I started playing the Dawnguard DLC before I finished the main quest line - I was right before that point where I had to find the Elder Scroll to defeat Alduin.
As I was playing the DLC, I got a bug where when taking the (Dragon) Elder Scroll, it disappeared, so I had to use a command to get it. That started the quest Alduin's Bane. I then finished the DLC, did a few side quests, and realized my mistake. When I travel to the Throat of the World to talk to Paarthurnax, he starts speaking, then stops after his monologue, and nothing else happens.

Is there is a way to set it back to the mission before Alduin's Bane without losing my progress?

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Use console commands to fix it:

Alduin's Bane has the Quest ID 'MQ206'.

  1. Make a save game of your current state using the Main Menu (not a quicksave).

  2. Find out what quest stage you're currently in by typing in Player.sqs MQ206 in the console.
    This will show you a list of the stages of the quest. If there is a 1 behind a certain stage, it means you passed that stage; if there's a 0, you haven't.

  3. Find the last quest stage you have completed (the highest number with a 1), and note down that respective quest stage number.

  4. Still in the console, enter the command SetStage MQ206 <quest stage #>, where <quest stage #> is the number you noted down during step 3.
    Your character has now entered a stage earlier in the quest.

  5. See if the quest works properly now.

    If not, repeat the steps, incrementally replacing <quest stage #> with a stage number one step higher/earlier from the one you found in step 3 (e.g. 10 instead of 20) , until the quest completes successfully.

In your specific case, I assume your character's current stage is 10 (where the objective tells you to "Read the Elder Scroll at the Time-Wound"). Preceding quest stages are 0, 1 and 5.
Try SetStage MQ206 5 first, and see if that works.
If not, try setting it to SetStage MQ206 1, and otherwise to SetStage MQ206 0 (make sure you still have the Elder Scroll at that point though).


I'm not sure, you could revert back to an old save before you got the Elder Scroll, you could use a command to finish the main quest, but I'm not sure if you'd want that. The best thing for it is to simply revert back to an old save.

  • 1
    It's not a great idea to preface an answer with "I'm not sure"...
    – Vemonus
    Commented Jan 4, 2017 at 19:40
  • Unless you're not sure about it. In that case, it's a good idea.
    – Joachim
    Commented Nov 24, 2019 at 12:57

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