How Long Are the Day and Night in Skyrim?

How long is day night cycle skyrim

Day and night cycles are pretty standard features of just about any game these days. It makes the world appear more immersive and realistic and talking about immersion, Skyrim’s world excels at that. Having said that, players are wondering how does Skyrim’s day cycle work and how long is it?  

One Skyrim hour equals 3 minutes in real life, this translates to Skyrim’s day and night being 72 minutes long. Skyrim’s day cycle affects numerous mechanics of the game such as fast traveling and NPC traveling in general. Although it is not recommended to tamper with it, there are console commands that are used to either slow down or speed up the day cycle in Skyrim. 

Now that you know exactly how long Skyrim’s day is, it’s time to analyze this in a bit more detail. If you’re interested in more temporal metrics related to Skyrim as well as how to slow down or speed up time in Skyrim, stay with us and keep reading. 

How long is a Skyrim day cycle?

Skyrim’s whole day is about 72 minutes long, in other words, 1 hour and 12 minutes. When you break that down into hours it would mean that 1 Skyrim hour is 3 real-life minutes, and 20 Skyrim minutes are 1 real-life minute. 

The passing of time dictates some mechanics, for instance, time passes as you fast travel. If you fast travel while on foot more time will pass than if you decide to fast travel while on horseback. If you attempt to fast travel while riding a dragon you will spawn near-instantly to the location of your choice and you will notice that almost no time has passed. 

Skyrim has a pretty advanced calendar as well with 12 months corresponding to the 12 months you can find in real life. The number of days in each month corresponds to its real-life equivalent. For example the second month in Skyrim “Sun’s Dawn” has only 28 days, this corresponds to the second month in real life February which has 28 days as well.


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Lore-wise, numerous holidays are celebrated all across Tamriel, some have been implemented in the past games. This is not the case with Skyrim as in vanilla games no holiday is celebrated. There are mods that implement holidays so you can get that feeling that the game is actually passing instead of just seeing the names on the months on screen while you’re using the “Wait” functionality. 

One such mod is “Holidays” which implements several lore-based holidays which are celebrated across Skyrim. Decorations are placed, and discounts are given in specific shops and inns. Food is placed on the street so NPCs can join the festivities and celebrate. You can download Holidays mod for Skyrim Special Edition by following this link


Can you slow down time in Skyrim? 

You can slow down time temporarily by using the “Slow Time” Shout and you can slow down the day cycle permanently by using console commands. While slowing down time with a shout is a completely harmless and normally implemented mechanic in the game, tampering with timescale by using in-game commands can result in your game glitching and your world not loading properly while you’re fast traveling. In the rest of this post, we’re going to explain both approaches. 

Slowing down time in Skyrim with a shout 

Slow time shout (Tiid-Klo-Ul) allows you to slow down time to 30/20/10 of normal speed depending on the word of power that you have collected so far. It affects both the player and NPCs but not to the same extent, as the player is not as affected and is able to move much faster compared to NPCs.

All actions that NPCs attempt while the shout is active will be drastically slowed down and you will be able to counter them or dodge them on time. Learning the first word of the shout (Tiid) will slow down time by 30 % for 8 seconds, and learning the second word (Klo) slows time to 20% of normal speed for 12 seconds. The third word (Ul) that makes the shout the most powerful slows time to 10% of normal speed for 16 seconds.  

Slow time shout

Two out of three words are quest-locked and can be found during quests at Korvanjund and Labyrinthian. The first word needs to be learned at Hag’s End and is the only word in the shout freely available to the player no matter the quest you’re currently on. 

Slowing time down by using console commands 

You can slow time down on a more permanent basis by using the console commands. This will not slow down the movements of NPCs or the player, it will instead affect the day/night cycle and the rate at which the hours are passing. The command to change how fast the time advances in the game is set timescale to <number>. The default rate is set to 20 which means that every 20 minutes in Skyrim one minute in real life will pass. Setting this value to 1 will result in 1 minute in Skyrim being translated to 1 minute in real life. 

You can use this command to speed up time as well. Setting the rate to 60 means that one hour in Skyrim will translate to 1 minute in real life. This will shorten Skyrim’s day to just 24 real-life minutes. Setting the rate to 0 will result in the current time of the day you have in the game being completely frozen. 


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It is not recommended however to tamper with this command since it can glitch out your game seriously. If your timescale is set to 0 NPCs are unable to cross cell boundaries, it may also prevent your game from loading properly while you’re fast traveling. 

And that’s pretty much it, everything you need to know about Skyrim’s day cycle and how to alter it. If you’re interested in more Skyrim-related guides make sure to check out our guide on flying in Skyrim and our dragging mechanic overview

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. 

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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.