Template:Interior Mzinchaleft Gatehouse is a location in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. It is located at the northern end of Mzinchaleft Depths and provides outside access into Blackreach.


Mzinchaleft Gatehouse is a small area inside of Mzinchaleft in the Hjaalmarch hold that houses a dwarven centurion and treasure chests. After clearing all of Mzinchaleft, including the Gatehouse, elevator access from a road in Skyrim to the Gatehouse is available, thus allowing for quick access to Blackreach as well.

There is a gated alcove on the north side of the Gatehouse with some dwemer metal and an unlocked chest containing leveled loot. The lever operating the gate is attached to a column to the right of the gate, at about eye level.

Elevator to and from Skyrim

When entering the Mzinchaleft Gatehouse for the first time, a Dwarven Centurion becomes activated and must be defeated. Once he is, access is granted to an elevator that can take players back up to Skyrim. From Skyrim, the same elevator can be accessed for quick entry into the Mzinchaleft Gatehouse, and therefore, Blackreach.

This elevator only becomes available for use from Skyrim once Mzinchaleft (and the Gatehouse) have been cleared. The Skyrim access point to the elevator down to the Gatehouse is just northwest of Mzinchaleft, along the road.

Access to Blackreach

Another benefit of the Mzinchaleft Gatehouse is the access door into Blackreach. Inside of the Gatehouse, there is a pedestal where a Dwarven Mechanism can be activated. You will need the Attunement Sphere to activate the Dwarven Mechanism, which can be obtained from Septimus Signus at Septimus Signus's Outpost which is north of the College of Winterhold. Once it is, the floor will drop down into a spiral staircase that will lead directly to a set of doors giving access to Blackreach.

Once the Gatehouse has been cleared, and therefore unlocked, access to Blackreach can be achieved quickly by traveling from Skyrim, down the elevator (entrance found on the road just northwest of Mzinchaleft), into the Gatehouse, and then down the staircase to Blackreach's entrance.


This section contains bugs related to Mzinchaleft Gatehouse. 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.
  • Note that the outer doors are glitched. Going from the interior to the exterior, the doors appear to be opening into a solid wall. However, they can be passed successfully.
  • It is possible that the Ancient Technology quest will glitch and say that the item you need is in the last chest. You cannot open the gate to the chest at all, and to overcome this you must send your companion to go get it. He/She will walk right through the gate and get the items.
  • It is possible that the centurion is not there, therefore it a small dead end hallway


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