As promised, here it is, le grand console code guide. Using console codes can seem pretty intimidating: the thought that you can literally do whatever you want with the game, being given the developer’s tools to do so, is a bit mindblowing at first. Bethesda’s code transparency is something to be admired, certainly, but there’s no reason to be scared of it. There’s no better way to make the most of your game than by utilizing the information they’ve freely given us.
Console codes are pretty essential for a Bethesda title, anyway: the vast universe entailed in each of their intricately detailed titles lends itself to incredibly buggy gameplay, at times only fixable with console codes. It’s for that reason that I never play a Bethesda title on a console. For Elder Scrolls and Fallout, you really want to go PC.
So, how to use them. It’s really not as hard as you think. You first have to “open” the console. This creates a black box pop up at the bottom of the screen where you can easily enter the necessary code.
To open the console box, press the tilde button on the upper left hand corner of your keyboard, which consists of ~ and `. Type out the directed code, press enter, and exit the console by once again pressing `.
Most console code directions will tell you everything you need to put into the line of code to make it work. For instance, if you wanted to add an item to your character’s inventory, you would enter
player.additem <ref id code> <quantity>
You would first look up the reference id code for the item, say, Glass Arrows, which in Skyrim is 000139BE. Then you decide your quantity, in our case we’ll say 200. The line of code would then look like this:
player.additem 000139BE 200
press enter, exit the console with `, and voila, 200 Glass Arrows in your inventory. It’s really that simple.
You PC players, go try it out for yourself, and tell me out it works! You’ll find a list of item codes at the Elder Scrolls Wikia.