Paarthurnax is the second main quest of the final Skyrim act, and unlike other main-quests included in the game, Paarthurnax is an optional quest, and it can be skipped; however, in our Skyrim Paarthurnax walkthrough, players can learn how to complete it.
Additionally, this quest affects the hero’s standing with the factions included in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.
Paarthurnax starts during the first quest of the third act, a quest called The Fallen.
Paarthurnax is a short quest and the locations that must be visited are Riverwood, Sleeping Giant Inn, Sky Haven Temple and Throat of the World.
While playing The Fallen, you can start Paarthurnax by talking to Esbern or Delphine.
They will require only one thing from you: to kill Alduins brother, Paarthurnax.
Objective 1: Kill Paarthurnax
When you talk to Esbern you will find out that if you dont kill Paarthurnax the Blades wont help you anymore.
No matter how much you try to explain that Alduins brother is different now, Esberns opinion remains the same.
NOTE: At this point, it is time for you to pick your side. You should know that if you complete this quest, the Greybeards will become angry, which means that you will not be able to complete any other faction quest that they could give you.
On the other hand, if you dont slay the dragon, you cant access the faction quests given by the Blades. It is also important to know that if you dont want to kill Paarthurnax, the main-quests that follow, wont change.
Paarthurnax is an optional quest and it wont affect the games progress. A good idea is to kill Paarthurnax after you complete all Greybeards Faction Quests, and then play the Blades Faction Quests.
When you are ready to start this quest, travel to the Throat of the World and get ready to face the dragon.
You can kill Paarthurnax using your favorite weapon; however there are several tips that can help you to finish this battle faster.
You can use the Fire Breath Shout to inflict more damage until Paarthurnax takes off and flies away.
While he flies around you, use the Dragonrend to bring him back to the ground and then use your most powerful attack (magic, melee or ranged).
Repeat these steps until Paarthurnax dies.
Absorb then Dragons Soul then loot the corpse.
Objective 2: Talk to Delphine or Esbern
To complete this objective you must return to the quest-giver (Esbern or Delphine)
Delphine can be found in Riverwood, while Esbern awaits you inside the Sky Haven Temple.
Both characters will congratulate you, and the Blades will become your allies.
You can also visit the Greybeards and talk to Master Arngeir, who is disappointed. From this moment on, High Hrothgar closes its doors for you.
NOTE: After you complete this quest, you can return to the previous one, or you can complete the Blades Faction quests. If you played Paarthurnax during The Fallen, continue that quest.