(RefID: xx01FB99, xx0186AD, xx0186AE, xx017F82, xx01F999)
|Primary Skills||Speech, One-handed, Heavy Armor, Alteration, Destruction, Restoration|
|Perks||Augmented Shock (Rank 1), Respite, Bladesman (Rank 1), Critical Charge, Magic Resistance (Rank 1), Fighting Stance, Savage Strike, Recovery (Rank 1), Extra Damage 2, Reduce Damage|
|Faction(s)||DLC2ApoTentacleNoHitFaction; DLC2MQ02Faction; Actors in this will never fill world interaction aliases; allied apocrypha creatures; Immune to Bend Will shout; NPCs Immune to Mehrunes Razor; DLC2MQ04MiraakFaction|
He once served as a leader of the Dragon Cult and possesses a Dragon Priest Mask called Miraak, given to him by the dragons. At some point, he sought out the teachings of Hermaeus Mora, the Demon of Knowledge, and became his champion. Hermaeus Mora taught Miraak the power to bend the will of dragons. Using this knowledge and his innate ability to devour the souls of dragonkind, he turned on his winged overlords and killed a great number of them. Three Dragon Priests, Ahzidal, Dukaan and Zahkriisos, joined him and became his three most powerful servants, called the "Acolyte Priests". Following this, dragons razed his temple in retaliation. Hermaeus Mora protected his new champion, though Miraak became trapped in the Daedric Prince's realm. For more information, see the lore article.
After disappearing into Oblivion since the last time Dragons roamed the lands, Miraak is planning his return to conquer Solstheim once more. This is evident by the fact that anyone around an All-Maker stone becomes enchanted and enslaved by Miraak's power, causing them to mindlessly chant, erect shrines to Miraak, and rebuild his ancient temple. When you ask inhabitants around Solstheim whether they know of Miraak, most will say that they have heard of the name, but cannot quite say where; some will become confused and mildly upset at the question and ask to end the conversation.
Miraak also sends cultists to Skyrim in order to hunt down and kill you.
- Dragonborn: Travel to the island of Solstheim to find out what's happening there.
- The Temple of Miraak: Uncover the source of Miraak's power in the Temple of Miraak.
- At the Summit of Apocrypha: Confront Miraak at the summit of Apocrypha and defeat him once and for all.
Miraak knows the following spells and shouts:
- Destruction: Firebolt, Sparks, Lightning Bolt, Chain Lightning
- Restoration: Healing, Lesser Ward, Fast Healing, Greater Ward
- Dragon Shouts: Become Ethereal, Cyclone, Dragon Aspect, Fire Breath, Frost Breath, Unrelenting Force, Whirlwind Sprint
Note that Miraak's shouts are customized and most have much shorter recovery times than the regular versions.
The Temple of Miraak
Upon reading the Black Book: Waking Dreams, you will be teleported to Apocrypha just in time to hear Miraak say
- "The time comes soon when..."
Miraak will then acknowledge you by saying
- "What? Who are you to dare set foot here? Ahh... You are Dragonborn. I can feel it. And yet..."
At this point his dialogue will differ depending on how many dragons you have slain.
|Fewer than 10 dragons killed||"You have done little beyond killing a few dragons."|
|Between 10 and 25 dragons killed||"You have defeated dragons, yes, but still..."|
|Over 25 dragons killed||"You have slain a great many dragons, I see. And yet..."|
|Completed Dragonslayer||"So you have slain Alduin... Well done. I could have slain him myself, back when I walked the earth, but I chose a different path."|
Regardless of which line he speaks, Miraak will always follow with
- "You have no idea of the true power a Dragonborn can wield!"
He will then demonstrate the Dragon Aspect shout to you, and say
- "This realm is beyond you. You have no power here. And it is only a matter of time before Solstheim is also mine. I already control the minds of its people. Soon they will finish building my temple, and I can return home."
Miraak will turn to the four seekers and say:
- "Send him/her back where he/she came from. He/She can await my arrival with the rest of Tamriel."
The seekers will then shower you with their Seeker Drain spell. While you slowly lose consciousness, you can see Miraak mount Sahrotaar and fly away.
At the Summit of Apocrypha
Upon your arrival with Sahrotaar, Miraak will say:
- "Sahrotaar, are you so easily swayed? No. Not yet. We should greet our guest first. And so the First Dragonborn meets the Last Dragonborn at the summit of Apocrypha. No doubt just as Hermaeus Mora intended. He is a fickle master, you know. But now I will be free of him. My time in Apocrypha is over. You are here in your full power, and thus subject to my full power. You will die. And with the power of your soul, I will return to Solstheim and be master of my own fate once again."
Miraak will then initiate combat and will say:
- "Kruziikrel! Relonikiv! Now!"
Miraak cannot be engaged in conversation during the battle, however he may say a number of things to you depending on several factors.
|At any time||"Hermaeus Mora is laughing at us, you know."
