Faralda halts your progress on the bridge [Left] and asks you to cast a spell on the eye-shaped seal [Right].

Speak to Faralda and tell her you want to join the College. She’ll tell you to cast a random spell from one of the five schools of magic. If you don’t have the spell she asks for, tell her and she’ll sell it for 30 Gold. Now the new objective is to cast your spell–equip the spell and cast it. Alternatively, you can pass a persuasion check to avoid the test, OR say you are Dragonborn if you’ve complete Dragon Rising from the main questline. If you say you are Dragonborn, Faralda will ask you to use a Shout. Afterwards, whatever method you use, you’ll be granted access to the College. Follow Faralda all the way to the entrance of the College and once inside, you’ll see Mirabelle Ervine speaking with someone.

When she’s free, speak to her. She’ll give you the Novice Robes of Destruction , which are pretty nice for a destruction mage (you have to start somewhere!). She will now offer you a tour, so follow her into the Hall of Attainment.

She’ll show you your room, which you can use when you want to. There’s a lot of useful items in the other rooms in this area, so if you’re into stealing you can likely fill your pockets with some items of worth.

Return to the main area and go north to the Hall of the Elements. In here, open the gate in front of you and listen to what Tolfdir has to say. During the lecture, you’ll receive the ’Lesser Ward ’ spell, as Tolfdir wants to demonstrate it to the class, so equip it and keep using it until Tolfdir fires a spell on you. Afterwards, you’ll complete the first quest of the College.

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Guide Information

  • Publisher
    Bethesda Softworks
  • Platforms
    PC, PS3, PS4, Switch, XB 360, XB One
  • Genre
    Action RPG
  • Guide Release
    31 May 2012
  • Last Updated
    17 October 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 used to the bitter cold and mountanous terrain that mark the lands of Skyrim. Wracked by civil war, and threatened by the return of the legendary dragons, Skyrim faces its darkest hour. You must make sense of this maelstrom, explore the frozen tundra and bring hope to the people. The future of Skyrim, even the Empire itself, hangs in the balance as they wait for the prophesized Dragonborn to come; a hero born with the power of The Voice, and the only one who can stand amongst the dragons. You are that Dragonborn.

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  • Introduction to the Races.
  • How to complete every storyline quest.
  • Where to find and conquer every side-mission.
  • Location of every powerful Dragonwall.
  • Search out and defeat every Dragon.
  • How to find hidden, powerful weapons.
  • Over 200 captioned screenshots provide even more help.
  • Dragonborn DLC covered in full.
  • Dawnguard DLC covered in full.
  • Screenshots for the major side-missions.
  • Achievements/Trophy descriptions (includes all 3 DLC packs).
  • Character Creation guide.

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