When Skyrim is concerned, there are plenty of gameplay styles that can you can choose from, and whether you decide to face your enemies with melee weapons, stealth, or magic, there’s one thing that you have at your disposal whether you want it or not, your racial powers. Wood Elves come with one extremely useful power, the “Command Animal” power, that can sometimes be a lifesaver, especially in the early game, but many players seem to be confused about how to use this racial power, so this is why we’ve decided to create this guide, let’s see how to use the Command Animal power in Skyrim.
The Command Animal power in Skyrim allows you to make an ally out of any animal for 60 seconds once per day. You need to be within 75 feet of the animal for the power to work. To activate the power, you need to navigate to your “Powers” part of the magic menu and select “Command Animal.” Once you’ve selected the power, you can cast it by pressing “Y.” If the power doesn’t seem to work, it’s possible that the mob you’re targeting is not eligible for the power to work.
Now that we’ve briefly summarized how to use Command Animal power, it’s time to analyze it in a bit more detail. If you’re interested in more, stay with us and keep reading!
Command Animal is racial power available only to Bosmers
One of the perks of playing a Bosmer (Wood Elf) in Skyrim is the fact that you’re going to be extremely stealthy, gifted in archery, and you will get an opportunity to control animals once per day.
All Bosmers come with Command Animal racial power that allows them to turn any beast that they come across into their ally. The power is extremely useful in the early game when you might be overwhelmed by a pack of wolves, saber cats, or, if you’re especially unlucky, even rats.
Only animals can be controlled via this power, as it won’t work on the undead, bandits, and other aggressive humanoid NPCs. The power likewise won’t work on Dragons. Dragons can be considered to be beasts and more similar to animals in some aspects. However, they are not animals, and the game doesn’t treat them as such. The in-game explanation for this is that Dragons have too strong minds and are far too intelligent to be manipulated as common beasts or low-level humanoids.
One good news is that Command Animal racial power works quite effectively on mammoths, and you can utilize it successfully to deal with Giants. Giants are often surrounded by mammoths, who “outlevel” them in some instances. Casting the Command Animal power on the mammoth will cause it to turn on its Giant master and fight for you for 60 whole seconds. This will give you ample time to deal with the Giant or escape.
How do you activate Command Animal powe?
Command Animal is activated as all other “castable” racial powers. You can do it by following these steps.
- Open your magic menu.
- Navigate to your “effects” menu.
- Find the Command Animal power on the list and select it.
- Exit the menu and press “Y” to cast the spell.
Before you attempt to cast the spell, keep in mind that the power has 75 feet range, which means that you need to be relatively close to the animal and target it for the power to work successfully. The power also works only once per day, meaning that if you’ve used it within the last 24 hours, it will not work. So always check the cooldown before you willingly go into dangerous situations.
The Command Anima racial power can only be used by Bosmers and only on mobs that are classified as animals in the game, such as saber cats, mammoths, bears, wolves, and rats. If you have a game mod that adds additional animals to the leveling lists and in-game, if they were classified as animals in the game files properly, the spell should, in theory, work on them.
What is the difference between Command Animal power and Animal Allegiance Shout
Both Command Animal and Animal Allegiance shout have their pros and cons, with Animal Allegiance being more useful in general.
First, Animal Allegiance is available several times a day to all characters, meaning you don’t have to be a Bosmer to use it. The negative is that the shout is leveled, and it might take some effort and time, and grind for you to acquire all threw words in the shout. You need to have all words in the shout to be able to control the highest level animals. This makes sense, yes, but if you put off collecting the words and you finally find all three words when you’re already high level, the shout will be useless to you.
Animals, be they low-level or high level are only a threat in early to mid-game; in late-game, you can steamroll them easily, even giants and mammoths. So this shout is not available to you when you need it the most, in the early game.
It’s quite the reverse thing for Command Animal racial power. The power is available to you in the early game when you need it most. At that point, you can already control even the highest-level animals. However, it’s limited to once per day, and you need to time your wildlife encounters wisely.
If you plan on starting a Bosmer playthrough simply to have Command Animal power, it’s not worth it. You’re better off just settling for the shout.