How to trigger quest: First, you must be a MASTER at ALTERATION MAGIC to even get this quest to spawn. Once you have attained level 90+ in Alteration (I BELIEVE it is level 90+, but I did this when I was at level 100), you can go find Tolfdir in the College of Winterhold. Ask him “what else” you can learn about Alteration magic and go through the dialog options that follow to start this quest.

Once you’ve talked with Tolfdir you’ll realize that he is working on improving the EBONYFLESH spell by using dragon scales, but it seems he needs the real thing. Yikes! He will then tell you that there is a dagger known as “ Kavohzein’s Fang “ that is so sharp it can cut off individual scales! In order to help out Tolfdir, we need to find Kavohzein’s Fang.

Now, in MY game “Kavohzein’s Fang” was located in Forelhost, a dungeon to the south of Riften. I’m not quite sure if it’s in the same place in every game or not (let me know), but Forelhost is INTRICATELY CONNECTED to the side quest “ Siege on the Dragon Cult “. You should REALLY just go do that side quest to get the dagger. Be ready, as you’ll be going up against a DRAGON PRIEST ! .

Once you DO have “ Kavohzein’s Fang “, you now need to equip it and look at the inventory of a dead dragon. Of course, this means you may have to kill a dragon, but once you do you will automatically get the HEARTSCALES that Tolfdir needs. With them in hand, return to Tolfdir.

He will complete his experiment (that was fast!) and will reward you with the first ever copy of the Master Alteration spell DRAGONHIDE ! Note that Tolfdir also sells another master spell called MASS PARALYSIS . Both are awesome spells. And now that you are done helping Tolfdir this quest will be complete.


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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
    24 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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