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}}''Aim to explore and discover lost places, artifacts and history, Build the guild house from the ground up as the guild master, then recruit new members, each with their own unique back stories and special guild functions. Explore ruins and excavate relic fragments to re-assemble into artifacts to display in the museum. Set up a guild store with the quartermaster and much more.''
 
}}''Aim to explore and discover lost places, artifacts and history, Build the guild house from the ground up as the guild master, then recruit new members, each with their own unique back stories and special guild functions. Explore ruins and excavate relic fragments to re-assemble into artifacts to display in the museum. Set up a guild store with the quartermaster and much more.''
   
==General Tips==
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==General recommendations==
''As a Relic Hunter you want to "collect 'em all". Finding over 2200 items scattered all across Skyrim is not something that happens overnight. Consider these major tips when adventuring across the wastelands of Skyrim, Wyrmstooth, Falskaar, Hammerfell, Cyrodill,...''
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<onlyinclude>''Please keep in mind these three rules when playing Legacy of the Dragonborn in order to guarantee the most stable experience possible:''
   
*'''Auryen can wait, look at those books!'''
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1) Do not add or remove mods after starting a playthrough.
The road from the Solitude docks to the Dragonborn Hall is filled with unprotected stuff like books and gems. All of these things belong in the museum and will help get you to those important numbers 250 and 270.
 
*'''Useless junk is never truly useless.'''
 
Making replicas will be an important factor as soon as you start doing quests. Most of these replicas require fancy crafting materials that aren't used at all in Vanilla. You will need things like Human Skull, Linen Wrap, Quill, Roll of Paper, etc more often than not.
 
*'''Carry weight is the key.'''
 
[http://www.nexusmods.com/skyrim/mods/16438/? Bandolier] is good mod to help solve this major problem a Relic Hunter will face. Getting your carry weight to 700+ as soon as possible will help you a long way ahead. Other mods like [http://www.nexusmods.com/skyrim/mods/12933/? EFF] or [http://www.nexusmods.com/skyrim/mods/15524/? AFT] will help you too. Don't hesitate to hire an army of pack mules to follow you around.
 
*'''Give that back? Hmm, maybe next year.'''
 
Most quest items are weightless. You can use this to your advantage by not giving it back until you really no longer need it. Examples are [[Ancient Nordic Pickaxe]], [[Balgruuf's Greatsword]], etc.
 
   
==Equipment==
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2) Do not use console commands unless instructed to do so by a developer.
*[[The Boots of Springheel Jak]]
 
*[[Right Eye of Coldharbour]]
 
*[[Eagle Eye]]
 
*[[Schneider's Sextant]]
 
*[[Ayleid Waystone]]
 
*[[Sword of Ancient Tongues]]<br>
 
==Archeology==
 
Getting your archeology skill up is a major part of a relic hunter run. As soon as you get your Explorer's Society guild house, you have acces to the special skill trees. Look out for excavation dig site's in every dungeon, they yield important fragments for your Hall of Lost Empires. The amount of fragments you need for every craftable items are listed below. Note that these numbers would require over 250 minings to get (without the perks).
 
{| class="article-table"
 
! style="width: 30%;" |
 
! style="width: 30%;" |Fragment
 
! style="width: 30%;" |Keystone
 
|-
 
|Dwemer
 
|315
 
|21
 
|-
 
|Falmer
 
|197
 
|13
 
|-
 
|Nordic
 
|295
 
|21
 
|-
 
|}
 
   
==Skills, perks and effects==
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3) Save your game regularly using hard saves.</onlyinclude>
*'''Prowler's Profit''' (No Stone Unturned)
 
Although the quest is a real pain, the reward is a must-have. This effect will allow you to find 3 gems in every single container. That means every single burial urn will contain treasures for you to display or sell.
 
