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Dead Crone Rock Entrance
Dead Crone Rock
Hold The Reach
Location South and West of Markarth
Type Nordic Tower
Quests No Stone Unturned
Pieces of the Past
Shalidor's Insights
Characters Drascua
Enemies Forsworn
Word Wall Dismay

Dead Crone Rock is a Nordic tower in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.


The tower is located west southwest of Markarth, along the western edge of Skyrim. It is a Forsworn stronghold. It can be accessed by going through Hag Rock Redoubt. A Word Wall for the Dismay shout is at the top.

The entrance is similar to other old towers scattered across Skyrim, but quickly becomes a proper dungeon. A chest and several urns are at the top of the first set of stairs to the northwest. The path turns left (southwest), where a Forsworn sits at a table at the end of the hall. halfway down the hall, a spiral set of wooden steps leads up to a level with a room with an open doorway, an adept locked door, and a closed gate with a lever activated switch which is located in another room that can be seen through an opening in the wall. There are several more Forsworn here, along with a frost atronach or flame atronach.

The locked door opens to a short hallway southeast that turns left (northeast), with a pressure plate activated battering ram trap. At the other end is a door back outside where there is a chest and an urn. At the end of the pathway is a soul gem and iron arrows.

The open doorway leads to a room with a Forsworn and a soul gem fire trap. Also in this room is an arcane enchanter and a chest. At the northeast end of the room, a small hallway turns right, where a fire trap waits. The hallway eventually leads to the room with the switch to open the gate. The Alchemy skill book A Game at Dinner lies in front of the lever. At this point, backtracking to the room with the locked gate will reveal it is now open.

The gate leads to a door exiting outside. There are wooden stairs leading up: halfway up them is a landing with a chest against the southwest wall. At the top of the stairs is the top of the tower, with the Word Wall guarded by the Hagraven, Drascua.

In front of the altar are three enchanted pedestals powered by a soul gems that shoot fire when anyone is in their range, and will continue to do so until the soul gem is removed. To the right (north) of the table is a chest with leveled loot.


Notable itemsEdit


This section contains bugs related to Dead Crone Rock. 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  ,  PS3  ,  PC  .
  3. If a fix to the bug is known, please provide it, but avoid use of first-person-anecdotes: such discussions belong on the appropriate forum board and not the article.
  • It is possible to encounter a troll that is marked incorrectly as essential.
  • The Dragonborn may not be able to learn the shout from the Word Wall.
  • There's no enemy in the marked area.
  • In a Companion Quest "Trouble in Skyrim", when the Leader of Dead Crone Rock is killed, it won't register, and it will be impossible to finish the quest.


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