The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition Articles RSS Feed | The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network Skyrim Waking Nightmare Walkthrough Guide Fri, 10 Dec 2021 07:13:44 -0500 Gavin Burtt

Waking Nightmare is a Daedric questline in Skyrim that requires the Dragonborn to carry out tasks for Daedric Princes. Upon completion of Waking Nightmare, you will be rewarded with either Erandur as a follower or the Skill of Corruption.

This Skyrim walkthrough guide will tell you how to complete Waking nightmare, as well as the loot you can gather along the way. 

How to Complete Waking Nightmare in Skyrim

Travel with Erandur to the Nightcaller Temple

To receive this quest, you will need to speak to Erandur in Dawnstar, who can be found in Windpeak Inn.

He will request that you travel to the Nightcaller Temple with him to cure the locals of their horrible recurring nightmares. Additionally, you can find a pair of Daedric Hearts to collect.

Travel with Erandur to the temple, where you will quickly face enemies depending on your level. Bring some powerful weapons, and you should be able to tear your way through this first wave.

Explore the Temple

Inside the temple, follow Erandur until you reach a blue barrier next to a couple of sleeping orcs. Erandur will tell you some of his backstory at the barrier before explaining that you will need to retrieve a book from the library to bypass it.

Fight your way past the Vaermina Devotees as you follow Erandur to the library. When you get there, locate the book, The Dreamstride. Then Erandur will lead you to the next location in Waking Nightmare, the laboratory. To finally get past the barrier, you'll a potion called Vaermina's Torpor.

Fight your way to the library alongside the priest, and snag the potion off of the corner shelf in the lab. Speak with Erandur, then drink the potion, after which you will be transported into a dream of Casimir, a Vaerminia Devotee.

Bypass the Barrier

As Casimir, you will be told to release the Miasma. Traverse the hallways of the temple, running past any combat, until you reach a dead end.

To your left, you should see a handle on a chain. Pull it to release the Miasma and bring you out of the dream. You will be on the opposite side of the barrier.

Grab the Common Soul Gem powering the barrier to let Erandur through. Follow Erandur deeper into the temple until you encounter Veren and Thorek, the two devotees you were alongside in your dream.

After some dialogue, a fight will break out. Assist Erandur in defeating the two devotees.

Make Your Choice to Conclude Waking Nightmare

After combat, Erandur will cast a spell in an attempt to destroy the Skull of Corruption. You will have a choice to make to end the Waking Nightmare quest.

You can either kill Erandur, allowing you to take the Skull of Corruption for yourself, or you can let him destroy the skull and gain him as a follower.

Regardless of your choice, Dawnstar's citizens will be freed of their nightmares. Completing Waking Nightmare will also bring you one step closer to being able to purchase the Heljarchen Hall in Dawnstar, though "Kill the Giant" is also required for this.

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And that's that for our Waking Nightmare quest walkthrough for Skyrim. If you're interested in learning more about the endless game that is Skyrim, consider checking out our many other articles in the guides hub!

Skyrim House of Horrors Walkthrough Guide Wed, 08 Dec 2021 05:56:02 -0500 Gavin Burtt

The House of Horrors is one of the darkest quests in Skyrim, and one of many Daedric Quests in the Elder Scrolls series in which you must complete tasks for Daedric Princes. Our walkthrough guide will tell you everything you need to know about how to complete this quest.

In this case, the House of Horrors quest begins with an ordinary vigilante named Tyranus, but it takes a wild, twisted turn for the worse. Molag Bal wants their revenge.

How to Complete House of Horrors in Skyrim

Find and Search the Abandoned House

House of Horrors can be initiated upon entering the city of Markarth and interacting with Tyranus outside of the abandoned house. He will ask if you know anything about the house, or if you have seen anyone come in or out.

Agree to help him search the house. When you reach the basement door, you'll be locked out and unable to explore. Molag Bal, the Daedric Prince of Enslavement, will command you to kill Tyranus, and the room will begin to violently shake.

You have no choice and must kill Tyranus to proceed. If you attempt to escape without doing so, Molag Bal will convince him to turn on you instead. Once Tyranus is killed, you can venture down into the basement to move House of Horrors forward.

Find and Free Logrolf the Willful in House of Horrors

When you get into the basement (the true house of horrors), you'll be trapped in a case by Molag Bal, who will give further commands. He wants you to lure the Priest of Boethia to him for desecrating Molag Bal's altar.

The Priest of Boethia, Logrolf the Willful, can be found in any one of the Forsworn camps. The location of these camps in House of Horrors is random but will be highlighted on your map.

When you reach him, you'll discover that he must be freed, so defeat any surrounding hostiles and release him from his cell. Come prepared with your best weapons ready. Once he is freed, he will begin his trek back to the altar.

Torture and Kill Logrolf

Follow Logrolf the Willful back to the abandoned house and down to the altar. Molag Bal will trap Logrolf in his cage before giving you one final command in this house of horrors. He will hand you his mace and demand you beat Logrolf into submission.

On your first attempt, you will kill Logrolf before he has the chance to submit to Molag Bal, though he will be resurrected, granting you a second opportunity. This time, Logrolf will give in to the torture, after which you will be instructed to kill him — again.

Upon completing this final task for Molag Bal, he will grant you his mace, a Daedric Artifact, and the House of Horrors quest will be completed. He will vanish to Oblivion, and you can exit the house with your newfound toy.

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That's everything you need to know about completing the House of Horrors quest, but if you're interested in learning how to complete some more quests, do consider checking out our Skyrim guides hub!

Skyrim Invisible Chests: How to Find These Infinite Loot Locations Fri, 03 Dec 2021 22:05:36 -0500 Gavin Burtt

Skyrim has three glitched, completely invisible chests just waiting to be found. Though The Elder Scrolls V is one of the undisputed all-time great, era-defining video gamesit's also incredibly broken, provided you know how to break it.

Of course, these three invisible chests contain loot you'll want to find. They are in areas that were supposed to be unreachable, but this Skyrim guide will show you how to get them anyway.

All three of these invisible chests are Khajit Caravan chests, and they can be looted infinitely. In order to do so, locate the Khajit Traders in the area, then talk with them to see what they have.

After that, save the game, then kill the traders. Reload that save, back to when they were alive, and check with them again. After that, the invisible chests will be refilled and you can take from it yet again.

Where to Find Invisible Chests in Skyrim

Invisible Khajit Caravan Chest 1

The first chest can be found in Dawnstar, so fast travel there to save on some walking. Once you're there, walk forward a bit and turn right past the trees in front of you. Follow this path straight, until you walk past some wooden carts and a smelter to your right. In front of you, you should see a mine.

To the left of the mine entrance, you should see three small rocks on the ground. Between the left and middle rock, and a few feet back, you can hover your reticle and receive a prompt to open a chest, despite there not being one.

This is the first invisible chest, and it comes with supplies to last a lifetime. It even has some iron ore, which you'll learn further down, can be looted infinitely many times.

Invisible Khajit Caravan Chest 2

The second invisible chest can be found just outside Solitude. Immediately after you exit the area, through the large stone gate pictured below, take a hard left into a small grass area overlooking a large cliff.

You should see a small collection of light gray rocks on the right, and a shrub to the left of those. Immediately past the shrub, closely inspect the ground for a dark blue stick.

Directly south of this blue stick by about a foot, you will receive a prompt to open yet another invisible chest. Much like the last one, this chest contains way more than your typical chest would include (like 1,000 gold and some ebony ingots), plus potions galore. So loot at your heart's desire.

Invisible Khajit Caravan Chest 3

The third invisible chest can be found outside Markarth. Leave Markarth and follow the cobblestone path that you see pictured below. You'll have to follow it for a short while, until you reach the bridge, with a sign and small stone wall to the immediate left. Stop once you get here.

Walk around to the opposite side of this wall and start inspecting the ground in front of it. A few feet away from the wall, at around the fourth or fifth stone on the bottom row, you can find yet another invisible chest prompt where there is no chest to be seen. This chest will include some amazing loot, even including an ebony bow and 1,000 gold.

Now that you know where to farm these incredibly decked-out glitched chests in Skyrim, you'll be set for loot for good. With that infinite gold, you can buy all the houses or horses you could ask for. If you're interested in learning even more about Skyrim, consider checking out our guides hub!

Skyrim: How to Get the Wooden Mask Fri, 03 Dec 2021 14:38:03 -0500 Gavin Burtt

There are 10 Dragon Priest Masks to be found in the wide world of SkyrimMost of these masks provide buffs to the player when worn, with one exception — the Wooden Mask. It does something different. 

The Wooden Mask does not help you with combat, agility, or regeneration. Instead, it acts as a key when worn, used to access the Dragon Priest Shrine, where the most powerful mask can be found.

In this Skyrim guide, we'll tell you where to find the Wooden Mask, as well as how you can use it.

