Skyrim is an enormous game, so enormous that you can explore its plains and mountains for days and still not lay eyes on everything. Even if you’ve consumed every dragon soul, joined every guild, and completed every quest, the game is just full of secrets that may never be found.
The Notched Pickaxe
Arguably the most classic of Skyrim secrets, the Notched Pickaxe is not very likely to be found unless you’re looking for it. Travel to Skyrim’s highest mountain peak, the Throat of the World, and climb to the top of the summit. Here you’ll find the very special Notched Pickaxe stuck in some malachite ore. The pickaxe is not actually notched, however it is a shout out for Minecraft, created by Markus “Notch” Persson.
The Headless Horseman
One of the more ghostly secrets in Skyrim is the Headless Horseman roaming the wilds on his spectral steed. He can be hard to locate, but if you manage to find and follow him to his final stop, you’ll find yourself at Hamvir’s Rest, where along with a number of undead enemies, you can find a coffin with a helmeted skull.
Hidden Solstheim Locations
These next few secrets can only be found with Skyrim’s Dragonborn DLC. The island of Solstheim has a great deal to hide, like the 4 hidden peaks that represent some of the highest points of the island. You can’t see the location icons on your display until you are nearly at the top of the peaks, and they demand a bit of dangerous rock jumping to scale. If you reach the top, you’ll be able to fast travel back at any time for some amazing views.
Winterhold Jail: The Chill
The Chill is one of Skyrim’s more sneakier secrets. Its location is often missed, since it’s found almost off the north edge of the map, past the College of Winterhold. This cave is actually a jail for Winterhold, and being mages and all, they decided to make a Frost Atronach the guard. You can get sent here directly by getting arrested in Winterhold, but I wouldn’t recommend it. Even if you escape, you’ll have to fight off three more Frost Atronachs waiting outside.
The Ebony Knight
If you’ve never heard of the Ebony Warrior, don’t worry. If you’re still playing Skyrim, you’ll get to meet him upon reaching level 80 when he shows up on your doorstep. He has only one simple request of the Dragonborn: A fight to the death. This guy isn’t a pushover either; Entirely adorned with enchanted ebony armor, he’s got everything from the best weapons to dragon shouts of his own! He’s easily one of the toughest enemies you’ll fight in the game, so if you’re thinking about bringing a follower, I’d try a Dragon or two….or five.
This little secret is a must for any archer thief. Find an NPC, like the guards in Solitude, who often practice their archery against a target dummy. Pickpocket their arrows and replace them with one arrow of high quality. The NPC will then shoot multiple arrows of that type at the target, letting you gather multiple arrows from the dummy.
The Spider Imbuing Chamber
The Dragonborn DLC also features a little-known crafting area known as the Spider Imbuing Chamber. Once you’ve cleared White Ridge Barrow on the island of Solstheim, you’ll find a large crafting device that accepts gems and albino spider pods, and supplies you with throwable exploding spiders. That’s right, and if that alone isn’t enough for you, it’s possible to customize the effect of the spider with different gems So stock up on spiders to truly become: The Spiderborn.
There’s bound to be more secrets that we have yet to discover in the massive world of Tamriel. Once Skyrim comes to the Nintendo Switch, millions of people can play the title endlessly….or at least that’s what I’ll be doing!