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Great Lift at Alftand

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DwarvenRuins  Great Lift at Alftand
Great Lift At Alftand Outside
Great Lift At Alftand Map
Hold Winterhold Hold
Location South-west of Winterhold
Type Dwemer Ruins
Sublocations Blackreach
Quests Discerning the Transmundane
Location ID BlackreachElevatorAlftand,


The Great Lift at Alftand is an ancient Dwemer ruin in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.


The Great Lift at Alftand is an ancient Dwemer mechanical lift that connects to Blackreach. The iron gate will initially be locked and can only be opened from the inside. This can be achieved once the Dragonborn has access to Blackreach. From Blackreach, the Dragonborn can ride the Great Lift at Alftand up to the surface and pull a lever to open the gate (the lever may be difficult to see, depending upon user settings. It is right next to the door, above the cogs), after which the lift can be entered from the outside anytime it is traveled to and will appear on the World Map, separate from Alftand.

Blackreach can only be accessed through the ruins of Raldbthar, Mzinchaleft, or Alftand with Septimus SignusAttunement Sphere.

Note: This is a good place to exit Blackreach when the Dragonborn's inventory is full but there is more exploring to do. Push the Activate Button on the top of the huge Dwarven helmet to lower the bars. Ride the lift to the surface, empty the inventory, and return.




This section contains bugs related to Great Lift at Alftand. Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:

  1. Confirm all bugs with other editors on the talk page before adding them below.
  2. Always try reloading an old save first, before asking for assistance.
  3. Do not discuss possible bug fixes or origins. Leave those and all other first-person-anecdotes on the talk page, not the article.
  4. Always add  360  ,  PS3  , or  PC   to clarify which system the bug appears on.
  •  PC   The game may hang up while taking the lift to the surface, displaying a black screen. This may repeat until the game is restarted or a previous save loaded.
  •  360  The gate may close itself at any point after being opened and returned to. When this happens, the other gates will close as well and enemies in the ruins and blackreach will respawn.
    • It is possible to circumvent this problem and still get into Blackreach. By standing against the gate of one of the above-ground lifts and casting Summon Arvak, it is possible to get through the gate by mounting and then dismounting Arvak. You can then use the lever to open the gate and descend into Blackreach. Note: If it worked correctly, Arvak will appear to be halfway through the gate.
    • Another way to circumvent this is by standing at the gate and holding a plate in front of you and running into it. You must move the plate around to find the correct spots that allow you to move through the gate.

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  • Great lift at alftand

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    • We have used Whirlwind Sprint to get out, but end up  back in the lift. The cycling also extends to all the auto-saves, so a previous save is ...
    • this happened to pissed me off so much >.<

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