Oblivion:Water Breathing

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OB-icon-Waterbreath.png Water Breathing
School Alteration
Type Defensive
Effect ID WABR
Base Cost 14.5
Barter Factor 400
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Water Breathing for D seconds

Allows the target to breathe underwater for the duration of the spell. Argonians naturally possess this ability, making it useless for them. Also, it's useless on all creatures, as all creatures seem to be able to breathe underwater naturally (except for a few, like horses, which can only swim on the surface, and therefore never need to worry about breathing underwater).


  • This effect can be gained for spell making and enchanting via spells or choosing the Argonian race.
  • If you cast this spell while already underwater, your air meter refills gradually (whereas it tops off instantly when you surface). This eliminates the exploit in Morrowind of casting short-duration Water Breathing spells when you are about to drown.
  • A free Water Breathing spell can be obtained by doing the Cheydinhal Recommendation quest for the Mages Guild. Deetsan gives you the spell Buoyancy which provides 30 seconds of Water Breathing (and 5 points of Feather). This spell is also cheaper in Magicka cost than a standard Water Breathing spell.
  • There are a few items with a Water Breathing enchantment that can be reliably obtained:
  • Since the magnitude of all Water Breathing effects are the same, an item enchanted with a Petty Soul Gem will give the exact same effect as an item enchanted with a Grand Soul Gem.

See also

Related effects:

Alchemy Ingredients

The following alchemy ingredients can be used to create a potion of Water Breathing: