Embershard Mine w Iron Ore Vein Map - Primary Location Guide - Elder Scrolls V Skyrim

Embershard Mine entrance.
Embershard Mine entrance.

This walkthrough guide covers the Embershard Mine primary location in the video game, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, available on Windows PC, Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. This guide serves to provide all pertinent information about this location such as important items, characters, how to find it and other important details. This guide also has a map showing the location of all the Iron Ore Veins inside the mine along with other locations of note.

Table of Contents:

  • General Info
  • Significant Items
  • How to Find The Embershard Mine
  • Mine Entrance
  • Interior Location Map
  • Embershard Mine Interior Walkthrough
  • Video Guide

General Info

Embershard Mine is one of the first bandit encampments and Iron Ore Vein locations players can find upon beginning a new game within The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Occupied by a small weak force of enemies, this area is perfect for low level characters who wish to begin accruing minerals for smithing armor and weaponry, or just beating up a bunch of bandits while taking their loot.

Significant Items


The waterfall on the left with the path to the mine on the right.
The waterfall on the left with the path to the mine on the right.

How to Find The Embershard Mine in Skyrim

On the path out of Helgen, this primary location is just east of The Guardian Stones and along the path traveled towards Riverwood. Following the road to Riverwood from the stones, look for a waterfall on your left, just after which you will find a path leading up the hill to the right which you can follow directly to the entrance of the mine.

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Embershard Mine on the World MapEmbershard Mine on the Local Map
Embershard Mine on the World Map
Embershard Mine on the World Map
Embershard Mine on the Local Map
Embershard Mine on the Local Map
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Wood Chopping Block and the nearby Woodcutter's Axe.Up the path around to the top of the entrance where a Beehive hangs from the side of a ledge.
Wood Chopping Block and the nearby Woodcutter's Axe.
Wood Chopping Block and the nearby Woodcutter's Axe.
Up the path around to the top of the entrance where a Beehive hangs from the side of a ledge.
Up the path around to the top of the entrance where a Beehive hangs from the side of a ledge.

Mine Entrance

Upon approaching the main entrance of the Embershard Mine in Skyrim, there will be a single Bandit guarding the entrance which will rush to attack you as soon as he detects your presence, which is likely to be earl on since you probably won't have a significant sneak skill at this point. Take him out and check out the nearby Wood Chopping Block. If you are looking to gather some firewood, you can do so now with the woodcutters axe by the tree trunks lying on the ground nearby.

You will also find a Bee hovering nearby and can take a path past the chopping block to get on a ledge over the mine entrance where you will also find a Beehive and potentially additional Bees.

Interior Location Map

Map of the interior, dungeon area of the Emberhshard Mine complete with legend.
Map of the interior, dungeon area of the Emberhshard Mine complete with legend.
The Rockfall trap and its trigger wire.
The Rockfall trap and its trigger wire.

Embershard Mine Interior Walkthrough

TRAP!

You will enter into the mine at the blue entrance location marker in the map above where you also find the white arrow that denotes character location in Skyrim. As you head down the initial path, look out for the trip wire along the ground which denotes the only trap in the Embershard Mine (denoted by a red X in the map above).

While sneaking you can disarm the trap by triggering the wire, which causes the Rockfall trap to release its hazards with you standing away from the impact zone. Alternatively you can avoid it altogether. Just make sure you don't trigger the trap while underneath the rocks.

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The two bandits by the Iron Ore Vein.The raised drawbridge in Embershard Mine.
The two bandits by the Iron Ore Vein.
The two bandits by the Iron Ore Vein.
The raised drawbridge in Embershard Mine.
The raised drawbridge in Embershard Mine.

1: Drawbridge Room

In this room you will encounter the first two Bandits within Embershard Mine, which are standing by an Iron Ore Vein, one of which is engaged in mining from it (the NPCs can't deplete or drain the ore so no worries). There is a drawbridge that is currently raised preventing you from accessing deeper parts of the cave.

Take out these two Bandits and find a pickaxe by the Iron Ore Vein so that you can begin your mining adventures if you don't already have one. Next you can head across the walkway into the next cavern area where you will find points 2 and A in order to find the drawbridge controls.

