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Kilkreath Ruins

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Tomb Kilkreath Ruins
Kilkreath Ruins
Hold Haafingar
Location East of Statue to Meridia

North of Haafingar Stormcloak Camp
South of Ironback Hideout
West of Katla's Farm and Solitude

Type Ancient Nordic Tomb
Sublocations Kilkreath Balcony

Kilkreath Catacombs
Kilkreath Temple

Quests The Break of Dawn
Characters Malkoran
Enemies Corrupted Shades
Malkoran's Shade
Ref ID KilkreathRuins01
Kilkreath Ruins is an ancient Nordic tomb located in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.


The Break of DawnEdit

The Dragonborn is sent here by Meridia to kill Malkoran and the Corrupted Shades that have taken up residence in her temple.

Notable itemsEdit

Alchemy ingredientsEdit



  • The light causes shock damage, which drains health and magicka.
  • The light is actually a destruction spell shown in the spell book displayed as kilkreathLightBeam. It can only be unlocked via console commands in the PC version. Otherwise, there is no way to get this book.
  • If a follower is told to wait inside of the room in which Malkoran is fought, and is still waiting when Dawnbreaker is taken, when room is locked for the rest of the game, the follower will be unable to be reclaimed.
  • A Letter from a Friend or the Greybeards may send the Dragonborn to the Kilkreath Ruins.


This section contains bugs related to Kilkreath Ruins. 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.
  • Sometimes the word wall at Kilkreath Ruins won't work.
    • This can be solved either by saving, reboot console and reloading, or by fast traveling away and back again.
  • It is possible that the doors to Kilkreath Ruins will not open even if the Dragonborn has spoken to Meridia. This means that Dawnbreaker is inaccesible.


Start a Discussion Discussions about Kilkreath Ruins

  • Kilkreath Ruins - Word Of Power

    • Has anyone managed to get the word of power at Kilkreath Ruins? I'm there now but the shout is greyed out so I cant get it! :( I've read that...
  • Kilkreath Word Wall

    4 messages
    • quicksave at wall, fast travel to the nearest sawmill, kill or injury an npc, quickload, it worked for me
    • Saving, fast traveling to the sawmill, killing and npc, then reloading got it to work for me. Thanks!

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