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Skyrim:Autumnwatch Tower

Skyrim: Places: Dragon Lairs
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Dragon Lair:
Autumnwatch Tower
(view on map)
Clearable Yes
Dungeon Yes
Respawn Time 10 days or 30 days
Bandits, Dragon
Important Treasure
Jornibret's Last Dance
Console Location Code(s)
DragonLair04Exterior01, DragonLair04Exterior02, DragonLair04Exterior03, DragonLair04Exterior04, DragonLair04Exterior05
The Rift
Southeast of the Alchemist's Shack
West of Froki's Shack
Special Features
Word Wall Marked for Death
# of Tanning Racks 2
# of Cooking Pots/Spits 1
Autumnwatch Tower

Autumnwatch Tower is a pair of abandoned towers located south of Ivarstead.

Related Quests

  • Note: This location is one of many potential targets for one or more of the radiant quests found on this page.



Before the dragons' return, the towers are occupied by a group of bandits. There are two bandits at the bottom of the northern tower, a bandit outside the southern tower and a bandit chief at the top.

There is a dragon guarding the word wall, which teaches part of the Marked for Death dragon shout. The dragon will likely detect you before you ascend the towers, and can sometimes detect the undead of Arcwind Point and will fly off to deal with them. There is a silver ore vein located at the base of the southern tower.

The dirt path leads to the southern tower and there is a stone path branching to the north that leads to the northern tower. Stairs lead up towards the north tower, past an old extinguished campfire, with a food sack and various items of clutter nearby. There is a non-respawning patch of imp stool on your right and a tanning rack just to the right outside the entrance.

Autumnwatch Tower

Another tanning rack is just inside the north tower, with a set of shelves to the right and a cooking pot in the middle of the first floor. The shelves hold two deer hides, two leather strips, and a blacksmith's elixir. Climbing the spiral stone stairs leads directly to the top floor, where three unowned bedrolls can be found. There is also an enchanted pair of hide boots and a hide helmet on a crate beside a straw bale. There is a copy of the Light Armor skill book Jornibret's Last Dance and a bottle of alto wine on the small crate by a chair.

On the bottom floor of the southern tower are two imp stool fungus, several food sacks and barrels, a loose piece of firewood, and a woodcutter's axe on a wooden block. On the second floor is a bedroll, a random rare book, and a wooden bowl holding a chicken egg beside a bale of straw. On the other side of the bale is a food barrel with an apothecary's satchel on top. On the top floor, there is a skeleton that can be looted for a copy of Physicalities of Werewolves beside a crate with a bottle of Nord mead on top and an unlocked chest. In an open crate beside the skeleton are two bowls of vampire dust, and in another open crate on the other side of the chest are two samples of slaughterfish scales. There is a stone bridge crossing the gap to the word wall.


  • A quicksilver ore vein is located 210 ft southwest of the tower.
  • If you fall off the stone bridge to the word wall, there is a small point in the rocks where you may get trapped and be unable to escape from. Luckily you can still fast-travel from here.
  • The dragon at Autumnwatch may be killed by undead south of the cliff overlooking Autumnwatch.


  • The word may not appear on the wall, leaving you unable to learn the entire Marked for Death shout. There does not appear to be a definite fix for this, though loading from a previous save may cause the word to appear. You will hear the background music/chanting, and the sound that plays when you learn a word will play, but you will not learn the word. The chanting/background music will continue to play every time you visit the site. ?

-Killing the dragon and returning to the wall may fix this should the dragon fly off to Arcwind Point.