Where to Find the Wooden Mask in Skyrim

The Wooden Mask can be found at Labyrinthian, which is located between Whiterun Hold and Hjaalmarch in a mountain pass, southeast of Morthal.

When you reach these ruins, enter through from the north side by climbing the main staircase. You'll know you are entering from the right way if you see a small, broken wooden cart on the left side of the path.

Follow this same path to the small circular building directly in front of you. Enter the right door of this broken-down building, and follow the hallway around to the opposite side, where you should find an entrance to the center of the ruin.

On the far side of this room, you will find the remains of an old thug, alongside a note that you can choose to read if you please. Between the skeleton's legs, you can find the Wooden Mask, sitting on the floor to take. This is the only Dragon Priest Mask in the game that doesn't require you to fight anything to obtain.

What Purpose Does the Wooden Mask Serve?

The Wooden Mask is technically light armor. It's no dragonscale armor, but protection is far from its main purpose. It has an enchantment labeled "Bromjunaar's Mystery".

Equipping it while in this central barrow of the Labyrinthian will transport you back in time to before the sanctuary was destroyed, when the Dragon Priest Shrine was still in one piece.

In the restored Dragon Priest Shrine, you can place your other obtained Dragon Priest Masks on the shrine, and once all are collected and placed on display, the most powerful one — the Konahrik Mask, one of the best items in the game — will appear for you to take. Once it has been taken, you can remove the other masks you placed and keep them for yourself.

That should be just about everything you need to know to find the Wooden Mask in Skyrim. If you're looking to learn more about this massive RPG, consider checking out our guides hub to do exactly that! 

Skyrim: How to Buy & Build Houses Wed, 01 Dec 2021 10:28:03 -0500 Jason Rodriguez

When you buy or build a house in Skyrim, not only will you have a place to rest your head, but you'll also have somewhere to store or display all of the items you've collected, such as books, armor, and weapons. Buying or building houses isn't necessary, but doing so can make this popular RPG more fun. And for those homes added through DLC or the Creation Club, you'll gain access to unique features that can open up new possibilities like farming.

Our Skyrim houses guide tells you everything you need to know about how to buy or build a house, as well as the different types of properties and plots of land that you can own. There are plenty of these, though most require you to complete certain quests.

How to Buy Houses in the Cities of Skyrim

There are five houses originally included in the Skyrim base game. For the most part, these are found in the major cities. Here are some important tidbits to know about them:

  • The quests that you complete in these locations will provide an opportunity to purchase a house.
  • Because you'll become a Thane, you'll also gain a companion who will serve as your Housecarl.
  • House upgrades and additional features are purchased from the Jarl's Steward.

Whiterun — Breezehome

  • Cost: 5,000 gold
  • Housecarl: Lydia
  • Quest Required: Bleak Falls Barrow

Markarth — Vlindren Hall

  • Cost: 8,000 gold
  • Housecarl: Argis
  • Quests Required: Kill the Forsworn Leader and Dungeon Delving

Riften — Honeyside

  • Cost: 5,000 - 8,000 gold
  • Housecarl: Iona
  • Quests Required: Skooma Trade followed by various miscellaneous quests and tasks from the citizens of Riften (Dravin's Bow, Wreck of the Pride of Tel Vos, bounty quests, fetch quests, and donations). These will increase your reputation with the people of Riften, allowing you to buy the house.

Solitude — Proudspire Manor

  • Cost: 25,000 gold
  • Housecarl: Jordis
  • Quests Required: The Man Who Cried Wolf and Elisif's Tribute

Windhelm — Hjerim

  • Cost: 8,000 - 12,000 gold
  • Housecarl: Calder
  • Quests Required: Rescue from Fort Neugrad if you sided with the Stormcloaks. If you sided with the Imperials, then you need to complete the entirety of the quest chain by defeating the Stormcloaks.

How to Build Houses with the Hearthfire DLC

Several Skyrim houses were also added in the Hearthfire DLC. There are some key differences between these homes and the houses from the base game:

  • Skyrim's Hearthfire DLC houses are found in the countryside, not inside cities.
  • The plot of land for each house is initially purchased from a Jarl or that Jarl's Steward.
  • Once you've reached the plot location, you'll see several objects that allow you to build your own house. These include walls, floors, roofs, and more.
  • You can hire your own Steward for that house. Options include companions, specific NPCs, and even your character's spouse if you're married. Stewards can then purchase additional house upgrades or features.
  • Houses tend to have a unique feature that can be constructed, such as a Fish Hatchery

Dawnstar — Heljarchen Hall

  • Cost: 5,000 gold
  • Quests Required: Waking Nightmare and Kill the Giant
  • Unique Feature: Grain Mill — Allows you to make flour or straw from wheat.

Falkreath — Lakeview Manor

  • Cost: 5,000 gold
  • Quests Required:
    • If Siddgeir is Jarl — Rare Gifts, Diplomatic Immunity, and Kill the Bandit Leader bounty.
    • If Dengeir of Stuhn in Jarl — Some Light Theft, Dark Ancestor, and Rescue from Fort Neugrad (sides with the Stormcloaks).
  • Unique Feature: Apiary — Spawns honeycombs to produce honey.

Morthal — Windstad Manor

  • Cost: 5,000 gold
  • Quests Required: Laid to Rest
  • Unique Feature: Fish Hatchery — Allows you to breed different kinds of fish as part of the Fishing minigame to create a viable source of food for cooking. This feature is especially useful if you like to have Survival Mode enabled.

Other DLC and Creation Club Houses in Skyrim

You may also purchase or acquire various houses in Skyrim if you have certain add-on DLCs or Creation Club mods.

Solstheim — Severin Manor (Dragonborn DLC)

  • Cost: Free
  • Quests Required: Served Cold
  • Unique Feature: A fully upgraded city house in Raven Rock. You do not need to purchase anything as there is no Steward.

Whiterun — Goldenhills Plantation (Farming Creation)

  • Cost: Free
  • Quests Required: The Unquiet Dead
  • Unique Feature: Grain Mill, Apiary, Animal Pens, and Stables. This location also allows you to plant crops and hire farmhands. You'll earn stable passive income depending on the farm's productivity.

Lastly, don't forget to check out the Creation Club in the main menu if you already own the Anniversary Edition Upgrade or purchased the Anniversary Edition. You can download the Creations here, including unique houses like a pirate ship home from the Dead Man's Dread mod.

Those are all of the potential houses you can buy and build in Skyrim, including those available through DLCs like Hearthfire and Dragonborn and community mods. For more Skyrim tips, head over to our guides hub.

Skyrim Farming Guide: How to Complete Unquiet Dead & Unlock Goldenhills Plantation Wed, 01 Dec 2021 11:23:23 -0500 Jason Rodriguez

If you're wondering how to farm in Skyrim, there are a few things you'll have to do first. This farming guide takes you through all of the steps you'll need to complete, including the Unquiet Dead quest, unlocking Goldenhills Plantation, and the actual process of agriculture and husbandry. 

Farming itself is a Creation Club mod that must be purchased separately through the Creation Club. However, it does come with the Skyrim Anniversary Edition upgrade if you've purchased that.

How to Unlock Goldenhills Plantation in Skyrim

Before you begin farming in Skyrim, you'll have to unlock Goldenhills Plantation by completing The Unquiet Dead quest. 

Goldenhills Plantation can be found east of Rorikstead. However, if you're coming from Whiterun (assuming you're following the early-game steps normally), then you'll have to travel further west.

Once you arrive at the Plantation, hostile ghosts will attack you on sight. After killing one of the ghosts, you'll receive The Unquiet Dead quest.

How to Complete The Unquiet Dead Quest

Before you enter the Goldenhills Plantation, you'll notice the corpse of a man named Urval. Read the journal and head inside. In the second-floor room, you'll find Urval's Journal.

After reading it, go to the basement and look for a button near the stairwell. This will open an Alchemy Laboratory. The ghost of Jonquil, Urval's wife, will appear and attack you. Defeat her, and read Jonquil's Journal on the table when you're done.

Next, check the room on the first floor. This is Rin's room, the couple's child. Rin's Journal can be found on the floor next to the bed.

You'll now have to look for Rin's Toy Sword. To get it, simply exit Goldenhills Plantation and go southeast. There's a small hill with a well between Goldenhills Plantation and Gjukar's Monument. After killing the rabid wolves here, check near the well to find Rin's Toy Sword.

Go back to Goldenhills Plantation and place Rin's Toy Sword on the mantle in his room. The spirits of the family will appear. Talk to Rin, and you'll receive the Key to Goldenhills Plantation, making you the proud owner of this plot of land. Unlike other houses in Skyrim, you got this one for free.

A Farmer's Life For Me: How to Farm in Skyrim

When you go back outside, a quest called A Farmer's Life For Me will pop up. This teaches you how to start farming in Skyrim.