*'''Extra Pockets''' (Pickpocket perk)
 
*'''Exhume/Scavanger/Salvager''' (Academia perks)
 
   
==Missable items==
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==Missable Items==
''Pay extra attention when entering these places because the relics here will forever be lost if they aren't found on your first (and last) visit.''
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Each of these locations can either only be visited once or the relics will despawn after your first visit. They will be lost forever if they are not obtained during your first (and last) visit.
 
{| class="wikitable mw-collapsible mw-collapsed" style="width: 250px; text-align: center;"
 
{| class="wikitable mw-collapsible mw-collapsed" style="width: 250px; text-align: center;"
 
! colspan="1" |Sovngarde
 
! colspan="1" |Sovngarde
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|[[Roasted Ox Leg]]
 
|[[Roasted Ox Leg]]
 
|-
 
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|[[Nord Head]] (''alternate esp available on trophy head mod page that places the head on throath of the world'')
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|[[Nord Head]] (requires {{Abb|BGTH}}, ''the main quest completed esp on BadGremlins Trophy Heads mod page places the head atop the {{Wiki|Throat_of_the_World|Throat of the World}} instead'')
 
|}
 
|}
 
{| class="wikitable mw-collapsible mw-collapsed" style="width: 250px; text-align: center;"
 
{| class="wikitable mw-collapsible mw-collapsed" style="width: 250px; text-align: center;"
 
! colspan="1" |Skuldafn
 
! colspan="1" |Skuldafn
 
|-
 
|-
|[[Dragon Priest Staff (Wall of Lightning)]]
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|[[ Jade Priest|Jade Priest]]
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|-
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|[[Dragon Priest Staff (Wall of Lightning)]] (you must let Nahkriin take it from the seal so you can loot it and thus make the replica later.)
 
|-
 
|-
 
|[[Nahkriin]]
 
|[[Nahkriin]]
 
|-
 
|-
|[[Nahkriin's Gloves]]
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|[[Nahkriin's Gloves]] (requires {{Abb|KA}})
 
|-
 
|-
|[[Nahkriin's Robes]]
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|[[Nahkriin's Robes]] (requires {{Abb|KA}})
 
|-
 
|-
|[[Nahkriin's Greaves]]
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|[[Nahkriin's Greaves]] (requires {{Abb|KA}})
 
|-
 
|-
 
|[[Cloak of Nahkriin]]
 
|[[Cloak of Nahkriin]]
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|-
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|[[Orc Head]]
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|-
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|[[Dovah Luv]] (Technically also obtainable at player level 75 via smithing. Requires {{Abb|JS}})
 
|}
 
|}
 
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|-
 
|[[Right Eye of the Falmer]]
 
|[[Right Eye of the Falmer]]
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|Non-displayable Mhaznier
 
 
|}
 
|}
 
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|[[Morokei]]
 
|[[Morokei]]
 
|-
 
|-
|[[Morokei's Gloves]]
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|[[Morokei's Gloves]] (requires {{Abb|KA}})
 
|-
 
|-
|[[Morokei's Robes]]
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|[[Morokei's Robes]] (requires {{Abb|KA}})
 
|-
 
|-
|[[Morokei's Greaves]]
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|[[Morokei's Greaves]] (requires {{Abb|KA}})
 
|-
 
|-
 
|[[Cloak of Morokei]]
 
|[[Cloak of Morokei]]
 
|-
 
|-
|If either of the masks Morokei or Nahkriin are missed [[Konahrik]] becomes unavailable. Without Kohnarik most items from [http://www.nexusmods.com/skyrim/mods/32458/? Konahrik's Accoutrements] become unobtainable.
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|If either of the masks Morokei or Nahkriin are missed, [[Konahrik]] becomes unavailable. Without Kohnarik, most items from {{Abb|KA}} become unobtainable.
 
|}
 
|}
 
{| class="wikitable mw-collapsible mw-collapsed" style="width: 250px; text-align: center;"
 
{| class="wikitable mw-collapsible mw-collapsed" style="width: 250px; text-align: center;"
 
