Skyrim is jam-packed stuffed with quests, each on the principle storyline and off the overwhelmed observe, however one virtually all gamers will encounter is the Golden Claw side-quest in Riverwood.
Whether or not you discover it organically, or bump into it as a part of the Bleak Falls Barrow story mission, there is a dungeon to raid and some Golden Claw door puzzle to resolve. This is a full walkthrough on the best way to do it.
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Tips on how to begin the Golden Claw Quest
The simplest solution to begin the Golden Claw quest is to play the ‘Bleak Falls Barrow’ story mission, as you will mechanically decide it up alongside the best way. Play the story up till you get to Dragonreach in Whiterun, and the Jarl and Mage will direct you to the close by Bleak Falls Barrow ruins.
To get there, journey to Riverwood (keep in mind that you would be able to choose beforehand visited areas in your map to quick journey there), then depart going north alongside the trail, however as a substitute of going in direction of Whiterun, take a left on the junction and up the mountain.
Be cautious of wolves and bandits on the best way up, and on the finish of the trail is the Temple. Take out some extra bandits, then climb the steps to the appropriate and enter Bleak Falls Temple.
Simply inside, run by means of the cavern and encounter the 2 bandits by the hearth. By listening to their dialog, it’s going to set off the Golden Claw quest.
Within the occasion you miss this, otherwise you need to decide it up and run the dungeon exterior the principle story (we are saying kill two birds with one stone, however as much as you!) then go to the Riverwood Dealer (it is the second constructing on the appropriate as you enter from Helgen) and overhear the dialog inside concerning the stolen merchandise. Enquire about it to start out the search.
Bleak Falls Barrow dungeon walkthrough
Stone pill puzzle
After the opening camp hearth, comply with the tunnels till you attain a room with a lone Bandit, a lever and a sequence of rotatable stones with adorned with symbols on the left. Do not pull the lever, lest you need a bathe of arrows within the face, and switch the stones on the appropriate to no matter matches the 2 excessive above on the far finish of the room (the center stone is the one mendacity on the bottom subsequent to the lever).
The reply is Snake, Snake, Fish, which lets you safely pull the lever, elevate the gate and progress.
Meet Arvel the Swift
Loot the products on the desk forward after which go down the picket staircase left, and comply with the passage till you encounter a webbed over room on the left, which you’ll swipe aside so you’ll be able to enter. Forward is a captured Arvel the Swift, guarded by a Wounded Frostbite Spider. Defeat the spider – it is pretty simple to kill even at this early stage – and chat to Arvel, who will proceed to Golden Claw quest.
No matter what occurs, Arvel will attempt to flee with the Golden Claw as quickly as he is free, so reduce him down and kill him to get the merchandise – you will want it to proceed.
Discover the key of Bleak Falls Barrow
Proceed down the passage behind Arvel till you attain a room stuffed with Draugrs. Defeat them, be careful for the stress pad by the gate as you progress additional, and following the subsequent room is a passage with swinging blades to keep away from. Merely step ahead just a few paces after each goes till you attain the tip.
For those who do not fancy preventing the Draugr, then you’ll be able to at all times ignore them, run previous the blades and they need to comply with you into their path – although when you have a Follower, then they may additionally do the identical in order that they get by means of unhindered. Both means, there is a swap to the appropriate you’ll be able to pull once you’re by means of the opposite facet that’ll cease the blades from swinging additional.
Proceed to a lit room with a waterfall and a Dragur that emerges from a coffin leaning in opposition to the far wall. Pull the chain subsequent to the gate the place the water flows to, and comply with the water down till you’ll be able to take a passage proper. Observe the passage spherical so that you move the waterfall in your left (you’ll be able to proceed down for a chest) and press onward till you attain a Stressed Draugr, which is a bit more highly effective than the remaining. As soon as vanquished, enter the Bleak Falls Sanctum.
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Tips on how to remedy the Golden Claw door puzzle
Inside Bleak Falls Sanctum is a big room. Take the steps on the again, go left on the high and spherical onto the bridge elevated into the center of the room, and proceed on till you attain an extended space with a puzzle containing a sequence of rings and symbols on the wall.
To resolve this puzzle, study the Golden Claw that you just obtained from Arvel the Swift earlier within the Objects menu (it is designated as a ‘Misc’ merchandise). There you will see the symbols you’ll want to match – a Bear, a Butterfly and an Owl, going from high to backside. Set these because the Outer Ring, Center Ring and Interior Ring respectively, then activate the Keyhole beneath to open the door.
Head by means of the cavern, and up the quick steps and method the curved phrase wall inscribed with phrases to be taught the Dragon Shout ‘Pressure, Unrelenting Pressure’, finishing the ‘secret of Bleak Falls Barrow’ quest. As you flip to depart, you will face a robust Dragur who climbs out the coffin. You may get just a few low cost hits in as he climbs out and attracts his weapon, in any other case ensure you are healed frequently and take your time to evade and block, and he ought to go down rapidly.
To depart the dungeon, head up the steps alongside the far left of the wall, the place you will discover a swap that’ll open a hidden passage. On the finish is a means out again to the open world, the place you’ll be able to both drop down the rocky cliff face and make your means on foot, or quick journey. You’ll be able to go straight to Whiterun to proceed the story, however you could in addition to full Golden Claw sidequest first.
Discover the proprietor of the Golden Claw
Journey to Riverwood and go to the Riverwood Dealer (once more, it is the second constructing on the appropriate as you enter from the south). Speak to Lucan Valerius on the counter and hand over the Golden Claw. For those who by no means began the search right here, ask if one thing has occurred first to earn 400 Gold.
For those who had been additionally on the principle story path, now journey to Dragonsreach in Whiterun and hand over the Dragonstone to the mage Farengar to finish the search.