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ON-qico-Group Area.png Enter a giant obelisk and help stabilize its core.
Zone: Craglorn
Objective: Spellscar — Stabilize the Mage's staff before it explodes.
Quest Giver: Sara Benele
Location(s): Spellscar
Reward: Yokudan Coffer of Merit
High Leveled Gold
XP Gain: High Experience XP
ID: 5756
Required Level: 50
RepeatableRepeatable: Daily
Group Group Size: 4 (Recommended)
Help Sara open the way into the Mage's Staff
A giant object fell from the heavens when the Mage constellation disappeared. Sara Benele is examining the object, which she calls the "Mage's Staff." She believes the staff is unstable and needs my help to fix it.
Inside the Mage's Staff
The core has been stabilized

Quick Walkthrough[edit]

  1. Bring fire, frost and storm infusions to Sara Benele.
  2. Use the focus crystals.
  3. Enter the portal to Mage's Staff.
  4. Approach the core.
  5. Protect Sara Benele.
  6. Return to Spellscar.
  7. Talk to Sara Benele.

Detailed Walkthrough[edit]

When you discover Spellscar for the first time, Sara Benele runs up to you. Her sister, Gabrielle, told her you aren't afraid of danger. Sara wants you to stop the large staff, which the locals call the Mage's Staff, from emitting magical energy. If you don't, it will explode. The staff fell from the sky just before the constellations vanished, and it is drawing every "magic-addicted sorcerer and atronach in the region" to it. In order to stop it, you will need to find a way into its core. This will require a large amount of magical energy. You need to bring three elemental infusions to Sara. Kill the fiends and quickly harvest the infusions (flame, ice and storm).

Collect Infusions[edit]

To collect an infusion, you need to kill enemies near the large black shards, then activate the shard. The shards have different colors to reflect the different element you receive from activating it. The flame infusions are south of Spellscar, the storm infusions are north and slightly east, and the ice infusions are to the west. Once you have activated all three infusions, head to the quest marker near the Spellscar icon on the map. Sara Benele will only spawn here when you have all three infusions.

You will see a focus crystal for each of the three infusions. You will have to activate each one, followed by the staff infusion. Sara uses a spell on the staff, opening a portal to its core.

Inside the Mage's Staff[edit]

You need to make your way to the core and stop it from overloading. However, some atronachs and spellfiends have gotten inside the staff. Defeat them, and head toward the core.

Once you get close enough, Sara will start to disable the core. You need to "protect" her as she does this, so defeat Magdra Tigun, a flame atronach, at the first level; Nomeg Nulu, a frost atronach; and Zymel Ozata, a storm atronach, at the final level. It is necessary to defeat all three of these bosses in sequence without a group wipe (or, if you are playing solo, dying, which is technically a group wipe of just one person), to complete the quest. If you are defeated while fighting Nomeg Nulu or Zymel Ozata, you will have to start over again at the fight with Magdra Tigun.

Take the portal back to Spellscar, and talk to Sara.


  • It is recommended that this quest be done with a group of two to four, though it can be done solo with some difficulty. Prior to Update 12, a group of four was required; to gain entry to the Mage's Staff, three players had to carry an infusion while the fourth had to channel the Staff.
  • Despite mentioning this while initially met outside the staff, the unpredictable elemental storms are only found within the core of the staff.
    • Additionally, the storms themselves are rather easy to move around, as they are small in size and move very slowly.
  • The fight against Zozubeth on the central island is completely optional as you can fight the groups of adds on the islands around it to forge a path to the core without having to aggro her.


  • Sara Benele has the follower icon above her head when meeting her at the staff with the foci, despite not being a follower at that time. ?

Quest Stages[edit]

Critical Mass
Finishes Quest Journal Entry
Sara needs the staff's magicka to power a spell to gain access to its core. We should gather three types of infusions from staff shards scattered in the Spellscar. Only one person can hold each type of infusion.
Objective: Bring Storm, Fire, and Frost Infusions to Sara
Objective Hint: Kill Enemies around Shards Then Collect Infusions
We have given Sara the three infusions she needs. She can now open the staff.
Objective: Watch Sara Open the Mage's Staff
Sara opened a portal to the core of the staff. I should follow her inside and help her stabilize it.
Objective: Enter the Staff
I entered the core of the staff with Sara, and am now in a magical vortex populated by floating staff shards. We should make our way to the core on the far side of the vortex.
Objective: Approach the Core
Sara needs to disconnect the crystals from the core so she can cast a barrier spell to contain its growth. However, I need to protect her from the core's magical feedback as she disconnects the crystals.
Objective: Protect Sara as She Stabilizes the Core
Finishes quest☑ Sara cast a barrier spell on the core to stabilize it. I should take her portal out of the staff and meet her outside.
Objective: Talk to Sara
* Any text displayed in angle brackets (e.g., <Alias=LocationHold>) is dynamically set by the game 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.