Upon reaching level of 90 in Alteration, the Dragonborn can speak to Tolfdir about learning more about Alteration magic. He will mention that he may be able to help if provided with dragon heartscales.
Dragon heartscales are automatically obtained when examining a dragon's skeleton while Kahvozein's Fang is equipped in the right hand only. They do not appear as an item in the inventory of a dragon's body. If successful in harvesting the scales, a status message may appear in the inventory. Close the dragon's inventory and then check the Dragonborn's. The Dragon heartscales will appear in the inventory as a miscellaneous item. Dragon heartscales cannot be acquired from Skeletal Dragons, or from Mirmulnir during the quest "Dragon Rising."
- Kahvozein's Fang does not have to be unsheathed to collect the heartscales, just equipped.
- Heartscales can be acquired both before accepting, and after completing the 'Alteration Ritual Spell' quest. Outside of the quest however they serve no purpose other than as a display item or to be sold for profit.
This section contains bugs related to Dragon Heartscales. Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:
- Dragons that do not burn to a skeleton, releasing their soul, may not yield heartscales when searched.