A Tonal Resonator was a device created by the Dwemer. They were used as stationary gate-openers in which one had to use a bow and arrow, or a Destruction spell, and shoot one of the handles on the Resonator so that it would spin up or down, which would open the nearest gate or door.

Arkngthamz puzzleEdit

Tonal Resonator Solution

Katria's drawing of the puzzle solution to the Tonal Resonator puzzle in her journal.

In the Dwemer ruin of Arkngthamz, located in Skyrim, several Tonal Resonators appear that must be shot at to open doors. In a large cavern that leads to the room containing a shard of the Aetherium Crest, there are five Tonal Resonators located on a large wall with a gate (two on the top and three on the bottom). These Tonal Resonators must be shot at in a correct sequence in order to open the gate. The correct sequence is as follows: bottom left, bottom right, top left, top right and bottom middle.

The order of the first two Resonators can be found in Katria's Journal, while the second and third are written in a Scrap of Paper found on a dead adventurer in front of the door the Tonal Resonators open.

Fahlbtharz puzzleEdit

In the Dwemer ruin of Fahlbtharz, located on Solstheim, contains several Tonal Resonators throughout the ruin. Near the end of the journey towards the Great Hall, are six Tonal Resonators in a large room that represent a very complex puzzle that opens a gate leading to the Great Hall. Though there are six Tonal Resonators, only 20 lights need to be lit, in which the far left Tonal Resonator needs to be shot at 3 times, the middle left one 4 times, and the middle right one 13 times.

Number of lights lit by each valve:

  • Far left = 3
  • Middle left = 4
  • Left closest to center = 6
  • Right closest to center = 9
  • Middle right = 13
  • Far right = 18


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  • Gate Glitch

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    • Okay.. so when I hit all the resonators in the correct order... it says to claim the treasure but the gates wont open. Katria just says "d...
    • No its just perma glitched any spell/bow works
  • Resonator frozen

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    • have glitch in the resonators at summit they have frozen and will not reset I have moved on and do not want to roll back to a save point can th...
    • I have that too you have to jump around till you see the button to use it it will be in some werid other space good luck see if this fixes it
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