Point A: Collapsed Chamber
Point A: Collapsed Chamber
Point 2: Drawbridge Control Room
Point 2: Drawbridge Control Room

A: Collapsed Chamber

Heading into the next accessible cavern west of point 1, you will find the second Iron Ore Vein in Embershard Mine and to the right of that, a deceased miner who perished in the collapse of the ceiling here. Check near the skeleton to find a journal written by the deceased mentioning their paranoia of the exact consequences that lead to their demise.

2: Drawbridge Control Room

Head south from point A to find a room overlooking the drawbridge and waterfall you saw at point 1. There is a lever here that you can use to lower the bridge and allow you to delve deeper into Embershard Mine.

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Point 3: Locked Jail CellPoint B: Bandit's Sleeping Area
Point 3: Locked Jail Cell
Point 3: Locked Jail Cell
Point B: Bandit's Sleeping Area
Point B: Bandit's Sleeping Area

3: Locked Jail Cell

Once you've lowered the drawbridge you can now travel south deeper into the mine. Cross the bridge and head down the next hallway to encounter a Bandit guarding a pair of Novice locked jail cells. One of them is relatively empty, but the other as seen in the picture to the right, contains the Grand Chest for this dungeon along with a Weapon Rack, some various other supplies and most importantly, the Spell Tome: Clairvoyance.

Continue towards the next main chamber at point 4 while looking to the left side of the hall to find three more Iron Ore Veins.

B: Bandit's Sleeping Area

Here you will find an area overlooking the next and final main chamber along with some sleeping mats the Bandits use, however little of interest otherwise.

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Point 4 with the table holding the loose ore and Smithing Skill Book: Light Armor Forging to the right of the image.Up-high view of the chamber and the bridge leading towards the exit from Point C.
Point 4 with the table holding the loose ore and Smithing Skill Book: Light Armor Forging to the right of the image.
Point 4 with the table holding the loose ore and Smithing Skill Book: Light Armor Forging to the right of the image.
Up-high view of the chamber and the bridge leading towards the exit from Point C.
Up-high view of the chamber and the bridge leading towards the exit from Point C.

4: Smithing Chamber

In this massive room you will find a series of bridge allowing you access to the exit and a cove to the south of the map above the water in the central area of this room. First take out the three bandits in this area (the one on the bridge has a bow and patrols about a bit) then head down towards the forge and workbench. Check the table to the left, next to the Weapons Rack down here to find some loose Iron Ore and the Smithing Skill Book: Light Armor Forging.

Before heading up the wooden walkways to point C which is the next stop on your trip, check the north side of the mini lake here against the water's edge to find another ore vein.

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Point C: Storage RoomPath leading to point 5: Precarious LedgePoint 5: Precarious Ledge You can also jump off the walkway that leads to the exit above to reach this ledge.
Point C: Storage Room
Point C: Storage Room
Path leading to point 5: Precarious Ledge
Path leading to point 5: Precarious Ledge
Point 5: Precarious Ledge You can also jump off the walkway that leads to the exit above to reach this ledge.
Point 5: Precarious Ledge You can also jump off the walkway that leads to the exit above to reach this ledge.

C: Storage Room

Take the wooden walkways to get up to this cover where you will find a table and some various food items where one of the Bandits was previously sitting. Look to the room on your left to find this smaller chamber where a Chest and some loose gems and gold can be looted.

5: Precarious Ledge

In the second picture to the right (click thumbnails) you will find a doorway that is somewhat hidden to the right of the table mentioned in point C and you can locate the hallway which takes you to the overhang which is otherwise unaccesible at point 5. Alternatively you can also drop down to this ledge by jumping off the wooden walkway above. Find the second regular chest here along with an ore vein.

Exit

Once you have cleared and looted everything of significant value in the Embershard Mine, take the wooden walkways towards the western, upper hallway to proceed towards the exit doorway. You will re-enter Skyrim from a location just north-east of where you came in. Don't forget the final ore patch on the right side of the hallway.

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