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Skyborn Altar is a dragon's lair located in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. The Word Wall for Frost Breath is here.


Skyborn Altar is located east-southeast of Morthal, south-southwest of Dawnstar, atop a mountain.


Dragon SeekersEdit

This can be one of the locations given by either Farkas or Vilkas.

Find the Source of PowerEdit

A courier may give the Dragonborn a letter from a friend to seek out this location.

Find the Word of PowerEdit

Arngeir may send the Dragonborn here to learn a word of power.



  • When fighting the dragon at this altar, it is advisable not to bring the fight to the top of the clifftop, since the dragon's corpse can ragdoll all the way down the cliff, making its contents difficult to loot. Fighting the dragon at the altar's foot is an effective strategy, as it forces the dragon to lower its altitude or land to get a clear shot.
  • If approached before the "Dragon Rising" quest is completed, this location will be host to a wisp mother and her wisps as well as a sacrificial table with a shrine of Akatosh on it.


This section contains bugs related to Skyborn Altar. 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.
  •  360   When approaching the word wall the animation triggers and the word is learned but when you access shouts the word is not there to unlock so you can't learn it.
  •  PC   PS3   When coming back to this location several times, it will be impossible to get the soul from the dead dragons on the lair.
  •  PC   360   PS3   It is impossible to learn the word on the wall, you are in front of the wall and hear the "wind & souls," but the animation does not start.
  •  360   After killing the dragon and collecting loot and the word, Skyborn Altar will not have "Cleared" under its name on the world map.


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