I've just encountered a gate in Ustengrav for the quest The Horn of Jurgen Windcaller:

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Every red glowing pillar I pass lifts on of the gates ahead, but drops within a few seconds. How do I get through all the pillars quickly enough?

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You need to use a combination of sprinting and the Whirlwind Sprint shout.

In short: sprint through the three pillars, and as soon as you clear the 3rd pillar (thus opening the 3rd gate), activate your Whirlwind Sprint shout. (And then return to regular sprinting)

This area of the game has scripting to reduce the cooldown of your Whirlwind Sprint so that you're not waiting 20 seconds between attempts, but it is entirely possible to make it through with only a single use of Whirlwind Sprint.

If you're still having trouble (and don't have the Steed Guardian Stone), you might try stripping to your skivvies and giving it another go, as you run marginally faster without armor.


You need to use the Whirlwind Sprint shout. I had to keep pressing the shout button to make it all the way through which is strange since I didn't have to wait for it to recharge. I started using the shout after triggering the third stone/gate.

  • So I just have to press it shortly? I thought I had to keep it pressed, which drains the shout completely :S
    – Ivo Flipse
    Dec 17, 2011 at 19:22
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    @IvoFlipse - I pressed it once and made it halfway through. Then I went in to panic mode an pressed it again and I was propelled through the rest of the way.
    – user9983
    Dec 17, 2011 at 19:25

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