Considering that the franchise was named after them, Elder Scrolls are surprisingly hard to come across in all installments of the game. No one knows where they came from, no one knows how many of them are there, since the number cannot be known. They are powerful enough to change the course of history, and they have a tendency to vanish. Having said all that, many players are interested in the Elder Scrolls that you can come across in Skyrim. Due to that, let’s answer the most common questions, how many Elder Scrolls are there in Skyrim, and where to find them?
Elder Scrolls are the most powerful artifacts in Skyrim
Elder Scrolls also known as Kelle and Aedric Prophecies are fragments of creation with unknown origins. Due to being connected to both past, present, and future events simultaneously, they cannot be counted. Certain people gifted with special sight (or trained) have the ability to read the Elder Scrolls and divine prophecies with them. Reading them, however, eventually takes one’s sight.
Elder Scrolls are usually kept at the Imperial Library in the White-Gold Tower. We had the pleasure of seeing them in The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion during the Thieves Guild questline.
Elder Scrolls are immensely powerful and numerous factions and people sought those powers for themselves across the ages. Usually, they are difficult to find and even more difficult to understand. In Skyrim, they played a much bigger role than in previous installments.
How many Elder Scrolls are there in Skyrim?
There are three Elder Scrolls that you can find in Skyrim. Only one was in the game at launch and it was named simply “Elder Scroll”. Later after the launch of Dawnguard DLC, it was renamed into Elder Scroll Dragon, due to two other Elder Scrolls being added Sun and Blood. Elder Scrolls play vital roles in the specific questlines, and if you plan on doing the main Skyrim storyline, as well as the main Danwguard storyline you’re bound to run into them.
Where to find Elder Scrolls in Skyrim?
Finding Elder Scrolls is notoriously hard, and even in the game, big questlines are associated with retrieving them and usually involve traveling through vast ruins and solving numerous puzzles. Objectively Elder Scroll Sun is by far the easiest to find, while Elder Scroll Dragon involves traveling to the fabled underground city of Blackreach. The following are locations where you can find Elder Scrolls in Skyrim.
Elder Scroll Dragon can be found in the Tower of Mzark in Blackreach
Elder Scrolls Dragon is involved in several quests both in the base game and in Dawnguard. You are able to acquire this Elder Scroll during the quest “Discerning the Transmundane.” Septimus Signus will task you with inscribing the lexicon needed for his experiments.
He will send you to the Tower of Mzark in Blackreach. You can reach Blackreach through three ruins Alftand, Mzinchaleft, and Raldbthar. During this specific quest, you will be sent to Alftand.
To acquire the Elder Scroll you will need to solve the dwemer puzzle.
Next, the Elder Scroll is involved with the quest Elder Knowledge, during which you will need to read it at the time wound near Throat of the World in order to learn Dragonrend shout. With Dragonrend, you will finally be able to face Alduin in Sovnguarde.
The last quest that Elder Scrolls Dragon is involved with is “Unseen Visions.” This quest is a part of the Dawnguard storyline so I advise you to put off selling the Elder Scroll until you’ve finished the quests.
Elder Scroll Sun can be found at Dimhollow Crypt
Elder Scroll Sun was added with the Dawnguard DLC. It’s used primarily for DLC-related quests. You will acquire this scroll during the quest “Awakening.”
You will be sent to Dimhollow Crypt, to investigate strange activity and you will accidentally run into Serana, a vampire princess who just so happens to be trapped in an ancient slumber and holding onto the Elder Scroll. Later you will learn, that her mother sealed her off with the Elder Scroll for a reason.
The scroll is once again needed during the quest “The Prophet” when the priest of moth Dexion Evicus will read it in order to shed light on the prophecy involving vampires and Auriel’s Bow.
Elder Scroll Blood can be found at Soul Cairn
The third and the last Elder Scrolls is hidden in Soul Cairn with Valerica, Serana’s mother. She escapes to Soul Cairn with the scroll so that Lord Harkon never finds out that Serana is the key to the prophecy.
You will be able to acquire this scroll during the quest “Beyond Death.” Serana will offer to either soul-trap you partially or turn you into a vampire so you are able to access the Soul Cairn. The Elder Scroll Blood is needed for two quests afterward “Seeking Disclosure” and “Unseen Visions.”
How to remove Elder Scrolls from your inventory?
Elder Scrolls are notoriously hard to remove from inventory, but there is a way to remove them completely. You can sell the elder scrolls to Urag gro-Shub and Dexion Evicus (if you’ve decided to side with Dawnguard). Or you can simply remove them with console commands. If you’re interested in more details, you can check out our guide we made a while back related to Elder Scrolls and how to remove them from your inventory.
And that’s about it. Three scrolls can be found throughout the game, and they involve lengthy questlines to do so. Once you’re done with them, you can sell them for quite an amount of money.
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