! colspan="1" |Inner Sanctum
 
! colspan="1" |Inner Sanctum
 
|-
 
|-
|[[Jade Dragon 4]]
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|[[Jade Dragon 4]]
 
|-
 
|-
 
|[[Ruby Paragon]] -> [[Auriel's Shield]]
 
|[[Ruby Paragon]] -> [[Auriel's Shield]]
 
|-
 
|-
 
|[[Circlet of Waterbreathing]]
 
|[[Circlet of Waterbreathing]]
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|-
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|[[Amulet of Auriel]] (requires {{Abb|AOS}})
 
|}
 
|}
 
{| class="wikitable mw-collapsible mw-collapsed" style="width: 250px; text-align: center;"
 
{| class="wikitable mw-collapsible mw-collapsed" style="width: 250px; text-align: center;"
! colspan="1" |Bloated Man's Grotto (before I'll Met By Moonlight)
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! colspan="1" |Bloated Man's Grotto (before '{{Wiki|Ill_Met_by_Moonlight|Ill Met by Moonlight}}')
 
|-
 
|-
|[[Bolar's Oathblade]] (before I'll Met By Moonlight)
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|[[Bolar's Oathblade]] (before {{Wiki|Ill_Met_by_Moonlight|Ill Met by Moonlight}})
 
|}
 
|}
 
{| class="wikitable mw-collapsible mw-collapsed" style="width: 250px; text-align: center;"
 
{| class="wikitable mw-collapsible mw-collapsed" style="width: 250px; text-align: center;"
 
! colspan="1" |Thalmor Embassy
 
! colspan="1" |Thalmor Embassy
 
|-
 
|-
|[[Thalmor Head]]
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|[[Summerset Royal Mark]]
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|-
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|[[Dominion Bronze Piece]] (also obtainable from a treasure map)
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|-
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|[[Calliben's Grim Retort]] (requires {{Abb|OAP}})
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|-
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|[[Thalmor Head]] (requires {{Abb|BGTH}})
 
|}
 
|}
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{| class="wikitable mw-collapsible mw-collapsed" style="width: 250px; text-align: center;"
 
{| class="wikitable mw-collapsible mw-collapsed" style="width: 250px; text-align: center;"
! colspan="1" |Any Orc Stronghold except Largashbur
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! colspan="1" |Any Orc Stronghold, except Largashbur
 
|-
 
|-
|[[The Forgemaster's Fingers]] (Not obtainable if you are an Orc or Blood-Kin)
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|[[The Forgemaster's Fingers]] (Not obtainable if you are an Orc) (As of V5.0.29, the replica recipe is set to activate once you become an Orc Friend via any means)
 
|}
 
|}
 
{| class="wikitable mw-collapsible mw-collapsed" style="width: 250px; text-align: center;"
 
{| class="wikitable mw-collapsible mw-collapsed" style="width: 250px; text-align: center;"
 
