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Skyrim:Northwind Summit

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Dragon Lair:
Northwind Summit
(view on map) (lore page)
Clearable Yes
Dungeon Yes
Respawn Time 10 days or 30 days
Dragon, Skeletons
Console Location Code(s)
DragonLair06Exterior01, DragonLair06Exterior02, DragonLair06Exterior03, DragonLair06Exterior04
The Rift
East of Clearspring Tarn
Northwest of Shor's Stone
Special Features
Word Wall Aura Whisper
# of Smelters 1
Northwind Summit

Northwind Summit is a mountaintop dragon lair north-northwest of Riften. Its word wall teaches part of the Aura Whisper shout.

Word wall

Related QuestsEdit


The lair is a short distance northwest of Shor's Stone, north-northwest of Riften, and far south of Windhelm, on the highest point in the Rift. To access the summit, you can travel through Northwind Mine, on the northern side of the mountain, or climb to it, starting at Shor's Stone and heading just a little ways south down the path until you see a slightly gentler mountain slope to the right. The stairs to Northwind Mine are at the northeast end of the summit. The summit is an abandoned mammoth hunter's camp with three dilapidated structures and mammoth skeletons.

Before the dragons' return, the word wall will be guarded by three skeletons.

After the dragons' return, the word wall will be guarded by a leveled dragon.

Regardless of whether Dragon Rising has been completed, the word wall is against the mountain, with the boss chest just in front. A smelter is to the west, between two of the structures, and an adept-locked chest is inside the farthest structure to the west, just on the precipice of the summit.



  • If the dragon crash lands during your battle with it, the scripted terrain alterations may make it impossible to enter or leave the northwestern-most cabin (the one containing the locked chest), meaning that if you are inside, you will be unable to get out.
    • If you can find a way to kill the dragon while trapped in the cabin, with a follower or summoned creature for example, you will be able to fast-travel out once you leave combat.