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Statue to Meridia

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Daedricshrineicon Statue to Meridia
Statue to Meridia
Statue to Meridia Map
Hold Haafingar
Type Daedric Shrine
Sublocations Kilkreath Ruins (Word Wall)
Quests The Break of Dawn
Enemies Malkoran
Corrupted Shade
Location ID KilkreathRuinsExterior03

The Statue to Meridia is a daedric shrine dedicated to Meridia in Skyrim. It is located on Mount Kilkreath, due west of Solitude. Directly northeast of the shrine is a virtually unguarded Dragon Word Wall containing a word for Elemental Fury. The quest The Break of Dawn is started by either finding Meridia's Beacon, which appears in random chests after level 12, or by approaching the shrine.


The Break of DawnEdit

Upon obtaining the beacon, which is a large gem with no value, Meridia commands the Dragonborn to take the beacon to the shrine. Once there, Meridia will tell the Dragonborn that there is a powerful necromancer named Malkoran defiling her temple, whom the Dragonborn must destroy.

Find the source of power in Kilkreath RuinsEdit

After receiving a Letter from a Friend and reading it, the Dragonborn is tasked with finding a Word Wall at a radiant location. This location can be any with a Word Wall contained within it. Traveling to the location and learning the word for the appropriate Dragon Shouts will complete the quest.

Notable itemsEdit

Dragon WallEdit


Translation: Here lies Fjalmod Foul-Air who stank as much on earth as his body does now in the ground

To find the word wall, stand on top of the stairs near the shrine, look north-east and the wall should be visible.



  • Once Dawnbreaker is pulled from the pedestal the Dragonborn is transported from the ruins and any coin left behind will be lost.
  • Once all quests are completed for Meridia, the Dragonborn can "activate" the gem at the statue yet nothing occurs.
  • Meridia's 'Clensing Light' (the beams of light that Meridia uses to open the doors inside the temple) is a very efficient way to power-level any magic skill, all the Dragonborn is required to do is activate the Atronach Star Sign to gain it's Magika Absorption perk and stand in the path of the light beams. The beams cause magic damage on the Dragonborn when they stand in it, thus magika is absorbed from it. The effect almost instantly regenerates full magika.


This section contains bugs related to Statue to Meridia. 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   360   PS3  The Dragon Shout, 'Battle, Elemental Fury', may never load and the shout not learned. The wall will still glow and the sound effects can be heard but the word cannot be obtained. A solution is to save a few yards from the wall, return to the Skyrim Title Screen and then load the save game to cause the world to reload the wall. On the PC, the console can be used to get the shout.
  •  PC   360   PS3  Sometimes visiting the shrine will not start the quest no matter what is done to the shrine.
  •  360   Also when transported upwards the Dragonborn may get stuck and be unable to move. Reloading should fix this.
  •  PC   When coming back down the Dragonborn might fall to their death, due to an unsafe landing.
    • Using the tgm command prevents this.
    • Moving away from Meridia after she finishes speaking may also work if the move is to a lower elevation.

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