Skyrim Dragonborn Walkthrough

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The Path of Knowledge

Storn Crag-Strider suggests Neloth, a Dunmer wizard, may know the location of more Black Books and tells you to find him in Tel Mithryn, which will be marked on your map. If you want a relatively uneventful journey, follow the coastline.

Speak with Neloth. He will reveal that the Black Books were written by Hermaeus Mora, the Daedric prince of fate, knowledge and memory, and that he knows where to find an other.

Follow Neloth to Nchardak, a Dwemer ruin along the coastline. You will need to clear out the Reavers which have taken up residence on the outer parts of the ruins, as make way to a sealed door.

Neloth will open the sealed door, allowing you to enter the Nchardak Reading Room. Once inside you will see the Black Book sealed in some kind of protective mechanism, and Neloth will inform you that the steam supply must be restored to the Nchardak Reading Room in order to retrieve it.

Follow Neloth to the Nchardak Great Chamber, where he will explain that four control cubes are needed to restore the steam supply. Take the control cube he demonstrates with and follow him to the Nchardak Workshop to seek out three more.

The second cube easy, Neloth will lead you directly to it.

Leave one cube at the end of the bridge way, as Neloth says. Drop into the area below and place a cube in the pedestal on the lowest level – where the floor is still wet – to activate a staircase.

Proceed through the doorway the new staircase provides access to and turn left to locate a control cube. Take the cube, which will cause flooding in the bridged room.

Return to where you left the first control cube at the top of the bridge-way and take it in order to cause the room to flood.

Swim to the doorway across from the stairway you had previously activated -the flooding will allow you to swim through a corridor not otherwise accessible – and claim the fourth control cube. This will result in further flooding and the activation of a Dwarven Centurion Master & Dwarven Ballista Master.

Defeat the foes and head up the stairs where you will find a control switch. Place a control cube on the switch to reveal a bridge leading to the Nchardak Great Chamber door.

Inside the Nchardak Great Chamber, place two of your four control cubes on the pedestals where Neloth had demonstrated their use previously. Follow him as the water level drops and reveals a door. Activate the pedestal outside the door to unseal it and proceed through to the Nchardak Aqueduct.

To lower all three bridges in the Nchardak Aqueduct climb one of the ramps leading up to three pedestals above the entry. Place a control cube on the far right and then the far left.

Cross the bridges which will lead you up to a pedestal and activate it to lower the water level and reveal a sealed door at the bottom of the room.

Proceed to use a control cube to unseal the door and make way through a corridor, to a room with spinning blade floor traps. Pass through the trap and open the gate with a control cube to collect the final control cube. This will result in flooding.

Work your way back through to collect your control cube in the Nchardak Aqueduct room with bridges, causing more flooding.

You will need to swim to reach the door back to the Nchardak Great Chamber.

Once back in the Nchardak Great Chamber reclaim one of the control cubes you had left here and walk down the ramp to a circular area with four Dwemer columns and place a control cube at the base of each, restoring the steam supply to the Nchardak Reading Room.

A Dwarven Centurion Master will be release. Defeat it and grab loot from a chest behind it, including a Daedric Sword of Leeching.

Turn around and head back to the Nchardak Reading Room.

Activate the button in the Nchardak Reading Room to release the Black Book, complete the quest, and unlock the achievement.

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8 Comments on Skyrim Dragonborn Walkthrough


On December 9, 2012 at 3:15 pm

im stuck on the quest called The Final Decent, i cant figure out how to get the stone doors to open using the Bloodskal Blade, can anyone help plz

Kevin Thielenhaus

On December 10, 2012 at 11:01 am


You are not alone! This tricky quest has been giving lots of players problems, but the solution isn’t so hard once you know the trick.

1. Equip the Bloodskal Blade. You’ll notice when you perform a power attack (hold down the attack button) you’ll launch a wave of red energy forward. While moving forward, you’ll launch a vertical wave of energy. When moving backward, you’ll launch a horizontal wave of energy.

2. Look at the big stone door, and you’ll see red s, either horizontal or vertical, all over the outer door. Shoot either a vertical or horizontal energy wave from the Bloodskal Blade to match these s.

3. Everytime you hit successfully, the red will move or disappear and new ones will appear on the door — above it, or on the door itself. Simply try to match your red energy waves with the red s and you can solve this puzzle.

I hope that helps, Patricia! Let us know if you need to know more.


On January 12, 2013 at 4:53 pm

What level do you need to start dragonborn ?

Kevin Thielenhaus

On January 12, 2013 at 5:02 pm


To start this DLC, you’ll need to complete quests up to “The Horn of Jurgen Windcaller”, which comes after “Dragon Rising” and “The Way of the Voice” on Skyrim’s vanilla main quest chain.


On February 15, 2013 at 8:14 am

I hope someone can help. I am on the final battle with Miraak and when his health gets low the third time, he becomes ethereal and I cant attack him, then he keeps his distance and it just goes on like that. Is this a glitch or do I need to use a certain shout on him? Please help thanks


On October 18, 2013 at 4:01 am

on that battle with mirrak the 3rd time he goes ethral he is supposed to back up go away then reapear in the mucky water in the middle where herma mora will apear so you must be having a glitch it shouldnt take long after he goes ethral

Kevin Thielenhaus

On October 18, 2013 at 8:54 am


It so sucks, but this battle does glitch out pretty often. Hopefully a reload should fix your problem.


On November 15, 2013 at 3:56 pm

I completed “the horn of Juergen wind caller”

But the game still does not allow me to do this dlc

The masked guys won’t come to me anywhere in the game

What do I do??