The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

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Better Magic
Category: Gameplay, Magic
File Size
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Mar 25, 2012 @ 11:52pm
Jul 21, 2012 @ 4:03pm
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Better Magic

Better Magic improves the magic system with the goal of helping to balance the game experience of magic compared to other archetypes.

The list of changes this mod makes is below.
For a more detailed list of changes, modular functionality, and multi-lingual support, please visit the Nexus page. The change log for each version is available on the Nexus page by clicking the blue version number.

- Each mastery perk (novice, apprentice, adept, expert, master) within all five spell schools now has a secondary effect that improves all spells in that school. For alteration, conjuration, and illusion, each perk increases the duration of spells in that school by 15%. For destruction and restoration, each perk increases the magnitude of spells in that school by 15%.

- The Augmented Element perks now only add 15% damage per rank (down from 25%). To maintain their utility, they also add 15% resistance to that element with each rank.

- Augment Element perks no longer affect weapon enchantments.

- Cloak spells had their base range dropped to 8 feet (from 10), but they now grow in both size and damage with mastery and augmented element perks.

- Paralyze and Mass Paralysis have reduced durations, from 10 and 15 to 7 and 10.

- Dual casting was unlocked for Mass Paralysis.

- Aspect of Terror no longer incorrectly increases the damage of fire spells.

- Necromage no longer increases the power of spells you cast on your vampire character.

- Rune spells now benefit from Augmented Element perks.

- Chain Lightning, Fireball, and Ice Storm hit methods were improved.

- Mage Armor now multiplies the duration of all armor spells in addition to multiplying
their magnitude. You need to be wearing no light or heavy armor at the time of casting
the spell to see this benefit.

- Each rank of Mage Armor provides a passive +50 armor (6% damage mitigation), up to +150
at rank 3. This disappears immediately if you wear any piece of light or heavy armor.

- Dragonhide is now a normal armor spell. It provides +150 armor for 60 seconds.

- Dual casting no longer reduces efficiency. It is now x2.5 cost for x2.5

- Impact's stagger only happens 1/3 of the time.

- Intense Flames and Deep Freeze now provide a 20% chance to trigger once the target is
under 50% health.

- Disintegrate now provides a 15% chance to trigger once the target is under 50% health.

- The novice destruction spells (Flames, Frostbite, and Sparks), cloak spells, and wall
spells can no longer trigger finisher effects.

- Blizzard and Fire Storm have a 100% chance to cause these effects, rather than 20%.
Lightning Storm has a 40% chance that rapidly repeats like the novice, cloak, and wall
spells would if I allowed them. A bugfix was added so Lightning Storm no longer
disintegrates without the perk and won't disintegrate things immune, like dragons.

- The master destruction spells can now be dual cast if you hold both hand buttons and
happen to possess a huge magicka pool. When dual cast, Lightning Storm can benefit from

- Fire Storm and Blizzard have had their costs lowered somewhat.

- Fire Storm now ignores line of sight. Use it through enemies, cover, and even walls.

- Blizzard's duration is increased from 10 seconds to 15 seconds.

- All Illusion master spells (Call to Arms, Harmony, Hysteria, Mayhem) can now be dual cast.

- Call to Arms now rallies affected targets.

- Dead Thrall works on targets up to level 99. It still only affects NPCs.
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Konrad Pooh's Dancing Teeth Jul 30 @ 11:58am 
Would I need to start a new character to play this??
SushiSquid  [author] May 20 @ 8:13am 
Apocalypse yes. SkyRe, of course not. You can combine this with spell packs, but not with overhauls. Overhauls don't play nicely with all kinds of mods.
Paterix May 19 @ 10:32pm 
Does this mod work with Magic Apocalypse and SkyRE?
๖ۣۜCoxus ๖ۣۜMaximus Feb 12 @ 6:32am 
its funny, but since i have this mod active my mage getting 2 shoted from any other mage
SushiSquid  [author] Dec 19, 2016 @ 1:34pm 
Just load that mod after this one. Should be fine.
Don't Make Lemonade Dec 18, 2016 @ 9:41am 
Does anyone know if this mod conflicts with "Better Dead Thralls"? (
This mod has almost everything that I want, but Better Dead Thralls allows one to equip Thralls and removes the "That spell looks dangerous" line. I'm just afraid there might be an issue, because BDT allows any creature to be Thralled, something this one doesn't, so I don't know what will happen if I use both mods.
BullBars1 Nov 9, 2016 @ 2:44pm 
I guess I'm not understanding what you did with fire storm. Is it still cast on self or is it point and cast without burning minions. Without burning minions would absolutely awesome.
SushiSquid  [author] Nov 3, 2016 @ 7:20pm 
I'm still waiting on SKSE being released for Special Edition, which could take months for all I know. Lucky for me I'm busy with work and going back to college, so I have almost no free time anyway. Haaha... wait. Oh.
Ecthelion Nov 3, 2016 @ 3:57pm 
Thank you so much. I actually didn't want to start a new game till I had that mod
SushiSquid  [author] Nov 3, 2016 @ 3:10pm 
This is now available for the Special Edition on PC, Xbox One, and PS4. Here is the PC link: