Here’s Why You Can’t Shout in Skyrim & How to Fix It

Heres Why You Cant Shout in Skyrim and How To Fix It

Shouting in Skyrim is just one of many new features introduced in the fifth installment of the Elder Scrolls franchise. It’s a new combat mechanic that allows you to use specific magic-oriented attacks or empower yourself without relying on magicka reserves or any kind of stat. Shouts can be extremely useful, and sometimes using them during combat can be the deciding thing when it comes to winning or losing. As we all know, bugs can happen, especially in the games developed by Bethesda, one of the uncommon bugs is the inability to shout, and that’s why we’ve decided to put together this guide to see why exactly can’t you shout in Skyrim and how to fix it? 

The most common reason for not being able to shout in Skyrim is the fact that you didn’t equip the shout in the magic menu, or it’s not unlocked yet. You can do that by selecting the shout and clicking on it or activating it by pressing “E.” Sometimes, your shout cooldown might be stuck without ever reaching zero. In that case, you can use “shoutrecoverymult” command to reset it to zero. When none of the above is the problem, and you still find yourself unable to shout, try performing some other action like striking with your sword, waiting, or even fast traveling. This is sometimes known to resolve issues with shouting. 

Now that we’ve covered the main problems in Skyrim when it comes to shouting, it’s time to analyze the issues in a bit more detail and see how to resolve them. If you’re interested in step-by-step guides and quick solutions. Stay with us and keep reading!

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One of the perks of being the Dragonborn is the ability to use shouts. Shouts are words spoken in Dragon Languange, and those words are so powerful and potent that they can grant your special buffs or grant you some elemental-based abilities. Each shout consists of three dragon words in total. You can use a shout as soon as you’ve unlocked the first word, but generally, the more words of power of a specific shout you have unlocked, the more powerful your shout will be. 

Dragon shouts in Skyrim

One of the first shouts you will come across in the game is FUS-RO-DAH, meaning “Unrelenting force,” which enables you to push everything out of your path with your mighty voice. 

fus ro dah

The rest of the shouts you will generally find when you discover the so-called word walls in ancient nordic ruins, atop mountains where dragon lairs are, and exploring the world in general. 

Word Wall in Skyrim

Each time you want to unlock a shout, you will need a single dragon soul. Dragon souls act as a source of power for the shouts and can be acquired after you have slain dragons. Each slain dragon results in 1 dragon soul added to your character. 

absorbing dragon soul in Skyrim

To summarize, before you can use shouts in Skyrim, you need to: 

  1. Find the dragon words.
  2. Unlock the dragon shout in your magic menu by clicking on it or pressing “E.”
  3. Equip the dragon shout by clicking on it or pressing “E.”
  4. If you’re attempting to use the shout again and you can’t, make sure that it’s not on cooldown. Some more powerful shouts can have longer cooldowns. Cooldown also depends on the number of words you have so far unlocked in a single shout. More words equal longer cooldown in general. 


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Why can’t you shout in Skyrim? 

There are numerous reasons for being unable to shout in Skyrim, but generally, it’s mostly due to shout not being selected or bugs. We’ve covered how to use shouts under normal circumstances, and now it’s time to resolve the bugs. 

How to fix the “infinite shout cooldown” bug 

Infinite shout cooldown is among the most common bugs related to cooldowns you can come across. It happens after you’ve used a certain shout, and no matter how much time passes, the cooldown is simply not resetting. It can affect both more powerful and regular shouts. There are a few approaches to this. You can simply reload the game or fast-travel somewhere. But there’s also a console command available that lets you get rid of a shout cooldown altogether. To use it, follow these steps: 

  1. Open the console by pressing “~.”
  2. Type “player.setav shoutrecoverymult 0” and press enter. 
  3. This command should result in your cooldown meter for the shouts disappearing.

By changing the number in the command, you can make your cooldown longer (if you prefer the challenge) or shorter (if you’re simply trying to fix a bug and restart the cooldown.

how to reduce shout cooldown in Skyrim

How to fix the “unable to shout” bug? 

Sometimes, the problem is not with the cooldown. You just can’t shout. It most often happens during combat after you’re trying to use shouts in a short time span. There are several approaches to this bug, and luckily, you don’t have to resort to cheats to fix them. To resolve the inability to shout, follow these steps: 

  1. Try casting some other greater power. Sometimes casting some other racial power or Standing Stone power can resolve the issues with shouting in general.
  2. Try performing some other action, like striking with a sword, bashing with your shield, or equipping weapons. Sometimes one action can cancel out any other action. It’s a good approach, and you have nothing to lose. 
  3. Try fast-traveling or waiting. If you are not surrounded by enemies, and you have the ability to either fast-travel or wait, I recommend that as a last resort. It doesn’t guarantee that the problem will be solved, but it’s better than reloading the previous save. 


