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Autumnwatch Tower is a Dragon's lair located south of Ivarstead and west of Froki's Shack. It can be spotted at the base of the mountains.


On top of the tower is a Word Wall containing a word for the Marked for Death shout. If "Dragon Rising" has been completed, a dragon guards the Word Wall. If not, it is guarded by a bandit chief and several other bandits.

Occasionally, a second dragon can be seen here — likely the one from the nearby Nordic tomb Arcwind Point.

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  • If previously cleared, killing the dragon for the quest will not result in absorbing the second dragon's soul. This happens because dragons only give souls when they are killed the first time. See this for official word from Bethesda.


This section contains bugs related to Autumnwatch Tower. 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  , 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.

Autumnwatch Tower Dragon not on the Word Wall

  •  PC   360   PS3   Sometimes, the word on the Word Wall will not appear. Loading a previous save will fix this.
  •  360   If used to gain the final word for Marked for Death; Suffer, sometimes it will give two Drain Vitality shouts as well as glitch out the Marked for Death shout. Only known fix is to start a new game.
  • Sometimes the dragon will not be sleeping on the Word Wall but on the top of the tower instead. This will cause its head to go through the floor.
  • One can fall behind the tower and get trapped with no way to get out (unless a werewolf) other than to load a previous save or by fast traveling.
  • Sometimes when landing on the northern tower the dragon will remain stationary as if paralyzed. It will not respond to attacks or shouts, but it will still take damage. Despite this, upon exhausting its health bar it will not move or die, and its soul cannot be absorbed, nor can it be looted. (Skills can be leveled up on its "dead" body). Reloading the previous save should fix this bug.
  •  PC   PS3   If this location is visited before starting the miscellaneous quest, the quest will become glitched and will not leave the quest log.
  • If the quest to "Kill the Dragon at Autumnwatch Tower" is given by the Blades, but the dragon has already been killed and won't respawn, the quest can be advanced on the PC by entering the console command (~ key) and typing setstage freeformskyhaventempleb 20.
  •  PS3   Sometimes, one may not be able to access the magic menu after killing the dragon. The only way to fix it is to start a new game.
  • This area is extremely bugged and many weird things may occur while fighting the dragon located here. One issue is that upon using the Dragonrend shout, the dragon will crash to the ground as usual but continue to slide into the tower, subsequently merging itself with the tower. The parts of the dragon not merged with the tower may still be attacked and the dragon itself killed. When trapped in the tower the dragon appears to remain stationary until it is killed.
  • When using the Dragonrend shout, the dragon may land on the far side of the Word Wall, opposite the tower, where its health will take hits, as if it were being attacked, causing the dragon to die outside the world, in an area "outside" of Skyrim.
  • Rarely, when Dragonrend is used on the dragon here, it will go up in the sky, fly forward for a long period of time, before randomly teleporting back to the tower.
  • Occasionally, if Storm Call is used, two dragons will appear outside the map. When the original dragon(s) is killed, the second will die as well
  •  360   If the quest "Kill the Dragon" at Autumnwatch Tower is given, but the dragon had been slain already, then upon arrival the dragon will start to disintegrate; its soul will be absorbed as if already defeated, but the dragon will fly around and continue normally as a skeleton. If the dragon attacks, go to the Riften Imperial camp and let them handle the dragon. You will be able to get the bounty if they kill the dragon.


Start a Discussion Discussions about Autumnwatch Tower

  • Followers disappearing around Froki's Shack

    2 messages
    • So far this has happened to me on two different playthroughs. I'll be exploring the Rift and by the time I get to Froki's Sha...
    • Fast traveling can sometimes make a lost follower appear and if left alone for over three in-game days they should dismiss themselves and ret...
  • Killing the skeleton dragon

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    • the dragon has landed at the bottom of autumn watch tower and has turned to a skeleton.  i have absorbed the dragon soul but the dragon is st...
    • It's a bug. If you're on a PC, then the console command <i>kill</i> might help. If you're on a console, consi...

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