First, check the tilled soil and place 10 seeds, flowers, or plants that can be grown into crops.

After that, you need to hire a steward. Similar to other houses added by the Hearthfire DLC, certain NPCs can be selected as your steward (though that person cannot be replaced later). Alternatively, you can choose your spouse if your character is already married.

The steward can then do a few things:

  • Hire farmhands to help around the plantation.
  • Redecorate parts of the plantation's interior by adding new functions or areas like a kitchen, bedroom, Alchemy/Enchanting Lab, and so on.

You may also construct additional features around Goldenhills Plantation:

  • Animal Pens (3x Firewood and 1x Nails)  Your steward can purchase cows, goats, and chickens.
  • Apiary (2x Firewood, 2x Straw, and 1x Nails)  Apiaries will spawn bees that produce honey.
  • Blacksmithing Workshop (4x Iron Ingot, 2x Firewood, 1x Hinge, 1x Iron Fittings, 2x Quarried Stone)  This adds an anvil, armor workbench, tanning rack, smelter, and grindstone.
  • Exterior Decorations (2x Firewood and 3x Quarried Stone)  This adds a well and various furniture to decorate the plantation's exterior.
  • Farmhand Bunkhouse (5x Firewood, 2x Nails, 1x Hinge, 1x Lock, 5x Quarried Stone, and 3x Straw)  The farmhands you hire will have a place to sleep, increasing the farm's productivity.
  • Stables (5x Firewood and 3x Nails)  The stable allows the steward to purchase horses.
  • Windmill (2x Firewood, 2x Iron Fittings, and 2x Quarried Stone)  The silo is turned into a windmill. Wheat can be turned into flour or straw.

If you wait for 24 hours in-game, you should receive profits from your steward. This will complete A Farmer's Life For Me.

Past this point, all you need to do is to check back on your Skyrim farm from time to time. Goldenhills Plantation should provide a decent passive income after you've completed The Unquiet Dead and A Farmer's Life For Me quests. Farming isn't quite as in-depth as it is in other games, but it's a nice way to make money while out adventuring. For more, consider checking out our other Skyrim tips guides and walkthroughs.

Skyrim Survival Mode Tips & Tricks: How to Survive Wed, 01 Dec 2021 00:34:53 -0500 Jason Rodriguez

Survival Mode in Skyrim is a new addition that's part of the Creation Club. Similar to fishing, it's included as part of the free Anniversary Edition patch, though there are some mods that are beneficial to have, like Camping and Adventurer's Backpacks. These must be purchased separately if you haven't yet picked up the Anniversary Edition upgrade.

In any case, our Skyrim Survival Mode guide has several tips and tricks to help you stay alive.  

How to Enable and Start Survival Mode in Skyrim

Survival Mode can be activated as soon as you leave the tutorial area in Helgen. It makes the game more challenging by adding new elements and mechanics such as hunger, fatigue, and temperature.

After you escape Helgen, you'll see a notification telling you about Survival Mode. This can be toggled on or off anytime in the Gameplay Settings panel.

Survival Mode Mechanics

Hunger  Over time, your character will grow hungry. This will decrease your total stamina. To alleviate this, you'll need to eat cooked food. Simply eating raw food won't be enough, and doing so can actually lead to diseases. Consider building something like the Fish Hatchery to create a steady source of food.

Fatigue  The Dragonborn just can't keep going on one adventure after another. You'll actually need to rest in Survival Mode. If not, fatigue will decrease your total magicka. Ideally, you'll want to sleep in beds found indoors (i.e., inns, sanctuaries, or houses that you buy). Simply sleeping outside won't make you well-rested.

Cold vs. Warmth  Climates and weather are probably the two most important factors to consider if you have Survival Mode enabled in Skyrim. Exploring out in the cold will decrease your total health, and swimming in frigid waters will exacerbate this effect. Eventually, your character will simply die.

To counter this, you'll need to find sources of heat in Survival Mode. Examples include building a campfire in the wilderness (more on this below), eating hot soup, and wearing different types of clothing that increase warmth.

Other Key Factors  Here are a few other things to take note of if you're playing Skyrim's Survival Mode:

  • Fast Travel  Direct teleportation by clicking on a location on the world map won't work. However, it's still possible to ride carriages or fly on a dragon.
  • Leveling Up  To level up, you need to sleep in a bed.
  • No Health Regeneration  Health doesn't regenerate over time, so you'll need to cast Restoration spells, drink potions, or eat food.

Camping, Fishing, and Adventurer's Backpack Creations

Have these Creation Club mods enabled is very useful in Survival Mode.

  • Fishing  Fishing becomes a great source of food that you can cook. Moreover, you can build a Fish Hatchery to have a steady supply of fish.

  • Camping  This mod allows you to craft Camping Supplies (each one requires 1x Leather and 3x Firewood). For Firewood, you can easily use a Woodcutter's Axe to chop logs. You can find some logs just outside of Belethor's store in Whiterun. When you're out in the wilderness in Survival Mode and you need a source of heat or a place to sleep, you can use Camping Supplies to automatically create a campsite.

  • Adventurer's Backpack  These backpacks can be crafted, some of which increase carry weight.
Skyrim Survival Mode or Other Mods

What if you don't want to try the default Survival Mode experience in Skyrim? Well, that's totally up to you. You don't need to enable it. If you do want other options, you can try the following mods instead:

  • Frostfall by Chesko  The mod is akin to Survival Mode, but there are plenty of options that you can tweak as opposed to a single on/off toggle for the entire feature. We consider this as one of the best mods for Skyrim.

  • Campfire by Chesko  Similar to the above mod, this mod is also ideal if you want the added immersion and challenge. It includes support for multiple followers, including the ability to gather wood and construct items. Backpacks are included herein. There's even a separate skill tree that's used to bolster your camping and survival abilities.

  • Fur Armor Set by Keung  This Survival Mode type mod adds several armor sets with varying themes. They are considered "Frostfall aware," which means they add warmth for your character.

And those are the main things you need to know about Survival Mode in Skyrim. It adds a bit of challenge to the overall experience, and there are plenty of other mods that fulfill a similar or even better role whether you own the Anniversary Edition or not. For more Skyrim help, including walkthroughs, builds, and other tips, consider heading over to our main guide page for the game.

Skyrim: Laid to Rest Quest Walkthrough Guide Wed, 01 Dec 2021 11:23:28 -0500 Jason Rodriguez

Laid to Rest is a quest that you'll come across in Skyrim when you visit Morthal in the Hjaalmarch Marshes near Solitude. Something strange is happening in Morthal, and the townsfolk led by Thornnir are getting restless. Completing this quest gives you access to Windstad Manor and the Fish Hatchery. 

This Skyrim walkthrough guide tells you how to complete Laid to Rest and defeat the evil in Movarth's Lair.

How to Complete the Laid to Rest Quest in Skyrim

Investigate the Burned-Down House

When you first arrive at Morthal, you'll see several villagers accosting the steward Aslfur. It seems that a house burned down, killing several people in it. If you check the house, which is right beside the Jarl's residence of Highmoon Hall, you won't actually see anything there.

Instead, go inside Highmoon Hall and ask Jarl Idgrod Ravencrone about the burned-down house. She tells you that a man, Hroggar, is rumored to have caused the fire himself, killing his wife and child so he could have an affair with a woman named Alva.

The Ghost of Helgi

Before you continue the questline, make sure that you have several Cure Disease Potions. Once you have the potions, go back to the burned-down house to find the ghost of the child, Helgi. Speak with the Jarl again, and she will tell you where Helgi and her mother are buried.

When it's nighttime, check the hill just behind the house to see the grave of Helgi and her mother. There, you'll see a vampire named Laelette. She'll attack you, so go ahead and dispatch her.

Note that the Laid to Rest quest will have more vampire enemies as you progress. Attacks will cause you to become afflicted with Sanguinare Vampiris, which can be cured with a Cure Disease Potion or by gaining blessings. However, should you prolong your affliction with the curse, your character will turn into a Vampire after several days.

How to Get Alva's Journal

Killing Laelette will cause her husband, Thonnir, one of the agitated villagers, to arrive. When he realizes that his wife had been turned into a vampire, Thonnir suggests that you should check Alva's House on the outskirts of the village. Once you go inside, Hroggar will attack you. Once you defeat him, you'll need to find Alva's Journal.

You can find Alva's Journal inside the coffin in the basement. Depending on the time of day, a couple of things can happen at this stage of the Laid to Rest quest:

  • If it's nighttime, Alva, who really is a vampire, will not be here. The coffin will be empty, but you can grab her journal.
  • If it's daytime, Alva will be sleeping in her coffin. Eliminate her, and take the journal.

Return to the Jarl and present Alva's Journal to her. Once you exit the residence, you'll see a group of villagers armed with pitchforks led by Thonnir. They're ready to assault Movarth's Lair.

