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Dragon Heartscales
Dragon heartscales
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Dragon Heartscales are items in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.


Required for the Alteration Ritual Spell quest, Dragon heartscales are automatically obtained when examining a dragon's skeleton while Kahvozein's Fang is equipped in the right hand only. Dragon heartscales cannot be acquired from Skeletal Dragons, nor can they be acquired from Mirmulnir during the quest Dragon Rising.

Dragon heartscales 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.


  • 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.


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  • 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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