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Ancestor Glade is a location in The Elder Scrolls V: Dawnguard. This large cove is located in the Jerall Mountains, along the southern edge of Skyrim. Outside is a bedroll and a novice chest. A dead ice wolf with an ice wolf pelt or other animal pelts may also be there. Any pelts or items taken from the chest are considered stolen.


Go to Peak's Shade Tower from Falkreath. From the opening to this ruined tower, face north-northeast and head along this winding path until reaching a cobblestone road. At the intersection, take the path heading roughly east. Follow the road until a bandit tower is seen. At the last tree on the southeast side of the road just before the tower, there is a clearing that travels up the ridge. At this point head for the quest marker. Keep heading directly toward the quest marker until a path is reached. Once on the path keep walking to a giant hollow tree on the ground. Once at the tree, notice the darker patch of ground heading west and hugging the ridge-line; follow this path up around the mountain to Ancestor Glade.


Inside the entrance cave, cross a small log into a large hollow with waterfalls and trees. There are Ancestor moths hovering in small groups throughout the glade; most cannot have their wings plucked, only those near the Canticle trees on the upper ledges can be collected. In the middle of the glade is a strange stone structure that holds the draw knife, an item needed in the "Unseen Visions" quest.



Unseen VisionsEdit

Ancestor Glade must be visited during the quest "Unseen Visions" in order to perform the Ritual of the Ancestor Moth. It requires a draw knife that is located inside the cave. The knife is used to collect bark from a Canticle tree in order to attract a large enough swarm of Ancestor moths so the Elder Scroll (Blood) can be read.

Notable itemsEdit

  • Coin Purse – to the right on a ledge, upon entering the cove.
  • Leveled potion – to the left, on a ledge, upon entering the glade.
  • Leveled shield – on a ledge just above the creek, on the right.
  • Leveled greatsword – leaning against a rock wall near the highest point of the far side of the cove.
  • Leveled helmet – to the top of the steps past the tree on the right side of the glade.
  • Ancestor Moth Wing – can be collected only in the Ancestor Glade. Harvesting a moth yields two wings.
  • Yellow mountain flower – a thorough collection can yield 26 flowers.
  • Canticle bark – as soon as the quest "Unseen Visions" is completed (by reading the scroll), the canticle bark is no longer labeled a "quest item" and can be dropped, stored or sold.
  • Draw knife – as with the canticle bark, once Unseen Visions is completed, the draw knife is no longer labeled as a quest item.
  • Leveled bow – found on rock altar on eastern wall up on the ledge.



  • If the Dragonborn uses "Become Ethereal" whilst moths are following them, the moths become ethereal too.
  • If the Dragonborn talks to Serana with 1-6 swarms of moths around them, they will have an extra dialogue with her.
  • The stone ring in which the draw knife is found bears close resemblance to the Mên-an-Tol (or "Hole Stone" in the Cornish language), a formation of neolithic standing stones in Corwall, England.


Start a Discussion Discussions about Ancestor Glade

  • How to get out

    20 messages
    • I had this problem too and got round it by fus ro da-ing Serana right through the cave and into the glade. Once she was in the glade her dialo...
    • Well I could use some help. Here's what happened I entered the cave, collected the moths and didn't have the scroll on me. Transpor...
  • Can't exit out of cave in Unseen Visions Quest.

    7 messages
    • Never mind I'll figure it out, thanks.
    • Apparently its a bug with telling Serana to wait or not having her as a follower before going into the glade, on a PC the command tcl will let ...

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