Elder Scrolls
Elder Scrolls

Skyborn Altar is a dragon's lair located in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. The Word Wall for Frost Breath is here.


Skyborn Altar is located east-southeast of Morthal, south-southwest of Dawnstar, atop a mountain. The easiest way to get to Skyborn Altar is to travel to Labyrinthian and head southeast, passing under an arch. After reaching a green clearing, turn east and head up a gradual path and some stairs.


Dragon Seekers[]

This can be one of the locations given by either Farkas or Vilkas.

Find the Source of Power[]

A courier may give the Dragonborn a letter from a friend to seek out this location.

Find the Word of Power[]

Arngeir may send the Dragonborn here to learn a word of power.

Miscellaneous Quest[]

The bar owner in Morthal tells the Dragonborn about a bounty letter from the Morthal guards.



  • When fighting the dragon at this altar, it is advisable not to bring the fight to the top of the clifftop, since the dragon's corpse can ragdoll all the way down the cliff, making it difficult to loot. Fighting the dragon at the altar's foot is an effective strategy, as it forces the dragon to lower its altitude or land to get a clear shot.
  • If approached before the "Dragon Rising" quest is completed, this location will be host to a Wispmother and her Wisps, as well as a sacrificial table with a shrine of Akatosh on it.
  • There is a dead adventurer at the Word Wall.


This section contains bugs related to Skyborn Altar. 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.
  •  360   When approaching the Word Wall, the word for Frost Breath may animate as being obtained; however, the word will not appear in the list of shouts, and thus cannot be learned.
    •  PC   360   PS3   Alternatively, one may be unable to obtain the word at all.
  •  PC   PS3   When coming back to this location several times, it will be impossible to receive the soul from the dragon's corpse.
  •  PC   360   Skyborn Altar may not show as being "cleared."