! colspan="1" |Hag's End
 
! colspan="1" |Hag's End
 
|-
 
|-
|[[Ancient Shrouded Armor]] (not obtainable if decided to destroy the Brotherhood or neglect to kill Giaus Maro in public)
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|[[Ancient Shrouded Armor]] (not obtainable if you decided to destroy the Brotherhood or neglect to kill Giaus Maro in public)
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|}
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! colspan="1" |Japhet's Folly
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|-
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|[[Jade Lady]]
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|}
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{| class="wikitable mw-collapsible mw-collapsed" style="width: 250px; text-align: center;"
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! colspan="1" |Pelagius' Mind
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|-
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|[[Jyggalag's Sword]]
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|}
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{| class="wikitable mw-collapsible mw-collapsed" style="width: 250px; text-align: center;"
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! colspan="1" |Silent Halls (Tools of Kagrenac)
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|-
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|[[Aetherial Amulet (Tools of Kagrenac)]]
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|-
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|[[Aetherial Armor (Tools of Kagrenac)]]
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|-
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|[[Aetherial Boots (Tools of Kagrenac)]]
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|-
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|[[Aetherial Gauntlets (Tools of Kagrenac)]]
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|-
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|[[Aetherial Helmet (Tools of Kagrenac)]]
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|-
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|[[Aetherial Ring (Tools of Kagrenac)]]
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|}
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{| class="wikitable mw-collapsible mw-collapsed" style="width: 250px; text-align: center;"
  +
! colspan="1" |Peak's Shade Tower
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|-
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|[[Alvante's Armor]] (requires {{Abb|OAPSE}})
  +
|-
  +
|[[Alvante's Boots]] (requires {{Abb|OAPSE}})
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|-
  +
|[[Alvante's Gloves]] (requires {{Abb|OAPSE}})
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|-
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|[[Alvante's Hood]] (requires {{Abb|OAPSE}})
  +
|}
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{| class="wikitable mw-collapsible mw-collapsed" style="width: 250px; text-align: center;"
  +
! colspan="1" |Shadowgreen Cavern
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|-
  +
|[[Claws of Hiefnir]] (requires {{Abb|AROSSE}})
  +
|}
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{| class="wikitable mw-collapsible mw-collapsed" style="width: 250px; text-align: center;"
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! colspan="1" |Serpent's Bluff Ruins
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|-
  +
|[[Ghazorah's Inferno]] (requires {{Abb|AROSSE}})
  +
|}
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{| class="wikitable mw-collapsible mw-collapsed" style="width: 250px; text-align: center;"
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! colspan="1" |Others
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|-
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|The Relics added by {{Abb|WSN}} ([[Goblet of Infinite Grace]], [[Ebony Raven]], [[Tempus Dominus]], [[Lantern of the Ancestors]] and [[Stone of the Forebears]]), only 1 of each spawns per playthrough in a random Boss chest determined upon the start of a new game, including chests that may be in any of the locations above that cannot be visited after
 
