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Entrance to the Forgotten Vale

Wayshrine of Sight

The ice waterfalls

Wayshrine of Learning

The frozen lake

Wayshrine of Resolution

The Paragon Portal

The Glacial Crevice

Wayshrine of Radiance and Inner Sanctum

Forgotten Vale

The Forgotten Vale is a hidden region of Skyrim that is inhabited by Falmer. However, it once was a holy place to their predecessors, the Snow Elves, and houses a temple to the goddess Auri-El. It also contains a massive frozen-over lake and waterfall, where dragons are known to lurk, even underwater. It contains variants of almost any species known in Skyrim, including the otherwise unseen Frost Giants.

At the north-eastern shore of the frozen lake a word wall for the shout Drain Vitality can be found.




Forgotten Vale Cave[]

Shortly after entering the vale the Dragonborn will stumble upon a small cave, just north of the main path. In the cave a Rope Release opens up a hidden passage to the a Shellbug that can be mined for Shellbug Chitin.

Further along the path the Wayshrine of Sight is located. And entering the main vale with the frozen waterfalls, to the south-east is the Wayshrine of Learning. At the northern end of the frozen lake the Wayshrine of Resolution is located. Finally just before crossing the stone bridge to the Inner Sanctum the Wayshrine of Radiance appears.

Paragon Portal[]

Entering the main vale, turn north along the frozen waterfalls, upriver to find the Paragon Portal, that lets you place paragon gems (from Frost Giants), opening portals to various hidden areas in the vale.

Darkfall Grotto[]

see Darkfall Grotto

Forgotten Vale Overlook[]

The Forgotten Vale Overlook is accessed by using the Emerald Paragon at the Paragon Portal.

Forgotten Vale Forest[]

The Forgotten Vale Forest is located within the Forgotten Vale and accessed via the Paragon Portal by using the Ruby Paragon.

Sharpslope Cave[]

After the Wayshrine of Resolution, following the river upstream will lead to a cave connecting the river bed with the Falmer tents up in the mountains, this can be used as a short cut to avoid some of the Falmer resistance in the canyon. Another Shellbug can be found here.

Glacial Crevice[]

On the roundabout path to the Inner Sanctum, the Glacial Crevice will need to be traversed. High up an otherwise inaccessible ledge can be explored via Paragon Portal by using the Diamond Paragon.

Inner Sanctum[]

Located up the cliff at the south-eastern tip of the ice lake in the Forgotten Vale, reaching the sanctum requires taking a long-winding path through the vale. A secret room at the sanctum can only be accessed via Paragon Portal by using the Sapphire Paragon. A Shrine of Auriel can be found here.


Items of Note[]

  • Forgotten Vale Cave: Falmer chest ~1120 Gold.png value (L72).
  • Darkfall Grotto: Falmer chests ~1930, ~1140, ~1550, ~1620 Gold.png value (L72).
  • Glacial Crevice (via Diamond Paragon): Metal Chest ~1210 Gold.png value (L72).
  • Forgotten Vale Forest (via Ruby Paragon): Falmer Warmonger with Auriel's Shield and metal Chest ~440 Gold.png value (L72).

Inner Sanctum hidden room (via Sapphire Paragon):

Dark Grotto (via Amethyst Paragon):

  • Potion and metal Chest ~860 Gold.png value (L72).
  • Sharpslope Cave: Falmer Chest ~4670 Gold.png value (L72).

Glacial Crevice:

  • Falmer chests ~2710, ~1050, ~2690, ~1760, ~170, ~1560, ~1110, ~1830, ~1230, Gold.png value (L72).

Forgotten Vale Overlook (via Emerald Paragon, follow river):

Forgotten Vale (out in the open):

Inner Sanctum: