Stamina is your character's physical energy, and is used to perform various strenuous activities, in particular power attacks, bashing with a shield, sprinting, rolling while sneaking, and zooming in with a bow. If your stamina is too low, you will be unable to perform these strenuous activities. Stamina is comparable to "Fatigue" in earlier Elder Scrolls games.
|Action||Base Stamina Use||Modifiers|
|Sprint||7/s||+2% per worn weight|
|Power attack, single||2 * (20 + weapon weight)||Reduced by some perks|
|Power attack, dual||3 * (20 + weapon weight)||Reduced by some perks|
Some dragon shouts such as Whirlwind Sprint also use a small amount of stamina. However, this isn't a huge problem, since by the time you are able to shout again, your stamina will have fully restored.
 Increasing Stamina
The amount of stamina you have depends on your character's level. Each time you level up, you can choose to add ten points to your stamina, or to another attribute. Adding to your base stamina when you level up increases your carry weight by 5. You can temporarily fortify your stamina using magical effects as detailed here. Temporary changes to your stamina (such as damage, drain, or fortify) do not affect your carry weight.
 Restoring Stamina
The green bar in the bottom right of the screen shows you the current status of your stamina (although this bar will be invisible when stamina is full). Stamina can be restored in several ways:
- Stamina regenerates whenever you are not doing an action that uses stamina. You regenerate 5.00% of your maximum stamina per second outside of combat and 1.75% inside combat.
- Restore Stamina effects are available in various forms:
- Whenever your character levels up, your stamina, health, and magicka are fully restored.
 NPC Stamina
- The race provides a starting stamina.
- Individual NPCs and creatures can have a fixed stamina adjustment.
- For most NPCs and creatures the class provides an additional 0-10 stamina points per level.
The rate at which enemies regenerate stamina is determined by their race.
- Frost damage drains stamina.
- Unlike in previous Elder Scrolls games, jumping does not reduce your stamina, nor does walking or running affect the rate of regeneration.
- When your stamina reaches zero there is a short pause before it starts to regenerate. This is indicated by the stamina bar flashing green. To avoid this delay, you can halt stamina consumption before it becomes depleted; this way it will start to regenerate much sooner.