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For other uses, see Revealing the Unseen.
"[The Staff was] made and used by Magnus himself, if you believe those sorts of things. I believe I've heard it said that it's the only thing that coud adequately contain his power."
Mirabelle Ervine[src]

Revealing the Unseen is a quest available in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim in which the Dragonborn must locate and recover the Staff of Magnus, the counterpart to the Eye of Magnus inside the College of Winterhold.


Mirabelle has told me that members of the Synod recently visited the College, mentioning the Staff of Magnus. They were last known to be heading towards Mzulft; they may know more about where to find the staff.


  1. Speak with Mirabelle Ervine
  2. Find the ruins of Mzulft
  3. Search for Synod researchers
  4. Reach the Oculory
  5. Find the Focusing Crystal
  6. Return the Crystal to Paratus
  7. Follow Paratus
  8. Place the Crystal into the Oculory
  9. Focus the Oculory
  10. Talk to Paratus
  11. Report to Savos Aren
  12. Reach Ancano


Mirabelle may be found wandering the Hall of the Elements, in the exterior courtyard within the College, or occasionally sitting in the Hall of Countenance or Hall of Attainment. Ask her about the staff, and after a few roundabout conversations, Mirabelle recalls that some Imperials from the Synod were interested in it and came to the College to question them. Leaving empty-handed, it appears they had a secondary plan: to head toward the sprawling Dwemer ruins of Mzulft, which apparently has a derelict observatory that would somehow help locate the staff.

In the foothills by the edge of the mountains that curve through Eastmarch Hold, south and a little east of Windhelm, Mzulft still stands. There are ancient carved stone columns, archway entrances, and a spectacular stone-and-pipework facade with steam still hissing from the hillside. It is possible to open the huge golden door and step inside.


Slumped to the right of the first interior door is an Imperial named Gavros Plinius. He was ambushed while attempting to reach the Oculory, where another member of the Synod, Paratus, is holed up.

Before dying, he murmurs something about a crystal being stolen. His corpse can be looted for a couple of important items: a key that will aid in the entrance to Mzulft and a research log. Reading the log reveals who exactly was here (an attendant on behalf of the First Adjunct Oronrel) and what he was doing (delivering a new Focusing Crystal to the Oculory). Now the key may be used to open the second door.

Continuing east, the path turns left (north), where a trap trigger drops spikes from the ceiling. A dead Synod Researcher has some random loot. The path turns right (east), then left (north) again, where two Dwarven spiders are found. The path continues winding east and north with more spiders, until two huge gold doors are encountered. The doors on the left are visibly booby trapped, so it is best to stand to the right of them when opening them, or else to undo the trap trigger on the bottom right of the door. The room is a dead end, but inside it is another spider, then a vein of moonstone ore and a chest.

The other doors can be entered and a ramp climbed to the east. Another door to the left (north) leads to a more natural cavern with elements of Dwemer architecture still visible. Inside there is more moonstone ore that can be mined, up a wooden ramp to the right (east) before having to engage with the first Chaurus. Two more dead Synod researchers are found here, at the foot and the top of the ramped scaffold. There is also more ore that can be mined, plus a knapsack near the ore vein and an apothecary's satchel.

Up a sloping passage to the north is a trip wire that releases a pile of rocks. Beyond that is a second, much taller cavern that contains a mammoth skeleton, more chaurus, and an arched entrance to another finished portion of the cavern. A doorway leads north, then turns right (east) up another ramped corridor, where Dwarven spheres will attack at the top. An adept-level gate there can be unlocked for some nice loot.

Continuing to the left (north), then up a ramp to the right (east), there is a door. Beyond it is a mechanical corridor with several more Dwarven automatons near the far end. At the end of the corridor is a T intersection. To the right is a dead end. To the left (north) is a room with another Dwarven spider. A walkway leads straight, then right (east) to another T intersection. To the right (south) is a stairway that leads down to the right (west). At the bottom of those steps is an alchemy lab. To the left (south) is an expert-level gate protecting a single chest containing meager loot.

Back at the last T intersection, to the north is another door. Beyond it is a large room with a walkway around the left (west) wall, plus a stairway against the right wall that goes down to the lower part of the room. There is nothing of interest in the lower part except for two Dwarven automatons. The upper walkway is trapped - a trigger halfway through causes the pipes to extend from the wall, knocking an unsuspecting Dragonborn to the lover level. Another Dwarven sphere is along the walkway on the other (northern) side of the room.

