Elder Scrolls

Skyborn Altar

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Dragonlairicon  Skyborn Altar
Skyborn Altar Screen
Skyborn Altar MAP
Hold Hjaalmarch
Location East of Morthal, South-West of Dawnstar
Type Dragon Lair
Quests Courier Letter
Dragon Seekers
Enemies Dragon (Leveled)
Location ID SkybornAltarExterior01
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's also the location of a Word Wall - Frost 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.


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.


A courier may give you 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.


This section contains bugs related to Skyborn Altar. 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.
  •  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.
  •  360   PC   It's 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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