Paarthurnax (quest)

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Prerequisite The Fallen, Season Unending
Required Items {{{req_items}}}
Type Faction


Quest Giver Esbern
Location Sky Haven Temple, Throat of the World
Alt Rewards
Required Level
Followed by
ID MQPaarthurnax
Quest Objectives

Walkthrough[edit | edit source]

This quest is given to you by the Blades. They found out that a long time ago that Paarthurnax was once an ally of Alduin.

Kill Paarthurnax[edit | edit source]

They ask you to kill him to make sure that he will not betray Skyrim.

You can complete the whole main quest and then defeat him thereafter. He is not a difficult battle, just simply bring him to the ground (via Dragonrend) and attack normally and he should be defeated with ease.

It would probably be best to kill Paarthurnax once you have meditated on all the three words possible and have all shouts unlocked, as the Greybeards will not talk to you (and in turn not provide you with word wall locations) after you kill him.

Talk to Delphine[edit | edit source]

After killing Paarthurnax return to Delphine, she will be delighted that the Dragonborn did the right thing, at least in her view.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • You do not have to do this quest to complete the game, but the Blades will not talk to you until you actually complete it.
  • At the end of the main quest line, i.e. Sovngarde, you may let Paarthurnax live. If you do so this quest automatically fails, since the dragon will fly off and can no longer be encountered.