Skyrim:Yngol Barrow

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This article is about the location. For the quest, see Yngol's Barrow.

SR-mapicon-Nordic Ruin.png
Nordic Ruin:
Yngol Barrow
(view on map)
# of Zones 1
Clearable Yes
Dungeon Yes
Respawn Time Never (storage is safe)
Level Min: 6
Draugr, Yngol's Shade
Important Treasure
Helm of Yngol
Console Location Code(s)
Northeast of Windhelm
Yngol Barrow

Yngol Barrow is a barrow northeast of Windhelm on the south bank of the White River.

[edit] Related Quests

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

[edit] Detailed Walkthrough

The layout of the barrow is fairly linear: there are twists and turns but the main path will not split. Bouncing blue orbs are found throughout the barrow and will follow you around. At no point do these orbs become hostile and they disappear when you claim the Helm of Yngol.

Rotating Pillars:

The puzzle room in Yngol Barrow

The rotating stone puzzle is solved by reading Notes on Yngol Barrow, found on the Dead Scholar in front of the gate. The notes give a translation describing three animals in their habitats. To your right, as you face the locked gate, you will find an alcove with a throne, and an alcove with running water: the pillar in this alcove must be turned to the Whale symbol. On the opposite side, there is an alcove covered in weeds and plants: its pillar must be turned to the Snake symbol. The pillar in the last alcove, with sunlight shining through, must be turned to the Eagle symbol. The throne opposite the sunlit pillar requires no action on your part.

Bridge: You will come across a room with a bridge crossing some shallow water. Underneath the bridge are a chest and a burial urn.

Swinging Gate Trap: Further ahead there is a locked gate with some minor treasure inside. Turning left just before it, you will find a leveled greatsword next to some snowberries. Shortly past here is a swinging gate trap, activated by a pressure plate. Past the trap is a chest containing loot. To the right is a wide corridor, at the end of which you will find the puzzle door.


Bouncing glowing orbs at the puzzle door

Eventually, you will find a puzzle door with the typical 3 circles to be aligned. The combination is found on a coral dragon claw which you may find on a pedestal earlier in the barrow, or by visiting Birna in Winterhold.

Note: Although Birna is a shopkeeper, she will sell the coral dragon claw for 50 gold through a separate dialogue option.

The correct combination for the puzzle door is (starting from the outer ring): Snake—Wolf—Moth.

Throne Room:

Yngol's Shade guarding the Helm of Yngol

Behind the puzzle door is a tomb with a throne. A ghost-like draugr (the bright mist in the room makes him hard to see) will animate and attack you once you step in the room. Depending on whether or not you have the Dungeon Delving quest (see Notes section), this encounter may lead you to obtain the Helm of Yngol or the Helm of Winterhold. Beyond the last foe, there is a gate that unlocks when you take the helm, providing a quick shortcut to the outdoors.

[edit] Notes

  • If you're in Yngol and not doing the Yngol's Barrow quest, you will not be able to get out through the back gate and will have to retrace your steps. This appears to be intentional. To get at the chest, enter the barrow through the alternate exit, which is not marked on your map. Turn right from the main entrance and follow the shoreline north until you come to two logs washed up on shore. Turn right and head towards the cliffs until you reach a little bay with a large rock formation on your right; some of the rocks on this formation have horizontal lines carved on them. Head towards this and you'll find the alternate exit.
  • Once you've offered to buy the coral dragon claw from Birna (even if you didn't actually do so), the one on the pedestal in Yngol Barrow will disappear.

[edit] Bugs

  • If the puzzle door does not work, check here for possible fixes.
  • The coral dragon claw may be completely missing from the pedestal, and other items may have wedged themselves into the cave's geometry.
    • Simply go to Winterhold and buy the other claw from Birna if this happens. If you have killed Birna then the quest cannot be completed.
    • Pc22.png You can open the console and type player.additem 000B634C 1 to spawn a copy of the claw in your inventory.
  • Entering Yngol Barrow with a follower may cause a glitch whereby the cave is pitch black and neither Character Menu nor Journal buttons work.
    • PC Only This bug is fixed by version 1.1 of the Unofficial Skyrim Patch.
    • If so, exit the cave and leave your follower outside.
  • Entering Yngol Barrow may cause a glitch whereby the cave is pitch black.
    • PC Only This bug is fixed by version 1.1 of the Unofficial Skyrim Patch.
    • Create a new save inside the cave and reload it.

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