Movarth's Lair

Movarth's Lair is just north of Morthal. Once you reach it, most of the villagers, barring Thonnir, will run away. You have the option to go inside the cavern alone or have Thonnir to join you. He's an essential character, which means he won't die, so the choice is up to you.

Enter the cavern, and keep following the passageways, killing the vampires that you encounter. Eventually, you'll reach a chamber with the Master Vampire, Movarth. He wields Necromancy spells, allowing him to revive his undead henchmen, so kill him as quickly as possible to avoid a prolonged fight.

Once Movarth has been slain, make your way back outside the cave. Helgi's ghost will appear and thank you for your help.

Next, talk to Jarl Idgrod Ravencrone, and his steward, Aslfur, will let you purchase the Windstad Manor plot for 5,000 gold. Buying the house allows you to build a Fish Hatchery, which is useful for farming food if you have Survival Mode activated.

And that's that for our Skyrim Laid to Rest quest walkthrough guide. For more walkthroughs, tips, and build articles, consider heading over to our dedicated Skyrim guides hub.

Skyrim: How to Craft a Fish Hatchery Wed, 01 Dec 2021 00:12:19 -0500 Jason Rodriguez

Building a Fish Hatchery in Skyrim can be an efficient way to breed fish and other creatures for food in both the regular game and survival mode. These items can restore your health and stamina or provide other useful effects. 

This Skyrim Fish Hatchery guide tells you everything you need to know about breeding fish and other aquatic creatures so you don't have to fish as much as you might otherwise. It will also cover how to gain access to Windstad Manor.

Buying Windstad Manor and Crafting a Fish Hatchery in Skyrim

Before you can build the Fish Hatchery in Skyrim, you'll need to gain access to Windstad Manor. And before you can do that, you'll need to complete the Laid to Rest quest in Morthal.

Once you've completed that questline, Jarl Igdrod Ravencrone will be delighted with the help you've provided. You're one step closer to the Fish Hatchery. Her steward, Aslfur, will allow you to purchase Windstad Manor for 5,000 gold.

Windstad Manor is further north of Morthal, past Movarth's Lair and Ustengrav. As with other houses added by the Hearthfire DLC, you'll first need to construct the following:

  • Small House Template
  • House Floor
  • House Walls
  • House Door
  • House Roof

There are stones, clay, and logs near the location, and there's even a blacksmith's forge ready so you can craft the other materials that you need.

Once you've built up the manor, you can craft the Fish Hatchery. It requires:

  • 3x Quarried Stone
  • 3x Sawn Log
  • 4x Nails

You'll then find it at the edge of Windstad Manor along the lakeshore.

Breeding Fish in Skyrim

Now that you have a Fish Hatchery constructed in Skyrim, you can add several types of fish and other aquatic creatures to it for breeding. After a few days have passed, you'll notice that more of them have bred. This is a great way for you to farm food that's useful in Survival Mode.

Here are some of the aquatic creatures and fish that you can add to your Fish Hatchery. You only need one of each for breeding:

  • Abacean Longfin
  • Angelfish
  • Angler
  • Arctic Char
  • Arctic Grayling
  • Brook Bass
  • Carp
  • Catfish
  • Cod
  • Cyrodillic Spadetail
  • Direfish
  • Glass Catfish
  • Goldfish
  • Histcarp
  • Lyretail Anthias
  • Pearlfish
  • Pogfish
  • Pygmy Sunfish
  • River Betty
  • Scorpion Fish
  • Silverside Perch
  • Spadefish
  • Tripod Spiderfish
  • Vampire Fish

Note that certain kinds of fish and creatures require other items to be added to the Fish Hatchery for breeding. For example, clams require clam meat, salmon need salmon roe), and slaughterfish require slaughterfish eggs.

You can catch some of these at the fishing locations spread across Skyrim, then bring them to your Fish Hatchery. We've collected all of the fishing locations, including maps and a full fish list, in this guide. If you still need to find the fishing rod and want to know how to fish, we've got you covered here.

Now that you know how to build a Fish Hatchery in Skyrim, you'll never be without food in or out of survival mode. For more tips, tricks, build guides, and quest walkthroughs, head over to our Skyrim guides hub.

Skyrim Fishing Locations and Complete Fish List Tue, 30 Nov 2021 23:31:20 -0500 Jason Rodriguez

Fishing in Skyrim can either serve as a pastime or be an important part of staying alive in Survival Mode. But no matter how you're playing, you'll need to know where all of the fishing locations are in Skyrim, and it will help to have a complete fish list, too. 

This guide shows you exactly where all of the fishing spots are across the land, and includes a list of all of the fish you can catch. As noted in our main guide regarding the activity, you can't fish in every body of water in the province. As such, you need to look for the correct areas first.

Skyrim Fishing Locations

Fishing maps are the best way for you to find the angling locations in Skyrim, whether they be lakes, rivers, or other bodies of water. General Goods vendors tend to sell at least a couple of these.

Once you read them, you'll notice that the map only has landmarks (mountains, hills, or rivers, for example), but not the names of actual places, like villages or cities. We've included the full maps below, with the correct fishing locations marked with a red "X."

Eastmarch/Windhelm Fishing Locations

The city of Windhelm is your main landmark here:


Below, you'll see a map of the fishing locations in Falkreath:


The city of Solitude is your main landmark here:


The town of Morthal is your main landmark on this map:

The Pale/Dawnstar

The settlement of Dawnstar is your main landmark for this map:

The Reach/Markarth Fishing Locations

The city of Markarth is your main landmark here:

The Rift/Riften

The city of Riften is your main landmark here:


Below, you'll see a map of the fishing locations in Whiterun:


Below, you'll see a map of the fishing locations in Winterhold:


Added by the Dragonborn expansion, you can travel to the large island of Solstheim by boarding the Northern Maiden ship in the harbor at Windhelm. These are the fishing locations in the north.

Finally, these are the fishing locations that further south:

Skyrim Fish List

Below are the kinds of fish that you can catch in Skyrim by playing the Fishing minigame. Don't forget that some of these, as well as certain aquatic creatures, can be added to your Fish Hatchery.

  • Angelfish
  • Angler
  • Arctic Char
  • Arctic Grayling
  • Brook Bass
  • Carp
  • Catfish
  • Cod
  • Direfish
  • Glass Catfish
  • Goldfish
  • Lyretail Anthias
  • Pearlfish
  • Pogfish
  • Pygmy Sunfish
  • Scorpion Fish
  • Spadefish
  • Tripod Spiderfish
  • Vampire Fish

Those are all of the fishing locations in Skyrim, as well as a full list of the fish you can catch. Remember that some areas can be overfished; if that happens, wait a few days and return to find the areas naturally restocked. For more on Skyrim, such as quest walkthroughs and builds, consider heading over to our official guides hub here.

Skyrim Standing Stones: All Locations & Blessings Mon, 29 Nov 2021 09:21:20 -0500 Sergey_3847

Locating and gaining the blessings of the standing stones can really help you out in all sorts of situations in Skyrim. This guide will show you the locations and describe blessings of all standing stones in Skyrim. No Dragonborn should pass the opportunity to gain a set of powerful skills in, especially when they're free.

There are 11 locations but 13 standing stones in total in Skyrim, as three of these stones stand at the same spot. You can get them all while doing the main questline or dedicate time outside the storyline walkthrough. It's up to you!

All Standing Stone Locations and Blessings in Skyrim

Standing Stone 1: The Apprentice Stone

  • Blessing: 100% Magicka regeneration; 100% Weakness to Magic

The first stone can be found in the Hjaalmarch hold, on a small island northwest of Morthal, which is a city located in the Drajkmyr Marsh.

The magic penalty of this blessing can be eliminated with the help of the Restoration wards.

Standing Stone 2: The Atronach Stone

  • Blessing: 50 Points of Magicka; 50% Absorb spells; -50% Magicka regeneration

You can find this standing stone at the Eastmarch hold, at the hot springs east of Darkwater Crossing, which is a miners village located on the Darkwater River.

This stone is almost opposite to the Apprentice Stone, as it gives you magic resistance, but takes away some of your own magic.

Standing Stone 3: The Lady Stone

  • Blessing: +25% Health and Stamina regeneration speed

This stone can be seen in the Falkreath hold, on the lake west of Riverwood village. The stone stands on a small isle amidst the lake.

Standing Stone 4: The Lord Stone

  • Blessing: 50 Points of Damage Resistance; 25% Magic Resistance

The Lord Stone stands on top of the mountain east of Morthal in the Hjaalmarch hold.

Use this stone to boost your physical and magic resistances. Those who wish to build a maximized tank build should definitely get this blessing.

Standing Stone 5: The Lover Stone

  • Blessing: +15% All Skills increase speed

Once you reach the city of Markarth in the Reach hold, head eastwards, and search for this stone near Kolskeggr Mine.

