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A guide on how to complete the Containment quest in the College of Winterhold storyline, including how to defeat the Magic Anomalies. This quest will be automatically accepted after completing Revealing the Unseen.

Mirabelle will awaken you and ask that you find the Arch-Mage.

After you wake up following the explosion in the Hall of Elements, you’re told by Mirabelle that you need to find Savos Aren, the Arch-Mage. Leave the area and speak to Tolfdir, who’s just outside.

After you discover that the Arch-Mage has been killed, Tolfdir will ask that you immediately head to Winterhold and help them! On the way across the bridge, speak to Faralda and she’ll come down and help out with the Magic Anomalies infesting the city.

There are 10 Magic Anomalies to defeat. They look a bit like Ice Wraiths but more magical and they are quite tanky. They don’t do a lot of damage on their own, but if you’re being swarmed by them, you may be overwhelmed quite quickly if you haven’t got any restoration spells or healing potions. They take a lot of damage to kill each one, but with Faralda and Arniel Gane on your side you’ll take them out reasonably quickly. You should also make sure to loot them as they hold filled soul gems that can be used for enchanting.

Take out all 10 of the Magic Anomalies.

After you kill them, return to the College and head to the Hall of Elements to speak with Mirabelle. Tell her about the Staff of Magnus and the Labyrinthian and she’ll give you the Torc of Labyrinthian and Savos Aren’s Amulet which offers increased magicka when worn.

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  • Publisher
    Bethesda Softworks
  • Platforms,
    PC, PS3, PS4, Switch, XB 360, XB One
  • Genre
    Action RPG
  • Guide Release
    11 November 2021
  • Last Updated
    7 November 2021
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  • Guide Author
    Greg Wright

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Skyrim is the homeland of the Nords, a fierce and proud warrior people who are well suited for the bitter cold and mountainous terrain which defines the land. Now scarred by civil war, Skyrim faces its darkest days with the return of the legendary dragons and their leader, the World-Eater Alduin. The future of Skyrim and even the lands beyond hangs in the balance, as the people await the prophesized Dragonborn, a hero born with the power of The Voice and the only one who can contend with the dragons. You are that Dragonborn; your task is to investigate why the dragons are returning, and discover a way to defeat them. At the same time, you’re free to explore Skyrim at your own pace, uncovering its many wonders along the way.

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