As you regain control, equip the Staff of Magnus and try entering the College. The maelstrom won’t let you pass. Use the Staff to gain access by standing beside the magical barrier whilst holding down the fire button to activate the staff).

Now go inside the Hall of the Elements and a scene with Ancano triggers. After all the talking, it’ll be up to you to defeat him. You will also have a partner with you during the fight.

The Eye of Magnus gives Ancano invincibility. ‘How do you damage him then?’ you may be asking. Well, use the Staff of Magnus when the Eye is completely open to have it close faster. Once it’s closed, find Ancano and attack him with the best you got. He doesn’t have that much HP, but if you don’t kill him fast, he’ll reopen the Eye and hide to heal himself completely.

When the Eye reopens, some Magic Anomalies will come out to play. Ignore them and leave them to your partner. You focus on Ancano. He’s not that hard, but you have to be fast. Speak to Tolfdir as you kill Ancano and then Quaranir will appear. Speak to him and he and the Eye will disappear. This marks the end of the main College questline and as a reward you are now the Arch-Mage of the College .

Tolfdir gives you the - really powerful and useful - Arch-Mage Robe and the Key to Arch-Mage’s Quarters. This is your personal house, which you get free (and it contains loads of potions and ingredients to create loads more)! Pretty sweet reward, right? Congrats on playing through the main College of Winterhold questline!

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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
    26 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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