• Collect all three vessels.
  • Perform the ritual with Valdar.
  • Defeat Hevnoraak.


When the Dragonborn enters Valthume, a spirit named Valdar is encountered. The Dragonborn is instructed to collect three vessels in the cave and bring them back to Valdar.

The first vessel can be found in the Valthume area inside the room with the Draugr Deathlord that has two holes in the ceiling to the sky (requires activating a handle across an apparent dead end from an iron gate that causes a hidden door to open as well as the gate). It's possible that during the heat of the fight, the vessel might get knocked over so search the floor and in the bushes in the room. It looks much like an empty wine bottle, but will be labeled "opaque vessel"; the map arrow will show the location, but there will be no arrow shown in the room.

The second vessel is located in the catacombs in the locked room with a cage. When entering the first room there may be a chest and a giant spider with 1-3 smaller spiders with it. The cage with the vessel in it can be unlocked by pulling a chain after setting the correct combination on the rotating kiosks: dragon, hawk, wolf. It is the room with the three flamethrower pillars in it.

The third vessel can be obtained in the room behind the combination lock door. There is a Word Wall behind the third vessel that gives a word of the Aura Whisper shout.

Upon returning to Valdar, he will say that by pouring out the contents of the vessels, the lich entombed in the caves will be deprived from regaining its full power. After the Dragonborn pours the vessel contents into the sconce and sits in the throne, Valdar will reanimate Hevnoraak, who will still be formidable. (It should be noted that after sitting on the throne, the Dragonborn can immediately exit the throne and find a hiding spot before Hevnoraak appears. This can give sneaky characters a better chance to sneak attack him with a bow.)

Valdar then awakens the Dragon Priest Hevnoraak. Hevnoraak casts powerful lightning spells at the Dragonborn and summons Storm Atronachs. Beware of the lightning that Hevnoraak casts on the ground as it is debilitating to health and magicka.

When defeated, Hevnoraak will drop the dragon mask Hevnoraak which makes its wearer immune to both disease and poisons.


  • If a follower is commanded to sit on the throne, Valdar will release Hevnoraak as normal allowing the Dragonborn to choose a better location to attack Hevnoraak from.


This section contains bugs related to Evil in Waiting. 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 the epilogue in the journal is read after completing the quest, the title will be misspelled as "Vader" (rather than "Valdar").
  • The second vessel may be knocked behind the wall by Unrelenting Force, leaving the quest impossible to complete.
  • The puzzle door needing the dragon claw to open may some times freeze, becoming impossible to pick up. If this happens on a PC, enter the console code "setstage dunValthumeQST 10" and return to where Hevnoraak lies (in Valthume). If you return to the door after defeating Hevnoraak it will function properly and you can retrieve the word of power. If this happens on Xbox 360, you can save at the door and reload the game to fix the bug. However, this does not always work. It may be necessary to reload the game to a save made prior to entering the ruins.
  • The spikes blocking the word wall may reactivate. This leaves the Dragonborn trapped. You can either load an earlier save, or open the spikes by shooting arrows at the pedestal upon which the Opaque Vessel was previously placed. Using the Unrelenting Force shout on the pedestal will also work, provided at least two words of the shout have already been attained. (Otherwise, simply jump on the activation block to lower the spikes).
  • If the quest is not marked as completed when Hevnoraak is defeated, talk to Valdar. The quest will then be completed.

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