Antiquity Leads are items that are used to Scry for Antiquities. They can be found in a wide variety of ways and places throughout the world. You don't need to be an Antiquarian to find them, but you do to use them. Some Leads may require you to have done other tasks before you can obtain them – exploring a zone, completing a quest, or digging up other Antiquities.
- Leads expire 30 days after you obtain them, however you can obtain them again.
- Leads are account-wide. This means if you discover a Lead on one character, another character can scry and excavate it.
- Leads have fixed locations, such as drops from certain enemies, containers or merchants.
Lead sourcing is often related to the Antiquity it will lead to. For example, Leads to Antiquities regarding Glenumbra's history will be found in Glenumbra. For information on where to find Leads sorted by Zone, see: Antiquities by Zone.
Leads come in various difficulties, and it determines how challenging the Scrying and Excavation mini-games are. There are five levels, but it should be noted that the difficulty of the Lead doesn't always accurately relate to the quality of the antiquity. For example, an intermediate-difficulty Lead can uncover an epic quality item.
Simple Leads can be scryed by default and consist of mainly treasures, motifs chapters and antique maps. Every zone has one simple-difficulty Lead that is given to you for free.
Intermediate Leads consist of mainly treasures, motifs chapters, cosmetics, and mount components. You need to be at least level 3 in Scrying, and have the Antiquarian Insight II passive to scry for Antiquities of this difficulty.
Advanced Leads consist of mainly treasures, motifs chapters, mount components and epic-quality furnishings. You need to be at least level 5 in Scrying, and have the Antiquarian Insight III passive to scry for Antiquities of this difficulty.
Master Leads consist of mainly Mythic item and mount components, and some legendary-quality furnishings. You need to be at least level 7 in Scrying, and have the Antiquarian Insight IV passive to scry for Antiquities of this difficulty.
Ultimate Leads consists mostly of a selected range of legendary-quality furnishings. You need to be at least level 10 in Scrying, and have the Antiquarian Insight V passive to scry for Antiquities of this difficulty.
It should be noted that Ultimate Leads appear as the same shade of gold as found on Master-difficulty Leads, making it difficult to distinguish between the two. The following is a list of all Ultimate difficulty Leads:
Mythic Items are broken up into 5 fragments, each requiring a Master difficulty Lead to find. You are required to be at least level 7 in Scrying, and have the Antiquarian Insight IV passive in order to scry Master difficulty leads. The dig site for the fragment is usually found in the same zone as where the Lead drops, save for a few cases where it must be excavated in a different zone.
|Fanged Cuirass||Public Dungeon bosses in Sanguine's Demesne||Shadowfen|
|Goblet Gorget||The Whisperer in Spindleclutch I||Glenumbra|
|Hecatomb Tassets||Bosses in Imperial City Sewers||Imperial City [Note 1]|
|Sanguine Doublet||Public Dungeon bosses in Village of the Lost||Coldharbour|
|Thirsting Girdle||Ilambris-Athor in Crypt of Hearts I||Rivenspire|
- While the Lead is found in the Imperial City Sewers, the dig site is located in Khenarthi's Roost
|Malacath's Brutal Might Loop||Public Dungeon bosses in Old Orsinium||Wrothgar|
|Malacath's Brutal Ritual Dust||World Bosses:||Reaper's March|
|Malacath's Brutal Ritual Oil||Public Dungeon bosses in Bonesnap Ruins||Stormhaven|
|Malacath's Brutal Rune Core||Patrolling Horrors in the Imperial City Districts||Imperial City [Note 1]|
|Malacath's Brutal Scourge Hoop||Overland mobs||Betnikh|
- While the Lead is found in the Imperial City, the dig site is located in Bal Foyen
|Aetherquartz Prayer Beads||Aluvus in Ondil
Polinus in Del's Claim
|Coral Clasp||Public Dungeon bosses in Root Sunder Ruins||Grahtwood|
|Great Eltheric Pearl||Nerien'eth in Crypt of Hearts II||Rivenspire|
|Nilumin River Pearls||High Kinlord Rilis in The Banished Cells I||Auridon|
|Silver Strand of Syrabane||Safeboxes in The Reach||The Reach|
|Band of Water||Public Dungeon bosses in Bad Man's Hallows||Glenumbra|
|Charm of the Shapeless||World Bosses
Delve bosses Teeth of Sithis or Tsofeer Cavern
|Face of the Serpent||Drops from Canonreeve Oraneth in Elden Hollow I||Grahtwood|
|Face of the Wolf Beast||World Bosses||Malabal Tor|
|Symbol of Y'ffre||World Bosses||Greenshade|
|Auri-El Metal Carvings||Overland mobs||Bleakrock Isle|
|Glacial Metal Rivets||Public Dungeon bosses in Labyrinthian||Western Skyrim|
|Magicka-Imbued Metal Plates||Delve bosses||Cyrodiil [Note 1]|
|Petrified Snow-Cedar||World Bosses||The Rift|
|Snowy Sabre Cat Fur Strip||Drodda of Icereach in Direfrost Keep||Eastmarch|
- While the Lead is found in Cyrodiil, the dig site is located in Coldharbour.