A passage north from the upper part of the room leads to a chest, corpses of dead Falmer, and wrecked Dwarven spiders. To the right (east), a ramp leads upward. At the top, just before the doors, to the left is a chest hidden behind some rocks containing minor loot. Going through the golden doors leads into the Mzulft Boilery.

Mzulft Boilery[]

Just beyond the doors are the remains of several more Dwarven automatons. From the doors, a ramp leads up to the east. Just to the left (north) from the top of the ramp is a large area that allows proceeding right then left, or straight then right. There is a Falmer patrolling the northern side of the room. From the northeastern corner, a ramp leads further up to the east, where another Falmer lurks at the top.

The path turns left (north) and leads to a hub room with cage doors and two more Falmer. Against the left (west) wall is an expert leveled locked gate with the corpses of several Dwemer automatons. In the northern wall is an unlocked gate with nothing behind it.

Through the open doors to the east is a gap in the wall that appears to be caused by Falmer tunneling. This path continues to the left (north) with more chaurus and Falmer encounters. A small room on the right contains a Falmer chest, several sacs of chaurus eggs, and a moonstone ore vein.

The path continues generally northward past a small Falmer camp that also has several chaurus. There is a tripwire in the passage beyond the first camp. The passage leads generally northwest, then takes a sharp turn to the right (east). At the end, it turns left (north) and opens into a large room with another Falmer camp with another dead Synod researcher. Beyond, the path leads north and up through another narrow passage to another large room with a chaurus and a Falmer chest somewhat hidden in the southwest corner.

Continuing on to the north, the path returns to Dwarven-built chambers, with another Falmer patrolling the area. Ahead is a master-locked room with a skeleton and a chest visible through the barred opening. Next to the chest is a Mzulft room key. Beside the skeleton is the Alteration skillbook, The Lunar Lorkhan.

The path turns west. On the right (north) side is an expert-locked door with a chaurus behind it. The room beyond contains an apprentice-locked chest with minor loot and many Dwemer artifacts.

Back on the main path, to the west, the ceilings are higher and the chambers more impressive as a huge gallery with a flooded sunken central area is reached. Falmer are swarming about in this location. To the right (north), on the right side is an alcove with a novice-locked chest. On the opposite (west) side, at the south end, a trapped door leads to a room with a chaurus reaper and some nice loot. Back in the main room, at the northern end of the west wall is one last corridor. The doors at this corridor's end lead to the Mzulft Aedrome.

Mzulft Aedrome[]

The path starts out heading east up a ramp. At the top are a chaurus and a Falmer. Turning left (north), the path comes to a short wall with a room behind. The room contains several more Falmer. This room is the central of three giant chambers connected by corridors of ornate pillars and snaking pipes.

The central chamber has numerous Falmer, but one is especially important: a Dwarven Centurion Master boss, or a Falmer Shadowmaster, or a Falmer Gloomlurker (this is level dependent) that carries a focusing crystal. This will be needed soon, so it is important to kill and loot every enemy in this room. If Dawnguard has been installed, this enemy might be a Falmer Warmonger.

Before proceeding west, though, note that a corridor leads down to the east to a smaller room with many Dwemer artifacts, including multiple pieces of solid Dwemer metal. There are two more doors leading further to the east into similar rooms, but the last has a Dwarven centurion, Dwarven Spider Guardian or Falmer Gloomlurker (level dependent). Behind it is a chest containing valuable loot and the Mzulft Observatory key, which is necessary to open the doors to the west. There are some nice potions, ingots, and arrows on the wall shelves as well.

Back in the central room, a master-locked door to the north dead ends with a Falmer chest and a moonstone ore vein. Just to the left of the corridor leading west (to the central chamber) is a wall chest containing minor loot. Down the corridor is a door that requires the Observatory key to unlock. Beyond that door is a ramp leading up to another locked door that requires a key. However...


Paratus Decimius is behind this door, and unlocks it when he hears it being tried. He has been expecting Gavros Plinius (the Synod researcher that was found dead at the entrance) and is displeased by the arrival of someone else. Once he is informed that the crystal has been brought along, and that the Dragonborn is from the College of Winterhold, he grudgingly accepts the help. He strolls along the corridor leading to a giant Dwarven armillary sphere.