|}
 
|}
   
== Quests to postpone ==
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==Quests to postpone==
* Season Unending
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*{{Wiki|Ill_Met_by_Moonlight|Ill Met by Moonlight}}
**Siding with the Empire will make Maven Black-Briar Jarl of Riften. She will not give you the option to become Thane.
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**Makes {{Wiki|Bolar's_Oathblade|Bolar's Oathblade}} unobtainable. Travel to {{Wiki|Bloated_Man's_Grotto|Bloated Man's Grotto}} before getting to the hunt part of this quest.
**Siding with the Stormcloacks will make Thongvor Jarl of Markarth. He will not give you the option to collect [[Hrolfdir's Shield]].
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**If you choose to save Sinding, you will not be able to craft [[Savior's Hide]] (Replica). Therefore it is advised to kill & skin Sinding, since you will still be able to craft [[Ring of Hircine]] (Replica).
**Finishing this quest will mess with the guards in some of the holds, making their outfits unobtainable.
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*{{Wiki|A_Daedra's_Best_Friend|A Daedra's Best Friend}}
* Civil War
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**If you kill Barbas, the [[Masque of Clavicus Vile]] becomes unobtainable, nor can you craft the replica. It is therefor advised to save Barbas, since that will allow you to obtain the masque and craft [[The Rueful Axe]] (Replica).
**Siding with the Empire and completing the Civil War questline will cause "Blood on the Ice" to be unavailable, so the [[Necromancer's Amulet]] can not be recovered.
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*{{Wiki|Lost_to_the_Ages|Lost to the Ages}}
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**This quest requires you to travel to {{Wiki|Raldbthar|Raldbthar}} where it is very hard to avoid fighting Alain Dufont. Killing him during this quest instead of during '{{Wiki|Mourning_Never_Comes|Mourning Never Comes}}' will result in [[Muiri's Ring]] being unobtainable.
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*{{Wiki|Helm_of_Winterhold#Quests|Find the Helm of Winterhold}}
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**If the Helm of Winterhold spawns in {{Wiki|Yngol_Barrow|Yngol Barrow}}, the [[Helm of Yngol]] will be replaced and therefore unobtainable.
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**Make absolutely sure you get the Helm of Yngol before you talk to {{Wiki|Jarl_Korir|Jarl Korir}}.
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*{{Wiki|Quests_(Skyrim)#Civil_War|Civil War}}
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**It is recommended that you become Thane of every hold before completing the Civil War questline, as siding with either the Empire or the Stormcloaks will make certain quests and unique items unavailable.
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**Finishing this questline will change guards in some holds, making their outfits unobtainable.
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**If you side with the Empire:
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***Maven Black-Briar will become Jarl of Riften. She will not give you the option to become {{Wiki|I_Done_Got_Thaned!|Thane of Riften}} if you have completed the '{{Wiki|The_Raid|The Raid}}' prior to siding with the Empire.
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***Jarl Korir will not be available for the aforementioned [[Helm of Winterhold]] quest.
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***'{{Wiki|Blood_on_the_Ice|Blood on the Ice}}' cannot be started, making the [[Necromancer's Amulet]] unobtainable. You may be able to start this quest by purchasing {{Wiki|Hjerim|Hjerim}} and entering the home.
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**If you side with the Stormcloaks:
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***Thongvor will become Jarl of Markarth. He will not give you the option to collect [[Hrolfdir's Shield]].
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*{{Wiki|Season_Unending|Season Unending}}
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**Will cause certain Jarls to step down making their quests unavailable and change the outfits of town guards, making them unobtainable.
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*{{Wiki|Dawnguard_(Quest)|Dawnguard}}
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**Only for users of Royal Armory. This quest usually starts at level 10, and destroys the {{Wiki|Hall_of_the_Vigilant|Hall of the Vigilant}}, meaning you cannot get Keeper Carcette's unique mace [[Pendulum]].
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*{{Wiki|To_Kill_an_Empire|To Kill an Empire}}
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**After the Dark Brotherhood Sanctuary is destroyed at the conclusion of this quest, [[Greigor]] will be no longer be available to start the quest '[[The Hand of Glory (Quest)|The Hand of Glory]].'
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*{{Wiki|Revealing_the_Unseen_(Skyrim)|Revealing the Unseen}}
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**If you are using Royal Armory, the [[Dagger of Shalidor]] will no longer be obtainable after this quest.
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==Archeology==
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Getting your archeology skill up is a major part of a relic hunter run. As soon as you get your Explorer's Society guild house, you have acces to the special skill trees. Look out for excavation dig sites in every dungeon, they yield important fragments for your Hall of Lost Empires. The amount of fragments you need for every craftable item are listed below. Note that these numbers would require over 250 minings to get (without the perks).
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Besides mining, the player can send 4 Explorer Society Guild members on excavations (Eriana cannot be sent out) every 3 days to collect fragments. They collect about 5 - 6 pieces each with a decent chance to get keystones.
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One other alternative are quests, as both [[Tools of the Trade]] and [[The Excavation of the Ruins of Rkund]] offer many fragments as a reward.
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{| class="article-table"
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! style="width: 30%;" |
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! style="width: 30%;" |Fragment
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! style="width: 30%;" |Keystone
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|-
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|Dwemer
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|385
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|28
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|-
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|Falmer
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|365
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|24
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|-
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|Nordic
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|365
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|24
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|}
   
 
==Dawnguard vs Volkihar Clan==
 
==Dawnguard vs Volkihar Clan==
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|[[Ring of the Erudite]]
 
|[[Ring of the Erudite]]
 
|-
 
|-
|[[Bloodstone Chalice]] ''(need confirmation, I found it in the boss chest after defeating Harkon (as a vampire) so I assume Dawnguard find it there too?)''
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|[[Bloodstone Chalice]]
 
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{| class="wikitable mw-collapsible mw-collapsed" style="width: 250px; text-align: center;"
 