|Bouyant Steel||Fishing in saltwater||Stros M'Kai|
|Coral Plating||Fishing in any Mystic fishing hole||Artaeum|
|Inert Anemone Inlay||World Bosses||Auridon|
|Nautilus Shell Guards||Public Dungeon bosses in Karnwasten||Summerset|
|Sticky Integument Leather||Psijic Portals||Artaeum
Summerset [Note 1]
- While the Lead is found in Summerset and Artaeum, the dig site is located in Eyevea which can only be accessed via portals found in certain Mages Guild Guildhalls after completing the Mages Guild questline.
There are two main categories of furnishings that can be unearthed.
- Antiquity Furnishings are always epic or legendary in quality. For a full list of leads, see the main page.
- Antique Maps are always fine in quality. For a full list of leads, see the main page.
The Music Box, In Dreams and Memories is broken down into three fragments. The Leads for each fragment can be found in any zone:
|Furniture||Lead Name||Lead Source||Dig Site|
|Music Box, In Dreams and Memories
|Lacquered Wooden Tone-Box||Jewelry boxes in multiple zones||Summerset|
|Aldmeri Golden Embellishments||Thieves Troves in multiple zones||Auridon|
|Preserved Music Box Mechanism||Safeboxes in multiple zones||Grahtwood|
- The leads for all Ancestral motifs only have a chance to drop from treasure chests that are marked on Treasure Maps. Regular chests do not have a chance to contain these leads.
- Each of the Ancestral motif leads are found in zones associated with the Alliance that race belongs to: i.e. High Elf motifs leads in Aldemeri Dominion zones.
- The zone that the dig site is located in is also identical to where the lead was found.
All fragment Leads for the Ebon Dwarven Wolf mount drop from various Dwemer automatons or are found in Dwemer Ruins. After collecting, scrying, and excavating all 17 leads, you are awarded this mount. The table below shows the fragments in the order that they appear in the Antiquities menu:
|Companion's Coronet||From "Atmoran Tablet" in the High King Svargrim's Chamber in the Blue Palace||Western Skyrim|
|Dwemer Body Marking||Drops from the Dwarven Spider Delve boss in The Scraps||Blackreach: Greymoor Caverns|
|Dwemer Crown||Drops from Clockwork Criterion Public Dungeon boss in Nchuthnkarst||Blackreach: Greymoor Caverns|
|Dwemer Face Marking||Drops from Dismantler the Dwarven Colossus World Boss in Dark Moon Grotto||Blackreach: Greymoor Caverns|
|Ysgramor's Chosen Body Marking||From "Atmoran Tablet" in Morthal Barrow, near the exit.||Western Skyrim|
|Ysgramor's Chosen Face Marking||From "Atmoran Tablet" beneath the bridge at Dragon Bridge||Western Skyrim|
The Lead for the Alinor Allemande emote can be found by approaching the spirit of Kinlady Terannil, who can be found dancing on the banks of the river south of Rellenthil. When you approach her, she disappears, and you earn the Lead for this emote.
|Alinor Allemande||Approach Kinlady Terannil on the banks of the river south of Rellenthil||Summerset|
Simple (green) treasures are worth 250 gold, Intermediate (blue) treasures are worth 1,000 gold, and Advanced (purple) treasures are worth 5,000 gold.
