Skyrim Dragonborn: Secret of Arcana Easy Leveling Glitch

If you’ve been busy in Skyrim’s third expansion, Dragonborn, you’ll find new weapons, armor, and abilities. One of these abilities, acquired from the side-quest “Filament and Filigree” lets you cast spells with no magicka cost for a very short amount of time. It doesn’t take long for the internet to figure out exploits, check out how to make this special ability do more than it was intended with our guide below.

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Secret of Arcana Easy Leveling Glitch


  • Using the ability “Secret of Arcana” you’ll be able to cast certain spells infinitely. If you keep casting these spells, you’ll quickly gain experience and level up with very little effort.

How to get Secret of Arcana:

  • Secret of Arcana is an ability chosen at the end of the Black Book: Filament and Filigree. This ability will allow you to cast spells without a magicka cost for 30 seconds.
  • Travel to Kolbjorn Barrow to find the book, or use our Black Book Locations Guide for more information. If you’ve already completed the quest, simply use the book again to appear at the end of the dungeon where you’ll be able to switch your chosen ability.

How to Use the Glitch:

  • The trick to using Secret of Arcana, is that spells that can be continued (hold down the magick button to use) indefinitely will continue to benefit from the effect of Secret of Arcana past the stated 30 seconds.
  • Spells like Detect Life, Flame, and Healing can be used indefinitely with no magicka cost after activating Secret of Arcana. Continue to keep your chosen spell activated after the effects of Secret of Arcana end, and you’ll see that your magicka will still not drain.

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