53 Destruction spells contained in this mod can be bought from vendors, and are seamlessly integrated into the leveled lists of magic merchants. 

Dreadwyrm Trance can be obtained by defeating a dragon located in Solstheim.

Ancient Invocation can be found at the end of a short mini-quest

Ancient Invocation grants access to the 10 Invocation spells.

The remaining 10 are Reformulated Spells, and must be crafted (See below).

Reformulated Spells and Spell Crafting (Early WIP)

Reformulated spells are a form of spell crafting I mostly envisioned to make more use out of the assets I developed, but quickly grew into something unique. It's a form of combining spell effects and visuals to create spells that are a fusion of other spells. So far, there are only seven Reformulated spells, but expect this number to increase over time as the mod grows. 

So far, there are only two places where you can craft Redrafted Spells. One is located in the Arcanaeum of the College of Winterhold. 


Arcanum should play nice with all other spell mods, perk overhauls, etc. Its specifically designed to work with things like spell charging, chaining, etc, or any other magic modifications you have installed. I might make my own perk mod one day, but that's off in the distance and would be a separate mod. 

Things like ASIS should also be fine, the only spell that's scripted to be player-specific is Star of Extinction - but that can be easily changed. 

Future Plans

After this, the first order of business is to move onto restoration and finish all of those spells, while addressing any bugs that might pop up in the current release, and developing a Midden-like-room in Winterhold where Spells could be reformulated more easily. Perhpas future patches could incorporate Reformulation of spells from other mods. 

Target date for next major update is 3/18/19

Special Thanks

To billyro, to mikhail, po3, and so many others for their help with resources. 
To Enaisaion for advice, and elysses for help with brainstorming nif structure
To Trainwiz, for his always relevant advice and scripting help.