"Over the years, I've heard things. Powerful magics lost to the ages, incredible spells that only the most skilled mages can master. This is the only thing I've ever found. I think it's better off in your hands."

Destruction Ritual Spell is a quest available in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. It is activated after achieving level 90 in Destruction, and then talking to Faralda, the Altmer Destruction trainer at the College of Winterhold, who can be found inside the Hall of Countenance or wandering the grounds. However, Faralda's dialogue may not initiate the quest until the Dragonborn's Destruction skill is 100.

Background[edit | edit source]

I've asked Faralda about additional training in Destruction. She gave me a book called "Power of the Elements" and hinted that it could lead me to new, powerful spells. I should examine the book to see what I can learn.

Objectives[edit | edit source]

  1. Complete the book Power of the Elements
    1. Place the book on the pedestal at Windward Ruins and cast a fire spell at it
    2. Place the book on the pedestal at North Skybound Watch and cast a frost spell at it
    3. Place the book on the pedestal at Four Skull Lookout and cast a shock spell at it

Walkthrough[edit | edit source]

When asked if there is anything else to be learned about Destruction magic, Faralda gives the Dragonborn a book titled Power of the Elements with a single page of vague directions to ruins in the northern area of Skyrim.

Northward, haunted northern coastline
And south, Dwemer live and toil,
A simple place, a shield from draft.
At this stand wield mage's craft
So fierce the sea will boil.

Windward Ruins[edit | edit source]

Travel to Windward Ruins, southwest of Dawnstar. In the ruins is a pedestal that, when activated, places the book onto itself. Casting a fire spell at the pedestal or attacking it with a bow with a fire enchantment ("at this stand wield mage's craft so fierce the sea will boil") will trigger another page of text to appear, this time giving slightly less vague directions to ruins in the south of Skyrim near the Throat of the World.

Under Greybeards' morning shadow
At this northern watch, long lost
Nirn's hoary Throat does scrape the sky.
Here unleash a chilling cry
And gild this stand with frost.

North Skybound Watch[edit | edit source]

Go to North Skybound Watch, on the southwestern edge of the Throat of the World, due southeast of Riverwood. If not already discovered, start at Helgen and head east. North Skybound Watch is located north of the road running between Helgen and Ivarstead. On the way from Helgen, there is a path on the left side of the road before the Falkreath Stormcloak Camp. This path leads to Orphan Rock; while North Skybound Watch is past it and to the northwest. After walking through the door and placing the book, cast a frost spell at the pedestal, which reads, "here unleash a chilling cry and gild this stand with frost," before picking the book back up. The next page directs the Dragonborn to a location around Karthspire:

Over western river waters,
By Karth bounded, south and north
On mountains sits a humble crown.
Sky's wrath on this stand bring forth
To shake these snowcaps down.

Four Skull Lookout[edit | edit source]

Travel to Four Skull Lookout, directly south of Karthwasten (if you have not discovered it yet). Place the book and cast a shock spell at the pedestal ("sky's wrath on this stand bring forth to shake the snowcaps down").

Finally, take the book back and read it. This awards the Destruction spell Fire Storm and more text in the book, this time a grim-sounding message from Shalidor.

Elemental magic wielded,
Elemental thoughts displayed.
Havoc wrought as if for sport,
Efforts to impress fall short.
I'll merely use a blade.

Seeking study, wanting learning,
Recklessly aroused my rage!
My pupil you would be, or more?
Presume not of Shalidor,
You feeble, foolish mage!

Quickly dispatched, worthless weakling,
Though this tome I gladly claim.
A diamond in the rough, I find,
Shining gem from feeble mind.
Now die, and curse my name!

Rewards[edit | edit source]

Journal[edit | edit source]

Destruction Ritual Spell – MGRitual01
ID Journal Entry
10 I've asked Faralda about additional training in Destruction. She gave me a book called "Power of the Elements" and hinted that it could lead me to new, powerful spells. I should examine the book to see what I can learn.
  • Objective 10: Complete the book Powers [sic] [Do not change this to Power. This misspelled word is how it appears in-game.] of the Elements
200 I have followed the clues in Power of the Elements, allowing me to finish the book.
  • Quest complete

Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. The quest is available from Level 90, but a bug with the dialogue with Faralda may cause the quest to not activate unless the Dragonborn has a Destruction skill level of 100.

Bugs[edit | edit source]

This section contains bugs related to Destruction Ritual Spell. 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.
  •  PC   360   The Four Skull Lookout pedestal may not activate, thus preventing the quest from being completed.
    • Reloading a previous quick save will fix this.
    • However, in some cases this may not be a bug, as it appears that the solution is to activate the pedestals in the order that they appear in the book (Fire, Frost, Shock) in order to complete the quest correctly.
    • In some cases the spell needs to hit under the book i.e. the pedestal.
  •  PS4   In some cases, the quest will activate, but Faralda will not give the player "Power of the Elements," preventing the quest from being completed.

Appearances[edit | edit source]

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