Any decent open-world games has its fair share of secrets and Easter Eggs, but The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim probably takes the crown. Here’s a few that you should not miss!
26-10-2016 - by Thijs Kaagman
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim originally came out in November 2011. That’s almost five years ago, which is the equivalent of centuries in our fast-moving gaming world. But somehow, Skyrim still manages to fascinate and inspire gamers. Part of that is probably because its massive game world is filled to the brim with quests, characters or locations that are a little bit out of the way.
With the remastered Special Edition launching this week on PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4, I thought it was time to highlight some of my favourite moments. These are some things you probably don’t encounter if you would just play through the main quest of the game.
What better way to open the list this time of year, than with a reference to the Headless Horseman? This headless spectre is not part of any quest, you can’t attack him and he won’t attack you either. So what’s the point? Heck if I know, but it’s still very much worth the trouble of looking him up.
He can spawn anywhere in the world, between 10 PM and 4 AM. Sometimes he’ll come closer so you can inspect him, while other times you’ll just see him riding through the sky on his ghostly steed. If you follow him, he’ll take you to Hamvir’s Rest, where you will find three skeletons plus a Draugr to fight. As a final reward, there’s also a master-level chest (level your lockpicking before seeking him out).
This is a bit of a sad tale, but at least it ends with befriending a dog. Just south of the city of Solitude, you can find a dog wandering around a place called Meeko’s Shack. When you follow the creature, he will take you to the shack, where you will find its deceased owner on a bed. A journal reveals the owner died of Rockjoint.
After finding him, Meeko becomes a follower that can join you on your travels. He will level up with you up to level 25. As he will constantly stand in doorways, trigger traps or set himself on fire he is not the most reliably companion, but who can resist that cute little face?
Geez, another sad story? Skyrim is a miserable place… East of Riften you will find the Lost Prospects Mine. The cave is mostly empty, aside from a bunch of muchrooms and a table with a journal on it. In the journal, a man called Hadrir describes how he was approached by his old friend Bern. Bern had purchased a gold mine and he needed Hadrir’s help to dig out all the good stuff.
After three weeks of digging, not a single grain of gold was found and Hadrir was fed up. He left for Riften to gather some supplies but when he got back, Bern was gone. Hardir writes in the journal that he expected better from his old friend, after which he left the cave. However, when you search around the waterfall, you will find a secret tunnel behind it. In it, there’s three gold ore veins, a few tools and a skeleton, presumably our friend Bern.
This is a secret that should come in handy if you choose the path of a thief. The Thieves Guild has left its marks all over the world, especially on doorposts. Keep your eyes peeled for special symbols called Shadowmarks, carved into the wood and they will tell you all about the building.
Some buildings contain interesting loot, while other provide shelter or a place to sell your stolen ware. Other buildings have been checked before and don’t contain anything at all, so you can just sneak off to the neighbours.
This little secret is exclusive to the Dragonborn DLC, but as this is included in the new Special Edition you should have no trouble finding it. The island of Solstheim has 4 mountainous peaks that form the highest points in the vicinity. They don’t show up as location icons on your map, but you can definitely climb them.
Once you get to the top, you will unlock a waypoint there, so you can fast travel back to enjoy the amazing view (now in HD!).
Curious to find all these secrets in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition (it’s quite a mouthful, isn’t it?) when it launches later this week? Check out our PlayStation or Xbox gift cards to pre-order the game digitally!