Elder Scrolls
Elder Scrolls

An Aetherium Shard, or Glowing Crystal Shard if it is found before meeting Katria, is a piece of pure Aetherium that can be combined with others to form an Aetherium Crest.


It is an essential item for the quest "Lost to the Ages." The first one (left piece), can be obtained from Arkngthamz. The others can be obtained from Deep Folk Crossing (upper piece) and Raldbthar (right piece). The lower piece can be found in the Dwarven Storeroom outside Mzulft, without needing to start "Revealing the Unseen." Once the Aetherium Crest is formed, it can be used with the Aetherium Forge located under the Ruins of Bthalft to craft one of three unique artifacts/items: the Aetherial Crown, the Aetherial Shield, or the Aetherial Staff.

If one is obtained before "Lost to the Ages" is started or the book The Aetherium Wars is found, then a miscellaneous quest, "Identify the Crystal Shard" will appear in the quest log.



  • Aetherium Shards can be collected before the quest "Lost to the Ages" is started. This will result in a miscellaneous quest to identify the shard, which can be done by reading a copy of The Aetherium Wars. After reading the book, the Dragonborn will be redirected to Arkngthamz, where the actual quest will begin.


This section contains bugs related to Aetherium Shard. Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:

  1. Please reload an old save to confirm if the bug is still happening.
  2. If the bug is still occurring, please post the bug report with the appropriate system template  360  /  XB1  ,  PS3  /  PS4  ,  PC  /  MAC  ,  NX  , depending on which platform(s) the bug has been encountered on.
  3. Be descriptive when listing the bug and fixes, but avoid having conversations in the description and/or using first-person anecdotes: such discussions belong on the appropriate forum board.
  • If an Aetherium Shard was taken before "Lost to the Ages" was started, Katria will still spawn near claiming a new shard is found if the Dragonborn returns to its original location.