"Fate decreed that you had to die so that I could win my freedom."
"This is the only way, Dragonborn. The only way I can be free."
"You could have been mighty, if fate had decreed otherwise."
|Between 50% and 100% Health||"I am done being Hermaeus Mora's pawn."|
|Below 25% Health||"You are strong. Stronger than I believed possible."|
|Below 25% Health and have finished The Way of the Voice||"The Greybeards taught you well."|
|Miraak has killed one dragon||"You fight valiantly against fate, but I am stronger here."|
|Miraak has killed two dragons||"I know things the Greybeards will never teach you."|
|Miraak has killed all three dragons||"This cannot be. I am master of my own fate!"|
|Miraak has killed all three dragons and is below 25% Health||"Beware. Hermaeus Mora will betray you as he has me."|
|Player has defeated Alduin||"Felling Alduin was a mighty deed, and I thank you for it. He would have proved troublesome to me."
"They wanted to use me to deal with Alduin - Hakon and the rest. I chose otherwise."
|Player uses all three words of the Dragon Aspect Shout||"So, you use my own Shout against me. You learn quickly."|
|Miraak loses sight of the player||"There's no escape from this place."
"You are in my power here."
"Hiding is beneath you, Dragonborn."
|Miraak regains sight of the player||"Ah, now we can finish this."
"Did you think to escape me?"
"It's too late for regrets, Dragonborn."
|Player jumps off the platform, and is teleported back||"You cannot flee me, Dragonborn."
"I can call you back to my tower as often as I like."
"Your death will not be that painless."
Miraak may also taunt his dragons by saying:
- "Join the Last Dragonborn in his/her destruction."
- "So easily you betray me, after all these years."
- "I thought you were stronger than this, Kruziikrel."
- "I always knew you were weak-minded, Sahrotaar."
When Miraak reaches somewhere between 20% and 10% of his health, he will say
- "Kruziikrel, !" and absorb Kruziikrel's soul, regaining full health.
For the second time when Miraak reaches somewhere between 20% and 10% of his health, he will say
- "Relonikiv, ziil los dii du!" and absorb Relonikiv's soul to regain full health.
For the third time when Miraak reaches somewhere between 20% and 10% of his health, he will say
- "Sahrotaar, ziil los dii du!" and absorb Sahrotaar's soul to regain full health.
Once Miraak's health reaches a certain level, he will attempt to escape the arena. Hermaeus Mora will intervene, claiming that Miraak can hide nothing from him in his realm. The Daedric Prince then impales Miraak with a tentacle, and explains to Miraak that his death is insignificant, as he has found a new Dragonborn to 'serve' him. As Miraak dies, he wishes upon you the same fate he is about to suffer, and then disintegrates into nothing but bones as his soul departs from his body and is absorbed by you.
- Miraak: "Wuld Nah Kest!"
- Hermaeus Mora: "Did you think you could escape me, Miraak? You can hide nothing from me here. No matter. I have found a new Dragonborn to serve me."
- Miraak: "May he be rewarded for his service as I am!"
- Hermaeus Mora: "Miraak harbored fantasies of rebellion against me. Learn from his example. Serve me faithfully, and you will continue to be richly rewarded."
Once you complete the quest The Temple of Miraak, Miraak will begin stealing dragon souls from you, whether you are in Skyrim or on Solstheim. The first time you kill a dragon, he will always appear, and thereafter every time you kill a dragon with a soul that can be absorbed, there is a 25% chance that Miraak will appear. When this occurs, he will be in a semi-transparent and invulnerable state, and will absorb the soul of the slain dragon, preventing you from obtaining it. He will then disappear. This event will continue to happen until Miraak is defeated during the quest At the Summit of Apocrypha.
When Miraak steals a dragon soul, he may say one of the following lines:
- "Not this time, Dragonborn. This one's mine."
- "It takes a strong will to command a Dragon's soul, perhaps you aren't as powerful as you think."
- "Do you ever wonder if it hurts? To have one's soul ripped out like that?"
- "This dragon's soul belongs to me."
- "Thank you for your help. We will meet again soon."
- "I grow ever stronger, Dragonborn."
- "One step closer to my return."
The only exception is when you kill the dragon at Saering's Watch during The Fate of the Skaal. If you do not have any stored souls, and you haven't yet unlocked the first word of Bend Will, Miraak will not appear.
Originally, Miraak was to be first battled in the exterior of his temple during The Temple of Miraak and has some unused dialogue relating to the encounter. You could engage in conversation with him, and Miraak would have said:
- "And here you are, just as I asked. How very kind of you. I presume you've already seen some of what I've accomplished. There is so, so much more to be done. I'm glad you're here."
You could have then said that he said he would show you your true power, and he would have replied by saying:
- "If only it could be so. In order to subdue this chaotic world, to set things right, I must return to this realm in full."
