The Elder Scrolls 5 – Skyrim: How To Retrieve The Golden Claw
The Golden Claw is a treasure that can be found if you complete the quest ‘The Golden Claw’ that is given to you by the Riverwood Trader Lucan Valerius. This quest will take you to The Elder Scrolls 5 – Skyrim‘s Bleak Falls Barrow in the ancient Nordic ruins. The Golden Claw falls into the hands of a Dunmer dark elf after a failed robbery attempt with four bandits. The Dunmer, called Arvel the Swift, is trapped in a Frostbite Spider’s web and your mission is to retrieve the Golden Claw from Arvel and use it to it to solve a puzzle and proceed to the Word Wall.
While you are in Riverwood talk to the shop keeper. This is normally Lucan Valerius but, if you have killed him, it will be Camilla Valerius. You will be asked to go to Bleak Falls Barrow to retrieve the Golden Claw, which is a Valerius family heirloom. Travel to the Bleak Falls Barrow Nordic ruins and enter. Be aware that a dragon occasionally spawns at the entrance – if you are not a high level player yet, enter the ruins quickly and do not hang about. Once inside you will overhear two bandits talking about the dark elf.
While you are in the Barrow you will find a puzzle room. The lever in the middle will cause arrows to rain down on you from the ceiling so be careful. You have to move the three pillars in order; snake, snake, whale.
Continue through the dungeon and locate Arvel and free him from his web. In order to do this you will have to slay the Frostbite Spider, by sheltering in the doorway and firing arrows at it from a distance. Arvel will make a dash once he is free but gets caught by Draugr. Once you have relieved his corpse of the Golden Claw and his diary continue through the dungeon dispatching the Draugr and Nordic Warriors as you go.
Eventually you will reach a locked door. The symbols are printed on the Golden Claw. The outer ring is Bear. The Middle ring is Butterfly, and the inner ring is Owl. The Word Wall is inside the dragon alter chamber behind the door. As you approach you learn a new dragon shout. However this shout causes a Draugr Overlord (or a dragon priest) to rise from a coffin and attack you and you must defeat it. Here you have the option of leaving the dungeon through a back entrance (you cannot return this way) or making your way back through the ruins. Give the Golden Claw to Lucan or Camilla and receive 400 G (level 5) as a reward.
The Valerius’ place the item on the counter in their shop and you can steal it and sell it for a further 100 G.