The Lover Stone will be useful to players who have the need to progress fast, while playing with a combination of builds in one character.

Standing Stone 6: The Ritual Stone

  • Blessing: Gain ability to summon the undead and fight for you

The Ritual Stone can be seen outside of the Graywinter Watch cave, right above its entrance, located southeast of Battle-Born Farm of the Whiterun hold.

This kind of ability can be extremely useful when preparing to fight a boss. You can use this blessing once a day.

Standing Stone 7: The Serpent Stone

  • Blessing: Gain ability to Paralyze for 5 seconds; Deal 25 Poison damage

You can find this stone on top of a floating iceberg in the Sea of Ghost, which is located east of College of Winterhold.

Standing Stone 8: The Shadow Stone

  • Blessing: Gain Invisibility for 60 seconds

This standing stone can be seen outside the Nightingale Hall cave, which is located south of Riften.

You will also have to start the "Trinity Restored" quest, given by Karliah, a Dunmer thief, in order to encounter this stone.

Standing Stone 9: The Steed Stone

  • Blessing: +100 Carry Weight increase; Equipped armor has no weight

You will need to travel to the Ironback Hideout settlement in the Haafingar hold. The Steed Stone can be seen north of Statue to Meridia.

This blessing would be excellent for players, who tend to carry heavy armor.

Standing Stone 10: The Tower Stone

  • Blessing: Gain ability to unlock any expert level lock (one per day)

Here is one of the best hidden stones in the game. It can be found on top of the high cliff that is located between the Dawnstar and Winterhold.

The best way to use this blessing is to escape prison, but you can also just unlock chests with it.

Standing Stone 11-13: The Guardian Stones

There are three Guardian Stones in Skyrim that all stand at the same location: on the roadside southwest of Riverwood, Whiterun.

The three standing stones are:

  • The Mage Stone (+20% Magic Skills increase speed)
  • The Thief Stone (+20% Stealth Skills increase speed)
  • The Warrior Stone (+20% Combat Skills increase speed)

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Skyrim: Thoron Missing Bug Fix Fri, 26 Nov 2021 12:17:33 -0500 Gavin Burtt

As part of the Saints & Seducers Creation Club DLC in Skyrim, players will need to find and defeat Thoron, the Mad Conjurer, though some people have had trouble executing that first step.

Upon reaching Thorn's place of hiding, they have found that Thoron is nowhere in sight, leaving them unable to continue the questline. Unfortunately, console players facing this issue may be completely out of luck, but we can provide a potential fix for PC players.

How to Fix the Missing Thoron Bug

If Thoron is not where he is supposed to be, you don't have much of a choice but to use console commands to bring him to the right place. It's possible that by some glitch, Thoron has spawned elsewhere and can't make his way to the correct area. Console commands are exclusive to the PC version, and this is why console players may not be able to resolve this.

To open the console, hit the tilde (~) button on your keyboard. This will bring up a text box for you to type in your commands, which you can submit by pressing "Enter". The command you're going to be using here is the "moveto" command, which will allow you to move referenced NPCs around.

In order to use this, you'll need to set Thoron as your referenced NPC, so type in "prid xx000C3D" and submit that. That is Thoron's reference ID, and now when you use the "moveto" command, it will move Thoron around. Type in "moveto player", and voila, Thoron will be brought your way.

Defeating Thoron is essential to completing the Saints & Seducers questline, so it's definitely worth executing these commands to bring him to you, if he doesn't spawn as he should. We know it might feel cheaty to use commands, but it's better than dooming yourself out of ever being able to finish this quest or obtain the Sword of Jyggalag. It's also necessary for obtaining the note on Amber and Madness Smithing, which may come in handy. 

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Skyrim Best Bows Tier List: Every Bow Ranked Fri, 26 Nov 2021 12:09:46 -0500 Sergey_3847

Bows have always been considered the best type of physical ranged weapon in Skyrim. They are light and strong, and can be easily upgraded at the grind stone. There are over 30 bows in the game, some of which are unique and cannot be crafted or purchased. These bows usually are the most powerful ones in the game and have special enchantments on them.

This tier list guide will list the best bows in Skyrim, as well rank every other bow that is present in the game. Some of the top-tier bows will require you to not only reach high levels of progression but also go on various complicated quests. Be sure that most of them are worth it and they will serve you well throughout the rest of your walkthrough.

Skyrim S-Tier Bows

Nightingale Bow

  • Damage: 19
  • Speed: 0.50

What makes Nightingale Bow really special is the leveled design. This means that the higher level your character is, the higher damage Nightingale Bow deals. Your character leve also influences the power of enchantments that can be applied to this bow. As soon as you reach Level 46 or above, Nightingale Bow easily becomes the strongest bow in Skyrim.

Since it's a unique bow, you cannot craft it or buy it anywhere. You can only obtain it after completing the "Blindsighted" quest, given by Brynjolf at Riften, The Rift.

You will also notice that Nightingale Bow is imbued with two enchantments:

  • Frost Damage
  • Shock Damage.

Lastly, you can improve it at the grind stone with the help of an Ebony Ingot and Arcane Blacksmith perk.

Dragonbone Bow

  • Damage: 20
  • Speed: 0.75

Dragon bone weapons are universally acclaimed as the best weapons in Skyrim, and the Dragonbone Bow is not an exception.

This is an extremely powerful bow that can be looted from the Keepers at the Soul Cairn plane in Oblivion, or you could craft it after reaching Smithing Level 100 and unlocking Dragon Armor perk. The crafting recipe is the following:

  • 2x Dragon Bone
  • 1x Ebony Ingot

Skyrim A-Tier Bows

Bow of Shadows

  • Damage: 19
  • Speed: 0.94

Bow of Shadows was originally a Creation Club item, but now it is available to all owners of the Skyrim Anniversary Edition for free. This unique bow grants players invisibility.

This unique bow cannot be crafted, and can only be obtained after completing the "In the Shadows" quest, given by Proventus Avenicci, an imperial steward at Whiterun.

Bow of Shadows is imbued with two enhcnatments:

  • Invisibility
  • Quick Shot

The latter one makes you draw arrows 20% faster than usual.

Daedric Bow

  • Damage: 19
  • Speed: 0.50

Daedric Bow is definitely one of the most powerful bows in Skyrim, and luckily you can simply find it in the open world without the need to complete obscure quests.

There is a big chance of it dropping from legendary and revered dragons, but you can also find it in the following locations after you reach Level 47:

  • Purchasable from Niranye, merchant of Windhelm
  • Purchasable from Tonilia, a thief of Riften
  • Purchasable from Dremora Merchant, using Black Market spell
  • Inside the Brood Cavern, Hjaalmarch
  • Inside the Syndus' Shop at The Ragged Flagon Tavern, The Rift

Daedric Bow can also be crafted or conjured. You can find a complete description of both of these methods in our guide on Daedric Weapons.

Stalhrim Bow

  • Damage: 17
  • Speed: 0.56

There are several very rare materials in Skyrim, and Stalhrim is one of them. It can only be mined in Solstheim, using the Ancient Nordic Pickaxe.

This rare material makes Stalhrim Bow especially suitable for various frost enchantments. Before you can craft this bow you need to complete the "A New Source of Stalhrim" quest, given by Deor Woodcutter at Skaal Village, Solstheim, reach Smithing Level 80 and unlock the Ebony Smithing perk. Then, you can craft Stalhrim Bow with the help of 3x Stalhrim.

You can also find this bow in the following locations:

  • Purchasable from Baldor Iron-Shaper, a blacksmith of Skaal Village
  • Purchasable from Glover Mallory, a blacksmith of Raven Rock

Skyrim B-Tier Bows

Dwarven Black Bow of Fate

  • Damage: 13
  • Speed: 0.75

This unique bow may not possess the highest damage, but it has one of a kind enchantment that absorbs health, stamina, and even magicka.

There is no way players can craft or purchase the Dwarven Black Bow of Fate, and there are no quests associated with it. However, there is a way to obtain it, if you follow these steps:

  1. Obtain at least four Kagrumez Resonance Gems
  2. Arrive at Kagrumez, south of Temple of Miraak, Solstheim
  3. Place the gems in the correct order to open the gates
  4. Enter the southeast room
  5. Pick up the Dwarven Black Bow of Fate from the rack

Ebony Bow

  • Damage: 17
  • Speed: 0.56

The Ebony Bow has the same stats as the Stalhrim Bow but without the frost enchantment suitability.

But other than that, it's a really strong bow and obtaining it is a lot easier once you achieve Level 37. You can loot this bow from Draugr Deathlords that protect Word Walls, or purchase it from Falas Selvayn, a merchant at Ramshackle Trading Post, Solstheim.

You can also craft the Ebony Bow, after reaching Smithing Level 80 and unlocking Ebony Smithing perk, using only 3x Ebony ingots.