|Item Name||Type||Zone||Alliance||How to Obtain|
|Ancient Fertility Totem||Treasure||Greenshade||Aldmeri Dominion||Starting zone lead|
|Nedic Wineskin||Treasure||Stonefalls||Ebonheart Pact||Starting zone lead|
|Faded Psijic Folio||Treasure||Artaeum||Neutral||Starting zone lead|
|Nord Copper Shield Boss||Treasure||Eastmarch||Ebonheart Pact||Starting zone lead|
|Bosmer Hunting Horn||Treasure||Grahtwood||Aldmeri Dominion||Starting zone lead|
|Festival of Defiance Token||Treasure||Auridon||Aldmeri Dominion||Starting zone lead|
|House Tamrith Official Seal||Treasure||Rivenspire||Daggerfall Covenant||Starting zone lead|
|Hunding Sextant||Treasure||Stros M'Kai||Daggerfall Covenant||Starting zone lead|
|Khenarthi Skooma Pipe||Treasure||Khenarthi's Roost||Aldmeri Dominion||Starting zone lead|
|Manmer Couled Idol||Treasure||Glenumbra||Daggerfall Covenant||Starting zone lead|
|Orcish Siege Gear||Treasure||Betnikh||Daggerfall Covenant||Starting zone lead|
|Rune-carved Steering Oar||Treasure||Bleakrock Isle||Ebonheart Pact||Starting zone lead|
|Satakal Skinrazer||Treasure||Alik'r||Daggerfall Covenant||Starting zone lead|
|Secession Stamp Block||Treasure||Stormhaven||Daggerfall Covenant||Starting zone lead|
|Spinner's Singing Bone||Treasure||Malabal Tor||Aldmeri Dominion||Starting zone lead|
|St Pelin's Clod||Treasure||Bangkorai||Daggerfall Covenant||Starting zone lead|
|Two Moons Censer||Treasure||Reaper's March||Aldmeri Dominion||Starting zone lead|
|Basalt Table-Game Set||Treasure||Bal Foyen||Ebonheart Pact||Starting zone lead|
|Coiled Snake Candlestick||Treasure||Deshaan||Ebonheart Pact||Starting zone lead|
|Child's Ragged Tree Doll||Treasure||Shadowfen||Ebonheart Pact||Starting zone lead|
|Ancient Fishing Rod||Treasure||Khenarthi's Roost||Aldmeri Dominion||Excavate Khenarthi Skooma Pipe|
|Wolf-head Brooch||Treasure||Eastmarch||Ebonheart Pact||Excavate Nord Copper Shield Boss|
|Ayleid Statuette||Treasure||Grahtwood||Aldmeri Dominion||Excavate Bosmer Hunting Horn|
|Ayleid Tendrilled Eye||Treasure||Betnikh||Daggerfall Covenant||Excavate Orcish Siege Gear|
|Cloven Ritual Mask||Treasure||Bleakrock Isle||Ebonheart Pact||Excavate Rune-carved Steering Oar|
|Goblin Steam Mill||Treasure||Stros M'Kai||Daggerfall Covenant||Excavate Hunding Sextant|
|Hunt-Lord's Djerid||Treasure||Reaper's March||Aldmeri Dominion||Excavate Two Moons Censer|
|Jeweled Ayleid Scabbard||Treasure||Malabal Tor||Aldmeri Dominion||Excavate Spinner's Singing Bone|
|Na-Totambu Two-Finger Gauntlet||Treasure||Alik'r||Daggerfall Covenant||Excavate Satakal Skinrazer|
|Nedic Hex Totem||Treasure||Stormhaven||Daggerfall Covenant||Excavate Secession Stamp Block|
|Northpoint Founding Coin||Treasure||Rivenspire||Daggerfall Covenant||Excavate House Tamrith Official Seal|
|Protective Tar Warding Sigil||Treasure||Greenshade||Aldmeri Dominion||Excavate Ancient Fertility Totem|
|Rislav Tryptic Panel||Treasure||Glenumbra||Daggerfall Covenant||Excavate Manmer Couled Idol|
|Silver Wish Medallion||Treasure||Shadowfen||Ebonheart Pact||Excavate Child's Ragged Tree Doll|
|Scale-Etched Slither Pipe||Treasure||Auridon||Aldmeri Dominion||Excavate Festival of Defiance Token|
|Wyrd Root Figure||Treasure||Bangkorai||Daggerfall Covenant||Excavate St Pelin's Clod|