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And that’s pretty much it. Before you start fixing your problems with shouting, however, always make sure that something is wrong with the mechanics. If you’re interested in more Skyrim-related guides, you can check out our guide on how to fix Alduin being immune to damage bugs

Starfield Beats Skyrim’s “Concurrent Players Record,” but the Numbers Don’t Tell the Whole Story

Starfield surpasses Skyrims concurrent player count

Bethesda’s most recent launch of Starfield promised to be the largest in the company’s history, just like the massive game itself. Even though the developers were criticized for some exploration aspects of the game, to put it plainly, lack of things to do on some planets and lack of diversity on the planets in general, the launch did manage to surpass another legendary game from Bethesda’s repertoire, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Skyrim turns 12 years old in just a few short months, and around 12 years ago, it registered the peak concurrent players count of 287,411, according to SteamDB. Starfield managed to surpass that number a few times now, as 13 hours ago, the game registered a peak concurrent player count of 330,723 players in the game. 

Starfield playercount

Although the peak seems humble when compared to some other games, it’s important to note that Steam is not the only platform on which the game was released on. Due to lucrative deals, many players instead opted out to try out the game on Microsoft’s Game Pass, so what we’re seeing on Steam is a far cry from the real number of players. 

Starfield also hadn’t managed to dethrone Bethesda’s other giant, Fallout 4. At one point 8 years ago, the game registered an all-time peak of 472,962 concurrent players, as the interest in the game was enormous.

Starfield’s number look humble, at least on Steam, but it’s important to take into account that the franchise is also rather new, and players really don’t know what to expect considering an overwhelming amount of both positive reviews and criticism of some of the game aspect’s that were supposedly overhyped. 


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In any case, we don’t expect Starfield to fall off the radar anytime soon. The developers have announced the release of modding tools, scheduled to launch sometime in 2024. Even in the absence of official modding tools, its modding community is thriving, with thousands of mods already uploaded and ready to improve the game in several aspects that the players found lacking.

One thing that ensures the longevity of most Bethesda games is its modding fanbase, and we have no doubt that Starfield will see some drastic unofficial upgrades in the next several months and, due to them, perhaps even dethrone Fallout 4. 

The Elder Scrolls VI Is Still 5+ Years Away & Might Not Be Available on PlayStation, Says Microsoft’s Mike Spencer

The Elder Scrolls VI Is Still 5 Years Away Might Not Be Available on PlayStation Says Microsofots Mike Spencer

It’s been 11 and a half years since The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim was released, and despite the game being re-released numerous times and content being added both officially and through the modding community, fans are eagerly awaiting tidbits of news regarding the so-far unnamed sixth installment in the franchise.

Bad news came last week when during the Activision Blizzard FTC Trial, Microsoft’s Mike Spencer announced that the game might still be 5+ years away. 

In December of last year, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced its intention to block Microsoft’s proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard, a deal worth $68.7 billion. Recently, a federal court in California issued a temporary restraining order, as requested by the FTC, which effectively halts the Microsoft-Activision Blizzard deal for the time being.

Last week, the FTC was seeking a preliminary injunction against Microsoft and Activision Blizzard. If successful, it would prevent the completion of the acquisition while the FTC conducts its review of the transaction’s compliance with U.S. antitrust laws.


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The granting of a preliminary injunction would have a significant impact on Microsoft and Activision Blizzard’s plans, potentially even jeopardizing the deal. The acquisition was initially expected to close by July 18, 2023. If the injunction is imposed, the parties would either have to renegotiate or face the possibility of the deal falling through.

An evidentiary hearing between Microsoft, Activision Blizzard, and the FTC is scheduled for August 2, which is after the upcoming deadline in July.

During the hearing, Mike Spencer mentioned the probable Elder Scrolls VI release window 

“It’s many years away, but it’s a game we have announced we would begin working on. “I think we’ve been a little unclear on what platforms it will launch on, given how far out the game is. It’s difficult for us right now to nail down exactly what platforms that game will launch on.”


“As I said with Elder Scrolls 6, it’s so far out it’s hard to understand what the platforms will even be at this point. It’s the same team that’s finishing Starfield, which comes out this September. So we’re talking about it being likely five-plus years away.”

Spencer’s words did little to quell the worry that Bethesda’s most famous franchise won’t be available on Play Station, and the fans that once welcomed healthy competition in the form of PS exclusives are now calling for fairer release practices. 

In any case, considering everything we’ve heard, there’s going to be quite some time before we hear & see anything solid related to Elder Scrolls VI. 

Bethesda is usually delaying its flagship IP as long as possible to ensure the best experience possible for fans, and considering the probable scope of the game and technologies involved in making it; it’s not surprising that the game is taking so long. 

