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The Sapphire Paragon.

Not to be confused with Peragon.
For other uses, see Paragon (Achievement) and Paragon (Title).

Paragons are magical egg-shaped items found in The Elder Scrolls V: Dawnguard. They act as keys to reach hidden or inaccessible locations within the Forgotten Vale.

When used at the Paragon Platform, each Paragon teleports the Dragonborn and any followers to these hidden locations.


Each Paragon can be found on a Frost Giant in the Forgotten Vale.

  • The Amethyst Paragon can be found on a Frost Giant in the Forgotten Vale. Head towards the northernmost tip of the lake - on the side opposite to the steep path will be a clearing. The Giant can be found here.
  • To obtain the Sapphire Paragon, teleport to the Wayshrine of Resolution, east of it, the Frost Giant across the river from the Paragon Platform can be found. Walking up the steep path from the Amethyst Giant also leads here.
  • The Ruby Paragon is looted from a Frost Giant in a subchamber of the Inner Sanctum. The Initiate's Ewer, acquired through the quest, "Touching the Sky," is required to gain access to the chamber by being placed on a special altar.
  • The Emerald Paragon can be found on a Frost Giant high in the mountains behind a Falmer camp that is northwest of the Wayshrine of Resolution and east of the entrances to Sharpslope Cave.
  • The Diamond Paragon can be found on the Frost Giant by traveling through the Glacial Crevice and taking the first left immediately after exiting Glacial Crevice and continuing up to the Frost Giant. 

Paragon Platform[]

The Paragon platform

The Paragon Platform is found in the Vale north of the central area, near the river that runs between two waterfalls, by the frost giant that holds the Sapphire Paragon.

It is a doorway fallen into ruins of which only two columns and the Paragon Socket remain. Once a Paragon is obtained, it can be inserted into the Socket, which will open a portal between the two columns. Using the portal will lead to a hidden area within the Vale. Each Paragon leads to a specific location. All paragons may be used at this portal to access all the hidden areas and the valuable loot within.


There are five sorts of Paragon, each made of a precious gem: Sapphire, Emerald, Ruby, Amethyst and Diamond. They each open a portal to a specific location.

Name WeightIcon.png Gold Portal leads to
Amethyst Paragon 0.3 360 An inaccessible area within Darkfall Grotto
Ruby Paragon 0.3 700 The inaccessible area Forgotten Vale Forest
Sapphire Paragon 0.3 1000 An inaccessible area within Inner Sanctum
Emerald Paragon 0.3 1500 The hidden area Forgotten Vale Overlook
Diamond Paragon 0.3 2000 An inaccessible area within Glacial Crevice


Auriel's shield

These areas all contain Elven weaponry and armor, jewelry, chests, magic scrolls, gem stones and Gold.

Some items gathered in these locations are unique, such as the Unknown Book, Vol. II, that can be found when using the Emerald Paragon. The area accessed by the Ruby Paragon is home to a Falmer Warmonger who holds Auriel's Shield.


The Paragons location, the Forgotten Vale, becomes accessible during and after The Elder Scrolls V: Dawnguard's main quest "Touching the Sky."

They are also needed to complete the quest "Ancient Falmer Tomes."