Decimius is not sure what the Dwemer called this huge focusing globe, but from the Synod's research, the machinery appears to have been made to collect starlight for an as yet unknown purpose. Decimius thought to replace one of the elements with his crystal, after months of perfecting it. Using the focusing crystal will allow the Synod's research to continue. It will be necessary to activate the giant, tumbling machinery.

After following Decimius into the armillary chamber and up the ramp surrounding the sphere (and optionally speaking to him about related matters), he requests that the Oculory be approached, with the giant series of lenses atop the armillary, and the Dwarven armillary be activated.

Upon gazing around the curved observatory chamber, a series of circular blue focusing mirrors can be noticed on the ceiling panels around the chamber. Directly above the center of the Oculory are three focusing lenses.

During the daytime, a stream of bright light bounces off them, onto the ceiling. Some of the blue focusing mirrors are lit with starlight, as is the main circular mirror in the center of the ceiling. After heading up either ramp and looking to the stone table, a number of valuable items can be found:

Items gained[]

Puzzle Solution[]

If the frostbite spell is not already known, the spell tome Frostbite sitting on the desk behind the control panel up the stairs needs to be read. Move around on top of the curved upper surface of the sphere, casting Flames and Frostbite (use only these novice spells, apprentice or higher leveled spells will move the mirrors differently) at the blue circles on the center of the ceiling and also cast them at the center of the ring where the crystal is until each beam of light above is focused on a separate rotating ring around the ceiling.

Each of the Dwemer pedestals atop the ramp will rotate one of the three ceiling panels. Press the button on each pedestal until the blue mirrors each line up with their respective light beam and all beams are reflected back into the center. Once all three beams/mirrors are aligned go and speak to Decimius again.

The Map Revealed[]

A map of northern Tamriel in Mzulft

As a map of the northern part of Tamriel is projected onto the wall underneath the buttons, Decimius is initially excited to watch the results of his months of work. However, this is tempered slightly as the results come in: Something is creating a huge amount of interference, something at the College of Winterhold.

Speak to Decimius (and be as honest or as cagey as desired), but he is highly suspicious of the mages. He angrily wants to know what has been done at the College or what the College has to cause such an interference. Whether or not he is told about the Eye of Magnus, the conversation needs to be turned to the Staff of Magnus's location. Decimius finally reveals its location: Labyrinthian.

While leaving the Oculory room, Nerien, another representative from the Psijic Order, magically appears from a side corridor to say that trying times are ahead. It is imperative that a return be made to the College immediately. Swift action must be taken, and capabilities must be proven. He believes the Dragonborn will prevail.

Beyond the doors where Nerien was standing, another set of doors can be opened with the Observatory key. Once open, it is possible to fast travel back to the College.

Back at the College[]

Mirabelle destroys Ancano's barrier

After arriving at the College, Savos Aren can be found in the Hall of the Elements. He refuses to talk about the Staff of Magnus because the Eye of Magnus has been taken over by Ancano, who has barricaded himself inside the room. Savos and Mirabelle hit the barrier with sparks and frost, respectively, and though fire does not need to be used to destroy the barrier, one might as well complete the trio. Note that, if Mirabelle is hit, she will not speak to Ancano, and the quest cannot continue. Once in the room with Ancano, a short cutscene unfolds where Savos attempts to speak to and stop Ancano, resulting in the screen going white. This ends this quest and begins the quest, "Containment."