You then had two options: You could have said no, and Miraak would have said:
- "Then this will be over soon for you."
You could have said yes, and Miraak would have said:
- "Good. Then let us see who truly has the soul of the Dov."
Either way, Miraak would have then initiated combat.
- His name means "allegiance guide" in the dragon language. Nahkriin seems to mention his name when speaking "Zu'u uth dein daar miiraak." However, the priest is not referring to an 'allegiance guide' but rather to a 'portal'.
- There are several different versions of Miraak encountered during the main quest. They have the IDs
xx0200D9and are of the Nord race. The Miraak that is encountered during the quest At the Summit of Apocrypha has a race called Nord with an ID of
- At his highest possible level, Miraak is one of the three highest level NPCs in the game (one of the others being the Magic Anomaly, which has no max level at all, with the other being Arngeir, whose level is static).
- You can become Miraak's slave for as long as you like. Approach an All-Maker stone that has not yet been cleansed, and you will start using a hammer and chisel to shape the stone. Attempting to move will allow you to regain control. Any time you sleep on Solstheim, you will wake up entranced at one of the stones already working.
- He appears to use a Shout to rip the souls from the three dragons in the fight, but analysis via the Creation Kit of the back-end mechanics of this "Shout" clearly label this as a "Fake" shout repeatedly, and don't even assign an actual name (instead leaving the form copy source in-game names in as unseen extraneous data). The dragon language used ("<DragonName>, ziil los di du!") also do not fit any known pattern of Words of Power in any previous Shout, being instead a structured sentence ("<DragonName>, your soul is mine to devour!")
- He cannot be ragdolled under any circumstances, but can be staggered.
- His Dragon Aspect shout will give him the benefits from the shout, but it won't summon an Ancient Dragonborn to fight for him.
- At one point, it was intended that you could prevent Miraak from stealing a soul by getting him to the bleedout state. In the final design, however, this is impossible, since he is invulnerable.
- Miraak also appears as the card Miraak, Dragonborn in Legends.
- Unlike other dragon priests, Miraak is not an undead creature.
- Miraak yields six dragon souls upon death, plus the dragon souls he stole from you throughout the questline. The Papyrus code granting the souls reads
PlayerActor.ModActorValue("DragonSouls", 3 + DLC2SoulStealCount.GetValueInt() + totalDragonsKilled)where totalDragonsKilled is a counter updated during the last fight as Miraak steals three dragons' souls (using a fake shout).
- If Miraak's skeleton is dropped from the arena after the battle it will disappear in a cloud of tentacles. This does not happen with any other NPC body.
- After Miraak is defeated his corpse may fall through the floor preventing his items from being looted.
- Using the console command
player.moveto xx01fb99will bring you to the place that Miraak fell to. It is right below the place you fight him, on standable ground. You can also use the command
tclto turn off collision to clip through the floor, loot his corpse, then move back up to the surface. Use
tclagain to turn collision back on.
- Using the console command
- The battle with Miraak is scripted. When Miraak drops below 20% health, he will become ethereal and head to the pool in the center of the platform. After killing a dragon and absorbing its soul, he will regain full health and continue the fight. This cycle must happen twice in order to complete the battle. However, if you deal enough damage in a single strike or spell to bring him below 10% health, he will kill a dragon, absorb its soul, but will be unable to regain full health. This will cause him to stay ethereal, making the fight impossible to complete.
- This bug is fixed by version 2.0.7 of the Unofficial Dragonborn Patch.
- Open the console, click on Miraak, and type
ResetHealth. This should bring Miraak back to full health, causing him to drop the ethereal effect and continue the battle.
- When Sahrotaar approaches the battle area, have it focus its attacks on one of the other dragons, do not dismount. Your character should select lighting spells and also attack from dragon-back the other dragons. The lighting, in addition to being an instantaneous spell which doesn't require aiming in this context, will drain the other dragons of magic and force them to land. Keep damaging the other dragons until they are dead. Then kill Sahrotaar, and then finally attack Miraak.
- Reloading a save should fix this. You may want to make a save before fighting Miraak, as the last autosave checkpoint is before the dragon riding tutorial.
- Becoming fully hidden may fix this. There is a stack of books that sneaking behind should suffice.
- If none of the above options work, Dragonrend Sahrotaar only. Once he lands, kill him. It may take a while, but he won't attack you. After you kill him, Miraak should almost immediately absorb Sahrotaar's soul, and the fight can continue. [verification needed]
- If Miraak arrives to steal a dragon soul the dragon may not burn and Miraak will stay with the corpse failing to absorb the soul.
- Fast traveling somewhere else then returning may fix this.
- If you have a perk that disintegrates an enemy at a certain health percentage and it triggers when you kill a dragon there won't be an ash pile, Miraak will appear but he will be invisible and nothing happens
- To fix this, reload an earlier save.