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Skyrim:Skyborn Altar

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Dragon Lair:
Skyborn Altar
(view on map) (lore page)
Clearable Yes
Dungeon Yes
Respawn Time 10 days or 30 days
Level Min: 10
Dragon, Wispmother, Wisps
Console Location Code(s)
SkybornAltarExterior01, SkybornAltarExterior02, SkybornAltarExterior03
East of Labyrinthian
South of Stonehills
Special Features
Word Wall Frost Breath
Skyborn Altar

Skyborn Altar is a mountaintop dragon lair east-southeast of Morthal. Its word wall teaches part of the Frost Breath shout.

Skyborn Altar before Dragon Rising

Related QuestsEdit


The path to Skyborn Altar is just south of Labyrinthian; it can also be reached from the south by traveling between Silent Moons Camp and Dustman's Cairn. The dirt path is marked by two stone bird heads flanking the base of the stone steps heading up from the south.

Before the dragons' return, the word wall will be guarded by a wispmother and her wisps. In front of the wall is a sacrificial table, and on it is a shrine of Akatosh, a dead skeleton, two leveled soul gems, a leveled potion, and a leveled weapon.

After the dragons' return, the word wall will be guarded by a leveled dragon, which is resting on the wall. There is a dead adventurer slumped against the right-hand side of the wall.

Regardless of whether Dragon Rising has been completed, the boss chest is behind the pillar to the left of the word wall, and there is a burial urn a few feet north of the chest, hidden in the rocks.


  • A silver ore vein is a short distance southwest from the bottom of the steps.
  • Three orichalcum ore veins are 140 feet southeast of the altar (map).
  • A moonstone ore vein is in a gap in the rocks to the northeast, between the altar and the Shrine of Mehrunes Dagon (map).
  • There is an adept-locked chest due south of the word wall. Follow the path down two flights of stairs, past the first tree on the left with a lump of rock next to it, and at the second tree turn due east. The chest is behind the tree, against the rock face.
  • The dragon's death animation may plow into the rock from the north and leave a trail but no dragon. Climb down to the north to find the dragon's body.


  • Sometimes this area might not become cleared even after killing all inhabitants.
    • Reloading a save before clearing it and trying again will fix this.