! colspan="1" |Dawnguard
 
! colspan="1" |Dawnguard
 
|-
 
|-
|[[Dawnguard Rune Axe]]
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|[[Staff of Ruunvald]]
|-
 
|[[Dawnguard Rune Hammer]]
 
|-
 
|[[Dawnguard Rune Shield]]
 
|-
 
|[[Dwemer Schematics]] 1-6
 
 
|}
 
|}
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Note: The Dwemer Crossbow schematics are made available to Vampires by Legacy of the Dragonborn through the Ancient Technology quest.
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With V5 of Legacy of the Dragonborn, all artifacts should be obtainable regardless of which side you pick.
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==Other quest choices==
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{{Abb|AOS}} users can only obtain the [[Amulet of the Rueful Axe]] by killing Barbas, and users who spare Barbas can acquire the [[Amulet of Clavicus Vile]] by exchanging the Masque of Clavicus Vile at a forge for the amulet.
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==Helpful mods==
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Keep in mind these mods are not officially endorsed by the developers.
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*{{Nexus|mod|86785|The Get Both Rewards Series}}
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Allows you to get both artifacts from quests where you would normally have to choose only one of two.
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*{{Nexus|mod|86579|Clan Volkihar Epilogues}} (Classic only)
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Allows you to get both side's artifacts from the Dawnguard quest chains. A third party legacy patch exists for this mod, be sure to get it.
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*[https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/26398 Royal Armory Tweaks and Fixes]
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Makes some Royal Armory artifacts like [[Dagger of Shalidor]] and [[Pendulum]] more accessible, and all artifacts are slightly easier to pickpocket.
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*[https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/18048 Smart Training - Tweaked SE]
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Keeps your unused training sessions for later. Good if you are looking to boost your pickpocket to high levels to get equipped artifacts, or activating the skill related displays.
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*{{Nexus|mod|6802|NPC Bartering}}
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If you would rather barter with people for their items, NPC Bartering allows you to do just that [Note: unknown if NPCs will sell their weapon].
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*[https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/12688 moreHUD SE] and [https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/18619 moreHUD Inventory Edition]
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Will show books as having been read or not simply by hovering the cursor over them in the world.
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*{{Nexus|mod|10012|Unread Books Glow}}
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This mod allows you to quickly scan bookcases etc for unread books, without having to hover over every book individually. '''Note: '''In Classic this mod is known to make Calcemo's note during Much Ado About Snow Elves appear blank.
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*[https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrim/mods/14976 Atlas Map Markers for Skyrim Blackreach Dawnguard and Dragonborn]
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This mod adds over 700 new map markers, allowing you to bypass the usual once-per-playthrough restrictions on Japhet's Folly and Skuldafn, should you miss any of the artifacts at either location.
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[[Category:Extra]]
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[[Category:Guide]]

Revision as of 20:48, February 26, 2020

Aim to explore and discover lost places, artifacts and history, Build the guild house from the ground up as the guild master, then recruit new members, each with their own unique back stories and special guild functions. Explore ruins and excavate relic fragments to re-assemble into artifacts to display in the museum. Set up a guild store with the quartermaster and much more.

General recommendations

Please keep in mind these three rules when playing Legacy of the Dragonborn in order to guarantee the most stable experience possible:

1) Do not add or remove mods after starting a playthrough.

2) Do not use console commands unless instructed to do so by a developer.

3) Save your game regularly using hard saves.

Missable Items

Each of these locations can either only be visited once or the relics will despawn after your first visit. They will be lost forever if they are not obtained during your first (and last) visit.

