Meeting Paarthurnax | The Throat of the World

This page will guide you through the main quest ‘The Throat of the World’ in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Once you reach the dragon Paarthurnax, you will have a chance to learn a new Word of Power with the help of the dragon. This quest does not involve fighting the dragon.

  • New main objective: Learn the Word of Power from Paarthurnax
  • New main objective: Use your “Fire Breath” Shout on Paarthurnax
  • New main objective: Talk to Paarthurnax

New main objective: Learn the Word of Power from Paarthurnax

When Paarthurnax breathes fire, approach the Word Wall on the right side of the screen (as shown above) to learn the Word of Power – Inferno, Fire Breath. The dragon will also share its understanding of this word with you.

New main objective: Use your “Fire Breath” Shout on Paarthurnax

Prove to Paarthurnax that you’re the Dragonborn by using your newly unlocked Fire Breath Shout on him. Press TAB, select Magic, and choose Shouts. Add the Fire Breath Shout to your favourites and then stand in front of Paarthurnax and press Z to demonstrate your power (as shown above). Don’t worry, he won’t get hurt.

New main objective: Talk to Paarthurnax

You can now have a conversation with Paarthurnax (as shown above). The dragon will tell you that the Shout you’re searching for was created by mortals in the past. The ancients were unable to use it to defeat Alduin, but they unintentionally sent him to the future, which is why the dragon has returned. Paarthurnax will also reveal that to defeat Alduin, you will need the Elder Scroll, which will require a lot of effort to find.

Finally, ask Paarthurnax about training and meditation, and the Greybeards Master will offer to boost one of your Shouts (as shown above). Fus boosts Unrelenting Force, Feim boosts Become Ethereal, and Yol boosts Fire Breath. I recommend choosing Fus, as Unrelenting Force is useful in almost every battle. You can return to Paarthurnax at any time to ask for a different blessing, but you can only have one at a time.

Main quest unlocked: Elder Knowledge


1. Who is Paarthurnax and why is he important?

Paarthurnax is a dragon who resides at the top of the Throat of the World in Skyrim. He is important because he is one of the few remaining dragons who possess the knowledge of the Dragonrend shout, which is necessary to defeat Alduin, the main antagonist of the game. However, Paarthurnax is also a controversial figure due to his past as a lieutenant of Alduin and his involvement in the Dragon War.

2. How do you initiate the meeting with Paarthurnax?

To initiate the meeting with Paarthurnax, you must first complete the main quest “Alduin’s Wall” and then speak to the Greybeards at High Hrothgar. They will give you the quest “The Throat of the World,” which will lead you to climb to the top of the mountain and meet Paarthurnax.

3. Can you become friends with Paarthurnax?

Yes, it is possible to become friends with Paarthurnax. After completing the main questline, the Blades will ask you to kill Paarthurnax due to his past as a lieutenant of Alduin. However, you have the option to spare him and convince the Blades to forgive him. Paarthurnax will then become a valuable ally and mentor, providing you with Dragon Shouts and advice on how to defeat Alduin.

4. What happens if you kill Paarthurnax?

If you choose to kill Paarthurnax, you will lose the ability to learn new Dragon Shouts from him, and the Blades will reward you for completing their quest. However, many players choose to spare Paarthurnax due to his helpfulness and the moral dilemma of killing a creature who has reformed and seeks redemption for his past actions.

5. Can you ride Paarthurnax?

No, you cannot ride Paarthurnax in Skyrim. However, you can use the “Dragon Riding” mod, which allows you to ride any dragon in the game, including Paarthurnax. This mod is not available on all platforms and may require additional software or modifications to install.

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