How Do You Use the Investor Perk in Skyrim?

how to use investor perk in Skyrim

A significant part of Skyrim’s gameplay revolves around its economy, and economy, in turn, is mostly influenced by your speech skill that can, when raised enough, help you accumulate quite the wealth. One of the most important speechcraft perks you can acquire is the so-called “Investor” perk, but some players have trouble utilizing this perk to the fullest due to the various bugs. So, we created this guide to explain how to use the “Investor” perk effectively in Skyrim. 

Investor perk will allow you to invest 500 gold in merchants to raise their overall gold available for bartering by 500 gold. All you need to do is navigate to the “I want to invest in your business” option while you are navigating through the dialogue options. However, You should consider that some merchants are affected by a bug that allows you to invest in their store for an infinite amount of times without ever remembering that you already invested in them. Their overall gold, however, will never increase. 

Now that we’ve covered how to use the investor perks, it’s time to analyze it in a bit more detail. If you’re interested in how to unlock the perk and how to utilize it the best, stay with us and keep reading!

What speech level do you need to be to unlock Investor perk? 

Generally, you will level speech every time you trade with the merchants or interact with other NPCs via special dialogue options such as bribe, threaten, etc., and it shouldn’t be too hard to max out speech in the mid-game, as there are various effective guides on how to do it. But luckily for you, you don’t have to be a master level in speech to unlock the Investor Perk. You just need to spend a lot of points in the skill tree and be fairly proficient at it. 

investor perk skyrim


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You can unlock the Investor perk as soon as you hit level 70 in speech, and if you’ve previously unlocked the “Merchant” perk, that allows you to sell any type of item to any kind of merchant. This is among the most useful perks in the tree, so generally, everybody who decides to orient their character to, well, the speech will strive to get this perk as soon as possible. It makes flipping goods faster than usual, but it also causes your “go-to” merchants to be drained of funds relatively quickly, and this is where the Investor perk comes on. 

What does Investor perk do & how to use it? 

Investor perk allows you to invest 500 gold in merchants that can be found all over Skyrim. The perk is not limited to a type of merchant since you can invest in alchemists, smiths, or general merchants. It really doesn’t matter as long as the merchant in question is not affected by a bug. You can find a list of all investable merchants here, but keep in mind that the bugs that affect various merchants can be fixed with the Unofficial Skyrim Patch at any given time.

As soon as you activate the perk, the first time you wander into a shop and activate the dialogue with the merchant, you will get the following choice “I would like to invest in your business.” As soon as you click on that line, the money will be subtracted from your inventory immediately, and the merchant’s gold will be raised by that amount (500 gold). 

It’s a pretty useful perk to have, but most people are just not willing to invest in it early on in the game. Luckily the legendary skills allow you to acquire all perks eventually if you’re persistent enough and willing to grind. 

You can invest only once in any given merchant.

Bugs that affect the Investor perk 

Most of the players get confused by the perk since the option to invest is not present for at least 1/3 of the game’s merchants, and it’s mostly due to random bugs affecting them. So if the option to invest is missing, there is a really large chance that the merchant in question is simply “un-investable” due to a bug and not by design. You can resolve most of those issues by using various unofficial patches. 

Some bugs are more bizarre in nature, like the one affecting Angeline Morrard in Angeline’s Aromatics. This apothecary will allow you to invest in its store endlessly; as long as you have the funds, the merchant seemingly forgets about it, but, there’s a catch, her base gold will never rise. It will always stay at the pre-investment levels, which results in all your investments being lost forever.


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It’s probably best to avoid investing in Angeline if you don’t plan on installing the Unofficial Patch. 

Ghorza gra-Bagol, an orc smith that can be found near Understone Keep, has the option to invest in her, but the only dialogue option is to refuse the investment making it impossible to raise her standard gold by 500. 

You can install Unofficial Skyrim Legendary Edition Patch to fix this bug, or you can simply “dispose” of Ghorza and wait for her apprentice, Tacitus Sallustius, to take over the store. In this case, you should be able to invest in the store without any issues. 

What is the difference between the Investor perk and Master Trader perk? 

Both the Investor perk and Master Trader perk allow you to raise the standard gold of merchants in Skyrim by 500 and 1000 gold, respectively, but there are some differences between the two perks. Namely, the Master Trader perk is significantly harder to acquire because it requires you to be level 100 in speech and it requires you to have almost all other prior perks activated. 

master trader perk skyrim

Master Trader perk will also add 1000 gold to all merchants, but it doesn’t require you to invest your own gold in traders. The game does it automatically, meaning it doesn’t cost you anything. It’s a useful perk to have, and it will allow you to accumulate wealth rapidly, but it might take some time for you to get there, and most players don’t want to prioritize speech in early or mid-game.

And by the time you are ready to invest all those points in speech, you might already be rich beyond your wildest dreams, so the perk might appear to be useless.