Auriel's Bow

  • Damage: 13
  • Speed: 1.00

Here is a unique bow that is designed specifically to deal with undead mobs. Auriel's Bow is imbued with the Sun Damage enchantment that deals three times more damage to the undead than the regular bow.

This bow cannot be crafted or purchased. But you can obtain it after completing the "Touching the Sky" quest, given by Serana, a pure blood vampire, who can be encountered at the Dimhollow Crypt, The Pale.

The bow itself can be found inside the Inner Sanctum of the Forgotten Vale, Haafingar.

Gauldur Blackbow

  • Damage: 14
  • Speed: 0.88

Gauldur Blackbow is very similar in design to Dwarven Black Bow of Fate, but its enchantment can only absorb magicka.

As expected, this bow cannot be crafted or purchased. You can obtain it only after completing the "Forbidden Legend" quest, which begins right after you read the "Lost Legends" book. You can purchase the book from Urag gro-Shub, a librarian mage of the Arcanaeum at the College of Winterhold.

Gauldur Blackbow can be looted during this quest from Sigdis Gauldurson at the Geirmund's Hall, The Rift.

Skyrim C-F Tier Bows

The rest of the bows in Skyrim will be listed in tiers C, D, E, and F from best to worst:

Glass Bow 15 0.63 C+
Firiniel's End 13 0.69 C+
Zephyr 12 1.00 C+
Nordic Bow 13 0.69 C
Elven Bow 13 0.69 C
Drainspell Bow 14 0.88 C
Bow of the Hunt 10 0.94 C
Falmer Supple Bow 15 0.75 C
Glass Bow of the Stag Prince 16 0.63 C-
Froki's Bow 6 1.00 C-
Dwarven Bow 12 0.75 C-
Supple Ancient Nord Bow 14 0.88 C-
Nord Hero Bow 11 0.88 C-
Orcish Bow 10 0.88 D+
Forsworn Bow 12 0.88 D+
Falmer Bow 12 0.75 D+
Imperial Bow 9 0.75 D
Angi's Bow 7 0.94 D-
Dravin's Bow 7 0.94 D-
Hunting Bow 7 0.94 D-
Ancient Nord Bow 8 0.88 E
Long Bow 6 1.00 F


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Skyrim Best Weapons Tier List Wed, 24 Nov 2021 12:38:10 -0500 Sergey_3847

The pool of weapons in Skyrim is extremely rich and diverse. Most of these weapons can be upgraded at the grind stone, some can be crafted at the forge, while a few unique ones can only be obtained by completing certain quests.

Our guide will provide you with a tier list of the best weapons in Skyrim. The famous Dragonbone weapons are dominating the top tiers, but there are a few other exciting choices as well.

Skyrim S-Tier Weapons

Dragonbone Warhammer

  • Type: Two-Handed Warhammer
  • Base Damage: 28

Dragonbone Warhammer is the most powerful weapon in Skyrim. It can be further improved with Dragon Bone and Dragon Armor perk.

You can loot Dragonbone Warhammer from one of the Keepers in the Soul Cairn plane of Oblivion during the "Beyond Death" main quest. The Keepers are weak to fire damage, but highly resistant to poison damage.

You can also craft this weapon at the blacksmith's forge, once the Smithing Level 100 has been achieved and the Dragon Armor perk unlocked, using the following recipe:

  • 3x Dragon Bone
  • 2x Ebony Ingot
  • 3x Leather Strip

Nightingale Bow

  • Type: Archery Bow
  • Base Damage: 19

When looking at the base stats, Nightingale Bow doesn't appear to be the strongest bow in the game. However, this is a leveled bow, which means that its damage increases as your character levels up. So once you get to Level 46 or higher, then this bow becomes the most powerful bow in the game.

On top of that, Nightingale Bow has two enchantments:

  • Frost Damage
  • Shock Damage

This weapon cannot be crafted, and the only way to get it is to complete the "Blindsighted" quest, given by Brynjolf, a member of the Thieves Guild in Riften.

Once you obtain the Nightingale Bow, you can improve it with an Ebony Ingot and Arcane Blacksmith perk.

Dragonbone Battleaxe

  • Type: Two-Handed Battleaxe
  • Base Damage: 26

There isn't much difference between the Dragonbone Warhammer and Dragonbone Battleaxe. The latter is a bit weaker, but also lighter. You can also opt for a one-handed version, which is the Dragonbone War Axe.

Just like Dragonbone Warhammer, both Battleaxe and War Axe can be obtained by defeating the Keepers at the Soul Cairn. And, if you wish to craft Battleaxe, then use the following recipe once you reach Smithing Level 100:

  • 3x Dragon Bone
  • 2x Ebony Ingot
  • 2x Leather Strip

Skyrim A-Tier Weapons

Dragonbone Greatsword

  • Type: Two-Handed Greatsword
  • Base Damage: 25

Just like all other Dragonbone weapons, Dragonbone Greatsword is a very powerful sword, which can be picked up after defeating the three Keepers at the Soul Cairn plane.

You can also craft it with the help of the following recipe:

  • 4x Dragon Bone
  • 1x Ebony Ingot
  • 3x Leather Strip


  • Type: One-Handed Sword
  • Base Damage: 14

Here is another leveled weapon, but this time it's a katana that is designed to kill dragons. Dragonbane is imbued with the Shock Damage enchantment that deals bonus damage to dragons, producing a cool visual effect with sparkling electric charges.

Dragonbane cannot be crafted, so the only way to obtain it is to complete the "Alduin's Wall" quest, given by Esbern, a member of the Blades faction. You can find the sword in the Sky Haven Temple, The Reach.

You can improve Dragonbane with a Quicksilver Ingot and Arcane Blacksmith perk.

Dragonbone Mace

  • Type: One-Handed Mace
  • Base Damage: 17

If you don't want to wield heavy two-handed weapons, but you still want a Dragonbone weapon, then pick the Dragonbone Mace.

Once again, it can be dropped by one of the Keepers at the Soul Cair, or you could craft it at the forge using:

  • 2x Dragon Bone
  • 1x Ebony Ingot
  • 1x Leather Strip

Skyrim B-Tier Weapons

Blade of Woe

  • Type: One-Handed Dagger
  • Base Damage: 12

This dagger is a real masterpiece of a weapon. Although it cannot be compared to other weapons on this list in terms of power, it is still the best dagger in the game with a unique enchantment that absorbs 10 points of HP.

You will not be able to craft Blade of Woe, but you can get it after completing the "Death Incarnate" main quest, or by simply stealing it from Astrid, the leader of the Dark Brotherhood.

Enhanced Dwarven Crossbow

  • Type: Crossbow
  • Base Damage: 22

A powerful ranged weapon can be of good use to any Dragonborn. The crossbow may not be as convenient as a regular bow, but you will find use of it in some situations, where any other weapon would never work.

What makes this crossbow special is that it completely ignores 50% of armor on your enemies, ultimately giving you that extra damage boost.

You can buy it from Sorine Jurard at Fort Dawnguard, or craft it using the following recipe:

  • 1x Dwarven Crossbow
  • 2x Quicksilver Ingot

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Skyrim: How to Get Madness Ore Wed, 24 Nov 2021 12:56:37 -0500 Gavin Burtt

The Anniversary Edition of Skyrim has brought all sorts of new content to this already massive title, in the form of numerous community-made "Creations". The Saints & Seducers pack brings some new crafting materials to the game, including a rare material called Madness Ore. In this guide, we'll tell you everything you need to know about it.

How to Get Madness Ore in Skyrim

Madness Ore is one of Skyrim's rarest resources, and it won't come easily. Unlike Iron Ore, Madness Ore deposits will not replenish their resources on a cycle. If you are able to find an ore deposit, you can mine it once and only once, then you'll have to find more.

These natural ores can only be found most commonly in ruined forts of the Shivering Isles, though this is far from the ideal way to get it.

Grummites are goblin-like enemies that can be found wandering the Shivering Isles. They can be found in caves, forts, or anywhere else in the Isles, often guarding their eggs. These creatures are very fond of Madness Ore, and upon looting them, you may get lucky and find some Madness on them. Unlike ore deposits, these creatures will respawn, so you can technically farm the resource with them, though it still is rare.

Xedilian has many deposits and Grummites, and Xeddefen and the Rotten Den both have a few ore deposits as well, as does Jayred's House. These are some good starting locations to build up your Madness Ore collection early on. 

Aside from those methods of obtaining it, you can also find this resource scattered throughout the world in dungeon boss chests, however this will of course require you to kill dungeon bosses, including dragons, which is no easy feat. Playing through the game naturally, you will without a doubt tackle many dungeons anyway, so you may get lucky and bag some ore.

Like glass and amber, Madness Ore can also be obtained by trading with Khajit Traders, who travel in caravans around Skyrim. Once you obtain the "Note on New Wares" after completing the first two quests of the Saints & Seducers questline, you will be able to trade with members of these caravans freely. You can find these traders traveling the world from place to place, setting up shop outside city gates for business. 

