You can get this quest after completing a couple of odd-jobs for Aela. which will likely involve animal exterminating, since she LOVES those jobs. She will than tell you that while searching through Skjor’s things, she found more info on the Totem of Hircine and wants you to accompany her to go retrieve it. Agree to do so to get this quest.

The totem has been tracked down to Morvunskar . This is definitely a radiant quest location, so you may very well be told to go somewhere else, and you WILL be, seeing as how you can get this quest three times in total. Head on over there–or wherever you are told to go–where you will be greeted by a number of mages guarding the outside of the place.

Take them out with Aela and enter the door that the objective points to. Inside you’ll find even more mages. Proceed to wherever the pointer directs you to. For me, it was to a chest a ways into the place and I had to kill two more mages in total to reach it.

Once you have the “werewolf totem”, Aela will ask you if you have it and will confirm it’s the right item. She’ll then tell you that we need to take it back to the underforge. Make your way back to Whiterun and enter the underforge with Aela. Once inside you can place the totem down on the “totem receptacle” and the quest will be over.

These totems mean something! Each one can be prayed to and, since they are the totems of Hircine, will grant you a new power while in Werewolf Form. By “a new power” I mean a new Shout; each totem is different, so look below to see what they do:

  • Totem of the Hunt: Changes your shout into one that acts like a “Detect Life” shout, letting you see where everything around you is. Recharges very swiftly.
  • Totem of Brotherhood: Changes your shout into one that summons two red spirit wolves to your side, who will automatically help you out in whatever fight you may be in. Takes awhile to recharge.
  • Totem of Fear: Gives you back your Fear shout (Scent of Blood), which as you may know is the default werewolf shout power. This MAY be an upgraded version, but it can still be resisted by enemies that are “too powerful”. Recharges instantly.

Well there you go, all the new powers you can try out as a werewolf. You will also get 300 gold each time you do this quest, a paltry sum compared to new powers. Once you have all three totems, this quest is TRULY complete.

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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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