Revealing the Unseen – MG06
ID Journal Entry
10 I've been asked to speak with Mirabelle Ervine to follow up on the Staff of Magnus.
  • Objective 10: Speak with Mirabelle Ervine
20 Mirabelle has told me that members of the Synod recently visited the College, mentioning the Staff of Magnus. They were last known to be heading towards Mzulft; they may know more about where to find the staff.
  • Objective 20: Find the ruins of Mzulft
  • Objective 25: Search for Synod researchers
30 At Mirabelle's suggestion, I entered the ruins of Mzulft searching for the Synod researchers. I found one man who died, and suggested that more people may be inside at something called The Oculory. I should head further into the ruins to see what's going on.
  • Objective 30: Reach the Oculory
32 At Mirabelle's suggestion, I entered the ruins of Mzulft searching for the Synod researchers. I found Paratus Decimius, who appears to be the only surviving member of the Synod expedition, and who has insisted that a "focusing crystal" is necessary to finish his experiment but was stolen by the Falmer. (if not in possession of the focusing crystal)
  • Objective 32: Find the Focusing Crystal
35 Exploring Mzulft while looking for information about the Staff of Magnus, I've encountered Paratus Decimius, the sole surviving member of a Synod expedition. I've found the focusing crystal he needs to finish his experiment, and should return it to him.
  • Objective 35: Return the Crystal to Paratus
  • Objective 37: Follow Paratus
40 Paratus Decimius may know the location of the Staff of Magnus, but has asked for my help in completing an experiment in Mzulft. I need to follow him to the top of the ruins.
  • Objective 40: Place the Crystal into the Oculory
50 Paratus Decimius may know the location of the Staff of Magnus, but has asked for my help in completing an experiment in Mzulft. I need to use magic to attenuate Paratus' focusing crystal, and then manipulate the dwarven machinery to line up the beams of light.
  • Objective 50: Focus the Oculory
  • Objective 55: Talk to Paratus
60 Traveling to Mzulft in search of the Synod, I found Paratus Decimius who helped me learn that the Staff of Magnus is located in Labyrinthian. This information needs to get back to Savos Aren at the College immediately.
  • Objective 60: Report to Savos Aren
70 After traveling to Mzulft and learning that the Staff of Magnus is located within Labyrinthian, I returned to the College to give the news to Arch-Mage Aren. Aren, however, is more concerned with the Eye of Magnus at the moment, since Ancano has locked himself in the Hall of the Elements with it. I need to help the Arch-Mage reach him at once.
  • Objective 70: Reach Ancano
200 After finding the Synod in Mzulft, I learned that the Staff of Magnus can be found in Labyrinthian, and brought this news to the Arch-Mage.
  • Quest complete


  • If the Oculory puzzle is attempted during nighttime, there will be no beam, an issue that has been mistaken as a bug.
  • When fighting the Centurion Sphere (Master), it might not get through the door because of its size, which can be used to an advantage.
  • It can be useful for mages to do the quest "Out of Balance" for Drevis Neloren at the College of Winterhold, because of the bug that can sometimes give two hours of incredibly fast magicka regeneration, extremely useful against the dangers of Mzulft.


