Alteration Ritual Spell is a quest available in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.


Once reaching an Alteration level of 90, speaking with Tolfdir will reveal an option regarding learning more about Alteration magic. Select it, and Tolfdir will mention that he may be able to help if provided with dragon heartscales. However, the only weapon able to procure heart scales from a dragon is Kahvozein's Fang, prompting Tolfdir to ask the Dragonborn to retrieve the weapon.

Finding Kahvozein's FangEdit

Due to Skyrim's radiant quest system, there are several locations in which the dagger may spawn. Volskygge, Ragnvald, High Gate Ruins and Forelhost are the most likely locations, but others may be possible.

Retrieving the HeartscalesEdit

Once Kahvozein's Fang is obtained, it must be equipped in the right hand (it does not work when equipped in the left hand), then examine a dragon's corpse (it does not matter whether it has been recently slain or previously killed). This will eventually yield dragon heartscales.

It is possible to gather heartscales from a dragon that has been turned to ash.

It is not possible to gather heartscales from the Skeletal Dragon during the quest "The Staff of Magnus." The same is true for Krosulhah that appears in Dragonborn.

Finishing UpEdit

Bring the heartscales back to Tolfdir, and he will reward the Dragonborn's efforts with the spell tome Dragonhide, which allows one to ignore 80% of all physical damage for 30 seconds. In addition, the spell tome Mass Paralysis becomes available for purchase upon completion of the quest.


Alteration Ritual Spell – MGRitual05
IDJournal Entry
10Tolfdir is working on a new Master Alteration spell, and has asked for my help. He wants to study dragon heartscales, but in order to collect them I'll first need to obtain a special dagger known as Kahvozein's Fang.
  • Objective 10: Use Kavohzein's [sic] [Do not change this to Kahvozein's. This misspelled word is how it appears in-game.] Fang to collect Heartscales
20At Tolfdir's request, I've used Kahvozein's Fang to collect dragon heartscales. Hopefully this will help him to create the new Alteration spell he's been working on.
  • Objective 20: Bring Dragon Heartscales to Tolfdir
200I've assisted Tolfdir in his research by collecting dragon heartscales, which he needed to figure out a new Alteration spell. As a reward for helping him, he's given me the first copy of the tome.
  • Quest complete


  • It is possible to find Kahvozein's Fang and collect heartscales from a dragon's corpse before the quest is given to the player.
  • Heartscales can be harvested from dead dragons after completion of the quest but cannot be used for crafting. They can be sold to merchants however, as they are no longer considered quest items.
  • "Dragon Rising" does not need to be completed in order to obtain the quest, but must be done so in order to find a dragon to harvest heartscales from.
  • If the player resets their Alteration skill using the legendary mechanic after starting the quest, they will not be able to complete it until they reach level 90 again.
  • The quest is mistakenly decorated with the side quest knotwork instead of the correct College of Winterhold knotwork as seen in all other College of Winterhold quests.


This section contains bugs related to Alteration Ritual Spell. 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.
  • Initiating the quest while Tolfdir is still standing outside Saarthal will cause the game to regard this as an ordinary quest, rather than as one related to the College of Winterhold. It will show up in the quest list with the default quest heading and won't count toward the number of College quests completed on the info screen. Sometimes, this can also happen even if Tolfdir is spoken to back at the College.
  • It is possible to initiate the quest before starting "Dragon Rising," but it would be impossible to complete it before "Dragon Rising" as no dragon corpses are available yet.
    • Dragon Heartscales cannot be harvested from Mirmulnir or Skeletal Dragons.
  •  PC   360   PS3   Sometimes Kahvozein's Fang can be acquired while the alteration skill is as low as 30; the dagger will be marked as a quest item and can only be removed by placing it on a weapons rack until the quest is completed.
  • Sometimes the dialogue option to give Tolfdir the heartscales will not show up. The cause is making Alteration legendary. To fix this, level up Alteration until it is level 90 again, then speak to Tolfdir.

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