Magic is one of the easiest things to overlook when playing The Elder Srolls V: Skyrim. It's a far more complex element than simply swinging a weapon around, so it's no surprise that some of the most useful spells can go unnoticed. There are five schools of magic available, and while each has it's uses, the school of alteration has the best support spell in the game.
The alteration school specializes in altering reality for your benefit. This includes spells that increase your armour, create light sources, detect life or undead, allow you to breath underwater, or even turn iron into gold. If these magics interest you then eventually you will find yourself looking for the master alteration spells. Well look no further for this is how you acquire them. The first thing you need before getting your hands on the master alteration spells is an alteration skill of at least ninety. Like all other magics in Skyrim the master spells are only available after completing a special quest. Only when your skill level is this high will you be able to begin the Master Alteration Ritual Spell quest. To start you need to head to the College of Winterhold and Speak with Tolfdir, the resident expert on alteration magic. If you ask him about being taught new things about alteration he'll inform you of an experiment he needs help with. To complete the spells he's working on he needs Heartscales cut from the skeleton of a dragon.
As the Dovhakin that's an easy enough order to fill, except you also need a specail blade to harvest the scales. Tolfdir will then inform you of the dagger Kahvozein's Fang, which you will need to get the job done. This small blade can be located in one of several possible dungeons, which one it ends up in for you is dependant on how you've been playing the game. No matter where it's located you can follow your quest markers to pick it up. After you grab the knife all you need to do is slay a dragon, and then loot the corpse with Kahvozein's Fang equipped to your right hand. When you do this the heartscales will automatically be added to your inventory, you don't even have to manually pick them up. An extra bit of info though, it is possible to accidentally find Kahvozein's Fang before being given this quest. Likewise it's also possible to loot the scales with it before being given the quest as well. Neither of these things should affect your ability to complete the quest though. Anyways, with the scales harvested return to Tolifdir and give them to him.
Once he receives the heartscales he will reward you with one of the two master alteration spells, Dragon hide, and will also sell the second master spell, mass paralysis. Just keep in mind that you can't embark uppon this quest and acquire these spells until your alteration skill is of at lest ninety. Now that you know how to acquire the master alteration spells let's take a look at what they are and what they do. The first of the two spells is Dragon Hide.
This spell is an extension to the armour enhancing spells oak flesh, stone flesh, iron flesh, and Ebony Flesh. However unlike the previous spells, which enhance your armour rating by a set amount, Dragon Hide directly reduces damage taken by a flat eighty percent. This spell is much more powerful than the previous ones, but the down side is how it only lasts half as long, thirty seconds. The second and final master alteration spell is Mass Paralysis. This spell has an area of effect of forty feet, and as the name implies, it paralyzes any enemies within rage. The Paralysis effect lasts for a full fifteen seconds, which is more than then enough time for you to end the life of any enemy affected. The catch is how Paralyze is a spell that can be resisted, und can sometimes fail you just when you need it most. No matter what your playstyle is, alteration spells will likely help you in some way.
Even if you don't rely on them in combat, there's certainly something to suit your tastes within the alteration school. If you still find the magic to be useless though, at least you now know a little bit more about the Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. I'm William Strife and this has been a video from Visage guides, with Effects by Kerosene Dreams.