This section contains bugs related to Revealing the Unseen (Skyrim). 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  /  PS5  ,  XS  , 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.
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  •  PC   360   PS3   The quest may not actually start. In the previous quest, Savos will have directed the Dragonborn to Mirabelle, but she will not have any available information. This will prevent The Eye of Magnus from starting.
    •  PC   360   PS3   A possible reason it may also not start is if the cave Mzulft has been cleared previously and/or Sergius Turrianus is dead. If he is found dead, then the mission can be started by resurrecting him. Open the console and type player.setstage "MG06" 10 and then speak to Mirabelle Ervine.
  • In the Mzulft Aedrome, after Paratus Decimius opens the door to the Oculory, he may stand there, even after telling him about the Focusing Crystal, and he expects to be followed.
    • This can be fixed by shouting at him, and if that does not work, try reloading and making sure he opens the door.
  •  PC   Gavros Plinius at the entrance of Mzulft may be frozen, will not die and cannot be pickpocketed, and the cut-scene will not appear.
    • Resolved by reloading as soon as it happens.
    • Alternatively, clicking on Gavros while he is talking can somehow cause him to be dragged, reducing movement as if over-encumbered. Clicking on Gavros again will stop dragging him.
    • A way to get into Mzulft if unable to talk to Gavros Plinius to get the key for the door is use the console (`) and type in the following Player.additem 0005DCB9 1 to get the key.
  •  PC   360   PS3   Sometimes ending the quest will not trigger the next quest in the series. Savos Aren's corpse will be outside, but no character will interact and trigger the next quest.
    •  PC   360   PS3   This can be avoided by not killing the mage from the Synod.
    •  PC   This can be fixed by entering setstage MG05 0 in the console.
    •  PC   Another solution found was by making sure all members of the college are alive, as the death of a member of the college can inhibit the cutscene for the death of Savos Aren to occur. This can be solved by using the resurrect command on the console, while targeting the dead character.
  • Fighting enemies outside the door to the Oculory area may cause Paratus to say "stay away." Paratus may not open the door once enemies are killed, and the door cannot be unlocked with the key.
  •  PC   Sometimes it may not be possible to focus the Oculory, even during the day.
    •  PC (Fix)   This workaround may be inputted into the game's console if this is the case: player.SetStage MG06 55.
  •  PC   360   PS3   If the Dragonborn leaves and returns when trying to focus the Oculory, the buttons may not work for a time, but they may return to operation; however, the Oculory itself will not respond to having spells cast at it.
    • If entered during nighttime, just wait until daytime without leaving the chamber.
    •  PC (Fix)   When the Focusing Crystal does not respond to spells, a possible solution is clicking on it with the console out, and disabling and enabling using commands disable and enable. This should force the object to reload correctly and allow it to function.
  •  PC   It may not be possible to see any beams of light before or after placing the crystal.
    • May be related to "low" graphics settings
    • Possible workaround for the above bug: By advancing the time to daytime, saving, and then quitting the game, it may be possible to reload the saved game and have all beams back, and the crystal can be moved again.
  •  PC   360   PS3   Mirabelle might become stuck on a low, hard-to-reach rock outside the college making it impossible to go further into the quest.
  • Depending on the arrival time back at the college, Nirya and more of the college staff might be trapped on the other side of the magical barrier gate. This can result in the trapped staff simply walking up and opening the door, skipping to the white flash in an instant. This may freeze the game.
  • When "Good Intentions" is completed, this quest may not be added to the quests list.
  •  PS3   Gavros Plinius will talk to the Dragonborn, but the cutscene may not begin.
  • The Falmer may not always have the Focusing Crystal, rendering the quest impossible to complete.
    •  PC (Fix)   Workaround is to use console commands and look through the results for "Focusing Crystal" to get the right ID.
    • Type the commands:
      • player.additem <itemid> 1
      • setstage MG06 35
    • To get <itemid> type:
      • help crystal 4
  •  360   An invisible wall may be run into when trying to leave the Oculory
    • Waiting for two hours will cause the cutscene to resume, unfreezing the character.
  •  PS3   If the Dragonborn has a follower, the quest may get stuck, and Savos Aren will not confront Ancano when the ward is destroyed. Mirabelle will also become hostile to the follower.
    • This can be fixed by reloading the last save and dismissing the follower.
  •  PS3   Sometimes the main door to the hall of the elements will get stuck open, and the Hall cannot be entered.
  •  360   When being directed to Mirabelle Ervine by Savos Aren during or before "Revealing The Unseen," she may glitch upon the rooftop of College of Winterhold's tower. This often happens after a dragon fight at the college where Mirabelle Ervine will enter the tower yet will not come down after the initial fight.
  •  PS3   When trying to place the Crystal in the Oculory, the Dwarven armillary may not be able to be activated because "Activate Dwarven armillary" does not appear as an option.
    • A possible solution is to update the game to at least patch 1.6.
  •  PC   After talking to Mirabelle Ervine about the Staff of Magnus, she mentions the Ruins of Mzulft, and the journal quest entry appears, but the Ruins of Mzulft may not appear on the map. Also, the command Show on Map does not work with the quest and there is no quest marker upon selecting the quest. Even if the Ruins of Mzulft are discovered, after entering, Gavros Plinius may not be there, and the quest cannot continue.
    • A possible solution is to enter the command setstage MG06 30 in the console before approaching the door where Paratus should be.
    • If the abovementioned solution does not work using the command setstage MG06 32 may work
  •  PC   After talking to Paratus, he may just stand there. If the Dragonborn tries to move on, he will simply stand there. If the Dragonborn tries to talk to him, he will just repeat the same conversation.
  • After the ruins of Mzulft have been found, when entering the first doors, Gavras Pinius will not speak to the Dragonborn. He cannot be pickpocketed and will just say generic NPC lines.
  • On the Focus the Oculory objective if the Dwarven ruins have been left and re-entered or, possibly, when the game has been turn off and on, Frostbite and Flames no longer have an effect on the focusing of the light.
  •  360   After returning to the College, Savos Aren may not initiate conversation, and as a result neither him or Mirabelle will try to destroy the barrier, making the quest impossible to complete.


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