Uses for Madness Ore

Madness Ore, by itself, is not very useful. In order to do anything with it, you'll first have to convert it to Madness Ingots, done by smelting it, as you would any other ore.

Before you can do this, you'll need to read Evethra's Journal, which you unlock upon completing a miscellaneous quest that you initiate by reading the "Note on Amber and Madness Ore" on Thoron's worktable, in his lair.

On top of reading the journal, you'll also need to unlock the third perk of Heavy Armor Smithing, called Ebony Smithing. This requires a minimum Smithing skill of 80. Once all of these prerequisites are met, you are free to craft away.

Madness Ingots can be used to create Madness Armor and Madness Weapons. The armor pieces all required Madness Ingots, Ebony Ingots, and Leather Strips, and most weapons require the same. The complete list of required resources for these items is listing below:

  • Madness Armor: 5 Madness Ingots, 2 Ebony Ingots, 3 Leather Strips
  • Madness Boots: 3 Madness Ingots, 1 Ebony Ingot, 2 Leather Strips
  • Madness Gauntlets: 2 Madness Ingots, 1 Ebony Ingot, 2 Leather Strips
  • Madness Helmet: 3 Madness Ingots, 1 Ebony Ingot, 2 Leather Strips
  • Madness Shield: 4 Madness Ingots, 2 Ebony Ingots, 1 Leather Strip
  • Madness Arrows: 1 Madness Ingot, 1 Firewood
  • Madness Battleaxe: 5 Madness Ingots, 1 Ebony Ingot, 2 Strips
  • Madness Bow: 3 Madness Ingots, 1 Ebony Ingot
  • Madness Dagger: 1 Madness Ingot, 1 Ebony Ingot, 1 Strip
  • Madness Greatsword: 5 Madness Ingots, 1 Ebony Ingot, 3 Strips
  • Madness Mace: 3 Madness Ingots, 1 Ebony Ingot, 1 Strip
  • Madness War Axe: 2 Madness Ingots, 1 Ebony Ingot, 2 Strips
  • Madness Warhammer: 5 Madness Ingots, 1 Ebony Ingot, 3 Strips
  • Madness Sword: 2 Madness Ingots, 1 Ebony Ingot, 1 Strip

Now you know everything you need to know about finding and using Madness Ore in Skyrim.

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Skyrim Pygmy Sunfish Location: How to Catch It Tue, 23 Nov 2021 09:43:46 -0500 Gavin Burtt

With a brand new creation in the newly-released Anniversary Edition of Skyrimfishing has been added to the already endless list of things to do in this RPG. Of the 24 fish available to catch throughout the game, one that players have been particularly struggling with finding is the Pygmy Sunfish. In this guide, we'll cover where to find it and how to catch it.

Where to Find the Pygmy Sunfish in Skyrim

A complete understanding of the Pygmy Sunfish spawn behavior has yet to be developed, though there are some tips that have been worked out.

One area that has proven to bring success to fishers is the Ancestor Glade, a large cove in the Jerall Mountains in south Skyrim. There is a chance that you may have to have started Dawnguard questline for them to spawn here, though this hasn't been confirmed. This cove is likely your best bet.

Another place that the Pygmy Sunfish has been found is Broken Limb Camp, a giant camp located north-northwest of Darkwater Crossing. The fish has been found in the pool, southwest of the bonfire in this camp, but may also spawn in other pools of water in the area. You're going to want to be careful here, though, as the camp is guarded by a pair of Giants.

Near to this camp, you can also find the Soaking Sulfur Pools Hunter Camp, west of Eldergleam Sanctuary. Here, you can find three hunters bathing in the hot springs, but you may also be able to find the Pygmy Sunfish in those hot springs too. The hunter's will not become hostile unless you steal from them, so avoid doing that and you shouldn't have to worry while fishing here.

How to Catch the Pygmy Sunfish

Fishing spots around Skyrim are indicated by small buckets of fishing supplies alongside the pools of water. In order to fish, simply approach the bucket of supplies with your fishing rod equipped and interact with it. You can then cast your line into the water and wait. If you don't have a fishing rod, you can craft one with an iron ingot and some firewood.

After a second, your rod will start to move a little bit, though you're going to want to wait until it starts to violently vibrating before you start to reel it in. Press the interact button to catch the fish. If you're lucky, it'll be a Pygmy Sunfish. If you can still see water splashing, then there are still fish to be caught in the pool and you can continue.

That's all you should need to know to catch Pygmy Sunfish in Skyrim, but if you're interesting in learning more about the game, you can check out our other Skyrim content in our guides hub!

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Skyrim: How to Get Amber Mon, 22 Nov 2021 11:39:15 -0500 Gavin Burtt

Amber is a smithing resource in Skyrimadded as part of the Saints & Seducers creation, free with the Special Edition and Anniversary Edition of the Skyrim. Amber is used to create light armor sets that are a bit stronger than dragonscale, as well as high-quality weaponry. With this guide, you'll learn everything you need to know to obtain it.

How to Get Amber in Skyrim

You can identify amber by its brownish-orange color and egg-shaped form, and it can be found in a few different places around Skyrim.

The best place to find it has to be the Solitude Sewers in western Solitude, which remain locked to the player until the "Restoring Order" quest of the Saints & Seducers questline is completed. This quest will take you into the sewers.

Down under Solitude in the sewers, you will find a hollow Root Tunnel, part of the Shivering Isles' root system. This tunnel will be lined with trees, fungi, and will be home to many Elytra and Spriggans. Within it, there are numerous hollow tree stumps.

It's inside these tree stumps where amber is most commonly found, so be sure to loot every one you can find for this important resource. 

An alternative to venturing into these sewers is to seek out the Khajit traders, from whom you can also obtain glass. These traders travel in caravans and can be encountered on the road, going from town to town. Upon reaching their destinations, they'll set up camps outside main entrances of the town for business. If you can find one of these caravans, then you can purchase some amber from them directly

Much like getting amber from the Solitude Sewers, you won't be able to buy it from traders until after you've completed "Restoring Order". You will be given the Note on New Wares by the courier after completing this quest, and that is what triggers the trade availability of this resource.

Uses for Amber

In order to be able to do anything with amber in Skyrim, you'll need to convert it into refined amber. This is done by smelting two pieces of amber, yielding one piece of refined amber each time.

In order to know how to do this, you'll need to first complete the "Amber and Madness Smithing" miscellaneous quest. This quest is initiated by reading the Note on Amber and Madness Ore, found on Thoron's worktable during the "Restoring Order" quest. You will also require Glass Smithing.

Refined amber is used to craft amber armor and weapons, most of which require moonstone and leather strips to craft. The only exceptions are Amber Arrows, which uses amber and firewood, and Amber Bows, which don't require leather. The materials required are:


  • Amber Arrow: 1 Amber, 1 Firewood
  • Amber Battleaxe: 4 Amber, 1 Moonstone, 2 Leather Strips
  • Amber Bow: 2 Amber, 1 Moonstone, 1 Leather Strip
  • Amber Dagger: 1 Amber, 1 Moonstone
  • Amber Greatsword: 4 Amber, 1 Moonstone, 3 Leather Strips
  • Amber Mace: 2 Amber, 1 Moonstone, 1 Leather Strip
  • Amber Sword: 2 Amber, 1 Moonstone, 1 Leather Strip
  • Amber War Axe: 1 Amber, 1 Moonstone, 2 Leather Strips
  • Amber Warhammer: 3 Amber, 1 Moonstone, 3 Leather Strips


  • Amber Armor: 4 Amber, 2 Moonstone, 3 Leather Strips
  • Amber Boots: 1 Amber, 1 Moonstone, 2 Leather Strips
  • Amber Gauntlets: 1 Amber, 1 Moonstone, 2 Leather Strips
  • Amber Helmet: 2 Amber, 1 Moonstone, 2 Leather Strips
  • Amber Shield: 3 Amber, 2 Moonstone, 1 Leather Strip

With all of that said, you should know everything you need to know about getting and using amber in Skyrim. If you're interested in learning more about Skyrim, you can do so by checking out our other content in our guides hub!

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Skyrim: How to Get Every Horse Thu, 18 Nov 2021 12:04:27 -0500 Gavin Burtt

You'll need a horse to get around faster in Skyrim, not just for the speed but for the safety of moving quickly from one area to the next. Luckily, there are plenty of rideable horses in the game, and they're actually pretty easy to get. In this guide, we'll walk you through getting one.