Sovngarde
Roasted Ox Head
Roasted Ox Leg
Nord Head (requires BadGremlin's Trophy Heads, the main quest completed esp on BadGremlins Trophy Heads mod page places the head atop the Throat of the World instead)
Skuldafn
Jade Priest
Dragon Priest Staff (Wall of Lightning) (you must let Nahkriin take it from the seal so you can loot it and thus make the replica later.)
Nahkriin
Nahkriin's Gloves (requires Konahrik's Accoutrements)
Nahkriin's Robes (requires Konahrik's Accoutrements)
Nahkriin's Greaves (requires Konahrik's Accoutrements)
Cloak of Nahkriin
Orc Head
Dovah Luv (Technically also obtainable at player level 75 via smithing. Requires Jaysus Swords)
Irkngthand
Left Eye of the Falmer
Right Eye of the Falmer
Labyrinthian
Drainspell Bow
Drainheart Sword
Morokei
Morokei's Gloves (requires Konahrik's Accoutrements)
Morokei's Robes (requires Konahrik's Accoutrements)
Morokei's Greaves (requires Konahrik's Accoutrements)
Cloak of Morokei
If either of the masks Morokei or Nahkriin are missed, Konahrik becomes unavailable. Without Kohnarik, most items from Konahrik's Accoutrements become unobtainable.
Inner Sanctum
Jade Dragon 4
Ruby Paragon -> Auriel's Shield
Circlet of Waterbreathing
Amulet of Auriel (requires Amulets of Skyrim)
Bloated Man's Grotto (before 'Ill Met by Moonlight')
Bolar's Oathblade (before Ill Met by Moonlight)
Thalmor Embassy
Summerset Royal Mark
Dominion Bronze Piece (also obtainable from a treasure map)
Calliben's Grim Retort (requires Oblivion Artifact Pack)
Thalmor Head (requires BadGremlin's Trophy Heads)
Any Orc Stronghold, except Largashbur
The Forgemaster's Fingers (Not obtainable if you are an Orc) (As of V5.0.29, the replica recipe is set to activate once you become an Orc Friend via any means)
Hag's End
Ancient Shrouded Armor (not obtainable if you decided to destroy the Brotherhood or neglect to kill Giaus Maro in public)
Japhet's Folly
Jade Lady
Pelagius' Mind
Jyggalag's Sword
Silent Halls (Tools of Kagrenac)
Aetherial Amulet (Tools of Kagrenac)
Aetherial Armor (Tools of Kagrenac)
Aetherial Boots (Tools of Kagrenac)
Aetherial Gauntlets (Tools of Kagrenac)
Aetherial Helmet (Tools of Kagrenac)
Aetherial Ring (Tools of Kagrenac)
Peak's Shade Tower
Alvante's Armor (requires Oblivion Artifact Pack)
Alvante's Boots (requires Oblivion Artifact Pack)
Alvante's Gloves (requires Oblivion Artifact Pack)
Alvante's Hood (requires Oblivion Artifact Pack)
Shadowgreen Cavern
Claws of Hiefnir (requires Artifacts of Skyrim)
Serpent's Bluff Ruins
Ghazorah's Inferno (requires Artifacts of Skyrim)
Others
The Relics added by Wintersun - Faiths of Skyrim (Goblet of Infinite Grace, Ebony Raven, Tempus Dominus, Lantern of the Ancestors and Stone of the Forebears), only 1 of each spawns per playthrough in a random Boss chest determined upon the start of a new game, including chests that may be in any of the locations above that cannot be visited after

