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Tower of Mzark

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Dwarvenruinicon Tower of Mzark
Tower Of Mzark Map
Hold The Pale
Location South of Dawnstar
Quests Discerning the Transmundane
Elder Knowledge
Enemies Automatons

Tower of Mzark is an ancient Dwemer ruin located in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.The Tower of Mzark is an ancient Dwemer tower and lift that connects to Blackreach. The iron gate on the surface is initially locked, however, it can be opened from the other side by pulling the lever next to it. The quests, "Elder Knowledge" and "Discerning the Transmundane" concurrently unfold here.

Accessing the tower

To reach the other side, Blackreach must first be traversed. The only way to do this is to have started the quest, "Discerning the Transmundane" Septimus Signus' Attunement Sphere is required to open a door to Blackreach.

From Blackreach, the Tower of Mzark can be accessed; the lift up to the surface can be ridden to the top, where the gate is opened. After, the lift can be entered from the outside anytime the tower is traveled to.


"Elder Knowledge"

The Elder Scroll needed to learn Dragonrend is found inside the Tower's main rooms. This room houses an oculory that holds the Elder Scroll. It can only be accessed by using a Lexicon obtained from Septimus Signus for the quest, "Discerning the Transmundane".

Puzzle clue

There is a named, inanimate skeleton named Drokt lying in the tower, with a journal that provides a clue to the puzzle.

Notable items

Alchemy ingredients




  • Novice level locked chest - on the shelves to your right just as you enter the tower.
  • Chest - on the shelves to your right just as you enter the tower.
  • Knapsack - by the bedroll in the entry room just as you enter the tower.
  • Novice level locked chest - on the shelves to the left, right beside the door exiting the first room you enter the tower into.
  • Apothecary's Satchel - on the table in the southern corner of the first room.
  • "Lost Chest" - outside the Tower of Mzark in the camp once the lift is taken out.
  • Knapsack - immediately after exiting the Tower of Mzark, on the right of the stairs, covered by a shovel.



This section contains bugs related to Tower of Mzark. 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.
  • When exiting the tower back into Skyrim, the location may not be marked on the map. Forgetting to take the Inscribed Lexicon also causes the location to not appear.


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  • Just who is Mzark

    37 messages
    • The Anumidium wrote: Maybe Mzark was a Dwemer god. In one of the several loading screens for Skyrim it says "But our brethren, the Dwemer, scor...
    • -AR- wrote: As for what Mzark is? It's likely either some Dwemer figure of great renown, perhaps either the architect of the tower or ...
  • Tower of Mzark & elder scroll puzzle

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    • Thx, I had recently worked it through; not sure why I had so much trouble but it finally worked. My question now is that the wiki site says tha...
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