You can either travel with Lurius and the mercenaries or fast travel to the docks at Solitude. Once Lurius is standing on the deck of the Red Wave, speak to him and he'll tell you he has acquired a vessel willing to take you to Wyrmstooth. Once you're ready to go, head below deck and sleep in a bed. It is suggested that you stock up on gear first before travelling to Wyrmstooth as you won't be able to return to Skyrim until the dragon has been defeated.
From version 1.8 onwards, you'll transition to Wyrmstooth as soon as you finish speaking to Lurius on the deck of the Red Wave.
Note: A bug in Skyrim seems to occasionally cause a trespass alert below deck on the Red Wave despite quest scripting adding the player to the Red Wave faction. If you're experiencing any issues using the bed to transition to Wyrmstooth, try the following:
- Open the console (`) and click on Lurius to get his reference id.
- Type the following console command: coc WyrmstoothDocks01
- Type the following console command: moveto player
- Type the following console command: setstage wtbarrowofthewyrm 30
Once you awaken, Lurius will inform you of your arrival. Follow him above deck, he'll address the mercenaries informing everyone that the ship won't be leaving until that dragon is defeated. Follow Lurius and the mercenaries as they make their way to the imperial mining settlement.The imperial mining settlement will be ablaze and Lurius will comment on the devastation. You can either travel with Lurius and the mercenaries to the barrow or meet him there when you're ready. Elmera will stay behind to tend the wounded. If you need to do some last-minute trading, speak to Ja'Shavi-Dar, an injured Khajiit trader.
After dispatching the bandits at the barrow, Lurius will tell you the gate is locked and to look around the entrance for any clues. Read the bandit journal on one of the barrels to the left of the gate to find out what happened to the sword that's needed to open it. Travel to the Wreck of the Salty Knave with Lurius and the mercenaries to retrieve the sword then return to the barrow and open the gate.
A short distance in to the barrow you will be stopped by Alberthor who at first mistakes you for another bandit. After telling him about the dragon he'll lead you to the next gate which had apparently been closed by a draugr accidentally. He reasons that the only way to open it now would be to transfer the Dragonborn's mind into one of the draugr using an experimental spell and guide it to the lever to unlock the gate.
Note: Upgrading Wyrmstooth midway through your playthrough before you reach this stage may cause a problem whereby Alberthor doesn't deliver the dialogue necessary to transfer controls to the draugr. This can be solved with the following console command:
setstage wtbarrowofthewyrm 130
Once the gate is unlocked, Alberthor will suggest the way into the dragon's lair is likely somewhere through the barrow. Lurius will inform you that he'll be heading back to the barrow to help coordinate the rescue mission at the imperial mining settlement leaving you and the three mercenaries. Continue on through the barrow fighting your way through the temple, refectory and finally the crypts. The solution to the rotating pillar puzzle in the temple is in the room beside the room with the pillars; use the lever in the room with the pillars to open the rotating door to the room with the solution. The solution for the dragon claw puzzle door in the crypt is Eagle-Whale-Snake and is mentioned in a letter written by a fallen adventurer that should be on the ground near the claw.After defeating the draugr boss (either an overlord or a dragon priest), Alberthor will join up with you suggesting the way into Dimfrost, a large underground chasm where the dragon is likely roosting, is through an ancient nordic waste disposal shaft. Jumping down the long shaft will take you to the dwemer ruins that lead to Dimfrost. Alberthor will posess a falmer corpse to continue travelling with you. Once you enter Dimfrost, stick to the road. When it branches, take the road to the right down the hill towards the water and follow that path to the dwemer citadel. You should see a large orange dwemer light in the distance. As you approach the citadel, Alberthor will inform you that he cannot continue posessing the falmer from such a distance and will leave you saying the entrance to the dragon's den is nearby. Look for the door to the Luminatory.
