Here Are All 7 Black Book Locations In Skyrim

There Are A Total Of Seven Black Books In Skyrim.

The Black Books in Skyrim are powerful and unique Daedric artifacts that were first introduced into the game with The Elder Scrolls V: Dragonborn expansion.

There are seven of them waiting to be found on the island of Solstheim, and they have great significance to the story of the DLC. Most of them also require a bit of effort to get to, so don’t expect them to be like ordinary collectibles in the game.

This guide will show you how you can find all seven of these powerful tomes, which rewards the player with new unique power.

Key Takeaways
  • The Black Books in Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim are unique Daedric artifacts that can be found on the island of Solstheim.
  • There are 7 books to be discovered, each offering a different reward to the player. The Black Books can be found at:
    • Epistolary Acumen: Located in Nchardak Dwemer Ruins, this book gives the player the Dragonborn Force, Dragonborn Flame, and Dragonborn Frost shouts.
    • Filament and Filigree: Found in Kolbjorn Barrow, this book offers the Secret of Arcana, Secret of Protection, and Secret of Strength.
    • The Hidden Twilight: Found in Tel Mithryn, this book offers Mora’s Agony, Mora’s Boon, and Mora’s Grasp.
    • The Sallow Regent: Located in White Ridge Barrow, this book offers Seeker of Might, Seeker of Shadows, and Seeker of Sorcery.
    • The Winds of Change: Found in Bloodskal Barrow, this book offers Companion’s Insight, Lover’s Insight, and Scholar’s Insight.
    • Untold Legends: Found in Benkongerike, this book offers Bardic Knowledge, Black Market, and Secret Servants.
    • Waking Dreams: Found in the Temple of Miraak, this book allows the player to reset one skill tree and refund all spent perk points for the cost of a dragon soul.
  • It is important to note that some of the Black Books are only obtainable after completing certain quests or exploring specific dungeons, so be prepared for a bit of effort to get your hands on them all.

All Black Book Locations

Here’s a summarized table on all the Skyrim Black Book locations: 

Black BookLocationRewards
Epistolary AcumenNchardak Dwemer RuinsDragonborn Force,
Dragonborn Flame, and
Dragonborn Frost shouts
Filament and FiligreeKolbjorn BarrowSecret of Arcana,
Secret of Protection, and
Secret of Strength
The Hidden TwilightTel MithrynMora’s Agony,
Mora’s Boon, and
Mora’s Grasp
The Sallow RegentWhite Ridge BarrowSeeker of Might,
Seeker of Shadows, and
Seeker of Sorcery
The Winds of ChangeBloodskal BarrowCompanion’s Insight,
Lover’s Insight, and
Scholar’s Insight
Untold LegendsBenkongerikeBardic Knowledge,
Black Market, and
Secret Servant
Waking DreamsTemple of MiraakReset one skill tree and refund all spent perk points for the cost of a dragon soul

Epistolary Acumen

Black Books In Skyrim
Nchardak.
  • Dragonborn Force: Your Unrelenting Force shout does more damage and may completely disintegrate enemies.
  • Dragonborn Flame: When your Fire Breath shout kills an enemy, a fire wyrm emerges from their corpse to fight for you for 60 seconds.
  • Dragonborn Frost: Your Frost Breath shout traps enemies in ice.

Epistolary Acumen can be found in the Dwemer Ruins of Nchardak, to the northeast of the Sun Stone.

You can access this location as part of the ‘The Path of Knowledge’ quest, which is given by the NPC Master Neloth in Tel Mithryn.

Filament and Filigree

Black Books In Skyrim
Kolbjorn Barrow.
  • Secret of Arcana: Spells do not drain Magicka for 30 seconds.
  • The secret of Protection: Damage is halved from all physical attacks and most magical attacks for 30 seconds.
  • Secret of Strength: Power attacks do not drain stamina for 30 seconds.

This black book can be found in the nordic ruins of Kolbjorn Barrow, to the southeast of Raven Rock.

You have to complete the quest ‘Unearthed’ to get it, which can be started by talking to the NPC found within the ruins.

The Hidden Twilight

Black Books In Skyrim
Tel Mithryn.
  • Mora’s Agony: Summons a field of writhing tentacles that poison your enemies.
  • Mora’s Boon: Completely recovers health, stamina, and Magicka.
  • Mora’s Grasp: Freezes the target between Oblivion and Tamriel for 30 seconds, making them immune to all damage.

The Hidden Twilight can be found next to the Staff Enchanter in Tel Mithryn.

To unlock the room containing the Staff Enchanter, however, you first have to complete the side-quest ‘Reluctant Steward’ given by Master Neloth.

The Sallow Regent

Black Books In Skyrim
White Ridge Barrow.
  • Seeker of Might: 10% more effective combat skills and 10% improved smithing.
  • Seeker of Shadows: 10% more effective stealth abilities and 10% improved alchemy.
  • Seeker of Sorcery: 10% reduction in the cost of all spells and 10% improved enchanting.

There is no quest associated with this black book.

To get it, you have to complete White Ridge Barrow’s nordic ruins to the southwest of Saering’s Watch.

The Winds of Change

Bloodskal Barrow.
  • Companion’s Insight: Your attacks, shouts, and destruction spells do not damage followers.
  • Lover’s Insight: +10% damage to and 10% better prices from people of the opposite ***.
  • Scholar’s Insight: Reading skill books provides two skill level increases instead of 1.

The Winds of Change can be found in the nordic ruins of Bloodskal Barrow, to the north of Raven Rock.

This dungeon can be accessed through the Raven Rock Mine during the quest ‘The Final Descent.’ The quest giver is Crescius Caerellius, who can be found inside the mine.

Untold Legends

Benkongerike.
  • Bardic Knowledge: A spectral drum plays for 300 seconds and boosts stamina recovery for you and your followers.
  • Black Market: A Dremora merchant spawns for 15 seconds.
  • Secret Servant: A Dremora butler spawns for 15 seconds with a carrying capacity of 148 points.

Untold Legends is the second of the two Black Books In Skyrim that have no quests associated with them.

After the Word Wall in the cave Benkongerike, it can be found to the southeast of Saering’s Watch.

Waking Dreams

Temple of Miraak.
  • Reset one skill tree and refund all spent perk points for the cost of a dragon soul.

Waking Dreams is one of the most useful Black Books In Skyrim. It is located in the Temple of Miraak, directly in the center of Solstheim.

It is found during the quest ‘The Temple of Miraak,’ as part of the DLC’s main story. You can find the quest giver Free as you approach the location for the first time.

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