This walkthrough will show you how to the complete the quest: The Break of Dawn and obtain the legendary Dawnbreaker sword, one of the best swords in the game, from the Daedra Lord Meridia.
Firstly you will need to find the statue of Meridia where you can start the quest. The statue can be found on Mount Kilkreath. To reach it, head down the west road from Solitude and watch for a side road to the north. The statue is roughly south of Wolfskull cave. When you arrive, the voice of Meridia herself will ask you to retrieve what she calls her “beacon”, which she promises to lead you to. Here is a step by step guide to completing this quest and obtaining the Dawnbreaker.
Head to the location of the beacon; its location is random so make sure the quest is enabled in your journal and follow the marker on your map. Once you have the beacon return to the statue of Meridia.
When you return to the statue place the beacon on the pedestal in front of the statue and Meridia will lift you up into the sky and speak to you again in the form of a ball of light. She will ask you to cleanse her temple of the undead and destroy a Necromancer named Malkoran who has managed to force entry and now resides inside, and says that you will need to direct her light through the temple.
She will now lower you to the statue and you will be able to enter the temple itself. The door is at the bottom of the shrine/statue. Once you have entered you will notice the light beam stops at certain points in the building. You must fight your way to each pedestal and activate it to make the light continue on its way to the end. You will come across Corrupted Shades on your way through the temple.
Now you need to fight your way through the temple whilst guiding the light. On the way you will find multiple chests and bodies to loot. Eventually you will come to the end of the temple and encounter Malkoran the necromancer. After killing him he will come back in a ghost form and you will have to kill him again. After killing him twice you are free to loot the bodies and chests around the area. Once you are done take the Dawnbreaker sword and exit the temple.
When you exit the temple, Meridia will praise you for your success and let you keep Dawnbreaker so that you can cleanse Skyrim of evil in her name.
Dawnbreaker is a very powerful sword that is even more powerful against the undead. As well as dealing fire damage, it has a chance to create a fiery explosion when used against undead entities. Any undead caught within the blast radius are set on fire and will flee from the player. Undead killed by the explosion’s fire will disintegrate upon death leaving behind an Ash Pile instead of a corpse.
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Written by: Luther