Skyrim:Tolfdir the Absent-Minded

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SR-qico-Miscellaneous.png Help Tolfdir find his missing alembic.
Quest Giver: Tolfdir
Location(s): College of Winterhold
Prerequisite Quest: Under Saarthal
Reward: 30 gold, an empty Soul Gem
Required Items: Tolfdir's Alembic
Difficulty: Easy
Tolfdir's Alembic

[edit] Quick Walkthrough

  1. Speak to Tolfdir.
  2. Hunt down his missing alembic in the College.
  3. Return to Tolfdir.

[edit] Detailed Walkthrough

This quest can only be started after Under Saarthal has been completed and if Tolfdir is located in the College of Winterhold. Therefore, it actually cannot be started until Tolfdir returns to the college late in Hitting the Books. However, it is possible to locate the alembic before Tolfdir returns and give it to him immediately upon receiving the quest.

If you talk to Tolfdir, he will ask for the recovery of his missing alembic. The alembic will appear in one of three randomly-selected locations in the Hall of Countenance:

  • On the top floor: in the northern room, on top of a barrel to the right of the central dining bench.
  • On the top floor: underneath the left display case in the enchanting room.
  • On the bottom floor: on a crate in the eastern room, with the big barrel in it.

Tolfdir compensates the player with 30 gold and an empty lesser or common soul gem. The quest can be repeated.

[edit] Notes

  • Finding Tolfdir's Alembic before triggering the quest will not change the quest dialogue or outcome; you can simply start the quest and give the alembic to Tolfdir to receive your reward.
  • Unlike other games where alembics are a major part of Alchemy (in Skyrim, all alchemy equipment is permanently attached to alchemy stations), this is the only alembic item found in Skyrim.

[edit] Bugs

  • Pc22.pngUSKP version only: Finding Tolfdir's alembic before triggering the quest may cause the objective to remain in your journal and not be set as complete.

[edit] Quest Stages

Tolfdir the Absent-Minded (MGR01)
Stage Finishes Quest Journal Entry
10 ;player has accepted quest
200 Finishes quest
  • The following empty quest stages were omitted from the table: 20.

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