Skyrim – The Ultimate Guide to the BEST Black Book Powers & Effects


In our latest Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim video we go through all 7 Black Books from the Dragonborn DLC. These relics of Hermaeus Mora are powerful tomes of forbidden knowledge, granting the user immense power… if they don’t go insane. In this video we explain the powers and effects offered from each book, and help you to choose the option which best suits your character.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is an open world action role-playing video game developed by Bethesda Game Studios and published by Bethesda Softworks. It is the fifth main installment in The Elder Scrolls series, following The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, and was released worldwide for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on November 11, 2011.

The game's main story revolves around the player character and their quest to defeat Alduin the World-Eater, a dragon who is prophesied to destroy the world. The videogame is set two hundred years after the events of Oblivion, and takes place in the fictional province of Skyrim. Over the course of the game, the player completes quests and develops the character by improving skills. The game continues the open world tradition of its predecessors by allowing the player to travel anywhere in the game world at any time, and to ignore or postpone the main storyline indefinitely.

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  • jhs2110

    I think they prefer to be called African American books

  • sylveon 69

    lovers insight is best because you can hit woman harder

  • Dakota Davidson

    This is all wrong. Everybody knows the Atronach Stone is the best black book perk.

  • Marta Tarasiuk

    I cannot force myself to sell anything to dremora merchant. I keep storing everything, even kitchen equipment and buckets. I think I may have a bit of a hording problem.

  • Eliran Tuil

    "Ravaged by tentacles..."

  • The Nothing Nobody

    " might be a virtual hoarder"Stop judging me! I can quit any time I want. So what if I have all this raw food sitting on the floor, or a pile of ingots on my bed, or all these dragon bones and scales I'll TOTALLY make into armor one day...probably. Let alone the containers of infinite carry weight all over the house that's filled with every bit of junk I stole from all the houses in town, and every OTHER town and city in Skyrim.

  • xXx_Totally Not Xavier _xXx

    I clicked on the video 1.5 seconds before I got the notificationI am more powerful than any Jedi before me

  • ItsIxel

    This would've been helpful 6 years ago.

  • Greenwood4727

    whenever i have a companion, they always seem to be suicidal. they always jump into the battle usually in front of my arrows or spells..

  • DemonicAngel

    I know I'm late to the party, but I actually really dislike having companions following me. They just get in the way and always screw me over.

  • OG Haze

    All black books are great tbh but my favourite is the one that enhances unrelenting force

  • Keiko

    It's amazing how you keeo doing skyrim videos. This game never dies

  • Andrew Ho9kins

    I use the butler to carry dragon bones and scales

  • Adam Thompson

    Awesome video do you have any starter/beginner guides for a first play through of Morrowind. I’ve had it for awhile and decided to play through it. I searched YouTube but was hoping my favourites knew where to begin :). I have a dark elf character at the moment and only at the start area and so overwhelmed (more than Skyrim) Lol:) thank you so much again.


    Infinite daedric arrows from the dremora merchant. Best damn thing. He's always got at least 7 or 8 arrows on him and he restocks every other day so you can get as many arrows as you need.

  • Atem, an Online Artist

    Virtual hoarder? I don't know what you're talking about.//proceeds to put 50 dragon scales and bones into a single chest//

  • TheArklyte

    Feels like Dremora Butler wasn't supposed to be limited in terms of carry weight.

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    V-virtual h-h-hoarder? What are you talking about?

  • The Poet Of Fall

    Oh I am soooooooo using the butler the next time I do the "Cidna Mine" quest....

  • Kromunos

    Yes.... let the tentacles ravages my enemies~! >:3

  • kvohlu - the masked hero

    the unlimited magic has a glitch that can give you 100 in alteration in 5 seconds, quite literallyusing telekinesis and fast travel(there's a video on YouTube about it)

  • HyperWatch

    10:22 I've seen enough hentai to know where this is going!

  • William Graham

    companions insight is great for mages because if you use ice storm, fireball, chain lightning and others easily hurt your followers

  • Butthole Licker

    Companion’s Insight is useless. Just use Serana as a companion.

  • Xtreme Cringe

    It's easy to find black books.Go to the colored section of the library

  • Vish Wah

    The Dragonborn dlc was great, but its a clear way for bethesda to remove the dragonborn from continuity

  • Lawrence Gillespie

    After watching this, I used the Dremora Butler to break out of jail and get the Jailbreaker achievement. Thanks for the tip.

  • Tony Snyder

    Fudge Muppet you should know that with the secret of Arcana you can boost up your alteration to the max without barely having to do a thing

  • Chompy Said

    Dremora butler. 2,000g isn't a lot, you also don't talk about how long it takes the store to reset and the fact it's not effected by the master trader/investor perks. May not be effected by the gender based discount perk, and book power you mention earlier either.

  • Trynackle

    I made hundreds of potions and poisons, and use my servant to carry them to my next target. I don't worry so much about loot, and never need to worry about running out of potions or poisons.

  • M Squared

    Black Market is not a fence so it is not all that great. You are forced to get a fence perk to make it worth your time.

  • Maiq The Liar VII

    If only the black books told me the secrets of fixing the games bugs.

  • Oto Kage

    How bout' that Glass-Warrior remaster 😏

  • Spazzy

    Dremora merchant: "A CUSTOMER IS NEAR!"

  • MrDecuss

    That jail breaking trick sounds awesome, especially if you have a mod that lets you break locks with your weapon, just suit up and surprise everyone by breaking out wearing your heavy backup gear and slaughter everyone.

  • Lord Seliph

    The compainion insight skill won't help me at all my compainion is always Serena

  • Mr. Ultimate Avenger

    10:19 makes me think of Venom from Marvel

  • no

    11:13 funny how his body is in stasis, but his hair and beard are not

  • Haven Witchworks

    I'm the virtual hoarder I have almost every book the entire game Or that's the goal. The Butler is so great and he's he's so sassy it's adorable and I have like two people carrying my things and it's a thousand lb in loot so I don't have to go home.

  • Apollo Serenus

    Very nice breakdown. Now to go find Untold Legends!But first, I think I would have broken Untold Legends into two separate books. One book would summon the following:Dramora MerchantDramora Smith that sells supplies and brings an entire smithing workshop (Smelter, Anvil, Workbench, and Grindstone)Dramora Mage that sells supplies and brings an Enchanting Table and Alchemic LabThe other would summon the following:Bardic Drum, 300 second 150% stamina regen boostBardic Lute, 300 second 150% health regen boostBardic Flute, 300 second 150% magica regen boost

  • The Third Crusader

    15:02 Call the chiropractor

  • Lil Tism

    How do you get all these books I only have like 2 from doing the whole mirrak quest

  • Mr Classica

    Well I am a virtual hoarder, so butler for mesmacks horns this baby holds so many dragon bones and scales

  • Documenter and others

    What if you are all character builds? (Mage, Thief, AND Warrior? Which means you use Spells, Bow/Arrow, and Melee Weapon?)

  • games and glory

    There is a use for the butler what about to carry crafting materials or items you need to disenchant.

  • Ark the Bonsai

    I'd get Bardic knowledge to add to the battle band. Now not only will I have a bear playing a lute(most useless/amazing mod ever) I'll have a background beat

  • AJ Alonzo

    15:18 companions insight because no follower understands the importance of staying hidden while picking enemies off at a distance and will instead rush after i loose the first arrow. They run in and get into the line of fire and sometimes they incidentally get in the way while they're in the middle of s power attack.

  • M Squared

    You forgot to mention that the arcane power can be paired with the other spell or shout that also does the same effect. It's like having a longer timer to cast unlimited power!

  • Geno Breaker

    Stack Lover's Insight with Agent of Dibella.

  • Kyle Ma

    I really like having the demaria merchant

  • Patrick Star

    18:14 you might be a virtual horder.Yes, indeed, the stuff i find in tombs are usually of so little value i don't care. I do however have a lot of valuables which i like to keep as when i am crafting stuff 9/10 times i would need to buy the stuff and do effort finding that again, so better to just have a nicely organised storage system where every relatable item is in a seperate container, i get my money from selling potions anyway as 1 potion clears out an npc's pocket with the extra 1500 cash capacity. Also, as i am usually just playing dungeon after dungeon it is rather annoying to all of a sudden halfway run out of carry capacity, so the servant is the best for me.

  • David Jameson

    >Promises to tell you the best choices.>First book has no choice.>Second book: "Pick your favorite."Great start on that promise there. :|

  • TBDF12

    When you say active you mean passive. A once per-day that you have to ACTIVATE is active. a flat buff that is always on is passive.

  • Ahmed Falahy

    Daedra Merchant also sells Daedric Arrows and restocks every 24 hours.Perfect for any Ranger build

  • Alex Tandos

    you may not know this but you can use the black book power secret of the arcane found in kolbjorn barrow to remove spell cost for a limited time to level up quickly and infinitely, if you start casting spells with a spray effect e.g flames, sparks, frostbite, even after the power wears off along as you haven't stopped casting the spell remains active at no magicka cost if you do this with telekinesis just holding any item you will level up alteration incredibly fast and once you get to level 100 you can if you have the legendary edition reset alteration to level 15edit: i just checked the wiki and this is what it says "Once this power is activated, it is possible to cast any "streaming effect" spell, such as Healing or Wall of Storms, infinitely by activating such a spell and never releasing it. This enables said spells to be cast with no magicka for longer than the power's described "30 seconds." This is very useful for leveling up magic skills. An easy way to do Alteration is put a book on a bookshelf and activate Secret of Arcana, next use telekinesis on the book and do not let go, this will result in a never ending telekinesis spell that will quickly rank you up"

  • Riznat Nakh

    Bardic knowledge because there's a sick beat while you fight enemies

  • Koala jv

    I'm very sad because I don't know how to now kill parthunax and it just frustrating may we have a tutorial (╥ω╥`)

  • Tenacious Ferocity

    There's a master spell that allows you to take 80% damage destruction for 20 seconds, so a mage build may find the secret of protection useless. But in general, it's still the best, as you've said. Thanks for the video over a year later.

  • Herpy Depth

    You know I actually find that many bandit chieftains and just higher level bandits in general are female

  • GuillotineLaw1

    For the Butler in Cidhna Mine it's hard to justify in RP, it' useful but it's kind of a non first time playing, know what's coming next move. You know you are going to be arrested. Your character on the other hand. They expect to return to Eltrys. kind of they don't know whts going to happen so why give their get to the butler? A way arround it I guess could be to have him always carry a set of armour and a weapon. If you are making it yourself can be as good as your usual.. So your character is planning to always have access to a backup set of equipment. Also would help if you are disarmed ad can't find the weapon you were using. I hate when that happens lol.

  • Matthew Thompson

    Mix the special effects with the gardain stones

  • Maxi L

    If im gay will Lover's insight still work? :(

  • Lynton Fleming

    Oh, Companions Insight.... How I need you.My dog keeps jumping in the way of my one-shot bow and arrow while I'm sniping...

  • Colin Mentel

    I always have the daeric merchant on the highlighted powers

  • bloodscar the forgotten

    Might as well get the drum (Clicks merchant) eh(Finds hostile giant summons him) oh no!

  • FollyOfArsinoe

    I like the one that allows you to remove all of your perks best.

  • SirWambus47

    Now I want to start a new, heavily modded game where I go for the Black Book perks early. Those and Dragon Aspect are just too good!

  • MosquitoHunter

    I love the bardic knowledge power simply because of how prolific magical instruments are in folklore and mythology.

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