You've just come out of a showdown with a dragon, and talked to Jarl Balgruuf of Whiterun about the danger. The next step of your adventure will take you deep into the mountainous heart of Skyrim in search of the Dragonstone. But how exactly should you go about finding the Dragonstone?
Step 1. Speak to Farengar Secret-Fire
He is the wizard of the Jarl in the Dragonsreach Castle in Whiterun. He can usually be found in the room to the right of the throne when you enter the castle. After you warn Jarl Balgruuf about the dragons he will instruct you to speak to Farengar Secret-Fire. Farengar will explain to you that he is looking for the Dragonstone, and will point you to Bleak Falls Barrow. This will cause you to get a quest marker that points to Bleak Falls Barrow on your map.
If you have already completed the quest 'The Golden Claw' there is a chance that you will already have the Dragonstone in your inventory. This is because this quest will take you through exactly the same path you have to follow for the 'Bleak Falls Barrow' quest. You won't be able to sell or remove the Dragonstone from your inventory once you've picked it up, so it will stay with you until you give it to Farengar at the end of the Bleak Falls Barrow quest
Step 2. Travel to Bleak Falls Barrow
You can find this ruin southwest of Whiterun; south of the Western Tower at the top of the mountains. There are a number of different routes you can take to get there. Be careful when you get close to the Barrow as there will be about 6 bandits at the entrance. The free space in this place will give their archers a lot of opportunity to shoot you with arrows. The routes to Bleak Falls Barrow are as follows:
- Find a footpath from the base of the north wall of the mountain, south of the Western Tower. Follow it all the way to the top of the mountain. This route offers the fewest risks along the way.
- Cross the bridge north of Riverwood. Then turn northwest along a path that leads to the Barrow. This route is most commonly used. However, it will confront you with aggressive forest animals (mostly wolves) and some bandits along the way at an abandoned tower.
Step 3. Enter Bleak Falls Temple
This is the large structure at the top of the stairs. When you first enter the Barrow you will see many skeever and human corpses around you. Sneak forward, and you'll hear bandits talking about someone named Arvel running off with some Golden Claw. If you haven't started 'The Golden Claw' yet, this quest will begin now.
Step 4. Follow the corridors of the temple
Be careful; you may encounter more bandits along the way. Eventually you will encounter a bandit holding a torch who will run towards a puzzle room.
Step 5. Solve the pillar puzzle
Look at the symbols above the gate. The symbol in the center is damaged and lies on the floor. Rotate the pillars on the left so that the symbols you see are the same as the symbols above the gate. From left to right, these symbols should be snake, serpent, and whale. Pull the lever and continue up the spiral staircase on the left.
Be careful while going down the spiral staircase as skeevers will come at you. Stay at the top of the stairs to make it possible to deal with one skeever at a time
Step 6. Defeat the Giant Spider
You will eventually come to a room full of cobwebs, where someone is calling for help. Carefully enter the room where someone is caught in a web; a large Frostbite Spider will descend to confront you. Kill the spider and speak to the man trapped, who turns out to be Arvel the Swift.
If you have trouble defeating the spider, quickly return through the door you entered. The spider won't be able to get through the door. Heal yourself and use magic or distant weapons to defeat the spider from afar. Just keep in mind that the spider can still spit venom at you. Avoid these attacks by ducking to the sides when the spider rears up, as this is the sign that the venom is going to spit at you
Step 7. Cut Arvel the Swift free
Talk to Arvel the Swift to interrogate him about the location of the claw; he will say he will tell you how the claw works when you free it. Use a melee weapon or your magic to untie the webs that bind his arms and legs.
Step 8. Get the Golden Claw from Arvel the Swift
After you free Arvel, he will immediately run deeper into the Barrow to try to escape. You can either run after him to kill him or have a draugr do it for you. Defeat the draugr and search Arvel's corpse to find the Golden Claw. Go deeper into the Barrow when you have the claw.
Step 9. Follow the corridors to the Sanctum
As you progress through the Barrow there will be more traps and dangers you will encounter. Be aware of the following dangers:
You will walk into a number of rooms in which dead corpses lie in the tombs along the walls. Be careful. Some of these corpses will come back to life as you walk by.
nail door trap:
The first room where you fight revived draugrs also contains a nailed door trap. Be careful not to step on the pressure plate on the floor; otherwise the trap will be activated and the door will pierce you. Draugrs can also activate this trap, so be careful.
Eventually you'll come across a narrow hallway with axes swinging in it. Watch the timing of these axes and move through the hallway as fast as you can between the axes.
Frost troll (frost troll):
After a while you will come to some running water. Follow the water. Pull the chain next to the gate to open it. Eventually you will come to a ledge. Look down from the ledge to see a frost troll. Use a distant weapon, such as a bow and arrow, to kill the troll from above. Follow the right corridor when the troll is dead to come down where the troll was.
Step 10. Solve the round door puzzle
You will eventually come across a closed door with rotating rings around the lock. Go to your inventory, select the Golden Claw, and inspect it. Rotate it so you can see the bottom, and pay attention to the symbols you see on it. Rotate the rings around the keyhole on the door to match the combination on the claw. The combination is, from top to bottom: owl, moth, bear. Put the Golden Claw in the keyhole to open the door and go to the Sanctum.
Step 11. Learn a new shout
When you enter the Sanctum you will see a large, open room with waterfalls and a striking wall with strange text on it. You will hear singing that gets louder the closer you get to the wall. Get close enough to the wall, and your screen will darken as one word on the wall glows brightly, teaching you a Word of Power shout from the Word Wall.
Step 12. Pick up the Dragonstone
When you've learned the Word of Power, the coffin will break open behind you, and a strong dragon boss will emerge. Defeat this draugr and search his corpse to find the Dragonstone.
Step 13. Exit the Sanctum
You don't have to run all the way back to the entrance of the barrow. Take the stairs to the left of the Word Wall, and go through the gate at the top of it. When you get to a wall, pull the lever on the right to open the hidden door. Continue through this hallway until you reach the exit.
Step 14. Give the Dragonstone to Farengar
When you're outside, you can open your map and fast-travel back to Dragonsreach in Whiterun. Go back to Farengar. You will hear him speak to someone named Delphine. Listen to their conversation to learn more about the return of the dragons. Talk to Farengar to give him the Dragonstone and complete the Bleak Falls Barrow quest.