The Aetherium Forge is a location in The Elder Scrolls V: Dawnguard. It is beneath the Ruins of Bthalft and can only be accessed after combining all four Aetherium Shards into the Aetherium Crest.


The Aetherium Forge was created by the Dwemer and can use the crystal material Aetherium to create unique magical artifacts.[1][2] According to Katria, the Forge and its surroundings are at least 4,000 years old—ancient even by Dwemer standards.[3]


During the quest "Lost to the Ages," the Dragonborn arrives here and can make an Aetherial Shield, Aetherial Crown, or Aetherial Staff.

Notable itemsEdit

There are several hidden chests in the Forge area containing leveled loot

Immediately after leaving the lift, turn right into a small cul-de-sac containing a small Dwemer chest.

In the first chamber, there is a waterfall. Behind the waterfall is a small ledge with a hidden chest.

There are gems in the eyes of the Dwemer head in the rock column standing from the lake. After crossing the natural stone bridge and climbing the stairs to the plaza where the tree in the planter resides, take a right turn through a short tunnel to a natural ramp down into the water. (The Dragonborn will now be above the waterfall mentioned in the first chamber.) Leave any followers behind on dry land, as the current may make it difficult for them to leave the water again. At the bottom of the pool is a skeleton holding a leveled swordSwim east-northeast to reach a small Dwemer chest at the edge of the water. After leaving the water via the natural ramp, immediately head due east along the rocky ledge to a silver vein. From this first vein, continue due east to a second silver vein. One small Dwemer chest is located on each balcony on either side above the Forge itself; these can only be reached by crossing the lava behind the forge. There are gates to the left and right hand sides of the room.

Another chest can be found at the base of the natural stone column seen to the left and behind the Forge; it can be reached by crossing the lava. Swimming through the lava can be accomplished by using the Become Ethereal shout. A vampire lord may use mist to get across the lava. Resist Fire potions and garments enchanted with Resist Fire of sufficient strength may also be used. Alternatively, the chest can be reached by using the Whirlwind Sprint shout to hop between the rocks above the lava, or, if Dragonborn is installed, potions or enchantments that allow the Dragonborn to walk across lava may be used.

Two more chests may be found in the large room with the forge. Assuming the chest was retrieved at the base of the natural stone column mentioned above use the same technique to go to the left or to the right immediately after going into the lava. If the Dragonborn is incorporeal one will have to rest on the ledge (where one will not be burnt) until it wears off, open the gate, and finally reactivate the power used to avoid the burn damage. The stairs will go back into the main forge area with the chests being around halfway up the stairs on either side.



  • The lava deals two types of damage:
    • Massive Fire Damage: 150 points for 1 second
    • Lingering Fire Damage: 15 points for 4 seconds


This section contains bugs related to Aetherium Forge. Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:

  1. Please reload an old save to confirm if the bug is still happening.
  2. If the bug is still occurring, please post the bug report with the appropriate system template  360  / XB1  ,  PS3  / PS4  ,  PC  / MAC  ,  NX  , depending on which platform(s) the bug has been encountered on.
  3. Be descriptive when listing the bug and fixes, but avoid having conversations in the description and/or using first-person anecdotes: such discussions belong on the appropriate forum board.
  •  PC   360   PS3   If swimming through the lava, either using the Become Ethereal shout or items/potions of Resist Fire, vision will disappear entirely, replaced by a blurred vision of glowing, burning orange, making navigation difficult.
  •  PC   If Marcurio is a follower, he may become invisible after opening both doors that lead from the side storage rooms to the main forge area. This bug will stretch to all saves within the Aetherium Forge zone. To fix this, save current state, load a previous save in a different area zone in which Marcurio is a follower, then load the current save. Marcurio should be visible. If not, repeat with older saves.
  •  360   Sometimes, upon leaving the area and entering Skyrim, the game will spawn the Dragonborn high up in the air, leaving them to fall to their death. To fix this, save before exiting until it spawns the Dragonborn close enough to the ground to survive.
  •  PC   Spawning the Aetherium Crest via console commands will result in the quest objective not carrying on. The Aetherium Forge will allow one to create the selected item, but Katria's conversation with the Dragonborn cannot take place. There are two ways to fix this:
    •  PC(Fix)   Re-load from the time one entered the room with the Aetherium Forge and try again without the spawned item in the inventory (includes the item from the Editor Smoke Test Cell).
    •  PC(Fix)   Another way to pass this glitch is to use the console command: setstage DLC1LD_Bthalft 90
  •  PC   One may be unable to forge the Aetherial Crown and will receive the message that two flawless sapphires are still needed, even if they are in the inventory. This is caused by having an incomplete miscellaneous quest that requires the Dragonborn to find a flawless sapphire, such as the quest given by Madesi in Riften or a Heist job from the Thieves Guild. The quest sets the flawless sapphires as quest items, preventing them from being removed from the inventory and forged into the crown.
    •  PC(Fix)   To fix this, run the console command player.removeitem 00068523 #, where # is the number of flawless sapphires in the inventory. Then, add two of them back using the console command player.additem 00068523 2. Once this is done, the crown can now be forged.



  1. The Aetherium Wars
  2. Events of "Lost to the Ages"
  3. Dialogue with Katria

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