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Skyrim:The Words of Power

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Walkthrough: written by Nephele, checked by Chezburgar
Reward: written by Nephele, not checked
Follow the Greybeards' advice to learn a Word of Power from a word wall.
Quest Giver: Arngeir at High Hrothgar
Location(s): None
Prerequisite Quest: The Horn of Jurgen Windcaller
Reward: A Word of Power
ID: FreeformHighHrothgarA
Words of Power, Way of Voice

Radiant OptionsEdit

This quest can send you to almost any dungeon or dragon lair that contains a word wall. The list of possible values of Dungeon is:

Eastmarch Falkreath Hold Haafingar Hjaalmarch The Pale The Reach The Rift Whiterun Hold Winterhold
Bonestrewn Crest Ancient's Ascent
Shriekwind Bastion
Sunderstone Gorge
Kilkreath Ruins
Dead Men's Respite
Eldersblood Peak
Skyborn Altar
Forsaken Cave
High Gate Ruins
Silverdrift Lair
Dead Crone Rock
Dragontooth Crater
Hag's End
Lost Valley Redoubt
Arcwind Point (DG)
Autumnwatch Tower
Lost Tongue Overlook
Northwind Summit
Shroud Hearth Barrow
Dustman's Cairn
Rannveig's Fast
Ironbind Barrow
Mount Anthor

The list of word walls you will not be sent to includes the following, most of which have an associated quest. In addition to those listed here, no Dawnguard or Dragonborn word walls will ever be targeted by this quest except Arcwind Point.

Location Shout Quest
Bleak Falls Barrow Unrelenting Force Bleak Falls Barrow
The Golden Claw
Dark Brotherhood Sanctuary Marked for Death With Friends Like These...
Frostmere Crypt Ice Form The Pale Lady
Korvanjund Slow Time The Jagged Crown (Imperial/Stormcloaks)
Labyrinthian Slow Time The Staff of Magnus
Saarthal Ice Form Under Saarthal
Shalidor's Maze Dismay
Skuldafn Storm Call The World-Eater's Eyrie
Snow Veil Sanctum Disarm Speaking With Silence
Ustengrav Become Ethereal The Horn of Jurgen Windcaller
Ysgramor's Tomb Animal Allegiance Glory of the Dead

Detailed WalkthroughEdit

After completing The Horn of Jurgen Windcaller, you can talk to Arngeir and tell him that you would like to learn more about the Voice. He will respond:

"You have learned so much already, Dragonborn. Growing your gift too quickly would be dangerous. But there are many Words of Power in Skyrim, carved in the Dragon tongue. Even from here, we can feel the Thu'um resonate from them. Finding these lost Words would be a sufficient test, to temper your abilities with experience. Ask when you are ready to search."

Thereafter, you can ask him whether the Greybeards have located any words of power. He has two possible replies:

"There is only silence right now. Perhaps later we will hear one of the lost Words."
"We have felt the whisper of a Word. Give me your map, and I will show you where its echo can be found."

The latter response will cause the location of the word wall to be marked on your map, and you will be given a new quest objective.

This quest can be repeated multiple times, and it can also be active simultaneously with the other word wall quest, Shout - learn about word wall. Both quests can even point you to the same location as the other. However, if you choose to kill Paarthurnax for the Blades, this quest is no longer available.


  • If sent to Arcwind Point, finding the word wall may not mark the quest as completed in your journal. Arcwind Point may be given as a destination even when the word wall has already been found, preventing progress in the quest.
    •   The Unofficial Dawnguard Patch, version 1.1a, fixes this bug.
    •   Using the command SetStage FreeFormHighHrothgarA 20 will end the quest and allow you to acquire another quest normally. Setting Arcwind Point as cleared via SetLocationCleared fd685 1 will prevent getting sent there again.
  • If you learn a word from a different word wall from the one that Arngeir points you to before visiting the quest-marked one, the test may be prematurely logged complete. For instance, after being directed to Shearpoint by Arngeir, visiting Lost Tongue Overlook instead can complete the quest. This is another possible solution for the Arcwind Point bug mentioned above.

Quest StagesEdit

The Words of Power (FreeformHighHrothgarA)
Stage Finishes Quest Journal Entry
Objective 10: Find the Word of Power in <Alias=Dungeon>
  • The following empty quest stages were omitted from the table: 20.
  • Any text displayed in angle brackets (e.g., <Alias=LocationHold>) is dynamically set by the Radiant Quest system, and will be filled in with the appropriate word(s) when seen in game.
  • 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.
  • If an entry is marked as "Finishes Quest" it means the quest disappears from the Active Quest list, but you may still receive new entries for that quest.
  • On the PC, it is possible to use the console to advance through the quest by entering setstage FreeformHighHrothgarA stage, where stage is the number of the stage you wish to complete. It is not possible to un-complete (i.e. go back) quest stages, but it is possible to clear all stages of the quest using resetquest FreeformHighHrothgarA.