How to Get a Horse in Skyrim

The easiest way to get a horse in Skyrim is to purchase one from a stable. There are eight horses available to buy, at eight different horse stables around the world. Each one will cost you 1000 gold, and the details of these buyable horses are listed below:

  • Heljarchen Hall — Black
  • Lakeview Manor — Dun
  • Markarth — Piebald
  • Riften — Dapple Grey
  • Solitude — Palomino
  • Whiterun — Black
  • Windhelm — Bay
  • Windstad Manor — Dapple Grey

Alternatively, you can steal a horse. Horses can be seen around the world in various places, such as forts or camps, and mounting one that's labeled "steal horse" will increase your bounty.

Every stolen horse you mount increases your bounty by 50 gold, unless you can pull it off unseen.

On top of all of the above-listed horses, there are three unique types you can earn. The purchasable horses differ only in appearance, but these unique horse types actually come packed with their own abilities. The three horses are Shadowmere, Frost, and Arvak.

How to Get Skyrim's Unique Horses


Shadowmere is obtained during the Dark Brotherhood questline, upon completion of the "The Cure for Madness" quest, and is one of the best steeds in all of gaming.

In terms of build and agility, Shadowmere doesn't differ much at all from the regular horses, except that he can gallop longer. He is, however, significantly tougher, and much less likely to die in combat. He's also much more aggressive against enemies and regenerates much faster.

If this horse dies, he will respawn after 10 in-game days, either at the pool where you first got him, or at the place of his death.


To get Frost, you will need to complete the Speech check during the "Promises to Keep" quest. This quest is initiated by interacting with Louis Letrush at the Bee and Barb.

To get him, you will need to pass the Speech check, convincing Letrush to give Frost up. If you're worried you won't be able to convince him, killing him will also do the trick. Frost can gallop roughly as long as Shadowmere, but is not nearly as strong.


Arvak was added with the Dawnguard Skyrim DLC, and can be obtained with help from the Summon Arvak spell.

To unlock this spell, you will need to complete the "Find Arvak's Skull" quest, after which you will be able to summon this undead horse. This quest is initiated by entering the Soul Cairn, where you will find a man screaming Arvak's name.

Speak with him to get the quest. If Arvak is every killed, he can simply be resummoned.

How to Call Your Horse

Unfortunately, you technically can't call your horse in vanilla Skyrim, but you can "call" them with a little help from fast travel. If you happen to lose your beloved horse, simply fast travel to an area of your choosing, and the horse will spawn in right beside you. If you are traveling into a city, the horse will spawn just outside of it, or at its stables.

If you aren't opposed to installing a mod, the Convenient Horses mod will add a horse-calling feature to the game. With this mod, you can use a whistle to call your horse from a short distance away, or you can use a horn to call them from anywhere in the world.

That's all you should need to know about landing yourself a horse in Skyrim. Purchasing one is definitely a good way to start, though you should definitely consider upgrading to a unique type when you get the chance. If you are interested in learning more about one of this generation's greatest games, do consider checking out our guides hub!

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Skyrim: How to Get Leather Strips Wed, 17 Nov 2021 11:38:38 -0500 Gavin Burtt

Leather strips are a commonly used smithing material in Skyrimused as an ingredient for even the most powerful armor and weapons. You can make these leather strips yourself, purchase them from particular shops around the map, as well as find them in certain locations. In this guide, we'll cover all of the above so you can get smithing.

How to Get Leather Strips in Skyrim

Leather strips are made using a tanning rack and animal hides and pelts. These racks can be found in numerous locations around the world, though some easily accessible ones can be found at Falkreath, where there are three outside of the blacksmith's shop, and outside of Warmaiden's in Whiterun. Bring your animal hides or pelts with you to a tanning rack of your choice.

First, you will need to convert the pelts or hides into leather, which can then be made into leather strips. The conversion rates into leather are listed below:

  • One bear pelt gives four leather
  • One cave bear pelt gives four leather
  • One cow hide gives three leather
  • One deer hide gives two leather
  • Two goat hides give one leather
  • One fox pelt gives one leather
  • One horse hide gives three leather
  • One ice wolf pelt gives one leather
  • One sabre cat pelt gives four leather
  • One sabre cat snow pelt gives four leather
  • One snow bear pelt gives four leather
  • One snow fox pelt gives one leather
  • One wolf pelt gives one leather

These hides and pelts can be obtained by harvesting dead animals, though they can also be obtained by killing Giants, who wear hides as clothing, dropping up to three at a time. Use the tanning racks to convert your pelts and hides and retrieve your leather. Run this leather back through the same tanning rack to create four leather strips per piece of leather.

If you don't have many pelts or hides, and don't feel like hunting, you can buy leather strips directly from merchants around Skyrim. General goods merchants and blacksmiths will both often sell 10-20 strips at any given time, saving on your need to hunt.

From blacksmiths, you can also get iron ingots, which with the strips, give you everything you need for iron armor. Leather strips can also be found on countertops or shelves in houses or shops, as well as in some dungeons as loot. 

That should be just about everything you need to know about how to obtain leather strips in Skyrim. Find whichever method works best for you in getting as many strips of leather as you need. If you're interested in learning more about Skyrim, do consider checking out our many other guides in our guides hub!

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Skyrim: How to Get All Dragon Priest Masks Wed, 17 Nov 2021 12:27:12 -0500 Gavin Burtt

Dragon Priest Masks are some of the best gear pieces in the wide world of Skyrim. There are ten to be found in the game, each with a unique buff, and most are obtained by killing the incredibly tough Dragon Priests who sport them. In this article, we'll detail the locations of all ten, as well as the abilities they give you.

How to Get All Dragon Priest Masks in Skyrim


The first mask can be obtained by killing Hevnoraak, who is found in the ruins of Valthume, southeast of Markarth.

To launch the quest to find this priest, talk to Valdar at the entrance of Valthume, and Hevnoraak will be encountered along the way. Before you can tread deep enough into the ruins to find him, you will need to first complete the "Evil in Waiting" side quest. This mask will grant you immunity to Poison and Disease.


To get the Krosis mask, you will have to kill Krosis the Dragon Priest, as you simultaneously fight a dragon. As you might expect, this is no easy feat.

Once you feel that you are leveled high enough to tackle an encounter like this one, head to Shearpoint, west of Windhelm, and enter the dragon lair. This mask will increase your Lockpicking, Archery, and Alchemy skills by 20%.


This mask is among the easier ones to obtain. Morokei is located in the Labyrinthian ruins, southeast of Morthal.

Enter these ruins and traverse your way through the dungeon to find and slay him. This mask will give you a 100% boost of your Magicka Regeneration.


This priest can not be found until you've reached the "The World-Eater's Eyrie" quest, which is a main quest in the Skyrim story. During this story, you will travel to Skuldafn, an area that is strictly accessible during this quest.

After completing the puzzles, a bit further into the quest, you will encounter Nahkriin alongside two dragons. Kill him to claim his mask, which will grant you a 50% boost to Magicka and a 20% cost reduction on Restoration and Destruction Magicka.


In the ruins of Ragnvald, northeast of Markarth, you can find Otar the Mad. Much like the Morokei mask, all you need to do is fight your way through the dungeon to reach Otar, who is the final boss.

His mask will give you a 30% boost in resistance to Fire, Shock, and Frost.


To find Rahgot, make your way to Riften, then head southeast to the ruins of Forelhost. When you approach these ruins, you will spark the "Siege on the Dragon Cult" quest after a solider approaches you.

Carry out this quest and complete the necessary objectives, and you will eventually fight Rahgot and claim his mask. This mask gives you a 70% boost to Stamina.


For this mask, you will need to carry out the "A Scroll for Anska" quest, which features Vokun as the boss at the very end. To get this quest, head to the High Gate ruins that are west of Dawnstar and enter the dungeon. Here, you will find Anska, who will give you the quest.

Make your way to the end of it and defeat the Dragon Priest to earn the mask, which will give you a 20% cost reduction for Illusion, Alteration, and Conjuration Magicka.


This is another one of the more straightforward masks to obtain. West of Solitude, in the Volskygge ruins is the Dragon Priest Volsung. Hack and slash your way through the ruins to reach the priest, and defeat him to claim his mask as your own.

This mask will increase your carry limit by 20 points, allow you to breathe underwater, and grants you 20% discounts through Fortify Barter.

Wooden Mask

This is a unique mask, in that it both does not require you to kill a priest to obtain it, and it doesn't grant you any buffs. It does, however, act as a key to the Dragon Priest Shrine. This mask can be found in the Labyrinthian ruins, in the central barrow. 


Last, but certainly not least, the Konahrik mask is rewarded to players for collecting each of the other nine masks.

You will need to place all but the Wooden Mask onto the Dragon Priest Shrine, wearing the Wooden Mask in order to get in. The entrance to the shrine is located in the same barrow as the Wooden Mask. This mask will give you a chance to heal when low on health, stealing that health from nearby enemies in the process.

Now that you know how to get every Dragon Priest Mask in Skyrim, get out and get hunting, and find the one that's best for you. If you're interested in learning more about Skyrim, you can do so by checking out our guides page!

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