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Dragon Heartscales is a quest item in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.


Alteration Ritual SpellEdit

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. The Dragon heartscales will appear in one's 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:

  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.
  • Dragons that do not burn to a skeleton, releasing their soul, may not yield heartscales when searched.


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  • Dragon Heatscales

    4 messages
    • Ah I see. I was just curious to why there were heartscales in my vanilla Skyrim. Thanks for the information.
    • Yeah, they're used for the Alteration Ritual spell quest, Tolfdir'll get you to collect one/some for him

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