Platters can be found in many different places in Skyrim. Amongst the common places are keeps, palaces and houses. One particular place is Dragonsreach, which has numerous assorted plates, goblets, and platters. They may also be found in caves and forts.
This item can be used to complete a glitch in which the Dragonborn can go through most of the walls in Skyrim. If the Dragonborn picks up the platter and places it flat against a wall, with the bottom of the platter facing towards them, they can walk into it and they will push through the wall. This can be used in many different ways such as, going through locked doors and getting to the "Do Not Delete" chests under shops.
This can also be exploited to pass through doors that require a key. One such exploit is in Gyldenhul Barrow, where the quest "Deathbrand" takes place. The room with the Cursed Treasure (see the Deathbrand quest link for more info) is locked, and requires a key. Before going through, the Dragonborn needs to have at least three platters in their Inventory. This is because the second is for getting out, door will still be locked, and the third will be when the metal gate lowers when the gold is activated. Using Whirlwind Sprint makes the glitch less tedious, as sometimes it can be stubborn.
The following is a list of areas that can be visited via the "Platter Glitch" that would normally be restricted or blocked. Note that while the list may not include every single area, it includes the most important and interesting spots.
|Whiterun||Chest underneath the Skyforge.||It can be done by using the glitch along the walls that surround Dragonsreach, by the giant stone eagle.|
|Elgrim's Elixirs||Chest underneath the shop, and the Do Not Delete Chest.||Upon entering the shop, go to the left wall. There should be a small space of wall not blocked by crates or barrels.|
|Any walled city||Outside of the walls.||Use the glitch on the walls of a city (Riften, Whiterun, Windhelm, Markarth, Solitude); this will cause the Dragonborn to appear outside. Note that the Locations that would normally appear on the map will not be interacted with or entered.|
|Bronze Water Cave||Secret passage to Irkngthand.||Before the quest "Blindsighted," the cave will be an empty space, home to a Bear, or other creature. After the quest, there will be an entrance to the Dwemer Ruin Irkngthand. If this glitch is used before the quest to go through the wall at the back of the cave, the Dragonborn will be in a tunnel (the secret passage to Irkngthand).|
|College of Winterhold||Inside of the College without starting the quest "First Lessons."||Simply use the glitch on the main College gate.|
|Bloodskal Barrow||Black Book: The Winds of Change before the quest "The Final Descent."||When entering the inner Barrow (where the Reaver Lord is), go to the end of the Barrow. Use the glitch on the wall to the left of the stool with the book The Holds of Skyrim. This will take the Dragonborn to a room with a treasure chest and The Black Book.|
|Rebel's Cairn||Kill the Red Eagle without finding the Red Eagle's Sword.||Upon entering the main room with the pedestal where the sword would go, there will be an open space of wall near the pedestal. Use the glitch there to go to the room where the Red Eagle resides.|
|The Ragged Flagon - Cistern||Treasure Room||Use the glitch on the large golden door in the Cistern to gain access to the Treasure Room. However, it should be noted that there will not be any treasure.|
|Goldenglow Estate||Inside the estate before the quest "Loud and Clear."||Use the glitch on the large gate outside of the estate (where the mercenary is standing). This glitch requires at least five to ten Platters. This is because, at every bridge, there is an invisible barrier blocking the way.|
|Gyldenhul Barrow||The cursed treasure.|
|The Bee and Barb||Two chests and a Do Not Delete.||After entering, go down the stairs. Turn left and use the glitch on the wall opposite the shelf. There will be a small ledge to walk on. Upon reaching the chests, jump down to get them. Taking any items from these will be considered stealing.|
|Thalmor Embassy||Activate the quest "Diplomatic Immunity" without finishing any previous quests.||To do this, one will need to pass run through the back of the west facing wall of the Embassy. To activate the quest, enter Elenwen's Solar to read Thalmor Dossier: Esbern in the torture room. Reading the dossier should activate the quest, allowing all of the main quests before "Diplomatic Immunity" to be skipped.|
|KagrumezDR||Skip the requirement for the Kagrumez Resonance Gems and obtain the Dwarven Black Bow of Fate quickly and without fighting the Dwemer Automatons.||Simply use the glitch to pass through the gates. Having five platters is recommend because it is not possible to open the gates from the other side.|