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Yngol Barrow

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Tomb Yngol Barrow
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Hold Eastmarch
Location East of Windhelm
Type Barrow
Quests Ashore in a Sea of Ghosts
Enemies Draugr
Yngol's Shade
Yngol Barrow is an ancient Nordic tomb located in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

It is an ice-filled tomb located northeast of Windhelm on the south side of the river bank. It contains Draugr and adept-level chests.


The area also contains a puzzle door that requires the Coral Dragon Claw to open, which can be found either from Birna in Winterhold or within the barrow itself, located on a pedestal past a puzzle room. The final room contains Yngol's Shade, an undead wielding a honed ancient battleaxe or an ebony sword, and appears to use the frost voice, and may disarm. Upon defeating Yngol, the exit can be unlocked by removing the Helm of Yngol (pronounced Yin-gol) from the skeleton seated in the chair. Yngol Barrow is used for multiple quests, and the enemies within may vary depending upon which quests, if any, are active. Yngol's Shade may not always appear, instead being replaced by a Draugr Death Overlord or an unmasked Dragon Priest. The rest of the barrow may also be either filled with Draugr or completely empty before the final room.

As you explore around the interior of Yngol Barrow, you will encounter several eerie light orbs. They will follow the Dragonborn around, but are completely harmless. They tweet lightly and roll from room to room often bouncing or coming out of holes and cracks in the wall and ceilings, before literally pouring out of the puzzle door. They will follow after the player even if no Draugr are awakened or present.

Pillar PuzzleEdit

The player comes across a Dead Scholar and a pillar puzzle early in the dungeon. The scholar's corpse contains a book titled Notes on Yngol Barrow. It appears he had discovered the barrow in his travels and had been transcribing the Nordic carvings in the cave for the College of Winterhold. The notes provide the key to the Pillar Puzzle:

Riddle Solution
Man in his throne, so should he be Sit on the throne after you complete the correct Pillars below.
Whale in the Sea, so should he be Whale where the waterfall is bottom right Pillar next to the throne.
Eagle in Sun's Sky, so should he be Eagle where there is light from outside beaming in, top left Pillar.
Snake in the weed, so should he be Snake where grass has grown around, bottom left Pillar.

Activating the lever now opens the gate, revealing a Coral Dragon Claw on a pedestal. If you already obtained the claw from Winterhold, it will not be there. The Coral Claw is used to open the puzzle door and contains a clue to the sequence. Its order is (top to bottom) Snake, Wolf, Moth.


Notable lootEdit

  • There is a chest located under the bridge in the room with water following the pillar puzzle.
  • Chest and urns behind adept gate after second iron door.
  • The Coral Dragon Claw can be found in here.
  • There is a chest in front of the throne in the last room visible when you enter from the cave entrance.
  • Helm of Yngol


The following enemies appear depending on your active quest:

  • Draugr Death Lord or Dragon Priest (Retrieving the Helm of Winterhold)
  • Yngol Shade (Retrieving the Helm of Yngol)



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Start a Discussion Discussions about Yngol Barrow

  • glitch in yngol barrow on 360

    8 messages
    • this is mentioned on several pages relating to Yngol and Yngol's Barrow. For the solution look here.
    • If you didn't get Yngol's Helm before accepting the Helm Of Winterhold Quest, it's impossible to obtain. The Door remains closed, and other t...
  • Unmasked Dragon Priest??

    5 messages
    • DragonSlayer99 wrote:Unmasked dragon priests will apear anywhere at higher levels. They effectivly replace draugr deathlords and drauger de...
    • There are 2 unmasked dragon priests that I know of: Vahlok the Jailer (Vahlok's Tomb) and Red Eagle (you start the quest at Red Eagle's Redoub...

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