|Great House Gold Chalice||Treasure||Bal Foyen||Ebonheart Pact||Excavate Basalt Table-Game Set|
|Torn Netch-leather Mask||Treasure||Deshaan||Ebonheart Pact||Excavate Coiled Snake Candlestick|
|Aquiline Calian Sphere||Treasure||Auridon||Aldmeri Dominion||Excavate Scale-Etched Slither Pipe|
|Brittle Linen Pilgrimage Map||Treasure||Deshaan||Ebonheart Pact||Excavate Torn Netch-leather Mask|
|Royal Ivory Hilt||Treasure||Eastmarch||Ebonheart Pact||Excavate Wolf-head Brooch|
|Cornerstone of Reman II||Treasure||Betnikh||Daggerfall Covenant||Excavate Ayleid Tendrilled Eye|
|Den of the Eldest Shoe||Treasure||Greenshade||Aldmeri Dominion||Excavate Protective Tar Warding Sigil|
|Direnni Palatial Art||Treasure||Stormhaven||Daggerfall Covenant||Excavate Nedic Hex Totem|
|Dwemer Astrological Charts||Treasure||Stros M'Kai||Daggerfall Covenant||Excavate Goblin Steam Mill|
|Dwemer Trade Bar||Treasure||Bangkorai||Daggerfall Covenant||Excavate Wyrd Root Figure|
|Hegathe Divining Rod||Treasure||Alik'r||Daggerfall Covenant||Excavate Na-Totambu Two-Finger Gauntlet|
|High King Sunstone||Treasure||Bleakrock Isle||Ebonheart Pact||Excavate Cloven Ritual Mask|
|Mane's Frayed Crown||Treasure||Reaper's March||Aldmeri Dominion||Excavate Hunt-Lord's Djerid|
|Onyx Shadowscale Scroll Case||Treasure||Shadowfen||Ebonheart Pact||Excavate Silver Wish Medallion|
|Phynastic Scroll Case||Treasure||Glenumbra||Daggerfall Covenant||Excavate Rislav Tryptic Panel|
|Pilazjo Training Blade||Treasure||Khenarthi's Roost||Aldmeri Dominion||Excavate Ancient Fishing Rod|
|Shatter Camoran Antler Crown||Treasure||Grahtwood||Aldmeri Dominion||Excavate Ayleid Statuette|
|Silvenar's Scepter||Treasure||Malabal Tor||Aldmeri Dominion||Excavate Jeweled Ayleid Scabbard|
|Spire of Erokii Frieze||Treasure||Rivenspire||Daggerfall Covenant||Excavate Northpoint Founding Coin|
|Resdayni Signet Ring||Treasure||Bal Foyen||Ebonheart Pact||Excavate Great House Gold Chalice|
|Al-Esh Ascension Coin||Treasure||Western Skyrim||Neutral||"Curious Coin Collection" in the Antiquarian Circle after excavating all other treasures|
|Nordic Scrimshaw Pendant||Treasure||Western Skyrim||Neutral||Starting zone lead|
|Silvered Nord Drinking Horn||Treasure||Western Skyrim||Neutral||Excavate Nordic Scrimshaw Pendant|
|Series Two Animo Core||Treasure||Clockwork City||Neutral||Starting zone lead|
|Halved Lion's Mane Wig Piece||Treasure||Hew's Bane||Neutral||Starting zone lead|
|Ornate Nose Ring||Treasure||Gold Coast||Neutral||Starting zone lead|
|Water-worn Anvil Bust||Treasure||Gold Coast||Neutral||Excavate Ornate Nose Ring|
|Book of Dark Rites||Treasure||Gold Coast||Neutral||Excavate Water-worn Anvil Bust|
|Faded Khajiit Claw||Treasure||Northern Elsweyr||Neutral||Starting zone lead|
|Khajiit Plague Mask||Treasure||Northern Elsweyr||Neutral||Excavate Faded Khajiit Claw|
|Khajiit Prayer Cloth||Treasure||Northern Elsweyr||Neutral||Excavate Khajiit Plague Mask|
|Spiked Scalebreaker Bolt||Treasure||Southern Elsweyr||Neutral||Starting zone lead|
|Meteoric-Iron Pavise||Treasure||Southern Elsweyr||Neutral||Excavate Spiked Scalebreaker Bolt|
|Ancient Dragonguard Lure||Treasure||Southern Elsweyr||Neutral||Excavate Meteoric-Iron Pavise|