Skyrim:Ancient's Ascent

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SR-mapicon-Dragon Lair.png
Dragon Lair:
Ancient's Ascent
(view on map)
Clearable Yes
Dungeon Yes
Respawn Time 10 days or 30 days
Console Location Code(s)
DragonLair02Exterior01, DragonLair02Exterior02
Falkreath Hold
Southwest of Helgen, Southeast of Falkreath
Special Features
Word Wall Animal Allegiance
Ancient's Ascent

Ancient's Ascent is a mountaintop dragon lair southwest of Helgen. Its word wall teaches part of the Animal Allegiance dragon shout.

Related Quests[edit]

  • Note: This location is one of many potential targets for one or more of the radiant quests found on this page.

Ancient's Ascent[edit]

Closeup of the word wall

The route to the word wall is through Bonechill Passage, a short cave. It can also be accessed by using a horse to climb the mountains around the area. There are three snowberry plants to the right of the path after exiting Bonechill Passage. There are a couple wide flights of stairs leading up to a plateau in front of the word wall, with lit braziers at the bottom and top of each flight.

Before the dragons' return, the word wall will be guarded by a few leveled enemies.

After the dragons' return, the word wall will be guarded by a leveled dragon, which will attack as soon as you approach from the cave.

Regardless of whether Dragon Rising has been completed, the boss chest is by the base of the remains of a huge arch found on the approach, between two short flights of stairs leading up to the word wall.