Quests to postpone

  • Ill Met by Moonlight
  • A Daedra's Best Friend
    • If you kill Barbas, the Masque of Clavicus Vile becomes unobtainable, nor can you craft the replica. It is therefor advised to save Barbas, since that will allow you to obtain the masque and craft The Rueful Axe (Replica).
  • Lost to the Ages
    • This quest requires you to travel to Raldbthar where it is very hard to avoid fighting Alain Dufont. Killing him during this quest instead of during 'Mourning Never Comes' will result in Muiri's Ring being unobtainable.
  • Find the Helm of Winterhold
    • If the Helm of Winterhold spawns in Yngol Barrow, the Helm of Yngol will be replaced and therefore unobtainable.
    • Make absolutely sure you get the Helm of Yngol before you talk to Jarl Korir.
  • Civil War
    • It is recommended that you become Thane of every hold before completing the Civil War questline, as siding with either the Empire or the Stormcloaks will make certain quests and unique items unavailable.
    • Finishing this questline will change guards in some holds, making their outfits unobtainable.
    • If you side with the Empire:
      • Maven Black-Briar will become Jarl of Riften. She will not give you the option to become Thane of Riften if you have completed the 'The Raid' prior to siding with the Empire.
      • Jarl Korir will not be available for the aforementioned Helm of Winterhold quest.
      • 'Blood on the Ice' cannot be started, making the Necromancer's Amulet unobtainable. You may be able to start this quest by purchasing Hjerim and entering the home.
    • If you side with the Stormcloaks:
      • Thongvor will become Jarl of Markarth. He will not give you the option to collect Hrolfdir's Shield.
  • Season Unending
    • Will cause certain Jarls to step down making their quests unavailable and change the outfits of town guards, making them unobtainable.
  • Dawnguard
    • Only for users of Royal Armory. This quest usually starts at level 10, and destroys the Hall of the Vigilant, meaning you cannot get Keeper Carcette's unique mace Pendulum.
  • To Kill an Empire
    • After the Dark Brotherhood Sanctuary is destroyed at the conclusion of this quest, Greigor will be no longer be available to start the quest 'The Hand of Glory.'
  • Revealing the Unseen
    • If you are using Royal Armory, the Dagger of Shalidor will no longer be obtainable after this quest.

Archeology

Getting your archeology skill up is a major part of a relic hunter run. As soon as you get your Explorer's Society guild house, you have acces to the special skill trees. Look out for excavation dig sites in every dungeon, they yield important fragments for your Hall of Lost Empires. The amount of fragments you need for every craftable item are listed below. Note that these numbers would require over 250 minings to get (without the perks).

Besides mining, the player can send 4 Explorer Society Guild members on excavations (Eriana cannot be sent out) every 3 days to collect fragments. They collect about 5 - 6 pieces each with a decent chance to get keystones.

One other alternative are quests, as both Tools of the Trade and The Excavation of the Ruins of Rkund offer many fragments as a reward.

Fragment Keystone
Dwemer 385 28
Falmer 365 24
Nordic 365 24

Dawnguard vs Volkihar Clan

Not sure what side holds the most relics for you to display? They're listed below.

Volkihar Clan
Amulet of Bats
Amulet of the Gargoyle
Ancient Vampire Leg
Ancient Vampire Ribcage
Ancient Vampire Hands
Ancient Vampire Arm
Ancient Vampire Head
Ring of the Beast
Ring of the Erudite
Bloodstone Chalice
Dawnguard
Staff of Ruunvald

Note: The Dwemer Crossbow schematics are made available to Vampires by Legacy of the Dragonborn through the Ancient Technology quest.

With V5 of Legacy of the Dragonborn, all artifacts should be obtainable regardless of which side you pick.

Other quest choices

Amulets of Skyrim users can only obtain the Amulet of the Rueful Axe by killing Barbas, and users who spare Barbas can acquire the Amulet of Clavicus Vile by exchanging the Masque of Clavicus Vile at a forge for the amulet.

Helpful mods

Keep in mind these mods are not officially endorsed by the developers.

Allows you to get both artifacts from quests where you would normally have to choose only one of two.

Allows you to get both side's artifacts from the Dawnguard quest chains. A third party legacy patch exists for this mod, be sure to get it.

Makes some Royal Armory artifacts like Dagger of Shalidor and Pendulum more accessible, and all artifacts are slightly easier to pickpocket.

Keeps your unused training sessions for later. Good if you are looking to boost your pickpocket to high levels to get equipped artifacts, or activating the skill related displays.

If you would rather barter with people for their items, NPC Bartering allows you to do just that [Note: unknown if NPCs will sell their weapon].

Will show books as having been read or not simply by hovering the cursor over them in the world.

This mod allows you to quickly scan bookcases etc for unread books, without having to hover over every book individually. Note: In Classic this mod is known to make Calcemo's note during Much Ado About Snow Elves appear blank.

This mod adds over 700 new map markers, allowing you to bypass the usual once-per-playthrough restrictions on Japhet's Folly and Skuldafn, should you miss any of the artifacts at either location.

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