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Skyborn Altar

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Skyborn Altar is a dragon's lair located in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.


Skyborn Altar is located east-southeast of Morthal, south-southwest of Dawnstar, atop a mountain. It is also the location of a Word WallFrost Breath.

Notable lootEdit

  • Treasure chest behind one of the pillars on the left (facing the word wall), containing random loot. There is a single burial urn adjacent to it.


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

This can be one of the locations for the "Dragon Seekers" quest given by either Farkas or Vilkas.



  • 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.
  • 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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