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Alduin's Bane
Alduins Bane
Quest Giver Paarthurnax
Location Throat of the World
Prerequisite Elder Knowledge
Next Quest Season Unending
Reward Dragonrend (Shout)
Type Main Quest
Quest ID MQ206
Alduin's Bane is a quest available in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.


After retrieving the Elder Scroll, the Dragonborn will need to go to the Time Wound at the summit of the Throat of the World and learn the Dragonrend shout from those who created it, so that it may be used to finally defeat Alduin once and for all.


By completing the quest Elder Knowledge, the Dragonborn collected an Elder Scroll. The Dragonborn will need to return to Paarthurnax atop the Throat of the World and read the scroll at the Time Wound. When the Elder Scroll is read, a cinematic scene will begin. The Dragonborn will see an image of three Nordic heroes. The Dragonborn will then learn all three words of the Dragonrend shout, which will be used to defeat Alduin. Once the Dragonborn comes out of the vision, Alduin will attack them and Paarthurnax. Dragonrend is used on Alduin to make him land on the ground, where the Dragonborn can then begin to damage him. After Alduin is defeated, he will fly off and escape.


Journal Entry

I've located the Elder Scroll that was used to cast Alduin forward into our time by the Nord heroes of old. If Paarthurnax is right, if I read it near the Time-Wound I will get a vision of the past, when the ancient Nords used the Dragonrend Shout against Alduin.

  • Objective: Read the Elder Scroll at the Time-Wound
  • Objective: Learn the "Dragonrend" Shout from the Nord heroes

I read the Elder Scroll near the Time-Wound, and learned the Dragonrend Shout in a vision of the Nord heroes fighting Alduin in the distant past. Now I need to use Dragonrend to defeat Alduin in the present time.

  • Objective: Defeat Alduin

I read the Elder Scroll near the Time-Wound, and learned the Dragonrend Shout in a vision of the Nord heroes fighting Alduin in the distant past. When I returned from the vision, Alduin attacked me, and I used Dragonrend to bring him down and defeat him.

  • Quest complete


  • Depending on difficulty, Alduin has roughly 25-100% resistance to both frost and fire magic and only physical and shock damage will harm him.
  • Like all dragons, Alduin's breath attack relies on his magicka pool. A barrage of shock spells can potentially deplete his reserves to a point where he is only able to do physical attacks.
  • During the fight between the Nord Heroes and Alduin, Alduin might get pushed toward the word wall when he steps over the corpse of the dead dragon nearby. This causes Alduin to be stuck facing the wall and trying to turn around. However Alduin will still be banished as usual.
  • Alduin can be prevented from shouting the meteor storm by using Dragonrend as soon as he is seen and then conjuring a storm atronach.


This section contains bugs related to Alduin's Bane. Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:

  1. Confirm all bugs with other editors on the talk page before adding them below.
  2. Always try reloading an old save first, before asking for assistance.
  3. Do not discuss possible bug fixes or origins. Leave those and all other first-person-anecdotes on the talk page, not the article.
  4. Always add  360  ,  PS3  , or  PC   to clarify which system the bug appears on.


  • The cinematic part in this quest when the Elder Scroll is read at the Throat of the World is the only visual representation of the Dragon War, besides the books that can be read in the game.

Start a Discussion Discussions about Alduin's Bane

  • Alduin Strategies

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    • What I did was I went in my Arch-Mage Robes, destruction cost-ring and necklace with the Mage's Circlet and Magicka enhancing boots, I though...
  • How I fixed 'invincible Alduin' glitch on 'Alduin's Bane' quest. (PC)

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    • Tried it, didnt work with PC and steam. Tried fast traveling to Morthal and back, High Hrothgar and back, and Morthal to High hrothgar, and...
    • The bug is caused by attacking Alduin before Parthanaax tells you to so the most reliable fix is to reload to before reading the Elder Scroll...

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