When you reach the circular room with the lever in the floor, make sure all the mercenaries are in the room first before flipping the lever. Once you do, the door behind you will slam shut and water will begin pouring in from a pipe above. As the water level rises, look for a passageway near the top of the room that leads to the dragon's den.Vulthurkrah will greet you, telling the Dragonborn his reason for luring adventurers to their doom on Wyrmstooth was to build an army of the undead to lay siege to Tamriel and restore the age of the dragons. As he flies away, he resurrects the corpses of nearby adventurers. The mercenaries will retreat to a platform behind the dragon's perch, here you can lock yourself in until the resurrection effect has worn off the adventurers, otherwise even high-level players will likely be overwhelmed by their numbers. A lever above the dwemer table will activate a Steam Centurion to distract the fallen adventurers for awhile, while the lever facing the dwemer elevator will open its gate. Use the elevator to return to the surface.
As you reach the surface, you will meet up with Lurius. He'll tell you that the empire has lost its patience with his dragon hunt and has sent an imperial contingent to fight it, though now knowing Vulthurkrah's plans they'll likely all fall and fuel his undead army.
Vulthurkrah will circle the town until you arrive. Once you do he will become hostile, raining burning rocks down from the sky. Once he is defeated, collect the bounty from Lurius to finish the quest.
To return to Skyrim use the map marker located to the west of the docks. Similarly, to travel back to Wyrmstooth from Skyrim a map marker can be found near the docks at Solitude. If you have any mods installed that disable fast travel you will need to unload them so you can fast travel.
- Lurius may not properly address the mercenaries at the docks when you first arrive. Either go back to the Red Wave and sleep in a bed to force the quest to advance or continue on to the barrow and read the bandit journal. Note: From version 1.8 onwards the Red Wave interior will not be accessible from Wyrmstooth.
- Some quest stages may not complete if you rush ahead and open the barrow gate before Lurius has arrived. This will not prevent quest progression and the questline will still complete successfully when you receive the bounty from Lurius.
- If you or your follower resurrects a draugr in the boss' room, it may interfere with the battle counter either causing the gate to fail to open automatically or to open prematurely before the boss has been defeated. A lever can be found next to the boss' sarcophagus that manually controls the gate.
- Your follower may not jump down the shaft into Dimfrost. They will join up with you again once you make it back to the surface.
- Updating Wyrmstooth midway through your playthrough may prevent the quest from advancing when sleeping in the Red Wave and when speaking to Alberthor to get the gate open.
|10||Lurius has asked me to meet him at the docks in Solitude. He should have a vessel ready that can take us to the island of Wyrmstooth.|
|20||I've spoken to Lurius Liore at the Red Wave in Solitude. I should head below deck and get some sleep.|
|40||We've arrived at Wyrmstooth. I should follow Lurius above deck.|
|60||The settlement at Wyrmstooth appears to have been destroyed by the dragon. I should meet Lurius and the mercenaries at the barrow on the far end of the island.|
|90||The entrance to the barrow appears to be locked. I need to search around for any clues that may help us get it open.|
|100||I've read in a bandit's journal that a sword named Goreduster is used to open and close the entrance to the barrow. I need to retrieve this sword and slot it into the pedestal to open the gate.|
|110||I've opened the entrance to the barrow using the Goreduster sword. We should now be able to enter.|
|120||An old mage named Alberthor may know of a way through the barrow and into the dragon's den. I should follow him and find out what kind of obstacle is in the way.|
|135||Alberthor needs to cast a spell on me that will transfer my mind into a Draugr. Through the Draugr, I should should look for a switch that will open the gate.|
|160||Using the Draugr I managed to find the switch that opens the gate. I should follow the barrow to a passage that leads down into the dragon's den.|
|230||The dragon Vulthurkrah has escaped from his den in Dimfrost. I need to follow him and defend the survivors at the mining settlement.|
|260||The dragon Vulthurkrah has been defeated.|
|10||Speak to Lurius Liore at the docks in Solitude.|
|20||Head below deck and get some sleep.|
|40||Follow Lurius Liore.|
|60||Enter Wyrmstooth Barrow.|
|90||Search the barrow entrance for a clue.|
|100||Retrieve Goreduster and enter the barrow.|
|110||Explore Wyrmstooth Barrow.|
|135||Let Alberthor cast the spell.|
|150||Find the switch to open the gate.|
|180||Find a way into the dragon's den through the barrow.|
|230||Defend the mining settlement from Vulthurkrah.|
|260||Receive your reward from Lurius Liore.|