The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Walkthrough

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Walkthrough – Act 1 – Dragon Rising

The Dragon Rising main-quest featured in Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, starts after you complete Bleak Falls Barrow, and during your conversation with Farengar.

This quest is required to unlock the fifth main quest, called The Way of the Voice.

During Dragon Rising, you have to visit the following locations: Western Watchtower, Whiterun, Dragonsreach, and some of the characters you will interact with are Farengar, Hrongar, Irileth, Jarl Balgruuf the Greater, and Proventus Avenicci.

You will receive the first objective of this quest as soon as you end your dialogue with Farengar.

Irileth will appear informing you that the guards saw a dragon near Whiterun.

Objective 1: Talk to Jarl Balgruuf

As soon as the dialogue ends, find Balgruuf and talk to him. You will find him near a guard requesting additional information about the dragon. He will ask Irileth to reinforce the western tower.

After he gives the orders, he will turn to you and ask for your help. During your dialogue, Balgruuf asks Avenicci to let you buy a house and you will receive a gift from him.

Make sure you pick it up and your objective will change.

Objective 2: Meet Irileth near the Western Watchtower

Before leaving Whiterun, make sure you buy a ranged weapon (assuming you do not have one), ammo and some health potions.

NOTE: A good idea is you purchase the house, after you complete the main-quest, because you need 5,000 gold pieces.

When you are ready, follow Irileth and she will guide you to the tower.

When you see Irileth hiding behind a rock, approach and you will receive additional information, regarding your next enemy.

Irileth asks you to search for survivors.

Enter the tower and you will see a guard yelling. You will find out that the dragon is near and that Hroki and Tor (two guards) are already dead.

Your objective changes and you will hear the dragon approaching.

Objective 3: Kill the dragon

As soon as you receive this objective, switch to a ranged weapon (magic or bow).

You will notice that Irileth and some guards will keep the dragon distracted, so you have enough time to fire your arrows or spells.

Make sure you don’t stay near Irileth or anyone else.

Go around and attack from one side.

If you take too much damage, sprint to the tower and use some health potions.

Drinking some potions that increase your resistance to fire is also a great idea.

To maximize your efficiency during this boss fight, aim and use the slow time perk.

When the dragon hits the ground, you will be able to attack him with melee weapons; however make sure you do this between the dragon’s breath attacks.

Another efficient strategy to defeat the dragon is to stay on top of the tower. When the beast lands, use the stairs to get down and attack with a melee weapon.

As soon as you defeat the dragon, you will receive a new objective.

Objective 4: Investigate the dragon

Approach the dragon and you will see that it will start to burn.

Don’t be afraid because the fire can’t hurt you. In fact, what you see is the dragon’s (Mirmulnir’s) soul and you are absorbing it.

When the fire fades away, loot the corpse and approach Irileth.

You will receive an optional objective and your main objective will change again.

Optional Objective: Use your new Shout power

To complete this objective, open your Magic menu and the Shouts section.

Select Unrelenting Force Shout and practice on the environment. It is not a good idea to use this shout on your allies, even if they won’t retaliate.

After you complete this objective, it’s time to go back to Dragonsreach.

Objective 5: Report back to Jarl Balgruuf

Travel to Dragonsreach and approach Balgruuf. You will notice that his brother, Hrongar joined the court.

Talk to Balgruuf and tell him that you are a Dragonborn and you absorbed the dragon’s soul.

After the dialogue, you will complete the quest and you will gain access to the fifth quest, named The Way of the Voice.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Walkthrough
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