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"It would seem there's some sort of disturbance. From what few details we were given, it sounds quite familiar. I suspect that the power released by the Eye of Magnus was not fully contained, and has coalesced in this part of Skyrim."

Aftershock is a quest available in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim in which the Dragonborn must destroy Magic Anomalies that have become loose since Ancano's manipulation of the Eye of Magnus.


"There have been reports of some sort of magical anomaly in Skyrim. Tolfdir fears it is a side-effect of Ancano's meddling with the Eye of Magnus, and has asked that I look into it. He suggested I take the Staff of Magnus with me, just in case."


  1. Close the Rupture
  2. Return to Tolfdir


The location of the anomaly may vary each time the quest is done. When the Dragonborn arrives, an anomaly is found spawning Magic Anomalies which are highly resistant to magic. The Dragonborn must defeat all of the apparitions to close the anomaly. Despite Tolfdir's recommendation to bring the Staff of Magnus, the Staff is not actually needed and, in some cases, seems to have no effect at all.

Possible locations[]

The locations of the rifts creating the magic anomalies are always in one of three locations of one of the nine holds, and most are sufficiently away from any location that they cannot be directly fast travelled to.

The coordinates of these locations are the following:

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Hold X Y Z
Eastmarch 156774 34973.2 -12097.3
150116 -19969.3 -9522.54
157887 -10004 -5701.51
Falkreath 11456.6 -87138.9 9099.58
3191.81 -74939.1 4265.12
-6586.35 -53651.6 1571.73
Haafingar -115923 125363 -13348
-150279 112002 -13856
-59606 129451 -10192.1
Hjaalmarch -26330.7 54009.8 -11479.4
-22964.2 96914.9 -13116.8
-17923.1 114182 -13608.7
The Pale 67783.6 41701.1 -7949.6
13956.8 81918.3 -10131.7
26322 53657.4 -7227.48
The Reach -122084 15215.7 -4146.69
-93317 63170.8 -12512
-129837 60564.9 -9449.18
The Rift 154730 -106058 10797.1
105575 -74706.2 10646.9
136527 -69979 14900.1
Whiterun -51447.9 14353.8 -6905.97
43888.8 -9992.87 -2488.3
-5524.83 2130.19 -6528.94
Winterhold 87612.1 91605 -10019.7
87813.4 76805.4 -5513.69
138605 68813.2 -7901.52


Every three days, Tolfdir can be asked about any tasks that need completing. He then marks the map with the location of a new rupture. Alternatively, when traversing the world, a rupture can be found, and closing it will automatically start the quest.


The Jarls are paying the College of Winterhold for clearing out the anomalies throughout Skyrim. As Arch-Mage, the Dragonborn receives a leveled amount of Gold from 500 to 1,500 Gold each time this quest is completed. However, if the location of the magic anomalies were in Winterhold Hold then there will be no reward, as the inhabitants of Winterhold are already displeased with the College.

Level Gold
1–9 500
10–19 750
20–29 1000
30–39 1250
40+ 1500


Aftershock – MGR30
ID Journal Entry
10 There have been reports of some sort of magical anomaly in Skyrim. Tolfdir fears it is a side-effect of Ancano's meddling with the Eye of Magnus, and has asked that I look into it. He suggested I take the Staff of Magnus with me, just in case.
  • Objective 10: Close the Rupture
20 I have found and shut down the magical anomaly Tolfdir was worried about. I should return to him and let him know it's been dealt with.
  • Objective 20: Return to Tolfdir
200 A magical anomaly was reported in Skyrim; it seems to have been connected to Ancano's meddling with the Eye of Magnus. I successfully shut it down before it could become a greater problem.
  • Quest complete
  • Quest complete


  • Although Tolfdir recommends that the player bring the Staff of Magnus, it is not required to complete the quest.
  • The player may encounter Magic Anomalies after completing the Eye of Magnus without accepting "Aftershock" from Tolfdir. The Magic Anomalies will not disappear or change location until they are destroyed.
  • High level players can retrieve grand soul gems from Magic Anomalies.


This section contains bugs related to Aftershock. 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  /  PS5  ,  XS  , 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.
  • The rupture and anomalies may not appear at the quest marker at all. To fix this bug, simply spawn a few anomalies, kill them and the quest will advance (00053F1D). If this fails, using the command setstage MGR30 20 will advance the player to the end of the quest.
    • This is often caused when the rupture randomly spawns intersecting water.
  • The rupture may spawn underwater, rendering the quest impossible to complete due to the fact that no anomalies appear.
  •  360   The rupture may spawn randomly causing the quest to start giving the objective of "Return to Tolfdir."