Skyrim:Torchbug Thorax

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Value 1 Weight 0.1
Alchemy Effects
1st Restore Stamina Restore Stamina
2nd Lingering Damage Magicka Lingering Damage Magicka
3rd Weakness to Magic Weakness to Magic
4th Fortify Stamina Fortify Stamina
# Samples 33
Creature Torchbugs
Merchant Avail. None (Common)

Torchbug Thoraxes can be acquired by catching torchbugs. Torchbugs come out at night in most non-snowy areas. Their slow flight and illuminated bodies make them fairly easy to catch.


33 guaranteed samples can be found in 13 different locations. Locations with multiple samples are:

This ingredient is not in the VendorItemIngredient category that allows it to be traded by apothecary merchants (see bugs).

The only way to make this ingredient become available from apothecary merchants is to unlock the Merchant perk (requires level 50 Speech), at which point it is a "common" ingredient.


Torchbugs appear at insect spawning sites, but only between 8pm and 11pm. Some of the sites (50 in all) generate only torchbugs, each one spawning at most 10 insects. The majority of the sites generate up to three nocturnal insects, with a random mix of both torchbugs and luna moths. These sites also typically generate blue and monarch butterflies between 6am and 6pm. In total, there are 576 spawning sites in 153 different locations. Locations with the greatest numbers are:


  • Torchbug thorax is one of 4 items needed at the Atronach Forge to create a Spell Tome: Soul Trap.
  • Torchbug thorax is actually the abdomen of the insect, rather than the thorax. The thorax is the middle section, where the legs and wings attach to the body, while the abdomen is the end part of the insect.


  • This ingredient cannot normally be bought from apothecary merchants, even though it should be available according to their merchandise leveled lists. It also cannot be sold to apothecary merchants; it can only be sold to general goods merchants.