Online:Snow Treaders

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This article is about the antiquity. For the achievement, see Snow Treaders (achievement).

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These fur-lined boots combine the rugged practicality of northern footwear with the grace and precision of Elven smithing. Magic swirls in the polished metal, defending the wearer from any attempts to slow their advance.

The Snow Treaders are a Mythic pair of medium boots that comes with the Divines trait. It can be obtained through the Antiquities system. It was released as part of the Greymoor Chapter.


1 item: While you are in combat, you are immune to snares and immobilizations that can be cleansed, but you cannot Sprint.


  • Five fragments are required to create the item, all of which require a master-quality Lead in order to scry, and are classed as master difficulty to excavate.
  • You are required to be at least level 7 in Scrying, and have the Antiquarian Insight IV passive in order to scry Master difficulty leads.
  • Fragment Leads are largely found in the same zone as where the fragment is excavated, save for a few cases where it may be found in different zone.
Icon Lead Source Zone Codex Entry
ON-icon-stolen-Ring.png Auri-El Metal Carvings Overland mobs Bleakrock Isle These carvings appear to venerate Auri-El. My research indicates he occupied a place of special significance for Snow Elves. This metal is quite flexible, too. I'm not sure what the original purpose of this was. — Reginus Buca Many worshipped Auri-El at the time, and still do! Not just the Snow Elves. We know so little of their history, even that may be a matter of debate. Though I will concede the area that this was found supports the theory. — Verita Numida Since this is so flexible, even after all this time, I wonder if it was some kind of wearable display of worship. Something emblazoned on different surfaces, either on armor or someone's shield. They could have even worn it over their regular clothes! — Amalien
ON-icon-fragment-Sixth House Button.png Glacial Metal Rivets Public Dungeon bosses in Labyrinthian Western Skyrim These are incredibly small. The detail is astounding! I can't even begin to speculate what these might have held together. To be honest, we rarely see such fasteners in Elven apparel. They appear almost Dwarven in their construction. — Reginus Buca Is that really so odd? Snow Elves and Dwarves coexisted for untold centuries in what is now Skyrim. These rivets might be evidence of cross-cultural collaboration, right? Both civilizations had so much to teach each other! — Amalien Whatever their origin, they're masterfully smithed. I doubt even a modern Elven clothier could craft something so tiny. It requires a jeweler's focus. This would help create a sturdy object without sacrificing aesthetics. That's the Elven way, after all. — Ugron gro-Thumog
ON-icon-stolen-Plate.png Magicka-Imbued Metal Plates Underpall Cave Delve bosses Cyrodiil [Note 1] These are inert now, but I see evidence of magicka smelted into the metal itself. The scorch marks suggest it was fire magic, or at least a very mild form of it. These marks are from use, not from a singular blast of heat. — Gabrielle Benele The shape is a little vague, but these almost seem like the soles of shoes to me. They would be the right length for an Altmer foot, if we're going with the theory that this is Snow Elf in origin. I suppose it could just as easily be cooking utensil. — Reginus Buca Oh! Maybe the Snow Elves figured out a way to make traversing the snow easier. Metal soles that melt the snow while you walk! Or for recreation? How fun would it be to glide along freshly melted tracks of snow? — Amalien
ON-icon-fragment-Petrified Snow-Cedar.png Petrified Snow-Cedar World Bosses The Rift Snow-cedar is incredibly durable. The Snow Elves apparently bred them to be able to withstand intense cold and lack of nutrients, but I've never seen parts of one separated from the living tree before! — Reginus Buca There are some alchemical practices that can petrify wood in a matter of hours. It makes for a strong, nearly indestructible material that can be used in a lot of different ways, though it's hard to tell what it was used for here. — Gabrielle Benele I'm sure the Snow Elves made this! They would have certainly found a way to solidify the wood and make use of it. Maybe they even made armor out of it, it's tough enough. And there are marks on this piece that look deep enough to be from a sword! — Amalien
ON-icon-fragment-Snowy Sabre Cat Fur Strip.png Snowy Sabre Cat Fur Strip Drodda of Icereach in Direfrost Keep Eastmarch Over the years, many artists have imagined Snow Elf attire as being made of fashionable furs from head to toe. Long fur capes, decorative hats, fluffy boots ... The stitching on the sides suggests these were made for clothes. — Amalien Snowy sabre cats would have been abundant in the areas Snow Elves nobles inhabited, especially at the time. It's not out of the question to say they could have been the main source of material for clothes and a variety of other resources. — Reginus Buca I'm no tailor, but I do have an eye for style. These are cut in such a way that they would be the inner lining of either a hat or possibly even gloves. You can clearly see where the outer layer was pulled away from the stitching. — Verita Numida


  1. ^ While the Lead is found in Cyrodiil, the dig site is located in Coldharbour.