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Recover the skull of a legendary bear.
Zone: Wrothgar
Quest Giver: Curator Umutha, notice "To the Hero of Wrothgar!"
Location(s): Orsinium, Coldwind's Den
Prerequisites: Hero of Wrothgar achievement
Reward: Cavalier of the Sworn Oath, Old Orsinium Sentry, Trinimac's Penitent Knight costumes
Average Leveled Gold
XP Gain: Standard Experience XP
The museum wants to obtain the skull of a giant bear
I accomplished much since coming to Wrothgar. Now, it seems Curator Umutha has one final request from the House of Orsimer Glories.

Quick WalkthroughEdit

  1. Talk to Curator Umutha at the House of Orsimer Glories once you've become Hero of Wrothgar.
  2. Enter Coldwind's Den and find the bear's tomb.
  3. Place the four items on the correct pedestals, based on the related cardinal directions.
  4. Take Coldwind's Skull and return to the museum for your reward.

Detailed WalkthroughEdit

"Coldwind shall return in the hour of Wrothgar's greatest need, to a hero worthy of King Torug's legacy." —Coldwind's prophecy

Hero of WrothgarEdit

To obtain this quest, you must first earn the Hero of Wrothgar achievement. This requires completing 40 quests in Wrothgar (including Long Live the King, the final part of the main quest), clearing all six delves, and defeating the majority of the zone's Group Bosses and the bosses found in Old Orsinium and Rkindaleft. You also need to collect sixteen relics for the House of Orsimer Glories. The optional relic from the quest Sorrow's Kiss is not included in this total.

With all of these prerequisites met, Curator Umutha will task you with recovering Coldwind's Skull, the final relic on her list. According to prophecy, the skull will reappear during the hour of Wrothgar's greatest need to herald the return of Coldwind, a giant bear tamed by King Torug before the founding of Old Orsinium. Believing you to be the great hero of prophecy, Umutha will direct you towards Coldwind's Den.

Coldwind returns

Coldwind's TombEdit

Coldwind's Den has no map marker, and can be found at the foot of Sorrow, along the coast. The easiest way to reach it is to head east from Jehanna Docks. However, the cave is filled with the servants of Malacath; Dremora, Frost Atronachs and Ogrim can be found throughout. The ground is also littered with ice runes, which will explode and summon a Dremora enemy if you step on them.

The tomb can be found at the end of the dungeon. Inside, the spirit of King Torug will berate you for disturbing Coldwind's rest, and will explain the ritual to summon her. Four items are placed throughout the tomb: Blood of the North, Meat from the West, Water of the East and Fire from the South. You will need to arrange these around the central platform so that they correspond to the related cardinal directions. Once this is done, Coldwind's spirit will appear to re-enact Torug's taming of the beast. You will then be free to take the skull from the nearby coffin. Return it to Umutha to complete the museum's collection and receive your reward: a pack of three bearskin costumes (Cavalier of the Sworn Oath, Old Orsinium Sentry, and Trinimac's Penitent Knight).


  • As of Update 33, as long as one character on your account has already obtained the Hero of Wrothgar achievement, all other characters can start this quest immediately after completing Awaken the Past, without needing to find sixteen relics for Wrothgar Relic Hunter.
  • During the objective to speak with King Torug, the description states that he beckons to you. However, no such scripted dialogue occurs.

Quest StagesEdit

A Cold Wind From the Mountain
Finishes Quest Journal Entry
I found a notice asking me to speak with Curator Umutha.
Objective: Talk to Curator Umutha
  Curator Umutha wants me to unearth the skull of the ancient snow bear, Coldwind. If I want to recover Coldwind's Skull, I need to head to northern Wrothgar and locate the snow bear's den.
Objective: Find Coldwind's Den
The tomb is supposed to be somewhere inside Coldwind's ancient den. It may be protected from intruders.
Objective Hint: I need to enter the den if I want to find the tomb.
Objective: Traverse Coldwind's Lair
The ancient shade beckons me. I should talk to him.
Objective: Talk to the Shade of Torug
King Torug's shade wants me to learn about Wrothgar's past by placing ceremonial objects in the offering bowls situated around this room.
Objective: Replay the Past
I witnessed a reenactment of Torug uniting with Coldwind. I can take the snow bear's skull now.
Objective: Take Coldwind's Skull
Finishes quest  Back at the House of Orsimer Glories, the curator waits for me to bring her the Skull of Coldwind.
Objective: Talk to Curator Umutha
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  • Not all Journal Entries may appear in your journal; which entries appear and which entries do not depends on the manner in which the quest is done.
  • Stages are not always in order of progress. This is usually the case with quests that have multiple possible outcomes or quests where certain tasks may be done in any order. Some stages may therefore repeat objectives seen in other stages.